Friday Update April 22, 2022

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Friday Update

The Transcendentalists 
April 24, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
We’ll conclude our series on the theological roots of Unitarianism with the folks who line up best with Earth Day: The Transcendentalists.  Their insights into nature, the self, wonder, and art have deeply shaped our faith and our country.  We’ll talk about what they believed and why, and how we can bring the spirit of Fuller, Emerson, Thoreau and the rest into our lives.
Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with MELD
MELD is a non-profit social service agency started in 1981. Through our programs and services, MELD offers emergency shelter and housing, parenting information, life and job skills training, support and resources and prevention education.
Click Here to Donate
Volunteers for Sunday, April 24
Ushers: Ann Caskey & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Greeters: Kathy Scarpaci & Teresa Wilmot
Guest Table: Linda Lawrence & Gloria Perez
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.

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Thank you!

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
12 miles SW of the church.Take bypass 20 around Rockford to the west & go S on Montague Rd Palooza
  • Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Severson Dells Nature Center 8786 Montague Road Rockford IL 61102 (map)

Birds do it. Bees do it. Moths and Butterflies do it. Flies do it, and even the wind does it! What are we talking about? Pollination! We get excited about pollination here at Severson Dells, and we hope you will, too, after you’ve come out to enjoy our celebration of all things pollinator. Visit a variety of booths to learn how your actions can support native pollinators. Build a bee hotel for leaf-cutter bees and grass-carrying wasps. Learn how to design a pollinator garden that will impress the neighbors as well as the bees. Our pollinator-themed games and craft stations entertain visitors of all ages. Free event! No registration necessary.
  • How to Use Your Cell Phone to Photograph Pollinators – with Hans Rupert
  • Make a Bee Hotel
  • Make Seed Bombs
  • Plant a native plant to take home
  • Story Walk
  • Pollinator Midway – pollinator-themed games you can play
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Pollinator Costumes and Crafts
  • Music with David Stocker
  • Food Vendors
  • Guided Walks
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 4 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville

Live stream will be available. Go to and select service Live stream or go to the UUFG Youtube channel

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

The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL  |   4848 Turner St., Rockford, IL 61107   |   815-398-6322    |  |

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