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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
December 23, 2018
“The Light Inside the Dark”
Rev. Florence Caplow

In this service, we will celebrate the winter solstice and the gifts of darkness and of light at this sacred and oh-so-dark time of year.
December 24, 2018
"Christmas Eve"

We will have services at 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The earlier service will have traditional Christmas readings, music, and carols, the second service will celebrate the transforming power of compassion, through reflections and music. All choirs will be singing, and both services will end with a candlelit "Silent Night."
December 30, 2018
“The Poetry of Winter”

Join members of the Worship Committee for a service honoring the quiet joys of winter and our hopes for the coming year. Bring a favorite poem or compose a poem for the occasion and bring it to share in the service, which will also include poetry for the children and a special tribute to the New Year.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Join us Tonight! UU Happy Hour will be at Fiesta Cafe. The UU Happy Hour is on the third Thursday this month due to Christmas. The Fiesta Cafe is location at 216 S 1st Street, Champaign. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat & relax. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
All Congregation Winter Solstice is tomorrow night. All are welcome!
6:30 - 7:30 pm / Friday, December 21st / Fellowship Hall
The ritual will begin promptly at 6:30 pm so please arrive by 6:15 pm, so that you can enter, find your seat and get settled before 6:30 pm.
UUCUC’s Pagan Ritual Group is inviting all UUCUC Members & Friends to join in a celebration of the Winter Solstice. The celebration will be a family-friendly ritual where all ages can participate together. Questions? Contact Virginia Brubaker or Gail Schiesser .  
Pathway to Membership Class  
Sunday January 13, 2019
Noon to 3 pm
UUCUC Children’s Chapel
Learn about UUCUC governance, activities, opportunities and social action mission. Learn about benefits & responsibilities of membership. Meet others interested in UUCUC membership. At the end of the class, you'll have an opportunity to "sign the book" and become a member of our church community and a vested partner. Childcare & lunch provided.
Questions? Contact Sherry Bohlen (217) 384-862. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER .
Come to our UU Skate and Birthday Party! (From Jody Hanger and Chris Hannauer)

Chris Hannauer is turning 50 in January and we are having a UU Retro Roller Skating Party to celebrate! This event was offered at the last Service Auction and there are still plenty of spaces left if you and/or your family or significant others would like to come. The price is $12.00 per person and includes pizza dinner and skate rental. We will have the entire place to ourselves, so it should be a very low-stress skating environment and, although the music will shade to oldies (think 1983), it won't ONLY be that, so people of ALL ages should feel welcome. What better way to spend a cold January evening than skating in circles with your fellow UUs? Oh, and there WILL be a couples skate, so bring your spouse/partner along!

Date: Sunday, January 13th, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Skateland in Savoy
Price: $12.00 per person

Please email auction@uucuc.org to sign up for this awesome event!
Calling All Christmas Eve Helpers 
If you will be attending either Christmas Eve service (5:00 pm & 7:00 pm) this year, we could use your help. Everyone is invited to bring a plate of cookies or bars for our collective hospitality which will occur BETWEEN the two services. NOTE: that this is a change from past practice. If you are attending the 7:00 pm service on December 24, please come 30-45 minutes early to enjoy hospitality with those coming out of the 5:00 pm service. Also note that the Hospitality Teams DO NOT provide snacks on Christmas Eve. Place your plate on the snack tables in Fellowship Hall & remember to bring it home at the end of the evening. One usher & two welcomers are needed for the 5:00 pm service. One welcomer is needed for the 7:00 pm service. If you can help with any of these tasks, contact Peggy Patten at mspeggypatten@gmail.com         Thank you!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The church office will be closed Tuesday, December 25 through Friday, December 28 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

For Pastoral concerns, please contact Cindy Loui cindyloui83@gmail.com
or Rev. Caplow minister@uucuc.org
What – oh what – is that??? Two groups that over the next 18 months will be working to capture and summarize our visions for the future. The United Dream Team is: The Interim RE Advisory Group, and the Strategic Vision Team (SVT). Both groups will collaborate to “re-envision” both Lifespan Religious Education and our congregation’s plans for the coming years. Please help us by adding your voice so that we hear everyone’s dreams for our beloved community.

Members of the SVT include: Karen Folk, Becky Densmore, David Gross, David Prochaska, Kathleen Robbins, Melissa Schoeplein, Lynn Wiley and Ben Galewsky (representing the 2 Year Initiative to create a culture of community engagement).  

Members of the Interim RE Advisory Group include : Lara Breeze-Troyer, Karla Peterson, David Sharpe, Randy Locke, and Carol Veit. Board Chair, Jenny Hunt, Minister Florence Caplow, and Interim RE Director Michele Grove are also closely involved.
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
Mark Your Calendars: January 12, 2019 9:30 AM to Noon (Please note the date is Saturday, January 12th)

Creating a Unitarian Universalist Learning Roadmap

What do we teach?
What do we wish to learn?
What do we wish our children to learn?
What do we hope everybody knows?
These and many other questions will help the congregation create a learning roadmap. Creating a roadmap needs lots of voices and ideas. This workshop if for parents, religious education leaders and all life long learners. In other words, this workshop is for the entire congregation! We hope you will attend. We need you! Join us in this effort. 

RSVP to Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org  or call the church office (217) 384-8862 by Tuesday, January 9, 2019. Child care will be available on request.  
Resolving Conflict, Finding Agreement  -  Part 1
Sunday, January 20, 2019 Noon-4:00 PM, UUCUC Children's Chapel
Light Lunch Provided, Child Care provided

RSVP to Michele Grove at RE-director@uucuc.org or by calling the church office no later than January 16, 2019 so we have enough food and may ensure that child care is properly staffed. 

At a time when differences seem more pronounced, simple disagreements can turn into difficult conflicts. Join Gail Schiesser and Virginia Brubaker to learn how to deal both more effectively and more comfortably with conflict. In this fun and hands-on experience.
This class will help anyone who finds themselves in situations where those around you are in conflict with each other from time to time. If you would like to be more helpful in those situations, this class is for you.

Virginia and Gail have taught communications skills for many years through the NLP Institute of Chicago. As partners in Common Sense Mediation, they resolved complex conflicts through mediation for couples and groups. Please feel free to call them if you have questions about this class. Virginia's number is (217) 419-3106.
Gifts of the Journey: A Winter Pageant
Sophia Lyons Fah’s said, “Every night a child is born is a holy night.”

Thank you to all who made last Sunday’s service a holy event. I am grateful for such creativity and leadership.  It is my hope that you and your family find your own meaning in the winter holidays and start the new year in style!  ~ Michele Grove
Umeeta Sadarangani - Gratitude for the life of my beloved friend Amy, whom I miss especially at this time of year. She spread much joy, and left many to grieve.
Save the Date – Saturday, February 2, 2019. UUCUC will host the Critical Cultural Competency Workshop presented by trainers from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. You won’t want to miss this workshop, presented here at UUCUC. Make a note on your calendars, and watch for more details soon!

Action Opportunity – If you are a City of Champaign resident, please stop by the Social Action table to sign a petition asking city council members to repeal the city code which allows landlords to discriminate on the basis of conviction record. Even someone whose sentence is probation can be denied fair housing rights for 5 years under Champaign’s law. This practice increases risk of recidivism, separates families, and disproportionately affects African-American people because they are twice as likely to be renters. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION on the Social Action table.
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 designated for "Shared Offering" within the specified month and on-line donations through our give webpage .

During December, we support our Partner Churches with our Shared Offering . The mission and objectives of the Partner Church Committee are to develop long term, mutually supportive relationships with our fellow UUs in Transylvania, Romania, and in the Khasi Hills in North East India.
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 .
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, December 20
(Rental: Many Paths, an Agnostic AA) 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Friday, December 21
All Congregation Winter Solstice / 6:30 pm / Fellowship Hall

Saturday, December 22
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, December 23
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / Library
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Visitor’s Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall

Monday, December 24
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel
Christmas Eve Worship Service / 5:00 pm / Sanctuary
Collective Hospitality / 6:00 pm / Fellowship Hall
Christmas Eve Worship Service / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary

Tuesday, December 25
Merry Christmas - Church Office is Closed
Wednesday, December 26
Church Office is Closed
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Thursday, December 27
Church Office is Closed
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
Friday, December 28
Church Office is Closed

Saturday, December 29
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, December 30
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / Library
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Visitor’s Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall

Monday, December 31
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Happy New Year! ~ Church Office is Closed
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Winter Uniter

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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