Friday Update May 5, 2023


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Friday Update

10 Big Ideas: The Tarot
May 7, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson

We continue our year-long series on 10 big ideas that have shaped my ministry in these 15 years with a service on Tarot cards in particular and “Western Esoteric Spiritual Practices” in general.  Studying Tarot has given me insights into daily life and the big themes at play.  It is a provocative tool of self-discovery.  This will be a playful and, I hope, insightful time together.

Order of Service

We will share the plate with WCCC Scotti’s Fund
Scotti’s Fund gives financial assistance for reproductive care.
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Volunteers for Sunday, May 7

Caring Team will be doing hospitality this Sunday!
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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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!

Inscape Collective is a great place to shop local for Mother’s Day gifts while also supporting a good cause! If your Mom has a story about visiting Just Goods that used to be in our space or 7th Street back in the day, please share them with us at

This tapestry was inspired by Dean Tollesrud’s poem.
Prairie Hues
Brown is the color of a season’s growth.
Orange are the flames rising from a prairie fire.
Black are the ashes that remain.
Gray are the spring rains soaking the ashes.
Yellow is the sun arming the darkened soil
Green will be the renewed growth.
Purple come later with new Coneflowers.
It was designed by Robin Gausebeck and stitched by Sandi Campbell, Robin Gausebeck, Susan Halvorsen & Leigh Lakey.  Elizabeth Williams, professional long-arm quilter, executed the quilting designs that enhanced the themes of each section.  This project was made possible by the Floyd Palm Memorial Fund.  Every spring the prairie is burned and that is usually when this tapestry is hung in the sanctuary.  The two panel dynamic, colorful and symbolic quilt hanging was completed in 2006.

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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