Our Vision – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Sunday, September 30, 2018, 10:45am

Larry Dille, a member of this Church for over four decades, will deliver the message at our September 30th service.

Twenty years ago, Larry chaired the development of our Vision with 100% member participation. Larry will discuss how the words, thoughts, and dreams became a part of our Vision statement.

As a consultant, he helped many organizations develop their stated missions, values, and visions. Over the past decade many of these organizations have refocused their vision from a team to an individual orientation. Larry will share his thoughts on why that important shift is taking place.

During his business career, Larry was a key note speaker at scores of seminars from Singapore to Dubai, from Hawaii to Austria with many stops in Orrville, Ohio to replenish his Smucker’s jelly.

Those of us who heard Larry, last presentation two years ago when he was moving to Arizona will remember he made us feel, laugh, and think. Knowing Larry, he will do that same thing for us on September 30th.

Please come and welcome Larry back to our Church.

Tree of Life Hosts Peter Mayer

Saturday, October 20, 2018 7:00pm Concert at First Congregational Church 461 Pierson St, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Tickets are $20 in advance  on Brown Paper Tickets click here 
or pay $25 at the door.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:45am Worship Service at Tree of Life UU Congregation 5603 Bull Valley Rd., McHenry, IL 60050
Biography

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. In college he studied theology and music, and then spent two years in seminary. Afterward he took a part-time job as a church music director while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started performing full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.

To sample Peter’s music http://petermayer.net/music/

“Peter Mayer is a magician…(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol — everything contains more than meets the eye.”
— Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

“His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing.”
–Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston

“Peter Mayer makes it look easy – beautifully crafted songs that pose eternal questions — his arrangements make it sound like there is certainly more than one man and his guitar in the XM Satellite Radio studios.”
–Mary Sue Twohy, XM Radio

“He is unafraid of complicated topics and always strives to look beyond the easy sentiment…Peter does nothing less than address the very nature of our existence…Trust me, most songwriters can’t pull this off. Peter Mayer does.”
–Dale Connelly, Morning Show Host, MinnesotaPublic Radio

“Mayer’s songs are crafted like shaker furniture, with no place for superfluous embellishments or throwaway lines… (his) world is bright and hopeful and the transcendent nature of his lyrics…explore the mysteries of life…Mayer’s fluid, clean, and tremendously intriguing guitar playing is topped with warm, rich vocals. This is music for the soul.”
–Acoustic Guitar Magazine

There are at least a dozen Peter Mayer songs that I would love to learn myself, but I could never play them as well as he does.”
–David Wilcox, Singer/Songwriter

“I’m a huge Peter Mayer fan, but only when I don’t feel like killing him for being so good. I love Peter’s work, though it irritates me that he plays so much better than I do. If I rocked half as hard as Peter does, I’d own the world by now.”
–Janis Ian, Singer/Songwriter

“Peter delivers contemporary folk music in it’s highest form: Intelligent without being bombastic–empathetic, always fresh and with wit and fantastic melodies. And his guitar playing is top tier.”
–Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX

“Mayer’s appealing guitar style (is) alternately percussive, rhythmic, melodic, or all of the above. In Mayer’s capable hands the instrument sounds like a calliope one moment, an orchestra the next and then a cleanly picked guitar ala Dave Van Ronk… Mayer is a performer at the top of his game who knows that the secret to living in a world of perplexing questions is enjoying the search for answers.”
–David Kleiner, Minor Seventh Reviews

“Mayer offers up everything you could ever want from a singer/songwriter.”
–Dirty Linen Magazine

“This native of Minnesota is a master storyteller.”
–Folk Roots Magazine

To Be a Blessing

Sunday, June 17, 2018

M.E. Tanabe

When we recognize our blessings and feel how they fill us, we make space for blessings to overflow onto others.  Henri J. M Nowen shares these thoughts on the power of offering a blessing:  To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.   It is more than a word of praise or appreciation; it is more than pointing out someone’s talents or good deeds; it is more than putting someone in the light.   To give a blessing is to affirm, to say “yes” to a person’s Belovedness.