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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
SUNDAY SERVICE
SOUND EFFECTS
APRIL 14, 2019 / 10:15 A.M.
LED BY MATT SHEPPARD AND OTHER UUCUC MUSICIANS

We celebrate with music. We remember by music. We worship through music. Music and the arts are core human experiences, and on the 14th, we recognize the incredible role music plays in our lives. The choirs will perform, the instrumentalists will play, and the congregation will sing!
CHURCH TOUR ON SUNDAY, APRIL 14

Are there parts of our church building you have never explored or are curious about? This Sunday, April 14, Todd Kinney will offer a short tour after our Sunday service. Meet Todd at the Welcome Table in the foyer outside the sanctuary approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of the service. Tours will take place approximately once a month.
GTKPACB MEETING THIS SUNDAY – DON'T MISS IT THIS TIME AROUND!
From Brian McDermott

On May 5, our Congregation will be having our Annual Meeting. Our Congregation is now a mid-sized (program-sized) church, so our fundamental rules of governance and job responsibilities must also grow and mature. To that end, the Board of Trustees is endorsing a Proposed series of amendments to our Constitution and Bylaws – some minor and some not.

To introduce these changes to the Congregation (before the annual Meeting), the Board invites you come to one (or more) of a series of meetings we are planning in the coming weeks to introduce the amendments, let you ask questions, and hear your feedback (well before the annual Meeting, if you get my point.)

We had a good turn-out last Sunday and good discussions and feedback: your Board encourages as many interested Members to attend as possible.

Right now the list of times are incomplete, but here are some of the scheduled times:
  • Sunday, April 14th: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (Children’s Chapel)
  • Other weekdays opportunities- TBD

For your reference, here are links to the presentation we have planned for the meeting:

So plan on coming to one of our “Get to Know the Proposed Amendments to the Constitution/Bylaws Meetings” (Otherwise known as the GTKPACB Meeting – we love our acronyms, well, at least I do)…and bring a friend (especially if they vote)!

Questions, contact Brian McDermott, bmcdermott@epiworks.com
UU VOICES BOOK GROUP - NEW BOOK ON JEWISH VOICES!

UU Voices Book Group will meet at noon on Sunday, April 14, Classroom 1. This group is facilitated by Rev. Caplow and all are welcome. We will begin Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism, available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon. Rev. Caplow also has a few copies available for loan. The book is not necessary for the April meeting of the group. For more information, contact minister@uucuc.org.
BECOMING A TRAUMA INFORMED COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
What does it mean live in a trauma informed community? April 14, 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

While having a basic understanding trauma it a start - it's not enough. Becoming trauma informed is the tool that helps communities of faith, organizations, groups, neighborhoods and schools increase their ability to respond to those individuals and communities who have been impacted by trauma and avoid re-traumatizing themselves and others. Trauma informed practices create healthy, compassionate and resilient neighborhoods, schools, groups and communities of faith. At this workshop participants will learn how to be trauma informed in action.

Facilitated by highly skilled trainer Karen Crawford Simms, who has spent her 30 year career helping individuals, organizations, and community groups reach their highest potential through the usage and promotion of strength based, culturally responsive, and evidence & trauma-informed practices.  

Offered free of charge to anyone interested, at the Unitarian Church, 309 W Green ST, Urbana, as part of the 2 year initiative on 'Creating a Culture of Community Engagement'.  Contact Jan Kalmar for childcare availability, jankalmarjoy@gmail.com.
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 
10:15 A.M. in Sanctuary
EASTER & EARTH DAY SERVICE
TRANSFORMATION AND WHOLENESS
APRIL 21
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW

This all-ages Easter and Earth Day Service will celebrate the power of transformation, in the natural world and the human spirit. The choir will be singing. All are invited to wear their favorite Easter hats! (Or make one). 
PLEASE CALL ME BY MY TRUE NAME
APRIL 28
LED BY THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE

Nearly 20 years ago this congregation officially became a "Welcoming Congregation" to the LGBTQ+ community. We are revisiting this commitment now, and deepening it. Come learn and be inspired by what "welcoming" can mean in the 21st century. 
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TASK FORCE MEETING ON THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Tonight! April 11 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the UUCUC Library is the first meeting of the Religious Education Task Force.

For further details about this new task force, please see the "Religious Education News" section below!
UUCUC SERVICE AUCTION ON APRIL 13

This Saturday, April 13, is the UUCUC Service Auction - please come join the fun food, drink, and merry auctioning! The theme will be Across the UUniverse.

Doors open for appetizers, mingling, and the silent auction at 4:30 p.m.. Dinner will be at approximately 6:00 p.m. with the live auction following.

If you cannot make it to the auction, please have a look at the catalog HERE and consider appointing somebody to be your proxy bidder so you can still take part and get the items that you want.

PARKING FOR THE CHURCH AUCTION: Please do NOT park in the Timothy John Salon lot until AFTER 3 pm on Saturday. This is mostly for those helping to set up for the Auction and/or any early birds. We want to maintain neighborly relations with the Salon in order to continue using their parking lot on Saturday evenings and Sundays. 
BERNADINE STAKE'S CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON APRIL 20

Like Nebraska advertises,
“Honestly, it’s not for everyone,”
but better if you come.

Bernadine’s celebration of life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Florence Caplow will be the Pastor, and Matthew Gladden will be the Pianist. A reception will follow at the Channing Murray Foundation, at 1209 W. Oregon in Urbana, at 3:00 p.m. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
IMAGINE A COOL SANCTUARY...

Are you tired of our hot, humid un-air-conditioned Sanctuary? Help is on the way!

The Board just voted to create a "Mini Capital Campaign" for this May, focused on energy efficient cooling of the Sanctuary and other accessibility improvements, to be voted on at the May congregational meeting.

This exciting project needs YOU in order to succeed. Would you like to help with the organizing, and/or are you so jazzed by this thought that you would like to make a pre-campaign pledge to get us started? Please contact Jenny Hunt at chair@uucuc.org
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING - APRIL 15

Anyone interested in signing The Book and becoming a member of our church community must do so by April 15 to qualify to vote at our Sunday, May 5 Annual Meeting. For more information, email Sherry Bohlen, Membership Coordinator.
THANK YOU TO THE CONGREGATION!
From Brigitte Pieke

We are very happy that our Partner Church Brunch last Sunday was very successful! It looked like everybody had a good time and good food. This was a fundraising brunch for our partner churches in India and Romania and we are happy to report that we collected 1,339 Dollars. Thank you for your generosity! 
NEW PODCASTS ON OUR WEBSITE

If you have been waiting to hear the podcasts from services this spring, our wonderful AV team has posted several, through March 3rd. Please CLICK HERE to listen.
HAVE #6 PLASTIC (FOAM) AROUND YOUR HOUSE?
From Carol Veit

Bring it to 2nd-3rd grade classroom to be recycled! No packing peanuts please.

Also, you can put your batteries, toner and/or ink cartridges in the box in back of Fellowship Hall for recycling. Clear tape the ends of the rechargeable batteries.

Questions?? Call Carol Veit (552-1486)
DO YOU NEED A RIDE TO CHURCH? Are you willing to drive your fellow UUs to church occasionally? If you need a ride or are able to help out with this valuable service, please contact our dedicated ride coordinator, Anne Reeser at: 217-369-1764. 
CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE!

Thank you to those who signed up for a reservation to have your photo taken for the upcoming church directory. Our photography sessions are next week!

Plan for an hour starting at your reservation time - no need to arrive early except to be sure you are ready to begin your session on-time. If you are late and another group is ready to begin when your reserved time slot starts, they will begin in your place at that time. The sessions are in the Children’s Chapel downstairs and are composed of:

  • Registration
  • Photography
  • Review and selection of photograph(s)
  • Possible retakes

FREE: photo session; a photo of your choice is included in the directory; and an 8x10 copy is provided for you to keep. 

COST: any additional photos that you select to purchase; no obligation to purchase; price lists are available in Fellowship Hall or see contact info below. 

The directories will be ready in mid-summer. 

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to be Hosts for arrival registrations for the photo sessions. We will have 2 hour duty slots that need to be filled during all of the photo session blocks on the 5 dates, above. Recruitment will also be taking place. 

Contact Scott Godlew to get involved and for further information: Scott@Godlew.com or 217-281-2424 (cell).
RESOLVING CONFLICT, FINDING AGREEMENT - PART 1, APRIL 27 & PART 2, MAY 18

At a time when differences seem more pronounced, simple disagreements can turn into difficult conflicts. Join Gail Schiesser and Virginia Brubaker on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to learn how to deal both more effectively and more comfortably with conflict. In this fun and hands-on experience, you will learn how to:

  • Identify and develop outcomes that are worth reaching;
  • Recognize your own style for conflict and begin to be more comfortable with other styles;
  • Discover the greater, more important goals that drives people to want something;
  • Discover what conditions will have to be met to secure an agreement in a particular conflict; and
  • Set a framework for an agreement between two parties.

This class will help anyone who finds themselves in situations where those around you are in conflict with each other from time to time. If you would like to be more helpful in those situations, this class is for you.

Virginia and Gail have taught communications skills for many years through the NLP Institute of Chicago. As partners in Common Sense Mediation, they resolved complex conflicts through mediation for couples and groups. Please feel free to call them if you have questions about this class. Virginia's number is 217-419-3106.

To register, CLICK HERE.

Light lunch and child care provided on request. The registration form has a place for child care request and lunch preferences.  

Part 2 is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for anyone who has completed Part 1. Mark you calendar. Registration will open shortly.
SAVE THE DATE - ANNUAL MEETING ON MAY 5!

Be sure to to save the date - on May 5 our congregation will be having it's annual meeting at 11:45 in the Sanctuary.

Voting members will be able to participate and vote on items on the agenda, and friends and visitors may attend but not participate.

The report for the meeting will be sent out on April 25.
We hope to see you there!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TASK FORCE!

When Michele Grove, our interim director of religious education arrived last August, there was no religious education committee. Part of her call is to work with the congregation to discern the best way to make lifespan religious education happen. We live in a new era where committees are not always the right structure for accomplishing the needed work. There are a group of people who will serve temporarily to look at the right structure for making lifespan religious education happen.  This group is a religious education task force and their first meeting is tonight, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the UUCUC Library. Task force work has a time limit. The sole duty of this group is to design the support structures for religious education.

This is an open meeting. If anyone is interested in playing with creative models of making religious education happen, this is the group for you! If you are interested but are unable to attend this evening, reach out to Michele. There will be plenty of opportunities to join in this creative work. Email Michele at re-director@uucuc.org or call the church office.  
CAMP KIWANIS SERVICE PROJECT

This year, the Coming of Age group has used Girl Scout Camp Kiwanis for its fall and spring retreats. It has been a beautiful space with lots of room to play, learn and explore. As a thank you for Camp Kiwanis’ generous hospitality, we are scheduled to do a service project at the camp on Sunday, April 28 following worship and religious education, from noon to 4 p.m..  

This is an all ages activity! We will meet at the church and carpool together.  Before we begin, we will enjoy a picnic lunch together and then one of their property leaders will work with us to give back to the camp.  

This is a service project. It will also be a fun time for us to be together. If you are interested in being a part, email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org. She wants to be sure we have enough for the carpool and for lunch!
CHILD CARE POLICY

If you have an event which would benefit from child care, reach out to our child care coordinator, Kelsey Libert. She is happy to work with you to organize child care. Below is the current child care request policy:  

Email childcare@uucuc.org at least 48 hours in advance of your requested date and time of event. Please provide us with the number of children expected and their approximate ages so that we can be best prepared. We do our best to provide child care when needed but know there are times when members of our child care team may not be available. In the unlikely situation that one or two child care providers are not available, it is up to the sponsoring organization to find willing volunteers. All childcare workers (paid and volunteer) must have completed a UUCUC background check. The sooner a request is made, the more likely we are able to schedule child care providers. We will communicate the arrangements 
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
Joys and Sorrows

A sorrow shared by Penne Beckett
Jonny's father (Robert Beckett) passed away quietly on April 1. Mr. Beckett had a PhD in English from the University of Missouri. When he passed, he was surrounded by his wife, children, and sister. He will be missed.

BOARD NEWS
ANNUAL REPORT MOVES TO SEPTEMBER
From the Board of Trustees

Our Annual Meeting is held the first Sunday of May each year, and with it, an annual report has been produced. In order to have the annual report ready, every church leader had to complete a report for 3/4 of the year. That includes the treasurer, who had to report on the current 3/4 of the fiscal year, but also the missing quarter from the previous year, and the proposed budget for the next year. It’s a bit confusing for everyone.

Rosalyn suggested, as her parting gift to UUCUC, that we create an annual report AFTER the end of the fiscal year. Her brilliant idea is becoming reality. The Annual Report will now be produced by the second Sunday in September, giving our leadership enough time after the end of the fiscal year to complete a report, and Brian (our Office Administrator) time to produce and distribute it to the congregation.

We will still bring all of the important business of the church to our Annual Meeting in May -- it’s May 5 this year -- and we’ll also hear highlights from the committees. Your Annual Meeting packet will be coming to you by April 25.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES' MARCH 2019 MEETING MINUTES have been posted and are available for access and downloading:


To access or download previous meeting minutes, please CLICK HERE.
SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS
THE DAY OF SILENCE ON APRIL 12

The Day of Silence is celebrated on April 12 this year. It’s a student-led observance day to spread awareness about bullying and its effects on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. The Day of Silence was originally created in the 1990s and almost 10,000 schools now participate. The event involves a day long vow of silence to symbolically protest the silencing of LGBTQ students. The Day of Silence is organized by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, otherwise known as GLSEN. Will you and your school and/or family spend some time on April 12 in support of this protest? For more information: https://www.glsen.org/day-silence.
TWELFTH ANNUAL ECIRMAC 2019 FUNDRAISER BANQUET - SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Established in 1980, the East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center has provided services to refugees, immigrants, and their families who settle in East Central Illinois. ECIRMAC was our tenant for most of these years, and just moved to a new and larger space. But they remain close to our hearts!

To benefit the work of the Refugee Center, the Twelfth Annual Fundraising Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Round Barn Banquet Centre located at 1900 Round Barn Road, Champaign, IL. For more information, CLICK HERE
UUCUC Shared Offering. Each month a selected organization is chosen to receive half of our weekly Sunday plate collections, designated checks written to UUCUC with organization's name written in the memo line, cash envelopes designated for "Shared Offering" within the specified month and on-line donations through our GIVE WEBPAGE .

During the month of April Sunday services’ shared offerings will support Independent Media Center (IMC) .

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center is a grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as tools for promoting social and economic justice in the Champaign County area. 

IMC fosters the creation and distribution of media, art, and narratives emphasizing underrepresented voices and perspectives and promote empowerment and expression through media and arts education.

The IMC helps people in their responsible search for truth and meaning. Art and community gatherings allow people to tell their stories in powerful ways. The IMC provides an environment where money and other mainstream pressures play less on the immediate environment of the artist or group which allows for deeper criticism and a more illuminating or empowering fashion.
CHURCH CALENDAR
Dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, visit our UUCUC Calendar page .

Note: Parenthesised meetings/events are outside rentals. Asterisk meetings/events are closed.
Thursday, April 11
Care Core Steering Committee Meeting / 11:00 a.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Religious Education Task Force / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Friday, April 12

Saturday, April 13
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 a.m. / Library
2019 Service Auction / 4:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Sunday, April 14
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 a.m. / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
Children's Choir Practice / 9:15 a.m. / Classroom #1
Choir Practice / 9:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
RE Nursery / 10:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
Religious Education / 10:15 a.m. / Children's Chapel
RE Pre-K - 6th Grade / 10:15 a.m. / Classroom #2, Classroom #4, OWL
RE YRUU / 10:15 a.m. / 10:15 a.m. / YRUU
RE Coming of Age Class / 10:15 a.m. / Library
Worship Service / 10:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Overview of Upcoming Changes to Bylaws / 12:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
We Wanna Woke Event / 12:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
Soul Matters Group #6 / 1:00 p.m. / Library
Workshops On Becoming a Trauma Informed Community and Building Strategies for Resiliency / 3:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, April 15
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
Photo Shoot for Church Directory / 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Caregiver's Chalice Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Tuesday, April 16
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #4
Photo Shoot for Church Directory / 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 p.m. / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, April 17
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
Photo Shoot for Church Directory / 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
United Dream Team / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
 
Thursday, April 18
Safety Committee Meeting / 12:00 p.m. / Library
Photo Shoot for Church Directory / 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Committee Council Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: April 18, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday April 17 by noon the latest.

IMPORTANT!! Send your submittals to pubs@uucuc.org
Please do not send to admin@uucuc.org.

Don't forget to publicize your meeting/event!
UUCUC CONTACT INFORMATION
Regular Church Office Hours
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Church Office
(217) 384-8862
Rev. Florence Caplow
Minister
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Matthew Gladden
Accompanist
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Coordinator
Brian Franklin
Office Administrator
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Building Related: facilities@uucuc.org
For events scheduling: events@uucuc.org
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker
Stephanie Cobb
Sunday Kitchen Helper