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4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Sunday, January 22, 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…

PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, The PADS shelter is running low on the following:  Canned fruit, ramen (Chicken or beef), coffee pods, paper bowls, 13-gallon trash bags, gallon freezer bags. You may place these items at the church in the basket marked “PADS” past the double glass doors. Thank you! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835“Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Anderson Humane

In honor of deceased long time member Alice Macy, Anderson Humane was chosen by the Executive Team as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for the month of January. Bringing people and animals together for good. For more than fifty years, Anderson Humane has been the leading animal welfare organization in our community. They have have been dedicated to creating positive connections between people and animals from day one because animals make us better! Today, they place more than…

From Kevin Sweeney, Financial Secretary

Some of you may wonder, or hope to never learn, what it is that your Financial Secretary does on a weekly basis.  Over the past 18 months my focus has been to modify the financial processes of the Church to better fit our goals of using our resources wisely and avoiding unnecessary waste.  We do a pretty good job of managing our financial resources, but still have some work to do in terms of reducing waste. Historically our financial processes…

New Titles in the Church Library

Stop by the library to review some of the new books recently added toour library collection: The Through Line – 200 Years of the Berry Street Essay (Kate R. Walker,ed.) For more than two hundred years, Unitarian and then UnitarianUniversalist ministers have gathered to hear one of their own deliver anessay of reflection and critique on their profession. The MinisterialConference at Berry Street, or as it’s more commonly known, the BerryStreet lecture, was started in 1820 by famed Unitarian minister…

“The Science of Well-being” New Adult Religious Education Class

Happy New Year! The Revitalization Team is excited to host another UUCE collaborative offering to complete the free Yale online class called “The Science of Well-being.” Some of us completed the class together in 2020 and it was so well-received that we want to facilitate it happening for more people. Sarah Stultz and I are going to moderate the 10-week class on Sunday mornings in-person at church and also with an online call-in option. Each participant will sign up for…

Hygge Hangout

The Revitalization Team will be hosting a Hygge Hangout in Fellowship Hall on Friday, January 13, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  More information on what “hygge” is can be found in the last paragraph taken from a sermon that Stephen Day gave around this time last year.  In the spirit of hygge, we are keeping this simple.  We will provide warm lighting, tea and hot cocoa, and a few hygge activities such as small coloring or crafting materials.  Please feel…

“It’s a Wonderful Church”

Letters from Leadership As 2022 winds down and we approach the mid-point of our fiscal church year, it is a perfect time to step back and take pride in all we’ve accomplished. In her December 1st letter from the Board of Trustees, Krista Wagner shares a poem from Donna Ashworth. “…take a moment to acknowledge what you already are. All that you already are. Because it’s a lot. You’re a lot. And you deserve to be seen. For catching the…

PADS Thank You Letter and January Link

This past year has brought many challenges to the Elgin PADS shelter’s staff and guests, and I’d like to thank our UUCE volunteers for stepping up. The following friends and members have prepared and delivered (and sometimes served) lunch on one or more Mondays throughout the year: Mike MoutrieKathy & Dan HislipTom & Ruth DurkinDiana HeizerHeike SpayneCarol NelsonKrista WagnerSusan GoldbergGladys MachletSusan SwingMichele RamseyKathie WachholderDoug Elwell Thank you also to the unnamed donors who have furnished paper supplies and other items…

PADS Signup for January and Needs

Dear Friends, Thank you to all our December volunteers! You’re awesome! We have begun serving lunches as well as furnishing them on Mondays. This is very gratifying plus we get to bond with other volunteers. Some have offered to provide one meal course instead of the entire meal, and this is encouraged as well. Select any of the slots you prefer on the Signup Genius site for January:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054aaba82ca4fc1-pads18#/ The needs this week are: powdered coffee creamer, coffee pods and…

Habits Are Hard: Hard to form and hard to break

I’ve rarely had to think about whether or not I was going to church on Sunday.  From the time I first started coming to UUCE as a 21-year-old newlywed eager to find friends in a new community there has always been a compelling reason to show up.  Through years of playing various roles in the church that required my presence before, during and after the Sunday service, church attendance was a habit that was not hard to form.  But the…

Bulletin Board Email List  

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 things such as event communications, recommendations for finding contractors, restaurants etc… the list is a privilege and not a right.  The UUCE Executive Team reserves the right to suspend participants from lists who violate the below standards and rules.  These rules will be communicated to all participants by the List Manager.  Participants…