Community Discussion Group*
December 5 - "Trivia Can Be Very Interesting." Moderator: Bruce Baker
December 12 - "What Are Your Pet Peeves or Irritations? If You Were King, President or God, How Would You Make Things Different?" Moderator: Joe Casto
*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.
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
December 11 Menu: Lasagna, green salad, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, sign up in the Gathering Space or call Evan James at 286-7512.
New Quilting Group
Rev. Annie Foerster is coming to "kick off" the newly formed quilting group on Fri. December 3 at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship. You won't want to miss her presentation and her sharing of her quilts. All are welcome! For more information, contact Cindi Remm.
It's that time of year again - time to sing and be merry! MVUUF's holiday tradition of a Wassail program will soon be here. Come enjoy seasonal music offered by the Choir, fun fellowship with other holiday-loving people, and of course, wonderful desserts.
Remember to bring a dessert to share following the program. It's a holiday - be as decadent as you wish! Wassail punch will be provided. The program is Sun., December 12, at 6:30 p.m. For those who wish to, caroling around the piano will take place once we get our plate of goodies. Don't miss out on the fun - mark your calendar now!
Support the Paper Retriever Program
Your MVUUF Environmental Action Group is making arrangements to establish an ongoing paper recycling program at MVUUF. The plan calls for us to partner with AbitibiBowater, the world's largest paper recycler and a major manufacturer of newsprint. They will place a paper retriever bin in our parking lot for recycling of newspapers, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper and school paper. Please note, the following items are NOT accepted: cardboard, plastic bags, phone books, cereal boxes, milk cartons, food containers or tissues. By participating in the program, MVUUF will not only benefit the environment, we will also receive payment for doing so! Based on monthly collections, we will be compensated on the following scale: 0-3.99 tons = $5/ton 4-7.99 tons = $15/ton 8+ tons = $20/ton.
For the program to be successful, we must have sufficient member commitment to support the project by bringing in recyclable paper on an ongoing basis. We urge all members and friends to do their part for the environment and the Fellowship by getting behind this project. To pledge your support, check your bulletin for a form, or pick one up in the Gathering Space, and fill it out. You can also pledge your support by emailing Gary Courts at email@example.com or calling him at 436-1094.
Decorate Our MVUUF Holiday Tree with Kindness!
From November 28 - December 31, we will be collecting unwrapped baby items for the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter. Needed items include: baby bottles, baby wipes, bottle brushes, diaper bags, diaper ointment, diapers, formula (milk or soy based), Pack-N-Plays, Pedialyte, play yards, shower shoes, socks, sturdy strollers, children's underwear and thermometers. You can place your items under the tree in the Gathering Space - thanks for your kindness and generosity!
The Smart Choices Birthday Club will hold a birthday luncheon on Thu. December 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the usual place. RSVP to Peg Peterson.
New Study Group
A new course of study will be offered beginning on January 9. The study, "Spiritual Awakening", will explore several channeled books which describe the human experience from the perspective of the soul and spiritual reality. For more information, contact Bill Hill.
Daytime Book Club Title*
December 15 - Seven Stories of Christmas Love, by Leo Buscaglia & Tom Newsom
--This our holiday potluck meeting at Carol's house!
January TBD - Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery & 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 the second Tuesday of the month at Christopher's Restaurant (2318 Dorothy Ln., Kettering). For more information, contact Ann Snively.
December 14 - The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks
January 11 - Oil on the Brain, by Lisa Margonelli
February 8 - Lush Life, by Richard Price
Humanitarian Giving Action Group Collection
During December, the Humanitarian Action Group welcomes plate offerings for Daybreak. Daybreak is an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless teens. They operate the area's only 24 hour crisis hotline and have branched into outreach, prevention, transitional housing, life-skills training and other services.
Joining a Covenant Group
A covenant group is a small group (4-10) of people who meet regularly with the purpose of deepening relationships, spirituality, and a sense of community in an intimate setting. We have two such groups currently meeting. They have been meeting for about 7 months. These groups will be meeting for another three-four months. They have room for a few new people. One group meets every Monday night and one group meets twice a month on Sunday nights. If you would like to join one of these groups, please see Amy. New covenant groups will form in March.
The Greening of MVUUF
In April, Social Action Chairman Bob Lewis formed an Environmental Action Group as a subgroup within the Social Concerns area of our governance structure. At its May meeting the group decided to explore the process for MVUUF to gain recognition by UUA as a GREEN SANCTUARY. On receiving sanction by the Program Council and Board, the Environmental Action Group embarked on the journey to get us to our destination as a Green Sanctuary congregation. Green Sanctuary is a program that provides a framework for UUA congregations to live out our seventh principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." The program was sanctioned at the 1999 General Assembly, and a comprehensive manual, now in its fifth edition, was prepared to provide specific projects and activities that congregations can undertake to receive UUA Green Sanctuary accreditation. As of 2009, there were 98 accredited Green Sanctuary congregations plus an additional 116 that had applied for accreditation.
The process for becoming a Green Sanctuary is challenging and comprehensive; and congregational support is vital. The program is focused on four areas: (1) worship and celebration, (2) religious education, (3) environmental justice, and (4) sustainable living. Since these areas touch on many facets of what we already do at MVUUF, the entire congregation will have an opportunity to get involved. The first major requirement is to complete a comprehensive environmental assessment that consists of two components: (1) a professional energy audit, and (2) an assessment of congregational practices and programs. At this time arrangements are underway for having an energy audit of our building completed in the near future. Member of the Environmental Action Group are also working on the congregational assessment at this time and plan to have it completed soon.
A next step will be the development of an action plan consisting of a minimum of twelve projects in the focus areas listed above. These will be comprehensive, ongoing projects that will require the resources, talents, and skills of many of our children, youth, and adults. There will be numerous ways for all MVUUF members and friends to take part in this collaborative effort to make the environmental well being of MVUUF and the wider community central to our lives. WE WELCOME YOUR SUPPORT, SUGGESTIONS AND PARTICIPATION ON OUR JOURNEY TO A GREENER FAITH!
Harvest the Power - Leadership Curriculum
Join us for a four-week adult religious education program titled, Harvest the Power. This is the second in a 3-part series, but you need not have participated in the first part to join us. The topic is "Purpose: What ends do we serve?" This workshop will help leaders explore several aspects of the experiences, challenges and responsibilities of their role. New and existing leaders are encouraged to participate. The class will be held from Tue., January 11 through Tue., March 1 from 7-9 p.m. Please contact Alice Diebel firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, or sign up in the Gathering Space or with Kristin Freeman email@example.com.
The next congregational meeting will be Sun., January 9 at approximately 12:20 p.m. following the service. Childcare will be provided. The agenda items include: election of all Board members and half the Program Council members. We will also award the Unsung UU award. Finally, we will decide whether the Draft Statement of Conscience, Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice, should be placed on the final agenda for the General Assembly in 2011. For more information on the Statement of Conscience (SOC), please attend a discussion prior to the congregational meeting. We will meet after the service on Sun., December 5 at 12:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Information is available at http://www.uua.org/socialjustice/issuesprocess/currentissues/ethicaleating/172671.shtml. We can also submit comments on the draft SOC.
Christmas Eve 2010
Our Christmas Eve service will be held December 24 at 7 p.m. Rev. Amy Russell will not be leading the service this year, as she will be with her family, this the first Christmas without her father. Please come and celebrate the season with candles and carols. The collection during this service will go towards the Minister's Discretionary Fund.
Unsung UU Award
MVUUF has a tradition of honoring an "unsung UU" every year. An unsung hero is someone who tirelessly shows their commitment to the Fellowship behind the scenes. It's not typically a person in a formal position, rather someone who sees something that needs to be done and gets it done. This recognition is made by the board of trustees. If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please submit your names and some description of why they deserve this award to Alice Diebel at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the next Board meeting, scheduled for Thu. December 16.
Slate of Candidates
The Nominating Committee will be presenting the following slate of candidates for election at the January 9 Congregational meeting.
Alice Diebel - President Alysoun Taylor - Vice President
Mike O'Brien - Treasurer Catherine Queener - Secretary
Joe Law - Trustee A TBD - Trustee B
Kate Halpin - Program Council Chair
*All Board positions have a one year term, March 1 - February 28.
Program Council members:
Dawn Bellinger - Membership (completing second year of two year term)
Bob Lewis - Social Justice Rita Schindel - Activities Sean Halpin - Operations
*All P.C. positions have a two year term beginning on March 1.
Public Relations Music Worship Internal Communications
Congrats to David Cobb, Jim Hudson, Alice Diebel, Denny Smith, Mary Lou Heitkamp, Genevieve Harvey, the Duron's, Ruth Rowley, Leslie Woodward, Kathleen Turner, Rita Schindel, Kate Halpin & Steve Thompson for winning the raffle gift baskets at our Thanksgiving dinner! A great time was had by all and we hope to have an even bigger and better raffle in 2011!
Guest at Your Table
The Guest at Your Table program will begin on December 12 and end January 30. This program serves as the annual fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee founded in 1939. Since 1975, the Guest at your Table program has been putting UU faith in action, by raising funds to help people struggling for basic human rights both in the U.S. and around the world. The UUSC partners with self-help groups to fund the projects these groups have developed for their communities.
Through December and January, there will be a table in the Gathering Space with information on the UUSC's activities, as well as envelopes and boxes for contributions. Guest at Your Table boxes encourage families and individuals to reflect on others' human rights and needs and to make an appropriate daily contribution to sponsor an imaginary international visitor at their table. If you can total the coins and bills in your box, enter the requested information on the box, and write out a check for the corresponding amount made out to UUSC by January 30, it cuts down the delay in submitting all our contributions. However, you can also just bring your box to church marked with your name and I'll total your donation. Many of us opt to bypass the box and simply submit a check made out to the UUSC.
Stop by the Guest at Your Table table for an envelope. Please return your contribution to me or to the office on or before January 30, so I can report our total contributions back to the congregation. Guest at Your Table is an ideal time to become a UUSC member or to renew your membership. I have a list of current UUSC members, if you wish to check the status of your membership. Basic UUSC Membership rates are: $40.00 -regular, $75 dual regular (2 adults), $20 Seniors (65 and over), $10 for Students and Youth., If you are able, please consider making your contribution go twice as far. Donations of $100 or more from a family or individual are matched by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock.
~ Maureen O'Meara