Posts from April 2022

1st Quarter Share the Plate Report 

Our generous community donated $629.00 to our Share the Plate recipients for the first three months of 2022.   January – Faith in Place received $62.50  February – the Community Crisis Center received $95.00  March – the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) received $471.50   Thank you for your contributions.  “For it is in giving that we receive.”  St. Francis of Assisi Mila Brinker, Church Administrator 

From the Worship Team

Greetings from the Worship Team. We are now several months into being a lay-led church. While the Worship Team has always participated in shaping our Sunday services, we are now doing it all. We as a team have actually absorbed the role of Minister. Every Sunday, we deliver a complete worship service to you, from music and video, community connections and share the plate, to the sermon and readings. As a team, we develop a weekly theme, and each of…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

PADS of Elgin

For the month of May, the Share the Plate recipient is Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) PADS works to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals first. They provide a safe place to sleep, eat meals, take showers, and do their laundry. The next step is to provide comprehensive case management. Case managers meet with each guest and together, an action plan is created by identifying the barriers which led to the person becoming homeless. Action plans are tailored…

From the Church Office

Dear friends, The church office will be closed Thursday May 5 – Tuesday May 10. If there is an emergency while the church office is closed, please contact the Board of Trustees bot@uuce.org or the Executive Team ET@uuce.org In faith, Mila Brinker, Church Administrator

PADS Signup for May — Only One Opportunity Left!

Dear Friends, Four awesome volunteers signed up to provide Monday lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter in May. Fortunately, they left one slot open… just for you!Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaba82ca4fc1-pads10 Thank you. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

New Titles in the Library

Stop by the library to review some of the new books recently added to our library collection: Good Poems edited by Garrison Keillor According to Keillor, a good poem “…cuts through the static. It makes its way in the world; it is passed around by email, read at weddings, or used as a friendly benediction…good poems offer a truer account than what we’re used to getting. Selected and arranged with marvelous style, Good Poems includes poems about lovers, work, failure,…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection May 22

Sunday, May 22, from 11:30am – 12pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Red Prius in the church parking lot. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed, entire countries do without it. Thank you! Mary Alice…

PADS Signup for May

The Elgin PADS Shelter needs 5 volunteers to provide lunches, one for each Monday in May. You may sign up for the entire meal or for one of the three components. Please contact Dotty Carringi for more information.  Here is the link to sign up:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaba82ca4fc1-pads10

Budget Open House

This next Budget Open House will follow the worship service on Sunday, May 8th and will be offered online and on-site. This is an opportunity to ask questions regarding the proposed budget we will be voting on at our May 22 Annual Meeting. Finance committee members will attend to answer questions.

From the Revitalization Team

Hello all! The Revitalization Team has been busy! In March, several members of our team attended ‘A Second Slice of Pi’, which was a virtual conference held by the UUA for small congregations. It was great to get together to share ideas with others that are having some of the same challenges as UUCE, and hear some fresh perspectives on how we can be more efficient and effective moving forward. Alongside this, the Revitalization Team has had several meetings with…

CASA Kane County Volunteers Needed

Attend our Upcoming Information Meeting! Tuesday, April 19 | 9–10 amAsk any questions and learn how your impact can help children from abuse and/or neglect situations in the foster  care system.   For more information click here. “You come in changing a child’s life, and you end up changing yours too.” – CASA Volunteer

Only 2 weeks left to register for our Regional Assembly 2022!

Only 2 weeks left to register for our Regional Assembly 2022! Registration closes on Monday, April 25th! Register today for our virtual MidAmerica Regional Assembly on Saturday, April 30th, 2022, 9a-1p CT / 10a-2p ET! Registration for Regional Assembly ends on Monday, April 25th at Midnight Central Time. There will not be any registrations accepted after registration closes. We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, social justice educator, storyteller and speaker, CB Beal! We will have worship, the annual business meeting,…