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December 22, 2016
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Wishing You a Warm and Nourishing Holiday!
You're Invited!
First Night Lasagna Dinner
Join us at Minister's Monthly Meetup
Next "Mother Up! A Gathering for Families" is on January 11!
Christmas Breakfast Volunteers Needed!
FUUSB Administrative Offices
eNews on Vacation on 12/29
December's Services are Now on Our Soundcloud Page!
Breath of Fresh Air
Upcoming Services
December 24- Christmas Eve Candlelit Services

Rev. Mara, Martha Dallas, and Andre Mol, leading

4pm - Family Service: No Rehearsal Pageant and Candle Lighting

6pm and 8pm - Traditional Candle Light Services: Homily and Choir

December 25- Christmas Day Service
Worship Associate Team, leading
**One Service Only - 10am**

After our traditional
 "Christmas Breakfast," come honor December's many sacred observances, including Hanukkah, which begins December 24, and celebrate light amid the darkness.

January 1- New Year's Day Service

Worship Associate Team, leading

**One Service Only - 10am**

Join us to formally make your resolutions for the New Year-- not the ones about losing ten pounds or achieving the perfect work-life balance. Let's reflect and say goodbye to the parts of 2016 we're ready to leave behind, and imagine how we will bring forward our best energy in this New Year.

January 8- **Bicentennial Service of Rededication**

11:00 a.m. 
(Original dedication: January 9, 1817). 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 welcome. 

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Important Dates
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 11
Mother Up! 
5:30 p.m.

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Wishing You a Warm and Nourishing Holiday! 

Thank you for being a part of our beloved community and sharing your gifts with us and each other!

"Always there is a beginning - 
a new day, 
a new month, 
a new season, 
a new year.
Forever the old passes away 
and newness emerges 
from the richness that was. 
Nothing is ever lost 
in the many changes 
time brings.
What was, in some way, 
will be, 
though changed in form.
Know this: 
This moment is a beginning; 
and your lives, 
individually and together, 
are full of richness, of freshness, 
of hope and of promise."

Edward Searl in We Pledge Our Hearts by Edward Searl, editor
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, 1817). 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!

First Night Lasagna Dinner
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 pm Dec. 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 

Join us at Minister's Monthly Meetup on January 4! 
by Nina Buss, Membership Coordinator

Minister's Monthly Meet-up: January 4th 4:30 - 6:00 in the UU Parlors

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.  Everyone is welcome and 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.
Next "Mother Up! A Gathering for Families" is on January 11! 
by Maeve McBride
We'll begin with a simple, vegetarian dinner for all ages. (No need to bring anything!) Following dinner, for parents and older children, we will gather in a time of reflection and story-telling about the climate crisis and the ongoing actions at Standing Rock. Childcare is provided for young children in the nursery. 

RSVP with food allergies and childcare requests!

Mother Up! is a program of 350VT bringing together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. What Joanna Macy calls the "Great Turning," or the third revolution, is this unprecedented time where we are called to stop the destruction of our world, to build new life-sustaining practices and ways of being, and to shift our collective consciousness. We especially wish to engage young parents in this vital discussion of how we can make positive changes to protect our planet for our children's future. Curious to know more about Mother Up? 

Contact their project coordinator, Abby Mnookin,

Click here to view the Facebook invite:
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
FUUSB Administrative Offices Closed 

Our administrative offices will be closed from 12/24 until 1/2.

If you have an urgent pastoral care need, please call our Pastoral Care line at 802-870-0447

Thank you and happy holidays! 
eNews on Vacation on 12/29
by Annemarie Granillo

eNews will be on vacation on 12/29 and will resume on January 5. Thank you for reading! 
December's Services are Now on Our Soundcloud Page! 
by Annemarie Granillo, Communications Coordinator

Take us with you!!!

December's sermons are now available on our Soundcloud page so wherever you go during this holiday season, there we are! You can check out previous sermons, get reconnected or discover for the first time.