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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…

Have You Heard of AMUUSE?

Mary Harlos suggested we share this Did You Know… Did you know AMUUSE, is a singles group for Midwest Unitarian Universalists and friends? They have weekend camps and summer camps away during normal times but right now they have zoom programs. Mary says it is easy to get on their mailing list and then have access to all their events. Mary has found them to be warm and welcoming, a nice way for singles to expand friendships! Visit their website…

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…

UUCE Book Group Update

For their March 29 meeting the Book Group is reading “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, winner of two consecutive Pulitzer Prizes. On April 26 they’ll discuss Pulitzer winner “The Overstory” by Richard Powers, and on May 31 they’ll travel back to 1918 for Willa Cather’s “My Antonia”. The UUCE Book Group has been meeting once a month continuously since 1993 to discuss a wide range of books, both fiction and non-fiction. For the duration of the pandemic, meetings are…
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FINCA

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Foundation for International Community Assistance FINCA is a trusted partner in catalyzing economic growth and alleviating poverty. UUCE has been a steadfast supporter of FINCA since 2007, supporting six Village Banks on three continents. By enabling access to microloans, UUCE has empowered thousands of low-income clients to build more resilient lives. Poverty’s many challenges are interconnected, and so are the solutions. FINCA International, a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization, is working to advance market-based…

Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois

Cheryl Niemo, member of the Tree of Life UU Congregation would like to share with UUCE the word about a special training from Unitarian Universalist Prison Ministry of Illinois. Cheryl writes the training is geared toward creating Solidarity Circles for people who are newly released. We welcome anyone who would like to learn more. We would like to see an increase in support towards a more positive reentry process. You are welcomed to participate on Tree of Life Church’s team and/or develop your own. Hope…

Did You Know?

To vote at our annual meeting in May, our bi-laws state you must be “an active voting member”. An active voting member of the church is any member who has reached the age of sixteen years and has made an unrestricted contribution of not less than $100.00 to the general operating fund, for which no goods or services were provided (hereafter “unrestricted contribution”), during the first eleven months of the twelve months preceding the annual meeting, except that the minimum…
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MLK College Scholarship & Annual MLK Food Drive

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The MLK college scholarship fund & the annual MLK food drive.  Each year, the City of Elgin Human Relations Commission takes great pride in presenting a weekend of activities celebrating the life of one of our country’s greatest civil rights leaders, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year in lieu of the Prayer Breakfast, Dr. King’s birthday was celebrated virtually, but lost none of its power. Learn more by visiting 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…
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Community Crisis Center

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: The Gretchen S. Vapnar Community Crisis Center Located in Elgin, Illinois, the center was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers to meet the needs of individuals and families in crisis. Employees provide comprehensive services to individuals and families suffering due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or economic/ financial difficulties. The Crisis Center is one of the oldest domestic violence shelters in the state and was instrumental in organizing both the…