Congregation News and Events


Sunday Worship Service
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Sundays
10:00 AM

Zoom meeting

Please join us for worship this Sunday via Zoom!  This Zoom link is active every Sunday for service.  We will also send it via email each week for your convenience. Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends so they may join us. 

See you Sunday!  Rev. Hannah

FORUM: "Iceberg Model"
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January 24th
11:15  AM

Zoom meeting

The Welcoming Congregation Committee is helping our congregation to become welcoming and whole.

We are using the "Iceberg Model” as discussed in Module 5 of the Transforming Hearts series; however, watching that module is not a prerequisite for our discussion. We invite everyone (that means YOU!) to join us Sunday, January 24, following the service. For more information, contact Barbara, welcome@uustudiocity.org.

UU Studio City Men’s Fellowship
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January 26th
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Zoom meeting

Two short videos will lead in. One is brief and absolutely hilarious!  The second is colorfully animated and explains the Habit Pattern 3 Stage Loop  (Cue, Routine, Reward and…back to Cue) To grab more plain M&M’s, in Frank's case.

We will then share our respective experiences with habits.

  • New Pandemic habits we have developed
  • Old habits
  • Habits we have broken
  • Habits we’d like to break
  • Good habits were trying to adopt
  • Habits that annoy friends and loved ones
  • Habits that irritate you 
  • Social Media (post/like/share/comment) - has it become a habit?

Make The Men's Fellowship meetings one of your good habits for the New Year.

--Frank Dungan and Babu Shankar

UUCSC Women's Book Discussion Group
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February 4th
7:00 PM

You’re invited to join in the fascinating book discussion this coming month. 

The selection for February is I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and ‪Christina Lamb.

According to Goodreads, “I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.”

Nancy Holland will be serving as the discussion facilitator. Come and join us! For more information, contact Margery Pope, radkova@sbcglobal.net

Congregational Meeting

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February 21st
11:15 AM

Zoom meeting

Please mark your calendars. There will be an important Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 21. Here are the proposed agenda items:

Agenda

  •       October Congregational Meeting minutes approval
  •       Nominating Committee candidates for June election
  •       Financial Update; Endowment Committee Update 
  •       Bylaws Update
  •       Welcoming Congregation Committee Presentation 
  •       New Policies Task Force Update

Please plan to attend this meeting. Be informed. Express your opinion. 

Thank you, UUCSC Board of Trustees


Immediate Needs of North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry
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NHIFP has an immediate need for peanut butter and cereal of any kind (standard size boxes). You can drop off your donations outside the office of our Church Administrator, Claudia Moscotte, at UUCSC on Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. Christina Mather has also offered to do socially distant pickups of any contributions and deliver them to the food pantry. You can contact Christina at christinamathers@gmail.com.

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

If you would like to send notes of condolence, cards can be sent to:

The Family of Dorothy Wait,
13309 Woodbridge Street, Apt. 403,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

 Houseless Drop-in Center Task Force
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The UU Church of Studio City has a unique opportunity to serve the houseless in our community for four hours per week as a day-time, outdoor drop-in center.  To ensure its long-term success, a committee is being formed to cover all areas of feasibility.  Thankfully, we have an excellent "how to" program replication guide to follow from Pastor Stephanie Jaeger, one of the valley's homeless champions who has successfully run this program for more than three years at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in North Hollywood.  Interested in serving on the committee?  If so, please contact  Antoinette Scully, Terry Hassman,  or Rev Hannah Petrie revhannah@uustudiocity,org.
Gun Violence Prevention Promise Seeking New Direction
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For some time now, our group, Gun Violence Prevention Promise, has been looking for new directions for our work, a search heightened with the passing of Dorothy Wait, the founder and inspiration behind GVPP, and now significantly intensified by the events of January 6 in Washington, DC.  

We seek to embrace the “8th Principle,” knowing it has to do with putting words to deeds.  We realize that this might well be the much-needed localized focus we have been seeking that would give our congregation a greater voice in curbing gun violence. 

And so we look forward to participating in the effort to respond to the 8th Principle as laid out during the worship service on January 10. We welcome any calls to provide information and witness where applicable during the coming months. For more information, contact Gil Shorr, gil.shorr281@gmail.com.

Do Your Investments Reflect Your Values?
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With a brand new year, maybe it’s time to take a look at your mutual funds, IRAs, ETFs, 401ks, etc., to see if the companies they invest in include stock or other securities of companies whose activities you don’t support.  Whether your passion is ending gun violence, protecting the earth, animal rights, or any other cause, if you invest you may unknowingly be supporting companies whose business seriously undermines your commitment.  Investment companies publish lists of the holdings of  specific funds which you can obtain from their website or by contacting them in person.  If you’re unhappy with your current funds, you can redirect your investment to funds that are more consistent with your values. You can also find “socially responsible” funds by doing a little research.  We can’t get specific here because we don’t want to be seen as giving specific advice, so please do your own research or contact your investment advisor or the custodian of your fund(s) to see how you can align your investing with your beliefs!
Join the Communications Team!
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The Communications Committee is looking to expand our team. Help us manage the weekly bulletin, church calendar, all features on our church website, and our Facebook page. If you’re interested in joining or would like to learn more, please send us an email; communications@uustudiocity.org.

—The Communications Committee —Claudia, Terry, Mat, and Rev. Hannah

Community Needs Form
Community Needs

Antoinette Scully has created a Google form that will help us determine which members and friends of UUCSC are in need of something, like food, toiletries, etc., as well as those of us who are able and willing to pick up and deliver these items to people in need.  You can access that form here.
Wall of Love and Remembrance

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Our wall is an opportunity for community members to remember loved ones, honor those who served, and celebrate relationships that were lost, found, or strengthened during the pandemic and social unrest of the 2020s. Click here for more information.
Office Space Available For Rent
 

Private workspace is available in our building.
Newly renovated spaces. WiFi Internet access. Dry erase boards, table and chairs. Lots of natural light. Click here to for details.

Contact Judy Leslie, judy@lesliemail.com and schedule a tour today. Or visit our Rentals page and join us on a Virtual Tour now.

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.

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.
Watch Previous Services On Our Website
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Missed a service? Want to hear part of the sermon again? Want to savor a favorite piece of music? Now you can easily watch previous Sunday services available on our Website. Our website is always being updated and improved. Check it out!




Weekly Happenings...
UUCSC Choir
Choir

Mondays
7:00 - 8:30 PM

Zoom Meeting

In-person choir rehearsals are on hiatus. However, we are continuing to meet Monday nights via this Zoom link. Anthony Concepcion, our Music Coordinator, has planned a variety of activities for choir members and anyone else interested joining in. For more information, contact Anthony at conceptones84@gmail.com. 

Gentle Yoga with Bonnie 
Gentle Yoga with Bonnie

Fridays
11:00 AM

Zoom Meeting

Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join "Gentle Yoga with Bonnie" on Fridays at 11:00 AM via this Zoom link.  No experience is needed, just comfortable clothes, maybe a blanket, and yoga blocks if you have them. Donations are optional.  A Venmo link will be provided during the session with half going to UUCSC.  For more information, contact Bonnie at bonniebarks@gmail.com

Monthly Meetings...
Social Justice Support Meeting 
Social Justice

1st Sunday of the month
11:30 AM

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. No prior justice work is needed to attend, just an open heart and the ability to give each attendee respect. Please contact Committee Chair Antoinette Scully with questions and to request the meeting Zoom link.

Gun Violence Prevention Promise Meeting - On Sunday!
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
Every other Tuesday
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

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

Zoom Meeting

Co-chairs Frank Dungan and Babu Shankar 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

1st Saturday of every month
8:00 PM

Zoom Meeting

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.


 
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