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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
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.  
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. No other American denominations were ordaining women at this time. 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.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Celebration of Shared Ministry and the Installation of Rev. Florence Caplow is   Saturday, November 10th.
New details. Please read. 
If you did not RSVP and/or will not be able to be physically present for this event, you can watch via live stream at  https://uucuc.org/streaming . The video will also be archived for later viewing.
The schedule for the day
10:15 am   - Doors open and ministers are invited to robe in the Children's Chapel (basement room under the Sanctuary). If you see lost looking ministers, please direct them downstairs! Please come early if you want to make sure you get a seat in the Sanctuary. There will be music starting at 10:15. Our visiting ministers, participants in the service, and Rev. Florence's visiting friends and family will have reserved seats, and we have about 320 people expected to come to the service. 

11:00 am  - Installation service. 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). Fellowship Halll participants will also have coffee and snacks, just for them, as a special thank you for being willing to watch via live stream. Honestly, you will probably have a better view than in the back of the Sanctuary.

Childcare is available downstairs for children ages 0-11, but please email childcare@uucuc.org to reserve a space for your child, if you have not done so already.

1:00 pm  - Vegetarian luncheon reception, food provided by Red Herring, at the First United Methodist Church, 2 blocks east of the UU Church (at Lincoln Square). Just follow the crowd. If you need a ride between the UU Church and the luncheon reception at First United Methodist Church, we will have drivers ready to offer shuttle rides.

Parking! Important! Please Read: All parking spaces in our parking lot will be reserved for those with mobility issues. You can park in the lot for the attorney's offices across Green Street at Cedar, as well as in the library parking lot, 1 block east on Green (free weekend parking). If you plan to attend the luncheon reception, we suggest you park at Lincoln Square and walk over to the church (anywhere but in front of the decrepit hotel). 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 would be willing to help with parking before the service, please email Kelly at  kellyhalcom@comcast.net .
Are there parts of our church building you have never explored or are curious about?  This Sunday, November 11, Todd Kinney will offer a short tour after our
Sunday service. Meet Todd at the Welcome Table in the foyer outside the sanctuary
approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the service. Tours will take place approximately once a month.
UU Happy Hour. Join us on Thursday November 15th 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. Please sign up here: https://conta.cc/2DrtR0o. Two volunteers needed to help with tea setup and other simple tasks. If you are able to volunteer, please email Florence at minister@uucuc.org.
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.
Transgender Day of Rembembrance Memorial Service, November 20, 7-8 pm. 

The Welcoming Committee is hosting a community memorial service for Transgender Day of Remembrance. Each year on November 20th, the transgender community and allies come together to honor those in the transgender community who have died this year and in years past. Sanctuary doors will be open for candle-lighting and quiet reflection at 7:00 pm. The memorial service will run from 7:30-8:00 pm in the sanctuary.  Also beginning at 7:00, we will open a separate space in the Fellowship Hall to discuss the history and context of the event for those who are not yet familiar with TDOR. To learn more, please see  https://tdor.info/  All are welcome to attend.  
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 .
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 .

The Church Office is Closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance for Veteran's Day.
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
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.
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!
Julie Laut - Concern: Sadness at missing everyone at church these last few months. I am living with symptoms including weakness and fatigue that limit my activities. Please keep me in your thoughts in the coming weeks while I undergo more tests in the hopes of finding a diagnosis and a path toward recovery. 

Deb Rugg had successful knee replacement surgery and is recovering at home.
Religious Education Leader Gathering. The Religious Education children and youth leadership will gather for community building and training on Sunday, November 11 th 11:45 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. If you cannot make this gathering, you can join an online gathering on Thursday, November 15 th from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. We will use Zoom Video Conferencing to host this class. Michele Grove is happy to help you learn how to use this technology.  
Adult Religious Education . Do you have something to teach that can be turned into an adult opportunity for this congregation? If so, Michele would love to hear from you. She is coordinating adult learning opportunities for the winter quarter (December, January and February). Use this form to communicate your proposal. https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/995cd8

Michele will call or email you once submitted to make further arrangements. 
Please reach out to her if you would like to discuss your idea. She can be reached at the church office or by emailing RE-director@uucuc.org .
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.  
Neighboring Faiths:
The Middle School religious education class will begin Neighboring Faiths in November. This program invites youth and adults to explore the many faiths of our community through study, discussion and first-hand experience. The hope is that this program will encourage adults to participate as well as the middle school youth. This is a great place to experience all ages learning. We can also use your experience and wisdom in building this program. If you:
  • Come from a different faith tradition than Unitarian Universalism and are willing to share your experience.
  • Are interested in learning more about different faith traditions and would like to participate with this group on a short-term or long-term basis.
  • Want to learn more about this program because different faiths make Unitarian Universalism richer.

Please reach out to Michele Grove, Interim Director of Religious Education for a discussion. You can email her re-director@uucuc.org or call her at the church office. 
The Annual Winter Pageant December 16, 2018. Worship on December 16, 2018 will celebrate the winter holidays with a children and youth pageant. The title of this year’s pageant is: The Gifts of the Journey. We will need adult volunteer support, a few core adult actors who agree to one rehearsal in early December, and persons to help organize and make props and costumes. If you would like to work with this project, please email Michele at re-director@uucuc.org . It promises to be a wonderful experience for all involved!
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: 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
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 8
Care Core Steering Committee / 11:00 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 6:30 pm / Library
Finance Committee Meeting / 7:45 pm / Fellowship Hall

Friday, November 9
UU Band Rehearsal / 3:30 pm / Sanctuary

Saturday, November 10
Choir Rehearsal & Set-up / 9:00 am / Classroom #1, Sanctuary
Shared Ministry & Installation Service / 11:00 am
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, November 11
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Visitor's Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
RE Leader Meeting / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel

Monday, November 12
Church office is closed for Veteran's Day
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Tuesday, November 13
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
Worship Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Library
Social Action Committee Training / 5:30 / Fellowship Hall
BOT Business Meeting / 7:00 pm / Classroom #1

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
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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