Posts from March 2023

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Community Crisis Center

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of April is: The Community Crisis Center The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center chosen by the youth of our church in recognition of April being Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Crisis Center was founded in 1975 to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic difficulties. The mission of the Community Crisis Center…

PADS Signup for April

Hello, Friends, UUCE volunteers provide lunches every Monday for the Elgin PADS shelter. Please use the sign-up button below to choose a Monday you would like to provide and/or serve a meal. Thank you for your service, donations and support! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Bayside UU Family Camp

Bayside UU Family Camp Looking for a great summer experience? Join us at Bayside UU Family Camp held at Lutherdale Camp on the shores of Lauderdale Lakes in Elkhorn, WI. This year, camp will take place July 2nd to 8th. This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. For more information visit our website at  or contact Alyssa Ryanjoy, Volunteer Camp Registrar

For the Mother of all Potlucks!

The Revitalization Team invites you to potluck with us in honor of Mother’s Day!  The event will be held at the church the evening of Saturday, May 13th at 5:30pm. While it’s certainly not required, we encourage you to bring something that you loved eating while growing up.  Maybe a favorite dish your mother made?  Either way, please save the date and plan to spend some time feeding both body and heart with our beloved community.  More details to follow! Sharon…

Budget Open House Meetings

The UUCE Finance Team has scheduled two Budget Open House meetings to introduce and discuss the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023-24.  The meetings will follow the Sunday worship services at 11:45 on April 23 and May 7 and will be offered online and on-site. This is an opportunity to ask questions regarding the proposed budget that we will vote on at our Annual Meeting on  May 21. Finance committee members will attend to answer questions.

Short-Term Volunteer Opportunity! June 3 – Help to represent UUCE at Elgin’s First Pride Parade and Festival

Hello all, Elgin is hosting its first Pride Parade and Festival this June.  The idea has been brought up by several people that UUCE should march in the parade and/or be a sponsor or vendor at the festival.  This is an absolutely fantastic idea,  but we are in need of someone to step up and spearhead that effort for our church.  The good news is that this is a short-term commitment, and based on the general response from the service yesterday,…

The UU Buddhist Fellowship Invitation

The UU Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2023 is April 27-30 at the DeKoven Center in Racine, WI. This year’s guest teacher is David Loy whose book Ecodharma: Buddhist Perspectives on the Ecological Crisis forms the theme of the Convocation. There will be dharma talks, meditation, and workshops. There will also be a free public talk by David Loy at 7 p.m. Central Time on 4/29, both in person and streamed on Zoom : No registration is needed to attend the…

Save the Date: Feed My Starving Children on (April 29)

Hello, all!  The Revitalization team would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming service event.  We will be gathering in Schaumburg on April 29 from 4:30 – 6:15 pm to pack meals for children around the world through an organization called “Feed My Starving Children”.  The following is a blurb from their website ( FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are…

The UUCE Youth Invite you to get clean! (April 2nd)

Well, not YOU exactly. But our church! Our intrepid UUCE Youth Group have scheduled an all church clean-up for Sunday, April 2nd after church.  They are busy coming up with detailed work for each room of the church and are looking for a whole host of volunteers to help get our beloved home sparkling again.  Do you have a couple hours to spare? Some form of sustenance will be provided for volunteers between church and the work.  More details to…

PADS Shelter Update

There is one opening to provide lunch for the PADS shelter on the last Monday in March. You may sign up at and scroll down to the box “Help the Community.”Thank you. Dotty Carringi

Inherent Worth and Dignity: Behind Bars in Illinois Prisons, Prison Ministry Event

Our Restorative Justice team at Unity Temple in Oak Park is hosting a prison ministry event on March 26. Event Title: Inherent Worth and Dignity: Behind Bars in Illinois Prisons Where: In-person at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, IL or on Zoom (pre-register here to receive the Zoom link). When? Sunday, March 26 The public is welcome to attend any or all of our events: 10 AM       Worship Service at Unity Temple led by Rev. Alison Farnum, Executive Director of UU…

PADS Needs and March Signup

Dear Friends, This week the PADS shelter needs: regular flavored coffee pods, paper plates, paper bowls, disposable face masks and disinfecting wipes. These donations may be placed in the basket near the entrance at church. Thank you to everyone who signed up in February to provide or serve lunches. We now need volunteers for each Monday in March. You may sign up on our website Here is the link for the March signup.  PADS Lunch Signup for Thank you! Dotty CarringiUUCE…
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