Art is no mere luxury to be pursued only in our spare time. Art is essential to our survival. Join us this Father's Day for a service that will explore how art and creativity can nurture the growth of diverse families and communities.
Special credit goes to Noah Whittaker for providing the creative inspiration for this service: When Noah was three and a half, he discovered a TV show called Creative Galaxy, in which the main character's catchphrase is "We can fix it with art!" As a result, Noah started saying "We can fix it with art!" whenever he encountered problems in his daily life. In this week's sermon, Skyler Whittaker shares how this simple idea—fixing things with art—radically transformed their family.

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

This Sunday, June 18

Donuts with Dad! 
Before and after the service, enjoy donuts and orange juice with Dad and help our Coming of Age youth make it to Boston in July!


Take a Photo With Dad!  

Remember this special Father's Day with professional photos. This Coming of Age Fundraiser will be setup in Fellowship Hall.


Spaghetti Lunch

Sunday, June 25

Join us for a spaghetti lunch immediately following the service next week. Gluten free options will be available.


This Sunday: Maker Space Sundays!
Students Kindergarten through Middle School are invited to come problem-solve and create in our Makerspace on Sunday mornings. Unitarian Universalists are nothing if we are not inquisitive. Our students have the space, materials, and guidance to innovate and problem-solve. Come join us as we engineer and build, play with legos, create with our 3D Doodle pens, have fun with our snap circuits, and more!

Accepting the donations of:
Toilet rolls, pipe cleaners, crafting pom-poms, and sewing supplies

Religious Education This Summer

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.
Volunteers Needed! ~ We could use your help in the Nursery and the Pre-K Room.  Sign-up here
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.
Kindergarten – Middle School ~ Maker Space Sundays
High School ~ Click here to see the Youth Group Newsletter

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.
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!

Sundays at 9:30 AM

Join facilitator Carrie Allison-Rolling
June 18: Love and Positive Intent 
June 25: Intention and Consequences
Upcoming Events and Current News


Thank you for your generous contributions to the Donate-the-Plate collection for the Unitarian Universalist Justice Sunday program. We raised $734.74.Our next collection on Sunday, June 25, will go to the Salem Food Pantry. SMUUCh has partnered with Salem Lutheran to distribute pantry packs to more than 40 families, most of whom have been identified as being in need by the staff at Rosehill and Rising Star Elementary Schools where the children are enrolled. Each pack contains enough food for two or three healthful meals, depending on the size of the family.

Note from the Archivist

We have found duplicate photos in the archives. They will be out on a table in Fellowship Hall this Sunday, June 18. Please stop by to take a look and remember these past church events, and to enjoy seeing these photos of members and former ministers. If you’d like to take copies with you, we hope you will, and we’d appreciate a donation of 25 cents per photo so that we may purchase more archival supplies to keep our church records protected for decades to come.
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.

Ramadan Fast-breaking Potluck

Wednesday, June 21

Come to SMUUCh at 8:00 PM to join the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City to break the Ramadan fast with a potluck meal. The Dialogue Institute expects to have about 50 people join us.  Please come to show support to our Muslim neighbors during their holy month. The Dialogue Institute will provide the main dish, dessert (which will probably have nuts), salad, and rice. SMUUCh members can bring other dishes as long as they include no alcohol (including vanilla) and are kosher or halal (no pork). Please contact Yvonne Gibbons ( with any questions.

Small Groups to Begin in the Fall

Are you hoping to meet new people in the congregation and strengthen your connections to this community? Consider joining a Small Group next year. You would meet monthly with the same group of people for one year. Please contact Jennifer Nelson, Membership Chair, to alert her to your interest (  


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 Meetings in June & July
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, July 10, at 6:30 PM.

Tuesday Book Group ~ Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in room 4. On Tuesday, July 11, we will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.  Contact Annette Box for more info (   
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, June 22, at 7:00 PM in room 4 for a discussion of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah. Contact Fern Aron ( for more information.


Basically Boomers ~ Join us on Friday, June 30, at 6:30 PM at Holy Field Winery (18807 158th St, Basehor, KS, 66007,  $7 cover charge - Music by Allied Saints – City-based, vocally driven Rock band with roots in Blues, Soul, and Southern Rock. Food is available at the winery, or you may bring your own picnic. Wine is sold by the bottle from the tasting room.  No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. (Support your local winery!) Desserts will be provided by Jane O’Neil and Pat Duggan. Bring your own chairs. Contact Jane O’Neil ( or Pat Duggan (  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, July 8. 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 (
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. 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.
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9400 Pflumm Road
Lenexa, KS 66215