Welcome to GUC

Sunday Worship 10 AM  |  Childcare and Christian Education Programs


Welcome to GUC

Sunday Worship 10 AM  |  Childcare and Christian Education Programs

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MLK Sunday/Jan 20

Fred Weatherspoon was convicted for a crime he committed as a juvenile and sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole.  In 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously held that the Supreme Court decision, Miller v. Alabama, applies retroactively to sentences that were imposed before that decision in 2012.  After serving 22 years, on April 12, 2018, Fred was released and within two weeks he found work as a carpenter and also mentoring youth.  Reflecting on his new life, Fred says, “All of this has been great but my passion is to work toward changing laws and show the world youth can grow and mature and become positive contributors to the world… and there are a lot of other men still in prison that would do the same.”

Julie Anderson’s son, Eric, was 15 when he was convicted of a double homicide and given a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Eric has been in prison since 1995—he his now 39 years old.  For the past 23 years, Julie has visited her son at the Menard Correctional Facility (a 7 hour drive from Chicago) the maximum number of visits allowed per prisoner—5 times a month.  Due to the Miller decision, he has been re-sentenced and is scheduled to be released in a few years.

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Fred and Julie will join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday to tell their stories and to remind us how justice and mercy must embrace if we are to be a good society.

The Meaning of Life

Sermon Series Continues Sunday

Join us on Sunday morning as David Wood picks up his sermon series, carrying it into the new year. This Sunday David will take up the topic of Empathy.

Want to get caught up on previous sermons in this series? Go to our SERMONS page and listen.

Our congregation is taking on the topic of The Meaning of Life and most Sunday mornings a member takes the pulpit and reflects on the question: What is the meaning of life? On the SERMONS page you will find members of GUC share their thoughts on this topic.

On the Lunar New Year, February 5

We welcome Robert Kurson, author of the best selling book “Rocket Men”

Recounting NASA's 1968 Apollo 8 mission, which was the first manned spacecraft to reach the Moon and safe return to Earth.

North Shore native Robert Kurson will be our guest for an evening lecture and conversation. This engaging speaker and author will keep all in attendance enthralled with his insights and delightful details of this less known story of early space exploration.

Save the date and make a plan to attend. The event will begin at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome and this event is free.


All Are Welcome

All Are Welcome

What to expect when you join us

Our Sunday Worship Service is at 10 am.

What to expect when you join us on Sunday morning-
Our service tends toward what most folks would consider traditional, with hymns and the accompaniment of our beautiful organ or piano.  We’re a congregation that loves to sing and we are often led in learning new songs by our choir.  Each time we gather, we strive to generate a worship service that honors God, nurtures faith, relates to everyday life — and inspires hope.

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month. We believe the Communion Table is not ours, but Christ’s, and so it is open to all.

Following worship we always gather for fellowship and refreshments.  We enjoy getting to know visitors, and it’s a great time to find out who we are, what we are all about.

We are a creative faith community that invites personal spiritual exploration and encourages members to live the questions and serve our neighbors. Whatever your race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, you are welcome here as a beloved child of God

Please, come and join us!


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Rev. David J. Wood
Senior Minister

Colin Knapp
Assistant Minister

AJ Keller
Music Director

Jennifer T. Wood
Director of Children’s Ministries and Communication

Magda Ryan
Office Administrator



Find Us

Find Us


Glencoe Union Church
263 Park Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
(847) 835-1111