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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…

Scrip for the Holidays Deadline Monday Dec 14, 10am

Friends, The Holiday Season is upon us. Due to social distancing, many of us are choosing gift cards over gifts because we are not gathering with our family and friends. Let’s save some money, save some time, and help the church all at the same time! If you are planning to purchase gift cards, please check shopwithscrip.com for the computer or the RaiseRight app for your smart device first.  Why use Scrip instead? I’m glad you asked! -You don’t have to go…

Welcome to the New Website

Welcome to our brand new website! Want to know how we got here? We’ll answer those questions! Want some tips for using the website? They’re here too!
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PADS of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: PADS of Elgin UUCE has been supporting their lunch program for over a year. You can learn more about this on our Justice Projects page. For this month’s Share the Plate, we’ll be supporting their “Housing First” initiative. With the convergence of the pandemic and economic crises, we are facing a significant increase in homelessness in the United States. PADS is on the verge of finding a new site for their facility and…

Building Repairs

Rev. Leland and myself along with Mike Moutrie and Joe Masonick (our Building Team) have been working on overseeing some needed repairs to the exterior of our Prairie Cathedral. So far about 2/3’s of the building’s front has been re-stained, split and rotted siding has been replaced, and the building lights have been replaced! Mike made special screens for the lights so they don’t create light pollution. We are also in the process of having the parking lot weeds and…

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…

What is Scrip?

Did you know we have a year-round gift card fundraiser called Scrip? Every gift card you order or reload will give the church a portion of that sales price. “Starbucks gives UUCE 7% of all my spending since I reload my card through Scrip.” Jamie Yucuis If you would like to participate, all you need to do is download the RaiseRight app onto your smartphone. Using the app allows you to select from any of the 250+ vendors that will…

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…
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YWCA of Elgin

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: YWCA of Elgin YWCA of Elgin serves low-income, at-risk youth and families from diverse backgrounds. All the families YWCA serves are grappling with the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will continue to haunt our community. Their number one priority is surviving until there is an effective vaccine for all. Having cancelled all their live fundraising events, YWCA of Elgin is relying on friends to fill the gap. Our Share the Plate donations will help…

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”…
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Elgin CROP Walk

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is: Elgin CROP Walk Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Ending hunger is possible, and it is possible in our lifetime. You can help make it happen! For nearly half a century, CROP Hunger Walks have ensured that more people worldwide have access to nutritious sustainable food sources. Stand with neighbors in our community who rely on food assistance programs. Partner with…