Friday Update May 6, 2022

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Friday Update

The Courage to Parent
May 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
Being a mother or any kind of parent is a courageous choice.  In this world of war, the climate crisis, pandemic, and economic insecurity, it can also be a courageous choice to not be a parent.  We’ll talk about courage, choice, parenting, freedom, peace and all that is swirling around us.
Order of Service
Please keep Grandon Tolstedt’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Grandon died Tuesday night. A memorial service will be held on Monday May 9th at 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Grandon Tolstedt Memorial Service
Crusader Community Health
We will Share the Plate Crusader Community Health
Crusader Community Health serves the Rock River Valley area with quality primary health care for all people in need.
Click Here to Donate
Volunteers for Sunday, May 8
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: We Need 2 Volunteers
Coffee Hosts: Spitty Tata & Phil Hjemboe
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!
Lighten up!
Generosity Campaign 2022
It’s time to Lighten Up! To celebrate, to be joyful, to have fun, and to turn up our light as a church.  We’re about to begin our generosity (aka stewardship, aka pledge drive) campaign for the coming fiscal year.  We hope every member will attend ONE of the following events.  Each event is designed to highlight something fun and good about our church.  There will be a brief stewardship presentation at each event, but the focus will be on having fun and doing good together.  More information to come.  But for now, select one event and put it on your calendar. 

Wesley Willows Happy Hour!  Meet on the driveway at the home of Myrna and Dick Lake. BYOB. Contact office if you need address. Friday, May 6th, 4pm.
Woods and Prairie at the Church!  Meet in the parking lot to hike our woods and prairie with a naturalist guide.  Saturday, May 7, 2pm.
Ice-cream Social!  It’ll be great. Sunday, May 15th, after church. 

See you at one of these events!
Your generosity team: Ruth Little, Wendy Bennett, Linda Johnson, Sara Dorner, Sandi Campbell, and Matthew Johnson

It’s Time to Get Together Again Auction

– which means it’s time for the UU Auction to get under way.
After two years of being apart, let us get to know each other again. What better way to do this than over a delicious meal, at a cocktail party, at a friendly game night, a beautiful nature hike, or a painting party! This year’s Auction will concentrate on social activities that will help us reconnect!
So, here is the plan:  Starting now, please take some time to think about a social gathering(s) that you could host. Then, beginning May 15 until June 1, the UU Church Online Auction site will be open for your donated offerings. Be creative! A link to the Auction website will appear in the May 10th issue of Kairos, but will not be accessible until Monday, May 16, when you will be able to self-post your donations.  If you need assistance or have any questions, you can contact Wendy Bennett (815-218-0082) or Peggy Menze (360-485-8324).

Spread your offering ideas out over the coming year.
Take some folks to lunch and a movie.
Go watch skydivers at Rochelle Airport.
Get a group and go kayaking.
Offer a holiday gathering, a harvest supper, a summer soirée!
Plan a field trip to a park or museum, a sledding party, a swim party, a winter doldrums gathering.
The possibilities are endless and sky’s the limit!!
Next:   Bidding on events will begin on June 1, 2022 and end the night of the Annual Meeting, June 15, 2022.
So…Let’s Get Together, again!!
Wendy & Peggy, co-chairs

Camerata Emanon Singers Present “Of Moon and Stars” May 6

                                        A collaboration with Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center
  • Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Mendelssohn PAC – Starr Center Auditorium, 415 North Church Street, Rockford IL 61103
  • Tickets are $20 In Advance / $25 At the Door / $6 Student

A musical celebration of the warmth, wisdom, and wonder of our nighttime celestial companions, a source of inspiration for musical and poetic arts throughout the ages.

The concert, led by music director Tim Anderson, will feature timeless pieces by Schubert, Barber, Brubeck, Thompson, and Lauridsen, as well as gems from contemporary choral repertoire by Daniel Elder, Susan LaBarr, and Stuart Chapman Hill and a few fun pieces mixed in for good measure.
For specific invitation about COVID-19 protocols, contact Mendelssohn PAC at 815.964.9713.

Bring a Friend Sundays

Do you have a friend or neighbor who might be interested in learning more about our spiritual community?
Sunday, May 15 is Music Sunday-share the gifts and talents of our wonderful choir and Music Director Tim Anderson with the music lovers in your life. 

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. 

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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