Here is an overview of the weekly and monthly events that occur at ULC during the academic year from September to June.

To learn about our Worship services, please visit our Worship page.


Weekly Opportunities (during the academic year)

Sunday Brunch — 11:45 a.m.

Sunday brunch offers free home-cooked food, good fellowship, and the chance to get to know other ULC people.

Volunteers take turns cooking and cleaning up. Assistance with menu ideas and planning is available, and transportation to the grocery store can be arranged if needed. Senior Laura Grace Beckerman is our brunch coordinator. Contact her ( with questions and/or to volunteer to cook.

Since brunch is served soon after worship, we always hope that worshipers will stay. It’s a very good way to make friends at ULC!


Choir Rehearsal — On Sunday mornings at 9:30, led by our director of music, Philip McPeek

Our choir plays the important role of leading the assembly in singing the liturgy and the hymns and usually presents an anthem as well.

Senior Philip McPeek is ULC’s Director of Music. Besides playing for worship and rehearsing and directing the choir, Philip works with those who volunteer to present special music, vocal or instrumental.

Write Philip ( to ask about choir rehearsals or to offer your musical talent for special music.


“Tutoring Children” — Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On every Monday that the Chicago Public Schools are open, children ranging in age from kindergarten through high school bring their homework to Immanuel Lutheran Church on Chicago’s North Side and receive help through the Edgewater Tutoring Program. The subjects typically are reading, writing, and math. The intent of the program is to pair a child and a tutor on an ongoing basis, as a way of enriching the experience for both.

Graduate student Jared Erickson is a regular tutor and coordinates ULC’s participation. He will be glad to answer questions; write him at Though Immanuel Church is accessible via the El, we generally arrange transportation from Evanston, provided by Jared. Please let him know if you want to be a tutor, so that we may plan accordingly. We’ve often supplied about a half dozen tutors, and the program usually has need of more. People who would like to go along once to observe before making a decision are welcome to do so. Again, please let Jared know.

For announcements about tutoring cancellations, watch our Weekly Calendar.


Study Night at the Center — Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m.

The intent of this weekly study night is to promote our building as a good place for study and to further relationships within our ULC community. The Lutheran Center has wifi and comfortable furniture, and coffee, tea, and cocoa are available.

Late-Night Worship follows study night at 10 p.m.


Monthly Opportunities

Service at the Greater Chicago Food Depository — first Saturday afternoon of the month, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; gather at the Center at 12:30

Fall Quarter: October 6, November 3, and December 1

For thirty+ years, the Greater Chicago Food Depository (located on the southwest side of Chicago near Midway Airport) has provided food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Across Cook County, GCFD distributes donated (and some purchased) food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

When we go there to work, we may be assigned to an assembly line where we’ll pack emergency food boxes, to a clean room to repackage bulk pasta or cereal into smaller packages, or to an area where we’ll help to sort and salvage donated fresh produce, bread, or other items. Our beneficiary, the Evanston Women’s Shelter, gets purchasing credit for every hour that each of us works.

On the first Saturday morning of the month, we gather at the Lutheran Center at 12:30 p.m., drive to the food depository and work from 1:30 until 4:30, returning to campus by about 5:30.

Senior Michael DeBaets coordinates our serving at the GCFD. Write him ( with questions or to say that you’ll help on one of the Saturdays listed above.


Offering of Food for the Hungry in our immediate area — presented at the altar on the first Sunday of every month

Malnourished and hungry people live very near to us in Evanston and in the bordering neighborhoods of Chicago. We encourage ULCers to pick up an extra can or two while doing their own food shopping and then to bring their gifts to the Lutheran Center, where we keep a marked food basket in the narthex.

On the first Sunday of every month, the basket is brought to the altar with the day’s offerings. Afterwards, its contents are delivered to the Howard Area Community Center (near the Howard “El” platform), where staff distribute our gifts to persons and families in need.

We can only accept non-perishable food in unopened packages. This monthly gathering of food is a project of ULC’s Social Ministry Committee. Write senior Kayla Viets, the committee chair, at

Please consider helping. Due to the current economic climate, Howard Area is seeing increased need.


Helping to Care for God’s Creation: Forest Preserve Habitat Restoration at Skokie Lagoons — second Saturday of the month, 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m.; gather at the Center at 9:30 a.m.

The main work consists of cutting invasive buckthorn trees and piling the cuttings in preparation for burning.

We meet at the Lutheran Center at 9:30 a.m. and drive to Skokie Lagoons, where work goes on from 10 until 2. Tools and gloves are provided. Wear grubby clothes, and bring a water bottle. At the mid-day break, water and snacks are provided.

NU grad student Jared Erickson is the coordinator for ULC’s participation. Write him ( with your questions or to indicate which days you can help out. Rides are provided, so we need to know how many intend to participate.

Please consider coming along. It’s a chance to exercise good stewardship of God’s good creation.


Offering of Advocacy Letters, Phone Calls, and E-mail messages — presented at the altar on the third Sunday of every month

A key reason for our monthly advocacy offering is the recognition that in order to effect lasting change in the lives of needy people, more is needed than the offerings of money and food that we give and the kinds of service that we do. We who, in the Spirit of Jesus, care deeply about brothers and sisters in the family of God, must speak up for those whose voices go unheard or ignored.

We do advocacy primarily by contacting those who represent us in government, encouraging their drafting legislation, voting for or against pending bills, modifying policies or establishing new ones, or becoming informed about situations of injustice and taking appropriate action.

Our Social Ministry Committee keeps us informed of needs and opportunities, and via our listserv we circulate messages from the ELCA Advocacy Network and from Lutheran Advocacy Illinois. Those who write a letter, make a phone call, or send an e-mail message are encouraged to complete a short paper record and place the form in the marked box in the Lutheran Center’s narthex. On the third Sunday of each month, the box is brought to the altar with the day’s offerings.

Questions may be addressed to our Social Ministry chair, senior Kayla Viets (


Preparing and Serving Dinner at Hilda’s Place — third Thursday evening of the month, 5:45 to 8 p.m.

Hilda’s Place is a homeless shelter in Evanston located in the Lake Street Church (Chicago Avenue at Lake Street) that generally serves twenty to thirty guests per night. We go there on the third Thursday of every month to cook and serve dinner.

To have to food ready by 7 o’clock, we gather at the Lutheran Center at 5:45 and drive to the shelter to do the cooking. As we’re serving the meal, we have the chance to visit a bit with the guests. We usually finish clean-up by 8 and then head back to campus.

Grad student Jared Erickson is the coordinator of our monthly service at Hilda’s Place. Please write him at if you’re able to help out. We need four or five volunteers each time we serve.


That’s Not All, Either!

Besides our weekly and monthly opportunities, we always schedule some special events and activities, such as service events, game nights, and movie nights. To find out what’s going on at ULC during any week and to learn details, see our Weekly Calendar.