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Human Library
January 2, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Online and In-Person
Join us for our Human Library service!

You are in for a treat when you attend the Human Library service this Sunday.  During the second half of the service, eleven special volunteers will personally share their struggles and successes (and their stories will not be streamed). You are sure to learn something as you sit in a small group to listen to the “human book” that you choose to “read.”

1 Circle  (in Sanctuary)  Shiraz                         International Student      

2 Circle  (in Sanctuary)  Asher                         Agnostic Buddhist

3 Circle  (in Sanctuary)  Shoko                        Japanese Immigrant

4 Table  (in Social Hall)  Mustafa                    Muslim Immigrant

5 Table  (in Social Hall)  Scott                          Vietnam Veteran

6 Table  (in Social Hall)  Terri                           Autism

7 Table  (in Social Hall)  Justin                         Dropout

8 Circle  (in Library)         Bob                           Sexism Kills

9 Circle  (in Choir Room)    Emmanuel            Refugee Camps  

10 Table  (in Conference Room)  Sherry        Sexually Abused

11 Table (in Workroom)   Winniy                   Chinese Immigrant

Those attending online will have the pleasure of watching an interview pre-recorded by Gloria Perez with our Assistant Minister, Rev. Joyce Palmer.

Volunteers for Sunday Morning January 2
R.E. K and Under:  Amy Brandon & Jessica Hodierne
R.E. Grade 1 and Over: Kim Vollmer & Daniel Fellars
Ushers: We Need 2
Greeters: We Need 2
Guest Table: We Need 2

Thank you to those of you who have volunteered already!  Here is the google doc where you can sign up:

Or just email me at and let me know and I’ll put you in the system for that day.  

Thank you!

We will Share the Plate with Human Library
The Human Library is, in the true sense of the word, a library of people. We host events where readers can borrow human beings serving as open books and have conversations they would not normally have access to. Every human book from our bookshelf, represent a group in our society that is often subjected to prejudice, stigmatization or discrimination because of their lifestyle, diagnosis, belief, disability, social status, ethnic origin etc.
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Wonderful Wednesday Offerings!
January 5, 7pm “Remember, Release, Rekindle” We gather for an evening of reflection on the year that was and on your hopes for the future. We will journal, share and begin a vision board if you like. Rev. Joyce will lead the session.

Continuation of Our Whole Lives for 7th-9th Grade

We will be offering additional sessions of the O.W.L. curriculum for 7th-9th grades beginning in January. This is intended as a continuation for those who have participated in the sessions offered this fall, but we also welcome newcomers! Contact Lindsay Trank or Lauren Smith for more information.

Art and Lunch Outing
Thursday, January 13th at 11:30
Rockford Art Museum
Let’s gather at the Rockford Art Museum to view the My Way exhibition and enjoy lunch downtown at Sister’s On Main. The exhibit surveys a collection of 156 works of art representing the styles and practices of a unique and inspired group of 46 artists including 8 original quilts constructed by the Gee’s Bends quilters of rural Boykin, Alabama. Please RSVP by January 10th to Rev Joyce at
Click Here for the Order of Service

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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