UUCM Mid-Week Message 8/3/22

NOTE: The August 10 Mid-Week message will be posted later this week on Happenings, but is available via email on 8/10 as usual. 


This week’s message honors the legacy of Star Trek and Nichelle Nichols. Rev. Lisa reflects on the power of imagination to shape reality and the choices we make.

Lisa Aug 3

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Update on UUCM’s Mask Policy for August-Labor Day

UUCM has guided its COVID safety practices using the CDC, MN Dept of Health, and UUA as resources. As COVID becomes a part of our ongoing life in community, UUCM will pilot a new mask policy for the rest of the summer that adjusts to the COVID data of our specific area. We will receive community feedback before finalizing our mask policy for the Fall.


For August-Labor Day: Signs will be clearly posted and adjusted for the three community risk levels detailed below. A notice will also be published in the weekly Friday Update email, so attendees can anticipate each Sunday’s masking guidelines. Continue reading →

Worship Service Every Sunday

UUCM is currently holding multi-platform worship services, offered both in person and online. Click here to learn about our current in-person Covid protocols for Sunday morning.

Online worship note: Check your Friday Update or visit www.uucmtka.org for this week’s Zoom meeting ID and service details.

If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that take you through how to install and use Zoom. If you need immediate assistance on Sunday, please text ‪(612) 486-2656‬ (and include your name). We have a UUCM Zoom tech team ready to help!

Our Annual Auction is on Saturday, November 5!

Please hold the evening of Saturday, November 5, 2022 for the next edition of our annual UUCM Auction. We will return to the church building this year with an in-person live and silent auction. The live auction will also be open to Zoom participants, and we will continue with the popular online bidding in the weeks surrounding the live auction. This is our largest planned fundraiser, and we want everyone to join in and have fun and help make it a success.  Watch the Friday Update and Happenings for more details about the events and how to make donations. Have questions? Interested in volunteering? Please contact Fred or Karen Hulting.

ONLINE Monday Morning Book Club

Meets next ONLINE on Monday, August 15 at 11:00 AM to discuss the book The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Please direct any questions to Betty Hartnett. New members are always welcome.

A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). New attendees: please email Betty Hartnett to request meeting details. If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that takes you through how to install and use Zoom.

UUCM Welcomes a Ministerial Intern for the 2022-23 Church Year

FD997D1D-6EC7-4F5D-8C6C-83E10DB3C121_1_201_aWe are very pleased to share that Jill Braithwaite has accepted our offer to serve UUCM as a full-time Ministerial Intern next year.  She will join us on August 19, 2022.  Jill will be an active member of our excellent staff team, participating regularly in worship and collaborating with the Ministry teams to further our mission.

Rev. Lisa and the Board recently decided to pursue a full-time Ministerial Intern for the next church year following our successful Interim Ministry and a great start to our Developmental Ministry.  We believe that UUCM can offer a quality intern experience to help develop future ministers and leaders in the UUA.

Jill is working towards her Master of Divinity in Unitarian Universalist Studies at the United Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to this she has had a career in editing and publishing children’s books.  She is a member at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, where she has broad volunteer experience, including leadership in worship, adult religious education, strategic visioning, and serving on the Board of Trustees. We were impressed by her depth of experience and passion for ministry and congregational life.

UUCM Women-Identified Retreat: Registration Now Open!

Gifts for Navigation Life’s Journey, September 23 & 24
Click on this link to register. Attendance for both days is $40, Friday only is $10. Scholarships are available for the retreat fee and/or to pay for your childcare needs. For payment, click http://bit.ly/giveuucm and put “Women’s Retreat” in the Tickets, Events, Miscellaneous memo line, or you can send a check to UUCM with “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line.

More info. about the retreat: We will participate in activities to help us become more mindful of the gifts we give and receive and the importance of sharing them within our families and communities. Join us to pause, reflect, and grow in awareness of these gifts and their impacts.