The Newsletter August 2015                  
Now- Yoga @ NUUC!

NOW-Yoga at NUUC!  Start your week mindfully with incorporating breath and movement into a mind, body, spirit yoga practice .  Join on Sundays at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall for gentle yoga.  The classes both calms the mind and strengthens the body.  Through movement, poses, breath and mindfulness discover what you need to enjoy the start of your week. Modifications for poses will be given to assist new to yoga as well as those who need variations due to injuries or health concerns.   Join us in our inaugural class June 14 at 5 pm.  All classes are drop-in with a suggested love donation of $10.  Weekly classes will be taught by Stephanie Henderson and Jen Hegerty. Please bring your own mat.  Wear comfortable (stretchy) clothing.   Please sign up on the bulletin board in fellowship hall, or online by visiting 


 

Stephanie's approach to practicing and teaching yoga reflects a love of learning.  Encouraging students to listen and learn from their bodies and breath each time they practice.  Building strength in body and spirit through postures and movement, Stephanie works to incorporate joy into a focused practice.  With RYT of 200 hours Stephanie also has substantial work toward her 500 RYT certification.


 

Jen Hegerty is a Registered Yoga Instructor. She received her training in 2002 from Center for Wholeness in Integrative Yoga Therapies. She is a Wellness Advocate through Zen Wellness promoting mind, body, spirit wellness through yoga, PiYo a low impact Pilates/Yoga infused work out, doTerra Essential Oils, and Advocare Wellness, Trim, Elite, and Active products. 

AN INVITATION AND OPPORTUNITY FOR UU FELLOWSHIP:  

September 5-7, 2015

- First UU Church Annual Labor Day Retreat at Camp Oty' Okwa:  

 


 

NUUC members have been invited to attend.  Wonderful for families, singles or couples. Workshops, hiking, crafts, community building! Sign up by Sunday August 23rd.   Online Registration.  


 

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Labor Day FAQs. 

 

Ways and Means 

Share your passion for fair trade and UU-ism with others by giving gifts whose labels proudly display these values.    

 

If you are interested in volunteering for these opportunities, or if you have other ideas for fundraising opportunities for our congregation, Please contact Becca Morse at beccamorse@gmail.com.  

Thank you! 

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NUUC Recorder Ensemble

The NUUC Recorder Ensemble has full wind in its sails once again. We would like to invite you to join our
tootling fun! For more information, contact Becca Morse at beccamorse@gmail.com 
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or Nathan Morse at zefquaavius@gmail.com. 

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month at noon at Friendship Village of Columbus. If you're interested, but the rehearsal time doesn't work for you, just go for Baroque and contact us anyway: 

If enough people are interested in an alternate time, I'm sure we can work out a second rehearsal schedule. Just because a hobby blows doesn't mean it's not fun!
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 News from your Social Action Committee (SAC) - August 2015 Newsletter

 

ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE:   It's back to school!  In Delaware, the first day of school is August 12th.  NUUC members and friends have an opportunity to help others by participating in the Social Action Committee's annual School Supply Drive to benefit students who are served by the Delaware County Juvenile Probation Program.  The donation of school supplies is one way for the congregation to express its belief in the importance of education to a group of students who are at higher than average risk for failing and dropping out of school. This program serves approximately 150 middle school and high school students, ranging in age from 13 to 19.   A collection box for school supplies will be available at the church through Sunday, August 9.  The needed items are things like book bags appropriate for middle school and high school boys, paper, pens, pencils and folders. Your donation of school supplies, or money to purchase supplies, will be greatly appreciated.  If you choose to donate money, please write your check to NUUC and put "School Supplies" on the memo line. This can be dropped in the offering basket or mailed to: NUUC, P.O. Box 541, Lewis Center, OH 43035.  If you have any questions, please contact Becky Mullis at 614-776-5569 or b.mullis@hotmail.com. Last year we donated $568.66 plus 2 boxes of supplies and backpacks. So far this year, we have collected $223.84 in addition to school supplies! We will continue to accept checks and donations through August 9th including our August Loose Change offering. Thank you for your continued support!

 

UU JUSTICE OHIO NEWS:  Walk and Rally to Stop Executions - October 4 - 10, 2015: In a 5-4 decision the US Supreme Court upheld the use of a drug linked to a botched execution in Ohio and two other states.  Ohio has just updated its lethal injection protocol for a trial of new drug compounds from unidentified suppliers and has set 21 execution dates beginning early next year stretching nearly four years into 2019 Article.   Abolitionists from Ohio and beyond, including Sam Reese Sheppard, will walk from the Lucasville prison where death row inmates are executed to the Statehouse in Columbus.  The 7-day, 83-mile walk co-sponsored by UUJO will feature evening programs in Portsmouth, Chillicothe, Circleville, and Columbus for walkers to engage local communities in conversations about ending capital punishment. Those unable to participate in the full walk can join the final 2.5-mile leg in Columbus on Saturday October 10, the World Day Against the Death Penalty, or arrive for the 12 pm rally at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 E. Broad St. across from the Capitol.  For more information about the walk and rally go to http://walktostopexecutions.org/. To read more news about UU social justice issues and events in Ohio, read the latest UUJO Exchange newsletter http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/?page_id=1088.
    

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Representatives of IACO's Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist communities have "tested" a new program to help many of Columbus' most disadvantaged citizens: our homeless. On three evenings over the last few months IACO members and supporters got to know each other while serving meals to homeless women and families at the Van Buren Shelter in S.W. Columbus.  Now we're ready to launch this as a regular event: Once a month we invite members of our communities to volunteer at the Shelter at 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to about 7:45 PM.  We need up to 11 "servers" for each dinner. In August, the following dates are available to IACO volunteers:  Sunday, August 23rd; Saturday, August 29th; or Monday, August 31st.  As we gain experience, we'll establish a regular monthly schedule that will allow us to plan ahead. Please contact Michael Greenman, Moderator of the Social Justice Task Force, by Monday, August 3rd at mgreenmanoh@gmail.com  to advise which evening(s) you would like to serve. For more information, ask Pam Patsch about her experience as a volunteer in July.


 

*IACO - Interfaith Association of Central Ohio - Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Central Ohio area are members of this association - see www.iaco.org for information.

 

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE EVENTS IN CENTRAL OHIO:

 

  • August 6, 2015, 7:30 pm - Peace Vigil at Goodale Park Gazebo (Park Street and Buttles Avenue) -Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • August 8, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at First UU Columbus, Peace Activist Conference: For the People and the Planet - Discussions: How to organize for peace and people in the planet dominated by profit. Features: John Carlarne, Greg Elich, Connie Hammond, Julie Hart, Ruben Herrera, Kevin Kamps, Janet McLaughlan, Marc Simone, Aramis Sundiata, Harvey Wasserman.  Contact Mark D. Stansbery, Community Organizing Center, 614-251-8255, walk@icg.org.
  • August 23, 2015, 1:00-3:00 PM at the Noor Islamic Cultural Center, 5001 Wilcox Road, Dublin, OH - Interfaith Association of Central Ohio (IACO) 23rd Annual Main Event Luncheon; Sowing Sacred Connections, Sharing Spiritual Practices, Healing Heart and Earth. Speaker Jessica Shimberg is a rabbi and environmental justice advocate. She leads The Little Minyan Kehilla, a central Ohio congregation rooted in Earth-care and is on the board of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light. 
  • August 23, 2015, 6:30 PM at First UU Columbus, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, a groundbreaking documentary that uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today - and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizers are too afraid to talk about it.  For more information about the documentary go to http://www.cowspiracy.com/.

 

UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE:  Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on August 9, 2015.  Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage.  The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights.  Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community.


 

SOCIAL JUSTICE LIBRARY:  The Social Action Committee has a lending library of books and DVDs on social justice issues such as immigration, poverty, LGBTQ, environment, and human rights. Check out our selection on the bookshelf in Fellowship Hall and please consider donating appropriate books or DVDs to add to our collection. DON'T FORGET TO RETURN BOOKS SO THAT OTHERS CAN ALSO ENJOY THEM!


 

SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE BULLETIN BOARD:  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. If you have information about social justice issues you want to share with the congregation, please post it on the bulletin board or email it to Pam Patsch at pgp723@aol.com.


 

NEXT SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE MEETINGThe Social Action Committee will meeting after the service on August 9, 2015. New members are always welcome.


Treasurer's Report of June 2015 Results, July 27, 2015

                                    

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Month Ended June 30, 2015

Actual

Budget

2015 Pledges

9,489.00

13,067.00

Non-Pledge Offering

90.00

0.00

Rental Revenue

100.00

125.00

From DRE Restricted Funds

1,345.63

1,346.00

W & M Fundraising

208.82

667.00

TOTAL INCOME

11,233.45

15,205.00

EXPENSES

TOTAL Administrative

235.02

218.00

Bld & Prop Ins

0.00

0.00

Bld Mortgage

760.00

775.00

Bld Property Tax

126.05

135.00

TOTAL Building R&M

471.14

395.00

TOTAL Building Utilities

393.85

633.33

TOTAL Committees

340.15

244.00

TOTAL Compensation

12,983.95

11,203.50

TOTAL Dues

1,013.00

1,013.00

Payback to Capital

0.00

0.00

Pledge Canvass

0.00

0.00

TOTAL EXPENSES

16,323.16

14,616.83

OVERALL TOTAL

(5,089.71)

588.17


 

June financial results:  Income of $11,233 was ($3,972) below budget mostly due to low Pledge income.  Expenses of $16,323 were ($1,706) over budget.  Expenses exceeded Income by ($5,090) for the month.


 

Major expenses that are over budget are Septic Maintenance $286 for servicing the Neilson House septic system; and Minister's Professional Expenses for a replacement computer $806, Minister Association dues $575, fall district ministers' meeting at OMD $365 and GA expenses $451.  

 

North Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Year to Date Ended June 30, 2015

Actual

Budget

2014 Pledges

500.00

0.00

2015 Pledges

67,474.00

78,400.00

Non-Pledge Offering

1,708.00

0.00

Rental Revenue

600.00

750.00

From DRE Restricted Funds

8,073.78

8,076.00

W & M Fundraising

6,644.90

4,000.00

TOTAL INCOME

85,000.68

91,226.00

EXPENSES

TOTAL Administrative

1,514.72

1,446.00

Bld & Prop Ins

0.00

0.00

Bld Mortgage

4,615.00

4,650.00

Bld Property Tax

263.09

270.00

TOTAL Building R&M

2,643.45

2,930.00

TOTAL Building Utilities

3,940.19

4,110.02

TOTAL Committees

1,402.39

1,490.00

TOTAL Compensation

68,620.47

67,231.00

TOTAL Dues

6,078.00

6,078.00

Payback to Capital

0.00

0.00

Pledge Canvass

0.00

0.00

TOTAL EXPENSES

89,077.31

88,205.02

OVERALL TOTAL

(4,076.63)

3,020.98

                 

June YTD financial results: Expenses exceeded Income ($4,077).  Pledges are ($10,926) lower than Budget.  Total income of $85,001 is ($6,225) under budget primarily due to the level of Pledge income. Expenses of $89,077 are ($872) over budget.


 

All expenses items are within approved annual budget, except Septic maintenance. Both the church and Neilson House septic systems were serviced, for a total expense of $691 against an annual budget of $175 or a ($516) overage.  

Also note that the Minister's Professional Expenses amount is at $2,890 - with only $110 remaining out of the annual budget of $3,000.

 

Also note that there were no donations in June for DRE funding.  After paying the DRE salary in July, there will be $402 available our of the special reserve DRE for paying the $1,346 DRE salary in August, after which we will pay that salary out of our regular budget.  Please support our DRE program with your pledged giving so that we need not pay the DRE from general funds before we had planned.

 

Just a personal note:  We spent a week at the Chautauqua Institute and attended five lectures on Ethics sponsored by the Chautauqua Unitarian Universalists.    The UUs have a good presence there and all the lectures were thought provoking.         

                     

Respectfully submitted


 

Jerry Schardt, Treasurer