The Board of Trustees has scheduled the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 6, 2018 immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service. Church members who joined before March 6 will be eligible to vote at the meeting. Members who want to vote but cannot attend can complete a proxy voting form and submit it by following the instructions on the form – click the button below to obtain the PDF form:
During the 11 a.m. service on May 20, we will be welcoming new members into our community. If you have taken the membership classes or spoken with the Welcoming Team about joining the Church and feel ready to take that step, you are welcome to join us in this rite of passage. If you are unable to attend this service or have further questions, please call 442-5764 or email the Church Administrator.
After the 11 a.m. service on May 20, a potluck luncheon is planned to welcome our new members. Everyone is invited! This is a family friendly event.
Everyone is invited to a joint presentation of a film and discussion about Puerto Rico sponsored by our Social Action Team and Show Me Dharma at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the Sanctuary. Light refreshments will be offered.
This will also be a fundraiser to help Puerto Rico rebuild and create sustainable agriculture projects. The devastation caused by Hurricane Maria seven months ago is still having widespread ill effects.
Join Kaleidoscope as we celebrate the summer Solstice. The longest day and the shortest night are here. The Sun stands in his glory and full strength. Glory with him, this bringer of warmth, light, and hope.
Gather with us at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 at the church. We will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what your personal path.
At Katfish Katy’s on the Missouri River at Huntsdale Worship Service – 10 a.m. Potluck Brunch – 11 a.m.
Come enjoy our annual get-together at Katfish Katy’s Campground on the Missouri River on Sunday, June 3 – a chance to worship and enjoy the company of our church members and friends in a beautiful spot on the banks of the river.
Our members Linda Lou and Robert Brown no longer own Katfish Katy’s, but the new owner has given us permission to use our usual site again this year. However, we will only be there on the Sunday, not on Saturday.
There will be a portable toilet and picnic tables, but we will have to bring everything else. Please bring food and drinks for the potluck and folding chairs if you want them (we will have some benches). Also bring your own plates, cups and utensils. We will mainly be under the trees, like last year, but a sunhat might be a good idea.
Instructions for Entry to Katfish Katy’s Campground
There are now locked gates limiting access to Katfish Katy’s Campground. Here is how to enter into and exit from the campground on June 3:
When you drive through Huntsdale and approach the campground, you will see a metal gate directly in front of you that leads to the Station House Restaurant. Do not try to go through this gate.
Instead, follow the road to the left (south) and enter by the next gate that leads to the boat ramp.
Someone will be waiting between 9:30 and 10 a.m. at that next gate to let you in with a key card. Plan to arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. – this means leaving Columbia by 9:15 a.m. at the latest.
If you arrive later than 10 a.m. and there is no one at the gate, call Patty Daus at 573-529-9691 or Peter Holmes at 573-239-7789.
After going through the gate at the road, drive toward the boat ramp area. You will encounter a second gate that opens automatically for vehicles. After going through this second gate, proceed to the boat ramp area and then follow the road to the right until you reach the point where a road to the left goes over the levee and leads to the picnic/camping area where we will gather.
While the gate at the road requires a key card to enter the campground, it opens automatically for vehicles to exit.
Special Instructions for Cyclists: If you are cycling on the Katy Trail, you will already be inside the gate from the road. You will encounter the gate leading to the boat ramp that opens automatically for vehicles, but it will not open for a bicycle. If no one is there with a key card to open this gate for you, there is a space where you can go around the fence on the left side of the gate.
The 2018 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be held June 20-24 in Kansas City, Mo. Read more.
Our six delegates to G.A., selected by the Board of Trustees, are Kathie Bergman, Margaret Harder, Todd Iveson, Gretchen Maune, Connie Ordway and Steve Scott. The delegates will be able to vote on issues brought before the assembly at plenary sessions.
Other members and friends of our church are welcome and invited to attend, either in person or by viewing proceedings online. With the proximity of this year’s location, we’re hoping for a good turnout from our church.
Our Sanctuary Congregation Team continues to prepare for the day when we are asked to provide sanctuary to someone with precarious immigration status. When you are at church, take a look at the progress being made in remodeling an upstairs bathroom to include a shower.
Larry Lile is doing the remodeling with the help of volunteers. Allie Gassmann assures that Larry gives patient, encouraging instruction to those who offer their help.
I will be away on parental leave from March 25 to June 17 as James and I welcome our second child, and your board and I have made plans for excellent coverage during my absence.
You will be hearing from excellent guest preachers from Kansas City, Tulsa, St. Louis and Columbia, as well as sharing some of our traditional spring services like Earth Day and Flower Communion. Any questions about worship can go to our Worship Associates Team, which will be keeping things running smoothly. You can contact the team by email.
Our wonderful Affiliated Community Minister, the Rev. Dottie Mathews, will be available for matters pastoral. If you are in the hospital, suffering a loss, going through a hard time, need a listening ear, etc., contact Rev. Dottie at 920-378-4013 or by email.
Executive and Administrative Functions
In other words… anything else! Staff and ministry team support and supervision, work with our board, and all other inquiries or concerns will be handled by an excellent Leave Team of four lay leaders – Jeremy Duke, Allie Gassmann, Jeanne Murphy and Maria Oropallo. Any and all inquiries, concerns, or thoughts that are not pastoral- or worship-related can be sent to them by email.
Leave Team members will hold office hours every Sunday after the 11 a.m. worship service until 1:30 p.m. You will see one of them at a table in the Greeting Area with a “Leave Team Office Hours” sign. If privacy is needed, your Leave Team representative will move the location to the minister’s office.
Our church did an amazing job last December when Room at the Inn was our guest at UUCC. You all stepped up to fill volunteer slots, so RATI had very few unfilled volunteer positions while they were with us. Almost all the volunteers in December were UUCC members. So to everyone who volunteered, a huge thanks for showing our radical welcome. To those who didn’t, you missed a rewarding experience, but fear not, another opportunity will come next December.
We have a small number of people who are preparing food for Loaves and Fishes and a dedicated group that shows up regularly to serve the food. Diane Suhler has continued the difficult job of coordinating UUCC’s work and would welcome a lot more support from the membership. Many hands make light work and help prevent burnout. So if you can make a dish or dish out what others make, please see Diane.
We continue support for anti-racism work in the community. Don Love at the Broadway Christian Church has organized a series of book discussion groups around Jim Wallis’ America’s Original Sin, and UUs are active in several of them. Several UUs are members and active participants in Race Matters, Friends working to implement community policing in Columbia and to create a bail bond fund to keep people from losing jobs while awaiting trial. When Faith Voices of Columbia does workshops, you will always find several UUs there.
Coming up on April 7 we will host an Intercultural Competency Workshop with the Rev. Tamara Lebak, from Tulsa, Okla. Rev. Lebak travels widely helping churches and other organizations develop the skills needed to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment. “Tamara is one of those people who can draw in her audience, get them excited about her topic and then passionate to make a change. She is sincere, funny and genuinely cares about her clients and her audiences getting ideas and best practices that can make a difference. And she’s engaging, there is never a dull moment when Tamara is speaking!” This looks like an opportunity not to be missed. Read more and sign up to attend.
While the good work continues, we could use some more people to join in! The Social Action Team meets the first Sunday of each month in the Forum Room one-half hour after the 11 a.m. worship service ends. Come join us!
Several years ago the UUCC Social Action Team sponsored a Sudanese refugee family (the Tota family). Over the years, church members and friends have provided assistance to the family in a number of capacities.
This year the last of the family’s five children needs to acquire citizenship, which costs $1,370. This issue was discussed at the last monthly meeting of the SAT, and the team voted approval to reimburse the Tota family from the Social Action Operating Fund. We would like to offer our congregation the opportunity to replace the money in any amount so the SAT can continue to have funds available for extraordinary needs.
Please make checks payable to UUCC with “Refugee” or “Tota Family” in the memo line and mail or bring to the church.
Soon there will be a display of more information about the Tota family in the Greeting Area.
The Honduras Ministry put on its annual Trivia Night on Feb. 24. More than $2,800 was raised, and the community of the Rio Cangrejal River Valley in Honduras sends its profound thanks and gratitude.
We are sending a one-time payment of over $1,300 for the clinic. This money, in addition to the $400 we are sending monthly, is keeping the clinic afloat during these tough times when the Honduran Health Department (along with almost all other government agencies) is not functioning because of political turmoil.
In addition, we are sending our annual contribution to Adelante Foundation, a Honduran microfinance organization. This past June, members of our team were able to visit two women who are part of the microfinance program, and we were very impressed by what financial education and very small loans can do to improve these women’s lives and indeed the lives of their families and communities.
The Green Sanctuary Team continues to work toward official certification as a Green Sanctuary congregation. You are welcome to be involved in planning or in individual activities. Our next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at 2616 Hillshire Drive.
Coming up in April and May
We are focusing on mindful journeys. We are considering the sustainability, justice and joy of our actions as we cover the steps and miles in our lives so that our travel fits the need as well as distances, conditions and occasions.
On Saturday, April 14, we will be hosting our next “Got Skills” workshop in conjunction with PedNet. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., bring your bike and join us for a fun, active workshop with lessons on bike safety, riding skills, and a quick flat-changing activity. Activities are most appropriate for kids 8-10 and older as well as adults. Younger kids can join in the joy of biking on our skills course. RSVPs by email to Ellen Thomas are appreciated for planning purposes but not required.
The next day, April 15, is our annual Green Sanctuary worship service. Join us for a beautiful service about the wonder of birds.We will be working to beautify the church for worship services in April with blooming, budding or other lovely contributions from our amazing Missouri spring. Enjoy that touch of natural spirituality as you attend April services.
Also in April, the recipient of our Faith-to-Action collections will be the Missouri Rural Crisis Center, with which we are partnering to help empower our rural citizens to protect their land, water and air from pollution, especially from CAFOs. For more information on MRCC, see its website at https://morural.org/.
This church year we instituted a new system for scheduling ushers and collection tellers. Volunteers were recruited to serve in these positions on a once-a-month basis, and other volunteers were recruited to substitute when the regularly scheduled volunteers could not serve.
Please make a point of thanking these wonderful volunteers for helping make our Sunday worship services run smoothly.
Regularly scheduled 9 a.m. ushers through May are:
Substitutes for the 9 a.m. service are:
Regularly scheduled 11 a.m. ushers through May are:
Linda Lou Brown
Rosetta and Wiley Miller
Heather Carver and Bill Horner
Melinda and Mehdi Farhangi
11 a.m. substitutes are:
Corinne and Bryan Mann
Collection tellers count and secure the offerings after the 11 a.m. service. Regularly scheduled tellers through May are:
Substitute tellers are:
While we anticipate many of these volunteers will continue to help after May, we will need to recruit more volunteers for the summer months. If you’re willing to help once a month or fill in as needed, please email Usher/Teller Coordinator Steve Scott.
The mission of the Member Connect Program is to assist UUCC members and friends in finding their place in our church community through deeper connection, service, and spiritual exploration. To do this a team of connectors is available to have a conversation with every member of the church who is interested. These conversations will give members a chance to reflect on their spiritual journey, their connection with the church, and their level of involvement in church life.
If you would like to participate in a meeting with a connector or would like to volunteer to be a connector, email Peter Holmes or Rosie Geiser.
On Saturday, April 14, the Green Sanctuary Team will be hosting its next “Got Skills” workshop in conjunction with PedNet. From 10 to 11:30 a.m., bring your bike and join us for a fun, active workshop with lessons on bike safety, riding skills, and a quick flat-changing activity.
Activities are most appropriate for kids 8-10 and older as well as adults. Younger kids can join in the joy of biking on our skills course. Helmets are required for 16 and under, per city code.
RSVPs by email to Ellen Thomas are appreciated for planning purposes but not required. Questions can also be sent to Ellen.
This is your opportunity to sign up for a summer Sunday to share your thoughts, questions or ideas from the pulpit. Leading a service is a wonderful way to experience worship from the other side of the pulpit and to dig deeper into a topic dear to you. A worship associate will work with you to design your Sunday service.
Remember, there will only one worship service – at 10:30 a.m. – during the summer. The following dates are available:
To volunteer, contact the Worship Associates Team by email. Members of the team are Cande Iveson, Sam Otten, Tim Dickerson, Todd Iveson, Jeff Ordway, Melissa McConnell and Rebecca Graves.
Our observance of the 67th anniversary of our church’s founding at worship services on Jan. 28, 2018 included dedication of a beautiful new metal chalice purchased and given to the church by a member couple.
The late Naoma Powell made the chalice we had been using since 2006 after the congregation’s previous chalice broke, and it was always intended to be temporary. Naoma’s chalice served us long and well, but was showing signs of wear. To protect this beloved artifact, it is being officially “retired” from active duty but will always have a place in our sanctuary and will still be used for special occasions.
The new chalice is larger and will be easier to see from all parts of the sanctuary, in keeping with the needs of our growing congregation. It was dedicated with Naoma’s own January 2006 words of dedication of the chalice now being retired:
Though chalice changes, the flame burns bright. Not holder, not cup but flame that offers light. Flame that lights the darkness. Flame, in its burning, illumines night. Flame, its double halo, bringing light to shadow, warmth to shade. Flame, re-igniting Constant.
Meet the Chalice Artist
Our new chalice that was dedicated at the Jan. 28 worship services was crafted by Ryan Schmidt, a metal artist based in Cumberland Gap, Tenn.
Ryan owned and managed a motorcycle repair shop in Kansas City before moving to Tennessee in 2015. Shortly after moving he met a neighbor, William Brock, a traditional blacksmith who taught Ryan the art of blacksmithing. Ryan’s passion is creating custom-made functional objects, ornamental ironwork, sculptures, and furniture. He is a member of several professional blacksmithing groups.
When Ryan is not creating art at his shop, Mitty’s Metal Art (https://www.mittysmetalart.com/), he likes to get out and explore the surrounding Appalachian region on his Harley or mountain bike. Ryan is not a UU but is familiar with our denomination through friends.
“The Work That Reconnects” offers ongoing personal and spiritual exploration through a program developed by Buddhist scholar, author and teacher Joanna Macy and facilitated by Caya Tanski-French. Sessions are being held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month through May.
The central purpose of the program is to deepen relationship with one another and with the self-healing powers in the web of life, taking us from despair and helping to motivate and empower us to reclaim our lives, our communities, and our planet Earth. Read more.
Late last spring Rev. Molly formed a search team tasked with finding a replacement for our beloved Desi Long upon her retirement. Our immediate need – music for the summer services – was fairly easily met by our “deep bench” of volunteer musicians, for whom we are ALL most grateful!
The longer-term question of how best to minister through music, to both the congregation and the larger community, was far more complex. Rev. Molly has already described much of that initial process of creating an interim period in earlier communications, so we won’t repeat them here. Suffice it to say we were most fortunate to secure Marques J. Ruff as our Interim Director of Music Ministry. It was our hope that Marques could manage the immediate tasks as well as help us articulate a clear vision for UUCC’s music program and better define the skills needed by candidates for a permanent position.
Our committee met recently to discuss what we’ve learned in this first half of the church year and to review the search timeline we’d originally established.
We have already seen a number of changes. Choir rehearsals are longer and performances more frequent. We have benefited from the addition of Arun Garg as our new professional accompanist for the choir and our services. Both the choir and the congregation have had a chance to experience a diverse musical repertoire. The feedback we hear is largely positive, but we still feel there is much more to learn about music and culture in our congregation – what we love, what is uncomfortable, what is possible, and more. We want to fully engage the congregation in this conversation so that we have a more complete understanding of what we are looking for in a permanent director.
It is the consensus of the committee that our original timeline of one program year (about nine months) did not allow sufficient time for securing and reflecting on your input. We feel it is critically important to take the time we need to listen first, then recruit, select, and hire a permanent director that is the right long-term fit for our congregation.
To that end, we must adjust our search timeline. This is also, in part, because our process is being happily interrupted by our minister’s parental leave, from the end of March to mid-June 2018.
Our revised timeline extends the search process through May of 2019. That also means lengthening the interim period, allowing Marques more time to work with the congregation and with the search committee. We are very pleased to share that Marques has agreed to extend his engagement with us through May 2019. As previously stated, the interim director is not eligible to apply for the permanent position. And we are sure that Marques will be off to impressive new adventures when his degree program ends in May of 2019.
Key points in the revised timeline appear below.
Winter/Spring 2018 – Congregational Conversations
Spring/Summer 2018 – Finalize job description
Early Fall 2018 – Post and Advertise Job
Late Fall/Early Winter 2018 – Conduct Interviews
By January 2019 – Make and finalize offer
June 1, 2019 – Permanent Director of Music Ministry begins work
We have tentatively scheduled two congregational conversations to inform our search. One will occur in February and another in March. Our topics will include your present experiences and future dreams for music at UUCC. You’ll receive more detailed information shortly!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us.
With all our best,
2. Sign in using your normal Amazon username and password.
3. Next you will see a screen with a box on the right asking you to “Select a charity.”
4. In the bottom of that box, where it says “Or pick your own charitable organization,” type “Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia” in the box and click the “Search” button.
5. Next you will see a screen showing our church with the location listed as “Columbia MO,” and there may be other churches listed. Click the “Select” button next to our church’s name.
6. Finally, you will see another screen with a checkbox to indicate that you understand that you must always start at https://smile.amazon.com to support our church. After clicking the checkbox, you can click the “Start Shopping” button which will take you to the main Amazon screen.
A tutorial covering the above steps and including screenshots is available in a printable PDF.
In the future, always start your Amazon shopping at https://smile.amazon.com so that your purchases will benefit UUCC. You will find all the same Amazon products and prices there as regular Amazon.
Tip: If you have set up a bookmark or favorite for Amazon, be sure to change it to the new address.
Finally, don’t forget that you can also donate to UUCC when you do grocery shopping at Schnucks – read more.
UUCC was given an award recognizing our social action work and Rev. Molly’s exemplary leadership in social action – particularly our sanctuary work – at the annual dinner of Mid-Missouri Peaceworks on Saturday evening, Nov. 11, at the Missouri United Methodist Church.
Please welcome our new Sunday Morning Assistant, April Rodeghero, who began her work with us in October.
April is mother to a seven-year-old and to one-year-old twins. She has worked with MU Adventure Club, Missouri Afterschool Network and the Columbia Housing Authority. Now she works as a postpartum doula, supporting parents in their new roles. She has attended UUCC occasionally in the past year or so.
April will welcome your friendship and your help in the church kitchen – especially on potluck days for setup and cleanup! Please let’s show April our radical welcoming spirit!
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.
Rev. Molly Housh Gordon made the following announcement on Aug. 20, 2017:
I am very pleased to introduce to you our new Interim Director of Music Ministry, Marques Jerrell Ruff, who will be working with us for this transitional year beginning Sunday, August 20,2017.
Marques comes to us fresh off of several years touring as a member of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a degree in music, he is excited to begin his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Mizzou this fall!
A lover of classical, jazz, gospel and show tunes, Marques is also a writer and rather good amateur chef. When not listening to and/or creating music, he can be found enjoying nature, new restaurants, and falling down the hole that is video suggestions on YouTube.
Our search team was especially impressed by Marques’ excellence across an extremely wide variety of musical styles, and we are excited to see how he helps our congregation grow musically, as we dream together about our long-term musical hopes and goals.
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was selected by delegates as the first elected woman President of the Unitarian Universalist Association at the June 21-25 General Assembly in New Orleans. She had been the lead minister of the UU Congregation of Phoenix, Ariz., where she became well known for her work on behalf of immigrants, since 2008. Read more.
More than 4,000 UUs attended G.A., including some 1,800 delegates from more than 500 UU congregations. UUCC’s delegates were Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Patty Daus, Tracey Milarsky, Jeanne and Dennis Murphy, and Gena and Steve Scott.
Also attending from UUCC were DRE Jamila Batchelder along with four YRUU members and one 9-year-old. The young people carried our UUCC banner in the banner parade at the opening celebration on June 21.
Our UUCC banner was carried by five of our young people in the banner parade at the Opening Celebration of the UUA General Assembly (G.A.) in New Orleans on June 21, 2017. In this short clip they are seen entering the Great Hall of the New Orleans Convention Center and later proceeding out of the hall.
Read more about the many important actions taken by delegates and the UUA Board of Trustees at G.A.
After two years, our beloved Grieving Circle will cease to automatically meet every month. We are restructuring the circle to instead offer support and fellowship “upon request.”
If you or someone you know would like to meet in a facilitated grieving circle, or you wish to be in a place where you can freely and safely express your grief, please contact Rev Molly, Maria Oropallo, Barbara Carter, or Greg Bergman. All of our contact information is in the church directory on our website. Or you can send us an email.
Grieving a loss is personal and can sometimes be overwhelming. A community can provide great support in your time of need. With deep connection, love and patience, we hold your grief in our gentle embrace.
Joys and Sorrows shared during our worship services and noted for the e-newsletter can now be found on our website on a password-protected page. You will find the page on the Members/Friends tab of the main menu – or you can click here.
You must be registered to access the password-protected pages on the website. Information about how to register can also be found on the Members/Friends tab of the main menu – or click here. Register here if you’re not already registered.
Members and friends, young and old, have long enjoyed the outdoor spaces behind our building – for peaceful walks, interspecies connections, spiritual regeneration, ceremonies honoring life transitions, and good old fashioned fun. Much has been done by our members to preserve this natural space, to shepherd its good health, and to make it respectfully accessible.
Please feel welcome to explore and enjoy the area behind the church building:
A wide walking trail opens near the west end of the property, just yards away from the asphalt drive and continues to the Memorial Garden on the east side.
Partway down that woodland trail, two new sitting benches are situated on a flat spot among sheltering cedars.
A fire circle with benches can be found between the meadow and the memorial garden.
We are all lucky to have members who are keepers of the woods, and we keepers of the woods are grateful to have woods to keep! While many have helped, special thanks go to Peter Holmes and
Vic Meyer who have worked so consistently in the woods, laying out the trail and fire circle, making benches, and spearheading the ongoing honeysuckle removal.
May we continue to engage with and honor this interspecies home that supports our faith community!
Hover over the “Programs” menu and select “Schnucks Fundraising” from the drop-down menu.
Click on “eScrip” in number 2 under “How It Works.”
Fill in the form to become registered.
When you come to the choice of charities under “Select your school or nonprofit,” find “Unitarian Universalist-Columbia, Mo” in the drop-down list and click on the box to mark a check.
Then click Update.
That is all! Just keep your user name and password for the Schnuck’s website in case you wish to return to it. UUCC will get a little bonus every time you shop at Schnuck’s and show your My Schnucks card at the checkout.