Thursday Night Supper – Family Night! Come join members, friends, and visitors at 5:30 p.m. for social time and supper served at 6:00 p.m. Menu for Nov. 6: Street Tacos (Beef, Chicken, Veggie), Spanish Rice, Simmered Pinto Beans, Condiments, and Brownies. Email your reservation (deadline 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4), or sign up at church on Sundays (sign-up sheets by the office). Adults: $13, Youth: $8, Children: $6. Don't miss it! ** Childcare is now available on Family Night. You may request childcare for TNS when you reserve a meal for other Thursday evenings.
Vespers at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room with Rev. Greg Ward.
Luminescence: Adult Choir Rehearsal at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Bryan Baker. New singers are welcome to come explore wonderful choral music.
Who Are We? UUCB is going to have the third of its six Congregational Conversations on NOVEMBER 9, 2014 in the Social Hall. The topic is going to help us examine and explore that question through examining our community by way of an energy analysis. We will examine different areas of the congregation and take note of where energy is being channeled effectively into powerful and productive programs that make a significant difference in people’s lives. We will also look at where we are losing energy and ask ourselves if that loss of energy (and power) are something we want to understand and address.
Rev. Greg will also share with us some of what he has learned after over 80 one-to-one conversations with our leadership and general membership that might offer important insights.
A light lunch will be provided at noon for those who attend the conversation ($5-15), and childcare will be offered. Contact the Transition Team for more information.
Youth Ministry Workshop on Sunday, November 16 10:15 to 12:15. This great but brief 1.5 hour session aims to give youth, youth advisors, and adult advocates (that’s you!) the tools to foster leadership, to help youth groups explore Unitarian Universalism more deeply, and to nurture the soul of your adviser teams. Best practices in adult-youth partnerships will be emphasized and participants will leave with tools they can use here at UUCB to engage & empower our youth. I hope you will join us! Space is limited, so please RSVP online.
Muse Crossing CD Release Concert! Celebrate the trio’s new album release on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. Muse Crossing (Shawn Dohring, Michèle Voillequé, and Mark Walstrom) plays eclectic acoustic arrangements of folk, popular and classical songs, always with an emphasis on tight vocal harmonies: Dylan, the Beatles, James Taylor and others you might not yet know. Tickets include refreshments: Students/Seniors: $15; General: $20. Tickets available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Worship Associates Group Forming - Do you want to help lead and shape worship in our congregation? Are you reflective on the still small voice within you and sensitive to the spiritual yearnings of your community? Do you communicate passion, love, and grounded-ness to those around you?
We are excited to announce a new lay leadership team at UUCB! The Worship Associates will learn about worship leadership and reflect together on the spiritual themes of each month, support each other’s growth as worship leaders, and take part in creating and leading Sunday morning services and Thursday evening Vespers.
The Worship Associates will be a team of 8-9 people who meet on a monthly basis. In order to ensure that this small team has both a balanced mix of skills and represents a diverse cross-section of the congregation, those interested must submit an application.
If you would like to know more about the Worship Associates Program and review the application, please visit http://uucb.org/call-for-worship-associates.html or pick up a hardcopy application on the church information table.
Daylight Savings Time ends today. Set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night!
Lost In Translation -Have you ever been 'called' to something important but missed the 'call' because you didn't understand what was being asked? What was at stake? Being able to hear, understand and interpret what the world is asking of us is of critical importance if we are to figure out how to become integral and necessary to the future. QUESTION: How is careful listening and 'understanding' (rather than 'agreement') important in personal and spiritual growth rather than just 'getting our way. Rev. Greg, preaching.
8:30 AM Childcare Available - Skytown Building
9:30 AM Coming of Age Class – Chrysalis Room
9:30 AM Parent Support Group – Safir Room
10:00 AM Youth & Children's Choir Rehearsal - Meditation Room
11:15 AM Children's Classes - Religious Education Building
11:15 AM Youth Groups - Chrysalis Room, Meditation Room
12:15 PM Teacher Reflection Circle - Family Ministry Office
Personal Theology – Steven Herrmann, “Spiritual Democracy.” 10:00 a.m., Fireside Room
Humanist Connections – “PBS: Is it relevant,” 12:30 p.m. Safir Room
TONIGHT, November 2 at 2:00 p.m., UUCB presents an organ recital by UUCB Organist Katya Kolesnikova. Born in Russia, Katya holds advanced musical degrees from Russia and Germany, and has played many concerts and recitals, and as a church organist, in Europe and the U.S., especially in and around Sacramento and in the Bay Area. Her program features music by Bach, Vivaldi, Buxtehude, Lefébure-Wély, Heaps, Mussorgsky. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted.
Sunday Sundown Meditation returns! Begin or end your week with a Sundown Meditation Service, starting up again in November. This is a great way to reinforce this spiritual practice with others in the Fireside room as we silently contemplate the sun slipping behind the mountains. Note that times vary with sunset:
Nov. 2 - 5:00 p.m., Nov. 9 - 4:45 p.m., Nov. 16 - 4:45 p.m., Nov 30. - 4:30 p.m.
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Sundays in November
November’s Theme: “Calling”
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2. Set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday!
November 2 - Lost in Translation - Have you ever been 'called' to something important but missed the 'call' because you didn't understand what was being asked? What was at stake? Being able to hear, understand and interpret what the world is asking of us is of critical importance if we are to figure out how to become integral and necessary to the future. QUESTION: How is careful listening and 'understanding' (rather than 'agreement') important in personal and spiritual growth rather than just 'getting our way.'
November 9 - Power vs. Force - All that happens in life is made possible by energy flow and distribution. This includes everything we do as human beings. But do we ever stop to notice the kind of energy we're bringing to each situation? Is it compelling energy or coercive energy? This is a service where we get to stop and take stock of the energy we're experiencing and the energy we're offering. QUESTION: What is the difference between 'Power' and 'Force' in terms of the energy we use to make changes and shape our life?
November 16 - The Rope - Family Systems talks about how people work together to do two things: maintain stability and establish connection. But sometimes, when an individual in the system - or the system itself - is called to something greater than stability, it can be hard. This service is about answering the call to important to ignore. QUESTION: In what ways have we gotten 'stuck' in our lives and how do we get 'unstuck' so that both we - and others - are able to grow?
November 23 - Music Sunday - You Are The Music! With Bryan Baker, Luminescence Choir and more!
November 30 - I Said ‘Yes’ to Life - Sometimes, life’s challenges feel so overwhelming that we may want to say “no” to the world; to close ourselves off, or shut our surroundings out. When our energy feels completely drained, where do we find the strength to answer our life’s deepest call?
A graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry, Abbey Tennis now serves as the school’s Interim Advancement Director. Before entering the ministry, she was a lay leader for fifteen years, serving as a youth on the UUA board of trustees, working in the UUA’s Youth Office, and as a member of the continental UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Abbey had the honor of keynoting at the 2008 UU Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) conference, and she recently interned at All Souls Church in Washington, D.C. Her previous career included climate change policy work and professional facilitation.
About Worship at UUCB
Worship is at the heart of our community. Worship refreshes us and we take a deep breath and rest from our daily lives. Worship refreshes when it comforts us in difficult times, when it celebrates with us our joys, and when it challenges us and names what has been avoided. Worship reminds us of who we are, what we can become, how we want to live, what we hope to give to the community and the world.
In our worship services, we laugh and cry and are reminded of what is deepest and dearest. Worship engages our minds and hearts and bodies with wisdom from the world’s religions, the words and deeds of prophetic and poetic women and men, experiences of life’s twists and turns and transcending mystery and wonder. Together we reverence living and dying, mark joy and pain and promise. We celebrate hope and liberation, recovery and possibility.
Worship strengthens us to live out our Unitarian Universalist principles in our families, neighborhoods, work lives, church, and world. Worship inspires us to create the Beloved Community and live lives of integrity, joy, and service.
Our Sunday Services, held from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to noon, are joyous gatherings of the community in our Sanctuary. Our Thursday Vesper services from 7:00 to 7:25 p.m. in the Fireside Room provide a mid-week opportunity for refreshing your spirit.
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