Friday Update May 27, 2022

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The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning
May 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Rev. Monica Kling-Garcia
What does it mean to live our lives with the end in mind – and what does cleaning have to do with it? This Sunday, we will use the book The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson to explore themes of life and legacy through this method of “decluttering.” Together we will reflect on what it means to let go of what no longer serves us: living our own lives to the fullest and keeping the next generation in mind.

Rev. Monica Kling-Garcia (they/them) currently serves as a chaplain at UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. As a chaplain, Rev. Monica’s theology is one which emphasizes relationships and storytelling with their patients, especially at the end of life. When not in the hospital, you can find Rev. Monica enjoying a good movie or video game with their husband Logan and energetic cat Yen.
Order of Service
If you have not filled out a pledge form for this coming fiscal year please click here!
We will Share the Plate with Inscape Collective
Inscape Collective is a new social enterprise in Midtown Rockford. Its mission is to support artists, program facilitators & community members in a unique Store space and Community Room that bring people from diverse backgrounds together to connect, innovate, co-create and grow. 
For more information please go to .
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Volunteers for Sunday, May 29
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: Scott Garwick & Sue Garwick
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!


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
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 which 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  Sunday.  They can be turned in to Autumn at the office or given to Wendy or Peggy. 
Click here for the Paper Bidding Form

Path to Membership

Membership is an important step in building a relationship with UU Church Rockford community. If you have been attending services and feel like this church might be a good fit for you, we invite you to come to our next Path to Membership class on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 – 2:00 at the church. Rev. Matthew, Rev. Joyce and members of the congregation will provide an overview of the church and ways to connect. Come and Meet other newcomers and get your questions answered.

When: Saturday, June 4 9:30 – 2:00
Where: UU Church Rockford Library
Who: Anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism, membership and meeting other newcomers

**Childcare provided upon request

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, 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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