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OCTOBER UPDATE:

 The October 2 service will be held outdoors at Nippersink Forest Preserve.

The October 9 service will be via Zoom, and all other services in October will be

held in-person and via Zoom.

Northern Illinois Food Bank

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Northern Illinois Food Bank
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Our vision at Northern Illinois Food Bank is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proud member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors in 13 counties with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, local and corporate grocers, area farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week nearly 1,000 volunteers help us evaluate, repack, and distribute food.

 

We also proudly partner with more than 900 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and youth and senior feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources. Our distribution centers are located in Geneva, Lake Forest, Rockford and Joliet.

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There are several ways to contribute:

By check: Please write "Split" or "NIFB" in the Memo line of your check.

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

https://pcuuc.breezechms.com/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 Northern Illinois Food Bank.

October 2

Outdoor service

Guest Speaker

Deb Krohn

"The Blessing of

the Animals"

9:00am at Nippersink

Forest Preserve, Shelter D

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Please join us for a special PCUUC service honoring the animals that enrich our lives. Deb Krohn will bring several of her favorite amphibians and reptile friends to help share stories of how even the slimy and scaly bring joy and wonder to our world. There will be a blessing of the animals as part of the service.

 

All who would like their animals to be blessed are welcome to join in this ritual. If you would like to bring your special friend to this outdoor service, please make sure they are safely restrained and/or in secure travel containers that will keep your animal safe. As you consider whether this service is appropriate for your pet, please remember that many types of animals might be present. Feel free to bring a picture of your animal for the blessing if your animal would be better off at home, or if you would like to remember a pet that has passed away. You can also bring objects and photos to put on our “animal tribute altar” to represent any creatures that are part of our interconnected web of life or that have passed on (e.g. a nest, a pet’s favorite toy, a photo of a fish tank or pond).

If you are new to PCUUC and would like to join us, register here: https://pcuuc.breezechms.com/form/a4e5c5

Religious Education (RE)

Please join us this Sunday for our outdoor multigenerational service at Nippersink Forest Preserve. There will be no RE classes, so please stay together as a family and enjoy this wonderful service.

 

After service and in the car ride home is a great opportunity to talk with your children about what they learned at service or what their favorite parts were.  It also gives you an opportunity to talk about your favorite parts too.

Click here for information about upcoming services.

Here's how SJC organizations benefited from

your Shared Basket donations in the past year:

Home of the Sparrow (September/October 2021 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $594.73

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

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