Friday Update January 19, 2024


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Friday Update

Freedom in Community

January 21, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person
Our Youth will lead this service, as they share how being part of a community that values freedom and becoming is so important to them.  Come to support and learn from our wonderful youth. 

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with Alignment Rockford

In partnership with Rockford Public School District 205, Alignment Rockford brings together strategic partners from corporate, civic, political, religious, and social entities to challenge and address systemic barriers and equitably impact the growth, development, and academic achievement of each RPS 205 student.
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Volunteers for Sunday, January 21
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
Coffee Hosts: Lia Gima
Thank you Caring Team for volunteering for Hospitality this Sunday!

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“Musica Sacra:  Liturgical Song,”
Camerata Emanon Singers Winter Concert

Saturday, January 20, 2024, 7:30pm
Trinity Lutheran Church, 200 N. 1st St., Rockford

The Camerata Emanon Singers, led by Tim Anderson, will perform “Musica Sacra:  Liturgical Song,” an evening celebrating the rich choral tradition of setting liturgical texts to music.

The program includes works by Victoria, Mozart, Durufle, Murrill, Lauridsen and Halmos, culminating in the Rockford-area premiere of the new setting of the “Missa Brevis” for choir and organ by renowned British composer John Rutter. Accompanist for this concert is organist Jean Anderson.

 Tickets:  $10 at the door, cash or check

Getting to Know UU Sessions

We have revised our newcomer and welcome program to provide newcomers with the opportunity to learn about the congregation and how to get connected. We hope you will find this community to be a religious home.

There are 4 sessions, the first is a series of videos and the other three are in person on Sundays in the Sanctuary from 11:15 – 11:45. You can complete the sessions at anytime. Sessions will repeat monthly.

January 14 Our Story: UU History and Theology with Rev. Matthew. Hear the story of our congregation and tour the building.

January 21 Living Our Faith with Lindsay Trank, Director of Religious Education and Social Justice Team representative. We share our religious education program and ways we engage with our community.

January 28 Getting Connected with Rev. Joyce Palmer. Creating community is an important part of our being together. 
The link for the videos and January’s session dates and topics are below. 

Video session takes about 30 minutes to complete
1. A History of Unitarianism: BaseCamp: 5 Minute History of Unitarianism


BaseCamp: 5 Minute History of Unitarianism

2. A History of Universalism: BaseCamp: A History of Universalism in 5 Minutes


BaseCamp: A History of Universalism in …

3.   UU theology video by Rev. Matthew Johnson: (12 minutes): UU theology by Matthew Johnson


UU theology by Matthew Johnson

4. After you’ve watched Matthew’s Theology video, watch this video of “Holy Now” by Peter Mayer: Peter Mayer “Holy Now” (with lyrics in captions)


Peter Mayer “Holy Now” (with lyrics in…

Questions, email Rev Joyce at

Wonderful Wednesday event cohosted by REJ Team, UU-C, Rockford & Inscape Collective volunteers
Join us to hear the history of justice work at 201 7th Street involving UU-Church members & friends, 
the mission & work of Inscape Collective is honored to be in that space now, and 
have a voice in the future of community engagement in Midtown Rockford.
January 31st 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Doors open with soup & bread to welcome you there: 5:00 PM
Presentation & discussion: 5:30 -6:30 PM
Tour of space: 6:30-7 PM

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 Lowman Vollmer
Vice-President: Matt Menze
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Clark Logemann, Sarah Greer, & Rebecca Beneditz

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