Friday Update May 20, 2022

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The Courage to Be
May 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Paul Tillich, the great existential theologian of the 20th century, believed that human beings faced a set of anxieties which could only be met with deep, profound courage.  These anxieties included our knowledge of our own death, worry about our moral failings, and fear of meaninglessness.  To have courage in the face of these worries means not denial, but facing them and transforming them.  When we do this, our life has more meaning and joy.  We’ll explore what it means for us today to be courageous in anxious times.  This is a bring-a-friend Sunday, so please do!
Order of Service
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We will Share the Plate with Poor People’s Campaign

For more information on Poor People’s Campaign click here.
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Volunteers for Sunday, May 22
Ushers: Scott Garwick & Sue Garwick
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!

Downton Abbey at the Movies! Friday, May 20 at 4pm

Downton Abbey is back and the Crawley family goes on a grand journey to the South of France. If you are interested in attending the movie as a group and going out for a meal at Thunder Bay Grille, please email Rev. Joyce Palmer. We will purchase tickets on May 18th and meet at AMC 16 Rockford, 8301 East State Street, Rockford.
Let’s Get Together Again!! 
The UU Church Auction website – Auctria – is now open for donations.  Richness is found in relationships.  It’s powerful to join with people to play games…enjoy a wine tasting…go paddling!!

We hope that you have been thinking about a social gathering to donate and host sometime this year.  Let your creativity kick in, the possibilities are endless!!  This is our goal for this year’s auction.

Below you will find the link to our auction website.  You may now self-post your donations starting Monday, May 16.  Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, May 31.  Bidding on items will begin on Wednesday, June 1 and continue until the night of the Annual Meeting – Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m.

If you have any questions or need assistance in entering your donation, you can reach out to Wendy Bennett – 815-218-0082 or Peggy Menze – 360-485-8324.  If you prefer, manual donation forms will be available in the Narthex the next 2 Sundays.  They can be turned in to Autumn at the office or given to Wendy or Peggy. 
Click here for the Paper Bidding Form

Bring a Friend Sundays

Do you have a friend or neighbor who might be interested in learning more about our spiritual community?

Sunday, May 22 is Rev. Matthew preaching on the Courage to Be which promises not only to inspire and challenge us, but also provide encouragement to practice our faith in meaningful ways. 

AIM Team invites you to a training on Microaggressions and Disability
Monday, May 23 at 11am in the Library. 

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, Marky 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, and Bob Babcock.

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 has 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.

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

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