Oct. 15, 2017 – “Space to Listen”

On Oct. 15, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon’s sermon was “Listening So Others May Speak, Speaking So Others May Listen. ” Jeff Ordway presented related readings. Rev. Molly explored how we can have useful conversations across difference in a polarized and polarizing time, how we might listen in a way that others will speak, and how we might speak so that we might truly be heard.

New System for Scheduling Ushers and Tellers

Because the former system of asking volunteers to sign up as ushers and tellers on our website was not working well, a new system has been set up that establishes a regular schedule for these functions.

Details about the scheduling of ushers and tellers can be found on the new Usher Team and Teller Team pages. These pages are accessible in the Service menu in the Church Service sub-menu.

These new teams are led by Steve Scott, who recently was asked by Rev. Molly to serve as volunteer coordinator.

Oct. 8, 2017 – Honduras Team Worship Service

The UUCC Honduras Team presented the worship services on Oct. 8, 2017. The Team has been supporting villages in the Cangrejal River Valley, about an hour drive south from La Ceiba, Honduras, since 2009.

A group of 16 went on the fourth UUCC service trip this past June to build latrines, offer Pap smears in a clinic, and paint the clinic and the elementary school in a Honduran village. Allie Gassman, Jackie Baugher, Leila Gassmann, Jonas Gassmann and Chris Hayday shared their stories.

Oct. 1, 2017 – “Holy Difference”

In her sermon on Oct. 1, 2017 titled “Holy Difference,” the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon said that when she describes Unitarian Universalism to folks for the first time, one of the characteristics she names is, “We believe difference is holy, rather than threatening.” She explored how this belief can be hard to live out in these times and this world and considered how we can live a life in which difference is holy.

Sept. 24, 2017 – “Being Sanctuary”

In her moving sermon on Sept. 24, 2017 titled “Being Sanctuary, our Affiliated Community Minister, the Rev. Dottie Mathews, shared what she has learned while accompanying immigrant neighbors to ICE check-ins and doing other sanctuary work. She pondered how we can truly treat everyone as members of the human family amid inhumane systems. The sermon text is also available (PDF).

Honeysuckle management set Oct. 21

The UUCC Grounds Team has been working for more than two years to clear our church grounds of invasive shrub honeysuckle and needs help Oct. 21 to continue the work.

Although the honeysuckle will never be completely eradicated, we have made great progress. We are now at a place where it should be manageable in the future by having a couple of workdays a year focused on removing honeysuckle.

Please come and help the Grounds Team from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21, in the effort to rejuvenate our woodlands. The more people, the more fun it is and the quicker we can get the work accomplished.

Wear long pants, and bring gloves and loppers. Come and enjoy getting down and dirty in our back lot.

For information, email Peter Holmes.

Faith-to-Action nominations requested

The UUCC Social Action Team is requesting nominations for Faith-to-Action Collection recipients for the 2017-2018 church year.

The team is accepting nominations immediately and will begin reviewing applications Oct. 22.

Nominations can be made online by clicking the button below. However, if you prefer, you can obtain a paper form from the Church Administrator, Kathie Bergman.

Nominees can be local, regional, national, or international programs, agencies, organizations or efforts that align with our church mission and vision. Priority will be given to organizations with which UUCC members and friends and the church as a whole have an involvement and that have a high urgency of need.