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Fourth Sunday Styrofoam Collection!

Jeremy Fixemer has offered to collect the Styrofoam this Sunday afternoon, May 23, from 3:00-3:30 pm. The reason for the later time is due to the congregational meeting at noon. He will collect CLEAN Styrofoam to transport to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Please separate your clean, food grade foam from your packaging foam. – Mary Alice Masonick

Upcoming Events Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

1. MidAmerica Extended Leadership Experience  Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT  Leadership is always important, but these days, there are extra elements that make being a leader even more challenging.  For more information and registration:  Extended Leadership Experience  2.  Small Congregation Check-In MAY 13  Date & time: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDT  A time for leaders of small congregations in the MidAmerica Region and elsewhere to check-in about the challenges UU religious communities are encountering as we respond to the…
Church front in summer

Reopening Update

We’ve missed you!  The Executive Team is excited to share with the community our reopening update. Our Reopening Task Force consisted of Erica Lavine, Safety Specialist, Beth Cooper Zobott, Professional Meeting Organizer Certified in Safety, and Mila Brinker, Church Administrator. The Executive Team relied extensively on the Task Force’s recommendations.   In-person services We have continued with online services, following the guidelines of the UUA to protect the most vulnerable in our community. We are hoping to welcome everyone back to in-person services after Labor Day in early September.  We are watching the statistics on local community spread and vaccinations to judge whether this reopening will be feasible.  We have also…
Copper collection plate on a wooden table

Public Action to Deliver Shelter

This month’s Share the Plate recipient is Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) PADS works to meet the basic needs of homeless individuals first. They provide a safe place to sleep, eat meals, take showers, and do their laundry. The next step is to provide comprehensive case management. Case managers meet with each guest and together, an action plan is created by identifying the barriers which led to the person becoming homeless. Action plans are tailored to each individual and…

Budget Open House Zoom Meetings

Budget Open House Zoom Meetings Sunday, 05/02/21, immediately following breakout rooms. Final Budget Open House (05/02/21): This meeting is where the second draft of the budget will be presented. We will show the congregation changes in income and expenses based on the feedback we have received. We have tightened up our projected expenses for 2020-2021 to give us a more accurate idea of what our YE surplus will look like and how much will be rolled into income for 2021-2022.…

Upcoming Event Offered by the UUA MidAmerica Region

MidAmerica Extended Leadership Experience Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00 am – 1:30 pm EDT Leadership is always important, but these days, there are extra elements that make being a leader even more challenging. For more information and registration: Extended Leadership Experience Submitted by: Committee on Ministry

April Board Update

In Attendance : Tom Lesiewicz, Kevin Sweeney, Erica Lavine, Steve Stultz , Elizabeth Olson, Jamie Yucuis, Rev. Leland New Business Minister’s Report We discussed the minister’s involvement in the UUMUA / 5th Principle Project. Review Music Director Job Description Kevin moved to accept the job description and offer letter, Jamie seconded. It was unanimously approved. ET recommendations for reopening The Board reviewed the recommendations from the Executive Team. We will discuss further at our next meeting on May 4. Direction…

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Spring Conference; Re-opening and Reimagining Church

The Chicago Area UU Council (CAUUC) Spring Conference will be held on Saturday, May 8th 9:30am-11:30am and be conducted via Zoom video conference. There is NO FEE required to participate. The CAUUC annual meeting will be held after the conference. CONFERENCE TOPIC: Re-opening and Reimagining Church. We are 1 year into the pandemic and many congregations are in the planning stages of reopening the doors to in-person gatherings. Our panel discussion will be related to how the lessons learned from…

2021-2022 Budget Process Update

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 (last 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…

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…