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Newsletter of 2nd Unitarian Church of Chicago
December 1, 2017
In This Issue...
Worship at 2U

Sunday, December 3
Service at 10:30
Preacher: the Rev. Jennie Barrington
Sermon: Black Lives Matter
Accompanist: Carl Kennedy

Sunday, December 10
Holiday Music Sunday
Intergenerational Family-Friendly Service at 10:30
Worship Leaders: the Rev. Jennie Barrington and Amanda Thomas, Director of Music
Accompanist: Carl Kennedy

Sunday, December 17
Intergenerational Family-Friendly Service at 10:30
Preacher: the Rev. Jennie Barrington
Sermon: No Rehearsal Pageant
Accompanist: Carl Kennedy

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm
There will be no morning service at 10:30.
Preacher: the Rev. Jennie Barrington
Sermon: What Child is This?
Accompanist: Carl Kennedy

Sunday, December 31
Pancake Breakfast Sunday
at 10:30
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Children & Youth Faith Development Schedule
Child care for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday in the Green Caterpillar room.

Sunday, December 3
Spirit Play: Promises
Super Heroes
UU Explorers

Sunday, December 10
No classes
Intergenerational Family-Friendly Service

Sunday, December 17
No classes
Intergenerational Family-Friendly Service

Sunday, December 24
No classes
Christmas Eve Service at 4 pm

Sunday, December 31
No classes
Pancake Breakfast at 10:30
Church Office Information & Staff

Interim Minister
773-549-0260, ext. 13
Office Hours: 
Tues-Thurs 10:30-3:30
Other days & times by appointment

Director of Faith Development
773-549-0260, ext. 12

Director of Music
773-549-0260, ext. 14

Congregational Administrator
773-549-0260, ext. 10
Office Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00
Other days & times by appointment
2U Ministry Leaders

Board of Trustees


Buddhist Fellowship

Building & Grounds

Covenant of Earth & Sky

Finance Committee

Green Sanctuary


Leadership Development and Nominating Committee


Lifespan Faith Dev.




Night Ministry Outreach

Safe Congregations 

Senior Potluck Lunch

Social Justice

Sunday Services

Transylvania Church


Young Adult Group
Board of Trustees 

From the Interim Minister
"[I]t is the one season of the year when we can lay aside all gnawing worry, indulge in sentiment without censure, assume the carefree faith of childhood, and just plain 'have fun.' Whether they call it Yuletide, Noel, Weinachten, or Christmas, people around the earth thirst for its refreshment as the desert traveler for the oasis." [D.D. Monroe]

Dear Members and Friends,

I'm writing to say thank you! Thank you for all of the wonderful activities and gatherings that we have enjoyed together so far in my time serving you, even though I've only been here for about four months. These have been both professionally fulfilling, and personally enjoyable. One reason I became an interim minister is because I had started to become professionally bored in my settled ministry. Since I became an interim minister, I'm happy to say that I have not been professionally bored for even one day!
During the month of December, not only will the pace of 2U's activities not slow down, our church calendar will be even more full, and more fulfilling, than usual. I will flesh out many of those activities below. Each one of them is worthy and valuable. I'm sure some of you will be more interested in some of them, and less so in others. But having an understanding of, and respect for, all areas of our congregational life is not a "zero sum" equation. No activity is diminished by our encouraging and promoting them all. So I hope, this month, you will join me in broadening our knowledge of, and support for, this impressive array of projects and gatherings. I am proud of, and grateful for, all of the work and care that will go into them. And I'm looking forward happily to taking part.
Enticing Events in December at 2U:
The 2nd (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - Noon: Introduction to Leadership Development - Listening to how you would like to grow as a leader, and supporting you in that journey, through 2U. (Facilitated by Rev. Jennie, Dan Lewis, and John Broome. Free. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up, or just show up!)
The 3rd (Sunday) 10:30 a.m. Rededication of our Black Lives Matter banner, during our worship service, and outdoors, afterwards, for a group photograph.
The 10th (Sunday) 10:30 a.m. Our Holiday Music Sunday, featuring our enthusiastic choir, under the direction of our Director of Music, Amanda Thomas, and special music, with a homily by Rev. Jennie. Please join us and stay for the Cookie Sale afterwards!
The 17th (Sunday) 10:30 a.m. An Annual Seasonal Favorite - Our No-Rehearsal Holiday Pageant. We will need you to step up to make this heartwarming story come alive. And we trust that you will, delightfully so.
The 20th (Wednesday) 7:00 p.m. Our Annual honoring of the Winter Solstice, and Celebration of Yule. For several years, our Pagan group, COVES, has helped us give tender attention to the longest of nights, and the shortest of days. This gathering will take place in the Sanctuary. You are invited to bring sweets and treats to share. In their invitation, the COVES group beautifully wrote: "The new yearly cycle will bring new light and hope to all the Earth. We will gather to await the new light together in community. Yule is in the midst of winter, but even in the depths of darkness, there is the promise of light to come." This annual gathering is one of the best-attended COVES events. So please join us!
The 24th (Sunday) 4:00 p.m. Annual Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols. Please join us for lessons from timeless wisdom and contemporary stories, special music, and lots of carol-singing, concluding with "Silent Night," by candlelight. Please note that there will not be a morning worship service that day. And we will hold the Christmas Eve service earlier than usual. This is a family-friendly, intergenerational service. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors!
The 31st (Sunday) 10:30 a.m. Annual Pancake Breakfast (instead of a worship service). Please join us for feasting and socializing. (Our staff will have this Sunday off.)
Thank you again, dear 2Uers-- for your companionableness, for your lovely sense of humor, for your commitment to social justice advocacy, for showing up and for stepping up, and for welcoming me into this "church family" for this interim time.
With care and cheer, your Interim Minister,
Rev. Jennie ("It's a privilege to be here.")

Upcoming Sunday Services:
December 3rd: "Black Lives Matter" (Rev. Jennie preaching) Please join us for the rededication of our Black Lives Matter banner, which is back up, now that work on the front of our building has been completed.
December 10th: "Holiday Music Sunday" (The Choir, led by our Director of Music, Amanda Thomas; Rev. Jennie preaching)
December 17th: "No-Rehearsal Pageant" (Rev. Jennie preaching)
December 24th: "What Child is This?" (Rev. Jennie preaching) Please note that this service will be at 4:00 p.m., and there will be no worship service in the morning. Join us for lessons from timeless wisdom and contemporary stories, special music, and lots of carol-singing, concluding with "Silent Night," by candlelight. This is a family-friendly, inter-generational service. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors!
December 31st: 10:30 a.m. Annual Pancake Breakfast (instead of a worship service). Please join us for feasting and socializing. (Our staff will have this Sunday off.)
Rev. Jennie's availability in December:

From December 25th - January 1st, Rev. Jennie will be taking professional development time. If an urgent concern comes up, she will receive emails, and messages left on her confidential voice mail of the church's landline, through: . You may also contact a board member or a member of the pastoral care team, who can reach her by cell phone. She will be back in the office on Tuesday, January 2nd.
Celebrating Abundance Campaign Launched with $ for $ Match
We are pleased to announce that the Board and several members in the church have donated $7,500 to create a $ for $ match of your year end gift towards our Celebrating Abundance Campaign! Our goal is to raise $15,000. For every $ you donate, your gift will be doubled! The campaign runs now through Sunday, January 7, 2018.

These gifts help make 2U a vibrant community. Thanks to the generosity of your pledges, contributions and special gifts, we are able to benefit from a full time interim minister and critical staff and continue enjoying all of the meaningful programs and activities going on.

Let's keep 2U healthy and strong.

Please donate today, a coming Sunday, or  online by clicking here*If donating online, please indicate that your donation is towards our Celebrating Abundance Campaign.

Thank you for your continued support of 2U!
Harvest the Power
The Adult Religious Education team of 2U is excited to hold an introductory session for anyone interested in exploring the UUA leadership development curriculum "Harvest the Power." The workshop will be held on  Saturday, December 2nd  from 10:00 a.m. to noon, in the Fleishman Room, at 2U. This is the leadership development program that was highlighted during worship services on October 22nd and 29th.
Interim Minister, the Rev. Jennie Barrington, and Adult RE chair John Broome will lead the introduction.
If you are wondering whether this program is good for you, or would like more information about it, please plan to join Rev. Jennie and John on Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 10:00 a.m., at 2U. There is no fee for this workshop, and no need to pre-register. All are welcome!
Please e-mail John at or Rev. Jennie at  for additional information.
Carl Kennedy Trio at 2U!
On Sunday, December 3rd, our pianist, Carl Kennedy, is performing a concert at 2U with his jazz trio from 8 to 9 pm in the sanctuary. The program will feature Carl's original compositions as well as a selection of jazz standards. Carl is excited to share this project with the 2U congregation and hopes to see you all there! $10 suggested donation.
Sharing Joy and Hope Conversation and Inspiration
What inspires you? You are invited to a special board chat after the service on Sunday, December 10, where we'll explore the Board's theme for the year, Sharing Joy and Hope. We'll share the things that inspire us, watch a short video, and envision together how we might bring joy and hope into everything we do. This will be the first of a number of board chats throughout the year devoted to this theme. Come prepared to be inspired! Noon to 12:45 pm.
Annual 2U Holiday Cookie Sale is Sunday, Dec. 10
The Annual 2U Holiday Cookie Sale is coming up soon on Sunday, Dec. 10. Enjoy the beautiful music on this Holiday Music Sunday and afterwards purchase a variety of homemade cookies. Cookie bakers and volunteers to help the day of the event are needed. (If anyone is familiar with using Square, we'd love your help for check-out.)  A sign-up sheet is on the What's Happening table, or please contact Barb Hailey, 773-844-8846, or contact Kate Friedlob, , 773-528-0884 for more information.
YULE on Wednesday, December 20th

Covenant of Earth and Sky (CUUPS Chapter) invites all to join us for our annual YULE ritual, also known as WINTER SOLSTICE on Wednesday, December 20th at 7pm in the Sanctuary

On the Winter Solstice, the longest of nights and shortest of days, the Goddess becomes the Great Mother. Once again, she gives birth to the Sun and the new yearly cycle, bringing new light and hope to all the Earth.

Here in the darkest part of the year, we are in the midst of winters, but even in the depths of darkness there is the promise of light to come. The life of Evergreens, the burning sacred Fire, songs and the spirit of community are all honored on this Solstice night.

Please bring a sweet or savory dish to share at our feast time after the ritual. There will also be a craft to do where all can take home an ornament! Any questions or comments, please email
Church Office Closures
As a reminder, the church office will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Monday, January 1, 2018.  Rev. Jennie Barrington and the rest of the church staff will be out of the office during that time.

Office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
Policy for Announcements on Sundays
The deadline for Announcements during the Sunday worship service is Close Of Business on Fridays. Anyone who would like to make an announcement on Sunday will need to email Rev. Jennie by 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before, and let her know what the content of the announcement will be. Announcements that are spoken out loud will be limited to three. For rare occasions, Rev. Jennie can be asked to make an announcement herself. But those will need to be emailed to her in writing, before 6:00 p.m. on the Friday before the worship service. (For the Sundays that Rev. Jennie is not in the pulpit, please contact the member of the Sunday Services Committee who is coordinating that worship service.) Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation regarding this policy. If you have any questions, please email Rev. Jennie at:
Youth Group and Young Adult Volunteers Needed
Our 2U Youth Group has reformed and is planning a big awesome project for the teens this year. Tyler Duston and Erin Rusmi are the two youth group advisors and they would love to have another one or two advisors to help out. So if you like working with teens and you'd like to help them with this cool project, reach out to our DFD, Alicia Obando, at .

It would also be great if we could get a Young Adults group going again too. The previous coordinators have left, so we could use some new coordinators to help plan and carry out social, educational, community service activities for 2U folks that are 18 - 29 years old.
UU Climate Action Team Meeting
Every  Second Saturday at 2U!

Next meeting: December 9 , 2017
11 am to 11:30 am new members
11:30 am to 2:30 pm meeting
2U Choir
I nterested in singing and joining the 2U Choir? Join the 2U Choir  on Thu rsday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45 in the sanctuary under the direction of our Director of Music, Amanda Thomas! All are welcome!

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Amanda at
Money Matters
What is our current financial condition? 
Our budget for the 2017-18 year is $336,687 or $6,474.75 per week!

Here is a summary of our current finances July 1 through October 31:

Actual Budgeted Over/Under Budget
Pledges $79,245
- $10,761
New Pledges $0 $223
- $223
Collection Plate $4,986 $4,900
+ $86
Special Gifts $0 $0
Fundraising $8,211 $11,000
- $2,789
Space Sharing $15,269 $9,334
+ $5,935

If you have any questions about the budget or would like more information, please contact Andrew Zallar in the 2U office.

Collection Plate Sharing
In October, we raised $556.61 towards our collection plate sharing recipient, ONE Northside.

Thank you all so much for helping to make 2U possible!
Interested in Social Justice?
Interested in social justice? If you haven't already, sign up for 2U's monthly social justice newsletter, The Hammer. You can "opt in" by clicking here  and entering your email. Both members and non-members are welcome to subscribe.
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Stay Connected
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Submission Deadlines
Have a message to put in the next Anvil or Orders of Service? Plan ahead! 

Please have all submissions for the next newsletter submitted by noon on Wednesday, December 13 .

Please have all submissions for the Orders of Service submitted by noon on the Wednesday prior to the Sunday you'd like the announcement to appear. All announcements are subject to change at the discretion of the Congregational Administrator. Space is limited!

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
656 West Barry Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Phone:  (773) 549-0260
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM