2016 First Unitarian Congregational Survey - WE REALLY NEED YOUR OPINIONS!
The First U Board of Trustees invites you to share your insights on a variety of issues and areas affecting the church's mission, buildings, operation and outreach. Click here for a link to the survey. Hard copies are available for members and friends on the welcome table and in the church office and should be returned to Joan Pederson's box in the office by the September 30th deadline.

 

Dinners

Circle Suppers Needs Hosts (and Guests)
Circle Suppers are small, informal potlucks held in members’ homes or other settings during November, February, and April. It’s a great way to get to know folks outside church. We will start with three suppers in: November 2016, February 2016, and April 2017. If you can host a Circle Supper please see Joanne Michalski at the Welcome Table during coffee hour or email: . Deadline October 2nd.

Racial Justice Reading
The Racial Justice Task Force is making available a pamphlet entitled White Chauvinism: Privilege, Supremacy, Culture - A Critical Analysis, based on the book The Nature of Neo-Racism by Dr. Finley C. Campbell, co-chair, of the task force. Both pamphlet and book will be available on a donation basis at the Social Justice Council Table. To attend a house forum on this question, contact .

Bicycles for No One Left Behind
The organization No One Left Behind sponsors refugee families who have served as interpreters for American activities in both Afghanistan and Iraq. They have a new family in the area and are looking for bicycles for their children (ages 1 through 21). If you have a bicycle of any size that you would be willing to donate, contact Richard Pardo at with a description and your contact information and he will coordinate the possible gift. Thank you.

RE Teachers Needed!
As we plan to launch the RE program back up to speed with three classrooms in the fall, we still need teachers. We particularly need people to help with our youth group grades 6-8. It should be fun and informative. They will be studying different faith traditions and may even take a field trip or two. If you can dedicate one to two Sundays per month to teaching, or if you can sub occasionally, please contact Karen Mooney at .

Newsletter Volunteers
1st U is seeking volunteers to help produce the newsletter. Individuals are needed for the following roles:
Coordinator: Liaison to all committees and church leaders to collect columns, reports, art, events and photos for the newsletter. Must be comfortable with email and Google docs. Editor/Writer: Edit articles for style, grammar, punctuation, clarity and length. Rewrites as necessary. Will also need to write short copy for articles and notices, and Layout Designer: responsible for design and layout of newsletter including text, images and other elements. Primarily digital newsletter (format and technology used are flexible) but print copies will need to be possible as well. Must have an eye for good design. Volunteers must be tech savvy and have an eye for detail and enjoy working collaboratively. Deadline: October 1st. Please email  for more information.

Office Volunteers Needed
As we begin our new church year, many of our stalwart staff of 14 volunteers have changes coming up in their schedules that make it impossible to fill their allotted time slots. Could you or a family member help? This important need is fun and with a variety of responsibilities. Familiarity with computers is a must. You will assist with RE projects and event preparation, help visitors, do special projects for the ministers and administrative staff and assist the church in many other ways. We adopted this way of staffing our office when our budget was cut, and it has worked well. But, we need new blood and it could be yours! Please contact Cindy Pardo at or 773-667-5324 if you might be able to help.

Social Hour Hosts
Social Hour gives us an opportunity for fellowship after Sunday Service. Hosting is provided by individual families, each month's birthday celebrants, or committees / councils. Those who wish to participate as hosts, even once, may contact Betty V. Holcomb, coordinator.

Support for Program Council Events
The First U Program Council hosts two congregation-wide events during the fall and winter. The first is a Thanksgiving service and catered feast scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19th. In recent years, over 100 First U members and friends have attended. The second is the annual Unity Party, tentatively planned for Saturday, Feb. 18th. This event is an evening of fellowship, games, music, dancing and refreshments. Volunteers are needed to make these joyous evenings run smoothly. If you can help, please attend the Program Council meeting September 14th at 5:15 pm in the church offices or email Kay Poyner Brown at . Mark your calendars, and plan to attend both events.

2016 Aids Run & Walk Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7 a.m. Soldier Field
Join First U and community members from all walks of life to provide support for The Night Ministry and help change the story of HIV in our lifetime. Your participation will help ensure that free, confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling remains available to homeless and vulnerable individuals across Chicago. Last year, The Night Ministry provided more than 600 free HIV tests on their health outreach bus, in youth shelters and at community-based testing sites. Their Aids Run & Walk team helped make that possible. Help them reach their $10,000 fundraising goal by making a donation or by joining The Night Ministry's Aids Run & Walk team. Ninety percent of all dollars the team raises will return directly to The Night Ministry and support HIV outreach, testing and prevention efforts. Please join The Night Ministry's team today by visiting www.aidsrunwalk.org and clicking on "register", be sure to enter "The Night Ministry" as your team. Contact Joanne Michalski at .

Christmas Host Families Needed
Christmas International House (CIH), a Christian ministry, offers hospitality to international students studying at American universities who may be unable to travel home for the holidays. This is a holiday program from one week before Christmas until New Year's Day. Approximately 50 CIH affiliates are seeking hosts this holiday season. CIH events are prepared for the students and hosts are mainly responsible for bed, breakfast and dinner. Hosts and guests share cultures and friendships that make meaningful impressions for a lifetime. For more information on CIH or to volunteer as a host, contact Allan Lindrup at (773)595-4921 or at .

Need Caregiver Support?
Are you a caregiver of a loved one? If you are caring for a family member or close friend and would like to connect with other caregivers for support and resources, please contact Rev. Teri at .

Pastoral Care at First Unitarian
Our Lay Pastoral Care Team is comprised of Betty Holcomb, Evelyn Johnson, Madeiria Myriekes and Lorie Rosenblum. They provide practical and emotional support to First Unitarian members as needed, and refer pastoral issues to our ministers. You can contact the team by calling the church office at 773-324-4100 x10.

Circle Suppers Needs Hosts (and Guests)
Circle Suppers are small, informal potlucks held in members’ homes or other settings during November, February, and April. It’s a great way to get to know folks outside church. We will start with three suppers in: November 2016, February 2016, and April 2017. If you can host a Circle Supper please see Joanne Michalski at the Welcome Table during coffee hour or email: . Deadline October 2nd.

RE Teachers Needed!
As we plan to launch the RE program back up to speed with three classrooms in the fall, we still need teachers.  We particularly need people to help with our youth group grades 6-8.  It should be fun and informative.  They will be studying different faith traditions and may even take a field trip or two.  If you can dedicate one to two Sundays per month to teaching, or if you can sub occasionally, please contact Karen Mooney at .

Newsletter Volunteers
1st U is seeking volunteers to help produce the newsletter. Individuals are needed for the following roles:
Coordinator: Liaison to all committees and church leaders to collect columns, reports, art, events and photos for the newsletter. Must be comfortable with email and Google docs. Editor/Writer: Edit articles for style, grammar, punctuation, clarity and length. Rewrites as necessary. Will also need to write short copy for articles and notices, and Layout Designer: responsible for design and layout of newsletter including text, images and other elements. Primarily digital newsletter (format and technology used are flexible) but print copies will need to be possible as well. Must have an eye for good design. Volunteers must be tech savvy and have an eye for detail and enjoy working collaboratively. Deadline: October 1st. Please email  for more information.

Office Volunteers Needed
As we begin our new church year, many of our stalwart staff of 14 volunteers have changes coming up in their schedules that make it impossible to fill their allotted time slots. Could you or a family member help? This important need is fun and with a variety of responsibilities. Familiarity with computers is a must. You will assist with RE projects and event preparation, help visitors, do special projects for the ministers and administrative staff and assist the church in many other ways. We adopted this way of staffing our office when our budget was cut, and it has worked well. But, we need new blood and it could be yours! Please contact Cindy Pardo at or 773-667-5324 if you might be able to help.

Social Hour Hosts
Social Hour gives us an opportunity for fellowship after Sunday Service. Hosting is provided by individual families, each month's birthday celebrants, or committees / councils. Those who wish to participate as hosts, even once, may contact Betty V. Holcomb, coordinator.

Support for Program Council Events
The First U Program Council hosts two congregation-wide events during the fall and winter. The first is a Thanksgiving service and catered feast scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19th. In recent years, over 100 First U members and friends have attended. The second is the annual Unity Party, tentatively planned for Saturday, Feb. 18th. This event is an evening of fellowship, games, music, dancing and refreshments. Volunteers are needed to make these joyous evenings run smoothly. If you can help, please attend the Program Council meeting September 14th at 5:15 pm in the church offices or email Kay Poyner Brown at . Mark your calendars, and plan to attend both events.

Bicycles for No One Left Behind
The organization No One Left Behind sponsors refugee families who have served as interpreters for American activities in both Afghanistan and Iraq. They have a new family in the area and are looking for bicycles for their children (ages 1 through 21). If you have a bicycle of any size that you would be willing to donate, contact Richard Pardo at with a description and your contact information and he will coordinate the possible gift. Thank you.

2016 Aids Run & Walk Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7 a.m. Soldier Field
Join First U and community members from all walks of life to provide support for The Night Ministry and help change the story of HIV in our lifetime. Your participation will help ensure that free, confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling remains available to homeless and vulnerable individuals across Chicago. Last year, The Night Ministry provided more than 600 free HIV tests on their health outreach bus, in youth shelters and at community-based testing sites. Their Aids Run & Walk team helped make that possible. Help them reach their $10,000 fundraising goal by making a donation or by joining The Night Ministry's Aids Run & Walk team. Ninety percent of all dollars the team raises will return directly to The Night Ministry and support HIV outreach, testing and prevention efforts. Please join The Night Ministry's team today by visiting www.aidsrunwalk.org and clicking on "register", be sure to enter "The Night Ministry" as your team. Contact Joanne Michalski at .

Christmas Host Families Needed
Christmas International House (CIH), a Christian ministry, offers hospitality to international students studying at American universities who may be unable to travel home for the holidays. This is a holiday program from one week before Christmas until New Year's Day. Approximately 50 CIH affiliates are seeking hosts this holiday season. CIH events are prepared for the students and hosts are mainly responsible for bed, breakfast and dinner. Hosts and guests share cultures and friendships that make meaningful impressions for a lifetime. For more information on CIH or to volunteer as a host, contact Allan Lindrup at (773)595-4921 or at .

See "GET INVOLVED" above for additional opportunities.

Water Communion

This year the Water Communion Service was held on September 11th.  At this annual intergenerational service, the congregation is invited to bring a small vial of water from their homes or travels. The vials are joined together, uniting as one to begin the 2016-2017 year.

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Sunday Services 10:00 am

We gather to sing together a few minutes before the service starts. Classes for school-age kids are available, and childcare for children 0-4 is available each week (though of course you're welcome to keep your little one with you!). After the service, you are warmly invited to gather for food, coffee, and conversation.

About Our Sunday Services

 October 2: Trust Your Training, Rev. George Tyger
Chaplain George Tyger shares his experiences on his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-2012. Faced with violence, fear, loneliness, and uncertainty he turns to his Unitarian Universalist faith as a source of meaning. There he discovers that worth and dignity are more than intellectual exercises but powerful realities capable of saving us from ourselves.

Chaplain (Major) George Tyger has been a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1993. He served churches in Massachusetts, Virginia, and New York. Commissioned as a U.S. Army Chaplain in 2007 he has served in Ft Hood TX, Fort Carson CO, and Fort Bragg NC. His military assignments include as two deployments to Afghanistan in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012. His current duty assignment is Brigade Chaplain for 3rd Chemical Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood MO. He is author of “War Zone Faith: An Army Chaplain's Reflections from Afghanistan” (Skinner House 2013). Married to Jennifer since 1992, they have three children and a 175-pound English Mastiff.

Upcoming Services List

Missed a service? Listen to a podcast of the service

First Forums 11:30 am

Most Sundays a program is offered after the service at 11:30 -- everything from updates on church life, to coffee with the ministers or Director of Religious Education, to Social Justice speakers and other presentations.

 

 

October 2: Nature of Racism Registration
Following Service, Social Justice Table
Registration for the Nature of Racism class will begin for those interested in learning more about this contentious issue. This semester we will focus on the rise, triumph, and fall of white chauvinism in the US and internationally. Preliminary materials will be available at the Social Justice Council table. The course will start officially on October 16th at 1 p.m. or immediately after the First Forum. We will need at least five registrants to proceed. Call 773-752-4019 for more information.

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First Unitarian Church of Chicago
5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 324 - 4100  Fax: (773) 324 - 1136
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Sunday Services: 10am, Sunday First Forums: 11:45am
Office Hours: Mon: 10am - 4pm, Tues - Fri: 10am - 6pm, Sat: 9am - 12pm

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