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Chili Cook-off - YoUUth Fundraiser January 25

Break out those big pots and slow cookers! Our January 25th lunch fundraiser benefiting UUCLR Youth will be a friendly chili cook-off! You can support the hardworking youth advisers and parents by entering your best pot of chili. We need traditional, venison, bean and no bean, vegetarian, and vegan chili. Be sure and let us know which yours is! Each pot of chili should also be marked with level of heat (spice). Chili chefs will be featured in the March Outer Circle. Send your name and the kind of chili you will be making to Rachel Finley.

Come enjoy a warm (or hot!) comforting bowl of chili with your UUCLR community. The suggested donation is $3 for children, $5 for adults.

2015 Flowers for the Sanctuary

Flowers always add a special touch to our Sunday services, and the new year gives us an opportunity to be a part of this ministry. A calendar is now up in Thomson Hall for the entire year of 2015. If you have a special loved one or event that you would like to commemorate by placing flowers in the sanctuary on a Sunday, please stop by and write your name and phone number in the appropriate Sunday opening. Even if you do not have a specific person or event to honor, please consider sharing your flowers or others with us. I will call you the week of your Sunday to remind you. Thanks to everyone who participates in this. Joanne Kriehn

Ellen Smaardyk Memorial January 31

Rev. Jennie Barrington will lead a memorial service for Ellen Smaardyk, beloved long-time member of
our church, at UUCLR on Saturday, January 31, in the early afternoon (exact time to be announced in
the next few weeks). All members and friends are invited to attend. The service will be followed by an interment in the Memorial Woodlands. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Jennie at 501-225-1503.

Caring Committee Phone Connection

The Caring Committee is looking for UUs who live alone and would like to participate in a daily phone call check-in. As a member of the UU Phone Connection you would make a daily phone call to someone and receive a phone call from someone else.time involved should be no more than five minutes per call.

For more information or to join the UU Phone Connection, please contact Dawn Harris at 501-231-9891 or Valerie Pearsall at 501-221-2914.

T-shirt Design Winner - Order Yours Now!

Congratulations to Jan Guthrie for her award winning t-shirt design. her outstanding design, she received a check for $25 from the Membership Team. mentions with gratitude also go to Miranda Keith, Rich Roy, and Nell Mathews.

If there are enough orders, T-shirts will be ordered for $12.50 for a white t-shirt or $25 for a lime green T-shirt. Sizes XX or XXX will be an additional $2. prices may be less if the orders are larger. order by color and size on the clipboard by the Visitor's Table in Thomson Hall. is due when they arrive.

QUUick Action Team

The board is starting a rapid response outreach group that we are calling the QUUick Action Team. Linda VanBlaricom and Debbie Goolsby are heading it up. Some church members and friends have been asked to help by funneling information to them so that the team may make some decisions about group participation regarding various issues.

Basically this will be a group made up of dedicated people who will answer the call to action. You will sign up – and this will mean that you commit to come if you possibly can – and you will get an email blast from Linda or Debbie to show up at a particular time at a designated place and wear your “Standing on the Side of Love” shirt or cap, or your UUCLR T-shirt (design contest winning shirts or others). The activity will usually be to participate in a protest or a march or a rally that reflects our UU values and principles. These will be one-time events, not long or ongoing projects.

If we had had this team when Rev. Jennie presided over the same-sex marriages, we could have been there to show support for everyone and add to the positive atmosphere. There was a general feeling that this sort of opportunity was lacking here and hopefully this team will fill that need. We all should be very excited about the possibilities!

There will be more information about how to sign up in a Weekly Email soon. Please consider joining with other UUs to show the world what we believe in and will stand behind!

Small Group Dinner Coordinator(s) Needed!

If you like to chat on the phone and want to help UUCLR, please consider volunteering to
coordinate Small Group Dinners. These dinners provide strength to our congregation by building relationships with new members, existing members and friends. Please consider this important position. This can be a team effort. Contact Cas Rifkin or call the office at 225-1503.

The Committee On Ministry and the Transition Team

During Rev. Jennie’s interim ministry period, the Committee on Ministry (COM) is serving as her
Transition Team. According to the UUA’s Interim Ministry Handbook, interim ministers bring a
consultant’s approach and a consultant’s skills, and they need the access and assistance that will make their ministry as effective as possible. In order to do this, they need a Transition Team
comprised of about five members who are widely known, respected and well acquainted with the
congregation’s history. Their role is to provide the interim minister with insight, organizational and
facilitative talent, and willing hands as the ministry proceeds. The Transition Team acts as an interim minster’s “brain trust”. The UUA recommends that during the interim period the existing Committee on Ministry should be suspended with the Transition Team serving in its place. The COM will be
reinstated with the new settled minister.

Soon after her arrival at UUCLR, Rev. Jennie met with the COM and talked with them about the duties and requirements of a Transition Team. They understood and were receptive to the idea and agreed to serve as the Transition Team for the duration of her interim ministry. The Transition Team members are Jeanne Brown, chair, Nell Matthews, Pat Youngdahl, David McCullough and Gene Hudnall. Please feel free to give them your feedback as to how you feel this interim period is going.

Since there will be no COM as such until July 2015, there won’t be any COM openings on the slate of
officers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Safe Congregation Committee

The Nominating Committee will be seeking three members to serve on the Safe Congregation Committee, along with the minister and one board member. Contact the office if you are
interested in serving in one of the positions.

Cornerstone Society

The Cornerstone Society was designed to honor members who have provided generous support by their active presence, their leadership and commitment to the goals of UUCLR. Please join your Board of Directors as we honor John with this induction into the Cornerstone Society.

Nomination Procedure

The Cornerstone Society was designed to honor members who have provided generous support by their active presence, their leadership and their commitment to the goals of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock.

Any UUCLR member may nominate another member to the Cornerstone Society of UUCLR. Letters of nomination should briefly describe how the nominee has supported and helped shape the Church. A brief biographical sketch should also be included. Nominations may be submitted to the President of the Church at any time. She or he will review the qualifications of the nominee with the Executive Committee who will submit all suitable candidates to the Board of Directors for final approval.

To be eligible for nomination, the member must be at least 70 years of age and must have been a member of the Church for at least 20 years. Deceased persons who were members of UUCLR and who meet the above criteria may be nominated posthumously.

Each person in the Cornerstone Society will have his or her portrait displayed at UUCLR and a biography included in a special Cornerstone Society album. Honorees will be recognized at Sunday Service.

This proposal is modeled on a program used by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL, and was introduced to UUCLR in 2007 by Dave Rickard.

Writers and Photographers Needed

The Communications Team is looking for some assistance with writing articles and taking photographs at Church events. If anyone interested in helping out, please contact Rhonda Reid at ladyrlr@gmail.com.

First Saturday Clean Up Days - First Saturdays at 9:00 am

The Facilities Team has decided that every first Saturday is a clean-up and touch-up day for UUCLR.If the weather is too bad to work outside, we will move inside to tackle a host of projects: replacement of burned out fluorescent tubes, replacement of ballasts, numerous minor repairs to door stops and panic bars, cleaning of the kitchen, and minor painting jobs.

All tools, supplies, and gear will be provided with copious instructions. You only need supply a willing body.Here is an opportunity for everyone to make an important contribution that is not tied to your
income.Many of these jobs cannot reasonably be done by one person, such as running up and down a ladder with light bulbs in hand. There are lots of jobs that have practically no age limit for helping. If you are willing to help, please contact Nell and pick a job: uuclrnell@gmail.com.

Flower Ministry - Volunteer!

The Flower Ministry has updated its chart on the wall in Thomson Hall and there are months and months of opportunities (available Sundays) to offer flowers or other objects d' art for worship services.

You supported this ministry strongly in the last year and it is hoped that you will pick a date or an occasion to |support it again.

This last year, we were able to send out between a dozen and two dozen bouquets used in the Sunday services to those who were sick, bereaved, or shut in. So please sign up for a Sunday!

Chalice Lighters

Our new UUCLR vision statement is "We are here to build the beloved community." It's a big beautiful vision, but how do we make it happen? One simple way is to become a Chalice Lighter.

Three times a year, the Chalice Lighter program provides a grant to a member congregation of the Southwest Unitarian Universalist Conference. These grants aid strong, growing congregations, churches that are vibrant and healthy, who have
innovative plans for growth. It's funded by people like you: Unitarian Universalists who pledge a gift of ten dollars or more to each grant.

How does this build the beloved community? Beloved community is not created only among ourselves or for ourselves. That is only its beginning. Beloved community reaches out beyond itself, with love and generosity and an open heart. Beloved
community cares for others as it cares for its own, and is a steward for other congregations as it is a steward for UUCLR.
Beloved community supports our conviction of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and fuels our desire for world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

To this end, Unitarian Universalists throughout the Southwest District join together to support congregations that also reach outward, who seek growth not for its own sake, but for the sake of people they don't yet know, people who need our powerful, humane, loving religion, people whose lives can be made better by the things we are uniquely able to give them.

Just as those congregations reach out beyond themselves, Chalice Lighters reach out beyond their own congregations to those other congregations, to help build sanctuaries into which they may never step but in whose anticipated beauty they still take pleasure, to help teach children who they may never meet but whose magnificent futures they still cherish, to help serve communities in which they may never take a breath but whose living hearts they feel.

This is our work: To build the beloved community, one piece at a time.

To join in the work of the Chalice Lighters, speak to John Adams (jauu@earthlink.net)

Small Group Dinners

Sign-ups are in Thomson Hall after service. These dinners are a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and renew old friendships. You can host in your own home or co-host in someone else’s home, if you can’t host in your own home/apartment for any reason.  If you haven’t attended one, please feel free to sign up to attend a few before making a decision to host/co-host.  Come join the fun.

Calling all Singers!!! 

The UU choir is back in action and needs your voice!  The choir sings a couple times a month and at special services.  Child-care is provided during rehearsals which are each Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  If you are new to the church or the choir, either contact John Perez at 580-3794 or just show up at rehearsal.

Book Binder Needed

Some of our Library Books and Hymnals need binding attention. If you could help or know someone who can please contact the office. 501-225-1503 or uuclr@uuclr.org with subject line"book binding".

Make Some Music!

Come sing a song, play a tune, or just listen! The Choctaw Crawdads gather in Thomson Hall for
an evening of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome to sit in and be part of the band. The Crawdads have been hosting these open sessions for over 25 years, and now they are bringing the music to UUCLR. Beginners,
amateurs, and seasoned pros are all invited. See you there!

Drivers Needed

We are always looking for drivers to transport some of our members and friends to church services on Sunday and other church activities as needed. Please call the church office at 225-1503 or email uuclr@uuclr.org if you can put your name on a list of possible drivers. Thanks so much.

Kroger Cards

There are new instructions on how to benefit the church by buying at Krogers. This is through a new Loyalty Card program, which you apply for at the Kroger stores. You set up a web account and activate your choice to have UUCLR as your chosen donation.
Go here for detailed instructions (PDF file)