Daytime Book Club Title*
September 19 - State of Wonder: A Novel, by Ann Patchett
October 24 - Nightwoods: A Novel, by Charles Frazier
November 14 - Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, by Rachel Maddow
December 12 - Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
*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!
Community Discussion Group*
September 16 - "County Government - Too Much Politics?" Moderator: Mike Coalson
September 23 - "Who Gets Credit for Your (My) Success?" Moderator: Tom Starr
September 30 - "Wisdom." Moderator: Don Heidorn
*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.
October 9 - Beneath the Lion's Gaze, by Maaza Mengiste
Our Child Dedication service will take place on October 21. If you or someone you know would be interested in having their child/ren participate, please let Rev. Amy know.
Small Group Dinners
Based on the surveys I received, it seems that the majority of people are happy with the way the Adult Small Group Dinners have been done, so we'll continue to do it as we have in the past. So, now it's time once again to think about Small Group Dinners. Enjoy conversation, good food, and fun while getting to know others in the Fellowship. Groups of about 8 adults gather in each other's homes once a month, October through June, for dinner. Everyone brings part of the meal. New members are highly encouraged to participate as it gives you a great opportunity to become better integrated into the Fellowship, and it gives established members an opportunity to get to know you. The year is divided into two cycles - the first cycle is October through February. Then we rearrange the members of the groups for the second cycle, which is March through June. All are invited to join, Fellowship members and friends alike. Look for the signup sheets in the Gathering Space - September 16 is the last signup date. Contact Dawn Bellinger (h: 937-427-1980, firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Chalice Light Gallery
The month of September will feature an exhibit called "A Family Heritage of Art". This showing of artwork is offered by Laurel Herminghausen and her daughter, Jan Campbell. It offers a unique glimpse at artwork done by members of one family between the years of 1840 to the present. Included in the exhibit are works by a doctor's wife, Marietta Frantz Diltz; her son
Anthon Lavarius Diltz, a musician and metal worker; his son, Stanley Raymond, World War I soldier and rotogravure operator for Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. formerly situated in Springfield, Ohio; his daughters, Laurel, artist, actress, teacher, librarian, most wonderful mother and her younger sister, Lorna, artist and teacher; and Laurel's daughter, Jan, a "jack of many trades" but a Master of Outdoor Teacher Education. Help us celebrate a successful show and Laurel's 90th birthday at a reception to be held Sat., September 29 (the day after Laurel turns 90!) from 2 - 5 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a snack to share. Beverages and cakes will be provided. And remember folks: The Fellowship receives a small commission on any work sold. So if you are interested in purchasing computer generated prints of some of the art works or greeting cards as gifts or for your own pleasure this is a great opportunity! Please feel free to contact either Laurel or Jan at this e-mail address: email@example.com
Please help! Our Bazaar is Nov. 10 and we still need volunteers to help with any and all aspects of our fundraising event. We still need a coordinator for the Marketing & Advertising tasks, and ALL committees need volunteers. SIGN UP IN THE GATHERING SPACE! If you are able to help in any way either before or on the day of the event, please contact Jenny Oest at Jennyoest@yahoo.com or (614) 439-7691.
Zoe Mulford Concert
Join us at the Fellowship on Sat., September 22 for a performance by Zoe Mulford! Doors open at 7 p.m. and concert starts at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $15 is suggested. SUUSI performer, Zoe Mulford, is an American songwriter who lives in the northwest of England and tours on both sides of the Atlantic. She backs her clear voice with guitar or claw hammer banjo. By turns powerful and funny, her songs draw on American and British musical styles of the last two centuries to make sense of the modern world.
Spirit of Life Seminar
The Spirit of Life, an adult education curriculum presented by the UUA, will be offered on Tuesdays for 10 weeks, starting October 2, 7-8:30 p.m. It will be led by Amy Russell and Joel Araujo. Here's the description of the seminar: Spirit of Life workshops offer participants space, time, and community to explore their Unitarian Universalist spirituality. Each focuses on a
different aspect of the spiritual life, framed by the lyrics of Carolyn McDade's song "Spirit of Life." Like the song, the workshops are designed to be welcoming to Unitarian Universalists of many spiritual and theological persuasions. Participants are invited to claim an inclusive definition of spirituality and recognize the spiritual aspects of their lives. You can sign up in the Gathering Space. There is no book required for the class.
Providing Lunch at The Castle
If you are interested in providing lunch on the third Monday of the month to The Castle in Centerville, please contact Mary Lou Heitkamp at 291-1831.
Need An Updated Directory?
If you need an updated copy of the directory, please email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll be happy to send one to you!
Last summer, MVUUF did something very few churches do, even though every church should.
We had a fire drill! You might recall how we stayed in the Sanctuary after one Sunday service, and waited for the fire alarm to go off so that we could evacuate the building correctly. Now, I need your help to make Emergency Drills an MVUUF tradition. I'm looking for a small group of MVUUF members who can assist in the planning and executing of emergency drills. I'm especially looking for people who have worked as a First Responder, education worker, or medical provider. But what do I know? You might have other experiences that would help with our church's emergency planning and drills. Please contact me at email@example.com, and help me keep MVUUF safe and prepared for just about anything!
Are you interested in learning or refining skills for identifying and meeting your own needs and those of others, more effective means to deal with less-than-perfect people and conflicts that occur when more than one less-than-perfect people interact, and ways to establish and maintain positive connections? Starting Wed., September 19 at 7 p.m., MVUUF will offer a course in Compassionate Communication, also known as NonViolent Communication, based on the teachings of Marshall Rosenberg. We will meet to learn and practice together for at least 10 sessions, extending our study, if that is desired by the group. The course will be free, open to members first, and it will be led by fellow learners with some experience to share, not professionals. For more information or to let us know you are interested, email or talk with Denny Smith or Genevieve Harvey. You can also learn more at http://www.cnvc.org These books are highly recommended and will enrich your understanding of the practice of Nonviolent Communication: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg; Nonviolent Communication: Companion Workbook by Lucy Leu. You can find them at the library, Puddledancerpress.com, and Amazon.
How To Get Involved!
On September 30, after the service, the Social Action Committee is sponsoring a "How to Get Involved" coffee hour event, with each of the Fellowship's action committees having information tables in the Gathering Space to give everyone the opportunity to learn how they can get involved in one or more of the social action ventures of the Fellowship. Be sure to stop by the tables and see where you can use your talents and interests!
New UU Class
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, September 30, 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Room #1 and continues until December 2. We will not meet on November 18 and 25. 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 in the church office by calling 436-3628 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org or using the sign-up sheet in the Gathering Space. If you have questions, please call Bob at 350-7763.
Immigration As A Moral Issue
Please sign-up for an important religious education class, "Immigration as a Moral Issue." This course was created to help Unitarian Universalist congregations and individuals engage in the issue of immigration with topics including the causes of migration, the history of immigration in the US, the economics of immigration, security and enforcement, and more. The class will be held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. beginning Thu., October 4 and will run for six weeks. This course is sponsored by the Social Action Committee Immigration Action Group and will be facilitated by Maureen O'Meara and Alice Diebel.
Environmental Learning Forum Book Club
The MVUUF Environmental Learning Forum Book Club will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Mon., September 17 to discuss its selected book of the month, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Its authors, architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart call for a new kind of environmental consciousness in regard to design and manufacturing that would eliminate waste altogether. Citing examples from their own work and some major corporations, the writers contend that it is possible to do good for the environment while still making a profit. Cradle to Cradle may be available at area libraries, and a limited number of copies will also be available from the Environmental Action Group. Though the list price is $27.50, we have obtained them at a discounted price of $15.00 from Amazon.com. To reserve a copy, see me (Gary Courts) after the Sunday service, or contact me at 436-1094 or email at email@example.com. All interested MVUUF members and friends are invited to join us at the Fellowship for a provocative discussion of Cradle to Cradle at 7:00 p.m. on September 17.
Locally Grown/Vegetarian Cookbook
As part of the Green Sanctuary Project, the Environmental Concerns Committee will be making a cookbook of vegetarian and/or locally produced foods. We are especially looking for recipes made with locally grown foods, and they don't have to be vegetarian. Please bring a copy of the recipe along with the place annotated where you purchased (or grew) the ingredients, to the Fellowship. Not every ingredient need be local, as long as the majority of the ingredients fit the category. There is a purple folder in the Gathering Space to collect recipes. The folder now has forms to fill out with the recipe. Recipes can also be sent to Donna Wilson by email to firstname.lastname@example.org The cookbook will be published in September in time for our special Harvest Celebration.
During September, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group welcomes non-pledge donations to benefit the Suicide Prevention Center. The mission of the Suicide Prevention is to save lives threatened by suicide by offering 24-hour crisis hotline and support groups; to foster prevention of suicide by offering specialized training programs and programs for school children; and to encourage community involvement in suicide prevention efforts to affect change.
We'll be planning group ritual: Autumnal Equinox on Sun., Sept 16 in Room #1 at 12:30 p.m. This month the discussion group will center around planning our AutumnalEquinox Ritual, which will be held during our Saturday workshop time on Sept. 22. Bring ideas on what this time of year means to you, how do you celebrate the fall transition, how historically various peoples have celebrated this time, and any books/ideas that you wish to share. Planning a group ritual is a little different than planning a solitary ritual so we will learn together how to plan a group celebration. We'll celebrate the Autumnal Equinox on Sat., Sept. 22 in Founders and (hopefully!) outside, too. See you there at 7 p.m.!
LGBT Grief Support Group
Hospice of Dayton is now offering a LGBT support group to address all kind of loss issues that people in the LGBT community face. This group will start in January 2013 and it's free! Regardless of whether your loss was your parent, parent, sibling, child, friend, or anyone, services will be available to assist your needs. For more information, call Hospice of Dayton at 256-4990 and ask for Pathways of Hope.