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Geneva, IL, 60134


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May 7, 2017

This Week, The Upcoming Month, & Beyond! 
Annual Congregational Meeting

Please join us for our Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, May 21, at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. All friends and Members of our Society are encouraged to attend. We particularly request all Voting Members to be present such that we have a quorum. (Voting members, please RSVP here. The Proposed slate of candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee are available here. The Board looks forward to sharing details with you with the intention that you join us in understanding our status today, our direction for tomorrow, and how together we can continue to achieve great things. See you all on May 21!
PPG Award

A PPG award to Sherri Casterline for serving as Project Manager on the Sanctuary floor remodeling! We appreciate all your hard work and dedication to making UUSG's building look beautiful! Special thanks to George Tattersfield who helped with carpet selection, and Jan Miller and Rhonda Robinson who assisted with choosing the paint color. 
Geneva's Solar Group  

Information on Geneva's Solar Group Buy program with Midwest Renewable Energy Association will be presented Monday, May 8, at the Batavia Public Library (10 S. Batavia Avenue). MREA has already implemented a successful Group Buy of Solar in the Urbana area. If you've been interested in solar panels for your home, but have been apprehensive of the cost, you want to attend this one. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. The public is invited and refreshments are served.
Documentary "SEED: The Untold Story" 

This 90 minute documentary features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. Come view the film on Wed, May 10, at 7:30pm, Elgin Cinema, 111 S Randall Rd., Elgin. $11 Advanced ticket purchase required at
Flower Services

Our services on Mothers Day, May 14, will be Intergenerational Flower Services. Everyone of every age is invited to bring a flower, a small leafing or flowering branch, any “greenly growing” beautiful thing, if possible from one’s own garden or yard, to add to the Treasury of Grace that is at the center of this pre-WWII Unitarian ritual. Our Unitarian church in Prague has asked all UU congregations to celebrate the Flower Communion; that date doesn’t work for us, but Mothers Day is a good second choice!
Mother's Day at New2U

Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 14) and New2U is offering a couple of stunning necklaces that your mom (or wife or significant other) would love: a blue topaz with small diamond and a Tiffany heart pendant. Make her happy--and support the programs of UUSG. Check them out at New2U.
PPG Award

A PPG award goes to Dean Malambri, Alan Sills, Lynn Steele, Bill Scown, Dave Moore, Karen Moore, Nancy Christensen, Jeff Stibal, and others who offered to help on a moment’s notice when the sanctuary floor was newly painted and slow to dry. Thank you for "promoting practical goodness" at UUSG!
Town Hall on the Environment

There will be a Town Hall on the Environment Wednesday, May 17, at the Arcada Theatre. Special guest speakers will include Chris Kennedy, Candidate for Governor - Environment; Karen Hudson, Co-Founder of IL Citizens for Clean Air & Water - Factory Farming; Mary Shesgreen of Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice IL- Pipelines & Coal Mines; and Debbie Dudek of Elgin Green Groups 350 - Growing local food. Let's educate ourselves on climate change and global warming. Come and learn how to be sustainable. Organizations will have tables with information.
Social Hour

Thank you, Heritage Team, for our Social Hour this morning. We are grateful to our MOM Team for stepping in to host next week on Mother's Day! We appreciate all of our Social Hour helpers!
May "Beyond Our Walls"

The Human Library of the Fox Valley hosted its fifth event last weekend at the Culture Stock bookstore in Aurora during the city's 'First Fridays' event — and we eagerly look forward to the next one, happening right here on UUSG’s property during Swedish Days, when we’ll celebrate the anniversary of our inaugural event! An initiative of Fox Valley Face-to-Face, NFP, we gratefully acknowledge UUSG’s continued and enthusiastic support of our project to engage the public in conversations about equality, diversity, and human rights, with the goals of reducing tension and violence and increasing social cohesion. We've partnered with local volunteers from traditionally marginalized groups, human ‘books,’ to create safe, free opportunities for ‘readers’ to better understand those with whom they share their communities, during 1:1 conversations lasting up to 30 minutes. We're challenging prejudice, one conversation at a time.
Save the Date for LRE!

We are celebrating our LRE program and all it entails. If you have helped the LRE at all, taught a class, held a hand of a youth who was off to class or ANYTHING in between, we are celebrating YOU! Friday, May 12, at 7:00pm. The festivities will be held at the MacKay-Zacker residence: 506 Timbers Trail, St. Charles.
LRE Update 

May 12: LRE volunteer recognition party hosted by the Zacker's at 7pm.If you volunteered for LRE, we want to celebrate you!

May 21: Don't miss the OWL recognition service. Middle School OWL (Our Whole Lives) was a big success and has just wrapped up with our last overnight earlier this month. 

June 4: Moving Up service. We will be recognizing students who will be moving up from their current class group to the next group. Names will be read and small tokens distributed. Some adults who are hitting milestones will also be honored.  

June 18: Coming of Age was reinstated this year with 7 participants working with mentors to develop their own belief statements. Youth will give those statements during the service.

We still need Teacher volunteers for next school year. We especially need teachers for the 3-5th grade classes at both services. Please contact Jodi Brown or Jenny Montgomery if you are interested in teaching!
May Friday Flicks Presentation

We invite you to join us May 26, at 7pm, as we view “Lakota People: American Disgrace” and 2 additional short documentaries, and examine the history and fate of the Oglala Lakota people. Their history has loomed large in the United States from “Custer’s Last Stand” to Wounded Knee. Throughout our country’s history, the Oglala Lakota have consistently resisted the dislocation of its people and confiscation of its land.
This month’s Friday Flick consists of 3 short documentaries describing the history, present conditions, and efforts to serve the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The Pine Ridge Reservation is the poorest county in the United States and life expectancy of its residents is the lowest in the country. We will hear personal experiences and observations from presenters who have traveled to Pine Ridge and volunteered for Re-Member, a non-profit organization working with the Oglala Lakota people on Pine Ridge. Please join us for what we expect to be an informative session and lively discussion regarding these people, their history, their current situation and what is being done to support them.
Mental Health Ministry's: Stages of Faith

Mental Health Ministry's Life Span Series: Stages of Faith - Part 2
Join us June 4 at 12pm in the Common Room as we continue this discussion led by Tom Schevers, PhD. Children from all cultures learn religion first from stories not from theological or philosophical tracts. But the stories that excited and satisfied the young child can seem silly to the adolescent and irrelevant to the adult and maybe profound again as the adult gains wisdom. The point is that as a person goes through stages of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development, his or her faith changes. People often leave a church, not because they have lost faith, but because they have outgrown that church's vision of faith. James Fowler says faith is the underlying process that helps us form beliefs, find meaning, connect with others, and face the mysteries of life. He describes 6 stages of faith starting from infancy to old age. Understanding these stages can help clarify intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts, confusion, breakthroughs, and enlightenments. Come join the discussion.
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