Calling All Performers! Open Mic Night Returns Nov. 2nd

Dear Performers,

We’re back!!  Tree of Life UUC Open Mic will be live on November 2, 2019 from 7-10 pm.  We would love for you to be with us and share your talent.  Musicians, tellers of funny stories, and poets are all welcome to take the stage.  We have a grand piano, a PA, and 3  microphones available; guitarists should bring their own amps.  Sorry, out space cannot accommodate bands with multiple electronic instruments.  Bring your friends to see you perform, and to enjoy the camaraderie of coffee, tea, and soft drinks.   

 We have a limited number of 10 minute time slots.  Please sign up by October 27 at rubatotime@aol.com to reserve a spot.  We ask performers to time their acts, including introductions and commentary.  Please arrive by 6:45.  For information, email rubatotime@aol.com or call Tree of Life UUC at 815-322-2464.

We look forward to seeing you on November 2.

The Music Committee at Tree of Life UUC

5603 West Bull Valley Road

McHenry IL 60050

We Draw From Many Wells: Water Communion September 15, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10:45am

As all rivers run to the sea, water is our great connector. In this service you are invited to share water in one of four ways: in awareness of scarcity; in recognition of change; as a symbol of the “storms” in our lives; in thanks for the “wellsprings” that bring us joy.

This year Water communion will be conducted differently than it has in the past. This all-ages service will consider water as a symbol that connects us to each other,  and our sharing will serve as the day’s sermon. There will be 4 periods of sharing water: 

First we will have a chance to share water that reminds us that while some have abundance, others struggle in scarcity.

Second we will share water that symbolizes travel, movement and change.

Third we will share water that reminds us of life’s storms: our concerns, worries, frustrations and losses.

Finally, we’ll share water that reminds us of the wellsprings of our lives.

No need to bring water with you this year.

Please join us for this special service, which also features our choir’s first performance under our new Music Director, Cassandra Vohs-Demann!

After the service please stay for our Annual Welcome Back Picnic.

Annual Welcome Back Picnic

Sunday, September 15, 2019, noon to 3pm

Following our Water Communion service on September 15th, we will be having our annual church picnic on the lawn.  We will be serving pulled pork sandwiches (hot dogs will also be available).  The rest of the meal will be potluck — please bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Once again, our Green Sanctuary Team is requesting that everyone bring their own tableware so as to cut down on paper and plastic being used.  Let’s go GREEN!!   Please make sure the items you bring have been prepared ahead of time and are ready to set out.  All food dishes should be brought to the kitchen before the service.  There will be a bounce house, games and activities for all to enjoy.  If you know of someone who has expressed an interest in coming to Tree of Life, this would be a fun way to introduce them to the congregation. The festivities will begin after the service and continue until 3:00 p.m.  We will need help with various tasks — there are sign-up sheets in the social room so please help us put together (and take down) a fun-filled event!

Seeds of Hope

“ …I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”  — Henry D. Thoreau

On August  11th after  worship, Tree of Life is hosting a community opportunity to create ceramic seeds of hope as a memorial to all those who have died by violence in their places of worship or while practicing their faith.  The Charleston AME Church, the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue and the two mosques (Al Noor and Linwood Islamic Centre) in Christchurch are recent survivors of this kind of wounding.   But even our own faith has been challenged in this way with the 2008 Knoxville UU attack .   We will be joined by  Laura McLuckie-Khandan, a local artist and member of the Baha’i  community, as she leads us in creating these seeds as a gesture of hope and a commitment to promoting understanding.  

          The project is designed for both families and individuals and lasts about 1 ½ hours.  We encourage you to pack a sandwich for after worship and we’ll begin the project a little after 12:00.  Seeds will be created in clay with individual messages of hope written on them and then they’ll be fired.  The intention is for the seeds to be shared as a rotating exhibit to places of worship and then ultimately to be “planted” in a sustainable garden.

As with participation in a vigil, creating these seeds is a visible act of love and of community dedication to overcoming environments of fear and separation.  Projects such as this, support  our own UU commitment to Side of Love.  We hope you can join in.

If you have questions please contact   Janet Burns  847.542 .7678,   M. E. Tanabe  815. 337. 9895,  or  Laura McLuckie-Khandan   224.339.4739

Our Story

Saturday, June 22, 2019 10-11am at the Woodstock Library

We are holding a special Story Time and Craft event to speak directly to the experience of  those with incarcerated loved ones. 

Hope you will join us in sharing this special event with youth and families coping with having a loved one in prison or jail.

There is a great need for a safe and supportive space to share and connect with others who are dealing with the unique challenges of experiencing familial incarceration.

Drop-ins are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

With gratitude,

Cheryl Niemo, Director, Jail Brakers Ministry

Tree of Life Church

5603 Bull Valley Rd., Mc Henry Il., 60050

Director- 224-422-7431

Church office 815-322-2464

Farm Tour

FARM TOUR ON June 30, 2019

Please join your Green Sanctuary Team for an Afternoon at the Natural Farm Stand in Richmond.  We will tour the farm and talk about organic farming, soil conservation,and small farm challenges.

We will meet at Ginger Blossom, 3016 Illinois Rt 173, Richmond, Ill. on June 30, 2019, at 2PM.  Dress for walking through the fields. There will be a sign up sheet in the social room.

Green Sanctuary and Something Different

Sunday, April 28, 2019 10:45am

The Green Sanctuary and Music Committees have collaborated on a special service to honor Unitarian Universalist’s seventh  principle to maintain and develop a strong connection with mother earth and the web of life.  The musical group, Something Different, will play their own nature- inspired compositions, with Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman on Native American flute, John Rissman on guitar, and the whole trio on a variety of unique instruments.  Their original performances draw from many musical cultures and genres and are enhanced with thought -provoking visuals.

Something Different

In Music there is Joy and Learning

Throughout history and on every continent, people used flutes to express experiences, conduct ceremonies, tell stories and unite their people.  The oldest instrument ever found is a flute.  It is estimated to be 40,000 years old and was made from a bird’s bone.  On this continent, Native Americans used the flute mainly for courting, personal expression and ceremonies.  In recent years, the Native American style flute has evolved to be compatible to play with other instruments.  It is now used by individuals and groups, with or without accompaniment.  Its lovely, soulful sound has been shown to reduce stress, promote relaxation and encourage healing.

Something Different is comprised of Pat Smith and Karen Tlusty-Rissman playing NA style flutes and John Rissman, all things with strings.  Together they showcase the versatility of this exquisite instrument with music of the world.  Original compositions draw from blues, ballads, Latin, Middle Eastern and other musical genres.  To further enhance these expressions, unique instruments such as didgeridoo, tank drum, gong, singing bowls (and more) are used.  Listeners are exposed to new sounds and new cultures.

Programs have been cultivated for Celebrating Illinois History, Honoring Native American History Month, Musical Road Trip through the World of Music, Celebrate the Earth and Something Different in Concert.  New songs are always being added making each performance truly Something Different.

Website:

www.somethingdifferent4u2.com

Music Links:

www.somethingdifferent4u2.com/music

www.cdbaby.com/c/somethingdifferent – Maiden Voyage CD © 2014.

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/somethingdifferent2 – Spirits Rising CD © 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyiu4bA42AM – Soul to Soul Interview with the band “Something Different”

Who are we?

Pat Smith – Native American flute, clarinet, saxophone.  In addition to teaching Native American Flute classes and participating in two flute circles, she plays in the Big Ballroom band and the Naperville Municipal Band.  She grew up in a musical home so playing in band and singing with the Purduettes during her school years was natural.  In 2012, she completed the Certificate of Musicianship from Clint Goss’ Flute Haven Native American Flute School.  Her soul sings with the improvisation of the wooden flute.

Endorsements:

Adam Reviere, NAF style flute, didgeridoo, world percussionist, recording artist and engineer
www.playgroundproductionsstudio.com

“You bring a talented group playing a variety of instruments and you deliver three different voices with two flutes and a string instrument.  Your styles are everywhere from world fusion, classic rock inspired, jazz, etc. You have an awesome sound that is very welcome and enjoyable bringing a cornucopia of emotions, imagery, and color.”

Roz Topolski, Community Engagement Program Coordinator, Vernon Area Public Library

“Thank you for a wonderful performance at our library yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed learning and enjoying the music. Please pass along my sincere thanks to all of your band members for preparing and performing such a great concert.”

Let’s Talk About: Medicare for All

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

A panel discussion and Q&A session

Wednesday, March 6, 2019  7-9pm

Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation

5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050

Panel featuring:

Dr. John Perryman

A board-certified pediatrician living in St. Charles, IL. 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.

Mr. John “J.J.” Wett

Born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which deteriorates his voluntary muscles, he has had a lifetime of experience with our healthcare system.  A strong advocate for the disabled, Mr. Wett was awarded the Student Leadership Excellence medal from the President of Northern Illinois University because of his work to help students with disabilities integrate into college and spread disability awareness.  He is currently a licensed therapist practicing in Sycamore, IL.  From 2009 to 2013 and served as Assistant

Mr. Peter Janko

A lifelong activist/organizer, Mr. Janko, has held many roles.  As a child immigrant and war refugee, he worked hard to achieve the American dream.  Now a small business owner he understands the economic impact of healthcare costs on our nation’s industry.  He is founding member of Medicare for All – Northern Illinois.

For more information :

Phone (815)322-2464

Fax (815)322-2739

Email: office@treeoflifeuu.org

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).