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Reopening for Sunday October 31st

With the metrics in good shape, we’re finally having our first in-person service this Sunday, October 31st! What to Expect In line with CDC guidelines, all adults and children over 2 years are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth. The Sanctuary will be set up for social distancing, air flow (windows open and fans moving the air, so please dress appropriately), and ask folks to continue practicing social distancing in the church. We will be…

Religious Education for ages 4-18

RE will be up and running again as soon as we are back in person. We are planning for our first classes to take place on Sunday, October 31st and will continue on a limited basis (based on the availability of our wonderful volunteers!). If you haven’t already signed up the young people in your family, please contact Marj Askins. Kids aged 4-11 will meet in the big classroom on the 3rd floor, and youth aged 12 and up will…

Music for the Soul

The Service for this Sunday, October 24th, will focus on music that is unusual in its emotional power, both for great happiness and for deep sorrow. There will be five pieces of music in the sermon, and chances are, you don’t know them all. One of them, the last one, is a magnificent piece of music, led by one of the greatest, and long enough for meditative contemplation. This will be my last appearance in the virtual pulpit we have…

Chicago Area UU Council Fall Conference – Nov 13th

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, November 13th 9:30am-12pm and be conducted via Zoom video conference. There is NO FEE required to participate, though donations are welcome and appreciated to help defer the costs of the conference and support the ongoing work of CAUUC. Please join us for a keynote presentation on navigating grief followed by a rich panel discussion on the topic: Gathering and Strengthening Our UU Communities REGISTRATION LINK:  uuchicagoarea.org/conference Keynote…

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection

The Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection will be on Sunday, October 24th from 12:00 to 12:30 pm in the church parking lot.  Please separate your CLEAN food grade from your packaging foam and put them in the Prius(es) with the open hatchback(s). Styrofoam peanuts are NOT accepted (take those to UPS store).  The Styrofoam collected will be taken to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Thank you for recycling! Mary Alice Masonick

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 where you may choose your desired level of participation. Feel free to contact me with questions. Thank you. Dotty Carringi, UUCE PADS Coordinator dotster2@comcast.net847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054AABA82CA4FC1-pads4

John Lennon, Influencer

I invite you to tune in to this Sunday’s Service, which focuses on Lennon’s 10-year post-Beatles career. Having long tired of Beatlemania, he lit out on his own with Yoko. He issued two amazing records in his first two post-Beatles years, 1970 and 1971: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine. The first was a serious statement of freedom from pop music, and an embrace of his new wife, and of being able to freely sing about his interior states. It’s…

Reopening Postponed

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 or at all. Because of this, we are postponing our reopening until the cases for school-aged children meet our metric goals again. School-Age COVID Cases UUCE has three metrics for determining reopening. Two of our metric goals are being met, but in order to reopen, school-age cases need to have a two-week downward…

Personally, Emotionally, I am Sorrowful

The Church’s leadership and I have negotiated an agreement that saves having to take monies from the scant remaining reserves to pay out my contract for a ministry that too many of you have found unsatisfactory. So, this is a sad ending, but under the circumstances, one that feels fair to all. Personally, emotionally, I am sorrowful, but OK, thank you, and I wish you the best. I depart at the end of October, and my final time with you…

We’re all Booked for October. Yay!

Dear Friends, Although we are all booked up for October, will you consider supplying one of the three courses, either main dish, vegetable or fruit/dessert for November? Here’s a testimonial from a monthly contributor: “Helping PADS is an easy way to give back to the community, since UUCE and our volunteers have already established a relationship. Even when we’re not able to serve the meals because of COVID, the staff is very grateful for our home-cooked dishes. I make the same…

Good News — Please Read! In-Person Reopening Celebration Service Planned for Sunday, October 17

We are excited to announce that reopening is near! Wednesday evening the Reopening Team met and determined that COVID-19 metrics are in alignment to reopen the church. While Kane County and surrounding areas still carry “high” COVID risk levels, key metrics have been declining for several weeks and it appears that we can carefully begin to meet in person again. October 17th has been chosen as our first in-person service date since the pandemic shut us down. Please note this is subject to change if metrics move in the wrong direction. Aptly, this service…
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YWCA of Elgin

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of October is the YWCA of Elgin Every year we work together to support the mission of the YWCA of Elgin by collecting funds and participating in their “Giving Tree” Program. YWCA Mission YWCA Elgin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.We will get a head start this season by collecting funds in October and starting our Secret Santa shopping in November. We do…