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What’s Up at First UU, October 5 2017


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield



Wednesday October 11

Sewing and needlework social group


The response to starting Sew-Sew was wonderful. We will be meeting 10/11 from 9 AM to noon at the church (we will start in the kitchen).  Please feel free to come and go as your time allows.
– Rebecca

2nd Annual First UU

TrUUnk or Treat

Sunday October 29
3 – 5 pm

Come celebrate Halloween with us with our second annual TrUUnk or Treat!

We do our TrUUnk or Treat during the late afternoon to encourage young families to come. We encourage people to dress their trunks up and bring candy and inedible treats to share. Set up will start at 2:00, with the TrUUnk or Treat running from 3:00 until 5:00.

Check the First UU Calendar for the dates and times of scheduled events.


— Laura Parsons, Chair

Sunday October 1

“Life is a Gamble”
read by Elizabeth Self

“Joy to the World”
“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

performed by First UU Choir

“The Gambler”
performed by Emily Blevins

Future Services

October 15
“As Long as There is Injustice, We Can’t Go Away”
by Emily Aderhold

October 22
“Surrender Like a Duck”
read by Mike Brown

October 29
“Learning Some Other Country’s History”
read by Roland Richmond


— Amber Fox, DRE

Next Sunday . . .

10 am
Adult RE Seekers (located in library)
First of a series of documentaries titled
Long Strange Trip:
A Journey Through Two Thousand Years of Unitarian Universalist History

Children’s RE – Zest

11 am
Religious Education Classes –
The PreK class will be learning about spices.
The older two classes will be learning the history of spices,
and what the term “Fair Trade” means today.

Last Sunday . . .

The Time for All Ages was focused on the teacher dedication for this year. Teachers of the youth and children include Timmy, Farrow, Alicia, Adam, Karla, Colleen, Paula, Kenna, and Rebecca.

Facilitators of the adult RE groups include Charles, Dacia, Doris and the adult meditation group facilitated by Babs.
All three classes introduced the October theme of zest by creating a “Zest for Life” sheet that outlined some of the things that they are passionate about. The snack was oranges, of course.

Teachers this week were Timmy, Amber. Alicia, Farrow, and Adam.

Nursery care available between 10:00 am and 12:15 pm on Sundays.


Getting to Know YoUU

This Sunday October 8
12:15 pm
A casual conversation to get acquainted with other newcomers to UUism and First UU of Springfield.

UU 101 – The Big Picture

Sunday October 15
12:15 pm

Located downstairs in the library. This session is part of our Pathway to Membership programming. UU 101 helps in understanding the scope of Unitarian Universalism and deciding to become a member of First UU. Lunch and childcare provided. Please sign up to attend.



Wednesday October 11
7 pm

Located at First UU, downstairs in the library,
please come in the back door.

This month’s topic:
“Why Compassion Makes Sense”

Here is one definition for Humanism:
Humanism is a progressive life stance that is informed by science,
inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. Without superstition,
it affirms our ability and responsibility to lead meaningful, ethical
lives capable of adding to the greater good of humanity.

Compassion is an important motivator for many people including Humanists. How should we consider compassion? Why does compassion make sense?

An excerpt from a long article is available below. Let’s use this as the starting point for our October discussion.

– Don, October facilitator



— Don Underwood, Chair

Two of our members, Karla and Scoop attended the monthly Faith Voices group on Sept. 28 which includes representatives of a number of churches and religious bodies in Springfield. Karla was considering gathering signatures on petitions on the CLEAN Missouri Democracy Reform Petition and on the Raise Up Missouri minimum wage initiative. More about both can be found online or by asking Karla.

The speaker for Faith Voices was John Scott from the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program. He is a job developer to help find jobs for seniors in this area. They have an office in Springfield. The next Faith Voices meeting will be noon, Oct. 25 at the Council of Churches building. The public is invited.

– Scoop


June 20-24, 2018

The next UUA General Assembly will be held at the Kansas City, MO Convention Center.

Church Office Hours:
Tues, Wed, Thurs 9 – 1 pm

417 – 883 – 3922


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