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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Featured This Week

UUCC Annual Meeting – Sunday, May 5 after 10:30 a.m. worship

The Annual Congregational Meeting after worship on May 5, 2019 will feature a presentation from our architects, childcare and a simple lunch. On the agenda are:

  • Approval of the proposed 2018‑19 operating budget
  • Election of Board of Trustees members
  • Congregational work session with Simon Oswald Architecture
  • Presentation of annual reports

More information is provided on the Annual Meeting page, including a link to a PDF of the proposed budget and a proxy voting form. Qualified members wanting to vote but who cannot attend the meeting may submit the proxy form using the instructions on the form. All members who joined the church at least 60 days before May 5 are eligible to vote.

A Walk on the Wild Side – Sunday, April 28 – meet at 1:30 p.m. at the church

The Green Sanctuary Team is sponsoring monthly walks to explore the beauty of local woods and creeks. Shrug off your civilized self for a 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 welcome. There are plenty of stops along the way. For information, email Peter Holmes.

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Coming Up Sunday – April 28

Worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.

“How Can We Be of Service?” – Jan Weaver and Green Sanctuary Team

While personal actions are necessary to preserve the health and wellbeing of the planet, they are not sufficient. This Sunday we will explore what it means to work with those most affected by environmental harm.

Our Faith-to-Action Collection will benefit the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, a statewide farm and rural membership organization with over 5,600 member families. Their mission is to preserve family farms, promote stewardship of the land and environmental integrity and strive for economic and social justice by building unity and mutual understanding among diverse groups, both rural and urban.

Other Sunday activities on April 28

Forum will meet at 9 a.m. and Mindfulness Meditation will take place at 10:05 a.m. YRUU will meet, and please join us at 1:30 p.m. for a Walk on the Wild Side (meet at  church.)

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Free Jazz Rep “Thank-You” Concert at UUCC – 7 p.m. Friday, May 3

This free and family-friendly concert will feature a number of performers, including several members of our congregation. The music featured will be mainly jazz standards with an original tune or two since the study and performance of jazz is the primary focus of the group. The concert is offered as a thank-you to the church for sharing the use of its space as a gathering and rehearsal venue for the Rep Lab. So mark your calendars and plan on joining us for a night of musical entertainment.

Secular Sacred Text Workshop – 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4

Intrigued by the idea of what might make a secular text sacred? Join us for a workshop exploring various spiritual practices related to reading. Inspired by the podcast Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, we’ll learn together about practices like Lectio Divina, Havruta, Floralegium and more. Bring your own text – the book, poem, or lyric that is a touchstone for you – and we’ll delve into bits of each of the texts together.

All ages are welcome, and those who are interested in summer preaching are especially encouraged to attend. Childcare available upon request. RSVP to minister@uucomo.org.

What is your sacred text? – summer lay preaching

Is there a secular text that has shaped your thinking? A book, a poem, or a lyric that is rich with meaning for your life? This summer’s lay led preaching series will engage the secular sacred texts of our congregation, and we’d love to hear from YOU! Available dates are June 30, July 21, August 4, and August 18. Email worship@uucomo.org to claim a date! You’ll receive support from our worship associates in creating a well-crafted and meaningful service for our congregation. Prospective preachers are encouraged to attend the Secular Sacred Text Workshop on Saturday, May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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What’s Happening Soon

Help wrap up the April focus for Festival of Sharing

For the month of April, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Youth Personal Care Pack” project. Pick up a flyer in the greeting area and help round-out the month before we move into May! For more information, email Festival of Sharing Chair Bonnie Johnson.

UUCC Men’s Group – 8 a.m. Saturday, April 27

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 email Wiley Miller.

Social Action Team meeting – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27

The Social Action Team usually meets on the first Sunday each month, but the May 5 meeting has been rescheduled at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, because the Annual Congregational Meeting will be held after worship on May 5.

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

Join Kaleidoscope 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 at the church at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what their personal paths.

Non-toxic Masculinity Men’s Group 7 p.m. Monday, April 29

This 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, contact Jeff Ordway.

Adult R.E. Spring Book Club – 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30

Our Adult Religious Education spring offering for Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. is a  three-week book discussion. Although not required, registration helps us plan. It is especially important to know if childcare is needed.

On April 23, 30 and May 7, Melissa Ensign-Bedford will lead a discussion of the national UUA Common Read selection, Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018). Click the following button to sign up:

Spring Book Club Signup

For more information, email Ellen Thomas or Lisa Fritsche.

Green Sanctuary Team Meeting – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at church

Jazz Rep Lab UUCC Thank-You Concert – 7 p.m. Friday, May 3

See announcements above.

Secular Sacred Text Workshop – 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4

See announcements above.

UUCC Life Writers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20

Life Writers theme this spring is “Life is like a box of chocolates…,” and our stories have been about important events and people in our lives. We have coffee, write and share. Everyone is welcome who would like to write mini-memoirs and share. This is not a critique group. For more information, email Fran Reynolds.

Annual Congregational Meeting – Sunday, May 5 after worship

See the top of the page for information.

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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.

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