What You Can Expect at Church on September 19

Fred Hulting and Rev. Lisa Friedman

We had a successful return to in-person Sunday Services last weekend, with about 50 people in the building and an equal number online.  A big thank you to our staff and volunteers for making everything run so smoothly.  To learn more about our approach to managing COVID as we return to the building, please read our welcome back article from September 12th.

This weekend we are very excited to welcome our children and youth back to in-person RE.  Jennifer and the CYRE team have been working closely with parents to develop new procedures for the classes and to create outdoor classrooms for grades 1-6.  This is a big milestone for our reopening, as our families have really been looking forward to getting back together at church. Continue reading →

From the Board: September 2021

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 September is Embracing Possibility. This month’s post is offered by Fred Hulting.

September has arrived and – just like every other year – we are returning to schools and work and churches after summer breaks.  Of course, this year is not like every other year, as the challenges of the last 18 months have changed the world around us.  We now find ourselves doing the same old things, but in ways we’ve never done them before.

So, as we get ready for reopening our UUCM church building, it is understandable that we are approaching this with caution.  We will be finding our way over the next weeks and months, guided by the values of safety, inclusion, and consent, as Rev Lisa tells us in her midweek video message. Continue reading →

Worship Service Every Sunday

This is the final Sunday for our Summer Online Collaborative Worship Series. Thank you to all who participated! Click here for details about our upcoming Ingathering Service next Sunday, September 12. This will be a multi-platform service, offered both in person and online.

Online worship note: 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!

Call for Tech Volunteers

With our switch to multi-platform worship, we have a greater need than ever for techs to serve the varied needs of our congregants. Each Sunday, we need to staff not only the Audio and Video stations in the sanctuary, but also fill the roles of Zoom Host and Tech Phone Support. We have a wonderful team, but as of now, it’s only 8 people, so they definitely need some more help. These are roles that are easy to learn, straightforward to execute, and require no special expertise or experience. If you think you may be interested in filling any of these roles on Sunday mornings, please reach out to Paul Winchester.

Invitation to a new UUCM Caregivers Group

Monday, October 4 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Are you a part-time or full-time caretaker of loved ones in your life? Do you need support in order to sustain the care you are giving? Join Rev. Lisa and other UUCM friends to share support and strength with one another. All are welcome. If you have questions, or are interested, but unable to make this first meeting, please contact Rev. Lisa.

The UUCM Auction: An Annual Tradition with new Twists

The UUCM Auction is held each year to create a fun community-building event for our members and friends, and to raise money for the UUCM General Fund. The Auction has grown to be one of the most anticipated events on the UUCM Social Calendar and our largest fundraiser. After a successful virtual auction last year, the 2021 auction will blend what worked well in 2020 with our favorite past traditions.  So, we will keep the online silent auction, which will run from Friday, October 29 through Sunday, November 7.  Then, on Saturday, November 6, we will have a Live Auction with in-person and online options that will include bidding and entertainment.

The auction website may be found at https://charityauction.bid/uucm2021. We hope you will participate in the auction fun. Put the dates on your calendar and plan to engage in both the online silent auction and the live auction event.

And since the auction cannot happen without donations, please consider donating an item, event, or experience.  To make a donation, please use the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/uucmauction2021 by Midnight on Monday, October 25.  You can find ideas for donations by browsing these past catalogs.

We look forward to your participation in the auction.  If you have any questions, please contact Fred Hulting or Karen Hulting.