Unity Church of North Easton News
(Unitarian Universalist)

"Welcoming people into community to grow in  thought, spirit, and service to others.
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Volume 5, No. 15 March 11, 2016
In This Issue


Ministerial Search - The Next Step.

Please come to the Special Congregational Meeting this Sunday, March 13th. This important meeting is the next step towards our search for a minister. Per our Bylaws, we must have 25 voting members at the meeting to make a quorum.

The purpose of this meeting is to vote in Ann Fredericks to the Ministerial Search Committee and to discuss the proposed model of ministry. Click here to read the warrant.

It's worth repeating the newsletter article I wrote back in January in preparation for this meeting:

After months of inner-searching by holding cottage meetings, conducting research, and much discussion a solution has taken shape. The Search Committee, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, took all of the information gathered from the congregation and identified the strengths we already have and the areas that could use some professional help. Unity Church is comprised of a very dedicated, caring, and talented group of members and friends. To really make the most of our existing strengths we need a professional who can provide the following: 1) continuity, 2) support, and 3) guidance. I like to think of this position as a "Coordinator of Ministry".

This "Coordinator of Ministry" would provide continuity by preaching once a month and by working with lay leaders to help develop and coordinate lay led services. Support would be provided by attending key committee meetings and providing professional advice and resources. And the Coordinator of Ministry would guide us towards our Vision by helping us operate more effectively and identify opportunities. In this way Unity can make the most of our existing strengths and shore up the areas where we need help.

This Coordinator of Ministry would work a limited number of hours per month allocated to Continuity, Support, and Guidance. The concept is that this person would not rely solely on Unity as their source of income. Potential candidate pools may include pulpit supply ministers interested in providing more than just pulpit supply, part time ministers looking to increase their hours, retired ministers who want to decrease their hours, or church consultants. We have already had some ministers express interest in this position.

I look forward to hearing your feedback on this "Coordinator of Ministry" model at the Special Congregational Meeting this Sunday after coffee hour.

Yours in Service,

Jason Gold


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Special Congregational Meeting
March 13, 2016 12 Noon
Parish Hall                 
 

            WARRANT

Article I.      To accept the warrant with times for discussion. (5 minutes)
 
Article II.     To hear a presentation of the (replacement) candidate for the Minister Search Committee from the Nominating Committee and to vote on the nominee for the Minister Search Committee (10 minutes).
 
The nominee from the Nominating Committee for the Minister Search Committee is Anne Fredericks.  (Katelyn Haven and Lori Miller-Freitas will continue to serve on the committee.)
 
Article III.   To hear a report on the proposed model of ministry with time for discussion. (30 minutes).



Hands & Flames  Religious Education Reminder

Children's Chapel March 13, at 10:30 am
  

Children's Chapel Rehearsal will be on Saturday, March 12th from 3-5pm in the Sanctuary. A family potluck will follow in Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend!

     Spirit Play will resume the Sunday after the Children's Chapel service. Volunteers are always needed!

     Donations of Easter Candy and small toys to stuff into Easter Eggs are needed! Deanna will be stuffing eggs the week leading up to Easter, and hiding them Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Help is always welcome! Please contact Deanna to arrange donations!
 
Please contact Deanna Greenstein for more information!


Coffee with the President                 

The third "Coffee with the President" will be during coffee hour on Sunday, March 20th. Jason Gold is setting aside time to talk and listen to your ideas, questions and concerns.  Grab some food and coffee and meet me in the Chaffin Room. Future dates will be published in the weekly message and/or newsletters.


Volunteers needed for Earth Day Worship Service

April 3, 2016, we will celebrate Earth Day in a Multigenerational service together.  10 Volunteers are needed for Speaking and non-speaking parts. Please contact Deanna Greentstein or Katelyn Haven to volunteer.   


Strengthening our own service to others.
- Cheryl Brigante

Recently Laura Wagner, Executive Director of UUMass Action, delivered a sermon on Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice.  After social hour, she sat with us and we learned about some ways to stimulate our own social action activities.  The UUMass Action publishes a weekly newsletter that highlights actions that anyone can participate in, around the areas of Immigrant Rights, the Environment, Ending Mass Incarceration and Economic Justice.  You can sign up for it here and you can specify which areas you are interested in.  
   
If you are interested in a particular area, and are wondering who else is interested, contact Cheryl Brigante and we can create a simple poll in a future newsletter to see where interests lie.
 
Some specific ideas Laura suggested : Perhaps the 5 Point Cluster would like to work on something together. Invite someone to speak at Unity about how they were impacted by our caring gifts. Have a group discussion around who we want to help, connect with a community organization and try it for a year. Laura knows what many churches in our area are doing and she can connect us with people who can advise or help us. 


Reminder about Black Lives Matter

Since September we have heard a number of sermons around the issue of racial inequality and justice, both by our own members and guest ministers. There have been many eye-opening conversations between members about race during coffee hour and online.

We have also reached out to local organizations working to create space for equality, and have contacted the UUA about programs we could host here at Unity in conjunction with the other Churches in the Five Point Cluster. Please let Jason Gold know if this work speaks to you. Someone is needed to spearhead this effort.




 5 Point Cluster Planning Meeting                March 19, 2016 at Unity Church


March 19, 2016 is the date for the next 5 Point Cluster planning meeting at Unity Church at 10 am in Parish Hall.  Enter through the parking lot in back of the church. All are welcome to attend.


Summer Camp anyone ? 

Last spring Illona and I were chatting about how much fun her children had attending a Summer Camp at a church for one week in the evening.  Is anyone interested in attending a mini UU Camp at Unity?  And of course, is anyone interested in joining me to create one? Email Cheryl Brigante if you are interested.


Hands & Flames
Donation collection is ongoing
   for Children's Projects 


The children have created posters to explain their projects, which you can find hanging in Parish Hall. If you haven't seen them, this is a list of the amazing things our youth are doing.

You can help!
Abbie, Samantha and Hunter are collecting old blankets and towels to donate to the animal shelter, so that the animals can use them as beds to sleep on. 
- How can you help? They are looking for donations of blankets and towels.
Damon, Ashton and Sadie are collecting spare change to buy new coloring books for the family room at the hospital. 
-How can you help? They are looking for donations of spare change or new, unused coloring books.
Henry and Naomi are creating shopping bags for the CommUnity Closet.
-How can you help? They are collecting donations to purchase bags, or donations of unmarked fabric shopping bags.
Winnie and Liam are organizing a food drive for the food pantry.
-How can you help? They are collecting non perishable food items.
Athena is organizing a sock drive for refugees. 
-How can you help? She is looking for donations of clean socks (new or used), or financial donations with which to purchase socks.
Ryn is planting a garden, so that she can donate the vegetables to the food pantry.
- How can you help? She is looking for donations of seeds.
Colin, Jack, Chloe and Anthony are making cards and pictures which they will deliver to nursing home residents.
- How can you help? They are looking for donations of card making supplies, or you can make hand made cards and pictures for them to deliver.
Solana is asking people to sponsor her for each mile that she runs this winter, and she will donate the money she raises to the food pantry.
- How can you help? Talk to Solana or her mom Illona.
 
Please contact Deanna Greenstein for more information!


Remember these important dates !                 

Unity Church Annual MeetingSunday, May 22, 2016 @ 12:00 - Parish Hall. This is one of the year's important meetings to attend.  Lunch and childcare will be provided.
 
All Committee reports are due by Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to Gail Bruno, in the church office.  These reports provide information for the Annual Meeting. 


In Worship

March Theme:  Generosity


March 13: Multi-generational Children's Chapel. Our children .

March 20: Generosity: do or do not. Ilona Robbins, preaching.
Examining the responsibility we have as individuals to develop a life style of generosity. That when we move beyond our comfort zone we have the ability to positively and profoundly impact the world around us. 

March 27: "Birth and Death and No Birth and No Death." Easter Suday. Reverend Judith Wright, preaching. For Christians this is "the Day of Days," for this day celebrates Jesus' resurrection, his becoming the Living Christ. For all of us, as Unitarian Universalists, this is a day to celebrate the letting go of the old, of that which has died within us and around us, and opening up to the newness in our lives in the days ahead. How can the Easter story teach us all, Christian or not, how to better live our days with more love, more understanding, more awareness of what is truly happening in our lives and the world?

  
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.


Fellowship Spring Activities
 Mark your calendars!  


Stewardship Breakfast Sunday April 24, 2016
before church
Take Me out to the BallGame - May 1, 2016 - Cookout and Wiffle Ball games (you'll be home in plenty of time before the Red Sox play the Yankees.)
June Jubilee - June 12, 2016 at Ames Estate, Sunday service and lunch. More details will be forthcoming.  
Questions can be directed to Audrey Davies at her email


Lecture at Stonehill College : Blasphemy & Censorship

Mark your calendar for this year's Salameno Lecture, which will feature Wendy Doniger, a leading American scholar on India and Hinduism who will discuss Blasphemy and Censorship in Ancient and Contemporary India on Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall, Stonehilll College. Her presentation will tell the history of this topic and tap into a major controversy that surrounds Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History, which was banned in India in 2014. Hindu critics regarded her book as heretical, inaccurate and offensive to their religion. Others saw the case as a blow to freedom of expression in the world's largest democracy. The event is free and open to the public.


Carpenter/Handyman Available 

Matt Menapace, Anna Linzi's husband, has a lull in his schedule. If you have a small carpentry or 'handyman' project you need finished, he'll help you out!  Contact Matt  with his email.


General Assembly of the UUA in Columbus Ohio             
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) holds a General
Assembly(GA) every year and it is in Columbus OH June 22-26, 2016.  Meetings are held related to the governing of the UUA as well as worship services, lectures, workshops and public witnesses. If you enjoy worshiping with our cluster churches, then you will really enjoy worshiping with thousands of UUs from the whole country and abroad. There is also programming for children 11-14 years and Youth 15-18. For more information check the GA website . Several members of Unity have been to GA and can share their experiences.  Email Cheryl Brigante with questions.


Events at First Parish Universalist Church(Stoughton)

Monday evening from 7 to 8 pm, a Buddhist meditation group meets. Anyone interested in silent meditation is welcome. Contact Denise for more information. Cheryl Brigante has attended this.
  
2nd Friday of the month : 7 to 8:30 pm, Drumming Circle. Contact Kelley with questions 781-341-1213. There are extra drums to share.
 
First Parish Universalist Church of Stoughton, 790 Washington St. Stoughton. Enter using the door in the parking lot behind the church.


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The CommUnity Closet, a shop in Holly House that will provide free gently used clothing to families in need, is coming to life!  We're on our way to creating a beautiful shop together.  Here are some things we need:  
  • We need some folks to do the Laundry! Up in the White Room are pre-bagged loads of laundry, inside the bag you will find another bag for you to place the clean and folded clothes in and bring back to church. If you decide to take more than one (thank you!) please keep them separate, as the clothes have already been sorted into types.
  • We need hangers!
  • Mailing letters and following up with local businesses!
  • Money! Have no time, but a bit of spare cash? There are a few items needed that will need to be purchased. If you would like to donate the money to purchase the items off the Wish List, please send your check to Unity with CommUnity Closet in the memo line. 
I am so excited about this project! I am wrapped in the joyful feeling of helping to create a space that will hopefully help people who are in the middle of a struggle feel loved and cared for, while bringing our Church Mission to life in a truly tangible way. I encourage you to take the opportunity to be involved in this powerful ministry.  - Jannelle Codianni  


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. 



"Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude." A. A. Milne

We are grateful and say Thank You 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. 


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by Gail Bruno, Office Manager

March Office Hours
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Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
 
*exceptions: Office will be closed on March 7, March 21, and March 29.
 
Please contact the office at 508-238-6373 prior to visiting.

You can also  email Gail  directly. 
 
*If you plan to visit the office, please call ahead as Gail's schedule may change monthly.



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