Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater
We invite you to look around and get a feel for our church. We are a Welcoming Congregation. You will not be pressured into conversation or membership. We welcome you just as you are. Our members, friends, and guests include Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Pagans, humanists, atheists, agnostics, skeptics, seekers, singles, couples, families, heterosexuals, gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, of different races, ethnic backgrounds, national origins and socio-economic circumstances.
If you're not currently a member of our church - we'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to one of our weekly services and/or covenant groups.
The UU Board met June 14 and decided that chuch will continue on zoom until further notice. (Contact info Ray Barnard Barnard900ss@yahoo.com or 405-762-9555.)
Financial pledges can be mailed to the church at 320 S. Stallard, Stillwater, OK 74074, as Ruth Walker is checking the mail regularly. (Contact info Ruth Walker firstname.lastname@example.org.)
All the recorded Zoom services can be accessed through the church Facebook link which is https://www.facebook.com/uuchstillwater.
Sunday Service and Events Information
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Please join us this Sunday morning as Catherine Shearer speaks to us in our Zoom and Facebook Live service. Her topic is Freedom. The info for Zoom is below. If you prefer to watch it on Facebook Live, just go to the church page at https://www.facebook.com/uuchstillwater. From Facebook, you will not be able to see the Trailmarkers portion of the service or interact with others, but everything else is the same.
Topic: UU Church Service
Time: Service starts at 10:30 a.m. Join anytime after 10 a.m.
To: UU Church members and friends-
This has been a strange and unusual year, to say the very least! Our church family has been making efforts to keep our community together, through Zoom meetings, Zoom book clubs and Zoom Board Meetings! It’s been challenging and rewarding so we’ll keep at it as long as we can. Hopefully live services will resume .. probably in 2021 as the UUA predicted. But we’ll see.
Our fiscal year is July 1st, 2020 through June 30th, 2021. I am working on a budget for this time period... a difficult estimate in the best of times and even more so now.
If you could let me know a couple of things while I work on this: 1) Your estimated financial contribution for the year (pledge form attached); (2) Any financial expenses/ costs you would like us to include; and (3) Any other comments about the life/ future of the Church.
Thank you to all & please call me (405-269-2693) or Ray (405-762-9555) or any other member of the Board (names on our website and contact info in the directory) with any questions or concerns.
Ruth Walker, Treasurer
Upcoming Covenant Groups & Events
Information about each of our covenant groups can be found in "Our Gatherings" section.
This Week at the Church
Sunday, August 23
Storytellers' Group meets at 12:30 p.m. on Zoom to share stories and sharpen storytelling skills. Contact person Susan Bullard email@example.com or 405-742-6529
A Course in Miracles meets at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom. Contact person Merianne Schwietz firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 26
Meditation Group is not meeting. (Contact person Joseph Melnick 742-6901 or email@example.com.)
Thursday, August 27
Creating Harmonious Relationships Group meets at 6:00 p.m. downstairs at the church. Contact Billy and Merianne Schwietz (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Friday, August 28
Book Discussion Covenant Group meets at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom to discuss books previously chosen by the group. Contact person Susan Bullard firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-742-6529.
Struggling? Need help? Or maybe you know someone who does? No question about it--it's a difficult time right now. Our Care Committee and Rev. Susan Ross, our Pastoral Care Minister, are still available to help you with whatever difficulties you're facing. We're only a phone call away! And if you are having trouble attending the Zoom services or Zoom meetings, we can try to help you get connected. Please contact us: Rev. Susan Ross: email@example.com or 405-714-0064 or Susan Bullard (co-chair with Mia Owens): firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-742-6529..
There are times when people aren’t sure if it is appropriate to contact the Pastoral Minister, or they are concerned that they may be interrupting something. Please know that the needs and concerns of the members and friends of this congregation are important to me. That is what the Pastoral Care Minister’s work is all about! The following is a list of occasions when it might be appropriate to contact me:
1) When you don’t know her but would like to.
2) When you have problems you’d like to discuss, job, children, marriage or anything else where a sympathetic ear might be of help.
3) When you are going into the hospital, or when someone close to you is going in, or when you know of someone else in the church going in.
4) When someone close to you has died or is critically ill.
5) When you are planning on getting married.
6) When you would like to have your child or children dedicated.
7) When you would like to know more about Unitarian Universalism.
8) When you are considering joining the church.
9) When you would like to help in committee work or join a covenant group.
10) When it is the middle of the night, and you are in some sort of trouble and you don’t know who else to call.”
Some of these are a little different for me (like numbers 7 & 8), since my background and training is United Methodist rather than UU. But I know who to ask about those, or who to refer you to! And, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected how I am able to respond to the other concerns. I do, however, still want to respond: we could talk on the phone, Facetime, communicate by email, or do a Zoom talk. And there are needs that will no doubt come up at this time that aren't on this list: when you are needing a break from only talking to yourself or your pets, or a break from talking to your family; when you are struggling with fears or doubts about the situation we are in, when you need help with something, when you know of needs that the Pastor's Emergency Fund might help meet.
Also, if you are interested in trying to be a part of, or at least listen to, the services we are now trying to make happen on Sunday mornings, and can't figure out how to do that, let me know and I will do my best to help. You can be a part of that service, or listen to it, by phone (audio only), by smart phone with audio and visual, by computer, and by tablet. And I think we are trying to have a recorded version of it available afterwards as well.
A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.