Sunday Services, December 1 –  9:30 and 11:30 AM   Thank you for this…   with Lindsay Dunckel, Rev. Kevin Tarsa, and all

Our full community (all ages) service on this Thanksgiving weekend calls us to the spiritual and life practice of gratitude. What are you thankful for?

Monday, December 2  – 6:30 PM  Soul Matters Exploratorium

Explore the Soul Matters resources around the December theme of Awe. Watch a few of the suggested videos, listen to music, read poetry, etc., during an informal gathering. All are welcome. For those who are in Soul Matters Circles, this is a great way to prepare for your next circle.

Thursday, December 5  – 7:00 PM   Singing Meditation Circle

A  gentle circle of alternating singing and silence on the first Thursday of each month. Songs are taught as they arise.

Saturday, December 7   – 3:00 – 6:00 PM    Christmas Tree Decorating Party

Inspired by the awe of the Night Sky, we will be crafting mini universe ornaments, unique paper snowflakes, and popcorn and planet strings. We’ll gather around the piano for carols. Let’s hope for star-gazing weather!

 

Sunday Services, December 8 – 9:30 and 11:30  AM   What’s Wrong with God? with Gail Johnson Vaughan

The word “god” is rarely used in UUCM services, or even in conversations. So, what’s wrong with god? There are so many ways for UU’s to answer that question. Member Gail Johnson Vaughan shares the sermon she developed in last spring’s Shared Pulpit Class, and Allison Rivers Samson weaves in her worship associate magic. Join us for an awesome, and perhaps surprising service.

10:30 AM and 12:30 PM   Holiday Bazaar – A wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and support UUCM

Monday, December 9  – 6:00 PM December Women’s Circle Holiday Potluck

Share a delicious traditional holiday potluck.  In lieu of a gift exchange, we will collect donations for a local charity.  Please RVSP to the Women’s group email: womensgroup@uugrassvalley.org.

 

Sunday Services, December 15 – 9:30 and 11:30  AM   Feel the Presence of a Hope with Rev. Kevin Tarsa

A “poetic” hour of music and reflection through facets of the season: “the gentle of the moon, the garnet of a star, the presence of a hope where the crowding shepherds are.”

10:30 AM and 12:30 PM Holiday Bazaar – A wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and support UUCM

Wednesday, December 18 – 5:00-7:00 PMChristmas Caroling  with the UUCM Choir

Meet at UUCM at 5:00, sing at the Bret Harte Retirement Inn down the street, finish with hot cider at UUCM.

Friday, December 20  – 7:00 PM  Solstice Eve Celebration (singing begins as 6:45)

Our annual Solstice Eve Celebration aligns the rhythms of our hearts and our spirits with the rhythms of the earth and sky.  Come, center yourself in the midst of the holiday hustle. Singing, silence, candlelight, fire (and some hot, spiced cider) guide us around this turning edge of the year.

You are invited to bring refreshments to share.  Healthy, gluten-free and vegan options are especially welcome.

 

Sunday Services, December 22 –  9:30 and 11:30 AM  Find a Stillness with Rev. Kevin and Wendy Wernigg

UUCM’s annual December meditation service calls you in from the literal and figurative cold and winter winds to rest for a moment. Come, pause, breathe, center, notice, and listen. Find your stillness in this precious hour and be renewed.

10:30 AM and 12:30 PM Holiday Bazaar – A wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and support UUCM

Christmas Eve Services – Tuesday, December 24 

5:00 PM  – Deck the Hall  with Rev. Kevin Tarsa

In this 45-minute all-ages-friendly service, singing, story, ritual, and yes, candlelight, invite us to note the traditions we keep or create from year to year, the traditions that help us find meaning in this season and on this particular night.

8:00 PM   – Within the Shining of a Star  with Rev. Kevin Tarsa

A UU song notes that “within the shining of star we catch a glimpse of who we are.” Whether that image leads you on this night to ponder the cosmic stardust out of which your body is so wonderfully made, or the elemental love and divinity that the star in the Christmas narrative represents to many, come, celebrate in the spirit of love and goodwill.  Music, candlelight, poetry and singing to touch the spirit of this night.

You are invited to bring refreshments to share at the 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM Christmas Eve services.  Healthy, gluten-free and vegan options are especially welcome.

The Christmas Eve offerings support the UUCM Minister’s Discretionary Fund, used to support people in need, both within the congregation and in the wider community.

10:00 PM Dark of Winter, Soft and Still   with Rev. Kevin Tarsa

Come, night owls and Christmas Eve arrivers, for an intimate circle of meditative singing, silence, and candlelight, in the spirit of our monthly singing meditation circles.

Wednesday, December 25  – 2:00 PM Christmas Day Potluck Dinner

Join us for UUCM’s Fourth Annual Christmas Day potluck dinner, followed by caroling, and stories around the fire. All are welcome to bring guests.

Sunday Services, December 29 –  9:30 and 11:30 AM    Cider Sunday: Looking Back, Looking Forward 

For many years UUCM has celebrated a New Year’s Cider Sunday with Anita Wald-Tuttle’s skillful leadership. Attendees were each invited to share reflections on the year past, as well as expectations and intentions for the year to come. With UUCM’s growth, the details of the ritual are shifting, yet this remains an important annual invitation to reflection. So, we’ll keep the essence of Anita’s vision, adapt the details to this new day, and prepare to move into the new year.  And yes, there will be cider. And coffee. And tea…