General Church News
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018
UUCC hosts Room at the Inn Dec. 9-23
Our Sanctuary and Greeting Area will be available for worship with Room at the Inn items moved to the side. All meetings will be on the lower level. Our special collection during worship services on Dec. 9 will benefit “Room at the Inn.”
Adult RE continues from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays
Dec. 11 – The Only Person You Can Change is Yourself
The only way to really change things is to change yourself first. Take some time to reflect on what you might do differently for the holiday you want.
Dec. 18 – So It’s Not Going Like You Planned
Stuff happens. Take some time to prepare yourself for when things don’t turn out the way you planned.
Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.
“No Guarantees” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon
How do we move through the world with any measure of trust, when there are no guarantees? Where are the small places in our lives where we place our faith? Our special collection will benefit “Room at the Inn”.
Regular children’s religious education classes will be offered at 9 and 11 a.m.
Forum Group – 9 a.m. – Lower Level-Library/Forum Room
Wayne Anderson will discuss his work as a psychologist with the Missouri Department of Corrections..
Mindfulness Meditation – 10:05-10:45 a.m.
Mindfulness Meditation takes place every Sunday downstairs in the Centering Room or the Schweitzer classroom – or, if the weather is suitable, outside around the Fire Circle behind the church.
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Sanctuary Team (Immigrant Ministry) – Lower Level-Library/Forum Room
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Simple Gifts Workshop – Lower Level
Parents and children are invited to a fun session of holiday craft-making at the annual simple gifts workshop. We will begin with a potluck meal – soup, salad, bread, and hot apple cider will be provided, and please bring whatever else you would enjoy sharing. After the potluck we’ll begin making gifts. Crafts will be most suitable for children ages 3-10, and parents should accompany their children to assist them as necessary. RSVP by email to DRE Jamila Batchelder if you plan to attend so we can have enough craft supplies for everyone.
Festival of Sharing 2018-2019 – December
In December the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Student Dental Pack” project. Each box will consist of the following items:
- 4 child-sized soft toothbrushes (in original package)
- 2 adult soft toothbrushes (in original package)
- 1 fluoride toothpaste (6 oz or more)
- 1 dental floss (any size)
In 2017, there were requests for 3,535 dental packs statewide, but only 2,922 were provided. Collection boxes are available in the church greeting area. For information email Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing chair.
UUCC provides Loaves and Fishes meal on third Sundays – Dec. 16
Please sign up here to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up. Serving meals at Loaves and Fishes is a project of our Social Action Team. Email Diane Suhler for more information.
Honduras Craft Sale – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16
Come to browse and purchase holiday (or any occasion!) gifts at the UUCC Honduras Ministry sale. We will feature items from the John Paul II Women’s Sewing Cooperative (in El Pital, Honduras, where the UUCC has gone to build latrines since 2009), other native crafts, and delicious Honduran coffee. You will have the following co-op items to choose from:
Women’s cross-body shoulder bags – Large aprons – Children’s aprons – Large change purses/cosmetics – bags/special items bag – Oven mitts – Regular pot holders – Wall hangings (there will be just a few)
They can make large carrying bags and purses, tablecloths, and wall hangings to order. For more information email Caya Tanski. All proceeds go back to this community through the purchases and through our Honduras ministry solidarity work.
December holiday worship at UUCC
Holiday Blues Service
7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16
This celebratory time of year can be painful for we who suffer grief, loss, family conflict, depression, and more. Join us in the Centering Room in the lower level for a service that takes seriously the blues that exist amid the merriment.
Christmas Eve Services
Monday, December 24
A cookie reception will be offered between the two services.
6 p.m. Family Service – Join us for the traditional carols and candlelight, and a family-friendly telling of the Christmas story with an accessible message of hope.
8 p.m. Candlelight Service – Join us for the later service, with the traditional carols and candlelight, and a Christmas homily from Rev. Molly.
Non-toxic masculinity men’s group – 7 p.m. Mondays at church
This group serves cisgendered, straight, white men who are actively working to detoxify their masculinity and privilege so that they can stop doing damage to others and learn how to become active allies of other, more marginalized, groups. For more information, email Jeff Ordway.
Conversations, Etc. – noon Wednesday, Dec. 12
Conversations, Etc., the UUCC women’s group, will meet at the church to celebrate the annual holiday soup, salad, bread, and dessert luncheon. Soup and dessert will be provided. Please bring a green or fruit salad and dressing, vegetable or bread. We will enjoy the good company of friends. If you have questions, call Melinda Farhangi.
OWL Parents’ Orientation Meeting – 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13
This is a make-up session for those who could not attend the meeting last Saturday. We will be offering our highly acclaimed high school level OWL sexuality education classes starting in January 2019. Classes will be offered from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. For their children to be able to participate, parents must attend a parent orientation. To register your teen for the program, please fill out the online registration form. Space is limited, so sign up soon!
UU Life Writers: ‘Our Stories… Our Voices’ – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Life Writers will meet for one last session to conclude the fall season. The Winter/Spring 2019 session will begin in February – the first and third Saturdays. The joy of being a UU Life Writer is not only writing one’s own story, but also hearing others’ stories. Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite writing instrument and paper and write. For more information email Fran Reynolds.
Kaleidoscope – 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22
Join Kaleidoscope at the church to celebrate the return of the Sun, the symbol of hope and the promise of returning warmth. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what their personal paths.