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Newsletter of 2nd Unitarian Church of Chicago
October 15, 2013
In This Issue
Coming Up at 2U
Wednesday, October 16
No Vespers Service!

Sunday, October 20
Child Dedication
Service at 10:30
Worship Leaders: Rev. Adam Robersmith & Raquel Garcia

Wednesday, October 23
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, October 27
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by the 2U Choir

Wednesday, October 30
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, November 3
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by Marianne Parker

Wednesday, November 6
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, November 10
Service at 10:30
Lay Preachers: Laura McKee & Julia Klein

Wednesday, November 13
Vespers Service at 6:30pm

Sunday, November 17
Service at 10:30
Preacher: Rev. Adam Robersmith
Music by the 2U Choir
Children & Youth Faith Development Schedule
Child care for infants and toddlers is available every Sunday in the Green Caterpillar room.
Sunday, October 20
Child Dedication
Intergen: No Classes

Sunday, October 27
Spirit Play
Roots & Shoots
Youth Group

Sunday, November 3
Spirit Play
UU Explorers
'Coming of Age' Chalice Retreat

Sunday, November 10
Spirit Play
UU Explorers
Youth Group

Sunday, November 17
Spirit Play
Roots & Shoots

Sunday, November 24
Intergen: No Classes
Church Office Information & Staff

773-549-0260, ext. 13
Office Hours:
Wed-Thurs 1:00-9:00 pm
Dir. of Faith Development
773-549-0260, ext. 12
Office Hours:
Wed 12:00-9:00 pm
Sun 9:00-3:00

Office Administrator
773-549-0260, ext. 10
Office Hours: 
Mon-Thurs 10:00-4:00 
Community Minister
Music Director
2U Ministry Leaders

Board of Trustees


Building & Grounds

Committee on Ministry

Finance Committee

Green Sanctuary


Lifespan Faith Dev.




Night Ministry Outreach

Pastoral Care

Safe Congregations 

Small Group Ministry

Social Justice

Sunday Services

Sun/Moon Group

Transylvania Church


Young Adult Group
Erin Rusmi
Board of Trustees 

2U Oktoberfest Fall Fundraiser
Oktoberfest 2013  

 Join the 2U community for an

Oktoberfest celebration!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Live & silent auction, raffles, vegan & gluten-free dinner options, craft beer, wine & soda, and all the Polka music you can handle! Special entertainment provided by Walker Shadle.



$35, $15 student/senior, $5 children 10 & up

children 9 & under are free

$70 to be a Meister (beloved sponsor & supporter)

Free childcare & children's activities


Buy tickets at 2U by cash or check, or online at 2uoktoberfest.brownpapertickets.com



Share Your Creativity at the Auction! 

Do you have a hobby, talent, skill or treasure to share with the church? Host a dinner, donate tickets or a weekend away, help with babysitting, teach your talent or bake some love! Donate it for the silent or live auction at 2U's Oktoberfest.


Last year some of our most popular offerings were: a bowling party, a Brazilian dinner, a thrift-store outing, DIY Karaoke... let your creativity run! For more information, email Laura McKee or give her a call at (773) 301-7076.



Many Hands Make Light Work!  

We need your help to put together a fabulous evening of fun, food, and entertainment! Volunteers are needed for everything from set-up to serving; bartending to baking; children's activities to closing out the books at the end of the night. Click here to learn more, and sign up to help. Thanks for making Oktoberfest a success!

Child Dedication

Sunday, October 20, 2013



Each spring and fall, we at 2U share in the dedication of members' children who have come into our community. Whether babies or teenagers, we celebrate and welcome all those who have not yet come of age, and offer up our promise to be alongside them as they grow in their faith. If you and your child would like to participate in the upcoming Child Dedication ceremony on October 20, please contact Director of Faith Development Raquel Garcia.

Adult Faith Development at 2U

It's not too late to sign up for a class or small group this fall!


Making Peace with your Religious Past

Thursday evenings, October 17th through November 14th

7:00-9:00 pm


Taught by Rev. Adam Robersmith and Dan Lewis, this five-session course is for anyone who would like to examine their religious history, whether UU or another faith tradition. We'll look at the things you appreciate, the things you'd like to leave behind, and how you can begin to work with your religious past so that you can be fully present here and now.


The class begins meeting this Thursday evening, so please contact Rev. Adam right away if you're interested in participating!


Small Group Ministry

Small groups are a wonderful way for all members of the 2U community to connect with one another. In once- or twice-monthly sessions, participants learn about themselves and Unitarian Universalism while building relationships with a variety of people.


This year's groups will meet at the following times:

  • 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00pm with Dan Lewis
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7:00pm with Adelaide Meyers
  • 1st and 3rd Fridays, 7:00pm with Linda Marquis in her Lakeview home
  • 3rd Sundays, 12:00pm with Roger Wykes

Groups will begin meeting very soon; contact Rev. Adam to sign up. Please specify your group preferences.

2U Family Fun Group Does Halloween!
child-ghost-costume.jpg Sunday, October 27, 2013

We'll have lunch together at 11:45am in the Loft at the church, where there will be pizza (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), raw veggies, and beverages. Donations to help with food costs are welcome, but not required. Come make it a party! Wear costumes if you want-- especially the kids!
At 12:45pm, we'll walk up Broadway to Melrose together for the Halloween Hoopla in the Nettelhorst playlot!

See how much fun we're having and keep up-to-date on our events here.
Scrapbooker? Teacher? Designer? Artists Wanted!
We need people who can take a plain bulletin board and jazz it up! We're developing a team of folks who can work with 2U staff and committees to help advertise events to the community in eye-catching and clear ways. If you're someone who can't stand the sight of a bare bulletin board and enjoys imagining how it would work better, please contact Jen Duston in the 2U office.
An Update on Plate-Sharing Applications
Organizations to receive plate sharing dollars, fifty percent of the offertory of a designated month, are selected by the Social Justice Council (SJC). Members of 2U who are active with a nonprofit organization involved in social justice or social service work may secure an application form and submit it through the church office. We hope to also make it available through the 2U website's members-only section, now under development.

Applicants are then provided an opportunity to meet face-to-face with the SJC, which meets after the service on the first Sunday of each month, for approximately twenty minutes.

At this time we have selected recipients through the end of 2013. Applications for January-March 2014 will be due on Friday, November 15th. The SJC will meet with applicants at the December 1st meeting.

If you are considering applying, please feel free to approach Norm Groetzinger, who is coordinating the plate-sharing program on behalf of the SJC. Electronic submissions are preferred, so that we can distribute them to the entire SJC in advance of the meeting. Norm can be reached via email, or by phone at (773) 525-4262.
Chicago World Music Chorus
choirBecome an inaugural member of the new Chicago World Music Chorus here at 2U this fall!  Led by the dynamic team of Patty Cuyler (co-director of Vermont-based Village Harmony) and Mollie Stone (conductor at University of Chicago and Chicago Children's Choir) in partnership with the Second Unitarian Church, the innovative new non-auditioned community choir will be open to both adult and teen singers.
We will rehearse one Sunday a month from 1-4 pm starting October 20th. Other rehearsals are November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 13 and May 18, with a performance in the early evening of May 18th.
Repertoire will be authentic, challenging choral music from across the globe, with folk songs from South Africa, the Republic of Georgia, Corsica, the Balkans, Western Europe, South America and the US.  Music will be distributed for some of the repertoire, but many songs will be taught solely by ear; and everything will be taught by example. Emphasis will be placed on authenticity and the spirit of each musical genre.

We expect to attract a group with a wide range of ages and experience levels. Singers don't need to sightread music fluently, or have a lot of prior singing experience, but must be able to match pitch, and comfortably hold their own part when singing in harmony.


Tuition will be $200 for eight sessions and a final concert performance. There are special discounts for 2U Church members ($150) and for members of the 2U Church Choir ($100).  Singers should register online in advance.

Feel free to contact Ms. Cuyler with questions.

From the Sun/Moon Group
samhain The Sun Moon Group invites all to our celebration of Samhain (Halloween). At this time of year, we honor the ancestors. It is the Third Harvest at which time the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, allowing contact and remembrance of those who have passed, both human and animal. On Thursday, October 31st at 7pm in the sanctuary, we will celebrate Samhain, and the turning of the wheel. Please bring a picture or memento of a loved one for the altar; you are welcome to wear a costume, as well. We will have refreshments and merriment afterward, and invite all to bring a contribution of food or drink.
Full CircleOn Saturday, November 16th at 7pm in Fleishman Hall, the Sun Moon Group will host the third part of the Women & Spirituality Film Series: Full Circle. The last chapter looks at the story of goddess worship in ancient and modern times. This film focuses on feminine values of nurturing, the interdependence of all the earth's inhabitants, and honoring them with respect. Full Circle suggests bringing civilization back to a holistic state in which the strengths of both genders are honored. Discussion and refreshments to follow the screening.
Welcome to Our Newest 2U Members!

Mi Sang Han Stalzle was born and raised in Korea. After working as an English teacher, she came to the U.S. to attend graduate school in English at Western Illinois University. While there, she met and married her husband Ron. After living in several locations, they settled in Indianapolis where they raised their two daughters. Mi Sang taught all subjects for grades 3-6 for 27 years and retired last June. 

Ron Stalzle grew up on the far south side of Chicago. He attended Western Illinois University until his senior year when he was drafted. After serving in Viet Nam, he returned to school, graduated, and then went on to graduate school in English. Ron worked in several different arenas, is now semi-retired, working as a sales and marketing executive. Mi Sang and Ron were members of the UU church in Indianapolis and recently moved to Chicago. They enjoy walking (especially over to the bird sanctuary at Montrose Beach), music, art, theater, traveling, and enjoying all that Chicago has to offer. At 2U, they are interested in joining a small group and perhaps starting a co-ed book group. They are glad to have found a new church community.
Wilhelm Kunz (Will) was born in the State of Bavaria in southern Germany. He came to the U.S. when he was six, and grew up in Lake County, Illinois. Will had a plumbing business for 20 years and is now in the private real estate finance business. His business covers the six-county area. Will enjoys things mechanical, sailing, gardening, theater and opera. He first attended the UU church in Woodstock before he moved to Chicago and found 2U. If the community is interested, Will would help build a labyrinth, perhaps in the back yard of 2U. Limit one brick per member. Chat him up next time you have a minute-- his expertise is extensive.
Kira Woods grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. She graduated from Columbia College with a marketing and advertising degree, and works in advertising. In her free time she enjoys exploring different Chicago neighborhoods. Kira discovered 2U when she stopped for cookies and lemonade while attending the GLBT Pride Parade. She is interested in social justice issues, and will be attending the Marriage Equality March on Springfield on October 22nd. Kira particularly likes 2U's inclusion of children, and enjoys bringing her two-year-old niece Skylar here.
A warm welcome to Mi Sang, Ron, Will and Kira!
2U Wants to Wish You a Happy Birthday!

birthday card Way back in the day, 2U used to send out birthday greetings to members and friends. Why not today? We only know a few of your birthdays! If you would like to be remembered on your special day, just email your birthday information and (if you wish) your children's birthday information to cjalthag@gmail.com. That should guarantee you'll get a card in the mail on that eventful day. Indicate whether you would like a card in the mail, or an email card. If your birthday is a really special one (say 50, 80, 90 or ?) be sure to point that out to us, too. I still like to celebrate mine-- and I'm over 64!


Happy belated birthday all,

Jill Althage, 2U member since 1980

Worship Associate Training
Sunday, October 27, 2013
If you're new to the church, you might not know what a Worship Associate is, or does. They're the people who do the readings every Sunday, as well as a number of other things to help move the service along. Worship Associates need to have a decent speaking voice, be comfortable with speaking in front of the congregation, and be available once a month or so to serve in this capacity. We'd like to add approximately six individuals to our current roster.
Training will take place after the service on October 27th; the primary purpose will be to get you oriented to the podium microphone.
Sign up now on the Welcome Table, or email Gary Bondurant with questions.
LGBT & Friends Brunch
Sunday, November 10, 2013

There will be a brunch on Sunday, November 10th, high noon at a local eatery to be determined by the participants that morning. A sign-up sheet is available on the Welcome Table in the Palmer Room. Please email Rev. Rudra Dundzila with questions. We hope you can join us!
Caregivers Group
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Caregivers Group meets at 2U on the second Wednesday of every month. Why a group? Being a caregiver is a tough job and it can be a lonely one. Caregivers need support! The next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 13th from 7:00 to 8:30, downstairs in the library. For more information, email Myra Epping, or call her at (773) 338-4086.
Money Matters
The weekly cost of running 2U is $5,275!

2U's annual budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014 is $274,324. This includes a budgeted deficit of $7,174.

For the Year to Date period July 1 to September 30, 2013:
Actual Pledges + Collection Plate =
Budgeted Pledges + Collection Plate =
     Surplus or (Deficit)

Total Revenues Year-to-Date =$72,571$66,788
Total Expenses Year-to-Date =$66,359$68,581
     Total Surplus or (Deficit)$6,212$(1,794)

In September, we raised $815.97 for the collection plate sharing recipient, the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society.

Reminder: Please support the November 2nd Fall FUNdraiser!

Thank you so much for helping to make 2U possible!

Did you know?
Prefer to give by donations of stock? 2U can accept your donation of stock via the UUA. Please contact Jen Duston for details. This could be a way to preserve your cash and give in a tax efficient manner if you have unrealized capital gains. Please allow up to two weeks for processing.
Anvil Deadlines
Have a message to put in the Anvil? Plan ahead!  Please have all submissions for the next newsletter in to Jen Duston at office@secondunitarian.org by noon on Wednesday, October 30.