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110 S. 2nd Street
Geneva, IL, 60134
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630-232-2350

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UUSG News
This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
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September 16: Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG
Register and Vote!   

Social Justice Folks will be registering new voters and voters who have moved at Social Hour During September. You will need two pieces of identification, one with your current address. A driver’s license and a credit card are ideal. Registering is fast and easy. See Jean Pierce or Bill Scown if you have questions. 
Name Tags

Help Rev. Jennifer and Rev. Patrick (and other UUSG members) learn your name by wearing your UUSG name tag on Sundays! Don't have one? See Christine in the office or email office@uusg.org to request one. New nametags are in the vestibule basket.
Green Sanctuary

-From a friend at UU Elgin. She has released 90 monarchs this year! monarchwatch.org/bring-back-the-monarchs/

-Aurora GreenFest September 22! Now in our 9th year, the Aurora GreenFest is the longest running greenfest of its kind. We offer common sense solutions for Aurora & Fox River Valley! Join us at the Prisco Community Center, 10am-4pm. auroragreenfest.com/

-United Methodist Geneva is hosting a free film screening of Anthony Bourdain's "Wasted". It exposed the criminality of food waste and how it's directly contributing to climate change. Discussion to follow. wastedfilm.com/synopsis/ Friday, September 21, 7pm, UMG Church, 211 Hamilton, Geneva.

-Citizens Climate Lobby meeting at UUSG: /citizensclimatelobby.org/ Almost everything we do contributes to climate change. Learn how a carbon tax and dividend can help fix this and minimize the impact of the transition. Meetings open to all. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend! Wednesday, September 19, 6:30pm, Sterling/YRUU Room.
Middle School Informational Meeting

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 23, directly after second service and come learn all that is happening in the Middle School program this year. The meeting will be held in the Middle School room on the lower level at 12:30 pm. Parents will receive important information on all the wonderful Middle School programs UUSG has to offer.
Luncheonettes!

Please help us start our new church year with a lively Luncheonettes gathering!
Who: Luncheonettes, all female UUSG members and friends.
What:  food, fun, frolic, friendship.
When: 11:30-1:00, Wednesday, September 26, the 4th Wednesday of the month.
Where: Andres, Batavia. RSVP by Tuesday evening at uusg.org/luncheonettes.
Food Bank Group

Join us on Saturday, September 29, 9am to noon, at the Northern Illinois Food Bank. If you would like to sign up for a volunteer shift please visit uusg.org/food-bank-signup. And bring a friend! Show someone who has never volunteered before the impact that sacrificing 3 hours can make on the lives of literally thousands of people. Questions? Email foodbankleader@uusg.org
Art Wall  

The new art exhibit in our common room, not to be mistaken for a clothesline full of defaced sheets, is a collection from Tom Lichtenheld's sketchbooks. If any of them catch your fancy, prints are available for $15, with all proceeds going to UUSG. Details can be found on the clipboard next to the clothesline.  
Church School Registration

Registration for our 2018-2019 LRE programs for children and youth is now open! The first day of LRE classes was today. Have you registered your child(ren) yet? Visit uusg.org/registration to get started. Questions? LRE@uusg.org
2018 Auction!

Save the Date! Saturday, November 3, 5-8:30pm, for the 2018 UUSG “Auctions Speak Louder than Tweets.” Remember, this is an All-Church Auction, with special food and events planned for children. We are looking for  volunteers to assist with: Catalog, Merchant Donations, Children’s rooms, Entertainment, Technology, Silent Auction displays, and Live Auction Bid Recording. Please contact Jean Pierce at auctionleader@uusg.org.
September “Beyond Our Walls” 

Lazarus House provides safe shelter, food and a range of support services for men, women and children in need of help in St Charles, Geneva, Batavia and Western Kane county. In addition to shelter and food, Lazarus provides case management that helps people identify benefits that they are eligible to receive from other social service agencies in our area that offer support for employment, food pantries, low income housing, medical care, mental health counseling, addiction counseling and more. To donate, make checks out to “UUSG” with “BOW” in the memo line.
Parking Alert!

The city is repaving 3rd Street. There will be no parking on 3rd and 2nd from Campbell to Fulton, Sept 17-Oct. 4. Please leave extra time to find parking.
Women's Circle

Is this “happiness” thing all it’s cracked up to be? With all the books, articles, and YouTube videos showing us how to achieve happiness, shouldn’t we all be living in a perpetual state of euphoric joy? If you’re not, and if you suspect there’s a bit more to what you’re looking for, we hope you’ll join us for the year’s first Women’s Circle on Saturday, September 22, at 1pm for “Happiness?”. We’ll examine this state of well being and whether there may be a better alternative. Register at uusg.org/womens-circle. Thanks to those who have already volunteered to help with set up, clean up, and food. We could use a few more helpers!
September Friday Flicks Presentation

Driven by escalating opioid addiction, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the opioid epidemic is fueled by prescription pain medications. Despite the concerns, opioids remain one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Experts believe that the first step to minimizing this epidemic is prevention. Prevention involves awareness and education. “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” is a one-hour PBS documentary that traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in the use of prescription opioids and the devastating impact these drugs are having in every part of America. The impact on young people, families, and communities is devastating. Awareness and education can hopefully begin to slow the epidemic. Please join us September 28, at 7pm.
Get Involved With Interweave

Interweave is a local group of LGBTQ members, friends and allies who meet once a month for discussions and special events. Due to a busy church schedule in September we will delay the start of our monthly meetings until October. We will begin with our fall social after second service Sunday, October 21. We will gather at the church at 12:30 and walk to a nearby restaurant to eat lunch together. For information, please contact Lynn Steele at interweave@uusg.org.
6th Annual Women's Retreat 

Save the Date! The 6th Annual UUSG Women’s Retreat will be February 1-3, 2019. This year’s theme is “Awakening Joy by Embracing Change.”
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