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Our mission is to reach out to those who seek a spiritual home.  

Our ongoing work is to build and sustain an open, caring, and accepting community for all ages
... so together we may explore and experience diverse beliefs, grow spiritually, and promote a society that affirms these aspirations.
Attending Church Services in Person

We welcome people back to the church building.
We are respectfully
requesting you wear a mask.
The Delta Variant of Covid has experts
concerned. We will not require social distancing, but there will be space
in the rear of the sanctuary for those who want to observe it. Please use
your best judgment as to your health needs.

 We will not offer food or drink at this time. You may bring your own
beverages but please refrain from drinking in the sanctuary. 
Please save your drinks for outside later.

Masks will be available.  Hand sanitizer will also be available. Please use
your best judgment as to your health needs.

You will be asked to fill out our Covid Protocols Form (one time) and sign
in (each time),  prior to entry. This will assist us for contact tracing if it
becomes necessary.

Social distancing is not required. Please use your best judgment as to
your health needs as you socialize with attendees.

***These protocols are subject to change based on the aforementioned
infection rates, vaccination rates, Covid variants and CDC guidelines.

We look forward to seeing more people
as we return to church services in our
church building. 

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

 Email:   or

Annual Thanksgiving Meal at First United Methodist Church

We've been helping to serve this community-wide meal for years, including last year's take-out event.  It's been a lot of fun meeting volunteers from other churches and interacting with diners.  This year will be a bit different, in terms of sign-up.

I've been collecting names and forwarding them to the Volunteer Coordinator in order to give CUUC visibility.  Last year folks from other churches posted this as a volunteer opportunity and basically said just show up.  There were too many volunteers who had to be sent home, making for some unhappy people.  

This year, opportunities for two days of chopping vegetables, cutting pies, stripping turkey meat and one day of helping with take-out exist.  If you want to volunteer for any of these two hour shifts, you are asked to call the Volunteer Coordinator, Betty Wasarhaley at 386-427-8710.  If you do volunteer, please let me know so I can report our participation to the Board.  Two years ago, we fielded 16 volunteers, more than the bigger churches!

Thanks!  Connie Baker
President's Message
Greetings, Friends!!!

     At this time of year we often pause to give thanks for our many blessings. One thing I find myself giving thanks for is human ingenuity. Recently a member of our church learned that someone had been impersonating her on the internet, sending Direct Messages via Facebook to people that stated they'd receive $200,000 from the government if only they'd comply with the requirements of the sender/government [typically this leads to requests for information, money or the purchase of goods, etc. - "The Catch!" This is a classic scam, one that was perpetrated a couple of years ago by someone using MY NAME] - this lady and I commiserated about having our identities compromised in this way; then she said, "These people - the 'Scam Artists' - are certainly Very Clever, aren't they? Don't you Wish they would use that intelligence to make this world a BETTER PLACE Instead of just to exploit others' gullibility?!" I agreed, whole-heartedly.

     For many around the world, the lifestyle that most people in these United States often take for granted is one of nearly unimaginable ease and comfort. At Thanksgiving, let us reflect on the pleasures of our lives and consider ways that we may ALL experience less hardship and stress as a society of human beings on Earth.

     I read internet news stories voraciously and as a result I am frequently greatly impressed by the unbelievably wondrous inventions that people have come up with to improve the quality of life that have yet to be implemented on any large scale.

 A few examples:
Ways to DeSalinate SeaWater and Create WindFarms for producing Energy Continue to Improve; humans have been inventing ways to Cool Buildings "passively" [without expending Energy Resources] by moving cool air Into structures while moving hot air Out, and using highly reflective paint ("the Whitest Paint ever created!") to reflect sunlight Away from structures...
Students in a competition invented a device which captures RainWater, purifies it so that it is suitable for drinking and other household needs, and stores energy in the process which can be used to power electric light fixtures... highly valuable to those living "Off the Grid" without access to electricity, water and sewer lines... folks in Spain have created a machine that captures water from the atmosphere itself - literally making water "from thin air" - clean, potable water!  And it's portable, meaning it can be used in remote locations... 

     People in Africa have created bricks from plastic waste materials that can be used as a building construction material. In a world full of landfills containing vast amounts of plastic waste, where the Pandemic has increased the cost of building construction materials, this seems an amazing opportunity to make good come from bad. 

    Even our oceans are filling up with waste plastic - consider "the great Pacific Garbage Patch" - which brings me to More Good News: a Scottish schoolboy invented a system by which tiny microplastics can be filtered out of water, creating clean water resources in a world where humans and animals - even fish - now hold once-unfathomable amounts of plastic in our bodies. 

     This is good news indeed. I learned recently that clothing made from synthetic materials - polyesters - which now come in many soft and comfortable fabrics that have replaced cotton and wool in much of the clothing worn around the world - actually SHEDS tiny microfibers when washed... which means that nearly invisible bits of plastic are going into the waste water every time the garment is washed, and they will end up in the ocean, or worse, in our water supply and then in our bodies. I had bought a new pair of shorts - they fit great, they were beautiful... but they were made from 100% synthetic material... so after learning the details above, I decided to return them to the store where I had purchased them. I am sure that someone will buy them and look great in them - but at what cost? The cotton clothing I wear daily is destined to end up in the rag bin some day - but this is exactly Because it Biodegrades!

     Plastic - who knew that we would be surrounded by so much of it within such a short time from its invention? But there are living organisms - mushrooms and algae - which actually eat plastic, and we have been inventing additional ways to collect it so plastic waste does not end up polluting waterways that end up at the sea, and the methods invented for removing it from the oceans themselves are also being improved upon. Our human species and its hunger for energy sources and physical objects has created this excess of plastic material on the planet; the good news is that there are alternatives to continuing to pollute our world. 

     Plastics are made from fossil fuels, so every time I recycle plastic bottles and containers in my kitchen I now consider the long-term impacts that our culture's dependence on fossil fuels has created - pollution of the land, sea and air, our own bodies and those of other creatures, and global warming... 
But change is possible - in fact, it's long overdue. Products used for cleaning and self-care which have been arriving in plastic bottles for many decades - things like laundry detergent, household cleaners and shampoos - can come instead in solid, water-soluble forms that are easy to transport, store, mix and use. Food and beverages can be packaged in biodegradable materials instead of in plastic bottles and containers, and carried in bags that are not made from plastic.

     Humans CAN and DO Invent New Materials Continuously: one new invention is a new form of plastic Itself that actually Biodegrades!

     Major industries like fast-food restaurants and grocery store chains can continue to explore options for leading the way to these absolutely necessary changes in the ways we live our everyday lives. And the United States can take a Leadership Role Again in helping human culture shift from deadly and unsustainable habits to healthy, sustainable ones.

     People invented a material that will biodegrade easily which can be used to create a membrane that holds liquid and can be sealed like a water balloon, and this can hold anything from beverages to condiments and emptied by penetrating the membrane and releasing its contents. 
Others have invented Plant-Based packaging materials that can replace plastics as food containers.

     And remember getting milk in a carton? You still can, but often the carton has a plastic cap on it; I have been told that this is because the Plastics Industry demanded a piece of the action - desiring greater profits. I understand that this plastic cap may come in handy if the paper carton is overturned - but why not use biodegradable materials Instead to make the Cap? Currently, I remove the plastic caps from cartons that hold things I use regularly - like coffee creamers - because I was informed that by doing so I could render the carton recyclable - something it is Not when the cap remains.

     Imagine with me, if you will, a world in which our gross overdependence on the plastic substances which surround us - and which, growing evidence is accumulating to show, are polluting our bodies as they have our environment - Diminishes.

     My grandmother lived All of her 82 years in the 20th century, and she continuously marveled at the ways that human ingenuity had changed our daily lives during her lifetime. If she were still alive today, no doubt she would Still be saying, "What Will They Think of NEXT?!" 

     I carry her spirit of amazement and wonder in my heart. I know that our species has the ability to make good choices for changing the way we live on this planet. We can Heal the Earth and Transform our Society. But this will require a Commitment from All Levels of Society... and the Cooperation of the Government AND Business Sectors. It Won't be Easy, but We CAN Do It; We Must Do It, if we are to leave a world to future generations that they Deserve!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Joe WolfArth
President, Board of Trustees

November 11th

A Month of Sundays
We have returned to in-person services for those who feel comfortable
attending.  We will also continue to Zoom services for those who are
unable to attend.  Please be patient as we work out our tech issues.  It
is a learning process for all.

November 7th

Tret Fure, Musician
"Sermon as Song, Forgiveness"

"Forgiveness is instrumental in forming an awareness of the person
you have always hoped to be.  It is the foundation for true compassion
and an open heart.  In these times, it has been hard to have that open heart
and to find forgiveness, but without it we cannot move forward."

Service Leader: Linda McGraw


November 14th

William P. Lazarus
"Unveiling the Antichrist"

Service Leader::Audrey Barcelo

November 21st

Rev. Mark Spivey
""How to Remain Calm in the Storms of Life"

Service Leader: Joe WolfArth

November 28th

Carmen Rivera

"The Lightness of Being"

The world is a dangerous place. I must protect myself.
I cannot afford to sit idle. I must do something, I must do
everything. Are these thoughts familiar? Do you feel
overwhelmed? Stressed? Burned out?

When our lives seem out of control, we often look to find the
answer out of the endless treadmill by doing more, by taking
action. Surely, there is something I’ve overlooked, something that
needs to done. We believe that action equates movement and
progress. That busyness is proof of the meaningfulness of our
lives. We need to be doing. But our doing can feel like an endless
journey that leads nowhere.

What if instead of focusing on doing, we focused on just being?


Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date information on services.


Looking Ahead to December's Services ***
December 5th- Will Davis-Native American Spirituality- Service Leader Barbara Mars
December 12th- Dbbie Hirsch "Baha'i  Faith  and Spirituality" 
December 19th-Rick deYampert Winter Solstice Celebration
December 26th -Day of Goodwill-Special Program  
***Please check the calendar for the most up-to-date service information.
November 7th

Upcoming Events
Check the weekly invite to see if our other church groups
begin using Zoom to meet online.

November 6th

Saturday November 6---9 AM to 3PM
403 West Street,  NSB
Art, Jewelry, Books, Ornate Mirror, Brass Chandelier,
Chocolate Cabinet, Massage Table, Lamps, Small Appliances,
Pet Things, Good Clothing and a large variety of stuff.

November 10th
Book Club
Discussion of  "Good Morning, Midnight" 
by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Lost Lagoon Restaurant, NSB
Social Distancing Observed/ Bring your Mask
5:00 p.m.
Invitation to  church members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

Board of Trustees Meeting
1:00  p.m
CUUC Church
403 West St.
All are welcome!
Contact Joe  WolfArth for details on how to attend

Wednesdays and Saturdays
Chair Yoga

links in the Weekly Invite

Fridays  Climate Change Rally
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

   Let People Know You Are Going

so We Can Go Together

As you all probably know, the recently completed statue
of Mary McCloud Bethune, destined for our nation’s Capitol,
has arrived.  Our field trip organizer, Connie Baker, is laid up.
Admission to see the statue is free but you must get tickets at the following website.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Those who want to view the statue will need a free ticket for one of six daily time slots.
Tickets are available at Viewings will be held seven days a week. 

MISC.: Private evening events can be arranged by calling 386-226-1904.

November Birthdays
11/5 Linda McGraw
11/22 Anna Grainger
11/23 Libby Hildebrandt

December Birthdays
12/1 Kermit Hunnicutt
12/6 Victor Brisebois
12/7 Shawn Capers
12/20 Charlie Mars
12/21 Mark Moehring
12/29 Rosa Lake

November 6th Garage Sale

Saturday November 6---9 AM to 3PM
403 West Street,  New Smyrna Beach---off Enterprise Road
Art, Jewelry, Books, Ornate Mirror, Brass Chandelier, Chocolate Cabinet, Massage Table, Lamps, Small Appliances, Pet Things, Good Clothing and a large variety of stuff.

Barbara Mars

Singing Bowl Sangha at Community Unitarian Universalist Church 

At 8:45 AM on Sunday morning there is a group that meets in our sanctuary to meditate.  They are called the Singing Bowl Sangha.  You might know some of the members, as a few of them stick around to attend our service.  If you are interested in meditating with a group, this is an open invitation to our members and friends to join the Sangha.  For more information, please call Margret Anglin                    407 252-5726


Ladies Taking Liberty

Tues. November 2nd 7:30 p.m.-Wed. November 3rd,  2:00 p.m & 7:30 p.m.,
3 performances
Athens Theater, Deland, FL

Suze Peace presents a play dedicated to women oriented non-profits, such as the League of Women Voters of Volusia County.
"Ladies taking Liberty" celebrates the 101st Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.  The show explores the history of suffrage, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul, from Sojourner Truth to America's young poet-laureate, Amanda Gorman.  It commemorates the work and achievements of the many, sung and unsung, through theatrical vignettes, storytelling, song and poetry.   Historic images, documents, and the spoken word will shed light on the long road to equality.  The show concludes with a glimpse from then to now, highlighting how voting rights must not be taken for granted.

Preferred Reserved Seating $17
General Reserved Seating $12
Groups of 10 or more $10
Students with ID may present those ID's to get in Free
A $3.00 per ticket Processing Charge is added to all purchases and we collect a 6.5% State and County Sales Tax
Due to the fact that the Historic Athens Theatre does not have an elevator to the balcony.  The balcony is not accessible to anyone with a wheelchair or walker.

Box Office 386-736-1500
Sharing and Caring
Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers and 
send healing energies to them.  There are others in our
congregation who did not want to be listed here but send healing
energy out to those you know who need it.

Dale Grainger: Dale had spent 8 days in ICU in Winter Park
Hospital having a new procedure called a "heart infusion pump"
 .  He is recuperating at home with the help of Hospice and a lot
of good friends and family.   It takes some getting used to, as it is
a device that he wears outside his body that feeds through a pic
line to his left heart ventricle.   He is a trooper and is working on
gaining his strength everyday.   Thank you all for your love and
blessings.   Anna and Dale Grainger

A Meal Train has been set up for Dale and Anna.  It can be found
on the following link  where you can
sign up to provide a meal for a given night.  

Connie Baker:  Connie is recovering at home from an infected
cat scratch that landed her in the hospital for several days of
intravenous antibiotics.  She developed cellulitis and has just
started physical therapy to get back on her feet.  Get Well Connie

Dan Herr: Dan fell and broke his hip.  He  had a partial hip
replacement and left the hospital for Port Orange Rehab.  He fell
out of his bed and hit his head, requiring five stitches. He is being
watched by family while David and Sharon are away with their
own doctor visits.  It's hoped he can return to his Assisted Living
Facility soon., but he must be able to walk.  Cards are welcomed
as well as visit to Port Orange Nursing and Rehab Center, 5600
Victory Gardens Blvd. Port Orange, FL32127 Room 176.

Steven Guardiano (Dana Jacobsen's hubby)  Steven had a
routine medical procedure only to wake up with a paralyzed right
hand from the wrist down.  It has been diagnosed as radial nerve
palsy (wrist drop) possibly from the automatic blood pressure cuff
squeezing too tightly on the arm or the tourniquet used for
inserting the IV.  He is regaining some movement in fingers
slowly.  It will take time.  In the meantime he is driving Dana crazy
as he copes.

Different Observances for the Month of November

Adoptees, birth families, adoptive families and adoption professionals reflect on, educate
and celebrate adoption practices.

Celebrates and honors the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people
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November 1-ALL SAINTS’ DAY • Western Christian:
Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints. Eastern Christianity observes it
on the first Sunday after Pentecost.'_Day

November 2 ALL SOULS’ DAY • Christian:
Commemoration of all faithful Christians who are now dead. In Mexican tradition it is
celebrated as Dia de los Muertos between October 31 and November 2, and is an occasion
to remember dead ancestors and celebrate the continuity of life.'_Day

November 2 ELECTION DAY:
A day set by U.S. law for the election of public officials.

November 4 BANDI-CHHOR DIWAS • Sikh:
A commemorative occasion having no fixed date which occurs in October or November
and celebrates the release of the Sixth Guru Har Gobind Sahib from imprisonment and
coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

November 4 DIWALI • Hindu:
Also called Deepavali, “Festival of Lights”, it celebrates the victory of good over evil, light
over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

November 6 BIRTH OF THE BÁB • Bahá’í:
Bahá’í observance of the anniversary of the birth in 1819 of Siyyid, “the Báb,” the prophet herald of the
Bahá’í Faith, in Shíráz, Persia.

November 7 BIRTH OF BAHÁ’U’LLÁH • Bahá’í:
Observance of the anniversary of the birth in 1817 of Bahá’u’lláh, prophet-founder of the
Bahá’í Faith, in Núr, Persia.

November 9–10 KRISTALLNACHT:
Commemorates the 1938 pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and Vienna.

November 11 VETERANS’ DAY:
Honors military veterans and the U.S. Armed Services.

Celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in
ensuring every child in the U. S. receives a quality education.

Emphasizes the dangers of intolerance and is a call to action for the advancement of
human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as a day to encourage tolerance,
respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures and peoples.

A very important holiday in the Sikh faith as Guru Nanak Dev’s was the First Guru of the
Sikhs and the Founder of Sikhism. He was born in mid-November; the holiday is celebrated
according to the lunar date.

Memorializes those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

November 25 DAY OF THE COVENANT • Bahá’í:
Day of the Covenant is a festival observed to commemorate Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of
His son, Abdu’l-Baha, as His successor.

Following a 19th century tradition, it commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest feast in the
autumn of 1621. It is considered by some to be a "national day of mourning," in recognition
of the conquest of Native Americans by colonists.

November 28–December 24=ADVENT • Christian:
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western
Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the
season is longer and begins in the middle of November.

November 29–December 6-CHANUKAH • Jewish:
Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the  of the Second Temple at the beginning of  Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE.

This list was taken from the Anti-Defamation League found at this link:

Just for Fun

November Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
Nov 1    Monday    Author's Day
Nov 2    Tuesday    Deviled Eggs Day
Nov 3    Wednesday    Sandwich Day
Nov 4    Thursday    Common Sense Day
Nov 4    Thursday    Men Make Dinner Day
Nov 4    Thursday    International Stout Day
Nov 6    Saturday    Saxophone Day
Nov 7    Sunday    Zero Tasking Day
Nov 7    Sunday    Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Nov 8    Monday    Tongue Twister Day
Nov 9    Tuesday    Chaos Never Dies Day
Nov 10    Wednesday    Forget Me Not Day
Nov 10    Wednesday    Vanilla Cupcake Day
Nov 11    Thursday    Origami Day
Nov 12    Friday    Happy Hour Day
Nov 13    Saturday    World Kindness Day
Nov 13    Saturday    Sadie Hawkins Day
Nov 14    Sunday    Spicy Guacamole Day
Nov 14    Sunday    Pickle Day
Nov 15    Monday    Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
Nov 16    Tuesday    Fast Food Day
Nov 17    Wednesday    Take A Hike Day
Nov 18    Thursday    Push Button Phone Day
Nov 18    Thursday    Use Less Stuff Day
Nov 20    Saturday    National Absurdity Day
Nov 21    Sunday    World Hello Day
Nov 22    Monday    Go For a Ride Day
Nov 23    Tuesday    Fibonacci Day
Nov 24    Wednesday    Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
Nov 25    Thursday    Shopping Reminder Day
Nov 26    Friday    Cake Day
Nov 26    Friday    Buy Nothing Day
Nov 28    Sunday    Red Planet Day
Nov 29    Monday    Electronic Greeting Card D
Famous Unitarian Universalists

Instead of a person to share, I thought I would share this sermon. It is titled
"Why the Pilgrims Became Unitarians"
Read all the way through the article to the closing at the end.   I may borrow that one day. Dana

Remaining Book Club Picks for 2021

November 3rd 
 Good Morning Midnight
by Lily Brooks Dalton (science fiction)

This book inspired the movie "The Midnight Sky" with George Clooney.

Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has
lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At
his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event
arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to
abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a
mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.

At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight
from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space,
and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a
marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control
falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever
get home.

As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful
landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected
conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important
questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our
December 1st
by Isabel Wilkerson - (non fiction/civil liberties/rights)

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines
the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today
are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to
her at with the subject line "for CUUC  newsletter".
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