Posts from February 2024

Stewardship Update

The annual Stewardship campaign kicked off last Sunday! Growing the Dream is our theme- and our optimistic goal is to get us to a part time minister.  We will be updating you on our progress each week towards our goal through the blue and white tree hanging outside Fellowship Hall and the Unichord. At the time of submission of this article we are just getting started with pledges and we already have 8% towards our goal!  That is $17,600!  This year we…

Religious Education (RE) Update

This week in Religious Education we will start using our new curriculum, Riddle and Mystery, jumping in at lesson #2. “Who am I?” The children’s class will imagine what it’s like to encounter an Alien. The Youth will begin planning their Youth Led Service planned for a Sunday in spring. As always, I appreciate your comments and suggestions and questions. And especially your children’s participation! Reach out to me any time at susan.goldberg@uuce.org.  cheers, Susan Goldberg, Religious Education Coordinator

Tasty Teas Available

New tea varieties have arrived at UUCE. All are Fair Trade and organic.Current choices are Ginger, Turmeric Ginger, Rooibos, Vanilla Rooibos, Peppermint, Chai, Green, Irish Breakfast, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Black, ,  If you have any requests for fair trade products, please let me know. Mary Alice Masonick

3rd Sunday Styrofoam Recycling

This is to advise everyone that the Styrofoam recycling program is being reactivated.Please bring your clean Styrofoam to UUCE each 3rd Sunday of the month and place it in or near the boxes in the entryway.  It will be separated into food or packing categories, and it is important to be sure the food packaging items are clean. It is IMPORTANT that all members of our congregation understand that, as always, NO STYROFOAM PEANUTS will be accepted in our recycling…

PADS Update

Dear Friends, Thank you to those who provide and serve lunches to the Elgin PADS shelter.  Go to our PADS Page to sign up. Thank you! Dotty Carringi 

From Your Stewardship Team

The annual Stewardship campaign kicks off this Sunday! Growing the Dream is our goal. Our dream is to be able to have a minister. You have had opportunities to hear from our Board of Trustees about what it would take to grow our church. This is going to take all of us working together and contributing because the church belongs to all of us. We each have a responsibility to contribute in both our service but also in our financial…

Religious Education (RE) Update

There will be no Religious Education (RE) this Sunday, but if you want to check in with me to exchange ideas, ask questions, or make suggestions, I’ll be in the 3rd floor Couch Room at 10:00. Also, we could use two more teachers/subs. See you then!  Susan Goldberg, Religious Education Coordinator

Registration for Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat Now Open

  Registration for this summer’s Chalice Sparx Family Camp & Retreat for Unitarian Universalist families is now open. Join us July 4-7 for an amazing all ages experience at lovely Camp Friedenswald in southwestern Michigan — only 90 miles from Chicago, 120 miles from Ann Arbor and 195 miles from Indianapolis.             At Chalice Sparx camp and retreat for families you will experience a truly   multigenerational community. There are no camp counselors here to whisk away the children separate from their…

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

Sacred Black “Text”Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin “I hope and I pray that our faith can someday fulfill the promise of its theology.”—Rev. Bill Sinkford When I used to work with Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU)—doing workshops or meeting people in UU congregations—inevitably a very well-meaning white person would ask, “Who’s the Black Emerson?” or “Who’s the Black Thoreau?” This question is wrong; icky for so many reasons. One of the tenets of white supremacy culture is the prioritization of…

From Krista Wagner, President, Board of Trustees

Hello friends, Some of you remember Tom Durkin, who shared this event with me to provide to our UUCE community.  The UU congregations in Geneva and Palatine are co-sponsoring a 4-week class (starting Feb 12) discussing the proposed Article II draft that will be voted on at GA.  Following is a snippet from the page and a link to the full page for more information.  https://ccuu.org/2024/02/faith-development-uu-wellspring-article-ii-class/ Thank you, Krista Faith Development: UU Wellspring Article II Class 7-9 pm on four…

Religious Education (RE) Update

This week in RE we will recognize Valentines Day. The Youth will have talking points on different kinds of love. The Littles will have a fun craft that they can take home. I hope that everyone enrolled will make an effort to attend RE this week. There is always a lesson plan, book, craft, and discussion planned for every RE Sunday, but attendance has been iffy. The more students, the more meaningful for everyone. Please plan to join your class…

Ethnic Eating Update

Three of us finally made the trip to Waukegan for a taste of Belize. The food was well worth the trip – both the appetizers and entrees. The ambiance was decidedly lacking so I don’t recommend it for a romantic evening. Since we were after taste anyway, we were all very satisfied with January’s selection. For February, we will be sampling food of the country of Benin. We will be going to Qaato African Restaurant at 7118 N Clark Street…