2615 Shepard Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201-6132 • Phone: 573-442-5764
Welcome to the church nurturing spirit and service – a liberal religious voice lighting a moral beacon in Central Missouri. In the spirit of courageous love, we forge a community of radical welcome and deep connection that moves us together to heal the world. We invite you to join us.
In his farewell sermon on Dec. 10, 2023, Intern Minister George Grimm-Howell explored the theme of grace. He said, “My heart is overflowing with tender gratitude, with wide-eyed astonishment, at what we have done here together in this intern ministry. … You have borne witness to my formation, which will remain a work in progress. You have held me through my mistakes and my meanderings. And most of all, throughout all of it, you have consistently shown me a deep and tender grace.”
9 a.m. – Forum Discussion Group – Lower Level-Forum Room/Library
Connie Johnmeyer will lead a discussion of “Climate Change, Environmental Degradation, and Migration,” Chapter 8 of Great Decisions 2023. This chapter is out of order, but it fits with the theme of climate change for December.
9 a.m. – Mindfulness Meditation – Fire Circle or Lower Level-Centering Room
Mindfulness Meditation takes place at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. If the outside temperature is 55° or higher and weather permits, meditation will take place at the fire circle behind the church. Otherwise, meditation will be in the Centering Room. For more information, email Anna Lingo or Susan Pereira.
10:30 a.m. – Worship Service – in person and live-streamed
“In Praise of Soft Things” – All-Ages Solstice Celebration – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and DRE Jamila Batchelder
As we deepen into the longest night of the Winter Solstice, join us in praise of all that is soft and cozy in the long, dark night. This all-ages service will also feature performances by our UUCC Choir.
Dec. 17 Order of Service (when available)
Submit Joys and Sorrows by 8:30 a.m. Sunday before worship:
Visitors participating in our online worship services are invited to fill out our Visitor Connection Card:
10:30 a.m. – Youth Religious Education – Lower Level
The 10:30 a.m. worship service will be for all ages. There will be no children’s religious education classes. Children will be with us during worship – please welcome them and their families. Free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds will be available until 11:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour – Greeting Area
11:30 a.m. – Pastry Auction – Greeting Area
Our annual fund-raising pastry auction will take place in person at church – after several years online due to the Covid Pandemic. Plan to bid on holiday goodies to help raise money for the church.
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes Dinner – Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church
Our Social Action Team organizes volunteers to provide the evening meal at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on the third Sunday each month. Click the button below to sign up to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up.
Please submit receipts for all food items, and some or all of your expenses may be reimbursed by the church. Food items should be delivered to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., by 4:30 p.m. The adult volunteers who will serve and clean up are also asked to arrive by 4:30 p.m.
If you have questions, email Diane Suhler of the Social Action Team.
Holiday Blues Service and Potluck Soup Supper – 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10
This celebratory time of year can be painful for those experiencing grief, loss, family conflict,
depression, and more. Join us for a service to hold it all together, followed by a potluck soup
supper. Soup will be provided – you may bring a side dish or bread if you wish to share.
Christmas Eve Worship Services – Sunday afternoon and evening, Dec. 24
Services at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – no Sunday morning service
Because Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, we will be holding afternoon and evening services only.
A potluck cookie reception will be offered between the two services.
Your cookie contributions will be gratefully accepted.
Family Service – in-person only at 4:30 p.m.
Traditional carols and candlelight, and an interactive telling of the
Christmas story with an accessible message of hope. This service
will not be live-streamed due to the participation of our children.
Candlelight Service – in person and online at 6:30 p.m.
Traditional carols and candlelight, and a Christmas homily from Rev. Molly.
This service will be live-streamed at our usual Sunday morning worship links.