Congregation News and Events
Every Sunday morning
Share Your Abundance!
Each Sunday during our church service, you have an opportunity to share your abundance with needy folks who use the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. They currently urgently need dry cereal, like the kind sold at the Dollar Store. Other particular needs include canned tuna, canned chicken, and peanut butter. They also need pasta, rice, a variety of canned goods (with tab-tops), and cookies. Nothing in glass, please. Thank you so much! UUCSC Social Justice Council, Antoinette Scully, Chair.
Homelessness Task Force (HTF)
Homeless individuals frequently approach the church building for help. In response, we are forming a Homelessness Task Force (HTF) to develop policies and programs, such as making kits that include food, hygiene articles, and a list of resources like shelters and food pantries. If interested in joining the HTF, please contact Stan Pitluck, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alexis Rodriguez, email@example.com.
Memorial Cactus Planted in Honor of Zoe Dawson
On Saturday, December 1, following the beautiful memorial service held by Rev. Hannah Petrie, a memorial cactus was planted on the church property to honor Zoe Dawson, longtime member of UUCSC. It was created using a cutting from a cactus near Zoe’s apartment that Aviva Heston had retrieved. When you look at the cactus, remember Zoe and her sweet presence. Karen Renee led a Wiccan ceremony outside the church to commemorate the planting. The cactus, which is just about to flower, may grow to over10 feet. The photo shows Karen (bending) and Aviva (standing) as they plant the cactus.
A recording of Zoe's memorial service is available on the church website Worship page.
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Sam’s LEGOs Drive - Giving Opportunity
In April 2013 at age 10, community member Sam was diagnosed with leukemia. During his treatment and when confined to his bed, his #1 distraction was LEGOs. Focusing on building with LEGOs helped to keep his mind off the pokes, the nausea, and the other horrible realities of cancer treatment that no child should have to face.
Thankfully, Sam is now cancer-free. But he still wants to help other kids in the hospital by continuing to grow the drive, and he needs your help. Please donate a new, unopened box of LEGOS that will be delivered to the Pediatric Patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Purchases may be made on Amazon via this link to Sam’s LEGO Drive Wishlist. Purchases may also be made on Facebook via the Shop Now button on Sam's Facebook page. For large donation pick-ups or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations will be collected on Saturday, December 8, 12:00 to 3:00 PM. Thank you.
Join Us - Together We Read So Together We Grow!
Racism Matters: A little double entendre to get your attention. Our Social Justice group is reading the book So You Want to Talk About Race. Please see Lindsey Black after church (in the Narthex) each Sunday to check out or buy a copy. It is filled with anecdotes, facts, a good bit of humor and can help those of us who think "I'm not a racist" to learn more about our own prejudices. Come to our Social Justice meeting and join the discussion. Starting in February 2019, Antoinette Scully, Social Justice Chair and Rev. Hannah will be presenting services and a series of workshops about racism.
Democratic Socialists of America Reading Group
The DSA Reading Group meets monthly in The World Room at UUCSC. We share food, discuss literature about the intersection of religion and socialism, and imagine just futures. This week we'll be discussing Chapters 5-6 of Ethics and Community by Enrique Dussel. The meeting includes a potluck and is open to all who are interested. For more information, contact Jason Taksony Hewitt, Director of Religious Exploration at email@example.com.
6:00 - 9:00 PM
5th Annual Holiday Party
The entire UUCSC Family is invited to the 5thAnnual Holiday Party, sponsored by the UUCSC Music Team. You’ll enjoy a catered traditional meal with turkey, ham, lasagna, veggies, and scrumptious desserts, as well as a cash bar. The UU Choir will open the show at 7:00 PM , followed by cabaret style entertainment including music, comedy, poetry, readings, dancing, and gifts for everyone. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 12 years of age and under. You can purchase your tickets after Sunday services or at the door. Childcare will be available at no charge in the Rainbow Room.
Please plan to join us for a wonderful evening! For more information, contact Gene Herd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children’s Pageant at 5:00 PM begins the evening with a participatory, fun, spontaneous staging of shepherds and wise men and stars and all kinds of animals, retelling the story of the birth of Jesus. Everyone, both young and old, has the opportunity to take part, sing carols, and celebrate the season.
The Worship Service follows at 9:00 PM where you will experience a candle-lit service of lessons and carols. The UUCSC Choir will sing, and everyone has the opportunity to light a candle and join in singing carols in a spiritual setting.
The choir sings in the Sanctuary every Sunday through June. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM and Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. We welcome new members anytime.
The choir will be singing at the 5th Annual Holiday Party on December 15 and on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 9:00 PM. The choir will not be singing on December 23 and December 30. Then the choir will take a break through January 6.
If you’re interested in singing with us, please contact Music Director Nancy Holland after services, or by email at email@example.com.
Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Burroughs
Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join "Gentle Yoga with Bonnie" in the Fellowship Hall Sundays and Fridays. Suggested donation $10. For more information, contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:30 - 12:30 PM
New to UU and UU Church of Studio City Program
Are you curious about the history and practice of Unitarian Universalism? How people from a variety of faith traditions find acceptance, opportunity, and growth in UU? What the UU Church of Studio City offers to our congregants and the greater community? How membership works? Then join us in the Sanctuary after services. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Rev. Hannah Petrie email@example.com.
UUCSC Women's Book Discussion Group
The January meeting will be at the home of Theresa Fitzgerald. Please join us to discuss The Woman in the Window, by A. J. Finn. For more information, contact Margery Pope, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Caring Through Touch" Program
Do you care about the homeless issue but are not sure how you can play a role? The “Caring Through Touch” program is a ministry of presence for our homeless and marginalized neighbors in North Hollywood and the surrounding area. Over three weeks, Rev. Hannah will teach you how to provide a 15-minute chair massage, along with the Christian and Buddhist theologies of compassion that imbue this ministry. Then we will visit area homeless drop-in centers, including St. Matthews Lutheran church. To register email email@example.com.