Welcome to United in Faith! - UIFLC
A Place of Faith in the City
We are a welcoming and affirming congregation
A Reconciling in Christ congregation of the
A Member of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod
Updated: June 14, 2021
773-283-2326 6525 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60634
Every Sunday, effective March 7, 2021 - In Person Communion Service in Church
ARE WE OPEN?
Somewhat! See below
We also have several Online Worship Activities
June 14, 2021
Hello, friends and members of UIF!
- Sunday at 9:30 virtual worship. Found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/uiflc) OR on YouTube at our UIFLC channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC48ZorvqlmodW7DKTSofJ3A). Worship plans attached for Pentecost 4B (6/20/21). After Sunday’s virtual worship (approximately 10:30am), we’ll have virtual coffee hour.
- IN PERSON WORSHIP Sundays at 11am. No RSVP needed. Everyone will be masked, with names recorded (in case contact tracing is necessary).
MASKING DURING PUBLIC WORSHIP (a preview from my July newsletter pastor’s article): Our United in Faith council made some decisions at our May meeting about changes in masking policy for smaller (all or mostly vaccinated) groups meeting at church. But the policy for public worship still includes the mask requirement (regardless of vaccination status). Many (maybe most) of our adult members at United in Faith are vaccinated. But not everyone is vaccinated. For some it is a choice not to be vaccinated (or not to be vaccinated yet), for others it may even be a medical decision made with their doctor. Children under the age of 12 are not even eligible for the vaccine yet. If we want to make sure our worship space is safe for families with young kids or those whose vaccination status we don’t know, we have to consider masking for awhile longer to keep the unvaccinated people safer. Medically speaking, the unvaccinated participants of our community are more at risk than the vaccinated participants. Some people assume that kids will not be negatively impacted by the virus, but there is plenty of research to disprove that. Because of our love for every member of the community and our desire to include all in God’s work, we need to maintain some common sense pandemic guidelines (like masking during public worship services) for now. We are safer than ever, but we are not out of the woods yet.
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR RICK (Richard Jr) EGNER is scheduled for Saturday, June 19th at 10am in the sanctuary (no visitation). Masks will be required for service. A luncheon will follow at Jolly Inn. We continue to pray for Rick’s family, including his mother Carole. May light perpetual shine upon him and bring us all peace.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Beginning this summer, we invite United in Faith participants to assist with worship leadership (Door Usher/Greeter, Assisting Minister). The Door Usher/Greeter will hand out bulletins, invite people to sign in, and check temperatures with the touchless thermometer). The Assisting Minister will read the lessons (first, second, psalm) and lead the prayers (Sundays & Seasons prayers are available for use if desired). Beginning in June, Pastor Carla will distribute the communion from the altar area (for now we will still use the pre-packaged communion packets).
OLDER ADULT CYBER SAFETY: Join Marty Devine for a Cybersafety for Older Adults program
Wednesday, June 30 at 7pm on ZOOM. Invite friends and family please. Did you know individuals over the age of 60 are more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals? To promote awareness of this threat, a team of passionate cybersecurity employees at Allstate developed a program for older adults to help them navigate the internet safely.
This interactive training will go over common email and telephone scams pertaining to fraud, identity protection, as well as general cybersecurity awareness, like password protection and privacy settings. Use ZOOM link: (NOT THE SAME AS OTHER ZOOM LINKS AT UIF) https://allstate.zoom.us/j/97671589031?pwd=QjYyNk1NaDRtM09RcTBPcGtpOTBKQT09&from=addon
Or call in: 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 976 7158 9031 Passcode: 078678
WEDNESDAY 7pm COMMUNITY ZOOM’s – have resumed. Hymn sings, community group speakers, justice ministry topics, and more – topic rotates weekly! Here’s the ZOOM link:
Mather Lifeways talks about their phone-in help line
Follow up on police reform/abolition conversations – no speaker, just share your own thoughts/reflections.
Older Adult Cyber Safety – program led by Marty Devine (Allstate)
Please invite friends! DIFFERENT ZOOM LINK:
COMPASSION CAMP VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – we are working toward an in person Vacation Bible School program (August 2-6th, daytime). Registration forms available (in print form at church – in google form on website). As always, we need volunteers for the weekday program to run smoothly.
ONLINE GIVING: To give an online donation, please visit https://www.shelbygiving.com/app/giving/uif On your first visit, you will have to create an online giving account.
The church office is open on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm in case you want to drop off or pick up anything from church (fair trade orders, borrowed hymnal, food pantry donations, offerings). For your information, we are beginning to have some groups meeting in the building (masking, social distancing, limited time together, single use bathrooms). Not a full schedule, but more and more groups begin adding in person meetings every few weeks.
You can reach out to me by email (email@example.com) if needed. I continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers these days as we live as the gathered church in many scattered locations.
Blessings to you all,
- Annual Meeting Packet as of 2/28/2021.
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