Posts from October 2023

Service Auction Registration

Can you believe we’re just over one week away from the UUCE Service Auction?  A few things to highlight as we head into the final stretch: Thanks everyone – looking forward to seeing you! Stephen (for the Auction Team)

2023 Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sponsored by the Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders (CERL)

You are invited to join our greater Elgin community in “Coming Together”, our annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, held this year at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at First Christian Church, 1125 Summit Street, Elgin, Illinois, and offered by The Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders (CERL). Be witness to the outpouring of thanks for our shared blessings as the representatives of a variety of world faith traditions offer readings, choirs, sharings, prayers, and a stirring seasonalmessage to strengthen…

Sign Up for Circle Supper

This is the last week to sign up, to be a host or alternate dinner guest at a member’s home once each month through April. This is a great way to get to know new and old friends. Sign the clipboard on the welcome table downstairs, or send an email to Dotty Carringi, A full explanation of the program can be found by the signup sheet.  The signup deadline is November 1.

Ethnic Eating Update

Well, the 12 became 8 but the food at Mariscos El Charco remained superb as the another visit to Caribbean (this time Barbados) cuisine occurred. No photos were made because everyone was too busy consuming seafood to stop for such mundane matters. If you haven’t visited this local Elgin eatery, try to take it in. It’s well worth your time. And that brings us to Belarus. We will be frequenting November’s selection at Belarusian Restaurant Visilki at 250 McHenry Road, Wheeling, IL at…

All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry

All Peoples Interfaith Food Pantry which UUCE has supported for several decades, is located in the First Congregational Church in downtown Elgin. There is a large wicker hamper in UUCE’s entryway for your donations. Needed items currently are canned fruit, canned vegetables, soup, crackers, cereal, peanut butter and jelly and toilet tissue. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Norm Wilkinson

Over 2,000,000 Child Laborers in Chocolate Production?

Reports estimate that there are more than 2 million child laborers in the cacao sectors of the Ivory Coast and Ghana alone, countries which produce over 70% of the world’s cacao. The root cause of this problem is poverty. Farm families make roughly $2/day which is not enough to sustain them. The Equal Exchange alternative trade system is a different model that helps small farmers continue to produce cacao crops so that they can provide for their families. Equal Exchange, our fair-trade…

Servetus: The Radical Reformed Musical

Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist Presents Servetus: The Radical Reformed Musical Servetus: The Radical Reformed Musical will be presented at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist, 1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine, Illinois on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2023 at 7pm. Donations of $10-$20 will be greatly appreciated. If you are 22 years old or younger, please know your attendance is your donation. There is plenty of free parking. Servetus: The Radical Reformed Musical is the creation of Rev. Dennis McCarty a talented novelist, playwright and song…

Ethnic Eating Update

This Saturday the 21st of October, twelve of us will be enjoying Mariscos El Charco on McLean Boulevard in Elgin to enjoy the Caribbean seafood of Barbados. If you haven’t signed up, I’m sorry you’ll miss it since reservations are hard to come by, especially on a Saturday night.  Hopefully, that will be even more incentive to enjoy November’s selection at Belarusian Restaurant Visilki at 250 McHenry Road, Wheeling, IL at 3:30 on Sunday, November 12th. Please let me know of your…

PADS — New Signup for December, January, February

Dear Friends, Thank you to those who provide and serve lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter.  A new signup is available for the first and third Mondays of December, January and February. You may sign up on our website:, Help the Community, PADS. or

Auction 2023 – What You Need to Know

November 4, 2023 – 6:30 PM View Items & Donate With the UUCE Service Auction is almost here! Our catalog has some exciting events on it, including: Dinner and Improv, a Kayaking adventure, a Wii Bowling Tournament, a Poker Party, and a Winery Visit.  Plus we have some awesome baskets we’re putting together to raffle off! The deadline for submitting events/items is Friday, October 27 – so if you’ve been waiting for the right time to submit something, that time is…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection: October 22, 11:30 am to Noon

Please separate packaging foam from CLEAN food grade foam and BAG them. Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted.  Place your bags of separated Styrofoam in the Prius with a sign parked near the front door of the church. Thanks for recycling your Styrofoam.  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam.  It is an environmental disaster that takes hundreds of years to decompose, if not longer.  All for a quick cup of coffee, or a take out meal. Mary Alice and Joe Masonick
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