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Small Group Dinners Return!!!!

Small Group Dinners are held to provide a genial setting for 6 to 12 people to come together in a host's or co-host's home and share a meal. 's one of the best social opportunities we have!

If you’re a new member or frequent visitor you will be included in the invitations so that we can get to know each other better. The coordinator puts together each group and notifies the host of which guests to invite. The host provides the main dish, and asks each couple or single to bring a part of the meal (salad, veggies, dessert, bread, wine, etc.)

We have found Small Group Dinners are one of the best ways to get to know other church folks and to enjoy them on a deeper level than in other settings. Conversations sparkle, food is wonderful, and varied styles make lively evenings for participants.

Sign up to host or co-host to be on the list of participants. (A co-host helps another host in their home to provide the main meal and setting up)

New members will not be asked to host or co-host this year. Dinners will be on a Saturday night of the host's choice.

This calendar year the dinners will be scheduled for a Saturday in November 2015 and March 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact Mindy Morrell directly at mindymorrell@hotmail.com or Church Administrator Sue McDonald at uuclr@uuclr.org or 225-1503.


UUCLR is planning to have a marching presence in the Marade this year! Your participation is
encouraged, but more on that closer to the January date.

For now, please start saving CANDY. We pass out candy to the kids along the route and we need LOTS of it. Now is a great time to get it and save it. Save your leftover Halloween candy and buy lots of it when it goes on sale AFTER Halloween. It will save just fine until January. If you have to get it out of the house, please bring it to the church office for storage.

Thank you for all you do!

Kater Reynolds, Immediate Past President & Marade Coordinator

Veggie Potlucks Are Back

On September 13, we started up the monthly vegetarian potluck lunches. On every second Sunday right after service, we'll meet for lunch in Thomson Hall. Bring a dish to share so there will be plenty to eat!

The Girl Scouts are Back!

Welcome to Troop #6018!  

The first Girl Scout meeting of the year was September 2, 2015. In general, we will meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month. 

We will have three levels this year. Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. The Daisies will work with the Brownies, because we only have one Daisy.  Warigia will lead the Juniors, and Shireen and Jade will lead the Daisies and the Brownies. 

We will do the first 15 minutes of class all together, and then break into age related groups. My goal is to do at least 4 badges this fall, and then cookies in the spring, for a total of between 7-8 badges over the school year. We would appreciate any help or support from any parents who have the time. We meet twice a month for an hour at a time. Your presence is helpful and appreciated. 

Meeting Schedule: 

  1. September 26, 2015 Saturday, 11.a.m Peace Fest, Bernice Gardens
  2. October 7, 2015 Wednesday 6 p.m. UUCLR
  3. October 21, 2015 Wednesday 6 p.m. UUCLR
  4. November 4, 2015, Wednesday, 6 p.m. UUCLR
  5. November 18, 2015, Wednesday, 6 p.m. UUCLR
  6. December 2, 2015, Wednesday 6 p.m. UUCLR 
  7. Break for holidays

There will be additional meetings on weekends on needed to help us finish badges, but they will be announced separately. Please let me know if you have any questions. Anyone who wishes to join us, please contact me at warigia@gmail.com.

Yours, Rigia Bowman

Choctaw Crawdads

Come sing a song, play a tune, or just listen! The Choctaw Crawdads gather in Thomson Hall at UUCLR, 1818 Reservoir Road, for an evening of Americana Music - old-time country, contemporary folk, bluegrass, and other folk music - Quarterly on the 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (September, December, March, and June).   Everyone is welcome to sit in and be part of the band. The Crawdads have been hosting these open sessions for over 25 years; beginners, amateurs, and seasoned pros are all invited. We hope to see you there!

2016 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.

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.

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!

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 9:00am Rain or Shine!

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.

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)

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)