Community Discussion Group Topics*
December 20 - "Complaint About a Cop? What Are Police for, Anyway?" Moderator: Roger Davis
December 27 - "All About Birth" Moderator: Lindy McDonough
*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 Title*
December 16 - Savannah: Or a Gift for Mr. Lincoln, by John Jakes (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!
Men Who Cook 3.0
The third annual Men Who Cook is scheduled for the evening of Sat., January 16, 2010. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the men of MVUUF will share their culinary skills with those fortunate enough to have a ticket to the event. Tickets are $30, and all proceeds will go to the general fund of MVUUF. Space is limited, so be sure to get your tickets right away. You can purchase tickets on Sunday mornings in the Gathering Space after service, or you can reserve tickets by contacting Bill Dugger, Joe Law, Bob Lewis, Jim Poltrone, or Denny Smith. Men of MVUUF: You should have received an email inviting you to participate. If you didn't receive the message but would like to take part, just get in touch with one of the men listed above. There's no such thing as too many cooks!
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 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 and www.arcyart.com. Enjoy!
Did You Know?
...that all congregations that are part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) need to "certify" the number of members they have? At the end of every year, we examine our membership list and add those new members who have joined and subtract those who have dropped away. It is from this list of voting members that the UUA determines our dues for participation in the association. We support the efforts of the association by paying $56/member to the UUA, and $20/member to the Heartland District. Last year we certified 189 voting members. We have approximately 50 additional associate members. Let us know about any changes in your membership status by contacting Kristin Freeman, the church administrator, before the end of the year.
Environmental Awareness Group
The Environmental Awareness Group is now forming. The purpose is to determine environmental issues we now face and to choose ones to focus on for the next two years. The group will then plan how to raise awareness and create activities and strategies to work to help solve the problems. An organizational meeting will be held on January 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Library. Contact Donna Wilson for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch
January 9 Menu: meatloaf, mixed veggies, mashed potatoes, fruit salad, & 100% fruit juice
*All donations must be delivered heated and ready to serve 15-20 people. Donations should be taken to 120 W. Apple St. by 10:30 a.m. Sign up in the Gathering Space.
The Social Concerns Committee and members of the Choir have put up a Mitten Tree in the lobby to benefit The House of Bread, a community kitchen. Please bring new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to hang on the tree in the Gathering Space. We will donate them at the end of the year. The House of Bread was established in 1983, serving predominately inner city residents of Dayton. Over the past twenty years, the House of Bread has steadily increased services, continuing to address the needs of the community. Currently, over 7400 meals are prepared and served each month. It also serves as a bridge to beneficial community resources, linking its guests with agencies that provide proven solutions to long-term problems. The House of Bread is a key resource in Dayton for meal distribution and hunger awareness.
The House of Bread is committed to addressing more than just hunger issues. Therefore, crucial partnerships with foundations, corporations, civic and social organizations have been established and cultivated. The University of Dayton, Wright State University, Sinclair Community College and a host of local and regional high schools, churches and religious organizations complete the continuum of support. Our local Trader Joes provides the House of Bread with meats, breads and frozen items on a weekly basis!
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!
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.
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. Please make your check out to UUSC, and return it to Maureen O'Meara or Kristin Freeman (Fellowship Administrator) before January 9.
The Fellowship office will be closed December 24, 25 and January 1.
Lunch with Amy
Lunch with Amy at Panera by the Dayton Mall will be cancelled on December 24 and 31. It will resume January 7.
Slate of Nominees
The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates to be voted on at the Congregational Meeting on January 17, 2010.
MVUUF BOARD & PROGRAM COUNCIL SLATE OF CANDIDATES
BOARD PROGRAM COUNCIL
President - Alice Diebel Activities - Rita Schindel
Vice President - Karen Evans Communications - Lindy McDonough
Secretary - Joe Law LRE - TBA
Mike O'Brien - Treasurer Membership - Tom Cruse
Kate Halpin - P.C. Chair Music - TBA
Antonia Harter - Trustee at Large
David Cobb - Trustee at Large
Endowment - Dan Enterline
Nominating - TBA
Nominating - TBA
Nominating - TBA