Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)

"Welcoming people into community to grow in  thought, spirit, and service to others.
"

Volume 5, No. 9, Dec. 4, 2015
In This Issue


 Why bother?

Do you ever think to yourself, why bother?  Do you ask yourself why you devote your precious time and energy to church?

 Why do you spend your time ... in a  committee meeting, cooking for a potluck, sending emails, making phone calls, hosting coffee hour, wrangling volunteers, leading a service, writing newsletter articles, organizing a fundraiser, participating in social events, ordering supplies, teaching religious education,...?  I enjoy and appreciate the church work that I do. Even when it's hard. But sometimes, especially when I have so many competing demands on my time or when it's really hard work, I ask myself "why bother?". During these times it helps me to remember one particular story.

Several years ago I introduced myself to a guest at coffee hour.  She was maybe in her early 30's, quiet, and a little shy. I asked her if she liked the service. She said she did. She then told me that everyone was so kind to her that morning. She appreciated all the smiles. They really lifted her up because in her life, people didn't smile at her. That broke my heart. It also illuminated for me the purpose of church.

That's why I bother. It's not about any one individual task. It's not about any one decision, discussion, sermon, hymn, email, activity, or baked good. It's about the totality of these individual parts. It's about creating a space where a hurting woman who feels unloved can walk in off the street and be smiled at. That makes it all worth it.  

That's why I bother. Why do you?

Yours in service,
Jason Gold, President

"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion." - Simon Sinek


Holiday Reminders from the Fellowship Committee




December 5, 2015, 1 pm in Parish Hall,
Cookie Baking and Sanctuary Decorating.
December 12, 2015, 6 pm in Parish Hall,
Adult Holiday Celebration.  RSVP using this link :  Whoozin Link 


Coffee with the President by Jason Gold
One Sunday each month I will dedicate time during Coffee Hour to listen to your ideas, questions, and concerns (and perhaps even a compliment or two). If you feel like you want to be more engaged in church then this will be a perfect starting point.  Of course I'm also happy to talk to you any Sunday or during the week by email or phone as well. My hope is that these conversations will help to "...deepen our work to build a healthy community."
 
The second "Coffee with the President" will be during coffee hour on Sunday December 13th. Grab some food and coffee and meet me in the Chaffin Room. Future dates will be published in the weekly message and/or newsletters.  I hope to see you there!




Annual Winter Solstice Service

 
Winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.

The solstice lasts only a moment in time and has many different names such as "midwinter", "the longest night", "the shortest day" or ""the first day of winter". The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but in most Northern Hemisphere cultures, there is recognition of rebirth.

Join us for a lively celebration of the longest night
on December 20th. We will meet in Parish Hall at 6:00 pm.

Come to sing, dance, let go of your burdens at the fire and welcome the return of joy and light. This service is for all ages.

Please contact Katelyn Haven with questions (508-238-3490).


Affirmations  

The Executive Committee begins every EC meeting affirming the particularly noteworthy contributions of the previous month. 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.
 
They are included in our Unity News regularly! Here are the
recent affirmations:
  • The Emerson group for putting on a great service.    
  • The Bell Choir for their amazing Sunday performances.
  • Katelyn Haven and Deanne Greenstein for their Day of the Dead service and Teresa Foley for the hymn that day.
  • The touching memorial service honoring Al Davies.
  • The Unity Band for stepping up to provide music at our services and leading us in song.
  • The parents who participated in making the Kid's Movie Nights for our kids such a success.
Affirmations aren't reserved just for the Executive Committee!  If there is somebody who you would like to affirm, please send your affirmation to the Cheryl Brigante for inclusion in the newsletter.


In Worship

December Theme: Spirituality

December 6: "Hanukkah / Holiday Festival".
Deanna Greenstein, preaching. Multi-generational.

December 13: "Spiritual Maturity".
Ken Love, preaching. Deep down many of us yearn to be more spiritually alive and mature. The basic function of any religious community is to feed that hunger, to help people develop their faith, to nurture their spirit, to become more spiritually alive and mature. The Unity Bell Choir will perform. 

December 20: "Peace on Earth". Reverend Richard Trudeau preaching.

 
For more detailed information,
please visit the Services Schedule on our website.

The Worship Committee: Ken Love, Katelyn Haven, Kate Meneses, Carol Heap, Cheryl Brigante. Your reflections about Sunday services are always welcome. 


Keeping in touch over the miles by Cheryl Brigante

I encourage everyone to remember our members and friends who are temporarily away from their permanent homes.

*Ed and Lyn White are wintering in Florida and you can find their address in the UCNE Contact List. 
*Cheryl Lees is recuperating from back surgery at West Acres Nursing Home, 804 Pleasant St. in Brockton. Cheryl would love a visit or call, 508-857-6174
*Carolyn McCafferty is in Abu Dabi and mail can reach her at 380 EFSS, Unit 61114, APO AE 09853-1114

The Contact List is on our web site under the Member Access menu, after you log in as a member. 


Hands & Flames 
 Religious Education Update

This month the children are doing spirit play stories about Hanukkah and Christmas. Only two weeks remain, Dec 20 is the last day of RE for the year. We will resume Religious Education on January 3, 2015, preparing for our Children's Chapel service in the spring.


Did You Know Bernie?
 Sexton of Unity Church -by Ernie Cohen
Did you know Bernard Champagne, is no longer with us, as Sexton of Unity Church? He has been an invisible foundation of Unity Church for these past many years. He was a thoughtful custodian of this magnificent property who maintained it, monitored its health, replaced its consumables, repaired those things broken, and built some things that it needed.  We have been blessed to have Bernie's loving care around us and we wish him good tidings for his future endeavors.  ...read more.


Short term housing needed.

Frank Smith's house is on "the market" and will likely be sold in the very near future. At this time of year, people want to move in as soon as possible after passing papers. Frank is looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment to rent for 6 months or longer in the Easton area. Please email Frank at francis-smith@comcast.net


When the Weather Outside is Frightful
Snowy Hoe Shop & Trees
  
For the safety of our friends and members, in case of extreme weather conditions, please call the church office (508-238-6373) after 8:00 a.m. on the day of the Service or church event for a message about whether the Service or event has been canceled. 


Shopping at Amazon? Start at Unity homepage first.
 
Do you shop on Amazon.com? Be sure to visit Amazon through Unity's homepage first. Every time you use the Amazon widget, Unity Church receives up to 8.5% of what you've spent at Amazon! During this crazy shopping season, or any other time of the year, 8.5% can add up to a lot for Unity!




Like hope, trust, and love, gratitude is both a feeling and a spiritual practice. - Christine C Robinson, Alicia Hawkins  

We are grateful for all who contribute to our Unity Church community, those before us in a Sunday service and those unseen whose presence is a service for all. 


null Church Office News
by Gail Bruno, Office Manager

December Office Hours.
Regular Office Hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please feel free to leave messages at the church office, 508-238-6373, or email Gail  directly. 
 
*If you plan to visit the office, please call ahead as Gail's schedule may change monthly.



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Ellen Dehm, Cathy Adler, and Deanna Greenstein

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