Upcoming at UUVerdugo

This Saturday, December 15

UUVerdugo Movie Night!

"It's A Wonderful Life" (1946)


Bring the family for the greatest Christmas movie that isn't "Love Actually." Watch 1940s Encino stand in for the fictitious Bedford Falls, New York, as our hero, George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learns that "no man is a failure who has friends." Will we be giving out wings? No, but we will be giving out pizza.

An informal poll around the sanctuary reveals that, though many have seen part of this wonderful movie, not everyone has seen all of it. Friends, it's worth it. See Drew Barrymore's grand-uncle! See what happened to Alfalfa! Meet the original Ernie & Bert! Swallow the moon!

Trigger warning: This film looks askance at librarians and garlic eaters.

5 p.m.

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Sunday, December 16

Weekly Service: Sol Invictus or: The Dark Days Are Over

Guest Speaker: Marty Barrett


The celebration of Sol Invictus (The Unconquered Sun) began before Christ and lingers as a wintertime event commemorating the strengthening Sun after a period of increased darkness.

Join us as we discuss the ancient pedigree of Sol Invictus and the ageless appeal of rebirth in such a cold time.

Note: We have incorporated the Sol Invictus theme for this Friday's Verdugo HUUT, too! Why not come to both?

10:30 a.m.

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Friday, December 21

The Verdugo HUUT! Presents: Sol Invictus

Join us for our monthly Hootenanny in the Hills, our final HUUT of the year. We've been lucky to have hosted so many of L.A.'s best musicians, comedians, and storytellers this year, and the Sol Invictus show will feature the jubilant Madame Headdress, Fogelfoot, and players to be named later.

Why fight your way into Hollywood for your holiday entertainment when L.A.'s best entertainers come here? Especially since the failing L.A. Times just called us hilarious and compelling?

That settles it. You'll come here.

We provide low-cost, licensed childcare for kids over two. Contact Elizabeth Brown by December 14 if you're interested.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 23

Weekly Service: What Mary Said

Rev. KC Slack

Known by many names—The Blessed Virgin; Mary, Mother of God; Qānitah; Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe; sayyidatuna; The Queen of Heaven—Mary, a young Jewish girl from Nazareth, became an important figure not only in Catholicism, but in Protestant Christianities, Islam, and in many individuals' spiritual practices.

What does the story of Mary—her life and her own words in so far as we know them—have to tell us today? 

10:30 a.m.

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Monday, December 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve

Rev. KC Slack


Join us for a candlelight service of music and storytelling as we celebrate Christmas Eve together.

7 p.m.

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Sunday, December 30

Weekly Service: Visions for the Future

Lay Leaders: Ann Kleinsasser and Madeline Dow


At the close of the year, we gather downstairs in the round for connection, sharing, warmth and community.

This is a good time to take stock of our congregational life and reaffirm why we are here. What is our vision and purpose as a congregation? What hopes and dreams do you have for our community as we move forward into a new year.  How can we support these hopes and dreams? Come and share your thoughts.

10:30 a.m.

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Tuesday
Aug062013

Burbank Temporary Aid Center

Join us in supporting the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, BTAC, is dedicated to providing the poor, working poor, and homeless of the local community with basic services they need to live with dignity, and to serve citizens of the city in times of emergency and disaster. As a conduit between the generous donors of the community, foundations and government resources, BTAC works to provide clients with help such as food, utility assistance, transportation assistance, emergency shelter (off-site and short-term), medical assistance, referrals to other community resources, and holiday outreach.

On Sundays, please bring any of the following items to UUCVH which we will donate to BTAC for you.

  • Individual serving packages of foods (like applesauce etc), milk & juice boxes
  • macaroni & cheese
  • peanut butter
  • cereals
  • canned fruits and vegetables
  • canned soups
  • canned meats (chicken, tuna, etc.)
  • rice, pasta
  • instant potatoes
  • pancake mixes, syrup
  • personal hygiene supplies like toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant
  • canned goods with easy-open pull-tabs are especially appreciated
  • Please, no ramen noodles, or exotic, specialty-food items.
  • BTAC does not accept clothing donations

In 1974, the Ministerial Association and the Burbank Coordinating Council recognized the need for a centralized source of services for the less fortunate in our community. The Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) was founded to address these needs.  The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Verdugo Hills (UUCVH) and the former Burbank Unitarian Fellowship (BUF) have supported BTAC since its founding.

BTAC provides clients a variety of programs and services including:

  • Groceries from BTAC’s Food Pantry
  • Daily sack lunches for the homeless
  • Monthly Senior Food Distribution program
  • Assistance with utility bills
  • Transportation assistance
  • ID/License replacement program
  • Limited medical assistance
  • Limited emergency shelter, via a voucher program with cooperating businesses in the area
  • Shower facilities for the homeless
  • Laundry facilities for the homeless and other clients
  • Holiday “Santa’s Room” gift program for needy children

BTAC is often given opportunities to provide additional services required by our clients, and seeks to identify resources to help meet those needs.