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PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, The Elgin PADS shelter currently needs the following:  Sugar, napkins, paper towels, powdered coffee creamer, coffee stirrers and cups and toilet paper. You may put these supplies in the collection basket at church near the greeting table. Thank you for your generosity.  Also, if you know of anyone looking for a job, please have them check out the PADS of Elgin job postings on Indeed. Right now, they really need an overnight site coordinator which would be full time.…

2022 UUCE Annual Reports

Click here to download the 2022 Annual Reports from our teams and committees, or you can simply read the 12-page document on-screen below.

Picnic, Fellowship and Little Church Visit

Dear friends,  The Revitalization Team invites you to a ‘bring your own lunch, drink and chair picnic’ after the service on Sunday, June 5th.  At 2pm following lunch and fellowship (under the shade of the trees out back), we are invited to the 104th Annual “Old Church Meeting” inside the little church in the cemetery next door to UUCE.  Chris Cudworth, Author and Artist will be their guest speaker, he will be focusing on Religion and Nature. There will be…

From the Revitalization Team

My son, Ethan, started his first job on Monday.  It is a salaried position with benefits and everything!!  I can barely stand myself!!! Has a mother ever been so proud!?!    Ahem.  As I was saying…  Watching him take this first real step into adulthood makes me think back to when I got my first job.  I was just out of college and had moved into my first real apartment.  It was so freeing!  I could arrange the furniture however I…

The UUCE Book Group Marks 30 Years!

In 2002 Alice Macy, the founder of the group, wrote in the Unichord: “The UUCE Book Group will celebrate ten years of meeting on a regular basis, and during that time we’ve read and discussed 85 books…but it’s about much more than books—it’s about friendship and mutual support, camaraderie and laughter, sharing ideas and experiences.” This year is the 30th anniversary of the Book Group which has met continually since 1992, and we’ve read dozens more, perhaps three times more.…

UU’s for a Just Economic Community

2022 Action of Immediate Witness Proposal addressing Military Emissions.This Action of Immediate Witness, AIW, will offer much needed solutions that UU’s can take to address our dire climate situation. Thursday, May 12, 5 PM PDT, 6 PM MDT, 7 PM CDT and 8 PM EDT Two ways to watch: Facebook Live or UUJEC’s Zoom Link passcode 111461 This AIW is calling for Unitarian Universalists and others to protect the future of life on this planet by calling on the Biden Administration, Congress and the United Nations to include military emissions…

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes March 2022

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin   March 27th, 2022 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes  Present: Steve Stultz, Erica Lavine, Jamie Yucuis, Thomas Lesiewicz, Mila Brinker (ET representative)  Absent: Rowan Fixemer  The meeting was called to order at 11:45 am.  New Business   Mike Murschel discussion – Mike was referred as a potential person to provide potential pastoral care and weddings/funeral services.  We discussed what the services and cost structure would be.    The meeting minutes from Feb 27 were unanimously approved.  Employee Handbook –…

From Marj Askins, Religious Education (RE) Coordinator

Religious Education will be taking a Summer Break. As our beloved community prepares for summer, and our families prepare for vacation and adventures, the RE program will wind down classes for a couple of months. The last day of classes will be June 12. Instead, we will be focusing on adding some resources to the sanctuary to make intergenerational services more accessible for both kids and adults! We’re also hoping to plan some more activities with youth from other congregations,…

From the Board of Trustees

Hi everyone!  Time for another update on what your board has been up to!  This month the board has been focused on getting ready for the Annual Meeting on May 22nd. The meeting will be held in person in the sanctuary, and we encourage all members to attend and vote. A big part of the annual meeting is approving the budget for the year, and the finance committee has been hard at work crunching the numbers and trying to put…

1st Quarter Share the Plate Report 

Our generous community donated $629.00 to our Share the Plate recipients for the first three months of 2022.   January – Faith in Place received $62.50  February – the Community Crisis Center received $95.00  March – the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) received $471.50   Thank you for your contributions.  “For it is in giving that we receive.”  St. Francis of Assisi Mila Brinker, Church Administrator 

From the Worship Team

Greetings from the Worship Team. We are now several months into being a lay-led church. While the Worship Team has always participated in shaping our Sunday services, we are now doing it all. We as a team have actually absorbed the role of Minister. Every Sunday, we deliver a complete worship service to you, from music and video, community connections and share the plate, to the sermon and readings. As a team, we develop a weekly theme, and each of…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

PADS of Elgin

For the month of May, the Share the Plate recipient is Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) PADS works to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals first. They provide a safe place to sleep, eat meals, take showers, and do their laundry. The next step is to provide comprehensive case management. Case managers meet with each guest and together, an action plan is created by identifying the barriers which led to the person becoming homeless. Action plans are tailored…