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Ethnic Eating January’s Selection

As I’ve already related, Albania was fun.  January promises more of the same. Either Caribbean seafood is really popular or the fact that January’s restaurant selection is in Elgin accounts for the fact that we’ve already had 21 folks sign up for January’s selection of Mariscos El Church on McLean Boulevard on Saturday, January 14th at 5 pm. I’ve called and they’ve confirmed they can handle a large group so if you are of a mind to join us, please…

Important Dates to Note

We hope you can join us Saturday, December 24th for our Christmas Eve Service at 5pm. This will be our last service of the year – we will be taking off Christmas Day and New Year’s Day to allow our staff and volunteers time to spend with their families. We’ll be back together January 8th with our annual Fire Communion to welcome the new year.

From the Revitalization Team

The Church Has Left the Building by Margaret Weis The church is not a place; it is a people. The church is not only a steeple above the treeline, streets, and cars.Rather, it is a people proclaiming to the world thatwe are here for the work of healing and of justice. The church is not walls built stone upon stone, held together by mortarbut rather person, linked with person, linked with person:all ages and genders and abilities—a community built on the…

New Name Tags

Paul Higgenbotham graciously offered to design new names tags for the church. His plan was to incorporate our new website design while bringing a refreshed updated look and offer pronoun choices. Paul sent several samples to the Executive Team; the ET discussed the choices and picked one. Personally, I love them and am very thankful Paul not only made the suggestion but did the design work. Thank you, Paul! If you would like one of the new name tags, please…

PADS Shelter Needs

Dear Friends, This week the PADS shelter needs: toilet paper, napkins, paper bowls, Kleenex, and powdered drink mix. You may place these donations in the basket marked PADS inside the front doors at church.Thank you! Dotty Carringi

Ethnic Eating December and January Restaurant Choices (and group photo)

Last Saturday, 12 hearty adventurers braved the wintry weather to sample the cuisine of Albania including various versions of the burek and other delicacies of the Balkan peninsula. A great time was had by all!  For January, we will be visiting another island country of the Caribbean – Antigua and Barbuda. And we won’t have to go far. We’ll sample the dishes of the sea at Marisco El Charco at 302 S. McLean Blvd, Suite G, Elgin, IL at 5 pm on…

May you be showered in blessings this season, a message from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

What times we continue to live through. We are in the churn of change. Systems and practices we’ve relied on are breaking down and what is needed is still being imagined, not yet here.  When we are worn down and worn out, sometimes we still push ourselves knowing the urgency and importance of the challenges ahead. But to bring forth the creativity, energy and compassion needed to nurture change, we need to take care of ourselves.  Rest is crucial for the quality and sustainability of…

From the Board of Trustees

It’s hard to believe, but the end of 2022 is drawing near. We’re in our last month, the weather is getting colder, the streets are lit with twinkling lights, and snow is just around the corner. Another new year is approaching. I know many of us look at a new year as a time to personally reflect, evaluate, and refine ourselves. Resolutions may be made, goals set, intentions defined. For those of us who choose to look at the new…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

YWCA of Elgin

Our youth have chosen the YWCA of Elgin Giving Tree as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for December.  This year, instead of doing the shopping ourselves, we hope to raise $800 to be shared equitably among 17 children.  The YWCA staff and volunteers, who know the children well, will purchase and wrap gifts of clothing, books and toys according to each child’s wish list. YWCA Elgin is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for…

PADS Signup for December

Dear Friends, Thank you to all who prepared meals, served meals and/or donated supplies to the PADS shelter during November. It’s much appreciated. Going forward, there is yet another month that calls us to help with similar needs. Here’s the signup for December. Thank you! Dotty Carringi (car-RIN-jee) Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

Gift Wrapping Social

Don’t wrap your seasonal gifts at home alone! You are invited to a gift wrapping event hosted by the Revitalization Team on 12/17 from 2-4pm. Bring your unwrapped gifts and wrapping supplies,  join with other members, and wrap your gifts in a  holiday  atmosphere in Fellowship Hall!