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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND AT UUCUC
MAKING AN ANTI-RACIST ACTION PLAN
Saturday, May 11 2019 at 2:00 pm

Join us from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for this planning session! This is geared towards Individuals or group representatives who see racial justice as a part of their personal,professional, or organizational commitment. Some snacks and beverages will be provided, you're invited to bring more to share!

For further information about this event, please visit the Facebook page.

We also welcome your help! Please sign up HERE if interested.
 
CU-SURJ is pleased to be working in coalition with the Racial Justice Project to advance a local multiracial movement for justice.
FINDING PEACE: A MOTHER'S DAY SERVICE
MAY 12, 2019
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW

This Mother's Day we will connect with sources of inner peace. We will also honor mothers everywhere, and in every form.This service topic was suggested by Rosalyn Maziarka, our former Office Administrator - and the mother of a five-year-old. The choir will singing, and Kathleen Winters will be our instrumental soloist.
CHURCH TOUR THIS SUNDAY, MAY 12!

Are there parts of our church building you have never explored or are curious about? This Sunday, May 12, Todd Kinney will offer a short tour after our Sunday service. Meet Todd at the Welcome Table in the foyer outside the sanctuary 20 minutes after the conclusion of the service. Tours will take place approximately once a month.
A MOTHER'S DAY RECITAL AND YOU SHOULD COME!!
Sunday, May 12 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of music from Duo MemDi (Igor Kalnin and Rochelle Sennet), including works by Beethoven and Paganini! The recital will be held in the sanctuary with light refreshments afterward in Fellowship Hall. Open to the public - share far and wide!

Questions?

Sponsored by the UUCUC Music Committee.
UPCOMING SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 
10:15 A.M. in Sanctuary
BUILDING BRIDGES
MAY 19, 2019
LED BY MICHELE GROVE

A Celebration of Lifespan Religious Education! Join us for this worship-filled time to honor those who lead and participate in all aspects of our congregation's lifespan religious education. This is an all age worship service with laughter, music, and hidden surprises.  
BRIDGING
MAY 26, 2019
REV. FLORENCE CAPLOW AND BRIDGING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

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.The choir will be singing.
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Bookmark our UUCUC Events and UUCUC Calendar webpage for future reference.
RESOLVING CONFLICT, FINDING AGREEMENT - PART 2
Saturday, May 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Anyone completing the first class is invited to take Part TWO on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Lunch and child care provided. Interested parties should fill out this FORM.  
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!
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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
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.
JENNY HUNT'S CONTACT INFORMATION

As Jenny Hunt steps down from the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees, she will no longer be managing the chair@uucuc.org email address, and would like to share her personal email address in case anyone still wants to contact her. Jenny can be reached at jennyh57816@gmail.com.

Randy Locke, our new Chair of the Board of Trustees, can now be reached at chair@uucuc.org.
WHERE HAVE WE COME FROM?

The Dream Team has posted a timeline in Fellowship Hall that will keep you informed as we collectively create new goals for our UUCUC 2020-2025 strategic plan (located above the water fountains). Notices added to this timeline will keep you informed of future “Dreaming” events. This month we are finishing the Heritage stage, which asks “Where Have We Come From?”, and entering the Purpose stage, which asks “Who are We?”  The May 19 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:  https://uucuc.breezechms.com/form/774c68.  Responses will be collated with others gathered during our Feb 24 service when members filled out fish-shaped notes posted on the Dream Team bulletin board.
"PRONOUN" STICKERS NOW AVAILABLE

UUCUC’s Welcoming Congregation and Membership Committees invite you to support respecting people’s pronouns by affixing a “pronoun” sticker to your name badge. Stop by the Visitor’s Table in the foyer to pick up your “pronoun” sticker before or after Sunday Service or ask at the Hub Table in Fellowship Hall.

Why is this important? Respecting people’s pronouns begins with the understanding that 
you can’t always know what someone’s pronouns are by looking at them. Correctly using someone’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show your respect for their gender identity.

When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel disrespected, invalidated, dismissed, alienated, or dysphoric (often all of the above.)  

It is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender. If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive.
Show your support! The next time you’re at the church pick up your pronoun sticker to proudly display on your name badge.

Information adapted from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center
COMING OF AGE WORSHIP SERVICE A SUCCESS!

On Sunday, May 5th, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign recognized thirteen youth in the annual Coming of Age worship service. This group designed the worship service around their statements of belief (Credos) and heart-felt music. There is no doubt that this group brings many gifts to this congregation and community.
  • Thank you to this group of youth as they studied, reflected and discerned what it means to "come of age."  
  • Thank you to the parents who supported them through this journey.  
  • Thank you to Matthew Gladden and Florence Caplow for working with them in the art of creating meaningful worship and music.
  • Thank you to the thirteen mentors who walked with them during the second half of their year together including a weekend retreat in April.  
  • And special thank you to the four advisers who walked with them and guided all aspects of this experience: Traci Barkley, Christine Cahill, Joe Omo-Osagie, and Angela Urban
SCAMMERS POSING AS CONGREGATION LEADERS
From MidAmerica Region UUA

Since members of UUCUC's congregation recently received phishing emails from someone reportedly claiming to be Rev. Caplow, we wanted to share this alert that MidAmerica Region UUA sent out this week a reminder to be careful in responding to emails from congregational leaders and staff that look suspicious. Please note, whenever a UUCUC staff member contacts you their email will always contain a signature block at the end that contains their staff title.

Several congregations have reported that their members are receiving scam emails that are requesting gift card donations for a charitable cause. At least one person has lost money to these scams. A good rule of thumb with emails you’re not expecting is to: (1) reach out to the sender through another channel (call, text, visit website) and (2) not click on a link (or send money, gift cards, etc.) without clarifying from the trusted source.
 
For more on this particular gift card scam, follow this LINK.
 
Hackers are getting more sophisticated every day. The best defense is to encourage your employees, volunteers and congregation members to pause and look for warning signs before responding to any unsolicited email.
MICHELE TOWNSEND GROVE, IDRE TO RECEIVE DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE 

CONGRATULATIONS, MICHELE!

Michele and her family are heading to Washington, DC from May 9th to May 15th so that Michele can receive her Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. When Michele began as the interim director of religious education with this congregation, she had already completed the course work in Cambridge, England and was part-way through researching and writing her project thesis. Now she has fully completed her thesis and will graduate on Monday, May 13th at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Michele wants to thank the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign on their support of the final stages of this project.  
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
UPCOMING UUCUC RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SCHEDULE

  • May 12: Regular religious education classes. This is the last day of regular religious education programming.
  • 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 19, 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. 

For the 2018-2019 Teacher and Leader List, please CLICK HERE.

Please write a few notes of gratitude! The goal is to fill the bags with love!  
OUR CARING CONGREGATION
Joys and Sorrows

A sorrow shared by Christine Cahill
Please hold my brother Larry in your thoughts as he is being treated for prostate cancer. Larry has cerebral palsy and some cognitive issues. This is very scary for him.

A joy shared by Marsha Clinard
Last night I attended the wonderful and fun UUAuction Derby party offered by Kathy and Leon Frizzell, which featured delicious Kentucky Derby food and drink plus festive hats. The race was exciting and my horse, Maximum Security, won and I was given $75. However, things changed so that no one in the group really had a winning horse. Anne Sharpe, whose horse showed up third place after the disqualification, was therefore entitled to the money. However, we all agreed to give the money to Planned Parenthood, our shared offering recipient for May.

A joy shared by Coming of Age Parents
We are eternally grateful for Traci, Angie, Joe and Christine for spending this year guiding, teaching and loving our kiddos. This has been a priceless experience that they (and we) will carry with them the rest of their lives. Thank you!

A joy shared by Cynthia Hoyle
Our daughter, Sarah Hoyle-Katz, who was a member of, and grew up in, our church was married in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her church family meant a lot to her during her time over the years. Thank you to everyone who gave time, love, and support to her as we celebrate this happy occasion.

A joy shared by Trisha Locke
Joy to see the Coming of age students today. Thank you to all the teachers, students, parents, mentors and church staff for all their hard work and dedication.

A joy shared by Marie McEnroe
It is a joy to welcome the newest member of my extended family: new baby "Lilah May" born May 1st. I look forward to meeting this little one, and "Adam Patrick" born in March, when we go to visit next week. :)

A sorrow shared by Amy Robison
My father passed away Saturday morning in a nursing home in California. He was 91 and had advanced Parkinson's. He has found his rest.
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 9
Care Core Steering Committee Meeting / 11:00 a.m. / Library
Building and Grounds / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 6:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Friday, May 10
RJP subcommittee meeting with First Followers / 6:00 p.m. / Library

Saturday, May 11
Loss of Life Partner Covenant Group / 11:30 a.m. / Library
Making an Anti-Racist Action Plan / 2:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall
(Many Paths: An Agnostic AA Group) / 4:30 p.m. / Classroom #1

Sunday, May 12
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
Religious Education / 10:15 a.m. / Children's Chapel
RE Pre-K through 6th Grade / 10:15 a.m. / Classroom #2, #4, OWL
RE YRUU / 10:15 a.m. / YRUU Classroom
RE Coming of Age Class / 10:15 a.m. / Library
Worship Service / 10:15 a.m. / Sanctuary
Young Adult Group / 11:30 a.m. / Fellowship Hall
Spring Recital: Duo MemDi / 3:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Monday, May 13
Bridge Group / 1:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
Compassion and Choices Action Team Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Fellowship Hall

Tuesday, May 14
(DSC Playgroup) / 8:30 a.m. / Classroom #4
Board of Trustees Business Meeting / 7:00 p.m. / Classroom #1

Wednesday, May 15
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
United Dream Team / 7:00 p.m. / Children's Chapel
 
Thursday, May 16
(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 Circles / 7:00 p.m. / Library
UPCOMING PUBLICATIONS - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Next eNews: May 16, 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