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10 Big Ideas: Plasticity
January 8, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
I continue my series on 10 big ideas that have shaped my thinking in my 15th year with you.  Neuro-Plasticity, the idea that the brain can grow, change, adapt, and heal, has profound spiritual implications.  It is important for how we think about the early years of our lives, but also for people of all ages.  You can train your mind – come learn how. 
Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with KFACT
KFACT Inc. is a grassroots 501 (c) 3 nonprofit youth development and holistic mentoring organization established to alleviate opportunity gaps among girls living in the Rockford community. KFACT Inc. specializes in providing an array of comprehensive services with one being “holistic mentorship.” KFACT is the only girls holistic mentoring organization in our community and strives to ensure that girls are not continuing the cycle of poverty. Holistic mentoring in the only way to truly alleviate generational poverty and consequently trauma because it requires the entire life of the girl to be part of the plan for her success. KFACT’s unique approach has supported the program’s outcomes – 100% high school graduation rate, 98% of girls attend post-secondary education,and less than 2% of our girls become teen parents.
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Volunteers for Sunday, January 8
Ushers: Michael Griffith & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Jami Edmonds & Rev. Joyce Palmer
Coffee Hosts: Phil Hjemboe, Wanda Hoover, & Gaen McClendon
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!
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Explorers on a Spiritual Journey

We are all invited into a spiritual life. But what is a spiritual life? Enter the journey of discovery with Gloria Perez, trained spiritual companion/director.

Group sessions will meet once a month on Zoom beginning Wednesday, January 11th at 6pm.

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The New Year is a great time to start or restart a hobby.
Join us for Wonderful Wednesday, January 18, 6pm to share your hobby, and get inspired to start pursuing a hobby.

Revs. Matthew and Joyce will share their hobbies. Learn about theirs and hobbies enjoyed by our members. Hope to see you there!

Starting Point

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 22, January 29 and February 5, February 12
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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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