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Sunday December 22, 2019  10:00a.m.

Rev. Dick Hood

"Step off the Holiday Express Train"
To some degree we are all unwittingly on a holiday express train.  Too much to do, too much to think of,  not enough time.  And the train keeps rolling along.

On December 22nd, we'll feature a service of brief birth stories, music by the 7 Principles, selections by John Sheppard,  some silence, a brief meditation, and familiar carols.  Our usual sermon discussion will have a different focus, the sharing with each other of a favorite holiday memory.
So  take a moment for yourself; Step off the Holiday Express Train, if only for a an hour or so.

On December 22nd we will be collecting winter coats and all cash collected in the basket at the service will be donated to the Sandalwood Food Pantry to help them fill needed items for the Holidays.  Please be generous.  Also, the 22nd will be Holiday Sunday and we encourage our congregation members to wear Holiday Sweaters, Shirts, Ties or Socks.   Ugly Sweaters are welcome!


Please join Dick in the sanctuary after the service for a discussion after the service.  We will focus on sharing memories of holiday celebrations we have been part of in the past.

Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting (2019)
This service will be Live Streamed on our Facebook page beginning just before 10:00 a.m. The service will also be saved to our Facebook page and can be viewed at a later time or date if needed. 

You can assess our page by clicking this link:  

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 close of business Tuesday.



Pastoral Minister
Rev. Charlie Tyler

Charlie’s telephone number is 803-473-6048.  You can call him to schedule an appointment for pastoral counseling. Please be mindful that Charlie is the chaplain for Hospice of the Lowcountry, a full-time job.  He is not able to engage in lengthy telephone conversations when he is working.  


Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland

From our Board President Carol Stephens:

Great news! I saw Manuel today, and he is moving to Frazier to continue healing. He was much better; his color and respiration’s have improved, and he even chuckled and smiled several times. I asked him about visitors, and he said, “Let’s put it on hold for now.”  He is quite worn out from the cumulative effect of being a care giver, loss of Olive and his home, and the upheaval of moving, and then this very serious illness. His house has closed, so that’s a weight off, and he is looking forward to being strong enough to attend church. He sends his love and gratitude for all the loving energy he has received. He told me that he knows it’s been sent because he feels it. 

                    Photo by Carol Stephens

Our team of three rotating ministers (Rev. Dick Hood, Rev. Charlie Tyler, Rev. Pat Jobe) share a smile.

                                           Photo by Molly Hood
****UUCL Office Hours****

Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to noon  

Member Update:

As many of you are aware, Peter Kandis underwent open heart surgery in May of 2018.  He underwent a second open heart surgery yesterday at MUSC in Charleston.  Here is an Update from Ann Harrison:

This is to let everyone know Peter is now in ICU after a successful 10-hour operation. Repeat open heart surgeries are difficult but the surgeon feels the procedure went well and Peter’s heart function should improve now that he has a valve that works!
Recovery will take time but they hope to send him home by Christmas Day. Thanks so much for the outpouring of love and support. Looking forward to happier times in the year ahead.

20 Minute Gently Guided Group Meditation meets at 9:30 a.m. before each Sunday Service

All Levels Welcome

UUA Holiday Message 2019 featuring Susan Frederick-Gray

Click HERE to view the Message

I am so honored and grateful to be your UUA President. On behalf of everyone at the Unitarian Universalist Association, I send you warm wishes for more love, more joy, and more peace in this winter holiday season. Thank you for all you do for this faith and for one another.

In faith,

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

UUA President

A Continuing Series of Sermons:

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote Seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. Join us as Rev. Tyler presents a series of sermons on the six sources of Wisdom we draw from to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.

The Living Tradition We Share Draws From Many Sources:
  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.




Dec 29th: Rev. Charlie Tyler - Fire Ceremony, Celebrating Change

To Hold Tightly
To Let Go

A year, no, a decade is coming to an end.  It's a normal time for introspection.  Sunday, 12/29 we will try to revisit that elusive skill of learning what to hold on to, what to let go of and ... perhaps, how to know when both happens. 

UUCL Needs

The Religious Education committee is looking to form a team of childcare providers.  If you would be interested in Spending an occasional Sunday morning with our children in the playroom, please see Maya Jofen for details.   You can also call Ann Harrison (843.422.2598) or E-mail her at (  We promise you a rich and rewarding (perhaps even enlightening) experience and really what better way to give back to the congregation than to nurture and help care for our young people.

As you have seen, for the last many months we have been live streaming our UUCL Sunday services.  If you would like to learn how to use the equipment and join the Streaming team please contact David at UUCL.OFFICE@GMAIL.COM.



Next Meeting:
Tuesday January 21, 2020

"Red Notice" by Bill Browder
Lead by Marge Lampke

For more information contact Carol Stephens



Calling all who are interested in volunteering for a newly forming committee which will coordinate and oversee prevention and maintenance of our building and grounds. Volunteers do not necessarily need to have mechanical or electrical skills. Please contact Carol Stephens 
828-421-7928 if you are interested. 
You are welcome to join the committee or just consult with them, whichever suits you best. 

The new Sanctuary chairs have arrived!  

A team of volunteers arrived at UUCL this week, they drank coco, nibbled on cookies and visited with other members and friends before the truck arrived.  Once the truck arrived the crew set to work and efficiently removed the old chairs and placed the new ones.  Here are some pictures of the event:

Some of the old chairs were hauled away.

The Sanctuary was cleared, some stains on the floor were scrubbed and the carpet was vacuumed.  

When the truck arrived everyone prepared to get to work.

The new chairs came in 300 pound stacks!

The Rebuilt Sanctuary!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped the process run so smoothly.

We also wish to thank Carol Stephens for all her hard work to make this happen.  And thank you to those who made your photographs available.  

Lastly we wish to thank Donna Titus and the Titus Family whom without the generous donation from the Ron Titus Memorial Fund this would not have happened. 

Check Out Some Of The Groups That Use Our Facility:

Lowcountry Indivisible
Compassionate Friends
Palmetto Plant Eaters
Helping Parents Heal
Narcotics Anonymous
League of Women Voters

Weight Watchers

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.  



                                                        Photo by Ron Titus

The Seven Principles Play Live!

At a request from Rev. Jim Morrison, members of the Seven Principles played a set of Holiday, Hanukkah and Christmas Music at Hilton Head Hospital last night.  Some hospital visitors stopped by to sing along, take pictures and join in the holiday cheer.  


Pictured:  Josh Jofen, Kathy Burmeister, Ellen Titus, Donna Titus, John Sheppard, Marcella Palmer and David Inserra.  (Not Pictured:  Diana Krafick)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
from your Seven Principles.


We now Live Stream our services. You can view many of our services from our UUCL Facebook Page.

We also record audio of our services. You can listen to many of our services on our website.  If you like what you hear, you can request an audio CD of the service.

Last Weekend Rev. Pat Jobe presented "The Festival of HumanLight."   
This service was Live Streamed.

You can learn more about our services by visiting

 If you would like to request an audio 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 issues specific services may not be available.
Check out the Services / Sermons page on our website to see which services were live streamed and are now available for viewing.

You can also go directly to the video section of our Facebook Page to view these videos.


Greg Greenway – Saturday, 1/11/2020

“Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway’s message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.”  --Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Click the links below to hear some of Greg's music:

In the Name of Love

A Road Worth Walking Down


At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton, SC, 843-837-3330; info: or
Tickets $20 at the door (unless otherwise noted) – General Admission

WhaleCoast Alaska 2020

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2020 is for you! 4 Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental/ cultural/spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships -- our program is truly the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete info go to:  www.WhaleCoastAK.orgemail or call 907-322-4966. Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!


Board Meeting: Tonight - December 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Safety Meeting:  December 22st after the end of service discussion group.  Anyone interested in learning more about diligence and safety of our congregation please contact Gary Stiles.  

Palmetto Plant Eaters:  January 8th at 6:30 p.m. (Note New Date)  See Carla Golden

Worship Team: Wednesday January 8 - 5:00p.m.  See Cheryl Kanuck

Indivisible: Saturday January 11

Finance Committee: Sunday January 12 after service.  See Patricia Friedman

Membership Committee: Thursday January 30 6:30 p.m. See Val Bridges

Pursuing Art Presentation:  January 26th, after service in lieu of a discussion group.  Molly Hood will present "Knitting Novelties."  Molly will be sharing how she creates a variety of knitted shawls and scarves. She will show different yarns, needles, and techniques.




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