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

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UUSG News: August 20, 2017
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UUSG News

August 20, 2017
 
This Week, The Upcoming Month, & Beyond! 

LRE Registration is Now Open!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

We have a terrific year in store. Last year, our program focused on what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This year, we’ll turn our attention outward to learn about faiths followed by our neighbors and around the world. More information on our program is available here.

Teachers Still Needed at 11:15
We still need two more teachers for the 11:15 service - one for K-2 and one for 3-5. Teaching is fun and a great way to learn and make connections with kids, parents, and other LRE volunteers. Unfortunately if we cannot fully staff our teams we have to consider consolidating classes at one service. Teaching teams will be finalized on August 13, so if you’re on the fence about volunteering please sign up today! To volunteer or for more information please e-mail LRE Team leaders Jennifer Klein and Bill Pokorny at LRE@uusg.org as soon as possible.

Details on the Registration Process

All children and youth from nursery through senior high must be registered to participate.

To register, you’ll need to follow three steps:

  1. Read the LRE Participation Agreement.
  2. Complete the online registration form for each child that you wish to register. Please be sure to enter your contact and emergency contact information for the first child. Please use the electronic form if you can as it helps reduce the workload for our volunteers and avoid errors. Paper forms will also be available (later in August) in the form rack between the Common Room and Nursery for anyone who may not be able to use the electronic form.
  3. Once your child’s registration is processed (usually a within few days), you will receive an invitation to connect to Realm. Please log in and complete your Realm profile using these instructions.


What the heck is Realm?
It’s our new church management system that allows you to communicate with others in our church community, see details of events, and generally stay on top of what’s going on at church. Our teachers and advisors will be using Realm to communicate important information during the year, so please be sure to follow the directions to log in once you receive your invitation e-mail. If you don’t receive the e-mail or have any difficulty logging in, please contact LRE@uusg.org.

That’s it! We hope this process is simple and relatively painless. Questions? If you would like to volunteer as a teacher or if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact LRE Team Leaders Jennifer Klein and Bill Pokorny by e-mailing LRE@uusg.org.

AmazonSmile

When you do your shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to UUSG! Just visit smile.amazon.com and select "UUSG" as the charity.
Parking alert!

The Geneva Concours d’Elegance Event is next Sunday, August 27 in downtown Geneva. Plan on allowing extra time to find parking near UUSG for Sunday Services. 
Broadcast & Folk Festival Cancelled

The Fox Valley Folk Music Festival
and WFMT Broadcast at UUSG that was scheduled for September 2 has been cancelled due to the July flooding at Island Park. The WFMT Broadcast will take place at the station this year, and the folk festival will return in 2018.
Goal Reached! Thank you!

The 175th Anniversary Congregational Gift
Campaign has reached its goal of raising $3,000! Thank you to all of our generous donors who contributed, your donation will be used to help preserve UUSG’s history for the next 175 years and beyond.
UUSG Choir

I believe we are what we sing. And singing together in a group, with songs that embrace our UU values, can unite, energize, support, and encourage us. -Cynthia Spiegel, Choir Director.
Consider joining the choir as we work together to make a beautiful sound, energized by love for the world and for each other. Questions? uusg.org/choir. Sign up here.
Luncheonettes

Summer isn't over yet! Join in community and share some love and laughs with other UUSG WOMEN!
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 11:30-1:00, Andres in Batavia. RSVP by Tuesday.
August BOW: Northern Illinois Food Bank

The NIFB provides nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. It provides meals and hope to more than 71,500 people each week. Northern Illinois Food Bank has received Charity Navigator’s 4-Star rating since 2003 for its fiscal responsibility. Ninety-seven percent of the Food Bank’s resources go to programs that feed the hungry. The Food Bank can stretch every $1 donated into $8 worth of groceries! Through support such as ours, the NIFB was able to provide a record 65,000,000 meals in Fiscal Year 2017. During the August collections, be sure to write "BOW" in the memo line if you would like your donation to help support the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Join us!
Picnic in the Park

Annual Homecoming Picnic! Join UUSG members and friends as we celebrate our 11th Annual UUSG Picnic, Sunday, September 10, 1-4pm at Wheeler Park Pavilion. Fried chicken is provided. Sign up in the Common Room or here. The deadline to RSVP is September 6. Questions? Contact Jamie Carroll at picnic@uusg.org.
The Blackberries are Ready
 

Come and Pick!  Blackberries are great for freezing, canning, jam, and eating fresh. They contain tons of vitamins, nutrients, and anti-oxidants. They are organic and local to you, insuring best freshness and flavor. New and interesting recipes are available. And don't worry about the seeds in your teeth- your tongue needs something to do while you watch TV! We are at 1700 Averill in Geneva on Pushing the Envelope Farm. Children are welcome to pick and hunt for all of the beneficial helpers on the farm such as toads, bees, butterflies, and interesting spiders and insects. Please wear close toed shoes, hats and sunscreen. Bring water too. We ask for $4 per pound and we'll donate $1 of every pound back to UUSG. We love it when everybody wins!!  Call Jenny Gresko Schevers at 630 926-0010 to reserve a time to come and pick.
Women's Retreat

Discover Your Flow...Pause and Bond with the Women of UUSG Save the Date! The 5th Annual UUSG Women's Retreat will be held January 19-21, 2018. 
Snip, Eat, Enjoy!

The herbs in the garden, maintained by The Green Sanctuary Team in front of the Pioneer House, are growing! Ready for harvest are: dill, parsley, thyme, sage, chives, basil and rosemary. Snip a sprig or two to add to your favorite dish.
Summer Social Hour

Our Summer Social Hours 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 hospitality@uusg.org.
August Friday Flick 

Join us August 25, at 7pm, for "Now Is The Time: Healthcare For Everybody." The United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee access to basic health care for residents. Countries that guarantee health care as a human right do so through a “single-payer” system, which replaces the thousands of for-profit health insurance companies with a public, universal plan.

The United States pays nearly twice as much for healthcare as any other industrialized nation, yet it still does not provide care for all its citizens. While the Affordable Care Act has helped some people, many of us are feeling the pinch of rising costs and narrowing networks. Polls show that 58% of Americans favor a national publicly funded healthcare program. So why has the US Congress not passed such a plan and, in fact, looks to eliminate coverage for millions more?

"Now is the Time: Healthcare for Everybody" delves into what single payer healthcare is, how it saves money, and what behind-the-scenes people are doing to clear the fog of mis-perception that keeps us from moving forward.
Moving Soon?

Looking for moving supplies? Gary and Kathie Noll have moving boxes, bubble wrap, and paper wrap to offer. Contact them at 2klmnoll@gmail.com
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