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October 28, 2016
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Items for Ancestor Altar
First Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar
Healing, Hope & Community
Care Network Dementia Care Survey
Minister's Monthly Meet-up
"Working for a Second Chance"
New UU Class
Time to Order a Holiday Wreath!
UU United Nations
Join the Children's Choir!.
Holiday Bow Makers Wanted!
Got Dried Natural Materials?
Upcoming Sundays for Children
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Important Dates
November 6         
Children's Choir Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

November 7
Healing, Hope, and Community

Monday, November 7 at 6 pm at the First Congregational Church of Burlington, UCC, 38 South Winooski Avenue.

November 8
12:00 p.m. 
FUUSB Book Group: "The Good Lord Bird"  

November 13      
Children's Choir Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
November 10
Writing With Spirit begins!

2nd and 4th Thursdays, starting Oct 27th, 6 - 7:30 PM

November 20          Children's Choir Performance: Both Services        

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Items for Ancestor Altar this Sunday, October 30
by Rev. Mara

First UU friends,

During this Sunday's multigenerational service, we'll be building an Ancestor Altar at both services. Please bring with you an item representing an ancestor of yours - or your ancestry in general - to include. And please interpret this invitation as widely as possible and in a way that honors you and your particular story and situation. "Ancestors" can include loved ones recently lost or more distant relatives, and can draw from from birth or adoptive families. An "ancestor" could also be a public figure or person in your life now departed - whether "family" or not, whom you feel has guided, inspired, or informed your life in some way. Items could include a photo, clothing, a piece of art, sculpture or pottery, buttons, food or beverage they enjoyed, or other item - you will get it back after our service concludes.

In countries throughout Latin America, particularly Mexico where it's a national holiday, the end of October brings "El Dia de Muertos," (Day of the Dead), a time for honoring the departed through festive celebrations. Over the centuries, Dia de Muertos has blended indigenous practices with the Catholic customs of All Saints and All Souls Days, which some in our community also observe at this time of year, along with the pagan observance of Samhain. Running through these observances is a common desire to honor the departed. In Celtic traditions, it is said "veil" between the worlds is thinnest at this time of year. This Sunday, we will learn more about Dia de Muertos, as we seek to celebrate and honor our own ancestors. 

First Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar
by Carol Czina

First Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, December 3, 2016,  from 9 am - 2 pm.  Seeking vendors of cards, artworks, jewelry, crafts, handmade items.  

We have 10 tables available to rent to UU's who would like to sell their crafts during this busy and fun community event that fills our building with holiday cheer. We will be upstairs in the Susan B Anthony Room, lots of light and windows this year! Elevator access. Set up is from 8am to 9am on Dec 3.  Tables will be 6-8' long. Tables are $30.00 or 10% of your proceeds (whichever is less). We'll also have one group table for UUs who have just a few things to sell. If we don't rent all tables by November 5, we'll seek vendors from the broader Members/Friends of FUUSB community. 

Please contact Carol Czina to sign up or questions at or 802 864 0242.

Healing, Hope & Community

All are invited and welcome to gather for a pre-election,  non-partisan,  apolitical prayer vigil on Monday, November 7 at 6 pm at the First Congregational Church of Burlington, UCC, 38 South Winooski Avenue.  We are all feeling the stress and tension over this election and area clergy want to offer your community, our community, a time and a place to come together for healing and hope.  No politics - just song, poem and prayer.    The vigil will take place outdoors, weather permitting.  

This event is hosted by First Congregational Church of Burlington, UCC, with planning assistance from area clergy representing interfaith and interdenominational traditions.  

Care Network Dementia Care Survey
by Martha Molpus

We know that dementia, a condition that affects cognitive ability, is related to age and that our population is aging.  The FUUSB Care Network Ministry is beginning a Dementia Care project to help us become more aware of the realities of dementia and to explore ways we can provide support for those in our faith community who are touched by it.  We need your input to best address these needs.  Look for a survey in the Order of Service on November 6; this survey will also be available online.  Thank you for your caring contributions.
Minister's Monthly Meet-up: November 9th 4:30 - 6:00 in the Parlors
by Nina Buss
Join us at this community-building Open House to enjoy some light refreshments and connect with Reverend Mara and others in a relaxed social environment.  We especially invite those who have not had a chance to talk with Reverend Mara more deeply than the greeting line allows.  Drop by for 15 minutes or an hour!   No RSVP required.
"Working for a Second Chance"
by VIA

The VIA group at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul is partnering with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility to host a unique event called "Working for a Second Chance" on Wed., Nov. 16 from 6 to 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Common Room (2 Cherry St., Burlington). Panels of ex-offenders and potential employers will share their personal stories about looking for work or hiring workers. VIA will moderate a discussion including the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections about providing better job opportunities for ex-offenders in future. Please help us create an atmosphere of trust and support so that our panelists can speak freely. Refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Debbie at or 802-651-8889.

New UU Class Nov. 12
by Nina Buss

Would you like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism?  Find out more about our own Burlington UU Congregation?  Meet other newcomers?  If so, please sign up for the New UU Class!  The class will be held November 12th from 9am -12:30 here at the Meeting House.  There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the Parlors or you may e-mail Nina Dahlstedt Buss at
Time to Order a Holiday Wreath! 
by Sarah Forbes

These lush wreaths are hand-made in the Northeast Kingdom and are custom-decorated in-house by a talented group of UU's. They come in the standard 24" width. To order a larger size, contact Sarah Forbes by November 21st at 578-6119 or  Wreaths will be ready for pickup at the Bazaar Dec. 3rd or Sunday the 4th in the community room.
UU United Nations
by Christina Fulton

Beloved member, Valerie Chapman, has served as the UU-UNO Envoy from First UU Society Burlington since the 1980's has finally retired.  Although Valerie moved to Halifax in 2007, she remotely served as our Envoy and faithfully sent us updates about the very important work of the UU-UNO.  We thank Valerie for her amazing contribution and wish her well as she moves on to other endeavors.  Valerie and her partner Colin Kerr will be in Burlington November 21 - 25, so if you see them around town make sure to say hello!


Join the Children's Choir! 
by Nicholas Stokes

We invite all singers, from 3rd through 8th grade, to join voices in the Children's Choir this fall! Absolutely no experience required. The Children's Choir is an inclusive group for all children who enjoy singing. The fall season will include the following rehearsals and performance:

Sunday, October 30 -             Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 6  -           Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 13  -         Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Sunday, November 20  -         Performance: Both Services

Rehearsals will take place in the sanctuary, and a snack will be provided. For more information, please email Nick Stokes at

Holiday Bow Makers Wanted!
by Sarah Forbes

Looking for a few individuals interested in learning how to make the beautiful holiday bows to decorate the wreaths sold at the UU Bazaar in early December.  Once you learn the technique, you can make them at home when it's convenient for you.  Your help stocking up before the Bazaar will be much appreciated!  You'll never need to buy another flat, uninspired bow again!  Contact Sarah Forbes, 578-6119,
Got Dried Natural Materials?
by Sarah Forbes
Gardeners! When cleaning up those beds please consider putting aside any interesting pods, bark, sturdy seed heads, dried flowers, grasses, birch bark, red twigs etc. for us to use to make the beautiful wreaths sold at the UU Holiday Bazaar.  Call to arrange pick up or drop off.  Thank you! Sarah Forbes, 578-6119,
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

Oct 30 at 9 & 11 AM... Multigen Worship
Nov 6 at 9 & 11... Classroom Sunday
Nov 13 at 9 & 11... Classroom Sunday
Nov 20 at 9 & 11... Classroom Sunday
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