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UUSG News

February 18, 2018

This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
&
Beyond!
Upcoming Events & Info at UUSG 
NIFB Thank You!

Thank you to the volunteers who showed up on short notice at the Northern Illinois Food Bank on Feb 3. Together we packaged 4,501 pounds of noodles! That is 2.25 TONS of noodles! Thank you Kevin Beyer, Jamie Carroll, James Carroll, Betsy Dunn, Joni Garcia, Noah Grom, Grace Johnson, Liam Johnson, Kate Johnson, Brenda Link, Lisa Link, Christine McGhee, Jeff McGhee, Gary Noll, Kathie Noll, Ramsey Rusef, Hamid Rusef, Nancy Steinke, Mary Swanson, and Joyce Whitehead.
 
Social Hour Thanks

Thank you, Interweave Group, for our Social Hour this morning. We are grateful that our Women's Retreat Group will host next week. We appreciate all of you! 
  
Annual Day of Service 

Be sure to save the date. UUSG’s Annual Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. There will be many ways for all ages to get involved - from volunteering at the food bank, to putting together gift bags of personal care items for senior citizens, to writing postcards to representatives. More information coming soon.
February "BOW"

February “Beyond Our Walls” will support our church’s active involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Our YRUU and Young Adult groups will be traveling this summer to work on Habitat houses. Your donation will be used to support the trips, and as contributions to the local chapters with which we work. Write “BOW” in the memo line. Thank you!
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 February 19. We’ll be discussing John. For more info, please contact Jim Frazier at biblestudy@uusg.org.
It All Adds Up

Since September, New2U has raised almost $900 for UUSG (over $4,000 since its inception in 2016). Sales have been brisk; we need more listings; and you can help. Chances are there are things in your spare room, attic, basement, garage, storage lockers that you're not using, and someone else may treasure. To list an item, click here.
 
New Year. New Directory.

Our UUSG directory is now only available online via Realm (UUSG’s private social network). If you would like to set up an account, please email Christine at office@uusg.org.
 
Green Sanctuary
  • Save the date: Spring Dinner, Saturday, May 5, 5-9pm.
  • City of Geneva's Natural Resource Committee's annual fund raiser "Wine, Cheese, and Trees" February 24, 7-9pm, at the Persinger Center on Kaneville Road. Individual tickets are $30 each.
  • One Earth Film Fest has one film showing in the Fox Valley. "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" ...from the Sundance Film Festival - this film celebrates the agricultural entrepreneurs who are doing things like revolutionizing scale agriculture to rebuild the fertility, biodiversity, and resilience of soil. Monday, March 5, 6:30pm, at Downtown Waubonsee Campus, 18 S. River Road, Aurora. This film screening is free. These films are very high quality and this venue is very well attended.
Project Snowfall

"The White Darkness" "The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness. Every direction he turned, he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth: white ice and blue ice, glacial-ice tongues and ice wedges. There were no living creatures in sight. Not a bear or even a bird. Nothing but him." - The New Yorker Feb. 12 & 19, 2018. The film rights have already been sold. But the story, is the thing. Link to the original The New Yorker article: Here. Soundcloud link to 8 minute reading from the above: Here. I've always been a fan of the Endurance / Shackleton story. So was Henry Worsley. He'd even written a book about Skackleton. Eventually, he had to try to do this journey himself. Alone. It's a great winter read! 
Got Time?

The Soup Kitchen Needs You This Week: Wednesday evening, February 21, to cook in St. Charles and Thursday, February 22, during the day to service in Aurora. Only two people have signed up. Please, can you spare some time to feed the needy? Sign up at uusg.org/soup-kitchen or contact Martha Tabis for more details.
Join the ERT 

The Emergency Response Team (ERT) is expanding to better ensure we all have a safe worship experience. We are seeking volunteers to implement an internal Security Team that would be “on duty” on Sunday mornings. Training would be provided to ready us to handle an unplanned situation dealing with disruptive, threatening, and violent types of behavior. If you are willing to be part of a rotating pool of people, please contact Hal Schulman at ertleader@uusg.org. A professional background/degree in a related field is not required.
February Friday Flick: Freedom to Marry

Come join us for the showing of a new documentary The Freedom to Marry. We will gather in the Common Room at 7pm on Friday February 23, for this film, sponsored by Interweave.

Over the last four decades, the concept of same-sex couples marrying went from a 'preposterous notion' to the national law. The marriage equality movement is now known as one of the most successful civil rights campaigns in the modern history, but change did not arrive by happenstance. This victory was carefully planned and orchestrated over decades. The Freedom to Marry a new documentary film, offers the untold, inside story of this historic movement. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, the architect and the main litigator of the movement, and their key colleagues from earliest days of their journey to their final frenetic dash to the US Supreme Court. For more info contact interweave.leader@uusg.org.
Women's Circle - Spirituality & Creativity

“The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” -Jungian analyst and author Marion Woodman. Join us as we explore the connection between Spirituality and Creativity. The two go hand in hand. Creativity isn’t limited to the arts—it can be part of almost everything we do—cooking, child-rearing, playing chess. And it is through creativity—waking up that muse—that we can find the true expressions of ourselves. We’ll discuss ways to nurture your spirituality through creativity and your creativity through spirituality. Unleash and focus your inner creator! We hope you can join us on February 24, 1-4pm, in UUSG’s Common Room. Deb Brod will facilitate. Sign up  here or go to uusg.org/womens-circle for more info.
Pathway to Membership

The Welcoming Team will offer a one-day Pathway to Membership Program, 12:30 - 4pm on Sunday, February 25, in the Common Room. Newcomers can experience "the best of" our former New UUs orientation combined with the required elements of the Membership Preparation Class in a single three-hour session. If at the end of the afternoon you feel ready to sign the Membership Book, you can do so on the spot! We'll kick things off at 12:30 with a light lunch. Please RSVP here. Childcare will be provided upon advance request. Listen for pulpit announcements as the date approaches. Questions? Please stop by the Welcome Center in the Common Room between services.
Luncheonettes

Even though February was the shortest month of the year, sometimes it seemed like the longest.” - J.D. Robb

Come celebrate the end of grey February with UUSG women at Luncheonettes on Wednesday, February 28, 11:30am-1pm, at Andres Restaurant, Batavia. RSVP by noon on 2/27 here.
Women's Retreat

If you are interested in learning more about the UUSG Women’s Retreat or are interested in contributing to the 6th Annual UUSG Women’s Retreat in 2019, join us on March 4, right after the 11:15 service in the Alcott Room. If you can’t make the meeting, you may contact the Planning Committee Chairwoman, Rachel Harbold, at womensretreat@uusg.org for more information.

Annual Naming & Dedication Services

Once again, it’s time to plan for our annual Naming & Dedication Services. Each year, we dedicate at least one full service to a Celebration of Naming & Dedication. It seems to work best for most families if we choose a Sunday at one end or the other of the Spring Break. For 2018, the celebrations will be on Sunday, March 25. We need to know how many families would like to take part and how many children will be dedicated, and we need that information no later than Sunday, March 4.

If you’ve never experienced one of our N&D services, this is our UU equivalent of a Christian Baptism or a Jewish Naming ceremony or a Muslim Akikah. The entire service is devoted to welcoming and naming the children, with several families participating together. If we have more than three families in any given year, we divide them up between the services (three or four children being about the maximum for each service). Each family presents their child or children to the congregation with a reading (poetry or prose or a prayer or prepared statement) or special music, and the members of each family make their individual promises of love and support to one another and to their children. The ceremony includes older siblings, grandparents, godparents or sponsors, and other special friends and relations. As a religious community, we all covenant to help in caring for all of our children, and if older children are being included, we also invite their classmates to return to the sanctuary for the actual ceremony of Naming and Dedication. The children being Named can be any age, and parents need not be Voting Members of UUSG – they need only want the support of our UU church family as they raise each child. 
 
Let us know as soon as possible, but absolutely no later than March 4, please, if you’d like your child(ren) included. Please tell us which service time you’d prefer (first come first served on that – we can’t easily do more than 4 children at a service, so if you have a strong preference, tell us soon). Once we know who’s interested, we’ll send out the “N & D Info Form” we need filled out for each child.  
 
If you have questions, send Rev. Lindsay an e-mail: minister@uusg.org.

Rolling Out Realm

Need help with Realm? If you or your UUSG Ministry Team or Group is having trouble getting started with our new social network, email Christine at office@uusg.org to set up a time for a one-on-one or group training.

Do You Want to Serve on the Board?

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. If you’re interested in being on that list, please send an email to Jim Frazier, at nominating@uusg.org.

Social Justice

The Fox River Valley Initiative program, "Exercise in Democracy" will allow all 9 Illinois States Attorney General candidates to be on the podium. One of these lucky candidates will win, all of them will say - who are these people?! And more important - what do they want?! We want Social Justice! This is how you get it. Many SAGs have famously grown a back bone and are standing up to nefarious political winds, and are capable of having a dramatic input into actions in our states. UUSG will have a contingent - all are invited. Sunday, March 11, 4-5:15 pm, Maine East High School Auditorium, Park Ridge. The Plan is for over 1,000 people to attend!

We Want Your Ideas!

The Board of Directors is looking for creative visionaries who would like to help brainstorm ideas for FUNdraisers and Short term and Long term uses of the 3rd Street property. Please contact Jean Pierce at boardpresident@uusg.org.

UU Summer Camp July 1-7

Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (MUUSA). The weeklong camp offers many workshops and activities for families, couples, and singles of all ages. This year Reverend Nic Cable will lead the daily Morning Celebration service on this year's theme: "Living Between Worlds." Registration begins this month; get all the details at muusa.org.

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