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What’s Up Sept 21, 2017


First Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield



Volunteer Fair

Sunday October 1
12:15 pm
Learn more about the activities and volunteer opportunities at the UU while you mingle during next month’s Friendly Feast potluck.

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


— Laura Parsons, Chair

Sunday September 24

read by Ryan McCoy



“An American in Paris”
“Whistle While You Work”
“So What”

performed by
John Prescott -Trumpet
Eva Riebold – Piano
Luke Prescott – Drums

Future Services

October 1
“A People of Zest”
read by Joni Rae Latham

October 8
“Life is a Gamble”
read by Elizabeth Self


— Amber Fox, DRE

Next Sunday . . .

10 am
Adult RE Seekers (located in library)
– discussing Of Course I’m Racist, UU World, Fall 2017, p 20-21

Children’s RE – Fall Equinox

11 am
Religious Education Classes – Embodiment

Last Sunday . . .

the younger kids listened to the story The Rainbow Fish and created celery print scaled fish.

Timmy and Amber W. had Chris L. there to assist, luckily, as there were 12 PreK students present.

The middle class read Extra Yarn and created their own yarn art. Amber F. and Victoria led that class.

Adam helped the older kids tackle bullying and learned about a project designed to help combat bullying.

Sunday October 1

10 am

All youth, ages 13-18, are welcome to attend

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


— Kara Lynn, Financial Secretary

Pledge Drive 2018: Give So First UU Can Live!

Pledge forms are available on the table under the clock in the auditorium.
Please fill out the form and place in the locked box on the table.

Thank you for your sincere consideration and pledge!


— Don Underwood, Chair

This Sunday, we Share the Plate with Safe to Sleep, an emergency overnight women’s shelter providing women of all ages a safe and compassionate place to sleep.


Our June Share the Plate recipient, 
Eden Animal Haven, is now publishing a Mewsletter. Contact to subscribe.

Although the numbers this month weren’t as large, the Crosslines volunteers kept busy serving 64 families, totaling 154 people. I had one family with 10 people in it, and fortunately was able to give them plenty of the extra donations that had come in, such as individually-packaged servings of chocolate milk. This month we had eight new clients, the most I can remember. Despite all the news about the economy improving, we continue to have people seeking help at Crosslines for the first time. The desk clerks commented there have been an unusually large number of new people for the past week or so.

Last week Tim and I emptied the basket in the sanctuary and took the donations to Crosslines. We had 80 pounds of donations this month, with a lot of good quality food items. We also cleaned out a closet, finding quite a few cloth tote bags which we took to Crosslines. People who arrive on foot or by bus appreciate receiving these bags to take their groceries home, rather than the regular plastic grocery bags that tend to break at inopportune times. If you have some empty tote bags you’ve received at a conference or on some other occasion, and you don’t need them, Crosslines would appreciate them. Just put them in the cart, and Tim and I will get them there!

Again, our regular volunteers, Bev, Bonnie, Roberta, and Betty worked this month.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Crosslines food pantry, or helping out with the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas drives, I’ll be at our First UU Volunteer Fair on October 1 with information.

– Betty


2nd Annual First UU

TrUUnk or Treat

Sunday October 29
3 – 5 pm

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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