Posts from May 2023
Church Office Closed
The church office will be closed Friday, May 26th. Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
Ethnic Eating Update
If you enjoy grilled sausages, sauerbraten or wiener schnitzel or other “light” fare, washed down by flights or liters of good beer, May’s cuisine of “Austria” was the occasion for you. Ten of us met and dined at Schnell’s in Palatine last Sunday and I’m pretty sure a good time was had by all. I know it will take me some time to work it off. You might give a try if you have a chance. June brings us to the…
Save the Date—UUCE Community Picnic, June 11
Please plan to join us for a one-of-a-kind picnic celebration. We will be zipping over to Burnidge Woods Forest Preserve (2.2 miles from church) directly after the flower communion service on Sunday, June 11. We have reserved the main pavilion from noon until sunset and it has an accessible cement path up to the pavilion. Activities will include: Suggestions: Help us plan for food… RSVP HERE.
UUCE Annual Meeting
This year’s Annual Meeting is this Sunday, May 21st, after church, in the sanctuary. At this meeting church members vote on the budget, new board members and any bylaw changes. A quorum is required.
Ethnic Eating – Important News
The country remains Austria. The date and time remain the same. The food remains German. The location, however, is completely different. For reasons that I will explain over some authentic German beer, Heidi’s was unable to accommodate our group so we will be meeting at 4:30 pm on Sunday, May 21st at SCHNELL’S BRAUHAUS at 45 SLADE STREET, PALATINE, IL. Consider this a test of your flexibility in exigent circumstances. If this substitution changes your desire to attend, please let me…
1st Elgin Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 3
UUCE is proud to participate in the 1st Elgin Pride Parade and Festival on Saturday, June 3; a family-friendly event with a parade, food, vendors, live music, performances, activities, and more! You can find the City’s Facebook event here: Elgin’s First Pride Parade & Festival A general public map and schedule is available to view on the website at www.elginpride.com. They also sent us a flyer which can be printed to also spread the word. A copy can be sent to you if…
New, Improved PADS Signup — 3 months at a time!
Dear Friends, I’m trying something different for our PADS shelter volunteers. The signup for the first and third Mondays of the month now includes three months at a time — to give you plenty of time to plan. Here’s the link for June, July and August. Let’s fill it up! PADS Lunch Signup for June, July, August Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS
Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection
The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection is on May 28 from 11:30am to 12 Noon. Place your bags of foam in the Blue Prius near the church entrance. Please separate CLEAN Food Grade Styrofoam from packaging Styrofoam, and bag the food grade foam. No Styrofoam peanuts (they can no longer be taken to a UPS store). Thank you for recycling your Styrofoam and try to cut down your use. Styrofoam can be avoided to a great extent. It is damaging our…
From Kevin Sweeney, Interim Treasurer
Since February the Financial Committee has been hard at work putting together the proposed budget for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. Our church operates on a fiscal year beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. Each year we reach out to committees and groups to ask how much funding they want for the next year, and also use the amounts provided by the Stewardship folks to enter pledges and calculate expected income. We check those amounts against recent payments to ensure they…
Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes 1/29/23 & 2/12/23
BOT Meeting 1/29/23 & 2/12/23 Present: Erica, Krista, Steve, Tom, Henry Check in – Centering – Krista ET – Previous employee news Kevin Sweeney / ET – Finance Share the Plate change – Discussed streamlining the process Worship Team’s budget for guest speakers – Will discuss Feb. 12th Part-time minister option – February 12th Treasurer position – Discussed the transition to new treasurer 11/26/2022 Minutes Approved The rest will be covered in the February 12th, 2023, meeting: · Strategy/Next Steps/Council…
PADS Signup for June — Save the Dates!
Dear Friends, Please save the dates for June PADS signup. We need volunteers for Monday, June 5 and Monday, June 19. UUCE is committed to supporting basic needs of our homeless neighbors by regularly delivering meals and supplies to Elgin PADS, which stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. You may sign up to prepare and deliver one or all three courses, or you may volunteer as a server. Thank you! PADS Lunch Signup for Junesignupgenius.com Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835…
BRAVER/WISER, Courage and Compassion for Life as it is.
The Uncovering Jennifer Hundley-Batts “How can I bless this food? It blesses me.”—Rev. Nancy Shaffer, in “Field at Table” from Instructions in Joy I compost. Obsessively. You may be a dinner companion whom I’ve awkwardly asked to gift me your leftover broccoli stems or tamale wrappers. You may be a coworker whose banana peel has been tucked away in my empty lunch container next to an apple core.It all ends up in my backyard compost pile, where you’ll also find my dedication…