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10:15 AM in Fellowship Hall
Sunday, August 26, 2018
"Water Service: Our Lives Flow on in Endless Song"
Rev. Florence Caplow and Michele Grove

The UUCUC Water Service is our annual multi-generational Ingathering service at the end of the summer. Please bring a small vial of water from somewhere sacred to you, from far away or nearby. This is a beautiful UU tradition for all ages, honoring the waters of the world and our joining together in community once again. The service will be co-led by our minister, Rev. Caplow, and our new Interim Director of Religious Education, Michele Grove. 

We will return to our Sanctuary for this service and for the rest of the Sunday services for the year. Please be aware that the Sanctuary is not air-conditioned.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
"A Brave and Startling Truth"
Rev. Florence Caplow

Maya Angelou wrote, "We, this people, on a small and lonely planet...It is possible and imperative that we learn a brave and startling truth...We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world" ( https://www.best-poems.net/poem/a-brave-and-startling-truth-by-maya-angelou.html ). In September we will be exploring the theme of "Vision" beginning with this beautiful poem, and what it can teach us about vision and possibility. 

Bookmark our UUCUC Events webpage for future reference.
Join us at the UU Happy Hour today (Aug. 23rd) at Sun Singer Wine & Spirits. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. Sun Singer is located at 1115 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign .   For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
Teacher Training and Tacos! This Sunday, August 26 from 11:45-2:00 pm, a religious education leader training will be held in the children’s chapel. A Taco lunch will be served to all who participate. This training is for anyone who will serve in a leadership role for religious education OR anyone who is interested in taking on a leadership role for this year. RSVP to Michele Grove at RE-director@uucuc.org (217) 384-8862 no later than Friday evening so she is sure to have enough food for lunch.  
Democratic Revolution vs. Corporate Rule: It’s Up to Us!
Move to Amend, the national campaign to end Corporate Personhood and get big money out of politics, in collaboration with the Social Action Committee, invites you to a community presentation on the topic of challenging corporate rule and creating authentic democracy.

Greg Coleridge, the Outreach Director of Move to Amend, will give a historical overview of how 132 years of Supreme Court rulings have bestowed corporations with constitutional rights. He will then address how we can mobilize locally to overturn this trend and pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to end corporate personhood. Community members will present in conjunction with Greg on the intersection of corporate rule and the local issues they work to overcome. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion and Q&A.

When: Monday, September 24th 7-9PM
Where: UUCUC Fellowship Hall
For more information contact : Milly Harmon at barnstorming@movetoamend.org 916-318-8040; MoveToAmend.org
The Accessiblity Team is pleased to soon be getting a new Assistive Listening System for the sanctuary! The Audio Everywhere system works with our WI-FI and the receivers are smartphones or tablets! Many people already have a smart device which will be compatible with this new convenient system. For people who do not already have their own smart device, we will need to have devices available to loan during services. If you have recently upgraded your device and have an extra you would be willing to donate to the church please contact Wendy Graves at wgraves7@msn.com or (217) 493-8824. Devices compatible with this system should be an iPhone 5s or higher or an iPod Touch 6 th generation or better or an Android device at least OS 5 with Wi-Fi at least 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Now forming!   Sign up today!

Details of the program available at Hub Table in Fellowship Hall.
Or see Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen, with questions & concerns.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make connections in a growing church community while deepening your personal spiritual journey.

All members and friends welcome!
Same Name, New Purpose. The Uniter is coming back on a quarterly basis. Attention board members, committee chairs, group leaders and staff: We invite you to submit in-depth, mini-articles to share with visitors, our congregation and community. Please do not submit any news announcements for the Uniter (but please continue to submit for weekly eNews). Email your submission(s) to pubs@uucuc.org, in a word document, ready to cut and paste. See our publicity policy for details.

Notice: Due to everyone getting back into the swing of church life, we have extended the Fall Uniter dates to accommodate your submittals. Don't delay!

2018-2019 Schedule (Mark your calendars - Set alarms)
Fall Uniter (Covers: September / October / November)
Submissions Due: August 29, no later than noon
Distribution: September 9th

Winter Uniter (Covers: December / January / February)
Submissions Due: November 21, no later than noon
Distribution: December 5

Spring Uniter (Covers: March / April / May)
Submissions Due: February 20, no later than noon
Distribution: March 6

Summer Uniter (Covers: June / July / August)
Submissions Due: May 22, no later than noon
Distribution: June 5
Hospitable Parking - Please reserve spaces in the parking lot for guests and newcomers and for persons with limited mobility. You'll find a map of close-by parking areas at the Connections Hub table in Fellowship Hall.
Joys and Sorrows

Anonymous - Joy for the new school year and hop fore the safety of our children and educators.

Katriena Knights - Prayers and postive thoughts/energy for my daughter, who is having surgery tomorrow.

Bukenya Godfrey via Sherry Bohlen - Bukenya asked to share this joy. His training is complete and he is driving a "big truck" on the road!
I want to extend my deep gratitude to Rev. Florence Caplow and the many members of the UUCUC congregation who helped Matt and me during his illness. Your physical and emotional care was so important in our ability to cope with all we faced. Thank you so much for your visits, meals, time, and various efforts in so many ways. Cindy Loui and the UUCUC Care Core (and their many supporters) were invaluable to us. For those who visited Matt, these times gave Matt’s life meaning under such difficult circumstances. Special thanks also goes to all who made Matt’s Celebration of Life so very special for our family and friends. In addition, I want to express my sincere appreciation to those who have supported me following his death. The past year has shown me just how important it is to be part of a church community of people committed to one another.  

With immense gratitude and love, Gail Tittle
The "2018 Out of the Darkness Walk" to raise awareness and help fight suicide will take place on Saturday, September 22 in Crystal Lake Park. For more information, to join the walkers, or to make a donation, please go to www.afsp.org/ChampaignUrbana or contact Marilyn Ryan at marilyn.ryan@gmail.com
Do you need a ride to church? Would you be willing to give a ride to a fellow congregant? Volunteers who could pick up others on the way to church are still needed. We'd like to have a list we could use to find rides for folks who need them. Volunteers would not be committed long-term but would be contacted as needed. Please call Anne Reeser (217) 369-1764, if you would be willing to be let us add your name to this list. 
CROP Walk 2018 is Coming! UUCUC Social Action Committee supports the C-U CROP Walk 2018. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty. The six-mile loop walk will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, October 14 at Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect Rd., Champaign).

Participating walkers will gather donations to help overcome hunger and poverty, both locally and internationally. Of the funds raised in this event, 75% will go to developing countries where the need is greatest, and 25% will go to these local groups: the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, the Wesley Evening Food Pantry, and the Sola Gratia Farm. This year the focus of the overseas program is Indonesia, promoting nutrition and sanitation in rural communities.

You can join the UU Walkers team and/or make a donation by going to the Social Action Committee table or to this website: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/champaignil
August Shared Offering is supporting Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is a nonprofit organization committed to ending illegal convictions and prisoner abuse, ending placement of children in adult prisons, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. The EJI provides legal representation, provides research and educational materials, and produces reports and films on racial injustice. The founder and executive director is Bryan Stevenson, a distinguished lawyer, activist, writer, and teacher. Dr. Stevenson and his staff have won reversals, relief or release for over 125 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row. In April 2018, EJI opened The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama to address the legacy of racial terror in this country. Dr. Stevenson has many awards that honor his work. We urge you to read his book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption and go to EJI.org to learn more about this organization.
Register Your Children and Youth for Religious Education!
As UUCUC gears up for another great year of religious education, we ask parents to register their children ages 0-18. Registration helps us to know these young people, meet their unique needs, and keep them as safe as possible in our programs. Please take a few moments and fill out the registration form. This link is to an online version. There are also paper copies available at the church. Please note that this online registration is a test. It is our hope that all will work smoothly. Please call or email Michele Grove, Interim Director of Religious Education, if you have any problems.  RE-director@uucuc.org ( 217) 384-8862 . https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/0aadff
Religious Education Ingathering
Everyone is invited to join us for the UUCUC Religious Education Ingathering on Sunday, September 9, 2018. All ages will gather in worship to celebrate the beginning of the year and meet religious education leaders. Children will then go to their classes to get to know their leaders and each other. 

This year, the following children and youth programs will be offered:

  • Nursery care for children ages 0-5.
  • Pre-Kindergarten class for ages 3-4. 
  • Kindergarten-1st grade
  • 2nd - 3rd grade
  • 4th - 5th grade
  • MAGS (Middle Age Group 6th-8th grade)
  • Coming of Age (7th-8th grade)
  • YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists 9th-12th grade)

Also, children and youth are invited to participate in special religious education opportunities including:

Super Sundays with special guests and opportunities for learning and service
All Ages Worship Opportunities
Children Chapel Opportunities
Special Events for All Ages

Watch the eNews and church website for upcoming opportunities. And if you have questions, please email or call Michele Grove, our Interim Director of Religious Education for more information.  RE-director@uucuc.org (217) 384-8862 .
The Coming of Age program will occur this year for anyone ages 12-15 who wish to participate. This program is a special part of our Unitarian Universalist heritage because it guides our young people through a process of group-building, dialogue and reflection in a process of becoming an adult. Through this process participants examine their beliefs, ideals and then participate in a Rite of Passage worship service in May 2019. Many people at UUCUC give testimony to this enriching experience. If you are interested in being a part of this program (most sessions are held during the religious education time on Sunday mornings), please register with Michele Grove, Interim DRE RE-director@uucuc.org ( 217) 384-8862 . The first class will meet on Sunday, September 9th.  
Children and Youth Religious Education looking for passionate volunteers! This year’s program is still looking for people who will serve as a part of a leadership team, a religious education associate, or a part of one of the many support groups that make children and youth religious education happen. Do you have an interest in:
  • Working as a part of a leadership team to lead a Sunday morning religious education class?
  • Working as a part of a leadership team as a youth advisor?
  • Working as a Sunday Superintendent who take turns supporting the Sunday morning leaders (a new program this year)
  • Working as a special guest leading an activity in which you have passion (music, social action, racial justice, art, recreation or other cool thing)?
  • Learning more about Unitarian Universalism while you lead?
  • Bake goodies to share with Sunday morning religious education leaders?
If so, please reach out to Michele Grove, our new Interim Director of Religious Eeducation, RE-director@uucuc.org ; (217) 384-8862. Michele is working to create a supportive program which nurtures both learners and leaders. No experience necessary!
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, August 23
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Saturday, August 25
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 am / Library
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1

Sunday, August 26
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:20 am / YRUU Classroom
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Fellowship Hall
Broadly Graded Summer RE / 10:15 am / Children’s Chapel
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
RE Teacher Training and Tacos / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel
Monday, August 27
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
Tuesday, August 28
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
BOT Study Session / 7:00 pm / Classroom #1

Wednesday, August 29
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Fellowship Hall
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary

Thursday, August 30
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
Saturday, September 1
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!
Next eNews: August 30
Last day for content: Wednesday,
August 29 by Noon the latest.
September Uniter: September 9th
Last day for content: Wednesday August 29 by Noon the latest.
Send your submittals to pubs@uucuc.org

Don't forget to publize your meeting/event!
UUCUC Contact Information
Church Office Summer Hours
Starting June 18th, the church office will start summer hours: Monday through Thursday 10 am - 2 pm and Friday 10 am to Noon.

We will be resuming regular office hours in September!
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Kate Barton
Events Coordinator
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Matthew Gladden
Jody Hanger
Assistant for Religious Education
Mary Foltz
Childcare Coordinator
Emily McKown
Summer RE Teacher
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper