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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Oct 30: Weekly Updates

Worship Services
When Walls Crumble
Sunday November 3, 10:30am
Worship Leader:Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate:Brenda Lundt
Music:Leeza Beriyeva and Desert Chorale
This worship service kicks off our monthly theme of "Compassion." November 9th marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. What walls have we built up in our personal relationships? How can we break down those walls? What happens when walls crumble? 
Rest as Resistance
Sunday November 10, 10:30am
Worship Leader:Jamili Omar, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
Worship Associate:Bert Meek
Music:Leeza Beriyeva
**There are no religious education classes this day, but the Nursery is open for kids under 10 years.
Donate Flowers for Sunday Service
You may bring flowers in honor or memory of someone if you like, and either take the flowers home or give them to someone else after the service. Arrangements can be as simple as flowers from your garden or the supermarket in a church vase, or as elaborate as a professional arrangement. Please volunteer for one or more dates by contacting Nancy at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 301-802-4683.
Congregational Event
Save the Date!
Covenant Workshop
November 9 | 9 AM – 12 PM
Mark your calendars! All members and friends of UUCT are encouraged to attend a workshop where we will begin to re-create our congregation's covenant. In this workshop, we will think together about what our congregation values, collect our individual and collective ideas, and then send a group off to wordsmith and later present a covenant which reflects our shared aspirations and agreements. Childcare will be provided, contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you will need childcare. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!  
Social Justice
Cafe Justo coffee-bean-roasting facility in Agua Prieta
Dec. 11 trip to Agua Prieta, Mexico
UUCT's Social Justice Council is leading a field trip to the Cafe Justo coffee-bean-roasting facility in Agua Prieta. The church sells this superb coffee every Sunday as a way to benefit growers in Chiapas, Mexico and to enjoy their shade-tree, USDA-certified organic, sustainably-grown coffee.
CLICK HEREfor online registration, or sign up at UUCT coffee table on Sunday.
The Dec. 11 carpool trip is a great opportunity to purchase socially conscious, coffee-related holiday gifts. (Passport or Travel ID required. Coverage with most U.S. car insurance covers claims up to 50 miles south of the border.)
Here is the schedule:
  • Leave UUCT via carpool at 8 a.m., on Dec. 11
  • Arrive in Douglas about 9:45 a.m.
  • Caravan to the roasting facility in Agua Prieta
  •  Tour the roasting facility 10-11 a.m.
  • Carpool to the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, AZ
  • Lunch noon-1:30
  •  Return to UUCT by 4 p.m
The church is pleased to present a special show in Holland Sanctuary, beginning onNovember 10.You will be surprised when you arrive that Sunday by the transformation of the space, with a show of art curated by Valarie Lee James and her collaborator, Antonia Gallegos.The artworks, made by migrant children mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico, are amazing, and are displayed as simple drawings or on quilts made by the Esperanza Quilters.
The day of the opening there will be a reception after the church service, and Valarie will lead a brief tour of the show. The show will be on display through November, to be taken down about December 9, so you can bring friends and neighbors to see it during the hours of the week when the office is open, M-F, 9-1, or on Sundays after service until 1. Call the office at 520-748-1551 to be sure someone is there to open the door for you. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Landscaping Team
The weather is cooler and the landscaping team is in action again.  Please join us. We are looking for a few folks to volunteer to care for specific areas of the campus.  The work would involve raking, hula hoeing and weeding your assigned area. In addition, we need a couple people to water our drought thirsty trees in the parking lot. You would work on your own schedule with tools provided by the church. Contact Barb Ricca atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you have 1-2 hours per week to volunteer.
Our Kitchen Ministry Needs Help!
Sign up to join kitchen ministry on the polka dot bulletin board by the kitchen.This week will be an amazing enhanced coffee hour with protein heavy & healthy snacks like cheese, deviled eggs, celery with cream cheese/peanut butter, hummus and more. Please remember we need enhanced donations to keep this going forward and still need kitchen volunteers.
Kitchen crew will now be serving lunch only on 2nd Sundays due to lack of volunteers.
Care Team Seeks a Rides Coordinator
Recently, staff and members have heard an uptick in the number of people asking for rides to church on Sunday morning. There are many reasons why someone need a ride to church: they don't have access to reliable transportation on Sunday mornings, they have chosen to stop driving, and more. The Care Team is looking for a volunteer or two who might be willing to create and monitor a rides program so that those who need a ride to church can be matched with people who live in their neighborhood who can give them a ride to church. Rev. Bethany is happy to help you think about how this might work if you have the skills, but haven't done this before. Contact her if you are interested! Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Custodial Help Needed
Our wonderful custodian, Jesus Carrillo, will be taking a family vacation and will not be here on Sunday November 10. We need you to help! If you can help with set up and clean that Sunday, 8 a.m. -2 p.m., please let the office know, or just show up. Many hands make light work. mwiese@uuctucson.
Greeters and Ushers needed
We need a few people to join our team of Greeters and Ushers. Please email me at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,or see me at church to find out more about this easy way to serve the church. CarolynValdes
This is Jimmy.
Jimmy is 95 year old.
Be like Jimmy and teach Religious Education.*
*Broken hip optional. Past presidency of the United States not required. Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Social Opportunities
Book Club: Thursday, November 21st
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday November 21st at 9:30 AM at the home of Margo Newhouse. The group is reading "My Time Among the Whites: Notes From an Unfinished Education", by Capo Crucet. Everyone is welcome to attend. Questions? Contact Margo atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 784-1198.
The Newcomers Club
We are rolling once again, and looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our next meeting is Sunday, November 24, at 12:30 p.m., in the Servetus Room. Follow up meetings will always be on the fourth Sunday of the month, although the room is subject to change. Please contact Wendy Annis if you have questions:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New to UU Orientation
Nov 16 | 9-11:30am | Holland
Calling all Newcomers! The  next New to UU breakfast and orientation will be held on Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 11:30 am in Holland (the Sanctuary). All folx new to the UUCT community are welcome to attend. There will be a light breakfast, time to meet new people and opportunities to learn about UU and UUCT. Please RSVP to Alma Byrd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Child care will be provided. 
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
Building the World We Dream About II
Oct 31-Jan 9 | Thursday Nights | UUCT
Building the World We Dream About is a curriculum to help us navigate racism that is built in to our world. The first 8 weeks have been a wonderful experience of encountering ideas in covenanted relationship, and we heartily invite new participants to join us for the next 8-week session as we continue the 24-week journey. Bring a friend, too! We ask that you attend an introductory workshop to offer some of the materials and concepts we have already explored on Thursday October 31 from 6-8 p.m., in the Emerson room. The 8-week session actually begins on Thursday Nov 14, and continues Nov. 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 2, 9, 16. The final 8-week session will follow. Please contact Rev. Karla Brockie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register and for any questions. Child care can be arranged with forward notice.
Grief and Loss Group
Every Sunday | 12:15-1:15 p.m. | Reed Room
For those experiencing a difficult time after the loss of a loved one, a pet, a job, or any other significant loss, UUCT holds a Grief & Loss support group. There you can find recovery in the caring & comfort of other church members (and friends) who are also grieving a loss. Meetings are held every Sunday from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Reed Room. Childcare is available.
Sunday Morning Discussion Group
Every Sunday | 9:00-10:00 a.m. | Servetus Room
All UUCT members, friends and visitors are invited to attend Conversation Among Friends. Our hour-long discussion group meets every Sunday at 9 a.m. on the UUCT campus in the Servetus Room, last classroom on the southwest side, Come a bit early for socializing.Ronna James facilitates.
More information, contact Gilbert Moore, phone 520-790-7568, email at 
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Fundraiser Notices and Events
Auction Team - It is time to gather the Auction Team. 
The auction date is set for Saturday Feb 8, 2020 -Save the DATE!!! As the auction chairperson, I am looking for a team of people to help organize the
auction. I am looking for team members to handle:
  • publicity
  • business donations
  • ticket sales
  • raffle
  • volunteer coordination and more
The Service Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it is a lot of fun! If you have limited time to donate but are interested in a one time opportunity to do so, this is for you.
Please contact Barb Ricca to join the team.
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Church Yard, Plant, and Book Sale
November 1, 2, and 3
We still need help with clean up on Sunday. If you can help, please contact Margi Magruder atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Craft Sale
November 23 and 24
Sign up for the Arts & Crafts Sale on November 23 and 24 after church in Goddard Hall this Sunday, October 27. See Susan Call (behind the sign!) to sign up or just to get information.Also,we are in need of finding someone to handle the Holiday Season sales ofPoinsettiaswhich brighten our sanctuary in December. Please let me know if you are interested--you can call Susan at 520-444-0338. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dec 8: Mata Ortiz Pottery Sale
This annual sale provides economic support to the talented artisans from the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua,MX. If you are interested in helping, contact Julia Mehrer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Plan to buy some fantastic holiday gifts AND let all your friends and neighbors know about the sale. The prices for the pottery at our UUCT sale are the best in Tucson!
Educational Opportunities For All
2nd Hour
November 10, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm |Across UUCT
…Deepen faith …Strengthen connections …Serve community
In this year of experimentation, 2nd Hour is one way that Rev. Bethany and I want to answer the call to offer more opportunities for adults to learn, grow, and deepen in understanding, community, connection, and service.  
From 12:30-1:30pm, one Sunday per month, we will offer opportunities for people of all ages to participate in community-led activities or classes.Offerings will vary every month, so watch the weekly email next week for details including descriptions and age restrictions. 
This month's workshops are:
Stitch with a Witch(sit and stitch) with Carrie Cooper and EJ Milstone
13 yrs+ | Emerson | Limited to 15 people
UUs Celebrating Holidayswith Margot Garcia.
12 yrs+ | Servetus
Campus Care
All Ages (under 10 with an adult) | Patio
Art of Hope and Healing gallery tour and craft
All Ages | Holland 
Children are welcome in classes indicated by “all ages.” Nursery is available for those under 10 years. 
All Are Welcome!
EVERYONE of any age is welcome to leave worship on Sunday mornings and explore their faith through art, discussion, reflection, and even games. If a Sunday morning class says "All Ages," we welcome adults to come explore with us!
Classes generally offered are:
  • Art & Spiritin Servetus; all ages; under 6 years with adult
  • Movement & Gamesin Awareness; all ages; under 6 years with adult
  • Explorersin Blackwell; 3-6 years old but families of children this age are welcome
  • Youth Focusin Emerson; 12 – 19 years old, sorry adults, only advisors are allowed
Want to hear about the specific classes offered in advance? Email Jamili to be added to the weekly Religious Education newsletter:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
"How To" Sunday Morning
Not sure how to get involved? Here's the scoop:
  1. When you arrive at UUCT, sign up for your preferred class at the table outside Holland Hall.
  2. Enjoy Worship Service in Holland Hall (yes, even the youth)! We will dismiss everyone to class at about 10:45am, after the Message for All Ages. 
  3. Leave for your class in the Education Wing during the Children’s Benediction. Not sure which direction to head? Just follow the crowd! We’ll all go out together and there will be an officious person with a clipboard to show you which room to go to. 
  4. Learn, enjoy, share, participate!
  5. Repeat again next week. 
**As always, children, youth (and adults) are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for Worship any Sunday.
above: a graphic listing the steps to participating in RE which is listed to the right.
Tucson Young Adult UUs (TUUYA) Meet Ups 
Do you identify as a young adult (generations X, Y, or Z)? Would you like to meet up with other UU young adults? TUUYA regularly hosts events and meet ups and we will be starting again in September! To stay in the loop make sure that Jamili has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).
Game Night
Join the Parenting Club and Tucson UU Young Adults for an evening of friendly competition as we break out the table games! Everyone is welcome to thisfamily friendly game night!
·      Day: Nov. 1, 2019
·      Time: 6pm until we are too tired to roll
·      Bring:your own dinner to eat and games to share.
·      Location: UUCT
All are welcome!

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