LRE Update
for November 25, 2022

Gifts for Palatine Township Families due Sunday, Nov 27

For those who signed up to sponsor member(s) of the families, please turn your gifts into the office on Sunday. If you have questions, contact Ellen Vinzani or Judy Ball.

Worship on Nov 27 at 10 am

All-Church Service:
Dedication and Thanksgiving

Nov 27 at 10 am
Rev. Denise & Dr. Mary

This is an All-Church Service; young people attend worship with their family and do not have religious exploration classes.

Our annual service of Thanksgiving will include Child Dedications for Mikala and James Prenger, and Jeslyn Scoggin. The Children's Choir will be singing. This will also be the first Sunday of advent, and we will begin building our advent scene, starting with the mineral kingdom, the foundation upon which we all stand; upon the fabric, we will place lovely stones and seashells. Do you have elements representing the earth you would like to add? Feel free to bring them this Sunday – real pebbles or crystals or a pretty stone, bones perhaps from an animal you found in the woods, or a small antler.

Our story this Sunday will be Your Name is a Song, by Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow, illustr Luisa Uribe. 

This Sunday is also a share-the-plate offering; half of the undesignated donations will be given to Journeys: The Road Home, providing shelter, services, & housing to those who are homeless or​ at risk of becoming homeless in suburban Cook County.

Open Forum Discussion

Sundays at 9 am

Please join us to discuss “the issues of the day” while respectfully welcoming different perspectives. Our topic on November 27: Lessons from the American Civil War. Join us online: go to and click 'Join' OR to listen by phone, call 1-312-626-6799; when prompted, enter meeting id 927 6261 2301 and passcode 1025.
Young Adult Homecoming
and Tree Trimming

Sun Nov 27, Following Worship

Come back to Countryside, see old friends and mentors, and let your home church treat you to holiday goodies! Join us for Thanksgiving worship and a child dedication, and then be part of this traditional gathering afterward -- the Young Adult tree trimming, with cake and treats to follow. This is a stepping stone to the next opportunity to gather (for the annual CCUU YA ReUUnion December 18). Parents, please help spread the word with your YAs (age 18-35)!

Children & Youth Choir

Sundays following RE Classes

Young people in grades 1 - 8 are invited to meet in the choir room following RE classes to sing! For more info, contact Alison Vernon,
Next Week ~ Nov 28-Dec 4

White Lies Discussion Series

continues Mondays, 7 pm, Zoom only

In this “post-Jim Crow” era, what might we learn about the long term effects of systemic racism? Get full details and sign up to attend the series. Participants need not attend all sessions, however, if you drop in, please listen to the episode for that day AS WELL AS all previous episodes. On Nov 28, our penultimate session, we will discuss Episode 6-Learn Not to Hear It. You do not need to be a church member to attend this covenantal series; guests are welcome. This Lifespan Religious Exploration course is available for Senior High and Adults. 

Intro to CCUU

1st Sundays ~ Dec 4, following worship

Newcomers are invited to attend a brief orientation to Countryside Church and Unitarian Universalism once/month following worship and is hosted by a longtime CCUU member and lifelong UU. 
~ Mark Your Calendar ~

IntergenerationalJoy-Filled CCUU Events for All Ages - 2022-23

  • Dec 18: Christmas Pageant
  • Jan 29: Fifth Sunday Faith in Action with Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants
  • Feb 12: Souper Bowl
  • March: Women’s History Month Book Drive for Bernie’s Book Bank, Little Free Library, and CCUU RE Library
  • Apr 9: Easter Egg Hunt, 11am-Noon
  • Apr 30: Fifth Sunday in Action Day with Faith in Place
  • Jun 4: Church Picnic and Blessing of the Bikes

Upcoming Adult Faith Development

See the Focus newsletter for more details
  • Last Mondays Book Discussion on Nov 28, 7 pm ~ West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
  • Online Journaling Circle: Dec 1, 10 am ~ We free write and write from prompts related to our monthly themes. Have your notebook/journal and a pen ready & join us online for personal exploration and growth. To join us, go to & use meeting id 950 6607 5339 and passcode 937911
  • Reading Roundtable: Dec 14, 10 am ~ Join us in Atherton Hall to discuss Dry Dock (pp. 100–103 of The Civically Engaged Reader); details here

Spirit of Life Series:
Deepen Connections AND
Your Spiritual Life in the New Year

Our series, to begin January 8, will offer opportunities for aspiring, new, and experienced members to reflect together on aspects of their life journeys:

•   Experiences or moments of 'wow';
•   Feelings of oneness with the cosmos, the great mysteries, or the divine;
•   Life celebrations and rituals;
•   What calls out for your care and compassion;
•   Connection to and relationship with the earth and our natural environment;
•   The ways you show care, love, and respect – to yourself and others; 
•   The roots that 'hold you close' and the wings that 'set you free'; 
•   The possibilities for expressing your life purpose.

This program creates a series of gatherings that will offer you opportunity and community to explore your Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each session, drawing on the words of our beloved hymn, focuses on a different aspect of your spiritual life and gives you space to listen to the still small voice within you and to share your reflections with others. Activities invite you to give attention to your life and your choices so that you might live with mindfulness and intention. Just as each of us is responsible for discerning our beliefs, we are each responsible for practices that help us to live them. 

In our Spirit of Life program you will:

•   Become familiar with a broad and inclusive definition of spirituality—one that includes those who do and do not affirm the existence of a supernatural spirit or deity; 
•   Evaluate your experiences of the spiritual during turning points in your life and during day-to-day living; 
•   Learn methods for being attentive to your spirituality;
•   Discover the variety and value of spiritual practices as means of deepening faith and enhancing quality of life; 
•   Practice in speaking and listening with respect and authenticity;
•   Deepen your ties with other congregants as you learn more about one another and yourself.

Sessions will be held weekly on Sundays, 11:30-1:30, in-person, January 15, 22, 29, and February 5, with a final session February 26 (please note change in series schedule) While we hope you will want to join all of them, you can attend just as many as you like - there are a total of 9 sessions in the program. We will make arrangements for lunch week to week; childcare can also be arranged by letting us know your needs.  

Register here: -- or reach out to Mary Shelden ( with questions. Please register on or before January 1.

~Holiday Giving Opportunities~

Gift Card Collection for Local High School Students in Need through Mon, Nov 28

We are again partnering with other local churches to provide gift cards for food, clothing, and other necessaries for District 211 students in need. Combined giving last year provided for 135 Palatine High School and Fremd High School students in housing crisis situations as defined within the McKinney-Vento Law. In addition, we helped 25 students in need at District 211’s North Academy, an alternative learning high school in Palatine. Purchase gift cards to area stores and restaurants:
  • $25 cards to Walmart or Target (*please note that the students prefer Walmart to Target)
  • $10-$25 cards to Walgreens, Aldi, Subway, McDonalds, Culvers, or other fast-food chain restaurants
Gift cards are easily purchased online; no need to shop in-person. Each student will receive donated gift cards in gift bags put together by the volunteers at PATH (Palatine Assisting Through Hope.) Please write the $ amount on the card or its envelope. Gift cards must be received in the church office by Mon, Nov 28. Please don’t delay.

Change for Change

In honor of our monthly theme for November - CHANGE, please help us change lives by donating your pocket change to Guest at Your Table, the UU Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Throughout the month of November, there will be a box on the Narthex theme table where you can drop your loose change to help foster the positive change made in the world through Guest At Your Table, the UU Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about critical human rights issues. Contribution envelopes will also be available -- or if you'd like to create your own donation box to use at home, you can find them hereContributions of any amount qualify for UUSC membership. Contributions of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY. You can learn more about Guest at Your Table here. 

Religious Exploration for Children & Youth

 Classes are held on Sundays at 10 am for:
  • Chalice Children (preschoolers)
  • Spirit Play (Kdgtn-grade 2)
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grade 6-8
and at 7 pm for Senior High Youth Group (9th-12th grade). Newcomers welcome!

Information about our program can be found at If you have not yet registered your kiddos, please do so here: Questions or Concerns? Contact Dr. Mary at or 847-359-8440 ext 4.
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