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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
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. The ushers will have blank cards at the door as well. This is an all-ages service. The UUCUC Choir and Children's Choir will be singing.
November 11, 2018
"Rituals of Love"
Rev. Patrice Curtis, Visting UU Minister

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to challenge and confront powers and structures of evil. Might a newly inspirational humanist imagination help us do this work? 

Rev. Patrice Curtis is the minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater in Florida. She sits on the Gulf Coast Jewish Refugee Advisory Council, Interfaith Tampa Bay, and the UU Historical and Heritage Society. Previously, she served All Souls Church in Washington, DC and as intern at First Unitarian Portland in Oregon. Rev. Curtis is a colleague and friend of Rev. Caplow, here for our Celebration of Shared Ministry.  

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Voting our Values. Join members of the Racial Justice Project at Souls to the Polls this Sunday, November 4th from 1-4 pm at Church of the Living God, on the corner of Bradley and 4th street, a designated early voting site. We will head over at 1 pm to vote in solidarity and celebration of voting rights, and enjoy lunch with Sister Congregations. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to Vote the Whole Ballot! Feel free to invite friends from other congregations as well. See the Facebook event here:  Souls to the Polls 2018.

In addition, after lunch, some of us will be canvassing to support local candidates to help get out the vote, including driving voters to the polls, if rides are needed. For more information, contact Jennifer Livingston tjehlhome@gmail.com.

If you can’t make it to this event, please be sure to vote early, and vote the whole ballot! Find more information about early voting locations in Champaign County:  Champaign County Early Voting Information.
Social Action committee is hosting an election night viewing party, Tuesday, November 6th at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall. Election night will be an emotional evening for many of us. Let’s experience it together in an environment of love and support.

We’ll have a projected display of important election results as they come in, but we will also take plenty of time away from the numbers to be together and keep it joyful. Bring snacks to share. Bring songs to sing.
The Third Annual Champaign County Interfaith Alliance Thanksgiving Celebration! UNITED in our DIVERSITY!
When: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 3 pm
Where: The Krannert Center of Performing Arts in Foellinger Great Hall, 500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

Please come and join in our fellowship of people living in harmony and celebrating a season of thanks. Here you’ll find good friends, good will, and good music provided by an 
Interfaith Children’s and Adult Choir. 

Questions? Please contact us through our Facebook Page: Interfaith Alliance C-U or call (217) 359-3631. You are invited to bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
Thanksgiving Potluck. Would you like to share Thanksgiving dinner with UU friends? To sign up, look for the poster & legal pad in Fellowship Hall after the service. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018 
12:30 pm - Set-up
1:30 pm - Appetizers
2:00 pm - Dinner
3:15 pm - Clean up, followed by board games

Contact Sylvia or Brian McDermott if you have questions: (217) 398-1948 or salmcd.84@gmail.com .
We still need volunteer help for the installation event! Many of you have already signed up to help with the tasks associated with the installation and celebration of shared ministry. This is a BIG event with need for lots of help and we still need more volunteers! Here are some of the tasks for which we need more helpers:

  • to prepare the dining area at First United Methodist Church on Friday evening (washing dishes, setting up tables and chairs, decorating tables, arranging the room)
  • to bring a few more desserts
  • a shuttle driver to give rides to a few people from UUCUC to First United Methodist
  • a person to stay at First United Methodist during the installation service to be there when the catered food is delivered
  • someone to lead the children and families in the walk from UUCUC to First United Methodist before the luncheon
  • people to clean-up at UUCUC Saturday afternoon
  • clean-up at First United Methodist Saturday afternoon (washing dishes, taking down tables and chairs, cleaning up the extra food)
  • moving tables and chairs from First United Methodist back to UUCUC on Saturday afternoon

To sign-up for any of these tasks, go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f44a9a92ea64-installation or, if this doesn’t work, contact Kelly Halcom directly at kellyhalcom@comcast.net
Celebration of Shared Ministry and the Installation of Rev. Florence Caplow is Saturday, November 10th.

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.

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.
The Winter Uniter is coming! It's time to start thinking about your contribution to our quarterly publication. The last day for submissions is Wednesday, November 21st, no later than noon.

Board members, committee chairs, group leaders and staff are invited to submit in-depth, mini-articles to share with visitors, our congregation and community. The Winter Uniter will cover December, January and February. Email your submission(s) to pubs@uucuc.org , in a word document, ready to cut and paste. See our publicity policy for specific details.
Go Scent Free!
The smell of perfumes, lotions, and other fragrances are making your friends at church feel ill. To help all of our members and friends feel comfortable at church, please join our UUCUC movement to GO SCENT FREE!! 

In March of this year we published an article in the Uniter recommending we adopt a Scent Free policy at our church in order to create a safe welcoming environment for those who are negatively affected by scents and fragrances. We are re-visiting that effort now.

The Accessibility Committee and the Membership Committee are partnering to begin an educational awareness campaign to spread the word, share information and have conversations regarding this important issue.

To create a more comfortable environment, we ask you to:

  • use non-scented body products (e.g. lotion, hair-spray)
  • refrain from using perfume, cologne, and other fragrances
  • allow recently dry-cleaned clothing to air before wearing
  • use non-scented laundry products

To create a more comfortable environment, the organizers are:

  • using non-scented soap in the restroom
  • using least toxic cleaning products, disinfectants
  • removing or disconnecting fragrance-emitting devices from restrooms
  • not scheduling pesticide application or carpet shampooing prior to
  • using non-scented or beeswax candles in our chalices and rituals

During Sunday service on the first two Sundays in November, you’ll be invited to sign a “letter of commitment” to stand behind this policy. Come to the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall during Social Hour where supporters of this policy will ask you to sign in support. You’ll then be given a green ribbon that reads “Scent Free” to hang from your name badge. 

Please continue to wear this ribbon with pride as you show your support for a SCENT FREE UUCUC!
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. 
Children and youth will be in service this Sunday, November 4, 2018. The nursery will be available ages birth to age 5.
New Faces in Childcare! Max and Mary Foltz are now focused on getting ready for their new baby, and we are so happy to have a new Childcare Coordinator, Kelsey Libert, who is a lifelong UU from Madison, Wisconsin, and a student at the university. We also have several new childcare workers. Feel free to stop by the childcare room to say hello!
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
Joys and Sorrows

Sam Beshers - Joy for those who shared their talents and performances at our coffee house on Saturday evening.

Sharon Neufer Emswiler - My sister, Darlene, died on Saturday in Florida.

Anonymous - I feel such despair in this political climate, but I feel joy seeing women, people of color, and LGBTQIA people running for office and positions of leadership. Yes, we still can.
Happy Birthday to our November Members and Friends ! Click to see who has a birthday this month.
November is brought to you by Hospitality Team E. Welcome Hospitality Team E co-leaders Katie Madigan & Kathy Robinson & Team E volunteers who will assist with bell ringing, ushering, welcoming, providing decorations & snacks during the month of November. 

Thanks to Team D co-leaders, Anne Sharpe & Priscilla Kron & Team D volunteers who helped out in October. Stop by the Hub table in Fellowship Hall to sign up for a Hospitality Team or to find out which Team you are already on.
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 November, we are supporting DREAAM House, a local community impact organization with a justice-informed mission to reduce the achievement and opportunity gaps among boys and young men.

Since July 2015, DREAAM House has built a prekindergarten-to-college-pipeline program for boys aimed at cultivating academic excellence and positive citizenship. At the early intervention stage, boys learn the importance of being a positive member of a community and the importance of academic achievement, effective communication, behavioral health, and shared goals. This program supports boys' social, emotional, AND academic development starting at the age of 5 until age 18.

Each group of incoming kindergarteners forms a learning cohort. From Summer 2015 - Summer 2018, DREAAM House has had four cohorts of boys enter the pipeline, and many have remained engaged over the years. Program retention of DREAAM boys is high. To date, DREAAM House has reached, taught, and invested in over 125 boys!

  • Support boys and young men by providing transformative experiences to shape and increase educational outcomes, knowledge, skills, and life opportunities.
  • Increase positive outcomes—academic achievement, self-efficacy, social mobility—and decrease negative outcomes—suspensions, low educational performance, violence—in the lives of boys and young men

  • More socially, emotionally, mentally and academically healthy males in our community

If you want to learn more about DREAAM House or are interested in making a donation, please contact Mr. Tracy D. Dace, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer at (217) 560-2194 or tracy@dreaam.org . DREAAM’s website: dreaamhouse.org
Come participate in a fun collaborative funding process for the Social Action Committee. This year we are using a new way to allocate funds for social action. Church members who choose to join the Social Action Committee mailing list will have the option to receive a bucket of the social action committee’s budget. People with ideas for projects that need funding propose them and after some review, revision, and discussion, you can pledge money from your bucket. 

It’s a bit like Kickstarter, but with church funds! Sound interesting? Come to one of our training sessions: Monday, November 5th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm OR Tuesday, November 13th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm OR Saturday, November 17th, 11 am to Noon.

All three sessions will be in Fellowship Hall. Sign up for a session here: https://goo.gl/forms/GWHaFZkNpeRVvfmv1
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, November 1
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Friday, November 2
Stewardship Committee Meeting / Noon / Library

Saturday, November 3
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, November 4
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Choir Rehearsal / 9:00 am / Sanctuary
Partner Church Meeting / 9:00 am / Children's Chapel
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Visitor's Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
Book Project Meeting/ 11:45 am / Children's Chapel
Soul Matters Covenant Group #8 / 1:00 pm / Classroom #1
Soul Matters Covenant Group #7 / 1:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Monday, November 5
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Social Action Committee Training / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, November 6 (Vote Today!)
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
Personnel Committee Meeting / 5:00 pm / Library
Election Night Viewing & Support / 6:00 pm / Fellowship Hall
Worship Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Library

Wednesday, November 7
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service at noon.
(Rental: Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: November 8
Last day for content: Wednesday,
November 7 by Noon the latest.
Winter Uniter
(Covers: December / January / February)
Submissions Due: November 21, no later than noon
Distribution: December 5

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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