Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan left her first career in urban community colleges and completed her MDIV at The Iliff School Theology in Denver and graduated in 2014. She is in her final year of Preliminary Fellowship. She was called by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka in July 2014 and has served there since August 2014. She currently serves as board chair of Kansas Interfaith Topeka and as an organizer for the Kansas People’s Agenda, a collective of Kansas people and organizations developing a grassroots agenda for and bringing grassroots voices to the state capital.  Her husband leads the Restorative Justice program at Eisenhower middle school and trains teachers in RJ; they have two daughters, ages 8 and 16 as well.


10:30 AM

Worship Service
Children’s Religious Education
(Children in Service for first 15 minutes)
 
11:30 AM
Fellowship Hour
 
Coming in February!
School Proposal Visioning Meeting - RESCHEDULED!

Sunday, February 25

12:00 PM

There has been a proposal to start a school at SMUUCh. The originally scheduled meeting was canceled due to weather and has been rescheduled forSunday, February 25, at noon in the sanctuary. The school proposal has raised many questions for our congregation and board, specifically around the vision of our shared ministry.  Please come, ask questions, and dialogue about the possibilities of our ministry. 
Religious Education for Children
 



This Sunday, January 21

Classes:  Intention

Our theme this month is Intention. Who we are, what we believe, how we take care of others and take care of the earth all come down to intention. Focusing on our Seven Principles to serve as a moral compass for our intentions will help us live our faith as Unitarian Universalists.  

 
 

 

Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sunday, February 4

9:00 AM

At the heart of our Religious Education program is our wonderful volunteer teachers. Our volunteers commit to planning and facilitating religious exploration for our children and adults. If you are a teacher, please let us honor you by attending. If you are not a teacher, please consider providing a dish for their appreciation breakfast. Sign-up here.

 


 

 
 
PARENT ORIENTATION

THIS SUNDAY

Upcoming Our Whole Lives (OWL) Classes K-1/4-6 will be offered this Spring.  Next Parent Orientation is January 21st @ 11:45 following the service in the 3-5th grade classroom.  Please sign-up here. To find out more about OWL visit this site.



 


 
Val Pal 2018
 
Register Here
 
What is Val Pals?
  • A fellowship program for children ages 4-12 and adults.
  • This program matches your child up with a church member.
  • This adult will become a pen pal of sorts and send cards, notes, riddles and possibly clues to their identity on Sundays and Wednesdays 1/21-2/14. These tokens may also be left on a specially designated table in Fellowship Hall.
  • This inter-generational event will culminate in a Val Pal Reveal Italian Potluck dinner on Wednesday, February 14th.  Val Pal assignments will be given by Friday, Jan. 19th and the fun can begin! Please register yourself and/or your child as a participant.
 
 




Sign Up to Volunteer Here
 

Wednesdays

 
  • Childcare for 0 to 1st Grade ~ Provided on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00, with our vetted childcare workers Celeste and Ashley, so that parents may be involved in other church offerings.  Your student must be enrolled to participate.
  • Kids Club for 2nd -5th Grades ~ Trained in Conscious Discipline and as a teacher advisor, Carrie Rolling facilitates this group on Wednesdaynights from 6:00-8:00.  Uniting activities and a focus on themes from Soul Matters, the kids are sure to have fun!


Please Check Out Our Kids Club Wish List Here!
  • Jr. Youth Group – meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 with our Jr. Youth Group Advisor. A time for connection and fun.
  • High School Youth Group – meets on Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:30 for fellowship and fun.  Youth Group Advisor, HeatherAnne Norbury.

Sundays
  • Nursery (0-2)
  • Pre-k through 5th Grade will be using Soul Matters Thematic Religious Education.  Each month we will look at what it means to be a human and a UU through the lense of themes.  September is “What does it mean to be a community of welcome?” 
  • Middle School will be using Neighboring Faiths
  • High School will be taking part in Heeding the Call:  Qualities of a Justice Maker.


Hogwarts Summer Camp News


We are now accepting donations for Hogwarts Camp.  Items needed:  Large appliance size cardboard boxes, command hooks and pictures/picture frames of all sizes.
 
Youth

 
Youth Group Newsletter ~ Be sure to check out the current issue of the Youth Group Newsletter. CLICK HERE!
 
Chalice Coffee Shop ~ Don’t forget! Chalice Coffee is open Sunday before and after service. Grab a cup of java to enjoy during your morning at church. Chalice coffee is sponsored by the SMUUCh Youth Group for service trips and activities. For your convenience, the Youth Group accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.
 
Adult Faith Formation



Saturday, February 3rd ~ Visit Congregation Beth Shalom with Engaging World Religions and Neighboring Faiths
  • Saturday, February 3rd
  • 9:00 am introduction to the service by Hazzan Ben-Yehuda
  • Formal Service is 9:30 am and ends around noon. 
  • For Middle School and our Adult RE classes, but non-participants are welcome to join us as well.
  • 14200 Lamar Avenue, Overland Park, KS 6622
  • Sign-up to attend here.
     
 





 
2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays

Sunday, January 21

9:00-10:15 AM
 
Come join us for a prancing expedition through the mountains of religion. Gail Robertson and Adam Wathen will facilitate a seminar-style exploration of world religious traditions. Be ready to share, learn, and enjoy each other.  Contact Gail (gail.c.robertson@gmail.com) or Adam (ahwathen@gmail.com) with any questions. 

This class will meet on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays throughout the church year.

 


 

Sign-Up to Participate in White Supremacy Forums Here

 
RESCHEDULED! Sunday, February 18

"Managing Our Microaggressions"

12:00 - 1:30 PM

 
In this forum series, we are taking up the work of understanding white supremacy and the place it has in our church and in our daily lives. More importantly, we are examining together how white supremacy negatively tears down and holds back people of color in our society. One Sunday each month we are meeting at noon in the Sanctuary, sharing a simple lunch, and exploring this crisis together. Please join us. Bring a curious heart and a willingness to challenge yourself. Childcare Provided.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our anti-racisism work.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events & Current News
Donate-the-Plate


Thank you for your generous support of the December Donate-the-Plate collection which raised $3,849.06 for the Minister's Discretionary Fund. On January 28, our offering will support Safehome (http://www.safehome-ks.org/). 
 
 



Pack-a-Sack

 
Sunday, January 28!

Help us pack sack lunches for the hungry again this year on Sunday, January 28. We hope to pack more than 350 shelf-stable lunches, which will be distributed by Harvesters to agencies that serve teens, the homeless, and disaster relief efforts. We will be purchasing all the food again this year, which keeps our lunches consistent and makes for easier packing. We need your help in two ways: 1.) Make a financial donation to help purchase items for the lunches and/or 2.) Help pack lunches after church on January 28. There will be a table in Fellowship Hall on the first three Sundays in January to take donations and to answer questions about Pack-a-Sack. It costs us a little more than $2 per lunch, so please consider giving generously!
 
 
Chili Lunch!
 
This Sunday, January 21
 
After Church

Enjoy a bowl of homemade chili after the service today. Our Youth Group and their families have prepared these delicious recipes to warm your body and soul! Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Children under 4 are free. All proceeds benefit the Youth Group.
 


 

New to UU
Sunday, January 21
9:00-10:20 AM
 
Classes held in room 3. Childcare available.

To signup, please contact Vickie Trott (vltrott@gmail.com).
 
 
 
 


Common Read
 

Would you like to engage in a common read with All Souls UU Church in KCMO?  Together, we will be reading Some of My Best Friends Are Black, by Colby Tanner and then enjoying his visit to KC in April.  Please email gabkusko@gmail.com to get a copy for just $7 with our special deal from the JoCo library.
 


 

 
 

Auctioned Sermon


It is customary for the minister to auction off a sermon topic at the annual auction, and the winner requested a "Dear Abby" format.  Please submit a question to Rev. Rose (revrose@smuuchurch.org) that you would like her advice on. Service on Sunday, April 22.  

 
 
 

Green Guitar Folk House
 
Saturday, January 20
 
8:00 PM
 
Victor & Penny
and the Loose Change Orchestra
 
Gypsy Fingers opens at 7:00
 
Make a reservation by email at Mike@greenguitarfolk.com or by phone at 913.304.4816. Adults are $15 with a reservation, $17 without. Students are $3, kids through 8th grade are free. All tickets are paid for at the door. Doors open at 6:45.
 
 
 

Meeting on Sunday, February 4
 

Please join us for an informational session about the annual General Assembly of Unitarian Universalists, which will be coming to KC, June 21s-24th!  This is a wonderful opportunity to get connected to the wider denomination.  And if you offer a room in your house to a fellow UU for the week, the proceeds their payment for directly to SMUUCh.  So, please consider offering home hospitality for that week.  

 

 


Hospice Care Presentation


Please stay after the service on Sunday, February 11, for a special presentation from a local Hospice chaplain about the benefits and availability of hospice care as you or your loved one is nearing death.  

 


 


 

Holiday Office Hours

Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, February 19

 

 

 

Preaching Opportunity!

If you are interested in preaching this summer, please contact Rev. Rose at revrose@smuuchurch.org.  Your present will be requested at the preaching practicum from 1:30-4:30 on February 25th and at two later practicing dates in the later spring.  
 




Have you recently been diagnosed or planning for a hospitalization?  Have you been struggling to find a ride to church or need to speak to someone about an issue?  Please fill out a card in the Saeger Room and place it in the need box.  Or if you prefer, please call Rev. Rose (913-381-3336 x103), and she will put you in touch with a member of the Caring Team.

 


Want to listen to the sermons again?  Want to share them with your friends and family?  Click on either of the links below to find sermons online.
Upcoming Group Events & Meetings
 
MONDAYS
 
Men's Group ~ Meets the first Monday of each month for a Topic/Discussion meeting at 7:00 PM in room 4, and on the third Monday for a Potluck or Dining Out meeting at 6:30 PM. Contact Danny Hewett for more info (913-669-0007danlynhewett@gmail.com).
 


TUESDAYS
 
Ulysseans ~ We are an energetic group of UUs, mostly retired, but not all, who enjoy getting together for lunch and a program.For more information or to get on the contact list, contact Rebecca Reagan (913-307-9668rebrea@hotmail.com).

Tuesday Book Group ~ Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in room 4. On Tuesday, February 13, we will discuss The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel.  Contact Annette Box for more info (boxa2me@gmail.com).   

Board of Trustees Meeting ~ The board now meets on the third Tuesday of each month in room 3.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 20, at 6:30 PM.
 
 
WEDNESDAYS

Children's Religious Education ~ 6:00-8:00 PM. Childcare (ages 0 through 1st grade), Kid's Club (grades 2-5), Jr. Youth Group (grades 6-8), Youth Group (grades 9-12)

Game Night ~ 6:00-8:00 PM. Meets every Wednesday in room 26. We typically play 'Euro games' such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne. Contact Jennifer Sachan for more information (jjenelds@gmail.com). 

Adult Choir Rehearsal ~ 7:00-8:30 PM

UURRR Boutique Volunteers ~ Held the third Wednesday of each month in rooms 6, 7, and 8.  Support your community by sorting, folding, and organizing donated clothing.  There are ongoing tasks for all ability levels, and all are welcome!
 
 
THURSDAYS

Cross-Lines Soup Kitchen ~ Soup kitchen cooking and serving at Cross-Lines Community Outreach in Kansas City, KS to sign up CLICK HERE! or for more information, contact Ann Schwartz schwartzannj@gmail.com

Thursday Book Group ~ We will meet next on in February. Watch for news about the date and selection. Contact Fern Aron (fernaron1@gmail.com) for more information.
 
 
SUNDAYS
 
Dinner for Eight – BRUNCH! ~ Each year, Dinner for Eight has one brunch event. This year, we will hold it on Sunday, January 28, in members’ homes. Members on the list should have already received an email, but newcomers are always welcome! Please contact Jenny Ashby (jashby3@gmail.com) to signup for this brunch, or to learn about one of the home or restaurant events that will be held later in the year.

Children's Choir Rehearsals ~ Cherub Choir (ages 4-9) meets Sundays after church in the MPR from 11:45-12:00, and Chalice Choir (ages 9- above) meets 12:00-12:30. Contact Dave Simmons (musicdudeme56@gmail.com) for more info.

Just the Basics for Newcomers ~ A 30-minute overview of UUism and this congregation and a chance to ask questions and meet other new folks. Join a Membership Committee member and other SMUUCh visitors. See the signs in the foyer for the meeting location. Meets the second Sunday of each month. No Sign Up - Just Show Up! 
 
Spiritual Texts ~ This reading group includes books chosen to help us, as Unitarian Universalists, in our personal spiritual search. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month, 7:00-8:30 PM in room 3.  For more information, contact Fiske Miles (fiskem3@gmail.com).
 
Notices and Reminders
Pastoral Care ~ Have you recently received bad news, had a procedure, suffered the death of a loved one, or just generally feel that you are struggling to live the way you used to?  For all pastoral care needs, please call Rev. Rose at 913-381-3336, Ext. 103.  She will put you in touch with a member of the Caring Team.

Office Hours ~ The church office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.  Most of our staff works additional afternoon and evening hours, and we are sometimes out during weekday hours for errands of church business, off-site meetings, or pastoral matters.  Because we are a small staff, it is best to call or email before stopping by so that we can organize our work in a way that allows us to give you our full attention and to be responsive to your needs.

Announcements ~ Announce your church group’s activities! Please send announcements by 10:00 AM on Mondays. Whether your church group’s news is destined for the website, the weekly email, social media, or any other communication avenue, please send all content via email to Deb Markum (markum@smuuchurch.org).

A Note About Immigration Reforms ~ If you are vulnerable to the recent immigration reforms, please contact the Social Justice Council for support.  ahwathen@gmail.com

SMUUCh is a Peanut Free Zone ~ There are members of our congregation that have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts. SMUUCh has adopted a practice of being a No Peanut Environment. Please do not bring any peanuts, or foods containing peanut ingredients to SMUUCh, and understand that if an item brought to SMUUCh is found to contain peanuts it will be removed. Please note new signage with reminding us to keep SMUUCh a peanut free zone! In addition, clearly label ANY foods that may include tree nuts as these may pose a health hazard to our congregants as well. Thank you!
 
Planning a Meeting at SMUUCh? Be sure to check with Facilities Manager, Jay Hetz (hetz@smuuchurch.org), to schedule a room for all meetings.  We are a busy church but would like to make room for everyone. Also, heating and cooling is programmed in advance based on the calendar.