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Purchase books, CDs, groceries, apparel and more—and raise funds for our church at the same time! Unless otherwise noted, proceeds from the sale of all items listed below support the annual operating budget of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria.

Cafe Press

Shop for apparel, kids' stuff and more--all with our own church designs on them--at the Peoria UU Church Store at CafèPress

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!

Support our church just by searching or shopping online!

GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine and help raise money for our church!

From the GoodSearch page, you can click on GoodShop to help the church even more. At this online shopping mall, you'll find hundreds of great stores, like Target, Best Buy, eBay, Macy's, and Barnes & Noble. You can donate a percentage of each purchase to the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria.

To get started, just click on the graphic link above. For your convenience, we suggest you bookmark GoodSearch or make it your browser's home page.

Amazon Smile

We are now a registered charitable organization for Amazon Smile. If you shop on Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and select Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria as your charitable organization. If you are already a member of smile, change your charity. Get the Amazon 1Button app, the easiest way to start shopping at smile.amazon.com. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our church. We are sorry this was not available for Holiday purchases, but it is for 2015.

Invitations to the Dance: Sermons That Celebrate Life

Wisdom and humor, science and spirituality can all be found in this collection of sermons by Rev. Michael W. Brown. The author draws his insights not only from the world's great religious and philosophical traditions, but from everyday experience—relationships, baseball, even the never-ending quest for the perfect lawn.

A fine addition to your own library, this book is also the perfect gift for family and friends who are UUs (even if they don't know it yet) or who wonder what our faith is all about.

"Michael writes in the tradition of Unitarian Universalism, speaking to the principles of worth and dignity and to the virtues of Truth and Beauty. He writes from the passions of his heart passed through the firing clarity of his thinking."—From the foreword by the Rev. Dr. David Robbins

Softbound, 183 pages.
$18.00 (plus $2.00 postage and handling if sent by mail)—contact the church office to order.

Read a sermon from the book.

Our Church Cookbook

Our Church cookbook, “Welcome to Our Table”, is available for purchase! It is a collection of over 300 uniquely diverse recipes. It contains lovely pictures of our building with interesting write-ups about the many facets of our church community. Fun quotes from famous UU's are sprinkled throughout the book.

Cookbooks can be picked up at the Church office "on sale" for $5. They can also be ordered by calling 309-688-5608 and will be delivered through the mail with an additional $5 fee for s/h.
Any questions can be directed to Diane Brecher at 309-346-5580.

Sermons on CD

Can't get enough of Michael's sermons? Want to listen to your favorites again, share them with friends, or catch up on the ones you missed? Now you can order high-quality recordings of Sunday sermons on compact disc.

$10.00 each—contact the church office for available titles and ordering information.

Scrip—Gift Cards That Raise Funds

You can help raise money for the church with the purchases you make every day at the supermarket, gas station, and other places you shop!

Here's how it works: The church obtains special gift cards or gift certificates (called scrip) at a discount. You buy and use them at face value. (For example, a $25 scrip card buys you $25 worth of merchandise.) The profit goes to the church operating budget.

You can buy scrip for several local supermarket chains (HyVee, Schnucks, and Metro Center) at coffee hour on most Sundays. You can also place an order for scrip from hundreds of other merchants. The more scrip you buy, the more money we raise!

Look for the scrip table at coffee hour, or contact the church office for more information.

Fundraising Events

Throughout the year we hold special events that help support our church budget—and provide fun, entertainment and bargains! Watch our home page or calendar for events such as:
  • Rummage Sale
  • Church Auction
  • Book Sale
  • And many more!