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Copper collection plate on a wooden table


Our Share the Plate partner for August was chosen by the Youth of UUCE, in honor of Immunization Awareness month. With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In over 100 countries, they work with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, keep supplies safe and effective, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families.

All-Ages Rock Painting

Come paint rocks with us after the service on Sunday August 14th! Participants of all ages are welcome, and both rocks and paints will be provided, though you’re always welcome to bring extras. There will be an opportunity to paint some UUCE community rocks, as well as paint whatever you’d like! For more information, reach out to RE Coordinator Marj Askins.

MidAmerica Messenger

Volume 10 Issue 2 • August 2022 Click here to see the Unitarian Universalist’s MidAmerica Region August newsletter. MidAmerica Messenger – August 2022

From the UU@UN A note from Director Bruce Kotts

Dear Friend,One of the most cherished UN Security Council Resolutions is its 2000 resolution 1325 that “reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.”   My favorite example of this imperative is when Navi Pillay served as the President of the International Criminal…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Sunday, August 28, from 11:30am – 12pm Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store).  Place your Styrofoam in the Prius with the open hatch in the church parking lot. Joe Masonick will be doing the collecting. We’ll drive it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora (open 24/7).  Please try to avoid using Styrofoam because its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid…

Alice Macy Book Group July Selection

The Book Group has been meeting once a month continually since 1993 to discuss a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. As the pandemic eases, the group will return to meeting in a member’s home, where they host a potluck lunch. Each book is selected by the entire group, and membership is open to all members and friends of UUCE who enjoy a good book. Join us on the last Monday of each month at 12:00 for a potluck…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

2nd Quarter Share the Plate Report 

Our generous community donated $703.85 to our Share the Plate recipients for the 2nd quarter of 2022.    April – Organization for Autism Research $243.50  May – Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) $147.50  June – The Trevor Project $312.85  Thank you for your contributions!   “As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” – Mary Anne Radmacher  Mila Brinker, Church Administrator 

From the Executive Team

Inside: September 11 date set for mask optional worship services!! Who is planning for the restart of our childcare program, making sure our building is well maintained, checking in that the Worship Team, Music and RE programs have what they need, and debating how reopening of the church should progress? It’s the Executive Team, or ET for short. I’m Mary Harlos and I’m a member of the Executive Team along with Mike Moutrie as Secretary and members Mila Brinker, Steve…

July PADS Sign Up and Needs

Here is the link to sign up for PADS lunches. Thank you to everyone who donated to the PADS needs list. This week they need plastic spoons, hairbrushes, razors, paper napkins and paper towels. You may leave the items at the church in the basket by the welcome entry table. Thank you. Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

From your Church Administrator

Dear friends,  June 7th and 8th I attended the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrator (AUUA) Zoom Professional Days and Annual Meeting. I had a wonderful experience, and I would like to share with you some of what I took away from this conference.   110 administrators from the US, Canada and Mexico attended Pro Days. As a member of the AUUA, I have committed to continued administrative education, which I love, and it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues.…

UUCE Fund Raiser  

The very talented wood worker and church member Mike Moutrie has been busy in his shop creating bird feeders and bird houses from reclaimed church siding and has generously offered them to UUCE as a fund raiser. They are on display outside the church offices. Oriole Feeder – $25.00 each (suggested price)  Wren House – $40.00 each (suggested price)  Please make checks out to UUCE, write ‘birds’ in the memo line and place your payment in the box on the…

From the Worship Team

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of Summer in America. Newer members may not realize it, but for most of our history, Unitarian Universalist churches were closed during the summer. No one is sure where this practice originated, although the prevailing theory links it to the fact that Unitarianism has its root in the Northeastern United States where congregants left town to spend the summer on “the Cape”. Whatever its origins, our own church continued the practice until roughly…