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August 22, 2013
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Religious Education for Children & Youth
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Upcoming Worship Service Information

All services at 10:00 A.M. through Labor Day.

 

There will be a Reflection for All Ages at every service. Nursery and child care will also be provided every Sunday. 

 

 

August 25 Here's our first chance to hear Rev. Mara Dowdall in the pulpit as our settled minister.  "Let Us Play," an exploration of the importance of play and playfulness in our lives. We'll also make time to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Hope to see many of you there!

 

September 1 (Labor Day week-end) "Welcome to the FUUSB" An introduction to our society and our meeting house. Worship Associate: Stephen Rainville 

 


In Memoriam
 
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Dick Yeaw will be held Saturday, September 14, 2-3:30pm at FUUSB. You are welcome to share
memories or anecdotes about Dick during the service. A punch and cookies reception will follow the service in the Parlors. If you wish you may also join family and friends at the Burlington Cohousing Community for a pot luck dinner at 6pm



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Programs . . .

Book Discussion Group
Please join us at the first 2013-14 book group meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 at the UU when we will discuss Thomas Jefferson, the Art of Power by Jon Meacham.  Said to be Meacham's best book yet, it gives us "original and unexpected new insights into Jefferson's identity and character."  New members most welcome.

Arc Gallery- upstairs
New show of Summer Works by Mary Ellen Manock  (editors note:  these works are just beautiful, come see them!)  If YOU wish to have a solo exhibit please contact MEManock@mac.com  Group shows also possible.

Religious Education for Children & Youth

UPCOMING SUNDAYS FOR CHILDREN: chalice by river

September Startup of RE!

Sept. 1st: last summer service, just one, at 10 AM

Sept. 8th: Multigenerational Ingathering Worship at 11 AM only

Sept. 15th: RE Orientation during both the 9:00 and 11:00 services. We will sing children and RE stewards out at about quarter past the hour, as usual. Fun activities will be planned for the children, who will be supervised by childcare staff (thank you!!). Meanwhile, adults will attend orientation, which will end at 10:30 and 12:30, respectively. Keep an eye out for an invitation to attend RE orientation!

Sept. 15th: OWL parent orientation: 12:30-2:45(note slight time change)

Sept. 18th (Wed) OWL parent orientation 6:00-8:15 PM.

Sept 22nd: Classes (including OWL) begin


OWL at First UU
Due to unprecedented and overwhelming interest in our 8th grade OWL program, the class is full. A reminder to families: if I've told you that you have a spot, you must confirm/secure it by doing three things BEFORE SEPT. 1ST:  1) register your child online via the form in the RE section on our website; 2) RSVP about attenting an OWL parent orientation; 3) turn in your pledge/fee form which I sent a few weeks back. We have several kids on a waiting list and I will offer them spots which have not been confirmed by your taking these steps. Thanks! - Martha Dallas


Safe Congregation update
I'm pleased to share that the Board approved our new Safe Congregation policies in July. This gives us the green light to begin implementing them. There is a lot to do, so we are working on gradually coming into full compliance over the next three years. This year, a large focus will be on informing and educating all of you about what the policies are, how they will work, and how we all play a role in supporting our collective safety in this faith community. Stay tuned for more info about forums, presentations, and learning opportunities in the coming weeks and months. - Martha Dallas, for the Safety Team



RE Registration is NOW Open!

 

If you tried to register last week and couldn't, please try again - Click Here to Register for Religious Education Classes!

 

 

A rewarding opportunity to expand our accessibility! 
We are looking for someone who is interested in a paid or volunteer role as a 1:1 aide to Ben Wood-Lewis, one of our religious education students. Ben has severe cerebral palsy, so his participation is enriched immensely with the help of another person. Ben's parents will train you, and the training is quite simple, since the time you'd be with Ben is just during RE and they will be in the building, should a greater need arise. The only way Ben can do RE is if he has the support of an aide, so if you are looking for a direct way to serve, or would like a simple, yet rewarding and impactful job, please contact Valerie Wood-Lewis (Ben's mom) at valerie@burlingtontelecom.net.  

 

For Yuuth: 

 

Yuuth Group News (kinda!) 
As many of you know, we lost a very devoted yuuth group advisor, Sarah Coonrod, who moved to Masachusetts over the summer. Josh Fairfax will continue to work with youth, and George Rutherford will also be an advisor (in a limited way, since his son will be in the group). I will also continue to work with you, though my intent is to have more of a supporter/coordinator role.

Meanwhile I am working on setting up a planning/leaders meeting to help us get underway for the coming year. Youth, parents, advisors, and I will get together to vision and plan the shape and scope of yuuth group for 2013-14, so more details (like when the first meeting will be) will come your way after that time.
 
If you are interested in possibly joining the Yuuth Advisor Team, please contact me: martha@uusociety.org or 862-5630 x 28. Thanks! - Martha Dallas

 

 


 Social Justice 

cafeteria line

Sunday Night Dinners at the Food Shelf
The first 2 principles of our UU faith:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
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    How can we manifest these beliefs in our day to day lives? I have an idea! Volunteer or donate a casserole or hearty salad ( pasta, rice or potato) to FUUSB's Sunday Night Dinners at the Chittenden Community Food Shelf. 
     
    Help is needed from 4:30-7 every Sunday evening thru Sept. 1. to prep, serve and clean up. Last Sunday we served more than 200!  We're using Volunteer Spot to help us stay organized. Click this link http://vols.pt/arnmu4  to sign up or contact Bridget @ 879-5409 or email bmeyer1038@aol.com. Thanks!


     

    Where's the Toilet Paper?

    JUMP is asking that we not leave them in an awkward position this summer.  Please remember to replenish the toilet paper!  Volunteers stop by every week to take donations from our Society over to JUMP.  You can leave your donation on the shelf behind the last pew in the Sanctuary.  Thank you!

     

     

     

    Universal Healthcare

    We are Unitarians working on a project to promote Universal Healthcare.  We will be in Montpelier on September 4th and we are hoping that you will agree to put the following announcement in you order of service.

     

     

    Drive for Universal Healthcare is coming to Montpelier September 4th noon to 1:30. We will be meeting on the capital lawn.  For details visit http://duh4all.org.

     

     

    16th Annual Walk or Run for JUMP

     

    The 16th Annual Walk or Run for JUMP returns September 28nd, with the goal of raising $16,000 in support of direct services at the Joint Urban Ministry Project.  

    • Imagine losing your job and having no way to pay your electric bill.

    • Or wanting to start a job, but having no money to buy the ID you need.

    • Or needing to get to a medical appointment and not having even $5 to buy gas.


    These are the stories heard every day at the JUMP drop-in center. Twenty-six area faith communities, including this one, support the local outreach ministry of JUMP, and in 2012 JUMP provided assistance to more than 3000 households.

     

    Run for JUMP is a fun event for adults, children, grandchildren and the entire family as it includes an open 5K run, a 1K run for kids under 14, and a 1K walk - all on Burlington's beautiful Waterfront.  It's a great event for teams of all sorts  - maybe even a little friendly rivalry between groups? Who can raise the most money - the Book Group Team or the Youth Group Team?  Which faith community can field the most runners - Shelburne Methodist or First UU Society of Burlington?

     

    Any participant raising $50 or more for JUMP will win a free t-shirt, and for $250 or more you will receive a free sweatshirt. Local businesses, including many restaurants, donate prizes for the top finishers, top team, age group winners, and youth and adult fundraisers. Every participant will have an opportunity to win terrific raffle prizes.  

    It's easy to register online at www.jumpvt.org and create your own fundraising page to email to friends, co-workers and relatives. It's a creative and fun way to reach out to many potential sponsors! Registration forms will automatically be mailed to all past participants. Please let me know if you have any questions.

     

    Thank you for your support and dedication to the mission of JUMP, and hope to see you on September 28nd!

     

    Volunteers needed for Run for JUMP

    Please contact JUMP Board member Suzie Crews at 865-4960, or email Run4JUMP@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer on race day from 7-11, or help recruit participants at your faith community.

     

    Administrative Information
    Parking Stickers for the Oval
    Would you like the option of parking in the Meetinghouse oval while working or playing in the neighborhood?. It can be easily arranged!

    Passes allowing members to park for up to three hours during the week are now available for the period September 2013 through September 2014.  Passes cost $35 for one vehicle or $60 for two. You may print the attached form and send it with a check payable to the FUUSB to my attention (Bob Furrer) or pick up a form at the Meetinghouse first floor office on Sunday mornings. A third, though not ideal option, would be to contact me to request a hard copy of the form.
     
    Please note that all stickers numbering164 through 206 will be void as of September 30, 2013.  Let the good times roll! - or park! - so to speak.

    Click Here for the Parking Sticker Application


    A rewarding opportunity to expand our accessibility!
    We are looking for someone who is interested in a paid or volunteer role as a 1:1 aide to Ben Wood-Lewis, one of our religious education students. Ben has severe cerebral palsy, so his participation is enriched immensely with the help of another person. Ben's parents will train you, and the training is quite simple, since the time you'd be with Ben is just during RE and they will be in the building, should a greater need arise. The only way Ben can do RE is if he has the support of an aide, so if you are looking for a direct way to serve, or would like a simple, yet rewarding and impactful job, please contact Valerie Wood-Lewis (Ben's mom) at valerie@burlingtontelecom.net.

      

    Summer Office Hours:

    We are still on summer office hours until after Labor Day.  For the most part, the office will be open Monday - Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  If you arrive and find the door locked, please ring the bell for someone to let you into the building.