Bucket of Hope items needed for the William County Children's Advocacy Center: Chips, goldfish crackers, cookies, nuts, anything you think a child would like.
A Note from Linda:
About 1900 years ago, a letter was composed and addressed to the members of the fledgling group of Christ followers living in the coastal city of Thessalonica, a prosperous cultural center strategically located on a major trade route in what is now northern Greece. The authorship of the letter is disputed and much of its contents incendiary, but as New Thought author Emmet Fox suggested, if we are willing to sift through the layers, diamonds can be found. "Dear brothers and sisters," the letter's author writes, "we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing."
It strikes me that since the earliest days of the Christ-followers movement, one of the primary functions of what would come to be known as "church" is this: church is a place to learn how to consciously love one another—not in the abstract, not even just metaphysically—but in the midst of embodied life, in the midst of conflict, in the midst of sorrows and joys, church is a "laboratory" for learning to love real, flesh and blood, manifest, incarnated people. We tend to think that inspirational readings and sermons are the source of what "spiritually feeds" us and there is truth in that, but it's insufficient. The bylaws our church will vote on during our annual meeting this Sunday state that our church exists to teach "practical Christianity." What could be more practical than learning how to grow in conscious love for one another? The empty calories of "flavor of the month" spirituality will never provide the nutrient density of learning to love another human being, especially if that other does not always seem so loveable! This fall we have been exploring the underpinnings of what constitutes a flourishing life. Sunday we will welcome our newest members and ponder the nutrient-dense spiritual food consciously loving another person provides. Could there be any flourishing without that?
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, Nov. 3:
9:15 am Choir Practice 9:30 am: Chair Yoga 10:30 am: Sunday Service - New Member Sunday 12:00 pm: Potluck and Annual Membership Meeting - See Below
Sunday, Nov. 10:
9:15 am Choir Practice 9:30 am: Chair Yoga 10:30 am: Sunday Service
Sunday, Nov. 17:
9:15 am Choir Practice 9:30 am: Chair Yoga 10:30 am: Sunday Service - Choir Performance 12:00 pm: Lunch and Learn - Holiday Heros - Be Unscamable
Sunday, Nov. 24:
9:15 am Choir Practice 9:30 am: Chair Yoga 10:30 am: Sunday Service Brunch Church
There will be NO Women's Empowerment Circle this month as the Annual Meeting occurs at the same time.
UCOG Annual Meeting and Potluck
THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 3, 2019, after Service
Come participate in this year's Annual Meeting. We were a little lean on main dishes for the last two Potlucks, please consider bringing a main dish to share.
We will be voting on the following:
Board positions: Lizabeth Sackett and Dean Saulmon have stepped forwardto run for the two open positions on our board. These two candidates have been vetted and approved to run by our UCOG nominating committee. We will also vote on the approval of the appointment of Dave Jenks who was appointed to fulfill a vacant slot on the board. Read all the Bio's HERE
Approval of the newly revised Bylaws which have been approved by our Board of Trustees and Unity Worldwide Ministries. Thank you to the Bylaws revision team of Eugenia Koog, Trish Phelps, and Alice Cooper! Reviewing the bylaws is required every five years and is a huge undertaking. This year included the additional task of incorporating the bylaws template recommended by Unity Worldwide Ministries. To review the By-Laws or read the minutes from last year's minutes, please click on the links below.
November 17th at Noon presented by Christopher Schwanke
We have all gotten emails from Nigerian princes or a call the IRS, but these turn out to be fake. Someone tried to scam you into thinking they were someone else. Either by fear or greed, the scammer wanted you to pay them money. Most of us close the email or hang up the call. But what if you believed them? How do you spot if someone you love has fallen for this trap? You can defend yourself and those close to you by becoming a Holiday Hero. Join me for my talk about the latest in scams and what to do about them.
Brunch Church is coming!
Sunday, November 24
We need volunteers to assist in deepening our connection by “breaking bread” together during our Sunday service as we share ideas about spiritual topics. There are opportunities for volunteers to serve as greeters, table hosts, provide food and table decorations and help with set up and clean up. Let Liz or Therese know by filling out the form here or see Lizabeth Sackett or Therese Finn on Sunday if you’d like to help.
Choir Practice Schedule
Calling all singers! All are welcome to join the Choir.
Sunday, Nov 3 @ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom Sunday, Nov 10 @ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom Sunday, Nov 17 @ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom and Performance Thursday, Nov. 20@ 6:00 pm Party and Practice at Rebecca’s house Sunday, Nov 24 @ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom Sunday, Dec 1 @ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom Sunday, Dec 8@ 9:15 am Practice in the Boardroom and Performance
The Bucket of Hope:
Our Bucket of Hope through December will be The Williamson County Children's Advocacy Center. They support children who have suffered abuse through Family Advocacy, Counseling, Interviews, Exams and Outreach Trainings. They are asking us to fill their cupboards with individually wrapped snacks for kids. Chips, goldfish crackers, cookies, nuts, anything you think a kid would like.
We now have an ongoing collection for the Ronald McDonald House. Keep those tabs coming! We have filled one container so far. Let's help them get those expenses paid.
November 3rd - Annual Meeting November 17th - Lunch and Learn: Chris Schwanke - Be UnScammable