Posts from June 2022

Over Night Camp Out at Church

The Revitalization Team invites you to another exciting family-friendly event at UUCE – this time a cookout and camping opportunity! We’ll meet at the church on Saturday, July 30th at 5pm for a potluck/cookout including a bonfire and a chance for outdoor games. As the sun sets, those that wish to are welcome to pitch their tents and spend the night under the stars. We’ll wake up early in the morning to some camping breakfast (again, BYO) and attend the…

From the Executive Team

Inside: September 11 date set for mask optional worship services!! Who is planning for the restart of our childcare program, making sure our building is well maintained, checking in that the Worship Team, Music and RE programs have what they need, and debating how reopening of the church should progress? It’s the Executive Team, or ET for short. I’m Mary Harlos and I’m a member of the Executive Team along with Mike Moutrie as Secretary and members Mila Brinker, Steve…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Prairie State Legal Services

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of July is The Prairie State Legal Services. https://www.pslegal.org The mission of Prairie State Legal Services is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic…

July PADS Sign Up and Needs

Here is the link to sign up for PADS lunches. Thank you to everyone who donated to the PADS needs list. This week they need plastic spoons, hairbrushes, razors, paper napkins and paper towels. You may leave the items at the church in the basket by the welcome entry table. Thank you. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

From your Church Administrator

Dear friends,  June 7th and 8th I attended the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrator (AUUA) Zoom Professional Days and Annual Meeting. I had a wonderful experience, and I would like to share with you some of what I took away from this conference.   110 administrators from the US, Canada and Mexico attended Pro Days. As a member of the AUUA, I have committed to continued administrative education, which I love, and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues.…

UUCE Fund Raiser  

The very talented wood worker and church member Mike Moutrie has been busy in his shop creating bird feeders and bird houses from reclaimed church siding and has generously offered them to UUCE as a fund raiser. They are on display outside the church offices. Oriole Feeder – $25.00 each (suggested price)  Wren House – $40.00 each (suggested price)  Please make checks out to UUCE, write ‘birds’ in the memo line and place your payment in the box on the…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Sunday, June 26, 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 Prius with the open hatch 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.…

PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, Thank you to everyone who signed up to supply PADS lunches for June. All four Mondays are covered! The Elgin shelter currently needs the following: paper towels, toilet paper, bottled water and disposable face masks. You may put these supplies in the collection basket at church near the greeting table. Thank you for your generosity.  Also, if you know of anyone looking for a job, please have them check out the PADS of Elgin job postings on Indeed. Right now,…

Mask Required

This is a gentle reminder from the Executive Team, masks are still required inside the church and during the service, the only exception is if you are speaking at the podium. Our policy is masks are required until vaccinations for children under age 5 are available, and there has been adequate time for them to be administered. Please be considerate and wear a mask, hang on we are getting closer, soon masks will be optional. Thank you!
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

The Trevor Project

The month of June’s Share the Plate recipient The Trevor Project was carefully chosen by our youth. The Trevor Project is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1998. It focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for the aforementioned youths (defined by the organization as people under 25), as well as to offer…

Elgin PADS Shelter

Dear Friends, The Elgin PADS Shelter needs a few more volunteers to provide lunches, one for each Monday in June. You may sign up for the entire meal or for one of the three components.  Here is the link to sign up: Thank you for your generosity. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835