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Happening This Weekend at UUCUC!
Environmental Film screening—Unacceptable Levels
Co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee and the Green UUs This Friday, February 22 at 7:00pm in Fellowship Hall
Unacceptable Levels opens a dialogue about the effects of chemicals in everyday products on the environment and on our bodies, discusses the lack of regulatory oversight on industrial chemicals in consumer goods--from cosmetics to household cleaning products to industrial farming--and inspires consumers to push for changes that protect us all.

Free pizza! Take a pledge to eliminate pesticide use in your yard or garden and get a free sign to post in your yard.

Presented by:  Prairie Group of Sierra Club & People’s Climate Movement
Co-sponsored by : Social Action Committee & Green UUs of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign; Eco-Justice Collaborative; Prairie Rivers Network; Faith in Place
This Sunday's Worship Service: "Closer Than They Appear"

Michele Townsend Grove and the members of the
Religious Education Exploring the Future Team (REEF)

10:15 am / Sanctuary

This congregation’s religious education history is rich in story! Each of these memories shapes our current identity. We often think of these memories as living far away yet, in reality they are a part of who we are today. Michele Grove and members of the Religious Education Exploring the Future (REEF) Team will lead us on a journey and memory and celebration. Bring your memories and join in the celebration!
 Our Call to Stewardship for our 2019/2020 church year started last Sunday. After this upcoming Sunday’s service on February 17, you can still pick up your personal pledge packet in Fellowship Hall. If you have never pledged before, but feel inspired and generous, please come and talk to us.
UU Voices Book Group will meet at noon, this Sunday the 24 th. This group is facilitated in Rev. Caplow. We are still exploring Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism, available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon.
LGBTQ 101 Terms and Pronouns Workshop - This Sunday, February 24th at 2 pm. Taught by persons from the UP Center (Uniting Pride).

Come learn why pronouns are important and how to create welcoming spaces for LGBTQ people in any organization or congregation. Program by the Uniting Pride center hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign.
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"Back to the Future"
March 3, 2019
Rev. Florence Caplow

We are at a pivotal moment in the life of this congregation, and we are beginning to dream beautiful dreams of what we can become. Part of dreaming is also honoring the past. In this service we will consider high points in our past (provided by YOU:  https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/e23e95 ) and consider where we could go in the future. 
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
UU Happy Hour Thursday, February 28th, at Scotty’s Brewhouse
 
Join us for the UU Happy Hour at Scotty’s Brewhouse. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat & relax. Scotty’s Brewhouse is located at 2001 S Neil St, Champaign.  For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
S anctuary Through an Anti-Racist Lens: A public event with Jennie Belle, a national Sanctuary Movement Organizer Friday, March 1, 6:30pm to 8pm, Fellowship Hall

What will we do when one of our neighbors faces deportation? Unfortunately, that is not a rhetorical question. 
 
UUCUC is one of many congregations in the C-U area who want to find ways to come together to answer the call for Sanctuary for those facing deportation. 
 
Interested in learning more? Come to an interfaith workshop on Friday, March 1, to explore sanctuary through an anti-racist lens, and to learn more about the logistics and practicalities of providing hospitality to those in danger (our building will be used as a case study).
 
Jennie Belle, Community Organizer, Church World Service, will be in CU for a series of events, including the Friday Forum at the Y. Jennie is a leading voice for the burgeoning Sanctuary Movement, and will be prepared to offer guidance and answer questions. 

If you would like childcare for this event, please RSVP by February 25th to our childcare coordinator Kelsey Libert at childcare@uucuc.org
White Fragility Discussion Group
Join us in a two-part discussion of Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s New York Times  best-selling book,  White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism . We will meet on Thursday, March 7th and April 4th at 7 pm at the church. Contact mona4shannon@gmail.com to borrow a book or RSVP. See White-Fragility
Sign up today for next PATHWAY TO MEMBERSHIP CLASS! Sunday March 17 from noon to 3 pm. CLICK HERE register! Questions: Contact  Sherry Bohlen .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling All AV Nerds!

As the use of technology has increased in our Sunday services, so has the need for people to help make it all happen. In response to this need the church has created an AV Team, whose members are responsible for supporting the use of audio and visual technologies in our worship. This includes the obvious things that we see on Sundays, such as the use of projectors, but also the less obvious things, like the production of each week's podcast. There are also plans to begin video streaming of our services in the near future. All of these things require people, and so we are putting out a call for folks to join us on the AV Team.

If you enjoy working with audio and video technologies, or think that you would but just haven't had the opportunity to learn about them, then we want you for our team! Please contact Chris Hannauer ( chris@hannauer.net ) if you would be interested in joining our merry band of nerds.
Coming Soon! A NEW church directory.  This will be a great tool for helping us put names with faces and connecting our families to one another. We have invited Lifetouch Church Directories and Portraits to photograph you from April 15th to the 20th. Watch for more information on scheduling your appointment. We look forward to seeing all of you in our new directory.
Please Save the Date for the UUCUC Service Auction: April 13th! The theme will be Across the UUniverse . We will send out details soon and keep an eye on our website: https://uucuc.org/auction

And of course, without your creative and exciting donations there can be no auction. Please start thinking about what you'd be interested in donating. Once you've got an idea, just fill out this short online form (we will eventually have paper forms at the Hub Table) and we'll do the rest!

Lastly, such a huge event takes many, many volunteers to make it happen. If you can, please consider signing up to help before/during/after the event. We will eventually have paper sign-ups at the Hub Table, but for immediate gratification, you can sign up right now using this form:  Short Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Thanks for considering attending and helping with the UUCUC Service Auction this year! It's gonna be out of this world!
Stories Wanted: "A Moment When We Were at Our Best"

Please tell us your story of a time when our UUCUC congregation was at its best. The Strategic Vision Team has heard your Dreams for the Congregation (look on Membership bulletin board for more info). Now please think back over the years, or months, you have been with us and tell us about a time when our church was at its best. Post your memory on UUCUC members and friends group Facebook page, write it in this form , or look for cards and a collection basket on tables in Fellowship Hall. Let’s all share a memory of a time when this UUCUC church was at its best. Our minister will write a reflection based on our responses for March 3rd service.
Possible UUCUC Women’s Retreat. There is interest among some women in the church, including Rev. Florence Caplow, to hold a women’s retreat later this spring. As the conversation is purely at an exploratory stage, we would like to gauge how widespread this interest might extend into the larger congregation. If this notion appeals to you, please send an email stating your interest, and any questions/concerns you might have about such an event, to Priscilla Kron at priscilla.kron@gmail.com. You may also call Priscilla at (217) 649-6632 if that is more convenient.
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 www.uua.org/ga

Want to know more? Read more here.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Middle High Youth Gathering

Middle high youth ages 11-14 are invited to lunch following religious education classes on Sunday, March 3, 2019. This first gathering may be the beginning of an official middle high youth group. Join us for pizza, ping-pong and games in the Children’s Chapel from Noon to 2:00 PM. The only agenda is to hang out and eat lunch together. If you have any questions, email Michele Grove, re-director@uucuc.org or call/text 605-237-1319.
The UP Center of Champaign, Illinois is the sponsor of this Sunday’s 2:00 workshop: LGBTQ 101 Terms and Pronouns workshop.  In addition to sponsoring this learning event, the UP Center also holds support groups for Queer youth and parents in the Champaign area. Check out their website for an update on these ongoing programs.  https://www.unitingpride.org/

Watch for special events and programs sponsored by the UP Center. Currently, they are recruiting artists to participate in the Queering UP The Arts Juried Art Exhibition. The Exhibition is April 1-May 12. Deadline for submissions is March 10.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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

Our next meeting is a study session on Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 p.m. in
Classroom #1.
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
Joys and Sorrows
 
Anonymous - Sorry that the "paint the hall chief" event is happening AGAIN next Saturday.
 
Christine Cahill - Please hold my step-sister, Jennifer Kelley, in your thoughts & prayers. She has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer.
 
Sharon & Tom Neufer Emswiler - It is a joy for us to be here today to celebrate the care core. We have received so much help and support from them in the past year during Tom's illness and are very grateful!
 
Kyle Kroha - Many of my friends are experiencing losses of beloved pets right now. May they cherish and celebrate their pets right now, while they are here to give love, security and confidence in easing their transition. May friends rally to give supported to the grieving. May we all celebrate each other, right now, while we are aware and able to vie and receive the blessings of walking each other home.
 
Jerry Carden & Tim Temple – Celebration for the 90 th birthday of choir member, John Grunau, on Valentine’s Day. I would like to dedicate today’s anthem to John. He’s going to sit back and enjoy.
 
Erich Adickes – Joy- My son, Dean, turns 28 today. Concern- My wife, Jane, will have been gone 15 years on Tuesday. Joy – I am grateful for your love, support and caring as I get my life in order again.
 
Bukenya Godfrey – Thank God for the last 7 months while trucking, where I’ve achieved 67,000 miles while operating in more than 30 states. I am now back home for another job near my home with JB Hunt Intermodol Trucking Company.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
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 February our Sunday services’ shared offerings will support Austin's Place (AP). AP is the only emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County. This initiative operates solely on volunteer effort - from volunteers who stay overnight, transport guests, do laundry, make phone calls, advertise, collect donations, etc. Dedicated service meets significant needs and provides valuable support to all the guests that come through the doors. Austin’s Place is a safe sanctuary for 11 hours overnight (8 pm - 7 am) for women who would otherwise be out on the streets. After being screened by Courage Connection, they are picked up in a van (provided by the First United Methodist Church) & welcomed by 2 volunteers, to a warm, safe space at AP, where they are offered snacks, basic toiletries and a warm space to sleep. Volunteers treat guests with care and respect, not trying to solve their problems, just relating to them as human beings & affirming their humanity. AP operates December 1 - March 15 in space provided by First United Methodist church in Champaign.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE

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

2) For all publication announcements, please send to pubs@uucuc.org .

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Thursday, February 21
Wake Joy Class with Rev. Caplow / 4:30 pm / Channing Murray on Campus
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(ECIRMAC) / 5:30 pm / OWL Classroom
(Rental: Many Paths, an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 pm / Library

Friday, February 22
Environmental Film screening—Unacceptable Levels / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Saturday, February 23
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 am / Library
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, February 24
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindfulness 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
UU Voices Reading Group (Christian Voices) / Noon / Classroom #1
Nominating Committee Meeting / 5:00 pm / Library
Hospitality Team Leaders Winter Meeting / 6:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Monday, February 25
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 7:00 pm / Library

Tuesday, February 26
Board of Trustees Study Session / 7:00 pm / Classroom #1

Wednesday, February 27
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
Welcoming Congregation Meeting / 7:00 pm / Library
 
Thursday, February 28
Wake Joy Class with Rev. Caplow / 4:30 pm / Channing Murray on Campus
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
United Dream Team Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: February 28, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 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
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
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Building Related: facilities@uucuc.org

(Event Scheduling Only: events@uucuc.org)
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator