Congregation News

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ is an open and affirming Christian church with a focus on living our faith in action. Come and join us!

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Save the Date for mailing and website_1Be a Part of the 8th Annual Elizabeth I. (Betty) Benson Awards! Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ will honor the Shawnee Vinyard Indian Settlement, members of the Council, and its chairman, Poet /Activist Barney Bush, at the 8th Annual Elizabeth I. Benson Award on Friday, Sept.12, 2014, and YOU can be a part of that celebration! Click here to read more about tickets, making a donation and becoming a sponsor.

Read about the Eco-Arts Camp and the projects Wellington youth participated in during the month of June.

Save the date for the HELLO Photo Exhibition, Tuesday, July 29, from 6 to 7:30pm. More details coming soon!

We need 10 volunteers to serve at A Just Harvest. We will be partnering with St. Paul’s church to serve dinner at A Just Harvest, 7649 N Paulina St., in Rogers Park, from 5 to  p.m. on Thursday, July 31. Volunteers are headed up by Linda Patton, a former WAUCC member. We ask that each server please bring some some fruit with them if possible (10 to 20 apples, bananas, pears, etc.). Please contact the church office to sign up and answer any questions. Our regular time is the 5th Thursday of the month, which only amounts to 4 or 5 times a year.

Join with our neighbors for this year’s Wellington/Waterloo Block Party! The party is set for Saturday, August 2, and will feature food and drinks, kiddie pools and maybe even a bounce house. As we begin to define what it means to “deepen our roots in the neighborhood,” building relationships with our neighbors is certainly an important next step. Suggested donation for the party is $15 per family and $10 per person. Interested in volunteering? Contact Oren by email or call 773-230-6480. RSVP for the party here.

Register for this year’s church retreat! Join us for a weekend at Tower Hill Camp, located near Sawyer, Mich. Register before August 18 to get a discount on the price for a weekend of fellowship, fun on the lake, art projects, games, campfires and dreaming of our life together. Scholarships are available for those who need one. You can register online by clicking here.  Questions? Contact Donna Morris by phone at 708-299-6413 or email.

Interested in becoming a BYC volunteer? Broadway Youth Center need volunteers Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12-3pm to support youth accessing BYC’s drop-in services. This is part of our Good Neighbor permit agreement with the Alderman’s office, as well as, our commitment to supporting the BYC. Good news: we have some pretty fierce hot pink vests for you to wear while you walk!Volunteers walk both sides of Wellington Avenue between Clark and Broadway, Waterloo Court and the alley behind the church. Volunteers are observers, not police, and have no authority to intervene in trouble. Please see the doodle schedule for open shifts: http://doodle.com/esef2hyf5xpsa6id. Contact Kylon Hooks by email  or call 773-540-5828 if you or someone you know might be interested in signing up.

Want more time for study and reflection about your faith and faith commitments? Join Wellington members, friends and guests who work in Chicago’s downtown Loop area for a monthly study, guided by the Living the Questions DVD series. The Loop Study happens at 12 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the downtown DePaul University campus, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., in Suite 850. Bring a brown-bag lunch and a friend for a workday hour of reflection and study! Come join us in the sanctuary for the video and discussion! Email  Yuki Schwartz for more information, or to get a copy of the discussion guide for each episode in the series.

Fair Trade Coffee is always on sale each week during coffee hour after church on Sundays. You can’t beat the price and the great taste! All coffee is $9 per 12 oz. bag.

Collection of clothing and food for immigrants released from detention. Please bring in your gently used sweatpants and sweatshirts, and non-perishable food for distribution to immigrants recently released from detention through the Post-Detention Accompaniment Network. Place your items in the box in the narthex.