Happy Birthday to: Dan Fischer (11/24), Jim Parrish (11/24), Linda Sandquist (11/25), Rebecca Cole (11/25), Ryan Vyborny (11/25), Teresa Wilmot (11/27), Pam Arnold (11/27), Tom Little (11/28), Judy Gustafson (11/29), Vince Verkuilen (11/29), Tierra Polfliet (11/29), & Ann Marie Marshall (11/30)!
Volunteers for Sunday, November 27
Ushers: We Need 2 Volunteers
Greeters: We Need 2 Volunteers
Guest Table: Ann Caskey & Rev. Joyce Palmer
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!
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:
Drop off a check to the office, or the Sunday offering, labeled “Holiday Gift Fund”.
On-Line. Go to Donate and make sure to select “Holiday Gift” as the fund.
Please note this 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUA Unequal Helpings Click here to read about What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale
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.
Pretrial Fairness Act Action Items
Go to the link below to send a letter to your legislator letting them know you want them to stand strong against calls to roll back or repeal the Pretrial Fairness Act! You can also sign up for the Illinois Network for Pretrial Justice’s Newsletter.
Photos of the Week! “And Together We Can Change the World”
Come add your name to our bulletin board display in Deale Hall. Share with someone the actions you are taking to change your world
The children, youth, and volunteers in Religious Education helped Megan, our Americorps volunteer from Severson Dells, cut back invasive honeysuckle from our trails and loaded the cuttings into Megan’s car to be brought to Severson Dells to burn. Megan discussed how to identify honeysuckle, why invasive species are problematic, and proper use of pruning tools. We have so enjoyed our time with Megan and our partnership with Severson Dells!
The Rehnberg Window
You will notice that the Rehnberg window is not in its place currently. It was damaged a few weeks ago and is getting repaired. We hope to have it back as soon as possible.
Blue Christmas Service Wednesday, December 14 at 6pm
Prayers Harp Candles
Our Blue Christmas Service provides an opportunity to share the losses, vulnerabilities, and despair some of us experience at this time of year. We invite those who have a special need for comfort, hope, and healing to attend this service with a friend. Music provided by harpist Nanette Felix. Service leaders, Rev Joyce, and our Caring Team members.
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
OLDER ADULT SERVICES
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
SERVICES/ADVOCACY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
Center for Sight and Hearing – 1-815-332-6800 P
RAMP – 1-815-968-7467
The ARC – 1-815-965-3455