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and all citizens seeking a deep understanding of the good.

 "Growing our Spirit
  Supporting Community
  Nurturing our Environment"


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On the second Sunday of each month,

PCUUC services are available via Zoom only.

All other services are held in-person

and via Zoom.

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PADS Lake County

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank

PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing homelessness and a housing crisis.

PADS helps individuals and families reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive approach to reducing homelessness. Our holistic services seek to help our neighbors create sturdy foundations in stable homes so that they can build brighter futures for themselves and contribute to our community.

Today, as the only emergency shelter system in Lake County, PADS operates 9 emergency shelter sites, its Day Resource Center and numerous programs within it, as well as a number of scattered site long term supportive housing units. PADS also provides a multiplicity of services with a vision and mission of placing all of Lake County’s homeless on a secure path to sustained independence.


There are several ways to contribute:

By check: Please write "Split" or "PADS" in the Memo line of your check. (A split donation means half to PCUUC and half to PADS.)

Mail checks to: PCUUC
                      P.O. Box 858
                      Grayslake, IL 60030
Give online:


Be sure to use the drop-down menus to select the fund(s) you wish to support and the payment method (credit/debit card or ACH transfer).

Give by text:

847-999-7060 and enter the amount you'd like

to give. Your donation will automatically be

split between PCUUC and PADS.

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December 11

Guest Speaker

Rev. Ellie VerGowe


Virtual service

9:00am on Zoom

"Awe and Wonder"

How would you describe the feeling you get when you encounter something beautiful or vast? What does a sunset or mountain wildflower do for your spirit? Can the natural world care for us in moments of crisis and grief? This homily will explore the role of awe in human thriving and the importance of caring for the earth.

Ellie VerGowe is staff chaplain for the Intensive Care units and the Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the Seattle VA Puget Sound Hospital. Ellie feels honored to hear people’s stories and meet with them in moments of crisis. She is studying emerging and long term trauma from a spiritual care perspective. She lives in West Seattle on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people with her partner Aaron and their Australian shepherd puppy, Fiona. She loves hiking in the mountains, singing, painting and writing, eating good food with good people and reading a well written book on a rainy day with a cup of tea (Ellie is a grandmother at heart!)

Service Leader is Joyce DeWitt.

Religious Education (RE) classes for the 2022-2023 church year will be in-person every Sunday except for the 2nd Sunday of each month which is a virtual service and virtual RE classes. All students should attend the first part of service with their families and then they will be sung off to their RE classes after the Story for All Ages. Our class breakdown is as follows:

  • Nursery (Birth-3 years old) - 8:45am-10:30am

  • Pre-primary/Primary class (ages 3-9 years old) - 9:30am-10:30am

  • Adolescent class (ages 10 and older) - 9:30am-10:30am


For more information please contact our Director of Religious Education, Jennifer Weigand, at DRE@prairiecircleuuc.org.


If you have not registered for our 2022-2023 classes or you are new to PCUUC and would like to join our RE classes, please register here.

Click here for information about upcoming services.

Here's how SJC organizations have benefited from

your Shared Basket donations in the past year:

Northern Illinois Food Bank (November/December 2021) . . . . . . . . . $647.96

One Hope United (January/February 2022). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $521.02

Liberty Prairie Foundation (March/April 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $458.19

Midwest Veterans Closet (May/June 2022)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $649.06

Round Lake Elementary District 116 (July/August 2022) . . . . . . . . . .  $941.47

Northern Illinois Food Bank (September/October 2022) . . . . . . . . . .  $609.11

Midwest Veterans Closet (November 2022) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PADS Lake County (December 2022)

PCUUC Statement in Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

As people of faith dedicated to justice and liberation, we stand in grief, outrage, and solidarity with those who are protesting the use of excessive force by the police, which has resulted in the deaths of far too many people from Native, Black, Latinx and other marginalized groups in the United States. Our stance is based on the Unitarian Universalist Principles that serve us as moral guides, specifically the 1st Principle, “The inherent worth and dignity of every person,” 2nd Principle, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations,” and 6th Principle, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.”

Further, we recognize our individual and collective responsibility to name the ways anti-Blackness and white supremacy show up in our families, work environments, social networks, and communities, and in the local, national, and transnational systems and institutions in which we participate, including in our own Unitarian Universalist denomination and our church community. We are committed to working in consultation with Black churches and Black-led organizations to bring our UU principles into meaningful action, and in doing so to fight for an end to systemic racism.

Anti-Racism Working Group (ARWG) and the PCUUC Board

ARWG Report 2/3/21