Minister’s Message 11/18/20

This week’s message invites us to think about the cherished traditions of our lives and how they change through the years. Rev. Lisa reflects on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and what it means to mark this sacred time even in these difficult days.

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From the Board: November 2020

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme and the state of the church. The theme for November is Healing. This month’s post is offered by Shelley Buss.

Not so long ago, my daughter Haley was single handedly keeping band-aid companies afloat. I can’t tell you how many times I found bandage wrappers on the bathroom floor, under her bed, under my bed, in her closet… Finally I dropped the hammer and said “Haley Bird, unless there’s flowing blood, hands off”. No more Minion on the back of a hand that was slightly pinker after she banged it against the door. No more Queen Poppy on her toe after stubbing it on the chair.  She was independently self-soothing the best way she knew how when she felt pain. She grabbed a comfortable character, opened it all by herself, managed the stickiness, and applied her fix; a visible reminder that something underneath wasn’t right, but it also was no longer exposed or vulnerable. Continue reading →

Online Worship Service Every Sunday

Visit www.uucmtka.org for this week’s Zoom worship meeting ID and service details.

You are welcome to come online anytime starting at 9:30 am. If you’ve never used Zoom before, we encourage you to join early. You can use most any device — a smart phone, tablet or computer.

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) 486-2705‬ (and include your name). We have a UUCM Zoom tech team ready to help!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Circles

Thursday, Nov 26 and Friday, Nov 27 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM
This year has changed many of our traditional holiday plans. Rev. Lisa invites you to stop by on Zoom to connect with our UUCM community and share our gratitude with one another. Take a break from cooking, or bring a piece of left-over pie, and enjoy visiting with one another. All are welcome! Check your Friday Update for the Zoom link.

Guest At Your Table

Resources available at UUCM starting this Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:00 PM
The annual Guest At Your Table initiative of the UU Service Committee – our December social generosity offering recipient – will be introduced in worship in the next weeks. The Meaning of Home is this year’s theme. Resources include a 14 Day Calendar of vignettes, along with the traditional donations envelope and collection box. By noon on Nov. 22, these items will be available in a bin at the foot of the Free Little Library by the main entrance to church. Or you can use this link to print the template for the collection box at home. 

UUCM Holiday Play – Sign up to Participate by Nov. 20

LAST CHANCE! You are invited to participate in this year’s UUCM Holiday Play, written and directed by Jeffrey Hatcher.

WHAT IS THE SHOW?
Title: “NO ZOOM AT THE INN”
Date: Sunday, December 20 at 2pm and 7pm

Three one-acts performed on and presented ONLINE via Zoom:

  • NO ZOOM AT THE INN looks at the Nativity through the lens of characters trying to get reservations at Bethlehem’s most popular hotel and conference center.
  • SCROOMGE imagines Dickens’ three ghosts as a virtual haunting.
  • ZOOMCRACKER  is a mockumentary about what it takes to perform the beloved ballet, with commentary by the winner of this year’s Holiday Show auction item.

STEVE LEVIN will be our Stage Manager for the eighth time, for which much thanks. Please contact Steve at stagemanageruucm@gmail.com if you are interested, and please share any scheduling conflicts.

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All New Multigenerational Service Format

Our Thanksgiving service this Sunday will be multigenerational- engaging for people of all ages. It will be highly participatory. Multiple mediums will be used to revel together in the theme of gratitude. Our hope is that each household will come away with ideas and resources for practicing gratitude in daily life. If you have kids, you are encouraged to print out this activity booklet, to be enjoyed during or outside of worship: Thanksgiving Service Activity Pages.