Thursday, December 18, 2014

Meeting the Parking and Seating Space Challenges of One Sunday Service

The Membership Committee looks forward to the opportunities for increased connections and fellowship on Sunday morning as a result of going to one service beginning January 4th (see the article from the Board on the next page for more information about this experiment). Changes in some of our past practices will be required by all of us to make our experiment with one service work. We are asking your cooperation in two specific areas.
Seating in the Sanctuary: Please be mindful of the increased attendance at the single service by moving to the center of the pews in all rows of the Sanctuary to make room for everyone, especially those who may arrive late to the service. Be aware that our ushers may encourage you to do so on Sunday mornings as well.
Parking on Sunday mornings: Please reserve the church’s parking lot for our members with mobility issues and for our visitors on Sunday mornings. There are two lots within a block of our church that we have permission to use on Sunday mornings: the lot behind Timothy John’s Salon on the northwest corner of Green and Birch, and the lots used by Urbana Library patrons (which are city lots) on the south and west side of the Urbana Library on Cedar and Green Streets. In addition to these lots, there is free street parking on Birch, Green, and High Streets every weekend. See the graphic below for a visual representation of Sunday morning parking options.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation in these matters as we strive to make our one service trial succeed.
Questions or comments? Don’t hesitate to contact Membership Committee Co-Chairs Peggy Patten and/or Karen Retzer Alternatively, stop by the Connections Hub table in Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings.

Friday, December 12, 2014

December's Shared Offering: The UUCUC Partner Church Committee

The mission and objectives of the Partner Church Committee (PCC) are to develop long term mutually supportive relationships with our fellow Unitarians in Transylvania, Romania and in the Khasi Hills of India.
Our two Partner Churches are quite different, although they share an economy based on farming. In Szekelykal, Transylvania, the economy is mixed agriculture, while in Nongtalang, Khasi Hills, the primary crop is beetle nut. In Szekelykal, the church building is dated from before the Reformation, during which the Church became Unitarian. The Church in the Khasi Hills is 125 years old and needs renovations.
The Transylvania church has heated homes and electricity. In the Khasi Hills, the level of income is frequently below the global poverty level of a dollar a day, although they do have electricity off and on.
If you wish to help support this ongoing effort to benefit those churches, please note that collections throughout the month of December are designated to that end. You may write a check addressed to the UU Church, with a note in the memo that your donation is for Partner Churches.
To join our congregation’s Partner Church Committee, please contact Brigitte Pieke, chair, at

End of Year Giving Made Easy

As the pace of life speeds up around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a welcome way to make contributions. Visit our church website at and click the “Give” tab. For tax-deductible donations, the IRS requires a postmark of no later than December 31st when mailing a check. Our electronic giving website will run the last report at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31st, so don't wait until the last minute. Questions? Contact our financial secretary Amy Robison at Have a Happy New Year!

Be UUCUC's First Worship Associate!

WANTED: UUs who wish to increase their involvement in church life and worship. Will develop skills; help plan, prepare and provide Sunday worship services; as well as work with the minister and Worship Committee. Responsibilities include selecting, creating, and/or delivering some or all of the following during Sunday services: opening words, chalice lighting, hymns, meditation, etc. Training and support provided. To apply, submit the enclosed application to the Connections Hub or Worship Committee mailbox, pick up an application at the Connections Hub, or click here. Applications are due Friday, January 30th, 2015. Try it – you may like it!

The Worship Committee will be kicking off the Worship Associate program this spring in conjunction with minister Axel Gehrmann. Questions? Ask one of the committee members: Amanda Ramey (Chair,, Barbara Jahoula, Beth Cobb, Pam Blosser, or Sue Searing.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Regarding Accompanist Applications

Some technological problems with our accompanist-search email may have prevented applications from getting through. This problem has now been fixed, but if you applied for the position and did not receive a response that your application was received, please resubmit it to by Sunday, December 7th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Invitation to Apply: Accompanist

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign seeks an Accompanist with advanced keyboard skills in both piano and organ. S/he must be familiar with a broad repertoire of sacred and secular keyboard music, including but not limited to classical pieces. The Accompanist works part time from late August to mid-June, performing for all Sunday and holiday services and accompanying soloists and the choir as needed during weekly choir practices and during worship services. Previous experience in a related position is strongly preferred. Candidates should send a cover letter and résumé to Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Accompanist works in close cooperation with the Music Director, the Minister, other staff members, and committees as needed; helps build and organize a music program in the congregation; joins in collaboratively planning and accompanying worship services; keeps a list of qualified substitute accompanists; and arranges for maintenance of the organ and piano within budgetary limits. The Accompanist should have or gain an understanding of UU history and values, as well as UU congregational structure and governance; should have familiarity with a wide variety of musical resources; and should be able to support the congregation’s efforts toward being anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multi-culturally competent.

For more information about the Unitarian Universalist Church, go to To review the full Accompanist job description, please click here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Partner Church Committee

Connecting Congregations Near and Far

Please come to the Partner Church Sunday Services on December 7th. The Partner Church Committee (PCC) is presenting an introduction of our UU ministers in Nongtalang, India and in Szekelykal, Transylvania and will show pictures of the terrain of their respective locations. Our minister Axel will lead our worship. Refreshments will be provided by PCC, so come and enjoy!

PCC Members: Anne Sharpe, Barb Strauss, Gail Hueting, Libby Tyler, Peri Ceperley, Sally Babbitt, Axel Gehrmann, and Brigitte Pieke (chair)