Community Discussion Group Topics*
September 5 - "Tell the Truth - How Do We Know?" Moderator: Diane Dermody
September 12 -"How to be a Good Listener." Moderator: Sam Kramer
*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.
At our September 16 Board meeting, we have invited a representative from the group that is trying to start a new congregation in Dayton to attend. On Sun., September 19 we would like to have a congregational discussion after the service about this issue. While we know that such efforts are very preliminary, we want to take this opportunity to share as much as we know and understand the congregations' perspectives as well. Please watch the news list for more information or contact Alice Diebel or Amy Russell.
Daytime Book Club Title*
September 22 - The Last Patriot: A Thriller, by Brad Thor
October 20 - Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts, by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
November 17 - Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout
December 15 - Seven Stories of Christmas Love, by Leo Buscaglia and Tom Newsom
-This is our holiday potluck meeting! Meet at Carol's house!
January TBD - Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Marbery and Alison Anderson
*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
Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on September 14 at Christopher's Restaurant (2318 Dorothy Ln., Kettering) for coffee and dessert. We will discuss The Canon, by Nancy Angier. In October, we will resume meeting at the Fellowship library. New participants welcome! Contact Ann Snively for more information.
Our upcoming titles are: October 12 - The Blessings of the Animals, by Katrina Kittle
November 9 - The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow
December 14 - The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks
January 11 - Oil on the Brain, by Lisa Margonelli
February 8 - Lush Life, by Richard Price
Upcoming Services and Activities!
Our in-gathering water ceremony will be September 12. Bring in the water you have collected from your travels to add to our communal water ceremony. We'll have some tap water to use as a virtual contribution if you weren't able to collect some of your own. Then, after our Memorial Garden dedication, join your friends for our potluck lunch. We'll provide hotdogs and burgers - you bring a side dish to share! Also, mark your calendars now for the congregational retreat at John Bryan state park on October 23. We rented a day lodge and will have lots of fun for the whole family!
MVUUF Memorial Garden Dedication
The MVUUF Memorial Garden will be officially dedicated and its first nameplates will be unveiled on September 12, in a brief ceremony after service. Families of the deceased will be invited to the ceremony and all Fellowship members and friends are welcome, too. The following persons will be memorialized: Christopher Hollatz (1962-1971), O.A. Thomas (1910-2002), Jane Thomas (1914-2009), Suzanne P. Hudson (1931-2010) and Ross LaGue (1957-2010).
The garden is a place for burial or scattering of the cremated remains of MVUUF members and friends, for display of memorial nameplates, and for quiet reflection. It is located SE of the MVUUF building, along the curved gravel path bordering the wetlands. Further landscaping is planned for next spring. We would like to especially thank Maury Wyckoff (designer), Scott Mackenzie (earth moving and carpentry), Sheldon Mutter (masonry) and Joe Zimmerman (plaque mounting). Thanks to dedicated individuals such as these, we will be able to take great pride in the Garden in the years ahead.
~ John Bierman (Memorial Garden Chair), Gary Courts, Sharon Harmer, and Dane Mutter (Memorial Garden Committee members)
A New Fellowship Photo Directory!
Sign up NOW for the Fellowship directory photo directory
! Photo sessions will be held at the Fellowship on September 13, 14 and 15. In just one hour, you will check-in, be photographed, view the proofs, and select the image you want displayed in the directory. You may invite other family members or loved ones to be photographed as well (even if they're not members) or include "props" that express your personality or hobbies, such as a musical instrument. You can schedule on-line by visiting our homepage, http://mvuuf.org
, or you can sign up in the Gathering Space after service on September 5. Can't do either? Call Kristin at 436-3628 and she'll take care of it!Food Fanciers
Mark your calendars for September 24
at 2 p.m. as Lew Hann shows us how to make easy tomato soup - it's delicious and suitable for Weight Watchers, too! Join us for fun, conversation and lots of sampling our finished products. The Fellowship kitchen is where it's at!
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
September 11 Menu: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, fruit salad, 2% milk or 100% juice
*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. Contact email@example.com or sign up in the Gathering Space.
Small Group Dinner
Small group dinner [UU - Colloq.] - n. 1. Good food 2. Good conversation 3. Good company
It's time once again to think about 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' homes once a month, October through June, for dinner and everyone brings a part of the meal. The year is divided into two cycles - the first is October through January. Then we rearrange the members of the groups for the second cycle, which is March through June. All are invited to join - members and friends alike! There are two sign-up sheets - one for adults only and one for families. Dawn Bellinger is coordinating the adult group only, but will pass along the family information. Sign up sheets are available in the Gathering Space and September 19 is the last day to join, so don't delay!
Contact Dawn at 427-1980 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. Dawn would like to thank Jay Snively for all his work coordinating these dinners these past many years!Women's Group Meets Again!
On September 19
, the Women's Group will resume meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. - see you in Room #5!
A big thank you goes to the Community Discussion group. In August, they donated 20 clipboards to the Fellowship. They were purchased for a particular discussion one Sunday, but the group thought they would come in handy for other MVUUF events, workshops, etc.
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Amy Russell will hold a blessing of the animals on October 16
, 11 a.m. at Indian Riffle Park, Shelter #3. This event is part of the Howl-O-Ween Walk fundraiser held by the Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association. It's lots of fun and people and pets alike are costumed! If you want to register for the fundraiser, go to www.mvpta.com
or contact Iris Carter.
Harvest the Power Leadership Curriculum
Are you a new leader in the Fellowship or a veteran leader that would like to sharpen your skills? Wherever you are on your leadership journey, we're offering a religious education opportunity for you. It's based on a curriculum developed by the UUA called "Harvest the Power", focusing on three areas of leadership: identity, purpose and path. This four part course will focus on the first area, "Identity" and will be held at 7 p.m. in the Founders room on September 21, 28 and October 5 and 12. Sign up in the Gathering Space and for more information please contact Alice Diebel.
Humanitarian Giving Action Group Collection
During September, the Humanitarian Action Group welcomes plate offerings for YWCA Battered Women's Shelter of Dayton, OH. The YWCA of Dayton operates Montgomery County's only shelter for victims of domestic violence. In addition, they co-sponsor and staff the 24 hour domestic violence hotline. Their confidential services are available 24 hours/7 days a week, 365 days/year, free of charge to victims, their family members, friends, and other professionals.