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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
RESOLVING CONFLICT, FINDING AGREEMENT - PART II
Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Anyone completing the first class is invited to take Part II on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Lunch and child care provided. Interested parties should fill out the following FORM.  
SUNDAY SERVICE: BUILDING BRIDGES
LED BY MICHELE GROVE
Sunday, May 19 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Children, youth and religious education leaders are invited to participate!  

An all-ages Sunday service honors this congregation’s passion for religious education.  

This Sunday service will be full of surprises enjoyed by all ages! We will honor all those who make religious education a special part of UUCUC.  

This Sunday service is interactive and needs your creativity to make it happen! Please ask the children and youth in your family to fill in the blank of this phrase with one word:  My UU religious education experiences taught me how to _____. Send their answers to Michele at re-director@uucuc.org no later than Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 PM. Beth Simpson has a special way of singing these responses and will incorporate it into our May 19 worship.   
CALLING ALL NEW AND LONGTIME MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF UUCUC!
Sunday, May 19 after Sunday Service in Fellowship Hall

After the service this week the Dream Team invites you to hear and share stories of the history and heritage of UUCUC. Grab a cup of coffee and return to the Sanctuary for this engaging event.
MONTHLY BOOK AND MAGAZINE EXCHANGE!
Sunday, May 19 after Sunday Service in Fellowship Hall

Bring in your books and magazines for exchange in Fellowship Hall after our service on Sunday, May 19. Books and magazines can be for children and adults. You can take home books or magazines without donating any and vice versa. This is our last Book & Magazine Exchange until September..  
13TH FILM SCREENING
Sunday, May 19 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Exploring Injustice and Incarceration: Please join the Coming of Age (COA) Class of 2019 for a community-wide event in Fellowship Hall for a special screening of 13th, a documentary directed by Ava DuVernay. Doors open at 1:30 pm and the film will begin at 2:00 pm. A panel discussion will immediately follow.

This film is about the 13th Amendment and how, throughout American history and even today, incarceration has unfairly affected people of color. In the COA class, we have discussed justice, good vs. evil, and other topics that lend well to this timely and very real issue. The trailer is available here: https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741.

To view the flyer for the event, CLICK HERE!
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
SUNDAY SERVICE: BRIDGING
LED BY REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW AND BRIDGING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Sunday, May 26 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

In this service we will honor youth from our congregation who are graduating from high school this year. This popular service will feature the thoughts of the bridging seniors, and a ritual of welcoming from the Young Adults of the congregation.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ROOTED CONGREGATION
Wednesday, May 22 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Members of MUUSJA (Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance) presented a powerful model at Regional Assembly for thinking about what it means to be a "social justice rooted congregation." Come learn and explore in this interactive workshop!

If you are interested, please CLICK HERE to sign up so she can make copies of materials. If you previously signed up when the workshop was originally scheduled on May 8, there is no need to sign up again and Rev. Caplow will be in touch. Questions? Email Rev. Caplow at minister@uucuc.org.
4TH ANNUAL DAY OF GRATITUDE INTERFAITH CELEBRATION
Thursday, May 23 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

An occasion that will fill the hearts and minds with the spirit of gratitude as representatives of the business, civil, educational, youth and religious communities share their perspective on gratitude. There will be refreshments for your pleasure during the Meet and Greet from 5:30 pm to 6:30 and after dusk a meal will be served around 8:00 to mark the end of the day of fasting for the Muslims fasting the Month of Ramadan.

To make a donation in the spirit of celebrating the Day of Gratitude, please CLICK HERE.

Co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee. For more information about the event, please email asalaam@intgmot.com.
IT'S COFFEE HOUSE TIME!
Saturday, May 25 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

You are invited to join the FREE Family Fun!!! Sit back and watch, or help us make this happen. We’ll need folks to bring snacks and help with set up/clean up. Perhaps you’d like to present a song, a story, a dance, a poem, or whatever you want to share. The show will follow the usual format of brief performances (about 4-7 minutes each).

To sign up to perform, bring yummy snacks, or help, please see us in person after Sunday Services at the Hub table. Or send an email to thodg01s@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. Questions? Email: music-committee@uucuc.org.

Sponsored by the UUCUC Music Committee.
SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE CHECK-IN
Tuesday, May 28 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Library

Come as yourself, or as a representatives of a group, to reflect on how you have and haven't been showing up for racial justice. We'll work together to analyze and inspire our engaged actions, and troubleshoot what is and isn't effective in advancing racial justice in our community. 

For further information about the event, CLICK HERE.

For more info on CU-SURJ, see www.cusurj.org.
For more info about this event, contact info@cusurj.org.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM?
By Karen Folk for the Dream Team

Check out the Dream Team timeline in Fellowship Hall above the water coolers  The May 19th service will celebrate our heritage and honor RE teachers and staff. It is not too late to share your transformative learning experiences. Submit your thoughts using THIS FORM. Responses will be collated with others gathered during our Feb 24th service when members filled out fish-shaped notes posted on the Dream Team bulletin board.
SPRING CLEANING! 
From Kate Barton, Events and Facilities Coordinator

It's that time of year again for spring cleaning! On Sunday, May 19, we'll have all of the current items in our Lost and Found bins displayed on tables in Fellowship Hall. If an item is not claimed by its owner, we will donate the item to Salt and Light. 
CHURCH AND BUILDING SECURITY

A friendly reminder, to ensure the security of the property of the church and the safety of everyone within the building, all exterior doors to the church should remain locked, unless otherwise arranged with staff members or committee leaders.  

If you are entering or exiting the building, please also take a moment to verify that the door you are using securely shuts behind you and is not left ajar.

Thank you for helping us assure a safe, secure church community!
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APRIL AND ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES POSTED

The Board of Trustees meeting minutes for the April meetings and the annual meeting on May 5 have been posted and are available online:

WORSHIP FOR ALL AGES SURVEY
We hope everyone will take a moment to participate!

Dear friends, 

This year, UUCUC enhanced the all age worship opportunities through the year. Beginning August 2018, all ages worshipped together at least once a month. In January, 2019, all ages began in worship every Sunday as a way to promote a unified community and inclusive worship experiences. We want to know your thoughts. Please take a few moments and fill out this survey. Your response will help us form worship experiences for next year. 

If you have any questions, please email Michele Grove at re-director@uucuc.org or call her at the church office. Thank you! 

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE - PICTURE DELIVERY

For those who ordered pictures or frames other than the free 8x10 provided to all who had pictures taken, you have likely received your order in the mail. For those who only selected a free 8x10 picture, they may be received at the hub table in Fellowship Hall after church for the remainder of May.

Contact Scott Godlew if it cannot be arranged for someone to pickup your picture there: Scott@Godlew.com , 217-281-2424. The directory itself will be produced over the summer and be made available mid-to-late summer, and also in September. If you would like a copy but did not have pictures taken, let Scott know to order enough extras for you at less than $10 per extra copy.
UU WOMEN'S CONNECTION SPRING RETREAT

The annual UU Women's Connection Spring Retreat will take place May 31 - June 2 at Pilgrim Park in Princeton, Illinois. Geri Scrab's keynote "Calming Waters in Turbulent Times" will describe how as her artistic voice developed, she allowed her intuition and dreams to lead her down an unlikely path from court reporter to watercolor artist inspired by ancient petroglyph and pictograph sites around the world.

To find out how to register for this event, CLICK HERE.
SAVE THE DATE: FIRST ANNUAL PRIDE PICNIC
Saturday, June 8 2019 at 5:00 p.m.at Hessel Park

Co-hosted by our LGBTQ- UU Welcoming Team and the UP Center of Champaign County. Click HERE to see the flier for the event.

We hope to see you there!
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
UPCOMING UUCUC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE

  • May 19: All Ages Worship Service celebrating religious education. We will honor the children and religious education leaders in worship!
  • May 26: The beginning of summer religious education. Bridging worship service. 
  • June 2: Flower Communion worship. This is an all ages worship service.  
  • June 9: Worship and Fellowship in the park. No regular religious education classes on this day.  
A GIANT THANK YOU TO RELIGIOUS LEADERS!

On May 19th, the UUCUC community will celebrate religious education and its leaders in worship and fellowship. During the weeks that lead up to this exciting event, members and friends of the community are invited to write and draw thank you notes for our leaders. There is a bulletin board in the fellowship hall with gift bags for each religious education leader who worked with the children and youth Sunday morning program. Please write a few notes of gratitude! The goal is to fill the bags with love! 

These bags will stay in the fellowship hall through the end of May so that everyone has an opportunity to write words of thanks, and then be distributed to RE leaders.
 
For the 2018-2019 Teacher and Leader List, please CLICK HERE.
MAKING RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HAPPEN!
Warning…. Creative organization is afoot! We hope you will join us on this adventure… 

During the month of May, three working groups will meet to discuss how to revitalize this committee (or other named group) to lead a full religious education program next year.  

  • The CHILDREN’s working group met on May 1 with great ideas, energy and passion for the process.  
  • The YOUTH and ADULT working groups and will meet on Wednesday, May 22 from 6-8 p.m. The YOUTH working group will meet with Emily McKown and the ADULT working group will meet with Michele Grove and Florence Caplow.  
  • Then, on Sunday, June 2 following worship, representatives from each group will meet to create a new model of leadership and organization. We do not know what to call this new leadership model – is it a committee? A council? Working teams? The language and structure are still in design. But we are confident that the new model will take passion, energy and dreams and make great things happen! 

If you want to be a part of any of these working groups or the June 2 Task Force, email Michele at re-director@uucuc.org. She is looking forward to the collective wisdom and energy which is born of this process.  
SUMMER RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: THE RAINBOW PATH
Come see, hear, taste, touch and experience the seven Unitarian Universalist principles

Children ages 0-12 are invited to participate in our summer religious education program beginning Memorial Day weekend and ending Labor Day Weekend. Emily McKown and Michele Grove are busy creating fun, engaging activities that will give participates the opportunity to see, hear, touch, taste, and experience the seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. Like last summer, we hope one adult will sign up to work with us each Sunday. This adult becomes a second player on the leadership team and is not responsible for any preparation. If you are willing, sign up on the following list. Please note that there is room to sign up as a backup in case we need one more adult. This back-up commits to coming to worship on this Sunday and staying with the religious education program only if needed. 

Sign up HERE to work one or two weeks today! 
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
Joys and Sorrows

A sorrow shared by Sam Beshers
Tammy Jackson gave birth alone in a Florida jail and no one came to help her.

A joy shared by Sam Beshers
Our daughter Caroline surprised her mother by coming home last weekend.

A sorrow shared by Colleen Braun
There was a school shooting at the Highlands Ranch STEM school in Colorado. My friend is a Highlands Ranch parent of two girls, one of whom was in the building that day. The children lost a classmate and experienced a terrible trauma, which has forever changed them. I am so sad for the families and hope they can find space to grieve.

A joy shared by Rev. Caplow
My mother, Harriet McNeal, had a small stroke last week. Thanks to the drugs that can be given within a few hours of a stroke, she is completely fine, and she is here today. Deep gratitude for that miracle, and for her love and life.

A sorrow shared by Rev. Caplow
I would like us to remember Elijah James Booker, who was shot and killed here in our community last week, a few days after his 14th birthday.

A sorrow shared from Sharon Neufer Emswiler
I'm sorrowful for the family of the boy shot in Champaign last week within days of his 14th birthday.

A joy shared by Chris Hannauer and Jody Hanger
We won't be here next weekend because we'll be in St. Paul at our daughter Sophie's graduation. Yes, she has a job!

A joy shared by Deedy Marble
My granddaughter, Katherine Ahlgren, is graduating from the University Laboratory School (UNI) on May 18, 2019. She recently received the coveted Merit Scholar Award given to less than 1% of high school seniors. She has been accepted at Carleton College, Northfield Minnesota. (burr) her first choice! Needless to say I am one proud grandmother!

SOCIAL JUSTICE 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 May Sunday services’ shared offerings will support Planned Parenthood of Illinois .

Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of reproductive healthcare in America, and a respected leader in educating Americans about reproductive and sexual health. Their expert nurses, doctors, educators, and health center staff are dedicated to bringing high-quality, non-judgmental, affordable care to their communities.

The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Fifty-six unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 600 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities. Planned Parenthood of Illinois operates the local Champaign Health Center, which provides men's and women's reproductive health care, birth control, HIV testing, abortion services, gender-affirming hormone therapy, cancer screening, and more. 

Lawmakers who have spent years trying to defund Planned Parenthood health centers are still trying relentlessly to make their dangerous agenda a reality. By supporting our local Planned Parenthood clinic through the shared offering, we show our support for access to quality, affordable reproductive healthcare in our community.
IMMIGRATION JUSTICE TASK FORCE SUPPORTS CU FAIR

This year the congregation has had opportunities for informal conversations concerning immigrant justice issues. From these discussions an Immigration Justice Task Force has formed as part of the Social Action Committee. We have chosen three organizations to collaborate with in the near future: the CU Immigration Forum, CU Friends & Allies of Immigrants & Refugees, and Welcome Kits for Unaccompanied Minors and new immigrant students of the Urbana Schools. We will highlight each of these organizations as opportunities become available. 

The mission of CU FAIR ( www.cu-fair.org) is to support the resettlement of immigrants, refugees & political asylees in their transition from dependency to full self-sufficiency. The organization supports our new friends and neighbors in finding housing and jobs, securing medical care and available benefits, identifying optimal English-as-a-Second-Language training, financial management, budgeting and social and cultural integration.

To this end, CU FAIR has a number of teams for those interested in lending a hand: family liaison, ESL and tutoring, transportation, fundraising, donations store or housing as examples.  

Stop by the Social Action table on Sunday, May 12, to learn more about CU FAIR. Consider joining us for our 1st Annual Dinner Gala on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
CUHABITAT.ORG IS PLANNING AN OUTDOOR "BUILD" ON SATURDAY JUNE 1

Cuhabitat.org is planning an outdoor “build” (of a wall) on Saturday, June 1. Of the 20 persons working, UUCUC can have a team of 6 to 8 volunteers. No experience required. And lunch is provided! There is a sign-up sheet on the Social Action Table.
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, May 16
HVAC Project Team / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Lay Ministry Committee / 3:15 p.m. / Library
(Piano Recital) / 5:30 p.m. / Sanctuary
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

Friday, May 17
No events scheduled

Saturday, May 18
Resolving Conflict, Finding Agreement Part II / 9:00 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1

Sunday, May 19
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
RE Nursery / 10:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
Worship Service / 10:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Book and Magazine Exchange / 11:30 a.m. / Far East-End Fellowship Hall
Immigration Justice Task Force / 11:45 a.m. / Children's Chapel
UU Voices Book Group / 12:00 p.m. / Library
Racial Justice Project Film Showing: 13th / 2:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, May 20
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Horn Band Rehearsal / 6:30 p.m. / Sanctuary
Caregivers Chalice Circle / 7:00 p.m. / Library

Tuesday, May 21
UU Feminist Book Group / 7:00 p.m. / Library
Social Action Committee Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, May 22
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
UU Play Group / 9:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
The Social Justice Rooted Congregation / 5:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Racial Justice Project First Followers Subcommittee / 6:00 p.m. / Library
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, May 23
(4th Annual CU Day of Gratitude Celebration) / 5:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 5:00 p.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
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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 Coordinator
Brian Franklin
Office 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