Articles, Reflections, & Announcements
Share the Plate 2021-2022
By Debbie Holt
Happy New Year from the Share the Plate Committee. Once again it is time to nominate and select the UUCT programs or Social Justice Organizations which the congregation will support with its Share The Plate [STP] program.
For those of you who are new to UUCT, the members and friends of the congregation annually nominate UUCT programs and Social Justice Organizations for support. Each week an STP recipient receives one half of the money in ‘the baskets’ passed among the attendees. This is a little more challenging in this time of Covid, but the principle remains: each Sunday an STP recipient is announced and the congregation is invited to support it.
This year we’ve identified three priorities for support: Food, Climate, and Racial Justice.
In the next few weeks, every member and supporting friend will be invited to nominate their favorite program and/or organization. The invitation will contain the application form and instructions for its completion. Please note, even if a program or organization is supported this year, it must be re-nominated. Also please note, both members and supporting friends may make a nomination. Once all the applications are received, the committee will review them, rank them, and select those for funding.
If you have a UUCT program which needs special funding or you wish to nominate a social justice organization outside of UUCT, please be on the lookout for the application package. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Holt at (850) 545 8177 or Janet Temkin at (352)239-0472.
The 2021-2022 Canvass: Tend the Spark, Carry the Flame
By Debby Tipton
Every year, we ask each UUCT member, supporting friend and frequent visitor to make a financial commitment (pledge) so that we can accurately prepare a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021. Over 90% of the church’s income is derived from these pledges! At the end of the canvass, these financial commitments from everyone in the congregation are gathered and used to build a responsible budget for the coming year. The budget is vital to funding the numerous programs and ministries that are important to our congregation.
UUCT’s 2021-2022 canvass / pledge drive officially begins on Sunday, February 7th and will run until March 28th. During the month of February, the congregation will be asked to participate on a canvass team. You will hear from members who will discuss how the church tends their spark, and how the church carries the flame in the community. And, you will have the opportunity to give and renew your financial commitment to the church. UUCT exists now because of the past work and financial support of each member and friend.
30 Days of Love: Week Two, Hospitality and Inclusion
Each week of 30 Days of Love, there will be a weekly theme with a menu of do-it-yourself activities in the following categories:
Read: Articles, book excerpts, poems,
Watch: Videos, concerts and roundtables discussion
Participate: Artist workshops, writings and actions
Listen: Music, meditation, lectures, poetry
Worship: Worship moments – alone or together – to refuel
Week Two: Hospitality and Inclusion (January 24 – 30)
Our General Participate events require pre-registration to participate. Most will also be livestreamed on the Side With Love Facebook page, but not all, depending on copyright and/or creator request.
We have menus for our general, kids, youth, and multigenerational/family audiences. Use one or all of the menus, or pick and choose from each!
SCHEDULE CHANGE – Christian Spirituality @ UUCT
Having spoken with Christian Spirituality participants who also wish to participate in Emergent Strategies, we have agreed to switch the Wednesday evenings for CS from 1st and 3rd weeks of the month to 2nd and 4th weeks beginning January 27th.
Join us for a twice-monthly, Zoom Bible study. While each week’s Bible passage will be the focus of the meeting, the real purpose of Christian Spirituality is to create a friendly association, to give and receive support, and to find our lives expressed in the Bible.
Our meetings will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For zoom information contact Kay Stuart-Tilley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next meeting is January 27 (John 1:1-18)
As a self-identifying person of color, you are welcomed to attend our monthly gathering. We are an informal group coming together to share and support our community.
Our next meeting is Sunday January 24 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM. To join our Zoom gathering, click here.
Indwellers Group at UUCT
Adults 25-49 are invited to join Indwellers, a new cohort group for socialization, community connection and spiritual exploration.
You can look forward to a bimonthly Zoom discussion on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, social events, and community care. Join us for our next Zoom discussion on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 p.m.
Old Guys Lunch
The next Old Guys Lunch will be Wednesday January 27 at 11:30 am on the veranda of UUCT. Social distancing and current facility use guidelines will be followed. We will continue meeting every other Wednesday weather permitting.
If interested in joining this group or for more information, contact John Sample.
Executive Board Meeting
By Steve Urse
The Executive Board will meet next on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 pm via zoom. Congregants are welcome to attend and to address the board. To do that or to receive the agenda contact President Rod Oldenburg email@example.com.
To receive past minutes contact Secretary Kristen Eliza Coyne. Not everyone knows that members can attend board meetings and have access to things like board agendas and minutes. UUCT’s Executive Board is committed to keeping you informed and involved in our church governance.
Centering BIPOC Voices, February and March
By Robin Gray
On Saturday, February 13th at 3:30 PM the Centering BIPOC Voices group will meet the discuss “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin and the documentary video “I Am Not Your Negro. The video is available on Netflix for those who have the service, and for small rental fees from other streaming sources. If you are going to have trouble accessing the video, please contact Susan Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know.
If you’d like to join any discussion and have not met with Centering BIPOC Voices before please contact Robin Gray (email@example.com) to be added to the mailing list and to receive important information for the group.
Looking ahead to March 13th the book under discussion will be “Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir” by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey. Kiese Laymon reviewed “Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir” for the New York Times, he wrote: “Memorial Drive” is, among so many other wondrous things, an exploration of a Black mother and daughter trying to get free in a land that conflates survival with freedom and womanhood with girlhood. It is also the story of Trethewey’s life before and after the day in 1985 when her mother was murdered by her ex-husband, Trethewey’s former stepfather, in the parking lot of her apartment complex on Atlanta’s Memorial Drive.”
The Big Bend Homeless Coalition is in immediate need of the following items to assist their homeless veteran population:
- adult socks
- ready to eat meals
- sleeping bags
Bus passes are also greatly appreciated. They are used by the veteran population as well as the families of Hope Community.
All donations can be mailed or dropped off at BBHC 2729 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee, FL 32304
Special Newcomer Gathering Every First Sunday of the Month at Noon
Newcomers, whether you have attended one virtual service or many, please join us for a gathering any first Sunday of the month immediately following the Sunday service. This will be an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for you to ask questions you might have about UUCT. The gathering will last an hour maximum, but please come even if you cannot stay for the whole time.
Important: These gatherings will have a separate Zoom link than the Sunday service link. The link will be in The Meridian that comes out before each first Sunday. If you have any questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– The Welcome Team (Trudy Deyle & Sally Andersen)