General Church News
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020
One slot unfilled for Feb. 16 Loaves and Fishes – please sign up now!
One volunteer slot remains unfilled for our monthly turn to serve the Loaves and Fishes meal on Sunday, Feb. 16 – a person to bring 20 servings of a meat item (ham, chicken, beef, pork, etc.). Please click the following button to sign up for this slot:
Valentine’s Day Dance for all – 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
February Adult RE Workshop
Black Hermeneutics, Liberation Theology, and Womanism
The Dr. Rev. Clanton C. W. Dawson, Jr., Ph.D., Facilitator
Sundays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the UUCC Sanctuary
Rev. Dr. Dawson writes:
In Detroit, Mich. in the summer of 2003, various prominent black church leaders convened to discuss “The State of Black America: The State of the Black Church.” Participants included Cornel West, Jacklyn Grant, Cain Felder, Noel Jones, and James Cone. During a lengthy discussion on various topics, James Cone suggested that the fundamental problem in dealing with the relevant economic, social and political issues that confront the Black Church is that the Black Church lacks a coherent and relevant theology that is reflective of a church born in struggle. Cone stated, “We must be about the task of constructing a Black Theology that is sensitive to the needs of Black people, and reflective of our understanding of God in the world. Without it, we have no voice.”
Seventeen years after the conference, the question of what is the voice of the Black Church looms large. To date no coherent Black theology has emerged.
Several questions will be discussed:
- In the wake of Eddie Glaude’s essay, “The Black Church is Dead,” does the Black Church exist in contemporary society?
- What is Black Liberation Theology? Is it the same as first-generation Black Liberation Theology, and should we attempt to construct a new Black Theology?
- What are Black Hermeneutics, and how is it necessary to be “sensitive to the needs of Black people and reflective of our understanding of God in the world”?
- Why do we need a Black Womanist Theology?
- Does a Black theology impede the quest of transcending race and moving toward an inclusive, pluralistic church as well as a multicultural society?
All are invited. No registration is required and childcare will be provided. We hope to see you for these very instructive sessions on a topic unfamiliar to many of us.
Inter-generational Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
“Let It Be a Dance” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon & Jamila Batchelder, DRE
We all move in different ways, and our values may guide us in different directions, yet we can create a beautiful complicated dance together when we cooperate. Join us ready to move at this intergenerational service.
No Children’s Religious Education – Feb. 16
Worship service at 10:30 a.m. will be multi-generational. 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. Regular RE classes will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Other activities on Feb. 16
- Forum – 9 a.m. in the Library/Forum Room
- Adult RE with Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson: Black Hermeneutics, Liberation Theology, and Womanism – 9 a.m. Sundays Feb. 9, 16 and 23 in the Sanctuary
- Mindfulness Meditation – 9:30 a.m. in the Centering Room – or outside at the Fire Circle when weather permits
- Disability Justice and Inclusion Team – 11:45 a.m. in the Workroom
- 7th-9th Grade OWL – noon in the Library/Forum Room
- YRUU – noon in the YRUU Room
- New Member’s Class #102 – noon in the Centering Room
- Loaves and Fishes – 4:30 p.m. for setup
- Xennial Supper Club – 5:30 p.m. in the Greeting Area
Xennial Supper Club – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
If you are somewhere in your 20s-40s and interested in new connections with fellow UU Churchers, join the Xennial Supper Club at the church for this potluck-style dinner and socializing. Child care and pizza for kids will be provided. Please bring a dish to share if you can!
Pledge Day Party – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for brunch and then until 3 p.m. for indoor field games Come have fun and celebrate UUCC!
“Room at the Inn” …
… returns to our building from Sunday, Feb. 23 until Sunday, March 8. Be sure to check the calendars for room changes. This program works because of congregational volunteers, so please sign up at RoomAtTheInnComo.org.
The Building Task Force wants to hear from YOU!
9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
What would you like to see if we were more fully living our mission of radical welcome and deep connection? If you were unable to attend the January session, please join the Building Task Force on from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Rachel Maxwell’s report will be briefly reviewed, the original architectural plans (which will be changed) will be available, and, most important, the BTF wants to hear your thoughts and dreams about the future at UUCC.
Harold’s donuts, gluten free options, and coffee/tea will fortify our efforts. Childcare will be available.
Adult RE Brainstorming Session – 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
Do you have topics you would love to teach? Or are there things you want to learn more about?
The Adult Religious Education Team is hosting a brainstorming day Feb. 29 at the church. We want to create a path for the future of our adult RE classes and offerings, and we want your input so we know what topics our members would like to teach, share and learn.
Please consider attending, bringing your passions and talents, to build a program that will serve the needs and desires of our congregation.
All Church Game Night – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29
Bring your favorite game and your favorite party snack and join us for a night of board games and fun! Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Jamila Batchelder if you need childcare so we will have enough staff.
February 2020 Festival of Sharing
For the month of February, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Baby Bundle Pack.” Each box will consist of the following items:
- 2 receiving blankets
- 1 sweater or sweatshirt
- 2 sleepers
- 3-pack of onesies
- 4 diaper pins (if cloth diapers are enclosed)
In 2019, there were requests for 1,552 of these packs statewide, but only 1,175 were provided. In particular, agencies do not usually have a large supply of diapers. Collection boxes are available in the church greeting area. Festival of Sharing Chair Bonnie Johnson can be reached at 573-442-4440 or by email.
February Music at UUCC
During Black History Month, the choir’s focus is on music from African and Black traditions.
On Feb. 16, the children’s choir will be performing two selections. One will be “We Shall Overcome,” a song born out of slavery and conquering the atrocities faced during that time. This will be paired with a poem that speaks to the journey we still have to take in order to one day attain equity, equality, and peace. The children also will be singing “Nothing but Peace is Enough,” a song that declares we will not be satisfied nor stop our collective and individual fights for peace until it is achieved for all.
Friday Play Group – 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Feb. 14 and 21 – Join other “at-home” parents to have some adult time while the kids play. Email the church office for more information.
Junior Youth Friday Night – 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 – Junior Youth will be preparing food for the Loaves and Fishes meal.
Grounds Team Meeting – 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
UU Life Writers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 – UU Life Writers is in its 20th year of writing mini-memoirs – fascinating stories all culled from our experiences. The spring theme will focus on “Inheritances.” We all have inherited physical characteristics – maybe physical capabilities, money, power, place in community – but what have we inherited that has shaped us? Our stories just might give us insight into who we are today. All are welcome – just bring pen/pencil, notebook, paper and stories. Meetings begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Centering Room with coffee and writing warm-ups. Email Fran Reynolds for more information.
Valentine’s Day Dance for all – 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 – Bring the whole family for this fun, family friendly dance. The dance is free, but we will be collecting donations for The Center Project. This dance is hosted by the YRUU high school youth group.
Disability Justice and Inclusion Team meeting – 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 16
UUCC provides Loaves and Fishes meal on Feb. 16 – Please sign up here to prepare food for this meal. Serving meals at Loaves and Fishes is a project of our Social Action Team. Email Diane Suhler for more information.
Xennial Supper Club – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 – If you are somewhere in your 20s-40s join us at the church for this potluck-style dinner and socializing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Child care and pizza for kids will be provided. Please bring a dish to share if you can!
Recorder Group – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 19 and 26 – This is a new musical group. For information, email the UUCC Office.
Choir Rehearsal – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 and 26
Men’s Group – 8 a.m. Feb. 22 and 29 at 8 a.m.
The group meets at the Holiday Inn Executive Center and is open to all men. There are no fees and no reservations. The agenda is an open discussion of whatever is on the minds of those in attendance – and breakfast! Email Wiley Miller for more information.
Pledge Day Party – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 – Join us from 11 to 1 p.m. for brunch and then until 3 p.m. for indoor field games! Come have fun and celebrate UUCC!
Walk on the Wild Side – meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 – 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. 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.
“Room at the Inn” returns to UUCC from Sunday, Feb. 23 to Sunday, March 8. Be sure to check the calendar for room changes.
The Building Task Force wants to hear from YOU – 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 – What would you like to see if we were more fully living our mission of radical welcome and deep connection? If you were unable to attend the January session, please join the Building Task Force from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. Rachel Maxwell’s report will be briefly reviewed, the original architectural plans (which will be changed) will be available, and, most important, the BTF wants to hear your thoughts and dreams about the future at UUCC. Harold’s donuts, gluten free options, and coffee/tea will fortify our efforts. Childcare will be available.
Adult RE Brainstorming Session – 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 – Do you have topics you would love to teach? Or are there things you want to learn more about? The Adult Religious Education Team is hosting a brainstorming day Feb. 29 at the church. We want to create a path for the future of our Adult RE classes and offerings, and we want your input so we know what topics our members would like to teach, share and learn. Please consider attending, bringing your passions and talents to help build a program that will serve the needs and desires of our congregation.
All Church Game Night – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 – Bring your favorite game and your favorite party snack and join us for a night of board games and fun! Childcare will be provided. RSVP by email to DRE Jamila Batchelder if you need childcare so we will have enough staff.
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.