TABLE OF CONTENTS

Order of Worship (7:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.)..........................................................2 Unison Scripture (7:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.) ...........................................................3 Hymn of Praise (7:30 a.m. – “Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child”) ................................4 Hymn of Praise (11:00 a.m. – “O Little Town of Bethlehem”)..........................................4 Hymn of Invitation “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” .................................................................5 Sermon Notes.......................................................................................................................6 Pastor’s Page ........................................................................................................................7 To Do Justice .......................................................................................................................8 Advent Meditation #5 and #6 ..............................................................................................9 Stewardship ........................................................................................................................10 Calendar .............................................................................................................................11 MLK College Fair..............................................................................................................12 Heart of the Community ....................................................................................................13 2005 Deacon Ordination ....................................................................................................14 Kwanzaa Book Signing.......................................................................................................A Kwanzaa 2005/Married Couples Conference .....................................................................B Trumpet Subscriptions ........................................................................................................C The Akiba............................................................................................................................D Information & Announcements .........................................................................................18 Prayers Only.......................................................................................................................19 Bereaved/Hospitalized .......................................................................................................21 Extended Care ....................................................................................................................23 Members At Home.............................................................................................................24 Prayer Concerns .................................................................................................................28 Service and Support Groups ..............................................................................................29

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ORDER OF WORSHIP
FIFTH sunday of advent Choral Introit .........................................................................................................................“Holy, Holy, Holy” Opening Hymn (7:30 a.m.) ...................................................................................................“Glorify The Lord” Opening Hymn (11:00 a.m.).................................................................................“Come Thou Almighty King” Opening Hymn (6:00 p.m.) .................................................................................“Hallelujah, You Are Worthy” Call To Worship The Lord’s Prayer Hymn of Praise (7:30 a.m.) .....................................................................“Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child” Hymn of Praise (11:00 a.m.) ..............................................................................“O Little Town Of Bethlehem” Unison Scripture (7:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.) .......................................................................... Luke 2:8-14 (NRSV) Unison Scripture (6:00 p.m.) ........................................................................................... Luke 2:15-20 (NRSV) [PLEASE REMAIN STANDING FOR THE READING OF THE WORD] Invocation Ministry of Music (6:00 p.m.) ...................................................................................“O Come All Ye Faithful” Parish Concerns Visitor Recognition Passing of the Peace The Dance Ministry The Pastor’s Word The Service of Giving Offertory Sentences Tithes and Offerings Lifestyle Capital Stewardship Campaign Altar Call (7:30 a.m.) ...................................................................................“We Have Come Into This House” Altar Call (11:00 a.m.) ................................................................................................“I’m In Love With Jesus” Sermon (7:30 a.m.) ........................................................................................“God’s Gift To Us” (Luke 2:8-10) Sermon (11:00 a.m.) ..................................................................................................“Who Is He?” (Luke 2:11) Sermon (6:00 p.m.).............................................................................. “And Who Is He To You?” (Luke 2:20) Hymn of Invitation (7:30 a.m.) ...........................................................................“O Come, Let Us Adore Him” Hymn of Invitation (11:00 a.m.) .......................................................................................“The Name Of Jesus” Hymn of Invitation (6:00 p.m.) ................................................................................“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Benediction.....................................................................................................................................“Total Praise” [Once the Sermon has begun, parishioners may not enter or re-enter the first floor Sanctuary]

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unison scripture

7:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.

6:00 p.m.

LUKE 2:8-14 (NRSV)
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"

LUKE 2:15-20 (NRSV)
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

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HYMN OF PRAISE
7:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child
Jesus, Jesus, Oh what a wonderful child Jesus, Jesus, So lowly, meek, and mild New life, new hope, new joy He brings Won't you listen to the angels sing Glory, glory, glory To the new born King He was herald by the angels Born in a lowly manger The virgin Mary was His mother And Joseph was His earthly father Three wise men came from afar They were guided by a shining star To see King Jesus where He lay In a manger filled with hay Oh Jesus Jesus, Mary's baby Lamb of God, Heavenly child Jesus Jesus, I love Him Oh Jesus, All mighty God King of kings Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus Wonderful, wonderful one Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus Son of God Oh Jesus, Glory To the new born King

O Little Town Of Bethlehem
Verse I O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight. Verse II For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above, While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondring love. O morning stars, together Proclaim the holy birth, And praises sing to God the King, And peace to men on earth. Verse III How silently, how silently The wondrous gift is giv’n! So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His heav’n. No ear may hear His coming, But, in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still The dear Christ enters in. Verse IV O holy Child of Bethlehem, Descend to us, we pray; Cast out our sin and enter in – Be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels The great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel!

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HYMN of invitation
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Verse I Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father, There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not, As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be. Chorus Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me! Verse II Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness, To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. (Repeat Chorus) Verse III Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine with ten thousand beside! (Repeat Chorus)

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SERMON NOTES
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PASTOR’S PAGE
Countdown to 2006!
We said on the last Sunday of October that we would work together, save together, sacrifice together and give together to put the $300,000 we borrowed from our own savings to pay off the mortgage which we burned on the first Sunday of this month. As of last Sunday, through your sacrificial giving over and above your tithes, we have been able to raise $202,535.32. We have only this Sunday, Kwanzaa Services and Watch Meeting Services to raise the balance, and to bring in the gifts. We are counting down to 2006! Our commitment was to raise an additional $300,000 over and above tithes and offerings by December 31st. I committed to give an extra $3,000 ($1,000 each month). Many members have joined me in giving $1,000. Others have joined at all kinds of levels. Some are giving $100 a week. Some are giving $100 a month. Some are giving whatever they can give after giving their tithes. We have said for 30 years that we cannot all give the same thing; but we can all give something! Together we can do it! Give today and give God the glory for the VICTORY that is ours through Jesus Christ.

You can Help!
We need your help in fixing our confused and confusing "Medicare Laws!" Our Congresspersons have come home for the holidays, but our seniors need your help! On January 1, 2006, the new Medicare Prescription Drug plan goes into effect. Millions of senior citizens are in deep trouble as a result of this so-called "plan." Already there are reports that many seniors, especially low-income seniors, are having a hard time understanding the different coverage plans and making the best choices among the many options. UCC members who are seniors or caregivers are encouraged to ask members of our Health Ministry and members of Church-in-Society to find out who in our community has the best information to help you navigate this system and make the best choices. You may also go to http://www.ucctakeaction.org/ctt.asp?u=2149192&l=113571 to find a useful resource that might help you navigate the new plan. The new Medicare drug law has several flaws which mostly protect the drug companies at the expense of seniors. It contains a coverage gap that will force seniors to pay out-of-pocket expenses when drug costs exceed $2,250 per year. The Medicaid safety net has been eliminated for people who are the dual beneficiaries of Medicare and Medicaid. The new law allows the drug companies to decide independently which drugs to

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PA S T O R ’S PA G E
drugs to cover, and also permits them to change those decisions on a monthly basis. Also, the Medicare system is prevented under the new law from negotiating with drug companies to get lower prices. A bill that would reform this law has been introduced. It is entitled “Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act of 2005” (H.R. 752/S. 345). This new bill would establish a standard drug coverage plan administered by Medicare that would help alleviate the current confusion. It would also mandate negotiated prices for prescription drugs, producing savings that could be used to fill the coverage gap and still save taxpayers money. To send a message to your members of Congress asking them to support H.R. 752/S. 345, log on to http://www.ucctakeaction.org/ctt.asp?u=2149192&l=113663. “Once the clock strikes twelve on New Year's, many of the poorest, sickest, and oldest Americans face grave risk of losing their life-saving medications.” - Robert M. Hayes, president of the Medicare Rights Center Thank you for your advocacy efforts over this past year! Together, we have made a difference! Together; we CAN continue to make a difference. We need your help! You can help. The question on this Christmas day is WILL YOU?

to do justice
"Especially in the day and age we live in … the President of the United States needs to have his constitutional powers unimpaired, if you will, in terms of the conduct of national security policy." These words, spoken by Vice President Dick Cheney, expose just how tyrannical, corrupt and crazy this government is. This is seen especially in light of President Bush’s signing an order over 2-1/2 years ago that allowed for domestic wiretapping. Moreover, in a speech over a year after signing the executive order, he told the American people: "Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretaps, it requires – a wiretap requires a court order,” the President said in a speech in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 20, 2004, in which he discussed the enactment of the Patriot Act. “Nothing has changed, by the way,” Bush continued in the speech. "When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.” It is evident that Bush and this administration continue to torture the people through lies and prescriptive policies. By doing so, Bush has widened his tortuous policies to now include the American people. Essentially, this wiretap executive order will pave the way for programs like COINTELPRO to be reinstituted, and seek to thwart any dissenting voices or actions opposing the policies of Bush and his cronies. ACTION ITEMS: 1. DO NOT SHOP AT WAL-MART OR SAM’S CLUB THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “What affects one of us directly, affects all of us indirectly.” ~~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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advent MEDITATION - 5 ADVENT – BODY AND SOUL “Walking”

advent MEDITATION - 6 ADVENT – BODY AND SOUL “Rest In The Lord”

In most cities and towns the streets are busier than the sidewalks. We want to get places in a hurry. While speeding along, though, we do not get to savor the sights and sounds and beauty of things along the way. Advent and Christmas get short-changed, when we try to cruise through them. We want to move forward, but at a pace that prepares us for the joy that comes at the end. Walking consists of putting one foot in front of the other. It involves doing this many times. Some people even use a pedometer that counts the steps, as well as measuring the distance traveled. It is an unrewarding and meaningless walk, though, if we simply walk in circles. We need to go somewhere and see either new sights that refresh or old ones that are restorative. Advent is a journey toward God, the God found in a little child in a manger and in the man that child came to be. If we were to arrive at the stable after a car trip, we might feel, “All right! Here we are! Show us what we came for!” However, if we come slowly, step by step, we are more ready to see and feel the wonder of a new birth. Rather than saying, “Oh, what a cute baby!” we say nothing, but reach out to take and hold the precious little bundle in our arms. We need to walk gently upon the holy ground of this season, our steps sure and steady but quiet. We need to find our way amidst the noisy crowd that bustles around us and discover the way that leads us into God’s presence. God awaits us. Seeing the little baby, we find one who will eventually walk alongside us through all the paths of our life.

Christmas is not just a day; it is a season. Advent leads up to this time, but the Christmas season continues on for twelve days until the coming of Epiphany. It is good to have these days as a time to relax and rejoice in what Christmas is really all about. Physically and psychologically we need times of rest and relaxation. We enjoy the inspiration of special music and services, the excitement of opening gifts, and the intimacy of sharing a meal with loved ones. After all is over, though, we are due for some relaxation, when we can let down a bit. There is a lot of difference, though, between resting and collapsing. The Psalm writer did not say to “collapse” in the Lord but to “rest” in God. In the pre-Christmas season, we may have done good work and been creative, but now is the time to sit back and enjoy receiving what God and others have to offer. The fact is that God has given us a wonderful gift. We do not need to go after it or even unwrap it. It comes “wrapped in swaddling clothes” and God’s gift of Jesus is just what we need. Even if He was not on our Christmas list, Jesus is one who will bring us lasting satisfaction. Felix Mendelssohn wrote in his aria in “Elijah,” O rest in the Lord. Wait patiently for Him, And He shall give thee thy heart’s desires. With Jesus, the Christ, we ourselves are reborn, refreshed, rejuvenated. The new Christian year, which Advent began, is now truly at hand with new possibilities. “Joy to the World!” May God’s joy and rich presence be felt within you through all the days to come!

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STEWARDSHIP
ADVENT AGAIN!
Advent again, and our thoughts turn to Christmas; to the festal remembrance of the coming of the Christ. We give gifts to remember that God gave the greatest gift. God is the gift of God, for the only gift worth the giving is oneself. All gifts are signs of personal love or they are bribes. To give a gift with no love for the one to whom we give it is the greatest lie. The unmeant gift from the unloving heart is the cruelest deceit. God so loved the world that He gave His only son; and Jesus so loved us that He gave Himself for our salvation. People have only one real need. We can get along with good food, clothes and shelter, but we can’t get along without each other. In contrast, our Christmas gifts are meaningful treasures, no matter how little we pay for them, if they are symbols of an honest love. The new mink coat to an unloved wife from an unloving husband is a poor gift indeed. And the dime store gift given with real affection is a treasure beyond price. Truly, our Christmas gifts to each other are empty gestures, no matter how much we pay for them, if they are not sincere symbols of our love. In the end, my only gift is myself. All other gifts are but signs of this gift of me. The gift of me must be made day by day in each encounter with a fellow person. Merry Christmas The Stewardship Ministry Constance A. King, Editor Stacey Moore, Chairperson

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CALENDAR
HIGHLIGHTS Christmas Day Deacon Ordination MON - SAT...12/26-12/31 Kwanzaa Services MON...12/26 Church Offices Closed Umoja Book Signing SAT...12/31 Watch Meeting Services SUN...12/25 SUNDAY - 12/25 Trinity Television Broadcast TV One (Check your cable & satellite menu) 7:30 a.m. Worship Service - SA 9:30 a.m. Breakfast - FH Bible Study - WC 11:00 a.m. Worship Service - SA 1:30 p.m. Dinner - FH 6:00 p.m. Worship Service - SA 6:30 a.m. MONDAY - 12/26 400 W. 95th Street Church Offices Closed 6:00 p.m. Voice Class - WC Director’s Forum - 203 Kwanzaa Service - SA 7:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. Umoja Book Signing following Kwanzaa Service –A TUESDAY - 12/27 400 W. 95th Street Voice Class - WC Singles Community Worship Committee - 116 Band Rehearsal - SA New Member Class - FH Kwanzaa Service - SA Singles Community - A

6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY - 12/28 400 W. 95th Street 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Prayer & Fasting 11:30 a.m. Prayer Service - WC 5:45 p.m. Praise Team - SA 6:00 p.m. CHOICES - 116 7:00 p.m. Kwanzaa Service - SA THURSDAY - 12/29 400 W. 95th Street Immabasi-CHOICES Screening - A Imani Ya Watume - WC Band Rehearsal - SA Voice Class - FH Kwanzaa Service - SA FRIDAY - 12/30 400 W. 95th Street Free-N-One - 118 Immabasi-CHOICES Screening - A Music Theory Class - 202 Drug & Alcohol Recovery Ministry - 203

5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

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CALENDAR
7:00 p.m. Free-N-One - 207 Kwanzaa Service - SA SATURDAY - 12/31 400 W. 95th Street Yoga - Narthex II Church School - 118/202 Church School (Adults) - WC Little Warriors For Christ - SA Walaika - FH Youth Drill Team - 202 Communion Prep - BR DIT 2006 - SA Kwanzaa Service - SA Watch Meeting Service - SA Watch Meeting Service - SA

7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.

Co-Sponsored by: Trinity United Church of Christ Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. The SallieMae Fund City Colleges of Chicago

Friday, January 13th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
and

Saturday, January 14th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Navy Pier, Festival Hall A 600 East Grand Ave.
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BLACK & CHRISTIAN (NEW MEMBER CLASSES) (6:30 - 9:30 p.m.) Tues., Dec. 27th --------------------------Adults (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Children 6-12 Years (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Sat., Jan. 28th

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED!
Please sign up in the Atrium after each service. For more information, contact Elena M. Thomas or Rev. Ruvinia Owusu at THEC 773-298-1590

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HEART OF THE COMMUNITY
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, INC. Ninety-eighth Founders Day Luncheon “Strengthening the Circle of Sisterhood,” Save the date, Saturday, January 21, 12:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Call Michele Williams, 708-259-2662 ALPHA II OMEGA Kwanzaa events, children’s crafts, Kwanzaa kits, ceremony and party, December 26-29, 1838 W. 95th Street, Call 773-445-9044 AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE MLK Peace Weekend 2006 “Peace Jam” featuring Kirk Whalum, Rachelle Ferrell and Stephanie Parker, Sunday, January 15, 7:00 p.m., Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. King Dr., Tickets, 312559-1212 or 773-373-1900 AUDTORIUM THEATRE “Too Hot To Handel,” Jazz Gospel Messiah, Saturday, January 14, 7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 15, 3:00 p.m., 50 E. Congress Parkway, Call Beth Bullock, 312-922-2110 x357 ETA THEATER musical “Kasimu and the Coconut Palm,” December 26-30, 2:00 p.m., 7558 S. South Chicago, Call 773752-3955 FREE CLASSES Computer and literacy in math and reading offered by the office of Monique Davis, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 1234 W. 95th Street, Call 773-445-9700 HEATING AID PROGRAM low-income home energy assistance program provides one-time benefits to offset home heating bills, Eligibility is based on household income, number of family members and geographic location, Call 1-866-674-6327 HISTORY MAKERS breakfast and symposium on the State of the Nation since Martin Luther King, “Is the Civil Rights Era Dead?” Monday, January 16, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Contact Jocelyn Delk, 312-674-1900 or info@thehistorymakers.com LUTHERAN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Benefit Concert “Bach,” Sunday, January 8, 4:00 p.m., 1500 W. Belmont, Call 800635-1116 x712 PROVIDENCE ST. MEL 2005-2006 testing schedule, grades 1-11, January 14, Kindergarten testing by appointment only, Registration 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. only, Call 773-722-2222

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The Akiba hosts a special Kwanzaa Book Signing

Dr. Julia Speller
author of

with

walkin' the talk Keepin' the Faith in Africentric Congregations

UMOJA
Julia M. Speller uses the principles of Nguzo Saba as interpretative lenses to study three congregations that self-identify as Africentric - Trinity UCC, 1st African Presbyterian Church and Imani Temple Christian Fellowship. In the process, she takes these principles outside of their annual ritualistic format and recasts them as values that help bring faith and culture together in congregational life, forming the contours of an Africentic spirituality.

Tomorrow, Monday, December 26, 2005
immediately following Kwanzaa service in the Atrium

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Kwanzaa 2005
Building on the Principles . . . Where Do We Go From Here? Come Learn about the Principles of Kwanzaa, while enjoying singing and dancing
Seven Principles of Kwanzaa Umoja – Unity Kujichagulia – Self-Determination Ujima – Collective Work & Responsibility Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics Nia – Purpose Kuumba – Creativity Imani – Faith

Celebrate

SAVE THE DATE

Married Couples Conference
Married With Purpose, Passion, Power and Praise!

2006

March 9-11, 2006
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For more information, call: TUCC Married Couples Ministry Hotline: 773-962-5650 x884 or email: 2006mcmconference@sbcglobal.net

Tomorrow, Monday, December 26 thru Saturday, December 31 Monday – Friday, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 5:00 p.m.
Trinity United Church of Christ 400 West 95th Street
Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. – Senior Pastor

Merry Christmas, Sunday, December 25, 2005

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Deacon Ordination Sunday

2005

Philip Brewer Philip has been a member for 7 years. “I have felt God’s presence in my life before and during this important journey with God. I have learned about myself. It has been a period of purging and emergence of growth for me. I’ve experienced a range of emotions from joy unspeakable to extreme frustration and disappointment, sometimes during the same day. I realize that God uses me in good times and challenging times. My prayer is, as God has led me through this period of growth … that I will yield to His Will and purpose for me for the rest of my life.” Favorite Scripture: Isaiah 54:17 Tony Darling Tony has been a member for 9 years. “This has been an experience of ups and downs, laughter and tears, but through it all, a relationship that only God has given and man can’t take away. [I have experienced] the pleasure of growing in God and in His Word … Learning how to love God and myself … Understanding my purpose and accepting willingly and faithfully the call to be a servant of God in the service of His people. This walk has been about love, learning to love as God loves!” Favorite Scripture: Psalm 150

Merry Christmas, Sunday, December 25, 2005

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M. Michelle Day Michelle has been a member for 16 years. “In thinking back over these months I’ve been reflecting on three aspects – the people I’ve visited, the people I’ve walked with and me. I feel blessed and humbled by the way that people welcomed us into their homes and shared their faith with us in such a personal way. I feel truly blessed and special that I had two walking deacons who showed me love and patience. I truly believe that God brought our class together because each person has given me a lesson in life that I need to hold on to. I feel a different awareness now of how very important it is and will be for me to be more like a spiritual turtle than a hare – to be slow, intentional and steady in my prayer, devotion, meditation and worship. So now I’m both excited about the prospect of serving at a deeper level and unsure of whether I am ready.” Favorite Scripture: Psalm 121, Psalm 139 Karen D. Jackson Karen has been a member for 3 years. “This walk has been just that, ‘a walk.’ Some days have been on gravel, some on sand, some on mud, some on water … I have noticed that I’m not alone. He is with me. There were times when I felt I couldn’t [and] He reminded me that He could. When I was weak, His grace was sufficient and He was my strength. When I wanted to run, He was there letting me know that greater is He that is in me … I have learned that I am nothing without my Father and worthless without the body of Christ.” Favorite Scripture: The Bible Jacqueline Lindsey Jacquie has been a member for 24 years. “This journey of preparation, my Walk, has indeed transformed my entire way of being. I now understand what it really means to worship Christ Jesus. Answering the call to serve the Lord as a deacon is both an honor and privilege. My desires, that which I seek after are continuous growth in Christ Jesus and to serve Him within His Will, becoming Christ-like in all my ways.” Favorite Scripture: John 3:16, Romans 5:1-5, Romans 8:1-6

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Rodney L. Mumphery Rodney has been a member for 8 years. “[Upon first being considered to serve as a deacon] my spirit was willing but not my flesh. Was I worthy enough to serve in this capacity? As I began my walk, my feeling of inadequacy began to subside through a profound realization of Christ’s worthiness. I am grateful to God, Pastor Wright, the DIT coordinators and my Walking Deacons for being patient with me. Serving in this capacity is an awesome privilege. To be used by the Comforter to provide comfort for the people of God through the power of Christ is amazing.” Favorite Scripture: II Corinthians 4 Stella Reid Stella has been a member for 5 years. “I had no idea when I began this walk … how I would be tested. I know that I’ve been made stronger … I feel that this is what God has called me to do and [He] is equipping me through this walk and as I continue to show myself approved, every day, to be the best servant that I can be. I don’t have to try to do it like anyone else. I just want to get up everyday and say, ‘Here I am, Lord, use me in whatever way You choose, so that You get the glory.’” Favorite Scripture: Psalm 27 Amelia Jones Stevens Amelia has been a member for 24 years. “Without question, I have grown – grown in ways that I had not expected. Gradually as I was going through, I realized that my reason for wanting to become a deacon was altruistic, based on my need to grieve. In the process, I realized that it was not about me, that God played the key role in my being where I possibly would have never gone … The comfort and growth that I gained was derived from my being still, listening for God’s direction, and being able, through His grace and mercy, to minister to others. Thank you [Lord] for this opportunity.” Favorite Scripture: Psalm 27, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Claude R. Stevens Claude has been a member for 22 years. “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. My walk is a journey for answers [that] I don’t have with laughter and tears, with an inner calmness.” Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9,11-13 Leamon G. Texas “Tex” has been a member for 8 years. “This process has been an emotional roller coaster ride. I have laughed, sighed and, more than I’d like to admit, cried. This “Walk” has utterly changed my life. I have come face to face with my own strengths and weaknesses alike. I have had to wrestle with the almighty Himself. I suspect that this entire 15-month process is truly, and metaphorically speaking, the proverbial tip of the Christian iceberg. I will never forget my experience as a deacon in training (DIT).” Favorite Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34, Ephesians 6:10-18 Victoria Morgan Thomas Victoria has been a member for 6 years. “What my walk has meant most to me has been the revelation God has shown to me about myself and what it takes to walk in Christ. [It] has meant allowing God to reveal the strength He has given me to do His work. There were many days that my tears overtook me … My tears weren’t tears of sorrow but tears of compassion for God’s people. I thank God for every teardrop I spilled, because with every drop, He sent back a blessing and healed my brokenness.” Favorite Scripture: II Corinthians 12:9-10

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INFORMATION AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHAPLAIN MINISTRY “Working Together to Inspire and Build-up the Spiritual Life of Those We Serve,” Wednesday, January 4, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Wright Chapel, Call Deacon Sheryll Bray, 773-783-2849 or Adrienne Wynn, 773-7348307 CREDIT UNION closed Sundays, December 25th and January 1st AND…Members who have indicated interest in direct deposits to savings but have not done so, Call Trinity Credit Union, 773-962-5686 FINANCIAL COUNSELING CONSORTIUM Subcommittee of Long Range Planning available to come to ministry meetings and retreats upon request to address tithing, debt management, managing risk, savings and investments, college planning, retirement life planning, charitable giving and estate planning, Request a speaker, Call 773-962-5650 x819 IMMABASI Health and Wellness Ministry “Choices,” screenings for blood pressure, body mass index, blood glucose, total cholesterol and health information, December 29-30, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Pre-register, Call Shirley Fleming, 773-962-5650 mailbox 875 MARRIED COUPLES CONFERENCE Keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Renita Weems and her husband Rev. Martin Espinoso, March 9-11, 2006, Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, See page B
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TRINITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION needs additional tutors: Advanced Placement and Regular Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Algebra/Trig, Call Ms. Larriey Payton, 773-298-1590 AND…Attention Trinity high school seniors: If you would like to participate in the seventh annual MLK HBCU College Fair Essay Contest, Call Ms. Frankie Wilson, 773-298-1590, Application guidelines available tomorrow, Monday, December 26 TRINITY UCC AND SAFER FOUNDATION Sponsoring Ready 4 Work, aftercare program for ex-offenders: 18-34 years old, out of prison 85 days or less, no sex crimes or crimes against women or children AND…Ready 4 Work mentors needed, Must be available to meet with mentees 2-6 hours per month, If exoffender: conviction must not have been of sex crimes or crimes against women, children, out of prison for at least 2 years, Call Vanessa Cosby-Shannon, 773-2331492

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PRAYERS ONLY
Adams, Dea. Lorraine Adams, Shane Adams, Stephen Albritton, Mrs. Willie Alford, Shannon Allen, Stephanie Allen, William Allen-Brown, Tubrea Allred-Coleman, Baby Jalen Andrews, Jovan Atdley, Bessie Atkins, Anthony Averyhart, Dorothy Baker, Betty Ballentine, Maryann Bank, Jeffery Barnes, Ineather Barney, Frank Barney, Mary Barrett-Gordon, Mamie Barrigher, Jeffrey Bell, Deacon Otis Bennett, Janvier Bertha, Deacon Helen Bethea, Lila Bibb, Stephanie Blackman, Michael Blacksheare, Quenola Bland, Telina Blasingame, Mattie Boose, Christopher Boreman, Christopher Bowers, Jeffrey Bowling, Georgia Boyd & Brown Family Bradfield, Bertha Branch, Mrs. Mearlon Bratton, Marjorie Breaux, Freddie Brooks, Jerome Browder, Mariana Brown, Chantel Brown, Dr. Harriette Brown Family Brown, Terrance Brown, Vanessa Brownville, Michael Bruce, Oteia Buford, Tarren Bunch, Demetrius Bunch, Ethel Burnam, Charles Burr, Earline Burr-Harris, Jacqueline Butler, Darwin Butler, Evan Butler, Myrtle Byrd, Frances Calloway, Johnny Calvin, Brenda Cannon, Alvin Carter, Deacon Carole Caston, Alfred & Aletha Chambers, Cedric Chapman, Malachi Chew, Allen Cobb, Pierce Cochran, Rev. Leona Cogdell, Evelyn Collins, George Collins, Walter & Deacon Marlene Compton, Yvonne Coney, Willie Corbitt, Ashley Cousin, Johnta Crayton, Rhoda Crenshaw Family Crudup, Robert Darke Family Darke, Jerrold Dates Family Davis, Baby Jacob “Ray Ray” Davis, Mary Denson, Louise Dillanao, Nadine Divers, Gregory Dixon, Angelique Dixon, Juanita & Family Douglas, Willie Duke, Annette Dulaney, Quintina Dumas, Tonia Dunn-Wallace, Dominique Elkins, Johnetta “Polly” Elmore, Anita Elmore, Milo & Anita Eskridge, Orguerete Eubanks, Roy Eubanks, Twyla Everett, Antoine Everett, Barbara Flowers, Donna Flunder, Linda Foster, Sally Frick Family Fuller, Heather Funches, Roberta Garland, Dorothy Garner-Cobb, Trina & Family Garrett, Willie Gellinoe, Stanley Goodman, Temeaka Govan, Jackie & Family Graham, Elder Lucille Gray, Deloris Gray, Joyce Gray, Viola Gwynn, Mother Irma Miller & Arthur Hale, Thomas Hall, Jenny Hamilton, Daniel & Danielle Hamilton, Deacon Edwina Hammond, Daniel Hammond, Sr., Donald L. Hardaway-Wheeler, Pamela Harris, Altha Mae Harris, Marilyn Harris, Schena Hayes, Shelley & Family Haynes, Frances Henderson, Bertha Mae Hicks, Marie Hightower, R.T. & Murty Hinton, Diane Holmes, Jr. Deacon Dion Hood, Lillian Hudson, Irean Hunter, Sheena Hunter, Jr., Terrance Irvin, McGlother Ivery, Mr. J.T. Jackson, Bruce Jackson Family Jackson, Michael Jackson, Queen James, Louis James, Mia James, Safya Jamison, Sandra Jefferson, Dea. Morris Jenkins, Dea. Herschel Jenkins, Gloria Jenkins, Pamela Johnson, Cathy M. Johnson, Edna Johnson, Florence Johnson, Lois Johnson, Maggie Johnson, Shirley Joiner, Ruth Jones, Deacon Evelyn Jones, Freddie Jones, Raymond Jones, Rev. H. Jordan, Celina Jordan, Diane Keith, Anna M. Keith, James Kelly, Connie Kenan, Kristen Kimball, Deacon Elizabeth Kimball, Norman Kimble, Rosa King, Benjamin King, Cindy Kint, George Kitching, Cynthia

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PRAYERS ONLY
Knox, Rochelle Knox, Ssg. Patrice Lambert, Rev. Carolyn Lane, Priscilla Langston, Darlene Larkin, Althea Lenoir, Deacon Vanessa Lenoir, Dorothy Letterman, Ethel Lewis, Curtis Lewis, Deacon Ella Lewis, Donna Lewis, Mary Lewis, Ora & Family Lewis, Patty Lockett, Thetis Logan, McQueen Long, Deacon Rosemary Lyles, Johnise Lynch, Otis Lypson, Annie Mac, Devon Marrable, James Marshall, Gwendolyn Mason, Claristine Matthews, Delvon McCormick, Judy McCormick, Vester McDade, Darlene McGee, Taquita McKinney, Rev. Marian McNeal Family McNorton, Deacon Virginia McQueen, Trent Melton, Baby Dawshierra Merntt Family Miller, Deacon Beatrice Miller, James & Faith Miller, John Miller, Shirley Milliner, Tommie Mitchell, Evelyn Moody, Bineta Moore, Rev. Janet P. Morris, Mattie Murphy, Hattie Murray, Dorothy Muse, Virginia Napoleon Family Nesbitt, Derrick Nevils, Tessie Newburn, Thelma Only, Michael Overton, Jean Page, Mildred & Family Palmer, Spencer Parrott, Deacon Victor, Deidre, Brandon & Ariel Passmore, Cynthia Patrick, Nicole Pearson, Micah Perkins, Janet Perry, Curtis V. Poole, James Pope, Deyampert Pugh-Lightfoot, Eric Purlie, Linzy Qualls, Doris & Family Rawls, Lou Reason, Chester Redmond, Andrew Reed, Cynthia Reid, DIT Stella Roberts, Jimmy Robertson Family Robinson, Jacob Robinson, James Robinson, Jennifer Robinson, Pastor & Family Robinson, Shelly, Valerie, & Candie Rodgers, Yvonne Rodriques, Diogenes Rogers, Devin Rogers, Mary Rounsaville, Linda Ryan, Rasheeka Salone, Elaine Sampson, Mary Sanders, Norma Jean Scott, Angela Marie Scott, Dr. Angela & Family Scott, Jacqueline Scott & Williams Family Shaw, Nakeisha Shells, Venetia Simmons, Laverne Sims, Leona D. Singleton, Edgar Slay, Johnathan Sledge, Marsha Smith, Barbara Smith, Debra Smith, Edward & Betty Smith Family Smith, Freddie Smith, Sarah Smoot, Kimberly Soule, Rev. Genet South, Lucretia Spain Family Speaks, Denise Spencer, Michael Spencer, Nate Starks, Deacon Connie Steele, William Stevens, Sr., Claude Streeter, Lue Sullivan, Mildred Summerville-Moore, Tamika Taylor, Debbie Taylor, Jesse Terry, Jim Thomas-Reed, Willa Thornton, Barbara Tillman, Jonae Timberlake, Deacon Joyce Todd, Bradley & Family Triplett, Mother Sadie Trotter, Shirley Tucker, Carolyn Tucker, James & Linna Turner, Helen Tyson, Baby Dylan Upshaw, Jr., Albert Usher, Iza Vernardo, Helen Waddy, Karen Waiters, Jamel Waites, Robert Walker, Dolistine & Family Wallace, Sammy Ware, Baby Madison Warren, Kimberly Washington, Audrey J. Washington-Dyk, Gwendolyn Watson, Eva Watt, Mildred Weaver, Mr. Ashley Westbrook, Nia White, Joseph & Shirley White, Willa Wilks, Elizabeth Williams, Darryl Williams, Emily Williams, Hortense Williams, Johnnie Williams, Lois Williams, Mae Williams, Minnie Williams, Patrick Williams, Timothy Wilson, Dardina Wilson, Deacon Wendy Wilson, John Wilson, Mr. Leslie Wimberly, LaShaun Winkelman, Joshua Wise, Christopher Withers, Mother Ernestine Woodson, Timothy Woolridge, Joslyn Wordlaw, Robert Wright-Miller, Mildred Young, Charles Young, Samella Ysak, Tewodros

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BEREAVED
THE FAMILY OF: Mrs. Eva Carter Mr. Aaron Henderson Mr. Frederick D. Hill Mrs. Cora Lloyd Mrs. Lisa Martin Mrs. Catherine Matthews Mr. Royal Simpson Mr. Hilliard Sullen Mr. Isaiah Webb PLEASE SEND CARDS TO: Mr. Donald Carter & Family, 3500 W. 78th Pl. (52) Mrs. Evelyn Henderson & Family, 7406 S. Paxton Ave. (49) Mr. David Hill & Family, 732 S. Lyman Ave. Oak Park, IL 60304 Mrs. Judy Weston & Family, 13571 W. Cypress Goodyear, AZ 85338 Mrs. Allison Perkins-Caldwell & Family 9430 S. Oakley Ave. (20) Mrs. Dorrian Winn & Family, 17202 Country Lane East Hazel Crest, IL 60429 Deacon Wanda Norris & Family, 9706 S. Wallace Ave. (28) Mrs. Ollie A. Moran & Family, 8339 S. Langley Ave. (19) The Webb Family, 9501 S. Racine Ave. (43)

HOSPITALIZED
Darwin Butler Comer Children’s Hospital University of Chicago 5841 S. Maryland Ave. (37)
(PASTORAL VISITS ONLY)

Melissa Duff Trinity Hospital 2320 E. 93rd St. (17) 773-967-2000 Watkiel Edwards VA Westside Hospital 820 S. Damen Ave. (12) 312-569-8387 Walter Evans University of Chicago Hospital 5841 S. Maryland Ave. (37) 773-702-1000

Delores Glover Northwestern Memorial Hospital 251 E. Huron St. (12) 312-926-2000 Myeisha Johnson University of Chicago Hospital 5841 S. Maryland Ave. (37) 773-702-1000

(PASTORAL & DEACON VISITS ONLY)

Malachi Chapman Rush University Medical Center 1653 W. Congress Pkwy. Chicago, IL 60612

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Judy McCormick Christ Hospital 4440 W. 95th St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 708-684-8000 Jean Overton University of Chicago Hospital 5841 S. Maryland Ave. (37) 773-702-1000

Willa Thomas-Reed Trinity Hospital 2320 E. 93rd St. (17) 773-967-2000 Edward Smith South Suburban Hospital 178th St. & Kedzie Ave. Hazel Crest, IL 60429 708-799-8000

Lillian Walker St. Bernard Hospital 326 W. 64th St. Chicago, IL 60621 773-962-3900

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EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES
ARDER, Claude Chevy Chase Nursing Home 3400 S. Indiana Ave. (16) Room 403, Bed 1 312-842-5000 BOWLING, Georgia Brentwood Nursing Home 5400 W. 87th St. Burbank, IL 60459 Room 1, Bed 2 708-423-1200 CARTER, Michael Washington Heights Nursing Home 1010 W. 95th St. (43) Room 234, Bed 1 773-298-1177 COLLINS, Laverne Chevy Chase Nursing Center 3400 S. Indiana Avenue (16) Room 315, Bed 2 (312) 842-5000 ELZIE, Deacon Evelyn Renaissance Nursing Center 2940 W. 87th Street (52) Room 203, Bed 1 773-434-8787 FINDLEY, Maxine Victory Center of River Oaks 1370 Ring Rd., Apt. #301 Calumet City, IL 60409 708-868-0742 FLOWERS, Donna Renaissance at Midway Nursing Home 4437 S. Cicero Ave. (30) Room 340, Bed 1 773-581-1834 GARNER, Wilhelmina Renaissance at South Shore Nursing Home 2425 E. 71st St. (49) Room 312, Bed B 773-721-5000 HAMPTON, Ineze Manor Care Health Care Services 2145 E. 170th St. South Holland, IL 60473 Room 338, Bed C 708-474-4167 KIMBALL, Elizabeth Renaissance at South Shore Nursing Home 2425 E. 71st St. (49) Room 116, Bed 1 773-721-5000 LOWE, Gladys The Coles Supported Living Senior Housing 7419 S. Exchange Ave. (49) Apt. #404 773-375-5862 MARTIN, Kim Dawson Nursing Home 3500 S. Giles Ave. (53) Room 200, Bed 2 312-326-2000

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EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES
MASON, Claristine Brentwood Sub-Acute Health Care Center 5400 W. 87th St. Burbank, IL 60459 Room 405, Bed 2 708-423-1200 McINTOSH, Deacon Maurice Lexington House Nursing Home 10300 Southwest Highway Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 Room 234, Bed C 708-425-1100 MILLER-GWYNN, Mother Irma Manor Care West Rehabilitation Center 6300 W. 95th St. Oak Lawn, IL 60453 Room 18, Bed 2 708-599-8800 MOORE, Hilton Manor Care Nursing Home 940 Maple Ave. Homewood, IL 60430 Room 404, Bed A 708-799-0244 MOTEN, Marguerite Renaissance at South Shore Nursing Home 2425 E. 71st St. (49) Room 133, Bed B 773-721-5000 NATHANIEL, Willa Mae Glenshire Nursing Home 22660 S. Cicero Ave. Richton Park, IL 60471 Room 330, Bed 2 708-747-6120 PEAVY, Irene Victory Center of River Oaks 1370 Ring Rd., Apt. #407 Calumet City, IL 60409 708-832-1130 SHEATS, Benjamin Rest Haven Central 13259 S. Central Ave. Palos Heights, IL 60463 Room 23 708-597-1000 SMITH, Mary Baker Mongtomery Place 5550 S. South Shore Dr. (15) Room 208 773-753-4100 STEPHENS, Leroy Bell Haven Nursing Home 11401 S. Oakley Ave. (43) Room 125, Bed 1 773-233-6311 TEVERBAUGH, George Rush-Barton Supported Living Facility 1245 S. Wood St. (08) Room 320 312-421-5220 THOMPSON, Opreabea Alden-Prairie Village Rehabilitation Center 16450 S. 97th Ave. Orland Park, IL 60467 Room 202, Bed 1 708-403-6500 THURSTON, Charles 1964 Clark Rd. Gary, IN 46404 Room 122, Bed 1 219-949-9640 TINSLEY, Eddis Dawson Nursing Home 3500 S. Giles Ave. (53) Room 201, Bed 1 312-326-2000 WALKER, Lorraine Brentwood Nursing Home 5400 W. 87th St. Burbank, IL 60459 Room 1, Bed 1 708-423-1200 WATSON, Janet Timberview Nursing Home 2450 Taft St. Gary, IN 46404 Room 319, Bed 2 219-977-2610 Ext. 342 WATT, Mildred Renaissance at South Shore Nursing Home 2425 E. 71st St. (49) Room 409, Bed A 773-721-5000

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EXTENDED CARE FACILITIES

WILLIAMS, Maudine Halsted Terrace Nursing Home 10935 S. Halsted St. (28) Room 231, Bed 2 773-928-2000

WILSON, Louis Renaissance at 87th St. Nursing Home 2940 W. 87th St. (52) Room 302, Bed 1 773-434-8787

SICK & SHUT-IN • Members At Home
ADAMS-CHILDS, Vernita ALLEN, Deacon Quinville BASKIN, Marie BRADFORD, Luevator BROOKS, Arzulia BROWN, Judge Michael BROWNLEE, Sr., Matthew BURKS, Willa A. BUTLER, Alice Faye CALVIN, Diane CHAPMAN, Luesther CLAY, Louise CLAY, Nancy COLLINS, Azella COMPTON, Yvonne DANIELS, Carbena DUKE, Annette DULANEY, Doris DUNAGAN, Patricia DUNN, Almeda ESKRIDGE, Orguerete EVERETT, Barbara 1621 E. 68th St., Apt. #1A 11919 S. Harvard Ave. 14339 Park Ave., Harvey, IL 9301 S. Racine Ave. 9412 S. Eggleston Ave. 1118 W. 102nd St. 10025 S. Green St. 18525 S. Center Ave., Homewood, IL 10104 S. Emerald Ave. 9 E. 90th St. 651 E. 82nd St., 1st Flr. 11626 S. Stewart St. 5948 W. Midway Park 6700 S. Crandon Ave., Apt. #13C 400 E. 41st St., Apt. #601N c/o Sheila Williams 518 Calumet Way, Calumet City, IL 818 Gray Ave., Evanston, IL 13058 S. Wood St., Apt. #1E Blue Island, IL 7318 S. King Dr. 18501 Michael Ct., Hazel Crest, IL 11231 S. Green St. 231 S. Orchard Dr., Park Forest, IL (37) 773-363-8625 (28) 773-468-8228 60426 708-257-6547 (20) 773-445-5183 (28) 773-224-7581 (43) 773-779-7923 (43) 773-239-5160 60430 708-799-3581 (28) 773-445-5110 (19) 773-874-3792 (19) 773-994-5933 (28) 773-468-9642 (44) 773-287-9194 (49) 773-288-3642 (53) 773-285-0555 Visits on Wednesdays after 6:00 p.m. 60409 60202 60406 (19) 60429 (43) 60466 708-862-3893 847-869-0408 708-594-8309 773-846-1453 708-922-1220 773-928-6123 708-228-5298

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FORD, John FUNCHES, Josephine GILLIAM, Joseph GLOVER, Delores GORDON, Mary GROSS, Josephine HARDY, Glodine HARDY, Maide HARRIS, Alta HEREFORD, Bessie HILL, Katherine HILL, Valjean HORNSBURGER, Ruby IVERSON, Dr. Terry JACKSON, Lillian JOHNSON, Florence KENAN, Kristen KIRBY, Marlin KITCHING, Cynthia LEMON, Jackqudene MARRABLE, James MARSHALL, Gwendolyn MARTIN, Robert MATTOX, Irene McCORMICK, Judy McCRAY, Rev. Charles McDADE, Darlene McFADDEN, Deborah MILES, Mary MOORE, Bessie MURPHY, Hattie MUSE, Virginia OVERTON, Jean OWENS, Derrick 8939 S. Dante Ave. 9312 S. Union Ave. Visits before 12:00 Noon on Sundays 9804 S. Lowe Ave. 7759 S. Chappel Ave. 1440 S. Indiana Ave., Apt. #607 840 E. 76th St. c/o Lois Walker 598 Andover St. Chicago Heights, IL 1380 Ring Rd., Apt. #412 Calumet City, IL 10111 S. Peoria Ave. 9251 S. Parnell Ave. 9950 S. Carpenter St. 2015 W. 146th St., Dixmoor, IL 369 E. 88th St. 9438 S. Normal Ave. 7309 S. Dante Ave. 1715 E. 91st St. 8820 S. Longwood Dr. 675 W. Lake St., Apt. #136 Oak Lawn, IL 21000 Apollo Circle, Olympia Fields, IL 1036 W. 88th St. 10136 S. Peoria St. 10734 S. Beverly Ave. 2135 Tanglewood Dr., Apt. #313 Hammond, IN 9854 S. King Dr. 9173 S. Harvard Ave. 495 Ginger Lane, Calumet City, IL 18555 Hickory Ct., Apt. #17, Lansing, IL 512 Davis St., Park Forest, IL 6142 S. St. Lawrence Ave., 1st Floor 6225 S. Drexel Ave. 9235 S. Union Ave. 9530 S. Lowe Ave. 12848 S. Eggleston Ave. c/o Arlola Rawls 8039 S. Michigan Ave. (19) (28) (28) (49) (05) (19) 60411 60409 (43) (20) (43) 60426 (19) (20) (19) (17) (20) 60301 60461 (20) (43) (43) 46323 (19) (20) 60409 60438 60466 (37) (37) (20) (20) (28) (19) 773-734-7363 312-805-1401 773-445-8204 773-768-3508 312-360-1412 773-723-1740 708-481-5814 708-862-2979 773-233-3829 773-846-0448 773-779-3872 708-824-1058 773-846-9234 773-846-2129 773-493-5421 773-734-4655 773-881-1229 708-275-4111 708-748-7306 773-874-9002 773-445-6876 773-445-0364 219-845-1978 773-785-1565 773-928-2798 708-360-6390 708-418-0145 708-283-1712 773-667-0167 773-955-4248 773-994-9392 773-779-7460 773-264-5431 773-371-3385

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PARROTT, Deacon Victor PAYTON-LOVE, Mary PEAGUES, Mary QUINN, Anna REASON, Chester REED, Alvin RHONE, Constance ROBINSON, Candie ROGERS, Marlene SCATES, Hermine SCOTT, Angela SINGLETON, Mrs. Lonnie SMITH, Edward & Betty SMITH, Freddie SMITH, Olah SMITH, Jr., Walter SPENCER, Nate STEVENS, Sr., Claude TELLIS, Michael TERZICH, Bernice TORREY, Hoyt TUCKER, Geraldine VANCE, Willa WASHINGTON, Deacon Sadie WASHINGTON-Dyk, Gwendolyn WEBB, Charlese WILLIAMS, Janna YOUNKINS, Rose BROWN, Hysson CHAPMAN, Malachi CONDA, William GARDNER-PEARSON, Renee GILMORE, Laura HARRIS, Michelle (53) 773-536-2331 (49) 773-734-7828 (19) 773-873-2629 Visits on Tues & Thurs 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 7022 S. South Shore Drive., Apt. #715 (49) 773-684-8831 22723 Lawndale Ave. Richton Park, IL 60471 708-503-8830 9752 S. Calumet Avenue (28) 773-928-1091 2355 E. 67th St., Apt. #202 (49) 773-667-6359 419 E. 110th St., Apt. #1B (28) 773-291-0185 1616 E. 55th St. (15) 773-643-4381 4021 W. Cullom St., Apt. #2 (41) 773-286-3623 614 E. 88th St. (19) 773-651-5795 259 E. 107th St. (28) 773-704-6956 17791 Arlington Dr. Country Club Hills, IL 60478 708-206-1457 16719 S. Clyde Ave. South Holland, IL 60473 708-889-1605 10510 S. Rhodes Ave. (28) 773-995-6893 10338 S. Church St. (43) 773-881-8733 7948 S. Dobson Ave., Apt. #1A (19) 773-651-1531 728 E. 105th Pl. (28) 773-995-6499 5324 S. Lowe Ave. (09) 773-285-2617 8427 S. Winchester St. (20) 773-779-2944 4241 El Moor Way, Las Vegas, NV 89044 702-435-0257 400 E. 41st St., Apt. #602N (53) 773-924-2207 8645 S. Vernon Ave. (19) 773-483-0288 5412 S. Drexel Ave. (15) 773-643-7978 2045 W. Jackson Blvd., Apt. #2012 (12) 312-421-7867 12 Kristin Circle, Apt. #1 Schaumburg, IL 60195 847-519-1638 7937 S. Perry Ave. (20) 773-874-3517 9332 S. Eggleston Ave. (20) 773-483-2784 4628 S. Champlain Ave. 7938 S. Jeffrey Blvd. 120 E. 83rd St.

CARDS ONLY
10427 S. Hoxie Ave. 10838 S. Wallace Ave. 12453 S. Emerald Ave. 17607 S. Mulberry, Country Club Hills, IL 1155 Westgrove Pkwy., Apt. #186, Tempe, AZ 811 W. Madison St., Apt. #115 (17) (28) (28) 60478 85283 (07)

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SICK & SHUT-IN • Members At Home
LYPSON, Annie PALMER, Spencer ROBERTS, Fontain SMITH, Renetta SPIVEY, Willie TAYLOR, Dr. Brenda WALKER, Jr., Floyd WHITE, Willa WILLIAMS, Brandi YARBROUGH, Viola c/o Dr. Monica Lypson 3452 Yellowstone Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 1956 Lisson Rd., Naperville, IL 1829 N. Austin Ave. 9112 Falcon Cove Ct., Orlando, FL 8143 S. Sangamon Ave. 52380 Windemere Dr., Granger, IN 8428 S. Green St. 3555 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Apt. #705 7202 Silverton Trail, Austell, GA 8114 S. Ada Ave.

48105 60565 (39) 32825 (20) 46530 (20) (53) 30168 (20)

COMMUNION VISITS ONLY
BARRETT-GORDEN, Mamie BENN, Vester BROWN, Ann H. COGDELL, Evelyn GWYNN, Arthur JEFFERSON, Lorine M. JONES, Lula LEGGETT, Aurelia NELSON, Mary & Thomas ROGERS, George & Betty ROUNSAVILLE, Linda THOMAS-REED, Willa TRIPLETT, Sadie WILKS, Elizabeth WILLIAMS, Cheryl WITHERS, Mother Ernestine 8436 S. King Dr. 9035 S. Luella Ave. 1342 W. 111th Place 640 W. 95th Street 9346 S. Wentworth Ave. 9600 S. Prospect Ave. 11325 S. Union Avenue 1639 W. 107th Street 5401 S. Hyde Park Blvd., Apt. #1101 400 E. 41st St., Apt. #2010S 9344 S. Bishop St. 8742 S. Peoria Avenue 9612 S. Wallace 2960 N. Lake Shore Dr., Apt. #2507 9206 S. Normal Ave. 340 E. 38th St., Apt. #807 (19) (17) (43) (28) (20) (43) (28) (43) (15) (53) (20) (20) (28) (57) (20) (53) 773-846-6229 773-374-8914 773-445-5315 773-488-4119 773-821-0102 773-429-0754 773-468-4743 773-233-0286 773-667-3404 773-285-3941 773-983-8322 773-994-2056 773-779-1689 773-296-0580 773-994-6710 773-373-3747

DEACON VISITS ONLY
GRAY, Viola STEVENS, Sr., Claude WEAVER, Odessa 9518 S. LaSalle Ave. c/o Pamela Scott 123 Treehouse Rd., Matteson, IL 6751 S. Constance Ave. (28) 60443 (49) 773-264-2592 708-748-7335 773-288-3795

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PRAYER CONCERNS
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SERVICE AND SUPPORT GROUPS
AKIBA SALES
773-962-5660 M - TH 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. FR - 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. SAT - 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. SUN - After Each Service

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT 773-962-5650, Ext. 819 COUNSELING MINISTRY
Answering Service 773-962-0043

HEALTH & WELLNESS MINISTRY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUP
773-978-0725 or 773-734-4033, ext. 111

AMANI VOLUNTEER HOSPICE CARE PROGRAM
773-298-0473 M - FRI 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CREDIT UNION
TU & TH - 6:00-8:00 p.m. SAT - 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. SUN - After 7:30 & 11:00 a.m. Services 773-962-5686 773-723-8382 (fax)

HIV/AIDS SUPPORT MINISTRY
312-409-AIDS or 312-409-2437

BLAINE DeNYE LIBRARY
773-962-5650, ext. 740 MON - TU - THUR 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. WED 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. SAT 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP 773-928-3233 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MINISTRY CONFIDENTIAL HELPLINE
773-962-5650 Mailbox 811

HOUSING MINISTRY
Zeke Morris 773-643-5300 Ext. 59

CAN-CER-VIVE HELPLINE
773-962-5650 Mailbox 830

KUJICHAGULIA SPECIAL CITIZENS SUPPORT MINISTRY
24 Hours J. Payton 773-373-7042

CAREER DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY
24-Hour Answering Service 773-962-0139

Careerdevelop@tucc.org

DRUG & ALCOHOL RECOVERY MINISTRY
Tough Love 773-962-5650, Ext. 808 Free “N” One 773-962-5650, Ext. 808

MATH TUTORIAL
773-962-5650

COLLEGE PLACEMENT OFFICE
TU & TH - 1:00-9:00 p.m. WED - 10:00-6:00 p.m. FR - 10:00-6:00 p.m. SAT - 9:00-5:00 p.m. Sundays & Mondays CLOSED 773-298-1590

PRISON MINISTRY Answering Service 773-962-5650 Mailbox 886
TRINITY COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER 773-962-5658

FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Tommie Jean Ryhal 773-375-6981 Eleanor Anderson 773-881-1419

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PASTORAL/PROGRAM STAFF
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. James L. Miles, Chief Operating Officer Toya Perry, Chief Financial Officer Rev. Wanda J. Washington, Associate Pastor, Director of Pastoral Services Rev. Stacey Edwards, Associate Pastor Rev. Barbara A. Heard, Associate Pastor Rev. John E. Jackson, Sr., Associate Pastor Rev. Regina Reed, Associate Pastor Rev. Michael G. Sykes, Associate Pastor Rev. Reginald Williams, Associate Pastor Rev. Ramah E. Wright, Associate Pastor Dr. Julia Speller, Director Christian Education Rev. Michael D. Jacobs, Minister to Youth and Children Rev. Ann Patton, Minister of Christian Education Deacon Shirley Bims-Ellis, Director Center for African Biblical Studies Robert E. Wooten, Jr., Director of Music Deacon Jeri L. Wright, Director of Media Janet Wright-Moore, Executive Secretary Friday Worship Service • F.A.T. Fridays • Every Friday • 12:00 Noon Chicago Federation of Musicians Building 175 W. Washington Street Saturday Church School 9:30 a.m. 532 W. 95th Street & 400 W. 95th St. Sunday Worship Service 7:30 & 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. (Praise Service begins 15 minutes prior) Sunday Bible Discovery Hour 9:45 a.m. Sunday Youth Church 7:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m. LIVE Webcasts Sundays 7:30 & 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. Mondays & Thursdays 7:00 p.m. Website • www.tucc.org Television Broadcast Sundays 6:30 a.m., (TV One, Check Local Listings) Prayer Line 773-298-2160 Weekly Praise/Prayer Service Sundays 7:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays • 11:30 a.m., 7:14 p.m.

Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturdays • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturdays • 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sundays • 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Reception Desk Hours

Synergy Counseling Center
532 W. 95th Street 773-994-9937

“There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served.” 1 Corinthians 12:5 (TEV)
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