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SPECIAL EVENT HAPPENING TODAY AT UUCUC
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.
HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
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 send an email to Tanja Hodges at thodg01s@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. Questions? Email: music-committee@uucuc.org.

Sponsored by the UUCUC Music Committee.
SUNDAY SERVICE
BRIDGING
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW AND BRIDGING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Sunday, May 26 2019 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. Our two high school "Bridgers" this year are Jamie Davis and Maria Howerton-Sweid.
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
SUNDAY SERVICE
FLOWER COMMUNION: SHARING GIFTS, CREATING COMMUNITY
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW
Sunday, June 2 2019 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Got flowers in your garden? Bring cut flowers (long stemmed) for the Flower Ceremony this service! All flowers welcome.

UU churches around the world celebrate "Flower Communion" or the "Flower Celebration" originally developed in the early 20th century by Rev. Norbert Čapek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. In this last service in the sanctuary before the summer begins, we will also honor our long association with ECIRMAC (East Central Immigration and Refugee Mutual Action) and all who give their time and energy to this congregation. Please bring long-stemmed flowers to share with others in this favorite multi-generational service. Childcare is provided for the youngest children, but all ages are welcome in the service.
CALLING ALL NEW AND LONGTIME MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF UUCUC!
Sunday, June 2 after Sunday Service in Sanctuary

After the service, the Dream Team invites you to hear and share stories of the history and heritage of UUCUC. Feel free top grab a cup of coffee and return to the Sanctuary for this engaging event.
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
Hola 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, 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!
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
UU HAPPY HOUR AT CRANE ALLEY!
Thursday, May 23 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Crane Alley

Join us at Crane Alley today, May 23rd for the UU Happy Hour. Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 pm to get together, chat & relax. Crane Alley is located at 115 W. Main St. in Downtown Urbana. For more information about the Happy Hour Group contact Russ Rybicki at russadr@fastmail.fm.
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.
SAVE THE DATE: 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. Click HERE to see the flier for the event.

We hope to see you there!
ANNOUNCEMENTS
UUCUC OFFICE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 27 FOR MEMORIAL DAY

The office will be closed on Monday, May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday, and will be open again on Tuesday, May 28 during regular business hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

We hope you enjoy the long weekend!
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! 

BUILDING AND GROUNDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We need your help!

The Building and Grounds Advisory Group is looking for volunteers to help in specific areas (noted below). 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

If interested in volunteering for any these areas below that we need help with, please fill out the volunteer form HERE

  • Work projects: This list would include those who are handy with things like hanging pictures, assembling furniture, painting, or providing some extra muscle to move things around. The first project on this list would be removing the carpeting and partition from the ECIRMAC office and freshening up that space with new paint and carpet to provide a much needed additional meeting area. We also need help updating our signage in all areas of the church.
  • Foyer: Help make our entryways both upstairs and down welcoming, organized, and accessible. 
  • Projects in this area include keeping fresh yellow and striped tape on the stairs, removing outdated, unused items including signs 
  • R/E Wing: Moving out old/outdated furniture and replacing it with new items. Coordinating with RE to make the OWL Classroom into an RE library. They already have some furniture that needs to be assembled.
  • Sanctuary: In addition to a group who has volunteered to work on gathering information on cooling our sanctuary, we need volunteers to look at options for lighting and putting up a barrier in the rood loft to provide additional worship space. Another large project is helping to figure out how to remove the pocket doors from the sanctuary lower level.
  • Fellowship Hall: Volunteers for this area would help with tidying up and removing outdated materials. We might also look at options for seating in Fellowship Hall following our Sunday services.
  • Outside: We need more volunteers for our successful Adopt A Plot program. If you have an interest in keeping our grounds outside, including the playground area, looking great this one is for you. We will also need a group who gets together to do Spring and Fall picking up of the grounds.
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.
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
A GIANT THANK YOU TO ALL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEADERS

On Sunday, May 19th, a group of creative worship leaders led an all ages worship service with music, story and a healthy dose of gratitude! Children and youth religious education leaders were honored for their year-long commitment to Unitarian Universalist teaching. The commitment of these 40+ adults brings an energy and passion to Unitarian Universalist learning that is foundational to our church. Thank you! 

CLICK HERE to see a special thank you to adult religious education leaders
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEADER THANK YOU NOTES

There is still time to write a thank you note to the religious education leaders involved in children and youth programming this year. Many leader gratitude bags are still in the fellowship hall. Some of the leaders took their gratitude bags home with them following worship on May 19. There is a generic collection bag for any name you cannot find. Michele will be sure all notes are delivered this summer. Thank you!
DO! - DEVELOPING AND ORGANIZING LIFELONG LEARNING

Intrigued? If you want to learn more, CLICK HERE!
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 Deanna Hence
Please hold my family in thoughts and prayers for beloved matriarch Essie Mae Williams, who passed away on Tuesday. She was an incredible, vibrant, tough-as-nails woman who made sure those around her were taken care of. She will be greatly missed.
SOCIAL ACTION NEWS
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 in Fellowship Hall, and you can also sign-up by contacting Dave Sutton at d_c_sutton@yahoo.com.
END-OF-LIFE OPTIONS: OWN YOUR JOURNEY
Tuesday, June 4 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library

Please join us! We are thrilled that the Compassion & Choices CEO, Kim Callinan, will be at the Champaign Public Library on Tuesday June 4, at 7pm.

  • Become an empowered consumer who learns to ask questions and consider treatment options before an illness becomes life limiting.
  • Assess your values and priorities so you know how to make treatment decisions that will allow you to “finish strong.”
  • Plan for your death so you can give your family the gift of clarity and yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have taken the appropriate steps to avoid unnecessary suffering and realize a peaceful death. 
  • Join the movement of people who are seeking to expand option available to patients at life’s end, including the option for an eligible terminally ill person to end one’s life peacefully and with dignity if their suffering becomes too great. 

For further information about this event and Kim Callinan, please CLICK HERE. Contact Karen Retzer ( karenfooteretzer@yahoo.com) with questions.
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.
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.
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 23
UU Happy Hour Get Together / 5:00 p.m. / Crane Alley, Urbana IL
4th Annual CU Day of Gratitude Celebration / 5:30 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Friday, May 24
No events scheduled

Saturday, May 25
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 a.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1
Coffeehouse / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Sunday, May 26
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 a.m. / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
Summer RE / 9.45 a.m. / Children's Chapel, 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
Soul Matters Group #6 / 1:00 p.m. / Library

Monday, May 27
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel

Tuesday, May 28
Showing up for Racial Justice General Meeting and Check-In / 6:30 p.m. / Library
BOT Study Session / 7:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
Welcoming Congregation / 7:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel

Wednesday, May 29
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
UU Play Group / 9:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, May 30
UU Women's Lunch Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Racial Justice Project Meeting / 5:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
REEF / 5:00 p.m. / Library
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1
(Sound of Soul) / 6:30 p.m. / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: May 30, 2019
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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