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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Shelter in the Storm
Rev. Florence Caplow

As the elections loom and as great storms, literal and figurative, are forecast daily, we are all just trying our best to live our lives with a little grace and joy and humor. In difficult times, how can we strengthen our support for each other and our neighbors? How can we provide refuge and sanctuary for one another? What lessons can be learned from real storms and their aftermath? Let's take a look.
November 4, 2018
All Souls Day Service and Ritual
Rev. Florence Caplow

Our November theme is "Memory". Join us on November 4th for a poignant service to honor those who have passed away and yet live on in our hearts and memories. Bring photos, mementos, or cards for our annual candle lighting ritual. This is an all-ages service. The UUCUC Choir and Children's Choir will be singing.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Death with Dignity Group is hosting "Healthcare and the Art of Dying with Dignity" on Saturday, October 27, from 10am - 11:30am in Fellowship Hall.

As we contemplate how we will face end-of-life issues for ourselves and our family members, it is important to know how to make ones wishes known, and be sure they are carried out. Three physicians will discuss issues related to healthcare at the end of life, followed by a Q and A period. 

Topics include: How can you make a strong ally of your physician? How can you increase the likelihood that your wishes will be carried out when you are nearing the end of life? Are written documents enough? How can you talk to your family to make sure they will be comfortable supporting your wishes? The three speakers for this workshop are: Dr. Michael Aref, palliative care physician, Carle; Dr. Claire Barker, geriatrics physician (retired from Carle); Dr. Joyce Beitel, family practice physician (retired from Carle).

There will be information tables about end of life issues, Hospice, and physician aid-in-dying legislation proposed for Illinois. Light refreshments will be served.
You are invited to an Autumn Coffee House and Variety Show!
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7 pm

Please join us for a fabulous event to entertain friends and family. 
We can’t do this without you! Please sign up bring a snack, help with set-up/clean up, or perform. You can present a song, a story, a dance, a poem, a skit or whatever you want to share. The show will follow the usual format of brief performances (5-7 minutes each).

Again, anyone can help. Sign up to perform, bring yummy snacks, or help with setup/cleanup. A link to the google sign-up sheet goo.gl/QWqSqZ, or just send us a note to the email address and we’ll add you to the list. Questions or Concerns? Contact Tanja Hodges at thodg01s@gmail.com .
On Wednesday, October 31, we will celebrate Samhain (pronounced sow(ou)-in) in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm.

Earth religions celebrate Samhain to honor the beloved dead at a time of transformation. As we celebrate Samhain this year we will join together to raise energy to help transform our country at this critical time. Feel free to bring with you a photo or other object to honor someone who has died and whose memory will help you raise energy and commit to acting to create needed change. This ritual will be led by Virginia Brubaker and Gail Schiesser; each has been a working witch for decades. 
Would You Like to Be With UUCUC Friends on Election Night?

We are planning an election night gathering at UUCUC, to celebrate or weep or distract ourselves or all of the above. More details to follow in next week's E-News.
YRUU is doing a coat-drive for the Cunningham Township. They serve about 500 extremely low-income Residents of Urbana who are homeless or just lack the resources for winter gear. Please donate your new or gently used coats, scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, sweaters, warm socks, or sweatshirts, etc.

You can drop-off your donation in the YRUU room on this Sunday 10/28!
Adult Religious Education. Do you have a great idea for an adult religious education experience? Do you have the ability to facilitate or lead a class for adults? The opportunity for you to share you experience is right around the corner. Michele is coordinating adult and multi-age religious education opportunities for the winter (December, January and February). We hope to provide learning opportunities sponsored by groups and individuals. All winter learning opportunities will be coordinated into one book for easy reference. We hope you will share your ideas and talent with this program. If you wish to discuss this further, reach out to Michele for conversation. Soon, she will have a template for designing your class.  The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2018. 

Planning is underway for the Installation of
Rev. Florence Caplow and the Celebration of Shared Ministry on Saturday, November 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 309 W. Green, Urbana!

The schedule for the day includes:
10:15 am  - Doors open and ministers are invited to robe in the Children's Chapel (basement room under the Sanctuary)

11:00 am - Installation service at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Please come early if you want to make sure you get a seat in the Sanctuary. Because the Sanctuary will likely be full by the start of the service, people arriving late will be seated in Fellowship Hall to watch the installation via live streaming (both picture and audio).

1:00 pm - Luncheon reception at the First United Methodist Church, 2 blocks east of the UU Church (at Lincoln Square).

Parking space near the UU church will be in high demand. Please leave space near the church open for guests and people with mobility issues. If you plan to attend the luncheon reception, we suggest you park at Lincoln Square. Please DO NOT park at the Timothy John Salon, kitty corner from the UU Church, as they are open for business on Saturday.

 Please let us know if you DO NOT plan to attend the luncheon reception. You should have received a follow-up email from evite that you can use for your response. If you can’t come to the luncheon and haven’t received an evite notice, please contact Jim Hannum . If we don't hear from you, we will assume you are attending the luncheon.

If you need a ride between the UU Church and the luncheon reception at First United Methodist Church, let us know on the evite follow-up email. We will have drivers ready to offer shuttle rides.
What is our "Installation and Celebration of Shared Ministry"? You should have heard by now that on November 10 we are celebrating Rev. Caplow’s installation as the called minister in our church, and our shared ministry together. Some of you have asked what an installation is and how this differs from an ordination.

Installation is a ceremony where the called minister and congregation publicly affirm their relationship. An installation happens each time a minister is called to a congregation (this is, when the congregation votes to call the minister). Rev. Caplow was called to our congregation last year. Often the ceremony happens a year or so later, as is the case here. 

An ordination only happens once in the life of a UU minister. All UU ministers are ordained by a UU congregation. Rev. Caplow was ordained by Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist several years ago. 

The installation happens within a special worship service. A representative of the national organization will share some thoughts and other ministers (including our former ministers, Revs. Axel and Elaine Gehrmann) and church members will share some, too. The minister and members of the congregation will be asked to commit to serving and supporting one another. 

And because Rev. Caplow’s installation is a celebration of shared ministry, we want to honor and support the contribution of all of us in making our church a vital and energetic spiritual group. This will be a joyous, music filled celebration!

This event is a big deal for Rev. Caplow and our church. We hope you will plan on attending this service on November 10. 
Many Volunteers Needed on November 10th!

Dear UUCUC Members and Friends,
We are so excited for the upcoming Installation and Celebration of Shared Ministry with our minister, Rev. Florence Caplow. In order for this event to be as special as it can be, and in the spirit of shared ministry, we will need many people to offer their talents and time. When you sign up, especially for food, please indicate how many you will provide. Please feel free to sign up for more than one slot. For instance, if you'd like to provide a dessert and be an usher, we welcome that!!

Rest assured that as the date gets closer, we will provide additional details to everyone who has volunteered.

A special note, to the individuals on the Installation/Celebration planning team, please sign up here to volunteer your time. We will not assume your help on the day of, unless you sign up here.

Thank you, in advance, for all of your help to make this a very special day!
Nominations for UUCUC/s 2018/19 Shared Offering Program Accepted through Wednesday, October 31st. Do you know an organization you would like to see our church offering support? Each year, eleven organizations are selected by our church to receive half of all cash donations and all designated checks for a full month. This is a terrific way to financially support organizations whose work is consistent with our values and UU principles.
You can submit your nominations electronically via this link: http://bit.ly/sharedofferingnom , or pick up a paper form from the Social Action Committee Table on Sunday. When completed, the paper form should be placed in the Social Action Committee’s mailbox. Nominations are being accepted through Wednesday, October 31st, and voting by members and friends will take place after church in the Children’s Chapel on Sunday, November 18th. 
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions: http://bit.ly/2019sharedofferingfaq  or stop by the Social Action Committee Table on Sunday to learn more and pick up a list of organizations we’ve supported in past years.
Michele Grove, Interim Director of Religious Education is working on building work teams to carry out the valued work of children and youth religious education.  If you have time and interest in any of the following area, please contact Michele. Your work will benefit the program and give you an opportunity to work with others – what a great way to build community! You can contact Michele at RE-director@uucuc.org or call her at the church office. 

Opportunities include:
  • The opportunity to work as a part of one of the Sunday morning teaching teams. 
  • The opportunity to periodically substitute on Sunday morning.
  • The opportunity to help with religious education clerical duties.
  • The opportunity to work with Michele creating an Adult religious education program and brochure.
  • The opportunity to serve as Coming of Age mentors.
  • The opportunity to bake or provide snacks for the RE leaders on Sunday morning.
Register Children and Youth for Religious Education. If you have not registered your child or youth for our religious education program, please do so through the following link. We ask that everyone registers once a year so that we have the most up-to-date contact and health information for our participants. So far, it has been a great year and we look forward to more fun and learning! https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/0aadff
Professional Staff working with the current religious education program:
Religious Education Start-up is a busy time! It is also fun to meet new friends and see the creative things happen in the Sunday Morning classes. Please know that the following professional staff are working to care for those involved and create programming:

Interim Director of Religious Education
Michele Townsend Grove re-director@uucuc.org

Youth Coordinator
Emily McKown  youthcoordinator@uucuc.org
Joys and Sorrows

Marie McEnroe - Joy for our growing community and welcome to the new members.

Kathy Robinson - A joy - I just finished reading an inspired book, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, by Carlo Rovelli, 78 pages of large type, with HUGE insights into life.

Jim Gitzen & Ellen Strausser - Marriage! Yea! (Jim & Ellen were married at UUCUC on October 13, 2018)

Sally Babbitt - Jean Gillespie wishes to thank all UUs who brought food to Tom's Celebration of Life.
UUCUC Shared Offering. Each month a selected organization is chosen to receive half of our weekly Sunday plate collections, designated checks written to UUCUC with organization's name written in the memo line, cash envelopes collected within the specified month designated for "shared offering" and on-line donations through our give webpage .

For the month of October, we are supporting Feeding Our Kids. Feeding Our Kids is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides nutritious food to food-insecure kids in Champaign County on weekends and school breaks. Two Moms started this grass roots group in 2013 when they became concerned that elementary school students were going home hungry over the weekend and trying to find ways to feed themselves and their siblings. From initially providing food to a few students at two schools, Feeding Our Kids has grown to serve over two dozen schools throughout Champaign County. Their goals are to spread community awareness of hunger and assist every Champaign County school in need. With 1 in every 5 children in need, hunger touches all of us, whether those struggling are our neighbors, school friends, or work colleagues.

We believe that all kids are full of the potential to do great things. We do not believe that hunger should prevent them from achieving that greatness. With the help of the community we are able to insure that these kids are able to have something to eat each weekend.

For information on volunteering or to donate please go to www.feedingourkids.org . Checks made payable to “Feeding Our Kids” can be mailed to PO Box 7422, Champ aign, IL 61826.
LGBTQIA+ Outreach

‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined out of Existence under Trump Administration. Does this headline from the October 21 st New York Times concern you? Anger you or depress you? How do you think it makes a transgender person feel? Or anyone that identifies as LGBTQIA+? Are they next? 

It’s time for those of us at UUCUC that care about this and related issues to step up and counter these kinds of brash attempts to grab attention and thus grab votes. The Welcoming Congregation committee is re-inventing itself after a year of assessment and charting its next course. If you are interested in one or all three of the following activities, please contact Jerry Carden jcarden@illinois.edu

  1. Do you identify as LGBTQIA? Are you interested in getting together with others at UUCUC to open up some dialogue with each other? Those interested will be contacted to determine the best time to meet up and discuss issues of common interest, and to provide feedback on how the Welcoming Congregation can best meet the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community within the church and within our community. Interested?
  2. International Transgender Day of Remembrance is recognized on November 20th. We are putting together an evening service to provide a local commemoration of this event and will invite others from the community.
  3. The UP Center of Champaign-County continually struggles to maintain its existence as an organization providing assistance to anyone from the LGBTQIA+ community. Especially important is their support group for youth just coming out or questioning their identity and struggling with related issues. We hope to build a partnership to help them meet their mission and goals. We will also look at similar groups at the University of Illinois and Parkland College. Are you aware of others?
Dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit our UUCUC Calendar page .

Note: Parenthesised meetings/events are outside rentals. Asterisk meetings/events are closed.
Thursday, October 25
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Saturday, October 27
Healthcare and the Art of Dying with Dignity (DWD Group) / 9:00 am / Fellowship Hall
Loss of Life Partner / 11:30 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
Coffeehouse / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Sunday, October 28
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Children's Choir Practice / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Religious Education Classes / 10:15 am / Check class list for specifics
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Visitor's Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
Neighboring Faiths Coordination Lunch / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel

Monday, October 29
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Tuesday, October 30
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
(Rental: ECIRMAC) / 9:00 am / Children's Chapel

Wednesday, October 31
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service at noon.
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Samhain / 6:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
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UUCUC Contact Information
Regular Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Matthew Gladden
Kate Barton
Events Coordinator
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator