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Indo Pak UMC
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About Indo Pak UMC
Indo Pak UMC is a chartered United Methodist Church with 110 members and constituents of whom half are Pakistani Christians and half are Indian Christians. This is the only South Asian church in Chicago/Illinois area with an equal membership of Indians and Pakistanis. All other churches are either an Indian church or Pakistani church with a few representatives from the other.
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!
Indo Pak UMC began in 1984 with the first gathering in forest preserve and subsequently in Rev Ernest Singh’s home in 1990 until June 2004. Ravenswood member nurtured and encouraged the congregation from the very beginning of our organization.
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Keep this relationship strong
To keep this relationship strong, besides cooperating in ministry and budgeting, there is a joint worship service the last Sunday of every month, where members of both congregations come together to worship.
The first worship service was held on July 4th 1984 at Des Plaines Rivers Forest Preserve with 8 adults and 8 children. Later worship services were held at Rev Singh’s apartment until the group rented Ravenswood Fellowship UMC chapel in 1985. The Church was chartered as an independent church in November 1986 as Indo Pak Church of Chicago. The name Indo Pak was chosen by the group intentionally to make sure that both nationalities felt included. In 1989 Indo Pak merged with Ravenswood Fellowship UMC but kept our own Hindi/Urdu service.
On August 15th 2004 Indo Pak was christened as a United Methodist congregation and moved to its new location, West Ridge UMC. The church is located within blocks from the historic Devon area where most of the Indian and Pakistani businesses are located.
Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can-John Wesley
From Pastor’s Desk
“I am He that liveth, and was dead;
I am alive for even more”
– Rev. 1:18
Some of the Indo Pak members are engaged in:
* Christmas/Easter plays and dinner
* Carol singing
* Musical concerts – guest artists are invited (Sep 27th 2009 Aradhna Group)
* Phillip Abraham
* Fundraisers for
-Apna Ghar shelter
-South Asian Tsunami
-New Orleans Hurricane
-Pakistan Earthquake (2008)
-Orphanages in Indian and Pakistan
* In Bachawalpur 16 people were killed by terrorists including a Muslim guard. Indo Pak members raised over $2,000 to help the families of those who were killed.