Weekly News Update

General Church News

Wednesday, July 15 2020

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Joys and sorrows
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Featured this week

Loaves and Fishes This Sunday, July 19

The procedure in July will remain the same as June. All participating groups are to provide boxed/sack meals. The Social Action Loaves and Fishes Team requests that chicken, beef or vegetable meals be provided by congregants.

We need many volunteers for this service activity. There are still openings are 22 people to provide food and four to help serve. Please click the following button to sign up:

July 19 Loaves and Fishes Signup

You can support this effort by making an online donation at https://uucomo.org/donate, specifying “Loaves and Fishes Fund.” Email Diane Suhler for more information.

Board of Trustees meeting – 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16

The newly constituted 2020-21 Board of Trustees, led by President Rebecca Graves, will hold its first meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, July 16. You can view the agenda and related documents for the meeting on the password-protected Board Information page. Church members are entitled to attend board meetings under our bylaws – the Zoom link for the meeting can be found at the top of the agenda.

Members of the board are:

  • Terms ending June 30, 2023: Kara Braudis*, Timothy Dickerson* and David Leuthold*.
  • Terms ending June 30, 2022: Jeremy Duke, Rebecca Graves (President) and Ginny Ramseyer Winter*.
  • Terms ending June 30, 2021: Mark Johnson, Mindy McPherson (Past President) and Jan Swaney*.

* New members

Summer Adult Education II “Critiques of Capitalism”

Online at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through July 28

Presented by The Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister, and
The Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Philosopher-in-Residence and Facilitator

“Critiques of Capitalism” focuses on the problems of capitalism and its impact on American life. Classes began June 30 and will continue at 7 p.m. Tuesdays through July 28 via Zoom. Remaining classes and the guest participants are:

July 21 Uprooting & Dismantling Capitalism’s Economic Slavery and Oppression of Black Women: Moving from Intersectionality Towards Assemblage, Multiplicity, and Multi-vocality with Critical Family History – Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, Ph.D. candidate, University of Missouri-Columbia and President of Race Matters, Friends.

July 28 – Wrap-up – An opportunity to debrief and comment on the content of the classes.

Here is the Zoom information for the classes:

Meeting ID: 950 7484 2734
Password: 185247

Required and recommended readings for the classes are on the Adult Religious Education page.

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Coming up Sunday, July 19

Worship Service Online at 10:30 a.m.

“What values are most important to you?”
Tim Dickerson with reflections from UU Churchers

Worship Zoom link

Order of Service for July 19 (when available)

Remember to find yourself a chalice for home. We’ll share hymn lyrics on screen.

Digital Chalice (click to light it)

At 11:30 a.m., be sure to join in our Coffee hour:

Coffee Hour Zoom Link
Telephone: 312-626-6799 – meeting ID: 652 315 354

Remember to submit online by 10 a.m. Sunday any Joys and Sorrows you want to be sure are read aloud.

If you have trouble using the technology to join us, please send an email to our tech team with your contact information, and someone will reach out to help you.

Visitors participating in our online worship services are invited to fill out our Visitor Connection Card.

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Festival of Sharing for July 2020

In July, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Paper Products Pack” project. These are targeted for families with low incomes. We are asking for donations for this project a second time in the church year because of the coronavirus-driven need for these products. Each box will consist of the following items:

  • 3 wrapped packages of toilet paper with 4 double rolls each (unable to receive 12 rolls in one pack age)
  • 2 rolls paper towels (good quality)
  • 2 facial tissue (large rectangular boxes)

In 2019, there were requests for 4,450 packages state-wide, but only 1,280 were provided. Paper products are critical for low-income families because food assistance coupons cannot be used to purchase them. Collection boxes are available in the church Greeting Area. For information contact Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing Chair.

Board policy on UUCC activities

At its meeting on June 18, the board agreed on the following policies regarding activities during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • The board will establish a Pandemic Response Team charged with consistently assessing best practices around all kinds of in-person gatherings and advising the board and minister about recommended changes in procedure.
  • We affirm the UUA’s recommendation that all member congregations plan to continue worshiping together online-only through May of 2021. If the situation unexpectedly changes for the better before May 2021, and our Pandemic Response Team recommends it, we will certainly consider joyfully regathering at that time.
  • Church small groups are permitted to gather on church grounds outdoors and are strongly encouraged to wear masks and maintain a distance of 6 feet or more between individuals.
  • The church building remains closed to all church and community groups at least until the Pandemic Response Team can thoroughly research questions about cleaning procedures, room capacities, and other best practices.
  • Any individual entering the church building will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided for those who do not have their own, and exceptions may be made in the case of physical or mental health needs.
  • Staff may work on site in their enclosed office spaces if desired. Staff will maintain at least six feet of distance from other individuals in the building, will wear masks when not alone inside their enclosed offices, and will frequently wipe down high touch surfaces. Staff who prefer to work from home exclusively are very welcome to do so.
  • An individual or family unit may enter the building to complete church business, but will limit their time to the needed purpose, will wear masks unless they are certain no one else is using the space, will maintain appropriate distance, and will wipe down high touch surfaces they may have used with provided disinfecting wipes, before leaving. 

Contact the office at 573-442-5764 or by email if you have questions. Staff members are still working – from home or at the church as needed.

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What’s happening soon?

In-person gatherings at church are canceled until the end of June and possibly longer. Worship services, programs, meetings and ministries continue through the many technologies available to help us stay connected – phone, email, Facebook, and Zoom video conferencing. Staff will continue to work, so please feel free to call us at 573-442-5764 or send an email.

Our meeting rooms have been closed to all outside groups. If your group usually meets at the UUCC church, you may no longer do so until Church leadership decides to re-open.

Upcoming online meetings – email the leader listed below for details

  • Midweek Mid-day Centering Moment – Wednesdays at noonHosted by Rev. Molly Housh Gordon online. Join your fellow UU Churchers for a thirty minute midweek check-in with a chalice lighting, reading or practice, and time for sharing joys and sorrows. Go to the Zoom Links page for details on how to join the sessions.
  • Choir Hangout7 p.m. Wednesdays – online time together – email Jeremy Wagner or see the Zoom Links page.
  • Crafting Club1 p.m. Fridays Hosted by Robin Yoerger Duple online. Join UU crafters and friends to share ideas or simply chat while knitting, crocheting, or crafting from the comfort of your home.  Go to the Zoom Links page for details on how to join the sessions.
  • Revelio CoMo – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 19. Contact April Rodeghero or Jamila Batchelder.
  • Adult RE with Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson – 7 p.m. Tuesdays, July 21 and 28. “Critiques of Capitalism.” See above.
  • Disability Juctice and Inclusion Team Meeting – online at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, July 19. Contact Gretchen Maune.
  • Loaves and Fishes – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19 (more information above).
  • Disability Juctice and Inclusion Team Meeting – online at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, July 19. Contact Gretchen Maune.
  • Men’s Breakfast Group – online at 8:15 a.m. Saturday July 25, August 8, 22 and 29.
    Contact Wiley Miller.
  • Kaleidoscope Pagan Gathering – online at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 1. Contact Barb Carter.
  • Social Action Team – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 2. Contact Fred Young.
  • Men’s Non-Toxic Masculinity Group – online at 7 p.m. Monday, August 3. Contact
    Jeff Ordway.
  • Tuesday August 4 – Vote!
  • Green Sanctuary Team – online at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 6. Contact Allie Gassmann.
  • Revelio CoMo – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Contact April Rodeghero or
    Jamila Batchelder.
  • Sanctuary Congregation Team – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 9. Contact Allie Gassman or Dave Gibbons.
  • Conversations, Etc. Women’s Group – via telephone at noon, Thursday, August 13.
    Contact Pam Springsteel.
  • UUCC Book Discussion Group – online at 5 p.m. Friday, August 14. Contact Pam Springsteel.
  • Junior Youth Group Friday Night Online – 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 14. Contact 
    Jamila Batchelder
  • Loaves and Fishes – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 16 (more information above).
  • Disability Juctice and Inclusion Team Meeting – online at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, August 16. Contact Gretchen Maune.

For more information about particular groups, see the Church Groups page.

Memorial services will be scheduled in the future…

For our losses of Paul Wallace, Sue Bader, Duane Dailey, Rob Bartel, George Frissell, Roberta Jones, Wayne Anderson and Rev. Gertrude Lindener-Stawski.

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Joys and sorrows

You can read the Joys and sorrows shared with the congregation last Sunday by clicking the link below. The page is also accessible from the Members/Friends drop-down menu. The Joys and Sorrows page is password-protected, so you must be logged in as a registered user of our site to see it. If you have not already registered, you can do so here.

Read Joys and Sorrows

You can submit joys and sorrows online to our minister by clicking this button:

Submit Joys and Sorrows

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