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2021-2022 Budget Process Update #1

Budget Open House Zoom Meetings 1. Sunday, 04/18/21, immediately following breakout rooms 2. Sunday, 05/02/21, immediately following breakout rooms First Budget Open House (THIS SUNDAY): This meeting is to present current income levels and budget requests. This allows our congregation to review the budget overall for the first time including the current significant deficit. We will be collecting feedback on changes desired for the second draft (income increases or expense changes). Please see the PDF that will be used in…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. “The Future Change Framework: Strategic Direction for a Post-Pandemic World” Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT MidAmerica Region is offering a 3-hour workshop with Ian Burbidge, Associate Director of the RSA Lab, and developer of the Future Change Framework. Ian will work collaboratively with participants to surface challenges and opportunities they are experiencing/exploring via the RSA’s Future Change Framework. We’ll explore: · What we know about crisis and change · What participants have learned from…

Virtual Folk Benefit Concert – Peter Mayer

As a talented Folk singer-songwriter from Minnesota, Peter Mayer has been performing in venues across the United States and beyond for over 20 years. He writes songs for a small planet – songs about interconnectedness and the human journey – songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. He also writes songs about dress hats, pumpkins and pajamas, and even love and freight trains, like a good folk musician should. His music has been…

UUCE Childcare Update

During the church closure we have been busy updating the childcare room. The walls were freshly painted. The old carpeting was replaced with an easy to clean and sanitize attractive flooring. About 80% of the old toys were removed and donated. The closet was cleaned out and organized. The little bathroom was painted and reorganized and is ready for use. We are creating a new system to keep our childcare room as clean, safe, and comfortable as possible for the…

Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice Spring Quarterly Meeting

Sunday, May 16, 2021 – 2:00 to 5:00 PM via Zoom Program 2:00 to 3:25 PM “How Carbon Free and Dividend Legislation can advance the US toward net-zero carbon emissions” Mike Zanello, Illinois’ state coordinator for the Citizens Climate Lobby will explain what a Carbon Free and Dividend System is, how it would work, and how much it would contribute to moving the US toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Following our featured speaker’s presentation, Allan Lindrup will serve as First Respondent.…

4th Sunday Styrofoam Collection

Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection! April 25 12:00 to 12:30 pm in UUCE parking lot   I will collect CLEAN Styrofoam to transport to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Please separate your clean, food grade foam from your packaging foam. Load the food grade foam into the  Prius labeled “Food Grade” and load the packaging foam into the Prius labeled “Packaging Foam.”  In December, both cars were full of foam!– Mary Alice Masonick

Mitch Jacobs Has Passed Away

We announce with sorrow the sudden death from stroke of Mitch Jacobs, beloved long-time member of our Church. He is survived by wife Janette, daughter Erin (Will) Flachbart, stepdaughter Heather (Scott) Avery, and two step- granddaughters, Claire, and Charlotte.  Mitch is also survived by his two brothers, Robert, and Stuart Jacobs Janette’s daughter and granddaughter have been at her side for the past three days. A memorial Service is postponed until we can meet in person, but then we will…

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. “Conversation: What About Re-Opening to In-Person Meetings?” Friday, April 9, 2021, 2:00 pm EDT With the move toward leveling the pandemic curve, and with the increasing availability of vaccinations, congregations need to be thinking about how they will decide about opening up again to in-person meetings and worship. During these conversations, we’ll watch two videos produced by the UUA, look at the UUA’s recommended questions, and have conversations about how we make these decisions. Webinar will be offered on:…

PADS Lunch April Signup

Following is the link to the April signup schedule for PADS lunches. There are 4 Mondays in April. You can contact me if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help. Also be aware that when you deliver food on Mondays, there may be other people delivering food for dinners. This is because PADS has reduced staff at this point and are only answering the door around lunchtime. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044AA4A629AA8-pads11

Henny DuBois

Our dear friend Henny DuBois passed away Monday night, March 22, from natural causes. Henny survived COVID this past December, proving how strong-willed she was. She was 90. Henny was a devoted member of UUCE for decades, leading the Food Pantry collections, Aesthetics Team, and more. She was a programmer, mother of five, gardener, photographer and theater/museum patron, as well as a dear friend to many. A full obituary and plans for a memorial will follow.  Messages may be sent…

March ET Update

The current members of the Executive Team are: Mike Moutrie, Martha Pignataro, Mary Harlos, Steve Askins, and our minister Rev. Leland Bond-Upson and church administrator Mila Brinker. To learn more about the Executive Team and what we do, visit our Executive Team page. Actions Building Maintenance The team approved an expense of $1000 for installation of hard-wired electrical outlets to projectors in Fellowship Hall and the sanctuary. This eliminates extension cords and improves safety. This also includes installing a stronger…