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UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, May 27, 2018
"Bridging"
Julian Barbieri, Isabella Howard, Mariah Laugeson, Tom McDermott,
Brian Zilles & Rev. Florence Caplow

Every year some of our young people graduate from high school and from our YRUU program. We honor that immense transition through a special service, where we hear the voices of our youth as they stop across the bridge to young adulthood. Middle school and older youth are particularly encouraged to attend this service, though there will be all-ages RE crafts for younger children. The UUCUC choir will be singing, and Simon Tiffin and Isabella Howard will be offering solos.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
"Flower Celebration: Sharing Our Gifts"
Rev. Florence Caplow

UU churches around the world celebrate "Flower Communion" or the "Flower Celebration" originally developed in the early 20th century by Rev. Norbert Čapek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He wanted to unite the diverse religious traditions of his congregation by celebrating the beauty of nature. In this last service in the sanctuary before the summer begins, we will also honor all who give their time and energy to this congregation. Please bring long-stemmed flowers to share with others in this favorite multi-generational service. Childcare is provided for the youngest children, but all ages are welcome in the service.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Worship and Picnic in the Park
Rev. Florence Caplow

Join us for our annual Worship Service and Potluck at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. The service will begin at 10:15 with the potluck to follow. The Large Pavilion is rented for the event, so the service and potluck will be held rain or shine. Bring your own lawn chair for the service. Also, bring your favorite picnic food to share – along with beverages, plates, napkins, cups and utensils for your crew. Crystal Lake Park is located north of West Park Street, west of North Broadway Avenue. We will meet at the Large Pavilion, which is located near the parking lot off of North Central Avenue. There is a volleyball net and children’s playground nearby. The choir will be singing.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events webpage for future reference.
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.
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Join us at the next UU Happy Hour TONIGHT, May 24th, at Riggs Beer Company [Location Change]. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. Location change to Riggs Beer Company. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm.
UUCUC Spring Piano Concert! Saturday, May 26 at 7:00 PM. Join us in the Sanctuary for a fabulous musical showcase featuring UUCUC's "in house" musicians. Performances by Maria Arrua Matthew Gladden, Matt Sheppard, Pierre Tang and Simon Tiffin. Special Guests: Aerosmith!
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Writing Workshop, Saturday, June 16th 2-4 pm
Location: UUCUC Library
“The Story That Changed My Life" taught by Gail Cohen 
 
We are planning an anthology of stories by UUCUC members and friends, on the theme “The Story That Changed My Life.” Interested? Curious? Come to this workshop to explore your own story. No writing experience necessary. Taught by Gail Cohen, a UUCUC member with 45 years of writing, teaching and publication history, with support from Rev. Caplow, who has edited two anthologies. For questions or to find out more, email Gail at  gailsquilt@gmail.com .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018 in honor of Memorial Day. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
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CARE CORE NEWS
Joys and Sorrows

Jenny Hunt - Sorry that we are grieving yet another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Enough. No More.

Jenny Lokshin - My heart is with the victims of yet another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

Sam Beshers - My father, Daniel Beshers, was to have moved to Urbana last Wednesday. Instead, after a hard fall, he is in the ICU in a New York City hospital.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE NEWS
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.
‘Our’ Habitat Build begins at 8 AM Saturday, June 2nd . The address of the site is 1404 Beslin, Urbana, about two blocks west of Goodwin. 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
Upcoming RE Dates

Sunday, May 27th
Bridging Service.
Middle school and older youth are particularly encouraged to attend this service. Crafts will be available for all children in RE. Childcare will also be available.
 
Sunday, June 3
All Ages Service, Flower Communion
 
Sunday, June 10
Church Picnic and Service, Crystal Lake Park
Thank you for being so welcoming to our new Summer RE Teacher, Emily McKown. Many of you have already spoken with her about your willingness to be her assistant teacher for a Sunday or two. We have several Sundays that are still open. Follow the attached link: ttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4eabae23a1fd0-summer to sign up. You can also email Emily at emily.mckown@gmail.com or Jody Hanger at re-director@uucuc.org directly. 
The Teacher Recognition ceremony was amazing! Thank you all to all the teachers, children, and other volunteers for participating and being such a presence up front on Sunday—it was very powerful. If you are an RE teacher or volunteer and weren’t there on Sunday or otherwise missed getting a plant and thank you gift, see Jody Hanger before or after the May 27 th service.
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.
Thursday, May 24
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
 
Friday, May 25
Spring Studen Recital / 4:30 pm / Sanctuary

Saturday, May 26
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:00 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
UUCUC Spring Concert / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
 
Sunday, May 27
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 28
Church Office will be closed
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Moving Forward Support Group / 7:30 pm / YRUU Classroom

Tuesday, May 29
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 9:00 am / Nursery
 
Wednesday, May 30
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CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary 
Adult Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, May 31
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
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UUCUC Contact Information
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Minister
Jody Hanger
Assistant for 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