Poets in Resistance II

a public reading and rally. Friday March 13th 7-10. 

Tree of Life Sanctuary

Mark your calendars now!

Ten to twelve poets will be selected representing the widest possible range of voices—all ages, gender identification, races, ethnicities, and spiritualties—and of style—poetry slam, hip-hop, performance art, observational, personal reflection, traditional, rhymed, unrhymed, even academic.

The event will be free and open to the public but those in attendance are urged to “vote” by making voluntary donations of $10 or more to any or four organizations representing grass roots resistance.

Contact Patrick Murfin pmurfin@sbcglobal.net

Book Study

Beginning January 27th at 7:00 pm, Lou Ness is hosting a group for anyone interested in studying Karen Armstrong’s new book, “The Lost Art of Scripture.” The Armstrong book has been highly reviewed, well researched and offers a new way of considering the history and intention of the Scriptures. In the first meeting members will outline a working structure for the group, create agreements that will allow for healthy and hopefully edgy conversations, and set out future dates and times. 

For more information please call Lou at 815-404-7246 or simply attend the first group (weather permitting) on

January 27th, 2020

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

466 W. Jackson, 

Woodstock, Ill 60098


The Christmas Star, Myth or Magic?

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 7:00pm

We gather on Christmas Eve to renew ourselves in this season of good will, to kindle hope and celebrate the gift of life. Join visiting preacher and special friend of Tree of Life, Lou Ness, and Music Director, Cassandra Vohs-Demann, for a service that weaves special music, stories for children, meditations and a message created to contemplate the mystery of the Star that shone that special night centuries ago. Rekindle the magic of seeing the season through a child’s heart, if only for a few days. 

Image by Angeles Balaguer from Pixabay

Holiday Choir Concert

Sunday, December 22, 2019, 10:45am

Join the Tree of Life Choir for our annual HOLIDAY CONCERT!

A Sharing of Music & Poetry

The choir will perform a collection of traditional and modern carols. Several poets from Tree of Life were invited to write original poems inspired by each of our concert selections and will share them throughout the program. This is an amazing collaboration of music and poetry that you won’t want to miss!

Sunday, December 22, 2019


(An offering will be taken)

Directed by Cassandra Vohs-Demann

Accompanied by Billy Seger

Special Guests

Joe Pesz – Percussion

Poets of Tree of Life

This is a very popular service. We advise you to arrive early for the best seating.

Cookie Donations for TOLUUC Cookie Walk & Holiday Sale

We are so grateful for all cookie donations to the TOLUUC Cookie Walk & Holiday Sale coming up Saturday, December 14!

We’ve got a few tips if you’re looking for some help in choosing a recipe. Over the years and doing research into “Cookie Walk Best Practices,” we have found out a few things about what works best:

  1. Decorated and specialty Christmas cookies are top sellers precisely because most people just don’t have the time to make them anymore.  Eye appeal is really important for this holiday time.
  2. Even though they are delicious cookies, these types just don’t sell very well:  chocolate chip, oatmeal, plain cookies with no decorations.
  3. It’s important to label cookies with an appealing title – help us by sending along a note with your cookie name.
  4. Here’s a link to some great cookie ideas if you’re looking for inspiration: https://iambaker.net/christmas-cookies
  5. And to make our Cookie Walk a success, we need dozens and dozens of cookies! 

Finally, we thank everyone who will be working so hard – no matter what cookie recipe you use – to help make this TOL fundraiser a success.  Questions or need ideas, please call Karen Meyer, 815-338-6023, or Mary Robinson, 815-455-8007.

Remember we also welcome donations of gently used holiday decorations and your handcrafted artisan gift items.

Fall FUUNdraiser This Friday!

And Bid Big!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year is this Friday, November 8, 2019 at 6pm and you really don’t want to miss it. Join us for a night of fun bidding, raffles, open bar, snacks, and entertainment. We don’t even charge an entry fee. Check out our extensive catalog and even start bidding here. www.auctria.com/auction/TOLUUCServiceAuction2019

Want to bring the kids? Make sure you RSVP to DRE@treeoflifeuu.org by Thursday. Fun games and activities are planned for the kids but we need to know who is coming.

10% of the proceeds are being given to Pioneer Center of McHenry County to support the opening of a year round homeless shelter. The rest will go into our general budget to support the worship, music, programming, and facilities that keep our community connected.

Holiday Pause for Self Kindness

Moving into the holidays….. what a wonderful time for a  pause!   During this season we often find ourselves with many obligations  —  frequently  accompanied by unexpected challenges and disappointments.  High expectations during the holiday season can leave us feeling over-extended, stressed, or disconnected.  

So let’s take time for a pause for centering ourselves and  for becoming better connected to those around us.  Join us as we give ourselves time to reflect on where and how we are,  and to explore ways to offer ourselves some loving kindness.  This kind of attention and self-care can bring us to a moment of gratitude and help us to then offer the best of ourselves to others and to all that we would do. 

We’ve prepared a program to look at how we can stay grounded and centered. Please, join M.E. Tanabe and Brenda Cox as we pause from the season’s busy-ness to connect with what is meaningful to us as unique individuals.

This gathering meets December 1, 2019 at 9:15– 10:15 am and will be held in the basement social room.  For any questions or additional information, please call or e-mail Brenda at 815-482-8672   brendakay710@gmail.com