Upcoming Events

This page provides more information about upcoming events than may appear on the Church Calendar or elsewhere. In-person gatherings inside the church building must be scheduled with the Church Administrator. Masks are now optional but welcome. See the Church Groups page for more information about particular groups. See the Weekly News Update for more events. Check the Zoom Links page for the links to join online meetings below. For events and meetings not listed here, contact the team leader for information.

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Weekly and bi-weekly recurring events

Gentle Yoga with Karen Dwyer – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Gentle Yoga is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays (except the first Thursday each month). Additional information is available from Karen, or contact the church office.

Choir Rehearsals – 7 p.m. Wednesdays

The UUCC Choir rehearses weekly in person at church at 7 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, email Director of Music Ministry Violet Vonder Haar.

Living Earth Meditation – 9 a.m. Saturdays starting April 6

Facilitated by Peter Holmes, PhD, and Tricia Straub. Meditation to awaken inter-connection with the earth, ourselves and each other. Sign up to attend by email.

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April-May-June events

Men’s Group – 8:30 a.m. April 13 – online

The UUCC Men’s Group meets online via Zoom on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month. For more information, contact Wiley Miller at 573-864-8574 or by email.

Book Discussion Group – 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 – online

The Book Discussion Group will meet online and by phone at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 to briefly discuss books each has read. The group has now settled on monthly meetings at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday each month. For information email Pam Springsteel.

All-Ages Inclusive Games Afternoon – 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13

Join us for accessible gaming from 3 to 5 p.m. every second Saturday at the church with games and puzzles appropriate for all ages and abilities, a sensory friendly area, and snacks! Child care will also be provided.

Want to bring your favorite game with you? Please do! We will also provide a number of accessible options.

Honduras Trivia Night and Soup Cook-Off – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, the first Trivia Night since 2019 will be held at church. Please come join us for a fun night with good food, 50-50 raffles, a silent auction, prizes and above all a chance to join with others to answer trivia questions. All proceeds will go toward our Honduras trip in March 2025 to build latrines and other needed projects as well as support of the health clinic in El Pital.

Tickets are $25 early bird, $30 at the door, $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased from a member of the Honduras team, at the door, or before/after the worship service on April 7. There will be seven people per team for the trivia competition. Child care will be provided.

Confident in your soup? Bring soup to share by 5:45 p.m. for a chance to win a beautiful Honduran bag!

For more information or if you would like to get involved, please email Allie Gassmann.

Sanctuary and Immigrant Justice – 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14 – online

Our Sanctuary and Immigrant Justice Team will hold its regular monthly meeting. All are welcome to participate. For more information, email either Team Co-Chair, Allie Gassmann or Dave Gibbons.

Board of Trustees – 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18

Our Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday each month. Per church bylaws, church members are welcome to sit in on board meetings. For more information, see the Board Information page.

Junior Youth – Friday, April 19 – 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Middle schoolers are invited to join us in a service project. We will be preparing a meal for Loaves and Fishes. This month, in order to work around our Coming of Age retreat, we will hold Junior youth on the third Sunday of the month. RSVP by Wednesday, April 17.

UUCC Writer’s Group – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20

The Writer’s Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month to write and share at the church. For questions email Mary Herde.

Earth Day Bike Ride and Alternate Transportation Day – 9 a.m. Sunday, April 21

Our Coming of Age class, as they think of the importance of our climate future, want to encourage you to find a way to church that doesn’t involve driving alone in your car. Their goal is to get 50 people to find a new way to church (bike, walk, carpool, etc.) We are also inviting people to meet at Speakers Circle on the MU campus to join us for a 2.5 mile bike ride or walk to church. There are some big hills, so we are giving ourselves plenty of time. We will have a bagel breakfast on arrival at the church.

Loaves & Fishes – 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21

Our Social Action Team needs volunteers to prepare servings of various dishes and other volunteers to serve the meal and clean up afterward.

Effective April 2024, the location of Loaves and Fishes has changed to the Ashley Street Center, 1509 Ashley St., behind the city power plant (view map). The meal time has also changed to 4:30 p.m.

Both the volunteers providing food and those who will serve and clean up are asked to be at the Ashley Street Center between 4 and 4:15 p.m. April 21. Cleanup is expected to be complete by about 6:15 p.m. Sign up here.

You can also support this effort by making a donation to the church specifying “Loaves and Fishes Fund.” For more information, email Diane Suhler.

Men’s Group – 8:30 a.m. April 27 – online

The UUCC Men’s Group meets online via Zoom on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month. For more information, contact Wiley Miller at 573-864-8574 or by email.

Kaleidoscope Pagan Gathering – 6 p.m. April 27, 2024

Kaleidoscope invites you ti join us as we celebrate Beltane, better known to most of you as May Day. We used to weave paper baskets, fill them with dandelions, and hang them on peoples’ doors. Do you remember? Celebrate fertility, and joy, and (at last) fresh greens to eat. Gather with us on Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the church. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what their personal paths.

Milestones Circle – noon April 28

Older adulthood is a time to take stock of one’s journey and to affirm that which is of most importance. It can be a rich time in the lives of adults – a time when we are often open to new learning and discovery, a time of deepening friendships and relationships, a time of theological reflection as we explore questions of meaning and purpose. The Milestones Circle is an open, drop-in small group for older adults to meet, share thoughts and concerns, and receive support and friendship in a UU setting. We meet after the worship service on the 4th Sunday each month at noon in the Centering Room in the lower level of the church. Bring a brown bag lunch and help explore the spirituality in your life! For more information, contact volunteer Kathie Bergman at 573-999-3938 or by email.

Annual Congregational Meeting – after worship May 19

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, May 19. The two items of business always on the agenda for this meeting are election of new members of the Board of Trustees and approval of the next fiscal year’s operating budget. This year there will be at least one more item on the agenda – endorsement of the ordination of our former Intern Minister, George Grimm-Howell.

Ordination of George Grimm-Howell – June 8

Intern Minister George Grimm-Howell, whose internship with us ended Dec. 31, will be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024 at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108.

The ordination service will be co-hosted by First Unitarian, George’s home church, and UUCC. All UUCC members are invited to attend. The ordination also will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person. After ordination, George will at long last become “Rev. George.”

Basics of Estate Planning – after worship on Sunday, June 9

Join our Water Bearer Society after worship on Sunday, June 9 in the Centering Room for “Basics of Estate Planning,” brought to you by our Planned Giving Team and presented by Dean McCullar, CFP, VP and Financial Advisor with Central Investment Advisors, a unit of Central Bank.

As suggested by the title, Dean will discuss the elements of estate planning, and the benefits of putting even the most basic and simple plan in place, sooner than later. And, perhaps answer questions such as: “Do I really NEED a will?”, “What is a ‘health care proxy’?”, and maybe clear up some of the common misconceptions about estate planning.

As you consider your legacy, a planned gift to UUCC helps to water the roots laid down by our founders for future generations. Find out how that is possible with this presentation.

All are welcome to attend. So that we may ensure sufficient seating is available, please let us know you will attend by emailing Kevin McKiernan.