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110 S. 2nd Street
Geneva, IL, 60134


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May 20, 2018

This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG
Summer Services & Social Hours

Reminder: Today was our last Sunday of this church year with 2 scheduled services. We begin our summer schedule of one service at 10am, on May 27. Summer Social Hours also take a more relaxed approach. While there is no organized hosting, that doesn’t mean the kitchen is closed – anyone is welcome to step up and host. Questions? Contact
Summer Youth Hangtime

Want to attend summer services, but not sure how to keep your child occupied? Our Worship Planning Team may have a solution for you - Summer Youth Hangtime! We have a team of 10 people, so that 2 adult volunteers will be available every Sunday to play board games or otherwise hang with the kids who are between nursery and YRUU age, 7-14 yrs. Leaders may take the kids outside on appropriate days, do arts and crafts, board games, take a walk, play games, lay in the grass and chat or read something from our library. One leader mentioned she would like to do yoga with the kids! All participants will be required to have a permission form on file for these summer activities. More info to follow. Any questions? Contact Tracy Dullea at
Swedish Days Pizza Booth Sign-Up is Now LIVE! 

And we need you to help sling some pizza pie! Please check your calendar, pick a few dates, and sign up at this year: We have 2 shifts each day for picking up pizzas at Charlie Fox Pizzeria on Geneva's east side and delivering them to the booth. This is a great opportunity if you don't want to be in the booth, but still contribute to the cause from the comfort of your air conditioned car! Questions? Contact
Interim Minister Search

The Interim Ministry Search Process is in full-swing! Stay up-to-date with the latest news and information at, or check out the bulletin board in the Common Room. Questions or comments? E-mail
Take Time for Lunch!

The porch is open and the river is lovely!
Who: Luncheonettes, all female UUSG Members & Friends
What: food, fun, frolic, friendship
When: 11:30-1:00,Wednesday, May 23, the 4th Wednesday of the month
Where: Andres, Batavia.
Soup Kitchen Dates

St Charles Episcopal Also Does a Monthly Soup Kitchen buffet lunch every 4th Wednesday/Thursday of the month for 100 plus people and they need help for preparation and serving. Dates this month are Wed., May 23, 6:30-9:00pm, in St. Charles, and Thurs, May 24, 10:30am-2:00pm, in Aurora. If you would like to volunteer please sign up here.
Social Hour Thanks

Thank you, UUSG Board, for our Social Hour this morning. While this is the last scheduled Social Hour until Fall, please know we welcome volunteers who will share treats, coffee or cold drinks thru our Summer Sundays. Giving each other a place to gather and enjoy time together is a valued part of our Sunday mornings. 
Green Thumb Wanted 

Patrick McGleam, our long-time volunteer Head Groundskeeper is looking for an “apprentice” this year to learn the ropes of taking care (watering & trimming) our UUSG grounds. Please contact if you are interested.
Get Involved With Interweave May 27

We are 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 at 11:30 to plan upcoming activities for Pride Month in June and discuss current community events. For information please contact Lynn Steele at
Lazarus House Summer Dinners

Lazarus House. Our volunteer slots for June 4, and beyond are open! We need volunteers to cook both lunches and dinners on the first Saturday of the month for Lazarus House. As you have probably heard, we are collaborating with St. Charles Episcopal and cooking the dinners in their awesome industrial sized kitchen. We have cooked together since January and our adults and YRUU kids have had a great time working together. If you would like to volunteer to cook Lazarus House meals please sign up here.
New @ New2U

Compact Vintage Bookshelf. It's small, but tall for displaying your books or tchotchkes. Check it out on New2U.
“Change for a Change”

For the 2017-2018 church year, all money collected in the “Change for a Change” Jar in the front of the Sanctuary supports Elba’s Kids, a program that provides holiday gifts for neglected and abused children and teens. Thank you for your generous giving!
May "Beyond our Walls"

The May BOW cause is the Human Library of the Fox Valley. The Human Library of the Fox Valley is a nonprofit that engages the public in conversations about equality, diversity, and human rights, with the goals of reducing tension and violence and increasing social cohesion. Organized completely by volunteers, human libraries are events modeled after traditional libraries where visitors check out a range of titles. The difference is that ‘books’ are people, and ‘reading’ is a conversation. The Human Library of the Fox Valley, an initiative of the recently incorporated not-for-profit Fox Valley Face-to-Face, was founded by FVFTF board members Jennifer DuBose, Cara Schuster, and Mary Swanson and is endorsed by the Human Library Organization based in Denmark. They partner with local volunteers including several UUSG folks from traditionally marginalized groups, human ‘books,’ to create safe, free opportunities for ‘readers’ to better understand those with whom they share their communities. UUSG is proud to partner with The Human Library to challenge prejudice, one book at a time. 
Jerry Nordengren's Honor Flight

On May 9, 2018, Jerry Nordengren's service to the United States during the Korean War was recognized by Honor Flight Chicago. Please join us in congratulating Jerry, and enjoy this video, provided by his daugher Betty, as a "Thank You" for all of the letters of support submitted by folks from UUSG. She says "Thank you for mobilizing the troops!" Jerry Nordengren Honor Flight
Scrapbook for Lindsay

We're putting together a scrapbook for Lindsay, composed of pages from you, the congregation. We invite individuals, families, informal or formal groups, teams, committees and boards to create a page. Plain printer paper is fine as your page will be tucked into an opaque page protector. A hand-written or typed note, sayings, verses, memories, drawn or painted artwork, hand prints, cut and pasted images or photos, collage, a family photo, a team photo, all are welcome.

Martha Tabis has been carrying around a white 3-ring binder at Coffee Hour, or you may find it on the table near the pink hats for sale. Take a look for examples of completed pages. This is Martha's wonderfully creative idea and we encourage everyone to participate. The book is 8.5" x 11" and all entries are due to Martha by June 3.

(Please note: We won't be including greeting cards or folded note cards in the scrapbook because the thickness needs to be manageable - please feel free to give or mail these cards directly to Lindsay.)
Celebration of Rev. Lindsay!

You and your family are cordially invited to a very special party in honor of Rev. Lindsay's retirement after 40 wonderful years serving UUSG as our senior minister! On Sunday June 17, 12-3pm, we will enjoy an open-house style party for all of our members, friends and families - come as early as you can and stay as long as you can.

There will be fabulous music, yummy refreshments, and just a bit of programming. And - of course - there will be cake!  AND since it is a party for Lindsay - there will be chocolate! We will be celebrating in the church and (weather gods permitting) the front lawn and memorial garden. Mini-sandwiches and beverages will be provided, and we invite you to bring a finger-food to share. RSVP here.

Lindsay would like to have a little time with just the kids from 12:30-1, so please have your kids available for some private time with Rev. Lindsay as she wishes them a very fond farewell. We will have special treats for the kids as they spend time together with their Rev. Lindsay. (More details to follow in upcoming announcements.)

The Celebrations Committee is looking for additional UUSG members and friends to help with planning, preparations, and day-of tasks. Questions? Please get in touch with Jill Brown ( or Kathy Cornell ( 

Come to our super-party and be part of this significant, and significantly stellar, celebration in honor of our beloved Rev. Lindsay's retirement!
Introducing our Congregational Letter

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire.” -- Pamela Hansford Johnson

Our Project SnowFall Campaign has progressed slowly but surely over the last few months, and it’s now starting its 2nd phase – “Letters to Our Congregation.” This will build on the continuing Postcard Campaign. The letters will not be about technical matters. They will be about the next chapter in the story of climate change, where we are now and the urgent need to move on. There will be subjects like Climate Privilege and the Moral Imperative. Copies of these letters will be delivered to our representative's local offices. They will see that we are watching what they are doing, or not doing, about climate change. Watch for them in our Monthly Pioneer newsletter.
Green Sanctuary

Raymond Wiggers, author of the popular guidebook Geology Underfoot in Illinois, explains the science linking human activity, greenhouse gases, and climate change. What do scientists predict will happen? And what, if anything, can we can do about it? Join us Wednesday, May 23, 7-9pm, at the St. Charles Public Library.

Outdoor Farmers Market Season is starting. Note, some start in May and some start in June:
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