Covenant of the Spirit
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 10:30am
Service by Leslie Mills, Minister
with Stephen Day


WEEK AHEAD


Sat Sept 24
Path to Membership
Fellowship Hall
8:30am-12:30pm

Congregations Collaborating for Sustainability
Sanctuary
10:00am-2:00pm

Sun Sept 25
Adult Spirituality
Room 301
9:00-10:15am

Meditation
Room 302
9:30-10:15am

Worship Service:
Covenant of the Spirit
Leslie Mills, minister
10:30am

New Member Discussion Group
Room 301
12:00-2:00pm

REE Volunteer Orientation
Room 302
12:00-2:00pm

Mon Sept 26
Church Carpets Cleaned
9am-3pm

UUCE Buddhist Sangha
Sanctuary
7:00-8:30pm

Sat Oct 1
Illinois Solar Tour
Foyer & Front Parking Lot
10am-3pm

Peter Mayer Concert
Sanctuary
7pm

Sun Oct 2
Adult Spirituality
Room 301
9:00-10:15am

Meditation
Room 302
9:30-10:15am

Worship Service:
Sesquicentennial Worship Celebration & New Member Ceremony
Valerie Howells, lay leader
10:30am

Ki-Aikido Demo and Class, with Jon Poppele Sensei, 3rd dan (Free and open to everyone)
Fellowship Hall
12:00-2:00pm

Ordination & Installation for
Leslie Mills
Sanctuary
4:00pm

Schedule of Events
for October 1st and 2nd
We have an exciting series of events coming up next weekend, and members, friends, and guests are encouraged to participate as fully as you are able. Ordinations and installations are very rare and special events in the lives of both minister and congregation, and with the added serendipity of these ceremonies happening in the year of our Sesquicentennial anniversary, we wanted to pull out all the bells and whistles and make this a weekend to remember for years to come!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st

7:00pm
(doors open at 6:30)

The celebrations start with a live concert in our Sanctuary by UU singer/songwriter Peter Mayer, composer of Blue Boat Home, Holy Now, God is a River, and many of our congregation's other favorite songs, and whose music was deeply influential for Leslie throughout seminary. It's an honor to be able to host him, and we hope you will purchase tickets and join the fun! http://www.PeterMayerUUCE.bpt.me

See the announcement below for more details!


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
**Childcare provided for the events at the church from 8:45am-6:00pm. No childcare at the reception, although children are very welcome to attend!

9:00am
Adult Spirituality classes (see announcements below)

10:30am
A Sesquicentennial Worship Celebration, featuring a compelling and humorous sermon that reflects on the story of UUCE, written by Stephen Day, with Valerie Howells and our minister, Leslie Mills, presenting. One of the hymns will be from 1845, with two new verses by Donna Askins to help tie it into our modern way of doing church. And it seemed an auspicious day to have a New Member Ceremony, too, so we hope you'll join us in welcoming our newest members after the service!

12:00pm
In Fellowship Hall, we'll have a 10-minute Intro to Ki-Aikido demonstration, with Leslie's aikido instructor from Minnesota, Jon Poppele Sensei, 3rd dan. This will be very gentle, with no tumbling. Rather, we will be focusing on relaxation, inviting participants into an experience of balance, strength, harmony, and power as we coordinate our mind and body to maintain our own stability. This demo is accessible to all ages and physical ability levels -- it will be mainly watching, with one or two opportunities for volunteer participation.

12:30-2:00pm
After a break for a light lunch (provided for class participants), those who wish to remain and learn more about Ki-Aikido can regroup for a 90-minute free Ki-Aikido class with Jon Poppele Sensei and students from the Minnesota Ki Society's Center for Mind-Body Oneness. This is an opportunity to learn about a way of conducting one's self to live in harmony with the dynamics that are at play in our lives -- from driving in traffic to navigating conflict in our personal relationships. This class will give you an embodied experience of the power of relaxation, demonstrating that the balance of the body is tied to the balance of the mind. Again, there will be no tumbling. If you are unsure whether to participate, please attend the preview demo at noon, and your questions will be answered.

4:00pm (clergy robing at 3:30 in the Bell Room)
The main event -- the Ordination and Installation Service for Leslie Mills, 25th minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, in our 150th anniversary as a congregation! Reverend Susan Frederick Gray will be our keynote preacher, current UUA Presidential candidate and senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix, Arizona, with special music provided by Peter Mayer and our own Villa Street and Unichords handbell choir. Please plan to arrive early, as we expect to need overflow seating downstairs in Fellowship Hall with video projection.

**For those who can't physically attend this important service, we are hoping to LiveStream the event, possibly using Facebook Live on the church Facebook Page.**

6:30pm
And finally, time to celebrate with a catered buffet Dinner Reception at the Centre of Elgin's Heritage Ballroom (100 Symphony Way). With good food, good friends, and good music, this is our chance to kick back! The event is alcohol free, with a range of food options, including vegetarian, gluten free, and sugar free. Plan to join us!
You are invited to the
Ordination and Installation
of our 25th minister,

Leslie A. Mills

to be held at
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin
on
Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
at 4 o' clock in the afternoon

If you are planning to attend,
please RSVP on our church's Facebook event here,
or, if you don't have Facebook, by emailing RevLeslieMills@gmail.com.

If you would like to help out behind the scenes,
please contact Tim and Elizabeth Closson,
co-chairs of the planning team.

See the information above
for a complete schedule of the weekend's events.


PETER MAYER

in Concert at UUCE!

Saturday, October 1, 7pm
(doors open at 6:30)

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door

https://www.PeterMayerUUCE.bpt.me

Interested in helping out? Contact Steve Askins at music@uuce.org.



Grab this rare chance to see extraordinary performer and songwriter Peter Mayer! This concert is part of a weekend-long celebration of UUCE's 150th anniversary, culminating in the ordination and installation of our minister, Leslie Mills.

Advance tickets are $20 ($21.69 total), general seating only. We recommend buying tickets right away, since these concerts tend to sell out even in venues larger than ours. If there are remaining tickets, they will be $25 at the door.

Whimsical, humorous, and profound, Peter Mayer's music pays tribute to the beauty and mystery of the world, and the interconnectedness of all life. A full-time musician for over 20 years, Peter's background includes theological training and service as a church music director. He has produced ten albums which have sold over 80,000 copies.

"Peter Mayer is a magician...(his) universe is full of metaphor and meaning, story and symbol everything contains more than meets the eye."
-- Bill Reed, music editor, Colorado Springs Gazette

"His guitar work is breath-taking, his lyrics mind-spinning, his singing soul-soothing and his feet-on-the-ground optimism nothing short of healing."
--Marilyn Rea-Beyer, music director, WUMB Radio, Boston


Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Peter began playing the guitar and writing songs when he was in high school. He studied Theology and music in college, and then spent two years in seminary. After deciding that the priesthood wasn't for him, he took a part-time job as a church music director for 8 years, while performing at clubs and colleges, and writing and recording his music. In 1995, he quit his job and started touring full-time. Since then, Peter has gradually gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has ten albums to his credit, and has sold over 80 thousand of them independently.

Proceeds from this concert will fund the ordination and installation of our congregation's 25th minister.

Church Carpet Cleaning
this MONDAY, 9/26

Please keep off the carpets & rugs as much as possible while they dry!
KUDOS

Thank you to Suzanne Hanifl who sponsored a deep cleaning of the whole church in preparation
for our special weekend on October 1st and 2nd.
UUCE ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & EXPLORATION
All ages will gather in room 301 for a special project. We will be using paint, so dress appropriately. Childcare is available from 9-10:30am for children 0 - 8 years, and for ages 0-5 during the worship service in room 101.

CHILDCARE
Childcare is available from 9-10:30am for children 0 - 8 years, and for ages 0-5 during the worship service in room 101.

Registration for the Religious Exploration and Education program will be in Fellowship Hall after the service. Suggested donation is $25/child.

NEW ADULT SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM CONTINUES SUNDAY -- 9am!
Your Adult Spirituality Team is presenting an opportunity to our congregation to look deep inside ourselves, as individuals and as Unitarian Universalists, and to examine our relationship to our African American brothers and sisters. In anticipation of our guest speaker next month, Mark Morrison Reed, we will be discussing his book Darkening the Doorways. InSpirit Bookstore says, “On one hand, Darkening the Doorways is a tale of systemic paternalism and a prejudicial failure of vision, of squandered opportunities and good intentions turned into tragedy more often than triumph. On the other hand, it is a tale of idealism, courage, intrepid allies, dogged determination and steadfast loyalty in the face of rejection. The life stories and achievements of the African Americans you will discover in these pages are remarkable. Mark Morrison-Reed's collection of profiles and essays, supplemented by archival documents, revives their memory while pointing toward the evolving multicultural future.” Some copies will be available for $15, or order a book/Kindle/Google Play version here http://www.uuabookstore.org/Darkening-the-Doorways-P17147.aspx A short bio on Rev. Dr. Morrison Reed here http://www.meadville.edu/bio.php?id=122

CALLING ALL REE VOLUNTEERS AND INTERESTED ADULTS!
Whether you’ve signed up to help in a Religious Exploration and Education class this year, or are just curious as to what volunteers actually do, this Volunteer Orientation is for you! We’ll meet in room 302 on September 25 from 12-2pm. Light snacks and childcare provided.

YOUTH CAMPING TRIP -- October 7-9
High school youth are invited to a camping trip at Rock Cut State Park. RSVP to Kathy at dre@uuce.org to get the details.

5 HELPERS NEEDED!
We have 5 openings for Classroom Assistants for our Religious Exploration and Education program. You can choose between these age groups: Preschool, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grades. Assistants usually come once per month or so, making it an easy way to get to get involved. See the clipboard at the snack table in Fellowship Hall for more info, or contact Kathy at dre@uuce.org.

WEEKLY GARDEN HARVEST
Watch for the weekly harvest on Sundays on a table at church and enjoy fresh produce from the UUCE Garden Team. Also feel free to share any bounty from your own garden with the congregation by placing it on the small table near the entrance on Sunday morning.

INTERFAITH POTLUCK LUNCH MEETING AT UUCE -- Sat Sept 24, 10:30 – 2:00
Meet & Eat with Congregations Collaborating for Sustainability, an interfaith group. UUCE’s renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives will be featured, as well as our climate activism.

AFTERNOON BOOK GROUP
-- September 26
Will be at the home of Sandy Webster. The book to be discussed is "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough. For more info contact Alice Macy.

New!
WORSHIP REFLECTIONS
TABLE
Starting September 18, there will be a table in the Fellowship Hall designated for Worship Reflections. This is an opportunity to discuss the worship service with each other.

MAXINE SAUNDERS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS TASK FORCE
The Board of Trustees is finalizing the guidelines for the formation of the Maxine Saunders Capital Improvements Task Force voted on and approved at this May's Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in applying to be on the Task Force, email ImprovementsTaskForce@uuce.org with your name, why you are interested in being a part of the Task Force, and what special skills you bring to the team (e.g. project management, past experience with grants, etc.). The deadline for applications to be on the Task Force is October 7.

If you have a project you'd like the Task Force to consider for funding, information on application submission will be coming out in early-October. Submissions will be accepted between November 1 and December 31 and awarded in the first quarter of 2017.

UUCE SHOWING DOCUMENTARY PROJECT 2-3-1
We will be showing the documentary "Project 2-3-1 - A Story of Elgin's African American Heritage" at UUCE on Friday evening Oct. 21 at 7 pm. The documentary begins with the Civil War "contrabands" who arrived in Elgin in 1862, and continues to the present day. It was produced by the Elgin Historical Society and Elginite Ernie Broadnax, who spoke at the church a few years ago. Discussion to follow. Any questions, contact Mimi Locknar at mimilock@yahoo.com

GUEST SPEAKER OCTOBER 16th
Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison Reed (UU minister and author of Darkening the Doorways, The Selma Awakening, and Black Pioneers in a White Denomination)

Crossing the Bridge to Selma

In March 1965 when the call came to join the African-American citizens of Selma UUs responded. Why, despite the risk, did they go? And how did the experience change them, even as it changed the world? What role did UUCE's minister Al Harkin play? Imbedded in the answers to these questions are lessons that will serve as well today as we take up the mantel in striving to make justice a reality.


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MUSIC

EVERY SONG TELLS A STORY
Our first of this year’s two Music Sundays will be November 6. The worship theme for the month is Story. Even an instrumental piece tells a story, though we may each hear a different narrative woven into the notes. All are invited to participate. Simply contact Steve Askins music@uuce.org by Sunday, October 23rd. Please provide name of the performer, title and composer of your piece. Or you can use the sign-up sheet that will be outside the church administrator’s door. We look forward to hearing your “stories.”

All donations received that day will go to
our Music Fund, supporting UUCE’s music ministry.

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Please avoid using personal contact information when contacting our newly-promoted Music Director, Steve Askins, on church-related business.
Instead, use the new work email and phone number:

work cell: 224-806-9615
work email: music@uuce.org

Thank you!

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MEMBERSHIP

PATH TO MEMBERSHIP CLASS this weekend
The next Path to Membership class will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at UUCE. If you are interested in knowing more about this church, our liberal religion and traditions, and what is involved in being part of this community, sign up now. We share lots of information and the pleasure of getting to know other friends and members. Leadership provided by our Minister, Leslie Mills, the Membership Team and other church leaders. Refreshments provided. Please contact Lydia Larrabee - 847-697-6491,lydia_larrabee53@hotmail.com.

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FUNDRAISERS AND OUTREACH

DIAPER DRIVE -- LARGER SIZES NEEDED!

Our diaper drive in support of the community Crisis Center continues. Please bring unopened packages of disposable diapers to church any Sunday, but particularly on the third Sunday of the month. We will take the diapers to the Crisis Center, for use by their clients who come to the shelter with young children. They are particularly in need of larger sizes. Questions can be directed to Andrea Schmidlin or Bob Jackson.

SCRIP TAKES A HOLIDAY
There will be no delivery of scrip cards on Sunday, October 16. Plan ahead and place your orders on September 25 for delivery on October 2, or on October 2 for delivery on the 9th. Orders placed on October 9 or 16 can be picked up on the 23rd.

PANTRY SUNDAY
When you shop this week, pick up some donations for the All People's Inter-Faith Pantry. On top of their list again this month is small jars of jelly. They can also use apple juice, canned tuna, pinto beans, cans of pork and beans and canned vegetables.

Try to bring your donations for the Pantry on our Pantry Sunday, September 4, but as always, you donations are welcome anytime during the month.

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GREEN SANCTUARY

STYROFOAM COLLECTION – Sunday, September 25
Bring CLEAN Styrofoam to church where it can be loaded into a labeled car outside the front door. Members of the Green Sanctuary Committee will take it to Dart Container Corporation in North Aurora. Can you take a turn collecting Styrofoam on the 4th Sunday and drive it at your convenience to the drop site? Contact Mary Alice Masonick.

FAITH IN PLACE HOSTING GREEN TEAM SUMMIT -- September 25
You are invited to join Faith in Place and people of diverse faiths from across Illinois on Sunday, September 25th from 12 – 4pm at The Field Museum in Chicago to learn how to take better care of the Earth! UUCE members are carpooling to the Field Museum.

You’ll receive the tools, resources, and inspiration you need to spark meaningful change in your community. Members of our Green Team and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend to connect with other Green Teams and get new ideas of how we can take action together!

This event is free and lunch is provided. You and your family will receive free access to The Field Museum and guided tours before and after the summit - plan to arrive early or stay late! There will be eco-activities for youth ages 13+.

To learn more and to register, please visit www.tinyurl.com/GreenTeam2016.


UUCE ON ILLINOIS SOLAR TOUR -- Saturday October 1, 10am-3pm
UUCE will welcome the public to view our rooftop solar panels and learn about our system. The Fitton family home is also on the Tour that day, about 5 minutes from the church. UUCE has been on the Tour since 2012!

GREEN SANCTUARY COMMITTEE MEETING -- Sun October 16 at 12:15 room 301

All who are interested in helping our church promote Earth stewardship are warmly welcome to attend. Hot topics: renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements at UUCE!


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HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY
This section will cover announcements for activities and events within the local community. If you have something you'd like us to include here that you think might be of interest to others in the church please send it to Unichord@uuce.org.


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HAPPENING IN THE UUA
This section will cover announcements for activities and events within the wider UU community. If you have something you'd like us to include here that you think might be of interest to others in the church please send it to Unichord@uuce.org.

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UNITARIAN CHURCH OF EVANSTON TO HOLD CONVERSATION
with UUA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE -- Oct 1, 12-2pm
Please join us at the Unitarian Church of Evanston, 1330 Ridge Ave., for a potluck lunch and conversation with Candidate for UUA President, the Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray, on Saturday, October 1, 12noon-2pm. For more information and to register go to http://tinyurl.com/susan-gray-potluck. Please indicate whether you will bring a salad or dessert. We will be furnishing the beverages and sandwich-makings.

**Susan is also the keynote preacher at our own minister's Ordination and Installation service the next day, Sunday, October 2nd at 4pm.

UU WOMEN'S CONNECTION -- Oct 14-16, DeKoven Retreat Center, Racine
Registration deadline is October 6, 2016. For more information go to www.uuwomensconnection.org

Du PAGE UU CHURCH TO HOST MOZART CONCERT -- Oct 22
For more information and tickets go to www.dupageuuevents.com


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