Please join us for a service filled with music, readings, and reflection. Special performances by the Cherub, Chalice, and Adult Choirs, as well as the SMUUCh House Band will highlight this experiential worship service.

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

Annual Congregational Meeting is After Church This Week!
Our annual congregational meeting will be immediately after the service. We will elect officers for the coming year, vote on a minor bylaw change, provide an update on the spring stewardship drive, and take a look at the year just past and the one to come. The change to the bylaws was suggested by the Nominating Committee to better reflect our current practice. A congregational vote is required to make this change. The specific language has already been emailed to all church members, and it is posted on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. We do need a quorum at the annual meeting. A quorum is a fourth of the membership, or about 75 members. Please attend. We’ll do our part and keep it short.
The following SMUUCh members are put forth by the Nominating Committee to fill these positions for the next year, which starts July 1, 2017:
  • Vice President/President-Elect – Nancy Mays
  • Board of Trustees – Jo Ella Hoye, Logan Heley, Jim Lenox
  • Nominating Committee – Scott Sovereign, Daniella Williams
Religious Education for Children


This Week: Coming of Age Car Wash Fundraiser

This Sunday:
Classes ~ K-2nd, 3-5th, 6-8th, and H.S.

This week we will split off into classes to continue our exploration of Embodiment.  We will walk our SMUUCh Labyrinth as we learn about embodying internal peace, meditation and mindfulness as well as discuss what it might mean to be in prayer as a Unitarian Universalist.


Maker Space Sundays
Coming to Children’s RE this Summer!
We will be hosting Maker Space Sundays in Children's RE this summer. Unitarian Universalists are nothing if we are not inquisitive. Our students will have the space, materials, and guidance to innovate and problem solve. I have gathered many supplies for simple challenges but I have a few things for the wish list that will take us to the next level.
Accepting the donations of:
Toilet rolls, pipe cleaners, crafting pom-poms, and sewing supplies
To sign-up to be in the classroom please go here
To sign-up for our Maker Space Extra Special Wish List go here


Hogwarts School of Magic and Fun Registration Now Open!
Click on this Realm Registration Link: SMUUCh Member & Friend Registration
If you are not signed in to Realm please contact our church administrator Deb Markum Please do not share this registration link as slots are limited.  Past participants and SMUUCh kids are priority.  Thank you!

Workdays to Build a Magical Hogwarts!
Please join us as we create and build.  Instructions for all projects will be given! Sign-up here.


Sunday Mornings in RE This Spring
*Programming Runs Through May 28th
Summer Programming (Makerspace) Begins June 4th*

Volunteers Needed! ~ We could use your help in the Nursery and the Pre-K RoomSign-up here
Nursery/Toddler (infant to 2-years) ~ Our nursery is staffed by caring adults and assisted by volunteers. Your baby will be lovingly cared for while you attend the worship service. If you would prefer to stay together, you are welcome to bring your infant into the worship service.
Preschool (3-5 Years) ~ We learn the basics of Unitarian Universalism by taking part in classroom experiences that help us to learn how our church works and that encourage us to be loving friends.
K/2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th/8th Grades ~ Experiential program with activities geared to aid understanding of the theme.  First Sunday is Children’s Chapel with all children to introduce the theme. Second and third Sunday have children divided into smaller classes with age appropriate activities focused on the theme. Fourth Sunday is Service is Our Prayer project reflecting the monthly theme.
High School ~ Coming of Age – Deep exploration of issues of faith while learning how to live those beliefs as a member of a church community and to launch a lifelong spiritual search journey.

Wednesdays This Spring
*Last Wednesday Night for Activities is May 31st*

Childcare ~ Infant-1st Grade with childcare employees Miss Ashley and Miss Celeste
Kid’s Club ~ 2nd-5th Grade with Kid’s Club facilitator.  Fellowship and fun!
Jr. and Senior Youth Groups ~ High School age youth meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm for socializing. Middle School age youth meet Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm for socializing. Youth Groups also plan and participate in social justice projects and church service projects as well as fun activities to build friendship.

Junior & Senior Youth Group News
HeatherAnne Norbury, Senior Youth Group Advisor
Upcoming Coming of Age Fundraisers ~ We are almost there! 

This Sunday! May 21st ~ Car Wash
This Wednesday, May 24th!  ~ Pie Five Fundraiser

June 14th ~ Noodles and Doodles Register HERE 
June 16th @ 6:00 pm ~ An Evening of Manicures, Pedicures, Wine and Snacks with the opportunity to purchase Jamberry nail wrap products.


Flower Field Fundraising ~ Looking for a way to help the Youth Group raise funds for our biennial pilgrimage to Boston? Consider filling an envelope from our Flower Field of Fundraising. Select an envelope, numbered from $1 to $100, fill it with the appropriate amount then give back to me or drop it in the office lock box.
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.
Religious Education for Adults

Thrive Instead of Survive This Summer!

Sunday, May 21
Session 3 MAKE UP: Attention and Assertiveness
9:30 AM

This is a repeat of the session we did on Mother’s Day.  If you attended last week, you are welcome to come again or have a Sunday off!
Join facilitator Carrie Allison-Rolling on the Conscious Discipline for Parents journey as we dig deeper into the power of attention and the skill of assertiveness. In this session, we will focus teaching assertiveness skills to our children by practicing them ourselves. We will share tips and ideas for setting up structures and rituals at home that support our children's development of assertiveness skills.
May 28: Unity and Encouragement
June 4: Free Will and Choices
June 11: Acceptance and Empathy
June 18: Love and Positive Intent 
June 25: Intention and Consequences

Join Rev. Rose on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:00 PM for meditation. Bring a pillow!
Upcoming Events and Current News

Thank you for your donations to the April Donate-the-Plate; we raised $582.77 for Kansas Interfaith Action. Our next collection will be taken on Sunday, May 28, and will benefit the Unitarian Universalist Justice Sunday program. Justice Sunday is UUSC’s annual program to engage UU’s and their congregations in reflection and specific action tied to one of our three core program areas: Economic Justice, Rights at Risk, and Environmental Justice and Climate Action. Contributions to this year’s Justice Sunday program are restricted to UUSC’s Rights at Risk program, in support of at risk communities facing human rights and social justice abuses at the hands of their own governments. Your contribution will support communities targeted by harmful policies of the U.S. administration, the Rohingya people living on the brink of genocide in Western Burma, and refugees around the world.

Community Garden Annual Plant Sale
Sunday, May 28

The Community Garden's annual plant sale will be open for business again after church in the back parking lot. Choose from herbs, heirloom and hybrid tomatoes, squash, marketmore cucumbers, assorted peppers, and okra. Proceeds benefit the Community Garden.

Help Needed
Tuesday, May 30
9:00 AM - Noon

Volunteers are needed to help with clean up the edges of the overgrown sidewalk along the 95th Street side of the church property. Lunch provided to workers! We need a couple for wheelbarrows and gasoline powered edging tools. Contact Jay Hetz ( to let him know if you can help.

Come Help the Hungry
Saturday, June 3
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us for our next Harvesters workday. Please meet at the warehouse (directions are at about 10 minutes before our shift begins.  We will be working in the warehouse sorting food donations, so dress accordingly. You must wear close-toed shoes to work in the warehouse. Children must be at least 8 years old and be accompanied by an adult supervisor. We need to give the warehouse a final headcount in advance, so please register by Wednesday, May 31. You can register here, or by contacting Connie Strand at

Planning for GA 2018

Saturday, June 10
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Please join us for a conversation about planning the local social justice actions for GA 2018!  We will be having a training/meeting from 10:00 AM -4:00 PM on Saturday, June 10.


Memorial Service Planning Workshop
Sunday, June 11
From 1:00-4:00 PM after the service, Rev. Rose will host a memorial planning workshop. Please come prepared to think through ceremony and burial plans, and bring documentation of any important life-events that you would like to have memorialized. She will also help with creating a Health Care Directive. If you have a Health Care Directive, please make a copy and get it to Rev. Rose for her files. It is very important that faith leaders have these on locked file. 
Green Guitar Folk House
Saturday, June 17
Violet & the Undercurrents @7:00 PM
Rod Picott @8:00 PM
Don’t miss the next show! Make a reservation by email at 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 6:30.

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.   

Groups and Activities
  • Basically Boomers ~ Join us on Sunday, May 28, 6:00-7:30 PM, to hear Crown Jazz Band (New Orleans style jazz) FREE at Lenexa Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park(87th & Lackman) in the Lions Shelter (some parking in the Foundry Church at 88th & Lackman parking lot). Afterwards we'll wander across the street to Panzon’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner and drinks OR just drinks and munchies.Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the concert.  No alcoholic beverages in the park, please. Contact Vickie Trott ( for more information.  

  • 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 (913-681-5015,
  • Board of Trustees Meeting ~ The board meets on the second Monday of each month in room 3.  The next meeting will be on Monday, June 12, 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. For more information or to get on the contact list, contact Rebecca Reagan (913-307-9668,
  • Tuesday Book Group ~ Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in room 4. On Tuesday, June 13, we will discuss The Virginian, by Owen Wister.  Contact Annette Box for more info (   
  • Game Night ~ Meets every Wednesday in room 26 from 6:00-8:00 PM. We typically play 'Euro games' such as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Carcassonne.  Contact Jennifer Sachan for more information (
  • Divorce Support Group ~ Meets next on Wednesday, May 17, in room 4. A social gathering begins at 6:00 PM and the meeting is from 6:30-8:00 PM. This group provides support to church members and friends who are recently divorced, and those still struggling with the long-term effects of divorce, who need help through a difficult time. The group offers peer-to-peer support and is not meant to provide professional services such as psychological counseling, financial counseling, etc. Childcare is provided. Contact Jennifer Sachan (
  • Adult Choir ~ Rehearsals are held each Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 in the MPR. All adult voices are welcome! Contact Dave Simmons for more info (913-262-5097,
  • Sunflower Headhuggers Meetup ~ Meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 PM. Come together to create caps for chemo patients. Also, feel free to bring your current non-cap project to work on and share ideas with the group.
  • Religious Education Committee ~ Interested in serving on this group that provides feedback and advice for our religious education programming for children and youth?  The committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM. Contact Rachel Wathen for more information
  • 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
  • Thursday Book Group ~ We will meet next on Thursday, May 25, at 7:00 PM in room 4 for a discussion of Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, A Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, by Candice Millard. Contact Fern Aron ( 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, May 13. Please contact Jennifer Nelson ( or Stephanie Scott ( 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 (
  • Dinner for About 8 ~ We are re-organizing! This Saturday, May 20, will be our last scheduled dinner. If you are on the Dinner for Eight list and have not responded to the survey please contact Jenny Ashby, If you are new and want to know more, watch the announcements for news.
  • 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 at the front of the Sanctuary after the service. No Sign Up - Just Show Up! 
  • Children’s Cherub Choir (ages 4-9) AND The Chalice Youth Choir (ages 10-18) ~ Rehearsals for each choir are after church from 11:45-Noon for the Cherub Group (ages 4-9) and 12:00-12:30 for the Chalice Choir (ages 10-18) in the multipurpose room every Sunday. Both groups will sing at 2-3 services throughout the church year. Contact Dave Simmons for more info (
  • 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 (
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 (

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

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 (, 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.
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