Church Business

UUCE’s main leadership comes from the Board of Trustees, and the policies set down by the Board are put into practice by the Executive Team. To foster open communication and accountability, UUCE’s leadership posts regular updates so congregants know what’s being discussed and implemented in our church. Visit the Church Leadership page to learn more about UUCE’s Leadership.

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…

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…

Ministerial Search Committee Update

Dear Friends, In October, the UUCE Board of Trustees began a process of reaching out to congregational members to gather input on desired qualities and potential candidate names to have serve on the upcoming Ministerial Search Committee. After tallying names mentioned in that round of surveys, the Board arrived upon a list of the top 14 candidates. Because volunteering for this committee will require a significant commitment of time and energy, those candidates were then contacted by Board members in…

Executive Team Update

The ET plans to begin sharing key topics and decisions from our monthly meetings. To learn more about the Executive Team and what we do, visit our Church Leadership page. Current Members The current members of The Executive Team (ET) are; Steve Askins, Mila Brinker, Mary Harlos, Mike Moutrie, Martha Pignataro, and Reverend Leland Bond-Upson. Our two most recent members; Steve and Mary, have only been on the team for a few months, but they bring fresh energy to the…

Planning for Reopening

At the direction of the Executive Team, a task force has been formed to manage the planning for reopening the church later this year. The committee’s members are Mila Brinker (Church Administrator) and members Beth Cooper-Zobott and Erica Lavine. Mila knows the building and its members like almost no one else; Beth has received certification as a COVID-19 Compliance Officer, and Erica is a safety manager at a local corporation. Once the State of Illinois enters Phase 4 of its…

December Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet our current BOT leadership. Ongoing Business Search Committee Progress Tom asked about progress on congregant calling. We will go over the list of suggestions at the January meeting. Stewardship Committee Charter Kevin presented a draft of the Stewardship Committee charter. The charter was approved unanimously. BoT Governance Policies Kevin presented a draft of changes to BoT Governance Policies. These primarily are related to removing reference to “finance” responsibility from the ET, with…

November Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet our current BOT leadership. New Business Minister’s Report We discussed the new website, and showing potential new members the grounds. Congregant Calling Campaign We discussed our progress. The goal is to get it done by Dec 5 – 6. Stewardship Committee Charter Kevin will have it ready by the next Board meeting. Endowment Committee Signatories Jamie will take care of this. Staff Reviews Rev. Leland is working on the staff reviews. Ongoing…

Forming a Search Committee

As you may or may not know, we will soon be starting the search process for a new settled minister. First, we need to select a Search Committee, and in order to do that, the Board of Trustees will be making phone calls to members to select nominees. The Board is looking for members that will best serve the needs of our church community. What to Expect If you are a member of UUCE, expect to receive a phone call…

October Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet our current BOT leadership. New Business Statements of Support We discussed the efforts it would take to have a public statement of support for political things (such as the Fair Tax Act), and it was not something we were able to do for this election. Political Discussion Group We discussed creating a separate group (on Facebook or elsewhere) for civil political discussion. If this is done, it will be as a “social”…

August Board Update

Visit our Board of Trustees page to meet the current BOT Leadership. Board Business Reopening the Building The Board reviewed the Executive Team’s procedures for reopening the building to small groups. The Board unanimously voted to allow the building to reopen to small groups based on the procedures. Survey Results This past month, the Board sent out a survey to UUCE members to measure the community comfort with reopening the building, or resuming some amount of activities in person. The…