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December 15, 2016
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Christmas Breakfast Volunteers Needed!
You're Invited!
Christmas Eve Ushers Needed!
First Night Lasagna Dinner
First Night Volunteer Sign Up
"Let's Taco About It"
Solstice and the Labyrinth
Upcoming Sundays for Children
Guest at Your Table
Breath of Fresh Air
Upcoming Services

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Important Dates
December 18
Multigen Worship
Child Dedication Ceremony

December 24
Christmas Eve Candelit Services


4:00 p.m.- Families
6:00 p.m.- All Ages
8:00 p.m.- All Ages

December 25
Christmas Day Service
10:00 a.m. 

December 31
First Night Lasagna Dinner

January 1 
New Year's Day Service
10:00 a.m.

January 8
Bicentennial Service of Rededication
11:00 a.m.

January 12
Mother Up! 
5:30 p.m.

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Christmas Breakfast Volunteers Needed! 

Our second 20th annual (can you say math class?) Christmas breakfast will be Christmas morning from 8-10:30. Friends, neighbors and folks from FUUSB gather for a hearty breakfast, great conversation and sometimes a few tunes on our old piano. There are many ways to share join in, from bringing food to serving orange juice to running the dishwasher; the best gift is your presence-sit and enjoy your pancakes with a neighbor.

Helen Douglas and her family are collecting hats, mittens and socks to give out at the Breakfast.

If you would  like to help, please contact Helen at 862-7722
You're Invited! 
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington warmly requests the honor of your presence, as we gather to rededicate our historic Meetinghouse on the occasion of its Bicentennial. (Original dedication: January 9, 1816). Our Service of Rededication will include speakers from the community, a story for all ages, homily by Senior Minister Rev. Mara Dowdall, inspiring music from the First UU Choir, and a ritual of rededication.

All ages are are welcome. Our nursery will be open for infants and toddlers. Older children will begin in the service, then will have an opportunity to depart for a special activity, returning later in the service for the ritual of rededication (Children who prefer may also remain throughout service). 

All are invited to stay for a reception to follow immediately after!

Christmas Eve Ushers Needed! 
by Nina Buss

null Christmas Eve Ushers: Christmas is coming and that means we're looking for ushers/candle lighters for our beautiful Christmas Eve services.  Duties include handing out orders of service, passing an offertory basket and helping with candle lighting.  Please consider signing up to help with this lovely traditional service!  We're using to organize the sign up for this.  Here is all you need to do:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

First Night Lasagna Dinner
by Sharon Leach

Calling all: Lasagna Makers, Cookie Bakers, Servers, Clearers and Setter Uppers!

The First Night Lasagna dinner is a family-friendly event during which we feed lots of hungry and chilly First Night participants a hearty, tummy warming spread!  Please join in for a fun and rewarding evening by cooking your favorite tasty lasagna, baking cookies and/or becoming part of the special team of workers who make this event possible. This year the Yuuth Group is raising money for our annual Service Trip.  We hope to go to Cape Cod to do animal rescue or another environmental job.

We need: Lasagnas (fresh from the oven) and Baked Goods to be delivered between 2 and 4 pmDec. 31st. We are serving from 4:00 - 8:00 and need Volunteers to sign up for shifts from 2:00 - 5:30 and 5:15 - 9:00.

Sign-up sheets for Lasagna Makers, Cookie Bakers and Volunteers are at this link:  
You can also sign-up on the bulletin boards for Lasagna Makers, Cookie Bakers and Volunteers. Please sign up and help make this a memorable event! For additional information please contact: Jean Palmer at or Sharon Leach at

First Night Volunteer Sign Up
by Bob Furrer

It's almost time to greet a New Year, and the FUUSB will once again be a First Night venue! For those wishing to volunteer at the event, there will be a sign-up sheet posted on the first floor bulletin board of the Meeting House as of December 11th. There are five shifts available ( 12:302:404:406:40 and 8:40), with three slots per shift. Each volunteer receives a First Night Button which gives them access to most of the celebration's events. Volunteers can pick up their buttons anytime after 12:00 noon on Dec. 31st. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and be able to meet and direct the public.

Volunteers must sign-up in person at the Meeting House!!

"Let's Taco About It": 
Youth Panel  & Discussion 
Spectrum Youth and Family Services

LET'S TACO ABOUT IT: let your voice be heard Youth Panel  & Discussion. Tuesday, Dec. 20th 5pm - 6:30pm here at FUUSB.

Ask questions and share your opinions with community leaders: food (yes, tacos) provided.

Open to everyone ages 12-26 

The panel includes: 

Jay Diaz- Attorney, ACLU-Vermont
TJ Donovan- Attorney General-Elect
Emmet Helrich- Community Coordinator, Rapid Intervention Community Court 
CristaLee McSweeney-Director, Williston Community Justice Center
Chris Reiss- Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
Nancy Waples- Vermont Superior Court Judge . . . and more! 

Since November, many young people have expressed concerns regarding their safety and are unsure of their futures.This panel and discussion presented by Spectrum Youth  will allow youth to speak to providers, legal officials, and advisors to voice their concerns, ask questions, and be heard. All youth ages 12 through 26 are welcome. The event will be held here at FUUSB.

Spectrum will be providing some transportation from the Old North End of Burlington. And yes, there will be tacos!

Click here to view the event! 

Solstice and the Labyrinth
The Solstice is upon us - that precious time of year when greatest darkness yields to the beginnings of welcomed increasing minutes of light. Together we celebrate this changing of seasons.  If the ground isn't snow covered, our FUUSB labyrinth lies in wait for anyone wishing to walk its calming pathway. Solstice, falling on Sunday this time, is a perfect time for a peaceful walk feeling gratitude, seeking insight or whatever your desire may be.
-The FUUSB Labyrinth Ministry
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas

Dec 18: Multigen worship to celebrate the Winter Solstice. 8th Grade OWL meets.
  • OWL 5th-6th Session #1 (12:45-1:45)

Dec 25 & Jan 1: One 10 AM worship service. NOTE: Childcare in our nursery will not be available these two Sundays. Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary or parents may supervise them in our nursery.

Guest at Your Table
by David and Sally Conrad

Guest at Your Table is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC's) annual intergenerational program to raise support for UUSC's work to protect human rights and defy hate from the ground up, while also applying pressure on those in power at the top-as UUSC founders Martha and Waitstill Sharp did during their missions to rescue Jews and dissidents from Nazi Germany.
         UUSC is proud to carry forward the Sharps' legacy by continuing to defy hate and protect the lives and rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and other marginalized groups, both here in the United States and throughout the world.  UUSC partners with grassroots organizations in over 25 countries around the world, including the Arab American Civic Council in southern California which provides refugees with the resources they need to build a new life in an unfamiliar country.
            We urge you to participate in this year's Guest at Your Table by reading "Stories of Hope" and using a donation envelope available in the Parlors or on tables in the sanctuary.  Online, please go to to make your tax-deductible contribution.  Any amount is welcome, but a donation of $40 or more earns you annual UUSC membership benefits and a gift of $125 or more is eligible to be matched-doubling the impact of your gift.  Thank you!