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General Church News

Wednesday Feb. 14, 2024

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Featured this Week

17 volunteers still needed for Loaves & Fishes this Sunday, Feb. 18

The Social Action Team still needs 17 volunteers to prepare food and/or serve and clean up for our monthly third Sunday turn to provide the Loaves and Fishes evening meal, as follows:

  • 2 volunteers to bring 20 servings of a meat item (ham, chicken, beef, pork, etc.)
  • 4 volunteers to bring 20 servings of a rice or potato dish
  • 6 volunteers to bring 20 servings of a vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, etc.)
  • 2 volunteers to bring 20 servings of cornbread
  • 3 adult volunteers to set up, serve and clean up from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Please click the following button to sign up:

Feb. 18 Loaves & Fishes Signup

All volunteers are asked to be at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church by 3:30 p.m. Cleanup is usually finished by about 5:30 p.m. You can also support this effort by making a donation to the church specifying “Loaves and Fishes Fund.” For more information, email Diane Suhler.

Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 15

Our Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 15. Per church bylaws, church members are welcome to observe board meetings. The board’s agenda and related documents will be posted on the Board Information page before the meeting.

Climate Resilience Skill-Up Potluck set at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 17

Climate Resilience Skill-Up Workshops are held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Saturday each month. These gatherings are open to the public, family-friendly, and intended to help us build resilient community as we live into a climate-changed world. They include a potluck dinner with time to chat about our grief and gratitude for the earth, some sing-along time, and a workshop tackling a skill that will help us build our resilience together.

The first two workshops in October and November 2023 were devoted to planning for the year and discussing a film. The workshop on Dec. 16 was “Slowing the Season (Holiday Pause).” Bad weather caused cancellation of the Jan. 20 session on basic electric repair. Here is the schedule for the rest of the church year:

  • Feb. 17 – Resource Mapping
  • March 16 – Collecting/Filtering Water
  • April 20 – Emergency Communication Planning
  • May 18 – Surviving Heat Waves

Members of the Climate Resilience Skill-Up Team are Jenny Bossaller, Rebecca Graves, Jeff Ordway, Kim Wade and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon.

Volunteers needed at church Feb. 23-24 to move items in Lower Level

Mark your calendar for Feb. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Many hands are needed to move items in the Lower Level into temporary homes so that we can make the classrooms usable until water leak remediation and repairs are done. Even an hour of your time is helpful! No skill required for this work. For more information, email Kevin Fritsche.

Water Bearers Society is launched

The Planned Giving Work Group of the Stewardship Team has been busy this past year and has launched a renewed planned giving program at UUCC.

During many past Founder’s Day celebrations, we have shared the story of how our founders hand-carried water to nourish the young trees on the site where they planned to build our first sanctuary.  Those founders had a vision to support our church well into a future they only envisioned. You can join this long line of givers by acknowledging your planned gift and water the roots they laid down for future generations of our beloved congregation.

If you have given thought to the financial legacy you want to leave behind, we invite you to consider UUCC as part of that legacy. The Water Bearers Society is a new way our congregation gratefully recognizes those who have committed resources to our long-term mission.

To understand more about UUCC’s Planned Giving Program, go to https://uucomo.org/plannedgiving/.  There you will also find an electronic Intent to Give form to make your commitment known to our team so we can include you in the Water Bearers Society.  You can also contact us by email for more information.

In Service of your Generosity,
Rosie Geiser, Planned Giving Work Group

February Searchlight now available

In case you missed earlier announcements, the February issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is available here. The issue is also accessible on the Current Newsletter page and is linked on the Newsletter Download page along with past issues.

R.E. program makes adjustments as water leak repairs continue

Our youth religious education program is still sorting things out after a water pipe burst in January, and classroom space is limited until repairs are done.

In view of the classroom shortage, Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education, has shared the following schedule for the rest of February:

  • Feb. 18 – Service Sunday for younger kids and Coming-of-Age class for Middle Schoolers
  • Feb. 25 – All-Ages Worship Service

Check us out on the UUCC Facebook Group Page

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Coming up Sunday, Feb 18, 2024 

9 a.m. – Forum Discussion Group– Lower Level-Centering Room

Forum will meet in the Centering Room due to ongoing remediation of water leak damage. Jane Williams will speak on Love Columbia, which provides coaching and assistance to more than 500 adults each year in budgeting, credit building, career/job search, housing search, and life purpose. Jane is a long-time social worker who co-founded the organization in 2008 and serves as executive director. Read about Forum.

9 a.m. – Mindfulness Meditation –Fire Circle or Lower Level-Potter Classroom

Mindfulness Meditation takes place at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. If the outside temperature is 55° F. or higher and weather permits, meditation will take place at the Fire Circle behind the church. Otherwise, meditation will be in the Potter Room instead of the Centering Room due to ongoing remediation of water leak damage. For more information, email Anna Lingo or Susan Pereira.

10:30 a.m. – Worship Service

Guest Preacher – Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson Jr. – “Living in a Burning House”

The experience of being Black in America will be the focus of Rev. Dr. Dawson’s Black History Month sermon.

Check the Home Page for the Order of Service
 Online worship links – Zoom • Facebook

Submit Joys and Sorrows by 8:30 a.m. Sunday before worship:

Joys and Sorrows Submission

Online Donation or Pledge Payment

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

Visitor Connection Card

10:30 a.m. – Youth Religious Education – Service Sunday and Coming of Age

After a centering time in the Sanctuary at the beginning of worship, the children will go their activities. The Service Sunday project for younger children will be making pretzel dough that will be frozen and later turned into delicious pretzels for a future church event. Middle-schoolers will have a Coming-of-Age class. Free nursery care for infants to 3-year-olds will be available until 11:45 a.m. Read about our Youth Religious Education program.

11:30 a.m. – Coffee Hour – Greeting Area

If there is no coffee made, please feel free to make some and clean up after. Join the Hospitality Team by emailing Church Administrator April Rodeghero, or sign up here for a Sunday.

Noon – YRUU – Lower Level-YRUU Room

Members of our YRUU high school youth group will gather for their regular weekly meeting.

Noon – Middle-School D&D Club – Lower Level-Centering Room

Middle-schoolers will gather to play Dungeons & Dragons.

4 to 6:30 p.m. – Loaves and Fishes Dinner – Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church

Our Social Action Team organizes volunteers to provide the evening meal at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on the third Sunday each month. Click the button below to sign up to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up.

Feb. 18 Loaves & Fishes Signup

Please submit receipts for all food items, and some or all of your expenses may be reimbursed by the church. Food items should be delivered to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., by 3:30 p.m. The adult volunteers who will serve and clean up are also asked to arrive by 3:30 p.m. Cleanup is usually finished by about 5:30 p.m.

If you have questions, email Diane Suhler of the Social Action Team.

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Announcements

George

Intern Minister to be ordained June 8

Intern Minister George Grimm-Howell, whose internship with us ended Dec. 31, 2023, will be ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024 at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.

The ordination service will be co-hosted by First Unitarian, George’s home church, and UUCC. All UUCC members are invited to attend. Upon ordination, George will at long last become “Rev. George.”

Columbia Room at the Inn now open year-round

Our community partner Room at the Inn has now opened year-round at its permanent location in the former VFW building on Ashley Street. Read more.

The organizers still rely on volunteer help to keep the shelter staffed and running smoothly. Maybe you want to grab a friend, look at your calendars, and sign up for some shifts together soon? It’s getting coooold, and the need will be great! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C49AFAA29ABF94-44559659-room#/

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What’s happening soon?

Weekly and bi-weekly recurring events

Gentle Yoga with Karen Dwyer – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Gentle Yoga takes place at the church from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays (except the first Thursday each month). Additional information is available from Karen Dwyer, or contact the church office. There will be no yoga on Nov. 2.

Crafting Group – 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays

The crafting group has resumed in-person meetings and now meets from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday in the Greeting Area. The group is recruiting new members and can help with any projects you may have. Beginners are welcome, and there is no hard commitment – come when you can! For more information, email Bonnie Johnson.

Choir Rehearsals – 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays

Our choir rehearses in the Sanctuary from 7 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday. For more information, email Violet Vonder Haar, Director of Music Ministry.

Living Earth Study Group – 9 to 10:30 a.m. first and third Saturdays  

The Living Earth Study is a book study and discussion group aimed at connecting ecological and spiritual awareness and seeking to bring harmony and healing to our relationships with ourselves, each other, and the Living Earth. It will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on first and third Saturdays at Show Me Dharma, 1600 Broadway, Columbia. Our present ecological crisis is the greatest man-made disaster this planet has ever faced – accelerating climate change, species depletion, pollution, and acidification of oceans. A central but rarely addressed aspect of this crisis is our forgetfulness of the sacred nature of creation and how this affects our relationship to the environment. There is a pressing need to articulate a spiritual response to this ecological crisis. This is vital and necessary if we are to help bring the world as a living whole back into balance. Sign up to attend by email.

Scheduled events coming soon

Conversations, Etc. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 – online

Conversations, Etc., the UUCC senior women’s group, will meet via Zoom at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. We gather together to enjoy the company of women friends. If you would like to join us, email Pam Springsteel.

Board of Trustees – 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15

Our Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday each month. Per church bylaws, church members are welcome to sit in on board meetings. For more information, see the Board Information page.

UUCC Writers Group – 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 17

The Writer’s Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month to write and share at the church. For questions email Mary Herde.

Climate Resilience Skill-Up Potluck – 5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17

Climate Resilience Skill-Up Workshops are held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Saturday each month. These gatherings are open to the public, family-friendly, and intended to help us build resilient community as we live into a climate-changed world. They include a potluck dinner with time to chat about our grief and gratitude for the earth, some sing-along time, and a workshop tackling a skill that will help us build our resilience together.

The first two workshops in October and November 2023 were devoted to planning for the year and discussing a film. The workshop on Dec. 16 was “Slowing the Season (Holiday Pause).” Bad weather caused cancellation of the Jan. 20 session on basic electric repair. Here is the schedule for the rest of the church year:

  • Feb. 17 – Resource Mapping
  • March 16 – Collecting/Filtering Water
  • April 20 – Emergency Communication Planning
  • May 18 – Surviving Heat Waves

Members of the Climate Resilience Skill-Up Team are Jenny Bossaller, Rebecca Graves, Jeff Ordway, Kim Wade and Rev. Molly Housh Gordon.

Loaves and Fishes – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 – Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church

The Social Action Team needs volunteers to prepare servings of various dishes and other volunteers to serve the meal and clean up afterward. Volunteers, servers, and cleaners are asked to be at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church by 3:30 p.m. Cleanup is usually finished by about 5:30 p.m. Please sign up here.

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

Non-Toxic Masculinity Men’s Group – 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19 – at church

The Non-Toxic Masculinity Group meets in person at church on the first and third Monday each month. For information, email Kevin Fritsche.

Men’s Group – 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24

The UUCC Men’s Group meets online via Zoom on the second, fourth, and fifth Saturdays of each month. For more information, contact Wiley Miller at 573-864-8574 or by email.

Milestones Circle – after worship Sunday, Feb. 25

Older adulthood is a time to take stock of one’s journey and to affirm that which is of most importance. It can be a rich time in the lives of adults- a time when we are often open to new learning and discovery, a time of deepening friendships and relationships, a time of theological reflection as we explore questions of meaning and purpose.

The Milestones Circle is an open, drop-in small group for older adults to meet, share thoughts and concerns, and receive support and friendship in a UU setting. The group usually meets after worship on the fourth Sunday each month in the Centering Room on the lower level of the church. Bring a brown bag lunch and help explore the spirituality in your life!

For more information, contact the church office or Kathie Bergman at 573-999-3938 or by email.

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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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