YRE Needs You!
It's that time of year again - we need MVUUF members to volunteer to help out with Fall YRE programs & classes. Please click HERE
to see all the incredible opportunities there are for you to connect with our youth!
Community Discussion Group Topics*
August 2 - The Meaning and Importance of UU Social Action/Social Justice Work Moderator: Bob Lewis
August 9 - Life's Lessons: What Have We Learned in All These Years? Moderator: Jim Faulconer
August 16 - Human Monogyny: Nature, Nurture, Species Survival Tactic, or Simple Personal Greed? Moderator: Roger Davis
*This adult group meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Founders' Room for fellowship and thought-provoking discussions led by member volunteers. For a more detailed listing of topics, please see the Sunday bulletin.
Daytime Book Club Titles
August 26 - Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan
September 30 - The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink
We meet one Wednesday a month, at 10:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Library. All are welcome!
MVUUF Bridge Group
The MVUUF Bridge Group is looking for two more couples to join us for next season. Four couples meet once a month to play bridge. In June, all 16 couples meet for a final round. Interested? Contact Jim Hudson at 898-6856.
MVUUF Classical Potpourri Concert
MVUUF's first annual classical potpourri concert will take place Sat. August 29 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. All the musicians are MVUUF friends and members. Tickets are only $20 - a great bargain for almost a dozen performances! They can be purchased in the Gathering Space after Sunday service. Bring your family to enjoy all the musical talent our community has to offer! Contact Sylvia Wince or Jeanette Eakins for more information.
Planned Parenthood Book Drive
Planned Parenthood is holding a book drive in the MVUUF parking lot Sat. August 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. So clear out your bookshelves & make some room for new reads!
Offering for August
The Social Concerns Committee invites plate offerings for UU congregations affected by Hurricane Katrina. The three most severely damaged churches are seeking help from UUs across the country. Greater New Orleans UU is seeking to raise awareness and $2.7 million to rebuild the churches. As of late May, GNOUU had raised $867,000. For more detail, visit the UU World web site
, or read the June 8 issue of the UU World.
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch
August 8 Menu:
Lasagna, green salad, and fruit salad
*All donations must be delivered heated & ready to serve 15-20 people. Donations should be taken to 120 W. Apple St. by 10:30 a.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or sign up in the Gathering Space.
Coffee Volunteers Needed!
We urgently need volunteers to help with coffee/fellowship time after Sunday services. We need people to serve, as well as helpers for clean up. This is a great way to give back to the Fellowship community without a big time/money commitment! Please contact Sheila Adams at email@example.com
to sign up.
This month's artist is Gin Conforti, a native of Dayton who now resides in Warren County. Painting became her passion in adulthood and she is influenced by the Old Masters and contemporary artists. Her painting medium is mostly oil, but includes some watercolor. She is a member of Miamisburg Art Guild and Dayton Society of Painters & Sculptors. Her show will be on display until August 15, so please come out and enjoy her work. You can also visit her web site HERE
Music Task Force
The Music Task Force recently completed its survey of music at MVUUF and reported its findings and recommendations to the board. The board would like to thank the members of the task force - Ann Rismiller, Kate Santucci, Lew Hann, and Jack Fenic - and to share their report with the MVUUF community.
Here is the conclusion of their report: Music, particularly in Sunday service, is extremely important to the MVUUF community. Our current music program has many positive elements and adds significantly to the worship experience of our members. However, because we are doing well doesn't mean we can't do better. We believe that continuing what we do well and implementing the task force's recommendations, the MVUUF music program can be truly outstanding, and can become a music ministry that enhances the lives of all MVUUF members.
To read the full report, including appendixes, please click HERE
Choir will be starting in August & we would love to have new faces! You don't have to audition, nor do you have to read music! You only need to be able to join in with other supportive, caring people who also like singing. Choir meets on Wed. evenings, 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Our first rehearsal will be August 19
and we'll start the evening with a potluck at 6:30 p.m. in the Gathering Space. Come for food & fellowship, or just come to the rehearsal. Even if you can't bring something, there's always plenty to eat! This is a great way to enjoy camaraderie, sing, have fun & contribute time to & add to the ambience of the Fellowship. Interested/have questions? Contact our Choir Director, Jeanette Eakins at firstname.lastname@example.org
The church books closed on June 30 for our 2008-2009 fiscal year. I am happy to report that we finished the year with a surplus of $2217.46. To view a summary, click HERE
. To view the budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, click HERE
~ Mike O'Brien, Treasurer
Evening Book Club*
August 11 - Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte - we will also choose titles for the fall.
*Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, at the Boston Stoker in Centerville. New participants are welcome. Contact Ann Snively for more information.
Social Concerns Discussion
The Social Concerns Committee invites the congregation to explore the meaning and importance of social action/social justice work and how it's done in both the Fellowship and other UU churches. We are holding a discussion session following our Sunday worship service on August 2.
Summer Film Series
The Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring its annual summer film series. Mark your calendars for August 14 (for viewing of A Class Divided: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes)* and August 28 (for viewing of Crash)*. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Founders' Room. Come join us & view two excellent films that explore diversity in America.
*A Class Divided: Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes is one of the most requested films in Frontline's history. It is about an Iowa schoolteacher, Jane Elliot, who, the day after MLK Jr. was murdered, gave her 3rd grade students a first-hand experience in the meaning of discrimination. This is the story of that lesson and the impact it made on their lives. *Crash is a film about the complexities of racism in the American melting pot. It tells interlocking stories about many of America's ethnic groups, police, and criminals over a 36 hour period. Crash won Best Picture at the 2006 Academy Awards.
Meet us at the park! Bring your lunch, swimsuits, towels & sunscreen and join Fellowship members at the Activity Center Park, 221 N. Main St. in Centerville on Sun., August 23. We'll head there immediately after service for a fun-filled day of sun & fellowship! For more information, please contact Carolyn Leman.
August 21 - we're having a "Canning Fest"! Bring in your veggies, we'll can them, then exchange what we've canned. Everyone will go home with freshly canned food - won't those veggies taste good right around December?!
* 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Kitchen
Save Your Water!
During your summer travels or when you're out hiking, remember to save a few drops of water for our Water Ceremony in September. At our in-gathering service on September 14, we celebrate a ritual where we each bring a vial of water to add to a communal bowl while we share our summer memories.