|Unity Church of North Easton News|
|"We Pledge to Walk Together..."||
Volume 2, No. 19, March 17, 2013
Historic Unity Church LinksThe Easton Patch "The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
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|Zach Taylor and Liam McCafferty,Lay Leaders |
Finding Meaning in Science
The Universe is something hard to comprehend. It's so big, so massively comlex and mysterious that it seems impossible to ever understand. When you hear someone speak about the nature of the universe, with its infinite complexities and spaces, it's easy to believe it doesn't affect us. I mean, there are much more important things to worry about, our jobs, our kids, whether the roadkill your dog just ate is going to make him very sick, our future. And yet, it's always there, the Universe. With us, around us, inside us. It's omnipresent, it is the food we eat, the air we breathe. That same stuff that makes up the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky is the same stuff that makes up us. It's hard to imagine, but we are the Universe. Our very existence is simply little parts of it that have suddenly become self aware. - Liam
Our chalice represents an entire congregation with different political, spiritual, and physical views on the world, coming together and making a difference, no matter how small, by either keeping someone in their thoughts or reaching out physically to help. The great Albert Einstein once said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." This holds true for us when we come together and find problems in our community, or in our building, we always think outside of the box to come up with a solution.
Many times throughout history we have seen moments of human destruction of wildlife...humans are not taking care of all these amazing creatures, even though they have so much in common with us. Apart from looking quite different, they are similar to us in as many ways as they are unique, and it is our job to makes sure they stay safe on the planet that they, and we, were given as a gift of coincidence. - Zach
- excerpts from the sermon by Liam McCafftery and Zach Taylor on March 3, 2013
Something New for Worship
On Sunday, March 24th
we will try something different for worship. In the spirit of exploring different ways to worship together, we will prepare meals for Unity's freezer, and make them available to those in need from our community.
Let's spend our worship time putting our principles in action have fun together at the same time!
How will this work?
We will begin the service in the Sanctuary as usual, but, shortly after the children are sung to their classes, we will move to Parish Hall to prepare simple, well-organized meals.
There will be jobs for everyone - sitters, standers, great cooks, and those of you who prefer to order out. We are really excited for this opportunity to do something different, and care for each other, and hope to see you there! Any Questions? Contact Jannelle Codianni from the Worship Committee firstname.lastname@example.org
The Worship Committee
L to R Back: Anne Federicks, Mark Kunemund, Donna Taylor, and Michele Blake
L to R Front: Jason Gold, Jannelle Codianni, and Kate Haven
Ruth Ashley Memorial Handbell Concert
by Richard Hill, Music Director & Organist at Unity Church
The Annual Ruth Ashley Memorial Handbell Concert will be held at Unity Church, Sunday, April 21, 2013 3:00 pm
The annual spring ring is upon us. Back in 2003, we began a series of handbell concerts with St. Mark Congregational in Roxbury. Most Novembers, our choir travels to St. Mark and in Aprils, their choir comes here.
The series was the brainchild of Ruth Ashley and me. Ruth was directing the bells in Roxbury at the time. She had been the Supervisor of Music in the Easton Public Schools for several years, and also coached tennis. A dear friend, Ruth had sung in my choir when I was organist in West Bridgewater, where the Ashleys lived. Louis, her husband, sang bass.
In 1964, Ruth was the soprano soloist at Sandra's and my wedding in Middleboro. In 1968, Ruth left Easton to teach at Lowell State. After her retirement, in the late 1980's she revived the Handbell Choir at her sister's church in Roxbury and we began this collaboration.
Ruth and Louis died several years ago, and she was replaced at St. the current Handbell Choir Director, Rosebud Holland - so, the music goes on.
These concerts are much more than handbell music. They are a prime example of what our church is all about. We are a welcoming congregation. St. Mark is a welcoming congregation. Here are two choirs, from different traditions, ages, and backgrounds - and we fit together like old gloves.
So come and feel welcomed. Following our concerts we have a nice supper and a chance to interact. This is a wonderful time. Come enjoy the music and the food, and the Fellowship. You'll be glad you did.
If you have any questions about these concerts, or anything about the Music programming at Unity church, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Runners, Walkers, and
All Kinds of Volunteers
Needed to Help
on April 27, 2013!
If you would like to be part of Team Unity
by running/walking or volunteering the day of the event, please contact Melanie D'Aiello
or Cathy Adler
to make this happen for UCAN.
For us to get a discounted registration
and free t-shirts for our team,
we need to register 10 runners/walkers for Team Unity
no later than April 1st.
So, please let us know if you can participate ASAP!
|There will be a Steeple Bell Ringing Class for anyone 16 years of age or older interested in participating.
The class will be conducted by Bob Champagne-Willis, Carol Heap, and Ellen Dehm. It will start in the sanctuary for a brief video tutorial, and then move into the bell tower for practice on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Noon.
If you have any questions or would like to participate please contact Carol Heap at 617 875-4127 or Carol_Heap@yahoo.com.
What Does Unity Church Look Like to You?
In this day and age of smart phones, many of us are lucky enough to have a camera on us at all times. That gives us a tremendous opportunity to snap pictures and share moments of our lives together here at Unity Church.
I will be working on a photo montage project that attempts to capture the incredible spirit of this remarkable year that we have had together. I need your help to demonstrate all aspects of our community life. So, look through the photos you already have and start snapping new ones now!
Forward those great shots along so that I can give the broadest Unity Church portrait possible. Please get your pictures to me by April 15th and thanks in advance for those great photos.
Please send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Committee Affirmations
At the beginning of every Executive Committee meeting, we go around the table and ask if there are any special affirmations
anyone would like to make. Though they do make it into the EC meeting minutes every month, we thought it would be nice to express this appreciation in a more public way.
So, we will now include them in our Unity News regularly! Here they are:
- Ellen Dehm for her Amazing Grace service.
- Ernie Cohen for supplying audio copies of sermons.
- Cathy Adler and Gail Bruno for their work on updating the Campus Use Rental Agreement.
- Chris Pender, Susanne Rogers, and Ellen Dehm for getting the Congregational Record together.
- Zach Taylor and Liam McCafferty for their wonderful service.
- Susanne Rogers and Audrey Davies for taking on the Stewardship campaign.
- A big thank you to Melanie D'Aiello, Mark Kunemund, and Carolyn McCafferty for being on the Search Committee.
- Our whole CommUNITY for all of the excellent work and participation that is happening that is keeping life at UCNE vital and fulfilling.
To read all the EC minutes, click here to Login as a Member.
If you have affirmations that you would like to pass on, please share them by sending them to email@example.com
Fellowship News & Events
Unity Church Book Group
The Unity Church Book Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month.
- April selection is One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus. The meeting date is April 10, 2013.
The meetings will be held on at Noon at the home of Walter Tramontano. All are welcome! For information or directions please contact Michele Blake at 508-230-2839 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Big THANK YOU to Our Sunday Helpers!|
Thanks to our volunteers who helped to make our service and Social Hour wonderful this year:
- Jannelle Codianni, 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, Ken Love, Carol Heap, Andy and Bob Champagne-Willis, and Susan Merow.
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|Photo Credits for this Issue of the Unity News|
Ellen Dehm, Cheryl Brigante, Bob Champagne-Willis, and Cathy Adler
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