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Sunday December 15, 2019  10:00a.m.

Rev. Pat Jobe

"Festival of HumanLight"

Humanist have even created a new word, HumanLight. What light through yonder window breaks? It is the light of reason and the resulting better world. Rev. Pat Jobe comes back to celebrate The Festival of HumanLight, to give us the perspective of humanist thinking and believing and action. He tells the extraordinary story of a former Christian superstar who woke up one day to find humanism. A good time will be had by all. 

We’re acknowledging a new holiday celebration this year, the Festival of HumanLight, which has been celebrated by Humanists worldwide since 2001. It’s designed to celebrate and express the positive, secular, human values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope. It illuminates a positive vision of a happy, just and peaceful future for our world, a future which people can build by working together. “Light” indicates the light of human reason.

Please join John Sheppard in the Sanctuary after the service for a Pursing Arts Presentation

Have you ever wondered “What is this music about?”
After the service on Sunday December 15th as part of the Pursuing Arts Group continuing series of presentations, John Sheppard will discuss and illustrate connections between Arnold Bocklin’s paintings, “The Prodigal Son” and “The Waves” with Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in B minor and his C Minor Etude-Tableau. 



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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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:

Sadly, Manuel Holland has been hospitalized. He sustained a fall with a leg injury, developed sepsis, and has pneumonia. He is very weak still, so he has only a couple of visitors for the time being. He has shown shown incremental improvement, and says he is feeling better. He also says he knows people are sending him good energy because he feels it. He is in room 226 at Hilton Head Hospital and would appreciate cards.

                    Photo by Carol Stephens

****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  

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

On Sunday, December 15th starting at 8:00 a.m. we will put the contents of our RE rooms back in place and tidy up after our Family Promise host week. We will need you for this work and also to help wash linens at your home. Bags of used linens will be in the foyer after service December 15th to take for washing in hot water and bleach. Please return the clean linens and we will store them in our Family Promise closet for the next session.

Mark your calendars and help keep our commitment to Family Promise going. This is one of our more important and labor-intensive community outreach programs and it wouldn't survive without your support and participation. Please email Carla Golden to let her know if you’ll be able to help break-down, and/or wash linens.

If you are not familiar with the good work of Family Promise, you can read more here:

Thank you,
Mary Watson
Carla Golden


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 22nd:  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!

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

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 December 17th 10:00 a.m.
"The Girl with Seven Names:  A North Korea Defector's Story"
by Hyeonseo Lee

Led by Kathleen Kelly

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. 


Hello everyone, I am writing because our new sanctuary chairs will be arriving sometime in the next two to three weeks.  The truck driver does not unload.

🙁 We urgently need several volunteers, some to take the chairs out of their packaging in the truck, a couple to hand them down off the truck, and many to schlepp them into our sanctuary.  We are receiving 150 chairs!

There is a long back story to this, but the short version is that the company is not able to give me a delivery date, and I may only get a couple days advance  notice. 

Please contact me by text (828-421-7928) or email ( and let me know if you will volunteer to help provided you are available when the chairs arrive.  Once I know (with a short lead time) when the chairs are to be delivered,  I will contact everyone on the list. When you contact me, please tell me the best way to reach you. 

Thank you for your support (physical, mental, or spiritual) with this!


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


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 "Blessing all Living Beings in the Room and Beyond" during our annual blessing of the animals service.   
This service was Live Streamed.  Due to technical difficulties there is no audio recording of this service

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!


Family Promise take-down:  December 15th.  8:00 a.m. before service.  See Mary Watson or Carla Golden

Writer's Group: December 15th at 1:30 p.m.  See Martha Girardi

UUCL Book Club: Decenber 17th at 10:00 a.m. "The Girl with Seven Names:  A North Korea Defector's Story"
by Hysonseo LeeSee.  Led by Kathleen Kelly.  See Carol Stephens

Board Meeting: 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




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