UCR e-Newsweekly
December 27, 2019

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December's Divine Faculty is Life

Life is the ability to energize, vitalize, enliven, animate, and invigorate.
I am filled with life, sweet life!

Sunday, December 29 at 10 am 
New Year Renewal Service

Join Licensed Unity Leaders Barb Buchanan, Jan Griffith, and Susan Liddell as we prepare to start the new year. Jan’s lesson, Discover Who You Have Come Here To Be, will guide us to release thoughts and emotions that no longer serve us and embrace those that do. Barb and Susan will lead us in prayer and readings as our board members light the Twelve Power candles. We will step into 2020 renewed, refreshed, and filled with power.

Special Music by Janet & Katherine Bergman

Ending 2019 on a very special high note with mother and daughter, Janet & Katherine, is sure to inspire and uplift your spirits.


Willis Daddy Homeless Overflow HouseThanks so much for your generosity to the Willis Dady Homeless Shelter!  They were overjoyed as Susan and Jan delivered your gifts.  We transported in boxes before Christmas but took all the beautiful gift bags so they could give individual gifts to those present for Christmas.  Jane Tappmeyer from our brunch team took a vegetable dish for their noon meal and cookies.  Bless you, for bringing joy to others. 

Sunday, January 5 at 10 am
Rev. Debra Williams

Rev Debra Williams
We will welcome our new minister, Rev. Debra Williams, on Sunday, January 5 as she begins her ministry here at UnityCR. Watch the enews for her topic.

Board Appointments

UpdateWe have two positions that are open for appointment by the board, each for a one year term.  Kate Gregor’s position wasn’t filled and Vicki Genkinger will step down after this year.  Both their terms expire in January 2021, and the board will need to fill them before we have the elections for other positions next month.  If you are interested in being considered for a one-year term, with the option to run for a three-year term in January 2021, please let Laura Meade or any other board member know before January 3.  The board will make appointments at its January 14th meeting. We will still have the election for up to three additional board members, for three-year terms, at the annual meeting on January 19.   Sticking to this process and order assures us of staggered terms for board members, so we can maintain some continuity from year to year. 

Board of Trustees Nominees

The Nominating Committee has nominated the following people for the board of trustees, each for a three-year term, beginning in January 2020.  There are 1- 3 positions open.  UCR members will elect board members at the annual meeting on January 19.  Please read their biographical information posted in the foyer and on our website about each candidate.
  • Lynda Black-Smith
  • Claudia Hamlett
  • Chris Klostermann
  • Paula Land 
The three members elected will join current board members Greg McGaffic, Laura Meade, and two other members who will be appointed for one-year terms.

BingoBINGO is delayed!

The board voted to delay the BINGO event scheduled for January 10th, until we can hear from the congregation at the annual meeting.  We want to be sure there is full “buy-in” on participation to ensure a more successful event.

Tithe Team

We're looking for two or three people to research local charities and make recommendations to the board for where our local tithes for 2020 might go.  The research will include who the charity serves, how they align with Unity’s mission, what portion of their income goes to programming, and other criteria. See Laura Meade or any other board member if you're interested in being on this team. You cannot be affiliated with a potential recipient to serve on the team. Once the team is in place, it will accept suggestions of various local nonprofit organizations to consider.

Sacred Grounds & Books

Team leads –  Janith Griffith and Susan Liddell
Description – This team maintains our bookstore inventory and lending library.  They help people select books or merchandise and they serve beverages before and after the Sunday services. They also support and coordinate artists who want to sell their products. If you want to serve with this team, contact Jan or Susan.

Bookstore Arrivals

Gratitude Journal
The bookstore has received two new titles.  The first is Good Days Start with Gratitude Journal.  Anyone involved with a gratitude group might want to look this over.

The New HappinessSecond, is The New Happiness, Practices for Spiritual Growth and Living with Intention.  In July, Kevin Krumvieda gave a talk titled "Growing Our Spiritual Practice."  This workbook goes into depth on growing spirituality through the practices of mindfulness meditation, values identification, developing intentions towards those values, identifying your life purpose, gaining wisdom from spirit, and finding a state of grace among other practices. This is a highly accessible and practical workbook that can deepen your spiritual practice.

Make 2019 your year
of Connection at UnityCR

UCR has an abundance of opportunities available for you to make connections within your Spiritual CommUnity.

December Events

  • Dec 29, New Year's Release & Renew, 10 am
January Events
  • Jan 1, Office Closed
  • Jan 5, Book Study, Lessons in Truth, 9 am
  • Jan 5, Rev. Debra Williams, 10 am
  • Jan 5, Celebration Sunday
  • Jan 6, Healthy 2020 with Nina Frost, 6 pm
See the Office Administrator, Ruth Geary, to find out how you can connect.  

Happy Birthday
to our UnityCR friends!

December 27 - Jan 2
27 - Jordon Davis
29 - Michelle Reid
30 - James Healy
01 - Dottie Burger
02 - Shelly Vermazen

2019 End of Year Giving

The last day for UCR to receive your donations for 2019 tax purposes is Sunday, December 29, 2019.  After that date, the office will be closed until January 2, 2020.

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