Who Am I? Who Are You? T-Shirt Sunday

Sunday February 26, 10:30am
Rev. Leslie Mills, Minister
Krista Flanagan, worship associate

What would it be like if we wore our identities on our torsos for all the world to see? This is the Sunday to find out! All are invited to wear a T-shirt to church that represents one or more aspects of your identity. Maybe it’s a well-worn old favorite. Maybe it’s the “World’s Okayest Mom” shirt that you never even cut the tag off. Or maybe you’ll make your own with Sharpies or fabric paint, special for this morning. Join us for this interactive service of identity exploration! Worship Assistant: Krista Flanagan.

Coming up next week, Sunday, March 5th:
To Give My Heart: The Risk of Caring in Community

with Rev. Leslie Mills


Fri Feb. 24
Ki-Aikido Practice Group
6:00 - 8:00 pm Fellowship Hall

Sun Feb 26
Building Your Own Theology
9:00 - 10:20 am Room 302

Styrofoam Recycling Collection
Front Parking Lot
10:15-12:00 pm

Worship Service
Who am I? Who are You? T-Shirt Sunday
Rev. Leslie Mills

Mon Feb 27
Buddhist Sangha
7:00 -8:30 pm

Thu Mar 2
Vocal Ensemble Practice
7:30-9:00 pm

Fri Mar 3
Ki-Aikido Practice
Fellowship Hall

Sat Mar 4
Spiritual Writing Group -- Open Mike Afternoon
1:30 pm - 4:30 pmFellowship Hal

Sun Mar 5
9:00 am - 10:20 am
Building Your Own Theology
Room 302

Worship Service
To Give My Heart: The Risk of Caring in Community
Rev. Leslie Mills
10:30 am

PTM Discussion Group
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Room 301
President's February Notes

April 7th, Save the Date!

We’ve been working hard on the process of updating our Mission/Vision Statement, and you’ve probably read or heard that we’re working with Unity Consulting to help us with the project. We chose Unity partly because of their Nested Bowls concept which we felt was a great fit for our church and we’ve been thrilled with the support we’ve received so far. Having an experienced third party listen to our discussions and distill a clear path based on what she heard has been extremely valuable to us.

The next phase of the process is one of the most important, and we need your help! The Mission/Vision statements belong to the entire congregation, and it’s critical that we get your input. We’re inviting you all to a discussion that should be a lot of fun, and I hope as many of you can join us as possible.

Use the link in the blue box below to register

It’s important that we get the word out to everyone on this, so if you know someone that might not read the Unichord, visit our website, or see the Facebook post, could you please pass the information along to them?

So how many of you read my article in the Unichord each month and think “being on the board seems really exciting and glamorous”? If so, you’re in luck – we need two new board members to join us this coming year. All kidding aside, I’ve served on the board more than once and find it a satisfying way to give back to the church community. The work of the board is important to our congregation, and if you’re interested we’d love to talk with you.

As always, if you have any questions about these topics or anything regarding the church please feel free to ask me or any of the board members. If it’s not something the board deals with, we’ll be happy to help you find the right person to answer your question.

Steve Stultz
President, UUCE Board of Trustees

Appreciative Inquiry Event

April 7

The Board of Trustees cordially invites (and encourages) you to join us in Fellowship Hall on Friday, April 7, to re-imagine the mission of our Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin. We will begin the evening at 5:30pm with a shared meal before exploring what it means to belong deeply to a religious community. Using the "Appreciative Inquiry" process of story-telling, we will distill our shared values which the board will then use in the crafting of the Values and Mission of our church. The event will conclude by 9:00 pm.

Please register in advance using the link below so we can be prepared for the correct number of people and have childcare available for those that need it.

Register Here

Congregational Update from the Unitarian Universalist
Church of Elgin

Special/Capital Improvement Fund Task Force

Our first round proposals have been received and reviewed! Thank you to everyone for submitting your proposals!
There will be second round of proposals accepted April 1- May 31.We hope that you will consider creating a proposal this round.The process will remain the same. WhileallprojectproposalswillbeacceptedbytheTaskForce,prioritywillbegiventoprojectsandactivitiesthat further the following goals:

● Reducelong-termchurchoperatingexpenses

● Helpdraw people ofall agesandbackgrounds to UUCE

It is especially helpful when proposals follow the template and include quotes or estimates when appropriate. The template in on the UUCE website at www.uuce.org/specialcapital-improvements-request-form/

You can reach the task force via our email at improvementstaskforce@uuce.org

In service,

Your Task Force

Lunch and Learn

Sunday March 19

The Committee on Ministry is sponsoring a lunch and workshop for all church friends and members to learn more about the committees and teams that are the heart of the church's operations. Come to meet, greet and learn about the Board, Membership, Finance, the Care Team, Landscape and Grounds, Worship, Religious Exploration, Social Justice, and all the many other teams that make the church run. As we enjoy lunch, served at noon, we will visit with each other and hear from representatives from all the groups. We will share how these efforts contribute to the smooth running of the church and provide an opportunity to express and share our personal ministries and talents.

UUCE Living Our Values

Have You Read the Recent Courier News Article Regarding our Black Live Banner?

The Article begins:

"Twice since Jan. 8, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin has placed a Black Lives Matter banner on its building. As of early Friday, the banner has been stolen twice.

Undeterred, the congregation replaced the banner again Saturday morning. The new sign — purchased to replace the first one stolen — arrived in time to replace the second one that was taken, the Rev. Leslie Mills said."

Check out the article here

Black Lives Matter: Safety Pin Box
Meeting during coffee hour following the service

Are you interested in learning how to be an effective ally for racial justice? We learn best in community, by making progress in relationship to partners who hold us accountable for our learning.

One way we are taking responsibility for growing in effective, accountable allyship to the Black community is by subscribing to Safety Pin Box. You can learn more about it by visiting this link: https://www.safetypinbox.com

Subscribers receive tasks to accomplish over the course of each month, broken down into weekly segments. Those who wish to do this work in community can come together during coffee hour to check in with their progress (or their bumps), and we can help one another grow in a supportive environment.


Classes are grouped in the following grades/ages:

Preschool: 3, 4, 5 years old (Pre-Kindergarten) in room 202
K-2nd grades in room 302
3rd-5th grades in room 203
6th-8th grades in room 201
High School in room 301

Childcare is available from 9:00-10:30am for children 0-8 years, and for ages 0-5 during the worship service in room 101.

Forms for the Youth Con are due March 26th with a $60 payment. Make checks out to UUCE with “Con” in the memo. Turn forms in to Kathy Underwood.

Sheena will be out of the office from Tuesday February 21, returning Thursday Mar 9.

The church phone and emails will be answered by a volunteer during this time. Anyone requiring access to the church outside of Sunday services that do not have a key, please contact Elizabeth Olson to make arrangements -- 847-477-5338 or elibeano@gmail.com

The Unichords are seeking ringers. Have fun making music with friends! If you don’t read music, it’s OK. Handbell Director Chelsea Musson will help you learn what you need to know. Rehearsals are Sundays at noon following the church service. If interested, contact Chelsea: seaportsiren.cm@gmail.com

Following the weekend seminar with Jonathan Poppele Sensei, participants decided to continue sharing our experiences on Fridays from 6-8pm in Fellowship Hall. Curious? Join us for this relaxing and joyful art as we practice connecting with one another! Contact Rev. Leslie with questions.

Bring CLEAN Styrofoam to church on February 26. Put it into the vehicle marked with a green sign in front of the church or into a labeled box just inside the front door. Please don’t bring Styrofoam to church at any other time. A volunteer will take it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. We are looking for more volunteers.

Our diaper drive in support of the community Crisis Center continues. Please bring unopened packages of disposable diapers to church any Sunday, but particularly on the third Sunday of the month. We will take the diapers to the Crisis Center, for use by their clients who come to the shelter with young children. They are particularly in need of larger sizes. Questions can be directed to Andrea Schmidlin or Bob Jackson.

Risk! March 12 is Music Sunday. Worship theme for March is Risk. Are you willing to put yourself out there? Take a chance? Try something new? For me, performing is always an adventure! Or maybe you are perfectly comfortable getting up and "doing your thing" in front of people but you have a great piece of music that addresses risk. To participate notify Steve Askinsat music@uuce.org by Feb 28.


Over the holidays, Paige Fitton and Joe Masonick replaced nearly 100 outdated fluorescent tubes with energy-saving LED tubes throughout the first floor of the church. Another 100 LEDs will be installed in the coming weeks!


There are scrip cards for many of your entertainment needs, including movie theaters such as Marcus Theatres, AMC Theatres, and Loews Cineplex. Cards are also available for Family Video, GameStop, Dave & Buster's, iTunes, Six Flags, and Disney. You can order scrip cards at the scrip table in the downstairs lobby every Sunday after the service and pick them up the following Sunday.

If you'd like to do this on line you will need an enrollment code to complete the process. Call or email Sandy Webster for the enrollment information or questions about this new convenience in ordering Scrip. Her # is 630 300-8688 or slwebster7@gmail.com, or see her when Scrip resumes on Sundays at the Scrip table on the first floor after the service. Once you are enrolled, you can use this system to buy cards and for many venders, to reload cards. (environmental benefits!)

The All People's Inter-Faith Pantry continues to need sugar, dish soap, one pound packages of rice and pinto beans, jars of spaghetti sauce, vegetable oil, peanut butter, and jelly.
As always, your donations are welcome any time during the month.


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Siena Retreat Center's annual Spring Concert and Fundraiser. Siena Center Chapel.
www.SienaRetreatCenter.org or 262-898-2590 for more information.

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ROCKFORD - - March 18
White Oak Grove CUUPs
at the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church is proud to announce that we'll be hosting an extraordinary event on Saturday March 18th. Come join us for an evening of self-discovery, we'll start off with a short class on the history of labyrinths and their use in personal transformation. After a meal together (included in the price) participants will be able to experience a personal journey by walking a cord labyrinth. Tickets can be purchased at
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2833873 - No tickets will be sold at the door. Space is limited so buy yours soon!
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