Congregation News and Events

4:00 PM

Fall Concert: Alzheimer's Stories
and Missa Festiva
The UUCSC choir and friends will perform Alzheimer’s Stories, by Robert Cohen and Missa Festiva, by John Leavitt, accompanied by a 14-piece professional instrumental ensemble. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Dedication listings to honor loved ones who suffer/ed from memory loss may also be purchased online. Listen to Missa Festiva on YouTube and Alzheimer’s Stories on the composer’s website.
Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, Helping Hands Senior Foundation, Music Mends Minds, and Nizinski Hypnotherapy will be available after the concert to provide information on support for caregivers. For more information, contact Nancy Holland, Conductor,

Silent Auction

Now through October 20

Donations Needed for Horn of Plenty Gala
This major fundraiser is happening on November 9, and its success depends on having donations of goods and services of all types and sizes.

Silent Auction: Gift-basket ideas: wine/cheese/crackers; movie tickets/popcorn; bath oils/aromatherapy/candles; earthquake preparedness; kitchen gadgets/towels/soaps; gourmet tea/coffee/honey; camping trip; or your own creative idea. Value: $35 to $150
Other suggested donations: designer accessories; theater or game tickets; personal services; artwork; dinners for 8-12 people.  Value: $50 to $400. 

Live Auction: Suggestions include a weekend time-share in Las Vegas; large hosted dinner + sing-along; Hollywood Bowl tickets + picnic dinner; special spa weekend. We welcome your own creative ideas. Value: $400 and up.

Please bring all donation items to Claudia Moscotte in the church office before October 20. It is important that you complete the Online Donation Form or fill out a paper form in the office to describe your donations. For more information, contact Judy Leslie, or Sue Witkovsky,
Thank you so much for supporting this important fundraiser!

Open Mic Night


A Welcoming Congregation
Together is the only way
This fall, our church community will continue seeking to become a more welcoming and inclusive congregation for the LGBTQ+ community. Centering the ideas and opinions of those we seek to lift up in our collective work is our call. We ask those within the LGBTQ+ community who would like to join us in leading this effort to please contact Barbara Allen, who is leading this effort: There's much to be done and together is the only way.

Educated: A Memoir

7:00 PM

UUCSC's Women's Book Discussion Group
The UUCSC Women's Book Group will meet at Marie Callender's, 14743 Ventura Blvd., Sherman OaksCA 91403. We will have a room in the back for our discussion. Plan to order a dessert and beverage in appreciation of the restaurant's hospitality. There should be plenty of parking in front or on the west side of the building. We will be discussing the book Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover. For additional information, please contact Margery Pope,

Shared Earth Project Garden

Summer 2019

Shared Earth Project Garden: From Our Garden
UUCSC participates in the “Shared Earth Project,” growing delicious fruits and vegetables in the church's own garden on church property. Mary Sager McFadden shared that they recently harvested zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, Swiss chard, and peaches, which was shared with the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. 

The Heart of Recovery

1st Thursday of the month
8:15 - 9:30 PM

The Heart of Recovery
Meditation Group
This mindfulness and awareness meditation group is for those in recovery.  All 12-step and recovery meditation groups are welcome. Sessions meet at UUCSC in Room 9. For more information, contact Jason Taksony Hewitt at

Soul Matters

2nd Monday of the month at 5:00 PM
3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM

Sign-up for Chalice Circles
Do you ever wish for more connection to folks here at church? Would you like to meet with people willing to share their feelings and ideas at a deeper level? Then joining a Chalice Circle is for you. Nancy Holland’s Chalice Circle starts on September 9 and will meet on the second Monday of the month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.  Terry Hassman’s starts on September 18 and will meet on the third Wednesday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.  For more information, contact Terry Hassman,

Social Justice Support

2nd Sunday of the month
11:30 AM Sanctuary

Social Justice Support Meeting
Are you looking for clarity and honest conversations around tough social issues? The Social Justice Support Meetings provide a safe space to ask questions, vent frustrations, and gain understanding around justice issues both big and small. We are also having an ongoing discussion of the UUCSC’s Common Read: Sissy, by Jacob Tobia. No prior justice work is needed to attend, just an open heart and the ability to give each attendee respect. Please contact the Committee Chair, Antoinette Scully, with any questions.


8:45 AM
7:00 PM

UUCSC Choir 
Like to Sing?  Join the UUCSC Choir!  Regular rehearsals are on Sundays at 8:45 AM and Mondays 7:00 - 9:00 PM, beginning on September 23 after the Fall Concert on September 22.
Come to the Fall concert and see the choir perform with an orchestra! For more information, contact Nancy Holland, Choir Director, at

Gentle Yoga with Bonnie

7:30 AM

Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Burroughs
Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join "Gentle Yoga with Bonnie" in the Fellowship Hall Sundays. Suggested donation $10.  For more information, contact Bonnie at 

Caring Committee


Caring Committee Cares About You
Are you going through a challenging time? Maybe experiencing a serious illness, coping with a death in the family, or a new baby? The UUCSC Caring Committee members are ready to lend a hand. They will provide meals, transportation for doctors appointments, and compassionate ears to listen. The committee also has room for more care volunteers. To receive or give help contact Dorothy Balisok

DeBenneville Pines Camp

Friday - Sunday

DeBenneville Pines Cluster Camp Weekend
Register online:
Registration deadline extended to Sunday, September 15.

Join us for a fun-filled weekend at Camp De Benneville Pines for families, singles and couples of all ages.  The weekend includes workshops and hikes, activities for children and teens, opportunities to relax by the fire or in the hot tub, a Saturday night talent show, home-style meals together in the lodge, and Sunday morning worship. For more information contact Greg Golden, Maggie MacMillan, Stacie Foster, Alexis Rodriguez or email
Two nights’ lodging, all meals, and activities are included. Double bed and Craig's Cabin upgrades are sold out:
Adult:               $165
Teen (13-17):  $120
Child (3-12):    $100
Infants age 2 and under are free. Cancellation charge of $50 after 9/30/19; no refund after 10/05/19

    Between the Cracks

    7:00 PM

    Social Justice Movie Night
    "Between the Cracks," a documentary by filmmaker and UUCSC member Richard Roller
    This film takes us deep into the lives of a community of ‘houseless’ people, functioning and dysfunctional, under a bridge in the San Fernando Valley. In the City of ‘Lost Angels.’  Filmmaker Richard Roller, once homeless himself, revisits this world in order to share the stories of the Bridge People, living together “Between the Cracks.”

    This event is sponsored by Men of UU Studio City. There will be a talkback with the filmmakers after the screening. Suggested donation $10.
    For more information, contact Bill Weber at

      Between the Cracks

      1:00 PM
      Fellowship Hall

      Orientation, Support Group and Full-Group Hypnotherapy Session - Free
      Are you coping with someone else’s illnesses, such as dementia, AIDS, cancer, ALS, MS, or continual pain? If so, plan to attend this FREE orientation, support group, and full-group hypnotherapy session for those who love or care about people with serious illnesses. It will be facilitated by Julia Nizinski, CHt., a certified clinical hypnotherapist.

      Please click on this link to register for the initial event on October 19, from 1:00 to 4:00, which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City, CA. For more information, please contact Julia@nizinskihypnotherapy.comand write“support groups” in the subject line.

        Horn of Plenty

        6:30 - 9:30 PM

        Save the Date:
        Horn of Plenty Gala and Silent Auction
        "Horn of Plenty Gala and Silent Auction” is our major fundraiser of the year.  It will offer something for everyone to have a fabulous evening, including dancing, live entertainment, complimentary gourmet appetizers and desserts, fun raffles and door prizes. Volunteers are needed for online donation requests and merchant solicitation. Contact Judy Leslie,, 818-769-2558 (home) or 818-934-5839 (cell).

        North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry

        Sundays during service

        North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
        NHIFP needs dog and cat bags
        Homeless folks often have pets for comfort and security. You can help by donating dry pet food, cans of moist food, flea collars, pet treats and anything else that homeless folks can use to better care for their pets. For more information, contact Terry Hassman,, Homelessness Ministry. Thank you.

          NH Food Pantry

          Sunday mornings

          North Hollywood Food Pantry: Special Requests
          Homelessness and hunger never take a holiday. The need goes on. To help the homeless and food-insecure in our own area, donations this Sunday morning of the following items are especially needed: protein bars, ramen soup packages, tea, popcorn, nuts, chips, candy, baby diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, and baby food. Thank you for your generosity. It does make a difference. Terry Hassman, Homelessness Ministry,



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