Friday, January 22, 2016

The Search Is On!

A Search for Committee Members, To Search for Our Minister

It is time for our congregation to select the people who will lead the search for our next minister as our Settled Minister Search Committee. During the last week of January, your Board of Trustees will be reaching out to all church members, either in person or by phone, to ask you whom you trust to take on this incredibly important task. We will use the feedback we receive to create the pool of candidates. So, if you get a call from the 217 area code one of these evenings, please answer!

Calling All Pledgers

The fiscal year is half over, and we are running a little behind our usual pace on pledge payments. If you have been meaning to send in your pledge payment, now would be a GREAT time to do it. You can pay by check or by electronic funds transfer by clicking here.

It’s Pen Pal Time

All ages, male and female, are welcome to sign up. Plan to join the fun!

Sign up to be a pen pal within the next two weeks. Just fill out the form and you will be given a secret identify of a famous UU person as well a secret name of the person to whom you will be writing. You will sign all your letters with your secret name and write to your secret pen pal using his or her secret name. Children or youth delivering letters will find the name of your pen pals upstairs in Fellowship Hall on the bulletin board by the Library or on the railing of the steps in the back of the room. You can pick up your mail downstairs as the envelopes will be on door and wall. Adults delivering letters will find their recipients’ envelopes downstairs and may pick up mail from the bulletin board by the Library. Everyone will have five weeks to write to your pal. If you want a letter sent during the week, just put a note in the envelope with the name “Cindy Wakeland” and she will see that it gets sent.

Our Pizza Reveal Party will be Sunday, March 6 from 11:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. When you are given your mystery name, you will also be given the name of a canned veggie or fruit to bring to the party. Match your can with another and you will have found your pal! All cans will be given to the food pantry.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Wakeland at

Friday, December 4, 2015

Religious Education's New Year Renewal

It is time to RENUUW! That’s right… It’s time for the Religious Education New Unitarian Universalist Way. The RE Program is going to RENUUW itself and we need your help. Our first NEED is for teachers of our Second-Third Grade and Fourth-Fifth Grade classes. Please let us know if you can help! We will ease you into a team, share the curriculum, give you a teacher packet, calendarize to find your best teaching dates, and find out what you like teaching best.

Our first GOAL for the New Year is to write a new mission statement. It will be a new beginning. We hope you can step on board with us. Come help us teach or serve on the Committee with Sophie Meyn, Elly Peirson, Libby Tyler, John Milano, Julie Laut, Anine Singh-de Grood, and Cindy Wakeland.

December's Shared Offering: UU Partner Churches

The mission and objectives of the Partner Church Committee are to develop long term, mutually supportive relationships with our fellow UUs in Transylvania, Romania, and in the Khasi Hills of India. To this end, we promote an exchange of people and ideas, as well as provide funds and other forms of assistance to help our partner churches in Szekelykal (Transylvania) and Nongtalang (Khasi Hills, India) and their respective communities to improve the quality of life for all the inhabitants and to foster economic development through enhanced educational opportunities.

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.

If you would like to join our congregation’s Partner Church Committee, please contact the chair, Brigitte Pieke, at

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Be a Buddy: Bring a Backpack

Our church is participating in the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen backpack project, as we have done for the last few years. The Soup Kitchen celebrates the holidays by giving filled backpacks to the men and women who are guests at lunch. This year, they will not be giving backpacks to children, since the Champaign-Urbana community is very generous to children at Christmastime through such projects as Shop with a Cop, Salvation Army Toy Store, toy drives, etc. However, the men and women who attend the Soup Kitchen daily are rarely remembered. For many, these backpacks will be their only presents.

Backpacks should be stuffed with hats, gloves, scarves, socks, thermal underwear, sweatshirts or pants, and toiletries such as deodorant, hand lotion for hands chapped by the cold, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, and shaving cream. Other appreciated items include hand warmers, cough drops, books, decks of cards, small fleece blankets, candy, gum, and food items. We are asking that backpacks and included items be new. All backpacks should be labelled with the gender and size of recipient (from S to XXXL). We found last year that most of our guests requested at least a size large, and many preferred XL, or XXL.

We will collect backpacks at the church on Sundays, December 6 and 13. When dropping off a pack, please sign your name to the list at the Social Action table so that your gift can be acknowledged. Tax forms will also be available.

Backpacks will be given away at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen on Friday, December 18 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

If you have questions about this project, please contact Sandy Hannum at

Listen to Our Podcast!

Each week, we record our service. The service recordings are edited into 35-50 minute “podcast episodes,” which are published online in the early afternoon.

You can choose to listen to the latest podcast episode, or listen to past episodes to catch up with services you may have missed. Or perhaps you heard a great sermon you want to revisit, or share with a friend?

Each podcast includes inspiring musical performances, thoughtful readings, and a sermon by our Interim Minister, the Reverend Doctor Janet Newman, a guest minister, or the Worship Committee.

Podcasting lets you download episodes for later playback when you are without internet access – maybe when you are walking the dog, or traveling by car/bus/train/plane.

There are many ways to listen! Podcasts are featured on the church Facebook page, and also on this website. But the easiest and most convenient way to subscribe and to listen is with a “podcasting application.”

On your desktop or laptop computer, you can subscribe to our feed with Apple iTunes. In iTunes, click on Podcasts, and search for “UUCUC” to find our feed.

On your Apple mobile device (iPad or iPhone), use the built-in Podcasts App.

On an Android smartphone or tablet, we recommend two apps:
  • OneCast: This is free, but very limited in features.
  • PocketCasts: This one costs a few dollars, but it is the absolute best podcasting app you will find.
In either of these or any other apps, just search for UUCUC and you will find our feed. Alternatively you can enter our feed URL manually:

You may want to configure your podcasting app to only download episodes while on a WIFI network, so you don’t have to pay mobile data charges. More questions? Please contact us at