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What’s Up August 17, 2017


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield



Saturday August 19th
1 – 3 pm

Come join us for Mud Ball this Saturday!
We’re having a picnic in the backyard of the church so feel free to bring a comfy place to sit. The pagan group will be supplying hot dogs and fixins, please bring a side or snack to share. Come ready to get dirty and play in the mud as we celebrate this story of Hosea Ballou, reminding us of forgiveness and unconditional love!
Read the whole story by clicking the button below or wait until Saturday and we will hear the story together.


UU 101 – The Big Picture is this Sunday, August 20, at 12:15 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.

Tech Workshop

Sunday, August 27

12:15 pm downstairs in the library
This learning session will focus on understanding Google Drive and how to utilize this tool within our church. Committee Chairs and members, Board members, Group facilitators and members, or anyone who is curious — all are encouraged to attend. Please bring a sack lunch and your laptop or other device if you have one.


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


— Laura Parsons, Chair

Sunday August 20


“Thoughts on Paganism as a UU Church Member”
by Joni Rae Latham


“Heretic Heart”
performed by Joni Rae Latham

“Blessed Are We”
“Isis, Astarte”

performed by the Pagan Choir

Future Services

August 27 –   Homecoming Sunday

September 3 – “Creativity,” Roland Richmond


— Amber Fox, DRE

Last week the church hosted the fourth annual Fish With Feet Camp. Twenty-four children and two teen volunteers, as well as seven adults, spent the week learning about evolution and the origins of human life. It was a great fun experience and we are already excitedly planning for next year. 

Next Sunday . . .

10 am –

Kids Choir Practice!!!
Adult RE

Seekers – (Library) continuing the exploration of transcendentalism and spirituality, please read Good Sense vs Free Hope

Children’s RE – Transformation!

11 am – 

YoUUth Religious Education

Last Sunday . . . 

the younger kids read Grandmother Fish, a favorite book from Fish With Feet Camp, watched a short clip about the transitional species tiktaalik, and then created their own clay tiktaaliks. The older kids worked on a poetry project together.

The teachers downstairs were Timmy and Adam. Alicia was nursery care.

RE Needs:

We are gathering paper towel rolls for use as rain sticks as part of the water communion on August 27th.

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


— Kara Lynn, Financial Secretary

The 2018 pledge drive will kick-off coinciding with our homecoming on August 27th. Now is the time to start contemplating what financial contribution you will make to First UU next year! There will be more details and an announcement given on the 27th. See you there! 


— Emily Blevins, Music Director

The choir is hard at work getting ready for our first Sunday of the choir season on August 27th. We are planning one intergenerational number, so if you have children who would like to participate, please be downstairs at 10:00 am this week to rehearse. Children are also invited to the Tuesday rehearsal on the 22nd at 6:00. We will rehearse with them for the first 15 minutes or so and get them back home. I appreciate everyone who has been so helpful in getting the choir up and running for my first year as music director! 


— Don Underwood, Chair

A Big Thank You!
To all of those who have donated food to Crosslines this past month. On Tuesday, Tim and I hauled 204 pounds of donated food and other items to Crosslines, a record since we have been delivering food there. There were four or five good-sized boxes of canned food and other items. We had to take the cart out to our truck twice, and use two carts once we got to Crosslines. You are making a difference in people’s lives with these donations. Among the people I helped Wednesday were a young couple who had just lost everything. They were so grateful for anything they were able to get. One woman’s daughter had just started kindergarten, and she was pleased to take home a book, courtesy of Friends of the Library, to surprise her with when she got home.

One footnote: Someone donated a large bag of plastic shopping bags. Crosslines can NOT use these, so please recycle them. We took the bag over to Price Cutter and recycled it there.
On Wednesday, your four UU volunteers — Bev, Roberta, Bonnie, and Betty — assisted 71 households, consisting of 178 people, obtain food. There were two new clients this month. At least two families obtained clothing through the voucher system available at Crosslines.

Our Share the Plate recipient for August 27 will be Home at Last.
Home at Last is a program funded by the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Home at Last/SSVF is designed to serve veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This program provides rent, utility assistance, furniture, case management and more to those who have served our country and now finds themselves in need of a little help.  


Monday September 4

First UU is planning to have an entry in the annual Neal Moore Memorial Labor Day Parade.  At least five persons should be involved to make a valid entry.  Lineup begins 9-9:30 and the parade will begin 10 a.m. on Labor Day from the south end of the MSU Campus near JQH Parkway and Grand, and will end at Fassnight Park, near Parkview High School between Campbell and Grant.

For people who can’t walk or bicycle the more than one mile route, we need an open top truck with sides or convertible and safe seating.  Please contact the church if you have a vehicle.  Young children are welcome but need an adult chaperone and will  follow other guidelines for safety.

A signup sheet will be in back of the sanctuary however UU’s do not have to sign up to be in our contingent. People not wanting to walk are welcome to view the parade from Grand or South Campbell Steets.  There will be a picnic lunch with donations benefiting MD, musical entertainment, snacks, introduction of candidates for public office,  a playground with “bouncy buildings” for children, and an antique car show at the event.  The Teamsters Union Local 245 is coordinating the parade. 

– Scoop

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



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