UU Pen Pals is a fun way to meet someone new and bridge the generation gap. Each young person is paired with an adult or high school student, and then each pair spends five weeks exchanging letters about themselves without giving away their identity. February 12 will be the day of the big reveal, when everyone will find out the identity of their UU Pen Pal and they can spend time getting to know each other in person at a special luncheon reserved for Pen Pal participants.
You don’t want to miss out on this highly anticipated, fun, bonding tradition of the UnitarianChurch of Lincoln!
We typically start the Pen Pal exchanges with kindergarteners, but if you have a preschooler who you wish to participate and whom you will help write letters, that would be fine as well. High schoolers may be placed in either the child or adult role, depending on the number of participants in these areas.
Click HERE for the UU Pen Pals Information and Sign-up Form.
Sign up will continue through December 31.
Matches will be made and sent out the week ofJanuary 1.
The exchanges will begin on January 8 and continue on the following Sundays: January 15, January 22,January 29, and February 5.
The luncheon and reveal will be on February 12.
Great Spirit of Life, as a new year begins, we turn inward to reflect about the state of our lives:
What lessons have we learned in the past year and which new ones now call us forward?
To whom do we still owe an apology or expression of thanks?
And with whom must we draw fresh boundaries?
As we pause from our regular rhythms of rush-rush-rush, we open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities. We give thanks for these moments and for the wisdom they afford us. May they help bring us together in the sacred dynamics of life so that we—as individuals and as members of this community—might reach our full potential.
As we step across this threshold, let this new year be a year of greater awe and gratitude,
Of deeper kindness and acceptance, and more courageous acts of conviction.
For a kinder, more equitable and sustainable world is not only possible, she is on her way. And in the quietness of this sacred community, we can ever hear her breathing.
AS A NEW YEAR BEGINS, BY KATE LORE
Two Potluck options this month the 2nd Monday and the 4th Monday of the month. Contact the church office firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If you would like weekly reminders of events and opportunities, use the SIGN UP FOR MAILING LIST button in the footer of this website.
Monday, January 9 • 6:30PM • Gallery
Our Lincoln Unitarian men’s potluck has been happening for over twenty years except for COVID interruption and a very few bad weather evenings. We meet at the church at 6:30 PM the second Monday of each month including the next dinner on January 9th. Over the years we have had many tasty treats and tall tales! Newcomers are especially welcome.
ALL SOUL'S POTLUCK
Monday, January 23 • 5:30PM • Gallery
Many of us are craving each other’s company and wanting to break bread together. We are bound and determined to create these opportunities for fun, food and fellowship. Join us on the fourth Monday of January for our first ever ALL SOUL’S POTLUCK where everyone is welcome regardless of your age, gender, shoe size, economic status or hair color.
All that we ask is that you bring a dish to share - entree, sides, dessert - and label the ingredients for those with food allergies/preferences. If you run out of time to make something from scratch, maybe you can pick up a side or a bag of grapes or chips from your favorite local grocer? or just show up. We won't turn anyone away.
This first All Soul’s Potluck is sponsored by a core group of Beloved Conversations participants who plan to share some information at the event.
At this annual service of bounty on December 18, 2022, we showed up with boxes and bags full of items to share with our partners in the community. It was one of the larger crowds we have seen in a while. Thank you to everyone who made it a success.
NAACP: We exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 for the Lincoln Branch NAACP which is enough to cover one of the organization's spring scholarships. Since its founding in 1918, the Lincoln Branch NAACP has played an unparalleled role in improving the lives of those who are socially, politically and economically disenfranchised in Lincoln.
COMMUNITY ACTION: We gathered four large totes, and eight garbage bags filled with warm winter items for youth. Community Action serves Lancaster and surrounding counties, and empowers people living in poverty to reach economic stability.
CENTERPOINTE: We gathered two large garbage bags filled with warm winter items for adults. CenterPointe helps the people we serve get better, sooner, for longer. CenterPointe provides 35+ programs in the areas of treatment, rehabilitation, housing, and crisis response.
FRESH START: We gathered two large boxes and ten paper bags full of household and hygiene products for Fresh Start. Fresh Start has a vision to assist women to overcome homelessness. Our housing program uses client focused practices to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency.
EASTRIDGE FOOD PANTRY: We gathered a dozen paper bags of non-perishable foods for the Eastridge Food Pantry. The Eastridge Food Pantry’s mission is to provide food to families and individuals in need in Lincoln. While the pantry always needs food, cleaning products, and personal care items, the greatest need that the pantry has is for more volunteers.
LITTLE FREE PANTRY: We gathered a dozen paper bags of non-perishable foods for our Little Free Pantry. We selected items that would not freeze in sub-zero tempersatures. Our pantry - stationed next to the driveway on the Eldon Street side - is one of the newest pantries in Lincoln.
The quilt featured in the cover of this event page is by the artist Peg Green and is entitled "Phoenix Chalice". To see more of these art quilts go to www.peacepeg.com.
Please join us online or in person for these holiday gatherings and worship services. Contact the church office if you have any questions - email@example.com and/or use the button in the footer of this website to sign up for our mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Third Thursday Vespers
Thursday, December 15 • 7:00PM • In-person and livestream on YouTube (links in eblasts)
An evening of holiday music with Rev. Oscar and the A Street Band!
Saturday, December 17 • 6:00PM • Gallery
To celebrate another turn of the Wheel, the joint UCL and Red Grail Yule party will be celebrated on Saturday, December 17. This is a laid back time with a gift exchange game. Bring a wrapped gift that is recycled, repurposed, or upcycled. If the gift is for a child or adult specifically, please mark that on the wrapping. Potluck is welcome. Individually wrapped items are requested. Bring your own plate to avoid kitchen use. Disposables will be available. There will be some items for purchase to fund our Red Grail ministry since we are separate from the UCL budget.
Stranger Share Our Fire
Sunday, December 18 • 10:00AM • In-person and livestream on YouTube (links in eblasts)
As we gather gifts and donations for our partners in the community, we manifest the interconnected web of which we are a part. We will have tables set up in the front lobby Tuesday, December 13 to Friday, December 16 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM.
Thank you for your donations of:
• Packaged Foods for the Eastridge Food Pantry and our Little Free Pantry (non-perishable dry goods and canned foods)
• Warm Winter Items for CenterPointe and Community Action Program (all sizes / adult and kids / jackets, scarves, mittens, gloves, hats)
• Hygiene & Household Items for Fresh Start (Kleenex, toilet paper, disinfectant, laundry soap, deodorant, body wash, bus passes, gift cards)
• Cash Donations for the NAACP. We have a goal of raising $1,000 for one of the scholarships that the NAACP gives each year
Christmas Eve Service
Saturday, December 24 • 5:30PM • In-person and livestream on YouTube (links in eblasts)
Join us for an all ages service as we gather in our traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight service.
Christmas Morning Worship
Sunday, December 25 • 10:00AM • In-person and livestream on YouTube (links in eblasts)
Come gather for an informal service of Christmas songs and stories.
What better time for aromatic coffee and succulent chocolate? To seduce your senses and satisfy your righteous sensibilities, the Social Justice Committee is returning with the Holiday Coffee and Chocolate Promotion.
Several flavors of Equal Exchange fair trade chocolate and coffee are for sale beginning November 20 through December. Chocolate bars are $4.00 each in flavors ranging from Dark Chocolate with Infused Orange to Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch with Sea Salt. Both regular and decaf coffee are $10 per bag in favorite flavors from past sales. Limited quantities are available, so get yours soon!
Proceeds from the Holiday Coffee and Chocolate Promotion will benefit Citizens’ Climate Education, a nonprofit sister organization of Citizens’ Climate Lobby that empowers people from diverse backgrounds to educate key stakeholders, policymakers, and the general public about effective solutions to climate change. Buy your coffee and chocolate here to support education for climate change!
Join us for an all-ages, family-friendly evening of food, fun, and festivities to celebrate winter holidays. There will be a potluck, music, crafts, and stories. Look for a sign-up sheet in the gallery on Sundays before and after the Sunday Worship Service to bring soup.
Friday, December 16 • 6:00 - 8:00PM • Gallery at 6300 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
Please remember to bring a list of ingredients to display at the supper. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are always appreciated.
WHAT TO BRING
If you don't want to bring soup please consider bringing the following according to the first letter of your last name:
A-I: Bread, crackers, chips, or cheese
Please bring family and friends and join us for this heart-warming and belly-warming fellowship event!
History Professor Frank Edler is scheduled to present the 2022 C.A. Sorensen Lecture on Friday, November 11, at 7:00PM in the Unitarian Church of Lincoln Sanctuary. His theme is "Remembering the Sorensens: Keeping Peace in Mind."
While documenting the history of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Edler has drawn upon the experiences of Christian Abraham Sorensen, a former President of the Lincoln Unitarian Church and leading Nebraskan Republican politician who accompanied Henry Ford on his "peace ship" mission to Europe in 1915.
Sorensen's son, Ted, was a close confidant and speech writer for President John F. Kennedy. He was at Kennedy's side in 1962 when the Cuban Missile Crisis nearly brought the world to nuclear war.
At a time when current tensions with nuclear powers Russia and China are reaching new heights, it is important to remember the efforts of C.A. and his son, Ted, to promote peaceful resolution of conflicts.
You won't want to miss this important and timely lecture, made possible by a 1997 endowment from Thomas Sorensen in honor of his father C. A., and generous contributors from the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.
We are a group of fiber artists working together to expand our knowledge and push the
boundaries of our creativity. We learn, inspire, and support each other in our fiber art
Fiber Works is comprised of eleven members from eastern Nebraska. At each monthly
meeting, we share our latest projects, have workshops to learn new techniques and
propose challenges for future exhibitions.
Our group has led the Surface Design Technique demonstrations for National Quilting
Day, held at the International Quilt Museum several years.
We have exhibited at the International Quilt Museum, The Landing and the Bernina
Sewing Studio in Lincoln, Jewish Community Center and AccuQuilt Corporate
Headquarters in Omaha, Norfolk Art Museum, and the Langworthy Gallery, Seward.
We are proud to share our latest works: Chihuly Inspired and Rule of Three at the
Unitarian Church of Lincoln.
Our members include:
Jo Drueke, Sheila Green, Merrilee Hansen, Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson, Cynthia Levis,
Roxann O’Hare, Lynne O’Rourke, Cindi Pape, Peg Pennell, Marilyn Rembolt and Pat Stava.
Join us on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00PM for a Benefit for the Music Community of Lincoln, Nebraska. Hosted by the A Street Band and Dr. Bob Fuson, proceeds will benefit the Lincoln Music Teachers Association for Traditional Arts, and The Nebraska Chamber Players (with performances from each organization.)
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