Around the Fellowship
St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
February 11 Menu: chicken & noodles, biscuits, coleslaw, fruit 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*
January 22 - "Reading History." Moderator: Tom Starr
January 29 -"WORM, First Digital World War." 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.
Mark Your Calendars - We're Having a Party!
Jesse Minnefield, our custodian of 30 years turning 75 - and if that doesn't warrant a party, I don't know what does! So mark your calendars now for after service on January 29. If you'd like to contribute to a gift for Jesse, there will is a box in the Gathering Space to put your donation. Checks should be made out to MVUUF and indicate Party in the memo line. Please plan on helping us celebrate the birthday of such a wonderful staff member!
Our next Congregational Meeting will be immediately following service on Sun., January 22. The agenda items include voting on the slate of candidates, voting on Study Action Issues for the UUA, and presenting the Unsung UU Award. The Board also invites discussion on building security.
Slate of Candidates
In preparation for the January Congregational meeting, the Nominating Committee is working to fill a slate of candidates. The following names will be presented:
Alysoun Taylor-Hall - President
TBA - V.P.
Catherine Queener - Secretary
Pat Whitney - Treasurer
Jim Hudson - Trustee A
Duane Ferguson - Trustee B
Kate Halpin - P.C. Chair
TBA - Communications Rep.
Alice Diebel - Membership Rep.
Joe Law - Music Rep.
Carolyn Leman - R.E. Rep.
Dan Enterline - Endowment
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.
February 14 - American Pastoral, by Philip Roth
March 13 - Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
Daytime Book Club Title*
January 18 - 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!
During January, the Humanitarian Giving donation will be to the Minister's Discretionary Fund. The economy has taken its toll on many people, including those in our own church community. The Minister's Discretionary Fund allows Rev. Amy to provide assistance to our members in their time of need.
Chalice Light Gallery
During January, the Gallery will be displaying the photography of member Maury Wyckoff. Through Maury's lens, see revealed the majesty of our world, capturing ordinary, extraordinary, and humorous moments, and presenting them in a way that draws you in as if you are there. Or could have been there. Or wish you were there.
It's a New Year and the LGBT support/social group, Interweave, is revived! Starting Mon., January 23 at 6:30 p.m., we'll meet in the Founders room. This is an organizational meeting. Bring your ideas for the group. We are going to have a potluck dinner that night, so please bring a dish to share. For more information, contact Margaret Michal at email@example.com.
OWL for Elementary-Age Children
This February and March, there will be an optional OWL (Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education) program for first and second graders, and their families. Topics include: Our Wonderful Bodies, Healthy Bodies - Safe Bodies, Families and Feelings, Babies and Families, Birth of a Baby, and Celebrations. Each week there is a story, song, activity, discussion, and "Home Link" (a parent note that talks about what we did and how you can incorporate it into conversation at home.)
There will be a parent info session on Jan. 29, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., to share more about the program and to answer your questions. The class (if there are enough interested families) is scheduled to begin with a parent/child orientation from 12:30-3 p.m. on Feb. 5, and then will meet from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Sunday for 8 weeks. If you have friends outside the Fellowship with children in this age-range who would be interested, feel free to pass along this info. If we have room in the class, we will be able to allow non-Fellowship attendees to participate.
Also note: OWL for fifth and sixth graders is slated to begin with a parent meeting on April 15 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), orientation on April 22 (12:30-3 p.m.), and classes April 29 - June 7. More information will be coming soon, but please mark your calendars if you think this will impact your family.
Genevieve Harvey & Joe Zimmerman
Our Socrates Café is going well - do join us! We meet at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. It's an informal "brown bag" lunch with lively discussion. Our next lunch is on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Which Witch Is Which?
If you have ever wondered what that thing called Paganism is, I would like to invite you to join me after services for a Pagan 101 class at 1 p.m., every other Sunday. I will be covering the basics of common Pagan beliefs and practices, holidays and celebrations, the different major pantheons, and hopefully be able to answer any questions you may have. This is an academic class and not a worship, nor covenant group. If you have any questions, please contact me, Shannon Hansen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.