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STAFF AND BOARD REFLECTIONS

Rush. Rush. Breathe. Rush. Rush. Breathe.
Linda Topp, Director of Administration

Can you tell it's the week before Christmas?  It's the time of year when EVERYTHING!!! needs to be done by Tuesday!  Here at work, the deadline is Monday, which makes the rush even rushier. Since we are closed between Christmas and New Year's, there is just a little more pressure to get EVERYTHING done.  Like how about 4 orders of service this week?  read more...

 For the Week of December 23-29, 2018
For Pastoral Emergencies: 828-771-6279
Building Manager: Dena Gettleman (dpgettleman@charter.net)
Sunday, December 23, 9:15 & 11:15am 
Sweet Stillness
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister 
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This Sunday in Religious Education: RE Play Day! Child care and games will be available for kids 10 and under. Older kids can attend the service with their families or help out downstairs. Sunday, December 30 is a multigenerational service and child care will be available for Pre K and Nursery as usual.                  
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Following the Services in Sandburg Hall 
  • Drop off jewelry and see how you can volunteer with the New 2 U fundraiser.
  • Visit the Universal Rainbow Unity table to learn more and get involved.
  • Auction items are still available for purchase. Finish your holiday shopping!
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UPCOMING SERVICES
Call for Cookies
Monday, December 24,
4pm service
Our traditional Christmas Eve cookie reception is just around the corner! The hiking group supplies the punch for this early service, and the congregation supplies the cookies. Please bring your creations (homemade or store-bought)  to the kitchen during the week before Christmas Eve or when you arrive for the 4pm Christmas Eve service. FMI: Ellen Welles/828-232-7180.

Christmas Eve Family Service, December 24, 4pm
Rev. Claudia 
Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
Family Service: Three Miraculous Births


Attention Actors and Narrators for Three Miraculous Births
We will have a final rehearsal on Sunday, December 23 after the second service.  We'll have pizza for lunch and then start to work!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, December 24, 8:30pm
Pre-Service Mini-Concert, Dr. Leslie Downs, Music Director

Then Rev. Mark Ward Leads the Candlelight Service at 9pm

Sunday, December 30, 11:15am ONLY - Single Service
Starting the New Year
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister and Rev. Claudia Jiménez, Minister of Faith Development
EARTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Buenas Noticias para Nuestra Mariposa!
Such good news! Thanks to the efforts of staffers for US Senator Thom Tillis (R), we have learned that, contrary to what we thought, our guest in sanctuary, La Mariposa, does not have an outstanding deportation order against her, so she is free to return to her home. We were able to bring this happy news to her on Tuesday and over the next couple of days she moved her things out of her room and has returned to her home.
    Her case is not yet concluded, though. She has an appeal of an immigration judge’s decision against her before the immigration appeals court. Should she lose her appeal, we expect that a deportation order would be filed, and she might have to return to sanctuary. Should she win, she and her lawyer will begin the process of obtaining a Green Card for her.
    In any event, for now, we are celebrating that our friend will be able to return to her home and her family. We look forward to celebrating this with her at our services on Sunday. And thanks to so many of you who have volunteered and contributed to support her over the last eight months. It has been an amazing ministry that has made me so proud. Congratulations!
 
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
WEDNESDAY THING
Note that there will be no WEDNESDAY THING on
December 26 or January 2. See you January 9!
If you would like to lead a program at the Wednesday Thing in the new year, or if you are interested in leading a Vespers service (families can do this together,) please contact Kim.
THE WEEK AHEAD
UU Journeys: A Small Group Experience
Session 4:  Our Journey Together – Part 2 of “The Three Paths of Unitarian Universalism” Last Class TONIGHT!
Thursday, December 20, 6:30-8pm (SH)

Joy McConnell, Lay Leader Register and reserve childcare here.
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
Office Closings and Other Helpful Dates
Saturday, December 22-January 1-All offices are closed. See article below regarding contribution deadlines.
Monday, December 24 & 31-No Worship eNews
Tuesday, December 25- No TLC enewsletter
Thursday, December 27-No Weekly eNews
End-of-Year Contributions
These are the days we are living in. We live in a tumultuous time of struggle that is literally life and death for many people.  Where can we bring our broken hearts, our aching, doubting, exhausted spirits?”  --Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President

Our congregations mend our spirits and heal the world. Giving to UUCA could not be more important than right now!

Here are things to keep in mind for year-end giving:

  • Those age 70 ½ and older who must take Required Minimum Distributions (RMD) from their retirement accounts can transfer their RMDs directly to UUCA and reap the tax benefits of direct contributions.
  • Donating appreciated securities, such as publicly-traded stocks or mutual funds, enables one to avoid paying tax on any gains while deducting the full value of the donated assets. Contact our bookkeeper, Christine Magnarella Ray, to do this.  Make arrangements in advance so the gift will be complete by year’s end.
  • Grants from donor-advised funds are always welcome.
Contribution Deadlines (to be credited in 2018):
  • If you are bringing your contribution to the UUCA office, it must be received by a staff member by 12n Friday, December 21.
  • Contributions received in the plate on December 30 will be credited in 2018.
  • Mailed in contributions must have a postmark no later than Monday, December 31.
  • Any contributions (even if dated in 2018, unless postmarked) received by the office after December 31, will be credited in 2019.
All I Want for Christmas-Our Annual Wish List!
Last chance to help with the Wish List.  Of course, it's not the last time you'll see these needs being advertised because we still need them!  Please designate your donation to the WISH LIST so we can use it for any item on the list if we need to.
  • Nursery changing table - $100 SOLD!
  • Entry sign for the Memorial Garden - $500
  • Furnish a designated “teen space” in RE Commons - $500
  • Screen the movie, The Mask You Live In, at UUCA, and open it to the community - $500
  • Install LED lights in Sandburg Hall -SOLD!
  • Compost Now - $1300 for the rest of this fiscal year
  • Pavers from the lower parking lot to the Memorial Garden - $4,000
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
UUCA Continues Commitment to Homeless...12 Women At a Time
January 27- February 2 is our week to provide shelter and food, in partnership with Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, to women who are part of the Homeward Bound homeless initiative in Buncombe County. We will begin the sign-up process right after the holidays. Our other two weeks for serving as RITI host will be July 7-13 and November 10-16, 2019. Please mark you calendars now. A special thank you to Martha Shepard who has served as lead coordinator for RITI from the very beginning over 14 years ago!  
FAITH DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Register Students Here for RE
Attention Actors and Narrators for Three Miraculous Births
We will have a final rehearsal on Sunday, December 23 after the second service.  We'll have pizza for lunch and then start to work!
Compassionate Communication Class Beginning January 7
Monday Evenings, 7-9pm (S) through February 25
Have you ever been triggered by something someone said or did?  Would you like to be able to understand it differently?  Compassionate (or Nonviolent) Communication provides tools that can dramatically change our understanding of ourselves and others.  And it also helps us to express ourselves without judgments, without labeling others, without making demands, and it allows us to transform harsh thoughts into unmet needs.  
    This class will be led by UUCA member Rev. Jeff Jones.  FMI, (828) 505-4683 or email Registration deadline is January 2nd. 
Kids, Don't Forget Your Food Donations!
During the month of December, we are collecting food for Loving Food Resources. We invite all children and youth to bring non-perishable, canned food drive items: meats, beans, veggies, fruit, "ready meals," soups and hygiene products. Donations can be dropped off in the bin downstairs in RE Commons. 
TAKING IT HOME for Families, Children, Adults
December's theme is Mystery  Click here to find a list of resources that can help all of us learn more about Mystery.
Register Now for Alabama Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Wednesday-Sunday, March 20-24, 2019
Rev. Mark Ward encourages you to take this pilgrimage. He went on a similar trip several years ago and strongly recommends it. Click here to learn more and to register. 
UU EVENTS BEYOND OUR WALLS
 The Well: A Gathering of Multi-Racial UU Families 
July 20-27, 2019, Saco, ME
DROP-IN GROUPS-NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
All of these are newcomer-friendly.
Newcomers' Introduction to UUCA
3rd Sundays, following both services -December 16
After 1st service, downstairs in RE #3
After 2nd service in the Sanctuary

Contact Venny Zachritz for more information.

Sing-a-Long
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 
7pm (S) 
Open to all who love to sing.

UUCA Buddhist Fellowship
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7pm (S)

Come early, doors locked at 6:55pm to begin meditation.

Peacemakers
2nd Wednesdays, 7-8:15 (21 Ed)  

FMI: please contact Bruce Larson/683-5548.

Choir Rehearsal
Every Thursday, 7pm (S) 
 No rehearsal on December 27

Community Potluck: UUCA's Recommitting to Black Lives Matter
2nd Thursdays, 5:30-8pm (SH)  


Environmental and Social Justice Film Night-No January Film 

Fibre Friends
1st Saturdays, 1:00-3:30pm (23 Ed Par) 


Men's Breakfast Group
2nd Saturdays, 8am (23 Ed Board) 


UU Women's Connections Brunch & Program 
3rd Saturdays, 
10am (SH)   

UUCA Campus Tour

4th Sundays, following both services - Next tour January 27
Meet at the front patio of the main building at 10:30 and 12:30.

Blue Ridge Spirit CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans)
Meets for seasonal rituals the Sunday before each Sabbat.
Location Key
23 Par-23 Edwin Parlor
23 Brd-23 Edwin Boardroom
21 Edwin
RE C-RE Commons
S-Sanctuary
SH-Sandburg Hall
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