Sunday Worship

Sundays mornings are central to our life together.  This is the day our community comes together to participate in the Sunday worship services and to deepen relationships.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Service
Music, poetry, silence, and generosity are woven together during the worship hour, giving expression to the vibrancy of this “living tradition” while inviting personal connection with eternal truths.  In the first portion of the worship service children are encouraged to join the minister at the chancel for a story or conversation, before being ushered to the Religious exploration classes.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Social Hour
Fellowship continues with coffee and conversation in the Social Hall. We invite you to join us, meet other people, discuss the service, and learn more about our congregation.

Everyone is Welcome
Child care for infants and preschoolers is available from 10:00 to 12:00. If you are bringing children on a first-time visit to the Fellowship, we recommend that you arrive early to meet the teacher and/or child care provider.

We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin; gender or gender identification; affectional preference or sexual orientation; age; physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status.

Here are the plans for Sunday mornings this church year for grades K-8.  Except as noted, children start in the Sanctuary at 10:30 and are sung out to their classes/activities.  Classes go until 11:30 or 11:40.  Children are expected to remain in the Sanctuary for multigenerational services.

Child care for children ages 6 and under is available every Sunday in the Block Room.

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Sunday, December 3 at 10:30 am:                   “Surviving the Winter Holidays”
Worship Leader:  Reverend Gretchen Woods, Worship Associate:  Joanne McMahon
The winter holiday season is not everyone’s cup of tea – or hot toddy!  Let’s consider how that might be ameliorated.

Sunday, December 10 at 10:30 am:        “Unitarian Universalists Who Created Christmas”
Worship Leader:  Reverend Gretchen Woods, Worship Associate:  Sarah Skovlund
You may be surprised at how deeply Unitarians and Universalists have affected the celebration of Christmas.  

Sunday, December 17 at 10:30 am:            “Would You Like to Hold the Baby?”
By Joyce Poley, led by Derby Davidson
This familiar Nativity pageant will be performed by UUFRC adults and children.

Thursday, December 21 at 7 pm:                 “Winter Solstice Yule Log Service”
Worship Leaders:  Reverend Gretchen Woods, Jorie Schulz and Kathy Warne
The burning of the Yule log was at one time one of the most firmly entrenched customs of Christmas. This tradition is a remnant of the solstice bonfire that European pagans would set ablaze at the time of winter solstice; it is an ancient ritual marking the longest night. The Yule log is lit ablaze to clean out the old year and to bring hope to the New Year. Personal faults, mistakes and bad choices are burned in the flames of the Yule log so everyone’s New Year starts with a clean slate. This is a family friendly service with song, contemplation, and fire.

Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 am:                         “One Small Face”
Worship Leader:  Reverend Gretchen Woods,  Worship Associate:  David Vallerga
Our children bring magic to the holidays. (Multigenerational service)

Sunday, December 24 at 7 pm:      “Lessons and Carols: the Magic of Christmas”
Worship Leader:  Reverend Gretchen Woods, Worship Associate:  Jorie Schulz

Sunday, December 31 at 10:30 am:                     “Touched by the Sun”
Worship Leader:  Kai Marks, Worship Associate:  Kate Hand
The end of the year is a powerful time to reflect on the past and to chart a course for our future that includes realizing dreams long held and for bringing innovative ideas and light into the world. And yet, often we can’t do these things alone–we need the warmth of community.