UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES  
10:15 a.m. in Sanctuary
Sunday, September 17
"Will You Harbor Me? The Dance of Host and Guest", Rev. Florence Caplow
In the Japanese tea ceremony, and in many traditional cultures around the world, the roles of host and guest are understood as sacred and interconnected. Giving and receiving happen with every breath we take and in every relationship in our lives. This community is known for its welcome for refugees and immigrants, even at a time of increasing hostility toward both. We will explore the many facets and sacred mysteries of host and guest. Children and youth will begin in worship with their families. Both the adult and children's choir will be singing, and we will have a UU child dedication for Camden Edward Levin.

Sunday, September 24                        
"Why Would I Harbor You?",  led by the Worship Committee                                   
In this service we will continue our exploration of the roles of host and guest through the personal stories of refugees and hosts. Whether in acting to address global humanitarian crises or taking in a single person, helping refugees is an intensely personal experience of living and growing our UU values.
FROM OUR MINISTER
Have Coffee With Our New Minister!
Join Rev. Florence for a social coffee hour. This is an opportunity to get to know our new minister in a casual setting. Meet at Strawberry Fields Cafe from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, September 14 or 28 (note change from September 21!). Stay tuned for more fall dates to come!
A Message from the Minister's Welcoming Team: Ministering to our Minister
Florence shared her journey to UUCUC with us a few weeks ago in her sermon “ Who is your new minister?” (click the title to listen). We now know much more about her life. She encouraged us to think of ourselves as ministers to one another and the life of this congregation and community in her sermon last Sunday, “Shared Ministry/Shared Life” (click the title to listen). The Welcoming Team for our new minister now asks YOU to help us minister to Florence by opening our congregational and community life to include her.
What are your interests and activities – and could you invite Florence to participate? Dinner in your home, a potluck with church friends, a weekend visit to a favorite park are just a few ideas. If you are familiar with U of I, could you share what you know of the University’s secrets? A great place to meet for coffee, the perfect reading room, a lecture series, an upcoming performance – invite Florence to join you. Do you work or volunteer for an agency or program that you’d like Florence to know about?

Florence would like to get to know us and our community more deeply and welcomes opportunities and ideas from us. She is feeling very welcomed, indeed “ecstatic” (a direct quote) to be here, and is looking forward to meeting you, and learning what you love about our beloved community.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE) NEWS
It’s almost here! This Sunday ! A family potluck hosted by the Religious Education committee- STAND BY ME. Join your church family for brunch and then stay for some activities to talk as a family about how we are the same and different, and some racial justice issues. Remember to bring a dish to share, (bring to the kitchen before worship). Childcare for the youngest UUs will be available.

Children Pre-K through 5 th grade will gather in the sanctuary before classes this Sunday, September 17 as the Children’s choir sings with the adult choir.
Please complete a yellow registration card for your child or youth if you have not done so already. Thank you.

Parents of children in the Religious Education Classes, check the doors of your children’s classes, there are sign up sheets for you have an opportunity to bring healthy snacks for the class and to assist for special classes.
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.
MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Pathway to Membership Class Now Forming - Sign Up Today If you have interest in becoming a UUCUC member, click her for more information. Or if you are ready to register for this great class, click here. If you have questions about membership and/or this class, contact our Membership Coordinator Sherry Bohlen, by email or phone: (217) 417-1148.
SOCIAL ACTION NEWS
Our  September shared offering  will be the   Uniting Pride (UP) Center of Champaign County . The UP Center is the only LGBTQ+ resource center in the greater east central Illinois region. It was founded in December 2009 as a multi-service agency, for youth and adults, with a purpose to support and promote human care, education, and community-building activities directed at furthering the well-being and development of the LGBTQ+ community of Champaign County. It serves clients from Champaign County and the surrounding areas through support groups, guest speakers, community events, referrals, and resources.
CARE CORE NEWS
A long-time member, Carl Deal, passed away on September 9th, surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old. Services to be announced at a later date.
A remembrance gathering for Jan Shearer will be held on Tuesday, September 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the library. Light refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please contact Chuck Cooper.
Joys and Sorrows
Jennifer Ellis - I am thrilled to announce that my sister, Vicki, has been released from the hospital in Lyon, France and she and my father, Walt McMahon will be traveling back to Chicago on Monday.

David & Claudia Gross - We report both a joy and concern, as our family is involved with both hurricanes. The joy is our granddaugter, Andrea Michelle Gross, age 18, a frequent visitor to this church, who is doing a gap year of service between high school and college. She is with AmeriCorps, assigned to FEMA, and is in Corpus Cristi, TX, going door to door in areas damaged by hurricane Harvey. She is living in emergency housing on the retired US Navy aircraft carrier, the USS Lexington. Our concern is for Michelle's parents, our son Alex, and daughter-in-law Jamie and sister Megan. Alex teaches high school math in Marathon FL, in the Florida Keys. They have evacuated to Orlando to wait out hurricane Irma.
Our Caring Congregation
Do you or someone you know have Pastoral Care needs? Help is just a phone call or email away! Our Caring Congregation is a network of caring volunteers among our church family who are ready to assist you. Our Caring Congregation is the vehicle by which we share our concerns as well as invite you to deepen your connection to our church family through reaching out, pitching in and stepping up to be there for each other. 

Care Core is the coordinating committee which meets monthly to consider pastoral care needs, share concerns, and develop ways for our volunteer network to help our church community. Our volunteers have made and delivered meals, provided rides, company, child care, and moving muscle among other services. We have sent cards, made home visits, and hosted memorial services. If there is some way we can assist you please email: carecore@uucuc.org, or call the church office at (217) 384-8862 and our church administrator will forward your concern to us, or you can call any member of our steering committee (we are all listed in the church directory). If you would like to join our network of Caring Congregation volunteers, please also email carecore@uucuc.org.

Care Core Steering Committee: Phil Abruzzi, Sally Babbitt, Chuck Cooper, Maryly Crutcher, Kathy Frizzell, Sandy Hannum, Deedy Marble, Marilyn Ryan, Anne Sharpe, Florence Caplow and Cindy Loui (chair).
UPCOMING EVENTS
Pride Parade is this Saturday! Check-in begins at 3 pm in the parking lot behind the Orpheum Children's Science Museum in downtown Champaign. Our spot will be near the intersection of Washington and Walnut streets. We need to be lined up and ready to go by 3:45. This is a lovely opportunity to visibly stand for inclusion and welcome in our community - let's make it count!
"Talking with my racist Uncle Joe" Workshop on September 17, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. or September 22, 7 - 9 p.m. in UUCUC Fellowship Hall click to learn more and to register
You are invited to join a UUCUC gathering of those who have interest in studying and practicing Earth-Based spiritual teachings as embraced by the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans on Thursday, September 28th at 6 p.m. in the UUCUC Children's Chapel. For more information and to register, click here . If you have questions, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen by email or phone: (217) 418-1148.
Meditation for Challenging Times : A Free Four-Session Class Open to All.
4:30 p.m. Thursdays in October (5, 12, 19, and 26) at Channing Murray Foundation .
Learn meditation practices from the Buddhist tradition. No meditation experience needed. Chairs will be provided, or you can bring your own cushions. Taught by Rev. Florence Caplow, Zen teacher and Unitarian Universalist minister. Attendance at all four classes is recommended but not required, reserve your spot today!
Racial Justice Initiative October Workshop
We are hosting a conversation on how white privilege and supremacy is reproduced through racially segregated spaces. Please mark your calendars and plan to come for a two-part workshop Oct. 1 and Oct 8.  click to learn more about this workshop .
CROP Walk 2017 Helps with Hurricane Relief! As CROP Walkers, we hope to help lift people up from hunger, poverty, and a precarious future. In addition to the chronic problems that are always with us, sometimes disaster strikes. Right now, many in the United States, and many of our neighbors in the Caribbean, are desperately seeking shelter from hurricanes, or are returning to their homes to find total destruction. Much of the funding from CROP Walk 2017 is being directed toward hurricane disaster relief, both in the emergency response effort and in providing long-term recovery grants that give aid beyond the immediate crisis. Join the UU Walkers on October 8th or support the effort with a donation by going to http://www.crophungerwalk.org/champaignil
Welcoming Coffeehouse for Rev. Florence Caplow
Theme: "Who We Are" (showcasing our wide range of talents) 
Save the date: Friday evening, October 20th.               
Where: UUCUC Fellowship Hall.                          
Who: All are welcome... family friendly!
NEWS & UPDATES
Hurray! We have hired a new custodian, Shornor Vineyard. He will be introduced this Sunday at the beginning of service and his official first day is Monday, September 18.
Remember to turn off lights! When you are here for meetings, group sessions, and the like, please make sure you turn off the lights when you leave the room and church. Thank you!
The new Steinway piano has been delayed due to a serious medical issue for Steve Schmidt, the owner of Piano People. We've been told to not expect it before the end of September. As patient people we understand that due to circumstances it might be a bit longer. The main piano technician for the University is helping out and they are doing everything they can to get back on schedule. Please send healing thoughts and UU prayers to Steve Schmidt and all the folks at Piano People as they weather this situation. 
Do you have time on Fridays during your lunch time to help fold the order of service? We are looking for you! We are averaging about 200 order of services to fold every Friday. The more hands we have to help fold and put togther the order of service, the better and can complete the task under an hour! Please join us at noon on Fridays in Fellowship Hall. Prior experience is not necessary.
Did you purchase the "Beans, Barbeque and Bluegrass" auction item at the CrUUise Around the World aUUction? You should have received an email from the Gillespie's regarding the event. Please note the date has changed from Saturday, October 7 to Saturday, October 21st! Make sure you adjust your calendar and not miss this awesome event hosted by the Gillespie family!
Volunteer opportunties with C-U Habitat for Humanity. Sign up in pairs for build-sites for any Saturday at CU Habitat for Humanity.
CHURCH CALENDAR
For the most up-to-date calendar information, visit our website under events .
Saturday, September 16
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) | 4:30 pm | Room #1

Sunday, September 17
Choir Rehearsal | 9:00 am | Sanctuary
Hospitality Team B Meeting | 9:00 am | Children's Chapel
Children's Choir Rehearsal | 9:15 am | Classroom #1
Mindfulness Meditation Group | 9:20 am | YRUU Room
Worship Service | 10:15 am | Sanctuary
RE Classes and Childcare | 10:15 am | RE Classrooms
"Stand by Me" RE Potluck | Immediately following service | Fellowship Hall
Adult Discussion Group | 11:30 am | Library
"Talking with my racist Uncle Joe" Workshop | 3:30 pm | Fellowship Hall

Monday, September 18
Bridge Group | 1:00 pm | Children’s Chapel
Caregivers' Chalice Circle | 7:00 pm | Library

Tuesday, September 19
Property Committee Meeting Lunch | Noon | Fellowship Hall
UU Feminist Book Group | 7:00 pm | Library
Social Action Committee Meeting | 7:00 pm | Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, September 20
OOS & Uniter content submittals are due by noon to the office administrator.
CrUUners Rehearsal | 6:00 pm | Sanctuary
Adult Choir Rehearsal | 7:00 pm | Sanctuary 

Thursday, September 21
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) | 6:30 pm | Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Chalice Circle | 7:00 pm | Library

Friday, September 22
"Talking with my racist Uncle Joe" Workshop | 7:00 pm | Fellowship Hall

Saturday, September 23
(Many Paths: an Agnostic AA) | 4:30 pm | Room #1
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!

Next eNews: Thursday, September 21
Deadline for content: Wednesday, September 20 by noon! 

October Uniter: Thursday, September 28
Content Deadline for the October Uniter: Wednesday, September 20 by noon!. 
(Remember, there will be no eNews on 9/28 due to the Uniter) .
SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS TO: admin@uucuc.org
Please send your content via email . Send one email per announcement. If you would like your announcment to be in multiple weeks, make sure you send a new email for each date. All submissions should include your name and contact information within your email. All submissions may be edited for clarity or shortened for space. 
 
Order of Service Deadline – Every Wednesday Noon 
We welcome announcements, save the dates, and other important information you would like to share with the congregation. Please keep submissions to 50 words or less. 

eNews is the church's weekly electronic update. The eNews is a great way to announce upcoming important dates (please keep at 10 days out), briefly update the congregation on a committee’s new project, or other happenings within the church or church supported functions. Space is limited, therefore keep submissions conscise. Please note there will not be an eNews the week the eUniter is sent out.
For content deadlines, see above. 
 
eUniter is a monthly eNewsletter. The eUniter is sent out at the end of the month for the next months content focus. It is used to communicate church-related activities, classes, news about members and friends and engaging content from our leadership. The week the eUniter is sent out, there will not be an eNews. For content deadlines, see above. 
Our Staff 
Rev. Florence Caplow, Minister minister@uucuc.org
Cindy Wakeland, Director of Religious Education re-director@uucuc.org
Matt Sheppard, Music Director music-director@uucuc.org
Sherry Bohlen, Membership Coordinator membershipcoordinator@uucuc.org
Rosalyn Maziarka, Office Administrator admin@uucuc.org
Beth Cobb, Assistant for Services service-assist@uucuc.org
Matthew Gladden, Accompanist 
Stephanie Cobb, Kitchen Help
Mary Foltz, Childcare Coordinator
Aaron Hlavatovich, Interim Weekday Custodian
Tom McDermott, Interim Sunday Custodian