Friday Update December 23, 2022

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Peace On Earth
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
Song, story and candlelight accompany our reflection on what it means to have and long for “peace on earth.”  When violence and oppression seem everywhere, how can we make peace real in this world?

Celebrate Christmas Together
December 25, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in person (Please note this service will not be live-streamed)
Rev. Joyce Palmer & D.R.E. Lindsay Trank

Come together to participate in readings, prayers, and fellowship. Following the brief service, we will enjoy delicious offerings from Mary’s Market.

New Year’s Day
Finding Our Center: The Labyrinth
January 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. (Please note this service will not be live-streamed)
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

The Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that helps us come back to our center.  We’ll learn a little about the labyrinth and then experience the journey in the sanctuary, where a labyrinth will be set up for today. 
Christmas Eve Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with Shelter Care on 12/24 & 12/25
It is the mission of Shelter Care Ministries to provide shelter, awaken hope, and honor dignity for every person who seeks assistance through our programs. Our focus is on individuals living with a chronic mental illness and families that are experiencing homelessness in the Winnebago and Boone county area.
Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, December 24
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Sign Up Here

Volunteers for Sunday, December 25
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Gloria Perez & Joyce Palmer
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. 
Reminder to coffee hour hosts: please make sure the heater is off and the machine master switch is off when you leave. Thank you!
Sign Up Here

Special Holiday Services at

UU Church Rockford

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service – Saturday, December 24, 5 pm On this special evening we gather to celebrate the enduring power of love and hope, sing traditional carols, and share the light and joy of the season with one another.

Celebrate Christmas Together – Sunday, December 25, 10 am Come together to participate in readings, prayers and fellowship. Following the brief service we will enjoy delicious offerings from Mary’s Market.

New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1, 10 am Rev. Matthew will lead this service as we enter a New Year. A time of reflection and looking forward.

Please note that the office will be closed next week so staff can spend time with their kids and family over the winter break. Have a Merry Christmas!

Finding Your Way with Starting Point

Starting Point is small group ministry especially designed for newcomers and those looking to discover Unitarian Universalism and their church all over again. This program will help participants live Unitarian Universalism more fully, bring our history and theology to life, and leave everyone feeling grounded, connected and renewed.

Join Rev. Joyce, newcomers, friends and members looking to make connections and “dig deeper” into Unitarian Universalism.

Starting Point is a 4-week program, we will meet Sunday afternoons from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. Session dates January 15, January 22, January 29 and February 5.

Register by completing the form at the link below or email

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: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds, Rebecca Beneditz

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

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