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January 2019 Outreach by Becky Cureau

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Signup is in progress for our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. week of service at the Holy Grill from Tuesday, January 22 to Friday, January 25. Look for the signup sheets at the tables on either side of the doors as you enter Fellowship Hall, or email Five servers are needed for each day. If you have not served at the Holy Grill before, sign-up to find out why our repeat volunteers enjoy serving this lunchtime meal at Cadillac Park in Zion City. The Holy Grill is a program of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, which our church has supported since inaugurated in 1987 as the Federation's first and longest-running program.

Kudos to Tam Le, Nancy Kunen, Melonie Pryer, and Jane Webb, who served on behalf of the Social Justice Team as coordinators for donations to the Annual Kids Cafe Christmas Party, held at Cadillac Park on December 14. Marge Shroth joined them in preparing and serving an abundance of tasty food and holiday-themed desserts to the attendees, which included parents. Rick Webb was also a tireless server. George Miller was the jolly Santa Claus, MiJa Thompson supervised and playedgames with the children, and Estefania Nava was roving photographer, making keepsake polaroid pictures of happy children with Santa. Our UU Team did more than "Show Up"; they spent long hours serving with joy and cheer. Thanks, Team, for joyously representing our church for this event. An abundance of thanks as well to UCBR members who generously donated toys, gifts, made monetary contributions, and donated food. Kids Cafe is an adjunct of the Holy Grill and is coordinated by Holy Grill Director Tonia Causey.  Our church has supported the Kids Cafe Christmas Gift project for more than twenty years and for many years was the primary donor of toys and gifts but is now joined by several other member churches and organizations as the number of recipients has grown. Toys and gifts to Kids Cafe help families in this high-poverty area of North Baton Rouge make Christmas merrier for their children. Federation Director, The Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade, and Holy Grill Director Tonia Causey, are exuberant in their thanks for our church's on-going support of Kids' Cafe, and for the UU Team that helped make the party a joyous occasion.  

See the bulletin board in the Coffee Room off the narthex for information about "January Thaw," an annual month-long series of events coordinated by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. All events are free and open to the public, except the Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival series.