Unitarian Univeralist Church of
March 9, 2017

Don't forget to turn your clocks forward 1 hour on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 2:00 am. 
Sunday, March 12th
Under the Big Tent: theological diversity in Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Joanne preaching. Children's choir will sing. Regular RE classes. 

Sunday, March 19th 
Balance at the Equinox
Rev. Joanne preaching. Adult Choir will sing. Spring break for RE. Children will meet for multi-age activities.

When: This Sunday (3/12)
Time: 11:45 AM
Where: Children's Chapel

Pen pals are invited to the children's chapel for lunch and to meet their mystery pen pals.

Photos will be taken for the Pen Pal family album. 

March 12th   
Guided practice with audio
Early time: meet & setup at  9:05 AM , start at  9:10 AM.

March 19th
Guided practice with audio
Usual time: meet & setup at 9:20 AM, start at 9:25 AM

As always, the door will be left slightly open so that late arrivals can enter quietly.
March 19th and March 26th
is RE Spring Break. 

March 19th - Children are invited during worship service to make and fly a kite. Please meet in Room 2 ((KG - 1st Grade Room).

March 26th - Children will attend worship with their families. Children's quiet activity packs and books will be available during service. 
SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, April 29th! 

Calling all UUCUC children, youth and their parents to help Habitat for Humanity ROCK THE HOUSE. A great opportunity for your family to give back to the community. 

Click HERE for more details. Any questions? Contact Cindy Wakeland or visit the RE table after worship. 
RE Committee Needs Your Help!

We need your assistance in leading our children and youth. The RE table is full of sign up sheets for opportunities to volunteer this summer. We are looking for UUs for both our Summer RE program and Summer Camp. The summer stories center on tolerance and connect to our racial justice theme. The summer camp is a trip around the world that will follow our UU principles and will be filled with fun daily activities. Sign up today to be a part of the excitement.
Considering being a RE teacher?

Our classes for the fall offer two brand new classes, The Rainbow Connection for pre-school and Harry Potter and UU for 4th - 5th graders, that centers on social action. Tradition in a Wink is a tween version of Coming of Age, join the young youth for an exciting journey. Please consider joining our RE teaching team and still be able to go to worship! 

Cathy Cunningham - Thank you to my church family for your care and concern after the sudden loss of my father, Edwin Rossow. I appreciate your thoughts.

Barbara Jauhola - Concern for my sister Sue Jauhola, who just received a serious diagnosis and will be facing surgery in the near future. 
A group to advocate for Aid-in-Dying legislation in the state of Illinois is being formed at church. If you are interested in being a part of this group, please contact Karen Retzer. Information about this type of legislation can be found at FinalOptionsIllinois.org and compassionandchoices.org. Our first meeting will take place either the last week of March or in April.  
It's time to register for General Assembly!  Each year in the fourth week of June several thousand UUs gather for the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA).  It is a grand time, including the annual business meetings of  the denomination, many workshops, music, conversations and overall a great party.  Most of the programming is for the lay members. This year, with the site of New Orleans and a contested election for the office of President of the UUA (three excellent candidates, all female!), it looks to be an especially large gathering

Registration and hotel reservation opened on March 1! All details are available on the UUA web site.

Join with other UUs in signing the "Declaration of Conscience", a joint effort by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the UU Service Committee. This is a document of resistance "declaring our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us."

You can sign on-line HERE or sign up at the Social Action table at church and we will complete the sign up for you.

Many of us have already added our names to this document. Will you join us?


If you have not yet prepared a pledge for the coming year, please do it online or deliver it to the church by this coming Monday, March 13th. The budget for the coming year is being drafted and the committee needs realistic numbers. 

To pledge online, go to uucuc.org/give and click the link "online pledge form" and fill out the form, click submit when you are done. If you would like help with online sign-up, come to the Hub table this Sunday, or email Steve Troyer at sgtroyer@gmail.com or call (970) 449-2065. 

Paper-based sign-up is welcome, too, of course. Forms are available at the Hub table, and you should have received one in the mail, if you pledged last year. 
Sunday, April 2, 2017
12 noon - 2 p,
Children's Chapel

Please join us to learn more about the history and philosophy of the Unitarian Universalist Church and to learn about the governance of UUCUC, activities and opportunities available to our church community, religious education offerings for adults and for children, and about the role you’ll be asked to play as a steward of our church. Click HERE for more details. 

Light lunch provided. Child care available with advance arrangement.

For more details and/or to sign up for the class, email Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen or call (217) 417-1148. 


Construction has started on the 25 kW solar array on the Fellowship Hall roof that will help offset 70% of our electricity. The major work should take about 4 days and we hope to have it energized before the Spring equinox. Look for updates on an upcoming ribbon cutting. T he same installer will then move over to a similar array on top of McKinley Foundation on campus. A similar power purchase agreement (PPA) to what we have set up is also being used by McKinley, UU Peoria, and UU Hindsdale. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Check out the Members & Friends facebook page for more photos! 
Sunday, March 12
Doors Open at 2:00 PM; Film at 2:30 PM
Discussion to follow. To arrange childcare, email Jenny Hunt at jennyh57816@gmail.com or Kathleen Robbins at krobbins513@hotmail.com.

Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity.   From director and educator Shakti Butler, comes a new film that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film features moving stories from racial justice leaders, including Amer Ahmed (hip-hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator) and Michael Benitez (national social justice educator and activist-scholar). English, 2017, 75 mins.
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Our Staff 
Joanne Giannino – Interim Minister, interim-minister@uucuc.org
Mona Shannon - Board of Trustees, Chair
Cindy Wakeland - Director of Religious Education, re-director@uucuc.org
Sherry Bohlen - Membership Coordinator, membershipcoordinator@uucuc.org
Matt Sheppard - Music Director
Matthew Gladden - Accompanist
Rosalyn Maziarka - Office Administrator, admin@uucuc.org
Beth Cobb - Assistant for Services
Myron Winkler - Sexton 
Cody Foster - Sunday Sexton
Mary Foltz - Childcare Coordinator
Stepanie Cobb - Kitchen Helper

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