There will be no Sunday morning meetings of Second Circle in January. Instead, all teens and parents are invited to a movie and discussion in the sanctuary on Sunday, January 20, at 4 p.m. We will share food and watch the movie “Crash” together, and Rev. Scott will lead us in a discussion. (“Crash” is rated “R”, so parental permission will be expected.)
All who are interested in membership are invited to participate in our next “Pathways to Membership” class on Saturday, January 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and of this church, share a few words about your religious journey, hear about our ministries, and learn about the benefits and expectations of church membership. Please reserve your spot by Sunday, January 20, by contacting Kathy Bell.
Second Unitarian’s Annual “Sing for Your Supper” is Saturday, January 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. (meal at 6). All talented 2U members qualify! Polish your musical talents, poetry writing, recitation, and dramatic readings. This is your opportunity to perform. Audience participation is also welcome! Please bring soup and/or dessert to share. Fellowship will provide bread, coffee, and beverages. Childcare will be provided downstairs after the meal, from 7 to 9 p.m.
OVERVIEW OF CONGREGATION BASED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
On Saturday, January 26, from 9 to 11 a.m, Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is hosting a workshop on how congregations can work together to improve the quality of life for families in our community. Learn how to build a relational culture within our congregations, listen for issues of common concern, act together for the common good, and create a culture of participation and problem solving vs. a culture of passivity and helplessness. The workshop is at Augustana Lutheran Church, 3647 Lafayette Avenue. Our congregation is a founding member of OTOC.
One half of Second Unitarian’s offering received in January will go to the CERG (Central East Regional Group of the Unitarian Universalist Association) Disaster Relief Fund. The Fund collects donations to aid UU congregations and members affected by Hurricane Sandy, providing the basics needed for people who have been displaced or are in need of emergency support. Additional funds will assist congregations in rebuilding damage. To nominate an organization for our Share the Plate program, visit the church website or contact the Social Justice Coordinating Council or Rev. Scott.
BLANKETS AND MORE FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY
Lifespan Religious Growth and Learning is collecting donations for the Nebraska Humane Society. They need blankets, towels, one-gallon Ziploc freezer bags, distilled water, clear plastic tubs, yarn, box fans, rubber-backed rugs, and more. These items will be donated at our January Family Service Learning Project. We will meet Sunday, January 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Nebraska Humane Society at 90th & Fort to begin a behind-the-scenes tour. Following our tour, we will meet in their auditorium for our gathering and worship.
In the event of Sunday service cancellation, the church phone at 402-334-0537 will be the first notification, and when possible that will be done by 7:00 a.m. on the Sunday in question. Other notifications will be posted and sent following that. If weather or road conditions cause services or a major church event to be canceled, we will also send a message to the weekly email list and place a message on the church website. In case of a service cancellation, we will also contact local media with our information.