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The ministerial search committee is excited to announce our ministerial candidate, Rev. Florence Caplow! We made the special announcement at the April 16th worship service. To learn more about Florence and the upcoming candidating week- which culminates in a vote during the annual meeting on May 7th, check out the ministerial search page on the UUCUC website.

Candidating Week is
April 29 – May 7!

We are at the final step of the ministerial search process – candidating week.  Florence Caplow will be leading our services on April 30 and May 7, and spending the week in between getting to know us.  She will be meeting with church staff and committees, and as many other people as possible during the week.  There will be three “public forum” opportunities for you to talk with her and ask questions, on Sunday the 30th, and Wednesday and Friday evenings.  All RE and YRUU students are welcome to join Florence for pizza after the April 30 service.  And she is arriving early to participate in the Climate March in West Side Park on April 29! 

Please take one or more of these opportunities to get to know Florence before we vote on May 7 to call her as our next settled minister. Click HERE for the full schedule of candidating week events. 

HELP WANTED - We can use some help with a special youth lunch for this Sunday, April 30, and with the all church potluck on Saturday, May 6. To volunteer, email Thank you!
Sunday, May 7
"I'm Gonna Walk It With You"
Rev. Florence Caplow preaching. Annual Meeting to follow worship. 

Sunday, May 14
Music Service - Led by Music Committee
Annual recognition of RE teachers and assistants.

Sunday, May 21
Annual Bridging Service
Join us as we recognize our high school seniors who will bridge into young adulthood. We will also welcome new members to UUCUC. 

Sunday, May 28
"The Good Old Days"
Chris Hannauer preaching. 
You're invited! Saturday, May 6th at 5:30 pm, please join us for an ALL CHURCH POTLUCK and meet our ministerial candidate, Florence Caplow. Come to Fellowship Hall and bring a dish, dessert, or salad to share if you can. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Rev. Joanne Giannino
Interim Minister


Congratulations on welcoming your candidate for settled ministry, the Rev. Florence Caplow, to be among you the week of April 29 – May 7. I look forward to hearing about your week together and learning the results of your vote to call her on Sunday, May 7. I anticipate a positive result. 

You have done outstanding work during your two-year interim period. In that time you welcomed two very different ministers. You were open and curious when we offered different worship elements and leadership styles. You reflected on the history of the church and answered endless questions like, “why do you do it that way?” and comments like, “tell me how that started?” In addition to moving through a transition of minister(s), you also managed a change of membership coordinator and two office administrators as well as shifts in lay leadership. You have continued to be stewards of your building, care for one another in times of national and personal need, come to church regularly, serve on committees and boards, volunteer and raise money for community groups that affirm your values, witness for justice in CU, Chicago and D.C., teach the children and youth, and be friends and companions to one another. 

You are a deeply thoughtful worshiping community that treasures the nurturance of Sunday services – in spiritual and intellectual depth. You are a truly caring community – evident in your thoughtful governance, social and chalice circles, and your commitment to one another in so many ways. You are a justice-oriented community – willing to serve in all the ways you can as you are now and willing to learn and grow with others in areas that call out to you. 

The search committee has worked well on your behalf to bring you the candidate whom they believe is the right minister to be with you as you journey into the future – sharing our liberal faith and values in Urbana-Champaign. 

You are ready to welcome a new minister.

In faith, 
Rev. Joanne
Cindy Wakeland
Director of Religious Education

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is bake. Ever since I was a little girl, my mom would let me bake in the kitchen. She told me as long as I cleaned up my mess I was welcome to use the kitchen. Of course, she was around to help with the oven and stove until I was old enough. By age 15, I was making dinner for the church board members and their families before monthly meetings, winning church picnic contests, and receiving cookbooks as gifts. Over the years, I continued to bake for the family and this grew into cooking all sorts of meals. I loved cooking in the kitchen with my daughter. Now my husband and I cook meals together. I was excited to win ribbons for my baked goods at the county fair using family receipes, while living in Decatur, IL.

This list "The Phychological Benefits of Baking for Othe People", came across my computer the other day from my friend Anne. I found it to describe me to a "T", especially since I just offered a "dessert a month" for our annual auction. Since I do not do well with quiet sit down meditation, I loved this list, maybe you will too. 

Baking allows for creative expression, and it's well known that creativity enhances our well being. Self-expression through baking is a stress-reliever. 

Baking is a form of communication. Sometimes there are no words to adequetly express our gratitude, appreciation or sympathy, but our gift of baked goods can wordlessly communicate our care and love. 

Baking is a mindful activity. "Baking requires a lot of full attention. You have to measure, focus physically on rolling out dough. If you're focusing on smell and taste, on being present with what you're creating, that act of mindfulness in that present moment can result in stress reduction," explains professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University, Donna Pincus. 

Baking can ease sad thoughts. You're not ruminating, which can leaad to depression and sadness, but doing something that is productive. (And delicious to share with others!)

Giving our baked creations to others is an altruistic act, and altruism has several benefits of its own, such as releasing "feel good" hormones and experiencing the self-satisfaction of knowing you have done something to help another. It may also distract you from your your own problems and contribute to longevity. (Studies show that volunteers live longer that non-volunteers).

And finally, "A party without cake is just a meeting." - Julia Child

I bake for fun, for relaxation, plus it makes me happy and to forget other things. I can't wait to be baking every month with the auction winner. What fond memories and new ones to write down forever. For me baking is truly a mindful and giving activity. Try baking and enjoy the month of May!

A BIG thank you to Hospitality Team F

Thanks to Tamara Ducey and Lynn Kelly, Hospitality Team Leaders for the month of April. Thanks to all the Hospitality Team F volunteers who assisted Tamara and Lynn each Sunday during the month. April Hospitality Team volunteers will be acknowledged in the eNews in early May. 
Can you Help?
We need 2-3 volunteers to wash our kitchen towels on a weekly or biweekly basis. This is a great task for those who want to help out at Church in a meaningful way, but cannot make meetings or other regular commitments. If you can share in this important effore, please contact Peggy Patten . Thank you! 
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.

Focus on the Mediation Committee 

The purpose of the Mediation Committee is to help resolve issues regarding congregational safety and behavior.  The Committee is pleased to report there have been no threatening behaviors or conflicts in the church throughout the year that have required action by the Mediation Committee. However, the Committee stands ready to deal with matters referred to it should the need arise.

In the meantime, the committee has been asked to facilitate a number of projects for which there is no obvious home. 

Two of these were: 
The Suggestion Box implementation went very smoothly and, initially, quite a number of suggestions were received with most being referred to the appropriate committee. One in particular, the ringing of the bell for Sunday services, required coordination between the Worship and Property Committees as well as the Director of Religious Education. 

Thanks to the hard work of Jerry Carden, the generosity of Tom Gillespie, the cooperation of the people from our renter East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center (ECIRMAC), and the leadership of Walt McMahon, the bell is now ringing again! 

Kathleen Robbins

Our May Shared Offering is NARF, the Native American Rights Fund. Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

Based in Boulder, Colorado, the priorities of this organization are to: 
  • Preserve tribal existence
  • Protect tribal natural resources
  • Promote Native American human rights
  • Hold governments accountable to Native Americans

Develop Indian law and educate the public about Indian rights, laws, and issues

Read about the NARF involvement in and support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its fight against DAPL.

Please consider donating throughout the month or through our online donation site, VANCO. We appreciate the efforts. 

Members and Friends of UUCUC are urged to join fellow UU's as we join in the Climate March this Saturday,  April 29th
2-4 pm at West Side Park.  

Please wear your UU t-shirt to display UU's mission and values! UUCUC will be tabling at the event and we'll be selling our new organic "Deeds not Creeds" t-shirts. Stop by the table and buy your t-shirt. Then wear it proudly to spread our message!

Questions: Call or email Sherry Bohlen, Membership Coordinator,
at (217) 417-1148.

Check out the Facebook details of the march here See you Saturday!  
4/30 - 5/7:  Candidating Week

5/7: Annual Meeting

5/8: Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting
5/13: Circle Supper Night - Check the Hub table for details. 

5/20: RJI Potluck Brunch
JUNE COFFEEHOUSE coming up! Plan for the family-friendly coffeehouse on Saturday night, June 3 to celebrate deparating our interim minister, Joanne Giannino! Performers and helpers needed. Contact Sarah Wisseman at if you have ideas.
CLICK HERE to see full Upcoming Events' Calendar on our Website
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Our Staff 
Joanne Giannino – Interim Minister,
Mona Shannon - Board of Trustees, Chair
Cindy Wakeland - Director of Religious Education,
Sherry Bohlen - Membership Coordinator,
Matt Sheppard - Music Director
Matthew Gladden - Accompanist
Rosalyn Maziarka - Office Administrator,
Beth Cobb - Assistant for Services
Myron Winkler - Sexton 
Cody Foster - Sunday Sexton
Mary Foltz - Childcare Coordinator
Stepanie Cobb - Kitchen Helper