With pastor in hospice, church sponsors benefit concert

Hinsdale church sets holiday show to aid First United's Julie Ruth Harley

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

Union Church in Hinsdale is holding a benefit concert Sunday, Dec. 15 for former First United Church of Oak Park Senior Pastor Julie Ruth Harley, who was diagnosed last year with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Harley was associate minister at Union Church, before leaving for First United in 2008, said Melissa Mann, who is helping organize the event. 

"She was an incredible minister at Union Church in Hinsdale. She touched a lot of lives," 

Mann said. "We were all very sad when she got the call to go to First United Church in Oak Park."

Mann said Harley, a single mother with two daughters, entered hospice care a few weeks ago and requires 24-hour supervision from five caregivers.

The band Joyful Noise will perform Christmas songs at the free event "Tidings of Comfort and Joy: 

A Benefit Concert for Julie Ruth Harley" at 5 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Mann said all donations made at the concert will go toward Harley's care. 

Mann said those who cannot attend the concert but would like to make a donation can do so through Julie's Fund, attn. Gaby Gleason, Union Church, 137 S. Garfield, Hinsdale, Ill. 60521.

Love the Journal?

Become our partner in independent community journalism

Thanks for turning to Wednesday Journal and RiverForest.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?

On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.

No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.

Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.

Donate Now

Reader Comments Disabled

Wednesday Journal staff have disabled comments on this page.

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad