St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
November 12 Menu: Chili, oyster crackers, corn bread, green salad, 100% juice, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up in the Gathering Space.
Community Discussion Group*
November 6 - "Integral Relationships." Moderator: Don Heidorn
November 13 - "Medical Malpractice." Moderator: Roger Davis, et al
November 20 - Thanksgiving Sunday - NO CLASS
November 27 - "Paranormal Experiences." Moderator: Diane Bohlander
*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.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
And thank you! Thanks to YOUR support, we exceeded our fundraising goal for the bazaar - $1517.00! An extra big thank you to the following MVUUF members and friends who donated their time and/or funds to make this year's bazaar so successful: Trena & Les Swanke, Priscilla Mutter, Catherine Queener, Shirley Gezinski, Allie Petersen, Shannon Harper, Nola Ferguson, Jo Anna Szymborski, Carol Vincent, Sara Davis, Anne Weber, Adina Reeve, Rita Reeve, Jenny Oest, Jennie Hardy, Jenny Yingling, Lori Damron, Lynn Haven, Gary Courts, Maureen O'Meara & John Bierman, Pat Whitney, Ruby Powell, Kathleen Pennington, Bill Ross, Sharon Harmer, Claudia Bailey, Dee Penmetsa, Kim Redick-Mortenson, Ruth Scott & Jerry Jenkins, Kristin Freeman, MVUUF Board, MVUUF P.C., and MVUUF Environmental Action Group. In addition, we had 29 fabulous vendors and scores of people who came out and spent, spent, spent! The following businesses donated raffle prizes, so if you're in their establishment, throw a thank you their way! Earth Fare Grocery (insulated lunch bags with $5 off coupons), Marion's Pizza (2 free meals), Meadowlark Restaurant ($30 gift certificate), and The Golf Club at Yankee Trace (2 free Sunday brunches).
Lunch with Amy Update
During November, we'll go back to our usual haunt, Panera by the Dayton Mall. All are invited! Join Amy on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Humanitarian Giving Action Group
The next meeting of the HGAG will be on Wed., November 16 at 7 p.m. in the Founders room. All are welcome and invited to attend!
Our next Chalice Night is Fri., November 11 at 6:30 p.m. We'll be showcasing member talent with an open mic night (if you're interested in presenting, contact Duane Ferguson! Join us for dinner and enjoy the musings of your fellow Fellowshippers!
Planned Parenthood Book Sale
The Planned Parenthood Book Sale is scheduled for November 11 - 13 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. This is a huge event and an important fundraiser for our local P.P. For more information, contact Lynn Haven.
MVUUF is collaborating with the Wright State Retiree Association in sponsoring Socrates Café. It starts on Tue., November 8 at 1 p.m. with a brown bag lunch (coffee provided), following by the choice of a topic of interest and then a lively, respectful discussion. This is a good opportunity to meet interesting people and explore the world of ideas. For planning purposes, please RSVP to Jim Faulconer.
Membership Joining Session
A membership Joining Session will be held on Sun., November 13 at 12:30 p.m. in the Founders room. This 45-minute session is for people who have been friends or visitors of MVUUF for awhile and are ready to join as official members. We'll talk about the MVUUF leadership organization structure, member expectations and stewardship. We will also talk about the induction service we'll have on Sun., December 4. Finally, we will fill in some forms to put you on the official membership roster. Please let Kristin Freeman (Fellowship Administrator) know if you can attend. She can be reached at 436-3628 or email@example.com. Kristin or Scott Leonard can answer questions you may have. If you are ready to join but cannot attend the Nov. 13 meeting, please contact Kristin and we'll see if we can make different arrangements.
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.
November 18 - The Bells, by Richard Harvell
December 13 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith
January 10 - The Elephant and the Dragon, by Robyn Meredith
February 14 - American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
March 13 - Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
Daytime Book Club Title*
November 16 - A Singular Woman - The Untold Story of Barack Obama's Mother, by Janny Scott
December 7 - Skipping Christmas, by John Grisham **Potluck at the home of Carol Vincent**
January TBA - Dreamers of the Day, by Mary Doria Russell
February TBA - Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
March TBA - What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, by Thomas Frank
*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!
Welcome to Joel Araujo!
Hi everybody! My name's Joel Araujo and I'm really excited about being your Student Minister for the following church year. I'm entering MVUUF with a lot of enthusiasm, and that enthusiasm has been reflected back to me by those of you who I've had the pleasure of talking to so far.
I'm an anomaly amongst ministers in that I was born Unitarian Universalist. During high school, when I wasn't involved in school and community theater, I was a Youth Leader and served on the district Youth/Adult Committee. After graduation I took a few years off school and helped cultivate a Young Adult group in Cincinnati (my hometown). I enrolled at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and received my Associate of Arts.
During this time I became very involved with local and national politics. I worked for Draft Clark and later Clark for President, as well as Hardenbrook for US congress. I also worked for the Campaign to Repeal Article XII, a discriminatory amendment to the Cincinnati city charter denying the city's GLBTQ citizens fair housing and employment.
During 2005 I realized both my theater and political experiences were a mere shadow to my true calling of Unitarian Universalist ministry. Since then I have graduated cum laude from the College of Mount St. Joseph with a B.A. in Religious Studies and have been studying at Meadville Lombard Theological School pursuing my M.Div.
My family really keeps me grounded. I met my wife, Jeannie, on MySpace (I know, MySpace of all places!) and we married each other December of 2009. In doing so I took the responsibility of being a stepfather to a young lady, Savannah, who entered Middle School this fall.
When I introduced myself to you I quoted W.E.B. Dubois by saying "Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime." To continue with the metaphor I would like to become something of a 'seed collector' during my initial time here at MVUUF. I'd like to talk to as many people as possible and learn what 'harvest' you would like to see at our Fellowship; what goals you would like to see accomplished, where you would like to see our congregation, what dreams do you hold for your religious home. So if you see me around, don't hesitate to chat me up!