PADS Needs

Hello, Friends, The PADS shelter is running low on the following:  Canned fruit, ramen (Chicken or beef), coffee pods, paper bowls, 13-gallon trash bags, gallon freezer bags. You may place these items at the church in the basket marked “PADS” past the double glass doors. Thank you! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835“Homeless Doesn’t Have To Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS
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Anderson Humane

In honor of deceased long time member Alice Macy, Anderson Humane was chosen by the Executive Team as the recipient of our Share the Plate collection for the month of January. Bringing people and animals together for good. For more than fifty years, Anderson Humane has been the leading animal welfare organization in our community. They have have been dedicated to creating positive connections between people and animals from day one because animals make us better! Today, they place more than…

Unfinished Business by Rev. Karen G. Johnston from Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

“Don’t fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.”–Paul Tsongas How much notice would I want ahead of time before I die? Is it six minutes? Six days? Six months? There are wise ones who say not to waste your time and energies on things we cannot know or change. Yet this set of hypothetical questions has been an evocative way for…

Part of the Mystery by Laura Shay from Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

“I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.”―Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things” When my spouse decided to raise Monarch Butterflies, I thought she had gone a bit overboard in her search for meaningful retirement activities. Although I have to admit, the plump, striped caterpillar she named Slinky quickly piqued my interest. I checked on Slinky daily waiting to see what would happen next. Each day was an unknown.…

PADS Signup and Needs for October

Thank you to everyone who signed up in September! We have 5 Mondays to fill in October, including Halloween! (Time for pumpkin-spiced something?) REMEMBER, UUCE WILL REIMBURSE YOU FOR YOUR MEAL EXPENSES!  Here is the October signup link for PADS The shelter needs this week are: paper bowls, powdered coffee creamer and individual packaged snacks for lunch boxes. Thank you for your generosity! Dotty CarringiUUCE PADS Coordinator847-502-4835 “Homeless Doesn’t Have to Mean Hopeless” — Elgin PADS

RE Date Changes

Hi, Everyone – Just wanted to make you all aware of a change to our RE Schedule in November. We will no longer be having RE on November 6th as we had originally planned, but we will instead be having RE during the service on the 13th. All other previously scheduled dates will be happening as originally planned. So the dates we’ll be having RE Classes during the service through the end of December are as follows: •       Oct 2nd…
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Our Share the Plate partner for August was chosen by the Youth of UUCE, in honor of Immunization Awareness month. With its partners, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children every year with lifesaving vaccines. In over 100 countries, they work with governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and other United Nations agencies to engage communities, procure and distribute vaccines, keep supplies safe and effective, and help ensure affordable access for even the hardest-to-reach families.  https://www.unicef.org/immunization
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Prairie State Legal Services

The Share the Plate recipient for the month of July is Prairie State Legal Services. https://www.pslegal.org The mission of Prairie State Legal Services is to ensure equal access to justice and fair treatment under the law by providing legal advice and representation, advocacy, education, and outreach that serve to protect basic human needs and enforce or uphold rights. Prairie State envisions a community where all low-income, elderly and vulnerable people have ready access to legal services to meet their basic needs…

UUCE Fund Raiser  

The very talented wood worker and church member Mike Moutrie has been busy in his shop creating bird feeders and bird houses from reclaimed church siding and has generously offered them to UUCE as a fund raiser. They are on display outside the church offices. Oriole Feeder – $25.00 each (suggested price)  Wren House – $40.00 each (suggested price)  Please make checks out to UUCE, write ‘birds’ in the memo line and place your payment in the box on the…
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2022 UUCE Annual Reports

Click here to download the 2022 Annual Reports from our teams and committees, or you can simply read the 12-page document on-screen below.

Picnic, Fellowship and Little Church Visit

Dear friends,  The Revitalization Team invites you to a ‘bring your own lunch, drink and chair picnic’ after the service on Sunday, June 5th.  At 2pm following lunch and fellowship (under the shade of the trees out back), we are invited to the 104th Annual “Old Church Meeting” inside the little church in the cemetery next door to UUCE.  Chris Cudworth, Author and Artist will be their guest speaker, he will be focusing on Religion and Nature. There will be…

UU’s for a Just Economic Community

2022 Action of Immediate Witness Proposal addressing Military Emissions.This Action of Immediate Witness, AIW, will offer much needed solutions that UU’s can take to address our dire climate situation. Thursday, May 12, 5 PM PDT, 6 PM MDT, 7 PM CDT and 8 PM EDT Two ways to watch: Facebook Live or UUJEC’s Zoom Link passcode 111461 This AIW is calling for Unitarian Universalists and others to protect the future of life on this planet by calling on the Biden Administration, Congress and the United Nations to include military emissions…