Site Updates

Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018

Here’s what’s new on our website since Sunday, Dec. 2:

Home Page – We began our two-week turn of hosting the Room at the Inn (RATI) cold-weather shelter for the homeless this evening, Dec. 9. In a box near the top of the home page, you’ll find information about RATI and buttons you can click to volunteer to staff the shelter or to transport linens. We are in particular need of volunteers to take linens to the laundry and later return them to the church. The signup buttons also appear below:

Next Sunday, Dec. 16, will be a busy day at UUCC. Intern Minister Alexis will be in the pulpit at the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services with a sermon titled “Stepping Up and Stepping Out” in which she will consider what faith can call us to do for ourselves and what it calls us to be for others. In addition to regular R.E. classes, Forum and Mindfulness Meditation, there will be a Honduras crafts sale, meetings of the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry Team and YRUU in the afternoon, and service of the evening meal at Loaves and Fishes. Sunday evening at 7 the annual Holiday Blues worship service will be held in the Centering room.

 

December Searchlight – In case you missed the previous announcements, the December issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available on this page. There is also a PDF link 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, Dec. 2, 2018

Here’s what’s new on our website since Sunday, Nov. 25:

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Rev. Molly will be in the pulpit next Sunday, Dec. 9, with a sermon titled “No Guarantees” – she will explore how we can move through the world with any measure of trust although there are no guarantees. In addition to regular R.E. classes, Forum and Mindfulness Meditation, activities after the 11 a.m. worship service will include YRUU, a meeting of the Sanctuary Team (Immigrant Ministry), and the annual Simple Gifts Workshop.

New Podcast – Dec. 2, 2018 – The F Word – “Faith” is the F-word not often heard in UU churches, but at worship on Dec. 2, Rev. Molly explored whether faith can be of use in our thought and practice. Listen as she asks whether our “faith” is what we believe fiercely, and even irrationally, as a part of dreaming better for our world?

New Podcast – Nov. 25, 2018 – Now the Work, Soon the Victory – One of our favorite guest preachers, the Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, pastor of Dawson Journeys Ministry, was in our pulpit on Nov. 25, 2018. Listen to his sermon, “Now the Work, Soon the Victory,” in which he asked, “How do we correct oppression? How can we be a part of the solution?” He made clear there is much work to be done.

December Searchlight – In case you missed last week’s announcement, the December issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available on this page. There is also a PDF link on the Newsletter Download page.

General Church News – The following posts on our news blog are new since last Sunday:

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, Nov. 25, 2018

Here’s what’s new on our website since Sunday, Nov. 18:

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Dec. 2 will be a busy Sunday at UUCC. Rev. Molly will be in the pulpit at the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services with a sermon titled “The F-Word” (hint: “F” stands for “faith”). The R.E. children will be participating in a Service Sunday. After the 11 a.m. service, newcomers are invited to Rev. Molly’s office for “Getting to Know UU.” Also after the 11 a.m. service, there will be a training session in the Sanctuary for Room at the Inn Volunteers.

Please also note the graphic on the home page about the “Evensong” service on Dec. 3.

Current Newsletter – The December issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here. The PDF version also can be downloaded from a link on the Newsletter Download Page.

Founders’ Day Service Auction – Our second annual Founders’ Day Service Auction has been scheduled on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Read about it here, and then buy tickets, donate services, and volunteer to help or provide food and drinks.

Festival of Sharing – The December focus for Festival of Sharing is the Missouri Student Dental Pack. Read here how to assemble this simple and inexpensive, but essential, pack.

Worship Services – The schedule of worship services in December, including special holiday services, is now posted on this page.

RE Schedule – RE plans for December can be found here.

Forum Discussion Group – See the December Forum schedule at the top of this page.

Upcoming Events – Numerous new events in December and even one in January have been added to this page.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Nov. 18, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – There will be a light schedule at UUCC on Nov. 25, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Both Forum and Mindfulness Meditation will start at 9 a.m., and there will be only one worship service at 10:30 a.m. Instead of classes, the R.E. children will participate in a Service Sunday – making blankets for Project Linus to be given to hospitalized children. YRUU will meet in the early afternoon.

At worship one of our favorite guest preachers, the Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, will be in the pulpit. He will be joined by our own interim Music Director Marques J. Ruff as vocal soloist. Don’t miss it!

Building Needs Task Force wants your feedback – Our Building Needs Task Force held a session after worship today to discuss building needs issues and possible solutions. The task force is requesting congregational feedback. You’ll find a button with this post linking to the Building Needs Task Force feedback form so you can conveniently submit your thoughts online. You’ll also find a link to read the task force’s updated interim report.

Human Sexuality Class (OWL) – Information about the high school OWL class starting in January 2019 has been updated. Also, parents can now enroll their high school students in the class by completing the registration form at 2019 High School OWL Class Registration.

New Podcast – Nov. 11, 2018 – Service and Sacrifice – On Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2018, our worship topic was “Service and Sacrifice” – a time to think carefully about the role of sacrifice in the lives of our service members and in all of our lives. What does it really mean to serve our country? Listen to Joe Collins and Anja Eick about their experiences in the military. While you’re at it, check out all of our podcasts.

Upcoming Events – Three new events – Book Discussion and Conversations, Etc. in December and the annual New Year’s Day Hike on Jan. 1, 2019 – have been added.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Nov. 11, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Nov. 18, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, will be a very busy day at UUCC. Highlights:

Worship at 9 and 11 a.m. – Join us for our beloved annual interactive Thanksgiving Cornbread Communion Service when we sing and share in gladness for the abundance in our lives. This will be a multi-generational service.

Annual Thanksgiving Pastry FUNdraiser – Take home some holiday treats from the auction in the Greeting Area. The auction will begin before the 9 a.m. service and end after the 11 a.m. service.

Facilities Needs Presentation and Discussion – 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary – This is an opportunity to learn about the work of the Building Needs Task Force and provide your input. Pizza and childcare will be provided.

Loaves and Fishes – 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church – It’s our monthly turn to provide food and serve the meal at Loaves and Fishes. Sign up here.

Church News Blog – The following articles are new since last Sunday:

New Podcast – Nov. 4, 2018 – Day of Remembrance – Listen to Rev. Molly’s homily on Nov. 4, 2018, “All We Are and Will Ever Be,” in which she explored how love is essential even though it entails future loss. This podcast is also now linked on the Sermon Archive page. While you’re at it, listen to some of our other podcasts.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Nov. 4, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – “Service and Sacrifice” will be the theme of worship services next Sunday, Nov. 11. On this Veterans Day, join our Worship Associates as they lead us in thinking carefully about the role of sacrifice – in the lives of our service members and in all of our lives. What does it really mean to serve our country?

Also on Nov. 11, in addition to regular religious education classes, Forum, Mindfulness Meditation and a YRUU meeting, our Sanctuary Team (Immigrant Ministry) will hold a regular meeting.

November Searchlight – In case you missed earlier announcements this past week, the November issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here. Multiple options are offered to read the newsletter.

New photo page: Nov. 4, 2018 – Remembrance Sunday and new member ingathering – See nine photos from this morning’s 11 a.m. worship service on this new photo page, which is also now linked on the Photos & Video page.

Building needs discussions scheduled Nov. 15 and 18 – Read about upcoming opportunities to share your thoughts about our facilities needs in this new post on our General News Blog.

Festival of Sharing – November’s emphasis is “Missouri Family Food Boxes.” Read here how to assemble these boxes to share with families in need.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Oct. 28, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – “Remembrance Sunday” is the theme of worshp services next Sunday, Nov. 4. Rev. Molly will lead the services designed to set aside a time of deep remembrance, honoring the lives of loved ones now gone. You may wish to bring a photo or memento to add to our altar honoring the memories of our beloveds.

Both the 9 and 11 a.m. services will include a New Member Ingathering for those ready to become church members.

New post on News blog – Web address changed successfully – Read about the change of our web address to uucomo.org and the reasons for the change.

New podcast – Oct. 21, 2018 – Do the Monster Mash – At our “Do the Monster Mash” worship services on Oct. 21, 2018, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and DRE Jamila Batchelder considered the idea of monsters in mythologies and in the minds of young and old alike. Listen to their thoughts as they explored how the visceral imagery of devils or demons can describe the experience of evil and help us grapple with evils in our world.

Worship Services – View the schedule of November worship services here.

Upcoming Events – Numerous new events in November and December have been added here.

RE Schedule – See the schedule for R.E. classes and other R.E. activities in November on this page.

Forum Discussion Group – The complete November schedule of Forum programs can be found here.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Oct. 21, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – “Embracing the Trickster” will be the topic of Intern Minister Alexis Engelbrecht’s sermon on Sunday, Oct. 28. Tricksters weave in and out of reality. They expose rules by defying them and turn what seems to be inevitable and necessary into the ridiculous. You’re invited to join in an exploration of both the challenges and opportunities these not always delightful but important figures provide.

Human Sexuality Class (OWL) – We will be offering the OWL class for high school students in early 2019. Read more on this page.

New post on News blog – UUCC helps make CROPwalk 2018 a success – Read about our participation in the CROPwalk and see a photo here. Then check out the other news items below the CROPwalk article.

New Podcast – Oct. 14, 2018 – Damaged by Privilege – Listen to Jeff Ordway’s sermon on Oct. 14, 2018, in which he recalled how the privilege of being a white male, which might sound desirable, instead resulted in damage to his own soul and especially to others. While you’re at it, take the opportunity to listen to more of our worship service podcasts.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Oct. 14, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – Worship services on Sunday, Oct. 21 will consider the idea of monsters and how they help us grapple with the evils in our world. As we approach Halloween, “Do the Monster Mash” will be led by Rev. Molly and DRE Jamila Batchelder. The services at 9 and 11 a.m. will be multi-generational and interactive. There will be no R.E. classes.

Besides the usual Forum, Mindfulness Meditation and YRUU meetings, other activities on Oct. 21 include meetings of the Sanctuary Team and Caring Ministry Team, a pumpkin-carving potluck after worship, a Membership 101 class, and serving at Loaves and Fishes in the evening. Sign up here to provide food or help set up, service and clean up for Loaves and Fishes.

New podcasts – The following two podcasts are new. Thanks as always to Larry Lile for producing the podcasts.

Festival of Sharing – The Festival of Sharing page has been updated with the team’s plans for 2018-19 and a summary of our contributions in 2018.

Upcoming Events – Six additional events appear on this page.

RE Schedule – Two additional R.E. events in October appear here.

Weekly Church News Update – The most important weekly news is posted on this page every Wednesday. 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, Oct. 7, 2018

Home Page Sunday Schedule – “Damaged by Privilege” will be lay leader Jeff Ordway’s topic at worship services next Sunday, Oct. 14. Systems of privilege and oppression are the most damaging to those they oppress, but they also damage the humanity of those who benefit from them. Join Jeff as he reflects on toxic masculinity and his journey of working to detoxify.

Upcoming Events – Several new events in October have been added.

Minister and Staff – Suzanne Clark has been added to this page as our new Church Administrator. Suzanne succeeds Kathie Bergman, who served in the position for 26 years.

Current Newsletter – In case you missed the earlier announcements, the October issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available here with multiple options for reading it. 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. 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.