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Current News

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Reel UUs taking a break for the holidays
Plastics recycling enclosure ready for use
Meet Emily Woodall, our new Sunday Morning Assistant
Holiday boxes assembly and delivery on Dec. 13-14, 2014
Creating shelter with "Room at the Inn"
CROP Hunger Walk update
UUCC librarians request return of books
Junior high OWL class begins in January
Time to gather Christmas gifts for sponsored family
UUCC wants you! – Nominating Committee seeks candidates


Reel UUs taking a break for the holidays

Because of busy schedules during the holiday season, Reel UUs, an informal movie-going and discussion group, is taking a break until January.

Stephanie Dorman, one of the organizers, said Reel UUs will resume in January with the Oscar-Nominated Shorts at Ragtag Cinema. Watch for an announcement of the date and time.

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Plastics recycling enclosure on west side of church.

Plastics recycling enclosure ready for use

The Green Sanctuary Team's project to build a plastics recycling enclosure at church, led by Vic Myers and Patty Daus, has been completed, and the enclosure is ready to start receiving plastics. Vic and his wife Nancy and Patty built the enclosure.

The City of Columbia currently accepts only plastic types 1 and 2 for recycling. We will also accept plastic types 4 and 5. Ideally, we will have a mix of:

  • Two-thirds of plastic types 4 and 5

  • One-third of plastic types 1 and 2

The plastics we collect at UUCC will be delivered to a business in Millersburg that makes plastic lumber.

Please follow the guidelines below when recycling plastics at church:

PDF version of guidelines

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Emily Woodall, our new Sunday Morning Assistant.

Meet Emily Woodall, our new Sunday Morning Assistant

Emily Woodall has been employed as our new Sunday Morning Assistant and started her job on Sunday, Nov. 16. The position was provided for in our current church budget.

Emily will be with us on Sundays only, but will be as busy as a bee while she’s here! Her job will be to assist in the smooth operation of our Sunday programs. Her duties include:

  • Opening and closing the building each Sunday

  • Setting up the worship and religious education spaces

  • Setting up and monitoring the sound system

  • Ensuring the setup and cleanup of coffee hour hospitality

  • Ensuring necessary supplies are stocked

  • Once monthly, supervising and assisting volunteers with potluck lunch setup and cleanup

Please take the time to introduce yourself to Emily and offer to lend her a hand occasionally for Sunday coffee or the monthly potluck!

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Holiday boxes assembly and delivery on Dec. 13-14, 2014

Donations of special foods are needed for holiday boxes for UUs who are in long-term facilities, isolated, or homebound. The following items are requested before the holiday box packing and wrapping event at church from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 13:

  • Small and large loaves of quick breads or yeast breads

  • Holiday cookies and candies

  • Navel oranges

  • Other holiday goodies you may wish to create

Please contact Marianne Erickson at 268-2666 or by email if you wish to donate items or assist with the Dec. 13 box packing or Dec. 14 delivery of boxes.

The Caring Ministry maintains a Benevolence Fund for members and friends who experience an urgent financial need that is unaffordable. Examples of such needs are medications, urgent car repair, utility shut-off, plumbing, job interview expense and home repair. Inquiries and assistance are maintained confidentially. Persons in need of assistance should contact Marianne Erickson or Rev. Molly Housh Gordon.

The offerings at the Christmas Eve services will be dedicated to supporting the Caring Ministry Benevolence Fund and the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

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Creating shelter with "Room at the Inn"

We were so moved by our experience hosting a cold-weather shelter last year that your Social Action Team has decided to participate in shelter efforts again this year. We are working with the Room at the Inn organization, which has advanced the shelter’s beginning date to Dec. 11, and the shelter will operate through mid-March.

Room at the Inn prefers to host its shelter at locations with large capacities. They are asking smaller congregations like ours to staff the shelters with volunteers a week at a time.
We have volunteered to staff the shelter at Broadway Christian Church from Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. to Dec. 27 at 7:30 a.m., including all day on Christmas Day.

We will be hosting a training for potential volunteers from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 6. All volunteers must be trained.

Although the shelter will not be at our church, we hope to see the same enthusiasm from our community that we experienced last year – showing up to create an atmosphere of warmth and love during this cold, dark time of year.

Please join us at our Dec. 6 training, and be on the lookout for signup information in church and by email starting in December.

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CROP Hunger Walk update

This year’s interfaith Columbia CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Hunger) Run and Walk on Sept. 20 and 21 raised almost $14,000 to help alleviate hunger here in Columbia, across the country and around the world.

Thanks to all UUCC members and friends who walked, raised funds and donated! In addition, UUCC was an official sponsor of the event again this year.

– Allie Gassmann, Social Action Team

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UUCC librarians request return of books

Bonnie Johnson and Kathie Johnson, the volunteers who have worked so hard to tidy up the UUCC library, have reported that some books appear to have been checked out for an excessive amount of time.

Please check your bookshelves, and if there is a UUCC book there, please return it! Many thanks for your help!

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Junior high OWL class begins in January

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 will be taught January through March of 2015 on Sunday evenings.

Parents, educators and religious communities all face the challenge of creating environments that support and nurture sexual health. Young people need sexuality education programs that model and teach caring, compassion, respect and justice. The OWL program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics with the values of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility and justice and inclusivity.

The OWL curriculum was co-written by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Our teaching team continually updates the curriculum with current research and topics relevant to our youth.

Class size is limited to 20 students. First priority for enrollment is given to children of members and friends of the UU Church of Columbia.

For more information and to sign up, please email Rosie Anderson-Harper or Jeremy Duke.

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Time to gather Christmas gifts for sponsored family

Even though Christmas seems far off, it's time to start gathering gifts for our sponsored family from the Voluntary Action Center. This year we have a large family with eight children.

Participation is easy! Simply print your name on the poster in the sanctuary by the gifts you will provide. Complete a reminder card to take home. Bring your gifts to church by Dec. 7.

When you bring your gifts, be sure to attach the individuals information to each gift. For example, "7-year-old girl."

With our help, a Columbia famly will have a very merry Christmas!

Download the list in PDF format.

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UUCC Wants You! – Nominating Committee seeks candidates

The Nominating Committee is beginning its efforts to identify candidates for the Board of Trustees to stand for election next spring and wants to submit a slate of candidates representative of the congregation.

In addition, the Nominating Committee is seeking one or more members of the congregation to join the committee and is looking for delegates to the MidAmerica Region Assembly April 17-19, 2015 in Naperville, Ill., and the UUA General Assembly June 24-28, 2015 in Portland, Ore.

Please contact Steve Scott (442-1865 or email) or Jan Swaney (864-0435 or email) if you are interested in helping lead the church during these exciting times.

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