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110 S. 2nd Street
Geneva, IL, 60134


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This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
June 17: Happy Fathers' Day!
We Need Your Help!

In case you missed the message from the CRAZY pizza lady at Sunday’s service….WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

There are MANY open shifts and we need ALL hands on deck (or at the counter!). This is one of the MAJOR UUSG fundraisers of the year, but in order to be successful, we have to have people helping in the booth. Please take a moment, visit the website and SIGN UP. If you have already signed up and can work another shift, please SIGN UP. If you would rather be our pizza delivery person (you can stay in your car and pick up the pizza), please SIGN UP. PLEASE SIGN UP! and THANK YOU!

Any questions, please ask Mary Swanson, Molly MacKay Zacker, Nancy Christensen, or Tom Russo at
Swedish Days Parade

UUSG is in the Swedish Days Parade! Sign up to march with us on June 26, here. We will be gathering at 12:45pm at the corner of Center and Anderson Streets (Geneva High School). Bring kazoos, bubbles to blow, and UU t-shirts to wear (and let us know if you have extras that can be shared with other marchers)!
Swedish Days Office Schedule
  • The office will be closed June19-21, due to Swedish Days parking challenges. 
  • The Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates will be on Study Leave June 18-24.
  • Our Congregational Administrator, Christine, will be on vacation July 2-5.
Guest in the Pulpit: Aaron Fogleman

July 1: Aaron Fogleman is a professor of Early American History at Northern Illinois University and has been attending UUSG for many years. He will be speaking about the meaning of Independence Day historically and in the present, among other things challenging those present to consider the ideals and accomplishments associated with 1776 in this country, the many failures historically and in the present to live up to those ideals, and what we might do to further those ideals, which are quite compatible with our covenant.  
Foxfire Pan Pagan Earth Circle

We will meet on June 21, at an off-site location for a Summer Solstice Ritual. Email Ro Maziarz at for details.
June Beyond Our Walls

The BOW cause for June is the Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls in rural Kenya. JAMS provides an education “good enough for the richest and open to the poorest.” Some of the students have parents who can pay at least some of their school fees; however, most JAMS students would not be in school if not for the support of generous donors. Some of these students are orphans, others desperately poor. By addressing the financial barriers that would normally keep girls from attending a secondary school, JAMS is answering the recommendation by the Global Campaign for Education to address financial issues to allow for greater gender equity in education. JAMS models excellence in education for Kenya and East Africa. While the high school curriculum is set nationally by the Ministry of Education, JAMS enriches the standard curriculum with entrepreneurship and leadership training. Teachers at JAMS use teaching methods shown to promote active, hands-on learning so that the girls learn to take initiative and apply what they are learning to situations they face in their own lives and communities. The school also incorporates themes of tolerance, justice, participatory democracy, sustainability, technology, and global awareness to better prepare the students to be leaders in their country. 
Sister Supper Sign-Up

Sister Suppers, modeled on the traditional UU Circle Suppers, are social gatherings of women members and friends of UUSG. They enable us to get to know each other in a warm and casual environment. Four Sister Suppers will be held during late summer and fall. The sign-up for Sister Suppers is now open and will remain open through June 30. Sign up at If you have never attended one and want to know more about them, please call Sherri Casterline at (847) 464-5302. No emails please. 
Reimbursement Reminder...

If you spent money on behalf of UUSG this year and have not yet requested reimbursement, please do so by June 30. Reimbursement request envelopes are available just outside our Congregational Administrator’s office.

Pathway to Membership

Are you new around here? Have you been wondering what UUSG is all about? Are you looking for something to do on a Sunday afternoon? Would you like a free lunch?

The UUSG Welcoming Team invites interested newcomers to attend our next Pathway to Membership (P2M) session on Sunday, July 22. Gather in the Common Room right after the regular worship service. We'll kick things off around 11am with a light lunch. Please RSVP here.

Since this is a full 4-hour session, participants are encouraged to make their own childcare arrangements at home. If circumstances require that your small children accompany you, we will attempt to provide nursery care at church for those aged 6 or younger. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is needed to find available caregivers.

Watch for more details in the next Pioneer and listen for pulpit announcements as the date approaches. Questions? Please stop by the Welcome Center in the Common Room. For further information, please contact Jim or Kate Frazier at

2017-2018 Pledges

If you haven’t fulfilled your 2017-18 operating fund pledge commitment yet, please try to do so by June 30. Questions? Contact Christine at
Social Justice Retreat

The Social Justice Team will hold their annual retreat on Saturday, June 23, at 12:00pm, at the Scown’s home in Geneva. There will be a potluck lunch followed by discussion to determine select the BOW recipients for FY 2019 and set Social Justice Key goals. Everyone interested is welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. Please RSVP and sign up to bring a dish here.
Summer Social Hours

While scheduled Social Hour has ended until fall, 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. Questions?
Green Sanctuary
  • Kane County Recycle Extravaganza is coming! If you are working on your Spring Cleaning - this is the big one. July 14, 8-12pm. Kane County Fair Grounds 540 S Randall Road, St. Charles. Check this out - Extravaganza Poster
  • Sierra Club Outing in Geneva June 18, at Fabyan Forest Preserve -The Valley of the Fox June outing will feature a guided hiking tour by Jay Womack, showcasing the restoration work being completed at the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva. Mr. Womack coordinates the volunteers and work program for the Fabyan restoration. He is a landscape architect with Huff & Huff, and his design philosophy is rooted in a lifelong affinity for the ecosystems of the Midwest and in the belief that people need to be connected to the environment. He is passionate about the environment and stewarding the next generation of naturalists. Come see what Jay and his troop of dedicated volunteers have accomplished so far. We will meet at 7:00pm at Shelter #4, which is on the east side of Route 25, just north of Fabyan Parkway. Please bring a snack to share, water in a reusable container, wear appropriate hiking shoes and use protection from insect pests. Participants will need to sign a waiver before beginning the hiking portion of the meeting.
6th Annual Women's Retreat

Save the Date for the 6th Annual Women’s Retreat. It will be February 1-3, 2019.
Fall Social Hours

We know everyone is looking forward to summer, but fall is right around the corner. We would appreciate if everyone could sign up for Social Hours coming up starting Sept 9. Sign up here. Questions? Contact Jamie Carroll at
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