Upcoming Sunday Services

Bread Sharing Service

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Reverend Tom Capo and Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education

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.

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. SCIENCE SUNDAY.

Religious Education:
Service for all ages 9:30 & 11:15 (no morning classes)

Expecting the Unexpected

Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 10:00am ONLY

By Karen Lindebrekke, DuPage UU Church member

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.

Forum:
No forum will be held.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 10:00am.

Mystical Christianity: Love Beyond Comprehension

Sunday, December 3, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

By Gemma Guenther, Ministerial Intern

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.

 

Forum:
9:30am in Learning Center. Science Sunday—Ants Alive! Ants are wonderful creatures. We may think of them as unwanted pests, but if they were not with us, we would inhabit a very different planet. Ants have colonized every continent except Antarctica. Most live in warm places, but some prefer the cold. Ants play a important role in plant and animal life (especially small animals), and their effects can be seen in virtually all ecosystems. We will talk about little ants, big ants, invasive ants and even winter ants.  There will be a focus on ants of our local area of Northern Illinois. Several live queen ants of various species will be on display.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Holiday Music Service - Through a Child’s Eyes

Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Vickie Hellyer and the musicians of our church

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!
 

Forum:
9:30am in the Learning Center. Science Sunday. The Development of Life on Earth-Building Bodies. Science Sunday's second meeting will be on December 10th, only 1 week after we discuss ANTS with Dave Clarke.  Mike Winter will continue his discussion started in September about the development of Life On Earth.  In September we looked at the origins of life on earth.  We will review that and delve into the continuation of life from simple forms to more complex.  What challenges did life forms face a thousand million years ago?  How did increased complexity aid life and how did increased complexity make life more...well...complicated?  What do the fossil record, and the abundance of present life forms tell us of the time that life came to flourish on our planet?  Join us as we discuss Building Bodies-The Development of Life on Earth.   

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 9:30 & 11:15

Holiday Pageant

Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education
This is a service for all ages.

Forum:
9:30am in the Learning Center. Social Justice Forum - SMILE. Coming July 2018, DUUC’s Social Justice Committee will kick off the SMILE Project, a youth mentoring initiative.  SMILE is an acronym for Students, Mentors, Internship, with Local Employers. These are students who may have struggled due to discrimination, as well as poverty.  The SMILE Project matches students with mentors in a work place environment, where the student has the opportunity to learn from their mentors, and the mentors have the opportunity to give back to the community.  To be truly successful, the SMILE Project needs the participation of all the members of the church, so come Sunday, December 17th, at 9:30 am in the Learning Center.  Come hear what has been done so far, what still needs to be done and what is our long term goal for the SMILE Project.  Remember the project name – SMILE.

Religious Education:
Service for all ages 9:30 & 11:15 (no morning classes)

Blue Christmas Service

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7pm

By Reverend Tom Capo

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.  
 

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Religious Education:
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Winter Solstice Celebration

Sunday, December 17, 2017 @ 5:30pm

Members of DuPage UU Church

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.

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Religious Education:
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Winter Solstice Celebration

Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 7pm

Members of DuPage UU Church

We will honor the darkness and celebrate the return of the light. Please bring a plate of cookies to share. Childcare will be provided.

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Religious Education:
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Christmas Eve Services

Sunday, December 24, 2017 @ 6pm & 8pm

By Reverend Tom Capo & Steve Cooper, DRE

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.
 

Forum:
No Forum
Religious Education:
No classes

Fire Communion

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 11:15am only

DuPage UU Church members, Kat Gelder & Kelley Trombly-Freytag

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?
 

Forum:
No Forum
Religious Education:
No classes