Remember to SPRING FORWARD this week-end.
Move your clocks forward when you go to bed Saturday night
and arrive on time for Sunday services and events.
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Sunday Service
"Spiritual Gains and Growing Pains - the Path to Greatness"
March 10, 2019 / 10:15 am
Guest Speaker: Rev. Bill Breeden,
Minister Emeritus, UU Church of Bloomington, Indiana

How does a church navigate growth, change, and transformation? Come hear stories from the Bloomington UU church, a "Breakthrough Congregation", and meet Rev. Bill Breeden and his sidekick "Theodore Barker". This service is co-led by the UUCUC Committee on Shared Ministry and Rev. Florence Caplow. The choir will be singing.

Rev. Breeden will present a workshop entitled: Spiritual Gains & Growing Pains -- the Path to Greatness (see below for workshop details and to RSVP)

CLICK HERE for Rev. Breeden's biography
Workshop: Spiritual Gains & Growing Pains --
the Path to Greatness

Guest presenter: Rev. Bill Breeden
CLICK HERE for Rev. Breeden's biography
sponsored by the Committee on Shared Ministry
March 10, 12:15 to 2:00 , Fellowship Hall Note time change!
lunch included

Rev. Bill Breeden served the UU Church of Bloomington, Indiana from 2002 to 2014, and is now the Minister Emeritus of that church. He led the church at a time of tremendous increase in energy and membership (from a membership of 230 people to over 500), and will share stories and lessons that could shed light on our own experience and future. Our own Brian McDermott will also share a powerpoint about trends here in our church. Lunch will be included, and childcare is available.  Please RSVP: .
Retreat: Gentle Spring Day of Silence and Meditation
Saturday March 9  from 10 am - 2 pm

There is still time to register for this retreat!

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: . Apologies for the registration link being incorrect last week. This link will take you to the registration page for the spring retreat.

Two volunteers needed to help with tea setup and other simple tasks. If you are able to volunteer, please email Florence at .
Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Options -- All Are Welcome!

There will be a free,  Saturday  morning workshop at our church on  March 9  from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.  on legal and policy issues surrounding death, dying, and end-of-life options in Illinois. Two local attorneys with experience in these matters, Keith Emmons and Rebecca Wade, will present vital information and hold a substantial Q and A period. This event is co-hosted by our own Social Action Committee and the Champaign-Urbana Compassion and Choices Action Team. Topics include: Living Wills, the Mental Health Treatment Preference Declaration, POLST Orders (Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), how to use power-of-attorney for health care, the Illinois Healthcare Surrogate Act, and other aspects of statutory options in Illinois for medical decision-making. No advance registration is needed. This event is open to the public.
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"The Art of Getting Lost"
March 17
Rev. Florence Caplow

Our theme for March is "Journey". All true journeys and adventures include the possibility of getting lost. Mostly we think of getting lost as a negative experience, but sometimes getting lost can lead to never-imagined possibilities. What does it mean to get lost, on a journey or in a life? What are the gifts of getting lost? What does it mean to find the way again?
"Reawakening to the Earth"
March 24
Led by the Worship Committee

Spring arrives and we celebrate the return of a greening landscape. We enjoy the beauty of budding trees and blooming flowers but are also made more acutely aware of our environment. In this service we will contemplate the vital life-sustaining resources of our planet and consider ways in which we can help restore, sustain, and provide more equitable access to them.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
Saturday March 16 2 pm.

The UU Music Committee is sponsoring a special concert in the Sanctuary at 2 pm on  Saturday, March 16th . Annie Patterson, co-author of the wonderful books  Rise up Singing  and  Rise Up Again , unites with Charlie King for an afternoon of great music. Both musicians are well-known for their lively singing and powerful storytelling.

Tickets are $20 ( CLICK HERE for $18 advance sale tickets), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Some of the revenue comes back to our church.

Sunday March 17 from noon to 3 pm.

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.  CLICK HERE register!
Questions: Contact  Sherry Bohlen .
2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly

The 2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, April 5-7 .

The theme is “Intersectionalities.” Presentations and workshops will explore identities we encounter and embody, the challenges of social inequality, and tools and skills we need in order to work more effectively with one another, as well as the general “nuts and bolts” of congregational life, such as leadership, stewardship, membership, and religious education. Our Keynote Presenter will be UUA President,  Rev. Susan Frederick Gray . Join us to explore, share, and worship with fellow Unitarian Universalists. CLICK HERE for more information and to register .
A new Office Administrator has been selected!

His name is Brian Franklin and he's eager to meet you all and begin his work with us. Brian will begin his duties the afternoon of Monday March 11. Drop by the office when you're at the church to introduce yourself and give him your personal welcome. A photo and more detailed introduction will be included in next week's eNews!
Do you need a ride to church? Are you willing to drive your fellow UUs to church occasionally? If you need a ride or are able to help out with this valuable service, please contact our dedicated ride coordinator, Anne Reeser at: 217-369-1764. 
Coming Soon! A NEW church directory. 
A NEW church directory is in the works.

Each family that has a photo taken will receive a free 8 X 10 and their photo will be published for free in the church directory.

Pick up your info kit (including brochure, price list for additional photos and coupons) at the table near the center of Fellowhip Hall after Sunday service or contact Scott Godlew, 217-281-2424 or at  

We have invited Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits to photograph you  from April 15th to the 20th  (excluding Good Friday). Scheduling for photography appointments will begin Sunday 17 March. We look forward to seeing all of you in our new directory so get ready to say "Cheese"!
Save the Date for the UUCUC Service Auction
April 13th! 
The theme will be Across the UUniverse

Please mark your calendars for this year's UUCUC Service Auction, which will be on April 13th!  The theme will be Across the UUniverse. You can learn about this event (along with answers to some FAQs) on our website:

Also, please consider donating your brilliant talents to this event and submit your donations as soon as possible. This will allow the folks that compile the Donation Lists to avoid having to rush right before the event.  You can donate by filling out  this  short online form or one of the paper forms that we'll have available at the Hub Table! Thank you for considering submitting your donation this week!

Willing to volunteer your time before, during or after the auction? CLICK HERE to complete our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.

The Power of We
What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.

This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We.

Registration and Housing Open March 1
GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. PST at

Want to know more? Read more here.
Models of Religious Education: An Interactive Experience 
Sunday, March 31 st from 11:45-2:00

Michele Grove will host an event focused on different Unitarian Universalist religious education models. These models explore creative ways to do lifespan religious education. Included in this presentation is time to explore the current program and future dreams.  Child care and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 28 th so we can be prepared with lunch and child care.  
The Board of Trustees meets twice each month.  The second Tuesday is the business meeting, where important issues can be voted upon. The fourth Tuesday is a study session, where issues can be discussed and studied, but no votes are taken. Both monthly meetings are open and you are welcome to attend. 

The meeting minutes from our January business meeting can be found here:  January BOT Business Meeting Minutes.
Joys and Sorrows

A Sorrow shared by Claudia Gross
David had a great fall breaking his L2 vertebra. All Dr. King's nurses and staff have put David back together again! But he is still having a lot of pain with very limited mobility. He is greatly helped by phone calls and visits. Your help, wishes and presence have been lifesavers. Thank you so much.

A Sorrow shared by Elizabeth Cox
I thought once roof of Trump's digressions came to light we could start healing family & country but peace looks to be farther in the future than I thought.

A Joy shared by David Prochaska
Kathleen's daughter Diane from Louisville underwent highly successful surgery for a tricky brain tumor in Pittsburgh and is making excellent post-op progress.
A Joy shared by Pat Feely
I just returned from a wonderful vacation to New Zealand. The best part was seeing my 25 year old daughter in love for the first time. Claire & Amber are amazing!
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 the month of March Sunday services’ shared offerings will support Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center.

The Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center (UNCC) is an academically focused after school program for students in grades K-12. The mission of the Center is to give children the resources needed to learn, grow, and achieve their fullest potential. UNCC provides year-round services for students in grades K-12 as well as resources for parents and family members including summer programming and a “college and career” program. UNCC is a federal meal site and offer meals to the students during the school year and in the summer. There are also opportunities for recreational activities and field trips.

Founded by Janice Mitchell in 2009, UNCC was a fulfillment of a life-long dream. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Janice dreamed of creating a community center for youth where families worked together to help every child achieve their life’s full potential. UNCC is a place where our youth grow, our parents help, and our community shares. Students receive assistance with homework, computer instruction, and connect with positive role models in a safe, nurturing, creative environment.

UNCC serves students from all socio-economic groups but primarily low income and at- risk youth including homeless students. With financial support from the community,
UNCC can serve more students who can’t afford the already low fees for the Center and/or transportation to the Center.
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.

1) During the transition period of hiring a new office administrator, please send calendar requests to . Kate will be scheduling until a new office administrator is hired.

2) For all publication announcements, please send to .

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Saturday, March 9
Retreat: Gentle Spring Day of Silence and Meditation / 10 am - 2 pm / Friends Meeting House
Death, Dying, and End-of-Life Options / 10 - 11:30 am / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, March 10
RE Nursery / 9 am
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Partner Church Meeting / 9:00 am /
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Children's Choir Practice / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Hospitality Team F Brunch / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel
Growing into Greatness Workshop:Insights from a Successful Journey with Rev. Bill Breeden / 12:15 - 2:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Monday, March 11
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel

Tuesday, March 12
Safety Committee / 12:30 pm / Library
BOT Business Meeting / 7 pm / Classroom #1

Wednesday, March 13
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
Thursday, March 14
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
Strategic Visioning / 7 pm / Children's Chapel
White Fragility Discussion / 7 pm / YRUU
Worship Committee / 7 pm / Library
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: March 14, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday March 13 by noon the latest.
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
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Matthew Gladden
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
And introducing our new
Office Administrator!
Brian Franklin
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Building Related:
For events scheduling:
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper