Kairos August 8, 2023


Kairos                                                       08/08/2023

The Game of Life
August 13, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 
Rev. Monica Kling-Garcia
Since ancient human history, board games have been a way of entertaining ourselves and bringing people together. From chess to “Monopoly,” these games are not only rich with strategy and memories – but also lessons for how to be in community during difficult times. Join UU hospital chaplain (and board game enthusiast) Rev. Monica Kling-Garcia as they share the wisdom and lessons found in these games, and what we can learn from them about being a covenantal community.

Rev. Monica Kling-Garcia (they/them) currently serves as the Lead Staff Chaplain and Palliative Care chaplain at UnityPoint-Meriter Hospital in Madison. As a chaplain, Rev. Monica’s theology is one which emphasizes relationships and storytelling with their patients. When not in the hospital, you can find Rev. Monica enjoying a good movie or video game with their husband Logan and energetic cat Yen.

We will Share the Plate with The Boone/Winnebago Regional Office for School Uniforms
Our Share the Plate this Sunday will ease this concern for a required uniform and foster many confident happy kids and grateful families. Thank you for your generosity.

Click Here to Donate

Volunteers for Sunday, August 13
The Racial and Economic Justice Team is volunteering for Greeters & Guest Table this Sunday.
Ushers: Pam Wilson & Barb Wilson

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

Happy Birthday to: Norman Erickson (08/08), Michael Griffith (08/08), Charles Barnes (08/09), Katherine Larson (08/09), Frances Hodierne (08/09), Cindy Fischer (08/10), Casandra Goldsmith (08/10), Darrell Polfliet (08/10), Sara Dorner (08/10), Sabrina Crook (08/12), Susan Erbe (08/13), Ross Ticknor (08/13), & Judy Johnson (08/14)!

Congratulations to Sarah Greer and Joey Stoyas on their engagement! They plan on getting married on July 21, 2024.

The UU Church Auction website – Auctria – is now open for donations! 
You may now self-post your donations through the link below. Donations will be accepted through Friday, September 1. 

Click Here to Donate
If you have any questions or need assistance in entering your donation, you can reach out to Katie Kerr at k.m.mutert@gmail.com.

We appreciate your support. Your generosity in the auction helps support the continued work of the church. Thank you!

Lots of things are happening and the people who wish to take all of women’s bodily autonomy away are hard at work to restrict women’s human rights. Please join us and learn what we can do to fight this and be supportive of women in our community.
Tuesday, August 8th
6:30 P. M.
Unitarian Church
Remember! Democracy is not a spectator sport!!
Barb Giolitto
WCCC Pres.

Starting Point for Newcomers, Members and Friends

Thursday, August 10, 4:30 pm

Join Rev. Joyce, newcomers, friends and members looking to make connections and “dig deeper” into Unitarian Universalism.

Starting Point is a 4-week program, we will meet Thursday afternoons from 4:30pm – 6pm

Session dates August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31

Sign up at the Guest Table or at this link:

Welcome Ministries Training
Saturday, August 12 9:00am – 10:30am

Our purpose as a community is to provide a welcoming environment of love, acceptance, support, care, and unity for members, guests, and friends.

Learn about serving as Greeter, Usher, Guest Table Host, Coffee Hospitality. Lindsay Trank, DRE will join us to provide an overview of welcome for families to Religious Education. 

Snacks and Coffee included.

Register using the link below or at the Guest Table on Sunday Morning. Saturday, August 12, 9am – 10:30am

Parents’ Night OUT!
Thursday, August 24th
5:30 – 8:00 pm

Treat yourself to a night out while we watch the kids!
Pizza – Snacks – Drinks – Movie
Donation of $5 Requested, NOT Required

Sign-up using this link by Monday, August 21st.

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

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 resource 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. We have a few copies in the office you can borrow, or buy one for $5.50. 

Rare Earth Food Collective
is an online farmers’ market featuring local food and products. We help producers work together to meet the growing demand for local, sustainable food in Winnebago, Boone, and McHenry Counties. Instead of you driving all over the countryside to buy from different farms, we collaborate to bring the food to you. You can choose home delivery or a nearby pickup location. We deliver orders every Tuesday, year-round. There is no minimum order, and no requirement to order every week. Ordering from REFC helps to build and support our local food community, preserve our agricultural land for future use, and reduce our carbon footprint. It also provides you with fresh food that tastes delicious and is good for you. 

For members who already attend UU regularly, we will be there on Tuesday’s in Deale Hall to pack our orders for distribution – meaning you could place an order for Tuesday pick up right at the Church! 

To register as a customer visit: https://refc.localfoodmarketplace.com/

The next pick-up will be on August 15, 2:30 – 3:00. This time period may be adjusted in the first couple of weeks.

The buying window on the website will go live with products (for shopping) from Saturday (the 15th) at Noon, until Noon on Monday the (17th), but you can sign up as a customer at any time!

We look forward to serving you!

Rockford UU Lunch Group

After coffee hour/meetings on Sundays, a group gathers for lunch at various locations. It’s usually Bob Babcock and Doug Rix, often with Sue and Scott Garwick. It’s a time to get to know each other deeper and form a better community. Tap any of us any Sunday and see what we’re doing if you’d like to join us. PLAN ON IT!!! Or Call Bob at 630.417.0042


List of resources that may be helpful to you or someone you know.

Family Peace Center – 1-779-348-7600 
Remedies Renewing Lives – 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-815-962-6102

Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program – 1-815-316-0040 or 1-800-369-0895
Mercyhealth at Home/Older Adult Services – 1-815-971-3502
Lifescape Community Services – 1-815-963-1609 or 1-800-779-1189 

Center for Sight and Hearing – 1-815-332-6800 P
RAMP – 1-815-968-7467 
The ARC – 1-815-965-3455 

Click Here for More Resources

Click Here for Teresa’s Tablet “Building a Life of Meaning”
Literature Link in Memory of Dale Dunnigan 07/11/23
Click Here to view Ministers and Staff: Duties, Hours, Contact

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Spitty Tata
Clerk: Kim 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    |   uurockford.org  |





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