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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 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.

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 in church.

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080

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.

September 4th

Rosa Lake
"Mary-Ultimate Feminine Symbol"

Service Leader: Rosa Lake

September 11th

Rabbi Merrill Shapiro

"What are the dimensions of God?  Is God old? New?
Tall? Short? Does God have a 'strong hand and an
outstretched arm?
' Let's talk about it!

Service Leader: Tim Wixted

September 18th
Carmen Rivera
"Are Unmet Expectations Ruining Your Day"
This is an exploration of how we look at our world, our expectations
of our world, and what we can do to create a happier outcome.

Service Leader: Audrey Barcelo

September 25th

“From Floundering to Flow” 
 A Ted Talk and a  Chair Chat
Pandemic isolation caused many of us to experience a feeling of
emotional stagnation. Many say they either have or continue to
languish or flounder. How can we get back to the more productive
feeling of flow?  Let’s hear from an expert on ways to re-adjust;
then share our own thoughts and experiences.

 Service Leader: Kathi Smith 

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


October 2nd: Joe WolfArth

October 9th: Tim Wixted

October 16th: Barbara Mars

October 23rd: TBA

October 30th: Kathi Smith "Green Burial"

President's Column
Hello, Friends!

"God Is Love." "Standing On the Side of Love." "Love Wins." "Love is the Doctrine of This Church..." - Most likely you have heard these statements before.

It is difficult to name any religious movement that has not been deeply invested in recognizing and praising the transformative power of Love.

We at CUUC have heard many many speakers tell us this in many ways.
Some truths remain, Eternal.

Yet Love can be twisted, and humans can be manipulated into hating the people who appear to have different opinions or values that conflict with their own.
Unfortunately, this, too, appears to be an eternal truth.

I have been thinking of these things as I have considered the Primary Elections, both here in Florida and elsewhere, this year.

I know that the Unitarian Universalist Association has had great success with the "UU the Vote" Campaign, which (like others in the past - such as the "Standing on the Side of Love" Campaign - I believe Advocates for people with disabilities got it changed to the "Side With Love" Campaign) succeeded because when you ask folks to think about the ways that they can express their support for the things that matter to them - such as saving the planet and its species, showing their LOVE for what matters to them, it resonates more quickly and successfully than a discussion about how some people in our society have More rights and Privileges than others. When Love is the focus, Love Wins.

I think of something that I heard Reverend Mark Spivey say when he was a guest in the Pulpit at CUUC one Sunday Morning:
"After your life ends, you will be remembered for How You Showed Your Love."
Then I think of the people - like Audrey Barcelo (whose 90th Birthday we just celebrated together! And took advantage of the opportunity to Thank her for her life's work of Service to the Unitarian Universalist faith - including 25 years devoted to CUUC!) - people I have been Blessed to get to know so well in the nearly 20 years since I first set foot in our church (which was then meeting at a rented space in the Nova Village center on Beville Road - where today I sometimes shop at Aldi's - across from the Walmart) - the teens who now have children of their own (!), the elders who have gone to "meet their maker," the Guests in the Pulpit who have graced our services with wisdom, knowledge and insight, some - like Mark Spivey - again and again... and I think of our members who have Given So Much with the volunteer service that has kept CUUC Alive all this time, from making sure folks were welcomed warmly as they stepped in the door (I think my 1st time coming to CUUC was the date of the 2002 Annual Congregational Meeting - and there was CAKE!), to supplying coffee and snacks for social time after the Service, to performing housekeeping duties (this is even more apparent now that we have a Building And Grounds of our own to care for!) to keeping our conversations meaningful as we shared our own experiences and perspectives in the Discussion Group Format Services we have held... over and over, I have been blessed! And I have enjoyed getting to know the people who have been volunteering as  members of our Board of Trustees and Worship Committee Team; so many wonderful ideas from so many wise individuals!

THANK YOU - Friends! For Teaching Me What 'Beloved Community' REALLY MEANS!
I LOVE our church! And I Love being a part of what it brings to Volusia County, Florida!

Blessings to You.

Joe WolfArth
Drum Circle on NSB
Sept. 8th
We’re taking our September Full Moon Drum Circle to the BEACH!
WHEN: Thursday, September 8th, 2022; 7PM
WHERE: Esther Street Beach Front Park - 551 Esther Street, NSB 2nd Street N. of Flagler Ave., Off A1A. Go up hill from A1A towards the Ocean;
FREE Parking after 5PM
BRING: • A DRUM/Percussion Items OR you can use something from our Collection if you want
• A Comfortable Chair OR you can sit on the Built-in Benches at the Dune WalkOver, where we’ll be Drumming
• Beverage/Snack of your choice OR visit the water fountain by the Park’s Restrooms/Outdoor Showers/FootWash

We will relocate ONLY in the event of rain!

WEAR: Whatever Will Help You Show Your TRUE COLORS to the

Universe! Gentle/Friendly Pets Welcome!

Upcoming Events
September 8th
Full Moon Drum Circle
7 p.m.
Esther Street Beach Front Park
551 Esther St.
Contact Joe WolfArth

September 9th
"Fridays for the Future: Climate Rallies Resume"
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Corner of Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

September 12th
Board of Trustees Meeting 
1:30 p.m.
403 West St. NSB
All are Welcome

September 13th
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders
of the upcoming meetings.

September 15th
Book Club
3:30 p.m.
Discussion of the book "Maid"
Lost Lagoon Wings and Grill
Invitation to members to follow via email
or contact Michele Moen for details.

September 27th 
Dream Circle
via Zoom
7:00 p.m.
Please email David Herr your email address
and he will send  notices and reminders of the upcoming meetings.

Fridays for the Future
Climate Change Rallies
each Friday
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Corner of Rt. 44 & Mission Road, NSB  
Information will be sent by email
Contact Steve Baker

September Birthdays
9/7 Michael McGraw
9/14 Laurie Dunham

October Birthdays
10/2 Dan Herr
10/4 Charlotte St. John
10/6 David Herr
10/13 Terry Butts



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


Whale of a Sale
Friday October 7th & Saturday October 8th

The reality of our fundraiser--the "Whale of a Sale" is upon us.
We need to be gathering merchandise so it can in fact be a whale of a sale.  
Clean out your stuff and check out your friends and neighbors --
especially if they are moving or downsizing.
We will be ready to accept at the church boxes of items
and small furniture and outdoor furniture on
Sunday, Oct. 2 .
If you can not store your things until then we can make arrangements
and accept some containers. Call me for that at--407-353-9444--
Costume jewelry sells well and I can accept that anytime
and get it ready for display and pricing beforehand.
I am signing up my volunteers for the event, please help.
Let's make this a worthwhile effort.
Barbara Mars
Board Trustee

Different Observances for the Month of  September

September 5 LABOR DAY :Celebrated the first Monday in September in recognition of U.S. workers.

September 5 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY: Recognizes the role of charity in alleviating human suffering, as well as of the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including the work of Mother Teresa.

September 8 INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY : Call to action for universal literacy.

September 15– October 15 Full Month NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH: Celebrates the contributions, heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

September 17 CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY: Commemorates the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1787. Also honors all who have become U.S. citizens.

September 22 AUTUMNAL EQUINOX:  Marks the first day of the season of fall. The sun shines nearly equally on both hemispheres when it’s fall in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

September 23 BI VISIBILITY DAY: Seeks to draw attention to public policy concerns and foster respect for bi+ individuals and communities.

September 26– 27 ROSH HASHANAH • Jewish: Beginning of the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holy Days, which marks the beginning of a ten-day period of penitence and spiritual renewal.

Spotlight on Founding Member

Audrey Barcelo
It was Audrey's 90th birthday in August, and the Congregation celebrated one of the six Founding members of CUUC, Audrey, with a cake and present.  Here are some pictures from that day.

This gift is a frame with pictures of the six founding members of CUUC! It will be proudly displayed in the the church.  Check it out.


Just for Fun
September Fun Holidays- Funny, Random and Weird
ep 1 Thursday Emma Nutt Day
Sep 1 Thursday No Rhyme or Reason Day
Sep 2 Friday Bison Ten Yell Day
Sep 3 Saturday Skyscraper Day
Sep 4 Sunday Eat an Extra Dessert Day
Sep 5 Monday Be Late for Something Day
Sep 5 Monday Cheese Pizza Day
Sep 6 Tuesday Fight Procrastination Day
Sep 6 Tuesday Read a Book Day
Sep 7 Wednesday Salami Day
Sep 8 Thursday Pardon Day
Sep 9 Friday Teddy Bear Day
Sep 10 Saturday Swap Ideas Day
Sep 11 Sunday Make Your Bed Day
Sep 11 Sunday Hug Your Hound Day
Sep 12 Monday Chocolate Milkshake Day
Sep 13 Tuesday Positive Thinking Day
Sep 13 Tuesday Roald Dahl Day
Sep 15 Thursday Make a Hat Day
Sep 16 Friday Collect Rocks Day
Sep 16 Friday Guacamole Day
Sep 17 Saturday National CleanUp Day
Sep 17 Saturday International Country Music Day
Sep 18 Sunday Rice Krispie Treat Day
Sep 19 Monday National Gymnastics Day
Sep 19 Monday International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Sep 20 Tuesday Punch Day
Sep 21 Wednesday Miniature Golf Day
Sep 22 Thursday Hobbit Day
Sep 23 Friday Checkers Day
Sep 24 Saturday Punctuation Day
Sep 25 Sunday Comic Book Day
Sep 26 Monday Love Note Day
Sep 27 Tuesday Crush a Can Day
Sep 28 Wednesday Ask a Stupid Question Day
Sep 28 Wednesday Good Neighbor Day
Sep 30 Friday Hot Mulled Cider Day
Famous Unitarian Universalists


                                        Roger Nash Baldwin

                      January 21, 1884 – August 26, 1981


Mr Baldwingwas one of the founders of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU). He served as executive director of the ACLU until 1950.

Many of the ACLU's original landmark cases took place under his direction,
including the Scopes Trial, the Sacco and Vanzetti murder trial,
and its challenge to the ban on James Joyce's Ulysses. 
Baldwin was a well-known pacifist and author.

 Baldwin retired from the ACLU leadership in 1950.
He remained active in politics for the rest of his life;
for example, he co-founded the International League for the
Rights of Man, which is now known as the International League
for Human Rights. Please follow the link below to read
about all of Baldwin's accomplishments. President Jimmy Carter
awarded Baldwin the Medal of Freedom on January 16, 1981


Book Club Picks for Remainder of 2022

September  15th

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
 by Stephanie Land 2019

At 28, Stephanie Land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly.

Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. 

October 20th

Cloud Cockoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Finalist for the 2021 National Book Award, longlisted for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medal, and  New York Times bestseller!

Thirteen-year-old Anna, an orphan, lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople in a house of women who make their living embroidering the robes of priests. Restless, insatiably curious, Anna learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds a book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. This she reads to her ailing sister as the walls of the only place she has known are bombarded in the great siege of Constantinople. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, miles from home, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the invading army. His path and Anna’s will cross.

Five hundred years later, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno, who learned Greek as a prisoner of war, rehearses five children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege. And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father. She has never set foot on our planet.


November   17th

Squeeze Me
by Carl Hiaasen  2020. 
Hiaasen dedicated the novel to his younger brother, Rob, who was killed during the Capital Gazette shooting on June 28, 2018. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller list

Carl Hiaasen's Squeeze Me is set among the landed gentry of Palm Beach. A prominent high-society matron--who happens to be a fierce supporter of the President and founding member of the POTUSSIES--has gone missing at a swank gala. When the wealthy dowager, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, is later found dead in a concrete grave, panic and chaos erupt. The President immediately declares that Kiki Pew was the victim of rampaging immigrant hordes. This, as it turns out, is far from the truth. Meanwhile a bizarre discovery in the middle of the road brings the First Lady's motorcade to a grinding halt (followed by some grinding between the First Lady and a lovestruck Secret Service agent). Enter Angie Armstrong, wildlife wrangler extraordinaire, who arrives at her own conclusions after she is summoned to the posh island to deal with a mysterious and impolite influx of huge, hungry pythons . . .


December 15th

21 Lessons for the 21st Century 
by Yuval  Noah Harari 2018

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.


The descriptions and pictures were taken from GoodReads website.

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