Posts from January 2024

Bingo Night

Join us on Friday, February 23 for a family-friendly evening of good, old-fashioned BINGO – with fabulous prizes! The games start at 6:30pm, so arrive a bit early to claim your boards, grab some food, and get settled before the fun begins. This event is open to everyone – members, friends, visitors, and all! The Revitalization Team

500 Diapers!

Big thanks to all who quickly rounded up the requested supplies during the short window of opportunity.  Kane County Board members had asked for our help collecting specific items for immigrants at the Chicago Migrant Center. In addition to the 500 diapers, numerous feminine hygiene products and pre-wrapped snacks were donated. Delivery of these items to Chicago was scheduled for Wednesday, January 24. Cherryl Strathmann and Vern Tepe, County Board members from Elgin, expressed their gratitude to our congregation. Mary…

Abundance of Fair Trade Products Available!

There are more fair trade products available at UUCE than ever before!  From numerous coffees, several teas, lots of chocolate bars, cocoa, nuts, mango, canned tomatoes, and virgin olive oil.   They are all Fair Trade and the vast majority are organic! They are priced to sell, some at exactly the same price we paid. If you would like me to order additional products, please email me. Current inventory: Organic Coffees (in whole bean and drip grind): Breakfast Blend, French Roast,…

You’re Invited to an Open House on Fundraising and a Minister – THIS Sunday! 

The Board of Trustees is inviting you to a Fundraising/Part-Time Minister Open House on Sunday, January 21 (yes, NEXT Sunday) from 12noon – 1:30pm in the Sanctuary. This session will build on the open house we held in September and bring new information for consideration and discussion.   Who is Invited?  Everyone with a stake in the future and financial health of UUCE.    What Will We Talk About?   In a nutshell, we will discuss our current income levels, the income needed to support the…

Ethnic Eating Update

There is nothing new to report on January’s trip to Waukegan for a Taste of Belize.  I do want to get out the information on February’s selection for the country of Benin. We will be going to Qatar African Restaurant at 7118 N Clark Street in Chicago on Saturday, February 17th at 2:30. This restaurant is closed on Sundays so we selected a midafternoon time to avoid any lunchtime rush and still be able to get home before dark. Please let…

From the Church Office

Bulletin Board Bounce Backs and Request. If you send an email out on the church’s bulletin board, (distribution list) you might receive a message that a couple emails didn’t get through.  This is the reply I received from our fabulous IT Team regarding this concern…  Comcast is blocking some of Microsoft’s email servers due to spam reports, most likely.  Not much we can do about it except to ask our distribution list members to ensure messages are reported as “not…

UU Men’s Retreat

NEW! Where: Baraga/St. Mary’s Retreat House, 14230 Main St. Lemont IL, 60439 · (630) 257-5102 When: Fri. Mar. 8th (7 PM) thru Sun. Mar. 10th (Noon), 2024 Welcoming all who identify as male. Welcoming all faiths. Theme: Being a Male Today. We will explore the changing roles and self-images facing males today. Our Keynote Speaker: Paul B. Koch, Jr., M.Div. D.Min. Regional Minister, Christian Church of Mid-America will deliver his address: Men’s Responses to Gender-attributed Power. He will cover: Religious…

2024 ReUUse Table Refresh

Thank you to everyone who contributed to or benefited from our ReUUse Table in Fellowship Hall since we rolled it out three months ago. Our very own free pop up thrift store encourages us to reduce our carbon footprint and save money, by reusing household items rather than buying new when possible.  As promised, everything that remained at the end of last quarter was donated and we’re starting fresh. Winter clothing items went to Elgin’s Community Crisis Center and Centro…

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

Toast, Boast, and OathRev. Sarah Osborne “To the world we dream about, and the one we live in now.”—”Livin’ It Up on Top,” in Hadestown, by Anaïs Mitchell Every January, my friends and I gather to celebrate the new year with a ritual that I call “toast, boast, and oath.” This practice is loosely based upon the old Germanic & Anglo “symbel” or “sumbel,” which means feast. I learned of this modern interpretation from an old friend of mine. We sit…

No Styrofoam Collections

No monthly Styrofoam collections will be held for the foreseeable future. Clean Styrofoam can be dropped off at Chicago Logistics Service, 701 Wesemann Dr., West Dundee (off of IL 72). They take it to the same place we were, Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Here are recommendations to reduce waste in order of importance. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle Mary Alice and Joe Masonick

Religious Education Update

This Sunday, January 7, will be an All Ages Worship Service with Fire Communion. RE classes will resume on January 14 and 28.  As usual, if your kids are restless during the service, they are welcome to sit in the narthex and color and draw, and I’ll be available to sit there with them. See you on Sunday! Susan Goldberg, Religious Education Coordinator
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