Posts from December 2023

From the UUA’s Braver/Wiser Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is

Fear Not and Hallelujah By Marcus Liefert, December 20, 2023 “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not….”—Luke 2:9-10a I could use an angel popping by every now and then to tell me to fear not. Instead of waking up and doomscrolling, I want each morning for my phone to alert me to a baby…

The Hygge Hangout has been Rescheduled to 1/26!

Due to the bad weather forecast the Revitalization Team has reschedule Hygge Hangout to January 26th. The Revitalization Team will once again be hosting a Hygge Hangout in Fellowship Hall on Friday, January 26, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. More information on what “hygge” is can be found at the end of this email from a sermon that Stephen Day gave around this time in 2021. In the spirit of hygge, we are keeping this simple. We will provide warm…

DELIVERED! Apartment Welcome Kits for new immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers.

Lydia Larrabee, Jen and Adrian happily delivered three complete apartment welcome kits plus several extra items to First Presbyterian Church in Elgin on Wednesday, December 20 to benefit new immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers in our community. It was very moving to see our UUCE community’s efforts and resources bundled up into three carloads and carried into the church where we know they will be put to good and grateful use.   This effort would not have been possible without Mary Alice…

PADS SignUp for March, April, May

Dear Friends, Thank you to those who provide and serve lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter.  Go to our PADS Page to sign up. The PADS needs list is as follows:  Individually packaged snacks. Chips, raisins, cheese sticks, fresh fruit, cheese and cracker packets, pudding and Jello cups. You may leave these donations in the basket marked “PADS” at church. Thank you! Dotty Carringi

Ethnic Eating Update

So, the trip to Belgium was great fun and it is again time to visit the Caribbean. On January 21st at 3:30pm we will try a taste of Belize at A Taste of Belize in Waukegan at 2207 Grand Avenue. Yes, I do know that Waukegan is not in Elgin or even next door but visiting three is way cheaper than flying to the actual country of Belize. So you can plow the savings back into the food there.  Please…

Covenant Group Opportunity

The Sunday Covenant group that began last year is continuing and we are looking for new members. We meet once per month on a Sunday afternoon at UUCE from noon to 2:00 pm. This group is open to any new or experienced attendees of UUCE who would like a chance to discuss topics about life in depth. If you are interested in considering this group, please attend an orientation on Sunday, January 28 at noon in the couch room on…

From the UUA’s Braver/Wiser Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is

Solstice MagickErica Shadowsong “Outside, snow solidified itself into graceful forms. The peace of winter stars seemed permanent.”—Toni Morrison, in Beloved When I became an adult, I decided to embrace as many holidays as I could. I soon learned that almost everything I love about Christmas came from European winter solstice traditions. I love evergreens and holly! I love the snow…from the warm comfort of being wrapped in a blanket by a window. Hot chocolate, multi-colored fairy lights, and medieval Christmas carols are…

Christmas Cookie Decorating Party

Join us in Fellowship Hall after the Christmas Eve service to enjoy some Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.  We’ll have undecorated cookies plus various icings and non-pareils provided by the church, but feel free to add your own to share as well! The Revitalization Team

Ethnic Eating Update

I really haven’t felt like writing about food lately much less tasting it. However, on Sunday afternoon, Kathy, Lydia Larrabee, Diana March and I traveled down to Hopleaf Bar on Clark Street to sample the cuisine of Belgium. There we enjoyed Belgium-style mussels and Belgium-style frites along with Belgium beers and ales. Absolutely delicious and a wonderful experience.  On January 21st we will try A Taste of Belize in Waukegan at 2207 Grand Avenue. Please let me know of your interest by January…

Wrapping Social

This Saturday! December 16Gift Wrapping SocialUUCE Fellowship Hall2-4:00 Don’t wrap your seasonal gifts at home alone! You are invited to a gift wrapping event on 12/16 from 2-4pm. Bring your unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies, join with other members, and wrap your gifts in a holiday atmosphere in Fellowship Hall. The Revitalization Team hosted last year, and it was a big success – and Dotty is bringing it back this year! Bring your gifts, snacks, puzzles, art projects and games,…
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