Weekly Newsletter 
November 9, 2014
In This Issue
Worship This Week
The Week Ahead
Worship Next Week
Music Notes
Juliette Rutledge
DRE Job Opening
UU Coffee House
PUUzling MUUsic
Step Right Up and Bid!
Get on the Calendar
Mark Your Calendars
Minister and Staff

Rev. David H. Messner




Director of Music 


Jolene Byrne

Director of Religious Education 

Office Administrator


Marc Coulombe


Maria Martinez

Board of Trustees


Trent Kissinger



Denise German

Vice President/President Elect


Martha Weaver



Donne Rolfes

Secretary of the Board


Ardis Wood

Trustee At Large


Nancy Arteberry

Trustee At Large


Pat Redden

Trustee At Large

Hours and Deadlines


Office Administrator's Hours
Sun. 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Mon.-Wed. 4:15-7:15 pm
Fri. 8:00 am-12:00 noon
Hours may vary; please call.
Minister's Office Hours 
next week:
Sunday 2:00-4:00 pm
Monday 2:00-6:00 pm
Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm

Please email Rev. Dave to reserve a time during office hours and note that other hours are available by request.
Pastoral care requests can be sent to the team at any time to:


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Worship This Sunday
Services at 9:30 and 11:00 am

Remembering Who We Are to Each Other
Rev. David H. Messner

The challenge, peril and potential for sharing our true self with others.

Our Worship Associate will be Kathy Horton.

Children and Youth will attend regular religious education classes.

After the 11:00 Service the Second Sunday Covenant Group meets in Phillippa's Place at 12:30 pm; Youth Choir rehearses in the Sanctuary at 12:30 pm.

Our Short-n-Sweets Concert, PUUzling MUUsic with pianist Stephen Brown, begins at 1:00. In lieu of admission, buy a bag lunch in Rahn Hall to enjoy before the concert!

The Week Ahead 


Thursday, Nov. 6

  • True Colors AA meeting, 7:30-8:30 pm in Phillippa's Place
  • UU Coffee House, 7:30-9:00 pm in Rahn Hall

Friday, Nov. 7

  • Music Alliance meeting, 12:00-1:30 pm in Rahn Hall

Sunday, Nov. 9

  • Early Worship 9:30-10:15 am in the Sanctuary
  • Early Fellowship 10:15-11:00 in Rahn Hall
  • Worship Service 11:00 am-12:00 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Religious Education 11:15 am-12:30 pm
  • Fellowship Hour 12:00-1:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • 2nd Sunday Covenant Group (Messner), 12:30-2:00 pm in Phillippa's Place
  • Short-n-Sweets concert: PUUzling MUUsic, 1:00-1:30 in the Sanctuary
  • True Colors AA meeting, 7:30-8:30 pm in Phillippa's Place

Monday, Nov. 10

  • Pathways Workshop (second session), 6:00-8:00 pm in Rahn Hall

Tuesday, Nov. 11

  • 2nd Tuesday Covenant Group (Ionno), 7:00-8:30 pm in Rahn Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 12

  • Social Justice and Action Committee, 6:00-7:30 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Choir and Vocal Ensemble rehearsal, 6:00-8;00 pm in the Sanctuary

Thursday, Nov. 13

  • Board of Trustees meeting 6:30-8:30 pm in Rahn Hall
  • True Colors AA meeting, 7:30-8:30 pm in Phillippa's Place

Saturday, Nov. 15

  • Live and Silent Service Auction 6:00-9:00 pm in Rahn Hall and beyond!

Sunday, Nov. 16

  • MH's Discussion Group, 9:00-10:00 am in Rahn Hall
  • Early Worship 9:30-10:15 am in the Sanctuary
  • Early Fellowship 10:15-11:00 in Rahn Hall
  • Worship Service 11:00 am-12:00 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Religious Education 11:15 am-12:30 pm
  • Fellowship Hour 12:00-1:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Youth Choir Rehearsal, 12:30-1:00 pm in the Sanctuary
  • UU Transcendents, 3:00-4:30 pm in Phillippa's Place
  • Inner City Night Shelter volunteer program 4:00-6:00 pm at ICNS
  • True Colors AA meeting, 7:30-8:30 pm in Phillippa's Place
Worship Next Week, Nov. 16
Services at 9:30 am and 11 am

Yuri Yamamoto, Guest Speaker and Musician

Yuri Yamamoto, Director of Music for the Raleigh UU Fellowship in North Carolina, will present a service on how she came to accept her Japanese-American heritage.  Yuri states, "Coming to UU has a lot to do with this journey, and the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents in 2011, also opened my heart. I will share stories from Fukushima and songs, both traditional and original, about Japanese traditions."

Our Worship Associate will be Trent Kissinger.

Children and Youth will gather in Phillippa's Place for Service Sunday during the 11:00 worship service.
Special Music will be provided by Yuri Yamamoto. 

MH's Discussion Group will meet for breakfast at 9:00 am in Rahn Hall and begin the discussion at 9:30 am.  Everyone is also welcomed to join just for breakfast following the early service (or before the late service).

Music Notes
True Confessions of a UU Music Director
Kelly Blackmarr Carlile

Greetings for November 2014!  The UU Adult Choir made a trip to a Retirement Community and a Nursing Rehabilitation Facility this past Saturday, in tandem with our church's participation in Congregations in Service.  At the Retirement Community we had a decent turnout.  They are familiar with us and had been positively (if not joyfully) anticipating our return.  At the nursing facility... click to continue. 


Pastoral Care Note
In Memory of Juliette Rutledge

We sadly share the news of Juliette Rutledge's passing this last Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with Juliette's family in this time of great loss.  

As a member of the congregation and long-time caregiver for the children of the church, Juliette touched many lives.  As we mourn together, we also celebrate Juliette's life and its many gifts.

A wake for Juliette will be held at Smalls Funeral Home Chapel at 203 Samuel Smalls Sr. Ave. in Guyton, this Friday, Nov. 7, from 6 - 8 pm.  The funeral will be Saturday at 3 pm at the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association Center, 810 Central Avenue, Guyton, GA. The service will include a eulogy by clergy of Macedonia Baptist and a message of comfort from Rev. Dave.

Flowers can be sent to Smalls Funeral Home in Guyton or food can be received at Juliette's mom's house at 205 Anderson St., Guyton, GA 31312.

Professional Opportunity
Have you ever imagined becoming a religious education leader?

Jolene Byrne will conclude her service as our Director of Religious Education in December. We are currently recruiting for a new DRE to build upon the great foundation that Jolene and rest of the religious education team have built together.

The Director of Religious Education is responsible primarily for facilitating our children's faith development, but also assists with adult classes, covenant groups, meetings, and worship. This is a very rewarding position for someone who is creative, enjoys working closely with children and adults, is an excellent  communicator (written and public speaking), and thrives on helping others grow. The position is 20 hours per week and the new DRE should be able to start work not later than January 1, 2015.

Qualifications will include an appropriate mix of education and experience in teaching, working with families, program administration and Unitarian Universalism.

To express interest in this position please send a cover letter and resume to Rev. David Messner at

UU Coffee House Tonight!
Thursday, November 6
7:30-9:00 pm in Rahn Hall

UU Members and Friends gather in Rahn Hall to share their musical talents and enjoy coffee (or tea) and the company of each other.


This month's theme: Peace, Love & Harmony


Admission: $10, includes your choice of tea or coffee. Folks may bring individual snacks or drinks if desired. Buy a UUCH button for $4 and wear it to get admission to all of this year's coffee houses at half-price.


Short-n-Sweets: pUUzling mUUsic
Sunday, Nov. 9, 1:00-1:30 pm in the Sanctuary

After church, purchase a yummy bag lunch from the Music Alliance, enjoy a picnic in the square, and then join us in the Sanctuary for a fun guessing game as Stephen Brown plays random tunes on the piano in the style of various music periods. We get to guess the melody and the composer in the spirit of NPR's Piano Puzzler.* The first two winners will get free UU Coffee House Buttons, good for half-price admission to UU Coffee Houses for the rest of this year!

*Piano Puzzler is a registered service mark of Minnesota Public Radio, which is not affiliated with and does not endorse pUUzling mUUsic.
Step Right Up! The Service Auction has Expanded Beyond Rahn Hall! 
Explore and Enjoy Nov. 15 Beginning at 6:00 pm
  • Rahn Hall, "the Midway," will have appetizers, wine and silent auction categories such as dining, food and unique experiences.
  • The Library "Wheel of Fortune" will house our fine art items and Fortune Teller.  
  • Phillippa's Place "the Arcade" will feature carnival food, games and a photo booth.  
  • Minister's Study "Hall of Mirrors" offers scarves and jewelry and also features face painting.
  • At 7 o'clock we move the party to the Sanctuary "Big Top" for some music by Kelsey and Kelly, followed by our live auction. 
Carnival food such as peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy will supplement our usual delicious wine and appetizers. $10 buys a bidding paddle and five raffle tickets to spend as you wish.  Senior high will play games with children during the live auction, so be sure to bring the kids.  It isn't a Carnival without the children!

For a larger view of the Carnival map, click here.

Online Bidding is Open! See the catalog and start bidding here.


Reserving Space for Church Activities

Do you suddenly find yourself in charge of a church event, chairing a committee or leading a group? How do you make sure that you have the right room on the right day at the right time -- and that everyone knows about it? It's easy! Send an email request to You can also click on "Calendar Requests" under "Quick Links" in the left-hand column of this Newsletter or go to our website,, and scroll down to the Calendar Request button. 

Here's what your email should contain: Time (start and finish) and date of event, the title and a brief description, fees if any, whether or not the activity or event is open to general public, whether or not reservations are required, room preference and special needs such as handicap access.

We are a busy, growing church with a lot going on! Space must be reserved in advance, and your reservation is not complete until confirmed by the office. Once confirmed, your event will appear on the website. Please put "Calendar Request" in the subject line of your email for faster processing.


Mark Your Calendars for the Coming Month
  • Monday, Nov. 17, Pathways Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18
    • Moving Forward Chronic Illness and Disability Support Group, 4:00-6:00 pm in Rahn Hall
    • 3rd Tues. Covenant Group (Matthews), 6:30-8:00 pm in Phillippa's Place
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19
    • 4th Wed. Covenant Group (Archinaco), 12:30-2:00 pm in Rahn Hall (please note we are meeting the 3rd week this month and next)
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, UU Savannah Soundings Radio Team, 6:00-7:30 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Friday, Nov. 21
    • Lead Staff meeting, 10:00 am-12:00 pm in the Minister's Studay
    • Pastoral Care Committee meeting, 2:00-3:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Sunday, Nov. 23
    • Youth Choir Rehearsal, 12:30-1:00 pm in the Sanctuary
    • UU101, 12:30-1:30 pm in the Minister's Study
  • Monday, Nov. 24, Pathways Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Thursday, Nov. 27, Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Friday, Nov. 28, Popcorn with TED, 6:30-8:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Sunday, Nov. 30, Youth Choir rehearsal, 12:30-1:00 pm in the Sanctuary
  • Thursday,  Dec. 4, UU Coffee House, 7:30-9:00 pm in Rahn Hall
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, Decorating the Sanctuary, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 7
    • JF's Brunch, 10:15-11:00 am in Rahn Hall
    • Youth Choir Rehearsal, 12:30-1:00 pm in the Sanctuary