Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sweet Treats and Happy Halloween Coffeehouse

Calling all performers for our Halloween weekend coffeehouse! Bring your songs, dances, instruments, rock bands, and poems to Fellowship Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30! Performers of every age are invited. Signups begin after service today and continue for the next several weeks. Sign up now to perform, make goodies, or help with set-up/tear down. Alternatively, contact Sarah Wisseman (suwissem@gmail.com) directly. And of course… Feel free to wear your favorite costume!

Friday, September 25, 2015

October's Shared Offering: Cunningham Children's Home

Founded in 1895, today the Cunningham Children’s Home offers residential treatment, specialized foster care, transitional living, independent living, vocational education, and therapeutic special education to children and adolescents ages 5-21.

Cunningham Children’s Home is a safe place where children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disabilities can heal, learn, and grow.

The words of a former resident drive home how Cunningham changes lives: “I know that if I had not gone to Cunningham, that my life would have went all wrong. I could finally see a future and stop looking back at all the bad. Everyone at Cunningham – the cook, teachers, counselors, church ladies, house parents, everyone – guided me gently to the really good and caring person that I am today.”

In October, half of our cash collection, as well as designated checks, will support their mission and thereby make the world a brighter, happier place. For more information, please visit their website

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Plan Ahead for New Children's Program

The year of 2015 is the year of… CHANGE! From new staff to newsletters, this is an exciting time of transition you don’t want to miss. And now, the changes bring new adventure for our children as well with the introduction of Kids Klub! This program will bring many new activities to UUCUC, starting with a pizza, games, and caramel apple party for kindergarten through first grade. Join us on Sunday, September 27 after worship service from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Cost is $3.

Parents and guardians of children and youth of all ages are invited to join us at the Arthur Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The price to participate is some shared fall fun is $10 per family.

Parents of fourth and fifth graders, please save the date: Saturday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. marks our first ever visit to Prairie Fire Glass, a professional glassworking studio and gallery in Monticello, IL. Be sure to sign up at the RE Table in Fellowship Hall so you can create your own ornament using a unique new skill set.

If you’d like to reserve a spot for any of these activities, please register at the Religious Education (RE) bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or contact Cindy Wakeland, our RE director, at re-director@uucuc.org. Hope to see you and the entire family soon!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Facebook Group Helps UUs Connect!

From the church office to your inbox, consider this a gentle reminder there’s something useful about Facebook… It lets us connect and share with each other!

It’s our UUCUC – Members and Friends Group on Facebook! And you’re invited to participate in it.

In our group, created for members and friends allowed to join only upon approval from modifiers, we share poignant moments, events, thoughts, and much more with each other. For instance: We can ask our friends if they’d like to go kayaking at Kickapoo or gather for dinner some night. The benefits? This kind of communication is much quicker than either the E-News or the eUniter.

So, how do you join our group? Well, if you are already a member of Facebook, you just need to find us. Search for UUCUC – Members and Friends and then request to join the group.

If you’re feeling like you could use a little help in setting up a Facebook account or joining the group, please feel free to connect Erich Adickes, our Membership Coordinator, after service on a Sunday or at membershipcoordinator@uucuc.org

Friday, September 4, 2015

Second Sunday Potlucks Take a Hiatus

What other opportunities are there for “breaking bread” with your fellow UUs while the Second Sunday Potlucks take a break this year? Enjoy our expanded refreshment offerings on Sunday mornings after worship services courtesy of our Hospitality Team members.

Attend the monthly Circle Suppers that take place in one another’s homes the second Saturday of each month. Sign up at the Hub, online, or contact Circle Supper coordinators Cindy Loui and Carol Osgood at circle-supper@uucuc.org.

Finally, consider joining one of the Gastro potluck dinners in members’ homes or at area restaurants. Contact Gastro leader Terry England at englandba@comcast.net.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Letter to Parents: Children’s Choir Invitation

I am pleased to invite your children to participate in the church’s Children’s Choir in 2015-16. Choir members need not read music, but they should be able to read words. New singers may join the choir at any time.

I have been the director of the Children’s Choir for the past year, along with being co-director before that. This year Marina Terkouafi will be our accompanist.

We are planning an exciting year for the choir, with a variety of music. As part of the Religious Education program, our primary goal is to help children become familiar with songs that are part of our cultural heritage and that express important values.

We will practice in Room 1, downstairs, on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:05 a.m., starting September 13. We plan to sing in the 10:15 a.m. services at which children are present for the first fifteen or twenty minutes, every two to three weeks. This fall we are singing on September 20, October 4, October 18, November 8, November 22, and December 13.

I welcome your participation and support. You can help us by ensuring that your child arrives at practices on time, as we will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. If your child will miss a Sunday, please tell me by email at dana.antonelli@gmail.com or by telephone at 630-388-9642, because sometimes specific children will have special roles.

Let me know if you play a musical instrument. We sometimes need pianists and guitarists.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

September Shared Offering: Compassion & Choices

During the month of September, we will share half of the cash collected during our offertory (and all designated checks) with the organization Compassion & Choices. This organization works with individuals to plan for their end of life. As such, they advocate for having Advanced Directives completed, speaking with family about end-of-life wishes, and ending unwanted medical treatment; they also work with those who wish to implement physician-aid-in-dying laws.

“Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. We offer free consultation, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and across the nation we work to protect and expand options at the end of life.

For over thirty years we have reduced people’s suffering and given them some control in their final days – even when injury or illness takes their voice. We are experts in what it takes to die well.

Compassion & Choices works with individuals and allied organizations throughout America to:
  • Make aid in dying an open, legitimate option recognized throughout the medical field and permitted in more states.
  • Increase patient control and reduce unwanted interventions at the end of life.
  • Pass additional laws ensuring full information and access to all end-of-life care options.
  • Normalize accurate, unbiased language throughout the end-of-life choice discussion (“aid in dying” instead of “assisted suicide”).
  • Establish aid in dying as a prime motivator in voter decision-making.
  • Support the expansion of the end-of-life choice movement and exert a leadership role in it.”
After the service on September 13starting at noon and lasting no later than 2:00 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel, Jana Edge – President of the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of Compassion & Choices – will make a presentation about end-of-life issues, with time for discussion afterward. Please plan to attend.

Because of the timing – right after church – it would be nice to have a light lunch; if you can bring something to share, please let Karen Retzer (karenfooteretzer@yahoo.com) know.  If childcare is needed, contact Karen by Wednesday, September 9.