At UUCJ, our mission is to be an inclusive ministry, encouraging the educational and spiritual growth of its members and the greater community.
February SPLIT THE PLATE When we “split-the-plate,” we donate half of all the non-pledge cash that is collected during the Sunday offertory. For the month of February, we will Split the Plate 50/50 with the Will County Humane Society , Will County’s original no-kill shelter. They’ve been serving the area for over 40 years with a single purpose, provide a safe haven for homeless pets and help them find their forever home.
If you prefer to make a donation by check, you may do so by indicating “split-the-plate” on the memo line of your check. In doing so the entire amount of the check you have written to UUCJ will be given to that month’s recipient. You are also welcome to indicate a “split-the-plate” dollar amount on the memo line of the check you have written to UUCJ.
In doing so, the amount you have indicated will be given to that month’s recipient and the rest will be a UUCJ donation.
Upcoming Sunday Worship Presenters Here are the presenters coming up over the next weeks:
February 22, 2015 Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher
March 1, 2015 Janet Adams
March 8, 2015 Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher
March 15, 2015 Hannah Droogan
March 22, 2015 Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher
March 29, 2015 Paul Brumbaugh & Angela Salvaggione
April 5, 2015 Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher
April 12, 2015 Open—Interested? See Sue Thom!
Murder Mystery Dinner!! Save the dates! Mark your calendars! Invite your friends and co-workers! It the Annual UUCJ Murder Mystery Dinner! Tickets are $35 per person and include a delicious four-course meal, beverages and of course an evening of comedy and killing! When you ask? Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th - doors open at 6:30 and the performance begins at 7:00pm.
RE News RE will continue its “Love Connects Us” lessons through May 24th. The Reverend Emmy Lou Belcher will be offering an Intergenerational Easter Service. The Children’s Recognition Sunday will take place on May 17th with their Fun Day being Sunday, May 31st.
Just a reminder, we do not accept donated items to the RE class or nursery without permission from the RE Committee. Unfortunately, we had to dispose of some items because they cannot be used or stored in our classrooms. We are grateful for your considerate offers, but we are governed by State Laws, Safe Congregation Policies, and our Insurance Coverage.
If you would like to donate items, please contact Barb Purdy at email@example.com or at church service on Sunday mornings. Thank you!
Gender Explorersis a free, peer-run support group for transgender adults in and around Joliet. Our mission is to provide a safe and confidential space for individuals to share their personal experiences and explore questions of identity, transition, and/or coming out with people on similar paths. We are inclusive of both female-to-male (FTM) spectrum and male-to-female (MTF) spectrum individuals, of genderqueer persons, of intersexed folks, and of those questioning their gender identity. People of color and people with disabilities are encouraged to attend. The group meets monthly on 3rd Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Joliet. For more information, please contact Melvin at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are an Official UU Welcoming Congregation – which means if you are looking for a church [as a Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, or Questioning individual or couple], we are where you can become a true and integral part of a supportive and loving community. You have found a place you can call home, a place to join hands with others for the better good.
MidAmerica Regional Assembly is almost here! It's time to register for the MidAmerica Regional Assembly, a weekend long gathering of UUs. You'll hear from great speakers, participate in thought-provoking workshops, and meet and mingle with UUs from all over the Region. Regional Assembly is April 17-19 in Naperville, Illinois - just outside of Chicago. Go to www.midamericauua.org/RA to see all the exciting events and register. Youth are welcome. Childcare is offered. Limited partial scholarships are available. Hotel rooms are available at a group rate, too! Deadline to register at the early bird discount is March 15. Lobby Day Environmental Legislative Workshop
Speak out about the environment. Be heard. Make a difference.
DuPage UU Church 1828 Old Naperville Road, Naperville 60563 Sunday, Feb. 22, 12:45—4pm, Sanctuary Send RSVPs (by Wednesday, Feb. 18) and questions to email@example.com FREE AND OPEN TO ALL • Learn about climate change legislation • Plan an advocacy strategy • Get ready for Lobby Day, April 15 or 22 in Springfield • Policy bingo! SPEAKERS: • Rev. Brian Sauder of Faith in Place • Our own Kaiya Iverson
Organizing for Change: Addressing Classism in Your Faith Community Saturday, February 28, 2015 9am to 4pm First Unitarian Church of Hobart, 497 Main Street, Hobart Indiana (50 minutes Southeast of Downtown Chicago) Join First Unitarian Church of Hobart and UU Class Conversations for a full-day workshop exploring class and classism. Class Conversations helps UUs get real about privilege and access by building on our faith community’s ongoing diversity and anti-oppression work – from race to gender to sexual orientation – and by exploring the little considered, almost taboo, subject of class. We infuse this exploration with our history, our principles, and spiritual traditions.
This interactive, full-day workshop strengthens your congregation as you: 1. Explore the implications of class and classism. 2. Begin the process of becoming less classist and more class-inclusive. 3. Organize more effectively across class lines.
Participants build community while learning about each other’s experiences related to class in personal histories and in the life of congregations.
To register or obtain additional information, please contact Carl Wolf via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). To learn more about UU Class Conversations, please explore our web resources (http://www.uuclassconversations.org/).
Woodstock Folk Festival Presents International Women’s Day Concert - Sunday, March 8 at 2pm This concert, the 4th annual themed spring benefit concert, will honor the many amazing women who have paced the way for women in music and have made the world a better place by sharing their songs.
Admission is $10 (suggested donation)
Location: Unity Spiritual Center of Woodstock, 225 W Calhoun St, Woodstock, IL 60098
For reservations/more information, visit woodstockfolkfestival.org, call 815-338-2080, or email email@example.com
Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly July 5—11, 2015 Consider joining fellow UUs this summer in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual MUUSA. The weeklong camp offers many workshops and activities for familes, couples, and singles of all ages. This year, Rev. Doctor Tony Larsen will lead the daily Morning Celebration service on this year’s theme: ‘Can We Talk?’
Come gather in the beautiful forests and rolling hills of the Missouri Ozarks at YMCA Trout Lodge, where you can connect with old friends, make new ones, and participate in a variety of activities. Registration has begun! Get all the details at muusa.org
UUCJ Board of Trustees President Margaret Juraco 2015
Vice-President Linda Kremsner 2016
Board Secretary Cathy Coss 2015
Trustee Chuck Teeter 2016
Trustee Mike Smith 2016
Trustee Mark Daimid 2015
TrusteeCharlotte Droogan 2015
Minister The Reverend Emmy Lou Belcher (Office Hours Thursdays from 2pm to 4:30pm. Rev. Belcher is also available by appointment.)