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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, May 13, 2018
"Just as a Mother..."
Rev. Florence Caplow

In this Mother's Day service we will explore how the world's religions honor the "inner mother" - the qualities of compassion, care, and protectiveness that are part of the human spirit, and we will also acknowledge the sometimes difficult actual relationships between mothers and children. We will have a UU Child Dedication as part of the service, and the Children's and Adult Choirs will be singing
Sunday, May 20, 2018
"Racial Justice"
Rev. Florence Caplow and Members of RJI

We have made a strong commitment, as a congregation, to work on racial justice and dismantling the powerful forces of white supremacy, within and without. If the congregation votes to hang our Black Lives Matter banner outside our building, we will be hanging the banner, together, on this Sunday. We will also have our annual Teacher Recognition, to thank our RE teachers for their service during the year.

Bookmark our UUCUC Events webpage for future reference.
Meditation at Channing Murray Foundation. This Thursday, May 10 is the last meditation class until the Fall. Join Rev. Florence and others at Channing Murray, 1209 W. Oregon St., from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. All are welcome, no experience necessary, by donation. 
UUCUC Mindfulness Meditation Group Join fellow UU's in a mindfulness meditation 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.
On May 20 at 2:00 pm the Racial Justice Initiative group will show the Oscar-winning movie “GET OUT”.  In this (R-rated) satirical thriller/horror spoof, writer and director Jordan Peele confronts middle class America about “nice people” racism. Discussion will be led by Joe Omo-Osagie. 
 “In a scenario described as “The Stepford Wives” meets “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), an African-American photographer, is about to meet his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time when he’s rattled to learn that she has not told them he is black.” ( nytimes.com )
“Racism doesn't always have to be virulent, it can sometimes take benevolent and malicious forms as displayed in this haunting and topical film.”  (Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight)
Please note: We will have one more Uniter (June) and take a break until the Fall. The last day to submit for content is Wednesday, May 23rd (noon). Content focus should be on church year-end and Thank Yous!

Please email your content in a word document to pubs@uucuc.org. - Thank you!
Need Google Group Help? Check out this " getting started" with Google groups. A brief tutorial on how to join a group and how to manage your settings (too many emails, you can fix that!).
Joys and Sorrows

Pat Nolan - Thanks to Care Core for the workshop on talking with persons in life crises. I learned from both speaker and participants!

Sally Babbitt - Great thanks to those gardners who worked so hard this past Saturday to beautify our yard.

Barbara Jauhola - My sister Sue will celebrate a milestone birthday on May 7th.
Steve Schmidt, the owner of The Piano People for over 40 years, and the technician that rebuilt our new Steinway Grand, passed away last Friday . Steve was apparently having successful treatment for cancer, but a complication from chemotherapy intervened. We will be enjoying his craftsmanship every time we hear the piano played. The full obituary appeared in News-Gazette and is worth a read to gain insight to the history of his artistry and his business, which rebuilt over 500 pianos during his life.   
Our May Shared Offering is supporting FirstFollowers. FirstFollowers is a community-based re-entry program located in Champaign. The program provides services and guidance to those impacted by the criminal justice system. Their advocacy and outreach initiatives aim to build healthy relationships that impact communities positively.  

Although it's not a religious program, Bethel AME Church's pastor, Larry Lewis, and his congregation has provided this program with a safe nurturing space that allows them to administer to the needs of the community and FirstFollowers operates a drop-in center there.

The mission at FirstFollowers is to build strong and peaceful communities. In order to accomplish this, they provide support and guidance to the formerly incarcerated, their loved ones, and the community as a whole.  First Followers offers a safe environment, peer-mentoring, assistance with employment searches, job training, advocacy for people with felony convictions, family reunification and service referrals.

For more information about FirstFollowers, visit their website and like their Facebook page.

Shared Offering Note: All designated checks and half of the Sunday plate offerings in May will be sent directly to FirstFollowers. Thank you in advance for your generous support.
The SAC table has a sign-up sheet for our Habitat Build scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd. Beginners are welcome.
Upcoming RE Dates

Sunday, May 13th
Regular RE classes. Children and Youth will begin in Service.
Children's choir will be singing.

Sunday, May 20th
Last day of regular RE classes. Children and Youth will begin in Service.
Teacher recognition!

Sunday, May 27th
Bridging Service.
Middle school and older youth are particularly encouraged to attend this service. 
Still Looking for RE Teachers...

You’ve been thinking about it all month - through the teacher testimonials and pleas in the Order of Service and eNews . Now is the time to take the plunge and commit! We have had lots of people sign up to teach next year already; please come and join a dedicated group of people who have heard the calling to work with our children. The coming RE year is bound to be exciting as Michelle Grove begins with us as Interim DRE.

Both the K/1 and 7th/8th grade classes have full teaching teams now - thank you! There are many openings in the other grade levels:

PreK - 3 slots
2nd/3rd - 2 slots
4th/5th - 3 slots
6th - 4 slots
YRUU - 2 or 3 slots

Come visit the RE table in Fellowship Hall next to the Hub table. Printed versions of the chosen curriculums are available, and someone will be there to answer questions.

If you are not ready to commit to a full year, how about teaching for one Sunday over the summer? Please see Jody Hanger if you are interested or sign up at the HUB table!
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.
Thursday, May 10
Meditation Class with Rev. Florence / 4:30 pm / Channing-Murray
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Board of Trustees (BOT) Meeting / 7:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Finance Committee / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Saturday, May 12
Loss of LIfe Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, May 13 (Happy Mother's Day!)
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
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall

Monday, May 14
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Horn Band Rehearsal / 5:30 pm / Sanctuary
Moving Forward Divorce/Separation Group / 7:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Tuesday, May 15
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 9:00 am / Nursery
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, May 16
eNews and OOS content is due to pubs@uucuc.org no later than noon
UU History Class / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
Thursday, May 17
Care Core Steering Committee / 11:00 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: May 17
Last day for content: Wednesday,
May 16 by Noon the latest.
Next Uniter: June 1
Last day for content: Wednesday, May 23 by Noon the latest.
Send your submittals to pubs@uucuc.org
UUCUC Contact Information
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Jody Hanger
Interim RE Coordinator
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
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper
Mary Foltz
Childcare Coordinator