glowing chaliceThe FORUM
Newsletter of MVUUF
Mar. 1-15, 2011
~  A Welcoming Congregation  ~
MVUUF Building by Lew Hann
Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8690 Yankee Street, Dayton, OH  45458
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Letter from Minister
Keeping Up with Our Members
Letter from the DRE
YRE Information
Around the Fellowship
Printable Fellowship Calendar
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Letter from the Minister

"Note on the Fridge" (from your minister)

Dear MVUUFers-

Had to go out! (March 8-14)

Dinner's in the fridge (sometimes a sermon is better after re-heating!)

If you need someone to talk to, call each other.  This is a shared ministry.  You can minister to each other, and you do all the time.

If you need to get married while I'm gone, I'd have to ask, "What's the hurry?"

If you need to plan a meeting, I'd ask again, "What's the hurry?"

If you get sick, call the doctor.

And please, please, no requests for memorial services.  (Need I say more?)

I'll miss you, but will try not to think about you too much!



(Seriously, in case of emergency, pick up phone and call my cell.  It works almost anywhere.)

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March 6 - Creating Sabbath  Rev. Amy Russell
~ In our heritage we have two conflicting principles: the idea of the Protestant Ethic, where we work hard and the idea of enjoying life through a natural view, from the Transcendentalists.  How do these two ideas affect the way we approach our lives?

March 13 - Live Like You Were Dying  Rev. Leslie Woodward
~ Many Unitarian Universalists believe that after we die, we live on only in the memories of our loved ones.  If you don't hold a belief in an otherworldly heaven, then how do you prepare yourself for your inevitable death?  Long time MVUUF member, Rev. Leslie Woodward, will share reflections formed by four years as a hospital and hospice chaplain.  

March 20 - Too Much, Too Little?  Rev. Amy Russell
~ How does our spiritual life affect us in the way we approach our finances?  Do we see our lives as abundant?  Do we see our lives as full of scarcity?  On this Stewardship Sunday, we'll look at our spiritual and financial health and how it affects our generosity.

March 27 - The Happiness Trap  Brad Kochunas
~ How is it that so many of us want happiness in our lives, yet so few of us say we have found it?  Let us proceed from the idea that it is in the very search for happiness that guarantees we won't find it.


Keeping Up With Our Members

Richard Venus is recovering after rotator cuff surgery.  Get well soon!  


If you are experiencing a rough time in your life, please know that your Fellowship community is here to support you.

A Letter from the DRE

I just LOVE being a Director of Religious Education.  This job really helps uplift my strengths.  Being a DRE also creates a sense that I am truly giving back to the world as I help children realize their potential in becoming peace leaders.  However, one thing I miss about since I am the DRE is our services.  I, happily, spend my Sunday mornings whizzing around the RE hallway, helping new families, checking on volunteers, and say my "good mornings, how are you today?" to our children and youth.   


But then I discovered something that I am not sure how many people know about.  You can check out past services.  Did you know this?  In our library at MVUUF, when you first walk in on the back left side bookshelf, there are TONS of past services on CD.  These services date back to when the building was first built.  So now, if I hear buzz in the hallway that a service was really great, or if I read about a service that sounds wonderful, I will go check it out.  This is also great because each service is listed, so you can even check out a service because of the title...whatever service you can think of that has happened at MVUUF since the building was born.  It really is wonderful, not only for me, but for our YRE volunteers who sometimes miss services.  This can really give everyone another way to connect to yourself and the church.  So I am telling you, go check this out!  You too will be amazed!


Now onto volunteers in our YRE program.  We are still in need of workshop rotation leaders to volunteer in our K-5th grade classes.  Below is a list of workshops, with their dates, that are in great need of a leader.  Remember that you only lead for two Sundays, and it is the exact same workshop both times!

  • Feed your mind; videos about others through Heifer International & cheese making (3/13) This workshop is only one Sunday!!
  • What do you really need; from Gandi, what can we do with broken crayon pieces? (4/10 & 4/24)
  • Caring for mother earth: from Black Elk, children brain storm ideas on what they do to the earth and how they can balance it out...ending with a class project such as a composting worm bin (4/10 & 4/17)
  • Our church MVUUF; belonging to a bigger community by looking at past MVUUF scrapbooks and then creating a page for YRE (5/8 & 5/28)
  • Who we are; discuss who we are and how children can articulate their UU faith and beliefs to others via drama workshop (5/8 & 5/15)
  • UU Principles matching game (5/15 & 5/29)

If you are interested in leading any of these workshops, please contact me.  If you have questions before committing to teaching any of these workshops, please contact me.  I cannot stress enough how easy and wonderful leading workshop rotations are.  Thank you for considering!


A friendly reminder for those of you who have signed up, our Mystery Friends dinner will take place on Saturday, March 5.  Remember to bring your assigned non-perishable food item (to be matched with your Mystery Friend) and a small gift (homemade gifts are the best!) to give to your mystery friend.  Any questions about Mystery Friends, please contact Lori Damron.  As always, if you have any questions, I am happy to answer!  You can call me at 436-3628. 


Smile, Natalie; Director of Religious Education


YRE Calendar for March :
Chalice Children class (Preschool):
March 6
- Kindness curriculum
March 13 - Kindness curriculum
March 20 - Kindness curriculum
March 27 - Kindness curriculum


Kindergarten - 5th grade class: 

March 6 - Children's worship

March 13 - Workshop rotation

                        ~ K - 5th grades: Workshop 1 - Feed your mind

March 20 - Workshop rotation

                        ~ K - 2nd grades: Workshop 2 - Mud huts

                        ~ 3rd - 5th grades: Workshop 3 - Competitive vs. cooperative

March 27 - Workshop rotation

                        ~ K - 2nd grades: Workshop 3 - Competitive vs. cooperative

                        ~ 3rd - 5th grades: Workshop 2 - Mud huts


6th - 8th grade class:

March 6 - Youth worship

March 13 - Class - Coming of age

March 20 - Class - Coming of age (mentor class after service)

March 27 - Class - Coming of age


9th - 12th grade class:

March 6 - Youth worship

March 13 - Small group ministry

March 20 - Small group ministry

March 27 - Small group ministry

Around the Fellowship

Community Discussion Group Topics*
March 6 - "Great Expectations."  Moderator: Diane Bohlander
March 13 - "Navigating the Changes that Come with Age."  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.


And We Want Your Ideas, Too!
The Humanitarian Giving Action Group has placed a suggestion box in the Gathering Space.  They are soliciting your suggestions on ideas for giving for 2011.


Food Fanciers
We will meet on March 18 at 2 p.m. in the kitchen.  Come watch Lew Hann make his Egyptian Vegetable soup - taste the results, too!


St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
March 12 Menu:  BBQ or fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, 2% milk
*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 Kristin Freeman, sign up in the Gathering Space or call Evan James at 286-7512.


Daytime Book Club Title*
March 23 - It Can't Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis
April 20 - Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard
May TBD - The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maughm
June TBD - Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel, by Tom Franklin
*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.
March 8 - Lush Life, by Richard Price
April 12 - Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
May 10 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot


Bags with Handles Needed!  The Humanitarian Giving Action group is collecting bags with handles to donate to The Food Bank.  Any size bag, paper, plastic, cloth - anything with handles is accepted.  Please put your donations in the box in the Gathering Space.  Thank you!


Campaign Gala Dinner!
Join your fellow MVUUF friends and members as we kick off the 2011 pledge campaign.  We're hosting a dinner (it's free and includes entertainment - how can you say no?!) on Sat. March 26 at 6:30 p.m.  Please RSVP to Kristin at 436-3628 by March 18.


Chicago - Here We Come!
"City of the Big Shoulders", the "Player with Railroads", "My Kind of Town", "The Windy City", and "Sweet Home"...the theme of the 2011 Service Auction is CHICAGO!  Join us on April 30 for thematic food, music, incredible auction items and "all that jazz."  Watch the "Forum" and bulletin for details, and start thinking about what you can offer to the auction...perhaps something "we can't refuse?"  Contact Pat Santucci with questions. 


Chalice Night
The next Chalice Night is Fri., March 11 at 6:30 p.m.  This Chalice Night is sponsored by the Social Action Committee.  Like all Chalice Nights, there will be dinner and activities for all ages.  Mark your calendar now and watch the "Forum" and bulletin for more details!

Humanitarian Giving Action Group Offering

During March, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group will be accepting non-pledge donations for the Wesley Center.  The Wesley Center is a faith-based organization that responds to the needs of families and individuals in crisis.  The Center offers classes on financial management, computer literacy, offers hot meals, and support services.  


Women's Group
The Women's group will be discussing Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, by Geneen Roth through the month of March.  This book will help us examine that how we eat is related to our core beliefs and way we live.  Please join us as we discover a book by a celebrated author which has changed lives.  Please contact Sarah Hewitt or Alice Diebel for more information.