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|Unity Church of North Easton News|
| Special First Online Edition!||
Volume 1, No. 1, March 1, 2012
|What's the BCD?|The Ballou Channing District (BCD) is one of 19 UUA regions across the United States. It covers southeast Massachusetts, THAT'S US!
There are 45 member congregations - a membership of about 5500 Unitarian Universalists.
Musings with the Minister
First of all, let me thank all of you for your patience as we "renovate" the joys and concerns part of our Sunday worship service. Second, let me tell you how we came up with this plan.
The worship committee considered all the information we gathered during our congregational conversation last month. We weighed the needs of the whole community and came up with a plan, which the Executive Committee backs. We will try it for a couple months and see how it goes. Please let us know what you think!
We will use a multifaceted approach. The first facet will be working on our "church manners." We will talk about how we create sacred space by quieting our voices, our bodies, our mind and our hearts during worship. We create it by practicing respect, tolerance, and compassion.
Another facet is doing Joys and Concerns differently. We will create a more sacred feel before they start, centering ourselves, ringing a chime. When the children are in worship, they will come forward for joys and concerns first. Then I will do a pastoral prayer for the children, as I do for the adults.
Next we will ring a chime again, and the adults will come forward to share their joys and concerns. After the children go to Sunday School, I will address the adults' joys and concerns in a second pastoral prayer.
My son Nick's perspective may be helpful as we learn to listen respectfully. For him, joys and concerns is about sharing our feelings about our lives, and so the actual circumstances are not really important. Listening for the feelings behind our words will create a sacred space where all people, of every age, are treated with respect and consideration.
Click here for The Minister's Schedule.
Click here to see Services This Month.
Cllck here for he NEW Adult Circle of Trust program.
*Original drawing by our own Nancy D'Uva
It's that time of year when the congregation is asked to renew their financial commitment to support the ministries of Unity Church.
This year's theme, "What Can We Build Together", was born from the fact that our "house" has been totally restored and renovated. Many people donated time and money to take care of the building that has been given to us.
Many saw the need to protect, rebuild, and ensure that this building will continue to be a haven for those seeking our liberal faith. This spiritual home has seen many people pass through its doors and each generation paid to keep it alive and well.
So, now that our house is in order What Can We Build Together? What can we do together? What mark can we make for the ages?
We don't have to think about the roof leaking, or the heating pipes banging, or the stained glass windows buckling, or the slates falling off of the roof.
We can start to collectively build and go in any direction we want!! We can build on our own spiritual journey through Lifespan Religious Education or covenant groups. We can build a stronger pledge to one another and become a vibrant community. We can build a voice for social justice issues and work in the greater community.
Yes we can build a future together, what do you want to do??
Click here to see the Stewardship Schedule of Events.
|Social Justice at Unity Church
The 5-5-5 Plan for Social Justice
At a service this year, Tess asked people to think of a word for Unity Church, a focus we could build group resolutions around. People wrote their words on wooden coins and put them in a basket. There were dozens of different social justice ideas written on those coins, and no one overarching theme jumped out.
It is clear that there are many passions in our church surrounding social justice. So, the newly formed Social Justice Committee, Rev. Tess Baumberger, Anna Linzi, Sue McGowan, Cindy Olson, and Chris Pender, developed a plan to implement more social justice programs at Unity Church.
Are you intrigued to learn more about
5-5-5 for Social Justice?
Click here to unveil the plan and
the first proposal we will take on!
Coming of Age: Shannon Pender & School on Wheels
At the Special Congregational Meeting after the service on January 8, 2012, Shannon Pender kicked off a drive at Unity Church to collect new school supplies for the kids supported by School on Wheels of Massachusetts.
This is Shannon's leadership project for the Unity Church Coming of Age Program (COA). Click here to read Shannon's message and see how you can help. This school supplies collection will run through the end of March. Please be generous!
Social Justice Highlights from Other Churches
Peace Vigil: Held the first Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, at the UU Church of Foxborough on the Common at 6 Bird St. (next to the library). Please contact Nancy D'Uva for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-543-6432.
Antique Appraisals Returns to Unity Church! Dig that old stuff out of your closets and drawers and bring it to the Parish Hall any time
between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on
Saturday, March 3!
Paul Royka, a nationally know author, and fine art, antiques, and collectibles expert, seen previously on five seasons of the Antiques Roadshow, will be at Unity Church to appraise your items.
The cost for 1 item is $15, or $40 for 3 items. After expenses, proceeds go to the Unity Church operating budget.
For more information, please contact Anna Linzi at ANNATL124@gmail.com .
St. Patty's Day Potluck, Karaoke, and Dance!
Join the fun at Unity Church's St. Patty's Day Potluck, Karaoke, and Dance on Saturday, March 10 in Parish Hall, from 5:30 pm to 10'ish pm. This party is inter-generational. Ah, yes, that's the wee people too...no alcohol, please.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Brigante at email@example.com.
|The Fundraising Corner|
(You can click on the logo to get there!)
We've just made it easier for you to support Unity Church. We registered Unity Church with GoodSearch.com, a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters. Here is how you can help:
Get started by clicking the "Become a Supporter" button on our profile page at http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/unity-church-of-north-easton.aspx!
(You can click on the logo to get there!)
Every time you use the link above, or the one on the Fundraising Corner page on our web site, to purchase goods from Amazon, Unity Church receives 4% to 8.5% of what you've spent, depending on our volume of purchases.
Mario's Trattoria (click here)
Save your receipts when you eat at or take out from Mario's, right here in North Easton! We receive 10% of every dollar spent at Mario's. Put your receipts in the fundraising box at Holly House, or put them in the collection plate at a service. So easy!!
The Unity Exchange is a place where members and friends can offer gently used items to others for just a donation to the church. Click here to see what's new!
|Big THANK YOU to Our Sunday Helpers!|Thanks to our volunteers for January and February who help to make our service wonderful:
- Worship Associates: Sue McGowan, Lynn Santiago-Calling, Peter Leitch, and Jannelle Codianni.
- Greeters: David Olson, Frank Smith, Susanne Rogers, Michael Achey, Perry Harrison, Ken Love, Mary Lu Love, Kathie Malefatto, and Lisa Gilgan.
- Coffee Hour Hosts: The Fredericks Family, the Morse-McCahill Family, the UCNE Worship Committee, Lynn Santiago-Calling, Cheryl Lees, Marie Pires, Carol Heap, and Donna Hobart.
|A Note on A View From the Pew|In keeping with this year's theme of sources and spiritual practice, we invite you to share your journey in a brief, 2-3 minute, View From the Pew during worship. You could talk about a spiritual practice you perform, what it is and how it makes you feel. To schedule a time to share your view, please contact Rev. Tess Baumberger at firstname.lastname@example.org / 508-238-1131 .
|The A,B,Cs of Coffee Hour - We Need YOU!| Coffee Hour hosts are always needed, and its so easy to do! All the supplies for coffee and tea are in the kitchen cabinet below the coffee pots. Some people chose to bring in snacks to share, but this is not required.
All you need to do is Arrive around 10:15 am to plug in the Bunn coffee machine, and put out the supplies. Go to the kitchen during the last hymn to prepare the first pots of coffee, then Be friendly and helpful as people help themselves to coffee and tea. Afterward, Clean up the kitchen and tables. See how easy?
Consider hosting coffee hour with a friend. To sign up, please enter your name(s) in the notebook in Parish Hall, or contact Cheryl Brigante at email@example.com / 508-409-8386.