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2023 Annual Report

2023 Annual Report

Click the link below to read our 2023 Annual Report, which includes reports from all ministries, budget overview, and a transparent look at the life of UChurch via our previous year. 2023 Annual Report

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A (Complete?) History of our Sanctuary Ministry

A (Complete?) History of our Sanctuary Ministry

Our Sanctuary ministry began in the midst of Central American civil wars in the 1980s. As our own government was supporting the dictatorships that were creating exiles, University Church opened its doors to civilians whose lives were threatened. Out of this grew our Guatemala Partnership, which continues to this day, and since 2016 we’ve made Room 31 on our third floor available as temporary housing for a number of immigrants seeking asylum and support. We are a member of the Sacntuary Working Group, through which we partner with agencies, other congregations, and generous individuals to provide safe temporary housing, food stipends, clothing and phone/internet; legal assistance; accompanying them to doctor appointments and help enrolling children in school; and opportunities for community and fellowship. We offer care and prayer, and we do everything we can to provide the stability, comfort, and confidence they need to navigate their new home. Once they are ready to go out on their...

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Stewardship 2024: You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

Stewardship 2024: You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

MATTHEW 7:16You will know them by their fruits… November is Stewardship Month at University Church. By Pledge Sunday, which is November 19, we are invited to turn in a pledge card (or PLEDGE ONLINE here) affirming how we plan to support University Church time, treasure, and talents in 2024. This year, the Finance Committee has asked us to meditate on the theme of “You will know them by their fruits” as we prayerfully consider our offerings for the coming year. These verses come from Matthew chapter 7 where Jesus is discussing how to distinguish true prophets from false prophets. Our Pledges to University Church allow us to participate in bringing to harvest all the good fruit that the church produces. These fruits are seen in our church community as we worship and pray together and express love and fellowship. But these good fruits are also seen in our wider community. As a part of our application to Illinois Solar for All to put solar panels on the church, we had to obtain letters...

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