Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration

Sunday, November 19, 2017, 7:00pm

Join us at the 11th Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration hosted by Faithbridge Interfaith Association.

The celebration will be held at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple & Meditation Center – 221 Dean Street, Woodstock, IL

815-337-7378

Come join neighbors, families and friends as we honor the diversity of faith and culture – and celebrate the Oneness of our humanity.

Sharing community in a variety of musical offerings (our choir will be performing with Tricia Alexander) and messages, we take this time to find joy in connecting with one another.

To share gratitude, an offering will be made to benefit the people of Puerto Rico, local food pantries and the work of FaithBridge.

For additional information, contact:

Tricia Alexander: triciababa@aol.com

M.E. Tanabe: m.e.tanabe@comcast.net

https://www.faithbridgeinterfaith.org/

 

Turkey Bingo!

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1pm to 4pm

Here at Tree of Life UU Congregation

$20.00 for every person playing Bingo. Get a 2nd card for $5.00. Kids not playing Bingo, $5.00.

Tons of Turkeys! Silent Auction! Door Prizes! Live Music by NW Highway! Lunch and Beverages! Face Painting!

All proceeds benefit JailBrakers. Jail Brakers is a ministry of Tree of Life UUC and benefits the families of the incarcerated and recently returning citizens to help reduce the stigma of incarceration and end the cycle of incarceration in our community.

Chatting with the Tea Party this Friday

Friday November 10, 7:00 pm

The Tree of Life UU Congregation’s Word Players readers’ theater troupe presents the acclaimed docudrama Chatting with the Tea Party by Rich Orloff.

Chatting With the Tea Party is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?” It’s a documentary style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his. For a year playwright Rich Orloff attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country. The play shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from the events to go beyond sound bites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics. In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking.

Tickets are $10 available at the door. Proceeds benefit the Social Justice Ministry of the Tree of Life Congregation.

Service Auction 2017 Booklet Finalized

The finalized copy of the Service Auction offerings is here and it has new offerings!

Been dreaming of a fun and relaxing vacation on a lake? Dinner at 1776? A rejuvenating massage? A shopping spree at Macy’s? You will find it at the service auction and so much more.

CLICK HERE to plan your bidding and we will see you Saturday at 6 pm. Copies of the booklet will be provided at the event.

Can’t make it? You can still get in on the action. Many have asked friends to bid for them and give them a budget for each item. Your winnings can be paid for by credit card for convenience. The service auction is used by many of us to plan much of our social events for the year and we don’t want to miss seeing you there.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Madaus family and the Broussard family will be hosting a potluck Thanksgiving Celebration Dinner on Thanksgiving Day at the church. We will gather from 2-4pm at the church and will plan to eat at 4pm. Please bring a dish to pass (turkey will be provided!). A sign up sheet will be available in November in the Social Room to let us know you’re coming and tell us what you’re bringing. We look forward to spending Thanksgiving with you!

Please contact Heather Madaus with any questions: 815-509-7862

Cast Announced for the Word Players Reader’s Theater Chatting With the Tea Party

The Word Players, the new Reader’s theater company at the  Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry has announced the cast for its upcoming presentation of the acclaimed play Chatting With the Tea Party by Rich Orloff on Friday, November 10, at 7 pm at the church, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry.

Sue and George “Kaz” Kazlusky are retired educators with many years of performing and theater experience in McHenry County.  They both appeared in several editions of the Paradise People and Dille’s Follies revues and are longtime members of those seasonal favorites the Dickens Carolers.  Sue directed the annual Woodstock Children’s Theater production at the Opera House for nearly 30 years.  She also participated in a Reader’s theater production of 400 Years of Unitarian and Universalist Poetry conceived and directed by Patrick Murfin. Kaz is well remembered as the P.A. announcer of Woodstock High School games. They are also long time members of the Tree of Life Adult choir.

Daniel Pegarsch is a veteran of community theater productions including performances at the Raue Center in Crystal Lake.

Ron Relic has been a professional actor with stage credits in summer stock and regional theater as well as community theater productions.  He sings with Kaz in the Frothy Boys a cappella group with which his turn as Elvis Presley’s lesser known brother stops every show the ensemble does.

Director Patrick Murfin is returning to theater roots stretching back to his high school and college days when had leading in such productions as Damn Yankees, Pygmalion, Inherit the Wind, Oliver!, A Man for All Seasons, Little Murders, and The Rivals.  He also directed John Millington Synge’s Riders to the Sea, and Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood.  More recently he created and directed two reader’s theater plays including Thomas Jefferson Still Survives.  Murfin is also an amateur historian, blogger, and published poet in addition to being a well known local social justice activist.

Chatting With the Tea Party is about one person’s journey across America exploring the question, “Who are these people?” It’s a documentary style play about a New York liberal playwright who decides to travel around the country interviewing leaders of local Tea Party groups, to get to know people whose political beliefs are diametrically opposed to his.  For a year playwright Rich Orloff attended Tea Party meetings and events in cities large and small in every region of the country. The play shapes the highlights of over 63 hours of interviews plus notes from the events to go beyond sound bites and stereotypes to show the people behind the politics. In a journey that’s at times disturbing, humorous, moving, and always thought-provoking.

The program is part of an on-going series highlighting the arts in Resistance.

Tickets will soon be on sale for the program $10.  Proceeds will support the social justice ministry of the Tree of Life Congregation.

For more information call Murfin at 815 814-5645 or e-mail pmurfin@sbcglobal.net.

Trust, Forgiveness, and Perception: Important Aspects of these Three Keys to Healthy Relationships

Sunday November 5, 2017 10:45am

Dr. Timothy Hayes

Dr. Hayes will differentiate between Forgiveness and Pardoning; Talk about some keys aspects of Trust; and describe the critical role of Perception in both Forgiveness and Trust. With a clear understanding of these three concepts, a person can take better control of their part in relationships, with good results.

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Salute to Vets…and ALL Who Resist

Saturday November 4, 2017 6pm

With veteran’s Day just one week after our auction, we are saluting and honoring Vets and all people who resist injustices of all kinds.  Ten percent of the proceeds from this auction will go directly to TLS Veterans in McHenry County.

What do you resist?

At the auction you will be able to express your resistance to injustices.  We will have posters on which you can write your resistance and sign you name.  This will be your chance to openly express your resistance.  Will you inspire others to express theirs?

But making a statement isn’t the only reason to come to the auction. This is your chance to get amazing art work, parties, and services. You can check out some of the items being offered in our advance copy of the Service Auction booklet. AUCTION BOOK MASTER 2017

But how does this all work? Below is a schedule of events for the night. When you arrive, you will receive a paddle with your bid number. You will use this bid number for the silent auction items and  the paddle for the live auction. While you wait for the live auction to start, you can enjoy refreshments, make a resistance decoration sign,  and check out the silent auction. Then join us in the sanctuary for the always entertaining live auction with our energetic auctioneer, Ron Relic.  Not only is this our biggest fundraiser of the year, but many fill out their social calendar for the coming year with all the great parties and outings offered.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

6:00 Doors Open

Register and receive numbered bidding paddles

Print your RESIST poster

Enjoy beverages & hors d’oeuvres

Silent auction begins

Children’s activities R.E. area

7:15 Live Auction Begins

8:00 Break

Refresh your refreshments

Continue bidding on silent auction

Items

8:25 Silent Auction Ends

Live Auction Resumes

8:45 Cashier Opens for Early Checkout

9:30 Evening Ends

Hors d’oeuvres removed

Bar closes

Checkout with cashiers (coupons, cash, checks, and credit cards accepted). Please plan to pay before leaving.

Wow! This sounds like so much fun. And it is. Hope to see you there.

If you want to volunteer to help make this event a success, call Judy at 256-682-1119.

Discovering Fire

Sunday October 1, 2017 10:45am

M.E. Tanabe

There are many ways to talk about courage but the truly powerful words will point us towards finding the strength of our own hearts. In The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell gave us one such pointer: “People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s finally all about…”