Dec 18: Weekly Updates

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Christmas Eve Services:
 
The Desert: Midwife of Prophecy, a Christmas Candlelight Pageant
 
December 24, 5:00 p.m., Holland Sanctuary
This will be an all ages participatory service. Come join in the fun and the merriment. We will accept a collection of warm clothes (hats, scarves, mittens) and blankets to be donated to emergency shelters around Tucson. Bring them to the pageant or donate in the office in advance.
 
The Desert: A Midwife of Prophecy, contemplative service
December 24, 7:00 p.m., Holland Sanctuary
Join us for quiet reflection and gentle music as we consider the prophecy that emerges from deserts --the one 2000+ years ago and ours today.
 
 
The collection for both services, will be forThe Ministers Discretionary Fund.The Minister will have sole authority to disperse these funds to support people within, and beyond, our congregation who cannot have their needs filled another way.Please plan to give generously as you are able if you are in attendance Christmas Eve- and if you are unable to, feel free to write a check to UUCT, memo line: Minister's Discretionary Fund at any time before or after. 
 
Worship Services
 
Gratitude: The Miracle of Light
Sunday, December 22, 10:30 a.m.
In this worship service, we lean into the holidays this time of year which draw our minds towards the light and the dark. We will hear the Hannukah story and explore the miracle of light and fire. What hope does light offer us? What can we learn from the darkness?
Worship Leader: Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe
Worship Associate: Bob Gordon
Music: Chris Tackett
 
Choosing to Bless the World
Sunday, December 29, 10:30 a.m.
A time to kill and a time to heal? What does that line from Ecclesiastes mean, anyway? Join returning pulpit guest Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long, lead minister of the UU Society of Fairhaven, MA, as we consider order from chaos, and the reverse, as we search for hope in what continues to be an interesting time in our national political life.
Worship Leader: Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long
Worship Associate: Bert Meek
Music: Chris Tackett
 
 
 
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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.
 
The church office will be closed December 25-January 1. Our Administrator will be available by email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
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Community Office Hours
Rev. Bethany will be at the Big Heart Coffee shop, across the street from the church, on Wednesdays, from 10-12. All are welcome.
 
Rev. Bethany will be on vacationvisiting family and friends in New England from December 25th through January 2nd. Please call or text her only if there is an emergency. She will not be checking email while she is away.
 
Southern Arizona Covenant of UU Pagans
 
What Is Waxing?
Our Second Sunday class offering this month is Board Games! On December 8th starting at 12:30 and going on as long as we want to go. We're meeting in the Servetus Room. Bring games to play and a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to request it.
 
Join us for Yule Ritual on Saturday, December 21st at 6 pm.Julie will lead us in a ritual celebrating the winter solstice! Bring a snack to share. Bring a snack to share. This is a child friendly event, but childcare is available by emailing Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to request it. 
 
The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans(CUUPS) exists in part to promote the practice and understanding of Pagan and Earth-centered Spirituality within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and to enable networking among Pagan-identified Unitarian Universalists. The Southern Arizona Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (SAZCUUPS) connects people in the Tucson region, including the "Baja 4" UU congregations in this area. Chapter meetings and worship services are open to all people. 
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Pagan tip of the month:There are so many ways to celebrate the longest night of the year and the return of the light to the world. Some ideas:
  • Burn a Yule log
  • Make sun cookies and yellow foods
  • Light candles and make wishes for the world for the upcoming season of light Write your gratitude list and burn it as an offering
  • Donate your time and treasure to those less fortunate and bring your light to others
  • Party with SAZCUUPS!
 
Growth, Connection, and the Circle of Life
 
Soul Collage New Year's Exploration Class
The New Year brings hopes, fears, and so many questions. This New Year join me for a collage class filled with fun, relaxation and maybe some answers to your coming year. You will make two unique and personal cards which will explore your inner self and nourish your soul.
 
Join me, Wendy Annis, on Saturday, January 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goddard Hall. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to me atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.if you plan to attend. Also, please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. There will be a $15 fee, (sliding scale for this event. Let's get together and start 2020 with creativity, reflection, and friendship!
 
Book Club, Thursday, January 23rd, 9:30 a.m.
The next UU Book Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 23rd at 9:30 AM , at Fellowship Square. The group is readingThe Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Linda French atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or303-621-4666 with questions or for directions to the right building.
 
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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The Newcomers Club
We are looking for folks who are seeking new friendships, want to share ideas on Newcomer needs, and potential activities. Our next meeting is Sunday, December 22, 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.
 
Community request!
Betsy and Preston McMillan are getting a long awaited visit from a grandchild this December! Rather than purchase a car seat, they would like to borrow one for their 3 year old grandchild. They will need it from Dec. 22-Dec. 31. If you have one you're able to loan, contact Betsy at (612) 384-9929 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Mystical Experiences Group
Have you had prophetic dreams? A near death experience? Do you follow the messages of your intuition, etc...etc? Do you typically keep these amazing aspects of yourself hidden, knowing that many people would probably think you’re a nut case.....LOL!!
 
The Mystical Experiences Group is for folks like you...and me. It will be a private meeting in a private space, and best of all NO NAY-SAYERS OR VOYEURS allowed.
 
Starting: January 5, 2020. 12:30PM in Servetus Room
 
Facilitator: Ronna James
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         (217) 355-0601 call, text or email for questions.
 
Educational Opportunities For All
 
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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 "Do" 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! 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 a 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.
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OWL Classes Are Open!
Our Whole Lives, comprehensive sexuality education for children and youth!
January 2020 | Sundays | at UUCT
All people deserve accurate, sensitive information about their bodies and relationships! OWL provides this and so much more from trained educators in age-appropriate ways. In Jan. 2020, we will be offering classes for K-2 grades, 4-6 grades, and 7-9 grades. If you know a young person who is ready for this program contact the OWL Team atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out our website for more details on the program:https://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html
 
 
 
Do You MUURP?
Dec. 19 | 6-8pm | Goddard Hall
After a very successful first game, we will be holding another Monthly UU Role-Playing group or MUURP. Jim Myers will be running the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons adventure: Dragon of Icespire Peak. Children as young as 12 are welcome to attend with parental supervision. Jim will provide characters for new players, but if you would like to learn to make a character, plan on coming a half hour early. Contact Jim atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with additional questions.
 
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! To stay in the loop make sure that Jamili (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) has your email or join us on Facebook: by searching Tucson UU Younger Adults (TUUYA).