November 23-29, 2018

Our worship theme for November

Order of Service

November 25, 2018 

"The Tapestry of All Life"

Read it here


Happy Thanksgiving! By the time many of you see this, Thanksgiving Day will be a memory, and we will be deep into the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday. I’ve enjoyed following all the gratitude posts on social media. I’ve taken great pleasure in seeing all the little, everyday things that bring joy and meaning to my friends. Last week, Tandy showed me a “gratitude game” made by one of the children in our congregation. The game is played by pulling a colored popsicle stick out of a bag. Each color represents a category, like people or food, that the player has to name something for which they are grateful. The color of my stick meant I had to name a food (fried chicken, in case you were wondering).


For me, expressing gratitude is an important spiritual practice. I don’t always take the time to name the things I’m grateful for, but when I do, it helps put things in a better perspective. When I really think about it, I have so much to be thankful for.


What are you grateful for this holiday season?


May all your harvests be bountiful.




Office Closed Friday, October 23

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Fundraising Lunch for Mexico Trip

Sunday, November 25, 11:15AM
Join us for a surprise casserole lunch! 

Mitten Tree

We will set up our annual Mitten Tree in the Social Hall before the service on Sunday, Nov. 25. Please bring your contributions of hats, mittens and scarves to be given to clients of the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge. The last day to bring your contributions will be Sunday, December 16.

Thank you! Betsy Bauer

The ORUUC Angel Tree
is coming November 25!

Please join us in our annual initiative to ensure that the children whose names are on our Angel Tree will have gifts on Christmas morning. The recipients of your generosity will be children in migrant families and the Anderson County Relative Caregivers Program (ACRCP). The children from both programs are members of very low income families.

The migrant families we will be serving remain here throughout the year so that their children can stay in school. Your kindness can make Christmas Merry for these children who live in poverty every day.

Parents of the children in the ACRCP are incarcerated and/or have drug/concurrent mental health issues and other serious problems that prevent them for caring for their children. Their relative caregiver families are grandparents or great grandparents who are struggling to provide even the day to day necessities for the children.

Remember the magical, rapturous joy you felt as a child on Christmas morning? May that memory be your gift in return for your generosity to an Angel Tree child!

For more information contact Susan Rosenbaum at 

Christmas Poinsettias!

The high school group next week and the week after will be selling poinsettia plants $15 for two stems in one pot. We will have one in the Social Hall by the form to order them. They come wrapped in gold foil paper.
They will be delivered on December 7th.  

Stone Soup
Next Friday, November 30, 5:00pm

Menu will be announced next week.

Volunteer of the Month

Our Volunteer of the Month for November is Hal Hoyt. From grounds team to softball to heavy hauling for rummage and the Ecumenical Storehouse, Hal gets the job done and we appreciate all that he does for ORUUC. 

November Split the Plate

 For the month of November, ORUUC's Executive Team has decided that our "Split-the-Plate" gifts will support the migrants heading north from Central America to seek asylum from the violence and human rights violations they've experienced in their home countries.

Many are families with children; they're frightened and under-resourced. Small social service organizations in Mexico are providing beds, food, and medical care (and the UU Fellowship I was connected with in San Miguel de Allende earlier this year has been part of those caring efforts).

At the border, they'll need legal representation to help process their appeals for asylum, and their process is expected to be especially chaotic because of the political games people are playing with their lives. Annunciation House, a Catholic ministry in El Paso, is preparing to care for them as the vetting procedure and precaution for their safety goes forth. Our denominational relief agency, the UU Service Committee, is coordinating contributions, to make sure they go directly to these local partners in Mexico and on the border.

If you'd like to be part of mercy in the lives of these refugees, seeking asylum, you're invited to come by the church some time this week with a check made out to "ORUUC," with whatever you're able to give. In the memo line, be sure to write, "November Split-the-Plate: Central American Refugees." If you want half to support ORUUC's local ministries, that's fine. But, if you want 100% to go to support the refugees, be sure to write "100% to refugees." You can also mail a check to ORUUC, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge TN 37830.

You may have other giving commitments. That's fine. We all do what we can. Thanks for doing whatever you do to send a little care out into the world.

Office Closed
Friday, November 23

Tabletop Adventure Group
Saturday, November 24 at 1 pm
Sunday, November 25 at 10 am
"The Tapestry of All Life"

ORUUCKids Choir Rehearsal
Sunday, November 25 at 12:15 pm
Mexico Youth Trip Meeting
Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00pm
Ecumenical Store House Meeting
Thursday, November 29 at 6:30 pm
Sunday Meditation Group
Every Sunday at 12:30.  We gather to practice mindfulness and support each other in this endeavor. 

Tai Chi Practice
Every Monday at 10:30am 
Every Wednesday at 10:30am

Ballroom Dance
Every Monday at 6:00pm
We learn and practice ballroom dance.  

Meditation Learning and Practice Group
Every Tuesday at 7:00pm. We gather to practice mindfulness and support each other in this endeavor. 

Every Sunday at 11:15 
Every Tuesday at 5:45pm

                   Line Dancing
 Every Wednesday at 5:30pm
We learn and dance a variety of line dances together,
including country, waltz and chacha.
                     Beginners welcome! Open to the wider community.
                  $3 per person per session. 

Social Hour 5:45, Dinner 6:00.  Join the potluck family for fellowship and community among Potluck members by sharing food, drink, and conversation weekly.
Our ORUUC Family
Caring for Each Other

If you are going through difficult times and would like emotional support, or are in any situation where support and caring are needed, contact

Rev. Jake Morrill, Minister
Rev. Tandy Scheffler, Associate Minister for Faith Formation
Fred Holland, Director of Operations
Jeannie Cuevas, Office Administrator

 (865) 483-6761     Office Hours M-F 9 AM to 5 PM
Caring Coordinators for November:

 Nancy Highfill  483-7252
Diane Nelson 483-0291

Caring Announcements

 Please keep the family of Jo Ann Garrett in your thoughts and prayers.   After living with cancer for the last year, Jo Ann died at home in the company of her beloved and loving family.

A memorial will be held for Jo Ann at ORUUC on Saturday, December 1, at 2:00 PM.  Those who would like to offer to help or bring food for the reception following can contact Jane Flanagan

A memorial service for Eva Andrews will be held on December 15 at 4 pm in the ORUUC sanctuary and will be followed by a reception.

Tuesday morning, in the company of loved ones, long-time member Bob Peelle died.
Like so many of Oak Ridge’s early generations, Bob was a scientist and an active citizen, who viewed democracy as a participatory activity, serving on the Roane County Commission, among other things. His sharp mind and fierce commitment to justice complemented a gentle and dignified spirit. 
Years ago, on a panel for an Oak Ridge High School government class, when a student was aggressively (even a little rudely) challenging him on the limits of the First Amendment, Bob responded thoughtfully, in a way that articulated his own beliefs without shaming his young interrogator for hers. That moment of generosity and grace is only a snapshot of a long life, serving the common good. 
Plans for a service have not yet been made. So, for now, please hold Bob’s beloved wife, Elizabeth, in care, along with their daughters.


Ernie Burris is at Oak Ridge NHC in Room 230 where his phone number is 813-1860.  You don't have to bring anything but yourself although he accepts cookies, cupcakes, pie, candy (anything sweet) without nuts. Even a 15 minute visit is welcome and appreciated. Ernie misses his church family.

On The Calender This Week

Friday, November 23

 Office Closed


Saturday, November 24

1:00pm Tabletop Adventure Group


Sunday, November 25

9:00am Music Rehearsal

10:00am Sunday Worship

11:15am Youth Fundraising Luncheon for Mexico

11:15am Circle of Trust II

11:15am Humanist Discussion Group

11:15am Inquirers

11:15am Reflections

11:15am Sunday Morning Yoga

11:15am Youth Faith Formation All Groups

12:15pm ORUUCKids Choir Rehearsal

12:30pm Meditation Group

1:00pm Circles of Trust Vl

4:00pm OWL


Monday, November 26

10:30am Tai Chi Practice

6:00pm Ballroom Dance Class

Tuesday, November 27

5:45pm Yoga

7:00pm Meditation Learning and Practice Group


Wednesday, November 28

6:00am Breakfast Rotary Club (Renter)

10:00am NWUU Zoom Meeting

10:30am Tai Chi Practice

11:00am Executive Team Meeting

12:00pm OOS/What's Happening/Exponent Deadline

12:45pm Oak Ridge Ministers Association meeting

4:00pm Brownies & Daisies

4:00pm Girl Scout Troop

5:30pm Line Dancing

5:30pm Circle of Trust lll

5:45pm Sorta Singers Rehearsal

7:00pm Mexico Youth Trip Meeting

8:00pm Band Rehearsal


Thursday, November 29

5:45pm Potluck

6:30pm Ecumenical Store House Meeting


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