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May 10, 2012
In this issue
Upcoming Sundays
Celebrate the Pets!
Potluck cancellations
Feed Our Hungry Neighbors
Yuuth Group
Webmaster Needed
Put These Dates on Your Calendar
Magic Pennies
Book Group News
Opportunity to help JUMP
VIA Sprin Federated Meeting
UU RE Camping Trip
Film Screening
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Our Mission:  We gather to inspire spiritual growth, care for each other and our community, seek truth and act for justice.

Upcoming Sundays . . .


Sunday, May 13th,  9 am & 11 am  "The Spirituality of Parenting"  




This Mother's Day Service includes the semi-annual Dedication of our newest babies and children.  The Children's Choir sings at 9 a.m. and the Adult Choir will sing at both services.  Both choirs are offering special music this morning to support the Sheet Music Fund.




Sunday, May 20th,  9 am & 11 am  "In Praise of our Roots"   


FUUSB members Gene Bergman, Julia Kimball, and Bridget Meyer will explore the diversity and beauty that can be found in our religious roots.  We will acknowledge the pain of the past, but dig down past it to draw from the strength and joy that often are burrowed below in the spiritual traditions of our families.  Gene will discuss his Jewish background, Julia her Mormon heritage, and Bridget will speak about growing up Catholic.



Celebrate the Pets/Animals in Your Life!Animal Ministry


Please join us for the Animal Blessing Ceremony at FUUSB

Saturday, May 12, 2012

11 am in the Memorial Garden


Please bring some Pet Food for donation to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Some people bring their pets, others bring photograps of their pets, others have their     pets blessed by naming them.  Questions? Call Gail at 802.862.3540   

Please note:
The Family Potluck and Fun Night
and the Second Saturday Potluck
have been cancelled for
May 12, 2012.  

Help feed our hungry neighbors! 
Volunteers from ourveggies congregatoin are again teaming up with UVM students for the Sunday night Food Shelf suppers - ALL SUMMER LONG! Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve food at the Food Shelf as well as donate protein rich casseroles and homemade desserts. Casseroles and desserts are needed for this SUNDAY MAY 13th. Please contact Suzie DeBrosse if you are interested in volunteering or providing food this summer!, 658-1677. Food donations can be brought to the food shelf at 4:30 any Sunday, or left in the downstairs UU kitchen (please mark donations "Food Shelf"). Please let me know if you leave food for us in the UU kitchen. Thanks so much everyone. It's an honor to be involved with this important local outreach from our congregation!         


 Religious Education News! 

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Upcoming Sundays:     

May 13... RE Classes
May 20... Last day of RE Classes
May 27... Vacation Sunday
June 3... Yuuth Sunday Multigen Worship

Funding the Budget means adding an RE Assistant!  
Successfully bridging the remaining gap of just over $10,000 means that the proposed 2012-13 budget will include adding a 10-hour / week RE Administrative Assistant! Additional "Bridge the Gap" pledges will garner a 50% match by some generous donors. Please contribute to the successful support of RE and ALL of First UU's programs! Click on this link to make an additional pledge. Thank you!!!!

Animal Blessing Service THIS Saturday!
Bring your furry, feathered, scaly and otherwise-clad companions to a smiple outdoor service at 11 AM in our Memorial Garden. We will rejoice with speaking and singing in the blessings our animals give us, and acknowledge this by blessing each of them. Bring also memories of pets who have died and those who cannot otherwise join in the service. We hope to see you there!

One more chance to share your family's vision of UU future!
For those who missed out on the Gathered Here session Rev. Roberta led last Saturday, I hope you and your family will take some time to explore the questions we discussed. Here they are, in a form accessible to all ages, even young children. I would love to know the stories your family holds in its heart and hope you'll share them with me so I can pass them along to the UUA. Please send them to me, Martha, in an email by May 31st. Thanks!

Reminder about RE Steward Recognition!

BAAA is RE's "Beyond And Above Award." The RE Committee gives this peer-nominated award annually to the person (or people) who rise above and go beyond and give ultra-extraordinary life and spirit to our religious education program. Don't be sheepish! Submit your nominations for our BAAA! Click here to email them to Martha. Please explain why this person makes them worthy of receipt of a BAAA.The nomination deadline is May 31st and recipients will be announced at our June 10th worship service. Thanks!  

Seeking GIRLS for OWL 2012-13 If you know of any 8th grade girls (friends, neighbors, etc.) who might join our OWL (Our Whole Lives) class next year, have them contact me, Martha. This will greatly help our gender balance, which makes for a better OWL class. Thanks! 

 Yuuth Group Happenings! 


Evening Yuuth Group THIS Sunday, May 13

Come from 6-9 PM. Martha leading with assistant Josh Fairfax! We'll work on Yuuth Sunday plans, OWL class visit plans, and talk about next year's Coming of Age Program. Oh, we'll eat and have fun too. Please bring $5 to contribute to dinner.


pancakesThank you, pancake eaters! You helped us raise nearly $600 to support our service trip to New York City next month. We are grateful to YOU!!! 

Yuuth Sunday is June 3rd! 
June 3! Youth arrive at 9:00; one service at 10:00! Credos, cool music, inspiration, bridging recognition, energy and spirit!

8th graders & 12th graders take note: Come to Yuuth Sunday (June 3rd) to participate in bridging recognition! We will welcome the soon-to-be 9th graders into Yuuth Group and bid a bittersweet farewell to our graduating 12th graders.  

Come In We're OpenOffice Hours!


The office will be open from Monday, May 14th through Thursday, May 17th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. 


If you arrive during those hours and the door is locked, please ring the doorbell! 

Volunteer Spot

Webmaster -  We are looking for someone with some experience in being a webmaster.  Our website was redesigned about 2 years ago and is fairly easy to maintain.  We are looking for someone who would be willing to spend a couple hours a week adding new content and updating current content.  This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to use their skill to help the First UU Society fulfill our mission!  If you are interested, please contact Christina at





Save the Date

  May 15th - Book Discussion Group Poetry Night


June 3rd - Minister's Monthly Forum


 September 29th - Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop




Pay it Forward with the Magic of Pennies!


The Religious Education here at the First UU Society of Burlington has a tradition akin to the collection plate where pennies are collected while singing the Magic Penny song.  With this money that is collected we have blessed others lives by passing it along to animal species in trouble, people in need in the Burlington area, and groups in other countries.   


This year we are proposing a new way to pass along the collection.  Over the next several weeks, you will be reading and hearing about this adventure as we put our 7 UU principles and faith into action through the concept of Pay it Forward.  In a June service, we will be handing out envelopes of cash and talk about how a little bit of money can be magic to others as it touches many other's lives.  Please take a few moments to see how this venture was inspired in one UU congregation in San Mateo and consider participating in our adventure and returning in October with a celebration of those magic pennies. 


Here is what they did with their money in a blog:


Consider how you live your faith. How can this money support you putting your/ our faith into action? We will be asking you to have fun keeping track of what you do (journaling, photos, video, join our blog etc) so we can all share how our UU principles came alive through the summer! 
 Book group news:

On May 27 there will be a short meeting at 11:15 (after the 10:00 o'clock service) in the SBA room to discuss books for the 2012-13 season.  If you would like to recommend a book please come and give us a  description.  The meeting is open to all.  If you cannot attend and have a good idea for a book, please email Gerry Quinlan at and we will try to fit it in.




JUMP needs YOU to go to the ballgame!  Buy a ticket in MAY for the September 2 Lake Monsters game and raise money for JUMP!  Buy tickets in MAY for all your friends and family.  Joint Urban Ministry Project will receive $3 from each $6 ticket purchased online in MAY for the 6:05 p.m. game with the Tri-City ValleyCats!  JUMP friends can sit together on the first base side of the stands and will receive special recognition at the game!   


You must follow this link to purchase tickets: 


Contact Jean Palmer at 338-7735 with questions.  And Thanks!



VIAPlease Join VIA....

for our Spring Federated meeting on Thursday, May 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Paul's Cathedral (corner of Battery and Cherry Sts.) to enjoy a potluck dinner, hear updates on the issues that each congregation is addressing, and learn from a presentation by Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, about the ECOS project, a regional planning initiative to promote sustainable development, paid for by a federal grant and involving 50 local organizations (including VIA) and all 19 county municipalities.   Bring a dish and come! 

Just Two Spots Left for June 15 UU RE Camping Trip!

We'd love for you to join in the fun, and you can find a map and the sign-up forms down in the Community Room.
We're going to send the balance of our payment on Monday, May 14 and won't be adding to our group reservation after that day.  If you or friends or family want to sign up after that, just call the park and make your reservations directly with them.  They may not be in the same immediate area, but it's a small park and we'll still all be pretty close to each other.
(If this is the first you're hearing of it or can use a reminder of the details: this is a much-beloved weekend of relaxing, hiking, boating, eating, visiting with friends, and playing in which we rent 21 tent and lean-to sites at Lake Elmore (near Morrisville, a little more than an hour's drive from Burlington.  We have a few optional planned activities, like the potluck on the Friday we arrive, a loosely planned hike up Elmore Mountain on Saturday afternoon, the Sat. evening campfire ... and lots of time to just do what you and your family enjoy while in good UU company in a beautiful setting.  This year's trip will take place Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17.  It is $40 per campsite for the weekend - make checks to FUUSB, with "camping trip" in the memo line.)
If you have any questions please call Cheryl Herrick  at or 802-860-7527.
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This event will be held in the SBA room.