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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
November 18, 2018
"Prophetic Sisterhood"
Rev. Florence Caplow

On the Midwestern frontier in the late 19th century, a quiet revolution unfolded: women began to be ordained and to serve as ministers of Unitarian and Universalist churches, which was entirely new in the history of Western religion. They were astonishingly successful, founding many new congregations. This church had a female Universalist minister early in its history. In this year where we have elected so many women Come hear the stories of these strong, resilient, and determined women, and what they can teach us now.
November 25, 2018
“Where Credit Is Due”
Worship Committee

Can you think of a time recently when someone you know took a risk? Did they try something new and different, unsure if it would be a triumph or disaster? Very likely you know someone who stayed late to finish some work, took extra responsibility, volunteered...or maybe checked in on a friend at an important time. Today we will talk about those who do good, and who are often unseen, and how we can give thanks. The UUCUC choir will be singing.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
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UU Happy Hour. Join us TONIGHT at Lodgic Everyday Kitchen Restaurant & Bar for the UU Happy Hour. The UU Happy Hour has moved up a week due to Thanksgiving. Lodgic Everyday Kitchen is the new place in the Lodgic Community Center in the old Good Vibes location on 1807 S. Neil Street, Champaign. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, relax and check out this new place. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
Retreat: Gentle Silence and Meditation, November 17th from 10 am - 2 pm. Join Rev. Caplow for a few hours of peaceful silence at the Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting House, for guided meditation, mindful walking meditation, and a talk on the spiritual practice of retreat. Bring your own bag lunch. Those new to meditation are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please sign up here: https://conta.cc/2DrtR0o.
Our Monthly Book & Magazine Exchange Is Sunday, November 18. Bring in your books and magazines for exchange in Fellowship Hall after our service on Sunday. Books and magazines can be for children and adults. You can take home books or magazines without donating any and vice versa.
UU Voices Reading Group, led by Rev. Florence Caplow
 
Many Unitarian Universalists also maintain a relationship with other theological and philosophical understandings: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, Humanism, or (fill in the blank!) Skinner House books has published a series of short books with short, personal, heartfelt essays by UUs who feel that they are, in one way or another, "trans-religious". This reading and discussion group will meet once each month on Sunday after church, and will begin with reading   Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism  (available in paperback or as an e-book). If you are interested, please email Rev. Caplow at  minister@uucuc.org  for more information. Some loaner books are available from Rev. Caplow. Our next session will be November 18th at noon, in Classroom #1.
NOTICE of CHANGE: The UP (Uniting Pride) Center will be hosting a transgender day of remembrance service at the University YMCA, and so we are cancelling our event and joining theirs on campus at 6 pm at the University YMCA. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/2228228774127078/

From the official TDOR website : “The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of [those] who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their [children], parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”
New Social Action/Recovery Support Group Starting. The Social Action Committee is sponsoring a non-AA, science-based addiction recovery group that will be meeting on Wednesdays from 6 - 7:30 pm in Classroom #1. This group is facilitated by UUCUC member Phillip Eichelberger, and is open to people both within and outside our church. To learn more about Smart Recovery:  https://www.smartrecovery.org/ . Questions? Contact Phillip at pweichelberger@gmail.com .
THANKSGIVING EVENTS
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. Our minister, Rev. Caplow, will be sharing a reading.

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.
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Our annual Thanksgiving potluck is expanding this year, to offer more opportunities for fellowship.  Reverend Caplow offered us a copy of the Thanksgiving service held by the First Unitarian Society in Chicago for decades. Congregants pass the script & the mic, either read a paragraph, or pass. The service includes a couple of hymns; we’ll wind up with a meditation or blessing before eating.
Our timeline this year is as follows:
12:30 pm - set up & appetizers
1:30 pm - service in the sanctuary
2:00 pm - dinner
Around 3:00 clean up, followed by board games
You are welcome to join us for any part of the activities!
 
To sign up, look for the poster & legal pad in Fellowship Hall following the service on Sunday. Questions? Contact Sylvia or Brian McDermott,  salmcd.84@gmail.com or (217) 398-1948.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Appreciation from our minister:
Thank you to all who gave your time and talent to the Celebration of Shared Ministry! It was an extraordinary day, only made possible by tremendous effort and creativity. I am deeply moved by the spirit of this congregation. Our guests were in awe of you and who you are. That was shared ministry at its finest! - Rev. Florence Caplow
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The Church Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, November 26.
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the eNews will be sent out a day early on Wednesday, November 21st. Please send in your submissions early... cut off will be Tuesday, November 20th at noon. Don't forget to email your submittals to pubs@uucuc.org in a word document attachment. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact the Office Administrator, Rosalyn Maziarka at admin@uucuc.org.

Don't forget, Wednesday November 21st, is the last day to submit for the Winter Uniter. Send your submissions to pubs@uucuc.org (word document attachment) about 300 word limit and if you include photos, send as separate files. (Thank you!)
Our tenant, ECIRMAC, is outgrowning their space and is looking for a new location to provide services to their ever expanding client base. In our efforts to continue being supportive of their mission to provide services essential to refugee and immigrant resettlement in East Central Illinois, we are providing their “wish list” for a new ideal space. If you think you might be aware of a space which could meet ECIRMAC’s criteria please contact their Director, Lisa Wilson at (217) 344-8455 or admin@ecirmac.org

Description of Ideal Property for ECIRMAC
  • 750-1,000 sq. ft. office space, including a small conference room that could potentially be used as a computer lab to teach clients computer skills
  • 500-1,000 sq. ft. of storage space
  • Must be on an MTD bus line. Free parking also very important
  • Restrooms, secure entry, kitchenette with access to water and refrigerator at a minimum
  • Phone / Internet ready
  • Outdoor signage to identify our office
  • Rent $1,000 per month or less
Upcoming Auction Item (#200) - Slide Show: In the Land of the Kami on Friday, November 30th at 7:00 pm at UUCUC.

In the spring of 2016, Rev. Caplow traveled to Japan to experience, first-hand, life inside a 2,000-year-old Shinto shrine. Tsubaki (Camellia) Grand Shrine. Come learn about one of the least well-known world religions and see images of this ancient and mysterious place. Green teas and Japanese sweets will be served.

There are still spots available and are only $10 per person. You can purchase your spot through our give page, https://uucuc.org/give, see under "other - service auction purchase". You can also RSVP to minister@uucuc.org.
Lost and Found Bins are over flowing!

Dear members and friends of our church :
Time again to clear out our L&F (lost and found). You will find it just left of the door to the men’s restroom, Fellowship Hall. There are BOUNDLESS, copious water bottles as well as other eating or drinking items. In addition, Cubs hats, a lovely blue stoneware coffee/tea mug, an umbrella and many other usable things. We are overflowing! Even t-shirts and sweaters.

Please stop by and see if anything you’ve been missing has found its way to the L&F.
I will hang on to these until the first of December; after that, it’s turn over a new leaf and find homes or trash bins or DONATE all these gems.

Many thanks,
Maryly Crutcher, Queen of the L&F
What’s All the Stink about Scents?
From Wendy Graves, Accessibility Task Force

I have to admit that I was ignorant of the problem some people have with scents. Then I looked. As a member of the Accessibility Task Force I began by reviewing the Accessibility materials provided by the UUA.org. It was there where the issue of Scent Free Zones and policies was brought to light. I have also had conversations with congregants who spoke of having asthma attacks, migraines or allergic reactions triggered by the presence of fragrances and how that has limited their ability to participate.  

Scent Free policies are actually not considered radical but are becoming increasingly more common in work places, medical facilities and houses of worship. Scents do cause problems for some people and the prevalence is evidently increasing. We owe it to ourselves and our fellow congregants to look into the issue surrounding fragrances. A list of articles will be available this Sunday at the Hub table by the Scent Free poster however I encourage everyone to do their own research.

Please send comments to Wgraves7@msn.com or join in a discussion after services on 11/18/18. We are UUs. We love to study and debate!
A Mid Year Auction Reminder. We are approximately halfway through our church year. This is a good time to review and follow up on the service auction items you purchased and sold at last year's auction. Mark your calendars for next year's auction is Saturday, April 13, 2019.
CARE CORE NEWS
Joys and Sorrows

Priscilla Kron – Joy for modern medicine that made my recent food surgery possible and deep gratitude for the many helping hands and caring hearts that have made my recovery so far quite enjoyable.

Pat McClard – Joy for having found a church where I feel welcome with all my beliefs and doubts.

Melissa & Joe Minarik – Saddened by the fact that we were not able to celebrate the Installation of the Reverend Florence and Joy to be able to be in Florida at a conference where Joe will be presenting and where he will be receiving an award for his article published in the Journal of Social Work Education 2017. “Privilege as Privileging: Making the Dynamic and Complex Nature of Privilege and Marginalization Accessible.”

Jenny Hunt – Humbled, honored joy at being the chair of the Board of Trustees at this special time in our church’s history. 

The Foltz Family - Mary and Max Foltz welcomed Walden Lionel Foltz on November 7, 2018, 7 lbs 12 oz, 21.6 inches.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
Religious Education Class and Worship Schedule for the Rest of the Year

November and December are festive months of our congregation. Here is a schedule of activities involving the children and youth religious education program. Parents - keep this schedule handy!

November 18th – Children and Youth attend worship for the first 15 minutes and then go to their religious education classes.  If you are a parent of a child up through 1st grade, please walk down with your child so that you can connect with the leader. It makes for a smoother transition!

November 25th – No regular religious education classes. There will be a special children’s worship service in the Children’s Chapel. Nursery available for ages 0-5.
Children’s Chapel. Theme: We Give Thanks . Families are always welcome to join their children for worship. 

December 2nd – Children and Youth attend worship for the first 15 minutes and then go to their religious education classes.  On this day, children will learn more about the upcoming Winter pageant during their religious education class time!

December 9th – Regular religious education classes. Everyone begins in the classroom.
 
December 16th – All Ages Worship – the Winter Pageant: Gifts for the Journey! (More details below). Nursery available for ages 0-5.

December 23rd – No Regular Religious Education Classes. Worship for children and youth will occur in the Children’s Chapel. Nursery available for ages 0-5. Theme - Happy and Sad: A Winter Holiday Roller Coaster. Families are always welcome to join their children for worship. 

December 30th – No Religious education classes. Nursery available for ages 0-5.
Happy new Year! Stay tune for upcoming religious education opportunities in 2019!
Learning about Food Insecurity

The 2nd/3rd grade which meets in Room #1 has been learning about the second UU principle of seeking justice, equity and compassion in human relationships. More specifically, they have learned more about the problem of food insecurity in our community and have been collecting food for Feeding Our Kids, a local organization that provides nutritious weekend and holiday food to food insecure children in Champaign County. One in five kids in Champaign County are food insecure. The benefits of better nutrition are improved health, increased school attendance, better test scores, more positive behavior and improved reading skills.

For the past several weeks, they have been bringing in food and would invite all to join them. They specifically request food items from the list below:
  • Jars of peanut Butter
  • Easy Mac & canned pasta
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken, sausages) and canned pork & beans
  • Pudding cups, applesauce cups, fruit cups or dried fruit packets
  • Juice boxes & Milk boxes (that do not require refrigeration)
  • Granola bars & cereal bars, single serve bags of goldfish, pretzels & animal crackers

November 18, 2018 is the last day of the collection. If you wish to participate, please bring donations to Classroom #1 or put them on the Religious Education Welcome table in the basement foyer. Now, there is a great incentive – an anonymous donor will match the donations up to $250.00. Please help this class make a real difference. If you have questions, please email Colleen Braun at cbraun10@gmail.com.
Coming of Age Mentors
The UUCUC Coming of Age program for ages 12-15 is an opportunity for youth to explore the intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects of growing into adulthood. One of the great parts of this program is the mentor experience. Participants are paired with an adult mentor from the congregation who meet with the youth once or twice a month to build multi-generational relationships and share life experiences. If you would like to be a mentor, please email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org . She is happy to share a detailed job description with you and discuss the possibilities.  
Gifts of the Journey: A Winter Holiday Pageant
Sunday, December 16th will be the winter holiday pageant. What a great day this will be! To make it extra special, Michele Grove is looking for the following persons to volunteer:

Youth or adults who are willing to take one of the 6 speaking roles. These roles are very short – 3 lines each!

6 adults willing to help a group of children get in costume before the worship service and then to lead their group as we act out the pageant. These persons do not have speaking parts:
  • Angel Leader
  • Shepherd Leader
  • Wise person Leader
  • Donkey Leader
  • Sheep Leader
Children, youth and adults who are willing to be angels, shepherds, wise persons, donkeys and sheep. They can travel with the caravan or stay seated in the pews. Come in costume (pick your favorite) or come early and we will provide a costume for you. The more people who dress up, the more festive it will be!

Persons willing to help make some simple costumes ahead of time. This will be very simple! Who would like to help? 

Please email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org or call her at the church (217) 384-8862. 
Gum Containers Needed: Have you had a craving for gum? This is a great time to satisfy this craving because Michele Grove needs gum containers like the ones pictured. Please collect and turn into the church office or the Religious Education Welcome Table. She needs them by December 23, 2018. 
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
Come Vote for Shared Offering Organizations for 2019!
What organizations will the Church be supporting in the coming year? Voting members of UUCUC have the opportunity to select from an impressive list of nominations.

  1. Review the nominations at http://bit.ly/2019sharedoffering
  2. Come to the election meeting after Church: Sunday, November 18th at Noon in Children's Chapel
  3. Hear presentations from the nominators 
  4. Vote for up to 11 organizations

Come for the vote. Stay engaged for the rest of the year as we deepen our relationships with these vital organizations.
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!

DREAAM House’s MISSION:
  • 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

DREAAM House’s VISION: 
  • 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
Continuing a Tradition of Generosity
Our church has enjoyed giving generously to the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen backpack project since it began several years ago. The soup kitchen celebrates the holidays by giving filled backpacks to the men and women who are guests at lunch. These packs are much appreciated, since they are often the only gifts they receive during the holidays.

Backpacks should be stuffed with hats, gloves, scarves, socks, thermal underwear, sweatshirts or pants, and toiletries such as deodorant, hand lotion for hands chapped by the cold, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and shaving cream. 

Other appreciated items include hand warmers, cough drops, books, decks of cards, small fleece blankets, candy, gum, food items. We are asking that backpacks and included items be new. All backpacks should be labelled with the gender and size of recipient (from S to XXXL).  

We will collect backpacks at the church on December 2 and 9. When dropping off a pack, please sign your name to the list at the Social Action table so that your gift can be acknowledged. Tax forms will also be available.

Backpacks will be given away at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen on Friday, December 14 beginning at 10:00 am. If you have questions about this project contact Sandy Hannum at smhannum@gmail.com.
CHURCH CALENDAR
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 15
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 pm / Library

Saturday, November 17
Gentle Day of Mediation Retreat / 10:00 am - 2:00 pm / CU Meeting House
Social Action Committee Training / 11:00 am / Fellowship Hall
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, November 18
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
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Visitor's Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
UU Voices Reading Group / Noon / Classroom #1
Social Action Committee Shared Offering Vote / Noon / Children's Chapel
Soul Matters Covenant Group #8 / 1:00 pm / Classroom #1
Soul Matters Covenant Group #7 / 1:30 pm / Library

Monday, November 19
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
(Rental: ECIRMAC) / 6:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Caregivers Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
 
Tuesday, November 20
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon. (Due to Thanksgiving)
Winter Uniter content is due today!
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, November 21
(Rental : ECIRMAC) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
(Rental: Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary

Thursday, November 22
Church Office is Closed
UUCUC Annual Thanksgiving Potluck / 12:30 pm
(Rental: Many Paths, an Agnostic AA) 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Friday, November 23
Church Office is Closed
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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
Minister
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
Accompanist
Kate Barton
Events Coordinator
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator