Ministers Messages

THE assistant MINISTER

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston - Chalice
November 5, 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

We are so pleased to be welcoming back to our pulpit our Minister Emeritus and my predecessor, the Rev. Dr. Dan King, to preach Sunday. He’ll be kicking off our theme of “Reimagining Gratitude.” You’ll no doubt want to be here in person to hear and greet him, and you can also give blood or donate canned goods or toys while you’re here! Sign up for your time to give at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Mobile HERE and read more about the other drives HERE.

I hope you didn’t miss last week’s All Soul’s Service. Music Director Mark Vogel, our Sanctuary Choir, and guest musicians presented us with a beautiful gift of music. I caught it online from Dallas, where I was preparing to greet scores of pint-sized Spidermen, Wonder Women, ghosts and goblins who were seeking to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Halloween, in a way, kicks off the holiday season. We have many events lined up between now and early January, several with the Choir. Director of Religious Community Carol Burrus is leading the "Feed the Community" multi-generational service the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

December 5th is Inspiration Sunday, and the 19th will see a new version of the time-honored Christmas Pageant. There will be a Winter Solstice Service on the 21st, and two Christmas Eve Services, one in Spanish and one in English.

I’m preparing to offer a grief workshop for First Church members and friends soon.Navigating Grief” is a class for those experiencing grief due to a significant life change, such as death of a loved one or divorce. I’ve offered it at other congregations and it’s been very well received; learn more about this workshop HERE.

On Monday evening, I was honored to give the opening prayer at the TMO Zoom meeting with Houston Police Chief Finner. It was well-attended and had a large contingent of folks from our church participating. Later, when it was reported on, I even made a very brief appearance on the news.

Sunday, a congregant was telling Rev. Colin how much he enjoyed “72 Miles to Go . . . “ a play at the Alley Theatre. Because of the subject matter, and the fact that one of the characters is a Unitarian Universalist minister, Colin suggested that those of us who might like to see it go as a group. You can read more about the play HERE.

Rev. Scott is going Sunday night, the 7th, at 7:30 pm and would love for you to join him. Call Mara Koss, the Sales Manager, directly to reserve your tickets at 713-315-3346. Tell her you’re with our group. If you’d like to go, but cost is a factor, email Rev. Scott to find out about possible scholarships. We will follow the theatre’s Covid protocols.

If you are ready to safely venture out, you can sign up to help plant trees tomorrow. Go to the CPT page to get more details. You can also help by bringing non-perishable goods for our Food Drive. You can find suggestions of foods to bring on the website.

We’re excited so many of you are participating in our Sunday services in person or online. Take care of yourselves and each other — and mask up!


Rev. D. Scott Cooper
Assistant Minister of Congregational Life
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston