Upcoming Sunday Services

Arriving with a Grateful Spirit: Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 24, 2019 @ 10:30am

By Reverend Michael Walker

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, we have an opportunity to cultivate gratitude for what grace we have received. Holidays can sometimes bring up mixed feelings, but today, we hope to find the silver lining. The intention of this service is to consider what we have to be grateful for, so that when we go to family or other Thanksgiving gatherings, we arrive with a grateful spirit.

Forum:
9:15am in the Learning Center. What is PADS? Are you curious about the short PADS-related messages you read in our church communications? If you would like to know more about this social justice program and how we participate most months of the year, join us! We will discuss the umbrella organization called PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter), what we do to support the homeless at the sponsoring church sites where we work, and how you can help in big or small ways.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 10:30am.

What Does it Mean to be a People of Awe?

Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 10:30am

By Steve Cooper, DRE, and Rev. Michael Walker

To have awe, we need to be curious and open to experiencing the wonder that can be found all around us. At this time of the year, we get so busy that we may not notice the awesomeness of the world right under our noses. Together, we will make room for awe and wonder in our lives. This is a multi-generational service. All are welcome!

Forum:
9:15am in the Learning Center. Science Sunday: Have you ever wondered where we come from, why there are stars in the sky, or whether time had a beginning? Have you wondered how Earth came to be? How did the oceans and soils form? How did life come into existence? Where do human beings come from? For the Science Sunday Forum on December 1st, Scott Thompson will continue addressing some of these "Big Questions" as he engages Forum participants in a discussion about these topics. This month, Scott will finish up discussions of the Big Bang, and - if time permits - begin talking about stars, how they live and die, and the minerals they make. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

Religious Education:
Service for All Ages at 10:30am

We Are Family…

Sunday, December 8, 2019 @ 10:30am

By Reverend Michael Walker

“Come, come, whoever you are…” Sometimes one may hear of a church or a school practicing ‘radical hospitality.’ But, what about families? Someone different, the black sheep of the family, may feel less than welcome at the family gatherings. Here, we welcome you as you are and glad that you came to be with us this Sunday! 

Forum:
9:15am in the Learning Center. Youth RE Forum – Friendship. We'll explore making connections across our lifespans. Parenting can be isolating but it can also provide us with many opportunities to make new friends and connect to others in a different way. How do we foster friendships in our DUUC community, among ourselves and among our children? What does it mean to be a good friend? As always, there will be child care and programs provided for all ages during the Forum time.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet @ 10:30am.

Noel - Holiday Music Service

Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 10:30am

Please join us to experience...The YUUth Ensemble, the DUUC Choir, Musical Guests, and the Lifting of your own Voices as we celebrate the power of birth and rebirth! Our Special Collection will benefit DuPage PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter). 

Forum:
9:15am in the Learning Center. Science Sunday.

Religious Education:
Religious Education classes meet at 10:30am.

Winter Solstice Celebrations

Friday, December 20 & Saturday, December 21, 2019 @ 7:00pm

Led by DuPage UU Church Members

Please plan on joining us for one or both nights to celebrate the darkness and the return of the light! Please bring a plate of cookies to share for the celebration following the service.

Forum:
No forum.

Religious Education:
No Religious Education classes.

The Wonder and Awe of the Nativity: an Unrehearsed Pageant

Sunday, December 22, 2019 @ 10:30am

By Steve Cooper, DRE and Reverend Mike Walker

Unique and inclusive, as pageant actors are chosen on the spot! Only a few roles are cast in advance of the service, the rest of the at least 45 participants (including shepherds, stars, wise people, and animals) volunteer to be in the pageant during the service. Everyone (including guests) is invited to participate. At the end of the service, when children and adults are in their costumes gazing down at a baby from our congregation in the “manger,” we all experience this familiar story in a new, more meaningful, and moving way and we are reminded that each night a child is born is a holy night.
Please bring new or gently used mittens, gloves, hats and scarves to put on the Mitten Tree during the service for donation to the People’s Resource Center in Wheaton.

Forum:
To be determined.

Religious Education:
Service for All Ages @ 10:30am.

Christmas Eve Services

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 6:00pm & 8:00pm

Steve Cooper, DRE & Reverend Michael Walker

6:00pm
Family Candlelight Service 

Led by Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education and Reverend Mike Walker
Come share in the celebration of imagination, with its power to warm our heart on a snowy day and sprinkle glitter on a dark one, to give the goodwill to wish a merry Christmas to all. Join us for a message of Christmas hope and peace through story, poem, music, songs and (electric) candle light.

8:00pm
Candles and Carols: A Prayer for Peace and Hope

By Reverend Michael Walker
Even in a world full of strife, the holidays are a time to set aside differences and come together, recognizing and celebrating our common humanity. This will be a traditional ‘Candles & Carols,’ contemplative and musical service. The service will be at 8:00 pm. All are welcome!  

Forum:
No Forum.

Religious Education:
No Religious Education classes.

Fire Communion

Sunday, December 29, 2019 @ 10:30am

By Kat Gelder and Kelley Trombly-Freytag

There are many ways to greet the mystery of the coming year: wonder, fear, determination, inspiration. Our attitude has a large part in determining how we handle our experience of the unknown. Join us in our annual Fire Communion service, where we will let go of what that which keeps us from experiencing the fullness and mystery of life, and we will invite inspiration to keep us moving toward the light. 

Forum:
To be determined.

Religious Education:
Structured activities for children.