A Welcoming Congregation


October 1, 2023

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Soul Matters Sunday: The Gift of Heritage

with Rev. Lissa Gundlach



PRELUDE “Afro Blue” (by Mongo Santamaria) offered by JaMichael Frazier (Guest Flutist) & Danny Pravder

WELCOME Rev. Lissa

SOUL MATTERS “Uplift” Norma Chinchilla


MUSIC “Cats in the Cradle” (by Harry Chapin) offered by the UUCLB Choir, Danny Pravder & JaMichael Frazier


CHILDREN’S RECESSIONAL “May Nothing Evil Cross This Door”

PRAYER Rev. Lissa



HYMN #123 “Spirit of Life/Fuente de Amor”

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.

Fuente de Amor, ven hacia mí.
Y al corazón, cántale tu compasión.
Sopla al volar, sube en la mar,
hasta moldear la justicia de la vida.
Arráigame, libérame,
Fuente de Amor, ven a mí, ven a mí.

OFFERING WORDS We thank you for your generosity! Use your cell phone to text GIVE to 833-931-1845 or go online to GIVE at www.uuclb.org/give. Checks can be addressed to UUCLB.

ANTHEM “Secrets of the Wind” (by Mark Patternson) offered by the UUCLB Choir, Danny Pravder & JaMichael Frazier

SERMON “The Gift of Heritage” Rev. Lissa

HYMN #128 “For All That is Our Life”




Our services are streamed via ZOOM and FB. The camera is focused on the speaker and musicians, including members and visitors who share during Joys and Sorrows. (Seating at the back wall will not appear on camera.)


Social Justice Collection for October 2023

The Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa

The Tongva Taraxat Paxaavxa (pronounced Tar-a-haht pahhava) Conservancy is a Tongva-led organization created to steward lands in Tovaangar, the traditional Tongva region, encompassing the greater Los Angeles basin. The Conservancy has received land back (one acre in Alta Dena), is creating community and housing Native people, practicing ceremony, archiving, and rematriating the land. Rematriation is an Indigenous women-led movement that includes historical truth-telling, cultural revitalization, food sovereignty, water protection, land-back efforts, and community healing. To learn more about the Conservancy, check out their Web site at https://tongva.land.

Our social justice collection takes place on the second Sunday of the month, but you can support until the last Sunday of October by mail, text, or online. If by mail, note “Social Justice Collection” on your check, and send it to UUCLB, 5450 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90808. Using Text-to-Give, text the words “23 Special Collection” and the amount to 833-931-1845. To give $25, for example, text “25 Special Collection $25.” To cover any convenience fees for the church, simply text “Cover fees on” to cover fees on all text gifts. For online giving go to uuclb.org/give.

Today, Sunday, October 1, 11:30am in Room 2/3
LGBTQ+ Caucus

If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Fluid+, you are invited to come join us in queer space. Come meet other UUCLB Queers and Allies, sign-up to be on our mailing list or just drop by to say hello and stay updated on our activities and meetings. Any questions just ask! Email: lgbtq.chair@uuclb.org

Today, Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 11:30 in the lounge
“Starting Point” Membership Class

Please Join Us! Our “Starting Point” classes are held on the first Sunday of each month at 11:30am in the UUCLB lounge. The class is also offered virtually on ZOOM. For more info, email: Membership@uuclb.org or see our webpage at https://www.uuclb.org/connect/become-a-member/

It’s SOCKTOBER! Sock it to us…literally

For the entire month of October, we are celebrating SOCKtober, where children and youth are collecting packages of new socks for youth in need. We are especially looking for teen/adult socks, as they are often overlooked in clothing drives. Bring the socks to the RE cart or a Sunday morning classroom. Contact Laura Scully at 562-822-0200 or lbscully1@gmail.com for more information.

Sunday, October 22, 2023, 3:00pm in Wylder Hall
Malila Hollow & Colleagues in Concert

Come hear Malila Hollow and her colleagues in a special all classical recital, featuring works by Brahms, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and more. $10.00 suggested donation supports the Multiple myeloma research fund and the American Cancer Society. Baked goods and beverages will also be available with a donation.

Let’s Make Music! Come Join UUCLB Choir!

We are just beginning our ‘23-24 UUCLB Choir Season! We’ll be exploring an amazingly detailed and varied program of choral and popular works, and performing these pieces during the Sunday morning UUCLB services. Oftentimes, we’ll be collaborating with a variety of guest artists in many different styles. Come deepen your musical experience and connect with fellow community in our joyous Wednesday evening rehearsals, from 7:15-9 PM, and beautiful Sunday morning services, from 10-11:15 AM. All experiences are welcome, novice through advanced, there is an incredible amount to gain from this experience for everyone. Feel free to contact us at danny.pravder.musicdirector@uuclb.org with any questions you have, or if you’d like to be included on the choir email blast! We’ll see you there!

Pastoral Care

Your Pastoral Care team is here for you in times of joy and sorrow. Please email pastoralcare@uuclb.org or call / text Rev. Lissa at 562-355-4244 for support
Religious Education for Youth
Contact dre@uuclb.org for more information.

“UUYAN” Young Adult Network for Ages 18-35

For details on upcoming meetings at the UU Church of Long Beach, please contact Kathy Adams at katole@uuclb.org
Check the church calendar for additional events and things to do — uuclb.org/calendar


Please Join Us! Our “Starting Point” classes are held on the first Sunday of each month at 11:30am in the UUCLB lounge. The class is also offered virtually on ZOOM. For more info, see our webpage at https://www.uuclb.org/connect/become-a-member/ or email: Membership@uuclb.org

Creative Opportunities offered at UUCLB

Soulful Sampler Creative Arts Group, Words of Our Own Writing Group, UUCLB Choir, Thoughtful Thursday Toolbox for Creativity, Chalice Guild for altar design, Garden volunteers, and more. These UUCLB programs foster and uplift the creative spirit of participants. You will find more information about these events on the church calendar at UUCLB.org/calendar

Please see the Church Calendar for additional meetings & events!

Go to: uuclb.org/calendar

Sign up for our UUCLB ADVANCE Newsletter and Weekly Announcements by making a request to office@uuclb.org

Check out these pages:

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