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UNICEF

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…
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PADS of Elgin

For the month of May, the 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…

From the Church Office

Dear friends, The church office will be closed Thursday May 5 – Tuesday May 10. If there is an emergency while the church office is closed, please contact the Board of Trustees bot@uuce.org or the Executive Team ET@uuce.org In faith, Mila Brinker, Church Administrator

PADS

Hello, Friends, There are two opportunities in March for donating lunches and/or serving at the PADS shelter — Monday, March 7 and Monday, March 21. The number of lunches needed is now 30. Please consider donating lunches, and/or serving those lunches.  Serving has been one of the most satisfying experiences for me, as we interact first hand with the guests we are helping to feed. The only requirement is that we show proof of vaccination and wear masks. Thank you to…

From the Worship Team

At our Worship Team meeting earlier this month, someone asked an interesting, thought-provoking question: why do we use the word “worship” in our Sunday service (e.g. Call to Worship)? For most of us, the word “worship” invokes images of supplicants kneeling before a higher power. As a non-creedal religion, Unitarian Universalists don’t come together to worship a common god – so what is it that we’re worshiping? The question reminded me of a sermon Rev. Brosier gave years ago that…