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General Church News

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Featured this week

Annual Congregational Meeting – noon Sunday, May 15 – in-person and online

Our Board of Trustees has scheduled the Annual Congregational Meeting at noon this coming Sunday, May 15 – both in-person in the Sanctuary and online. For those attending in person, coffee hour will include snacks that will nourish your brain and body throughout the meeting.

Business will include approval of the proposed 2022-23 operating budget, election of board members, and a vote on congregational approval of the proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism. Read more.

During its April meeting, the board approved adding congregational approval of the 8th Principle to the Annual Meeting ballot. Based on 71 responses to the congregational survey and extended conversation by the board, the board felt now is the time to vote on the issue.

Notices have been mailed with the agenda and a ballot form. For those that are unable to attend in person or via Zoom, you will be able to email these ballots to Secretary Connie Ordwaythey must be received by May 13. Instructions are on the form. If you have any questions or just want to talk more, please reach out by email to President Tim Dickerson.

22 more volunteers needed for Loaves and Fishes meal this Sunday, May 15

The Social Action Team is looking for volunteers for our monthly turn to serve the Loaves and Fishes meal this coming Sunday, May 15.

22 more volunteers are needed, as follows:

  • 2 more people to bring 20 servings of a meat item (ham, chicken, beef, pork, etc
  • 2 more people to bring 20 servings of a rice or potato dish
  • 6 people to bring 20 servings of a vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, etc – no green beans
  • 2 more people to bring 20 servings of cornbread
  • 6 more people persons to bring 2 pies each (pumpkin, apple, cherry, peach, etc.)
  • 4 more adults to assemble boxed meals, serve, and clean up from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

Please sign up online here.

Our system requires both the volunteers providing food and those who will assemble the boxed meals to be at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church by 4:15 p.m.

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

May Searchlight now available

In case you missed earlier announcements, the May issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available on the Current Newsletter page in multiple formats. The PDF version also can be downloaded from the Newsletter Download page.

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Coming up Sunday – May 15, 2022

10:30 a.m. worship service in-person and online

“This We Believe”
Coming of Age Sunday

In this beloved service from the Coming of Age class of young teens and tweens, we’ll hear their reflections on “The Big Questions” and celebrate their successful completion of our Coming of Age Program.

Worship Zoom link

May 15 Order of Service

Remember to find yourself a chalice for home.  Digital Chalice (click to light it).

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.

There WILL be Youth Religious Education classes on May 15

11:30 a.m. – Join us in-person or on Zoom for our Virtual Coffee Hour

Noon – Annual Congregational Meeting – in-person and online

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You are invited to bring out the beauty at UUCC

10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 21

The UUCC Grounds Team and YOU will work together to learn about native plants and give them room to grow. Red deadnettle, among other things, is crowding out our native garden plants. Many hands make light work.

Bring your gloves and any tools you want, but we will also have some to share. There may even be opportunities to take a few natives home with you. We hope to see you there.

Festival of Sharing for May 2022

For the month of May, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Church World Service Cleanup Bucket.” Each bucket will consist of the items listed below. Place all items in the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage. Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape. We recognize that this is a large, expensive kit, and we have only been asked to provide two from our congregation. If you wish to contribute a portion of the items, please contact the Festival of Sharing chair to coordinate the assembly of complete kits.

  • 1 bucket with resealable lid (5 gallon only; clean out any used buckets, but do not use if it has ever held chemicals of any kind)
  • 24-48 heavy-duty trash bags, 30-45 gallons (remove any cardboard packaging)
  • 18 reusable cleaning wipes
  • 1 bottle of liquid household cleaner, water mixable (no spray bottles)
  • 1 non-aerosol insect repellent (6-9 oz.)
  • 1 scrub brush (plastic or wood)
  • 2 pairs non-surgical latex gloves, suitable for multiple uses. 
  • 1 50-oz. or 2 25-oz. liquid laundry detergent (bottles only) 
  • 1 pair work gloves (cotton with leather palm or all leather)
  • 7 sponges, including one large one
  • 1 100-foot or 2 50-foot clotheslines.
  • 48-50 clothespins
  • 4 scouring pads
  • 5 dust masks

Collection boxes are available at the church. For more information, email Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing chair.

Faith-to-Action collection nominations now open

The Social Action Team is now accepting nominations for Faith-to-Action Collections for the forthcoming church year starting in September. The online application form can be accessed from the green button near the top of the home page or directly here. Guidance on FTA nominations appears on the nomination page.

Please try to submit your applications by July 15 so the team has time to compile and evaluate the applicants and submit a list to Rev. Molly for scheduling, starting with September Sunday services.

Call for delegates to UUA General Assembly

What is the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly (GA), and why would you want to attend?

GA is the annual nationwide meeting of our UU churches. 

What happens at GA?

You get to worship, attend workshops, connect with other UUs, and as a delegate you would represent our church at the business meetings – where UUA policy decisions are made.  

When and where is it?

June 22-26, 2022 – online or in-person at Portland, Oregon.

What is the role of a delegate?

Delegates represent their church at the Business Meetings – where UUA policy decisions are made.  Therefore, it is important that the delegates attend the business meetings.  Read more about delegates here.

Sign me up!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia has the financial means to cover online registration. We are allowed five voting delegates, and with a paid registration any of our church members are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in attending this year’s virtual assembly and serving as a delegate, please complete this form by May 15, 2022.

Need more information?

Read all about GA here: General Assembly: The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Annual Meeting.

Commons Folk – weekly wildflower walks with Peter and Hoyt

1:30 p.m. Tuesdays – meet at the Wagon Wheel Trailhead – end of S. Bearfield Road

We will be walking the same route every week in the Gans Creek Wild Area on a circular path back to the parking lot so that we see the seasonal change in the flowers. The walk is about 2½ miles, crosses Gans Creek twice, and climbs up and down the bluff, but we will go at a leisurely pace. It is one of Peter’s favorite walks and takes about two hours with plenty of rest stops.

Wear good walking shoes that are OK in water, and bring a walking stick if you need it.

If the creek doth rise, a notice will be sent out the day before to provide alternative arrangements. Just come when you can. Tell likely friends. Email Peter Holmes for information.

Rev. Molly’s office hours 

10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays in person at Uprise Bakery
2:30-4 p.m.
Thursdays at Zoom Office

You can also schedule an in-person or online appointment here.

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What’s happening soon?

“Talk and Do” – 1:30 p.m. Fridays, May 13 & 20 – online

Join your fellow UUs for some informal conversation from the comfort of your home! Come as you are, and feel free to work on a project as we chat -it’s okay if your attention is divided! Email Robin Duple for more information.

Junior Youth Group 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13

For our final Junior Youth meeting of the year, the YRUU high school youth will be hosting our Junior Youth for a night of fun and games! RSVP by May 11 if you plan to attend.

Men’s Breakfast Group – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14 & 28 – online

In normal times the UUCC Men’s Group meets in person on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month. The group has arranged for online meetings during the Covid pandemic. For more information, contact Wiley Miller at 573-864-8574 or by email.

UUCC Book Discussion – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 – online and phone

The Book Discussion Group will meet online and by phone to briefly discuss books we have read. If you have questions, contact Pam Springsteel at 573-445-0642 or by email.

Non-toxic Masculinity Men’s Group – schedule change effective May 16

7 p.m. the first and third Mondays each month – online

For more information, contact Kevin Fritsche at 573-289-4536 or by email.

UUCC Board of Trustees Meeting – 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19

Our Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 196. Church members are welcome to sit in on these meetings. The agenda and related documents will be posted on the Board Information page before the meeting.

UU Life Writers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21

UU Life Writers are looking forward to writing together again in the Centering Room at the church – or outside if the weather is nice! All are welcome – come with paper, pen/pencil and coffee, tea or water. Zoom will be available for those who do not want to meet in person. For more information, call or text Fran Reynolds at 573-881-3823 or send her an email.

Church facilities status for gatherings

Small group meetings may take place inside and outside the church subject to the Board of Trustees’ recently updated guidance. Worship services, programs, 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.

Many upcoming meetings are featured on the Upcoming Events page. You can also find information about events on our online Calendar.

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

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Joys and sorrows

You can read the Joys and sorrows shared with the congregation 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 by clicking this button:

Submit Joys and Sorrows

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More activities

View Online Calendar

View Upcoming Events Page

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