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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Worship services on Sunday, April 28 will be led by Jan Weaver and the Green Sanctuary Team, who will explore “How Can We Be of Service?” While personal actions are necessary to preserve the health and wellbeing of the planet, they are not sufficient. What does it mean to work with those most affected by environmental harm?

Other activities on Sunday, April 28: Forum, Mindfulness Meditation and YRUU will meet as usual, and regular R.E. classes will be held. In the afternoon the Green Sanctuary Team will sponsor a “Walk on the Wild Side.”

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Stewardship update – we did it! – We heard this week from Rev. Molly, Stewardship Co-Chairs Jan Swaney and Michela Skelton, and President Barbara Rupp that our wonderful congregation rose to the challenge of filling a serious budget gap. Read about it here.

Faith-to-Action Nominations – The Social Action Team is now accepting nominations for recipients of Faith-to-Action collections during the 2019-20 church year. You can submit nominations online by filling out a form on this page. Nominations are requested by July 15.

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – It will be a busy Easter Sunday at UUCC on April 21. Rev. Molly sermon will be “To Wake, to Rise”: What meaning does the central story of the Christian tradition hold for Unitarian Universalists, with our diverse beliefs and backgrounds? Can we surrender ourselves to the mysterious power of resurrection? Join us to reflect together and enjoy beautiful music from a guest string quartet.

Worship will include a Child Dedication ceremony. The Faith-to-Action collection will benefit City of Refuge.

Congregants are reminded to bring canned foods for the children’s annual Easter Can Hunt at 9 and 11 a.m. After the cans are found, the children will prepare them for donation to the food bank.

Other activities on Sunday, April 21: Forum and Mindfulness Meditation will meet as usual, but YRUU will not meet. Other meetings will be the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team and the Caring Ministry Team. In the late afternoon we’re serving the evening meal at Loaves and Fishes, and the X-ennial Supper Club will gather for a potluck in the Greeting Area at 5:30 p.m.

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Help us bridge the budget gap! – Because of unforeseen circumstances for a number of givers, we ended our Stewardship Drive about $50,000 short of funding our current budget. This is a big gap. If we allow it to remain, it could mean some significant and painful cuts to our budget, possibly including staff time. If everyone pitches in as they are able, we feel certain we can bridge the gap… any amount helps!

Can you increase your pledge for the 2019-2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)?

Read more and respond

Home Page Sunday Schedule – At worship services next Sunday, April 14, Rev. Molly and Interim Music Director Marques J. Ruff will present “Virtuoso Sunday.” Join us to surrender all of your expectations of what is possible. Arun and musical guests will share virtuosic musical works with us, and Rev. Molly and Marques will reflect on the transcendence of human abilities and the way art can carry us away.

Other activities on Sunday, April 14: In addition to regular R.E. classes, Forum and Mindfulness Meditation, the second of two membership classes will be presented, there will be a Coming of Age Elder’s Circle, and YRUU and the Social Action Team will meet.

April 7, 2019 – Tamales and Tales from the Border – We had a great turnout for the Sanctuary Team’s “Tamales and Tales from the Border” fundraiser and information presentation. Read about it and see photos on this new photo pages, which also is linked on the Photos & Video page.

Current Newsletter – In case you missed previous announcements, the April issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here. Multiple ways of reading the newsletter are offered. There is also a link to the PDF version on the Newsletter Download page.

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – There will be lots going on at UUCC next Sunday, April 7. Rev. Molly will be in the pulpit at 9 and 11 a.m. with a sermon titled “Giving Up,” in which she will explore April’s loaded word – surrender. To whom and to what do we surrender as Unitarian Universalists, and how do we decide?

Forum, children’s R.E. classes, and Mindfulness Meditation will take place as usual. After the 11 a.m. service, there will be a “Getting to Know UU” session in Rev. Molly’s office for newcomers, the Sanctuary Team will host “Tamales and Tales from the Border,” the Welcoming Team will present the first of two membership classes, and YRUU will meet for a baking competition.

Current Newsletter – The April issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here. Multiple ways of reading the newsletter are offered. There is also a link to the PDF version on the Newsletter Download page.

New Podcast – March 24, 2019 – Living Up to Radical Welcome – At worship on Sunday, March 24, the UUCC Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team explored the topic of disability. Listen as Gretchen Maune, James Cutts, Qhyrrae Michaelieu, Martha Brownlee-Duffek and Ruth Millage describe their experiences. This podcast also is now linked on the Sermon Archive page.

Church News Blog – The following items on the Church News Blog are new since last Sunday:

Honduras News – Read here about the successful Trivia Night fundraiser and plans for a Honduras trip in 2020.

Festival of Sharing – You can now find Information here about the April focus for Festival of Sharing.

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, March 31, our Ministerial Intern Alexis will be in the pulpit with a sermon titled “Evolving Understandings of Salvation.” Early ideas regarding salvation from our faith traditions may not seem recognizable to us now, but they are important in how our understanding of salvation is evolving as a faith. You’re invited to learn more about ideas regarding salvation through service and how we might make use of past salvation theologies for current understandings and practices.

Adult Religious Education – The Adult R.E. team has announced its next offering, “Spring Book Club.” There will be sessions offered on Tuesday evenings from April 2 through May 7 covering two books, Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown and the national UUA Common Read selection, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018). The classes are also covered by a post on our news blog. Although not required, registration helps us plan. Click the following button to sign up:

Spring Book Club Signup

Walk on the Wild Side – March 24, 2019 – On the fourth Sunday each month, the Green Sanctuary Team is sponsoring monthly walks to explore the beauty of local woods and creeks (Gans Creek, Three Creeks, and Mark Twain National Forest). See photos of those who participated on March 24, 2019 – Kathie Bergman, Gerti Motivali, Roy Wheeler and Peter Holmes.

Worship Services – Check out what Rev. Molly and our Worship Associates Team have planned for worship services in April.

Forum Schedule – The April Forum schedule can now be viewed here.

Religious Education Schedule – See what our children’s R.E. team has planned for April.

Upcoming Events – Numerous new events in April and May have been posted here.

Follow Caya Tanski’s trip to Honduras – Caya Tanski, chair of our Social Action Team, is on a trip to Honduras. Read here how to follow the trip.

LGBTQIA+ Panel Discussion and Potluck – The Junior High Coming of Age Class will host a potluck lunch and discussion at noon on Saturday, April 6, about issues facing the lgbtqia+ community.

RE Photos – See recently posted photos of our YRUU high school youth leading our worship services on March 17, 2019 on the theme of “Our Sacred Texts.”

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, March 24, our Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team will lead a worship service titled “Living Up to Radical Welcome.” They will explore disability justice and how universal accessibility benefits (or “saves”) folks of every ability!

SAT urges support of Community Bail Fund – In this new item on our news blog, our Social Action Team urges support of the Race Matters, Friends Community Bail Fund and provides links to read more and to donate online.

Social Action Discourse – New on this page is an article by Caya Tanski, who chairs the Social Action Team, titled “Honduras: A Call for Justice.” Following is a message from Caya about her upcoming trip to Honduras:

“On Monday March 18th I will travel once again to Honduras to help with translation and to help lead a delegation of over 70 people from five countries, representing diverse religious traditions and advocacy organizations. We expect to be in conversation with prophetic grassroots activists and religious leaders, be in solidarity with them in their (and our joint) struggle, and bring back ways that that we can carry on the work here in the U.S.

Leaders in Honduras have asked us to bring various things, and one of them is baby clothes. I know it is late notice, but if any of you have baby clothes (ages 0-24th months), it would be of great help if you would be able to donate them. There is a box labeled “Donations for Honduras” on the coat rack at church. Please get any baby clothes you could donate to the church by Sunday March 17th by 5 p.m. If you prefer, you could also drop them by my home. If you need to contact me, send me email or call my office anytime at 573-441-5433.

“One of our leaders is from the organization “Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.” We will be keeping people updated during our journey, so if you would like to receive news, please see their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/im4humanintegrity/ and you can get email updates by getting on the email list. Contact “2019 Root Causes Delegation” dlee@im4humanintegrity.org.”

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, March 17, is “Youth Sunday” when our YRUU youth will lead the worship services. This service is a highlight every year, when we benefit from the wisdom of our emerging young adults. Don’t miss it!

Also on March 17, regular R.E. classes will be held at 9 and 11 a.m., Forum will meet at 9 a.m., and Mindfulness Meditation will take place at 10:05 a.m. In the early afternoon, the Caring Ministry Team will meet, and the OWL class will continue. Later, we’ll be serving dinner at Loaves and Fishes, and the X-Ennials Supper Club will gather for a potluck.

We need folks to sign up to provide food and to help set up, serve and clean up at Loaves and Fishes. Please click this button to sign up:

March 17 Loaves & Fishes Signup

Pledges now at 75% of goal – We had pledges totaling $252,816 from 132 pledgers as of March 10, and some very steadfast pledgers have not yet submitted their pledges. Outreach calls to these members and friends will begin so that Rev. Molly and the Board of Trustees can proceed with budget planning for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019. Read all about it here.

Click here to pledge online

March 3 “virtual worship” – Saved, Despite Ourselves – We have been studying “loaded words” this year, and the loaded word for March 2019 is “salvation.” What does it mean to be descended from historic Universalists who believed everyone is saved, historic Unitarians who believed that we save ourselves, and historic Humanists who believed that we never needed saving in the first place? Because snow forced cancellation of church activities on March 3, 2019, we had our first live-streamed “virtual worship service” as Rev. Molly Housh Gordon explored these questions in a Facebook video now posted here. The video is also posted on a permanent page for preservation, and that page is linked on the Sermon Archive page.

New Photo Page: March 10, 2019 – “On Prayer” – At worship on March 10, we explored what prayer means for different Unitarian Universalists and visited stations to explore many different practices. We also had a stewardship celebration potluck after the 11 a.m. service. Read about it and see photos on this new photo page, which is linked on the Photos & Video page.

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Rev. Molly and DRE Jamila Batchelder will lead interactive worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. next Sunday, March 10, “On Prayer.” We’ll talk about what prayer means for different Unitarian Universalists and visit stations to explore many different practices. The services will be a multi-generational – children are invited and welcome for the entire service.

Special Event – Stewardship Celebration Potluck: Join us from noon to 2 p.m. for a potluck to celebrate the abundance of community and the conclusion of the annual stewardship campaign. Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert to share. And please help set up and clean up – many hands make light work!

Also on March 10, Forum will meet at 9 a.m., Meditation Basics will take place at 10:05, the Sanctuary Team will meet and the OWL class will continue at 12:30 p.m., and the Financial Review Group will meet at 2 p.m.

Stewardship campaign extended to March 10; pledges at 61% of goal – Read the latest on our annual stewardship campaign here.

Faith-to-Action Collections – Totals collected in our special collections through January have been posted here. February totals are pending final accounting.

Current Newsletter – In case you missed the email announcement this past week, the March issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here – several options for reading it are available. A link to the PDF version also appears on the Newsletter Download page.

New Podcast: Feb. 24, 2019 – Reparations and Soul Repair – Listen to our most recent podcast Rev. Molly explores these issues: If power is the ability to act, then our power is deeply affected by our resources. What do we do about the truth of history that many have been systemically robbed of resources and thus power? What joyful redistribution of shared power could we find through the exercise of reparations? And what does all this mean for the well-being of our souls?

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

Joys and Sorrows – Joys and Sorrows are updated weekly on Monday. Read them here.