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.

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.

“The Work that Reconnects” starts Oct. 3

Join us twice-monthly group work on the first and third Tuesday evenings at UUCC in “The Work that Reconnects,” a program developed by Buddhist scholar, author and teacher Joanna Macy and facilitated by Caya Tanski-French. The first gathering will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Sanctuary.

The central purpose of “The Work that Reconnects” is to deepen our relationship with each other 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. Read more.

For more information, contact Caya by email.

CCUA Educational Farm Tour Oct. 17

Green Sanctuary Team is sponsoring an all family educational tour of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture farm from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17.

During this fun learning event you will see different cultivation methods, learn about water and land conservation in urban agriculture, and composting. You will also learn about organic natural ways to control pests. Kids will have fun with games around these themes, and youth and adults will learn about how the food you put in your body is grown.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about food in our own hometown. The visit is scheduled for a school half-day at the College Avenue farm.

Please register by emailing Suzanne Griffin, or signing up in the greeting area.

President’s Perspective – “Our Ministry”

By Todd Iveson, 2017-18 President

The start of our church year has been a blur for me. A lot of my brain capacity has been tied up in my day job, but that’s only part of it.

At the Board of Trustees retreat in August, we spent Friday night and all day Saturday with Rev. Roger Bertschausen. Some of you may remember Roger because he was in our pulpit one Sunday while Rev. Molly was on maternity leave. But he is also an expert in policy governance, and that is why we asked him to meet with us.

We had three objectives for this retreat: For the board members to feel a deeper sense of connection with each other and our spiritual grounding as leaders; to develop a working understanding of policy-based governance and the board’s responsibility, authority and accountability in UUCC’s governance; and to develop a plan for moving forward with strategic planning that is consistent with UUCC’s policy-based governance. I think all of us feel that we successfully met those objectives. But we have a lot more work to do in these areas, and I will be sharing details as we begin to put what we learned into practice.

Since the retreat, our church has celebrated the beginning of our worship calendar with our Water Ceremony, then our Labor Day service and our first introduction in person to Marques Ruff, Interim Music Director. The following weekend was our church picnic, enjoyed by more than 70 members and friends, from toddlers to elders. Last Sunday we restarted our two-service schedule, and the choir treated us with their wonderful a cappella performances.

Now, I am writing this after spending the morning on Sept. 16 with about 20 of the leaders of our congregation, discussing some of the topics I’ve mentioned, as well as plans for worship themes and ministry priorities for this year. My head is spinning.

And yet . . . .

This morning also reminded me that none of the “leaders” attending the meeting are doing what they do for a paycheck. Nobody makes them do it. They do it because it is their contribution to the shared ministry of the congregation and to the wider community.

As the UUA website puts it:

Ministry is no longer an act provided only by those who are ordained or called to serve. Ministry happens wherever individuals embrace the belief that their good works, their volunteerism, their acts, can help serve the mission and vision of their congregation.

Spending time with this group gave me some insight into why the past month has seemed a blur to me. In my opening paragraph, I referred to my “day job” in implied contrast to my “other job” as UUCC President. That has been the way I have been feeling. But spending time connecting with these individuals who so willingly give of their time reminded me that what I am doing is not a job, but the ministry I have been called to. Thanks to all who helped remind me.

If you are ever feeling overburdened by or disconnected from our congregation, I have some advice: Ask yourself, “What is my ministry?” The answer will help clear your mind.

Harvest Supper Potluck Nov. 11

Church members and friends and their children are invited to join us at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 for the Annual Harvest Supper sponsored by our Green Sanctuary Team. We’ll share delicious food and enjoy entertainment. Local beer and wine will be available for a donation.

As was the case last year, the supper will be a potluck. There is no need to sign up or buy a ticket. Everyone is welcome – just bring a dish to share, and try to use locally produced ingredients from our surrounding area or other parts of Missouri as much as possible.

We will be providing information on good places to obtain ingredients, including the Columbia Farmer’s Market, which will be open Saturdays through November.

This is a family friendly event, so plan to bring your kids!

– Kyna Byerly, coordinator