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Naomi Powell Memorial Bench Donations Being Accepted
Exploring an Additional Worship Service
DRE Search Moves Forward
Green Sanctuary Team News
Updated Church Website Coming Soon
UUCC Once Again a Top-Level Supporter of Diversity Breakfast


Naomi Powell Memorial Bench Donations Being Accepted

We are now accepting donations for the Naomi Powell memorial bench in our Memorial Garden.

Naomi was the creator of Access Arts and a stalwart member of UUCC from its beginning. She was an artist and poet who decorated the sanctuary weekly. She lived to be of service to others.

To contribute, write a check to the church with "Powell Memorial Fund" on the memo line. Church Administrator Kathie Bergman will manage the fund.

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Exploring an Additional Worship Service

Noon Sunday, April 12
10 a.m. Saturday, April 25

Have you noticed that the sanctuary often feels crowded on Sunday morning? Have you had trouble finding a place to park? Have you stood in the back of the room searching for a desirable seat?

And yet, do you long for there to be a place among us for all who seek our message and beloved community?

Folks who study church growth and dynamics tell us that when 80% of desirable seats are occupied on Sunday mornings, it is time to add another service or experience stagnation and declining attendance. (“Desirable” means the front row and the seats behind the columns don’t count!)

We have calculated that in our sanctuary, 80% of desirable seats is 104. Our average worship attendance in February was 126, well over the 80% threshold that experts recommend as maximum

We’ve seen similar numbers for quite some time now – and yet we’ve discerned a desire to continue growing and including new folks in our mission and community. So it seems that if we are to make room for those who seek our message, it is time to add an additional worship service...

And we want your input! What are you looking for in a worship experience? What are your fears about adding a service? What are your hopes? Who isn’t among us yet, and how can we make space for them?

Join us at noon Sunday, April 12, or at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in the sanctuary to discuss these questions and more as we discern how to manage and continue the growth of our beloved community.

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DRE Search Moves Forward

The Director of Religious Education Search Team began accepting applications in early March and hopes to be interviewing candidates in April and May.

The job listing is posted at the national Liberal Religious Educators Association website, the MidAmerica Region of the UUA, idealist.org, University of Missouri and Columbia College career pages, and The Columbia Daily Tribune.

If you are interested in the job or know of likely candidates, please do not hesitate to be in touch or pass along our listing.

DRE Search Team members are Carol Arnold, Heather Carver, Joe Collins, Adele Dorman (youth member), Kadie Elmore (youth member), Tracey Milarsky, and Dennis Murphy.

If you have questions or comments about our hiring process, please contact me or one of our search team members.

In Faith, Rev. Molly

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Green Sanctuary Team News

The Green Sanctuary Team is committed to the issue of growing, consuming, and thinking about food in an ethical way. Several GS Team members and other UUCC members participated in the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture workday held at Lucky’s on Saturday, March 14. An urban “milk crate” garden is in progress on the southeast corner of Lucky’s. What an awesome idea – check it out!

Thanks to Janice Smith for hosting another “bag- making” evening March 17. T-shirts donated by church members were cut and sewn into approximately 40 reusable cloth bags. The bags can be used to bring your dishes, utensils, and cups to potluck Sundays. We still need more T-shirts (not fabric), and will soon decide on a distribution plan.

The GS Team is encouraging the church to use environmentally friendly soaps, cleaners, tissues and other products. A rough draft of a new purchasing policy is in the works. Please contact Lisa Guillory with suggestions and ideas for this transition to products that are less toxic to all living beings.

Earth Day is Sunday, April 19. The GS Team will sponsor a table to promote UUCC’s values, programs and activities. Soon UUCC members and friends will receive an email link for SignUpGenius. Please volunteer for a couple of hours to meet festival goers and chat about our environmental justice and social justice activities.

April 12 is the Green Sanctuary lay-led service. Come join us as we celebrate the Earth and share what spring means to us. We can’t wait for everyone to see the new Earth Banner!

The next GS Team meeting is at 7 p.m. April 7 at Lisa Guillory’s house. Our meetings are open to all.

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Updated church website coming soon

Our current church website, launched in August 2011, is undergoing a complete redesign that will be unveiled in the next couple of months. The updated site will use the Wordpress web publishing platform, which will allow for much greater interactivity.

The existing content will be repackaged in a cleaner, easy-to-navigate format.
Included on the new site will be a minister’s blog, an R.E. news blog and a general news blog, all of which will automatically feed new posts to our public Facebook page.

The Wordpress system will allow multiple people to update the site as needed and enable us to host our own calendar and sign-ups instead of relying on external websites for those functions.

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UUCC Once Again a Top-Level Supporter of Diversity Breakfast

For the third year in a row, UUCC was a top-level "Champion of Diversity" sponsor of the Columbia Values Diversity Breakfast – and the only church at that level of sponsorship. Thanks to the Social Action Team for organizing our participation in the annual event.

The well-attended breakfast was held in the Expo Hall at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Thursday morning, Jan. 15. The featured presentation was a multi-media artistic performance, "Unending Harmonies: The Life and Music of John William "Blind" Boone," by Mary Barile.

UUCC representatives filled two tables, pictured below.

At one table, clockwise from left, were Desi Long, Andrew Twaddle, Sarah Wolcott-
Twaddle, Joan Mudrick, Steve Mudrick, Jack Clark, Rosetta Miller and Wiley Miller.

At the other table, clockwise from left, were Jeremy Milarsky, Marg Tyler, Gena Scott,
Steve Scott, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Ene-Kaja Chippendale and and Michael Chippendale.

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