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Sept. 18, 2022

Here’s what’s new on our website since last Sunday:

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Worship next Sunday, Oct. 2, will be “All Creatures of the Earth and Sky,” led by Rev. Molly. Join us alongside your animal companions for an All-Ages Animal Blessing service. We will celebrate our connection with all creatures and bless their presence in our lives. All well-behaved animal companions are welcome on a leash, in a carrier, or otherwise appropriately restrained. Our guest musician will be Kristen Ford.

Other activities next Sunday – see details on home page:

    • 9 a.m. – Meditation
    • 9 a.m. – Forum
    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour
    • Noon – 7th-9th grade OWL class
    • Noon – Liberation Conversation – “Missouri After Roe: Our Reproductive Justice Landscape”
    • 3 p.m. – Social Action Team – online

Forum Discussion Group

This page has been updated with a complete list of planned October programs.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Sept. 18, 2022

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Join us next Sunday, Sept. 25, for an all-ages worship service, “Tart and Sweet.” Sept. 25 marks the mid-point of the Pagan festival of Mabon – marking the Fall Equinox and the second harvest. It is also the first night of the Jewish High Holidays, as Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown. Join us for an all-ages service to share wisdom from these deeply rooted traditions and to spend some time with a symbol of both observances – the apple.

A video of a major portion of this morning’s worship service – including a musical performance by Music Directory Violet Vonder Haar and the Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson Jr’s sermon, “How Shall Sing Songs of Joy in a Strange Land” – appears on the home page. The video also is linked on the Sermon Archive page and is directly available here.

Other activities next Sunday:

    • 9 a.m. – Meditation
    • 9 a.m. – Forum
    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour
    • Noon – Membership Class
    • Noon – YRUU
    • Noon – 7th-9th Grade OWL

Liberation Conversations

The October conversation, “Missouri After Roe: Our Reproductive Justice Landscape,” has been rescheduled on Oct. 2 instead of the normal second Sunday to avoid a conflict with Roots N Blues. The changed date also is reflected in the General News Blog.

Board and Officers

This page has been updated to reflect that Connie Ordway will continue as Secretary and Christine Heath will be Treasurer for 2022-23. Still to be selected by the board is the President-Elect. In other board news, the agenda and related documents for the Sept. 15 meeting are posted on the Board Information page.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Joys and Sorrows

We share the joys, sorrows and prayers of our community on this password-protected page. The information comes from the joys, sorrows and prayers shared by our congregants during worship services, from the Caring Ministry Team, and from congregants’ submissions on our website, by email or by phone to 573-442-5764.

Sept. 11, 2022

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Next Sunday, Sept. 18, our guest preacher will be the Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr.

After worship, please stay to help us prepare for the Sept. 20 start of construction of our Accessibility Project by clearing out the Sanctuary and Greeting Area for new carpeting. Pizza will be provided. Many hands make light work! We are now only $25,000 short of the fundraising goal for the project thanks to a major gift from Jan and Chuck Swaney. The project, which also will include an elevator, is expected to be completed in November.

A photo and video of this morning’s worship service appear on the home page. The video also is linked on the Sermon Archives page and is directly available here.

Other activities next Sunday – more information on the home  page:

    • 9 a.m. – Green Meditation
    • 9 a.m. – Forum Discussion Group
    • 10:30 a.m. – Youth Religious Education
    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour
    • Noon – YO(UU) Kids Sing
    • Noon – 7th-9th Grade OWL
    • 1:30 p.m. – Disability Justice and Inclusion Team Team
    • 4:15 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes Dinner

Please sign up for Loaves and Fishes by clicking this button:

Sept. 18 Loaves & Fishes Signup

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Sept. 4, 2022

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Next Sunday, Sept. 11, our new Intern Minister, George Grimm-Howell, will be preaching alongside Rev. Molly to introduce our programs for the year in a worship service titled “Roots and Wings.” During the service a special collection and celebration will be held for Festival of Sharing and coordinator Bonnie Johnson.

Other programs next Sunday – more information on the home  page:

    • 9 a.m – Green Meditation continues
    • 9 a.m. – Forum Discussion Group resumes
    • 10:30 a.m. – Youth Religious Education classes begin for the 2022-23 program year
    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour
    • Noon – First Liberation Conversation in our second Sunday civic engagement series
    • 1 p.m. – Social Action Team
    • 1 p.m. – Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team

Current Newsletter

In case you missed the previous announcements, you’ll find the September issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, on this page. The PDF version also is linked on the Newsletter Download page.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Aug. 28, 2022

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Next Sunday, Sept. 4, join us for a special Labor Day service celebrating the music and anti-capitalist politics of American bard and prophet Woody Guthrie. Music Director Violet Vonder Haar and special guests will build the base of the service with Woody’s own songs.

A video of this morning’s water ceremony and ingathering worship service appears on the home page. It is also directly accessible here and is linked on the Sermon Archive page.

Current Newsletter

In case you missed yesterday’s email announcement, the September issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available on this page. The PDF version also is linked on the Newsletter Download page.

Worship Services

View the complete list of September worship services as well as Rev. Molly’s monthly message here.

RE Schedule

On this page you’ll find information about upcoming Youth Religious Education activities.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming programs and events in September are listed here

News Blog

The following articles on the General Church News Blog are new this week:

    • Membership classes scheduled Sept. 22 and 25
    • Rev. Molly’s office hours are changing
    • Monthly “Liberation Conversations” planned
    • Online “Poetry for Spiritual Growth” series
    • President’s Perspective – celebrating Rev. Molly’s 10 years at UUCC
    • Fall music plans
    • Social Action Team announces Faith-to-Action nominees

You can also find direct links to these articles in the “Recent Posts” section of the left sidebar.

Chalice Circle Materials

The September order of service for Chalice Circles has been posted here.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Joys and Sorrows

We share the joys, sorrows and prayers of our community on this password-protected page. The information comes from the joys, sorrows and prayers shared by our congregants during worship services, from the Caring Ministry Team, and from congregants’ submissions on our website, by email or by phone to 573-442-5764.

Aug. 21, 2022

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Next Sunday, Aug. 28, join us for our beloved annual water ceremony and ingathering service as we prepare for a new program year of drawing deep and stretching wide. You’re invited to bring water with you from a place that has fed your soul over the summer months as we gather our UU holy water to hold our joys and sorrows in the year to come. This all-ages service, titled “Drawn Up from the Depths,” will be led by Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, DRE Jamila Batchelder and Music Director Violet Vonder Haar.

Then plan to join us after worship at the Shepard Park Shelter east of the church for the “return of the potluck.” Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share – but come even if you can’t bring food because there’s always enough to go around. We expect this to be the first of several re-connection events in the coming months.

A video of lay leader Jeremy Milarsky’s Star Trek-themed sermon during this morning’s worship service appears on the home page. It is also directly accessible here and is linked on the Sermon Archive page.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Joys and Sorrows

We share the joys, sorrows and prayers of our community on this password-protected page. The information comes from the joys, sorrows and prayers shared by our congregants during worship services, from the Caring Ministry Team, and from congregants’ submissions on our website, by email or by phone to 573-442-5764.

Aug. 14, 2022

Here’s what’s new on our website since last Sunday:

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Next Sunday, Aug. 21, lay leader Jeremy Milarsky’s “Pop(corn) Theology” topic during worship at 10:30 a.m. will be Star Trek. In its 57-year history, Star Trek has operated on simple principles, which can set the stage for meaningful comparisons with UU principles and ideas.

Other activities on a busy day next Sunday (details on home page):

    • 9 a.m. – Green Meditation
    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee hour
    • Noon – Community/YO(UU) Kids Sing
    • 1 p.m. – Disability Justice and Inclusion Team (online)
    • 4:15 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes

A video of lay leader Steve Scott’s reflections during this morning’s worship service, “The Meaning of Everything,” appears on the home page. It is also directly accessible here and is linked on the Sermon Archive page.

R.E. volunteer training – 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 20

DRE Jamila Batchelder posted information about the R.E. volunteer training session scheduled next Saturday, Aug. 20

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Joys and Sorrows

We share the joys, sorrows and prayers of our community on this password-protected page. The information comes from the joys, sorrows and prayers shared by our congregants during worship services, from the Caring Ministry Team, and from congregants’ submissions on our website, by email or by phone to 573-442-5764.

Aug. 7, 2022

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Portia Labiata

Next Sunday, Aug. 14, lay leader Steve Scott’s “Pop(corn) Theology” topic will be “The Meaning of Everything.” The best science fiction is not pure escapism. Rather, it raises and attempts to answer deep questions about the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Join us to explore the many layers of the science fiction novel Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Along the way you’ll be introduced to sentient giant jumping spiders!

Other activities next Sunday (details on home page):

    • 11:30 a.m. – Coffee hour
    • 1 p.m. – Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice Team (online)

2022-23 Chalice Circle Signups

Signups are now open for 2022-23 Chalice Circles on this page. You can also reach this signup page by clicking the blue button near the top of the home page or at the top of the Chalice Circles page.

Weekly News Update

The most important weekly news is posted on this page every week. You can easily get to this page by clicking the “Weekly News Update” button near the top of the left sidebar.

Joys and Sorrows

We share the joys, sorrows and prayers of our community on this password-protected page. The information comes from the joys, sorrows and prayers shared by our congregants during worship services, from the Caring Ministry Team, and from congregants’ submissions on our website, by email or by phone to 573-442-5764.