Please join us for a thanksgiving service about making space for possibility. 

This Sunday our Donate-the-Plate collection will be received in support of Harvesters.

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

12:00-1:30 PM
Forum:  "Unpacking Our White Privilege" 


As residents of the world, it is important for us to be aware of the how we are affected by and unknowing participants in systems of oppression. White supremacy has reared its ugly head in recent annual news, but it has insidiously lurked since the founding of our great nation. Our education, real-estate, medical, and legal systems are all drastically biased towards white norms. Our awareness and acceptance of these systems is a necessary step in moving forward towards a more just world.  Lunch and childcare provided.
Religious Education for Children


This Sunday, November 19
How Can We Be a People of Abundance? 
As we go into the Holiday Season we can find ourselves wanting “more.” More gifts, more entertainment, and even more food! However, we know there is no perfect. We can find abundance in gratitude for our rich community of friends of family.  We can even find abundance in gratitude for struggle and justice making. Remembering that “What we need is here.”  Students Pre-K through High school will be divided to classes this week.

Service is Our Prayer
Rosehill Red Bags

SMUUCh kiddos will be compiling Red Bags for our friends at Rosehill school on Sunday, November 26th.  We can use your help!  In the spirit of friendship and the holidays we will be putting bags of goodies together.  Please sign-up for what you are able to donate.  You can drop your donations off in the bin outside the Sanctuary by the bulletin boards.  Thanks for your help! 

Help us reach our goal of 50 bags! CLICK HERE!


Sign Up to Volunteer Here


No Activities Wednesday, November 22nd

  • 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 Wednesday nights 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 6:00-8:30for 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.

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

Equal Exchange Fundraiser

The Equal Exchange catalogs have arrived for the Youth Group's annual fundraiser.  You can also shop online by viewing the catalog here:  Place your orders with Youth Advisor HeatherAnne, at Chalice Coffee on Sunday mornings or with any of the Youth Group members. Orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 29th in order to arrive for holiday gift giving.  
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.

Seeking Donations for Holiday Mart Bazaar
Reduce, Recycle, Regift, Upcycle, Craft, Bake, Go! 
This annual youth group fundraiser accepts handcrafted, new, gently used and up-scaled gift-ables. Donation boxes are in Fellowship Hall near the coffee shop. Questions: Vickie Sovereign, 816-665-8128.

Adult Faith Formation


Poetry for Transformation and Relation

November 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 to RSVP.




Sign-Up to Participate in White Supremacy Forums Here

Sunday, November 19

"Unpacking Our White Privilege"

12:00 - 1:30 PM

As residents of the world, it is important for us to be aware of the how we are affected by and unknowing participants in systems of oppression. White supremacy has reared its ugly head in recent annual news, but it has insidiously lurked since the founding of our great nation. Our education, real-estate, medical, and legal systems are all drastically biased towards white norms. Our awareness and acceptance of these systems is a necessary step in moving forward towards a more just world.

CLICK HERE to find out more about our anti-racisim work.

2nd, 3rd & 4th Sundays


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 ( or Adam ( with any questions. 

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


Thank you for your generous contributions to the October Donate-the-Plate. We raised $953.25 for Cross Border Network.  Our November collection will be received on Sunday, November 19, for Harvesters.


Auction Update
Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered, or bid at the auction!  If you were a winning bidder, you should have received and invoice via email last week.  If you think you won and you don't receive an invoice, please contact Jennifer Nelson ( 

Unsold silent auction items and poster parties that aren't sold out will be available for bidding in Fellowship Hall until 12:00 PM on Sunday, November 19th.  If you don't know your bidder number, just write your first and last name on the bid sheet.  Thanks!

Youth Group Hosts Chili Lunch
This Sunday, November 19

11:30 AM
Stop by Fellowship Hall before attending the White Supremacy Forum and grab a delicious bowl of homemade chili. Top it with your favorite fixings, and sit down to enjoy conversation with your church family. $5/person or a maximum of $15/family. (No charge for ages 4 and under). We will have vegetarian and GF options. Funds raised will go toward funding youth activities.

One Hour Choir

Sunday, November 19

9:30 AM

Many thanks to all who participated in our One Hour Choir on 10/29.  The choir sang the wonderful old spiritual "Dem Bones" as children in our church paraded around in their Halloween costumes. We had a great turnout and it was a lot of fun!!  Please join us on November 19 as we will be repeat our “One Hour Choir” with another great piece. We will begin rehearsal promptly at 9:30. Come join us!

Please note that there will be no evening activities on Wednesday, November 22. Also, the church office will be close on Wednesday, November 22, and will reopen on Monday, November 27.

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.  A member of the Caring Team will respond within a week.

People’s State of the State Address

Saturday, January 20

Please mark your calendars for the annual “People’s State of the State Address.” This is a rally at the Kansas statehouse in Topeka that aims to make the needs of the people heard by our legislators.  

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 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.


Sunday Circles

Are you wishing for more connection to others here at SMUUCh?  Are you craving ritual, conversation, and deep listening?  Then 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! 

Sunday Circles meet on the first Sunday of each month from 1:00-3:00 PM in comfortable, cozy places around the church.  Please bring your lunch and childcare will be provided. Contact Jennifer Nelson ( to request to join a group. A new group will start once a critical mass has been formed, so gather some of your new friends and start a group!


Make plans now to attend the UUA's annual convention which will be right here at home in Kansas City this June! Check out this link for information about what happens at General Assembly and how to make the most of this incredible experience.

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
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 (
NEW DATE!!  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, November 21, 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, contact Rebecca Reagan (

Tuesday Book Group ~ Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in room 4. On Tuesday, December 12, we will discuss The Vegetarian, by Han Kang.  Contact Annette Box for more info (   
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 ( 

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

Thursday Book Group ~ We will meet next on Thursday, November 30, at 7:00 PM in room 4 for a discussion of Threading My Prayer Rug: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, by Sabeeha Rehman. 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 snacks and drinks from 7:00-9:30 PM in room 28. Free childcare is provided. The next gathering is Saturday, December 9. This will be our annual white elephant gift exchange party, always a popular event!  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 (

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 ( for more info.

Dinners for About Eight ~ We have a new format this fall! We will have some home dinners and also restaurant dinners on Sundays about every other month. Contact Jenny Ashby ( to find out about the next event.

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 (
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.