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December Theme:

Sunday December 16th

Rev. Dick Hood

 “A Source for Others-a Holiday Meditation”

We usually think of ourselves as the receiver from sources around us.  But we can be a source to others -
a source of inspiration and even a little joy. 
Come find out how. 

Please note that there will be no discussion group after service today.  Rev. Hood will be available in the Foyer after service for comments, insights and questions.  

This Wednesday we are getting our carpets and floors cleaned.  If you are available after service on Sunday to help move the Sanctuary chairs to the stage and the sides of the room your help would be greatly appreciated.  We will meet at the front of the Sanctuary after service. 

Attunement Meditation Group Each Sunday Before Service

From 9:15 to 9:45 before service an Attunement Meditation Group will meet at UUCL.

Join us for a different type of guided meditation to help us calm our minds, prepare for our Sunday service gathering, and become well acquainted with our tranquil inner realms.

All experience levels welcome.

Location:  The conference room down the right hall.  

Cost:  FREE

Facilitators: Gary & Jan Stiles who have been meditators and Attunement practitioners for decades. Contact us at for questions or more information.  You may also contact

To learn more about Attunement click HERE.

Hearing Assisted Devices are available at the rear of the Sanctuary.

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Please submit Order of Service and Weekly Email
announcement updates by Wednesday.

Holiday Project Final Days

   This year for the holidays we are asking our members and friends to bring in a toy (unwrapped). We will donate these toys to families living in the shadows.  Please bring your gifts by THIS SUNDAY DECEMBER 16 so they can be distributed before Christmas. Place your gifts on the front of the stage.  Thank you!!

Photo by Ron Titus

Holiday Potluck
UUCL will host a holiday potluck after the service on December 23. Please sign up either through the church office or on the signup sheet in the vestibule.  Indicate what dish you will bring. 

If you don’t cook, there is no need for you to buy food.  We always have far too much food. We hope you can join us for food and conversation!

If anyone can help set up at noon on Saturday, December 22, please let Lynne Nordenberg know (



Reverend Jim Morrison
Pastoral Minister

You can schedule an appointment with Reverend Jim Morrison by calling his cellphone 843-263-6488.  Appointments can be scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings

A holiday Tree Lighting Prayer from Jim:

(On November 24th Jim gave the following prayer during the community Christmas Tree lighting at the Coastal Arts Center Shelter Cove.)
Tonight in the spirit of light and life and with gratitude for all the many lights around us which dispel the gloominess of winter, we dedicate this community tree in the hope for peace and joy throughout the season and the year ahead.

The lights on this tree remind us of our blessings: the natural beauty of the environment which we have been given; people helping one another through charitable endeavors, volunteers and professionals giving time and talent; those fighting against hatred, prejudice, greed and violence to seek that-brighter light of compassion and understanding ; those standing guard over our country and community; for the arts and art Center to remind us and touch us at the heights and depths of our humanity.

There are some within our community for whom the light of hope is dim. Our hope is that all will be recognized and appreciated and sisters and brothers and together lift each other to a better place.

With the prayer that peace and good shine brighter in every area of our world let the radiance of these lights lights spread near and far.


Reflections From Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland

Reflections On Two Worldviews

We are blessed to live in a world where there are thousands and thousands of
points of light – persons who make a difference for the better in the lives of others.

We must be cautious in the world in which we live because there are so many
viscous persons in our world.

With deep gratitude I embrace the first worldview.

With all the courage I can muster I resist the second worldview.

This Holiday Season and beyond may we seek to be points of light in the Low


****UUCL Office Hours****
Our UUCL office will be staffed the
following hours:

Tuesday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our January 2019 theme is Affirmation:
Affirmation is a positive action, a confirmation that a person or a thing is good. It’s also a gift you are able give to yourself as well as to others. A statement of appreciation can change a day from dull to delightful, and positivity is contagious. Each Sunday we state our affirmation of the things we believe in, confirming our values as Unitarian Universalists. Join us in the New Year on Sundays in January to explore the meaning and significance of “Affirmation” in life.

December 23rd: Christmas celebrated with Rev. Pat Jobe

The Poignant Work Of Ministry And A Krishna Christmas

Born of a virgin as a star shown on his birthplace, attended by keepers of livestock, the Hindu God Krishna has a little to offer a world hungry for peace and love. Also it is a wonderful time of year to present a present to our minister, a little understanding and appreciation. Thank you, Jim Morrison.

December 30th: Kwanzaa celebrated Rev. Pat Jobe

Sourcing Life In The Music Of John Prine

Prine sings, "To believe in this living is just a hard way to go." Our postlude on the 30th will be Prine's song Angel From Montgomery, a poignant reminder of how tough life can be, but also how it can be transcended in the power of song. Rev. Jobe will share from his own walk with John Prine and might even tell some funny stories. 

Our Care Committee needs your assistance.  If you are available to help a member or friend by driving them to an appointment or other location please contact Marietta Kerr ( for information on how you could assist.  


Contact Ann Harrison, Ellen Titus or Adrie Glass for more details.

December 16th - The Youth Group will be selling Chocolate Covered Pretzels in order to raise money for the Spring Mountain Con.  



UUCL  BOOK  CLUB will start up again in 2019

Have a Happy New Year!

For more information contact Carol Stephens


Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use our Facility:

MOMS Demand Action For Gun Sense in America
Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous
League of Women Voters


Musicians Unite

Can you sing a song?  Do you play an instrument?  Would you like to share this talent with the congregation?

If you would like to work with any of our regular musicians contact UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM to discuss options.  


Photos by Ron Titus
Did you miss one of our services?  You can listen to many of our services online or request a CD copy.

Last week, we had our Bring a Friend to Church service with Rev. Jim Morrison.  “Gifts: Wished for; Received; Given” and other services can be heard by visiting

 If you would like to request a CD copy of one of our recorded services - you will find an order form in the office of our Congregational Administrator.  Leave your name, contact information and date of the service on the form.  For a small handling fee a CD copy of most services can be available within a week of the request.  

Please Note: Due to certain technical and other specific issues certain services will not be available.

Do you know that Women are Dining Out in December!
The UUCL Women's Dining Group will be meeting this month at Truffles on Friday, Dec. 28th at 6 pm.  The restaurant is located in Belfair Towne Village at 91 Towne Drive, Bluffton, SC.  RSVP's can be made to Barbara Cullings at

Photo by Barbara Cullings

Bridge4Unity A Dialogue Cultural Exchange Project

Bridge4Unity is an interracial dialogue and cultural exchange project that brings together three distinct communities with diverse cultural, social, historical, and political profiles. The weekend of January 25-27, 2019, Beaufort SC and surrounding areas will host participants from the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts and Letcher County KY.

The purpose of Bridge4Unity is to find common ground, acknowledge and learn from different life experiences and the perceptions the participants bring. Members of our congregation are invited to participate. Watch for more information as the time for the event gets closer.

The reason for today’s announcement is that we will be offering home hospitality for the folks from Massachusetts and Kentucky. If you would like to offer home hospitality the last weekend of January, please let Peter Kandis know.

Peter Kandis


Register NOW for Alabama Civil Rights Pilgrimage, March 20-24, 2019

March 20-24, 2019, we are offering a five-day/four-night pilgrimage with a focus on civil rights sites in Alabama, including the newly opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice developed by Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative.  

We invite you to join this journey to meet people, hear stories, and visit sites that made the Civil Rights Movement an event that rocked the world.

We'll gather in Birmingham and visit the historic 16th Street Baptist Church, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth's Bethel Baptist Church, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. 

In Montgomery, we'll visit Maya Lin's Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center. We'll see where The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led his congregation and where the Selma to Montgomery March ended at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol building, and where Mrs. Rosa Parks chose to sit on a bus sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the most effective boycotts ever instigated.

Included in our visit to Montgomery is the newly opened Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, otherwise known as the Lynching Memorial. 

We'll then visit Selma, where Bloody Sunday, Turn-around Tuesday, the death of Unitarian Universalist minister James Reeb, and finally the successful Selma to Montgomery March changed the course of history, although not before another Unitarian Universalist, Viola Liuzzo died at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan. 

From there, we'll travel to Marion, Alabama, where Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed by a state police officer, and the idea for the Selma to Montgomery March was born as mourners considered marching Jimmie Lee's body to the state capitol in Montgomery. 

Led by members of the Living legacy staff including Living Legacy Project Board President, Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, this is much more than a civil rights history tour.

In addition to visiting historic sites, we meet veterans, many of them unsung heroes and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement. Additionally, we spend time exploring what today’s racism, white privilege, and barriers to equality look like in the Southern towns we visit -- and in our own hometowns.

As a spiritual pilgrimage, we reflect on what we experience together so when we each return home we can apply what we have learned to make a difference in today's world. 

Now is the time to build a community of leaders who will stand for justice as brave veterans of the civil rights struggle have done for so many decades.

Come take your place on the long trail of history. Come see, learn, sing and make a new way and stand up for justice.

The time is NOW!  Your legacy is waiting!

Registration is open now! 

We hope you'll join us in 2019 for a much-needed balm in these challenging times. 

If you've already been on a Pilgrimage, you're welcome to come again, and please spread the word to your family, friends, and co-workers about how transformative this experience was for you. Encourage them to learn more about where we've come from as a nation and what brings us to this place in time. 

Thank you for your commitment to justice and equity.

The Living Legacy Project Team
The Rev. Dr. Gordon Gibson
Judy Gibson
John Harris
Reggie Harris
The Rev. James A. Hobart
The Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Annette Marquis
Joseph Selmon
Julian Sharp


Music on Malphrus continues in 2019

The Rough and Tumble –
Saturday, January 12, 2019

Formerly from Nashville, The Rough & Tumble now find themselves living full time on the road, in a 16ft camper with an 85 lb puppy named Puddle. If you ask Mallory Graham or Scott Tyler how their lives ended up this way they’ll likely respond, “with careful planning, spreadsheets and shoddy cell phone service.”

On their new album, We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know (February 2018), the Americana duo retrace their mileage back to their footsteps and explore the struggle between going home and being home already when there's no other home and everywhere is home.  The R&T know how the tread wears down on the tires when you play 140 shows in year cross-country. They’re willing to stop, should the music run out of them and the road end, but until then, they are likely cross referencing a spreadsheet to play your town.


Here are some links to videos:

Tiny Moses
Pieces by Pieces
A Day for the Remembrance of the Souls of Lost Whales

Thank you for your interest in Music on Malphrus.

Click HERE to download a flyer of upcoming shows.

Tickets $20 at the door – General Admission
Doors open 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm
At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330; info: or
Would you like to see a Music on Malphrus show for free?

We can always use volunteers, particularly on the sound system.  Even if you have no experience with the sound equipment there is no need to worry.  Training will be provided.  

Contact Joanne Melosh at for more information.


UU TRIVIA:   Historically, what is Yule?

 A.   A festival observed by people in Springfield
 B.   A festival observed by people on Hilton Head
 C.   A festival observed by Germanic People

 D.   The name of a song by Lisa Thiel


You will find the answer at the bottom of this Email.
Compassionate Friends will meet on Dec. 22nd 1:00p.m. 


Women are Dining Out in December!
The UUCL Women's Dining Group will be meeting this month at Truffles on Friday, Dec. 28th at 6 pm.  The restaurant is located in Belfair Towne Village at 91 Towne Drive, Bluffton, SC.  RSVP's can be made to Barbara Cullings at



Growth committee there will be no Growth Committee meeting in December.  The Committee for Growth will return on the 20th of January.  See Gordon Stamler for more information. 

Finance Committee 
will meet on Dec. 16th after service.  See Patricia Friedman for more information.

Board Meeting 
will meet on Dec. 20th at 6:30p.m.


December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5:23 p.m. In terms of daylight, this day is 3 hours, 17 minutes shorter than on June. 

Yule is an indigenous midwinter festival celebrated by the Germanic peoples. The earliest references to it are in the form of month names, where the Yule-tide period lasts somewhere around two months in length, falling along the end of the modern calendar year between what is now mid-November and early January.  Click HERE to learn more about Yule




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