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CAUUC Spring Conference

The Chicago Area UU Council will be holding its spring conference on Saturday, April 13th at the Unitarian Church of Evanston and via Zoom. The conference theme is: “Welcoming Congregation Renewal—The Work of Welcome is Never Done” The conference will include education, advocacy/allyship, and action components in support of our focus: improving how welcoming and inclusive we, as UUs and UU congregations, are to people that identify as transgender or non-binary. We are looking to elevate those voices and create…

From the Church Office

Dear friends, I will be taking the week of April 7th off, returning to work on Sunday April 14th. The church office will be closed at this time. If you have an emergency, please email the Executive Team ET@uuce.org or the Board of Trustees BoT@uuce.org There will be no Unichord Update sent out on Friday April 12th. Please visit our website www.uuce.org for all Upcoming Events, News Announcements and Upcoming Services. I will reply to your emails as soon as…

All Peoples Interfaith Pantry

Every donation helps in the fight against hunger – no matter how small or how large.  Ongoing needs are any kind of cereal, 1 lb. bags of rice or pinto beans, 15 oz. cans of vegetables and fruits, and Kraft Dinner. Whatever you are able to contribute is greatly appreciated and can be placed in the hamper in the church entryway.  Thank you for your generosity.              Norm Wilkinson

3rd Sunday Styrofoam Collection

This is to advise all members and friends that the Styrofoam Recycling program is fully functional again. Please bring your clean Styrofoam to UUCE each 3rd Sunday of the month and place it in or near the boxes in the entryway.  It will be separated into food or packing categories, and it is important to be sure the food packaging items are clean. It is IMPORTANT that all members of our congregation understand that, as always, NO STYROFOAM PEANUTS will…

Growing the Dream Stewardship Campaign Winding Down

Our  Stewardship campaign Growing the Dream is done this Sunday, March 24. So far we have reached 63% of our optimistic goal of $225,000 in pledges.  Thank you to all who have turned in their pledges this year!  We appreciate your generosity. Our goal just to maintain current levels of staff and expenses is $200,000.  We are at 71% of this goal so we still need additional pledges.  We need all pledges complete by March 24, so the finance team can create…

Safer Cell Phone Use Guide

Environmental Working Group recently published their guide to safer cell phone use. One of the 6 guidelines provided is to limit children’s phone use, because young children’s brains can absorb twice as much cellphone radiation as those of adults.   Here’s the link: https://static.ewg.org/ewg-tip-sheets/EWG-CellPhoneGuide.pdf If anyone with a color printer can print a few copies for UUCE, please do! Mary Alice Masonick

Religious Education Update

This Sunday, March 24, the youth and children will be meeting for religious exploration. The Youth should go directly to the Couch Room at 10:30 and spend the entire worship time planning their upcoming service.  The Littles will be sung out as usual. This week’s topic is Talking About God, inspired by the UUA curriculum, Riddle and Mystery. We have a lovely story book to read and a surprise craft that that has been on request!  We look forward to…

Ethnic Eating Update

Eleven of our UU sea(food)farers navigated to Port Edward Restaurant to enjoy the cuisine of Bermuda. We sat in a room with a boat floating in the middle and enjoyed the food as the wine flowed like, well, wine. If you enjoy seafood as well as appreciate a novel setting, I highly recommend Port Edward in Algonquin.  Our next opportunity to dine will be on April 14th at 2:30 pm at the Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen at 410 Sheridan Road, Highwood, IL.…

Marwood UU Youth Camp Registration is OPEN for 2024

Midwest Unitarian Universalist Youth Camp (MUUYC) is affectionately known as Marwood. We are a not-for-profit camp for youth that meets for one week each summer. Campers entering 7th grade in the fall are invited to attend Marwood Jr. High Camp for 4 consecutive years followed by 3 additional years at Marwood Compass Camp, keeping campers connected all the way through their high school years. Marwood is staffed by 17 volunteer counselors that combined have over 260+ years of experience at this…

Stewardship Weekly Update

We are so excited to share the latest update on our  Stewardship campaign  Growing the Dream. Today we have reached 48% of our optimistic goal of $225,000 in pledges.  Thank you to all who have turned in their pledges this year!  We appreciate your generosity. We still have a ways to go to reach our goal and we need everyone to contribute. We need all pledges complete by March 24 so the finance team can create a budget for the new…

Bulletin Board Email List and Board Minutes

Did you know the Board of Trustees’ minutes are posted on our website www.UUCE.org under News > Church Business. Take a look and see all the hard work our Board has taken on for us this past fiscal year. And thank you, Todd Underwood, for posting the minutes on our website. Also, did you know we have a Bulletin Board Email list? Participation in the UUCE’s e-mail list, also known as the Bulletin Board email list, bb@uuce.org is used for…

Prospective / New Member Class

Our next class for prospective/new members will be held on Sunday, April 28th at 12:00pm for anyone interested in learning more about our church.  During the class, we’ll share the history of Unitarian Universalism – both as a religious tradition and our local church’s past, how our church operates, and what it means to be a “member”.  This class is open to all – whether you’ve visited once or been a member for many years!  If you are interested in attending, please email Stephen.Day@uuce.org so…

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