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What’s Up November 20, 2014


Joint Thanksgiving Service with Temple Israel is Tuesday, November 25, at 7 pm.  Delicious tidbits and coffee served following the service.  Chefs of First UU…call Barbara St. Clair if you are wondering what we need.

Claudia Brown and First UU’s office elf will co-sponsor our Adopt-A-Family activities this year.  The kick-off is Sunday, November 23 when we Share-the-Plate with our two  chosen families.

A rose to Ross Bebout for all the quiet things he does around our church.  Thanks Ross.



 Yoga Information: When:  1st and 3rd Sundays at 2:15 pm

Instructor:  Kirsten Gardner, certified yoga instructor

All skill levels accommodated

Bring a mat if you have one

Cost:  $4 per class

Saturday, Nov 22, MSU Campus, Ellis Recital Hall, 7:30 pm…Loriana Zavala is the Graduate Assistant of Opera Animals! This is a free production of scenes by Britten, Copland, Donizetti, Fox, Herbert, Moore, Mozart, Offenbach and Ravel.

The Day of Remembrance service is Saturday, November 22 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary.  It will honor all transgender people who were murdered in 2014.

Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held in our church as usual.  Gather at noon, eat at 1 pm.    Please be sure to RSVP so Jennifer can provide enough turkey.

Early registration ends soon for the Winter WomanSpirit 2015 Conference, taking place February 6th-8th at Lake Country UU Church in Hartland, WI.  Please see the flyer posted in the hallway if you are interested in this conference.


Look for a YoUUth bake sale following the December 14th service.  Contact Laura Smith if you can provide fodder for the sale table.


Vegan Potluck dinners will be held at 5 pm from now until Daylight Savings Time resumes.

About UPS or FedEx notices on the door: please look for my signature allowing the driver to leave the delivery.  If you see my name, please do not remove the notice.  Thanks.



With very short notice, there were a few UU’s observed among the 150 at the Walk for Peace Saturday morning down Boonville Avenue from Commercial Street to Chestnut Trafficway.

 One Springfield, the coalition supporting upholding the non-discrimination ordinance recently passed by the Springfield City Council, will next meet 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Old Glass Place at 521 E St. Louis Street.  You will be hearing more about First UU and our stance on this issue.


Tree present

Adopt a Family Update:  We will collect for two families during this Holiday season.  Both are well-known to Rev Jane and both struggling sincerely to turn things around.  This Sunday is our Share-the-Plate for contributions. Please be generous.   Look for our usual tree and ornaments as the weeks progress.  If you can help Claudia Brown with this project, please let her know.

Skepticon, a national education conference of freethinkers held in Springfield, will begin 9 a.m. Friday morning, Nov. 21 at the Oasis on North Glenstone. The conference draws those whose beliefs include various aspects of humanism, agnosticism, atheism, social and human rights issues and other themes.  Activities last from 9 a.m. to the wee hours. Admission is free.  Go to Skepticon, or Skepticon in Springfield, Mo. online for more information on the conference.


First UU Crosslines Volunteers need your help.  Please read what Betty Ridge has to say, and if you’ve been thinking about volunteering, go ahead and try it out:  On Nov. 19 we served more than 80 families, including more than 150 people, at our monthly Crosslines volunteer day.

We can still use nonperishable food items (the Crosslines budget for purchasing food gets lower at this time of year, just as demand increases) as well as personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, razors and toothpaste. The latter are important because people who have food stamps can’t use them for these basic needs. Feminine hygiene products also are welcome.

This month we had no fresh produce until about an hour before our shift ended, when a truckload arrived. People were able to get bananas and other fruit, some vegetables including green beans, bell peppers and salad mixes, and a few more exotic fruits such as guava and kiwi.

We also gave out about 40 coats for men, women and children.

We try to provide three UU volunteers on each volunteer day, the third Wednesday of the month. We have three regulars and one alternate. We’d like to recruit a couple more alternates. It’s simple and enjoyable work. We serve as “shoppers,” helping clients pick out their food from the options available. We arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m., and receive a short orientation of what products are available that month at 8:45 a.m. They open the doors at 9 and close them at 1:45 p.m. We stay and serve whatever clients remain after the doors have closed. This week I left about 2:10 p.m., but sometimes there is no one waiting and you can leave at 1:45. There is a refrigerator and break room, so you can bring a snack. If you think you might like to volunteer, please email or call me at 417-877-0524 (leave a message with the generic guy on the machine).

World AIDS Day Monday, Dec. 1 will be observed in Springfield at  6 p.m. with a free showing of the award winning documentary “How to Survive a Plague”, held at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 417-881-1900 or e-mail cecelia.havens@apo-ozarks to reserve a seat.   The free showing will include popcorn and a remembrance ceremony.

The Martin Luther King Day Walk Monday, Jan. 19 is an event usually attended by a UU contingent.  NAACP President Cheryl Clay asked us again if we would like to again be a sponsor for the scholarships awarded that day to the middle school student winners of an essay contest on the subject. The goal is $150 and we will use our January Share-the-Plate to provide funds.




This Sunday, November 23, Rev Jane’s sermon is titled, “Thanksgiving and Kindness.” She wanted me include this timely cartoon in today’s What’s Up.  We also hold a Share-the-Plate collection for our two Adopt-A-Families.  These families are well-known to Rev Jane, and they are doing everything they can to make ends meet.  Please be generous.

Our Joint Thanksgiving Service with Temple Israel will be held Tuesday, November 25 at 7 pm.  This service is followed by light refreshments provided by our talented chefs.




The Adult RE email has received a makeover. Some addresses may have been misplaced during the move.  If you would like to receive weekly information regarding Adult RE, please notify Emily Aderhold or send an email to

SEEKERS:  We are studying the damage caused by anxiety, and how to reduce it in one’s life.


EXPLORERS:  We are using 2 x 2 blocks to make visual reminders of the Seven Principles. We’ll begin with a Mindfulness Meditation and a reading by a UU author about the Interconnected Web.


Thanks to all who have returned their commitments.  Please consider doing so in order for our officers to better plan the 2015 budget.


Please see our web-site calendar at

Friday, Nov 21


Saturday, Nov 22



Sunday, Nov 23

9 am


7 pm

7 pm


11 am




Skepticon Opens


Day of Remembrance Service

Opera Animals, Ellis Hall, MSU


Rev Jane:  Thanksgiving and Kindness

Share-the-Plate with Adopt-A-Family


One Springfield Meeting, Old Glass Place, 521 East St. Louis


Tuesday, Nov 25


7 pm


Joint Thanksgiving with Temple Israel

Thursday, Nov 27


Sunday, Nov 30



11 am

Thanksgiving Feast


Rev Jane with “Footprints in the Snow, Season’s Glow”


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