Friday Update April 15, 2022

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Friday Update

Easter and the Liberal Christians
April 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
As we celebrate Easter, we’ll learn about the early Unitarians, who sought to call themselves “The Liberal Christians.”  What did they believe?  Why were they so influential in the creation of America?  Why are they responsible for the word “antidisestablishmentarianism”? And what can they teach us today about what it means to follow the teachings of Jesus and the gospel of Love? 
Order of Service
On the third Sunday of every month there is a sermon discussion.  If you are interested in joining other congregants, grab your coffee and meet us at 11:30 in the library.

We will Share the Plate with CASA

In 1987, Judge Bradnor Riggs, then presiding judge over Juvenile Court in Winnebago County, met with the Junior League of Rockford to bring CASA to the children of Winnebago County. Today, more than 30 years later, Winnebago County CASA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to support and advocate for the best interests of children within the juvenile abuse and neglect court system. Since 1987, we have trained more than 700 volunteers and served more than 3,600 children in Winnebago County.
Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, April 17
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake & Martha Dunegan
Greeters: Sue Garwick & Teresa Wilmot
Guest Table: We Need 2 Volunteers
Coffee Hosts: We Need 2 Volunteers
Please note that if you volunteer for coffee host you will need to clean up afterward and run the cups through the sanitizer.

Sign Up Here:

Thank you!

Passover Seder Tonight!

Our UU Seder is a family-friendly gathering, the first in-person Seder since April 2019!  We meet at 6 pm in Deale Hall tonight, Good Friday.

Church Grounds Clean Up Day

Saturday April 23,  8-10 a.m. (but we’ll likely be around until noon)

We will gather, ready to get down and dirty cleaning up the church grounds. Spectrum School families will be helping as well. Litter and sticks to pick up. Curb gutters to clean. Yard work to do.  I ask that everyone park in the upper parking lot nearest the church as we’ll be cleaning the curb gutters.

I hope to see you there.

Allen Penticoff
Building & Grounds Committee
Lighten up!
Generosity Campaign 2022
It’s time to Lighten Up! To celebrate, to be joyful, to have fun, and to turn up our light as a church.  We’re about to begin our generosity (aka stewardship, aka pledge drive) campaign for the coming fiscal year.  We hope every member will attend ONE of the following events.  Each event is designed to highlight something fun and good about our church.  There will be a brief stewardship presentation at each event, but the focus will be on having fun and doing good together.  More information to come.  But for now, select one event and put it on your calendar. 

Concert!  Join Music Director Tim Anderson for a daytime concert.  Friday, April 22nd, 12pm.
Our History Scavenger Hunt!  Begin at Ingersoll Centennial Park (Madison and Oak near downtown Rockford).  Follow the clues through our history and join at the Olympic Tavern with your completed clues.  Saturday 23rd, 3pm start. 
Write for Justice!  Meet in Deale Hall to write letters thanking Reps. West and Vella for their support of the Criminal Justice Reform bill and encouraging them and Sen. Stadleman to resist roll-back efforts.  Wednesday, April 27, 7pm. 
Wesley Willows Happy Hour!  Meet on the driveway at the home of Myrna and Dick Lake. BYOB. Contact office if you need address. Friday, May 6th, 4pm.
Woods and Prairie at the Church!  Meet in the parking lot to hike our woods and prairie with a naturalist guide.  Saturday, May 7, 2pm.
Ice-cream Social! We’ll get an ice-cream truck.  It’ll be great. Sunday, May 15th, after church. 

See you at one of these events!
Your generosity team: Ruth Little, Wendy Bennett, Linda Johnson, Sara Dorner, Sandi Campbell, and Matthew Johnson

  Have Fun with our Pickleball Group!

Depending on the weather, we play at Sinnissippi or inside at Sports Factory every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00.  Contact Ed to get on the mailing list:

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Amanda Tapfield          
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Judy Gustafson     
Treasurer: Teresa Wilmot 
Trustees: Khanh Oehlke, Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds

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