General Church News
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
All-Church Picnic at noon Sunday, Aug. 25
Join us after our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony for an All-Church Picnic to kick off the church year with celebration and fellowship. We have reserved the Shepard Park Picnic Shelter next door to the church so we can make use of the park grounds and playground for outdoor fun.
We will provide meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, and fixin’s. You are invited to bring a potluck side or dessert to add to the feast. Also consider bringing the following if you wish: picnic blankets and chairs, outdoor toys and games, and your own picnic dishes in order to cut down on the use of disposables.
RSVP by email to Jamila Batchelder so we can be sure to have enough burgers and hotdogs.
UUCC Congregational Justice-Making Summit
Featuring the Rev. Ashley Horan
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
Lunch and childcare will be provided. All UU Churchers interested in congregational justice work
are invited. RSVP so that we may be sure to be prepared for lunch and childcare.
We are excited to share that we are bringing the UUA’s new “Side With Love” director, the Rev. Ashley Horan, to UUCC for a full day of working with our Justice-oriented groups and all UU Churchers interested in justice work. She will help us strategize, clarify priorities, and imagine how to work powerfully together as a congregation to move forward the work we care about. Rev. Horan is one of Unitarian Universalism’s fiercest and wisest social justice leaders, and she has worked with UU churches across the country for years to strengthen their congregational justice-making work.
If you are a long time justice leader at UUCC, someone just dipping their toe in the water, or anywhere in between, you are warmly invited!
Multigenerational worship service at 10:30 a.m.
“The Water Remembers” – Ingathering and Water Ceremony
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and DRE Jamila Batchelder
Join us for our beloved annual ingathering ceremony as we mingle waters of refreshment and renewal and reflect upon how we are sustained in our community. If you are able, bring water either from or symbolic of a place that has renewed your spirit over the summer months.
No children’s religious education classes on Sunday, Aug. 25
Worship services at 10:30 a.m. will be multigenerational. There will be no children’s religious education classes. Children will be with us for worship services. Please welcome them and their families. Free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds will be available at 10:15 a.m.
Other Sunday activities on Aug. 25
Forum will meet at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation at 9:30. Please join us for the All Church Picnic at noon at Shepard Park Shelter. Remember, no Walk on the Wild Side on Aug. 25 – but plan to join the hike on Sept. 1.
Interested in stronger connections at UUCC?
How about ‘Dinners for 8?’ The dinners will begin in September and are a great way to get acquainted and experience good food. Events are theme potlucks that are organized in advance. In early December there is a Holiday Hors D’oeuvres Party, and in April, a Spring Finale. Email Linda Lou Brown if you are interested.
Another opportunity for stronger connections is our Chalice Circles. The groups meet regularly to deepen and strengthen interpersonal connections, and encourage spiritual growth. They provide a place to share deeply with each other, to build lasting and caring relationships, and to strengthen our church’s sense of community. Each Chalice Circle has seven to 10 members and meets at least once a month. If you would like to join a Chalice Circle, you will be able to sign up on our church website or on Sunday in the Greeting Area starting Sept. 1. There will be a priority signup period Aug. 25-31 for previous participants who wish to continue in the same group as last year. A signup list will be closed when 10 people have signed up for a specific group.
August Festival of Sharing
Give Now! The Festival of Sharing focus for August is the “CWS (Church World Service) School Kit” for young students worldwide and we will soon be moving on to our September project. For August the contents are:
- 1 pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip)
- 1 30-cm (12-inch) ruler
- 1 hand-held pencil sharpener (remove packaging)
- 1 large eraser (no pencil-cap erasers, please)
- 1 box of 24-count crayons
- 3 70-page spiral notebooks totaling 210 pages (no loose-leaf or filler paper, please)
- 1 12”x14” to 14”x17” finished size cotton or light-weight canvas bag with cloth handles (no bags with logos, please)
2,659 of these kits were shared in 2018. Collection boxes are available in the church Greeting Area. For more information email Festival of Sharing Chair Bonnie Johnson.
UUCC Men’s Group – 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and 31
The UUCC Men’s Group meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The group is open to all men. There are no fees and no reservations are necessary. The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast! For more information, contact Wiley Miller or 573-864-8574.
Religious education volunteer training – 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
Those who have volunteered as teachers and aides in our children’s religious education program will receive training in the Lower Level from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Chalice Circle facilitators meeting – 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
Chalice Circle facilitators for 2019-20 will gather in the Sanctuary from 10 a.m. to noon for training.
All-Church Picnic at Shepard Park – noon Sunday, Aug. 25
Join us after our annual Ingathering Water Ceremony for an All-Church Picnic to kick off the church year with celebration and fellowship. We will provide meat and veggie burgers, hotdogs, and fixin’s. You are invited to bring a potluck side or dessert to add to the feast. RSVP by email to Jamila Batchelder so we can be sure to have enough burgers and hotdogs.
Non-Toxic Masculinity Men’s Group – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26
The Non-Toxic Masculinity Men’s Group meets at the church at 7 p.m. Monday evenings. The group serves cisgendered, straight, white men who are actively working to detoxify their masculinity and privilege so that they can stop doing damage to others and learn how to become active allies of other, more marginalized, groups. For more information, email Jeff Ordway.
OWL parent orientation – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27
Email Jamila Batchelder.
For our newcomers: “Getting to Know UU” – Sept. 1
On the first Sunday each month, the Welcoming Team invites newcomers to gather in Rev. Molly’s office after worship for about a half hour to learn more about UUCC and Unitarian Universalism. Childcare will be provided.
Walk on the Wild Side – 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 and 22
The Green Sanctuary Team is sponsoring monthly walks on the fourth Sunday most months throughout the year to explore the beauty of local woods and creeks (Gans Creek, Three Creeks and Mark Twain National Forest). Meet at 1:30 p.m. at the church. There will be two hikes in September to make up for missed opportunities during the summer – on Sept. 1 and 22.
Shrug off your civilized self for a short time and come with us into the peace of wild things. The walks are suitable for reasonably fit 10- to 70-year-olds. Children are very welcome. There will be plenty of stops along the way. For more information, talk to Peter Holmes.
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.