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December 20, 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!

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Advent Study Group

December 22 at 9 am

Sandra Leigh is leading a discussion group on Unity’s 2019 Advent booklet and topics around Christmas. Join her and others for some great discussion about Joy this week. Everyone is welcome.
Comfy Christmas
 Join Licensed Unity Leaders, Barb Buchanan, Jan Griffith, & Susan Liddell for this holiday service. Sing carols and listen to stories in those comfy Christmas jammies or sweats! What a delightful tradition! Bring cookies to share and enjoy with hot cocoa afterward in Sacred Grounds & Books.

TreeArtists of the Week

on December 22

Artists from previous weeks will return to offer a variety of last-minute gifts. This sale will also include book store items. Visit us in the foyer for that perfect gift!

Community Outreach for the Holidays

Final Day for Donations is December 22

Willis Dady Overflow Homeless Shelter needs many items, including portable snacks, socks, mittens, gloves, scarves, thermal wear, joggers, etc.  Place unwrapped items in gift bags or the boxes with the display.  Thanks for helping to keep others warm in this cold weather!

Crafting & Caroling

Join Lisa Klostermann and Shannon Kelly in spreading the holiday spirit! Join them on Christmas Eve to make a snowman craft at 9am then head to the Hiawatha Care center for caroling at 10:30am. Come to either event or both!

Christmas Eve Candlelight ServiceCandleLight

Tuesday, December 24 at 5 pm

Licensed Unity Leaders Barb Buchanan, Jan Griffith, & Susan Liddell will lead the special UCR Christmas Eve Candlelight service again this year. We will also be serenaded by the wonderful music of Angela Dooley, Ericka Maynard, and Nina Swanson. It's a perfect way to start the holiday.


UpdateThe board met this week and reviewed the UnityCR Bylaws regarding the upcoming election of trustees.  We 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 know before January 3rd.  The board will make its appointments at its January 14th meeting or shortly thereafter. We will still have the election for up to three additional board members, for three-year terms, at the annual meeting January 19th.  Sticking to this process and order assures us of staggered terms for board members, so we can maintain some continuity from year to year. 

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. 

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.

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 22, Comfy Christmas, 10 am
  • Dec 24, Snowman Craft 9am & Caroling 10:30am
  • Dec 24, Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 5 pm
  • Dec 25, Office Closed
  • 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 20 -26
22 - Don Epley

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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