UUSC Guest at Your Table

Please support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in its mission to advance human rights worldwide. Each year, through its Guest at Your Table fundraising campaign during December, UUSC invites us to join or to renew our memberships. This year, instead of little Guest at Your Table boxes and donation envelopes, UUSC has provided visual stories about the “guests” that your donations to UUSC will support. Thank you. Watch the videos here.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Share the Plate Week
Sunday, December 6 - Saturday, December 12

Sunday, December 6 through Saturday, December 12, 2020, we will receive STP donations. If writing a check, it helps to add STP on the line item. STP plate donations can be made online this week at our website (under Connecting, Donate, Give Now), click on “Select Fund” and select "Plate" or click the button below and select "Plate" for the fund.
This will be the final month of three (October-December) for regular plate-partner the Jerrod Michael Lockett Foundation, a public non-profit organization striving to decrease the potential for violence in our communities. Nominated for STP by Sally Locklear.

Since losing his younger brother, Jarrod M. Lockett, to gun violence, Justin Lockett founded the Foundation in 2013 to educate families about the effects of gun violence, how to have effective preventative conversations, and to provide outreach programs within the community supporting families who are victims of violent crimes. The Foundation has since provided community outreach programs, including scholarship opportunities, Christmas giveaways, back-to-school drives, volunteering with local schools, the Special Olympics, educational trips, and other events.

In 2017, Justin created the “League of Legacy” mentoring program focused on uplifting and empowering young men to become the best versions of themselves. Justin reminds his followers: “Your legacy is not something that you leave behind for someone, but something that you leave in someone.”

Members and friends of the congregation may nominate future plate partners through the chair of a UUCH committee or directly to Social Justice. Each proposed partner should be a 501(c)(3) community service organization.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
This Sunday in Children and Youth
Religious Education (CYRE)
Pageant Puppet Sunday!

UUCH’s Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 20th. This year's pageant will be a creative take on the traditional story, with a cast of unique puppets. Children, youth, and adults are all invited to take part. There are still pageant parts available! To participate please email Harper at DRE@uuch.org.

This Sunday (12/13) is an optional puppet-making day for the pageant cast. Families who are not participating in the pageant, but would still like to make puppets are welcome to come!

All pageant participants should plan to attend CYRE next Sunday (12/20) 9:30-10:30 AM for pageant rehearsal.
More information will be sent to families via email and on our Family Facebook page. Please email Harper for questions.
Registration for the new year in CYRE is still open!

Please use the link below to register your children and youth. Whether you've registered in the previous year or are brand new, we'd love to include you in our joyful and welcoming community of all ages. If you'd like more information about the CYRE Program, please contact acting DRE Harper Goodman.
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
UUCH Young Adults Group
If you're interested in getting involved with UUCH's young adult group,
we invite you to reach out to us.

For questions or more information, please contact Nicole and Shalin.
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Little Food Pantry & Blankets/Socks Drive

The LFP is going strong. Thanks to all of you who support it! Please continue to sign up on the SignUp genius.

FIRST STOP and Grateful Life Church are in need of blankets and socks for our homeless neighbors. As homeless can do laundry at First Stop, the need is for washable blankets. You can drop them in or on the overflow food pantry brown box by the door of the church. It’s cold now and folks need help.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Thank You from the Alabama Hispanic Association
The Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) is deeply thankful to The Unitarian Universalist Church for all the help and support that we received with our joint 2020 Christmas celebration. We knew it was a challenging decision to have this event this year due to COVID-19, but we also knew that many Hispanic families were particularly impacted by the pandemic and could use our support. 
Thank you for allowing us to use your church to store the 230 toys that we received from the Margarita Society for the underprivileged Hispanic families of Huntsville. We had 30 families with 86 children that we were able to help this year. Your generosity of 24 $100.00 gift cards was a blessing along with the beautiful cards that the children of your congregation drew for each of those 24 children. Also, the baskets with goodies and oranges were a great addition. Thank you again and have a Merry Christmas. God bless,
Maggie Brown
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Donating by Text or Online
To give a plate offering to UUCH from your mobile device, text the amount (without dollar sign) to 833-559-0257, and follow the instructions. Text giving is by debit or credit card only.
 
Like our other online and mobile giving options, this option is through Vanco, is secure, and has a good option for "plate" donations.
To give from your bank account, you can still use the UUCH website or the GivePlus+ mobile app.
Submitted by the Finance Committee
”The Earth Grows Still”
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
December 6, 2020

Did you miss our virtual worship service on Sunday?
Want a midweek re-watch?

Fear not, you can click here to see the recording.

Remember, the building is closed,
but CHURCH is open!

Submitted by the Worship Committee
COVID-19 Relief Funds Available

Funds are available for members of the congregation who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19.

If you are a member of UUCH and have financial needs caused by the pandemic, please contact Board President John Schulz or a member of the Care Committee.
Submitted by the Board
Care List
 
This Sunday at our Circle of Candles:

Barbara and Gary Hitt lit a candle of joy and sorrow: We have a joy and a sorrow. We celebrated our 53rd wedding anniversary on November 25th at the beach in Florida with our family but we abided by social distancing the whole time, no hugs. And sadly, we are very sorry to report that our son-in-law’s mother is in critical condition with COVID-19.

Barbara and Gary Hitt lit a candle of gratitude: Thanks to everyone on the Care Committee who have responded to requests to help out church members. We have multiple needs going on right now, and everyone’s help is appreciated.

Jefflyn and Bob Weed lit a candle of concern: Cheri Smith requests prayers for the father of her children, Anthony Crosby. He has been in a hospital in Illinois being treated for COVID-19. Yesterday he was put on a ventilator. He has been given a 50/50 chance of recovery.

Ken Sandin lit a candle of joy: Joyful musical memory: today would have been Dave Brubeck's 100th birthday.

Becky A lit a candle of joy: So glad to have Erin and Pam back with us.

Pam Siegler lit a candle of joy: Erin and I share the joy of the care of our community as healing continues. Blessings to all.

Becky A lit a candle of joy: Love to hear the message of peace and safety in the music this morning.

LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of sorrow: We said goodbye to our good dog Lucky this week, after enjoying him for 14 years. Forever in our hearts. 💙

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of sorrow: Mourning the loss of long-time friend and colleague, Dave Ward, who died this weekend. He was a friend since college and was the band director at Grissom high school for many years. An exquisite musician and teacher, and a dear person with a marvelous sense of humor. What a legacy he leaves!

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: Love to Pam and Erin!

Gail Williams lit a candle of gratitude: The Hispanic drive-by party was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who participated by donating money, time, cookies, and baskets. Thanks to Santa and the church for offering space!

Theresa Miller lit a candle of gratitude: Thank you to Gail Williams and all who helped make a successful Holiday Giving with the Hispanic Association.
Beautiful Holiday Music!

Do you love holiday music as much as I do? Check out WLRH’s Special Holiday Programming here! Click on Holiday Programming on the Home page to see the schedule. Wishing you a Happy Holidays from Holly in the office! Enjoy!

 A sample of upcoming music:

Thursday, December 10th
Apollo's Fire presents Christmas on Sugarloaf Mountain: An Irish-Appalachian Celebration at 11:00 a.m.
 
Monday, December 14th
A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella at 10:00 a.m.
Candles Burning Brightly at 11:00 a.m.
 
Tuesday, December 15th
Beethoven: Beyond the Silence at 11:00 a.m.

Submitted by Office Administration
Upcoming Events

Please note that all meetings, worship services, and gatherings will be held online until further notice. Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information and links

Thursday, December 10
Worship Council
5:30 p.m.

PFlag Meeting
6:30 p.m.


Saturday, December 12
Share the Plate Week Ends


Sunday, December 13
CYRE
9:30 a.m.

Worship Service
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
10:45 a.m.

YOUUTH Group
4:30 p.m.


Monday, December 14
Social Justice Meeting
5:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 15
Council Meeting
6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 16
Susan's Happy Hour
5:00 p.m.
Meeting ID:
847 8458 5916

Choir Practice
7:00 p.m.
Meeting ID:
910 8283 2653


Thursday, December 17
Worship Council
5:30 p.m.


Sunday, December 20
CYRE
9:30 a.m.

Worship Service
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
10:45 a.m.

All Alabama Young Adults Group
12:30 p.m.
Minister
Rev. Jaimie Dingus

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by appointment.
UUCH 2020-21
Board Members
 
 President:
John Schulz
 
 Vice President:
Nick Wilbourn

Secretary:
Nancy Finley

Treasurer: 
Bob Locklear

Trustees: 
Suzey Delacey
Jack Long
Bryan Walls

Minister:
Rev. Jaimie Dingus

Do you have an agenda item for the Board? 
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to Board President John Schulz via email no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before). The next board meeting is scheduled
for Tuesday, January 26.
Office Administrator
Holly Hinkle

Main Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday
9:30 am-1:30 pm
*Please email office if you need building access.
Phone: 
256-534-0508
Email: uuch@uuch.org

For more info on any event, contact the church office or visit our website.
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Laurel Bollinger
Editor:
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