The new church directories are finally in! We will have a table set up after the church service to distribute the directories. If you participated in the Lifetouch portrait sitting, you will be receiving a complimentary copy (1 per household). All other copies will be sold for $5.00.
On April 30, 2013, the PADS centers in McHenry County will be closing for the season. As a small way to assist the many homeless in the county we will be continuing our Compassion for Campers program starting on May 6. For those of you unfamiliar with what Compassion for Campers is, it is a program that our Social Justice Committee started last summer to collect and distribute much needed supplies to the now “camping out” homeless. And in the spirit of fellowship and compassion we organized weekly Monday picnics at the PADS headquarters on Kishwaukee Valley road in Woodstock. Last season we partnered with other churches and service groups from the county to make a real difference in the lives of a very underserved segment of our community. We will once again be asking for volunteers from the congregation to help serve lunch, supply food, spend time just visiting with people who often are in the shadows. It is a way to do good while having a good time! We will soon have a collection box for donated supplies and a list of needs. Please watch for more announcements as the month progresses. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer in anyway, please contact Sue Rekenthaler or Lisa Jacobsen.
Celebrate Earth Day by helping build a raised bed for the UU congregation’s new organic vegetable, herb and flower garden
Help install rain barrels or paint rocks and signs to decorate our new garden.
Bring a brown bag lunch and then get busy and dirty outside.
If you have work gloves, a shovel, some clean cardboard or newspaper we can use it.
Those who can donate a bag of organic top soil or mushroom compost – bring it to church that day.
New to gardening? Come and learn with others – all ages and abilities are welcome!
Sunday, April 21st 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 21st is “REgistration Sunday” for all Religious Education students who plan on attending in the 2013-2014 school year, parents will need to re-register. No money will be required at this time. There will be a table set up outside of the Director of Religious Education office (just outside the sanctuary) with registration forms and people to answer any questions you may have. If you do not plan on attending service this Sunday, please contact me at email@example.com, and I can send the forms to you in the mail. I am hoping to have all registration forms accounted for by the end of the day. Your participation in this registration is appreciated and necessary for program planning for the next school year.
sUUmmer Camp is going to be held at our church for the first time from June 10th thru June 20th, Monday thru Thursday! Children from Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join. Sixth through eighth grade students are welcome to come and be Junior Counselors. The fee for this camp is $15 which is the best deal in town considering there will be activities from 10:00-2:00 every day, you can’t even get a babysitter for that price! Closed registration for the congregation will begin this Sunday during regular Religious Education registration, after that, registration will be open to the public. There is a maximum number of students who can be enrolled, so if you are thinking of registering, think quickly, before the opportunity passes you by. Brochures will be available, as well as registration forms, at the RE information/registration table on Sunday.
We are a member church of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion born of the Jewish and Christian traditions and open to all. Open to those who doubt the faith they were taught as a child, open to mixed-faith married or partnered couples seeking a place to worship together, open to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members of our community who want an inclusive and welcoming church, open to parents who want a broad and balanced religious education for their children, open to those whose beliefs or disbelief do not fit neatly within the doctrine of other religious denominations. The members of this congregation welcome all who believe that religion is wider than any sect and deeper than any set of opinions. We gather in the spirit of open hearts and inquiring minds to celebrate life, give back to our community and walk our spiritual paths in fellowship.