Social Justice Action Update: 12/16/18

UUCM’s Social Justice Ministry keeps members and friends informed about upcoming social justice events and activities of interest. We encourage you to participate and help build the congregation’s capacity to educate, serve, witness, and advocate for social justice. If you have a social justice event you would like to publicize, contact John Ziegenhagen.


Volunteer Opportunity

UUCM all ages volunteer activity – Please join us at church on January 20 at 11:30 a.m. for two community service projects! Simpson Housing Services is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit providing assistance to the homeless.  Their services include emergency shelter and single adult and family supportive housing. At any given time, they provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 210 families with over 500 children. One volunteer team will make bagged lunches, which the shelter provides every day to its residents. The second team will make fleece tie blankets, which can be shared with shelter residents and others experiencing homelessness. Someone from Simpson will join us at the beginning of our time to share additional information about homelessness and about the services they provide. A light lunch will be provided. People of all ages are encouraged to attend!  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Holm-Hansen at 612.644-2463 or cheryl.holmhansen@gmail.com. Click HERE to sign up!

Events

Family focus – Compassionate and justice-oriented gift giving

For many, the holidays are upon us, bringing a variety of gift-giving opportunities. Many online resources are available with recommendations for gift selection, including Barefoot Mommy’s Feminist kid gift guide, A Striving Parent’s social justice holiday gift guide, and Doing Good Together’s Shop Kind (which has information about “kind vendors” along with a “big hearted” Amazon list).

Family focus – Bake cookies for the Aliveness Project

The Aliveness Project provides a variety of supports for individuals living with HIV. They are requesting homemade holiday cookies that they can deliver to their members. Any flavor is welcome – make some extras of your favorites, bag or box them by the dozen, and indicate if they contain nuts or are gluten-free. Cookies can be delivered to the Aliveness Project (3808 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis) during the following times: Saturday, December 15, 10am – 1pm; Monday, December 17, 9am -7pm; or Tuesday, December 18, 9am -7pm. If you have questions, please contact Laura Henry, Volunteer Manager, laura@aliveness.org,612.822.7946, ext. 221. Continue reading →

Interfaith Outreach: 12/16/18

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The Sleep Out – 67% to goal with 2 weeks left

We have just two weeks left to successfully raise the final $800,967 to complete our 2018 Sleep Out campaign! Thank you to all who have supported this movement to prevent homelessness in our community.  If you haven’t already, please consider a donation today (iocp.org/donate) to help local families and kids stabilize, strengthen and thrive.

Why support the Sleep Out?

  • Last year, 1 in 5 Interfaith Outreach families experienced homelessness. Housing is foundational to family stability.
  • 14% of people living in Interfaith Outreach’s eight-city service area are living in poverty. These are our neighbors.
  • The Sleep Out has prevented families from experiencing homelessness 32,098 times. Find your irreplaceable role!

Your gift today will make a world of difference! Learn more at iocp.org/sleepout and donate at iocp.org/donate

More Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

All items can be dropped off Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Interfaith Outreach, 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth. Thank you!

Donate winter gear to bring families warmth

  • Donate new and gently used outerwear – coats, parkas, snow pants, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and boots – to Resale Select to help families through the coldest Minnesota months. Women’s and men’s 2XL-4XL coats especially needed. Please go through your closets, spread the word to co-workers and friends, and bring your donations to Resale Select at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth.

Donate Christmas food to the food shelf

  • Donate special food items to Interfaith Outreach’s food shelf to help families celebrate! Download the full list of most-needed holiday items at iocp.org/foodshelf (click “Holiday donation list” on the left).

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Church Closure Policy for Inclement Weather

christmas-2934094_1920In the very rare event of a need to cancel Sunday services because of inclement weather, you can find out whether church is open by:

  1. Looking at the UUCM website after 9 AM on Sunday. A special alert will be posted if church is cancelled.
  2. Calling the main church phone at (952) 473-5900 after 9 AM on Sunday. A special voicemail recording will be available if church is cancelled.
  3. Watching WCCO updates about local closures.

New Member Classes for 2019

In these classes, participants have an opportunity to share more deeply their individual spiritual journeys and to explore whether membership in UUCM feels right for them. There are two classes in this series, each is offered on the second Sunday of the month at 11:15 am, following the service.  Child care is available during this event.

Exploring UUCM

Participants will share their own spiritual journey. Together, we will interactively explore a broad overview of Unitarian and Universalist history and what it means to be a UU.

  • January 13, 2019
  • March 10, 2019
  • May 19, 2019
  • July 14, 2019

Exploring UU History and Beliefs

We will respond to participants’ questions and explore information and opportunities about UUCM and how we relate to the wider UU region and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

  • February 10, 2019
  • April 14, 2019
  • June 9, 2019
  • August 11, 2019

Special Services this Holiday Season

Join us for the following special services this holiday season!

*WINTER HOLIDAY PAGEANT*
Sunday, December 16 | 10:00 AM
Worship Leader: Andrea Heier
Worship Associate: Rev. Meg Riley
Take Note: NO RE CLASSES, CHOIR SINGS
 
*BLUE HOLIDAY SERVICE*
Wednesday, December 19 | 7:00 PM
Join us for this contemplative service for all who are lonely, grieving, and hurting during the holidays. Come and be with others in the community as we take gentle care of our tender hearts together.
Worship Leaders: Rev. Meg Riley, Rev. Terri Burnor, Arif Mamdani
Take Note: Childcare available upon request, please contact Andrea by 12noon on Tuesday, December 18. 
 
*WINTER SOLSTICE SERVICE*
Friday, December 21 | 7:00 PM
Worship Leader: Lisa Myers
Worship Associate: Laurie Moser
Take Note: Family friendly service, with some darkness during the service (no childcare).

*4:00 PM FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE*
Monday, December 24 | 4:00 PM
Worship Service: There Are No Other People’s Babies
All ages are welcome. This service will feature the choir, carol singing in advance, shorter scripture readings, and stories and will culminate with candle lighting and singing Silent Night.
Worship Leader: Rev. Meg Riley
Take Note: CHOIR SINGS, CHILDCARE AVAILABLE


*7:00 PM CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE*
Monday, December 24 | 7:00 PM
Worship Service: There Are No Other People’s Babies
All ages are welcome. This service will feature more contemplative music, scripture and reflection and will culminate with candle lighting and singing Silent Night.  
Worship Leaders: Rev. Terri Burnor, Arif Mamdani
Take Note: Family friendly service, no childcare. 

Winter Holiday Pageant + Youth Holiday Cookie Bake Sale

Be sure to be at church on December 16th when all ages take part, from the “pews” or the pulpit in the annual Winter Holiday Pageant (10am). It is both meaningful and fun! This service will be followed afterwards by the Youth Cookie Bake Sale – a fundraiser for youth activities such as mission trips, conferences, and leadership training. So save the date and please bring your checkbook or cash.