1. Happy autumn!! We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!  We had an intimate time of reflection last week in church through the theme of wisdom that arose out of our focus on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. This week, we will take time to remember our loved ones and ancestors in acknowledg-ment of significant religious observances that are happening this season, like Hallows Eve/All Souls Day, Dia de Los Muertes, and Samhain.  See ya there!!
  2. We will not be having service next Sunday as it is the 4th Sunday, but we will be having a special time together on October 30 for the 5th Sunday service. CMUU is offering a Community Conversation from 3pm-5pm on the topic of “Blending Families”.  A flyer is attached.  Marla and Michelle have worked hard putting together this meaningful event.  It will be held in the fellowship hall and all are welcome – please feel free (and are encouraged!!) to bring friends and family. 
  1. Our church Mission Statement is: Clayton Memorial – Thinking, Loving, Serving. And be sure to check out our website at org/ and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Clayton-Memorial-Unitarian-Universalist-Church-518433194881510/! Be sure to LIKE the page if you haven’t already!! 
  1. We had a good get-together at the church last evening for Spirituality Group. We watched a PBS broadcast of the documentary “Dream On with John Fugelsang”, exploring the present day American dream.   Please remember that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm for about an hour and a half.  If you have a topic of interest or something you would like to present, please let Ernest know.
  1. A water communion service is planned as part of the Sunday morning service on November 6. Please be sure to join us and bring a couple ounces of water from a place special to you.  We will blend it all together literally and symbolically! 
  1. Holli Emore and the Osireion group will offer a Community Healing Ceremony as part of the Sunday morning service on November 20. Please join in with us for this opportunity to participate in community healing –  you may bring your drum and wear your special colors and clothes if you would like!
  1. Looking ahead (although it is unbelievable that we are actually nearing Thanksgiving and Christmas already!!) just a note to let you know that on Sunday, December 4 the church will be having its Holiday Meal together and we will put up the Christmas tree as part of Eatin’ Meetin’!! We’ll do it in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring your good decorating ideas!!!  More details to come about the menu plans – YUM YUM!!!!      :o)
  1. And our annual Christmas service will be on Sunday, December 18 at 11:00am, which will be another wonderful time to share together as a church family. Love abounds!
  1. CMUU is forming a Welcoming Church subcommittee of the Worship Committee to continue to focus and explore the possibilities and to direct any interest and intentions about becoming recognized as a welcoming congregation by the UUA. Ree is the point-person for these efforts, so if  you have a desire to participate in this endeavor please do not hesitate to  let her know!  Thanks in advance for any and all participation and ideas!!
  2. We are continuing as a church to contribute to Heifer International, Marion Medical Mission (which installs shallow water wells in Africa), and the Pomaria Community Food Bank. Please feel free to contribute to any of these in whatever way is most comfortable to you.  In anticipation of interest being expressed to do something as a church for foster children in Newberry County for Christmas, please put your ideas in writing to the Outreach Committee!!!  Hugs!!!