A Place to Do Some Good - Now through Dec.17th - Here at First Unitarian
First Unitarian will be one of several drop-off points for collecting toys and warm clothes for adults and kids. The collection will be given away on Saturday, Dec. 17th, between 4 p.m. and 6:30 pm., at a gathering at Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn. The gathering will feature carols, hot chocolate and hard hat tours of Christ the King Church, which was destroyed in a tragic fire and is now under restoration. Warm clothes along with new and very gently-used toys can be dropped off at First Unitarian in boxes located by the church office. This is a cooperative endeavor among the Institute of Christ the King, the Coalition to Save the Shrine (savetheshrine.org), and the Woodlawn Peace Center (woodlawnvoices.org). The organizers hope you will come by on December 17th to share some holiday spirit, sing a few songs and have some hot chocolate.

Adult Education Committee Membership.
With the passing of our former chair, Rev. Dr. Neil Gerdes, the Adult Education Committee is seeking additional members to help with the development of adult education programming here at First U, as well as coordinating existing programs. Drop by the Social Justice Council table to pick up a copy of the vision and mission statement. For more information, contact Finley C. Campbell at 773-752-4019.

Adult Education Committee
Visit the Social Justice/Program Council in Hull Chapel to learn more about the proposed Mission and Vision Statement of the new Adult Education Committee. 

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.

A Place to Do Some Good - Now through Dec.17th - Here at First Unitarian
First Unitarian will be one of several drop-off points for collecting toys and warm clothes for adults and kids. The collection will be given away on Saturday, Dec. 17th, between 4 p.m. and 6:30 pm., at a gathering at Christ the King Church, 6401 S. Woodlawn. The gathering will feature carols, hot chocolate and hard hat tours of Christ the King Church, which was destroyed in a tragic fire and is now under restoration. Warm clothes along with new and very gently-used toys can be dropped off at First Unitarian in boxes located by the church office. This is a cooperative endeavor among the Institute of Christ the King, the Coalition to Save the Shrine (savetheshrine.org), and the Woodlawn Peace Center (woodlawnvoices.org). The organizers hope you will come by on December 17th to share some holiday spirit, sing a few songs and have some hot chocolate.

RE Wish List
***** NEW Books added *****
There is always a need in Religious Education (RE) for something more. Who does not want to give to the life of our children? Our budget is very limited again this year so we are in great need of supplies for our program. Here is a link to the Amazon wish list for those who may want to give a specific book or supply.

CLICK HERE for the list.

Feel free to purchase these items from elsewhere if you're out shopping or in a bookstore. Please email Karen at if you purchase an item so it can be taken off the list. Thank you for your support!

2016-2017 First U Service Opportunities

There are still great opportunities for members and friends to serve our church community. Here a few:

Ushers and Bell Ringers
Every Sunday service offers us the chance to warmly meet and greet new visitors, members and old friends. Join this corps of special individuals as they serve each Sunday as the loving face of First Unitarian. Current commitments are four times a year for ushers and once per month for bell ringers. Ringers need to lift and hold 25 lbs.

Office Volunteers
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.

Support for Program Council Events
During the year, volunteers are needed to make numerous fun and joyous church events run smoothly. If you can help, please email Kay Poyner Brown at .

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.

See "GET INVOLVED" above for additional opportunities.

Help Four Immigrant Families Celebrate the Holidays


Season's greetings to you and yours!

Celebrate the Holiday Spirit at First Unitarian
Sunday, December 4, 2016, After Service

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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.

 Upcoming RE Classes

About Our Sunday Services

Theme for the Month of December: Presence
Along with UU churches across the country, we will explore the theme of Presence during the month of December. The world is full of unnoticed gifts and grace - yet they require our time and attention.

December 4th: Great Choir (or the One-Hour Choir
9 a.m., sharp, Sanctuary
On this first Sunday, the Great Choir returns. All singers are invited to join Jeff Hamrick and members of the choir. The assembled forces will learn and perform an easy anthem for the 10 a.m. worship service. Come sing with us!

December 4th: The Gift of Presence, Rev. Teresa Schwartz
Thich Nhat Hanh writes, "When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there? The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." As we start this month that so often celebrates presents over presence, we'll reflect on the importance of offering our presence to others - and one another - which is ultimately the greatest present to give or to receive.

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


December 4th: First Sunday Welcome
11:30 a.m., Chris Moore Parlor
First Sunday Welcome is an opportunity after the service to meet and learn more about life at First Unitarian from Rev. Teri, Rev. David and others in the church community. We will gather in the Chris Moore Parlor.

Do you need a venue for your event?  Still planning your fall or winter wedding?  First Unitarian may have just what you need.
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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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