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November 19, 2017

This Week,
The Upcoming Month,
Happy Thanksgiving!         

UUSG Thanksgiving Dinner

November 23: No plans for Thanksgiving? Family lives too far away? Then join fellow UUs for the Annual T-day Dinner. Family and Friends are welcome. We usually have about 25 attendees. Turkey and ham will be provided; please bring a dish to share. Doors open at 1:15pm with snacks and beverages available. Dinner will be served at 2:00pm. We enjoy a bountiful dinner with fellowship before and after the meal. Please note that this year's dinner will be held at 205 Fellows St. in St. Charles. White ranch at the corner of Fellows and 2nd St. Sign up here.

November's Friday Flick: The Pilgrims

Keeping perspective in today’s world is a challenge, to say the least! Occasionally, it is good to look back and revisit our history to reground ourselves. What better way to do that around Thanksgiving, the quintessential American Holiday, than to reconsider the Pilgrims; what they were looking for and how they influenced American myth. The Pilgrims explores the riveting true story of a small group of English Separatists whose determination to worship God as they saw fit planted the seeds of the American dream. Join us November 24, at 7pm.

Cookie Walk

Calling all "Cookie Elves!" The 35th Annual Cookie Walk is Friday, December 1. Sign up here or in the Common Room to bake cookies or work at the event. Join in on one of UUSG's most delicious fundraisers! 

Vigil for Peace

UUSG has been invited to participate in a peace vigil that The First Congregational Church of Geneva is hosting on Sunday, December 3, at 5pm. The purpose of the vigil is to remember those who have been impacted by violence in the last year, especially the victims of the recent mass shootings. 
Women's Retreat

"Discover Your Flow…Pause and Bond with the Women of UUSG." There are still spots available for the 5th Annual Women’s Retreat, January 19-21, 2018. Registration deadline is December 1. This is a great time to connect with friends and to make new friends while taking time to reconnect with our true selves. Register here. If you have any questions, or are not able to register online, please contact Rachel Harbold at


"The UUSG Women’s Retreat has been the highlight of my year. It is a way for me to connect more deeply with other participants, and develop stronger and more “real” friendships. Beyond this, it is a place where I can escape from my busy life, and relax my mind, body and spirit. With the help of our facilitator, Debbie Leoni, I am able to reconnect with my higher self/higher power and feel a true sense of peace and contentment that lasts well beyond the retreat.” -Kathy

" I always receive exactly what I need when I attend. Each year what I need is different, and it varies, but it has been amazing support, quiet time, and deep connection are just a few things I gain by attending.” -Samantha

"2017 was my first UUSG Women’s Retreat, and I had no idea what to expect. I found connection with myself, and also with Women at UUSG. These connections are some of the strongest ones I’ve had in years.” –Rachel

IYC Holiday Party

It is once again time for the Holiday Party at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. The party will be held on Saturday, December 16, from 1:00 to 3:00. You must be at the Center by 12:30. UUSG has a long history of brightening the holidays for the young men at the Center and those who have helped out in the past have found it to be both rewarding and thought provoking. In order to participate, you must submit your date of birth and social security number to Melissa Auer before December 1, as the Center will do a background check. For more information contact Melissa Auer at, 630-338-2519.

Promoting Practical Goodness

A PPG award to Carol Myers for restocking and organizing the Busy Bags in the Sanctuary! We appreciate you!

Spotlight On:The Communications Team

The Com Team's purpose is to promote UUSG philosophy and activities to the congregation and greater community. Would you like to share your talents with our team? Contact Dave Davis at for more info and meeting times. All are welcome!

Christmas Eve Choir

Consider joining the UUSG Christmas Eve choir! There are three weekly rehearsals starting Wednesday, Dec. 6. A special invitation goes out to our youth, 11 years or older, who must be joined by at least one parent. Sign up here. For more information, contact our choir director, Cynthia Spiegel, at

November BOW

The November BOW offering will go to the St. Charles organization called “Be A Hero To A Hero.” They provide up to 800 Christmas stockings filled with socks, a t-shirt, and toiletries for disabled and infirm vets at the big VA nursing home in Manteo, various nursing homes in Geneva and St. Charles, and also many home-bound vets in our area. All donated funds go directly to these items for the vets.

Social Hour Help

Thank you Communications Team, for our Social Hour this morning. We are in need of hosts for the 11/25 & 12/3 Social Hours and will be grateful for all who might help. Our Social Hours are much appreciated.

Stewardship Team Hosts Planned Giving Discussion

The Stewardship Team will host a discussion on Planned Giving and Estate Planning on Sunday, December 10, 2-4pm. Ted Kuczek of Kuczek & Associates will speak on the subject and provide a forum for people to ask questions about charitable giving, financial planning for the future, and the tax benefits of doing so. Please plan to attend, RSVP to, or just show up!

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 email the chair, Jim Frazier at, or call him at 630-452-5595.

Tickets for Holiday Radio Theater

Celebrate the holidays with a pair of tickets to the re-enactment of the 1940s live broadcast of "It's a Wonderful Life" on December 16, at Fermilab. See New2U for more info.

Green Sanctuary

Green Sanctuary Team would like you to know about upcoming events for the public:
  • Recycle Styrofoam at UUSG available now. We have a new Blue Recycle container on the back porch. Material must be clean, details posted on the bulletin board. Food Containers and Packaging Material will be separated by staff until we decide if and when we need 2 different containers for styrofoam. Material must be clean, details posted on the bulletin board. We have a new Blue Recycle container on the back porch. Recycle Styrofoam at UUSG available now.
  • Climate Science Special Report from EcoWatch by David Suzuki:
    The report, released by 13 federal agencies under the direction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), examines the available science. It was written by dozens of government and non-government scientists, reviewed by the independent National Academy of Sciences and approved by the National Economic Council. It concludes we are living in the warmest period in the history of modern civilization, with the last three years being the warmest on record, that we are seeing more "record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes" and that all the evidence points to human activities, "especially emissions of greenhouse gases," as the main cause. Climate change should be in the headlines every day until everyone takes it seriously, but the report's conclusions are not new.
  • World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice
    More than 15,000 scientists have signed a chilling article titled “World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice," urging global leaders to save the planet from environmental catastrophe. The plea, published Monday in the international journal BioScience, is likely the largest-ever formal support by scientists for a journal article with 15,372 total signatories, Motherboard noted. The scientists represent 184 countries and have a range of scientific backgrounds. Prominent signatories include Jane Goodall, E.O. Wilson and James Hansen.
  • Project SnowFall: For those who would like to do something about Climate Change, even if you are severely time challenged, GST’s post card campaign is beginning a slow roll out. Events and information to be forth coming.
  • Something else to contemplate: Plankton with tiny bits of plastic inside
  • New Environmental Books for November
UUSG Circle Suppers 2018!

Circle Suppers involve revolving groupings of participants who take turns hosting or providing a part of the meal for each of four monthly suppers. Participating pairs or singles will be grouped with different participants for each of the four suppers, which are held in January, February, March, and April. Sign up here or in the Common Room by December 4.

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 

Steeple Walk

On Sunday, December 3, UUSG will once again host a musical performance during the Steeple Walk program. This year the Batavia High School Madrigal Singers will entertain us. Three other local churches will host Scott Stevenson (organ), Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale, and Ruth Cavanaugh and EnsAmble Ad Hoc. Tickets are $12. Please contact Gail Tattersfield for tickets or questions.

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. Sign up here. Contact Martha Tabis with questions.
A Special Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who helped with, and attended, our celebration of the 39th anniversary of Lindsay's ordination! We think everyone had a terrific time, including Lindsay. Thanks to Pat McGleam and Jim Frazier for making the beautiful photos available and to Pat for being our event photographer. Thanks to Al Drover for sharing memories of Lindsay's early years with UUSG. Special thanks to Cynthia Spiegel, Sandra Anderson-Cordogan, Tracy Rosenkrans and all the singers who helped lead the surprise serenade with a hymn Lindsay particularly likes, "Let It Be a Dance." Thanks to everyone who knew we were going to have a "flash-mob" serenade and kept it a secret. Thanks to Jamie Carroll for arranging the beautiful and delicious cake, thanks (as always) to David Tomell (coffee guru) and Renee Tomell for helping with the party throughout, for bringing food, and especially for clean-up (Renee - above and beyond). Many thanks, as always, to Christine Imielski for putting together and producing the printed program (yes, we had to get a special dispensation) and to Deb Brod for her sharp editorial eye, and to Rachel Harbold and Christine for distributing the program to the party attendees.

Very special thanks to Pat Ward and the entire Heritage Team for putting together the projected photo collage and display boards, and keeping the Heritage display case filled with interesting and compelling items! Thanks to Jeff Stibal for technical support (as always!). And thanks to the 175th Anniversary Committee for participating and pitching in! If  we've overlooked anyone, please forgive us - we appreciate everybody's participation and assistance. Finally, thanks to Lindsay for 39 amazing years with us!

Happy Anniversary,
Kathy and Jill
Lighting the Chalice

If you missed the UUSG Book Release Party, but would still like to purchase a copy of Lighting the Chalice, stop by Christine's office or visit Amazon. Books are $10.

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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