SOTSOL & UCNE

Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)
"We Pledge to Walk Together..."
Volume 2, No. 14, December 14, 2012
In This Issue
Caring CommUnity
What's New in RE?
Holiday Drive to Benefit A New Day

 

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Fellowship Logo Caring CommUnity Comes Together!

Great news! Kate Haven, Marie Pires, Edie Marsden, Walter Tramontano, and Andy Champagne-Willis have all volunteered to lead our Caring CommUnity efforts. They have already met and have created the following charter, which was approved at the December 11 Executive Committee meeting:

Charter of the Unity Church Caring CommUnity

Mission: To serve as a reliable, confidential, and fair system that allows families or individuals, who are members or friends of Unity Church, to seek help from their spiritual home. Unity Church seeks to help its members and friends in a way that provides quick relief for short-term emergencies and to walk together through long-term difficulties.

The areas of care that the Caring CommUnity seeks to organize include: Reach-out calls, Transportation, Meals, Home Help, Child Care, and other General assistance.

Kate et. al. stress that while they will head up the organizational aspects of this effort, the membership of the Caring CommUnity includes all members and friends of Unity Church who seek to provide a caring ministry and who receive a caring ministry. The Caring CommUnity is a branch of our Fellowship committee, chaired by Cheryl Brigante. The group is currently hard at work ironing out the details of how best to bring their mission to fruition.

Let's all join in supporting this terrific program and support our Caring CommUnity to the best of our abilities. Stay tuned for more details, and the next time you see Andy, Marie, Edie, Walter, or Kate, say a big "Thank you!" for taking on this effort.
Caring CommUnity + Cheryl L to R: Cheryl Brigante, Andy Champagne-Willis, Marie Pires, Edie Marsden, Walter Tramontano, and Kate Haven


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What's New in Religious Education?
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The Holiday Season is upon us, and we children have been very busy! On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we all joined together for an inter-generational activity. My, how we love working all together!

After hearing about why Unitarian Universalist's use the Chalice as our symbol, we used clay pots and glass stones to create our very own Chalices! After decorating the outside of the ChalicesUCNE RE Kids 5 Cropped and filling them with stones, we practiced using the stones to share our own Joys and Concerns, and even got to take home a candle to put in the center (as long as we promised Deanna that we would not actually try to light it!).

Pre-School and Kindergarten

We pre-schoolers and kindergarteners have had a wonderful time exploring the holiday's! We learned about Hanukkah, and were very excited to find out that doughnuts are actually considered a Hanukkah food! Some of us were thrilled to realize that we were (inadvertently) celebrating Hanukkah with these tasty treats! We all loved decorating our own Menorahs too!
 
First and Second Grade

We bet that our families are excited to find out that we read Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book! We made beautiful dream catchers to hang near our beds. The Native American culture believes that these dream catchers will catch our bad dreams in their webs, and let only the good dreams trickle down to us! Hopefully that means that we were cooperative about going to UCNE RE Kids 2bed on time once we got home from RE!  

 
Third through Eighth Grade
All of us "big kids" have joined together for the remainder of Fall RE.  We are talking about the many different views our world has about God. Is there one God?  Are there many? Is God a person? Does God exist in nature? We talked in our class about what we thought the adults in our congregation believe, and created a poll for the adults at Social Hour. We will be looking at the results in class this week to see if the adults really do think the way that we believe they do! Check out the bulletin boards for the results of our poll!

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Gearing up for the Winter!
Believe it or not, the Winter Curriculum is coming! Starting on January 6th, the children will meet in Chaffin Room each week for the entire length of the Sunday service. During this time, we will create our own service, and then present it on April 7th. We would love it if the adults could help out! Come one week or every week, we would love to see you!

 

For more information, contact Deanna Greenstein, Coordinator of Religious Education, at deanna.greenstein@gmail.com or 508-238-6373.


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Holiday Drive to Benefit A New Day

A New Day provides free and confidential counseling and advocacy to individuals living south of Boston and impacted by sexual violence and/or relationship violence.UCAN Colorform Logo 03Dec2012

 

The congregation at Unity Church has supported A New Day (formerly WomensPlace) for many years, through holiday drives and with a special concert every year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.   


This holiday season is no exception. Jenn Gold has generously volunteered, as she has in previous years, to organize and lead the drive for needed goods for A New Day. Jenn will also deliver our donations.

Please see the lists of most needed items, and the dates by which to provide them to ensure that Jenn can deliver them to A New Day. Unfortunately, no items donated after these dates can be delivered as part of the holiday drive.

By Tuesday, December 18th
  • Gifts Cards. Give to Jenn or drop them off at the church office. The following list are those most needed at A New Day: 
    • Grocery Stores - Remember, you can benefit Unity Church and A New Day by purchasing Shaws or Hannafords gift cards from  Frank Smith. Contact him at francis-smith@comcast.net or see him at Social Hour after a Sunday service.
    • Pharmacies
    • Target, Walmart, etc.

By 2 pm on Friday, December 21st  

  • Winter Wear, new or very gently-worn items. Please give these to Jenn or place them in the boxes provided in the Chaffin Room.
    • Children, All Sizes
    • Women, Small and Medium
    • Hats, Gloves, Scarves, etc.
  • Non-Perishable Food. Please give these to Jenn or place them in the boxes provided in the Chaffin Room.   
  • Holiday Meal Items-Perishables. Please give these directly to Jenn
    • Frozen Turkey, Ham, etc.
    • Fresh Vegetables, etc.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT leave perishable donations in the church refrigerators or freezers. 


If you would like to drop off donations at Jenn's house, please call or write her to arrange a day and time. Jenn can reached at  the-goldfamily@comcast.net or 508-238-5975.

Jenn will pick up the boxes at church at 2:00 pm on December 21st and deliver everything on that day
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity, and BIG THANKS to Jenn Gold and her family for helping us continue to aid our neighbors! 


References Mentioned in Sunday Services or Events
We recently had requests about where to find the literary and other references used in our Sunday Service or events, so we decided to add an item in the Unity News so everyone will have access to them.

Click on any of the links below for more background information about the references.

And here's one from the Cookie Monster's event:



New England Folk Festival Dancers & Musicians are Coming Back!

The New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) has a festival in Mansfield each spring. Folk musicians and dancers come from around the world. Some (young adults, musicians) cannot afford hotel rates.

 

We can once again host them, April 19-21, 2013, for a nominal charge that goes directly to Unity Church.

 

This was a wonderful success last year, generating good will and funds for our community. For more information  about being a host, please contact Anna Linzi at 781-727-7521 or ANNATL124@gmail.com.



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Big THANK YOU to Our Sunday Helpers!
Thanks to our volunteers who recently helped to make our service and Social Hour wonderful: 
  • Jannelle Codiani, Chris Pender, Mark Kunemund, Brigitte von Weiss, the Executive Committee, the Fellowship Committee, Kate Haven, Jason Gold, Carolyn McCafferty, Edie Marsdon, Michele Blake, Melanie and Mark D'Aiello, David Olson, Lori and Richard Freitas, Ellen Dehm, Nancy D'Uva and Tedd Messier, Cathy Adler, Scott and Cheryl Brigante, Jessica Chapman and Frank Gianonne, Susanne Rogers, MaryLu Love, Bob Champagne-Willis, and Susan Merow. 

 

Unity Church Aiding Neighbors (UCAN)

Click the link above to learn about Social Justice at Unity Church.  

 

The Fundraising Corner
Click the link above to see fundraising opportunities for Unity Church.

Upcoming Events 
  

Photo Credits for this Issue of the Unity News
Ellen Dehm, Deanna Greenstein, and Cheryl Brigante


Unity News Contact Info
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