Unitarian Univeralist Church of
Urbana-Champaign
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March 2, 2017
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, March 5th
Nevertheless, She Persisted
Led by the Worship Committee. Adult Choir sings. Regular RE classes.

Sunday, March 12th
Rev. Joanne preaching. Children's Choir sings. Regular RE classes. 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
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MINDFUL MEDIATION GROUP

March 5th  
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.

Pen Pal Reveal Party will be next Sunday March 12 after worship in the Children’s Chapel. Pen pals are invited to the chapel to find a secret game that will lead them to their secret pal. Plan to find your pal, have lunch, and visit with your new found friend. You might even like to play a game. When most are present we will introduce our pals and take pictures for the family photo album. Don’t miss the fun!

March 19 and 26: Spring Break for RE Classes.

March 19: All will meet to make kites. 

March 26: Children will attend worship with their families. Children's quiet activity packs and books will be available during the service.  

SAVE THE DATE April 29 - Join us as we ROCK THE HOUSE for Habitat for Humanity.  This Day will be designed so all children and youth can help. Children will be making and decorating flowerpots, planting flowers and helping with simple landscaping. Older youth will be making picnic tables and landscaping and putting finishing touches on the houses. Sign ups are on the Social Action table and the RE table. Be sure to pick up waiver sheets when you sign up. Cindy will be sending in registration on April 16.
NEWS AND UPDATES

We ARE Putting Love Into Action!

Thanks SO MUCH for the 67 pledges received so far for the upcoming year! If you have not returned your completed pledge, do not be surprised if you receive a friendly telephone reminder this Sunday from the Stewardship committee. If you pledged last year you should have received a packet in the mail with a personalized letter showing your previous pledge. The goal is to increase pledging by 7% this year, to support the ministerial search and our fine staff, as well as the ongoing and planned programs here at UUCUC. There also are blank forms available at the Hub table in Fellowship Hall.

THANK YOU to our Hospitality Team B for their hard work and dedication in February. We cannot do it without you! 

AJ Herzog, Craig Zilles, Julie Zilles, Kathleen Holden, Matthew Burack, Jennifer Livingston, Barbara Jauhola, David Prochaska, Marilyn Ryan, Umeeta Sadarangani, Marie McEnroe, Julie Laut, Teri Fredrick, Anne Newman, Emily Laugesen, Kathleen Robbins, Libby Tyler, Waheed Syed, Adam Davis, Amy Hassinger and Nasreen Syed. 
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Click HERE to see all of our MARCH birthdays.

Happy Birthday to YOU!
SOCIAL ACTION & RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS
Our donations to the Men's Winter Shelter in January totaled $4,008! 

You are AWESOME! 
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. 
Our shared offering for March is Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. From their website: Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works to eliminate poverty housing and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat welcomes partners from any faith – or no faith tradition – who are willing to help improve the lives of families needing safe and affordable housing. Habitat serves people regardless of race or religion.  By the end of the year, 77 families in our area will have purchased simple, decent, affordable homes through Habitat. Our church has supported Habitat financially and through volunteer work crews for many years. We expect to again organize work crews for some of the spring/summer build dates. But, during March please give financially to this worthy charity. 
UPCOMING EVENTS CO-SPONSERED BY UUCUC SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Social Justice Forum: We are Called to be Stewards: a Multi-faith Exploration of Divestment Activism on Campus. TONIGHT (March 2) from 7 to 9 pm at Channing Murray Foundation (in the Red Herring Space). Free and open to the public. For more info, check out the Facebook page or call (773) 556-3417. 
The State of Labor in Illinois  Jackson Potter, Chicago Teachers Union on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm, University YMCA Latzer Hall 1001 S. Wright St, Champaign, IL. Follow the event on Facebook.
Social Justice Forum: Saving the Social Safety Net on Thursday, March 9, 7-9 p.m. at Channing Murray Foundation, 1209 W. Oregon, Urbana. Free and open to the public.

CHURCH & SOCIAL HAPPENINGS
Ensuring Snacks For All

Please remember to take single portions of snacks at the hospitality table to ensure those who come late to hospitality (RE teachers, those speaking to the minister after the service, and those who take a little longer to transition from the sanctuary to Fellowship Hall) will have snacks to enjoy as well. Remind others in your family of this "snack table etiquette".  Thank you!

Our next Circle Supper is Saturday, March 11th. Deadline to sign up is THIS Sunday! Get more information and sign up at the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall after services - you can sign up for one supper, or as many as you want to in the next year. Got questions? 

Contact: Sara Schumacher at skspa20@hotmail.com or Nancy Dietrich at nancydietrich01@gmail.com

Get Ready to
CrUUise Around the World!

Preparations are underway for this year's Service AUUction on Saturday, April 15th. Mark it in your calendars because you won't want to miss this most excellent of parties! We begin selling tickets this coming Sunday, March 5th, after church at the Hub table. We will of course also be looking to sign up volunteers to help make the evening go smoothly, and people to bring desserts as well. You can learn more about the AUUction on our new UUCUC Service AUUction page. Check it out www.uucuc.org/auction You can email  auction@uucuc.org  with any questions, suggestions or donations. 
  CLICK HERE to see full Upcoming Events' Calendar
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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