Minister’s Message 10/21/20

This week’s message marks the first snow of the season and calls us to face the coming winter with courage and creativity. Rev. Lisa offers a brainstorm of ideas and invites us to take note of one or two that we might put into practice this year. She’d also love to hear your suggestions (revlisa@uucmtka.org)!

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Click on the picture above to view Rev. Lisa’s weekly video message.

From the Board: October 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 October is Deep Listening. This month’s post is offered by Bill Arnold.

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.” – David Augsburger

Last week, I read a description of how different people interpret a simple question. Imagine you are watching TV and someone asks: “What are you doing?”. The simple response, of course, is “Watching TV”. Most likely, however, that was not the actual question being asked. It might have really been “Can I join you?” or “Why are you sitting there when you have a bunch of work to do?”. This is an example of simple versus deep listening. We should be more than just aware of the sounds around us. Listening is recognizing context, processing, contemplating, and considering other points of view. 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!

Welcome to the Maskerade!

Important UUCM Auction Updates

Auction donations are due by midnight this Sunday, October 25!  Use this donation form. The Zoom Live Auction is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, at 6:30pm.  Read all about the exciting entertainment, which includes an original Jeffrey Hatcher play, here. The online Silent Auction will begin on October 30, but the auction site is now available at http://charityauction.bid/uucm2020.  There you can get the latest auction news, view the catalog, and complete the one-time registration if you are planning to bid on items.  Questions?  Email Karen or Fred Hulting.

Final Auction Info Session

THIS SUNDAY, October 25 After Church
Karen and Fred Hulting are hosting an information session on Sunday at 11:15am to answer your questions about the Auction coming up in November. Curious how we are going to do it online? Have an idea for a donation, but not sure how to make it “COVID-safe”?  Want to be reassured that Marc Doepner-Hove will be the auctioneer?  Come to the session and learn all about the new twists on an old tradition! Check you Friday Update for the Zoom link and contact Fred or Karen with any questions.

Mapping Prejudice: A Look at Jim Crow of the North and It’s Legacy

Tuesday, November 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm via Zoom
Join us for this program in which we’ll view the film Jim Crow of the North together. Dr. Kirsten Delegard will join us to narrate this history, describe the innovative methodologies used in the Mapping Prejudice Project, and take questions. Together we will explore next-steps to address the damage wrought by these policies. We can take action even during a pandemic! See below to learn more and contact Kate Flom with any questions. A Zoom link will be published in the Friday Update as the date approaches. 

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