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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
SUNDAY SERVICE
"THE ART OF GETTING LOST"
MARCH 17, 2019 / 10:15 am
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW

Our theme for March is "Journey". All true journeys and adventures include the possibility of getting lost. Mostly we think of getting lost as a negative experience, but sometimes getting lost can lead to never-imagined possibilities. What does it mean to get lost, on a journey or in a life? What are the gifts of getting lost? What does it mean to find the way again?
FOLK MUSIC CONCERT IN OUR CHURCH FEATURING ANNIE PATTERSON AND CHARLIE KING!
Saturday March 16 2 pm.

The UU Music Committee is sponsoring a special concert in the Sanctuary at 2 pm on  Saturday, March 16th . Annie Patterson, co-author of the wonderful books  Rise up Singing  and  Rise Up Again , unites with Charlie King for an afternoon of great music. Both musicians are well-known for their lively singing and powerful storytelling.

Tickets are $20 ( CLICK HERE for $18 advance sale tickets), but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Some of the revenue comes back to our church.
PATHWAY TO MEMBERSHIP CLASS!
Sunday March 17 from noon to 3 pm.

Learn about UUCUC governance, activities, opportunities and social action mission. Learn about benefits & responsibilities of membership. Meet others interested in UUCUC membership. At the end of the class, you'll have an opportunity to "sign the book" and become a member of our church community and a vested partner. Childcare & lunch provided.  CLICK HERE register!
Questions: Contact  Sherry Bohlen .
OUR MONTHLY BOOK AND MAGAZINE EXCHANGE IS SUNDAY, MARCH 17!

Bring in your books and magazines for exchange in Fellowship Hall after our service on Sunday, March 17. Books and magazines can be for children and adults. You can take home books or magazines without donating any and vice versa.
CHURCH TOUR THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Are there parts of our church building you have never explored or are curious about?  This Sunday, March 17, Todd Kinney will offer a short tour after our Sunday service. Meet Todd at the Welcome Table in the foyer outside the sanctuary at noon. Tours will take place approximately once a month.
UU VOICES BOOK GROUP SUNDAY, MARCH 17 AT NOON

UU Voices Book Group will meet at noon, this Sunday the 17th. This group is facilitated by Rev. Caplow. We are still exploring Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism, available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon.
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 
10:15 AM in Sanctuary
"REAWAKENING TO THE EARTH"
MARCH 24
LED BY THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE

Spring arrives and we celebrate the return of a greening landscape. We enjoy the beauty of budding trees and blooming flowers but are also made more acutely aware of our environment. In this service we will contemplate the vital life-sustaining resources of our planet and consider ways in which we can help restore, sustain, and provide more equitable access to them.

" THE ROAD GOES EVER ON AND ON: LIFE JOURNEYS "
MARCH 31
LED BY THE WORSHIP COMMITTEE

In this all-ages service we will exploring we will be exploring the theme of journeys and sharing reflections on our life journeys. The choir will be singing.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES BUSINESS MEETING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 26

The Board of Trustees will have a business meeting on Tuesday, March 26 th , at 7pm in Room 1, rather than the regular study session. All meetings of the Board of Trustees are open and you are invited to attend. 
MODELS OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE MARCH 31, 2019 11:45-2:00 PM

Sunday, March 31st from 11:45-2:00, Michele Grove will host an event focused on different Unitarian Universalist religious education models. These models explore creative ways to do lifespan religious education. Included in this presentation is time to explore the current program and future dreams.  Child care and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 28th so we can be prepared with lunch and child care.  
2019 MIDAMERICA REGIONAL ASSEMBLY

The 2019 MidAmerica Regional Assembly will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel, April 5-7 .

The theme is “Intersectionalities.” Presentations and workshops will explore identities we encounter and embody, the challenges of social inequality, and tools and skills we need in order to work more effectively with one another, as well as the general “nuts and bolts” of congregational life, such as leadership, stewardship, membership, and religious education. Our Keynote Presenter will be UUA President,  Rev. Susan Frederick Gray . Join us to explore, share, and worship with fellow Unitarian Universalists. CLICK HERE for more information and to register .
ANNOUNCEMENTS
WE'RE PLEASED TO WELCOME OUR NEW OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, BRIAN FRANKLIN!

We're pleased to welcome Brian Franklin this week as part of our staff team in the role of Office Administrator. Brian has a BA in English and a Masters degree in Library and information Science, both from the University of Illinois. His professional background includes extensive project management, administrative, and publishing experience. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, camping, board games, and cooking for family and friends. 

Brian will be at this sunday's worship service if you'd like to meet him. He can also be reached at admin@uucuc.org. Please feel free to stop by the office to introduce yourself and say hello!
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. 
UPDATE ABOUT  OUR NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY

The UUCUC Church Photo Directory is shifting into the signup phase. Here is the timeline and framework for the process, including volunteer opportunities:

March 17
  • In-person signups begin in Fellowship Hall after church service for photography session reservations. 
  • Online signups begin at 1:00 and continue 24x7. The website for online sign-ups is located here: https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yvee6r9k/
  • Signup as soon as possible starting March 17 and online to get more choices for your reservation. 

April 7
  • Signups will end after the in-person signups after church service on April 7. 

Each Sunday after church service, online signups will pause while we do in-person signups in Fellowship hall, and then the online signups will resume again after in-person signups are done by 1:00. 

April 15-20
Photography sessions are reserved within the following blocks of time:

  • Monday 15 April 2:00-9:00
  • Tuesday 16 April 2:00-9:00
  • Wednesday 17 April 2:00-9:00
  • Thursday 18 April 2:00-9:00
  • Friday — no photo sessions
  • Saturday 20 April 9:30-4:30

It is possible to get pictures taken on other dates and at other locations when/where LifeTouch is conducting photography for other churches and groups within 3 weeks of our photography schedule. See contact info, below, if needed, but this requires substantial overhead, so please try to stay within the framework being presented here. 

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).
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE UUCUC SERVICE AUCTION
APRIL13TH! 
THE THEME WILL BE ACROSS THE UU niverse

Please mark your calendars for this year's UUCUC Service Auction, which will be on April 13th! The theme will be Across the UUniverse and you can learn about this event (along with answers to some FAQs) on our website: https://uucuc.org/auction

We will be selling tickets after the Service on Sunday mornings.

Also, please consider donating your brilliant talents to this event and submit your donations as soon as possible. This will allow the folks that compile the Donation Lists to avoid having to rush right before the event. You can donate by filling out this short online form or one of the paper forms that we'll have available at the Hub Table! Thank you for considering submitting your donation this week!

Willing to volunteer your time before, during or after the auction?  Click here to complete our Volunteer Sign-Up Form.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE

We do special religious education activities when the schools go on spring break. 

Nursery care for ages 0-5. Each Sunday is a great day for play! 

March 17th Folk Dancing: Hank Kulesza, a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee will be our guest leader. He will lead folk dancing in the children’s chapel for children in Kindergarten to 6th grade. Emily McKown and Katie Coyle will be the RE leaders working with Hank. All parents are welcome to join in the festivities!

March 24th Unitarian Universalist Principles Photo Scavenger Hunt: Michele Grove and Erich Adickes will combine Unitarian Universalist Principles, Photography and Mystery in this fun filled activity. If the weather cooperates, we may even go outside for a part of the program.  

Just like other Sundays, all children will begin in worship and then go to class. If you have any questions, please call Michele Grove, Interim Director of Religious Education at 217-284-8862 or email re-director@uucuc.org.
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
Joys and Sorrows

A sorrow shared by Sam Beshers and Lynn Wiley
Sam's brother Neil Besher was hospitalized on Friday, and has a long tough road ahead of them.

A joy shared by Marsha Clinard
25 years ago on March 9, I met Charlie Boast in the church parking lot - a blind date. We have been together ever since. Feeling blessed.
 
A sorrow shared by Christine Cahill
Please hold my brother-in-law, Philip Kelley, and my niece, Val, in your thoughts and prayers. My step sister, Jennifer, lost her battle with meta-static lung cancer just six weeks after her diagnosis.

A sorrow shared by Stephanie Cobb
My cousin's grandson, Quentin, was airlifted this week to St. Jude's. Baby "Que" has leukemia. Please hold his large extended family in your thoughts and prayers.

A sorrow shared by Jody Hanger and Chris Hannauer
Remembering Luke Miller, Ben's classmate, teammate and friend who died 2 years ago. Keeping his parents Heather and Ryan close in our hearts today.

A joy shared by Nancy Dietrich
My wonderful husband Russ Rybicki is doing well after having a heart attack last week & is expected to make a full recovery. Thank you for keeping him in your thoughts.

A joy shared by Tanja Hodges
My joy is that my new job starts in a week. On March 18th I become the H.R. Associate for Labor Relations at University Housing. So very grateful for all the positive thoughts during my search.

A joy shared by Julie Laut
In honor of International Women's Day, I am thankful for the women in my life who have guided, mentored, and inspired me.

A sorrow shared by Katie Madigan
Longtime educator, mentor, friend, and surrogate grandmother to many - Sandy Cooper - passed away after remaining in a coma for over 21 days on March 9. Please keep her family and so many friends in your thoughts.

A joy shared by Katie Madigan
After 2 major surgeries and 33 radiation treatments, Jared is on the road to recovery from sinus cancer!!

A joy shared by Sarah Wisseman
Super-start singers, Annie Patterson and Charlie King, are presenting a concert at the church on Saturday, March 16 at 2pm!
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE 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 March Sunday services’ shared offerings will support Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center.

The Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center (UNCC) is an academically focused after school program for students in grades K-12. The mission of the Center is to give children the resources needed to learn, grow, and achieve their fullest potential. UNCC provides year-round services for students in grades K-12 as well as resources for parents and family members including summer programming and a “college and career” program. UNCC is a federal meal site and offer meals to the students during the school year and in the summer. There are also opportunities for recreational activities and field trips.

Founded by Janice Mitchell in 2009, UNCC was a fulfillment of a life-long dream. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Janice dreamed of creating a community center for youth where families worked together to help every child achieve their life’s full potential. UNCC is a place where our youth grow, our parents help, and our community shares. Students receive assistance with homework, computer instruction, and connect with positive role models in a safe, nurturing, creative environment.

UNCC serves students from all socio-economic groups but primarily low income and at- risk youth including homeless students. With financial support from the community,
UNCC can serve more students who can’t afford the already low fees for the Center and/or transportation to the Center.
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.
Saturday, March 16
Folk Music Concert Featuring Annie Patterson and Charlie King / 2:00 pm / Sanctuary
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 pm / Rm #1

Sunday, March 17
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 am / Library
RE Nursery / 10:15 am / Classroom #3
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 am / YRUU Classroom
Children's Choir Practice / 9:15 am / Classroom #1
Religious Education / 10:15 am / Children's Chapel
RE Pre-K through 6th Grade / 10:15 am / Classrooms #2, #4, and OWL Classroom
RE YRUU / 10:15 am / YRUU Classroom
RE Coming of Age Class / 10:15 am / Library
Worship Service / 10:15 am / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 am / Fellowship Hall
Book and Magazine Exchange / 11:30 am / Far East End of Fellowship Hall
UU Voices Reading Group / 12:00 pm / Classroom #1
Pathway to Membership / 12:00 pm / Children's Chapel

Monday, March 18
Bridge Group / 1:00 pm / Children’s Chapel
Caregiver's Chalice Circle / 7:00 pm / Library

Tuesday, March 19
DSC Playgroup / 8:30 am / Classroom #4
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 pm / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7 pm / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, March 20
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 pm / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 pm / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 pm / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, March 21
Membership Committee Meeting / 5:30 pm / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 pm / Rm #1
Reflective Writing Circle / 7 pm / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: March 21, 2019
Last day for content: Wednesday March 20 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
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