What are you resisting right now?  What forces in our world (national, personal, professional, or elsewhere) compel you to stand firm in your viewpoint, and in what ways do you falter?  Please join us for an inspiring service about the power of love over all else.  


10:30 AM
Children’s Religious Education
(Children in Service for first 15 minutes)
11:30 AM
Fellowship Hour

Bowerbird Campaign Update Meeting - After Church
Please join us this Sunday after the service in the sanctuary for an update on the Bowerbird Campaign.  Last fall we raised funds to finish the needed capital improvements on our building, and we are ever approaching the start on construction. Please stick around to hear how our stewardship of our space is progressing. 


Donate-the-Plate Collection this Sunday! 
This Sunday's offering will be given to Happy Bottoms, a Kansas City diaper bank that works with social service agencies in the area to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community. We invite you to give generously to this organization.
Religious Education for Children

Introducing Our New Jr. Youth Group Advisor Stephanie Scott!
Stephanie Scott is a registered nurse and mother of 2 hilarious and loving girls, ages 6 months and 2 ½ years. The Scotts have been members for just over a year, moving here from Key West FL. She is very excited to be involved with the Jr High Youth group, and is truly enjoying getting to know the kids and parents more. Stephanie is looking forward to a wonderful year, learning a lot, and doing whatever she can to help guide these great young people in this transitional period of their lives.

Soul Matters theme for September:  

What does it mean to be a people of Welcome?

Final class for the theme of Welcome. 

We will be doing a small Service is Our Prayer in each class.  

This Sunday, September 24~ We will divide to classes!  Pre-K, K-2nd, 3rd-5th, Middle School and Highschool.  Pick your students up from the RE classrooms.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • 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.

  • 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.

Youth Group Newsletter ~ Be sure to check out the current issue of the Youth Group Newsletter. CLICK HERE!  
Chalice Coffee Shop ~ We will not be open this Sunday, September 24.
Religious Education for Adults
Adult Faith Formation

2nd, 3rd & 4th Sunday

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.


Freedom from Fear: 

Finding the Courage to Act, Love and Be

Sunday, October 15

9:00 AM

Join us for this Forrest Church book study facilitated by Linda Trout that will help us ask ourselves How can we be a people of courage? The class meets at 9:00 AM on SundaysOctober 15 through November 5. Childcare Provided.  Be prepared to dig into this book so that you will be able to take part in a meaningful examination of its themes! To reserve a book, or to learn more, contact Rachel Wathen (wathen@smuuchurch.org).


Poetry for Transformation and Relation

November 12, 19 and December 3, 10

9:00 AM 

Childcare provided

How can poetry transform us? Poetry is language heightened.  Poetry can be transformitive in its written and spoken forms and it relational potential.  It can wake usand shake us up; It can soothe us and smooth our worried brows.  Join Bernard Norcott-Mahany and Amy Harth for a four week exploration of poetry (from diverse perspectives and authors) and its power to heal and counfound us.  Poetry is all about giving voice to wonder.  We’d love to see you and add your voice to the chorus.  Email wathen@smuuch.org to RSVP.


Upcoming Events & Current News

Sunday Circles

Are you wishing for more connection to others here at SMUUCh?  Are you craving ritual, conversation, and deep listening?  You are invited to explore your spiritual life in the context of a Sunday Circle - an intimate setting that is facilitated by a trained leader and attended by a steady group that will meet throughout the year.  We will follow monthly themes that correlate to children's and adult religious education programming, such as: courage, abundance, hope, intention, perseverance, balance, and so many more!  You will also be provided with a monthly packet chock full of readings, insights, questions, and spiritual exercises.
Starting Sunday, October 1, Sunday Circles will meet on the first Sunday of each month from 1-3 PM in comfortable, cozy places around the church.  Please bring your lunch and enjoy time together eating in between the service and the Circles.  Childcare will be provided (they will be in the Maker's Space, watching a movie, or on the playground). 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up, and wait for a reply from the church leadership.

Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, September 24

8:00 AM

The Sacred Path Labyrinth Group will host a group walk on the Sundayfollowing the fall equinox. All are welcome, including those new to the labyrinth experience! 
We will start in Fellowship Hall at 8 am for a brief introduction, then walk the labyrinth together. We will be done in time for pre-service programs, rehearsals, fellowship etc. For more information contact Carla Norcott-Mahany at dempugs@gmail.com.

September Food Drive

to Benefit Salem Pantry Pack Program
Almost 12% of Johnson County households are food insecure – they may have food today, but don’t know if there will be food tomorrow… or if everyone in the household will have food.  17% of Johnson County children live with food insecurity. SMUUCh provides volunteers and donations to Salem Lutheran Church’s Pantry Pack Program which helps alleviate food insecurity.
We will collect non-perishable food items during the month of September to support the Pantry Pack program.  This program is a Harvesters’ agency.  It distributes food packs weekly to hungry households.  Each pack contains food for at least two meals for a family of four – protein, staples, and fresh produce.  Many of the families include Rosehill Elementary students.
There will be a table in Fellowship Hall each Sunday to accept donations.  Donate one item or a dozen – every bit will help a hungry family!
You can also donate money to purchase food – make your check to SMUUCH with Salem Pantry Pack in the memo line.
The following are most needed (non-perishable items only):
Canned fruit
Canned meat and fish (chicken, tuna)
Please, no glass containers and no peanuts or peanut butter.

SMUUCh is now the site of a SMART Recovery face-to-face meeting on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00 PM. SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a secular, non-12 step, mutual support group for dealing with addictive behaviors. SMART Recovery is primarily based on Rational Emotive Behavior therapy and relies on behavioral science-based tools to help individuals learn about and manage their own behaviors in a supportive group atmosphere. No sign up is necessary for this adults-only group. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. Meeting verification is available for any individuals needing proof of participation for legal or other purposes. For more information, visit www.smartrecovery.org (online meetings are also available), or contact Wendell Smith (peeweerat1@gmail.com913-732-3322) or Jennifer Sachan (jjenelds@gmail.com). You can also find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pg/SMARTRecoveryKCSouth/). 


Green Guitar Folk House

Saturday, September 23

8:00 PM

Chuck Brodsky

Misti Bernard & Friends open 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 5:45.

Chalice Lighters Needed

If your child would like to be a chalice lighter during our Sunday service, please CLICK HERE. Sign-up by noon on the Tuesday prior to the Sunday that you wish for your child to light the chalice.   

Upcoming Group Events & Meetings
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).
Board of Trustees Meeting ~ The board meets on the second Monday of each month in room 3.  The next meeting will be on Monday, October 9, at 6:30 PM.

Ulysseans ~ We are an energetic group of UUs, mostly retired, but not all, who enjoy getting together for lunch and a program. On Tuesday, October 10, we will meet at the church for a pot luck followed by a program. Dr. Rusty Ryan will present, If Pills Could Talk. For more information, 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, October 10, we will discuss Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett.  Contact Annette Box for more info (boxa2me@gmail.com).   
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!

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 Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 PM in room 4 for a discussion of The Last Wild Places of Kansas: Journeys into Hidden Landscapes, by George Frazier. Contact Fern Aron (fernaron1@gmail.com) for more information.

ContinUUm ~ If you consider yourself part of Generation X, or would like to hang around with people who do, please join us at church on the second Saturday of the month for a purely social, potluck dinner at 5:30 PM in Fellowship Hall. Free childcare is provided. The next gathering is Saturday, October 14. Please contact Jennifer Nelson (Jennifer.nelson.kansas@gmail.com) or Stephanie Scott (smclark2010@live.com) for more information, or find our Facebook group at SMUUChurch ContinUUm.
Gardening Group ~ Join us on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00-11:00 AM as we work on the SMUUCh garden beds. No experience necessary. Contact Jim Crist for info (jim.crist@outlook.com).

Dinners for About Eight ~ Dinners for About Eight is open to everyone. We meet the third Saturday of the month, usually in members’ homes. For more information, or to be put on the email list so you can RSVP for each event (required), contact Jennifer Ashby (Jashby3@gmail.com).
Children's Choir Rehearsals NOTE: No rehearsal this Sunday, September 24. 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.

Basically Boomers ~ Join us on Sunday, September 24, at 5:00 PM for the Beatles Tribute Band Abbey Road in the Lenexa Commons area (17101 W 87thStreet Pkwy). Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the FREE Concert.  After the concert at 6:30 PM we will walk to the Lenexa Public Market to TOPP’D (www.toppdpizza.com) to enjoy pizza, grinders, calzones, or entree salads. Beer and wine available at Topp’d Pizza. Parking garage adjacent to the Commons area. For more information, contact Vickie Trott  vltrott@gmail.com.

Playgroup ~  On Sunday, October 8, at 9:30 AM, meet with other SMUUCh families on the back playground for fun and fellowship! If you have questions, please contact Madelaine Gogol (madelaine@gmail.com).

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