General Church News
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
The UUCC building is closed until the end of April
No groups may meet in the building – now including outside groups that use UUCC space. Contact the office at 573-442-5764 or by email if you have questions.
Staff members are still working – from home or from the building as needed.
All in-person UUCC gatherings on hold – worship with us online Sunday
We will be worshiping together and holding RE classes online through the month of April as we continue to observe the City of Columbia’s stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Details below.
Easter Worship opportunities
Tenebrae Good Friday Service – 8 p.m. Friday, April 10
Online @ https://zoom.us/j/896028535
A Tenebrae service is a traditional Christian service of descent into darkness held during the final three days of holy week before Easter, representing the death of Christ. It is commonly practiced with solemn music, readings from scripture, and the progressive extinguishment of candles. It recognizes that the victory of Easter morning is always preceded by the despair of Good Friday. Contemporary progressive Christians and UUs sometimes observe Tenebrae as an opportunity to sit with the difficult realities of our world, before the celebration of hope that arrives on Easter morning.
Our Tenebrae service will feature contemporary readings representing all the ways people are “crucified” in this world. We will also share beautiful, solemn music, and a growing darkness. If you are able, gather seven candles near your computer, and we will snuff them out together from home, one by one.
Easter Sunday Service – 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 12
Online @ https://zoom.us/j/380411489
Join us virtually for Easter this year as we remember of the victory of love over death even in these uncertain times. Gather online for Easter Sunday at our usual 10:30 a.m. time, and join us for coffee hour afterward with your best Easter bonnet!
Yes, you’ve seen the notice about volunteers for summer worship –
but it has changed!
The Worship Associates Team has changed plans for our summer lay-led worship services and needs your help to make them a success. The team is determined not to allow the COVID-19 virus to undermine our long tradition of the lay pulpit.
The team is looking for two to four volunteers on each available Sunday to address the important questions specified below that may have even deeper meaning as we figure out together what this difficult time will ultimately mean for our future as a church, as a community and as a country. Volunteers will have about five minutes to their share thoughts on the chosen topic. That’s equivalent to two or three double-spaced, typed pages.
We don’t know now whether this summer we will be meeting in person or will need to continue online services, but that won’t significantly impact the volunteers’ role. Volunteers are welcome to suggest other worship features, but the Worship Associates will be responsible for putting together the rest of each service. This includes all technical aspects if we are still meeting virtually.
The available topics, dates and assigned Worship Associates are:
- June 28 – What sacred or centering practices sustain you? – Cande Iveson, Worship Associate
- July 5 – What does Justice look like to you? – Todd Iveson, Worship Associate
- July 19 – What values are most important to you? – Tim Dickerson, Worship Associate
- Aug. 2 – What gives you hope? – Sam Otten, Worship Associate
- Aug. 9 – In what do you place your trust? – Rebecca Graves, Worship Associate
- Aug. 16 – What makes a place sacred? What places are sacred to you? – Jeff Ordway, Worship Associate
If you are willing to share your thoughts on any of these important questions, please send an email to the Worship Associates. Thank you for your help in continuing this valuable tradition.
Here’s what’s new on our website since last Sunday:
Submit Joys and/or Sorrows – You can now submit Joys and Sorrows to Rev. Molly on this new password-protected page. There is a button at the top of the Joys and Sorrows page that will take you to the submission page.
Zoom Links – To prevent intruders from interfering in our online meetings, Zoom links are posted on this new password-protected page. (The only Zoom information posted elsewhere is for our online worship services, which are conducted using a “webinar” setting that only permits worship leaders to speak and appear on video.) The Zoom Links page appears on the Members/Friends tab of the main menu.
Podcasts – Podcasts are back! After resolving some technical issues, we have resumed posting podcasts from our worship services, starting with last fall. You can now listen to these four new podcasts:
- Oct. 6, 2019 – Begin Again in Love
- Nov. 17, 2019 – What Do We Seek Here?
- Nov. 10, 2019 – With Heat and Great Effort
- Nov. 3, 2019 – Remembrance Sunday
Current Newsletter – In case you missed the earlier announcement, you can find the April Searchlight here.
Upcoming Events – Upcoming events – most of them online – through early May have been listed on this page.
RE Schedule – Details about upcoming online RE classes can be found here, along with information about daily weekday activities via our Facebook group page.
Church News – New items on the Church News blog are:
- Faith-to-Action recipient nominations requested for 2020-21
- Rev. Molly’s online office hours
- Online pledge payments
- Consider donating to help others during the coronavirus emergency
- President’s Perspective – I wish you well in this uncertain time
Festival of Sharing – April’s Festival of Sharing project is now posted here.
We will be worshiping together and holding RE classes online through the month of April as we continue to observe the City of Columbia’s stay-at-home order in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Worship services will be offered by Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Director of Religious Education Jamila Batchelder, Music Director Jeremy Wagner, Pianist Hans Bridger Heruth, and your Worship Associates Team. Services will be created weekly to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of the moment.
Worship services are being offered on “webinar setting,” which means the only video and audio will be from presenters. Services will be followed by a weekly digital coffee hour, where you will be able to see, hear and visit with each other.
Easter Worship service – 10:30 a.m.
Order of Service for April 5
Digital Chalice (click to light it)
Online coffee hour – 11:30 a.m.
See the Zoom video link, telephone number and meeting ID on the Zoom Links page.
RE classes and YRUU
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.
- UUCC in-person gatherings suspended and how to stay connected
- How to join our worship by Zoom
- Recommendations for team leaders
- Community care in the time of COVID-19 – please fill out survey
Changed procedure for April 19 Loaves and Fishes meal
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Social Action Team has made special arrangements for our monthly turn on April 19 to serve the Loaves and Fishes meal.
Loaves and Fishes Director Ruth O’Neill has instructed all participating groups to provide boxed/sack meals. The SAT decided that for April, our church will purchase 100 meals from a local restaurant rather than having church members prepare food.
You can support this effort by making an online donation at https://uucomo.org/donate, specifying “SAT Fund” as the purpose of the donation.
Send Joys and Sorrows through the website
If you have a particular Joy or Sorrow that you want to ensure doesn’t slip by us, please share it with us on our new online form, which goes straight to the minister. Submit your Joys and Sorrows here.
On Sunday mornings, Rev. Molly will be doing her best to read aloud many of the joys and sorrows that come through the chat, but she will be particularly sure to share those that come in via our website leading up to Sunday morning.
April Festival of Sharing
Staff members are still working, so you can leave your Festival of Sharing donations weekdays outside (or inside) the door by the offices. We will get them to Bonnie.
For the month of April, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Youth Personal Care Pack.” These packs are for youth ages 12-18 who have experienced a crisis situation and who have been placed in state care or are experiencing homelessness. Items will be placed in drawstring bags that will be provided by the Festival of Sharing Team.
- 1 chapstick
- 1 bottle hand sanitizer (3 oz)
- 1 fleece throw
- 1 washcloth
- 1 box medicated facial cleansing pads (such as Stridex)
- 1 toothbrush and 1 travel-size toothpaste
- 3 ink pens
- 1 journal
- 1 men’s body spray or
- 1 small package of feminine pads
- 1 comb or brush
- 1 travel size shampoo and
- 1 travel size conditioner
- 1 deodorant
- 1 travel size lotion
In 2019, there were requests for 390 of these packs statewide, but only 337 were provided. Collection boxes will be available in the church greeting area. For information contact Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing Chair.
Faith-to-Action nominations for 2020-2021 church year are open
The Social Action Team welcomes your nominations for Faith-to-Action collections at Sunday worship services during the 2020-21 church year starting in September. You may submit a nomination online or in writing. Click the button below to submit nominations.
Roughly twice a month, Faith-to-Action collections are taken for organizations, programs, or agencies that align with our church mission and vision.
Please submit nominations no later than July 15, 2020. Nominations received after that date will be considered if openings are still available.
Because of the uncertainty surrounding our church services this spring, some or all currently scheduled Faith-to-Action collections will be postponed and rescheduled for summer or fall services.
In-person gatherings at church are canceled until the end of April and possibly longer. Worship services, programs, meetings and ministries may 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 now been closed to all outside groups. If your group usually meets at the UUCC church, you may no longer do so until at least the end of April, when we will revisit whether to re-open the building.
Upcoming online meetings – email the leader listed below for details
- Book Discussion Group – 5 p.m. Friday, April 10 – email Pam Springsteel
- Men’s Breakfast Group – 8 a.m. Saturday, April 11 – email Wiley Miller
- UUCC Grounds Team – 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18 – email Patty Daus
- Tentative Stream Team Activity – 9:45 a.m. Saturday, April 18 – email Peter Holmes
- Life Writers – 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18 – email Fran Reynolds
- Disability Justice & Inclusion Team – 11:45 Sunday, April 19 – email Gretchen Maune
- Sanctuary & Immigration Justice Team – noon Sunday, April 19 – email Allie Gassmann
- Revelio CoMo Sacred Secular Reading – 1 p.m. Sunday, April 19 – email April Rodeghero
- Loaves and Fishes Dinner (see above for new this month!) – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19
Watch for more updates as groups make decisions – if unsure, contact your team leader.
Memorial services postponed
Memorial services for Paul Wallace, Sue Bader and Duane Daily will be scheduled at a later date.
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.