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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
MINDFULNESS GROUP WALKING PRACTICE
Sunday, June 9 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at the Crystal Lake Park Labyrinth (corner of Church and Orchard in Urbana).  

Please join us for walking mindfulness practice. Other than starting and ending bells, this practice will not be guided. In case any are unfamiliar with walking practice, I will give a brief explanation before we start that will be similar to this one:

The schedule for the practice will be:
  • 9:00: explanation of walking practice
  • 9:05: bell to begin walking practice
  • 9:35: bells to end walking practice, and re-gathering
  • 9:40: names and sharing (if desired)

Late arrivals are always welcome to join the practice! I suggest reading the explanation linked above in advance, to be prepared for the possibility of arriving late (and missing the brief explanation of mindful walking).

The walking practice will start at the Crystal Lake Park Labyrinth (corner of Church and Orchard in Urbana). This is about 5 minutes walking distance to the west of the Large Pavilion where the UU church service and potluck will be held. CLICK HERE for a map with both the Labyrinth (L) and the Large Pavilion. 
OUR ANNUAL WORSHIP SERVICE & POTLUCK IN THE PARK
RAIN OR SHINE
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW
Sunday, June 9 2019 at 10:15 a.m. at Crystal Lake Park, Urbana

Join us for Family-Friendly Fun, Food & Fellowship!
Strolling Marionettes
Mingling Magician
Hula Hooping
Face Painting
Snow Cones
And more!

Our June 9th worship service will be in the park with a potluck immediately following. Bring your favorite picnic food to share. You will also need to bring lawn chairs ( please bring extra lawn chairs to share if you have them available!), beverages, plates, napkins, cups and utensils for your crew.

The Membership Committee will be offering child-friendly activities including strolling marionettes, a mingling magician, hula hooping, face painting, snow cones and more. We have rented the large pavilion for our use and there is a volleyball net and children’s playground nearby.

Crystal Lake Park is located north of West Park Street, west of North Broadway Avenue. We will meet at the Large Pavilion, which is located near the parking lot off of North Central Avenue. CLICK HERE for a map!

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are thunderstorms currently forecast for Sunday, June 9. If there are threatening weather conditions that morning, the service/potluck will be relocated to Fellowship Hall and active church friends and members will be notified via text and email, and in addition we will post the update on our UUCUC Friends and Members and official UUCUC Facebook pages.
UU VOICES BOOK GROUP MEETING AT THE PICNIC!
Sunday, June 9 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Crystal Lake Park, Urbana

The UU Voices Book Group, led by Rev. Caplow, will be meeting at 11:30 at the picnic at one of the picnic tables to discuss  Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism .
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
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

Janice Collins, professor of journalism, motivational speaker and empowerment scholar, will talk about experiences that give her the courage and strength to embrace new challenges in her own life, and to work to empower and give courage to others.
SUNDAY SERVICE
THE POWER OF WE: FROM THE 2019 UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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.
FIRST ANNUAL PRIDE PICNIC!
Saturday, June 8 2019 at 5:00 p.m.at Hessel Park

The first Annual Pride Picnic will be co-hosted by our LGBTQ- UU Welcoming Team and the UP Center of Champaign County.

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and in celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride month, we are planning an evening of friends, family, food & fun!

Please bring your own picnic and/or food to share, chairs, blankets, games, etc. CLICK HERE to see the official flyer for the event.

But wait.... there's more!

Saturday, June 8 2019 at 8:00 p.m. at Crystal Lake Boathouse

Dance Music Therapy is proud to partner with the Pride Picnic in the Park to host the official after party. We are already going to be in full swing at DMT and our family from the Pride Picnic will join us later to close the night out. Let's come together to dance, party, eat, build community, and have a good time

Dance Music Therapy happens all summer, check it out 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 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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS JUNE 10-14

Due to some staff members being unavailable between June 10-14, church office hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. that week. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, June 17, at 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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!

One or two adult assistants 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
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
JOYS AND SORROWS

A sorrow shared by Kathy and Leon Frizzell
It's been a sorrowful couple of weeks with the loss of 2 dear 40-year-long friends: Norma Fosler and Andrea Colwell, both of whom lived in Champaign until recent years, and some here may remember them. And then last week, Leon's 94-year old mother received a surprise terminal diagnosis and is in her last days. Leon is with her now in NH. She lived an active, robust life getting her 4000 steps in every day with her walker, even into this week. Please keep Leon and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

A sorrow shared by Melissa Minarik
11 days ago I found out that I have breast cancer (IDC). I am grateful for the Mills Cancer Center and I am especially grateful for my UU church family. For the first time in my life I know how it feels to be held by healing energy and prayer. Joe and I are very optimistic that I will have a full recovery. Thank you all for walking this journey with us. I know with your love and help I will continue to receive gifts of grace. Blessed be.

A sorrow shared by Gail Tittle
My beautiful mother, Beverly Camp, died on May 24, with my dad, my 2 brothers, and I at her side. Also, my dad's brother is near death. Obviously, a tough time for our family right now.
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.
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.
MESSAGES OF GRATITUDE

We often receive messages of gratitude from those organizations or individuals that are the recipients of our donations and shared offerings. This week we received two thoughtful messages from UC Books to Prisoners and The Immigration Project.

  • UC Books to Prisoners: A community-powered volunteer organization based in Urbana, UC Books to Prisoners distributes donated books to prisoners on a statewide and local level. Inmates from across Illinois send requests to the UC Books to Prisoners' office at the Independent Media Center in Urbana. Volunteers read the inmate letters and select books from their collection of donated materials. Volunteers then consolidate the shipments and send the books to twenty-eight prisons across Illinois.  We recently provided a $340.00 donation. To view their thank you message, CLICK HERE.
  • The Immigration Project: The mission of The Immigration Project is to improve access to affordable, high quality immigrant legal services in downstate Illinois. The Immigration Project strives to protect families of immigrants by providing legal assistance. We recently provided a $250.00 donation and sponsorship of The Immigration Project's Champaign Fundraising Luncheon in 2019. To view their thank you message, CLICK HERE.
[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.
WELCOMING CONGREGATION NEWS
PULSE NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 is Pulse Night of Remembrance; the 3rd anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in 2016. That morning, a gunman entered the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring over 50 more. Pulse is now a memorial site, and on each anniversary, we honor those who were lost that day and the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights nationwide.

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 6
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / YRUU Classroom

Friday, June 7
(Set up for Dole/Brauer Wedding) / 2:30 p.m. / Sanctuary
(Dole/Brauer Wedding Rehearsal) / 4:00 p.m. / Sanctuary

Saturday, June 8
(Setup for Dole/Brauer Wedding) / 10:00 a.m. / Sanctuary
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 a.m. / Library
(Dole/Brauer Wedding) / 4:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1
First Annual Pride Picnic / 5:00 p.m. / Hessel Park

Sunday, June 9
Mindfulness Meditation Practice Walk / 9:00 a.m. / Crystal Lake Park Labyrinth (corner of Church and Orchard in Urbana)
Sunday Service and Potluck / 10:15 a.m. / Large Pavilion at Crystal Lake Park, Urbana
UU Voices Book Group / 11:30 a.m. / Crystal Lake Park, Urbana

Monday, June 10
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Compassion and Choices Action Team Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, June 11
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #4
BOT Business Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Wednesday, June 12
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
UU Playgroup / 9:00 a.m. / Classroom #4
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
 
Thursday, June 13
Care Core Meeting / 11:00 a.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: June 13, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday June 12 by noon the latest.

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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
Accompanist
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