St. Vincent de Paul 2nd Saturday Lunch*
February 11 Menu: chicken & noodles, veggies, 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*
February 5 - "The Moral Landscape." Moderator: Ben Ramsey
February 12 -"How Do We Control the Harm Done by Drugs?" Moderator: Gordon Taylor
February 19 - "Couples: Different Intelligences." Moderator: Heather Schroeder
February 26 - "Rights: What Are They?" Moderator: Roger Davis
*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.
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*
February 15 - Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
March 14 - 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!
Gary Courts, our current volunteer, is stepping down as "bread runner" and we need to find a replacement. If you're able, we need someone to pick up bread on Thursday mornings from the Dorothy Lane Market in Springboro and deliver it to the Wesley Center and St. Paul's. Please contact Gary if you'd like this volunteer position.
During February, 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.
The New UU - A Course for New & Prospective Adult Members
If you are a new member of the Fellowship, or thinking seriously about becoming a member, and want to learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist, this course is for you. If you've been around for a few months, or maybe a year or two and are still trying to make sense out of being a UU, this course might be of help.
The course begins Sunday morning, February 5, 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Room #5 and continues for 7 weeks. It will be led by Bob Lewis with assistance from Rev. Amy Russell. Childcare will be provided. The course will focus on important themes in UU life: worship, UU theology and history, faith development, social justice, organization and governance, and a congregational perspective. Personal sharing and dialogue will be encouraged.
Please sign up with Kristin the church office by calling 436-3628 or emailing at email@example.com. You can also sign up with Bob at 350-7763 or using the sign up sheet in the Gathering Space. If you have questions, please call Bob.
Green Sanctuary Cookbook
As part of the Green Sanctuary project, the Environmental Concerns Action Committee will be making a cookbook of vegetarian and/or locally produced recipes. Whenever you bring a dish to the Fellowship for an event, and it is either vegetarian or made with locally produced foods*, please bring a copy of the recipe. Please annotate where your ingredients are from, if they are local. Not all ingredients need be local, but the majority should be. We will have a folder in the Gathering Space to collect the recipes. The cookbook will be published in September in time for our Harvest Celebration. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Local means produced within 100 miles.
Chalice Light Gallery
During the month of February, our Gallery showcases the work of Kelly Joslin. Kelly is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Sinclair Community College. She began teaching Art History and Art Appreciation courses at Sinclair in 1998. She holds a B.A. in Humanities - World Classics from Antioch University - McGregor, a M.Hum. in Art History/Philosophy from Wright State University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Dayton's Educational Leadership - Higher Education Administration program.
Kelly is an exhibiting artist. Her most recent body of work focuses on experiments with Non-Silver/Alternative photographic processes - Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Gum Print, and Palladium. These experiments have allowed her to create photographs that appear more expressive and painterly.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our next Chalice Night on Fri., February 10 at 6:00 p.m. This event is for everyone! The MVUUF Environmental Action Group is hosting a chili dinner (both meat and vegetarian varieties), and will be followed by an informative program on "Resources for Recycling" presented by John Woodman of the Montgomery County Solid Waste District. For the kids in the crowd, Robin Farinet will lead an age-appropriate activity on recycling. Please plan to be with us for this evening of fun, food, fellowship, and facts! *Please note that Chalice Night for March will replaced with Mystery Friends*
Small Group Dinners
It's time to switch groups again for Small Group Dinners! There's a sign up sheet in the Gathering Space - this time will be for the March through June rotation. The sheet will be there through service on February 19. Any questions, please contact Dawn Bellinger.
Build Your Own Theology III - Ethics
In this course, we'll discuss the issues of ethics and morality. The course contains many interesting exercises and readings. We'll meet Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Joel Araujo will be leading the discussions. Sign up in the Gathering Space or by contacting Kristin in the office. The workbook for class is $13.00.
The Theist Group will continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in Room #1. Over the next few weeks Joel Araujo will lead the discussion on the Old Testament.
If you've lost someone close to you, you know how hard the first year of their absence can be. If you will be experiencing the first anniversary of a loved one's death, we have a kit to help you cope with, and honor, your grief. This kit contains readings, poems, a journal, and a special candle designed to burn for exactly 24 hours. If you are in need of this, please let Rev. Russell know.
Service Auction 2012 - Save the Date!
The 2012 Service Auction will be held Sat., April 21, 6-9 p.m. Watch this space (and the bulletin, and announcements, and anything else we can think of) for details. If you have any questions or would like to assist with the Auction itself, please contact Pat Santucci at email@example.com.
Volunteering at The Castle
The Castle on North Main St. in Centerville is a social club and activity center for adults with mental disabilities. Several of us from MVUUF went to an open house there in October and learned about many of their great programs. I, Rev. Russell, have been familiar with The Castle for many years as my nephew used to visit daily. He called The Castle his second home. He found friends and activities; he found a place where he was accepted for who he is. A group of members are interested in working to support The Castle. They'd like to provide a meal once a month, as well as volunteering to interact with and get to know the residents. We already have several people who volunteer there. If you're interested, please contact Mary Lou Heitkamp at 291-1831.