|Unity Church of North Easton News|
|"We Pledge to Walk Together..."||
Volume 3, No. 9, October 25, 2013
Helping Us Grow in CommUnity
The Fellowship Committee, re-organized and strengthened with new members, has embarked on an ambitious program this year: to connect our members and friends to each other, and to reconnect with former members who have been absent from our midst in recent years.
The Fellowship Committee Charter asks us all to "build community through activities that provide the space for mutual discovery of Unitarian Universalism, and of the unique characters and lives of all our congregants". It also says that "through this important ministry, the committee can discover how relationships to the church and those within it have been made, and how healthy relationships may be strengthened and maintained".
Through Sunday services, coffee hours, social activities, covenant groups, and congregational events (like the Fall Retreat - see the article below), we hope your relationships and experiences with other folks at Unity Church will give you a genuine sense of belonging.
Over the next few weeks, several activities are scheduled. We hope you will sign up for the first Circle Dinner
of the year on
, where, in our circles of ten or twelve, you will enjoy camaraderie, good food, good conversation and great fun. We hope you also join us for a Thanksgiving Luncheon
, after church on November 24th
, to enjoy turkey and all the "fixins", and good fellowship, at this traditional event.
Also, keep an eye out soon for a special edition of the Unity News about end of the year events, including Christmas, and plan to help make our yuletide celebrations bright!
May we meet in fellowship in the weeks and months ahead, and, with the guidance of our new minister, Rev. Kristen Grassel Schmidt, may we grow in commUnity and chart an exciting course for the future.
Unity Church Fellowship Committee
Cathy Adler, Unity News Managing Editor & Web Administrator
|New Ministry Start-Up Fall Retreat - Update!
Mark Your Calendars for November 9th
The Executive Committee invites all members and friends to our Fall Retreat, Saturday, November 9, 8:30am - 1:00pm in Parish Hall.
This will be one of our most important Fall Retreats ever. Ballou Channing District (BCD) Executive, Rev. Bill Zelazny, will lead the workshop. This year the theme will be "New Ministry Start-Up."
Rev. Bill plans to guide us through a series of discussions and exercises, including a review of our congregational heritage to see how it informs our present and future; a discussion of what is expected of Rev. Kristin, our half-time Consulting Minister, and what she can expect of us; delineation of areas of minister and leadership responsibilities; and a discussion of "Wings and Chains", i.e., what holds us back and what makes us take flight. In addition, Rev. Kristin will give an overview of this year's Visioning Process.
Our work together during this retreat will form a firm foundation upon which to build great ministerial and congregational relations.
The Executive Committee and Rev. Kristin ask all committee chairpersons to participate. While the retreat focuses on leadership topics, anyone interested in what our new half-time ministry will look like is encouraged to attend
- whether or not you consider yourself a present, past, or future leader.
Beverages and coffee break snacks will be provided. Please bring your own bagged lunch. To sign up for child care
, please contact Executive Committee Vice-President Jason Gold by Saturday, November 2
If you have any questions, contact Jason
or Executive Committee Clerk Ellen Dehm
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Executive Committee and Rev. Kristin
What's New in RE?
Religious Education (RE) is well into the swing of things over in Holly House!
In the Preschool and Kindergarten classroom, we are enjoying a figurative walk along the Rainbow Path, where we are exploring our Rainbow Principles! We have learned a great deal about showing Respect to other people, and are in the process of creating our very own books about the seven principles!
In the first and second grade, we are learning about our church, and the people within it. We recently sent out interview questions to learn a bit more about the members of our church staff. You can find our artistic interpretations of their answers on the RE bulletin board in Parish Hall!
And as for us big kids? We are exploring the same principles as the little guys, but in deeper detail as we delve into what we believe! So far, we have explored how every person has inherent worth, and how the Caring CommUnity shows what a great job Unity Church is doing in showing fair and kind treatment to all!
We answered questions from the Choice Jar in our monthly large group activity! Though some of these questions may have seemed a bit silly (Would you rather have a hippo with you in your bed, or an elephant with you in your bath?
) there were many that really picked at our brains (Would you rather be unable to stand up for yourself or never know when to back down?
We learned a great deal about listening to each other as we explained why we chose the answers that we did, and compared our reasons with the reasons of our friends.
We are very excited to continue our lessons this fall! If you are ever curious about what goes on over at Holly House during our lessons, please feel free to hop on over! We would love to share our experiences with you!
If you have any questions, please contact CRE Deanna Greenstein at deanna.greenstein at gmail.com
|Executive Committee News
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, they are included in our Unity News regularly! Here are the
- Thanks to Guest Minister Rev. Robin Bartlett for a very good service.
- Thanks to all who coordinated the Tailgate Party, especially Cathy Adler, Ellen Dehm, Anna Linzi, and Chris Pender; a good time was had by all.
- Service leaders for past month.
- Kudos to Rev. Kristin for diving into lots of ministerial activities.
- Acknowledgement of all of Jannelle Codianni's hard work on the Worship Committee - she had a great combination of skills and ability to delegate when appropriate.
- Many thanks to the re-invigorated Music Committee and especially Music Committee Treasurer Jenn Gold, for bringing all of the Music Committee finances up to date and for pledging to be more interactive with the congregation.
To read any the EC minutes, click here to Login as a Member.
Upcoming Music Programs
22nd Annual Handbell Concert at St. Mark
On Sunday, November 10, another fine concert will be performed by the remarkable union of two handbell choirs, Unity Church and St. Mark, who have joined together in love, twice a year, for the last 22 years.
The concert will be held at 3:00 pm at St. Mark Congregational Church, 200 Townsend Street (and Humboldt Avenue) Dorchester, MA 02121. Donations accepted at the door.
Easton Joins Brockton
The Unity Church Handbell Choir will join musicians at Christ Congregational Church
in Brockton for a concert on Sunday, November 24
. Free to all.
Church Office Memos
by Gail Bruno, Office Manager
Did you Find Your Name Tag?
As you've heard, we are using a brand new process to make sure name tags are available for members and friends. On Sunday mornings, name tags are on a board in the back of the sanctuary. Please put yours on when you enter, and keep it on during Social Hour.
If you can't find your name tag, please contact Gail at the church office
(bound to be a few bumps in the road as we start this...)
If you forget and take your name tag home, and then forget to bring it back on Sunday, there will be temporary name tags available, please help everyone feel welcome by wearing a name tag.
Unity Church 3rd Annual
Bed & Breakfast Fundraiser is Back!
Host friendly, interesting dancers and musicians while raising money for Unity Church!
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.
You can help them and raise some funds for Unity Church by providing a bed or even just floor space to participants during the fair on April 25-27, 2014.
This was a wonderful success last year, generating good will and funds for our community.
Here's How it Works
- Church members register to provide a bed and/or floor space, a shower, and a continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
- Anna Linzi matches hosts with guests. Please contact Anna at 781-727-7521, or emaill her at annatl124 at gmail.com.
- Hosts and guests email each other to finalize details, like check-in and check-out times. Guests send the checks to the church. This year there are weekend rates at $60 per person for floor space, $75 per person for single bed space, and $150 per bed for a double/queen/king.
What Hosts Need to Know
- The festival starts on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 7 pm and ends at 11:30pm each night, so many of the guests will be coming to your house late. It starts at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday. You can specify quiet hours that work for you.
- The festival has a lot of activities, dances, performances, workshops, and more! Click here for more information about the schedule of events.
Host Application Form
For continuously updated details about how you can help,
click here to get to the Unity Church NEFFA web page.
You can also directly contact Anna Linzi at 781-727-7521 or ANNATL124 at gmail.com. Anna is leading this event for Unity Church.
General Assembly Comes to Unity Church
A piece of General Assembly will be visiting Unity Church. Annually, Unitarian Universalists (UU) from across the country gather at General Assembly (GA)
to conduct business, share information, and to worship together. It's powerful to hear the combined voices of thousand of UU's raised in song and see the traditions of our larger faith.
One of the traditions is the lighting of the Chalice. GA Chalice is oversized, to be in proportion to the gathering. With GA in Providence RI this year, June 25-29, 2014, Unity Church will be hosting the GA chalice on Dec 15, 2013
. Be sure to come on that Sunday, just to get fired up about GA!
Unity Church Book Group
The Unity Church Book Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month
The meetings will be held on at Noon
at the home of Walter Tramontano
. All are welcome! The book selection for our meeting on November 13th is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
For information about the book selection or directions please contact Michele Blake at 508-230-2839
or mfblake at comcast.net
Looking for Unity Church Member Contact information?
You can find it on our web site under the Member Access menu,
after you log in as a member.
Now in a more eco-friendly format of 6 (or 3, 2-sided) printable pages!
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