Friday Update March 31, 2023


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Friday Update


10 Big Ideas: Adaptive Leadership 
April 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

“The Zone of Productive Disequilibrium.”  “Get on the Balcony.”  “Technical Problems and Adaptive Challenges.”  “Work Avoidance.”  These jargony phrases sound like corporate consultant speak – and yet, the theory of Adaptive Leadership has changed my ministry and my life. It is a tool that can change your life and the way you think about the world too.  Come find out how.  Note: a brief congregational meeting will happen right after the service to approve the door key card system. 

Order of Service

We will share the plate with Live Free Illinois
Live Free Illinois is a state chapter of Live Free USA that works to end this moral crisis by mobilizing Black churches the most powerful organizing institution within our communities to improve public safety and transform our criminal justice system.
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Volunteers for Sunday, April 2

Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: We Need 2 Volunteers
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. Spitty and others are happy to help you become familiar with how to handle this easy job.
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Please keep the Heibner family in your thoughts and prayers. Doris Heibner died on March 22, 2023. A memorial service will be at the church on April 1st at 11:00 a.m. 

NOTICE of Special Congregational Meeting April 2nd, 11am

The Board has called a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 2nd, immediately following worship.  One item is on the agenda: to approve a contract with M. Spinello and Son Locksmith to change our office doors from a keyed system to a keycard system.  This bid, for $11,186.50, is very close to the 2% threshold of our operating budget that requires a special meeting, so the Board would like your approval.  The funds come from our Capital Maintenance Reserve fund, so no special fundraising is required.
More than 100 physical keys are currently out to church members, renters, and others – an unacceptable situation.  A modern keycard system allows us to turn off a keycard after authorized use and keep our building secure.  The bid also includes a switch for Autumn, our office manager, to unlock the Office doors from her desk instead of coming all the way around to let in a member, visitor, or delivery person.  The bid includes door hardware, electronics, wiring, and labor to install this cloud-based system. 
If you have detailed questions about this project, please ask Dave Schubert, building and grounds chair.  Please plan to stay after worship on the 2nd for a few minutes for us to call the meeting to order and then to vote.  We do not anticipate a long conversation about the project at the meeting, so please get your questions, if any, answered in advance. 

UU Seder:  Good Friday, April 7th, 6 pm

While we are comfortable celebrating our own cultural customs like Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s really interesting to celebrate the customs of other cultures.  The Passover Seder is a Jewish celebration of freedom.  If you’ve never celebrated a Seder, consider joining us for a UU celebration, which includes the traditional Jewish story and many traditional foods.
Children are not only welcome; they are integral to the celebration.  No babysitters required!
Join us for the story followed by a five-course meal featuring broasted chicken or a vegan entrée.  I need to buy many special kosher foods in Buffalo Grove; I need an accurate count by Sunday, April 2nd.  Please make your reservations in person after the service on Sunday or by email to Autumn in the office at  Copy and paste this into your email:
          Family Name:
          Number of adults (@ $12.00):
          Number of children 10 or over (@$6.00):
          Number of children 5 to 9 (@$3.00):
          Number of vegetarian/vegan meals:
          Volunteer task; each family checks one option
          _____ Set-up, arrive at 5:15 pm
          _____ Serve Food during meal
          _____ Clean-up after meal
The cost can be paid at the Seder by check or cash.

Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 9

We hope that you will join us for our annual Easter Egg Hunt that is lovingly planned and implemented for the children and youth of the congregation.  This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy each other and the beautiful church grounds.  We look forward to having you share the joy of this event!
You can do the following things to help ensure the success of the event:
  • Remember to bring a basket or bag to collect Easter Eggs.
  • Be sure that at least one adult supervises each child during the event.
  • Dress appropriately for having fun outside.
Please contact Lindsay Trank at (815)398-6322 ext. 5 or with any questions.

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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