Community Discussion Group Topics*
February 21 - "Views of the Fellowship." Moderator: Jim Faulconer
*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*
February 17 - Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
March 19 - Spite Fences, by Trudy Krisher *This will be held on a Friday so the author can join us!
April 14 - Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor
*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!
Evening Book Club
The Evening Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tues., March 9 at Boston Stoker (behind the DLM at Far Hills and Whipp) to discuss The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson. New participants are welcome. Contact Ann Snively if you'd like more information.
Sylvia Wince will demonstrate how to make her famous Killer Brownies on February 19 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship kitchen. All are invited and this is a secret recipe...so if you want to know how to make them, you'll have to come and watch!
Bowls of Hope Soup Supper
Plan to attend the Bowls of Hope Soup Supper on Sat., February 27 at 6 pm. This is a benefit dinner for the Dayton International Peace Museum and the Dayton FoodBank. Pick out a beautiful pottery bowl made by a local artisan and select from a variety of soups (including vegetarian) donated by some of Dayton's best restaurants. Specialty breads will be donated by BoosalisBaking Company and Rahn's Artisan Breads. Desserts will be provided by our own Reeve's Catering and Sisters' Catering. Tickets are on sale in the Gathering Space after the service and must be purchased in advance: Adults $20; Children under 10, $10 without a bowl.
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
March 13 Menu: Chicken (BBQ or fried), roasted potatoes, green beans, fruit salad
*All items 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.
Calling All Night Owls!
The OWL program (Our Whole Lives, Sexuality Education for 7th - 9th graders) needs at least two volunteers and preferably four (two women and two men) to help chaperone an overnight at the Fellowship on Sat., March 20. Starting at 4:00 p.m., the youth will have a dance party, watch videos and stay up late (REAL late). By 11:00 p.m., Shannon Hansen and Richard Donnelly will be ready to crash. That's when volunteers are needed to stay up with the youth. Ideally, two volunteers will take the 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. shift and another two will be on the dawn watch, 3:00 - 7:00 a.m. After the youth clean up their party debris, we'll all go out for breakfast around 8:30 a.m. If you are a night person ready for a slumber party and before all the party slots are filled, e-mail or phone Richard or Shannon or see them after service.
Knit, Crochet & More
The Knit, Crochet & More group is kicking off the craftiest service project of 2010. We are accepting donations of knit, crocheted, or fabric squares, roughly 6-8". These will be assembled and donated to Project Linus (www.projectlinus.org) or another similar charity. We will also accept donations of yarn, however small. The donation box will be in the Gathering Space or in Classroom #4. For more information, contact Adrienne Clark.
Small Group Dinners
Enjoy conversation, good food, and fun while getting to know others in the Fellowship. Groups of 8 to 10 gather in each others' home once a month, October through June, for dinner and everyone brings a part of the meal. In March, we start with new groups, so this is a great time to join! Friends and members alike are encouraged to participate. Contact Jay Snively for more information or fill out the sign up sheet in the Gathering Space through February 21.
Nonviolent Communication Class
Simply put, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a way of relating to ourselves and others, moment to moment, free of past reactions. By learning to identify your needs and express them powerfully, as well as to bring understanding to the needs of others, you can stay connected to what is alive in you and create a life that is more fulfilling. Nonviolent Communication study and practice group will be held Sundays March-May. We'll meet 7-8:30 p.m. in the Founders' Room. Books are strongly recommended, including Nonviolent Communication: A Language Of Life by Marshall Rosenberg and the Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook by Lucy Leu and can be purchased through http://www.cnvc.org/en/bookstore/cnvc-store-printed-items or your favorite used-book seller. The group is welcome to all, whether this is new to you or you have been practicing NVC for some time. I am looking forward to improving my own skills as well as sharing this very helpful tool with others. If you would like to participate, I'd love to hear from you so that I know who and how many people are coming. Please contact me, Genevieve Harvey, at 436-3473.
The Chalicelight Gallery is showcasing the work of Cathy Jeffers. Cathy is an artist and a teacher. She works for Dayton Public Schools teaching art to emotionally disturbed children and at Wright State where she is an adjunct professor working with future elementary school teachers to give them the basics of art education philosophy and techniques. Cathy made her first quilt in 2003 and after many years of experimenting and layering, has discovered her unique style. Her work has been shown in Ohio, Hawaii, Oregon, Nebraska, and many other states as well. Her quilt, The Artist and the Mermaid, is now on tour until 2011 with the Quilt National, an international quilt show. The focus of her show is about the many people she's met, imagined, or would like to know. For more information on Cathy, please visit www.cathyjeffers.com.
MVUUF Starts New Covenant Groups in March
A covenant group is a small group(4-10 people) who meet regularly (once or twice a month) with the purpose of deepening relationships, spirituality, and a sense of community in an intimate environment. Facilitators will lead structured discussions designed to encourage deep sharing within a group who creates and agrees to a "covenant" which is their agreement on how they will be together. These groups will start in March, meet for four sessions when the group will get to know one another and will create their covenant. After these four sessions, members will be asked to make a commitment to meet regularly for six months. After six months, the group will decide whether they want to commit to another six months, with a one year limit. Want to find out more? Come to an introductory meeting on February 14 or March 7, at 12:30 in the library. Amy Russell, who is helping to coordinate the groups, and the facilitators will answer questions. Meeting times:
Julie Collins, Sunday evenings, 7-8:30, starting March 14
Bruce Howorth, Monday mornings, 10-11:30, starting March 15
Al Woods Monday evenings, 7-8:30, starting on March 15
New Service for Grocery Cards
Want to purchase grocery cards, but don't carry your wallet/checkbook with you on Sundays? Just contact Sylvia Wince and she will deliver your Kroger or DLM cards to you and collect your money. The Kroger refillable cards are $5. You add money at the Kroger service desk. The DLM debit cards are in denominations of $20 and $50. You can make checks payable to MVUUF. What an easy fundraiser for the Fellowship!
Calling All Wordsmiths!
If you like to write stories, poems, and prose, and would like to share your work and give/get feedback with other writers, the MVUUF Writers' Group is welcoming new members! Meetings are once a month, usually on Sundays, and consist of discussion, activities, and peer critiquing. Writers of all levels and interests are welcome. If you would like more information, please contact Roger Davis or Marisa Becker.
Offering for February
The Social Concerns Committee invites plate offerings for the Wesley Community Center of Dayton. The Wesley CC was founded in 1966 during the Dayton race riots and is located on Dayton's West Side. The Center's mission is "helping others through God-centered principles." Although the Center is faith-based, it serves all persons without regard to race, religion, sex, age, or sexual orientation and maintains a non-proselytizing stance. An important and primary principle of the Center is to enable families and individuals to become self-sufficient and to be able to give back to the community. The generosity exhibited by MVUUF in becoming a supporter of the Wesley Center is most appreciated.
Service Auction - April 17
What is the Service Auction, you ask? The Service Auction is the biggest fundraiser for MVUUF. Members and friends of the Fellowship donate services or goods, which are then auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Fellowship. It's that easy! What we need from you are goods and services! Need some ideas? Here are some items from the last few years: an African dinner for 6; a close personal parking space at the Fellowship; old-fashioned chicken dinner delivered to your home; architectural services; dog walking; one hour massage at your home; first table in line to get food at the Thanksgiving Dinner...if you haven't been to the Auction, it is LOTS of fun! There's great food and a fun theme to tie it all in...this year is triple the fun (but it's a surprise for now!). If you have any questions, or are interested in helping out with set-up, children's activities, or working the night of the Auction, please contact Kate Halpin.