Kairos May 16, 2023


Kairos                                                       05/16/2023

Music Sunday: Creativity and the Arts
May 21, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. Online and in-person 

Our May Music Sunday celebrates creativity in the arts, particularly the arts of music and poetry. Guest musicians and singers will join the Unicantors in presenting For a Breath of Ecstasy, a major work by composer Michael John Trotta comprising musical settings of seven poems by Sara Teasdale, winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918. Employing string quartet and oboe as vocal accompaniment, Trotta masterfully incorporates certain melodic elements throughout the work, giving a sense of continuity to the piece as a whole. The poetry is beautiful, as are Trotta’s settings. If you’d like a preview of the poetry, you can read the Sara Teasdale poem from which the title of the work is taken here: https://poets.org/poem/barter. You’ll have to come (or tune in) on Sunday to hear the musical treatment Trotta provides for it. We hope to see you then!

We will share the plate with Family Counseling Services
FCS provides professional, accessible counseling for a broad spectrum of life’s challenges you may face. We will work with you in a collaborative process. We will help you gain insight, helping you overcome anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship, and other issues. Once the core issues are identified and explored, we will help you learn coping techniques and develop strategies to get your life moving in a positive direction. We also eliminate the financial barriers to help you get what you need.
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Happy Birthday to: Hannah Kaytonah (05/16), Sara Dady (05/16), Mary Kate Herriges (05/16), Sue Molyneaux (05/19), Linda Johnson (05/19), David  Lantz (05/21), Thomas Sandquist (05/22), & Rose Kruchten (05/23)!

Congratulations to Dorota and Joshua Smith who had their baby, on May 11th at 11:42 am. Marigold Evelyn Smith came in at a whopping 10 lbs 2 oz.

Volunteers for Sunday, May 21
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Rev. Joyce Palmer & Neita Webster
Ushers: Dick Lake & Myrna Lake
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

Interested in being a delegate? Please let Matthew know ASAP

Child Dedication
We are pleased to announce that the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford will hold a Child Dedication during worship on Sunday, June 11, 2023.  The dedication will be a simple ritual in which the congregation commits to the spiritual welfare and development of the child and their family.  Though the ritual is not a baptism, some similar symbolism will be incorporated into the ceremony.  Children of any age that have not previously been dedicated are welcome to participate in the ritual.  Children who participate are welcome to have their parents and siblings as well as one or two sponsors join them at the front of the sanctuary during the dedication.  If you would like to participate in the Child Dedication, please email Lindsay Trank at
reuurockford@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 7.  We hope you will join us for this special occasion!

Woodsong is looking to hire a substitute teacher who loves working with young children and being outdoors! Anyone experienced in working with 2-3 year olds will be considered (regardless of education/certification). Candidates must have consistent availability at least some weekday mornings from 8 to noon. Competitive pay offered. If interested, send your resume to director@woodsongschool.com. If you know of someone who would be a good fit for this position, please pass this information along to them!

Our Caring Team is
a support network within UU Church Rockford that seeks to provide compassionate and caring assistance to members on an as-needed basis. Here are just a couple of the many ways we can connect volunteers to members who have a specific need:

  • We organize the preparation and delivery of meals and the completion of errands for members following surgery or during an illness.
  • We set up rides for members of our community to attend worship services and go to medical appointments.

You can contact Rev. Joyce f you need assistance or know someone who needs support in one of these or other ways.
We would love for you to join our Caring Team. If you are able to help by preparing a meal, dropping off carry-out, running an errand, providing a ride, or something else along these lines for one of our members, feel free to reach out to Rev. Joyce at
The strength of our community is reflected in the ways we support each other and our aim is to continue to grow this important ministry!

After an energizing ER 815 Rockford Summit on Racism May 4th let’s keep the momentum going!
Join us for a follow up Potluck meeting
at Pilgrim Baptist Church
1703 S. Central Ave.
6:00 p.m. on May 16, 2023


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 “Good News About the Elderly Brain”
Literature Link in Memory of Dale Dunnigan 4/18/23
Click Here to view Ministers and Staff: Duties, Hours, Contact

The Board of Trustees: 
President: Judy Gustafson   
Clerk: Bob Spelman
Vice-President: Spitty Tata
Treasurer: Steve Blomgren
Trustees: Sarah Greer, Jami Edmonds, & Rebecca Beneditz

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





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