December 7th, 2018
UUC WEEK AT A GLANCE
 
December 9th, Sunday...
 
 
Sunday Service: Dancing with the Unknown
10:30-11:45, Octagon
Service Leader: Rev. Patrice Curtis
 
Pastoral Associate: Sally Otto

Open Issues ,   9:30-10:20 a.m., Patio Room.

December 7th, Friday: First Meeting of The Arts and Our Communal Spirit
A gathering of friends to share the world's great art from 2-3:30 p.m., Maxwell Library. We will take turns presenting a poem or a painting or perhaps even a piece of music. The presenter will offer interpretation (perhaps 15 or 20 minutes) and lead a short discussion on her or his chosen piece. We hope to include three works of art each time we meet. Other times, we may choose to read a play out loud together. Our emphasis will be on celebrating human achievement and appreciating how art enriches our spiritual selves. We welcome non-UUC members and are excited to share great art with each other. 
 
December 8th, Saturday:
BLM Meeting
The Black Lives Matter meeting is from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Chorale Room.

Surface Design Guild Art Show and Sale will be held from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Octagon.

Support the Hispanic Outreach Center AND Do Some Holiday Shopping
The Hispanic Outreach Center’s first ever Christmas Fair will be held from 10 to 1:30 with members selling hand-made jewelry and other Christmas crafts. For about the last year, the center has had jewelry-making classes for their clients. It all happens at the center, 612 Franklin St., Clearwater.
 
December 9th, Sunday:
This week's RE class is "Mystery All Around Us: Seeing the Miraculous in the Ordinary. "  The miraculous is often disguised as the ordinary. This week we will use a “magic wand” to create mindfulness about the miraculous mysteries all around us. Once you open your eyes and see through the fog of complacency, so much is miraculous! The toddlers know this, and a walk with them reveals sidewalk cracks, blades of grass, or some such miraculous mystery every few feet. How have we lost this sense of wonder and awe? Well, the mortgage has to be paid and the dishes have to be unloaded from the dishwasher. This week we will practice renewing awareness of the miraculous mysteries all around us, using a “magic wands” to be mindful. If you have a child or grandchild who is a Harry Potter fan, this is a class they won't want to miss!

Speaking of Harry Potter, our next  Family Movie Night is Friday, December 14th at 5:30 p.m. at UUC . All ages (not just kids!) are welcome to come for a special viewing of  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  (PG 2001) on a big screen in the Community Center. We’ll serve the pizza and popcorn, you bring a salad or fruit to share! There will be tables set up to interact with the theme of “ mystery ” in this movie. How are we as UUs a people of mystery? How can acknowledging this piece of our UU identity help us engage with the December holidays?

Parent Covenant Group is meeting from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Emerson Classroom. Contact Kathy Krohn at uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.c om for details. Aftercare is available until 1:30 for children whose parents attend the Parent Covenant Group.

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolates on Sale in Community Center during Coffee Hour
These products are produced by a worker-owned enterprise that provides a fair wage directly to the workers. A portion of the proceeds supports both the local and the national level efforts of the UU Social Justice mission. We look forward to you becoming a regular monthly customer. There will be a variety of chocolate, teas, and coffee blends available. Payment can be done by cash, check, or credit card. We look forward to your participation.

December 11th, Tuesday: The Writers Group will get together from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Maxwell Library. Contact Sue Hand for more information.

December 12th, Wednesday:
The Property Committee will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. in Classroom 2. Contact Bill Newton for more information.

Exhale!!   Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45 pm in the Patio Room
Come sit or walk with us in a simple format that focuses on breath. Our large sanctuary has room for both sitting and walking meditation. We meditate for 20 minutes or so, stretch, then meditate again. Late-comers welcome, enter softly. Stay for hearty appetizers (we love your offerings too!) and conversation afterward. Contact Kathy Krohn at:  uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com.

December 13th, Thursday: End of Life Choices Meeting is from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Patio Room. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Marcia Bailey for information, or email wilmarc83@gmail.com.

Blanket Collection Through December 15th
Harriet Ha-Sidi and the Migrant Justice Team are again collecting blankets and comforters to be distributed to the migrant workers in Plant City. These are the farm workers who work so hard to bring us the fruit and vegetables that we all enjoy for a very minimal income. They live in dilapidated mobile homes with no heat or air conditioning. The winter nights get very cold in that area and they need our help. The blankets will be collected through December 15 in the narthex. If you prefer, you can donate cash and Harriet will do the shopping for you with our tax-exempt certificate, so the money will go a bit farther. Any questions? Call 727-398-7012. If you wish to join us in distributing blankets, please let Harriet know. Blanket distribution day is Saturday, December 22.

December 16th, Sunday:
Holiday Home
We’ll offer delicious foods perfect for holiday gift-giving (or immediate consumption), unique craft items, special holiday helper services, and on-the-spot packaging so you can take your artisanal treasures straight from our beloved community to all your other special family and friends. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Kathy Krohn at  uuc.kathykrohn@gmail.com  or Ann Kanuck at  afkanuck@gmail.com  to let us know how you wish to participate. 
 
Environmental Justice Committee presents the screening of "Chasing Coral" 12:30-2:30 p.m., Octagon.

December 19th, Wednesday: The next UUC board meeting is 7 to 9 p.m. in the Patio Room.

December 21st, Friday: Winter Solstice Service, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

December 24th, Monday: Christmas Eve Service, 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary
 
Save the Date! The next Evening Issues is 7 to 9 p.m., Dec 29.
 
Florida UU Women’s Retreat, April 5-7: A non-refundable deposit of $20 or $30 reserves a place for the event at DaySpring Conference Center in Sarasota. Final payment is due January 15, 2019. To register or for more information, contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com.