Community Discussion Group Topics*
December 6 - "How We Enrich Our Lives" Moderator: Carol Vincent
December 13 - "Setting Annual Goals" Moderator: Julie Bragg
*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.
Why Do You Need a ChicoBag?
Because you care about the environment! Each year, the U.S. consumes 30 billion plastic bags. The ChicoBag is the handy reusable bag that fits in your pocket or purse. ChicoBags also make great gifts and are for sale after Sunday service or by contacting Deb Miyake or Jay Snively.
Daytime Book Club Title*
December 16 - Savannah: Or a Gift for Mr. Lincoln, by John Jakes
(December's club meeting will be at Carol Vincent's house - bring a dish to share, too!)
January 20 - Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
February TBA - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
*We meet one Wednesday a month, at 10:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Library. We then go out for lunch together. All are welcome!
Come join us on December 11 as Janice Beers demonstrates how to make her Peanut Butter Pie - sounds delicious! We'll be at the MVUUF kitchen at 2 p.m. All are welcome! Contact Sylvia Wince for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch
December 12 Menu: Lasagna, green salad, fruit salad, 100% juice
*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.
Evening Book Club*
, by Marjorie Satrapi
*We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Boston Stoker Centerville (behind the DLM at Whipp and Far Hills). New participants are always welcome! For more information contact Ann Snively.Chalicelight Gallery
The paintings and photographs of Vijay Sharon Govender
will be on display during the month of December. Sharon is an Indian native of South Africa. She grew up in the apartheid era and moved to Dayton with her husband in 2003. Govender draws on her Hindu beliefs, Indian heritage and African homeland to enrich her work. She focuses on mixed media and photography. Her work is further enriched by her travels to Africa, India, the Far East and Europe. She recently completed a master's in special education and hopes to incorporate more art in the classroom. Her work can also be viewed at www.fineartamerica.com
. Please join us after service on December 13 for a reception
welcoming Ms. Govender and we hope you get a chance to enjoy this wonderful display!
Smart Choices will meet December 18 at 2 p.m. Laurel Herminghausen & Jan Campbell will perform a Christmas reading. Bring your favorite Christmas story or memory to share, too!
Memorial Garden Phase Two Nears Completion
We invite everyone to inspect the Memorial Garden as Sheldon Mutter is finishing the six decorative pillars and the memorial bench. Two of the pillars mark the start of the curving gravel pathway, which ends in a circle marked by four additional pillars creating an enclosed space. The bench on the west side of the circle will face the stone-mounted memorial plaque on the east side and look toward the wetlands in the background. The committee has decided this concludes our work for this year and we will begin again in the spring. We anticipate the project will be finished by summer of 2010, but you can already see that this is a memorial garden of which we can all be proud. Thirteen people have pre-registered to date. Memorial Garden brochures, policies and procedures information, and application forms are available in the church office.
~ John Bierman, Memorial Garden Chair
Offering for December
The Social Concerns Committee invites plate offerings for the Minister's Discretionary Fund and the YRE Social Justice project. The Minister's Discretionary fund helps the minister distribute resources to members of the Fellowship or the outside community who may have fallen on hard times and need financial assistance. The YRE Social Justice project allows the youth of the congregation to raise funds to support a social justice cause of their choice.
Fair Trade Coffee Crusade
The Fair Trade Certified label means the farmers who grew your coffee were guaranteed a fair price and access to credit for their harvest. The Social Concerns Committee is participating in the Fair Trade Coffee Crusade and is joining with the UU owned business Fair Trade Coffee Company, to bring you the finest in coffee. For every pound of coffee sold, our congregation receives $3.00. And we're promoting public awareness of the plight of farmers around the world, too. And in case coffee's not your cup of, um, tea, we have tea and chocolate bars available! A member of the SC committee will be present after Sunday services to take your coffee order. We'll fax your information that day and you should receive your order in two weeks, delivered right to the church! It's that easy!
Questions? Contact Bob Lewis or Rita Schindel. Brochures will be available during coffee hour and you can visit www.fairtradecoffee.org
for even more information.
It's holiday time again and that means it's time for our annual Wassail celebration! Join us as Choir presents a celebration of the season in song and word. This year's program is centered on the miracle and wonder of birth. Come enjoy the fellowship and fun! Don't forget to bring a dessert to share after the program. Also, for those who enjoy singing carols, we'll gather around the piano (after getting your desserts, of course!) and sing until we can sing no more. Join us on December 13 at 6:30 p.m. - mark your calendar, gather your goodies and we'll see you there!
Guest at Your Table
Guest at Your Table is the UU Service Committee annual fundraiser that puts UU faith in action, by raising funds to help people struggling for basic human rights. This year, the fundraiser will be November 29 - January 9. GAYT allows your family to sponsor an international visitor by money in your GAYT box as you eat your main daily meal. You may prefer to collect coins throughout the weeks, or simply write a check. If you prefer an envelope for a check, rather than a box for coins, both are available throughout the campaign. Please make your check out to UUSC, and return it to Maureen O'Meara or Kristin Freeman (Fellowship Administrator) before January 9. All proceeds support the UUSC for its international and domestic human rights programs. Please consider becoming a UUSC member. If you're not sure whether your membership is current, Maureen O'Meara has a list of members and expiration dates, as well as the cost of joining. Thank you for your generosity during this holiday season!
Panera Bread with Amy Cancelled
Lunch with Amy at Panera by the Dayton Mall will be cancelled for December 24 and 31.