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March 2013

Upcoming Worship:
 Easter is Coming!

 

MerrilyEaster 

 

Easter arrives on March 31!  Plan to join us for our intergenerational worship and Flower Celebration at 10:30 AM.  If you are able to, bring a cut flower to represent each member of your party.  And yes, Miss Merrily, Director of Puppet Ministries, will offer some Special Thoughts. 

Creative Fellowship:
Creative Fellowship is meeting on the 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m in Fellowship Hall.

This is a great opportunity to get to know other people you see in the pews on Sunday while we work on our sewing, scrapbooking, cross stitch, knitting or any other creative endeavor you are working on. Any questions please contact Teri Cornell.
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Youth Group Sleepover!

Youth Group Sleepover - Cookie Making - T-shirt Bag Making - Documentry watching "Half the Sky".

The youth group is invited to the Rosenberg's home March 23rd at 8:15. Youth may stay until midnight or spend the night. This is a co-ed sleepover so ground rules will have to be agreed upon (no hanky-panky, stay in the house, cooperate...you know the drill). Cookies will be made for the reception after church on the 24th and I will need some youth volunteers to serve. T-shirts will be sewn into bags which can be used for grocery shopping. This is a wonderful way to recycle. So gather old t-shirts from your family and friends. I will let the group who sews the the bags decide what to do - give them away or sell them and donate the proceeds. The documentary "Half the Sky" is full of inspiring stories of courageous women who are helping women around the world cope with some pretty awful experiences - experiences that are the result of sexism. I hope this is an inspiring night, where you feel you are doing something to help others - be it providing delicious cookies, recycling old T-shirts or becoming more aware of the world around us.

I hope to see you. Let me know if you want to come by emailing me at melindarosenberg@gmail.com. If you have a facebook account, friend me and I will link you to the NUUC youth group facebook page. 
Potluck After Service March 10!
Sunday, March 10 will be
NUUC
New Member Sunday. Each new member
we welcome brings new vibrancy to the community. In the past, we have recognized new members with a flower, and often with cake during the coffee hour. This time, the Membership and Social Committees are joining to provide a Potluck. Please check the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall for details, and if you are able to contribute an item, indicate on the sign up sheet. Please note that those who are attending the No Impact Man movie/book discussion that evening do not need to bring an item for both potlucks.
  
Ways and Means

 

     We're getting the ways; we're getting the means!  Let's try a quick brainstorming and organizational meeting March 10 after or during part of the social time after the service.  We're still getting great ideas for fund-raising.  And we have a date, May 17, for an event that will be fun and financially successful, a spaghetti dinner and a jazz concert.  Tony Marconi will make the dinner, to be served who can give Tony the assistance he will need and also what we should chfrom 4:30 to 6:30. Traci Aquara and Wade Jones will give us jazz music from 7:00 to 8:00. We need to decide Committee and/or helpiarge for the evening. So, if anyone in interested in being on the Ways and Means ng with the spaghetti dinner and concert, please join me on March 10.

          

  Also, for everyone's attention: We're getting a 6X6X6 recycling bin from the Paper Retriever Company!  It will cost us nothing, and we can get at least $5 per ton.  I quote: "If you collect 4 tons in a month you will earn $60.  But if you recycle 8 tons you earn $160."  The bin will be emptied twice a month, to start with.  Please count on bringing your newspapers and magazines to NUUC.

        

    Finally, we plan on helping people register for the Kroger Community Rewards program on "Fair Trade" Sundays.  This is another way for our congregation to earn money. Kroger quarterly pays organizations amounts based on how much individual members spend at Kroger stores, using the Kroger card.

I'm happy the Ways and Means Committee is rolling forwards.  --Marty Keith

NonViolent Communication Class

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio has extended a 20% group discount to our congregation for the 2-day workshop "The Power of Deep Listening: Revolutionize your relationships with empathy"  on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23.  For more information click here (to get the discount, click "group of 3 or more" and type "NUUC" as the name of the person you are registering with.)  

Congregational Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the congregational, called for the purposes of electing new Board and Nominating Committee membes, will be held after service, Sunday March 17.   Babysitting hours will be extended to cover the meeting.
Brown Bag Books

Meets at Noon the Third Tuesday of the month.  Get all the details byclicking here.
Passover Seder

Join us for NUUC's annual Passover Seder--the traditional Jewish dinner on the theme of liberation! We'll have a Potluck style dinner (although Rev. Ritchie promises to bring her famous Smoked "not your Grandmother's" Brisket), and observe the ritual elements of the dinner in a family friendly style. March 26 at 6:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Sign up on the board in Fellowship Hall, or by emailing an RSVP to RevRitchie@aol.com.

District Assembly


The annual District Assembly of the Ohio Meadville District of the Unitarian Universalist Association is April 26-27.

Details and registration information here.

Let Rev. Ritchie know if you are interested in attending as a delegate of our congregation.

SusanRevElations!

 

As I write this, light snow has been gently falling, making it difficult to remember to put in the announcements that accompany the arrival of Spring:  Easter and our Passover Seder will all occur in the next month!   Actually, it is quite a month:  March 10 we will celebrate our new members during the service and with a potluck after church (so crank up those crockpots!), and March 17 is our annual congregational meeting for the purposes of electing new leadership.

 

Immediately below this you will see our Music Director Marlene Hartzler thanking the choir and the recordor ensemble for the amazing combined concert at Asbury United Methodist.  But please allow me to thank Marlene!  Seeing her conduct a large choir surrounded by instrumentalists, and hearing (frankly as I have every Sunday for a while now) a new maturity in the sound of our choir, I can't help but think back to what the music was like when I first came to NUUC.  The program consisted entirely of the intrepid Nathan Hamm on the worst electronic keyboard you ever heard, and a sometimes on again off again choir of a few voices. But how things grow and blossom!   Nathan always astounded me by improving his musicianship each and every year, even after he had reached the advanced level where more gains can be difficult.  And we were able to hire a music director early on, and the choir took on stability. 

 

But best of all was hiring Marlene eight years ago to serve as our Music Director.  John Rodeheffer's flute teacher, she wasn't our most obvious candidate going into the search process.  But the search committee and I, as would soon the congregation--fell in love with her energy, her profoundly democratic understanding of music, and her amazingly versitle musicianship.   Bravo, Marlene, and thanks so much for your ongoing ministry to us.  And Wade, we love you too, for your beautiful music and congenial self.  Such riches!

 

 

To Life!
Susan

 

From the Music Director
 
BRAVO! Thank you, NUUC Choir and Recorder Ensemble for all of the work you put into the concert at Asbury Methodist Church on February 24. Without exception, all the audience members who sought me out after the concert expressed how moved they were by the music. The program was a behemoth in scope and difficulty, but you rose to the challenge. It was a pleasure to work with Choral Director Bob Nims and Organist Sally Casto at Asbury, and I enjoyed getting to know the members of their choir.
 
For those of you who attended the concert, thank you for your unwavering support. Having a full house helped the singers and musicians realize their best performance. We already know what talents we have within the four walls of our church, but it is good to share that with a wider community.
The choir has earned a well-deserved day off. On March 3, Prescott Hartzler will play piano for the musical interlude while the choir sleeps in and has an extra cup of coffee. Regular choir rehearsals and performances resume March 10. Here are some musical selections you can look forward to this month:
 
March 10: The choir, now finished with music for the concert, returns to a normal schedule with "Be Joyful This Day."
 
March 17: One of the choir's favorite songs "Gate, Gate," brings to life a Buddhist mantra in its original Sanskrit and English translation
 
March 24: Molly Watson directs the choir in a new Jewish song for Passover: "Al Shlosha D'varim."

 

 March 31: To celebrate Easter, the choir will sing "Afternoon on a Hill," matching lovely poetry and an equally sublime melody.

 
The NUUC Recorder Ensemble continues to meet on the first and third Tuesdays at 2:00 in Fellowship Hall. New members are always welcome. I expect we wil
BRAVO! Thank you, NUUC Choir and Recorder Ensemble for all of the work you put into the concert at Asbury Methodist Church on February 24. Without exception, all the audience members who sought me out after the concert expressed how moved they were by the music. The program was a behemoth in scope and difficulty, but you rose to the challenge. It was a pleasure to work with Choral Director Bob Nims and Organist Sally Casto at Asbury, and I enjoyed getting to know the members of their choir.

 

 
For those of you who attended the concert, thank you for your unwavering support. Having a full house helped the singers and musicians realize their best performance. We already know what talents we have within the four walls of our church, but it is good to share that with a wider community.
 
The choir has earned a well-deserved day off. On March 3, Prescott Hartzler will play piano for the musical interlude while the choir sleeps in and has an extra cup of coffee. Regular choir rehearsals and performances resume March 10. Here are some musical selections you can look forward to this month:
 
March 10: The choir, now finished with music for the concert, returns to a normal schedule with "Be Joyful This Day."
 
March 17: One of the choir's favorite songs "Gate, Gate," brings to life a Buddhist mantra in its original Sanskrit and English translation.
 
l work in a performance during worship sometime this month. Stay tuned!

 
Musically yours,
 

 

Marlene Hartzler, Music Director 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAC
News from your Social Action Committee
  
POTLUCK/BOOK TALK/MOVIE on March 10, 2013 from 5:30 to 8:00: As part of our focus on environmental justice, we will be offering a book talk and movie on Low Impact Man by Colin Bevins.  "For one year Colin Bevins swore off plastic and toxins, turned off his electricity, went organic, became a bicycle nut, and tried to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife along for the ride.  Together they attempted to make zero impact on the environment while living right in the heart of Manhattan, and this is the sensational, funny, and consciousness-raising story of how they did it." Bevin's ability to weave together factual information, amusing anecdotes of his family's experiences, and insights into the spiritual discoveries of living sustainably is very entertaining and thought provoking. We have invited other UU congregations in the Central Ohio area to join us and would also welcome friends and family who are interested in environmental justice and sustainable living. This is an opportunity to build community within the congregation as well as with others in our larger community.  If you are reading No Impact Man, please share insights or comments on the bulletin board or NUUC Facebook page.  You do not have to read the book to attend the potluck and movie (but the book is really funny and informative- you'll like it).  A sign-up sheet for the potluck dinner is on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.  You can also sign up by contacting Ulrike Martin at ulrikem@peoplepc.com or 740-965-6720.

For more information about Climate Change as Intergenerational Injustice watch the video by Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, two well-informed activists who recently "woke up" to the urgency of climate change. You can find the video on YouTube - Url: http://tinyurl.com/bfg3pfm.  You can also find Steven Colbert's humorous video clip on climate change, the "New Abnormal," on YouTube.  Both videos and the trailer for No Impact Man are on the NUUC Facebook page.  Let us know what you think.

 

GUEST AT YOUR TABLE (GAYT):  Your Social Action Committee is giving your family the opportunity to welcome (figuratively) a guest at your table during the month of March.   What is "Guest at Your Table"? It is a program of the Unitarian Universalist  Service Committee (UUSC) which has been celebrated by UU communities each year since 1975 as a means of educating members about UUSC and raising funds for their programs.  Emphasis is on families learning together at the dining table how we put UU values to work to "serve humanity" as we affirm each Sunday morning.

 

What is UUSC? The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is a nonsectarian organization that promotes human rights and social justice worldwide. UUSC partners with grassroots organizations to aid the struggles of indigenous people and oppressed racial and ethnic groups. It also provides financial and technical support when disasters strike impoverished areas.

 

What are the programs of UUSC? Advancing environmental justice, economic justice, civil liberties, and responding to humanitarian crisis.

 

Who are the Guests who will be at our table this year?  People and groups who are:  advancing civil liberties and democratic processes; healing people affected from disasters; promoting workers' rights and a living wage; and rebuilding communities with sustainable access to water, food, and livelihood.  You will hear more about these programs during 4 Sundays in March beginning on March 10th.  Guest at Your Table collection boxes will be handed out to those interested. If you have any questions about Guest at Your Table or want to help out in March, please contact Ulrike Martin at ulrikem@peoplepc.com or 740-965-6720.

 

CHOOSE COMPASSIONATE CONSUMPTION:  Do you go out to eat?  Do you support sustainable food practices?  Restaurants are part of our daily lives but many of us don't realize the injustices that restaurant workers endure day in and day out.  UUSC and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) are committed to shedding light on unfair working conditions and transforming the industry.  The plan is to empower customers to choose compassionate consumption and change the national conversation about workers' rights.

According to UUSC, as the restaurant industry grows - more than 10 million workers and record sales of $632 billion in 2012 - people's attention to how food choices affect health, the environment, and local economies has grown (think ethical eating, organic and local food, and more). Yet how workers are treated, in restaurants and throughout the food supply chain, has largely been omitted from this increased consciousness. A true concept of sustainability must also encompass the human rights of all the people who work to bring us our food.

 

ROC-United has documented extensive poverty, wage theft, health and safety hazards, discrimination, sexual harassment, and lack of basic benefits in the industry. They found that more than 87 percent of restaurant workers lack paid sick days and two-thirds of all restaurant workers reported cooking and serving food while sick. The federal minimum wage for tipped workers remains at $2.13 per hour, the same it was 20 years ago. And although the law requires employers to make up the difference between that and the regular minimum wage of $7.25 per hour if tips fail to cover the gap, the reality is that employers seldom do.

 

Take the pledge:

 

1.      Pledge to choose compassionate consumption:  take our pledge to spend wisely in alignment with your values.

2.      Stand in solidarity with restaurant workers:  Support restaurant workers who are calling for basic improvements like paid sick days and a fair minimum wage.

3.      Shop conscientiously:  Learn how to shop with your values in mind, and find fair-trade and ethically sourced goods.

4.      Speak out for small farmers and food-chain workers:  Help small farmers and food-chain workers struggling for fair compensation and safer working conditions.

 

The Social Action committee has a limited number of stickers that you may place on your bill when you go out to eat "Paying customer/paying attention", information about the book "Behind the Kitchen Door" by Saru Jayaraman , and how you can get involved with the campaign to change the conversation about restaurant workers.  We will have this information on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall and you can also learn more by going to uusc.org/ccc   -Yvonne Clippinger

 

LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING:  We collected $127 in February for the The Buckeye Forest Council (BFC), a membership-based, grassroots organization dedicated to protecting Ohio's native forests and their inhabitants. The Loose Change Offering in March will be donated to Guest at Your Table.

 

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE BULLETIN BOARD:  We have so many exciting things to share that we needed to expand our space.  Check out the folding divider in Fellowship Hall with information about upcoming SAC activities as well as issues and actions at the local, state, and national level.

 

UU JUSTICE OHIO (UUJO): Check out the UU Justice Ohio Facebook page and website. UUJO is one of 18 UU State Advocacy Networks (SAN) and was established in October 2012. SANs provide a voice for UU principles by raising awareness of justice issues, organizing action, and advocating for human rights and the environment. SANs offer the opportunity to network with other UUs as well as build coalitions with interfaith and advocacy groups thus empowering individuals and congregations to act more effectively in the larger community. The UUJO Facebook page www.facebook.com/UUJusticeOhio and websitehttp://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/ provide an opportunity to share what is happening in Ohio related to different justice issues. Our congregation was one of the first out of 41 Ohio UU congregations to become a member and we have two congregational members on the steering committee (Rev. Joan VanBecelaere and Pam Patsch). There are no dues this year so please consider becoming an individual member.  Some current initiatives include UUs for Immigrant Friendly Cities and Villages, advocacy for Medicaid Expansion, and LGBT Equal Employment and Housing Act.  Watch the "UUJO on the Move" Webinar on April 2nd at 7 pm.  Register at ohiomeadville.org.  Additional UUJO information is on the SAC bulletin board in Fellowship Hall.

Legislator Accountability Day - March 6th - "Ohio is not for Shale":  Environmental advocacy groups will be providing a morning workshop and helping citizens schedule appointments with their state legislators to express concerns about issues related to fracking. .   In the afternoon, there will be a rally at the Statehouse and a march to the Governor's office.  See the bulletin board for additional information.  March 20th - Ohio Advocacy Day on Medicaid Expansion - the Ohio Council of Churches will sponsor a briefing prior to lobbying visits to discuss the state budget.  See the bulletin board for additional information.

The SAC meets at 11:45 on the first Sunday of each month.  Our next meeting is February 3rd.  For more information about the Social Action Committee, contact Pam Patsch at pgp723@aol.com.

 

NUUC is sponsoring a child from Montaņa de Luz (MdL)!  Meet Claudia.

montana 

  

Claudia joined the Montaņa de Luz family in June, 2010.  She is full of energy and has one of the biggest smiles of anyone... and shares it often!  Although a bit shy at first, Claudia has a friendly and playful spirit with not only her peers, but with visitors as well. Claudia is in the fifth grade this year. She loves school and has shown tremendous progress in all subjects each year. Her favorite subjects are those which involve handwriting-she LOVES to write! In her free time, Claudia enjoys coloring, jumping rope, dancing, playing board games and laughing.  In December, after taking classes throughout the year, Claudia received her First Communion from the local Catholic Church.  This was a very important event for her.  Claudia's health has remained very stable since 2010.  She has been a wonderful addition to the Montaņa de Luz family!

 

Montaņa de Luz is an orphanage in Honduras for children with HIV/AIDS.  As a sponsor, NUUC will help provide Claudia with food, clothing, and medical care.  Part of the proceeds from the Fair Trade coffee and chocolate sales will be used to fund our sponsorship.  Look for more information on the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall and at the Fair Trade table each month. If you would like additional information about Montaņa de Luz or the sponsorship program, please contact Erika Shell Castro (MdL director and NUUC member) erika@montanadeluz.org or (614) 848-8077 or visit the MdL website or Facebook page. 

 

 

Koraleen
Treasurer's Report
for December 2012
By Koralleen Stavish, Treasurer

 

          Treasurer's Report for January 2013

 

Outlined below is a summary of the financial report presented to members of your Finance Committee and Board of Trustees for the month of January, 2013:

 

 

Actual $ Received and Paid

Budget (Planned Receipts and Payments)

             January, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Pledge Offerings

6,187

0

2013 Pledge Offerings

15,094

12,259

Non-Pledge Offerings

645

0

Rental Revenue

260

154

Ways and Means-Fundraising

298

361

 

 

 

Total Income

22,484

12,774

 

 

 

Total Expenses

12,398

12,726

 

 

 

 

 

 

VolunteersSocial Hour

  
Refreshments for Social Hour: Can you bring snacks and refreshments for social hour after worship? It requires purchasing items, coming in early for set up, and helping clean up afterwards. Sign ups are in the Fellowship Hall on the bulletin board nearest the kitchen.