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December 10, 2017

This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG 

Cookie Walk

We had a very fast paced and exciting cookie walk this year - we opened the doors to the cookie room at 4:25 and were sold out by 5:40 — filling around 175 boxes of cookies! The rough cookie count was 5,244 cookies (about 437 dozen). William Elbert set a cookie baking record - he made 96 dozen cookies! Our awesome cookie elves, smiled and filled boxes to rocking holiday music flowing through the speakers as our customers moved down the beautiful display of festive and delicious cookies.

Thank you to all the bakers, to the folks who signed up to set up, and those who spontaneously volunteered to help set up as they dropped off cookies that evening - we folded over 200 boxes! Thanks to all the cookie elves, the very energetic first shift, the super elves who stayed beyond first shift end until the last box was sold and packed, and those who stayed to clean up too! An extra thank you to Christine for handling the sign-ups, the health dept. paper work, organizing our supplies, and providing the table rentals.

Love cookies? Diane Peters is looking for a co-chair for next year to join the fun!

Social Hour

Thank you, Nominating Team, for our Social Hour this morning. We are grateful that our Hospitality Team will host next week. We appreciate you!

December Beyond Our Walls

This month, we're collecting for our "Holiday Lights" Fund, which will support the Literacy Volunteers of Fox Valley Trivia Bee and provide gifts to the YRUU Habitat for Humanity Family. You do not need to decide which of the two to support. All will benefit from your contribution unless you target your donation to one of the causes. Write checks to "UUSG" with "BOW" in the memo line.

The Christmas Eve Offering will support UUSG's "Make a Difference"/MAD Fund and The Humanitarian Service Project (HSP) Senior's Project.

November BOW

November's Beyond Our Walls Donations collected $1,449 for "Be a Hero to a Hero."

End-of-Year Contributions

Donors must deliver checks on or by December 31, to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2017. Checks that are placed in the church offering during the first worship service in 2018 will not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction in 2017, even if the check is predated to 2017 or was written in 2017. However, checks that are written, mailed, and postmarked in 2017 will be deductible, even if they are not received by the church until 2018.

The Luncheonettes 

Are you in the holiday spirit, or feeling a bit overwhelmed? Take a break! We will meet Wed., Dec.13, due to upcoming holidays. Please join us to share lunch and holiday stories with a loving community! Andres, Batavia, 11:30-1:00pm, All UUSG women and friends are invited! RSVP by Tuesday at noon at

Get Involved With Interweave

Interweave is a local group of LGBTQ members, friends and allies who meet once a month to have time together for discussions and special events. We will meet Sunday December 17, after second service about 12:30pm, to walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch. This will be our social gathering for the holidays. We can take the time to enjoy our connections and great conversations during this busy season. For information please contact Lynn Steele at

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

OWL is a comprehensive curriculum exploring relationships, sexuality and decision making; this curriculum also provides an opportunity for students to build strong friendships and a sense of community within UUSG. Our youth often identify their OWL experience as the first time when they really felt like a part of a religious community and understood why we gather together. Participants are asked to make a commitment to each other and the group by attending all four of the OWL overnights. If you're interested in your child attending, please contact Jenny Montgomery at and mark your calendars for the upcoming dates. 

  • December 17, 12:30pm: Parent Meeting (mandatory for first time participants)
  • OWL Overnight Dates: (Friday & Saturday): January 26-27, February 23-24, March 16-17, April 20-21 
Bible Study for UUs

For UUs who simply want to learn more about the Bible as literature, "Bible Study for UUs" is on the third Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30pm. Our next meeting will be on December 18. As opposed to our usual reading, we'll be watching "Monty Python's Life of Brian." For more info, please contact Jim Frazier
Women's Retreat

If you missed the December 1, deadline, now you have one more chance to sign up for the 5th Annual Women’s Retreat from January 19-21, 2018. We have a few non-overnight spots left. Registration for spots will be open through December 20. Don’t miss out! Sign up here. Please contact Rachel Harbold if you would like more information.
Christmas Eve at UUSG
  • 10am Morning Service followed by Potluck Brunch Enjoy the beauty of our Sanctuary and the season with a special service of stories and carols led by Rev. Lindsay and music presented by classical guitarist, Paul Moeller. Paul Moeller received a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody, where he spent four years under the tutelage of world-renowned guitarist, Manuel Barrueco. Mr. Moeller holds a Bachelor’s degree from NIU and a Master’s from the Eastman School of Music. He is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Guitar at NIU and on faculty at ECC.
  • 4pm - Family Christmas Eve Service A sweet time for the whole family, especially the little ones. Pianist Dean Malambri.
  • 8pm - Candlelight Choir Christmas Eve Service Don't miss this UUSG tradition that includes our Choir led by Cynthia Spiegel, accompanied by strings and piano. Come sing along to your favorite hymns and listen to the stories of many talented people coming together to bring you this evening's service led by Rev. Lindsay. This is the day we come together to celebrate the Christian heritage of our church and the traditions with which many of us grew up. Musicians include: Wendy Evans-Glazier & Mary Phillips, violin; Larry Glazier, cello; John Rosenkrans, bass; Sandra Anderson-Cordogan, piano.

Rolling Out Realm!

UUSG has a new private social network for church communication. If you have not yet received an invite, please email Need help getting started? Sign up for a one-on-one lesson with our Congregational Administrator, Christine Imielski, on the bulletin board in the Common Room.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is looking for a few good people. We're building a list of members who are "warm" to the idea of serving on the Board, not necessarily next year, but perhaps sometime in the future. If you're interested in being on that list, please let anyone on the nominating committee know, or you can contact the chair, Jim Frazier, at, 630-452-5595.

WANTED: Grisham Books

A congregant is putting together a Christmas present for a Grisham fan. If you¹ve read the book(s) and you can part with them, a donation will be made to UUSG. More info in "FREE AND WANTED" category at

February Sky

Join us for an Evening of Folk Music with February Sky on Friday, January 12, at 7pm in the Sanctuary. February Sky features traditional singer and Celtic guitarist Phil Cooper with songwriter and singer Susan Urban. Sponsored by the Geneva Park District. More details at

Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary Team would like you to know about upcoming events for the public:

Styrofoam collection for recycling has started. If you find the blue container full, please tie the bag closed so that it does not get away. Call or send a text to the number on the sign on the blue container.
  • 1.Here are links to 2 very important papers: (Climate Science Special ReportWorld Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice) Here is a an excerpt from the second of those 2 papers: "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: Second Notice" Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1,700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” From the Epilogue: "To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the world’s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our day to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life, is our only home." This year they have 15,000 signatories. 
Collaboration with St. Charles Episcopal

UUSG is now collaborating with St. Charles Episcopal on our joint mission to feed the needy in Kane County. They have stepped up to help us with monthly Lazarus House dinners and we are helping them with their monthly Soup Kitchen lunches. St. Charles Episcopal does a monthly Soup Kitchen buffet lunch every 4th Thursday/Friday for 100+ people and they need help for preparation and serving. They need three volunteers to help with preparation work Wednesday evening, 6:30-9:00pm at St Charles Episcopal, and four volunteers Thursday morning at 9:30am to load up at St. Charles Episcopal and transport the meal to Trinity Episcopal in Aurora and then set up, 10am-2pm. Contact Martha Tabis with questions. Sign up here.
One-Stop Holiday Shopping

When you’re making your holiday shopping list, remember that “Lighting the Chalice” will make a wonderful gift for your UU family and friends. To purchase, one, two, three or more copies, see Christine in the church office. Copies are $10.
Tutor Volunteers Needed

The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora will be training new tutor volunteers for its literacy program from 9:30am to 2:30pm on two consecutive Saturdays, January 13, and 20 (lunch will be included). Female volunteers (with high school diploma) will be trained to help women students learn to read, write, and speak English. Tutors meet with students once a week for 90 minutes, from Sept. to May, at 260 Vermont St., Aurora (behind St. Therese Church). Tutors do not need to speak Spanish or have teaching experience. To volunteer, email Alison Brzezinski, visit, or call 630-898-4636. The Center is not handicap accessible.

2018 Affordable Care Act Enrollment

Unfortunately, recent changes in the ACA have made it harder to enroll and re-enroll. We all need to make a concerted effort to spread the word to people who need health insurance coverage or are already on Medicaid, or covered by a plan from the Marketplace on how and when to enroll/re-enroll/change plans.

What is different this year?

  1. Much SHORTER ENROLLMENT period: Nov. 1 through December 15 (NOT Jan 31)
  2. Marketing & Advertising Budget has been cut by 90% (Hence the need to get the word out other ways).
  3. Fewer plans are available
  4. Currently enrolled participants may not receive a notice of Open Enrollment.

What can you do to help?

  1. Help get the word out. 
  2. Direct people needing navigator help to contact VNA Health Care in Aurora:

2. Become familiar with the Illinois Connector so you can find local help and make appointments for individuals who need more guidance: Tech savvy folks can enroll on their own at this site.

3.  We can host an enrollment event at UUSG if we have a significant number of people who need help. Have interested people call Bill Scown at 630. 360. 0905 or email at

Some facts to counter myths floating around at present:

  1. If you enroll, you WILL have coverage throughout 2018. Congress cannot take it away retroactively.
  2. 80% of enrollees will qualify for a discount of some sort.
  3. “Navigators” and insurance brokers are available to help people enroll. See list for a comprehensive local directory of assisters.
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