Walk along the Fox River in Downtown Elgin

You are invited to join the Revitalization Team on Friday, August 19, at 5:30pm for an out-and-back walk along the Fox River in downtown Elgin. We’ll go from Festival Park to Walton Island and Pioneer Park. 1.5-mile round trip but people can feel free to turn around at any point along the way. Come early and explore the Elgin Farmer’s Market that runs from 3-7pm. Feel free to RSVP through this event in our Members & Friends Facebook Group: Or…
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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…

PADS Sign Up for August

Here is the link for the PADS signup for August. We need four Monday volunteers to provide lunch. Thank you to our wonderful July volunteers: Dan & Kathy Hislip, Mike Moutrie, Ruth & Tim Durkin and Heike Spayne.  The PADS current needs list is as follows: spoons, toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and cereal — the items may be placed in the church PADS basket by the welcome table. Thank you for your service and generosity. Dotty CarringiUUCE…

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…
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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 

Family Cookout & Overnight Camping

The Revitalization Team invites you to another exciting family-friendly event at UUCE – this time a cookout and camping opportunity! We’ll meet at the church on Saturday, July 30th at 5pm for a potluck/cookout including a bonfire and a chance for outdoor games. As the sun sets, those that wish to are welcome to pitch their tents and spend the night under the stars. We’ll wake up early in the morning to some camping breakfast (again, BYO) and attend the…

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…
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Prairie State Legal Services

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of July is Prairie State Legal Services. The mission of Prairie State Legal Services is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs…