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SUNDAY August 19 ~ 10:30 AM

“Myths, Legends, and Folktales”
Church Members in the Pulpit: Jennie Cottrill and Others
From ancient times, cultures around the world have used storytelling to teach moral lessons, impart wisdom, and inspire awe and delight in the world and universe around us. In this service, you will hear members and friends of the congregation tell stories from various ethnic and faith traditions. You will also be invited to join in simple, participatory, congregational singing designed to evoke the communal spirit of the cultures from which these ancient tales emerged.

BUC Spotlight

Thank You!

December was a busy month! The Beverly Unitarian Church opens its doors to the larger community and they never fail to respond positively.

We began on the first Saturday of the month with our Breakfast with Santa "FUN"draiser. Everyone who is able pitches in to work the event, mostly because it is so much fun and Char Lichtenfeld, who chairs the event, sees to it that things run smoothly. She's had a lot of experience because we've been doing this for years and it is delightful to see how the children grow and change from year to year. Almost all of the attendees are not members of the church and we are thrilled that our church home is the place where Santa resides one day of the year. It is a four hour whirlwind with a few tears shed here and there by some of the more skeptical toddlers Nonetheless, the delicious $5 breakfast, which has never gone up in price, makes everyone happy. Even the adults!

Visitors in December can't miss seeing "Santa's Holiday Resale Shop" on display in the church's vestibule and foyer. Every year, the donations pour in to become a treasure for some lucky buyer. The kids love it too because it all began as a way for them to learn about the art of giving. There are always lots of reasonably priced items that become their gifts for their families.

That Saturday was also the kick off of the Christmas Tree Sale. Jean Hardy Robinson champions this fundraiser, which is a long standing tradition in the community. Jean purchases 100 freshly cut trees of all sizes. The sale only lasts four days but the conversations we have with our neighbors provide long lasting memories. Ours is the Christmas tree lot that is filled with good will and camaraderie.

On the Sunday before Christmas, the children of the church conduct the holiday service. What they decide to perform is always a wonderful surprise and we are all rewarded afterwards at the ANNUAL COOKIE WALK. It's a magical experience! Members spend lots of time baking at home and then they bring their goodies to church and then buy each others cookies. It may not make sense but it does make for a good time and tins filled with a wide variety of delicious carbs.

Thank you to all who visited the castle this season. We hope you enjoyed your pancakes and photos with Santa, the treasurers you found at our resale boutique and your fragrant Christmas tree. Happy New Year and see you next year.

Breakfast with Santa ~ Sat. Dec. 2, 8 AM to 12 Noon

You can believe in Santa on this magical day when we welcome the larger community for this favorite, annual FUNdraiser that fills our sanctuary with smiles. Yes, it is that time of year ALREADY. Comfort yourself, friends and family with hot food, good coffee and friendly faces all for a $5/person donation. You can also browse the White Elephant Holiday Boutique to find the perfect decoration to fill in that one empty spot in your home. Our 1st Floor is Wheel Chair Accessible.

Welcome, Reverend David Schwartz!

The Beverly Unitarian Church community is extremely pleased to introduce (drum roll) the Rev. David Schwartz! The congregation, after hearing David's first sermon, is feeling more than lucky. In the pulpit, David is personable and able to convey a heartfelt message with humor and thoughtfulness. Your week will go a lot better when you begin it on Sunday, listening to an articulate and positive minded minister deliver a researched and reflective sermon that encourages hopefulness and motivates us to do the good work that needs to be done, for ourselves and for our wonderful world. Together, we are better!

Reprinted here is David's "Welcome from the Minister."
"Welcome to Beverly Unitarian Church! I hope this will be a place where you can grow your spirit and help heal the world.

We are a diverse community, joyfully gathering in multi-racial and multi-ethnic community hoping to reflect this city. We are a welcoming congregation, celebrating the presence and participation of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer.

What binds us together is the values we share and the mission we seek to live. As Unitarian Universalists, it isn't the specific list of things we believe that unites us: theologies within our congregation include folks who believe in God all of the time, and some of the time, and none of the time.

More than that, we are a people who know firsthand that uniting in a religious community has profoundly shaped our lives for the better. We are transformed by deep relationships across the usual division of race, class, age, and sexuality. We are strengthened with a weekly worship that recommits us to actually practice in the world what we preach. And we’d love to welcome you into this way of living, too.

So, come on in -- we’ll see you in church!
Rev. David"

Castlekeeper Challenges

Chicago's only castle, icon of the Beverly neighborhood and home of the Beverly Unitarian Church, has two cracks in its main turret! It all started with the window washing of the castle windows. Once on the roof for a better perch to tackle the third story windows, two huge cracks running down the length of the castle's turret were impossible not to notice. The area between the cracks was beginning to bulge and the leaders of the church knew they had to act fast.

A short term solution will happen this week when a contractor, familiar with such problems, will place a steel band as a short term "band aid" solution that will only last for about two years, enough time to research what it will take to correct the situation for the long term.

The castlekeepers are feeling a sense of urgency and hope that with support, the undesirable solution of removing the turrets altogether, won't have to happen. Church leaders are beginning to organize a restoration task force/committee of local and larger Chicagoland people who are both interested and knowledgeable. Such a group could inform the church community on how best to proceed towards a long term solution and feasible ways to fund the endeavor.

To volunteer or for more information text or call 773-960-1537.

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.

Religious Education

       

Childcare for our youngest is available during services.
                

                        All children are welcome!   

 

 

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