Friday Update September 29, 2023


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Friday Update

Hello friends

A few updates on the phishing attempt of church folks. 

1. They seemed to go alphabetically. I was alerted from the A’s first, and the W’s and V’s came close to the end of the day.  Hopefully that means the texting is over – but stay alert.  Remember I never ask you for gift cards. 

2. Because our warning was public, they adjusted the signature to match what I usually send, which is a bummer. But always hover over the sender and check the actual address or number – my number ends with 5971.  The number sending scam texts is 815-319-3459.  If you get something from that number, block and report it.

3. In addition, folks are sending messages that impersonate Church Board President Spitty Tata.  Hover over the email address here as well, and you’ll see scottsatterwhite39 AT  This is NOT Spitty, but a scammer.  Report and block.  Just like me, no board member will ask for gift cards or emergency aid by email or text. 

4. Do not engage with these texts or emails.  Just report and block. Scammers (who are probably not located in the United States) will threaten when confronted, and it doesn’t do any good.  Just block and report. 


Thank you all for your diligence and patience.  The skills you are using and learning here will also protect you from other scams by text and email. 

In faith,

Generations 1
October 1, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person
Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson 

This begins a two-sermon series on Generations, Generational Theory, and Multigenerational Community.  We’ll explore the newest thinking about how generations are shaped, and the spiritual tasks and gifts of each generation.  We’ll begin to think about multi- and cross-generational community, which we’ll pick up more in week two. 

Order of Service

We will Share the Plate with LIAM Foundation

To encourage, assist, heal and empower our LGBTQIA+ community through respect, advocacy, and passionate hearts to promote thriving in society.
Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, October 1
Greeters: Neita Webster & Tracey Koppen
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & We Need 1 More Volunteer
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
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. Spitty and others are happy to help you become familiar with how to handle this easy job.
Sign Up Here

What’s Really in the Bible?
Sunday, 11:45-12:45, Oct 1, 8, 15, 29, and Nov 5 and 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.  

Multicultural Ministries
Anti-Racist Cookbook Workshop
Saturday, September 30 at 9am – 11:00am

Register using this link

Join members of the Multicultural Ministries group to learn about steps everyone can take to become more aware of the definitions and tools to use in everyday life to increase awareness and develop tools to have cross-racial discussions. The resources and conversations will help to address the question, “What can we do and how can we do it?”

Reading the book is helpful, though not required. You can buy one for $5.00 online.

It Takes All of Us Activity Fair
Sunday, October 1 

It Takes All of Us pulling together to make church and community happen at UU Church Rockford. Come learn about teams, groups, events, and volunteer opportunities.

Come make a difference!

Please join CUUPs on Sunday October First at 12:30 for our annual Ancestor ritual. We will meet in Deale Hall. Please bring photos of your beloved ancestors or items that represent them.  We will celebrate our ancestors with a brief cookie social after the ritual. This is a family friendly event – please bring your children!

Wonderful Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Our Stories, Our Heritage: LGBTQ+ Elders
As we plot a future of liberation and equity, learning and loving the stories of those who blazed the trails and forged community is a gift. A group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Elders will share their stories of coming out, social justice, and love.

Please come, and invite others. Free admission. The event will run approximately 90 minutes including Q&A.

Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford
4848 Turner St, Rockford, IL 61107 

for Adults

Let’s talk about sex!!! (It’s not just for teenagers.) 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 this fall as Wendy Bennett and Leah Krippner facilitate an adult exploration of sexuality in the 21st century. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to join. 

Wendy and Leah are trained OWL facilitators and have been teaching OWL for nearly 20 years.

Sessions will be held once a month. Come and join us for an intro session either on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. (Bring a dinner!) or on Sunday, October 22 at 11:30 a.m. (Pack a lunch for this one!) At this opening session, we will decide on dates for the other sessions as well as topics to be discussed. Please contact the church office to sign up for one of these two initial sessions. Let them know if you will need assistance with childcare. Questions? Email Wendy or Leah.

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

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

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