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UUCE Board Meeting Minutes November 18, 2020

Present: Kevin Sweeney, Todd Underwood, Erica Lavine, Elizabeth Olson, Jamie Yucuis, Tom Lesiewicz, Rev. Leland, Steve Stultz Absent: none. The meeting was called to order at 7:40 Consent Items/Reports — Accepted with no objection Agenda Board Meeting Minutes – 10/21/2020 New Business Minister’s Report – We discussed the new website, and showing potential new members the grounds. Congregant Calling Campaign – Update – We discussed our progress. The goal is to get it done by Dec 5 – 6. Stewardship…

UU Men’s Retreat – Our 36th Year – Welcoming Men from All Congregations

Men Connecting with Self and Others We are excited to announce a two hour On Line Retreat Event at 10AM, on Saturday, Jan. 30th, 2021, the first of three events approximately 4 weeks apart. The January event will offer two presentations. First, a presentation from Rich Pokorny, Connecting and Coping in COVID Times. We will break into discussion groups so that we all can share our experiences. Second, a workshop from Alan Johnson, will examine how altars bring community, and…

Special Announcement from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

This New Year, only two weeks old, has already wrought terrible pain and disruption. I am still reeling from the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol by a white nationalist mob trying to stop the certification of the Electoral College. And we are learning of possible mob violence at state capitols nationwide this weekend and in D.C. leading to Inauguration Day. Last Friday, the UUA issued a call for the removal and impeachment of President Trump and accountability for members of…
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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center Located in Elgin, Illinois, the center was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic/ financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the…

PADS Lunch January Signup

Following is the link to the January signup schedule for PADS lunches. There are 4 Mondays in January. Visit our PADS Lunches page for more information. Thanks in advance for your help. Also be aware that when you deliver food on Mondays, there may be other people delivering food for dinners. This is because PADS has reduced staff at this point and are only answering the door around lunchtime.

Scrip for the Holidays Deadline Monday Dec 14, 10am

Friends, The Holiday Season is upon us. Due to social distancing, many of us are choosing gift cards over gifts because we are not gathering with our family and friends. Let’s save some money, save some time, and help the church all at the same time! If you are planning to purchase gift cards, please check shopwithscrip.com for the computer or the RaiseRight app for your smart device first.  Why use Scrip instead? I’m glad you asked! -You don’t have to go…

Building Repairs

Rev. Leland and myself along with Mike Moutrie and Joe Masonick (our Building Team) have been working on overseeing some needed repairs to the exterior of our Prairie Cathedral. So far about 2/3’s of the building’s front has been re-stained, split and rotted siding has been replaced, and the building lights have been replaced! Mike made special screens for the lights so they don’t create light pollution. We are also in the process of having the parking lot weeds and…

What is Scrip?

Did you know we have a year-round gift card fundraiser called Scrip? Every gift card you order or reload will give the church a portion of that sales price. “Starbucks gives UUCE 7% of all my spending since I reload my card through Scrip.” Jamie Yucuis If you would like to participate, all you need to do is download the RaiseRight app onto your smartphone. Using the app allows you to select from any of the 250+ vendors that will…

UUCE is on Facebook?

Did you know that UUCE has two completely different areas on Facebook? UUCE Facebook Page The Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin has a Facebook page, which is the public face of our organization. This is where staff and volunteers post information geared toward visitors, potential members, and our wider Elgin community. Each week, the Worship Team posts an event for the upcoming Sunday’s service in an effort to keep our services welcoming and available to the public while we meet…

Building Policy

For everyone’s health and safety, the UUCE building is closed to the public. Employees and leaders who have a key to the building are permitted to enter given they abide by the following rules. All members, employees, and visitors entering UUCE must sign in at the visitor table outside the church offices. Face masks covering your nose and mouth are required for all inside the building. If you forgot your mask, disposable masks are available at the sign in table.…