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UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES, 10:15 a.m.
Sunday, August 6
Summer Hymn Sing
Led by Dana Antonelli, Beth Cobb, and Frank Knowles.  Last summer, the top three requested songs were “My Life Flows on in Endless Song,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and “This Is My Song.”  Come sing hymns all morning and find out which songs were most requested this year.

Sunday, August 13
TBD
Led by Ben Joselyn

Sunday, August 20
Folktales, Lessons & Music, Oh My!
Led by Cindy Wakeland, DRE

Sunday, August 27
Ingathering Water Service
Led by the Rev. Florence Caplow
The annual UUCUC Ingathering Water Service and will be the first service with our new minister. Please bring a small vial of water from or symbolic of sacred waters to you, whether that place is far away or in your own home. This is a beautiful UU tradition for all ages, honoring the waters of the world and our coming together in community.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Cindy Wakeland
Director of Religious Education
Upcoming RE Dates to Plan for...

July 30: The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal (Theme: Facing our Fears)
August 6: Rabbit Foot (Theme: Peacemaking)
August 13:  Papalotzin and the Monarchs (Theme: Breaking Down Walls)
August 20: Lead Worship Service: Folktales, Lessons & Music Oh My!
August 27: All children stay in worship for a Multigenerational service with our new minister and a Water Communion Celebration.

Read more from Cindy. 
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
Peggy Patten
Membership Chair
A BIG thank you to Hospitality Team C
Thanks to Sandy Hannum and Cindy Ingold, Hospitality Team Leaders for the month of July. Thanks to all the Hospitality Team C volunteers who assisted Sandy and Cindy each Sunday during the month. July Hospitality Team volunteers will be acknowledged in the eNews in early August. 
Get to know our newest members!
Did you know that 44 individuals signed our membership book this past year? You can see their photos and names on the membership bulletin board in Fellowship Hall - the bulletin board is adjacent to the men's restroom. 
Be the Face of Sunday Morning: Join a Hospitality Team

Hospitality Teams are in charge of Sunday morning hospitality (e.g. bell ringing, welcoming, ushering, providing decorations and refreshments) for two months during the year. Hospitality Teams are a great way to meet people and serve our congregation in a fun and important way. All members and friends are encouraged to join a Hospitality Team.  Each Team has 30-35 members so you do not need to help on every Sunday assigned to your Team. 


Stop by the Hub table on Sunday mornings to sign up for a Hospitality Team (or to find out if you are already assigned to a Team.) Questions? Contact Peggy Patten of the Membership Committee.

Member Focus
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
This month our "Member Focus" is on our delightful young Kate Mayer!  Many of you have seen her knitting quietly during services and meetings -- but don't be fooled by her quiet demeanor.  She's a committed activist engaged in many community activities and she Co-Chairs UUCUC's Social Action Committee (SAC).  

Kate recently returned to the Midwest after five years going to school and working in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She joined UUCUC looking for a social justice-minded community, and was immediately drawn to the Social Action Committee. 

When not at SAC meetings or doing accounting for Common Ground Food Co-op, Kate can be found knitting, rock climbing, dancing, reading, playing piano, or suffering from existential dread over having too many hobbies.  She lives with her partner, Hart, who is working toward his PhD in physics at UIUC, and enjoys making trips home to northern Indiana to visit her parents and six younger siblings.
Notes About Summer Services
Beth Cobb
Assistant for Services
David Blanchard, in one of my favorite reading to use for opening words for a summer services, writes in part:  “Come down off the ladder.  Wash out that paintbrush.  Shake the sand out of your shoes.  Get off your muddy knees, and the garden a morning off. . . . This church is ready for you to be here, honoring our past, invigorating our present, and dreaming our future. . . . ”  So many of you have followed his advice and come to church that we have filled Fellowship Hall almost to capacity and had to fold up chairs to make room for our social hour following the service.

We have heard from Sarah Wisseman, Rev. Matt Tittle, Walter McMahon, great poets, and the Racial Justice Initiative in July. Coming up in August, we will have our Summer Hymn Sing (watch your upcoming eNews and Order of Service for your opportunity to request a favorite hymn); hear from Ben Joselyn; and Cindy Wakeland, who will be sharing what has been happening in summer RE.

I am grateful to all who have offered help with the services in July and early August.  I will be passing the names and offers along to the Worship Committee and our new minister in the fall.
SOCIAL ACTION & RACIAL JUSTICE NEWS
Please join us this Sunday, July 30 for a Racial Justice Initiative service. We’ll have stories, singing, music by the UU Band and CrUUners, Matthew Gladden, and Laura Robinson, and more.   

Choosing Discomfort: being bold, brave, and loving in the struggle for racial justice
 
“Compared to experiencing racism, confronting racism is a walk on the beach with a slight chill and hazy sunset. (It is) a walk that gets easier the more you do it and with the more company you have along the way.” Alissa Kokkins
Our shared offering for the month of August is Urbana Champaign Books to Prisoners. 

Our monthly efforts to support UUCUC's shared offering come from your generosity. We have many opportunities for you to support this wonderful program: half of our plate donations from Sunday service, donations (check or cash) designated in the memo line or in an offering envelope, as well as, on-line donations through our  "give"  program linked on our website

Want to know more about Books to Prisoners program, click to read more. Thanks in advance for your support! 
News
Accessibility Assessment & Task Force

In 1996 the UUA Accessibility Task Force “set as a goal that by 2000 all of our congregations will have an understanding that accessibility is a theological issue, and will have begun the work of dismantling the architectural, attitudinal, and communications barriers that exclude so many people from full participation in our religious communities….By 2020 half of our congregations will be fully accessible.” 

Although we have made some physical accommodations to our physical structure, we recognize the need for a more comprehensive evaluation of our building and attitudes in our goal of becoming a more welcoming place for all peoples.  We are beginning the process of a thorough investigation of our physical structure.  If you would be interested in participating as part of the Task Force or have comments, suggestions or observations related to Accessibility issues here at our church, please contact Bill Childers or Wendy Graves.
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The UU Feminist Book Group (est. 1987) is pleased to announce the beginning of another great year of readings and discussions. We meet at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the church library. A list of the monthly selections for the coming year (Aug 2017-July 2018) is available on the UU Feminist Book Group webpage. New participants are always welcome. For further information, contact Karen Folk.
Church Tile Floors Cleaning
Mark your calendars! Jerry Carden, Property Chair, has scheduled the last week of August (8/28 - 8/31) for tile floor cleaning and buffing. Work will be done from 6 pm to 1 am, floors will be able to be walked on during the day. If you need to schedule in the evening, please contact Rosalyn Maziarka to coordinate. 
Joys and Sorrows

Care Core - Gin Strohecker is back in Carle Hospital undergoing tests. 
Happiest of Birthdays to those who celebrate in August!

Click  here  (or the photo above) to see who has a birthday this month. 
INTERFAITH ALLIANCE POTLUCK PICNIC 

UUCUC Members and Friends are encouraged to join the Champaign-Urbana interfaith community at the Interfaith Alliance Potluck Picnic on Sunday August 6 at 4 pm at Crystal Lake Park Large Pavilion.  CLICK HERE for a downloadable flyer of the event.

For further details, email Membership Coordinator, Sherry Bohlen.
CLICK HERE to see full Upcoming Events' Calendar on our Website
Upcoming Publications - Mark Your Calendars!

September Uniter: Wednesday August 30.

Content Deadline for the August Uniter: Wednesday August 23. 


Next eNews: Thursday, August 3rd. 
Deadline for content: Wednesday, August 2nd at Noon! 

SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS TO: admin@uucuc.org

Please send your content via email. Send one email per announcement per publication.
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 focus. It is used to communicate church-related activities, classes, and news about members and friends. The week the eUniter is sent out, there will not be an eNews. For content deadlines, see above. 
Our Staff 
Sherry Bohlen - Membership Coordinator
Beth Cobb Assistant for Services
Stephanie Cobb – Kitchen Help
Mary Foltz – Childcare Coordinator
Joanne Giannino - Interim Minister
Matthew Gladden - Accompanist 
Aaron Hlavatovich - Interim Weekday Custodian
Julie Laut - Board of Trustees, Chair
Rosalyn Maziarka - Office Administrator
Tom McDermott - Interim Sunday Custodian
Matt Sheppard - Music Director