Mother’s Day Service Filled with Music

Mother Earth

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:45 am

AMP ensemble is the performing arm of the non-profit Art Music Project, the organization also responsible for the Rattle the Walls fundraising series. AMP ensemble is a flexible instrumentation ensemble comprised of some of the most exciting and compelling performers of new music in and around Chicago today. Dedicated to music on the cutting edge, AMP concerts feature works by some of the most vibrant voices of our generation as well as iconic works of the modernist canon. AMP embraces experimentation and exploration. Come to an AMP concert to discover new music, new friends, and maybe even a new adventure!

The service-based program AMP will present at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Mother’s Day, May 13th is titled “Mother Earth” and will feature works dedicated to the planet and its preservation. These works will range from an intimate setting for alto flute and guitar to experimental electronic work, to a beautiful piece of modernism that has at this point become almost classic! Come out to take this adventure around Mother Earth with us.

From Forrest Ransburg, Music Director at Tree of Life: “AMP ensemble is, I have to say, the project of mine whose future I am most excited about. The chemistry of the players and the magical nature of the rep we’re tackling is honestly the start of something great. We are still in our first season together, and I can’t wait to see where we will go!”



Green Sanctuary Movie Night

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm

‘Chasing Coral’: Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans


Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Here’s the link to NPR’s review of it:

Movie Night – Gun Violence

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:00 pm

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Click Here to view a trailer of the movie.

The film viewing will be followed by a brief group discussion. This event is being sponsored by Tree of Life Social Justice Team. We especially invite everybody who attended the March for Our Lives events and all who had wanted to attend.

Rummage Sale 2018

The Tree of Life Rummage sale is just a month away!

Bring your donations to the church Sunday, April 29, 2018, noon to 5 pm. What can you bring? All your answers are here. Donating Items to Tree of Life Rummage Sale

Please put a size tag on those clothes. You can use this to print out size tags Rummage Sale Size Tags and then pin them on.

Need help getting it to the church? We can arrange to pick up. Call Judy 815-322-2464 or 

We need lots of volunteers to make this event successful. There are jobs for all ages and abilities and we manage to have a good time along the way.  Sign up to help with Carol Alfus or Judy Stettner (Her Royal Rummage Queen).

Here is the schedule:

Sunday, April 29, 2018 Noon to 1 pm- Setup for the sale, lunch will be served to all those staying to help

1 pm to 5 pm – Bring in rummage, pick up crews, and rough sorting

Monday, April 30, 2018, 9 am to 7 pm – We will be sorting and organizing (we are known for our organization)

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 9 am to 7 pm – We will be sorting and pricing

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 9 am to 3 pm – Last of the sorting and pricing

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9 am to 2 pm – Sale open to the public.

Friday, May 4, 2018, 9 am to 2 pm – Sale open to the public

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9 am to Noon – Bargain Day. $2/bag for clothing. Everything else is half off.

Noon to finish – cleanup and get the church back in order for Sunday morning.

Get started today cleaning out those closets! Your spring cleaning helps the congregation and declutters! The Queen will be grateful.

Roy Zimmerman in Concert at Tree of Life

ReZist – Funny Songs about Peace and Justice

Friday, May 25, 2018, 7:00pm

Cost: $20 or pay what you can

Tickets will be sold at the door.

ReZist is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs, a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Roy, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in their face, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”

Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views.  He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.

video links:

“The Shady Bunch” –

“Joel Osteen” (twelve million views) –

“Creation Science 101” –

“My Vote, My Voice, My Right” –


Family Movie Night this Friday

Family Movie Night Friday, March 23, 2018, 7:00 pm! 
Hosted by Green Sanctuary we will be showing WALL-E. Kid-friendly and serving snacks and refreshments. We will be watching on our brand new big screen television in the sanctuary! 
Wall-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter  Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth.   He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time.  But during the 700 years Wall-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely.  Then he spots EVE, a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission.  Smitten Wall-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

Chili Cook-Off a Success

The competition was HOT at our Chili Cook-Off/ Pledge Drive Kickoff Sunday, March 18th but three emerged victoriously. Winners of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry Chile Cook-off. From left to right Heather Madaus, mild; Karen Meyers, vegetarian and the trophy for most votes overall; and Patrick Kerin, hot. The Cook-off was the kick-off to the congregation’s annual Pledge Drive. It also raised over $400 for the Woodstock Community Ministry’s Direct Assistance Program, a long time church social service partner.

We will be collecting pledges from our dedicated members and friends for the next couple weeks. On Saturday, April 21st we will celebrate that dedication with a catered dinner and entertainment.

What is a pledge? A pledge is a promise of financial, time, and talent support to the church for the upcoming church year (July-June). All our members are required to pledge and we encourage all who are dedicated to the success of our congregation to also join in pledging. We base our budget, hiring plans, and programming dreams based on the pledge drive results.  If you would like to make a pledge or have questions, contact Judy in the office at 815-322-2464 or

Medicare for All Forum

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join the Tree of Life Social Justice Team as we screen a 40-minute documentary on our failing health care system and a possible fix. Following the film, we will have a panel of experts present their thoughts and take questions and comments in a moderated format.

Click Here to view a trailer for the movie.

Panel featuring:

 Dr. Peter Orris A founding member of Physicians for a National Health Plan and professor and chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine for the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Dr. Orris has served as an adviser to many labor organizations, corporations, and nonprofit groups.

Dr. John Perryman A board certified pediatrician living in St. Charles, Ill. and practicing in Roscoe. IL.  With a keen interest in business Dr. Perryman is committed to reaching out to community and political groups, businesses, farmers, and labor organizations.

Ms. Donna Griffin-Lego With over 20 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in management, Ms. Griffin-Lego understands what it takes to run a business. She has also been a licensed in-Person counselor for the Affordable Care Act and will share stories of how Americans have been suffering because of our healthcare crisis.

Unitarian Universalists believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Equality and dignity in living are necessary toward that goal. The skyrocketing costs of healthcare in the United States have forced many families into bankruptcy and even homelessness. We are, therefore, called to question the viability of our current system and look for solutions.

Chili Cook Off Lunch

Join us for this fun and yummy kick off for our annual pledge drive. Everyone is encouraged to attend even if you are brand new to Tree of Life. Here is how it works:

1. Have a great chili recipe? Enter to win the golden ladle trophy! Let Dave Dreyer know the name of your chili (the more unique the better) and what category you are entering it in (mild, hot, or vegetarian). or at church. Bring your entry with you Sunday morning in your crockpot. All toppings will be provided.

2. Stay after the service to sample chilis of every variety. You can vote for your favorites by purchasing beans. $1/bean, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. The proceeds will go to Woodstock Area Community Ministeries (WACM) and their direct assistance program which provides monetary emergency assistance to those in need. There will be winners in the mild, hot and vegetarian categories and a grand prize winner for the most beans overall (People’s Choice).

3. We will hand out materials for this year’s Recommitment Drive to all members and interested friends. There will be a short 10-minute introduction of the drive and its theme.

Celebrating Life and Community Through Music: Javanese Music of the Gamelan

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 10:45 am

Join us for Worship Art’s program for creating a worship experience through music.  We’ll host a visit by the Friends of the Gamelan ensemble led by Alex Yoffe.    Alex has shared these inspired thoughts:  “I am so drawn to this music because of its communal nature:  all of the instruments are necessary and each person’s part is essential to completing the piece of music.  You need a community in order to play this music;  there is no concept of a soloist.   Experts can play alongside total beginners and they can create music together.  I think that is a very powerful concept.”

This is a wonderful opportunity to invite neighbors and friends to participate in a worship service that is both innovative and a celebration of the sacred within us – we come together to share the beauty and the joy that it inspires.