Rummage Sale 2016 is Coming!

Thursday August 11, 2016 9am- 2pm Regular Price on all items

Friday August 12, 2016 9am-2pm Regular Price on all items269446715-rummage1

Saturday August 13, 2016 9am-noon Half price on large items and $2 a bag (we supply the bag)

If you have come to our previous sales, you know we offer great deals on clean, well-organized home goods, tools, clothing, toys, furniture, books and more. This is a very popular sale with thousand of items donated by about 100 families. We will not open the doors for early birds but we encourage you to line up early.   We end all sales promptly at noon on Saturday so don’t wait for the last minute. 10% of the proceeds go directly to a Direct Assistance and WACM,  the rest goes to pay for church programming. All leftovers are sent to Savers to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation. For questions, call the Rummage Queen (Judy) at 815-322-2464.  We have tent space available to rent if you want to have your own yard sale here and take advantage of our crowds. Call the Rummage Queen to reserve your 10×10 space for $10 a day or $25 for all three days.

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Celebration of Art 2016

Booth Space Still Available for Tree of Life Celebrates Art

McHenry—The Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry will have a Celebration of Art on Saturday, July 30 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday July 31from 10 am to 4 pm.

In addition there will be a wine and cheese reception to meet and mingle with the artists from 5 to 7 pm on Saturday evening.  The reception will also feature a raffle for which each exhibiting artist will donate a piece as prizes.

About 30 artists will show their work both inside our building and outside on the beautiful grounds.  Since art encompasses more than visual art, there will also be musical entertainment throughout the show.

The Celebration of Art is an informal heir to the annual Art in the Garden show hosted by congregation members Deb Glaubke and Gale Harris for the last ten years on the grounds of their Woodstock home.  Fans of that popular event will be glad to find that its spirit lives on.  Funds raised by the Celebration will also go to the same fine cause, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of McHenry County which provides trained volunteers to advocate for child victims of abuse and neglect in Juvenile Court and in the foster care system.

Booth space is still available for artists inside the air conditioned church, under a 40’ x 40’ tent, or under their own canopies on the grounds.  For information on booth sizes, costs, and terms e-mail Don Metivier at or call him at 815 322-2858.

Coffee with Questions – Art and Storytelling

On July 10, 2016 Coffee with Questions met to discuss “STORYTELLING: ORAL TRADITIONS, MYTHOLOGY, LITERATURE AND MORE” which continued our 5-week discussion series that will culminate in the Celebration of Art, July 30-31, at the church.

Therese Hart, professor in the Humanities Department at Harper College in Palatine, led our discussion as we drew on art, literature, music, theater and philosophy.

Where do our “Spiritual Tales” come from any why are we still drawn to this form of listening to them aloud?  Why do we, generation after generation, engage in the re-telling of these stories?  Do the stories change with re-telling?  What would cause a change?  Does the underlying meaning of the story change?

Is it comforting or unnerving when you hear a story, from a tradition other than which you were raised, that is similar to the one you know?  What might that similarity suggest?  Are enduring questions universal?

What is the more powerful form of storytelling for us today: an oral recitation, reading a work of literature or a newspaper, attending a theatrical performance or movie, or watching television?  Does the engagement with the form of storytelling change depending on the maturity of an individual, the passivity of the person…or something else?

These questions and more were explored during the discussion. Click on the link below to listen to the discussion and plan to join us next week.

Meet Our New Music Director

Forrest RansburgHello everyone! First of all, let me just say that I am so excited to come on board as your new Music Director here at Tree of Life. I have already had the pleasure to meet many of you one on one, and I’m eager to get to know each and every member of this lovely community as I continue my work at Tree of Life. To get the boring sentences out of the way, here is a small snippet about me; I was educated at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and the Manhattan School of Music. Active as a composer, improviser, and interpreter, I perform as a flutist, vocalist, keyboardist, and electronic musician specializing in contemporary art music in a variety of musical ensembles and settings. I am excited to bring my diverse experience to the congregation as I help us grow further as a community through music.


I look forward to continuing to bring compelling music to each Sunday service, working with our wonderful Adult Choir (open to any members of the community who would like to participate, please be in touch if this is you), facilitating open mic and jam nights, and working with the administration and committees of the church to coordinate future “Church of…” programs in the coming liturgical year. In addition to carrying on these wonderful traditions, I hope to help increase our greater community involvement through music and begin cultivating a musical program for the youth of the church. These are presently open ended goals and will take shape in these coming months. Involvement from the congregation is more than welcome in these endeavors and anyone with ideas or interest should feel free to contact me at Additionally, if you wish to be involved in the music of this community, but the above options don’t sound like the perfect fit, please be in touch. If you want to share your music with this beautiful group of people, I will work diligently to make sure that comes to pass. I look forward to our future musical endeavors!