Annual Congregational Meeting

We will be holding our duly called meeting of the congregation after the service this Sunday, June 2, 2013. Only members are allowed to vote, but everyone is welcome to attend and to join the discussion.

Agenda Items include:

  • Election of Board and Officers
  • Adoption of the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14
  • Vote on the Proposed Congregational Name Change to “Tree of Life.”

You can find more information here:

Cover letter from the Board President

Annual Report

Agenda and Motions

Proposed Budget

Minutes from 2012 Annual Meeting

You Are Welcome Here

You are welcome here no matter your age,
your size, the color of your eyes, your hair, your skin.

You are welcome here no matter whom you love,
how you speak, or whatever your abilities.

You are welcome here no matter how you arrived,
With others or alone.

You are welcome here whether you come
with laughter in your heart or tears.

If you come with an open mind, a loving heart,
and willing hands, you are welcome here.

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Film: Chasing Ice

Screening of the film, “Chasing Ice” on Monday, April 22nd at 1:30 and 7 PM at MCC Luecht Conference Center and sponsored by The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

“In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge that would put his career and well-being at risk. Chasing Ice is the story of his mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.” www.chasingice.com

Men’s Group

Guys, your next chance to get away and wallow in another evening of uproarious humor, scintillating conversation and assorted wanton revelry is Thursday, April 25…the next meeting of the Men’s Group. (No, we’re not ordering in Chinese food. That would be wonton.) If you think that was humorous, you’ll fit right in. When we run out of bons mots, we turn to solving world problems.

Drinks and conversation start at 5:00 pm. A light meal will follow at about 6:00 and then more drinks and conversation. Don Metivier will host at his home. Please contact Don to RSVP.

Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam Night

On Friday, May 10, from 7 – 10 pm, the Music Sub-Committee will present another Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam Night. The event will take place in our beautiful coffee shop and concert area, where coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served. The evening will feature local performers showing their skills as folk, R&R, jazz, classical musicians, comedians and poets. All are invited to attend. Bring your friends!! Perform or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

“Open Mic” means anyone is welcome to take the stage and perform music, comedy or poetry. Those performing alone or those having a small group should arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 to sign in. There will be a limitation placed on the amount of acts performing. Please keep your performance to less than 10 minutes. For those who wish to perform, but not alone or in a small group, please bring your instrument and voice. Several times during the evening, there will be a “jam” for all who want to perform in a large group musical number.

An acoustic piano and a sound system will be provided.

This Haystack’s Coffee House Open Mic & Jam night is free. There will be a “free will” offering taken to cover expenses.