August 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Meet our new Intern Minister, Liora Gubkin Malicdem!
Your Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Liora Gubkin Malicdem will be serving this year as our Virtual Intern Minister. Click the video image to the left to meet Liora, and hear more about her work with us and the work she will be doing in her home community of Bakersfield, California.
Ways to Connect
Do You Play an Instrument? Join the NUUC Virtual Orchestra!

Our virtual orchestra is working to create an exciting performance of "Blue Boat Home" to be shown during a worship service at the end of August. Click here for all the information you need

UU Identity: A Virtual Summer “Boot Camp”

Rev. Ritchie is offering “UU Identity: A Virtual Summer Boot Camp” . This course is intended to be an in-depth treatment of topics intended to develop and enhance Unitarian Universalist identity.   Classes are meeting at 7:00 PM every second and third Thursday through September. (virtually using ZOOM video teleconferencing). While the class is already underway, write to if you'd like to join in.

White Supremacy and Me Discussion Group s

We have formed two discussion groups for exploring Layla Saad's book, "Me and White Supremacy."  We anticipate meeting a total of ten times, via the regular church Zoom videoconference platform. While the groups have formed, we welcome new members, just write  Here's a description of the book: Me and White Supremacy: A 28-Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor  leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on black, indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

Wednesday Noon Check In

Join us using the regular NUUC zoom connection at noon everyday Wednesday for informal check- ins and chat with your fellow members.

Soul Matters Small Groups

We currently have three different Soul Matters Small Groups virtually meeting, for regular in depth check ins, and for exploring together different spiritual themes. New members are welcome at any time, write to

The Second Monday Morning Covenant Group
will explore “Self-Worth” on August 10 from 10:00 until noon. To join contact
This month's choice for Brown Bag Books is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, for Tuesday, August 18, beginning at noon. To join contact
NUUC's Women's Group also has chosen to read and discuss The Testaments . Their meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 23, at noon.
To join contact
Exercise with David Jon

David Jon Krohn will leads all interested in a 15-20 minute exercise class every Sundays at 11:45 AM, following the worship, on the same Zoom connection,
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
The NUUC Stuffed Animal Sleepover was a success! To watch the popular video of the animals' adventures at church, just click on the image to the left Thanks to chaperones Miss Merrily and Mr. Chance Sloth!

Summer Religious Education

Our current virtual offerings for religious education include the following:

-Weekly storytime for the little ones each Sunday from 9:30-10 am

-Middle grades (4th-7th) gathering for games, conversation, stories, maybe even virtual group movie night!

-8th-grade youth hangout many Sundays from 8:30-9:30 PM

-Virtual Coming of Age for 8th-12th grade from 7-8:30 Sundays 7/12-8/16 (and possibly 8/23).

For more information, contact
Jen Aultman, Director of Religious Education

Mowing at NUUC – We Need Some Help

 The Building & Grounds Committee is requesting help with the mowing. They would like to get 1-2 volunteers each month from the congregation to mow just one time during the season through October. The other weeks will be handled by B&G Committee volunteers. W e will be taking recommended virus precautions for volunteers.  
We have a zero-turn riding mower, which can be used for almost all of the mowing. For a few small, tight areas, which the zero-turn mower cannot handle, we then use a self-propelled push power mower. Using a zero-turn mower is fun and allows the mowing to be done in about half the time. If you are not familiar with using a zero-turn mower, we will give you some brief training for about 15 minutes that gets you familiar enough with the mower to comfortably mow the main parts of the yard. You will still trim the edges of the yard with the self-propelled push mower. But, some people prefer to use the push mower to mow the entire yard instead of the zero-turn mower.  
Please consider volunteering to mow one time this season. If you would like to help the church handle the mowing, you can see the mowing sign-up schedule posted at this weblink: . To get scheduled, just pick a date that works for your schedule and then contact Bob Keith at or 740-369-1919. You also can contact Bob if you have questions or would like more information.
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NUUC Virtual Connection Information
Here is the Information you Need to Connect to All NUUC Virtual Gatherings:

Join Zoom Meeting directly with this link (no password required):

Or join by going to and manually entering this information:

Meeting ID: 754 112 6323
Password: 152468

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Meeting ID: 754 112 6323
Password: 152468