December 10 – “Our Winter Holidays – The Opportunities of Controversies & Challenges!” with RevAlex
In today’s worship, we unpack specific commentary on what’s wrong with our culture’s winter holidays celebrations. It’s a Sunday to draw on Scrooge’s “Bah! Humbug!” refrain (from the imagination of Charles Dickens, our fellow Unitarian). Your ever-optimistic minister hopes that by tackling the specific objections, we might free ourselves to more fully embrace the potentials. Come, Come to be of critical mind and hopeful heart!

December 17 – “Celebrating Winter Solstice and Paganism!” with RevAlex
(This is an All RE Sunday on which our children will be making holiday candles during worship.) This is also our Annual UUCR Cookie Exchange Sunday when you’re invited to “bring a dozen, or more, and take home a dozen!”) No winter holiday celebration offers us UUs greater unrealized gift than does the Winter Solstice with its deep, dark pagan heritage. In today’s worship, we will strive for poignant and meaningful engagement of a holiday practice predating our history. The hope is to awaken ourselves as congregation to opportunities for growth, empowerment and enrichment.
Come, Come to open a holiday gift!

December 24, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – “Christmas Eve!” with Our UUCR Children, Choir and RevAlex
We gather for intergenerational worship on this Sunday. Our children will be front and center, sharing gifts of music and craft with us. We’ll be retelling stories of the season. We’ll be caroling. We’ll be celebrating the great goodness of belonging that comes of congregation. Come, Come in the hope of gladness made manifest in all we do!

December 24, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – “Christmas Eve Candlelight Service!” with Our Choir & RevAlex
We do lessons and carols tonight. Our service will be brief, no more than forty minutes long. We’ll end our worship with our traditional congregational candle-lighting and wishing to one another greetings of the season before heading back to our homes. Come, Come whomever you are…

December 25, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – “Christmas Day!” with Rosalie Sutherland and RevAlex
We remember the Christian story of the Christ child in today’s worship. We’ll share in a story and caroling. We’ll hope for renewal of human spirit in all places, for all people. Come, Come to make Christmas!

December 31, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – “All Good Gifts” with Kerry Morgiewicz and
Bill Bestpitch
Kerry Morgiewicz and Bill Bestpitch are planning service and if you would like to share a musical or other talent, or if you are willing to share a goal of accomplishing something new for you in 2018, not just a resolution you made have made in the past and perhaps struggled to keep, contact Kerry at kmorgiewicz@uuroanoke.org or Bill at billbestpitch@gmail.com.

January 7, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. – “Torda450!” with RevAlex
We dig into a key foundational piece of our Unitarian heritage on this first Sunday of the New Year. We’ll celebrate what a courageous Unitarian King did 450 years ago. We’ll ponder what we, the privileged inheritors of his boldness, might be called to do. Come, Come to be challenged for being UU!

January 14, 2018 – 11:00 a.m – Our guest speaker will be Lauren Ellerman, and the title of her remarks is America’s Original Sin. “In celebration of Martin Luther King Sunday, Lauren Ellerman will be speaking on Jim Wallis’s book entitled America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. She will help us better understand the underlying causes of the racial divides that continue to cause so much strife in our society. Come with an open mind and an open heart, and leave with renewed commitment to bridging the divide.”