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Special Film Series for Forum

On October 2, Forum will begin its viewing of a 6-part history of Unitarian Universalism brought to us from the UUA on DVD. We are anticipating viewing one DVD monthly until we get through the set. From the DVD box, LONG STRANGE TRIP is "a six-part series detailing the history of Unitarian and Universalist thought from the beginning of the Christian era to what we know today as Unitarian Universalism. Each film is approximately one hour in length. Part I examines the roots of liberal religious thought prior to the Reformation, including heretics such as Jan Hus. It concludes with the life of Michael Servetus."

Since each DVD runs an hour, on the Sundays of film viewing, we will convene at 9:45 rather than 10:00, so as not to interfere with the worship service at 11:00.

PEP TALK – From Your Facilities Team

Thank you to all who participated in the recent Carnival of Opportunities.  The Carnival was great; plus, the Facilities’ Table provided ‘donut holes and homemade chocolate chip cookies’ - thanks to Karen Walls.! 

Our grounds and building are maintained by four (4) primary volunteers plus additional support, when requested, from others.   We do have an HVAC provider for our Heating and Air Conditioning systems and our special Cleaning Service provider.  My point is – your volunteers keep your facility going; however, we always can use additional support.  Here is the PEP TALK…

During, especially, the fall season, when our beautiful trees lose their leaves, extra help can keep the grounds clear of the excess leaves, branches, etc. that can and do accumulate.  We need folks to check their calendars and commit/set-aside time on a Thursday (if able) or Saturday morning and join us for a couple of hours! (@ 9-10:30 a.m.)  That’s all it takes when two or more are sharing the load.  We have the equipment and supplies; all you need to do is find that time you can share for your church and then commit to join us for these Leaf Fests!

We also continue to have special WORK DAYS, often on the First Saturday of the month, and we always encourage you to come out and help.  Team Liaison, Bill Kimpel provides advance notice [in the Weekly Newsletter and Outer Circle] of anticipated work Outside and Inside the church for these WORK DAYS; and keeps us informed of any SPECIAL PROJECTS.  In addition to meeting facility needs, these times provide a great opportunity for fellowship with other members and friends of UUCLR. … so, COME ON DOWN!

Women's Creative Writing Project

The UU Women's Activity Group is starting a creative writing project.All women are invited to join this group of writers from all backgrounds and all levels of training and experience.Each of us will write on a regular basis and willonce a month to share and critique each other’s work. This is an opportunity topoetry, fiction, non- fiction, inspirational, memoir or other types of writing; to better understand ourselves and others; to share with family members and the world; and to leave a legacy for generations to come.

We will meet monthly on Saturday mornings from 10:00am to noon at UUCLR. Sorry, women only at least for this round of writing! Our first meeting will be October 1. Please come and BYOW (bring your own writing)!

Hallowe’en Party

On Saturday, October 29 from there will be a Halloween karaoke/dance party in Thomson called "The Spooky Sing Along." There will be games in the chapel for kids. There will be a costume and a karaoke contest for the most lively performance. There will be some snacks and beverages. No alcohol will be served but adults are welcome to responsibly BYOB.

New Kiddie Playground

The Facilities Team is in the process of planning site prep and assembly of a new little kid play area outside the of Thomson Hall by the arbor. The playground equipment is on hand and stored on site, ready to assemble. This will require a retaining wall, fill dirt and leveling of the area prior to installation of the play equipment. Some type of playground surface is in the planning to prevent injuries from possible falls. The area will also be gated for the safety of the children.

If you are interested in helping with the preparation or installation of the new playground, please
contact the Facilities Team at facilities@uuclr.org.

Open Invitation to Join the Choir

The UUCLR Choir will begin rehearsing September 7, the first Wednesday, and will sing at church the following Sunday, September 10, for Water Communion.Please come and be a part of this vibrant community of the church.Whether you are in your 20s, or your 70s, new to the church or have been around for years, if you are an experienced singer or have never sung in a choir before, there is a place for you in the choir.

We meet Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (child care is provided), and sing in church two times a month from September through July.If you are interested call John Perez at 501-580-3794 or email jwperez1@yahoo.com. See you at rehearsal!

Sponsored by Faith in Action

Blood Drive - December 11

The Red Cross is coming to UUCLR on Sunday, December 11, for a blood drive. If you plan on donating during the blood drive please plan your donation schedule so that you are eligible.

We need to get 25 donors to maximize the impact of the time spent by Red Cross staff at our
donation event. There is currently an ongoing, nationwide blood donation shortage.

If you would like to donate, volunteer in any capacity, or have any questions please contact Kate Dockter at ksdockter@gmail.com

New Church Doors

Donations are now being accepted to purchase ADA compliant hardware for our new doors so they will open electronically. You may write “Doors” or “ADA Hardware” on the subject line of your check, put it into the collection plate, or leave it in the office. If you are using cash, you may use an envelope with your name on it, so that you can get credit for your tax deduction.

We are very excited to announce that the doors are in production! Please make your donation soon to make these new doors the best!

Thank you, Door Committee

Game Nights are are Taking a Break Until 2017

Sponsored by UUCLR Interweave (LGBTQ and Friends)

UUCLR Girl Scouts Need Support

We are looking for assistant troop leaders and volunteers. We meet every other Wednesday at
6:00-7:00 at UUCLR. We break for winter and summer holidays, so meetings are only during the
school year. Fun and educational! Please help support our wonderful young women. Please contact Warigia Bowman at 505-690-4033 or Warigia@gmail.com.

Call for Recycle Team Volunteers

The Recycle Team is in need of one or two new volunteers. Our small team takes turns hauling home the recyclables accumulated at the church. We rotate on a monthly basis, and include the material in our recycle bin at home.

There are currently three people rotating this job, so, with one or two additions, each person would need to do this job only about three times a year. We also write a quarterly article about recycling for the Outer Circle. With four people rotating that duty, each person writes one article per year. Anybody interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity can talk to Jan Bowen at church, by phone at 803-0089, or by email at jabowen38@sbcglobal.net. Thanks in advance.

Kroger Cards - Renew Yours!

Time to re-enroll!  Kroger Grocery offers a Community Partnership Program that pays UUCLR a small percent of your sales.  If you shop there, please sign up.  

It’s simple: you must re-enroll every year and you must use your KrogerPlus card when you shop.  The money goes to our Religious Education program and raised almost $500 in six months.  Every little bit helps even if you don’t shop there often.  

Please enroll/re-enroll and choose Unitarian Universalist Church of L.R. #80317 as your organization.  Go to:

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 2016. 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. Men, you are invited to participate as well!