General Church News
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
Stewardship campaign gets off to excellent start
Our 2019 stewardship campaign got off to an excellent start on Sunday, Feb. 3. As of Saturday, Feb. 9, pledges totaling $81,864 had been received, constituting about 24% of our $335,000 pledging target.
The pledge drive will continue through March 3, and we’ll have a potluck after the 11 a.m. worship service on March 3 to celebrate the abundance of community.
Read more about the stewardship campaign:
Signups urgently needed for Loaves and Fishes meal on Sunday, Feb. 17
As of Feb. 13, we urgently need volunteers for the following:
- 5 more persons to bring 20 servings of a meat item (ham, chicken, beef, pork, etc.)
- 5 more persons to bring 20 servings of a potato or rice dish
- 5 persons to bring 20 servings of a vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, etc. – no green beans)
- 2 more persons to bring 20 servings of cornbread
- 5 more persons to bring 2 pies each (pumpkin, apple, cherry, peach, etc.)
- 7 more persons to help serve and clean up
If you have questions, email Diane Suhler.
Director of Music Ministry Job Opening
As the two-year interim tenure of Marques J. Ruff as Interim Director of Music Ministry will be drawing to a close in May when he will finish his degree, our Music Director Search Team took stock of the congregation’s feedback last spring and prepared a job listing for our long-term music director.
Find the job listing here, and please pass it along to anyone you know who might be an excellent candidate for our congregation’s beloved and thriving music program. Application review will begin Feb. 22, and we are looking for applicants who can start work with us on June 1.
Faith Voices unveils “Moral Agenda” endorsed by Social Action Team
The Faith Voices of Columbia Moral Agenda 2019 was unveiled at a press conference on Feb. 4, 2019 and presented to the Columbia City Council the same evening. Read about the press conference and see a photo in The Columbia Missourian. Our minister, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, was one of the spokespersons for Faith Voices of Columbia.
Read the Moral Agenda (PDF).
Our Social Action Team voted at its January 2019 meeting to endorse the Moral Agenda.
Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.
“The Power of Intimacy” – Intern Minister Alexis
Exercising our abilities and influence in a way that refuses to yield and evolve has stagnating and dangerous consequences. What might life be like if we embrace the power of intimacy and collaborative interactions with one another as well as our environment? We will also celebrate the conclusion of our six weeks of Green Hearts. If you haven’t pledged yet, check out the Green Hearts bulletin board on the southeast corner of the Greeting Area.
Other Activities Next Sunday
- Regular children’s R.E. classes will be offered at 9 and 11 a.m.
- The Forum discussion group at 9 a.m. will feature Caya Tanski-French to discuss the causes behind the mass migration from Honduras.
- “Meditation Basics” will be offered in place of Mindfulness Meditation at 10:05 a.m. on Sundays in February.
- After services there will be a meeting of the Caring Ministry Team and the continuing high school OWL class.
- The first meeting of the X-ennial Supper Club will convene at 5:30 p.m.
An Exciting February!
X-ennial Supper Club Sunday – 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17
Do you identify (broadly) as a Gen Xer or Millenial? Do you like food? Join us from 5:30 to 7:30 Sunday, Feb. 17 at the church for a potluck supper to make some new connections. Babysitting and pizza will be provided for kids. Please bring $5 if you are able and a dish to share.
Honduras Ministry Trivia Night Fundraiser – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
Proceeds from the Honduras Ministry’s Trivia Night fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 will be used for urgently needed El Pital clinic supplies (including roof repair due to heavy rains) and to support the microfinance group Adelante.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for students. Tickets can be bought at the door or at the UU Church on Sundays in February. The event will feature child care, good food, a silent auction, 50-50-raffles, a chili cook-off, and, of course, much trivia fun! Bring chili to share by 5:45 p.m. for a chance to win a beautiful Honduran bag!
For more information email Allie Gassmann.
A Walk on the Wild Side Feb. 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Meet at 1:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday each month at the church for a monthly hike to explore the beauty of local woods and creeks. The walks, suitable for reasonably fit 10- to 70-year-olds, are sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Team. Email Peter Holmes if you have questions.
Evensong – 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25
In view of the overwhelming success of our first Evensong in December, we have decided to host an Evensong each month. The service is just about 45 minutes, and offers a unique, non-traditional service woven together through music. Join us at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 for an evening of prayer, meditation and song.
Want to learn more about meditation? Attend “Meditation Basics”
Substituting in February for the usual Mindfulness Meditation sessions, “Meditation Basics” will be offered from 10:05 to 10:50 a.m. on Sundays – Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. The sessions, to be held in the Centering Room or the Schweitzer classroom, will allow participants to discuss and practice the basic elements of mindfulness meditation. Facilitated by Peter Holmes, Ph.D., the sessions will be suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced meditators. It is not necessary to attend all four sessions.
February focus for Festival of Sharing
For the month of February, the Festival of Sharing focus is on the “Missouri Baby Bundle Pack” project. Each box will consist of the following items:
- 2 receiving blankets
- 1 sweater or sweatshirt
- 2 sleepers
- 3-pack of onesies
- 8-12 count of disposable or cloth diapers
- 4 diaper pins (if cloth diapers are enclosed)
Collection boxes are available in the church greeting area.
– Bonnie Johnson, Festival of Sharing Chair
Adult R.E. – Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. through March 19
Childcare will be provided. We will have two new offerings and two talented new facilitation teams. All are welcome to attend one, some, or all sessions. For more information, email Ellen Thomas or Lisa Fritsche. The classes will be:
- Building the World We Dream Of – Participants will explore topics that increase understanding of race/ethnicity and systemic racism. The Feb. 19 class will be “Voices and Perspectives.”
Spirit in Practice – New or long-time UUs will learn how to develop regular disciplines or practices of the spirit. Feb. 19 will be “Workshop 6: Body Practices.”
Read more about the classes
UU Life Writers – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
The UU Life Writers theme this season is “Life is like a box of chocolates!” We write mini-memoirs and, like a box of chocolates, we never know what stories our themes and prompts will lead to. All are welcome. One does not have to be a great writer. Pencils and paper are the only requirements. Meetings are the first and third Saturdays of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Fran Reynolds at 882-3828 or by email.
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.