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Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)
"We Pledge to Walk Together..."
Volume 1, No. 2, March 9, 2012
In This Issue
Women's History Month
Musing with the Minister
Stewardship 2012
Social Justice
UU Urban Ministry
Easter Lilies
Easter Sunrise Service Rehearsal
Announcements Changes

March is Women's History Month:

Women's Education Women's Empowerment 

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"The Library of Congress (LOC), National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society."

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"At the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), we believe that achieving gender equality is fundamental to achieving universal human rights."
Click here to read more from the UUSC. 


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Musings with the Minister

Dear Ones,

 

Have you heard the buzz about this summer's Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona? Unitarian Universalists from around the world will gather there June 20-24 for a Justice GA. We will do less of the usual program, so we can spend time doing justice work in partnership with local immigrant rights groups.  

 

This work dovetails with our current Congregational Study-Action Issue, "Immigration as a Moral Issue." Here at Unity Church we have a history of helping immigrants. In the past we had a wonderful program teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Unfortunately when the economy crashed, funding for the program dried up - but that does not mean interest in immigration is gone.

 

There is a six-session religious education program on immigration. If there is sufficient interest, we can have it here at Unity Church this spring. Then we can give our input to the Commission on Social Witness, which will draft a statement of conscience on the issue. Delegates will vote on that statement at our General Assembly in 2013, but it is possible they will recommend an additional year of study, which means we could vote on it at our General Assembly in Providence, Rhode Island in 2014! That's right, it will be that close in two years!

 

I am excited about General Assembly this summer. I'll actually be leading a workshop during Ministry Days (before GA) on spiritual practices that feed and support social justice work. I hope some of you will be able to make it this summer, and many of you in 2014!

 

Warmly,

Tess 

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

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 It's that time of year when the congregation is asked to renew their financial commitment to support the ministries of Unity Church.

 

Click here to see the Stewardship Schedule of Events.

 

Social Justice at Unity Church 

  

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

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 nancyduva@gmail.com or 508-543-6432.     

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177th Annual Meeting: UU Urban Ministry
Please save the date!  

Thursday May 17, 2012 at 10:30am to 1:30pm  

 

You are cordially invited to the 177th Annual Meeting of the  Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry at First Church in Roxbury. (Rev. Kate Wilkinson, who preached at Unity Church on February 26, 2012, is involved in this ministry.)

 

The meeting agenda is:

  • 10:30 am: Worship followed by conversation and coffee.
  • 11:30 am:Registration  
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch/Business Meeting featuring glimpses of the exciting programming happening at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.
Please put this event in your calendar and look for more information soon, including registration detail.

 

White Lilies
Lilies for Easter Service

If anyone is interested in ordering a Lily to be placed on the table near the pulpit for Easter Sunday on April 8th, please contact Gail Bruno  at 508-238-6373 or 

 office@unity-church.com.

 

The cost is $9.99 per plant and the deadline for ordering is March 30, 2012. Please let Gail know how many plants you wish to order, and, if appropriate, the names of the people they are in memory or honor of. Orders must be accompanied by payment. Checks should be made out to Unity Church. Please send your order and payment to the church office at 9 Main St. North Easton, MA 02356. 

 

Rehearsal for the Easter Sunrise Service
If you are interested in providing vocal or instrumental music at the NRT Easter Sunrise Service, please attend a rehearsal on Monday, March 26, 7:00pm at Holy Cross Parish Center, 225 Purchase St., South Easton.

The Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Natural Resources Trust (NRT) Sheep Pasture on Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 6 am. The entrance to Sheep Pasture is off Main St. in North Easton.  

 

Spoken Announcements in Worship

Starting on April Fool's Day, no kidding! 

 

Years ago, Unity Church decided on spoken announcements during coffee hour. However, we heard that this now doesn't work, for a few reasons; people talk during them, people want social hour to be just for socializing and not church business, etc.

 

So, the Worship Committee proposed a new process that the Executive Committee endorsed. Starting in April, we will make these changes:

  • After the Prelude and before the bell ringing, one person, hopefully from the Executive Committee, will make all the announcements.
  • Anyone who wants a spoken announcement made, please submit it to Gail by the preceding Friday at office@unity-church.com. She will leave a copy on the podium in the Sanctuary to be read aloud.
  • To keep things short, please limit the announcement to 30 words. The contact person will be asked to rise or raise a hand so people know who to ask for further information, go to for fliers, etc.


The Fundraising Corner

 

Unity Exchange

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! 

 

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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: 

  • Use GoodSearch when you search the internet - they will donate a penny to us every time you do
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online - they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us.
  • Enroll in the GoodDining.com they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants.

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!

 

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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!!

 



Big THANK YOU to Our Sunday Helpers!
Thanks to our volunteers for January through March who help to make our service wonderful:
  • Worship Associates:  Sue McGowan, Lynn Santiago-Calling, Peter Leitch, Jannelle Codianni, and Nicola Wilbar. 
  • Greeters: David Olson, Frank Smith, Susanne Rogers, Michael Achey, Perry Harrison, Ken Love, Mary Lu Love, Kathie Malefatto, Lisa Gilgan, and Pat and Chris Pender. 
  • 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 tbaumberger@uuma.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 Carol Heap at  carol_heap@yahoo.com.

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Contact Info
For questions or comments regarding this message, please contact Cathy Adler at welcome2ucne@gmail.com .