“The Tale of Christmas, Told in Story and Song “

Monday, December 24, 2018 7:00 pm

The Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck

Come celebrate Christmas Eve at Tree of Life with stories and hymns from the season. The service ends by candlelight. A special offering will be taken to support our minister’s discretionary fund. This fund allows our minister to provide private financial assistance to our community when financial needs become a pastoral issue.

Holiday Choir Concert Service

Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:45am

Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation is happy to announce our upcoming Christmas concert. On Sunday the 23rd at 10:45 am, the TOL Choir, First Notes youth ensemble, and guest musicians from around the Chicago area will present a winter cycle by John Rutter for choir and ensemble alongside beloved carols,songs, and themes of the season under the direction of Music Director, Forrest Ransburg. As always, the concert will feature unique and memorable music, wonder, warmth, and camaraderie! Please come join us for this concert to make your season even more special!

Holiday Services at Tree of Life

This holiday season, Tree of Life will have some special services to mark this holiday filled season.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 10:45am

Season of Lights Holiday Pageant with the Religious Education children and youth. Our students have been learning about many Festivals of Lights from around the world. Please join us on December 16th as they showcase their knowledge and bring to you: Season of Lights.

Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:45am

Choir Concert. Tree of Life’s beloved holiday concert is fast approaching! Mark your calendars now! The concert will take place on December 23rd beginning at our regular service time of 10:45 am and will feature the wonderful TOL Choir and our beloved First Notes, as well as guest instrumentalists and soloists. The concert will be as diverse as it is delightful and is sure to be a holiday treat to be remembered. Be sure to be there and bring a friend or five!

Monday, December 24, 2018 7:00pm

The Mystery of Hope. Come celebrate Christmas Eve at Tree of Life with stories and hymns from the season with the Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck. The service ends with the congregation singing Silent Night by candlelight.


Soul Matters at Tree of Life; Being a Community of Mystery

In our culture, we have a built-in expectation that any “mystery” is offering us the opportunity to put together the pieces of a puzzle or to find answers to something unknown.   But as we explore this month’s Soul Matters packet, frequently we are urged to also think of the “mystery” in our lives as something to be simply experienced — that it is something that can be listened to.  In fact, the packet authors encourage us to actively make space within ourselves, to allow the wonder of life to speak to us.

The physician and author, Rachel Naomi Remen, writes:  Mystery has great power.  [As a doctor], I have watched people in their confrontation with the unknown as they recovered awe, wonder, joy, and aliveness.  — they remembered that life is holy….     Everything and everyone has a dimension of  this unknown.    Mystery helps us to see ourselves and others from the largest possible perspective, as a unique and possibly endless process.    A sense of Mystery can take us beyond disappointment and judgment to a place of expectancy.   It opens in us an attitude of listening and respect.    ……..Knowing this, enables us to listen to life from the place in us that is Mystery also.   So not only can we witness Mystery; in some profound way [we discover that] we are Mystery.

The December Soul Matters packets offer materials to explore the meaning of “mystery” – as we consider how we experience it in our lives and how it is a part of our experience in community.   We use this theme for worship and for faith formation in our RE program and chalice circles.  The Soul Matters resource packet can be accessed here If you need a printed copy, please feel free to take one from those available in the fellowship room or ask for a copy, if they have all been taken.   You might also like to consider joining a chalice circle to share your insights and hear what others are saying – there are chalice circle flyers in the fellowship room with information about this program.

Wishing you joy in community,

M.E. Tanabe

Open Mic Night Returns to Tree of Life

Haystacks Open Mic is now Tree of Life Coffee House

 

Hello Performers,

Tree of Life UUC Open Mic is back, and will be live on January 12th, from 7-10! Musicians, tellers of funny stories, and poets are all welcome to take the stage. We have a grand piano, a PA, amps, and 3 microphones available, or you can bring your own. Our music director, Forrest Ransburg, will be running sound.

Of course, there will be free coffee, tea, and soft drinks, and we hope you will bring your friends!

We have a limited number of 10 minute slots.  Sign up by January 1st at rubatotime@aol.com to get yours!  Please arrive by 6:45 to check in. Update: We are completely booked. Now we just need a big audience for these fine performers. There is never a cover charge for our coffee house although we do take a free will offering to help cover the costs.

If you have questions, email rubatotime@aol.com or call Tree of Life UUC at 815-322-2464.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Music Committee at Tree of Life UUC

5603 West Bull Valley Road

McHenry, IL 60050

815-322-2464