Wednesday, July 28, 2021
August Searchlight is now available
In case you missed the email announcement this past Sunday, the August issue of our monthly newsletter, The Searchlight, is now available at https://uucomo.org/current-newsletter/. You can either read the newsletter on that page or download the PDF version.
COMO Community Book Drive – Deadline is Aug. 9
Children’s books, new and gently used, are greatly needed for this book drive for Columbia children. Books can be dropped by the UU church until Aug. 9.
Only a few books have been donated thus far, so PLEASE search your shelves for books your children have outgrown and contribute to this worthy cause.
Final R.E. summer event – 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8
The last of this summer’s scaled-back, outdoor in-person R.E. programs will take place at the church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8. The children and their families have been taking part this summer in spiritual practice, service, play, and joy together.
Family-friendly summer social – ice cream and bingo – 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15
With most of summer behind us, why don’t we all get together for some ice cream and BINGO? Bring the crew down for this family-friendly event with Bingo prizes, ice cream and friendly faces! Please join us at 4 p.m. Aug. 15 to enjoy an afternoon of good times and loving spirit!
July 2021 Festival of Sharing
For the month of July, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Reading & Writing Pack.” These packs are for elementary school students who could not otherwise afford these supplies. Place all items in a large ziplock bag (2 to 2.5 gallon).
- 2 70-page spiral or tape-bound notebooks
- 1 pencil holder
- 4 folders with pockets
- 1 12-inch ruler
- 1 pair of child-sized metal scissors
- 1 large eraser
- 1 box of 24 crayons
- 1 box of 10 markers (only 10)
2,997 packs were requested in 2020, but only 1,387 were shared. You may leave your donated items in the volunteer work room at church. For information, contact Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing Chair.
New hours for church office
Office hours have changed again (now that the “school marm” is not needed at home). The church office is now open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Worship service online at 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr.
“Until Next Time…A Challenge to Continue to Fight the Good Fight”
On this final Sunday of the sabbatical period, Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr. will offer his last service as Sabbatical Minister. We are so grateful for his ministry during this time!
Remember to submit online by 10 a.m. Sunday any Joys and Sorrows you want to be sure are read aloud.
Remember to find yourself a chalice for home. We’ll share hymn lyrics on screen.
Digital Chalice (click to light it)
At 11:30 a.m., be sure to join in our Coffee hour:
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.
Chalice Circles will provide new and continuing choices in 2021-2022
Are you looking for a way to connect with fellow UUCC members and friends? Seeking opportunities to share your heart in a safe/brave space? Find new connections and opportunities to discover ways that UUCC can be meaningful in your life. Find a Chalice Circle program that suits your needs. Learn more about Chalice Circles on the church website.
Current Chalice Circle members: You are encouraged to consider joining a new group this year! We realize that it may be difficult for you, after being involved intimately with the lives and ideas of these particular people in your covenant group, but we ask you to think of this change as an opportunity to build relationships with new people and to provide new people the opportunity to develop relationships with you. Because the new covenant group members coming in will have different spiritual experiences and ideas, you will have the opportunity for more spiritual growth.
Options available in 2021-22 will be:
- Traditional eight-session Chalice Circles that will meet once a month for an hour or two from early October through the end of May. There is a ten-member limit in each circle. The circles are facilitated by volunteers. Groups will explore a topic planned in coordination with Rev. Molly Housh Gordon. Regular service project opportunities are chosen by members of each group to enhance bonds of friendship. Your commitment will be for one cycle of eight sessions.
- Monthly one-time Chalice Circles will be offered for those who just want to try out a circle or are unable to make a multiple-session commitment. These groups will meet once a month at the church from early October through end of May and will be facilitated by volunteers. No registration is required. Drop-ins are expected. Childcare will be offered in the church nursery. The schedule will be announced in September.
All Chalice Circles will be open for sign-ups in September on the website, on signup sheets at the church or by contacting the Chalice Circle Leadership Team by email.
Here’s how to contribute money for our sponsorship of a Guatamalan family
Thank you, UUCC, for your support of our sponsorship of a Guatemalan family seeking asylum. The mom Lilly, her 5-year-old son Manuel, and her 8-month-old daughter Lakshmi, arrived in Columbia on May 26. Church member Christine Heath has generously offered to host the family in her home. Many of you have indicated a willingness to offer financial support of the sponsorship, and we greatly appreciate your interest in helping. There are two suggested ways to consider making contributions.
Give to the church
Please designate contributions to the church for the “Sanctuary Fund.” If donating at https://uucomo.org/donate/, please select “Other” and specify “Sanctuary Fund.”
Contributions to the church are tax deductible. We as a congregation have expressed a willingness to see the sponsorship of an asylum-seeking family as an extension of being a sanctuary congregation.
Although we are unable to make a direct transfer to the family of contributions made to the church, the Sanctuary/Immigrant Justice (SIJ) Team will do its best to use money in the Sanctuary Fund wisely. The financial needs of our sponsorship of Lilly and her family are significant, and we anticipate using money in the Sanctuary Fund for that purpose. However, there is also the possibility that money in the Sanctuary Fund may be used for other immigrant justice purposes, such as helping with unexpected expenses for the Honduran family we have been helping to support, or if there is an unexpected need for sanctuary that UUCC agrees to provide.
Give to the family
At this time please send contributions for the family to Allie Gassmann at 1700 Princeton Dr., Columbia, MO 65203. Please make checks payable to Allie. Allie and Dave Gibbons, as co-chairs of the SIJ Team, and Christine Heath, as host of the family, have opened a joint account for the sponsorship needs of Lilly and her family. They will coordinate all expenditures from the account for sponsorship needs and make a periodic accounting to the SIJ Team. Contributions sent to Allie as gifts for the family are not tax deductible.
We truly appreciate the interest of people at UUCC to help support the sponsorship of Lilly, Manuel, and Lakshmi. The immigration courts are significantly backed up, so our sponsorship could be for quite a while. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if you need any additional information.
With much gratitude,
Allie Gassmann and Dave Gibbons, Co-Chairs
Sanctuary and Immigrant Justice Team
Updated guidance for in-person gatherings became effective June 22
The UUCC Board of Trustees has updated its guidance for in-person summer gatherings based on recommendations from our Covid Advisory Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health guidelines, and the Unitarian Universalist Association. The updated guidance, effective Tuesday, June 22, is as follows:
- It is safe for fully-vaccinated persons not to wear masks or observe social distancing.
- Unvaccinated persons and those who are medically vulnerable (even if vaccinated) are advised to continue wearing masks and observe social distancing to reduce their risk of exposure, and are encouraged to receive vaccinations.
- Group leaders will privately contact all members of the group to inform them that fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear masks. The group will default to the needs of its most vulnerable members. If a group member requests that everyone wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status, the group will defer to that member.
- Fully vaccinated members of the choir may practice together, but otherwise there is to be no indoor singing at this time.
Watch upcoming issues of The Searchlight and emails for guidance on fall gatherings, worship services and religious education classes.
Additional resource: “Choosing Safer Activities” – a chart comparing the relative safety of various indoor and outdoor activities for unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people.
Most in-person gatherings in the church building are canceled until further notice. 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.
Our meeting rooms have been closed to all outside groups. If your group usually meets at the UUCC church, you may no longer do so until Church leadership decides to re-open.
Upcoming online meetings – email the leader listed below for details
Regular, Ongoing Activities
- Community Group Sing – 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the UUCC parking lot.See above or email Jeremy Wagner for more information
- Crafting Club – 1 p.m. Fridays – Hosted by Robin Yoerger Duple online. Join UU crafters and friends to share ideas or simply chat while knitting, crocheting, or crafting from the comfort of your home. Go to the Zoom Links page for details on how to join the sessions.
- Free, Gentle Yoga – Monday & Thursday, 6-7:15 p.m.; Tuesday & Friday, 10-11:15 a.m. Contact Karen Dwyer at 573-999-9696
- Men’s Breakfast Group – online at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, July 31, August 14 & 28. Contact Wiley Miller
- UU Writers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, August 7 & 21 at the church! Contact Fran Reynolds
- Kaleidoscope Pagan Gathering – at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31. In person at UUCC Memorial Garden. Contact Kaleidoscope
- Social Action Team – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 1. Contact Fred Young
- Conversations, Etc. Women’s Group – at the church and online – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 4.
Contact Pam Springsteel
- Green Team – online at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 5. Contact Allie Gassmann
- Revelio CoMo – online at 1 p.m. Sunday, August 8. Contact April Rodeghero or Jamila Batchelder
- Sanctuary & Immigration Justice Team Meeting – online at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 8.
Contact Dave Gibbons or Allie Gassmann
- August YRE Event – 4-5 p.m. Sunday, August 8 outdoors at UUCC. Contact Jamila Batchelder
- Men’s Non-Toxic Masculinity Group – online at 7 p.m. Monday, August 9 & 23. Contact Jeff Ordway
- UUCC Book Discussion Group – online at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 14. Contact Pam Springsteel
- Disability Justice & Inclusion Team – online at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, August 15. Contact Ruth Milledge
- Memorial Service for George Frissell – 2 p.m. Sunday, August 15. Reichmann Pavillion at Stephens Lake
- Loaves & Fishes – 4 p.m. Sunday, August 15. Contact Diane Suhler
- Family-Friendly Summer Social – Ice Cream & Bingo – 4 p.m. Sunday, August 15. Contact Patty Daus.
- Board of Trustees – 7 p.m. Thursday, August 19. Contact Tim Dickerson
For more information about particular groups, see the Church Groups page.
Memorial services will be scheduled in the future…
…for our losses of Paul Wallace, Robin Remington, Sue Bader, Duane Dailey, Roberta Jones, Wayne Anderson, Rev. Gertrude Lindener-Stawski, Andrew Twaddle and Robert Brown.
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.
You can submit joys and sorrows online by clicking this button: