Cherokee Park United Celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

On June 2, 1968 the congregations of St. John’s United Church of Christ and Cherokee Heights Presbyterian Church merged to form one congregation known as Cherokee Park United Church. Today members of Cherokee Park United Church are considered members of both the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Cherokee Park United Church worships in the former Cherokee Heights Presbyterian building. The congregation continues the long-standing commitment of both predecessor churches in service to the West Side community and to the wider world. Cherokee Park United also has a history of sharing its space with other congregations as well as community groups.

The congregation will celebrate this golden anniversary in worship at 10:15 am on Sunday, June 3rd.  A dinner will follow the service. Cherokee Park United is grateful for the many blessings it has experienced the last 50 years. It has been the spiritual home of many and the site of countless community connections. The church looks forward to more years of sharing God’s love in our neighborhood and beyond.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Cherokee Park United marched in a very colorful Cinco de Mayo parade on Saturday,
May 5. It was easy to spot us with our welcome-themed float, new tie-dyed T-shirts, and friendly puppets. It was a beautiful day to celebrate community and the beauty of God’s creation.

Thank You from the American Red Cross and Cherokee Park United!

Our weather-shortened community blood drive on April 14 registered 14 donors and collected 11 pints of blood.  We also registered 5 first time donors.
Thank you for your gifts of time and support on a wintry Saturday morning. We truly appreciate your generosity. The patients who have benefited from the blood collected at Cherokee Park United Church are beyond grateful.

Easter Events

Easter Greetings!
We proclaim and celebrate this Easter season because it links Jesus with all life, with transformation, and with possibility of life beyond our imagining.  Easter offers meaning and hope to all people.

In this, the 21st century, there is a movement among progressive Christians that focuses more on who Jesus was and why he had such an impact on the world rather than his death I have studied the historical Jesus in depth and found him to be someone who had a powerful impact on the world because of his radical perception:

He modeled for us how to live in the Truth and stand up for justice.
He conveyed to us the importance of love and compassion.
He had the extraordinary capacity to recognize the Divinity in all human beings.
So, in the same way, we, of Cherokee Park United Church, honor the divinity in all people. Especially today, we say ‘Namaste’ which means ‘We honor the Divinity Within You.’

Just as Jesus empowered the people he encountered to believe in themselves, we want you to walk away with an awareness – not of how ordinary you are… not of how unworthy you are — but an awareness of your greatness and lovability.
We are invite you to join us Easter Sunday. Typically, a nursery for first graders and younger is provided but today we encourage all ages to join the Easter Celebration!

Easter Sunday April 1st Easter Memorial Garden: At Easter we invite families to bring flowers to help create a ‘memorial garden” in our sanctuary for Easter Sunday. They may be brought to the church on Saturday, March 31, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Please leave a note or card with your name and the name(s) of the person(s) you would like remembered on the insert that will be included in the Sunday bulletin. Some simply say ‘In Memory of Loved Ones.’ Others identify specific people. You are free to bring whatever type of plant or flowers you wish, and you may take them with you after the close of the service.”

On Easter Sunday, a brunch will be held from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Easter services begin at 10:15 a.m. as usual.
The brunch is a potluck so you are invited to bring an egg bake, fruit, or breads. But know that there is always enough, so come with or without a dish to share.

Sunday, April 8th, CPUC will recognize and rejoice in International Transgender Day of Visibility.  March 31st is the official date to celebrate transgender people and raise awareness of discrimination worldwide. Our congregation have a special worship service and delicious fellowship hour. Make plans to join us the Sunday after Easter.


Ash Wednesday

Please join us for Ash Wednesday worship, February 14 at 6:30 pm.   The service will be simple – a brief message, candles, and distribution of ashes. You are invited.  Let us gather to begin the journey of Lent together.

You are Invited!

Cherokee Park United worships at 10:15 am each Sunday. You are invited to join us. Our service is engaging and our welcome warm. Please plan to stay for Fellowship Time after worship. That is in our Social Hall on the lower level. A handicapped entrance and lift are available on the Manomin Street side of the church.

The Adult Forum meets before worship most weeks at 9 a.m. Please consider attending these insightful and uplifting sessions where we share and grow our faith. Anyone high school age or older is welcome to join us in the Parent’s Room, near the Manomin Street entry.

Advent and Christmas service times…

Please join us as we celebrate advent and the season of Christmas at Cherokee Park United.  Worship services are Sundays at 10:15 am, including December 24th and 31stThe Annual Christmas Eve Service is at 5 pm on December 24th.  Please join us for a service of candles, carols, and connections as we share the wonder of God’s love born on earth.  There will be no education hour on the 24th and the 31st.  Come as you are and share the hope, peace, joy, and love this season offers.


Is Your Holiday Somewhat Blue?

Saturday, December 23
1:00- 1:40 p. m. prayers and blessings
followed by refreshments & companionship.

Amidst the glitter and blaring Christmas music often lies a quiet sadness.
Join us for The Longest Night
This small, informal service takes place on or near the longest night of the year and describes the feeling that a number of us have during this season, with painful thoughts of past experiences or present situations.
We invite you to listen, pray, sing, meditate upon your pain and anguish and find hope and comfort in knowing that you are not alone.


The Adult Forum: Waking Up White by Debby Irving

The Adult Forum is reading and discussing the book Waking Up White by Debby Irving. This book shares Irving’s mid-life realization of her white privilege. She goes on to explain her own transformation and efforts to undo the unfair racial, cultural, and systemic ramifications of privilege.
All who wish to participate are welcome. The forum meets in the Parent’s Room at 9 each Sunday morning except the first Sunday of the month and on holidays. Please find a copy of the book to use. An outline of the chapters to read for each session is available at church.
Please join us!

Cherokee Park United Church welcomes Abe Hunter and Friends

Music Director Abe Hunter will headline a concert on Sunday, December 10th at 2 pm
at church. Abe and some of his musical friends will perform classical and holiday pieces for listeners of all ages. Suggested donations are $10/person or $30/family.
Free refreshments will be served after the performance. Please bring your family and friends and join us as Abe shares his amazing talents with us.