Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)
"Welcoming people into community to grow in  thought, spirit, and service to others."
Volume 3, No. 25, June 28, 2014

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In This Issue
Unity is Bustling!
Church Member List
Event Photos!



 

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A Reminder about General Assembly

 
Waterplace Park, Providence, RI
Saturday, June 28 from 7:30 p.m. until midnight
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about public witness events at General Assembly.
Sunday, June 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dunk Arena, Providence, RICalling upon his experiences in interfaith organizing, the Rev. Mark Stringer, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA, will consider what gets in the way of UUs being "a religion which, like sunshine, goes everywhere" and will inspire us to more often be the religion that reaches out in love. Join thousands for our largest annual worship. With special music by the GA Choir with director Mary Neumann, UU Church of Reading, MA, and the GA Band.

Want to carpool to Providence for worship?
Just come to Unity Church at
9:15 a.m.Those who show up can arrange among themselves who will drive with everyone departing for Providence by 9:30 a.m.

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Welcome to Our Newest Members!

You might remember that according to our bylaws, we have three types of membership at Unity Church, and membership is open to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, or economic status.

  • Voting Members: A Voting Member of Unity Church is a person who is at least 18 years of age, is in sympathy with its purposes and program, has signed the Membership Book, and who desires to participate in and support the activities of Unity Church. Signing the Membership Book does not signify affirmation of any particular doctrine, creed, or covenant.
  • Associate Members: An Associate Member of Unity Church is a person between 12 and 17 years of age who is in sympathy with its program and purpose and who has signed the Membership Book. Associate Members may become Voting Members at the age of 18.
  • And Don't Forget our Alumni - Non-Voting Members: Non-Voting Members are members who have not participated in the activities of Unity Church or who have not made a contribution of record within the past year. We have many non-voting members among our friends who have moved away from the area, but want to maintain their membership at Unity Church.

We recently welcomed our newest Voting Members, Kate Meneses, Ilona Robbins, Carol Heap, and Emmet McCloud:

L to R: Jason Gold, incoming President, Chris Pender, outgoing President, Katherine Meneses, Ilona Robbins, Carol Heap, and Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt
Rev. Kristin and Emmet McCloud
And our newest Associate Member, Victoria Gold!

 


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Father's Day Naming & a Soldier Send-Off on Jun 15th

(Left) Violette shares a moment with her Dad, Jason Haven, at her naming ceremony on Father's Day, June 15.

(Below) Rev. Kristin shares a smile with proud Godparents, Lief and Jannelle Codianni, and parents, Katelyn and Jason Haven, while Violette snoozes on Dad's shoulder.


We sent Mark D'Aiello off to his Armed Services duties with all our love in a "laying of hands" ceremony, and a promise to be there in the meantime for his wife, Melanie D'Aiello.


June Jubilee
by Richard Hill, Unity Church Music Director & Organist

June Jubilee has become a Unity Church tradition. Ordinarily held the second Sunday in June, it was observed this year on Sunday, June 8th, (and included volunteer appreciation and graduate congratulations to Zachary Taylor.)

The idea of an outdoor Sunday service arose before I  became organist in 1978. I recall my predecessor, Carl Grabau, telling me of the service Unity Church held on the banks of the Queset River in Mr. and Mrs. William Parker's backyard at Unity Close. Two flute players provided the music.

David Ames began to host the event at his estate in 1978. The David Ames home at 35 Oliver Street is the site of the original house of Governor Oliver Ames (1831-1895) which was designed in the French Second Empire Style  by the architectural firm, Snell and Gregorson in 1867. The house was demolished in 1931 and some of its interior woodwork was installed and can be seen in the Poquanticut Avenue house now owned by the Landry family. The barn, also in the Second Empire style remains.

This estate was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of New York City's Central Park, the Boston Public Garden, and Boston's "Green Belt." David Ames had a map of the landscape plan that includes the location and and name of every tree and bush introduced by Olmsted.

The estate itself is a magnificent place to be on a June morning.  The swimming pool, tennis courts, wide sloping lawns, and shady trees provide  a glimpse of a Victorian past.

Back in 1978, Unity Church invited Unitarian Universalist churches from all the surrounding towns to share in the service. The estate became a modern version of the "assemblage of the multitudes" as cars drove up and parked along the driveway and families carried their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets up the hill to the lawn adjoining the patio. There were clergy and congregations from Canton, Stoughton, Brockton, Bridgewater, and Easton. A volleyball net was erected and tables of "community desserts" promised forbidden delights.

For music, I originally engaged trumpet player John Schuller but by the early eighties had the United Brass Quintet which continues to this day. I asked them to play in the style of an old fashioned band concert with overtures, show tunes, ragtime, jazz, and of course, Sousa marches. "Stars and Stripes Forever" was a favorite of David Ames.

David and Elizabeth were always pleased to welcome the guests and Elizabeth always had coffee for the brass players. In more recent years, we have introduced a sound system that allows all to hear the speakers Before, we politely enjoyed the summer morning as we absorbed every fourth word.

For many years a feature at the June Jubilee  had been Ed White and his "nickel gliders." (Yes, they once did go for five cents.)  Ed used the sloping lawn behind the house to launch squadrons of light aircraft and annually became the pied piper of the sky.

The services have changed very little over the years. The early services featured church members sharing their favorite summer readings. I recall our children enjoying the swimming pool and hiking around the estate to explore the trails and paths.

June Jubilee was always our first family picnic of the summer. We brought sandwiches, potato chips, stuffed eggs, cheeses, crackers, fruits, and soft drinks. And of course that tantalizing dessert collection. And we brought our favorite folding chairs and even the Sunday Times  for relaxing after lunch.

Some of our volleyball games used to be very popular. I can recall years when it was tough to find room to stand on either side of the net.

I think there have been but three occasions over my last thirty years in which we had rain and held the service at Unity Church.  But for a family outing, June Jubilee cannot be topped.  We always look forward to it.

June Jubilee is a morning for all to share  the natural beauty of the outdoors and the fellowship of all. The photo collage below sows just some of the fellowship this year.

Editor's Note: The Ames Estate is now part of the Trustees of the Reservation. The Grand Opening for the Public will be held on Sunday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here to see a flyer with details.

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