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Choir Practice Starting Earlier! 

Starting this Sunday, November 22nd, the UUCO will begin choir practice at 9 a.m. instead of 9:15 a.m.

The Holiday Boutique Returns on December 6!

The UUCO has traditionally held a Holiday Boutique following a Sunday service at the first part of December.  It was started first as a means for children to get gifts for their parents and siblings at a minimum cost.  Now it has expanded to include delectable food and gifts for everyone!

This year, our Holiday Boutique is on Sunday, December 6th after the service.  We need many donations of new or gently used regiftables that would make nice holiday gifts! This is a great way to live our UU values–regifting helps save our planet! We also need several folks to help set up on Saturday, December 5th.

 Contact Evelyn Bertilson at egbert35@msn.com for more info.  If you would like to offer your general help with this event, please let her know about that as well!

Holly, Jolly, Jingle Pancake Breakfast

The Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 13 at 9 a.m. This is a fundraiser so the youth group can pursue various service projects. YRUU has been regularly serving dinner at The Lantern House Homeless Shelter the first Sunday of every month with help from other Congregants. Thanks to everyone that has pitched in to help.

December Worship Preview!

Plan to join us for special holiday worship in December!

December 6     Candles of Wonder–discover the Jewish tradition of Hanukkah
December 10    Blue Christmas Vespers at 7 pm–solace for those struggling this holiday season
December 13    Wonderfully Grinchy–a spirited telling of the Grinch story, written by UU author, Dr. Seuss
December 20    Wondering in Darkness–celebrate the Winter Solstice
December 24     Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm, followed by Potluck Dinner
December 27     Wonders of the Season–lovely seasonal poetry and music

December’s Wondrous Religious Explorations!

Our re-imagined Religious Exploration approach continues in December with exciting activities for all ages, every Sunday, based on our December spiritual theme, Wonder. Come join in the fun and exploration from noon to 1 pm! Child care provided for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.   Note that extended child care (for ages 0-10) available until 2 pm on December 6, 13 and 20.
Sunday, December 6    Holiday Boutique-fun and goodies for all ages!
                                  YRUU Youth Group
                                  Understanding Racism Learning Circle 12:30-1:30 pm
Sunday, December 13  Holly Jolly Jingle Pancake Breakfast (YRUU Youth Group!)
                                  Children’s Chapel (K-6) exploring Wonder
                                  YRUU Youth Group
                                  UUA Common Read (Just Mercy) Introductory Session
                                  Young Adult Gathering-Exploring Wonder 1-2 pm
Friday, December 18    UUCO Caroling Night at the downtown Christmas Village 7-8 pm
                                  (We’ll carol at the downtown Christmas Village and return to UUCO for hot chocolate and cookies!)
Sunday, December 20 Wonder Adventures*
                                 Understanding Racism Learning Circle 1-2 pm
Sunday, December 27  Re-Gifting Fun!
                                 (Bring your re-giftable presents for a fun exchange for all ages!)


*Your choice of two adventures to explore the theme of Wonder. Each adventure can be enjoyed by people of any age.

Wonder of the Solstice-Explore the wonders of a pagan Winter Solstice ritual with Heide Cottam, offering some quiet time to reflect with guided meditation, chanting, candles and more!
Wonder of the Season-Join us in caroling to bring good cheer to our neighbors right around our block including the nursing home across the street, led by Nic Maughan.

Your Holiday Shopping Can Benefit UUCO! 

As you join in on the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember to sign up for the two organizations – Amazon Smile and Smith’s Food and Drug – that donate a percentage of your purchase to UUCO.  To sign up for Amazon Smile, go to smile.amazon.com and follow the directions.  To find our organization, search “Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden.”  To support UUCO when you shop at Smith’s, register your Smith’s rewards card at smithscommunityrewards.com and designate UUCO as your charity by entering our nonprofit organization number: 36616.  If you have any further questions, feel free to reply to this email.

Second Opportunity for Just Mercy UUA Common Read Starts December 13th! 

Several congregants that were unable to attend the Just Mercy discussions expressed interest in still participating in the common read. Laura Anderson and Heide Cottam will offer the introductory session on Sunday, December 13th from 12-1 p.m.  Other Just Mercy discussion group sessions will meet in mid-January at a time to be determined.  To participate, please email Heide Cottam at heidecottam@gmail.comJust Mercy can be purchased through Amazon, alternatively, Heide does have two copies left to lend out.

New UUCO Common Read Starting Up NOW!

Our common read group met twice – the first time, to open the discussion and explore themes we would be tackling while we read. During the second, we explored our personal ideas of mercy, justice, and compassion and how they framed our experiences in reading the book. We also discussed several different ways to continue the conversation of racial inequality within our society.
Our group decided to move forward in educating ourselves through reading. Over the holidays, we will be reading Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. The book is written by Debby Irving and available for purchase through Amazon (please don’t forget to use Amazing Smile so the church receives a small donation from your purchase).
Due to the holiday schedules, we will be reaching out personally to those interested to find a time to meet in January. If you would like to participate, please email Laura Anderson at purplelauraus@gmail.com or Heide Cottam at heidecottam@gmail.com

Young Adults Next Meeting Set for December 13th!

The UUCO Young Adults had their last gathering on Sunday, November 1st.  This group is fairly new and still experimenting with different days and times for meeting as well as exploring the possibilities of topics of discussion we may want to delve into deeper.  At the November 1st meeting, the next gathering date was set for Sunday, December 13th from 1-2 pm after the regular Religious Exploration classes.  At that time, they will discuss the possibility of having a set Sunday every month that the group will meet.  Currently, the consensus is to meet once a month and have at least one social activity a month.  If you would like to get involved or have questions, please email Karline Valentine at smile4kar@aol.com.

Understanding Racism Learning Circle Update

Sunday’s gathering of our Understanding Racism Learning Circle was, once again, powerful and profound. We explored the ideas of core identities, beginning with this quote from Charles Taylor, a cultural philosopher and Professor Emeritus at McGill University in Montreal:
“Each of us has an original way of being human: each person has his or her own “measure.” There is a certain of being human that is my way. I am called upon to live my life in this way and not in an imitation of anyone else’s life. This notion give a new importance to being true to myself. If I can not, I miss the point of my life; I miss what being human is for me.”
We are excited to be meeting on December 6th at 12:30 to continue to explore our understanding of racism in our society and faith tradition. Please feel free to join us and please do bring a snack to share. With the later hour, our learning circle evolved to include a light lunch.

We look forward to seeing you at our remaining circles:

  • December 6th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm in the Boardroom
  • December 20th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm in the Boardroom
For more details, please contact Heide Cottam at heidecottam@gmail.com.

Family History Classes Starting Up in January!

Please stay tuned for start dates and times, but you can plan on the choices of a six-week set of classes on Wednesday evenings,  Friday mornings, and Saturday afternoons.