Friday Update November 18, 2022

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Friday Update

Until We Reckon
November 20, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Joyce Palmer
A small group of us have been reading and discussing the UUA Common Read Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris. The failure of mass incarceration to keep us safe is becoming increasingly clear. There are better ways to hold individuals accountable and increase safety in our community. Making changes to improve safety will require we rethink our understanding safety and justice. How can we invest in policies, practices, and programs grounded in a culture of care.
Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with NW River Valley Sierra Club

Northwest River Valleys Group is committed to the protection of wild places, natural resources, and environmental education in northern and northwest Illinois.  The Group covers a major portion of Illinois from East Dubuque to Harvard on the northern Illinois border to Sandwich to Serena to Mendota to Amboy to Sterling to Savanna.  The region touches the Mississippi on the western edge, the Fox on eastern edge, and encompasses much of the Illinois portion of the Rock.

In addition to numerous state parks, including Lowden State Park, home of The Black Hawk Statue, four counties also contain the highest capacity Canadian tar sands pipeline in the United States.

Volunteers for Sunday, November 20
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
Greeters: Sue Molyneaux & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Guest Table: Neita Webster & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Coffee Hosts: Tim Palmer & 1 More Volunteer Needed
Please note that if you volunteer for coffee host you will need to clean up afterward and run the cups through the sanitizer. 
Reminder to coffee hour hosts: please make sure the heater is off and the machine master switch is off when you leave. Thank you!

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Thank you!
Church is More than The Big Picture
There are also small things.
  • Who runs around the office desk to open the locked door? With a smile.
  • Who plans to take the kids outside on bad weather Sundays? Not me.
  • Who finds singing masks to keep the choir safe? Have you heard them yet?
  • Who cleans up after Sunday service? Even if there is no coffee hour.
During this holiday season, would you like to remember the staff for the small details that make this church run? Add to the “Holiday Gift Fund”  before December 14. Two ways:
  1. Drop off a check to the office, or the Sunday offering, labeled “Holiday Gift Fund”.
  2. On-Line. Go to Donate and make sure to select “Holiday Gift” as the fund.

Please note next week the church staff will not be in the office. From all of us here at the UU Church in Rockford we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you need anything please email office manager Autumn Powell at

UUA Unequal Helpings
Click here to read about What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale
Rockford MELD Logo
Our MELD donation tree is back in the narthex this year!  When you choose an ornament from the tree, you will find an item requested by a family listed on the back.  You may choose more than one ornament.  Once you have purchased the items listed on the ornament, place them in the bin in the Narthex designated for MELD donations.  Please do not wrap the items that you donate. 
Donations will be collected through Sunday, December 11.
If you are not able to select an ornament from the tree in person, you might consider ordering an item on Amazon and having it shipped directly to the MELD organization. Items can be shipped ℅ Terry Lynch 620 Kishwaukee St. Rockford, IL 61104.   Items that are always in high demand are warm socks for babies, children, and adults. 
Thank you for supporting Rockford MELD, a non-profit social service agency started in 1981.  The organization provides programs and services for young parents and their children in the Rockford community.  MELD offers emergency shelter and housing, parenting information, life and job skills training, support, resources, and prevention education.

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

The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL  |   4848 Turner St., Rockford, IL 61107   |   815-398-6322    |  |

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