BOOK STUDY at City News

Over the summer, Lesley (our student intern from Garrett) will be leading a small group book study on Rachel Held Evans' Book, Inspired using Evans' Reading Guide for reflection questions. Since each week is a new chapter, you can come for all chapters, some, or drop in one week.
The group meets on Mondays 7-8 at City News

Also check out discussion of Face Book:

Outline of Small Group on Rachel Held Evans' Book Inspired:
Week Chapter Title Dates Monday
7 "The Water" and Gospel Stories July 15
8 "The Sea" and Fish Stories July 22
9 "The Letter" and Church Stories July 29
10 "And Then...", Closing Reflections August 5

To find out more or to order your book follow this link.




On the Horizon

Monday, July 15
7:00 pm Book Study at City News

Tuesday, July 16
7:00 pm What's Next Task Force Meeting

Thursday, July 18
6:00 pm Community Office hours at Colectivo Coffee, 2261 N Milwaukee with Bryan Zera

Sunday, July 21
10:00 am Bible Study (lower level of church inside Keeler entrance) - led by David Foster
11:00 am Worship – Lesley Jaeger preaching

Wednesday, Bad Girls of the Bible, July 24
7 p.m. contact for more information

Sunday, July 28
10:00 am Bible Study (lower level of church inside Keeler entrance) - led by David Foster
11:00 am Worship - Pastor Lindsey preaching



Rainbow People Moving Forward - June 9 Celebration of the Church

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrated our ministry at the corner of Grace and Keeler in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. For 127 of our 131 years, we have called this corner home and are grateful to have served God and community from this place. We are grateful for the opportunity to have served Christ and his beloved community here. As we consider a new location, we celebrate our long-time home and the various ministries that have served so many here. 

We chose Pentecost Sunday because it is a day that marks the promise of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit moved the disciples out of the upper room and into the streets. While IPUMC is celebrating the past, we are doing this with the hope and promise that the Holy Spirit is moving us into the future.

As Rainbow People we are united in Christ and hold fast to God's promises as we move into the future. While denominational issues add to our uncertainty, we hold fast to who we are during this time of transition. The Holy Spirit was poured out on ALL people – all genders, young, old, slave, free. As a reconciling congregation, we understand God’s promises continue to include all people irrespective of gender identity, sexual preference, ability, race, economic status or education. 

Special donations to IPUMC to help us during this transition can se sent to:

Without a doubt, God is leading us to new places, opening new doors, and calling us to serve in new ways 




Moving on

Irving Park United Methodist Church has been serving this community from the corner of Grace and Keeler for almost 130 years. In addition to our congregation, we are home to the Irving Park Community Food Pantry,  Irving Park Hispanic United Methodist and Apogee Academy. Other groups including Alcoholics Anonymous, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Weight Watchers, OIPA, Irving Park Historical Society, countless youth groups and many more have shared our space over the years. Our church has been the site of weddings, baptisms, celebrations and concerts in our beautiful and acoustically acclaimed sanctuary. The Reconciling Ministry of the UMC had their national offices here for  years in the beautiful third floor restored office space.

With great sadness, we came to the realization that our small congregation can no longer bear the expense of a building this size. We spent significant time working with a group of architects and developers who donate their time to assist congregations like ours. Together we developed concepts for repurposing the church building to include space for senior housing, while preserving the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for use by the church. We then reached out to the local community and to our own networks in search of potential property development partners. Unfortunately, after a year and half of trying, our efforts were unsuccessful.

We have now turned to coordinating the sale of the building and thinking about our future. There are no current plans to close Irving Park United Methodist Church and our leaders are praying and envisioning creative ways that the Holy Spirit might lead us into the next phase of ministry life.

The initial focus on the sale of our building will target  schools, churches, performing arts, and other community minded groups that would likely have interest in this place and neighborhood. However, the congregation remains open to other development opportunities for the building and land.

The Irving Park United Methodist Church

Leadership Team, Pastor Hope Chernich and Pastor Lindsey Joyce



Advent Happenings

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Friday, November 30
Join us in the Sanctuary at 9:30 on Friday morning as we decorate the church in preparation for Christmas and Advent.

Wednesday, December 5
Everyone who identifies as a woman is invited to the Bad Girl's annual Christmas party! Beth is hosting. It will begin at 7:00 pm at one of our members’ homes.  Bring a dish or drink to share. Contact Pastor Hope at for more info. 

Advent Young Adult Dinners
Mondays in December Pastor Hope will be hosting dinners at different restaurants in Logan Square. Dinner is free!  Young adults came and invite a friend! follow this link for more info and to RSVP.

Sunday, December 9
We have invited Grace Church of Logan Square to worship with us on December 9.  Worship will be at 11am followed by Christmas cookie fun and decorating. There will be a special music performance and a Christmas-themed corner for babies and toddlers to explore! If you would like to help with cookies please email Pastor Lindsey at

Advent Prayer and Reflection 
We will meet Fridays in December at 9:30 am at the church for conversation, prayer, and fellowship.

Christmas Eve Service at Grace
This year we will have a combined Christmas Eve service on Monday, December 24 at 7pm at Grace Church in Logan Square ( The service will include an impromptu Christmas program involving both kids and the young at heart. 



Living Stones: Generosity Campaign


From October 21st to November 11th, we will go through a series that reminds us why it is that we give not only our money, but also our time, our gifts, our talents, our witness, and our service to a community. It’s not simply to prop up a building or an institutional way of being, but to remember we are the living stones that build up God’s body and community on earth. We’ve just spent six weeks studying the transitional shifts the church needs to make in the 21st century through the book Weird Church, by Paul Nixon, and we’re going to apply those principles to our giving campaign this week. We’ll be reminded why we give: to  resist corporate understandings of the church, to be present to those around us, to care for our gathered community and to participate in God’s healing of the world. We will pull from old and new testament passages, as well as the gospel to remind us that God has always called us to these ways of being and called us to invest all of ourselves (including our money) in building the world as God would have it. Throughout our giving will be asking that important question: what are we building here, and for whom?

The series:

1 Peter 2:4-10

This passage tells us that people are the house of God, living stones God uses to build God’s community. As the old hymn says, “I am the church, you are the church, we are the church together, all who follow Jesus, all around the world, yes we’re the church together” This reminds us that we give in order to be able to care for the body of Christ gathered together here.

John 2:13-22

In this passage we see Jesus turning over the tables of the money-changers in the temple. Christ calls us to function outside of the marketplace, in a place marked not by what we have, but how we love. This reminds us that we give to the church as an act of resistance to the ways corporations and the marketplace want to shape our understanding of our neighbors and ourselves. 

2 Samuel 2:1-7

In the Scripture passage we see God tell David not to build a house for the ark of the covenant. God privileges flexibility and nimbleness over pomp and circumstance and the ark is able to travel with the people easily in the tent. This reminds us that we give, not to prop up a building, but so that we can have the ability and resources to be present with all.

Revelation 21:1-5

This passage reminds us of the current work and future promise: God is making all things new. God is healing the earth. This reminds us that we give in order to participate in God’s work of healing the world.



Weird Church Book Study!


Along with our sermon series on Paul Nixon and Beth Ann Estock's Weird Church: Welcome to the 21st Century, we will be offering a book study. You can connect one of three ways:

9:30am Fridays at Irving Park United Methodist Church (3801 N. Keeler). We will meet every Friday Sept. 7-Oct. 1

7pm Wednesdays at Epworth United Methodist Church (5253 N. Kenmore Avenue). We will meet every Wednesday Sept. 12-Oct 16

Or check us out on facebook at the Chicago Northside United Methodist Coop: Chicago Northside United Methodist Coop: Weird Church Book Study (feel free to join the group even if you don't participate in the discussion!)

Don't worry if you can only make it to one or two, we'd love to have you and hear your voice!



Global Citizenship Program Summer 2018!


Global Citizenship

For 4th-12th Grades 

Combining service, experiential learning, faith formation, and fun, this summer program will expand your family’s understanding of the environment, interfaith relationships, race, food accessibility, and serving our neighbors.

$10-15 per day depending on event (if you need financial help, just talk to your pastor) and pack your own lunch to your own liking!

You are allowed to participate in one or ALL of the events, when registering just be sure to let us know which days you want to experience! Please fill out the form once for each person. 

Want to Register or Volunteer? Fill out this form below!

Hope your young person can make it!



Advent 2017, Keep Awake: Living for Hope in a World of Despair


Advent is about the breathless expectation of light in a world of darkness. Jesus is born into a world of turmoil: the immigrant is rejected, homelessness is rampant, cruelty and bureaucracy reign in the halls of power as the people are sent back to their hometowns for a census. And yet, in that darkness, a light is promised. The light that will set us free from the narrative of death and finally bring all humanity into the promise of life. Join us this Advent as we look at our Scripture stories, asking where do we find hope, peace, joy and love in the Scriptures, where do we see it today and how do we continue to live for it in a world that so often feels like it has given itself over to despair. Christ is coming, we are living for hope in a world of despair. Join us every Sunday at 10am throughout the Advent Season.



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Irving Park United Methodist Church and Irving Park Hispanic United Methodist Church, located at 3801 Keeler Ave, Chicago, IL 60641 are excited to announce we are holding a Church Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 8:00 am –2:00 pm!

If you have items you would like to donate:

o   Please call Tracy at 773-283-6262 or leave a message with your name, phone #, address and a description of the item(s) to schedule a pick up or if you have any questions. 

o   Donation drop offs will be accepted Fridays and Saturdays 9-11 am.

o   We are also able to accept donations dropped off at the church office’s Grace Street entrance Mondays, and Thursdays, from 10 am- 1 pm in September.

o   Please make sure items are clean and in good working order.

We are able to provide a tax deductible In-kind receipt for all donations.

If you have time and energy you would like to donate:

o   Please email Jen at  We are always thankful for volunteers with kind hearts and helpful hands!

Come help us make the world a little bit better!

Whether you are able to donate or not, we would like to invite you to join us on the day of the event.  It is open to the public, and ALL ARE WELCOME to come shop, enjoy:

o   Repurposing/Reusing hundreds of different items (household, furniture, vintage kitchen glassware, pianos, tools, toys, sports equipment, clothing, etc.)

o   Baked goods and refreshments will also be available for purchase.

o   Music and games!

o   Meeting neighbors and new friends, enjoying fellowship time with us!

Take care of some early Christmas shopping, pick up something, “new to you,” meet our new ministers:  Pastor Hope Chernich, Pastor Lindsey Joyce, and Pastor Sam Castro, or just enjoy some fun family time!

Street parking is available; please be respectful to neighboring residents.  Public transportation and pedestrian traffic are encouraged.


All proceeds from donated time, energy, and items will benefit ministries of the church, the community and both congregations. 


Peace & Blessings,