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Closing Announcement

COVID Cases in Kane County have been rising since the beginning of the month and have surpassed the levels the Reopening Team determined would be safe to meet for Sunday Services. Our service this Sunday will be online only, and more information about building use policy will follow next week. Sunday, November 21st We’re committed to a reopening that honors our UU Principles and is safe for all: young, old, healthy, immunocompromised, vaccinated, and those who cannot get vaccinated yet…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

FOURTH SUNDAY STYROFOAM COLLECTION November 28 from 11:30 -12:00 (NEW TIME) We will collect the Styrofoam in a Prius in the church parking lot. Please separate your CLEAN food grade Styrofoam from your packaging Styrofoam and bag as needed.  Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take to UPS store). We take the Styrofoam to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora which is open 24/7.Please try to avoid using Styrofoam.  Its use is not sustainable. Many people manage to avoid it; indeed entire countries…

PADS Lunches

Dear Friends, Thank you to all who volunteered to provide lunches for PADS, the homeless shelter in Elgin. We now have enough volunteers through the end of the November. Next, get ready for the upcoming December signup!  And thank you! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinatordotster2@comcast.net847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS
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Revitalization, Evolution, and Moving Forward …Oh My!

Revitalization, Evolution, and Moving Forward …Oh My! Earlier this year, when it became clear that UUCE could not support a full-time minister, many on the then-appointed Minister Search Committee still wanted to provide a service that would help our church community for years to come. After conversations between ourselves and some members of the Board of Trustees, it became obvious to us that what UUCE needs is not just better care for our members and friends, not just greater financial…

From Our Worship Team

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asked a few times how the Worship Team is doing with the recent changes in leadership. For the first time in the history of our congregation, we are a lay-led church and the responsibility for Sunday services now lies squarely on the volunteers on the team. The good news is that we have an excellent team with a wide variety of thoughts, ideas, spiritualities, and heart-felt issues and causes. We last met on…

Let Us Give Thanks For Our Common Humanity – Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray

As our lives become busy making plans with friends and family and holiday celebrations in our congregations, I am mindful that this year marks the 52nd annual Day of Mourning protest—an event that began when Frank Wamsutta James* called upon hundreds of Indigenous Americans and allies to gather in Plymouth, Massachusetts and declare Thanksgiving Day a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans. James wrote: “History wants us to believe that the Indian was a savage, illiterate, uncivilized animal. A history…

Church Office Closed Nov. 19th – 30th

The church office will be closed Nov. 19th – 30th. If you need immediate assistance during my absence, please contact the Executive Team, ET@uuce.org. Otherwise, I will respond to your emails and phone calls as soon as possible upon my return. Please note the deadline for the the Nov. 26th newsletter was Tuesday, Nov. 16th. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Mila Brinker, Interim Administrator
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YWCA of Elgin Giving Tree Project

November will be the second month that the YWCA of Elgin is the recipient of our Share The Plate collection.  We are committed to supporting the Giving Tree project again this year.  As you know, our attendance at church services has lessened during the pandemic, which naturally impacts the number of donations to our Share The Plate monthly collection.  By extending the YWCA’s funding into a second month, we hope that returning to in-person services will gradually increase attendance, and also,…

Religious Education for ages 4-18

Our RE Classes will be meeting once again this coming Sunday! Kids aged 4-11 will meet in the big classroom on the 3rd floor, and will be doing a fun activity to learn about different ways of understanding miracles. Youth aged 12 and up will be in the Couch Room on the 3rd floor and will be exploring the practice of meditation. All children, youth, and volunteers will be expected to be masked. If you have any questions or concerns, or if…

We Got Ohana

Next month, our weekly message array in the Unichord will change from the Minister’s Message by me every week, to one by me only once a month, and the other weekly messages from others, including Steve Stultz as Board President, and other leaders and messengers to be determined. This week, my family enlarged from four children to seven, as Deborah and I became foster parents of three siblings from the Micronesian Island group Chuuk.   Micronesia has a special immigration agreement…

 PADS Signup for November

Dear Friends, Thank you to all who volunteered in October to provide lunches for PADS, the homeless shelter in Elgin. Here is the link to the PADS Signup for November  Please note, UUCE is preparing and delivering Monday lunches, but, the staff is still doing the serving.  Thank you. Dotty Carringi, UUCE PADS Coordinator dotster2@comcast.net847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Coffee Project

Coffees, and Chocolates and Teas, Oh My! Fair Trade and Organic, Too! UUs are linked with small farmers and their families through fair trade, thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s Coffee Project. The UUSC is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. The UUSC works with Equal Exchange, which supplies fair trade products to many faith groups. The coffees we sell at UUCE are not only fair trade and…