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.
“Faith Walking” was the sermon topic of the Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr., as our guest preacher on Nov. 28, 2021. He based his sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, and not by sight.” This was our first merged in-person and live-streamed worship service offered only at 10:30 a.m. as we re-gather with caution during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
10:30 a.m. – Worship – in-person at church and live-streamed
“The Power of Small Joy” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon
In her poem “Praying,” Mary Oliver writes: “It doesn’t have to be / the blue iris, it could be / weeds in a vacant lot, or a few / small stones; just / pay attention.” So often, joy is conceived of as an all-encompassing feeling, but more often it is simply noticing some small thing that will see us through. Join us in praise of small joys.
Our online and in-person services have been merged into one live-streamed service at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to having you join us in either format! We also want to acknowledge that there may be inevitable hiccups with our move to live-streaming, and we are grateful for your grace as we get things working smoothly!
There will be no online coffee hour this week as we work on options for future online convening.
For those who join us in the sanctuary, we want you to know that in recognition of privacy concerns for all ages, we will not be broadcasting “crowd shots” of those gathered. The camera will be trained on the pulpit and the chancel.
Chairs will be appropriately distanced, and masks will be required. There will be no group singing until further notice.
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. to noon – Youth Religious Education
Regular R.E. classes will be held on Dec. 5. With the weather getting colder, and so many of our children finally getting vaccinated, we are preparing to move our program back inside. Depending on the weather, we may do one more day outdoors on Dec. 5. We will continue our current class groups until January, when we will once again break up into Adams, Schweitzer, and Thoreau classes.
Noon to 2 p.m. – YRUU – Greeting Area and Kitchen
Members of YRUU, our high school youth group, will gather in the Greeting Area and Kitchen.
1 to 3 p.m. – Social Action Team – online
Holiday Worship Services
Holiday Blues Service – ONLINE – 7 p.m. Sunday evening, Dec. 12
This celebratory time of year can be painful for we who suffer grief, loss, family conflict, depression, and more. Join us on Zoom for a service that takes seriously the blues that exist amid the merriment.
Christmas Eve Services – 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24
See the service descriptions for differing Covid-19 singing precautions. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all those eligible. Masks will be required.
To ensure appropriate social distancing in the Sanctuary, those planning to attend on Christmas Eve need to register in advance for the service of their choice. We will reserve a small number of seats for visitors. Please register as early as possible. If registration exceeds available seats, we will attempt to add another service.
An outdoor cookie reception and carol sing will be offered between the two services. Your cookie contributions will be gratefully accepted.
Family Service – in person – 6:30 p.m.
This service will feature traditional carols, candlelight and an interactive telling of the Christmas story with an accessible message of hope.
This will be our soloist/ensemble-only service, with no congregational singing. At the end of the service, we will take our candles outside to sing “Silent Night” – masks will be required.
Candlelight Service – in person and online – 8 p.m.
This in-person and live-streamed service will include traditional carols, candlelight and a Christmas homily from Rev. Molly.
Masked congregational singing of Christmas carols will be allowed.