Worship

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Beauty, Comfort and Challenge…

Worship at UUCW means gathering to lift our hearts in thanks, think deeply about the issues of the day, reflect in graceful silence, and sing with gusto! Our services are filled with art and life: people of all ages and faith perspectives, great music from our musicians, and reflections crafted with care by our ministers and lay leaders. Sunday mornings at UUCW offer beauty and comfort and challenge us to live with integrity and joy all week long.

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Music in Worship

Music in worship provides beauty and touches powerful emotions, inspiring us to spiritual depth. UUCW music programs like choir, band and vocal/instrumental ensembles are open to your participation, too – they’re a great way to feed your spirit and connect with others.

Common Questions about our Sunday Services

Sunday Services at UUCW are held at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend  in May. From Memorial Day to Labor Day (and occasionally on winter holiday weekends) we hold a single service at 10:00 am.

Please dress as you feel comfortable – casual clothing is welcome! Children especially are encouraged to wear clothes that allow free movement.
There are two large parking lots on the east and west sides of the UUCW building with designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces. The lots are joined by a driveway on the north side of the building. There are entrances on both the east and west sides of the building. For more information, see “Accessibility”.
The UUCW building is “partially accessible” for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers. There are three levels in the building.

Main Level (Accessed via East Entrance)
The East Entrance on the Main Level is barrier-free, and there is a single-stall, non-gender specific, accessible restroom on the same level along with the Church Office and Sanctuary.

Upper Level (Accessed via East Entrance/East Foyer):
The Upper Level offices and meeting rooms are accessible via a gently sloping ramp off the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level East (Accessed via West Entrance):
The Lower Level East classrooms and single-stall restrooms are mainly used by our tenant, the Elmbrook Preschool.
Our Lower Level Library is accessible via 3-4 steps from the West Entrance. The Lower Level East area and Library may also be accessed via stairs from the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level West (Accessed via West Entrance):
Most of our Religious Education classrooms for children are in the Lower Level West, and some adult meeting rooms are located there as well.
The main West Entrance provides barrier free access to the Lower Level East rooms; however, accessing the Lower Level West rooms requires navigating three steps.

Secondary West Entrance:
There is a secondary west entrance that provides barrier-free access to our Lower Level West rooms. Please call the Church Office (or the leader of the program or meeting you plan to attend) if you need to access the Lower Level West rooms via wheelchair or other mobility-enhancing device. The Lower Level West restrooms are not wheelchair-accessible. The Sanctuary may be reached by a flight of stairs from the Lower Level West Entrance.

Restrooms:
Accessible and non-gender specific restrooms are available on the Main Level, and non-accessible restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Lower Level.

Other Accessibility Features:
For Sunday worship services, assistive listening devices, large print hymnals, chair cushions, and assistance with seating are available from the Ushers.

An accessible, non-gender-specific restroom is available on the Main level, and restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Main and Lower Levels.

We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before a service begins. You will be welcomed at the door by a friendly greeter who can help you find the coat racks, rest rooms and the East Foyer Welcome Table. The Welcome Table staff will happily offer you with newcomer information, including about children’s programming.

Children and teens begin the morning in the worship service with their parents/guardians (except during the summer months). When the children exit the service, teachers meet the younger students in the foyer to help them find their classrooms (parents/guardians often assist younger children). If a family prefers, children may stay in worship with their parents for the full service.

Nursery care and learning is offered for babies and toddlers in our Nursery/Preschool rooms on the Lower Level West. The nursery is available beginning 10 minutes before the start of each worship service. Parents in the sanctuary will be notified if their presence is needed for the welfare of their child.

Senior High Youth Group meets during the 11:00 service only.

Visiting children are welcome in our Religious Education classes and youth groups; for your child’s safety, we will ask you to fill out a visitor sign-in form.

Come into the Community Room after the service for refreshments and conversation. Here you can often find info about various groups and activities, check out the “book nook” book exchange cart, and meet some wonderful UUCW members and friends.
After each service, the Board Representative and one or both of our ministers are available at the doors of the Community Room to greet you as you enter the social hour. We love newcomers and welcome your questions. Volunteers also are available at the Welcome Table.
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Upcoming Services

May 27, 10:00 am ONLY: Being Jewish in a Challenging Time

Our Pulpit Guest, Rabbi Michal Woll will share her experience of living as a practicing Jew and a rabbi in a society that has become more hostile to people of diverse faith traditions and discuss the complex and intertwined issues of racism, antisemitism, and anti-Zionism. Enjoy music today by Dan Dance and Jennifer Nicoloci, Lead Music Director. About Our Guest: Rabbi Michal Woll of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee is a third career rabbi and a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. As a rabbi, Michal blends her passions for music, movement, learning, self-discovery, and community building.

June 3, 2018: Coming of Age

The Rev. Suzelle Lynch, Director of Religous Education Maria O'Connor, and the UUCW Second Service Middle School Group - Our middle school students celebrate their passage from childhood to adolescence today by sharing their statements of faith with our full community. For an entire church year, these young people have been exploring their personal spiritual journeys and reflecting on big faith development questions. With guidance from a Council of Elders, they have looked deeply at many aspects of their faith. This morning they lead us in worship and honor their key transition in their personal development and self-identity. Special music today performed by the Coming of Age youth.

June 10, 2018: Choose to Bless

The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Kaleidoscope, the UUCW Worship Band - How are the blessings in your life leading you to bless others? That’s our big question for today. Unitarian Universalists tend to be people who have a considerable amount of privilege by the standards of our culture. As we move towards Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, it’s a good time to think about blessing and blessings. Special Music today from Kaleidoscope.

Sermon Archive

May 13, 2018: What is Creativity?

Rev. Suzelle Lynch - Mothers, as well as parents, grandparents, and guardians of all kinds, practice creativity as a matter of course, because children are always growing, changing, and surprising us.

February 25, 2018: The Stone

The Rev. Suzelle Lynch - Throughout the centuries, stones have symbolized many things...we guarantee that the journey of launching your stone will be a worthy one.