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10:15 AM in Sanctuary
Sunday, September 30, 2018
"I Have Come to Speak Only of Love"
Rev. Florence Caplow

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th century Persian Sunni Muslim poet, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic, born September 30, 1207. His ecstatic poetry has been popularized by Western translators, and in that form has made its way into many of our UU hymns, readings, and sermons. In fact, some people say that our UU scriptures are the poetry of Mary Oliver and Rumi! In keeping of our September theme of Vision, and in honor of Rumi's birthday, we will be read his poetry and ask "Who was Rumi? What was his mystical vision? Has something of his spirit and faith been lost in translation? In this time of anti-Muslim feeling, what does it mean that we can so easily forget that Rumi was a poet writing from within the Muslim faith?"
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Florence Caplow

Our Sunday service, in honor of the birthday of St. Francis, will be a celebration of animals, both our companions and the wild ones. This will be an outdoor service, weather permitting. You can bring your pet (on a leash or in a carrier please), or, if your pet is shy, you can bring a photo to be blessed. Kids, you can even bring your favorite stuffed animal! All are welcome and all will be blessed.

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It's not too late to join the Wake Joy Class! Every Thursday until October 25, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm, at Channing Murray Foundation. Rev. Caplow will be teaching a free 6-week class on Buddhist practices for developing greater joy and ease in your life, at the Channing Murray Foundation on campus. This is the first part of a two-part series (the second six weeks will be in the winter). Some of the material in the class will be based on the book Awakening Joy, by James Baraz. Register at the first class. Questions? Email Rev. Caplow at minister@uucuc.org.
Join us at the UU Happy Hour TONIGHT Sept. 27th at The Ice House Bar in Champaign. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. The Ice House is located at 703 N Prospect Ave, Champaign (the little bar by the railroad tracks). For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm .
Sunday, October 7, 2018, Noon – 3:30 pm

Join others interested in learning about the history and philosophy of Unitarian Universalism in general and about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign (UUCUC) in particular. Learn about our governance, activities, opportunities and social action mission. Meet others interested in UUCUC membership. At the end of the class, you’ll have an opportunity to “sign the book” and become a member of our church community. Childcare available. Lunch provided. CLICK HERE to enroll. Or email Sherry Bohlen, Membership Coordinator , for further information.
TIME CHANGE: The Mindfulness Meditation Group will now be meeting at 9:00 AM every Sunday before the worship service. This will be simpler than the variable meeting time, and will avoid a conflict with another Sunday morning meeting (that some participants may wish to attend). All are welcome to join at 9:00 AM in the YRUU classroom, regardless of experience or inexperience with meditation. It is recommended that newcomers arrive on time if they have questions. As always, the door will be left open a crack so that late arrivals can feel welcome to join in quietly. Questions? See our info page or contact Marie McEnroe at reezlebee@gmail.com .
We Need YoUU!!!! Looking for a Childcare Coordinator and some Childcare Providers. Our Religious Education department is looking for a few good people to join our staff in the growing Sunday morning nursery program (ages 0-6). Child care providers also have the opportunity to work special weekday and weekend events. This is a great opportunity for anyone 14 years old or older.  

Pay range is between $13.50 and 16.50 an hour based on position and experience. Interested persons should contact Michele Grove, Interim Religious Education Director for more detailed information on each position and how to apply. Email: RE-director@uucuc.org  Call: (217) 384-8862.
Our new Audio Everywhere Listening System is ready to use! With this system anywhere you connect to the churches WiFi, you will be able to hear the service. This provides access to the service whether you would like assistance hearing from your own seat in the sanctuary, while sitting at a picnic table, or while in another room at church.

To access the system you will need a smart device (phone/tablet), headphones/earbuds, and the churches WiFi. We have headphones/earbuds available for those who don’t have their own and we are working to obtain smart devices for people to borrow if needed. More specific literature is available from the usher and they can point you to people to assist if needed.

  • Download the free Audio Everywhere App
  • Connect to the churches WiFi
  • Open the Audio Everywhere App
  • Select: Scan for Venue
  • Click on the church link and play!
The Adult Discussion group will meet at a new time on Sundays. We are moving to 9:00 am in the library. Topics range far and wide. It is usually an open forum but we can pre-set topics too. We are always looking for people to share their perspectives but you are also welcome to just come and listen.
UU Voices Reading Group, led by Rev. Florence Caplow

Many Unitarian Universalists also maintain a relationship with other theological and philosophical understandings: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Paganism, Humanism, or (fill in the blank!) Skinner House books has published a series of short books with personal, heartfelt essays by UUs who feel that they are, in one way or another, "trans-religious". This reading and discussion group will meet once each month on Sunday after church, and will begin with reading Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism (available in paperback or as an e-book). If you are interested, please email Rev. Caplow at minister@uucuc.org for more information. Some loaner books will be available. First session will be October 14 at noon.
If you have not registered your child or youth for our religious education program, please do so through the following link. We ask that everyone registers once a year so that we have the most up-to-date contact and health information for our participants. So far, it has been a great year and we look forward to more fun and learning!
Professional Staff working with the current religious education program:
Religious Education Start-up is a busy time! It is also fun to meet new friends and see the creative things happen in the Sunday Morning classes. Please know that the following professional staff are working to care for those involved and create programming:

Interim Director of Religious Education: Michele Townsend Grove re-director@uucuc.org
Youth Coordinator: Emily McKown  youthcoordinator@uucuc.org
Our Child Care Coordinator, Mary Foltz is transitioning out of the position. We will celebrate her and Max Fotlz’s gracious precense in the nursery on Sundays. We also celebrate their growing family and wish them well with the birth of their first child. The congregation is currently in search for a new child care coordinator and child care providers. We will keep you informed when these professional positions are filled. 
Coming of Age Lunch: Coming of Age lunch for parents and youth is this Sunday, September 30 th from 11:45 AM to 2:00 PM. Families are encouraged to RSVP to Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org so we are sure to have enough food for you and your family. 
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. 
You are invited to an Autumn Coffee House and Variety Show!
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 7 pm

Please join us for a fabulous event to entertain friends and family. 
We can’t do this without you! Please sign up bring a snack, help with set-up/clean up, or perform. You can present a song, a story, a dance, a poem, a skit or whatever you want to share. The show will follow the usual format of brief performances (5-7 minutes each).
Again, anyone can help. Sign up to perform, bring yummy snacks, or help with setup/cleanup. A link to the google sign-up sheet goo.gl/QWqSqZ, or just send us a note to the email address and we’ll add you to the list. Questions or Concerns? Contact Tanja Hodges at thodg01s@gmail.com
UUCUC Shared Offering. Each month a selected organization is chosen to receive half of our weekly Sunday plate collections, designated checks written to UUCUC with organization's name written in the memo line, cash envelopes collected within the specified month designated for "shared offering" and on-line donations through our give webpage .

For the month of September we are supporting GCAP - The Greater Community AIDS Project. GCAP serves the needs of those affected with HIV and AIDS in East Central Illinois and educates the public about HIV and AIDS. GCAP offers a variety of programs including: Champaign House-- a 4 bedroom transitional housing facility for people living with HIV who are homeless. In addition we coordinate with the Eastern IL Foodbank to provide food needs for those with HIV; provide emergency assistance grants (over $19,000 last year) through a client's HIV case manager over a 10 county area. We provide education to individuals and group about HIV related issues including prevention, living with HIV and caring for those that are HIV positive. We coordinate with Shelter Plus Care – GCAP is a sub-recipient of the Housing and Urban Development program administered by Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) that helps to place individuals in housing while receiving intensive support services. There have been over 1100 visits to the Foodbank this past year. Champaign house has had 7 individuals and their families move in and 5 move on to a more permanent housing situation.

Mike Benner is the Executive Director. GCAP formed as a grass-roots effort in 1985 as the Gay Community AIDS Project, but changed it's name a few years later as it became clear that HIV could infect/affect anyone.  By giving generously to GCAP, your dollars will help support neighbors in our own community. To read more about GCAP, click here or visit their website.
Walking for Economic Justice in CU CROP Walk 2018
Our church has a team of UU Walkers who are working to alleviate hunger and poverty locally and internationally in CU CROP Walk 2018. This Sunday you will have a special opportunity to support their efforts with a pledge through the order of service. You can also join the team!

The CROP Walk will be on Sunday October 14 at 2 pm. Get all the details at: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/champaignil
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, September 27
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1

Saturday, September 29
(Rental: Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) / 4:30 pm / Classroom #1
College-Age Group / 6:00 pm / Library

Sunday, September 30
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
Mindful Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Fellowship Hall
Religious Education Classes / 10:15 am / See RE specific class list
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Table in Fellowship Hall
Visitor's Welcome Room / 11:30 am / Library
COA Parent Orientation / 11:45 am / Children's Chapel
Monday, October 1
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children's Chapel
*LGBTQ Soul Matters Group / 6:30 pm / Library
Tuesday, October 2
(Rental: DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 am / Nursery
Personnel Committee Meeting / 5:00 pm / Library
Worship Committee Meeting / 7:00 pm / Library

Wednesday, October 3
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service at noon.
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
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UUCUC Contact Information
Regular Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Rosalyn Maziarka
Office Administrator
Matthew Gladden
Kate Barton
Events Coordinator
Mary Foltz
Childcare Coordinator
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper