Friday Update November 10, 2023


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Friday Update

On Being Generous
November 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.
 Online and in-person
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
In a world that’s made to be broken, how can we learn to be gracious to each other and ourselves?  How can we name, resist, and transform self-critique and judgment into love and grace? 

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with Eliminate Racism Health Action Team
The Eliminate Racism 815 Health Action Team is an advocacy and research group of diverse health professionals and community members working to ensure that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities can attain their highest potential for health and well-being. 
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Volunteers for Sunday, November 12
The Racial and Economic Justice Team will provide treats for the coffee hour plus Greeting and attending the Welcome table
Ushers: Pam Wilson & Barb Wilson
Coffee Hosts: Phil Hjemboe, Spitty Tata, Gaen McClendon

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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What’s Really in the Bible?

Sunday, 11:45-12:45 Nov 12
No advance sign up required.  Do bring a bible if you have one, but not required.  Any translation is fine. (we will compare).  
You do not need to attend all sessions, but it will be helpful, as they build on each other.  
In the sanctuary.  

Join me to watch Lincoln Bias carve watermelons and carrots at 6 PM in our foyer, and hear Mark Dvorak at 7 in our Community Room at Inscape Collective! 

Out of the Office

Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson will be on study leave starting November 13th – November 19th and on vacation from November 20th – 27th. In that time please contact Office Manager Autumn Powell at if you need anything.

The office will be closed November 22 – 24.

Office Manager Autumn Powell will be on vacation from November 27th – December 3rd. 

Kairos articles for the November 21 and 28 Kairos are due November 20 by 8:00 p.m.

Wonderful Wednesday
November 15, 6 pm

Ellyn Ahmer

With 40-50% of Rockford children at the poverty level, Family to Family saw a transformative opportunity to significantly affect the kids living at The Grove.

Last year, a tutoring program was tested & very well received by the parents & students. This is a major focus of the efforts now.
On the Wonderful Wednesday of November 15, a founder & current team members will share their experiences & answer questions.  You’ll hear more ways you can contribute to have an impact including how to be involved in bringing Rockford Promise to The Grove.

for  Adults

Do you people do anything but talk about sex? No. Not really. The Unitarian Universalist Association has developed a stellar comprehensive sex education curriculum known as Our Whole Lives. As the title suggests, it is not a one and done, but rather a topic to be revisited as we grow and mature. Join us as Wendy Bennett and Leah Krippner facilitate an adult exploration of sexuality in the 21st century. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to join. 

This month we will Explore Gender focusing on gender roles and stereotypes, sex vs. gender, transgender, and the queer umbrella. Folks are welcome to join for a single session or sign up for all six. 



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Wednesday Nov 15 6:30pm

Exploring Gender

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Wednesday Jan 17 6:30pm

Sexuality & Aging

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Wednesday Feb 21 6:30pm

Experiencing the Sexual Other

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Wednesday March 20 6:30pm

Sexuality & Relationships

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Wednesday April 17 6:30pm

Sexuality & Spirituality

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Wednesday May 15 6:30pm

Sexual Pleasure

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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: Spitty Tata 
Clerk: Kim Lowman Vollmer
Vice-President: Matt Menze
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Clark Logemann, Sarah Greer, & Rebecca Beneditz

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