General Church News
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Call for 50 UUs to help with voter canvass Oct. 21
Our UUCC Voter Engagement Team is calling upon the congregation to participate in “UU Can!! Voter Canvassing Extravaganza” from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.
Canvassing will begin at Wilkes Boulevard Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., and take place in Columbia’s First and Third wards. The purpose is to engage with the community concerning Proposition B (minimum wage) and Amendment 1 (“Clean Missouri”) and put our UU faith principles into action and reclaim democracy. Click the following button to sign up:
Because of the efforts of our Voter Engagement Team, which works with Missouri Faith Voices, 62 shifts on behalf of Proposition B and Amendment 1 had been completed as of Oct. 16 – 29 canvassing shifts and 33 phonebank shifts. Thirty-seven different UUCC volunteers have been involved. This turnout has meant that we’ve been able to knock on 735 doors and talk to 361 people by phone, 65%-70% of whom support our issues. With UU help, Faith Voices also registered 76 low-income voters who are often discounted. THANK YOU!
Importance of the Initiatives:
As you know, Proposition B and Amendment 1 are important initiatives – the first to help the most marginalized among us by raising the minimum wage, the second to help restore democracy in our state. If we can pass Amendment 1 in Missouri, imagine the example we set for the rest of the country. And then imagine the people’s initiatives that could be put forward if every state prevented the corporations and large donors from controlling our elections and political system!
Worship Services – 9 and 11 a.m.
“Do the Monster Mash” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon and DRE Jamila Batchelder – As we approach Halloween, join us for a multi-generational, interactive service considering the idea of monsters in mythologies and in the minds of the young and old alike. How do monsters help us grapple with the evils in our world?
Other Activities on Oct. 21
Besides the usual Forum, Mindfulness Meditation and YRUU meetings, other activities on Oct. 21 include meetings of the Sanctuary Team and Caring Ministry Team, a pumpkin-carving potluck after worship, a Membership 101 class, and serving at Loaves and Fishes in the evening (see below for Loaves and Fishes signup information).
UUCC will provide Loaves and Fishes meal next Sunday, Oct. 21
Our Social Action Team organizes volunteers to provide the evening meal at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on the third Sunday each month. Click the button below to sign up to prepare food for this meal and/or to help set up, serve, and clean up.
As of Thursday morning, Oct. 17, we still needed the following signups:
- Main dish – 3 slots open
- Potato or rice dish – 4 slots open
- Vegetable – 4 slots open
- Cornbread – 2 slots open
- Dessert – 2 slots open
- Serving and Cleaning Up – 4 slots open
Please submit receipts for all food items, and some or all of your expenses may be reimbursed by the church. Food items should be delivered to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., by 4:45 p.m. Please do not leave food items for Loaves and Fishes at UUCC because of the difficulty of transporting these items. It is best to use disposable cooking pans (available in the UUCC kitchen) rather than cookware that must be returned to the owners.
If you have questions, email Diane Suhler of the Social Action Team.
High school OWL class to be offered in 2019
The OWL (Our Whole Lives) human sexuality class will be offered to high school students from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each Sunday from Jan. 6 through March 17, 2019, with a mandatory weekend overnight Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. An informational parent meeting will be held on December 8, 2018.
Generally class sizes are 12-20 students. First priority for enrollment is given to children of members and friends of the UU churches in Columbia and Jefferson City. We round out our classes with youth from United Church of Christ and then other community members when space permits.
Teachers for the high school class will be Larry Lile, Connie Ordway and Cortney Bouse.
If you are interested in the class, email DRE Jamila Batchelder.
“This I Believe” Writing Workshop – 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 20
Our ministerial intern, Alexis Engelbrecht, will facilitate a writing workshop in the church sanctuary to explore what we believe and why. The workshop will include discussion and writing activities. Childcare will be available upon request. Space is limited and the deadline has passed so if you are interested please contact Alexis right away.
UU Life Writers – 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20
UU Life Writers began the fall season on Sept. 15 and will meet again at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Centering Room at church.
Historians study the past in order to understand the present and, perhaps, predict the future. Writing memoir helps us understand our past and present – and, maybe, our future – as a thoughtful, spiritual exercise. In this group we write and share.
One does not have to be a published or accomplished writer – just someone who would like to explore their life through writing. This is not a critique group – only positive feedback is given! However, constructive feedback can be given in a one-to-one situation if requested.
Please bring paper and favorite writing tools. The meeting schedule is:
- Oct. 20
- Nov. 3 and 17
- Dec. 1 and maybe 15
For more information, email Fran Reynolds.
Pumpkin Carving Party – 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018
Join us after the multi-generational service on Oct. 21 for a potluck pumpkin-carving party. We will enjoy pumpkin carving and painting, veggie chili and whatever you can bring to share. RSVP to DRE Jamila Batchelder to help us make sure we have enough pumpkins (and chili!) for all.
Membership Classes – Oct. 21 and 28
If you feel ready to become a member of UUCC, these classes are for you:
- October 21 – 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. – History of Unitarians and Universalists
- October 28 – 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Getting Involved at UUCC
A vegetarian lunch will be provided, and childcare can be provided with one week’s notice. RSVP to 573-442-5764 or by email.
Adult Religious Education @ UUCC – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23
Adult RE continues on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Even if you haven’t participated yet, you are welcome! The two classes cover UU theology and class consciousness among UUs. Registration is not required, and you are welcome to come to some or all of the sessions. Childcare will be provided. Read more.
Kaleidoscope Pagan gathering – 6 p.m. Oct. 27
Samhein (sa-win), Year’s Ending, and the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead grows thin. Now is the time to remember those who have passed, and explore within ourselves those changes we need or want to make in our lives.
Gather with Kaleidoscope at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the church, and we will join in ritual, followed by a potluck and friendship. All are welcome, no matter what their personal paths.