Unitarian Univeralist Church of
Urbana-Champaign
eNews
February 23, 2016
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, February 26
The Journey Towards Wholeness
Rev. Joanne preaching. Children begin in sanctuary, children's choir will sing.

Sunday, March 5
"Nevertheless, she persisted"  
Service led by members of the Worship Committee. Adult choir will sing. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
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UU Happy Hour, Feb 23rd 
Bar M / Pizza M

Tonight is our UU Happy Hour at Bar M, which i s located in the back room of Pizza M/Flying Machine Coffee. Bar M/Pizza M/Flying Machine Coffee is located at 280 W Main St. in Urbana (across from Busey Bank). Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat, and relax. We hope to see you there!  
Puzzle and Game Exchange is this Sunday, February 26

Bring in your jig saw puzzles and board games for an exchange that will take
place in Fellowship Hall after our service on Sunday.

Puzzles and games can be for children or adults. They should be in good condition and include all their pieces.
  CLICK HERE to see full Upcoming Events' Calendar
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
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Friday, February 24
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
UUCUC Nursery (Room #3)

Join fellow UU parents and children for fun, playtime and conversation. 
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MINDFUL MEDITATION GROUP

Sunday, February 26
Unguided practice with a bell to mark the beginning and three bells to mark the end.  Usual time to meet & setup at 9:20, start at 9:25.

As always, the door will be left slightly open so that late arrivals can enter quietly.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION - MARK YOUR CALENDARS
RE SUMMER SUNDAY CLASSES for Children and Youth

Children and youth are invited to the RE Summer Class, June 25-August 27. We will be discussing and sharing stories from the book "Rhinos and Raspberries." We will have fun reading and creating crafts about folktales, fairy tales and parables all relating to the topic of Tolerance. This will be yet another way to keep our children involved in the two-year Racial Justice Initiative. I will prepare everything; read and tell stories (unless someone else is so inclined) and prepare all the craft materials. I will need an assistant to join me and the children and youth each Sunday. If you can assist, please choose a Sunday on the poster at the RE table.
 
Thank you, Cindy Wakeland
UUCUC Summer Camp 
June 12-16, 2017

Around the World in Five Days is this years' camp theme. Get your early bird pricing of $25 per camper until April 30th. Starting May1st the price increases to $75 per camper! 

Want more Information? - Click HERE

Ready to Register? - Click HERE

Questions? - Email Cindy Wakeland at re-director@uucuc.org
NEWS AND UPDATES
Property Propaganda (from Jerry Carden, chair)
We have a lot of working being done on our property. South Entry sidewalk and courtyard changes to begin soon...
  1. Sidewalk safety - the brick area at our south entrance has sunk and there is a dangerous change in grade at that area. Please avoid walking over the brick, OR be very careful and sure to pick up your feet. The brick is scheduled to be removed in the next few weeks and replaced with concrete at the appropriate level. There is also an area at the edge of the parking lot that has sunk and will be raised after the other concrete work is done.
  2. Birch tree removal - the Birch tree at the south entrance will be coming down. The roots have caused the brick area to heave and will be a problem for the new concrete to be installed. The tree is messy and continues to block the view of the south entry- requiring pruning at least twice a year.
  3. Bike racks - we will be adding three more bike racks as part of the concrete work. If you care to be involved in their selection and planning for their location, please let me know.
You may have heard about the mice - we've had a few mouse sightings the past few weeks. PLEASE do not leave food anywhere in the building unless in completely closed containers. We are working with a pest control company to bait them and also working to close any entry points we can find. A big THANKS to Charlie Wisseman for his work to eliminate entry points around the kitchen cabinets.
SOCIAL ACTION & RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS
The State of Education in Illinois
State Sentators Scott Bennett
and Andy Manar
(Co-Sponsered by UUCUC SAC)

Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM
University YMCA, Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign

This talk is part of the Spring 2017 Friday Forum Lecture Series theme, "State of the State", all about challenges the State of Illinois faces and how these responses are Illinois specific. For more information, visit: www.universityymca.org/friday_forum
Spirituality and the Environment from a Unitarian Universalist and Baha'i Perspective
Sunday, March 5 at 2:30 PM
Channing Murray Foundation
1209 W. Oregon, Urbana
Free and open to the public

The presentation by the Green UUs of the Universalist Unitarian Church and the Baha'is of Urbana-Champaign, is part of an ongoing series by different faith perspectives regarding beliefs and practices that motivate them to work for environmental justice. Individuals of all spritiual/philosphical backgrounds welcome. 
Sponsered by Faith in Place, Channing Murray Foundation, and Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church. 
The Worship Committee is organizing a service on prison justice  for April 9th. 

If you have worked in this area and would like to participate, or would like to offer input, please get in touch with Sam Beshers at beshers@illinois.edu
We are Called to be Stewards: a Multifaith - Intergenerational Exploration of Divestment Activism on Campus
(Co-Sponsered by UUCUC SAC)

Thursday, March 2, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
The Red Herring at 
Channing Murray Foundation
1209 W. Oregon St., Urbana
Click HERE to read more! 
February's Shared Offering will support The Public ithe longest-lived alternative paper in C/U. An all-volunteer, "collectively-run, community-oriented publication" running on a shoestring budget, we are local authors providing a forum "for topics underreported and voices underrepresented." Every article promotes social justice by valuing diversity, fighting injustice, and promoting equality. Money from UUCUC's shared offering will entirely towards publication costs, approximately $300/issue. The Public i does not run ads, and all labor (editing, distributing) is volunteer-donated.
The Social Acton Committee Book Club has just begun to read Dark Money The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer.  We’ll begin our discussion on Monday, March 13, from 7pm to 9pm, and invite you to join us!  Contact Pam at prichart@ecojusticecollaboratiave.org  for details, or sign up at the SAC table.  
CHURCH & SOCIAL HAPPENINGS

Last Call for LOST & FOUND

Please look in the basket to the left of the men's bathroom in Fellowship hall, for anything YOU maybe missing. Such as clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, etc. All items NOT picked up by next Tuesday 2/28, will be cleaned and donated. 
Thank you, Maryly Crutcher
JOYS & SORROWS

Barbara Hudgings - Many thanks for cards, calls, food, transportation and errands while I was ill. The Care Core & Caring Congregation truly put Love Into Action. 
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, music-director@uucuc.org
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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