Community Discussion Group Topics*
April 3 - "Favorite American Indian Stories." Moderator: Don Ferguson
April 10 - "The Cheapskate Lifestyle." 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.
Service Auction The 2011 "Chicago" Service Auction will be held Sat., April 30, 6-9 p.m. Come and bid on fabulous items/events/outings - and to enjoy thematic refreshments. Have an event, service, specialty food, or craft to donate? Donation forms are available via email to Pat Sanctucci or in the Gathering Space. If you have any questions or would like to assist with the Auction itself, please contact Pat Sanctucci. Suggested opening bid: 25 or 6 to 4.
Guest at Your Table
Thank you to all those who contributed so generously to the 2010-2011 GAYT program. On March 12, MVUUF sent $1397.58 from 22 individuals or households to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to support their work for human rights, both in the U.S. and abroad. $900 of those contributions qualify for matching funds from the Shelter Rock Congregation of Manhasset.
We will meet on April 22 at 2 p.m. in the kitchen. Robin Farinet will make cream puffs and éclairs from her grandmother's recipe - YUM!
During our May 29 service, we'll remember our loved ones who've passed away this year. If you have a name you'd like to include in the service, please contact Kristin at 436-3628 no later than May 23.
Cooperative Egg Hunt
The tradition continues! There will again be a cooperative egg hunt for the children of MVUUF. We will organize search parties following the service on April 24. The egg hunt will include fun activities and snacks. Please plan to attend with your child. The YRE Committee requests a donation of a canned food item for this event. We hope you can attend!
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
April 9 Menu: lasagna, green salad, 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. Sign up in the Gathering Space or call Evan James at 286-7512.
Smart Choices will meet at the Cox Media Center at 4 p.m. on April 1 for a tour of the facility. The tour itself will start at 4:15 p.m.
Chalice Night Please join us for an intergenerational celebration of the traditional Jewish Passover Seder on Fri., April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will help educate us about what Passover is all about, Our family friendly Seder will include all the traditional elements like matzah, the unleavened bread that the Jews created in their haste to leave Egypt to escape slavery. Nursery care will be available for small children. RSVP on the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space.
Daytime Book Club Title*
April 20 - Labor Day, by Joyce Maynard
May 18 - The Painted Veil, by Somerset Maughm
June 15 - 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.
April 12 - Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
May 10 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Juline Renfro Award Nominations
The YRE Committee is once again seeking nominations for the Juline Renfro Award for outstanding service to Youth Religious Education. This award is presented in honor of a former RE Assistant who showed dedication and service beyond her call of duty. The recipient should be someone who has devoted significant service to our young people through the YRE program, anywhere from the nursery through Senior High. Along with your nomination please submit a paragraph or two explaining why we should choose that person. Anyone can nominate, so please discuss this with your children and/or classes. Some of our most heartfelt submissions come from our children.
All nominations will be carefully considered by our YRE Committee and the award will be presented at our May 22 service. Thank you for taking time to help honor those people that really make a difference in YRE. We have so many worthy volunteers please help us recognize them! Please submit nominations to Shannon Harper in person or by e-mail. Nominations can also be left in the LRE Representative's mailbox in the YRE Hallway. Deadline for submissions is May 14. For questions call Shannon at 681-6496.
Humanitarian Giving Action Group Offering
During April, 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.
Chalicelight Gallery Carol Vincent has always had an interest in and the ability to draw and paint. As a child on a farm in Illinois, she won a newspaper contest for children with a drawing she submitted and won a box of watercolors. While living and working in Chicago, she took evening classes in oil painting at the Art Institute. Later, after moving to Centerville, she took evening classes in acrylics at Centerville High School Adult School. After she retired, she started watercolor painting classes at Hithergreen Senior Center, instructed by Dayton artist, Diane Coyle. Her favorite subjects are landscapes and flowers and for most of her paintings, she uses her own photographs for reference.
Spring in Our MVUUF Wetland - There's A Lot Happening! During our winter travels along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, we saw, literally, tens of thousands of acres of prime coastal wetlands. We saw most of North America's wintering population of Red Head Ducks in the bays around Corpus Christi, TX. A large variety of shorebirds and long legged wading birds spend the cold months in warm, southern, salt water and fresh water marshes until the migration urge pushes them back north for the nesting season. Not a bad routine to follow, especially with winters like the one just past.We enjoyed it!
Our first Sunday back at the Fellowship, I spent a short time in the neat little two acre wetland east of the church. The water level maintained a perfect depth throughout the winter and the wetland plants will benefit as a result. Our Mallard pair was gathering nest material, as were a pair of Mourning Doves. Robins were busy scratching around for morsels while Turkey Vultures soared overhead - the cleanup crew for any dead animals around. The rabbits made it through the arctic-like winter and Song Sparrows were belting out their spring song.
There is more to come - maybe you'll be the first to hear/see our visiting Woodcock do his courtship dance. Give it a few minutes, you might be surprised.
~ Dane Mutter