Upcoming Sunday Services
Bread Sharing Service
Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Thanksgiving is often a time of joining in conversations around the dinner table. During the service we will consider how we communicate with one another. What we say may or may not be heard or understood or accepted by those listening. This Sunday before Thanksgiving, you are invited to bring bread for the service -you might bring rice bread, wheat bread, sweet bread, whatever bread you like. We will share the bread during the coffee hour between service and after the second service. This is a service for all ages. There will be time to share Joys and Concerns. Our musicians and an adult and children’s choir ensemble with Becky Trombly-Freytag as lead vocal will perform Children of the World by Amy Grant. There will be a Special Collection for Ecumenical Adult Day Care.
Expecting the Unexpected
Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 10:00am ONLY
Life is full of surprises, both big and small, and these can upset the equilibrium of your sense of stability and well-being. We will explore the attitudes of the "good sport," the resilient optimist, and the risk-takers. Personal stories and revelations from author and Unitarian Universalist minister Robert Fulghum as well as stories from the service presenters will be shared on life, love, and learning. And we'll consider how the uh-oh attitude is more than just a reaction to small problems; it is a perspective on the universe, our places in it, and how to refuse to let relatively minor "catastrophes" disturb our well-being. It is an attitude that can help us to handle the ever-present, unexpected challenges in life.
Also on November 26th:
11:30 am Memorial for Robin Spriestma
1:00 pm UU viewing of "Q Bros - A Christmas Carol" at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier. Bus leaves DUUC at 1:00 pm.
Mystical Christianity: Love Beyond Comprehension
Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Our tradition honors direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder – or, if you prefer, mysticism. Emmanuel means ‘God is with us.’ So what can this relationship look like? As I open myself to the possibilities of the Christian path, I understand more about myself and also the religion that birthed Unitarian Universalism.
Let’s celebrate the possibilities of Divine connection to Christ, Mary and the saints. This service will include uplifting Christian praise music, readings and personal reflections. There will also be a time in the service to share Joys and Concerns.
Holiday Music Service - Through a Child’s Eyes
Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Need a break this holiday season from the worries and concerns of being an adult? Would you like the chance to experience the December holidays with childlike wonder?
For one hour, our Choir and Instrumental pieces, Carols and Readings will invite you to see the holidays, and possibly, the world, through transformed eyes.
The DUUC YUUth Ensemble is a group of young musicians, ranging in age from 10-18, who perform at the Holiday Music Services and the RE Services each year. We try to play at least one song each year which especially appeals to youth interests and has lyrics which are meaningful to them and the DUUC congregation. Today, we are delighted to be joined by the lovely vocals of Becky Trombly-Freytag for the well-loved Christmas song, "Mary Did You Know?"
A Special Collection will help DUUC meet its obligation to support our Bridge Communities client Kirsten and her daughter Zylah for the coming year. Please consider a generous gift to help Kirsten get and stay on her feet in a healthy and sustainable manner. Thank you for giving generously!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
This is a service for all ages.
Blue Christmas Service
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7pm
This service is offered for those who have lost loved ones in this year, who have gone through a difficult change this year, who feel alone or lonely, who need a time and a space during this Christmas season for peaceful contemplation and reflection.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:30pm
Take a break from the busy holiday season and join us at our Winter Solstice Celebration. We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 7pm
We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.
Christmas Eve Services
Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 6pm & 8pm
6 PM: Family Service led by Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education
7 PM: Soup & Bread Supper between the services by the Fellowship Committee.
8 PM: Candlelight Service by Reverend Tom Capo
Readings, music, and hymns exploring mystery in the meaning of Christmas. This service will offer time for contemplation and reflection, closing with candle lighting and singing Silent Night together. Special Music Marimba performances by Valerie and Russell Wharton. The offering at this service will replenish the Minister’s Discretionary Fund which is used to confidentially aid members of our church community.
Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 11:15am only
In our annual Fire Communion ritual, we will consider how our church community nurtures understanding between people with diverse perspectives. As Unitarian Universalists, we pride ourselves on accepting people with diverse philosophies, but how often do we discuss these philosophies with each other? When the fire of love, hope, and commitment brings together individuals who don't always agree, how can we grow stronger through our differences?