UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, February 18, 2018
“The Song Only You Can Sing”
Rev. Florence Caplow and Laura Robinson

What is your song? Each of us has a song, a unique gift to the world that only we can manifest, unrepeatable and shaped like no one else's. This service will invite us all to consider what our song may be and what encourages us to sing it. Laura Robinson will share her journey as a song-writer and will sing one of her songs for us, the UUCUC band will play a song written by Jim Hannum, and Michael Loui will share his love of the piano. We will also be honoring Dr. Cindy Wakeland for her more than five years of service to UUCUC with a special ceremony. Children are invited to the beginning of the service for Cindy's ceremony. 
Sunday, February 25, 2018
“Annual UUCUC Youth Service”
YRUU Group

In this eagerly awaited annual service, our high school youth emerge from the basement and lead our service. Want to find renewed hope for the future? Don't miss this service.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Our Monthly Book & Magazine Exchange is Sunday, February 18. Stop by the table at the far east end of Fellowship Hall on Sunday to pick up a book or magazine that interests you. Books & magazines are for children & adults. You can take home books or magazines without donating any & vice versa.
Upcoming Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) Meetings - Want to get even more involved in RJI? Our next meetings are Thursday, February 15th (5:30pm, UUCUC Library) and Sunday, February 25th (9:00 am, UUCUC Library). Please join us.
Red Herring is turning 50! February 17th 4:30-10:30pm (scheduled lineup TBA). We are celebrating The Red Herring's 50-year anniversary with live music, storytellers from over The Red Herring years, memorabilia from half a century of our history, a raffle of local goods and Red Herring swag, cooking from the Red Herring kitchen, and more to be announced soon. https://www.channingmurray.org/

Admission: Pay-what-you-can donation (*$10 suggestion, more if you can, less if you can't).

GOLDEN WEEK: 
We have special events scheduled from February 16th-February 22nd to honor Red Herring and Channing-Murray Foundation's rich history and diverse mission:
February 16th Potluck and Contradance in the Chapel (7pm-11pm)
February 17th Red Herring Golden Birthday Party (4:30-10:30pm)
February 18th Vegan Home Cooking & Baking Class (7:30-9pm)
February 19th Grassroots Eco Justice Symposium (5pm-8pm)
February 20th Coffeehouse Open Mic (6pm-10pm)
February 21st Red Herring Indian Fusion Dinner (5pm-8pm)
February 22nd Meditation, Yoga, and Wellness Gathering (4:30pm-9pm)
Thank you to our community past and present, far and wide, for such a fulfilling 50 years. Here's to many more!
Sunday, February 18, noon to 1pm, UUCUC Children's Chapel - Brainstorming Session for Next Two-Year Initiative

Are you thinking about our next two year initiative, and wondering how your ideas might fit with what others are thinking? Then bring those ideas to an after-church gathering in the children’s chapel on February 18! Participate in a fun exercise designed to jumpstart conversation and proposal preparation. Download this Download this simple form, designed to guide both discussions and proposal preparation.
Join us at the next UU Happy Hour on February 22nd at Pizza M. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. Pizza M is located at 208 W Main St and is owned by a fellow UU!  For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm.
Did you know that the church has an endowment fund? Are you interested in how we, as individuals but especially as a congregation, can invest our money in ways that are financially wise, but are also in alignment with our values? 

The Socially Responsible Investment Task Force informally began in summer of 2017, and received an official Task Force designation in December. We are proposing guidelines to help the church invest our endowment in accordance with UU Principles. An amendment to the church bylaws will be voted on at the 2018 Annual Meeting, and we want your input! The Task Force is hosting three information sessions for you to come learn about the proposed amendment and guidelines, provide feedback, and ask questions. 

The sessions will be held Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, March 11th, 12-1pm in the Children’s Chapel; and Thursday, March 1st, 7-8pm at the home of Pam and Lan Richart ( 919 W University Ave. in Champaign). Contact SRI Task Force Chair Lan Richart ( lrichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org) with questions.
2018 Service AUUction: Rainbows and UUnicorns!

This years’ Service AUUction will be held on Saturday, April 7th at the church; this is our biggest fundraiser of the year, to say nothing of the biggest church party! Members and friends of the church donate services and items to be sold by a professional auctioneer and all the proceeds go to the church. Your meal ticket entitles you to hors d’ oeuvres, dinner, dessert, and drinks, and a really exciting evening! Please visit the Auction website for more information or to volunteer, or send email to auction@uucuc.org if you have any questions.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents' Day.
Have you received your pledge packet? Stop by the Stewardship table in Fellowship Hall this Sunday to check in with our friendly stewardship team, or contact Emily Laugesen or Steve Troyer at stewardship@uucuc.org
Your church Finance Committee has a lot on its plate for Spring. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If any of the following buzzwords are important or interesting to you, please join us at our  next meeting Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Contact Amy Robison (217) 398-6154 or finsec@uucuc.org for more information. 
Budget Priorities, Mortgage Refinancing, Responsible Investing, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Employee Benefits, Health Insurance, Banking options, Cash Flow, Contracts and Leases.
Housing & Community: Can we make it happen in Urbana? Do you long for housing rich with a sense of community? Cohousing blends the privacy of single-family homes with a value for social interactions and shared resources. Communities include a common house or gathering space for shared meals and events. The potential for aging in place and shared child & pet care are tremendous.  

There are 150 established communities in the US and many more forming, with styles unique to each group.  More on cohousing.

We are interested in exploring the potential for a cohousing group here. If you'd like to be part of an initial conversation, email Betsy Hunter.
New Covenant Group Forming: Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group.

This new group will begin meeting on February 24th, and will meet on 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm through the spring, and possibly beyond. This group is for those whose life partner has passed away, and is an opportunity for deep sharing and listening, within the structure of a facilitated small group. The group is open to new people, both members and non-members of UUCUC, but it is requested that all who decide to be part of the group make a commitment to continue at least through the spring, so that a sense of trust and community can develop. For questions and to request joining, please email Rev. Florence.
MidAmerica Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship (UUBF) Daylong Retreat, May 2018
Mark your calendars so you can attend the first ever one-day MidAmerica Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship retreat, May 5, 2018, 9-5, at Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church in Heartland, Wisconsin (half hour west of Milwaukee). Rev. Zenshin Florence Caplow will be the keynote speaker. 

Join us for a day of camaraderie meditation, dharma talks and discussion with other Unitarian Universalists interested in meditation, mindfulness and/or Buddhism. Carpooling with Rev. Florence is a possibility. Home stays will be available. For further information and to be added to the email list contact Terry Kinsey at  mindful@unitytemple.org
To register follow this Link:  https://goo.gl/forms/7HOY1dXs90EYbAWE2  
UU Summer Camp - July 1-7, 2018
Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA). The weeklong camp offers many worships and activities for families, couples and singles of all ages. This year Reverend Nic Cable will lead the daily Morning Celebration service on this year's theme: "Living Between Worlds."
 
Come gather in the beautiful forests and rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks at YMCA Trout Lodge, where you can connect with old friends, make new ones and participate in a wide variety of activities. Registration begins in February. Get all the details at https://www.muusa.org/
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
The Shared Offering recipient of all designated funds and half of the plate cash collection in February is the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC). In response to the growing diversity of our Champaign-Urbana (CU) community comes a heightened responsibility for us all to ensure every family feels welcome as they acclimate to life in our community. Refugees and immigrant families turn to the Refugee Center to help them to navigate the often arduous process of resettlement. In the last fiscal year, ECIRMAC served 1,400 individuals with a variety of services.
RACIAL JUSTICE INTIATIVE (RJI) NEWS
BLMCU Book Drive – February 5 th -28 th . Black Lives Matter of Champaign-Urbana would like people to contribute to their community book drive. See their Facebook page or website for a list of books, drop-off locations, and instructions for making monetary contributions.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
February 18th: Special Ceremony for Cindy Wakeland, the UUCUC Director of Religious Education . Cindy will be leaving UUCUC after February 18th. There will be a special ceremony for her at the beginning of the Sunday service, and a party after the service. If your children have been in Religious Education classes over the last five years, please come and help us honor Cindy's service.
RE Volunteers Needed!

With Cindy's leaving, we are going to need your help! There are some one-time events this spring that could use some volunteer coordination (you won't be expected to do all the work - merely to help coordinate). If helping with any of these appeals to you, please get in touch with Rev. Florence as soon as possible. She will be infinitely grateful to you. 

  1. Help plan Easter Egg Hunt on April 1.
  2. Help with an all-ages craft project during service on March 25th.
  3. Help plan Summer Service RE - sign-ups for teachers, organizing curriculum.
  4. Make sure there are coloring pages and supplies in the sanctuary each Sunday.
  5. Help with Teacher Appreciation in May.
UUCUC Mindfulness Meditation Group Join fellow UU's in a mindfulness mediation practice before worship service on Sundays ( detailed schedule) in the YRUU room. As always, the door will be left slightly open so that late arrivals can enter quietly.
CHURCH CALENDAR
Dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit our events page .

Note: Parenthesised meetings/events are outside rentals. Asterisk meetings/events are closed.
Thursday, February 15
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Friday, February 16
Property Committee Meeting / Noon / Fellowship Hall
Moving Forward Divorce/Separation Group / 3:30 pm / YRUU Classroom
(Rental: Wedding Rehearsal) / 5:00 pm / Sanctuary

Saturday, February 17
(Rental: Wedding) / 11:00 am / Sanctuary
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, February 18
Choir Rehearsal / 9:00 am / Sanctuary
Children's Choir Rehearsal / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:20 am / YRUU Classroom
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Book & Magazine Exhange / after service in Fellowship Hall
Adult Discussion Group / 11:30 am / Library 
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Two-Year Initiative Brainstorm Session / Noon / Children's Chapel
Welcoming Congregation Group / 4:00 pm / Library

Monday, February 19
Church office is closed in observance of Presidents' Day
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Repair Core Group / 5:30 pm / Children's Chapel
Caregivers' Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library

Tuesday, February 20
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, February 21
eNews, OOS, and Uniter content is due to pubs@uucuc.org by noon
Sisters in Ministry / 11:30 am / Classroom #1
(Rental: ECIRMAC Board Meeting) / 4:00 pm / Children's Chapel
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary

Thursday, February 22
Meditation Class with Rev. Florence / 4:30 pm / Channing-Murray
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
*New Member Covenant Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: February 15
Deadline for content: Wednesday,
February 14 by Noon (or earlier)
March 2018 Uniter: February 28
Deadline for content: Wednesday, February 21 by Noon (or earlier)
UUCUC Contact Information
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Minister
Cindy Wakeland
Director of Religious Education
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Beth Cobb
Assistant for Services
Matthew Gladden
Accompanist
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Mary Foltz
Childcare Coordinator