Beyond Sunday Morning – Our Congregational Ministries

James Reeb UU Congregation Madison WI

There are so many opportunities to serve our beloved community- and so many rewards in that service!  This morning, we’ll explore the work of some of our ministry teams, and leaders Rachel Avery, Jeanette Clawson, Randy Coloni, Peggy Haack, Karol Niemann, and Kelly Kearns will share stories of why they serve. We will also have live music from our Sacred Breath Choir.

All are welcome in worship, whether you’ve registered or not.  Your registration ahead of time allows for less congestion at the door on Sunday morning, and it helps us plan for spacing in the sanctuary.

Share the Plate

  • The Share the Plate partner for September 18th and 25th is the Solace Friends, Inc (Solace). Solace is a newly formed 501C3 non-profit organization working to bridge the existing gap in services by creating a community supported Social Model Hospice Home, where underserved individuals can receive housing and personal attention that nurtures physical comfort, emotional and spiritual wholeness, and individual dignity as they die. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Peaceful Alleluia,” Jean Anne Shafferman
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Song: #402, “From You I Receive”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “My Church,” Bright Morning Star Children’s Home
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “The Spirituality of Service”–Erik Walker Wikstrom
  • Song: “I Honor You”
  • Reflection: “Belonging Beyond Sunday Morning” with Rachel Avery, Jeannette Clawson, Randy Coloni, Peggy Haack, Karol Niemann, and Kelly Kearns
  • Offering: “Carry Me,” author(s)
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Song: #1021 “Lean On Me”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction


Our Membership Team has created several opportunities to gather through the fall.  The first is today after worship- you’re invited to carpool to Prairie UU Society for their open house and building dedication after worship.  All the fall gatherings are listed on this page and in your weekly enews.  You can contact Kelly Kearns if you have any questions, or ideas for other kinds of gatherings, in-person or virtual.

The Reeb Rave is happening November 12th, and you can beginning submitting donations on our auction’s webpage here. Let Tom McClintock know if you have questions or ideas for a theme for this year.

Our new structure for family ministry and religious education for children and youth debuts next Sunday, when our children and youth will meet with Mandy and Rev. Karen for half an hour after the service to reconnect and have a short discussion on the October theme, the Path of Courage. You can find out more about the new Sunday schedule here. Contact Mandy for information on family ministry and RE for children and youth

We’re also continuing to invite signups for in person and virtual Covenant Groups.  There are details on this page and in your weekly enews. You can contact Rev. Karen for information on Covenant Groups.

Rev. Karen is holding office hours again after taking time away from that practice over the summer, and she’d love to see you!  Office hour times and locations are listed on this page, as well as in our weekly e-news.

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