Friday Update June 3, 2022

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Friday Update

Flower Celebration
June 5, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
On Pentecost Sunday, Christians celebrate when the Spirit allowed them to communicate across boundaries of language, and filled them with love and care for each other.  In the 20th century, Norbert Capek created the Flower Celebration to remind his Unitarian congregation that their diversity, gathered together, made them beautiful. In this time of division and despair, how might we be so reminded of our beauty, love, and common destiny? 
Order of Service

Please bring a flower or two to worship with you this Sunday.
We will Share the Plate with WCCC Scotti’s Fund
Click Here to Donate
One of our most beloved members, Scotti Lichtenheld, passed away in 2019, leaving a generous bequest to Winnebago County Citizens for Choice with the purpose of creating a fund that would assist those in need of abortion care, including travel.

We are collaborating with Planned Parenthood of Illinois to keep #DATA on patients we help every six months for each of the four counties we cover. Over the past two years, we have assisted hundreds of desperate women, and we anticipate there will be many more in need as the Supreme Court seems determined to take away this constitutional right. Poor women and women of color will be hurt the most. as is always the case. So please help us continue to keep our Scotti’s Fund available to all who need it.

Checks to: Planned Parenthood, memo line, or letter of Restriction to:  Scotti’s Fund
Venmo: WCCC4333
Volunteers for Sunday, June 5
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
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!

TODAY AT 4:30 PM Join
National Gun Violence Awareness Day Rally
460 E Jefferson St, Rockford, IL 61107

Hear from survivors and activists, join in interfaith prayer, and learn what actions you can take to help prevent future tragedies.
In partnership with:
Moms Demand Action Rockford
Rockford LiveFree
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford
Women’s March Rockford
Eliminate Racism 815 


We will be placing an order for nametags soon. If you do not have one or yours is broken or missing, please contact Rev. Joyce Palmer at


You can start bidding on the offerings.  We have some great social events being donated, so be sure to check out the website!!

If you need any assistance in entering your bid, please let us know.  You can call Autumn at the church office 815-398-6322, Peggy at 360-485-8324, or Wendy at 815-218-0082.
Let’s make this a successful fundraiser!!  And, Let’s Get Together Again!!

Who Makes a Difference in Our Community?

The Social Justice Team is seeking nominees for the Connolly Community Service Awards for 2022. A bit of history of the awards and the nomination procedures follow. If you know someone – or a group of people — you think should receive one of these awards, please turn in nominations to the church office.

History: In 1993 the church initiated a community service award to recognize a member of the congregation for significant contributions to the community. The award was named for Dr. Charles Parker Connolly, minister of our congregation from 1913 to 1942, and a recognized community leader.

To date the award has been presented to the following individuals: Walt Lewis, Mary Caskey, Martha Logemann, Pat Tollefsrud, Sandra Locke, David Weissbard, Lynn Liston, Pat Lewis, Jon McGinty, JoAnn Shaheen, Leigh Lakey, Roger Oehlke, Lola Gustafson, Allen Penticoff, Colleen McDonald, Jackie Dehler, Bob Arevalo, Dave Black, Myrna Lake, Dave Lantz, Barb Giolitto, Duane Wilke, Ellyn Ahmer, Dale Dunnigan, Nikki Ticknor, Bob Babcock, & Shiraz Tata.

More recently an award was established to recognize a young person, 8th grade through high school, for service to the church and community. Recipients to date are Emma Stocker, Katie Whitworth, Sandra Hill, Jackie Whitworth, Emily Pfleiderer, Max Freund, and Ari Almonaci.

 For the second year, the Social Justice Council has decided to have a “group” award.  This award will be for a group of people, formally or informally organized, who have done the work of justice in our community. Last year the award went to the Cornucopia Group.

The awards are presented at the annual meeting of the congregation.

The nominations should include:

 A detailed description of volunteer and/or professional involvement and accomplishments, tasks, performed and issues addressed impact on others, and other relevant information.

 A signed statement that the nominee is willing to be nominated.

A nomination should include the name of the nominator and is due in the office (Send to Autumn by June 7th. The nominations will be reviewed and a selection made by the Social Justice Team before the annual meeting.

Womanspace’s Glitzy Garage Sale

Volunteers needed and donations being taken until 5/31/’22. For more info please go to
If you are missing our Trash & Treasure or even have an hour to spare-your help will be greatly appreciated! 

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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