UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, February 11, 2018
“The Joy of Generosity”
Rev. Florence Caplow

Recent scientific studies have shown that generosity is a powerful way of cultivating happiness. The Buddha considered generosity one of the "perfections" of human life. What's so great about generosity? This service is the beginning of our annual stewardship campaign, and the theme this year is "Celebration!" We will also be welcoming and introducing new members to our congregation. The Children's and Adult Choirs and the CrUUners will be singing. Children are invited to the beginning of the service.
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. 
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Our annual Call to Stewardship begins Sunday, February 11th! Stop by the Stewardship table in Fellowship Hall, after service, to pick up your stewardship packet, or to speak with our friendly stewardship team.
Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence Class Thursdays in February, 4:30-5:30 pm, Channing-Murray

Rev. Florence will lead a four-part class in mindfulness and emotional intelligence, as a continuation of the ongoing meditation group. Through guided meditations, exercises, discussion and listening, deepen your connection with your inner life, those around you, and your world. No charge.
Informational meeting, new Widows & Widowers Covenant Group. Saturday, February 10th, 11 am – Noon in the UUCUC Library
 
The intent of the group is to provide supportive community for widows and widowers. Rev. Florence will facilitate this informational/organizational meeting. For additional information, email Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen or speak with our minister.
Workshop on the "Art of Reading Aloud" February 10th, 1-3 pm, Church Library.
Back by popular demand! Rev. Florence will be offering an experiential workshop on the art of sharing prose or poetry through reading aloud, for those who might be interested in participating as readers in future services. No experience necessary! Register online or sign up at the HUB table. 
Social Justice Webinar Series Viewing hosted by UUCUC Board of Trustees (BOT)

The members of the BOT invite you to join us to view a series of social justice webinars offered this spring by the UUA MidAmerica Region in collaboration with the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance. Executive Director Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer Pastor Danny Givens will help all of our congregations prepare themselves better for social justice work. These 75-minute webinars will be held on the second Tuesday of each month - February through May. 

The first webinar will be on February 13th , from 6:45-8:15pm in Fellowship Hall
Next Racial Justice Initiative (RJI) Meeting - Thursday, February 15th, 5:30pm, UUCUC Library. Want to get even more involved in RJI? Please join us.
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 simple form, designed to guide both discussions and proposal preparation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ever feel like a lonely Unitarian Universalist in a Christian patch? Of course, we all have. Come to General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, June19-24 in Kansas City. A great UU party in a great UU patch. Observe the democratic process in action. Absorb welcoming and warming services around profound preaching. Be wrapped in overwhelming music sung with our own UU words. Meet friends, old and new. 
All within the halls of our UU convention. And, just outside, Kansas City music and barbecue!

Registration opens March 1; prices increase in May. So, make your plans, arrange your carpool, pack your bags, and come to GA full of midwestern hospitality. For more info, talk with David and Claudia Gross. Kansas City, here we come!
CARE CORE NEWS
Diedra Cobb - It was Diedra's birthday on Sunday, February 4th. Diedra came into this world as a queer woman, in order to reestablish and celebrate her beautiful identity.

Julie Laut - It was with great joy that Julie watched her daughter, Celia Barberi, sign the book last Monday and become a member of UUCUC.

Marie McEnroe - Marie is full of gratitude for the outpouring of support for her family as they look after Marie's mother and her sister following her mother's hip replacement last week. The help from UUCUC, her mom's church, healthcare professionals, family, and friends has been much appreciated. Thank you to all for making this time less difficult. Marie's mother and my sister are both doing well.

Katie Madigan - Positive thought for Katie's co-worker and friend who is undergoing tests. They are concerned about her blood, enlarged spleen and swollen lymph nodes around live. She is one of the kindest most loving teachers, Katie has ever met and her preschool friends will miss her greatly!
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
Big news! We raised $5,118.55 in January for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), our Shared Offering recipient. This is $2,218.55 more than our goal of $2,900 ($10 per member of UUCUC). Our contribution will be matched 100% by a national donor to BLUU, for a nearly $10,000 donation. Thank you for your generosity and your commitment to racial justice!
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
Dear Pen Pals, I just wanted to remind you to keep writing those letters. I have had some pals ask why they have not gotten a letter or why their pen pals have not picked up their letters. The program was designed to have each pen pal write to his or her pen pal each week. There are only three weeks left! Many pen pals look forward to receiving letters each week. This program is such a good way to meet new UU friends, so I hope you all write for the next 3 weeks. Watch for news about the "reveal party" currently scheduled for the morning of March 3rd, at 9:00 a.m.

From your Director of Religious Education, Cindy Wakeland
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.
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.
FROM THE OFFICE
Office Volunteers Needed! Our office administrator, Rosalyn, invites you to consider becoming part of a team of volunteer office helpers. Duties vary, but may include sorting through old files, shredding, organizing, answering the phone, and other office tasks. Please contact her if you are interested in becoming a part of this newly forming team.
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.
Friday, February 9
Moving Forward Divorce/Separation Group / 3:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Saturday, February 10
Widows/Widowers Covenant Group Info Meeting / 11:00 am / Library
Workshop on the "Art of Reading Aloud" / 1:00 pm / Library 
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, February 11
Choir Rehearsal / 9:00 am / Sanctuary
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:05 am / YRUU Classroom
Children's Choir Rehearsal / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Adult Discussion Group / 11:30 am / Library 
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Children's Chef-A-Thon / 2:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Monday, February 12
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Death with Dignity Group / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, February 13
BOT presends a UUA Webinar "Breaking Down the Silos" / 6:45 pm / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, February 14
eNews & OOS Content is due to pubs@uucuc.org by noon
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary

Thursday, February 15
Care Core Steeering Committee / 11:00 am / Library
Meditation Class with Rev. Florence / 4:30 pm / Channing-Murray
Racial Justice Initative (RJI) Meeting / 5:30 pm / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / OWL Classroom
Finance Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall
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