Friday Update August 18, 2023


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Friday Update

Loud and Proud: Taking Unitarian Universalism Seriously Part 1
August 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
“Put it under a bushel? No!”  — and yet we are often reticent, for good reason, to be loud and proud about our faith.  Many have been harmed by proselytizing and supremacist faith traditions.  It’s hard to explain our faith.  Even when we do great work in the community because of our religious values, we don’t want to make a fuss.  The white mid-western middle-class culture is strong among us.  But in an age of neo-fascism, an epidemic of loneliness, and a search for real meaning in a techno-capitalist world we need to now be Loud and Proud about our faith.  I’ll give you tools and ideas about how to do this in a way that is loving and inclusive.  Bring a friend today! 

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with UUANI
UUANI (Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois) was founded in 2013 and organized to build power among UU congregations in Illinois, in order to put our UU values into meaningful, concrete far-reaching action toward social justice. We work collectively with each other and collaboratively with effective partner organizations to influence the creation of meaningful social change toward justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet.
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Volunteers for Sunday, August 20
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
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. Spitty and others are happy to help you become familiar with how to handle this easy job.
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Bring-a-Friend To Church

Sundays, August 20 & 27
Rev. Matthew is preaching about Taking Unitarian Universalism Seriously in a 2-part sermon. Let’s share the good news of Unitarian Universalism with our family, friends, and neighbors!

August 20th after the service
Please join us to reflect on Sunday’s service topic in a small group setting. What are your thoughts on the topic? What impact could the service have on your life?

Meets this Sunday and every third Sunday after the service in the library. No registration required.

Memorial Patio Dedication
On Sunday August 20 after our church service, we will be having a short dedication for the newly renovated Memorial Patio. The Memorials Committee wants to invite all who are able to be there to participate. Rebuilding this space, dedicated to those who came before us, has been a labor of love. We hope that all of you, whether you are able to join us on Sunday or not, will stop to see the new patio and find a space of peace and memories.

The Memorials Committee


Do you have a chalice you use at home? If you are willing to share, we are making a display of chalices for the display ledge in the sanctuary. The chalice has become an important symbol of Unitarian Universalism with an open meaning. For some it is a beacon of light illuminating their spiritual journey, for other’s it is the light symbolizing truth, and for some it is a source of comfort.

We will display chalices for the next two Sundays. Please put your name on the bottom, so we can make sure it gets back to you.

The UU Church Auction website – Auctria – is now open for donations! 
You may now self-post your donations through the link below. Donations will be accepted through Friday, September 1. 
Click Here to Donate
If you have any questions or need assistance in entering your donation, you can reach out to Katie Kerr at

We appreciate your support. Your generosity in the auction helps support the continued work of the church. Thank you!

Parents’ Night OUT!
Thursday, August 24th
5:30 – 8:00 pm

Treat yourself to a night out while we watch the kids!
Pizza – Snacks – Drinks – Movie
Donation of $5 Requested, NOT Required

Sign-up using this link by Monday, August 21st.

Past Sunday Services

Did you know you can watch past Sunday services anytime? We have them on our website under past worship services so you never have to miss a Sunday! Click here to find a service that you haven’t seen yet! You can also always go to our Facebook and YouTube pages.

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Spitty Tata 
Clerk: Kim Vollmer
Vice-President: Matt Menze
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Clark Logemann, Sarah Greer, & Rebecca Beneditz

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

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