If you’re looking for opportunities to get together with friends or make new ones, we invite you to consider meeting up with any of the groups below.
For details on all the groups and activities, sign up to receive our weekly nUUsletter by contacting Congregational Administrator.
Sunday Book Group
The Sunday Morning Book Group is a forum for learning and intellectual growth. We read current non-fiction works on history, philosophy, psychology, religion, science and Unitarian-Universalism, among other topics. We meet weekly for 1.5 hours to discuss one or two chapters in detail. Participants nominate candidate books. A majority of those present at a meeting when a vote is taken decides on our next book.
Pastoral Care Team
This team is made up of church members who are available to assist other members of our community who may be experiencing a difficulty. They provide support for the pastor and provide a channel of communication between the pastor and congregation. They can provide rides, meals, or other supportive measures. Within the congregation, we also have professionals who can lend a supportive ear should the need arise.
This group of enthusiastic readers meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 2 pm. They select a variety of books based on what has intrigued members. The one who suggests the book generally leads the discussion of that book. A recent selection was American Pastoral by Phillip Roth.
Mesquite Madness is our largest annual fundraiser, held every January after a Sunday Service. Folks offer to host an event such as a dinner, museum tour, or an outing. Others offer services like pet-sitting, chauffeuring, or organizing. Everyone bids on these events and services in a silent auction. It’s a fun opportunity to meet new people and strengthen our community.
Mah Jongg Mondays
Each Monday from 1 pm to 3:30-ish you’ll find from one to five tables of folks playing a friendly game (i.e., we don’t play for money) of American Mah Jongg at MVUU. We play tournament rules and use the current year’s Mah Jongg card. Occasionally we offer classes. Men, women, members or non-members are all welcome to join in!
Loft Movie Time
A fun and often thought-provoking tradition. Once a month this group meets at the Loft for a weekday showing of the selected film, followed by a meal at a close-by restaurant. Selected movie, restaurant, date and time are published in our nUUsletter.
Cholla Chowtime: The Interconnected Web of Dining Together
Cholla Chowtime is an easy way for newcomers and old-timers to get to know each other in small group settings. After enrolling for a four-month period, diners are then assigned to meet in homes for a potluck dinner for eight. Each month the assignments are scrambled so there are new faces around the table. It’s not about the food; it’s about the company.
First Friday Hikes
First Friday Hikes are scheduled throughout the cooler months. These easy hikes are generally 2-3+ miles and are often followed by lunch. Sturdy shoes and hiking poles are suggested. Throughout the winter months we also plan longer and more challenging hikes on third Fridays.