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REMINDER: UUCA will be closed for the Holidays from December 25 to Jan 1. We will open for our Sunday, December 29th service. The last Weekly Update of the year will be sent on Friday, December 20th. If you would like your announcement to be included, please complete the UUCA Announcement Form by 5 pm on Tuesday, December 17th. 

Thank you.
Happy Holidays.
NOTICE: ALL CHECKS FOR 2019 MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31ST. 
Atlanta DRUUMM Gathering in the Social Hall
Sunday, January 19th, 2020
1:30 PM Potluck Luncheon
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Program

We invite UU People of Color to gather for lunch and a facilitated meeting. We will have worship led by local UU Religious Professionals of Color. Our goal is to nurture new relationships between UU People of Color in the area, discuss some of the historical development of UU People of Color and anti-racism efforts, and learn more about what the community needs and interests are among those who attend. We will share a new working timeline chronicling the major milestones and development of UU People of Color ministries as a background to address local opportunities and challenges.

Please RSVP with Ayanna Kafi Stringer at VP@DRUUMM.org ideally by January 11, 2020. We ask participants to bring a side dish to share if they are able for lunch. We will have several main dishes catered. The event is open to UU People of Color and People of Color interested in Universalism. 

Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word

Saturday, January 25 at 7:00 pm


The Katherine Basden Story, plus Tai Chi led by Furman Riley, and an Open Mic

"There are two doors in my life . . . Behind Door #1 is depression . . . I almost called it quits in August of last year. My uselessness consumed me to the point I reached out to Door #1. A funny thing happened as I twisted the knob, my phone rang . . ."

Katherine Basden will share her prose, which will also be brought to life by performers, and her natural soaps and holistic products featuring the prose will be available for purchase. UUCA member Furman Riley will lead the group for 15 minutes of simple Tai Chi, and an Open Mic between sets will round out this evening of inspiration, reflection, and meditation. 

Suggested donation for Admission is $5, but no one will be turned away. 

Presented by UUCA Performing Arts Coordinating Team (PACT) 
2019 UUCA Countdown!

Do you have a 2019 memory that you’d like to share? This year, we are creating a 2019 countdown on UUCA social media. Include a photo and/or a few sentences about a cherished 2019 moment with our amazing community. Maybe it was an activity at the congregational retreat or a great photo from PRIDE. Maybe it was wonderful service or a meal with UUCA friends.  There are many ways we build community. Let’s share and reflect on these moments as we enter a new year. Make your submission by  December 29 using this form:https://uuca.formstack.com/forms/uuca_announcements?utm_source=Unitarian+Universalist+Congregation+of+Atlanta&utm_campaign=2cc0f3ddf5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_09_07_17&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_42c09d2305-2cc0f3ddf5-14695059
Cookie Reception Sunday December 22
After 2nd service on December 22 there will be a cookie reception to celebrate our Holiday Pageant and we need volunteers to bring in cookies (no nuts please!). Please contact Laura Yamashita if you can bring in cookies (store-bought is fine) to help us celebrate our young angels, shepherds, barnyard animals and wise people!
Worship Services

Join Us!
Sundays at 9:30 am & 11:00 am


Sermons Series: Being a Beacon, Being a Refuge 

Sunday, December 22
Holiday Pageant 
9:30 am & 11:00 am

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Services
5:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 29
Labyrinth Walk
9:30 am - 11:00am & 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Sunday, December 29
Lay Ministers' Service  
11:00 am 

For more upcoming services, visit the UUCA Worship Page. 
Religious Education

Religious Education Sunday Classes 


There will be no Adult RE on Sunday, December 22nd. Please enjoy the pageant.

Looking Ahead:


On Sunday January 5, join fellow congregants Leta Woo, Jennifer Thilo and Ayana Stringer for One Holy Love For All: Lessons from the Southern UU Leadership Experience (SUULE).  

They believe that sharing their direct experiences at this week long program can support our UUCA Community and our ARAOMC (Anti Racism, Anti-oppression, Multi-cultural is) work to help us think more expansively about how we at UUCA relate to each other.  Please see the Adult RE section of UUCA's website for more details on this class.  
 

Community Classes

There are no community classes scheduled for this week. 
Our Caring Community

Our Caring Community 


Lay Minister on call December 22-28 is Tracey Gagne. Bruce Gaunt will be the Lay Minsters on call December 29-Jan 4. 

If you have a joy or concern, please send those to our Pastoral Care email at PastoralCare@uuca.org. One of our lay ministers will contact you soon. 
Sunday Offering

Sunday Plate


This Sunday's offering will go to UUCA. If you are unable to attend Sunday's service, you can make a gift by texting "UUCA" and the dollar amount you would like to give to 73256. Remember to select GATP, Pledge, or Contribution in the drop down menu.

Upcoming Events 

Children's Holiday Pageant 
Sunday, December 22
9:30 am & 11:00 am

Christmas Eve Services 
December 24 
5:00 pm & 7:00 pm 
 
Labyrinth Walk

December 29 
9:30 am - 11:00 am & 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm

NextGen Holiday Party
Saturday, December 21

Women Empowered Holiday Party
Saturday, December 21
11:00 am -1:00 pm

A Look Ahead 


Lay Ministers Service
Sunday, December 29
Single Service at 11:00 am

UUCA Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Saturday, January 11
7:30am-3:30 pm

Serve Dinner at Clifton Ministries Shelter
Tuesday, December 31
5:30pm-7:00pm

For more events, visit the UUCA Event Calendar.
Labyrinth Walk 
Sunday, December 29
9:30 am -1:00 pm

We traverse many labyrinths over the course of our lives. On this last Sunday of the year, the UUCA lay ministers reflect on the labyrinths we all walk.
 
Holiday Pageant  
Sunday, December 22, 9:30 am & 11:00 am

Join us on Sunday, December 22 for UUCA's annual holiday pageant, "A Night of Wonder."  Directed by UUCA's own Children's Chorus Director, Chelsea Green, and Alice Schubele, "A Night of Wonder" will feature UUCA youth and some of your favorite Christmas music, in a heartfelt, Unitarian interpretation of the story of the birth of Jesus.
Carols and Candlelight 
Tuesday, December 24
5:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Join us this Christmas Eve as we celebrate the holiday season with rituals of song and story and candlelight. It’s good to be together to deepen into the spiritual meanings of this time: of glad tidings, possibilities, peace.

Wonderful Wednesday

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY


There is no Wonderful Wednesday dinner scheduled for December 25 or January 1. Please enjoy your holiday.

Wonderful Wednesday Resumes on January 8th 

6:15 pm

Wednesday nights at UUCA are full of activities for all ages. Join us on January 8th for Wonderful Wednesday.

Serving starts at 6:15 pm, Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 4 and older, free for children under 3 and younger. There is a $20 family maximum and no one is turned away for inability to pay.

Congregational Announcements 

Women Empowered Holiday Party 

Saturday, December 21
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Women Empowered will be holding their December meeting offsite instead of the Treehouse.  We will be meeting in someone’s home and it will be a Holiday Party from 11:00am to 1-ish.  Everyone can bring a holiday food and be ready for laughter & fun!  You are asked to RSVP if you plan to come.  Email us at Womenempowered@uuca.org and we will get back to you to coordinate who is bring what and we will have the address for the party at that time. 

NextGen Holiday Party

Saturday, December 21
Next Gen is having a holiday party on December 21 at the home of Jill & Eric in north Brookhaven. There will be a White Elephant gift exchange ($15-20) and general merriment! Next Gen is a group of fun loving UUCA members and friends, born (generally) between 1965 and 1985. Please come join us. For more information, contact NextGen@UUCA.org or find us on Facebook at Next Gen UU.

Toastmasters

Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
No TM meeting December 24th or 31st.

Does speaking to an audience make you nervous? Do you need to improve your public speaking or leadership skills?

Come check us out!

Visit UUCA Toastmasters, a very friendly and supportive group that meets (almost*) every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary. We strive to continually improve those skills while developing self-confidence and personal growth, and having a great time with a lot of fun!

 

UUCA Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Day

Saturday, January 11, 7:30am-3:30pm 

Atlanta Habitat has opportunities for UUCA to work side-by-side with a new homebuyer to build new homes. Our first opportunity is for up to (10) people on Saturday, January 11 from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm. Pending interest, additional opportunities to follow throughout the year.


Volunteer Registration Link:
https://atlantahabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/nonsponsorgroups/event/index/10119577

o    No prior construction experience is needed!
o    Volunteers receive direction and support from Atlanta Habitat construction staff and Volunteer Skilled Supervisors on site
o    Atlanta Habitat all the tools and supplies needed for a build
o    Volunteers must be able to commit to the entire 8 hour shift
o    Volunteers will receive a confirmation email once they sign up on VolunteerHub with the Volunteer Info Packet attached
o    The address and tasks for the build will be shared 1-2 weeks prior to the build date.
o    Carpooling to build sites is recommended.
o    No one under 16 is permitted on site. Volunteers ages 16 and 17 must have a parent or guardian sign their Release and Waiver of Liability.
o    Volunteers may contribute $10 to the lunch fund before each volunteer date. Contact Korinna Hirsch, 770.451.0252  |  
Korinna.hirsch@gmail.com
who will cover the lunch cost in advance.

Help the Homeless


Can you think of a better way to spend New Year's Eve then volunteering with your friends at Clifton Ministries shelter? Well, I can't!  We will be there, serving Chili and cornbread on Tuesday, December 31st so please join us and I promise you will be out in time to party!  

Here is the sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F49AEAC2FA64-tuesday


Want to know more about the Help the Homeless group? Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/426905214540689/
Dear The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,
One month from today, we’re launching UU the Vote, our campaign focused on the 2020 elections.

All our values, our work for justice, the communities we love and the beloved community we seek to create are under attack. We must speak with moral courage and act with prophetic clarity and determination in the 2020 electoral cycle. Our UU values of interdependence, democracy, and the inherent worth and dignity of all people are direct antidotes to the fear, bigotry, and inequity that define our world.

In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Let’s UU the Vote in 2020!
Register now to join our virtual launch on January 12, 2020 at 4pm ET/1pm PT.

UUs have a history and a legacy of showing up. Many of us are already doing this work in a multitude of ways, as individuals and as religious communities. UU the Vote is a way to amplify, equip, and connect UUs who are putting our principles into practice, and making sure we bring our passion to the polls for all the issues that are important to us and so many others who dream of collective liberation.

Once you've registered, we'd love you to host a watch party at your congregation or home (either in person or virtually). We have a Congregational Toolkit to help you get started (see pages 5-8) and when you’re ready, share your event on our UU the Vote event map.

“...as a religious movement, we can organize for collective impact,” wrote Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray in her column for UU World, “Let’s ‘UU the Vote’”. We hope you’ll join us in organizing in 2020. Let’s #VoteLove, #DefeatHate, and #UUTheVote!

We’re wishing you all happy holidays and looking forward to working with you in the new year!


 
Faithfully,
Susan
On behalf of the UUA Organizing Strategy Team
P.S. Register before December 31st for the Revolutionary Love conference focusing on electoral engagement, climate, racial, social justice and more. Hosted at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC in April 24th - 26th, 2020. Receive a $100+ discount just for UU's with promotional code: UUVOTE20.
 
UUCA Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

 
UUCA is a loving community that provides support and care for each other through the best and the most difficult of times. Our team of well-trained and compassionate lay minsters are always here to meet the spiritual needs of our congregation. For pastoral care needs, call the UUCA Pastoral Care line at 404-634-5130 or email PastoralCare@uuca.org and you will be contacted by a UUCA lay minister
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Joining UUCA is a way to make a commitment to the life, mission, and people of this congregation. It is a process, rather than an event, that begins by attending worship services and getting to know our community and the theology of Unitarian Universalism. Membership is sacred and deeply personal. Get started on your journey to membership today. Join us for Inquirers class Sunday’s at 12:30 pm to get an introduction to our community and Unitarian Universalism. 
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