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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, June 23, as part of the summer worship series in which we will bring sacred practices to secular texts, join us to reflect on Rev. Molly’s secular sacred text, the series His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. A fantasy trilogy for children full of theological themes, this text explores questions of innocence and experience, death and life and meaning. And, there are daemons.

Other activities on Sunday, June 16:

Forum will meet at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30. Summer R.E. classes will be held during the 10:30 a.m. hour.

Mid-Summer Potluck and Ice Cream Social: After worship join us for an early afternoon of fun, feasting, and frozen treats. Bring an item for a potluck lunch if you are able. Ice cream and toppings will be provided.

A Walk on the Wild Side: The Green Sanctuary Team is sponsoring monthly walks on fourth Sundays to explore the beauty of local woods and creeks. Meet at the church at 1:30 p.m.

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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, June 9, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, June 16, as part of the summer worship series in which we will bring sacred practices to secular texts, you are invited to engage with Victor Hugo’s 19th Century novel Les Misérables. Its profound characters and its tumultuous political setting provide inspiration for how we might participate in the world today. Inter-textual connections also will be made to the music of Sufjan Stevens. The service will be led by Sam Otten and Tim Dickerson.

Other activities on Sunday, June 16:

Forum will meet at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30. Summer R.E. classes will begin during the 10:30 a.m. hour. After worship the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team and the Caring Ministry Team will meet.

In the late afternoon we’re serving the evening meal at Loaves and Fishessign up here to provide food and/or to help set up, serve and clean up.

Faith-to-Action Collections – Church Administrator Suzanne Clark has updated this page with the totals raised by Faith-to-Action Collections through May.

June Searchlight – In case you missed previous announcements, the June issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available as a PDF from a link on this page. Direct PDF link. You can also read the newsletter online on the Current Newsletter 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, June 2, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, June 9, Rev. Molly and DRE Jamila Batchelder will lead a multi-generational service titled “UU Church and the Sacred Text.” Is there a secular text that has shaped your thinking? A book, a poem, a lyric that is rich with meaning for your life? This summer’s lay-led preaching series will engage the secular sacred texts of our congregation, and this Sunday, we’ll kick it off with a book communion service for all ages. Bring a favorite book to share and go home with someone else’s fave. We’ll also explore spiritual practices for reading.

Other activities on Sunday, June 9: Forum will meet at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30. Also at 9:30 a.m. the Honduras Ministry will hold an informational meeting about the next Honduras service trip. There will be no children’s R.E. classes because the worship service will be multi-generational. After worship the annual R.E. Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held.

Sanctuary Team requests help – Our Sanctuary Team is requesting donations to help the asylum-seeking family from Honduras that we are co-sponsoring set up their new apartment. Read about it here.

New photo page: June 2, 2019 – By the Riverside, in Spirit – Our annual “Down by the Riverside” worship service had to be canceled for the first time in 13 years because of flooding, so instead the same multi-generational service was held outdoors on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the Memorial Garden behind the church. You can see 17 photos of the service on this new photo page, which also is now linked on the Photos and Video page.

Job Opportunities – Following up on Rev. Molly’s recent announcement that the search for a permanent music director has been reopened, the position is now listed here.

Upcoming Events – The adult religious education “smorgasbord” of summer sessions have now been added to this page.

June Searchlight – In case you missed previous announcements, the June issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available as a PDF from a link on this page. Direct PDF link. You can also read the newsletter online on the Current Newsletter 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, May 26, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, June 2, for the first time in 13 years, flooding will prevent our annual service “Down by the Riverside” at the Missouri River. However, we will be presenting exactly the same intergenerational service at the church – outdoors if the weather permits – conjuring up the spirit of the river! The main focus will be an interactive portrayal of our modern creation story: “The Journey of the Universe” from the Big Bang to the present – a journey into grandeur that no previous generation could have fully imagined. The service will be led by Peter and Casey Holmes, Alan and Carol Arnold, and Scott Denson.

Other activities on Sunday, June 2: Forum will meet as usual at 9 a.m., but Mindfulness Meditation will not take place. After worship, a “Getting to Know UU” session will be held for newcomers, and the Social Action Team hold its regular monthly meeting.

June Searchlight – The June issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available as a PDF from a link on this page. Direct link. The Current Newsletter page will be updated later this week.

Facilities Planning – This new page provides information about our continuing discernment of our facilities needs and the planning process currently under way. Included is a button linking to the November 2018 report of the Building Needs Task Force.

Worship Services – See the complete June worship schedule here.

Forum Discussion Group – The June Forum schedule is now available here.

RE Schedule – View June R.E. class plans on this page.

Church News Blog – The following items on the Church News Blog are new this week:

New Podcast – May 19, 2019 – Celebration Sunday – At worship on May 19, 2019, we were treated to a music extravaganza as we celebrated the service of our Interim Director of Music Ministry, Marques J. Ruff, and our accompanist, Arun Garg. We also celebrated the accomplishments of our high school graduates.

Upcoming Events – Numerous new church events are listed on this page.

Honduras News – Read here about a date change for the next Honduras service trip and a French crepe fundraiser for the Honduras Ministry coming up on June 30.

Festival of Sharing – The June focus is on the “Church World Service Hygiene Kit.” Read here about how you can help by assembling one or more of these kits.

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, May 19, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, May 26, Intern Minister Alexis will be in the pulpit with a sermon titled “Setting the Alarm: Freedom and Responsibility.” Theologian Frederick Buechner wrote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” We may have different ideas regarding the specifics of this quote, but its essence can spark an exploration into our May theme of Obligation. What are we bound to do? What obligations are constructions that might contribute to stability, but can also constrain what is possible for us and others? You’re invited to an exploration of these ideas (and to learn what setting an alarm has to do with anything) for Alexis’ last sermon of this school year. She will resume internship responsibilities in the fall.

Other activities on Sunday, May 26: Forum at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30 a.m. will meet as usual. During R.E. class time after departing from worship, the children will participate in a Service Sunday. YRUU members will gather at 12:30 p.m. to go swimming. At 1:30 p.m. those wanting to participate in the monthly Walk on the Wild Side hike should meet in the church parking lot.

New Photo page: May 19, 2019 – Celebration Sunday – Worship this morning was a time for observing transitions as we celebrated our religious education volunteers, our advancing and graduating R.E. students, and the service of our departing Interim Director of Music Ministry and Staff Pianist. We were also treated to several outstanding musical performances. See 17 photos and a video on this new page, which is also now linked on the Photos & Video page.

New podcast: May 12, 2019 – Flower Communion – On Sunday, May 12, 2019 we celebrated our annual Flower Communion. In this podcast, we are pleased to present the reflections of our Director of Religious Education Jamila Batchelder and feature the wonderful music from our service, by permission of the performers. This page is also now linked on the Sermon Archive page.

Adult Religious Education – Details about a “summer smorgasbord” of adult R.E. programs can now be found here – the classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from June 11 through Aug. 6. The current offering, “Managing Your After Life,” will continue on May 21 and 28.

Email redirection canceled, website redirection modified – Read here why email to church addresses may not have been received and how to properly address emails. Also learn how redirection to the website has changed.

Honduras News – This page has been updated to reflect that the next Honduras trip is now planned in late December 2019 and early January 2020 instead of in March 2020 as previously announced.

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, May 12, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, May 19, join us at worship at 10:30 a.m. for a “Music Sunday and Graduation Celebration.” We’ll enjoy a music extravaganza as we celebrate the service of our Interim Director of Music Ministry Marques J. Ruff and the accomplishments of our high school graduates.

Other activities on Sunday, May 19: Forum at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30 a.m. will meet as usual. There will regular R.E. classes at 10:30 a.m. and a YRUU meeting at 12:30 p.m. After worship there will be meetings of the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry (AIM) Team and the Caring Ministry Team. The monthly X-ennial potluck dinner will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Greeting Area.

Of special note, May 19 is our monthly turn to serve the evening meal at Loaves and Fishes. Please sign up here to provide food and/or to help set up, serve and clean up.

New Photo Page: May 12, 2019 – Flower Communion and New Member Ingathering – See photos from this morning’s New Member Ingathering and Flower Communion on this new photo page, which is also now linked on the Photos & Video page.

Beware of scam emails – Read here about scam emails targeting our church and other UU churches and churches of other denominations around the country.

Social Action Discourse – Kathie Bergman’s account of her experiences in El Paso assisting asylum seekers has been added to the Social Action Discourse page.

Adult Religious Education – Read here about the new adult R.E. class starting Tuesday, May 14 on “Managing Your After Life.”

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, May 5, 2019

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Next Sunday, May 12, join us for our beloved annual flower communion ceremony when we celebrate the unique beauty each person brings to our community. Please bring a flower! Rev. Molly and DRE Jamila Batchelder will lead this multi-generational service – children are invited and welcome for the entire service. Don’t forget we are now on our summer schedule of one worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Other activities on Sunday, May 12

  • Forum at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30 a.m. will meet as usual.
  • There will be no R.E. classes because of the multi-generational worship service, and YRUU will be taking a break for Mother’s Day.
  • After worship until 2:30 p.m., we will be collecting donations for our May 18 community garage sale (collections also will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 13-17).
  • The Sanctuary Team is scheduled to meet from noon to 1 p.m.

Annual Meeting – Read here about actions taken at the Annual Congregational Meeting after worship today.

Current Newsletter – In case you missed previous anouncements, the May issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here. Multiple options for reading the newsletter are presented. 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.