Posts from February 2022

2022 Regional Assembly

Register now for Regional Assembly 2022! Register now for the virtual MidAmerica Regional Assembly scheduled for Saturday, April 30th, 2022, 10am – 2pm ET / 9am – 1pm CT! We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, CB Beal! CB will present their keynote address, we will hold worship, our Annual Business Meeting, and there will also be time for break out rooms for connection and conversation. Their keynote topic will be “The Glass is Refillable: Pandemic exhaustion, Lifelong Faith Formation, and Preemptive…

Reopening Announcement

COVID cases in Kane County have been dropping dramatically since late January are approaching the levels the Reopening Team determined would be safe to meet in person for Sunday Services. Given the significant improvement, the Reopening Team has targeted March 20 as the date we will return to in-person services, assuming the data meets our metrics. We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot…

PADS

Dear Friends, Here is the link to the PADS signup for March.  Volunteers with proof of vaccination are allowed to serve the lunches. However, if you prefer, the staff will do the serving. Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi UUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835“Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS UUCE PADS Lunch Group: PADS Lunch Signup for March (signupgenius.com)

From the Worship Team

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the place Dr. Seuss refers to as, “The Waiting Place”.  This time of year I always seem to get stuck in The Waiting Place – waiting for W2s so we can get our taxes done (and, hopefully, get some money back), waiting for the weather to warm up, waiting for Spring Break…  Hopefully, one thing we won’t have to be waiting on too much longer is a return to in-person activities and services! …

From the Revitalization Team

Everything you do matters.  Each and every choice makes a difference.  Maybe it won’t be a huge difference.  Not every decision is going to be a do-I-move-across-the-country-and-take-that-new-job kind of choice.  But they all do make a little difference.  And cumulatively, these everyday choices determine what kind of life you have.  Do I eat a salad or a burger for lunch?  Do I bundle up and attend the church bonfire and spend time building community or do I stay at home, on the couch, and binge…

Build Back Fossil Free, 2022 Letter to President Biden

UUCE member Mary Alice Masonick reached out to church leadership for approval to add our congregation to the UUA’s letter to President Biden to take decisive action on climate change, please see the letter below. Her request was unanimously approved. We would like to thank Mary Alice, for her endless dedication to protecting our planet. Dear President Biden, As organizations collectively representing millions of members and supporters, including Indigenous, Black, Brown, and frontline communities, we urge you to use your…

Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat

Registration for this summer’s Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat for Unitarian Universalist families is now open. Join us July 8-10 in Cassopolis, Michigan for an amazing all ages experience at lovely Camp Friedenswald in southwestern Michigan — only 90 miles from Chicago, 120 miles from Ann Arbor and 195 miles from Indianapolis. At Chalice Sparx camp and retreat for families you will experience a truly   multigenerational community. There are no camp counselors here to whisk away the children separate…

From Religious Education

Trying RE over Zoom It’s been a long time since we were together for RE way back in November and we’re really starting to miss the kids of UUCE! Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re starting to offer some time for our kids to see each other on Zoom until we can physically gather again. We know they miss each other and the community they find at church, so we hope to give them some time and some…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Share the Plate

This month, The Community Crisis Center is the chosen recipient of our Share The Plate donations.  I talked to Kim Cecil, a long-time friend and former member of UUCE, who has just moved back to Elgin to accept a position on the staff of CCC as Director of Client Services. The Community Crisis Center, located in Elgin, was founded by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by crisis and violence in the…

Did You Know?

Email List Rules As outlined in our Electronic Communications policies periodically we are to publish the email list rules.  They are below.  Participation in the UUCE’s e-mail lists is a privilege and not a right.  The UUCE Executive Team reserves the right to suspend participants from lists who violate the below standards and rules.  These rules will be communicated to all participants by the List Manager.  Participants must be a member or friend of UUCE.  [A friend of the church…

Did You Know?

Our Mission and Vision At UUCE we covenant to:  Nurture the spirit  Grow in relationship  Serve with love and compassion   To nurture the spirit, the people of UUCE, across the lifespan:    Find inspiration and challenge for lives of connection, integrity and transcendence.    Articulate and live our Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs.  To grow in relationship, the people of UUCE, across the lifespan:    Develop deep, broad, healthy relationships.   Connect across difference with authenticity and integrity.  …