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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
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 to grab a cup of coffee and return to the Sanctuary for this engaging event!
UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES 
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!
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.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
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
YOUR MINISTER IN ALABAMA

Reverend Caplow will be traveling in the latter half of this week, to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. This memorial and museum honors the memory of more than 4,400 African-Americans who were murdered by lynching between 1877 and 1950. This is a project of the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

For more information about the museum, CLICK HERE.
JUNE IS BROUGHT TO YOU HOSPITALITY TEAM A!

Welcome Hospitality Team A co-leaders Pam Richart and Jenna Zeidler, and Team A volunteers who will assist with bell ringing, ushering, welcoming, providing decorations and snacks during the month of June. Thanks to Team B co-leaders, Jennifer Livingston and AJ Herzog, and Team B volunteers who helped out in May. Stop by the Hub table in Fellowship Hall to sign up for a Hospitality Team or to find out which Team you are already on.
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.
ALL AGES WORSHIP

Have you had an opportunity to provide input on all-ages worship? Here is the link:

Thank you in advance for any feedback!
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 LETTER FROM THE INTERIM DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, DR. MICHELE TOWNSEND GROVE

Dear UUCUC Friends,

August 1 marks the beginning of my second year with UUCUC. It has been an amazing year filled with memorable experiences and the opportunity to work with amazing people. Thank you for bringing me to UUCUC and giving me the opportunity to walk the Unitarian Universalist journey with you. Even though I am with you for a short time (I leave July 31, 2021), I treasure our time together and the gifts you bring to the broader world of Unitarian Universalists.  

Learning is a treasured gift at UUCUC. You already live the reality that a learning community is a vibrant community. In my second year, it is my hope to strengthen systems that make learning and leading opportunities 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 necessary.  

If you are not sure how to connect, the first step is simple: email me 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.  
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
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.

Michele 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!
Did you read all the way to the end of the RE News section? If so, then on Sunday, give Michele the secret code word ‘band-aid’ and receive a special chocolate treat!
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
JOYS AND SORROWS

A joy shared by Amy Hassinger and Adam Davis
We're so proud of our Jamie on their graduation! Joy joy joy!

A joy shared by Barbara Jauhola
May 27 marks the day 40 years ago when my sister, Sue, married Arden Ahnell in the Sanctuary - they are still going strong, together!

A sorrow shared by Cindy Loui
Gail Tittle's mother passed away last week. Please hold Gail and her family in your thoughts.

A sorrow shared by Cindy Loui
Thoughts are with so many of our neighbors who suffered damage and lost whole trees in recent storms.
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.
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.
[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.
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 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

Friday, May 31
No events scheduled

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

Sunday, June 2
Adult Discussion Group / 9:00 a.m. / Library
Mindfulness Meditation Group / 9:00 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
Choir Practice / 9:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
RE Nursery / 10:00 a.m. / Classroom #3
Sunday Service / 10:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
Sharing Stories About UUCUC / After the Service / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, June 3
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
AV Team Meeting / 7:30 p.m. / Children's Chapel

Tuesday, June 4
No events scheduled

Wednesday, June 5
Last day for content for eNews & Order of Service by noon, the latest.
(Smart Recovery) / 6:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
CrUUners Rehearsal / 6:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal / 7:00 p.m. / Sanctuary
 
Thursday, June 6
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / YRUU Classroom
Worship Committee Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: June 6, 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 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