Be a part of it all

General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. Tree of Life is entitled to 3 voting delegates this year but we encourage you to go even if you cannot vote. The 2019 General Assembly will be June 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Spokane Convention Center.

The Power of We

What do we want Unitarian Universalism to be? It is a time when we are asking big questions in our faith, and GA 2019 will be focused on digging into those questions together. It is a critical chance for congregational leaders and passionate UUs to set new goals and aspirations for our religious community. Help begin to reshape our Association and our congregations in new and powerful ways.

This year’s theme is about collective power, “The Power of We,” as well as the possibility, the purpose, the struggle and the joy of what it means to be together in faithful community. In the past two years, Unitarian Universalism has recommitted to the work of liberation inside and outside our faith community. The antidote to a time of dangerous dehumanization is a love that connects us to our deeper humanity. Come to Spokane to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the Power of We. Here is a great video to get you excited. Click Here.

Registration and Housing Open March 1

GA Registration and the GA Housing Reservation System open at 9 a.m. PST at www.uua.org/ga

Spokane

The Spokane region is the gateway for adventure and exploration in the Intermountain Northwest. Located driving distance from Glacier National Park and Yellowstone, Spokane is nestled in natural beauty.  Check out this Spokane promotional video. Click Here.

Spokane is located on interstate I-90, 110 miles from the Canadian border and 18 miles from Idaho. It is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis.

Spokane International Airport (GEG) is serviced by Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, and United Airlines. Nonstop service is offered to 17 destinations, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, and LAX.

Spokane is accessible by rail via Amtrak’s Empire Builder route (Chicago – St. Paul/Minneapolis – Spokane – Portland/Seattle). It is also reachable by Greyhound Bus.

Excellent Programming

GA will offer more than 100 programming selections over the course of five days. This year, in addition to Theme-Based Programming, the schedule will feature Role-Based Track Programming, including time for discussion among attendees, sharing inspiring models and stories, and concrete suggestions for how to further the work or “take it home.” More programming details are available at www.uua.org/ga.

Financial Aid Available

The UUA is committed to the goal of making GA accessible to as many attendees as possible. Go to uua.org/ga in the month of March to learn about scholarships to support delegates – particularly those from marginalized groups – and volunteer opportunities (work in exchange for registration).

Creative Maladjustment

Rev. Misha Sanders

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:45am

We will consider some of the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and wonder together about their creative possibilities in our our own lives and communities.

Rev. Misha Sanders served this congregation as an intern minister and we are thrilled to welcome her back as a fully ordained minister.

“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.


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

You can still get in on Auction fun

Our Fall FUNdraiser Auction may be over but you can still get in on the fun. Some of the big parties offered have space left. Did you mean to bid on this but got distracted? Were you unable to make it to the auction that night? Have you thought it over and now you’re sad you didn’t bid on that party? You are in luck! Just email the office which of the parties you and your friends want to be added to. 

Wine, Chocolate, Cheese & Love Songs hosted by Tom Steffens and Beth Hoover $35 each 9 spots left

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019 4pm-7pm

What could be a better ending to your Valentine’s holiday than experiencing wine, chocolate, cheese and love songs? Come to sample many different varieties of food and drink accompanied by love songs performed by Tom and his friends.

 

Spooky Halloween Party hosted by Marc and Judy Stettner only $15 for adults; kids are free 19 spots available

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2019 5pm-8pm

Fun for the whole family. Come in your ghoulish best for costume contests, games, prizes, food and the witches brew!

 

 

Barn Party 2019 hosted by Tinkler, Burns, Dionne, Light, Murphy, Meyer and Tirk families. $25 each 28 spots left

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 7pm-10pm

Join us at the Tinkler’s Barn in Woodstock for a live performance by Ken Johnson and Tom Steffens. Enjoy some hors d’oevres and Janet Burn’s delicious desserts in a fabulous welcoming venue. Doors open at 7pm.

 

Super Bowl 2019 hosted by Marc and Judy Stettner $20 each 9 spots left

Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019 4pm to game ends

Join us for food, fun, games, $$ to win, refreshments, commercials, a performance by Pink, and, oh yeah, the big game!

 

 

Movie in the Barn hosted by Tinkler, Cichon, Light, and Murphy Families only $10 for adults and $5 for kids lots of spots still available for you.

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2019 7pm-10pm

Enjoy a family friendly movie on the big screen at the Tinkler’s Barn in Woodstock. TOLUUC youth will staff booths as fortune tellers, advice dispensers, and face painters. Visit the concession stand for popcorn, candy and drinks.

 

A Night with Cassandra, Forrest & Friends hosted by Kazluskys, Meyers, Kriegs, Johnson/Jasiota only $10 each. Plenty of spots for you and your music loving friends.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019 7:00pm-9:00pm

A great night of music with two of our favorites – Woodstock Community Choir Director, Cassandra Vohs-Demann and TOLUUC Music Director, Forrest Ransburg, and some of their talented friends! Appetizers and drinks are included in the price. A can’t-miss event!

Star Wars Trivia Night hosted by our own Almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck $20 each. 5 spots left.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm

The almost Rev. Kevin DeBeck will take on all comers in a game of Star Wars DVD Trivial Pursuit. Come for a night of fellowship and Geekdom! Challenge your nerd wits with the Jedi master – the almost Rev!

Wine and Rock Painting hosted by The Burns Family $35 only one spot left

Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 7-9pm

Join us for a relaxing evening of sipping wine and painting rocks. Take home a tiny treasure to decorate a desk or windowsill, gift a friend, or leave in a public place to delight the finder. At this painting party, no need to BYOB. All refreshments, materials, inspiration, and instruction provided. You supply the wonder and joy. No skill required!

 

Stories from our Lives- Story Slam hosted by Tom Tipton, Laurie Barnes, and Zena McFadden $20 each 3 spots left

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019 7-10pm

Led by talented storyteller, Zena McFadden, join us in an engaging evening of entertainment and fun. Food and drinks will be provided.

 

Party Like You’re a Kid…Again! hosted by Randy Rapp, Sue McCowin, Hannah Rapp and fiancé, Andre $15 each 9 spots left

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019 7-10pm

Do you remember play-doh? Slinkies? Toy trains? Legos? Hungry, Hungry Hippo? Mouse Trap? Did eat mac and cheese? Fish sticks? Grilled cheese? Weenies and beans? Chocolate milk? Wake up your inner child and join us for an evening of games, activities and foods designed to recapture some of the fun of being a kid. We’ll end the evening with s’mores and singing around the campfire, weather permitting.

 

Bonfire and Sing Along hosted by Jim and Ivy Sitkoski, and Tom Tipton $20 each 7 spots left

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019 7-10pm

Enjoy a night with a bonfire, light supper, and a sing along with TOLUUC guitarist, Tom Tipton. A great way to wrap up the summer.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Party hosted by Nick and Carol Ciccotosto $20 each 7 spots left

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019 7-10pm

Put on your green clothes, socks, hats, etc. and join us in an evening of Irish food, entertainment, and libations. Slainte!

 

To reserve your spot call 815-322-2464 or office@treeoflifeuu.org

Payment by cash, check or credit card.

 

 

 

Cookie Walk 2018

This Year’s Cookie Walk is new and improved! As in year’s past, we will have table after table of delicious cookies to pick from and buy by the pound. There will also be breads, pies and cakes to purchase. There will also be  previously loved decorations in our Bells, Baubles, and Bows Rummage Room.  Nothing is priced and our guests take what they like and pay what they can.  New this year is Mrs. Claus’s Artisan Alley Boutique. One of a kind crafts by our community members will be on sale to help you with your holiday gift giving.

Sale begins at 10:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2018 and concludes at 2:00 pm. Look for the blue cookie monster!

Traditional Iced Gingerbread Christmas Cookies with Trees and Snowmen

FaithBridge’s 12th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration

Sunday, November 18th at 7:00 PM

Hosted by Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Join your Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Baha’i, Muslim, and UU neighbors for FaithBridge’s 12th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Living in Unity; Within Diversity All are One. This evening of song, drumming, and unifying words, to give thanks, enjoy fellowship and make an offering for the benefit of others, will be held at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, at 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 18.

A drum circle will be led by Greg Rajsky; bring your percussion instruments! The choir of Tree of Life will participate, and an offering will be requested for area food pantries, and for FaithBridge’s future programming.

FaithBridge Interfaith promotes mutual understanding and respectful relationships among diverse religious communities in McHenry County and surrounding areas.

For more information, contact M.E. Tanabe at  m.e.tanabe@comcast.net, or Rabbi Maralee Gordon at maraleegordon@gmail.com.

Fall FUNdraising Auction Saturday November 10, 2018

Thank you to everybody who participated in our Fall FUNdraising Auction! We had a record number of people attend and blew right by our big goal of raising $16,000. While the final figures are not in yet, it looks like we raised almost $19,000!

6:00pm Saturday, November 10, 2018, Tree of Life is going to be the place to be. We will be posting a preview of the auction booklet soon. Pictured are the great items being raffled off. Drawing is the night of the auction at the end of the live auction. Winners will be notified by phone if not present. There are also several parties available for a set price ( Movie at the Barn Party, Super Bowl Party, Halloween 2019 Party, Barn Party, Wine Chocolate, Cheese and Love Songs Party). Add onto that our live and silent auctions, refreshments and  live entertainment! You don’t want to miss this year’s big event. Movies and pizza will be offered downstairs for the kids so you don’t even have to get a babysitter.

Here is a preview of our 2018 TOL Auction Master Silent and Live so you can plan your bidding. See something you want but can’t make it to the auction? Call Judy (815) 322-2464 and tell her what your highest bid is. We will bid on it for you! You can then pay by credit card when we call you with your winnings!

Watch this video to get a peek at the awesome events you can win at the live auction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRMFvA73FgY&feature=youtu.be

Looking for some more information? 815-322-2464 or office@treeoflifeuu.org

Remember to Dream Big; Bid Big! We have set an aspirational goal of raising $16,000 with this FUNdraiser and send 10% of that to Pioneer Center for Human Services to help them build a new permanent shelter for our area’s homeless neighbors. We are already well on our way with the raffle sales. Help us get the rest of the way there by coming to the auction and checking out the great gift items and services we have to offer.