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BEACON U n i t a r i a n o f

Sunday Services Including “Making Home Away” Sunday, Jan 12

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c h u r c h L i n c o l n

Winter Lecture Series 2014

Hospitality Worshop

New Members

Climate Change

Saturday, January 4

Michael Reinmiller and Payzant Family

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Wintering Over

dislocation, with its acknowledged hardships, to enhance reconstruction – AND not just offered by Fritz Hudson, Minister reconstruction of our long-term lodging. We can Herb gardeners give great effort, but find great choose it, just as well, satisfaction, in protecting and - to reconstruct our vision, from a nurturing tender plants to survive completely fresh vantage point, of our from one growing season to the next. place and our role in shaping Lincoln's Am I perhaps a cultivator of our larger community, spices, a gardener of our precious - to reconstruct our sense of inner community spirit? I do wish to invite identity distilled from our outward you now into just such great effort appearance, our soul in its singular and satisfaction. essence. In a few days we'll uproot ourselves Think of our "wintering over" in the from our now unsettled bed in the mold of pivotal events in humanity's south of our town. We'll free Brester great religious traditions: Construction to reshape it for our - The Israelites camped 40 years in greater growth here in years to come. the Sinai wilderness; they were Meanwhile, we'll transplant our spirit transformed from the slave and tend it in a temporary pot, at community of Egypt to new rulers of 1333 North 33rd Street. Can we keep Canaan. our spirit growing there - not just through the winter, but through - Ancient Lu's students followed spring and summer too? Can we build Worship Arts Director Julie Enersen Confucius 14 years, from kingdom to & Building Chair Harry Heafer its strength there to move back south kingdom; upon return, they were fully welcome us to our new home again next fall? equipped to reshape their homeland's away from home. governance. A migration, south to north, in winter are we crazy? (Could our march recall Washington's - The Muslims first lived 8 years in Medina creating army's to some miserable Valley Forge?) Our trek, community; they formed the strength there to though, is no forced Trail of Tears. It is no Exodus conquer their native Mecca. from oppression. It recalls for me rather winter Rightly seen, rightly used, our time away has this camps in my scouting boyhood. We're choosing this same power in potentia for us. Northward Ho!

Our first service at 1333 North 33rd Street will be SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 @ 10:00am If you'd like an advance peek of our northern campsite, we'll offer orientation tours (45 minutes long): Saturday, January 4: beginning at 11:30am & 12:30pm. Thursday, January 9: beginning at 1:00pm & 2:00pm !


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A Month of Sundays 10:00 AM CHECK LOCATION CAREFULLY Sunday, January 5– "In Memoriam, 2013" @ 6300 A Street In passing—Singer Patti Page, Swimmer Esther Williams, Journalist Helen Thomas, Activist Bob Edgar . . . and Seamus Heaney, Van Cliburn, Nelson Mandela. . . . We essay again the impossible magic – “To snatch the eternal from the desperately fleeting” Leaders: Fritz Hudson & Charles Stephen Eulogists: Nancy Marshall, Pat Stephen, Ginny Gross, John Atkeison Music: Bill Carpenter, piano

Sunday, January 12– "Making Home Away" @ 1333 N. 33rd STREET We face the peril, we exult in the promise, of a wintering over in a strange land. Leaders: Fritz Hudson, Chelsea Krafka, Julie Enersen Music: Unitarian Church of Lincoln

Sunday, January 19 – "Method in our Madness" @ 1333 N. 33rd STREET Among all our relations in human religiousness, Methodist Christians and Unitarian Universalists can fairly be called "litter mates". Is Love to be lost or found in our sibling rivalry? Leaders: Fritz Hudson & Chelsea Krafka

Our home away from home 1333 N. 33rd Street

Music: Lindsay Bartlett, flute Share the Care: Social Justice Committee

Winter Town Hall Meeting Sunday, January 26 • 11:30AM • 1333 N. 33rd St

Sunday, January 26 – "Food for Thought" @ 1333 N. 33rd STREET

Winter Church Members Meeting

Control of fire was crucial in making us what we are today. Come gather around our chalice flame, as people have immemorially gathered around campfires, and enjoy a smorgasbord of thoughts about cooking, fire, and community.

Sunday, February 2 • 11:30 AM • 1333 N. 33rd St

Leaders: Jamie Radcliffe & Wesley Botham

Items Members will vote on:

Music: UU Choir

Come and learn about the Proposed 2014 Budget.

•Annual Budget 2014 •Minister Emeritus proposal •Nominations Committee Candidates !

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WO RS H IP Worship Arts News Is "Sing with the Choir" one of your New Year's resolutions? Here is the information you will need to make it happen! The Unitarian Church Choir is open to all of our members and friends. If you like the challenge of reading music and would enjoy singing in the Sunday services, then simply come to our rehearsals in the sanctuary at our temporary church building at 1333 N. 33rd Street. Jan. 15 & 22 - 7:00 rehearsals Jan. 26 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Feb. 12 & 19 - 7:00 rehearsals  Feb. 23 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Mar. 19 & 26 - 7:00 rehearsals Mar. 30 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Apr. 9 & 16 - 7:00 rehearsals Apr. 20 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 Easter service Apr. 30 & May 7 - 7:00 rehearsals for WOMEN'S CHOIR May 11 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 Mother's Day service June 1 - 9:00 rehearsal for ONE-HOUR CHOIR We're happy to have you join us on a month-by-month basis....there is no obligation to sing for the entire year. Just stop by and give the group a try!

Drama Club Deferred With the temporary absence of Evelyn Weymouth (our usual Drama Club director) AND with the relocation to a different church building, Drama Club is on hold for now. We would typically have begun rehearsals in January but that's just not going to be possible this year. Hopefully, we'll be able to make a Drama Club Sunday happen in the spring or summer. We'll keep you posted! 


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RELIG IO US G RO WTH & LEA RNING Here are some Cookies The Religious Growth and Learning area had a busy December. The Youth In Action group has collected more than thirty bags of clothing to donate to Voices of Hope – a local crisis shelter. The children and youth in Sunday School also paired with the Pastoral Care Committee to decorate cards and create cookie platters which were delivered to about sixty people this year. Each year, I am amazed by the caring individuals within our church community. Our children and youth are very creative and we passed out a lot of beautiful cards and ornaments to go with cookies this year. Here are a few excerpts from what the children and youth wrote in their cards: “I hope we get some snow. Happy Holidays” “I love you and miss you. Merry Christmas from your friend at church” “Here are some cookies. I hope you eat the cookies and like them. Merry Christmas” “I don’t know what holiday you celebrate, so happy winter from your friends at church” A new year and a new temporary building! As we head into January, please keep an eye out for updates with regards to RGL programming. There will be a number of changes and we are to expect the unexpected. The first change is that for our first Sunday in the new building, we will not likely have ‘standard’ classes, but rather different activities related to becoming acquainted with our new church home for the next few months. I will soon be contacting teachers and assistants about an orientation to the new building as well. Please have patience as the RGL wing of the building is cleaned out. Supplies might be difficult to find as we prepare for the move, and classrooms will likely be cluttered. If you need to find something specific, please feel free to contact me. May the new year bring you joy!

NOTES FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE: At our new temporary location, there are three levels. The Fellowship Hall and Kitchen are in the basement, there are two meeting rooms on the main level as well as the Church Office and Sanctuary, and all the RGL Classrooms are upstairs. We will be handing out maps so that you know where your committee or group is meeting. Come tour the new building Jan 4 or 9. In order to access the building, you will have to check out a LONER KEY from the Church office in advance. If you are a Committee Chair, you will receive an email with instructions in the first week of January. Call with questions.

Notice The Religious Growth and Learning Committee has decided not to have the Secret Friends program this year at the same time it has been done in the past due to timing with moving over to the new building. We apologize for this disappointing news. The committee will be exploring options as to whether or not they might be able to do the program this year in the new building at a different time.

January RGL Calendar Preschool Class and Nursery Care are available every Sunday for younger Pre-K children. Jan 5

Regular Classes

Jan 12

Regular Classes

Jan 19

Regular Classes

Jan 26

Regular Classes

In Peace, Faith and Love, Chelsea Krafka


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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Winter Lecture Series, 2014 Climate Change: Local, National, and International Responses Hardin Hall Auditorium, 3310 Holdrege Street Free and available parking on the north side of Hardin Hall

(Please note that this series will not be at the Unitarian Church this year due to remodeling.) The series starts on Sunday January 26 and continues on successive Sundays (except for Super Bowl Sunday, February 2), ending on March 16. Each event starts at 7 p.m. with a lecture for about an hour. After a 20-minute refreshment break, the audience is invited back to engage the speaker in a Q&A session that may last until 9 p.m. The series concludes with two sessions of panel discussion. January 26, 2014

Chuck Kutscher, Principal Engineer/Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado. Climate Change: The Latest Findings and What We Must Do. February 9, 2014

Eileen Shea, Chief of the Climate Services Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Asheville, North Carolina. Responding to a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities in Pacific Islands. February 16, 2014

Adriana Moreira, Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank in Brasilia, Brazil. Tackling deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. February 23, 2014

Jennifer Turner, Director, China Environment Forum, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC. China's Water-Energy-Climate Conundrum. March 2, 2014

Melchiade Bukuru, Chief of UNCCD Liaison office, United Nations Headquarters, New York. Implications of Desertification on the Economic, Social, and Political Landscape in SubSaharan Africa. March 9, 2014

Panelists: Don Wilhite, Professor, Applied Climate Science, SNR, UNL, Clint Rowe, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, UNL , Mike Hayes, Director, National Drought Mitigation Center, UNL. Effects of Climate Change in Our Region. March 16, 2014

Panelists: Ken Haar, Nebraska State Senator, District 21, Ann Bleed, Natural Resource Scientist, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Milo Mumgaard, Senior Policy Aide for Sustainability at Mayor's Office, City of Lincoln. Public Policy Issues of Climate Change in Our Region. Sponsored by: Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Humanities Nebraska, and the UNL School of Natural Resources


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EV ENTS A C TIV ITIES NEWS & & ANNOUNCEMENTS Charles in Charge Retirement is a rite of passage. And like other rites, it should be honored and affirmed within our church community. In that spirit, I proposed to our Board of Trustees that Rev. Fritz Hudson be recommended as Minister Emeritus upon his 2014 retirement. At its November meeting, the board carefully considered the proposal and then unanimously passed the motion. Ultimately, the final vote to approve Fritz as Minister Emeritus will be the congregation’s. That vote will occur at the upcoming February Winter Congregational Meeting. According to the UUA’s website regarding Minister Emeritus status: “The title Minister granted to honor long and meritorious service to a congregation where the minister has given devoted and competent ministerial leadership. Due to our congregational polity, and more directly because the service has been to that particular congregation, only that congregation can bestow this title. The procedure requires a vote of the congregation to confer Minister Emeritus status upon a minister...The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws grant a vote at General Assembly to ministers emeriti/ae...The ceremony to confer this tribute is usually a simple one in which a citation is given with a statement expressing the wish of the congregation to confer the title of Minister Emeritus...” Fritz is deserving of Minister Emeritus status for many reasons, least of all his successful, growthfilled, and awe-inspiring 16 years of settled ministry among us. His commitment to our congregation has been shown in many ways, such as: his personal welcome to all church visitors; his direct involvement and leadership in our recent and very successful capital campaign; and finally, his coordination and management of our talented church staff.


If approved, Fritz will join Rev. Charles Stephen as Ministers Emeriti of The Unitarian Church of Lincoln. The honorific of Minister Emeritus represents no ongoing fiduciary commitment via the congregation, but it does represent the ultimate honor bestowed upon a minister at his/ her retirement. Once more, the final vote regarding Minister Emeritus approval will occur at the Winter Congregational Meeting. I look forward to the vote and to joining you then in fellowship.

New Year’s UU Resolution offered by David Williams

As we all head into the new year -- 2014 -- it is traditional (for some) to make New Year's Resolutions. Let me suggest a resolution for you to consider. While our Church has a Minister and a Board of Trustees we are ultimately "governed" and "led" by the individual members of the congregation. We pride ourselves on our shared ministry. And while one part of that ministry is the service on Sunday there are numerous ways throughout the rest of the week for us to grow and learn as a community. One of those ways is though small group or club meetings. We have Open Circles, the Bridge Group, the 6300 Dinner Club, the Zen Group, etc. But there is no limit to the number of "affinity" groups we can have.   I believe we are a better congregation when we have more such groups meeting regularly. So, here's your New Year's challenge -- take the steps to start a UU group or club that is meaningful to you. It can be common interest group (e.g. horror movies), a group of people who have a shared medical issue (cancer, depression), a club that undertakes a social service project (feeding the poor), or many, many other types of groups. You are not alone -- speak with any Board member or Management Team member about what we can do to help you. But you should know -- it is up to you to make this work. And - if I can convince 2, 3, 5 or more of you to get out of your comfort zone and do this - both you and our Church community will be the better for it in 2014. And, after all, isn't that a perfect New Year's Resolution?

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Hospitality Workshop Are you a Sunday Hospitality Team Greeter? We are holding a workshop so that you can learn about the new space on January 4 at 10 am in our new location 1333 N 33rd St. This workshop is for all those scheduled to volunteer in the new location and learning more about the new procedures for greeting. As you can imagine moving into a new space provides many new opportunities. Please let me know if you are able to join us. I'll be able to answer some of your questions and get answers to those I don't know. Please contact Karen Dienstbier

A Chosen Faith A Chosen Faith will be offered January 19 through February 9. This is a four week book discussion group. It is geared for newcomers, but is open to anyone interested in reading the book and entering into discussion. The book is written by two noted Unitarian Universalist ministers and is based on our Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism. We will discuss the history of the Unitarian Universalism, our foremothers and forefathers, and how we have

influenced history by the people who have been Unitarian Universalists in the past. There will be a light lunch at 11:30. Childcare will be available. If you are new to our church and would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism please join us. Plan to sign up at the Welcome Table or contact Karen Dienstbier at

Capital Campaign Report by Mary Sommermeyer, Capital Campaign Treasurer

The building fund balance has topped $1M – it was $1,074,853.73 as of 12-18-13. Of the amount pledged during the fall 2012 capital campaign, 48% has been paid. $165,000 has been transferred from the Lincoln Unitarian Foundation. Two more transfers of $55,000 each will take place in January and February for the total of $275,000 approved by the congregation last June. With construction now in full swing, the fund balance will start dropping as the bills come due. For precise figures and more details, go to the “Members Only”

Green Corner: Insulation Brrrrr… winters in Nebraska are cold! Wall insulation is like a jacket for a building. It keeps the cold stuff out and the warm stuff in. That means the heating system doesn’t use as much energy to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. However, unlike a jacket, insulation also helps keep the indoors cool in the summer. In the 1970s, the advent of model energy codes led to local requirements for increasing the insulative properties of external surfaces. In Lincoln, new building construction or major renovations require builders to meet the minimum requirements of the Nebraska Energy Code (IECC 2009). The renovations to the RGL wing and the new addition will include insulation at or above current code requirements for all external walls. Thinking of upgrading the insulation in your older home? Even if you had cellulose insulation added before, it could settle over time and cover only the lower portion of a wall (see picture below). Energy professionals can help determine if insulation is needed by conducting a visual inspection or using a thermal imaging camera. Bonus: LES’s Sustainable Energy Program offers a financial incentive for adding insulation to your walls or attic.


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What are CSAIs and How Do I Get One?

CSAI (Congregational Study/Action Issues) are issues that are top of mind and ones that UU members want to study, reflect and take action on over the course of four years. Listed below are six issues that have been proposed for 2014-2018. You may vote Yes/No/Abstain for up to five (5) of the six proposals. The top five from a tally of all congregational votes will then be placed on the agenda for the General Assembly to be held next summer. The General Assembly is a big annual conference of UU members and during the business meeting delegates will vote for the top CSAI issue for Congregational Study. Proposed CSAIs for 2014-2018 (click on the link for more information on possible study topics and congregational action related to these issues) or go to 1.Empowerment: Age and Ability Reconsidered 2.Ending the War on Terror 3.Escalating Inequality 4.Gun Violence: A Public Health Issue 5.Renewing and Securing Our American Democracy Unitarian Universalist Values and the Pursuit of a Just Peace for Israelis and Palestinians Our Vote Matters

For new proposed CSAIs to appear on the General Assembly (GA) 2014 Agenda, a 25% quorum of congregations is required. That is, 25% of all certified congregations must participate in the Congregational Poll. How Do I Vote

The Denomination Affairs Committee will have a table after church each Sunday in January (5, 12, 19 and 26) with information on the issues and blank ballots for you to complete. Completed votes for the day will be placed in a sealed envelope and given to the church office to tally the votes and submit the overall vote to the UUA.

The Elephant in the Chalice Offered by Eileen Durgin-Clinchard

Oh yes, we talk about the “elephant in the living room” but this elephant is in the UU Chalice! Israeli-Palestinian peace is a topic we either steer clear of or tread around lightly in the interests of !

furthering peace among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Our Social Justice Network has supported the efforts of Lincoln League for Middle East Peace (LLMEP) and has brought you films such as Budrus, Little Town of Bethlehem, a panel of speakers, met with other Peace and justice groups, and sold olive oil; however, these efforts have not resulted in Congregational engagement. The work of the Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East Peace and their annual trips to Palestine (I went in 2009) have served to inspire us. The movement within the UU has grown to the point where there is a denominationally proposed Congregational Study Action Issue giving us the opportunity to express our UU values of affirming the dignity and worth of all people. This CSAI will provide us with the information and resources to civilly discuss all aspects of this issue. The Ross showed “The Gatekeepers”, a documentary presenting six leaders of Israel’s Secret Service, Shin Bet, discussing their roles in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict and search for peace over the last 50 years. The follow up discussion led by a Jewish-American professor was enlightening to all of us. In this local audience we heard vastly differing views from within the Jewish respondents. Our congregation has as widely distributed backgrounds as the people in the Ross audience and for this reason if for no other, it behooves our congregation to bone up, to learn about this issue, and vote for the CSAI “UU Values and the Pursuit of a Just Peace for Israelis and Palestinians”. By doing so we open the doors for the full variety of views to be expressed, to learn from one another, and to move the elephant to the middle of the room. Silence is never a prescription for peace. the Jewish respondents. Additionally we heard the ignorance of some members of the audience who obviously knew little or nothing of the conflict. Our congregation has as widely distributed backgrounds as the people in the Ross audience and for this reason if for no other, it behooves our congregation to bone up, to learn about this issue, and vote for the CSAI “UU Values and the Pursuit of a Just Peace for Israelis and Palestinians”. By doing so we open the doors for the full variety of views to be expressed, to learn from one another, and to move the elephant to the middle of the room. Silence is never a prescription for peace.

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NEW MEMBERS: Dan and Molly Payzant

NEW MEMBER: Michael Reinmiller

Please welcome Dan and Molly Payzant as new members. They became members on December 1, 2013. Their 18 month old son River watched the proceedings. Molly and Dan have enjoyed getting to know us by taking the Path to Membership classes and the A Chosen Faith classes. They have also participated in the all church potluck lunches. On some Sunday’s you will find one of them in the preschool room attending River. They have yet to decide what volunteer activities on Sunday to take on. Their interests range from coffee service to gardening/ grounds.

Michael Reinmiller joined us in membership on December 1st of this year. He has been coming to church for the past six months or so. He likes the fact that our church is open to individuals finding their own faith relationships and acting on them. He grew up in Lincoln and now works at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as an AV specialist in Fine Arts (Dept) doing video projects. He says that “he gets to play with new toys that the university purchases so that he can teach others how to us them”. (Nice work if you can get!)

“We have been visiting the Unitarian Church since January 2013. Molly is a Lincoln native, and Dan was born and raised in Omaha. Molly works in insurance and has a plant-based health, wellness, and skincare product business. Dan works in the fields of community recreation and positive youth development. Both of us enjoy working on projects around our home, gardening, spending time outdoors with our family (which includes two big dogs), and reading good books. Our religious backgrounds are different, but we share many of the same values and beliefs.  When our son, River, was born we knew we wanted to give him a structured spiritual upbringing that is thoughtful, compassionate, and open-minded.  We think we have found in Unitarian Universalism a tradition that speaks to our personal beliefs and supports how we intend for him to be raised.” When you see Molly, Dan and River at church please welcome them as our new members.

He learned about UU’s through his sister and her family. They live in Springfield, MO and had mentioned to Michael that they were Unitarian Universalists and thought that he would probably enjoy getting to know us here in Lincoln. He knew that we existed already so he decided to give us a try. Michael jumped in with both feet getting involved right away in helping on Sundays with the AV equipment, joining the 6300 Club Dinner Group and taking the Path to Membership classes plus the A Chosen Faith classes. He also enjoys participating in the Open Circle Group, and the church potlucks. He would like to become more involved at church by taking on social justice activity. He specifically is interested working in the larger community. Michael has filled out an application to help at the Matt Talbot Kitchen. Michael says “ I’m the president of my neighborhood association (40th and A) Love my city of Lincoln and want to do what I can to make it better.” His hobbies are videographer, and photography. When you see Michael in the coffee hour please welcome him as one of our new members. Look for Michael’s photo on the new member board.


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O N - G O I N G A C TI V I TI ES The fellowship activities and discussion groups listed below happen on a regular basis and are open to new participants at any time. Please contact the group’s organizer if you have any questions!

Adult Game Night 2nd Saturday of the month•Jan 11

Bring a dish for potluck at 6:30. Games begin at 8:00. Amy Birky's at 6201 Normal Blvd. # 203. Park anywhere in front of building. Go to middle/main door. Bear to right and right again for elevator to second floor and #203. Contact:  402-489-2024

Men’s Potluck 2nd Monday of the month • Jan 13 6:30 – 7:30PM • Fellowship Hall New Building 1333 N. 33rd St

Bridge Groups

All men are invited to attend to enjoy good food and conversation. Table service will be provided. Bruce Raymer 402-475-7875

Intermediate Group

Moms Group

Every Tuesday 2:30PM New Building 1333 N. 33rd beginning Jan 14

2nd Monday of the month • Jan 13 5:30PM • Classroom 1 (K/1) • New Building 1333 N. 33rd St

Coordinator: Jackie Egan 402-435-6111

Advanced group Every Wednesday •1:15PM New Building 1333 N. 33rd beg Jan 15

Coordinator: Earl Kramer 402-489-8213 Want to join us? Contact us prior to the day of the game.

Coffeehouse Fourth Friday •Jan 24 • 7:00PM Fellowship Hall 1333 N. 33rd St

Board games for adults and kids. Open to all individuals. Hosted by the LGBTA Welcoming Cmte. Contact Deb Hope

Men's Discussion Group 2nd & 4th Tues Jan 14 & 28• 7:15PM Classroom 3 (4/5) 1333 N. 33rd St.

This is an open group which welcomes new participants at any time. Contact Duane Polzien



Moms with young children meet to chat while the kids play. Contact Kim Ziemann 402-464-1179

Newcomers Chat First Sun of every month • Jan 5 11:15 AM • Room 2 6300 A St

Meet with visitors and friends in the Library to watch and discuss a 10-minute film called "Voices of a Liberal Faith.” Contact Karen Dienstbier 402-489-7545

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays New Location Tuesday, Jan 22• 7:00PM Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 11th & M Streets

We will meet at Saint Paul United Methodist Church on the 4th Tuesdays until the Unitarian Church is remodeled. Confidentiality is of the upmost importance. Please join us or visit us at

UU Meditation Sangha 2nd, 4th (and 5th) Wed. 7:15PM • 1834 Ryons Street

When you enter the front door, please leave your shoes in the foyer and come in to the yoga studio through the French doors to your left. Meditation, discussion and fellowship included. Contact LauraLee Woodruff 402-474-3272

Women’s Book Group Every three weeks •10:00AM Gere Library • 56th & Normal Blvd.

For more information, contact Diane Richards January 4 - Too Close to the Falls by Catherine Gildiner January 25 - A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers

Women’s Brunch Second Thurs. of the month •Jan 9 1:00PM • Braeda 48th & O

All UU Women are invited to join in the dining and conversation. Contact Margaret Brown 402-488-2882

Zen Meditation Every Thursday • 7:00PM Classroom 1 (K/1) New Building 1333 N. 33rd beg Jan 16

We are a small group of UU's who meditate at church each week. Contact Norm Simon 402-435-0225

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Thank You’s Thanks to those of you who have helped to welcome our newcomers and visitors during the month of December, both on Sunday and at our other church activities. We have had a very busy month! Beginning with the Souper Supper, and moving on to cookie packing, followed by the solstice service and finally the Christmas Eve Service it has been a very busy month! All of us working together have made us a very welcoming congregation in many, many ways. Thank you to all of you who brought cookies, nuts and fruit for the holiday plates for our new members, people who no longer can come to church, and those needing a little extra cheer this year. We made and delivered 52 plates this year! Thank you to those who offered programming for the Mid-Week Programming event during October – November. David Williams had another well attended discussion group. Becky Seth and John Atkeison had a consistent group interested in

climate change issues. Kristin Munson offered her spirituality and healing class. Tai chi saw a consistent number of followers each week. Jim Pratt will be offering tai chi in the new location too. Connie Benjamin will be offering the class from the UUA entitled Behind the Kitchen Door sometime during the winter/spring 2014. Dear Cookie and Treat Makers, Platter Delivery People, one and all. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to church members and friends.  Thank you for all you do to reach out to make our church family a caring community.  Sincerely, Jackie and Brooke, Pastoral Care Associates cochairs. Thank you to Yvette, Alan, Justin, AJ, Bree and Nicole for all their help with the RGL sorting and packing. Their family spent MANY hours at the church preparing for the move. We will still need lots of help packing and moving – please contact Yvette Davis, Harry Heafer or Chelsea Krafka for information about dates and times.


Jan 5 6300 A

Jan 12 1333 N. 33rd

Jan 19 1333 N. 33rd

Jan 26 1333 N. 33rd

Pulpit Decoration

Geri Cotter

Cindy Maly

Barbara Ellis

Ginny Gross

Cyn Monohon


Nick & Ameera Guenzel

Shamene & Dan Dixon

Linda Hellerich

Martha Horvay

Gary Colvin


Lindsay Bartlett


Coffee Hosts


Peg & Larry Pelter, Molly Payzant, Tim Rick & Penny Urwiler Johnson


Priscilla Handy

David Williams

Penny Urwiler

Penny Urwiler

Liz Bonney-Heermann


Bob & Alyssa Haack

Amy Birky, Leona Braziel

Jerry & Mary Ann Petr

Janine Copple, Steve Larrick

Shamene &


Larry Gregg

Michael Reinmiller

Michael Reinmiller



Welcome Table

Kay Hoff

Ameera & Nick Guenzel

Deb Bevard

Whitney & Adam Gibson

Connie Benjamin

Dan Dixon

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O U R C O M M U N I TY Thank You’s

Milestones, Millstones, Stepping Stones Congratulations to Robin and Jenn Bowman and to Krysten, Kyran, and Karli on the birth of Quinlan Rose on November 30, 2013. You can reach Robin and Jenn at 1510 Dakota St, Lincoln, 68502. Judy Cole was moved to a nursing home in Waverly. You can reach her at: Judy Cole, Waverly Care Center, 11041 N. 137th Street, Waverly, NE 68462

Congratulations to Megan McGuffey on graduating with a Masters of Public Administration  degree with a concentration in Local Government. When you see Megan at church please congratulate her on this significant accomplishment. Thank you for the loving support my family and I received before and after John’s death.  It is truly comforting to know that others care.                         Gratefully, Joan Anderson



Fritz Hudson, Minister • Charles S Stephen, Jr. Minister Emeritus • Chelsea Krafka, Religious Growth Dir. • Jean Helms, Administrative Dir. • Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Dir. • Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate • Christina Strong, Administrative Associate •

Board of Trustees

Management Team

Charles Coley, President Linda Hellerich Curt Donaldson, Vice-President Bob Haack Lindsay Bartlett, Secretary Christine Starr Davis Priscilla Handy Officers: Cindy Maly Mark Weddleton, Church Treasurer Leslie Ryan Linda Ager, Assistant David Williams Jo Donohoe, Assistant Penny Urwiler Liz Bonney-Heermann Mary Sommermeyer, Stephanie Geery-Zink Capital Campaign Treasurer The Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church. Any member or friend of the church is welcome to attend these meetings.

Church Office 6300 A until Jan 10 1333 N. 33rd after Jan 12 Office Hours: Sunday: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Tues-Fri: 9:00 AM —3:00 PM Closed Monday & Saturday Phone: 402.483.2213 Fax: 402.483.7461 Email: Website: The Beacon is published monthly. Newsletter subscriptions are $20 a year. This newsletter is printed on 35% minimum post-consumer content recycled paper.

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