Congregation News and Events


Women's Book Discussion Group
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Thursday, September 23
7:00 PM, Zoom Meeting

Our September book selection is Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty. 

According to a Goodreads review, “Combining all of the hallmarks that have made Liane Moriarty's writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.”

Please join the always lively discussion on September 23, when the Women’s Book Discussion Group gets together! Nancy Holland will send a link to join the Zoom meeting.

For more information, contact Margery Pope, radkova@sbcglobal.net.

Men of UU Studio City Meeting
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Tuesday, September 28   
7:00 PM, Zoom Meeting

Topic: Me, You, AND UUCSC
Pete Seeger (who had been a Unitarian) will kick off the festivities with a song.

We will share our journeys to the UU church and UUCSC in particular...our different religious or secular roots, our expectations of the church. Perhaps even touch on solutions to some of the issues challenging UUCSC.

As time permits, a video: The Rise And Fall of Unitarianism Across America will be shown. It's an often humorous look at the church's history.

This is a program of the Men's Fellowship.  Every UUCSC church-goer who identifies as a male is welcome in the fellowship and encouraged to attend.  These meetings are confidential and are not recorded.

We hope to see you there in fellowship and good will.  --Frank Dungan and Babu Shankar
Event Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3012451337

Laugh Out Proud, October Edition
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Saturday, October 2, 7:30 PM 
UUCSC Sanctuary and Zoom

This popular event has been going strong for 6 years now. With Kim Diaz at the helm, we have brought together some of the finest comedians around. This month we feature the comedic stylings of the hilarious Liz Stewart, the insightful Sarah Taylor, the award-winning Sampson McCormick and the highly animated Aidan Park. All returning favorites, this show will be a guaranteed hit!

MC Kim Diaz hosts us LIVE and in person again in a supportive, fun, entertaining environment. We are also continuing to livestream on Zoom, so if you want to tune in just email priestesskarenrenee@gmail.com for the login info.
An outreach program to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning communities, the show is for everyone (parental guidance suggested).
Bawdy and irreverent, the humor can be reminiscent of late-night television -- without the censor. Enjoy some live comedy with us and discover a strong LGBTQ community.

Although this is a free event, we do ask for donations for the comics. We will take whatever you want to give (no donation too small).
Seating capacity is limited, as we have implemented some  additional safety protocols in light of the pandemic.  Please RSVP on our Meetup page https://www.meetup.com/Laugh-Out-Proud-L-A-LGBTQ-Comedy-Night-in-Studio-City/events/slrljsyccnbdb/ .
For more information, contact Karen Renee at (310) 308-6292.
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
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The pantry’s current particular need is for chunky soup in cans (15-18.5 ounces), size 6 baby diapers, energy bars, individual packets of cookies, and fruit bars. You can drop off donations outside the church office on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Christina Mathers has offered to do socially distant pickups of contributions. Contact Christina at christinamathers@gmail.com. Cash donations can be made by visiting the pantry’s website www.nhifp.org.

Like to Cook?

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Tuesdays
8:30 AM-12:00 PM

The Houseless Drop-in Program is looking for an individual or family who would like to prepare a hot lunch for our houseless guests at the Tuesday morning program that runs from 8:30 to noon. The meal can be very simple--green salad, pasta casserole, and fresh fruit. (It can be more ambitious if you are so inclined.) We would need enough for about 20 people. You can prepare this at your home and drop it off on Tuesday morning.

If you’re interested in doing this--once or several times--please contact Terry Hassman at tmhassman@aol.com. Thanks for your generosity!

Celebrate the Life of Michael Hart

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Saturday, October 23
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
UUCSC Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall

A memorial service will be held for Michael Hart at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City, 12355 E. Moorpark Street, Studio City. A catered reception will follow the memorial service.

Michael, 67, transitioned from this life on March 12, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born on May 23, 1953, in Tucson, AZ, to Lt. Colonel Gene Hart, USAF, and Charmaine Donohue, Michael grew up primarily in Tucson and Albuquerque, NM. After graduating from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, Michael attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Acting was replaced by graduate studies in journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  

After graduate school in 1990, Michael found his passion for community journalism in his first job as Executive Editor of The Glendale Star in the Phoenix metro area. His love of “the local” led him to the Los Angeles Times in 1998, where he edited for “Our Times,” a news section centered on the vast diversity of L.A. neighborhoods. Michael later found another “local” niche in the business-to-business magazine realm, serving first as Editor-in-Chief of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, then Tradeshow Week in the Reed Elsevier family of publications. Even with the waning of print journalism, Michael worked in various capacities for the “B-to-B” world until his untimely death.

Michael married Susan Hunt in Tucson in 1985.  Their gusto for life took many forms: travel, art, opera, dining out, and their beloved cats. Michael and Susan found community and family through the social justice-oriented Unitarian Universalist (UU) church. Always a leader, Michael served on various UU boards, including his final role as Board President of the Pacific Southwest District. Of course, ever the journalist, he also wrote for UU World, the magazine of the national UU Association.

After 22 years in Los Angeles (and many fine moments at Dodger Stadium), Michael and Susan returned to Tucson and their beloved Sonoran Desert in 2020.  Michael is also survived by his half-sisters, Shirley Crotwell, Carol Castillo, and Sandy Bass; all of the greater Albuquerque area.



Congregational Meeting

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October 24
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Zoom Meeting

Please plan to attend an important Congregational Meeting. A proposed agenda will be published soon. Thank you.  --Antoinette Scully, Board President
Playground Access for Families
UUCSC Playground

The UUCSC Playground is available by reservation to families who are part of the UUCSC community. Families not part of the community may also schedule a reservation for the space with a recommendation from a community member. This is a great way to spend some time outside with your family!
Reservations are available on first come, first served basis. In order to observe COVID-19 safety measures, one reservation will be allowed access per day.

Calling All Gardeners
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Various dates and times
....for fresh healthy nutritious food for the food insecure!  We need more volunteers to assist in the maintenance of the community garden, harvesting and delivering the food to the North Hollywood food pantry.  This community garden has been in operation for close to 10 years.      All of the food is donated to the North Hollywood Food Pantry and there is a huge demand for fresh healthy and nutritious food.  If you are interested or would like to learn more please contact jeanne@jeannemcconnell.com.
Caring Committee Cares About You
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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 dorothy@balisok.com.

Weekly Happenings...
UUCSC Choir
Choir

Wednesdays
6:30-8:00 PM

In-person choir rehearsals are back!!!! The choir will be rehearsing outdoors in the play area on the church grounds. If you haven't been vaccinated, please wear a mask and social distance. We'll meet one hour earlier than usual to take advantage of the sunlight. For more information, contact Marilyn Shield, marilynshield@gmail.com. 

Drop-in Program

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Tuesday
8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Once a week our volunteers are helping provide two hot meals, a brown-bag dinner, clothing, hygiene kits, a charging station, mail service, music, and compassion to our houseless neighbors.

Visit https://www.nohohome.org/volunteer to learn more about this rewarding opportunity and signup to volunteer. Be part of the solution!

Gentle Yoga with Bonnie 
Gentle Yoga with Bonnie

Friday
11:00 AM

Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join Gentle Yoga with Bonnie on Fridays at 11:00 AM On Zoom. No experience is needed, just comfortable clothes, maybe a blanket, and yoga blocks if you have them. Donations are welcome and half of those donations will go to support our church. For more information, please contact Bonnie, bonniebarks@gmail.com.

Monthly Meetings...
Gun Violence Prevention Promise
Gun Violence Prevention Promise

3rd Sunday of each month
11:30 AM

Zoom Meeting

Join our Zoom meeting to advocate for common-sense gun safety laws. 

More information is available on our Facebook page.

Senior Fellowship
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Every other Wednesday
3:00 PM
Zoom Meetings
Join the Senior Fellowship for support and camaraderie. For more information and the Zoom link, please contact Vickie Vining, vickie.vining@gmail.com.
Men’s Fellowship
Men's Fellowship

4th Tuesday of every month
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

Co-chairs Babu Shankar and Frank Dungan invite all those who identify as men to join for fellowship, service to the congregation, and personal support.

For more information and a Zoom link, contact Babu at mensfellowship@uustudiocity.org.

Laugh Out Proud
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1st Saturday of every month
8:00 PM

Laugh Out Proud is the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City’s outreach program for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning communities.

Each month we gather together an array of fine talent from LA’s top comedy clubs to entertain our audience. We are building a community that appreciates comedy and supports LGBTQ identity. Straight allies are welcomed too, of course, as we laugh our way through the current crisis.

Contact Karen Renee at PriestessKarenRenee@gmail.com for more information.


Remembering...
Dorothy Wait
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To think of Dorothy is to bring forth her consistent, cheerful, gracious, seemingly effortless goodwill. (Read More)

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