Temporary Limited Office Hours . In the interim between Rosalyn's departure and the hiring of a new Office Administrator, the office will be open from 10-12 Monday to Friday. We will be checking messages and the administrator email address on a daily basis.
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Sunday Worship Service: "Back to the Future"
Sunday, March 3, 10:15 am Sanctuary
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 shared by you and consider where we could go in the future. 
Reminder: This Sunday is Pledge Sunday.  Please bring in your pledge and drop it off after the service, or pledge online (we can help!). If you don't have a pledge packet but would like to pledge, we have plenty of extras. Just come find a Stewardship Committee member at the hub table after the service. Thanks for helping to assure that we continue to thrive and flourish!
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
(See full description in "Upcoming Events".)

Middle High Youth Gathering:
A gathering of middle high youth with pizza, ping-pong and games
Sunday, March 3, Noon to 2:00 PM, Children's Chapel
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"Spiritual Gains and Growing Pains - the Path to Greatness"
March 10, 2019
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 be leading a workshop after the service. For more information and to RSVP, see "Upcoming Events".

"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.
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
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.
Workshop: Spiritual Gains & Growing Pains --
the Path to Greatness

Guest presenter: Rev. Bill Breeden
sponsored by the Committee on Shared Ministry
March 10, 12:30 to 2:30, Fellowship Hall
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:  https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/growthworkshop .

Sunday March 17 from noon to 3 pm.
 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 .
Retreat: Gentle Spring Day of Silence and Meditation
May 9  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.

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.
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 Scott@Godlew.com.  

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 consider donating your 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 in the coming weeks! Thank you for considering submitting your donation this week!

Tickets for the Service Auction will begin on March 3rd in the Fellowship Hall after the service. 

Lastly, such a huge event takes many many volunteers to make it happen. Please join the fun and sign up here to help:  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! Check for website updates HERE .
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.
March is brought to you by Hospitality Team D!

Many thanks to Hospitality Team D co-leaders Anne Sharpe and Priscilla Kron and Team D volunteers who will assist with bell ringing, ushering, welcoming, providing decorations & snacks during the month of March. Thanks to Team A co-leaders, Pam Richart and Jenna Ziedler, and Team A volunteers who helped out in February. Stop by the Hub table in Fellowship Hall to sign up for a Hospitality Team or to find out which Team you are already on.
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.
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 deep sorrow…. Long time UUCUC member Bernadine Evans Stake passed away on Saturday, February 23rd. She will be greatly missed by many.

Sarah McDougal and her family rejoice in the birth of Benjamin Schultz to her niece and nephew Rebecca and Mike Schultz.

Katie Madigan shares this sorrow. Madeline’s former principal at Thomas Paine School and a close family friend, Sandy Cooper, were in a serious accident while on a trip to California. She remains in a medically induced coma in the ICU in Orange County.

Madeline Madigan also has a joy that she turned eleven this week and learned she will be going to Harry Potter World over Spring break!
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 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!
Friday, March 1
Sanctuary 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

Saturday, March 2
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, March 3
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
RE Middle School Youth Gathering / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel
Soul Matters Group #6

Monday, March 4
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel

Wednesday, March 6
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 7
(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 7, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 by noon the latest.
Winter Uniter

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Please do not send to admin@uucuc.org.

Don't forget to publicize your meeting/event!
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
Matthew Gladden
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Building Related: facilities@uucuc.org

(Event Scheduling Only: events@uucuc.org)
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator