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Middle Hour - Child/Youth RE & Adult Classes 10:10 AM

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December’s theme is ‘Hope’.
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December 6, 2017

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Childcare & Middle Hour Announcements
General Announcements
Weekly Events

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Sunday, December 10


Services at 9:00 & 11:15 AM







“Use Your Power”












Rev. John Crestwell





In these hopeless and hopeful times, how do you use your position, place and power to create more just outcomes? As you prepare for Christmas and the beginning of 2018, my answer may surprise and embolden your social action in the days ahead. Music by the UUCA Orchestra & Betsy Kraning.


Sunday, December 17
Multi-generational Services at 9:00 & 11:15 AM
“Where Is the Light?”
Rev. Fred Muir























At this time, the darkest of the year, we beckon the light forward to fill the darkness and help us see more clearly. The theme of an emerging light in the darkness is present in several of the December holidays. Join us in this multi-generational service and help us name the light(s) that sustain life. Music by the UUCA Choir. [No childcare this morning.]
























 reannouncementsChildcare & RE Announcements 

Childcare for December 10:
Stars – Art with Debbie Boudra
At 9:00 & 11:15 AM, children ages 4-9 begin the service in the sanctuary, and then are “sung out” after the Wonder Box message to attend childcare in the RE sanctuary if they wish. Youth ages 10-18 remain in the service, departing the sanctuary during the first service in time for their RE classes at 10:00 AM. Nursery is available for children 6 months-3 years. 

Middle Hour for Sunday, December 10 
At 10:10 AM, children & youth attend RE classes while adults can choose from one of the options listed below:
Inquirers: Social Justice & Action [Library]
Holiday Sing-a-long [Sanctuary]
  Knitting for Yourself & Others [MacLean room]
  Inclusion Principle [RE sanctuary]
*please check the whiteboards located inside the upper & lower entrance for the most up-to-date information, as the schedule may vary. 


General Announcements


December’s Theme is HOPE
Read what Rev. Fred has to say about HOPE in his final blog posting. Click here to view.
End-of-Year Donations Appeal


2017 has been a significant year of transition as Rev. Fred ends 34 years of ministry with us; and Rev. Kathleen Rolenz will begin her interim ministry here on January 1. We want to finish the year in a strong, solid place. You can help make this possible, with a special year-end gift. Click here to donate via PayPal, or if you prefer a check you can mail it to the church office (or stop in the next time you’re at church).
Thank you!


Scarf & Hat Fundraiser


The Sanctuary Committee & the Fiber Fellowship are partnering to raise funds. On Sunday, December 10 & 17, stop by our table in the narthex and peruse the handmade scarves & hats that are available for sale. Pick up a gift, or something for yourself – all proceeds benefit the work of the Sanctuary Committee. Purchases can be made during Middle Hour or after the 11:15 service. Contact: Stephanie Anderson, 703-258-2491.


Reminder for Year-End Donations


The end of the year will be here before we know it. If you are planning to make a year-end donation this year for tax purposes, please note that it must be postmarked, transacted electronically, or hand-delivered to the office by close of business on December 31. IRS rules do not allow for back dating contributions received or postmarked after December 31.


Inclement Weather Policy:


On Sundaysvisit uuannapolis.org to view a popup message with weather-related cancellations & delays [popups must be enabled in your browser] or call 410-266-8044 for a recorded announcement. 


On weekdaysoffice closings will be announced as above; however, for other meetings & events it is best to contact the individual in charge as those cancellations are often made on a case-by-case basis. 

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weeklyeventsWeekly Events 

Events for Thursday, December 7

Men’s Breakfast Group
When: Thursday, December 7, 8:00 AM
Where: The Breakfast Shoppe, Severna Park
What: Men meet weekly for breakfast and conversation; newcomers welcome. The fourth Thursday our meeting location changes to the Light House Bistro in Annapolis. 
ContactStephen Meyer *Stephen can no longer serve as the group contact after December 31. Someone else needs to take over these duties, or this will no longer be considered a church program. Please contact the church office if you are interested. 
What Are Street Retreats & What Is Their Value?
When: Thursday, December 7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Sanctuary
What: Bob Ertman leads initial silent meditation & then discusses his experience with the Order of Zen Peacemakers & their Street Retreats as well as on-going planning for local/regional Street Retreats including the Mindfulness Practice Group.[photo: Roshi Bernie Glassman leads Zen Peacemakers in homelessness in NYC, 2014] 
ContactPhyllis Culham 
Events for Sunday, December 10

UU Theists
When: Sunday, December 10, 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Where: Young room
What: Any UU with a theistic view is welcome to join us for discussion.
John Fischer
Practicing with Perceptions
When: Sunday, December 10, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Where: Emerson room
What: Tom Kibalo will lead initial guided meditation then discuss the third of the skandhas, aggregates, which seem to us to make up “selves:” Perceptions. Believing in our perceptions as solid is a great barrier between us & others. [art: perceptions holding us captive by Tom Kibalo] 
ContactPhyllis Culham 
UU Humanists
When: Sunday, December 10, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Where: Emerson room
What: Join the Humanists for potluck lunch and discussion of Humanist principles.
Cliff Andrew
Stone Soup
When: Sunday, December 10, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Where: Sanctuary
What: A holiday tradition here at UUCA! Bring a soup ingredient to church that morning, and then return in the evening for crafts, tree-trimming, music, and – of course – the Stone Soup story and soup! Many volunteers are needed to make this evening a success, visit www.tinyurl.com/StoneSoup2017 to sign up.
Contact: Elise Berrocal  [volunteers]; Michele Reese [craft donations]
Events for Monday, December 11

Drum Circle
When: Monday, December 11, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Where: Sanctuary
What: Connect with others through the spiritual practice of drumming No musical experience necessary. Bring a hand percussion instrument or borrow one of our spares. Ages 16+ and any newcomers welcome
Chris Larragoite
Events for Tuesday, December 12

Lunch Bunch
When: Tuesday, December 12, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Where: Library
What: Drop in with your lunch at noon; typically a film from CBS Religion & Culture at 12:30; followed by discussion at 1:00. This week- “Protecting the Sacred: Water, the Environment, and Climate Change”.

[graphic: St.Martin’s Episcopal Church

ContactBob Ertman
 upcomingeventsUpcoming Events  

Holiday Worship Services
When: Sunday, December 17, 9:00 & 11:15 AM; Sunday, December 24, 9:00 AM and 5:00. 7:00 & 9:00 PM
Where: Sanctuary
What: Holiday Multi-generational Service on Sunday, December 17 at both services. No childcare that morning, as children & youth should attend the service with family. [Rev. Fred Muir]


Christmas Eve Morning Service on Sunday, December 24 at 9:00 AM ONLY – no nursery, childcare, or Middle Hour/RE that day. [Rev. John Crestwell]



Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Sunday, December 24; family-friendly service at 5:00 PM and traditional services at 7:00 & 9:00 PM. [Rev. Fred Muir]


 upcomingeventsSave the Dates

Rev. Fred Muir’s Final Service
When: Sunday, December 31, 9:00 AM ONLY
Where: Sanctuary
What: Rev. Fred leads his final service as UUCA’s senior minister. One service only today at 9:00 AM, followed by a presentation and refreshments. Nursery and childcare will be available. If you’d like to help with refreshments, contact Dianne Moreau (below). 
Contact: Dianne Moreau [refreshments]; Church Office [general information]

Arts in the Woods Sunday Concert Series
When: Sunday, January 7, 3:00 PM
Where: Sanctuary
What: Brian Ganz performs an all-Chopin program titled Hidden Gems and Timeless Treasures in his annual pre-Strathmore concert preview. Ganz, considered a leading pianist of his generation, presents some of the composer’s least known works alongside his perennial favorites – and reveals surprising connections between them. Requests will be honored.Tickets for this performance are $20 at the door, and include a reception. Subsequent month’s concerts will be $15. 
Contact:  Church Office


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