Friday Update May 19, 2023


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Friday Update

Music Sunday: Creativity and the Arts
May 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Our May Music Sunday celebrates creativity in the arts, particularly the arts of music and poetry. Guest musicians and singers will join the Unicantors in presenting For a Breath of Ecstasy, a major work by composer Michael John Trotta comprising musical settings of seven poems by Sara Teasdale, winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918. Employing string quartet and oboe as vocal accompaniment, Trotta masterfully incorporates certain melodic elements throughout the work, giving a sense of continuity to the piece as a whole. The poetry is beautiful, as are Trotta’s settings. If you’d like a preview of the poetry, you can read the Sara Teasdale poem from which the title of the work is taken here: You’ll have to come (or tune in) on Sunday to hear the musical treatment Trotta provides for it. We hope to see you then!

Order of Service

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Volunteers for Sunday, May 21
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & Neita Webster
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
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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The Auction meeting this Sunday has been postponed. Please look in future Kairos for the next meeting. 

Child Dedication
We are pleased to announce that the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford will hold a Child Dedication during worship on Sunday, June 11, 2023.  The dedication will be a simple ritual in which the congregation commits to the spiritual welfare and development of the child and their family.  Though the ritual is not a baptism, some similar symbolism will be incorporated into the ceremony.  Children of any age that have not previously been dedicated are welcome to participate in the ritual.  Children who participate are welcome to have their parents and siblings as well as one or two sponsors join them at the front of the sanctuary during the dedication.  If you would like to participate in the Child Dedication, please email Lindsay Trank at by Wednesday, June 7.  We hope you will join us for this special occasion!

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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