Sunday services are at 9:15 am and 11:00 am from September through May. From late May through early September, our summer schedule consists of a single Sunday service at 10:00 am.
Childcare is available during services.
Services last for about one hour; dress is casual and children are welcome.
We strive to make our facility welcoming and our services supportive. We actively work to remove barriers to participation:
- Reserved parking for people with disabilities is in front of the church
- Our building is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair lift
- We offer large-print hymnals and hearing aids
- Child care is provided for children up to age 3 in the nursery at both services
- Coffee hours often include offerings for people with special dietary needs
- You will be greeted at the door with a smile and treated with warmth and dignity, whether this is your first visit or if you have been with us for many years
Religious education classes are offered during the 9:15 am and 11:00 am services from September through early June. A summer program is offered for children ages 3–10 from mid-June – September. If you are the caregiver of a child with disabilities, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help your child participate in activities.
All services are followed by a coffee hour so we can meet more informally. If you visit us, please join us for fellowship after the service so we may welcome you properly and get to know you. We have several programs to help newcomers and prospective members learn more about Unitarian Universalism and UUCWC.
Worship Theme for December: Preparing the Heart
A concentration of holidays is upon us and we are preparing: decorations, gatherings, journeys, meals, gifts, donations, greeting cards, and performances. It is a time of excitement and anticipation. We are in the moment but also waiting for the next one. We are celebrating the past and present yet eagerly looking forward to a new year full of new beginnings. Amidst all the holiday activity our hearts may be full to overflowing or achingly empty. As spiritual and emotional beings, it is important to prepare our hearts to be open to the expected and unexpected joys and sorrows of the season.
December 1: “Preparing the Heart”
Bonnie Ruekgauer, with Steve Fishbein, Janet Hubbard, Dan Tuft
Holiday time brings with it the expected and the unexpected – a wide range of emotions and numerous demands on our energy. How can we achieve balance by preparing our hearts for this significant time of year? Hear how some of our UUCWC members have done just that. Crossing Chorale will be performing; Geri Koblis will be our First Sunday Speaker.
December 8: “Inside and Outside”
Rev. Jennifer Brooks
As winter begins, people of all cultures bring evergreen plants inside to brighten days gone short and dark with the change of season. This desire to “deck the hall” is deeply rooted in the human psyche; at a time when cold and darkness descend, we celebrate life. Today our UUCWC community joins in both during and after the service to place ornaments on the tree and garlands to the walls.
December 15: “Celebrate Life”
Caryl Tipton and the Crossings Chorale
In December, we celebrate old holiday traditions, while at the same time we look forward to a new year with new beginnings. It is a time of much anticipation and great music. One of the rich holiday traditions at UUCWC is a service devoted to celebrating the many talents of our gifted musicians. Let the UUCWC Crossing Chorale touch your heart during this holiday season with awe-inspiring holiday music and readings.
December 22: “Seasons”
Rev. Jennifer Brooks
The winter solstice is a turning point of the year, when one season ends and another begins. Human lives have seasons, too; how can we prepare our hearts to meet life’s changing seasons with courage and grace?
6:00pm. Children’s Christmas Eve Service: “Born In Bethlehem: A Christmas Pageant”
Come join us for a participatory nativity pageant during our family Christmas service. Only a few roles are cast in advance of the service, the rest of the at least 27 participants (including shepherds, stars, kings, and animals) volunteer to be in the pageant during the service. Everyone (including guests) is invited to participate. At the end of the service, when children and adults are in their costumes gazing down at a baby from our congregation in the “manger,” we all experience this familiar story in a new, more meaningful, and moving way. The love and the mystery and the wonder that we see that night remind us that each night a child is born is a holy night.
8:00pm. Christmas Eve Service
Rev. Jennifer Brooks, Music Director Caryl Tipton, and the Crossings Chorale
This meditative, thoughtful service welcomes the spirit of goodwill to all people and the hope for peace on earth.
December 29: “The Yule Log”
Rev. Phil Passantino, Interfaith Minister
UU singer and interfaith minister Phil Passantino comes to UUCWC to celebrate the story of the Yule log in story and song. This service lifts up our 7th UU principle, “Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part,” as we prepare our hearts to begin the new year.
There will be one service for all ages.