Friday Update June 17, 2022

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Friday Update

Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom
June 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
The Holiday of Juneteenth, celebrated today, honors the end of slavery and the announcement of freedom.  But what is freedom, and how do we protect it?  Learning more of the true story of this holiday will help us understand that freedom is more complicated than we sometimes pretend, and give us some ideas about how to nurture freedom in our times. 
Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with PFLAG

Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
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Volunteers for Sunday, June 19
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 Volunteer
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.

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Thank you!
2022 UU Rockford Church Auction
 Let’s Get Together Again

We’re extending a huge thank you to the donors and the bidders for this year’s online auction.
This Sunday you will all have one last chance to bid on a few of the social events that still had openings.  Look for bid sheets in Deale Hall after the service.
For those of us participating, it looks like we have several fun events coming up. We have earned $2920 so far. But way more valuable will be renewing the personal connections of all these dinners, etc.
Thank you so much and enjoy your events!!
Wendy and Peggy, co-chairs
Young member? Long-time member? You’re both needed at memorial services!  We’re looking for two new volunteers

When a church member or friend dies and a memorial service is held at our church, a subcommittee of the caring team assists the family with a reception after the service. In addition, another person acts as family support in planning the reception and providing details on how the day will proceed, leaving our ministers to focus on the memorial service itself.

We are seeking two new volunteers to join the caring team do this important work. We are looking for someone to function as the family support person and another person to join two seasoned volunteers in providing the reception with modest food and drinks.  Most memorial services occur on Saturdays or Sundays. It is rewarding to work, assisting our church friends at a very difficult time, and it also supports our ministers so they can provide the meaningful services they do so well.

Whenever the next memorial service occurs, new volunteers can begin to work with us to learn the ropes. Interested volunteers, please contact:

Sue Wilke 815-742-9709, Teresa Palmeno 815-988-1763, or Linda Spelman 815-979-877
Justice for All
There will be two days of Juneteenth celebrations at the Sinnissippi Park Band Shell.  Both on Saturday (18) and Sunday (19) will be programming from 3:00 to 8:45 pm.  In addition, on Sunday there will be a church service from 11:00 to 1:00 and a Black Graduation from 1:00 to 3:00.

In lieu of a sermon discussion, join the festivities starting at 3:00 or whenever you get there.  You may bring your own chair or sit on a bench.
                                              Justice for All
The Justice For All team is transforming into the Racial and Economic Justice cluster of the Faith In Action model for our congregation’s social justice work. We welcome all the members of the Justice For All team as well as those who would like to live our Unitarian Universalist values by focusing on economic and racial justice activities. We will be meeting on July 10th after service in the library.  Come join us!   

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Amanda Tapfield          
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Judy Gustafson     
Treasurer: Teresa Wilmot 
Trustees: Khanh Oehlke, Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds

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

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