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Thursday, May 6, 2021

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UUCC Annual Congregational Meeting – ballots due back by May 12

The Annual Congregational Meeting took place via Zoom on Sunday, May 2, and ballots have been mailed to all members. To vote on the proposed budget and board candidates, please return your ballot by May 12 in one of the following ways:

  • By mailing it to UU Church of Columbia, Attention: Jan Swaney, 2615 Shepard Blvd., Columbia, MO  65201, to arrive by May 12, 2021, or
  • By scanning or photographing the completed form and emailing it to Secretary Jan Swaney to arrive by 11:59 p.m. on May 12, 2021.

For the election to be considered valid under state law, the number of votes cast must equal or exceed the quorum requirement for the meeting, which is 44 voting members. A majority vote will be required to approve each matter voted upon. If you wish, you may use the online ballot instead of the mailed ballot.

Your help is needed to settle back into our building on Saturday, May 15

Two shifts – 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m.

Room at the Inn has moved out. The building has been professionally cleaned including the carpets. Clean and shiny tile floors have been brought to you by the hard-working team of Todd Iveson, Jeremy Winter, Dave Gibbons, and Kevin Fritsche. Now we are ready to start moving items back to the spots where they belong.

To keep the number of participants at any one time safe, according to our re-opening guidelines, we should have no more than six to eight volunteers per shift. There is a lot of work to be done! Chairs for the sanctuary need to returned and set up. Items must be returned from the house loaned for office space by Jan Weaver and James Carrel. And here in the building, classrooms need to be set-up with the items that have been stored in the nursery, including wiping them off and vacuuming/dusting the nursery!

If you are able to help, please email Church Administrator Suzanne Clark to sign up for a shift.

In addition to this opportunity, a member of the Facilities Team has some minor work to do on new outlets and capping off wires (safely!) If you don’t know how to do these easy home repairs and would like to learn, let us know, and you can learn with one of our best!

UUCC will provide Loaves and Fishes meal at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16

The Social Action Team is looking for volunteers to prepare servings of various dishes, which are assembled into boxed meals at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church. This system requires the volunteers providing food to take the food to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church by 4 p.m. The volunteers who assemble the boxed meals also are asked to be at the church by 4 p.m.

Please sign up online here.

You can also support this effort by making an online donation at https://uucomo.org/donate, specifying “Loaves and Fishes Fund.” Email Diane Suhler for more information.

Festival of Sharing for May 2021

For the month of May, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Personal Hygiene Pack.” These packs are for adults who have experienced a crisis situation or are experiencing homelessness. Place all items in a large ziplock bag (2 to 2.5 gallon).

  • 1 fluoride toothpaste (6 oz. or more)
  • 1 toothbrush (in original package)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (in package)
  • 1 bottle skin lotion (11-14 oz.)
  • 1 bottle shampoo (11-14 oz.)
  • 1 washcloth
  • 1 deodorant
  • 2 razors (disposable)
  • 1 comb or brush
  • 1 hand towel

In 2019, there were requests for 8,749 packs state-wide, but only 3,156 were provided. Collection boxes are available at the church office. For information, contact Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing Chair

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Coming up Sunday – May 9, 2021

Worship service online at 10:30 a.m.

Flower Communion Service – Online

Due to a weather forecast calling for morning thunderstorms, our Flower Communion event will be an indoor, online service. It will be a beautiful service, with live performances from some of our beloved UUCC musicians – Scott Denson, Sam Buffalo, and Hans Heruth. A communal bouquet will be set up under the overhang from 1-2 p.m. if anyone wants to come by to give and receive a flower as part of this ritual.

We hope you are able to join us! The Flower Communion will be, as always, a beautiful celebration of our faith and our belief in the inherent worth of all people. And stayed tuned for announcements of more in-person outdoor events coming up in June!

Remember to submit online by 10 a.m. Sunday any Joys and Sorrows you want to be sure are read aloud.

Worship Zoom link

May 9 Order of Service

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:

Coffee Hour Zoom Link

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.

Weekly online children’s religious education

This year we have tried to develop a variety of R.E. plans to meet the needs of children of all ages and who learn in a variety of different ways, within the constraints of our need to remain physically distant from each other until the pandemic has passed. Read on to see what we have planned:

  • Home Spiritual Practice Kits
    Families who register to participate will have kits that cycle between families every two weeks (with the option of a quarantine phase at the church for families that request it). Each kit will have a chalice and a different simple spiritual practices to explore as a family.
  • Sunday Morning Tea Party (all ages, but targeted at pre-K to K) – Sunday at 10 a.m.
    We will meet via Zoom and get a chance to see each other’s faces, say hi, and share a story together, And because each tea party needs pastries and fabulous attire, we will also have a (optional) muffin recipe suggestion and costuming suggestion for each Sunday.
  • Family Movie Night (all ages, but targeted at K-4th grade) – 1st and 3rd Fridays each month at 6:30 p.m.
    In place of a Sunday RE class for K-4th graders, we will have a movie night where we will show a Pixar short film, and follow it with discussion questions. Families can choose to join in a Zoom discussion with other families or can log off and discuss with their families alone.
  • Twilight Zone Class (5th-6th grade) – Sunday at noon
    We will watch a Twilight Zone episode (created by UU Rod Serling!) and discuss the big ideas that are explored in the episode.
  • YUUTs Online Collective Journal – (7-8th grade)
    Instead of another Zoom class for our Zoomed-out junior high schoolers, we will create a collaborative journal for them to contribute to with a combination of deep reflection and deep silliness.
  • Service Sundays (all ages) – First Sunday each month at noon
    We are taking our service project programming online! Families will have the opportunity to register in advance, and a kit of materials will be delivered to your house. For those who want to, we will meet via Zoom to keep each other company as we work on our service projects.
  • Junior Youth (6th-8th grade) – 2nd and 4th Fridays each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    We have been having so much fun in Junior Youth this summer that we are increasing our meeting time to twice a month. We will meet via Zoom for a variety of fun activities, from movie watching, to playing games, to cooking challenges.
  • YRUU (high school youth group)Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
    We will meet in a combination of socially distanced in-person events and online (depending on pandemic conditions in Columbia). The teens will use their first meeting to brainstorm activities.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please email DRE Jamila Batchelder.

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Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson’s Zoom office hours

Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon
Meeting ID: 960 4716 1907 – Passcode: 089681

Thursdays 1-3 p.m.
Meeting ID: 975 1214 8919 – Passcode: 180937

Bridging Service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23

Join us to celebrate our graduating seniors as they make their transition from youth to adults in our church community. We will share letters from their parents, offer them blessings, and welcome them into this new chapter of their lives. If you have a youth who will be graduating high school this year and would like to participate in this service, please email DRE Jamila Batchelder.

Sign up to be a delegate or attend the UU General Assembly

Our Nominating Committee invites church members to sign up if they are interested in being delegates to the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly or just attending GA. The committee will recommend delegates to our Board of Trustees, which will make the formal appointments. Based on our total membership, our church is entitled to appoint five delegates. If you are interested in attending this year’s virtual GA and possibly serving as a delegate, please complete this form by May 28, 2021.

When and where is the General Assembly? – GA will be held as a 100% virtual event June 23-27, 2021.

What is the General Assembly? – GA is the annual nationwide meeting of our UU churches.

What happens at GA, and why would you want to attend? – You get to worship, attend workshops, connect with other UUs, and as a delegate you would represent our church at the business meetings where UUA policy decisions are made. Read more.

Can non-delegates attend GA? – Yes. While only five of our church members can serve as GA voting delegates, any member with a paid registration is welcome to attend. We can assist with registration fees for several members.

Social Action Team seeks nominations for 2021-22 Faith-to-Action recipients

Most of our funds for social outreach are generated directly from the congregation via the Faith-to-Action collections taken roughly twice per month during the church year.

The Social Action Team is now requesting nominations of recipients for Faith-to-Action collections during the 2021-22 church year beginning in September 2021. The team asks that nominations be submitted by July 15, 2021. If a full set of nominations has not been received by that date, the team will continue to consider late nominations, but nominations made by July 15 will be given priority.

Nominations can be made online or on paper – WordPDF. The paper form contains instructions for submission and can also be obtained from the Church Administrator. There is also a button on the home page that links to the online nomination form.

Selection Criteria: Nominees may be local, regional, national, or international organizations, programs, or agencies that align with our church mission and visionPreference will be given to local or regional efforts with which the congregation has an ongoing working relationship. For non-local efforts, preference will be given to those with an established connection to the UUA, UUSC or a regional UU ministry.

UUCC building open on limited basis

Our Board of Trustees has decided, on the advice of the Covid Advisory Task Force, to re-open the UUCC building on a limited basis and for small groups only. Worship services will continue online, as will many of the team meetings.

Use of the building must be scheduled through the Church Administrator because only a certain number  of people will be admitted at a time and only in certain areas. Masks and social-distancing protocols must be followed. No eating or singing is allowed. There are a number of other restrictions. View the complete policy.

Covid vaccine at home for those unable to get out

The Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are working to ensure that individuals who wish to obtain the Covid-19 vaccine but are unable to leave their home, or who have difficulty doing so, can receive the vaccine. If a person has a transportation issue, the Department of Health and Human Services has developed statewide transportation resources that are available at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/ride/.

Any individual, caretaker, family member or friend wishing to obtain a vaccine for a home-bound individual can contact their local AAA. Contact information can be found at https://covidvaccine.mo.gov/seniors/.

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What’s happening soon?

In-person gatherings in the church building are canceled until further notice. Small group meetings may take place on the church grounds with appropriate social distancing. Worship services, programs, meetings 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

  • Choir Hangout7 p.m. Wednesdays – online time together – email Jeremy Wagner or see the Zoom Links page.
  • Crafting Club1 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.
  • Religious Education Family Movie Night – (all ages, but targeted at K-4th grade) – online at 6:30 p.m. 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. Contact Jamila Batchelder.
  • Junior Youth Group Friday Night Online6:30 p.m. 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.
    Contact Jamila Batchelder.

Other Opportunities

  • YRE Family Movie Night – online at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6 & 20. Contact Jamila Batchelder
  • Green Sanctuary Team Meeting – online at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6 & June 3. Contact Allie Gassmann
  • Men’s Breakfast Group – online at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 22 & 29. Contact Wiley Miller
  • UUCC Book Discusstion Group4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 & June 12. Contact Pam Springsteel
  • Annual Flower Worship Service10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 9 – outdoors, at the church
  • Revelio CoMo1 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Contact April Rodeghero or Jamila Batchelder
  • Sanctuary & Immigration Justice Team1 p.m. Sunday, May 9. Contact Allie Gassmann
  • Junior Youth Group Friday Night Online6:30 p.m. Friday, May 14 & 28. Contact Jamila Batchelder
  • UU Writers – online at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 15 & June 5. Contact Fran Reynolds
  • Moving Day at UUCC10 a.m-noon and noon-2 p.m. on  Saturday, May 15. Contact Suzanne Clark
  • Loaves & Fishes4 p.m. Sunday, May 16. Contact Diane Suhler
  • Men’s Non-Toxic Masculinity Group – online at 7 p.m. Monday, May 17 & 31. Contact Jeff Ordway
  • Board of Trustees7 p.m. Thursday, May 20. Contact Rebecca Graves
  • Annual Bridging Service for Graduates10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 23. Contact Jamila Batchelder.
  • Social Action Team Meeting1 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Contact Fred Young
  • Conversations, Etc. Women’s Group – online at noon Monday,  June 7. Contact Pam Springsteel

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, George Frissell, Roberta Jones, Wayne Anderson, Rev. Gertrude Lindener-Stawski, and Andrew Twaddle.

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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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More activities

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