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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.

COVID-19 Update

Effective Sunday, September 13, 2020, the church will be open at 10:15 a.m. for people to be in the sanctuary during worship, but parts of the service (and some weeks perhaps all of the parts) will still be happening on Zoom, which will be viewable in the sanctuary. Social distancing will be required.

All persons will be expected to wear masks unless speaking or singing. The service will also still be on Facebook Live. All the recorded Zoom services can be accessed through the church Facebook link which is https://www.facebook.com/uuchstillwater.

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 walkerr2218@sbcglobal.net.)

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

The pandemic and its many inconveniences have brought a number of issues out of a murky awareness and given them a little more light. One of these issues is the concept of the “essential” worker. What does it mean to be essential to the community or to the nation? What does it mean to not be essential? Offering some thoughts on the issue...”

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.

Trailmarkers, lighting virtual candles for joys and concerns, are shared in the live Zoom service but not posted to the Facebook page If anyone wishes to share but is unable to participate in Zoom, they can email their item to Mike Smolen (smolen@okstate.edu) and he will read it during the service.

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Time: Service starts at 10:30 a.m. Join anytime after 10:15 a.m.

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Upcoming Covenant Groups & Events

Information about each of our covenant groups can be found in "Our Gatherings" section.

This Week at the Church

Please send announcement information to Holly Chermack at hchermack@gmx.com

We are planning to have an outside service the first Sunday in May (May 2) at the church to allow us to have a congregational meeting to elect officers. We will finalize plans at next month's board meeting. We will need at least 15 members present to have a quorum. (from Board Meeting 3/2/21)

Pledges and donations can be mailed to the church at 320 S. Stallard, Stillwater, OK 74074. Thank you for your contributions. If you need a statement for taxes, please email Ruth at walkerr2218@sbcglobal.net..

Any time the church is used, please write down the date and room (if other than the sanctuary or social room) in a notebook for that purpose. It is kept on the table in the social room. This is so the cleaning of the area will be done. (from October 2020)

Wednesday, April 14

No Brown Bag Lunch this month. (Contact person Holly Chermack hchermack@gmx.com.)

Meditation Group is not meeting. (Contact person Joseph Melnick 742-6901 or joemel@gmx.com.)

Thursday, April 15

Meaningful Movies Covenant Group is not meeting.(Contact person Joseph Melnick 742-6901 or joemel@gmx.com.)

Saturday, April 17

Crafty UUS is not meeting. (Contact person Joseph Melnick 742-6901 or joemel@gmx.com.)


Pastoral Care

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: rosssusan49@gmail.com or 405-714-0064 or Susan Bullard (co-chair with Mia Owens): susanpollyb@gmail.com 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.

UU Symbols

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.



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Unitarian Universalist Church

320 S. Stallard Street,

Stillwater, OK 74074

Phone: 405-372-0620

uuchurch.stillwater@gmail.com

www.stillwateruu.org

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