Share the Warmth

The annual WACM coat drive is here and Tree of Life is a collection point. Bring your GENTLY USED  cold weather gear to those who need some warmth this winter. Bring all donations to church by Sunday November 5th for the Annual Coat Drive.

Children * Men * Women

Coats, Jackets, Vests, Thermal Underwear, Boots, Gloves & Mittens, Hats, Scarves, Ski Pants, Insulated Overalls, Heavy Sweaters

The doors open at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wednesday night, 11/8 for PADS clients, and then on 11/9-10 from 4-8pm and Saturday 11/11 from 9am-12pm, for people in McHenry County needing warm clothes for the winter.

You can also drop off clothing at Redeemer Lutheran (on Dean Street in Woodstock) on Monday & Tuesday (11/6 &7) during the day.

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

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.

Everything you need to know for Service Auction 2017

Auction 2017

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.


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


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.

Stone Soup

Sunday October 29, 2017 10:45am

Sam Jones and Religious Education

A Stone Soup Service. We all have something to share, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. When we each come together in community to share our gifts, we find that something new and oftentimes wonderful is created as a result. Join us as we illustrate this in story and participation, sharing in a community soup, the result of what happens when we each bring something to the community.

Everyone is invited to bring a little of their favorite soup vegetable already cut up for today’s service.

We will also have a little pre-Service-Auction fun. Bring canned goods to church today and receive a coupon for $5 off on any purchase at the Service Auction to be held November 4. After the service, all the children are invited to go on a scavenger hunt to find the hidden canned goods. The kids will earn Service Auction coupons for cans they find. Last year, one very intrepid can hunter found a soup can that had been hiding on the church grounds for years. Besides earning coupons to use at the Service Auction, the canned goods will be donated to the McHenry Food Pantry. So this is a win-win for everybody.

Celebrating Sue Metivier’s Life

Due to an attack on our website, we are re-posting Susan Metivier’s Obituary. We apologize that previous online condolences left for her family have been lost.


Born May 3, 1947, in Indianapolis, Indiana.                                                     Died October 11, 2017, in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Susan Louise Metivier (née Hall). Daughter of Robert H. Hall and Virginia Warner Hall. Married Donald Metivier on June 28, 1969, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Preceded in death by her parents and her parents-in-law. Survived by her husband, daughter Sarah (Aaron) Metivier Schadt of Woodstock, sister Nancy (David) Smith of Magdalena, NM, sister-in-law Suzanne (Richard) Summers of Pearland, TX, brother-in-law Paul (CJ) Metivier of Huntley, and many cousins, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Since the time she spent in high school as an exchange student in France, Sue was a Francophile. She and Don took many trips to Western Europe where they visited the great cities, museums and cathedrals, but they most enjoyed renting a car and driving with no particular itinerary to immerse themselves in the everyday life of provincial France. With the help of Julia Child, Sue introduced meat-and-potatoes Don and many friends to the joys of French cuisine. For a short time, she even proudly and stoically drove the worst lemon ever, a Renault Fuego.

Sue received her BA in French from Indiana University where she also met her husband. Upon graduation she was hired by Palatine High School District 211 and taught French at Palatine High School for 5 years until, with the birth of Sarah, she became a stay-at-home mom.

From the time Sarah entered elementary school until she was in college, the family hosted a foreign exchange student or two every year. As parent, confidant and friend to these many young people, Sue helped them with English and learned about their cultures and languages while serving up a good dose of Midwestern USA.

Her fascination with different cultures and languages led Sue to learn Spanish, and she put her new language skills to good use teaching English to Spanish-speaking employees of McHenry County companies. She also volunteered as an interpreter for some local non-profits.

Relaxation was either quilting or curling up with a good mystery novel and one or more of the many cats she adopted from shelters or when they showed up at her door. She leaves behind a 40-year collection of quilts that, after carefully selecting fabrics and colors, she lovingly pieced and hand-stitched.

Sue loved walking in her woods collecting rocks, leaves, feathers, or whatever caught her fancy, lazy dinners with Don,  friends and a good bottle of wine, and dining out at a quiet French restaurant.

More than 6 years ago, after the existence of some kind of malady became apparent, she and Don embarked on a medical quest that ended with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s syndrome and Lewy Body Dementia. Sue has resided in the Memory Care Unit of Sunrise in Crystal Lake for the past two and a half years.

The family would like to express their gratitude for the outpouring of care, visits, gifts, cards, prayers and well wishes through this difficult time, and offer a special thanks to the patient and caring staff at Sunrise and Kindred Hospice.

A Celebration of Sue’s Life will be held at 10:30 Friday morning, November 10, at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 W. Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050. In lieu of flowers, please address memorial donations to the Endowment Fund, Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation or The Assisi Animal Foundation, P.O. Box 143, Crystal Lake, IL 60039-0143, and note “In Memory of Susan Metivier.”

Au revoir Sweet Susie, love of my life.