No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!

Here are some upcoming events:

Sunday Church School:   It’s Christmas Pageant time!  Children can join the Sunday school as they begin learning new songs, music for chimes and filming part of their movie for the pageant which will be on December 17.   Youth, 6-12 grades, join our new Youth Director, Karin Cassens.

THE UCC LGBTQ Community invite all of us to a potluck dinner and movie might on November 17 at 6 pm.  Please bring a dish to share and then stay for the movie following.  We will either watch the new “Wonder Woman” or “Milk,” the movie about Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first gay mayor.

GUEST SPEAKER: Wednesday, November 15, noon-2 in the Fireside room,  Travis McAdam will give a multi-media presentation,  Fusing Faith and Politics:  The Origins of the Religious Right”.

Mr. McAdams comes to us from the Montana Human Rights Network  and will examine the political movement known as the Religious Right. Lunch will be served at noon.

 Card-making workshop: Join Kathy Flynn on Sunday, Nov. 19th, after church until 1:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Sign-up sheet in the church narthex, or email laura@uccofmissoula.org.

Small Groups  There will be three small groups based on the book “A Hidden Wholeness”, by Parker Palmer.  And/or plan to an Advent retreat on Saturday, December 2nd, 9:30-4:00 at UCC. Meetings begin in January, date to be determined by each small group leader. Sign up in the narthex, or email Laura@uccofmissoula.org to RSVP.

ADVENT SINGING:  Calling all those who wish to make a joyful Advent noise!  Please join the UCC Chancel Choir and Ensemble Voices as we rehearse for our Advent concert on December 10.  The choir will be accompanied by full instrumental compliment.  For rehearsal schedule please contact our music director, Robin Kendall;  robinlkendall@gmail.com

You can also click here:  Event List

Ongoing Events:

Contemplative/Centering Prayer

We meet every Thursday, year round, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, from 7-8 am in the church sanctuary.

Open to all

Our God calls us to love, to seek justice, to be peacemakers, to care for all creation.  None of this outer action happens without inner transformation and support.  The place where inner change happens is your heart and one pathway to that change is contemplative or centering prayer.  The contemplative/centering prayer group meets every Thursday morning, 7-8 am, in the sanctuary. 

Yes it’s early – 7 AM – but the UCC sanctuary is amazingly peaceful at that time.  What do we do there?

We sit in silence, for about 25 minutes.  Some of us practice Centering Prayer, some use other forms of silent meditation.  It’s up to you, but if you need some guidance in a meditation practice, we are happy to help.  We hear inspiration from writers and poets who words are open-hearted, encouraging and sometimes challenging.  We listen, in the silence, to small parts of scripture, listening for how it applies to our own lives.  We share ‘prayers of the people’ and hold all prayers not only in confidence but also before God.  The whole session lasts until about 8 AM, but it’s easy to slip out after the silent meditation if one needs to.  This group has been meeting continuously since 2000; it is open to all and we would love to have you join us. 

Willigis Jaegar, a Benedictine monk and Zen Roshi, has this to say about our practice:  “It is a practice that reaches beyond ‘private prayer’ to a realization of our oneness in God and our connection with and in loving service for all the world, not just at specific times of prayer but also in every moment, in all circumstances and conditions of ordinary daily life: while working, exercising, attending meetings, washing dishes, visiting with friends, engaging in acts of service. It is the means for our lives becoming “ceaseless prayer” and abiding always in the heart of Christ. 

We invite you to join us on Thursdays at 7 am.  Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Jean Woessner   jwoessner@bigsky.net

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