General Church News
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
Urgent – food donations still needed for Jan. 19 Loaves and Fishes
This month our Children’s Religious Education program has taken on the project of preparing the entire Loaves and Fishes meal on Jan. 19. If anyone would like to help out by making a food donation, we have a signup sheet for donations. We would prefer to have food before Sunday, Jan. 19 so that we know we have everything we need. The children will be preparing the food during their Service Sunday on Jan. 19.
Food donations still needed are:
- Crushed tomatoes – 2 slots unfilled
- Yellow onions – 5 slots unfilled
- Green onions – 8 slots unfilled
- Ranch dressing mix – 2 slots unfilled
- Iceberg lettuce salad mix – 10 slots unfilled
- Cherry tomatoes – 7 slots unfilled
- Large cucumbers – 10 slots unfilled
- Cornbread mix – 1 slots unfilled
- Sour cream – 7 slots unfilled
- Tortilla chips – 12 slots unfilled
- Salad spinner loan – 1 slots unfilled
Click the button below to sign up for food donations:
We would also love to have families help out in actually setting up, serving the meal and cleaning up – two more signups are needed. Click the following button to sign up:
Please contact DRE Jamila Batchelder if you have questions at 573-442-5764 or by email.
Serving meals at Loaves and Fishes is a project of our Social Action Team. Email Diane Suhler for more information.
Jan. 25-26 Founders’ Day Weekend Events
Our annual Founders’ Day Weekend honors our forebears, who first met on Jan. 28, 1951 to begin organizing what would become our church. Plan to join us 68 years later for these activities:
Founders’ Day Service Auction – Jan. 25
For a mere $10, you will enjoy a fun and festive fête when we get together to raise money for the church and enjoy music, drinks, food and the opportunity to win the service of your dreams! So, two things –
One: Save the date – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Reserve your tickets at $10 each.
Two: We need donations! Because this is a service auction, think of a service (little or big) that you could offer.
- Can you babysit, pet-sit, or house-sit?
- Do you cook or repair things?
- Are you good at music, painting or photography?
- Do you have sports tickets you could donate or a weekend or overnight hide-away?
- Can you teach someone a craft or mend some clothes?
- Surely you can dust, right?
Groups could offer to do yard work, car detailing, window washing or paint a room in someone’s house. Be creative. What makes you special? Share it! See the Auction table following services on Sundays. Click the button below for more information and to donate, sign up to help, and purchase auction tickets.
Worship – “The House that Love Built” – Jan. 26
Join us to celebrate the legacy of our founders and contemplate how we can carry it forward in our own time. What will our legacy be?
Founders’ Day Cake and Congregational Meeting – Jan. 26
Join us after worship to share Founders’ Day birthday cake and your input as we continue moving toward a Capital Campaign for building improvements and expansion.
This will be your opportunity to take a look at the first-draft plans from SOA architects, and share your input on our emerging project. If you were not able to attend the presentation by Rachel Maxwell our Next Steps Consultant, you can find the report on the Building Task Force page of our website.
Questions or comments may be emailed, or contact any member of the Building Task Force: Patty Daus, Kevin Fritsche, Larry Lile, Rosie Geiser, and Barbara Rupp. See you there! If you cannot attend this scheduled event, but would like to be involved please email Patty Daus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship service at 10:30 a.m.
“A Single Garment of Destiny” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon
On Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, we will explore Dr. King’s philosophy of interconnection and what it means for contemporary justice movements.
Our Faith to Action Collection will benefit Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
Children’s Religious Education – Jan. 19
Nursery Care – 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. – Nursery care for infants and toddlers up to 3 years old is offered in the lower level
10:30 a.m. R.E. – Older children will begin in the sanctuary with their families and will be dismissed to Service Sunday at 10:45 a.m. Their project will be preparing food for Loaves and Fishes.
Other activities on Jan. 19
- Forum – 9 a.m. in the Library/Forum Room
- Mindfulness Meditation – 9:30 a.m. in the Centering Room or Schweitzer classroom, or outside at the Fire Circle when weather permits
- Youth Choir – 11:45 a.m. in the Centering Room
- 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
- Loaves and Fishes – R.E. children are preparing the food. Email DRE Jamila Batchelder if you would like to participate.
- Xennial Supper Club – 5:30 p.m. in the Greeting Area
UUCC membership classes postponed to February
Membership classes originally scheduled in January will be rescheduled in February. Watch for the new dates – or email the UUCC Office.
January 2020 Festival of Sharing
For the month of January, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Paper Products Pack.” Each pack will consist of the following items:
- 3 wrapped packages of toilet paper with 4 double rolls each (unable to receive 12 rolls in one package)
- 2 rolls paper towels (good quality)
- 2 facial tissue (large rectangular boxes)
In 2018, there were requests for 7,688 of these packs statewide, but only 1,280 were provided. Paper products are critical for low-income families because food assistance coupons cannot be used to purchase them. Collection boxes will be available in the church greeting area.
Festival of Sharing Chair Bonnie Johnson can be reached at 442-4440 or by email.
Recorder Group rehearsal – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 – This is a new musical group. For information, email the UUCC Office.
Choir Rehearsal – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22
Friday Morning Play Group – 10 a.m. Fridays – Join other “at-home” parents to have some adult time while the kids play. Email the church office for more information.
Men’s Group – 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 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.
Grounds Team – 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Chalice Circle Facilitator’s Meeting – 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.
Youth Choir – 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan 19
Disability Justice and Inclusion Team – 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19
Xennial Supper Club – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 19
Walk on the Wild Side – 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 – 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 (Gans Creek, Three Creeks and Mark Twain National Forest). Meet at the church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. 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.
Kaleidoscope Pagan Gathering – 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 – Join us as we celebrate Imbolc, also known as Brigid’s Feast. The first stirrings of life after the long winter appear. Brigid shines the light of creativity upon us. Growth begins. Gather with us at the church. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what their personal paths.
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.