Community of Congregations
In this time of distancing, where many are feeling isolated, anxious, fearful and alone, the Community of Congregations offers these resources of faith to all of our neighbors.
We hope in these pages, you will find opportunities to find connection, be nourished in spirit, and renewed in hope. We thank the team at the Wednesday Journal for their partnership in providing this piece. Through it all, let us remain “Together for Good.”
Community of Congregations Service of Comfort and Memory
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Multifaith Liturgy and Prayer to honor the memories and hold the grief over all who have died of any cause during this period of distance and isolation.
To receive our emails and possibly a password for the worship service, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASCENSION CATHOLIC CHURCH
808 S. East Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
CLERGY: Rev. James Hurlbert, Pastor
ONLINE SERVICES: Weekday Mass on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – posted to YouTube by 9:00 am
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: ASCENSION CHURCH YOU TUBE
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.ascensionoakpark.com/apps/pages/coronavirusupdates
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: We offer Masses, scriptural reflections, and music on our website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, and via email communication. We invite you to join us!
Ascension Parish in Oak Park is a Catholic community called to proclaim, to reflect on, and to live the Gospel. Our desire to follow Jesus inspires us to continue the rich tradition of our faith by supporting education for children and adults, celebrating the liturgical life of the community, and serving those in need within our Parish and beyond. Following the example of Jesus, we value the diversity of gifts in all people and all are welcome. During this pandemic, we invite you to explore our website and our You Tube channel for Masses, Scriptural reflections, and music as we pray together for healing and hope.
DOMINICAN UNIVERSITIY MISSION AND MINISTRY
CLERGY: Dr. John DeCostanza, Director of University Ministry, email@example.com
Dr. Rachel Hart Winter, Director of the Siena Center, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Claire Noonan, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, email@example.com
ONLINE SERVICES: Preaching and reflections from DU community members will be posted weekly on social media
YOUTUBE: Dominican Ministry
Dominican University is a diverse, relationship-centered community, rooted in Sinsinawa Dominican values of caritas (love) and veritas (truth). In these challenging days, we affirm and nurture compassion and concern for the common good. We provide resources for connection, care, spiritual and emotional nourishment, service and advocacy from which our University community might draw and into which all may contribute.
We are a community of faith-filled hope who know that we will be together again. In the meantime, we remain in relationship, reach out in compassion, share faith, and even find opportunities for celebration in a spirit of Dominican joy.
EUCLID AVENUE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
405 South Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, 60302
CLERGY: Dr. Marti Scott, Rev. CJ Hawking, Rev. Lau Torres, & Rebekah Ward, Minister of Children, Family and Youth
ONLINE SERVICES: All services, including the Children’s word, are posted on the Facebook page. Watch at your convenience.
FACEBOOK: Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.euclidavenueumc.org
COVID-19 SERVICES: We have counselling and support in English and Spanish and you can apply for help to the Good Samaritan fund by emailing the pastor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We join in spirit with the Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada:
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
Though we are socially distant, let’s stay spiritually connected.
(adapted from Gov. Cuomo)
FAIR OAKS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
744 Fair Oaks Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Revs. Hailey Braden Lynch and Ben Lynch
ONLINE SERVICES: Sundays at 10:00 a.m. streaming live in the Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/FairOaksPres/
We have felt surprisingly connected as a community during this time of social distancing. We feel connected through the nightly clap out honoring our healthcare professionals and essential workers, we feel connected through our partnerships with local caring ministries, and we feel connected each week when we gather on Facebook for live worship. Fair Oaks will be posting pictures, videos and live streaming services, and we will be sharing encouragement, hope and information in the facebook group. We invite you to join us.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF OAK PARK
820 Ontario Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Dr. David John Hailey, Senior Pastor
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: First Baptist Church of Oak Park
FACEBOOK: First Baptist Church
ONLINE SERVICES: Sunday morning 10:30 a.m. on YouTube Live, Facebook Live
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.fbcoakpark.org
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: Discussion Groups, Prayer Meetings, Bible Study
Amid this global pandemic, we’re all suffering the tremendous loss of normalcy. First Baptist’s congregation grieves the inability to gather physically during this time. Thankfully, Scripture reminds us the church is not a building. Therefore, First Baptist invites you to visit our church website for worship services, discussion groups, Bible studies, and prayer meetings. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, rest assured you’re a beloved child of God and are special in God’s eyes. With open arms we welcome you because we are a church for someone like you. Take care of yourself, and remember you’re loved.
FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF OAK PARK
828 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: John Edgerton, Lydia Mulkey, Alicia Reese
ONLINE SERVICES: 11:00 am Sundays on YouTube Channel First United Church of Oak Park
YOUTUBE: First United Church of Oak Park
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.firstunitedoakpark.com/#calendar-link
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: Daily Spiritual resources, including children’s story hour, pastoral office hours via Zoom, online prayer stations, online prayer shawl ministry, Zoom sing alongs
COVID-19 SERVICES: We host Beyond Hunger out of our building, which provides groceries to those in need. Please note, distribution is by “drive thru” method in keeping with social distancing. Distributions on Wednesdays and Saturday, as well as at-home delivery for the elderly and people with disabilities. For more information:www.gobeyondhunger.org/need-help
We are so proud of Oak Park for taking social distancing so seriously. We are here to support you and offer spiritual support as you stay home and stay safe. Parents of young children in particular will find resources to help you keep your children engaged, spiritually sustained, and full of joy.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
324 N Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley
ONLINE SERVICES: Video Worship posted on Facebook and website.
CURRENT RESOURCES: Interested persons can be connected to a circle of caring for support and prayers.
We celebrate new life! We are all facing challenges: new ways of doing things, new ways of being with each other and in the world, new ways of thinking about life. The losses are undeniable: previously held assumptions and patterns are gone — but new opportunities have emerged. We’ve learned how to better connect from a distance. We have learned how to hold important values and people close. And we’re living out love in new ways: caring circles, Zoom coffees, weekly check ins. Resurrection and new life are bursting out – come celebrate new life with us!
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
611 Randolph Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
Walking a Wilderness Journey Together: In September 2018 Good Shepherd left our building when a fire made it unusable. Nestled in a neighborhood, centrally located between schools, the loss was more about community connections than a structure. We continue as community in this wilderness, which Covid-19 amplifies. Worship is now virtual via YouTube and Facebook. Members connect remotely; several are making masks. Support for area social service agencies continue. The wilderness ends soon, with the return to our building. Our openness to change and ambiguity has increased. We’ve weathered the journey with open doors, open minds, open hearts, open hands.
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
924 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60301
CLERGY: The Rev. Dr. John G. Rumple
ONLINE SERVICES: Sunday 10:30 a.m. on Zoom, Wednesday 10:00 a.m. on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GraceOakPark
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.graceoakpark.org
COVID-19 SERVICES: www.graceoakpark.org/covid-19-updates.html
At this time, the members of Grace Episcopal Church join the wider Oak Park community in solidarity and prayer as we respond to the COVID-19 virus. Realizing that for God every challenge can be an opportunity, we have adapted our services and studies enabling us to gather online (see our webpage for details). If you seek connection and spiritual community, you are welcome to join us for worship on Sunday, or for Bible study or Morning Prayer during the week. For pastoral care, please call Father John at our church office.
GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL
7300 Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305
CLERGY: David R. Lyle, Senior Pastor
ONLINE SERVICES: Sundays at 8:30am on YouTube
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: GraceRiverForest
COVID-19 RESOURCES: www.graceriverforest.org/covid-19-response
During these unprecedented days, Grace Lutheran Church and School continues to be Together in Christ, a community of connection and care. This is true even when we are physically separated from one another. As we celebrate the season of Easter, we pray for a spirit of resurrection and rebirth for everyone. Grace stands and prays in solidarity with and for our all of our neighbors, whatever their faith. May the grace of God guide us all throughout this time, bringing us safely to the other side. We will no doubt be wiser and more compassionate when we get there.
GREATER ST. JOHN BIBLE CHURCH
1256 N. Waller Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
CLERGY: Rev. Ira J. Acree
ONLINE SERVICES: Sundays, 10:00 a.m. on Website, Facebook and YouTube
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Greater St. John Bible Church
FACEBOOK: Greater St. John Bible Church
CURRENT RESOURCES: email@example.com
ONLINE GATHERINGS: Sunday Morning Worship @10:00am, Life Development Bible Study, Wednesdays, @7:15pm, Morning Glory Sunday school, Thurdays @7:00pm
COVID-19 SERVICES: Prayerline 773-378-3300
We pray that you are healthy and well. Many of us are concerned about our own health or the health of our loved ones as the Covid-19 virus continues to spread in our country. Please know that, like always, your faith community is here to support your emotional, spiritual, and physical needs to the extent that we are able to. We are prepared to help with delivery of food or groceries as well as connecting with you should you become ill and need support. Should you need anything you can reach out to us by email or phone.
Worry and fear are not from the heart of God. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, so we pray God’s perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus.
OAK PARK TEMPLE B’NAI ABRAHAM ZION
1235 N. Harlem
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Rabbi Max Weiss, Cantor Julie Yugend-Green, Rabbi Daniel Kirzane, Emeritus Rabbi Gary Gerson
ONLINE SERVICES: Daily opportunities on Zoom. Services are password protected but people can email and request access. We also stream services to Facebook.
Even as we practice “social distancing,” there are many opportunities to remain connected. We use the videoconference program Zoom to host daily opportunities for people of all ages to learn, connect, and relax together. As always, we will do everything we can to make it easy for you to access all our programming. For login instructions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional help and instructions.
PILGRIM CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH UCC
460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Rev. Colin Knapp, Senior Pastor
ONLINE SERVICES: 11:00am Sunday at www.pilgrimoakpark.org/sundaysonline
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: : PilgrimUCC OakParkIL
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.pilgrimoakpark.org/prayer-requests
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: www.pilgrimoakpark.org/events
At this time of heartrending dislocation, Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC, stands with persons of all faiths– and with those not part of any faith community. Together we can work to limit the spread of disease and to build a more equitable world. We invite you to join us, now as we gather virtually or, when it’s possible, in person. In whatever way we are together, we welcome you to experience Pilgrim’s caring and supportive spirit and its passion for peace and justice. You can access online worship and other events at pilgrimoakpark.org; you can request prayers at pilgrimoakpark.org/prayer-requests.
RIVER FOREST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND URBAN VILLAGE CHURCH
CLERGY: Rev. Christian Coon
ONLINE SERVICES: 10:30 a.m, Sunday at bit.ly/UVCWorship
FACEBOOK: RiverForestUMC and uvchurch
COVID-19 RESOURCES: www.urbanvillagechurch.org/community/
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: Live online prayer reflections throughout the week at www.facebook.com/uvchurch
Howard Thurman was a civil-rights icon committed to justice and prayer. In a powerful writing entitled “God is Present,” he notes that feeling anxiety is very real, but that in the midst of anxiety he also feels a ground of calm: “This calm is the manifestation in life of the active, dynamic Presence of God.” We at River Forest UMC and Urban Village Church hope and pray that, in the midst of these anxious times, you feel this Presence, this ground of calm. We are here for our communities now and will be when we come together again.
ST. CHRISTOPHER’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
545 S East Ave
Oak Park, IL 60304
CLERGY: The Reverends Eric Biddy, Abbi Heimach-Snipes, Ann Gaston, and Sue Youngblood
ONLINE SERVICES: Sundays at 9:30 (family service) and 10:30
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: send us a FB message for education and outreach opportunities
We always try to keep especially the most vulnerable among us prominent in our prayers–the poor, the sick, the lonely. These days have made these prayers more poignant. You are always welcome to join us in prayer. The easiest way to find us is probably through Facebook, though we are also posting recordings of our services on our website. We hope that you’ll join us to be consoled and to be challenged, to be reminded of the still strong beauty of the world and to be encouraged to make the world more beautiful and just.
ST. EDMUND CATHOLIC PARISH
188 S. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park’s downtown Catholic parish, is a welcoming community! Young or old, rich or poor, gay or straight, we welcome you to join us for worship and the opportunities we provide to help those who are vulnerable or otherwise in need. During this challenging and frightening time, be assured of our prayers for everyone in the community. Together, we will weather this storm called COVID-19, and with God’s grace, will be reunited one with another. God bless you all.
ST.GILES PARISH – OAK PARK
1025 Columbian Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302
CLERGY: Fr. Carl Morello, Pastor; Fr. Tom Unz, In Residence; Fr. Ed Salmon, In Residence
ONLINE SERVICES: Varies; Regular Weekend Service posted by 4pm on Saturday on YouTube and Facebook
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: St Giles Parish Oak Park IL
ADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: posted on www.stgilesparish.org
Easter has come once again with a message of hope: that new life comes to us after every cross we bear! With the circumstances surrounding our Easter season this year, many may feel that we got stuck on Good Friday. Let us carry Easter in our hearts, no matter what the challenges are before us. One in faith in Jesus Christ, may we be together in living this truth: Easter is what ultimately awaits us down the road from every hurt, every cross, every obstacle. All we need to do is follow our Lord where he leads, and all of us walk together.
Fr. Carl Morello
Pastor, St. Giles Parish
TEMPLE HAR ZION
1040 N. Harlem Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
CLERGY: Rabbi Adir Glick and Cantor Stewart Figa
ONLINE SERVICES: Weekdays, 8:00 am Minyan, Fridays, 6:30 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat; Saturdays, 10:00 am Shabbat Services, Sundays 9:30 am Minyan via Zoom
CURRENT RESOURCES: www.harzion.org
COVID-19 SERVICES: All of our programming is now offered virtually, Please call the office if you have any questions.
Affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Temple Har Zion is a dynamic congregation committed to a profound spiritual life. We are a welcoming, diverse, and caring community that is inclusive of interfaith families.
THIRD UNITARIAN CHURCH
301 N. Mayfield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60644
(2 blocks east of Austin Blvd.; 2 blocks south of Lake St.)
Join us Sundays, 11:30am
April 12 – Service with Rev. Colleen Vahey – A New World is Emerging. . .
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way.
On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ~ Arundhuti Roy
Join us as we explore what so many learning from this pandemic, and how we are called to help with healing and rebirth.
Our hearts and prayers are with all who are experiencing grief and loss. As a community, we commit to helping one another through these challenging times. Contact us at: www.thirdunitarianchurch.org/sundays “Response to Pandemic”
UNITED LUTHERAN CHURCH
409 Greenfield Street
Oak Park, Illinois 60302
CLERGY: Pastor Dennis Bushkofsky
ONLINE SERVICES: Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m via Zoom or telephone
United Lutheran Church welcomes you to participate in our worship, service to others, and fellowship with each other. Embracing our faith tradition, we believe that we are saved by God’s grace. Our response to that redeeming gift is to share the message of God’s love through our hands and feet and voice in the world. We welcome all people, regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, relationship status, family structure, physical or mental health, legal status, or socioeconomic status.
UNITY TEMPLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION
875 Lake St.
Oak Park IL 60301
Unity Temple Community Center
1019 South Blvd.
Oak Park IL 60302
ONLINE SERVICES: Worship Sundays 10 a.m., Mindful Reflection Tuesdays 7:30 p.m.
YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation
FACEBOOK: : UTUUC
CURRENT RESOURCES: At www.unitytemple.org link to our weekly e-newsletter, the e-BeaconADDITIONAL ONLINE GATHERINGS: Daily Mindful Reflection Gatherings 8:30am, Daily Stories and Activities for All Age
on our YouTube Page
COVID-19 SERVICES: Temporary housing for a member of our community that needs to quarantine away from their family and cannot do so at home.
The ministers and members of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation hold our wider community in our hearts during this time of resisting COVID-19. Our faith encourages engagement across differences of belief, race, class, and other identities that divide us. We learn from one another’s life experience. Through worship, religious education, music, small groups, and faith in action, we cultivate a community where we reflect on how to be faithful to our values as we seek to transform lives and help build the Beloved Community. For more information or to talk to a minister, please contact us at email@example.com.