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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
SUNDAY SERVICE
WHY I WILL ALWAYS KEEP ON SWIMMING
JANICE COLLINS AND THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Sunday, June 16 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

In 1741, in the heat of a Christian revival movement that was sweeping New England, the American Calvinist minister Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon that has influenced generations of "fire and brimstone" preachers. In this service we will consider Edwards' message and his purpose in delivering this sermon, how Universalism rejected his theological views, and what an updated and more UU version might look like.  
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
SUNDAY SERVICE
THE POWER OF WE: FROM THE 2019 UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
CHRIS HANNAUER AND THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

The UUA's annual General Assembly features some of the most memorable worship and music of our entire denomination. Join us as we take part, virtually, in this year's GA in Spokane, Washington. Time differences mean we won't be able to stream the live Sunday morning service, but we will have content from other services held during the assembly.
SUNDAY SERVICE
SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD
SAM BESHERS AND THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE
Sunday, June 30 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached perhaps the most famous sermon in American history, the heat of a Christian revival movement that was sweeping New England. In this service we will consider Edwards' message and his purpose in delivering this sermon, and what an updated and slightly more UU version might look like.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library

Co-sponsored by UUCUC, this discussion about Medicare For All will focus on how the single-payer universal healthcare system would improve and expand Medicare, lowering costs and providing comprehensive coverage to all Americans.

The discussion will feature Dr. Pamela Gronemeyer (Illinois Single Payer Coalition) and Clair Irwin (Illinois #insulin4all).

To read more about this event, CLICK HERE.
RACIAL JUSTICE PROJECT PRESENTS THE DOCUMENTARY, THE LONG SHADOW
Sunday, June 23 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Please join the Racial Justice Project for an important movie and discussion Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m. at UUCUC in Fellowship Hall. The Long Shadow is a documentary about the lasting effects of slavery and white supremacy in our democracy. For a synopsis and trailer of the film, CLICK HERE.

“If you want to know the true hidden history of the evil that slavery cast over America, and how it continues to this day, you must watch this movie.” Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program

Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. Discussion will follow the 84-minute film.
NEW AMERICAN WELCOMING CENTER ADVOCACY TRAINING 
Friday, June 28 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall 

This free workshop is being organized by the New American Welcoming Center and will be held in Fellowship Hall from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee, the objective of this training / workshop is to better equip C-U community to engage with avenues of advocacy that can help bring about immigrant-friendly and inclusive legislation and policy at the local, state and federal levels. 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
MINISTER ON VACATION AND STUDY LEAVE
From Rev Florence Caplow

I will be out of the area from June 16th to August 3rd, resting, studying, spending time in silence, and preparing for next year at my little cabin near the water in Washington State. This is a time of replenishment, renewal, and restrengthening for the year ahead, and I am grateful to you for your support for this time. As my Zen teacher says, "The greatest gift you can give another person is the quality and presence of your heart/mind" and this is one of the ways I can continue, as best I can, to bring love and awareness to you in the whirlwind of the church year. 

During the time I'm away, the Worship Committee is preparing some truly not-to-be-missed summer services. Kathleen Holden will be supporting the staff with any employment related needs, and Marilyn Ryan and Cindy Loui, co-chairs of Care Core,with the help of other Care Core members, will be available through the whole time for pastoral care. To contact them, you can send email to pastoralcare@uucuc.org, call them directly, or leave a message in the office and one of them will return the call. An area UU minister, Rev. Martin Wolfe, is also on call for pastoral care emergencies. Although I am not checking email while I'm gone, Brian Franklin knows how to get in touch with me and will let me know of serious issues here.

May your summer be blessed and beautiful. You will be in my heart as I board the train on Sunday, and throughout this time. See you in August!
HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTOS FROM OUR ANNUAL SUNDAY SERVICE & POTLUCK IN THE PARK ON JUNE 9!
Over 85 members and friends gathered last Sunday for worship service in the park followed by food, fun, friends and fellowship!
Face painting was a hit with all ages! Melissa Minarak transformed into a beautiful purple butterfly. (by face paint artist Jenna Zeidler)
Marie McEnroe's beautiful heart seems to have been inspired in the "paw paw patch"! (by face paint artist Jenna Zeidler)
Tom McDermott cranks out snow cones for young and old alike! (David Gross was first in line BTW.)
Anne Newman's delightful marionettes were a great hit. The puppy was a favorite with the very little ones.
And the pink-haired skating marionette was a particular favorite of children who wore pink to the picnic!
CHURCH FISCAL YEAR ENDS ON JUNE 30

A friendly reminder that the church fiscal year ends on June 30. If you are paying towards a pledge via check after June 30, please be sure to write the pledge year in the memo line of the check so it is correctly processed.

In addition, if you have set up automatic payments for the pledge year 18/19 via Vanco (our online payment processor), these automatic payments will stop on June 30 (though you will still be able to make online payments via Vanco for the pledge year 18/19). Please log in and create a new transaction on Vanco for paying your 19/20 pledge.

If you have any questions about your pledge payments, please contact Brian Franklin, Congregational Administrator, at admin@uucuc.org.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED

The Building and Grounds Advisory Group is still looking for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. We would like to develop a list of people that we could contact when we need help. If you have any questions about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Kate Barton, Facilities Coordinator at: facilities@uucuc.org

One of our long-time Building and Grounds volunteers is Herb Hiestand, who is also one of the leaders of Repair Core. Herb recently fixed a lectern that was broken and in need of repair. Thank you Herb for your dedication!

If interested in volunteering for any these areas below that we need help with, please fill out the volunteer form HERE
NURSERY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE SUMMER

Many of our nursery staff go home once the college semester ends. And yet, our youngest still need loving people willing to be with them each week during worship.  

If you have an interest in being with our nursery children (ages 0-5) on a periodic basis, fill out this short form HERE.

Our Religious Education Program is creating a small group of nursery volunteers who fill in on occasion and support the current childcare staff. The commitment is as little or as much as you want. Once you fill out the form, our Childcare Coordinator, Kelsey Libert will be in touch.

Thank you in advance!
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. 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
SUMMER RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: THE RAINBOW PATH
Next sessions: Sunday, June 16th!

This week in RE we will focus on the second UU principal which is known as “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” It is the 2nd color, orange, on our rainbow path! We will do some singing, play some cooperative games, learn about UU activists, and create another flag to mark out next step on the path.

One or two adult assistants are still needed each week: This is a great way to learn more about religious education!  Sign up to work one or two weeks today! No experience necessary! To sign up, CLICK HERE.

Come see, hear, taste, touch and experience the seven Unitarian Universalist principles!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IS AT ITS BEST WHEN PASSIONATE LEADERS ARE INVOLVED...
From Michele Grove

Learning is a treasured gift at UUCUC. It is our hope to strengthen the systems that make religious education learning and leading easy to identify. I ask each of you: How do you wish to connect to the learning community of UUCUC?

  • Maybe you would like to be a learner – attending classes and learning events. 
  • Maybe you would like to join a children’s class as one of the leadership team. In this scenario, you work with others who have a passion for learning to bring creative and inspiring learning opportunities to children ages 3 to 10.
  • Maybe you would like to be a youth leader in the classroom or with the middle high or senior high youth group (more commonly known as YRUU).  
  • Maybe you would like to lead adult learning opportunities.
  • Maybe you would like to be a part of a support team who supports Sunday morning religious education programming.
  • Maybe you are interested in being a part of OWL leadership. OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a comprehensive sexuality curriculum for children, youth and adults.  
  • Or…. Maybe you want to be involved but you are not quite sure how to connect.

The possibilities for connecting to our learning community are many. The gifts received by those who connect are even more abundant!  It is my hope you will join us- no experience is necessary. 

If you are not sure how to connect, the first step is simple:  
  1. You can fill out this easy online survey to tell us how you wish to be involved: https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/2b5759
  2. You can email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org and say, “I am interested in learning more about being involved in the UUCUC learning community. Can we have a conversation?” And I will answer with an enthusiastic: “Of course! I would really enjoy such a conversation!”

This summer, I hope we have the opportunity to talk. In the meantime, remember this:  

Faith development is all we do.
Unitarian Universalism is the faith we teach.
The congregation is the curriculum. -Connie Goodbread

We learn in all we do! We teach in every action taken. By being a part of UUCUC, you are a learner and a teacher. It is my hope that the path to intentional involvement is wide and well-marked. Thank you for bringing your unique gifts and your unique self to this community.  
SOCIAL ACTION NEWS
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 June Sunday services’ shared offerings will support About Face: People of Color Committee.

As veterans of color intimately familiar with the inner workings of the world’s largest military and the social/racial challenges present all around us, About Face: People of Color Committee use their knowledge and experiences to expose the truth about these conflicts overseas and the growing militarization of our communities here at home.
[RE-WRITING/RE-RIGHTING] CASSANDRA

We are looking for housing for out-of-state/out-of-country participants in the [Re-Writing/Re-Righting] Cassandra project, starting Sept. 16, ending Dec. 7 2019. Might you have a spare bedroom to offer, for free, for one of these participants? Access to a kitchen for preparing meals would also be desirable.

The [Re-Writing/Re-Righting] Cassandra project is a climate change initiative organized by the local non-profit, School for Designing a Society. Thus initiative invites participants to focus and to respond---creatively and practically-- to the United Nations Committee on Global Climate Change warning:  We have 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe. Participants are coming from all walks of life and different countries to dedicate their time, imagination, and soul to finding ways to address this warning—they're not paid to attend, nor do they pay.

Please contact Susan Parenti if you have housing, or would like to know more. Susan can be contacted via email at  susanroseparenti@gmail.com or via phone at 217-344-1439.
LGBTQ WELCOME TEAM NEWS
FIRST ANNUAL PRIDE PICNIC A SUCCESS!

The first Annual Pride Picnic on June, 8, co-hosted by the LGBTQ-UU Welcoming Team and the UP Center of Champaign County, was a success, with over 200 people attending! Attendees took time to honor the memory of those that first fought back against police oppression 50 years ago at the Stonewall Inn in NYC, as well as remembering the recent victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre (June 12, 2016) in Orlando. 

The event also commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Uniting Pride Center and it's founder Kevin Bowersox-Johnson. Thanks to the UP Center board and other volunteers who helped make this picnic such a success. For local news coverage of the event, CLICK HERE.

To read the Up Center's review of the event and to contribute or become more involved with the great things they are doing,  CLICK HERE
VIGIL AT UUCUC FOR PULSE NIGHTCLUB VICTIMS

Yesterday, the 12th of June, was the 3rd anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people, many of them LGBTQ+. We mourned and remembered them last night with a simple ritual in the Sanctuary, lighting a candle for each one, saying their name aloud, holding them and their loved ones in our hearts, and each of us making a silent commitment in their names. Thank you to all who attended.

It’s easy to think that LGBTQ+ issues are behind us, but occurrences such as Pulse remind us that we still have a long way to go. LGBTQ+ teens are still facing a high suicide rate, conversion therapy is still legal in 36 states, and 2018 saw a rise in hate-crime rates for LGBTQ+ people, especially that of trans women of color. We may not fully understand, but our support for LGBTQ+ rights is crucial; the community has been incredibly resilient in facing a harrowingly harsh world.
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, June 13
Care Core Steering Committee / 11:00 a.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Friday, June 14
No events

Saturday, June 15
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1

Sunday, June 16
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 a.m. / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
Nursery / 10:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
Summer RE / 10:15 a.m. / Classroom #1, Children's Chapel
Sunday Service / 10:15 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, June 17
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Caregiver's Chalice Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Tuesday, June 18
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #3
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Wednesday, June 19
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
UU Playgroup / 9:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Cruuner's Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
 
Thursday, June 20
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 5:00 p.m. / Library
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: June 20, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday June 19 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
Kate Barton
Facilities & Events Coordinator
Sherry Bohlen
Membership Manager
Brian Franklin
Congregational Administrator
Matthew Gladden
Assistant Music Director
Michele Townsend Grove
Interim Director of Religious Education
Kelsey Libert
Childcare Coordinator
Emily McKown
Youth Coordinator
Matt Sheppard
Music Director
Shornor Vineyard
Custodian and Building Caretaker