Community Discussion Group*
December 2 - "Favorite Poems: Bring Your Favorite Poem to Share." Moderator: Roger Davis
December 9 - "Economic Models: Garden or Machine?" Moderators: Lucy Ann and Mike McKosky
December 16 - "The True Believer." Moderator: Jim Faulconer
December 23 - "What Is a Therapy Dog?" Moderator: Diane Dermody & dog
December 30 - "Immigration." Moderator: Gordon Taylor
*This adult group meets every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Founders room for fellowship and thought-provoking discussions led by member volunteers. For a more detailed listing of topics, please see the Sunday bulletin.
Daytime Book Club Title*
December 12 - Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter
**December's meeting will be at Starlite Diner, 4090 Wilmington Pk., at 10:30 a.m.**
January TBA - Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See
February TBA - Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan
March TBA - The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
*We meet one Wednesday a month, at 10:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Library. We then go out for lunch together. All are welcome!
Evening Book Club
Please join us at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Christopher's Restaurant (2318 Dorothy Ln., Kettering). For more information, contact Ann Snively.
Holiday Boxes On Sale in Gathering Space
We received a massive donation of holiday boxes - they're perfect for gifts, as they're already wrapped! They will be on sale in the Gathering Space on December 16 and 23, so come ready to get your wrapping out of the way! All proceeds will go to the Fall Bazaar fund.
January and February Forums - NOTE
Since Kristin will be out on maternity for much of January and February, there will be ONE Forum that covers BOTH months. If you'd like to have something included in this special double-issue, please email your submission to Kristin at email@example.com no later than 9 a.m. on Dec. 27.
Senior High Youth Group Selling Fair Trade Treats!
Our Sr High Youth Group will be selling fair-trade gifts during coffee hour this month. Please consider stopping by their table and picking up a fairtrade chocolate candy bar, hot chocolate or UUSC travel mug. All profits will go towards youth group activities and CON scholarships.
During December, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group welcomes non-pledge donations to benefit the Minister's Discretionary Fund. This fund allows the minister to provide assistance to our members in their time of need.
Items Needed for Giving Tree
This year our Giving Tree will be "baby items" themed. Please put all donations under the tree in the Gathering Space. Donations needed: baby food, receiving blankets, diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6), wipes, bottles, diaper rash ointment, baby wash and lotion, formula (soy or regular), Diaper Genie bag refills, sippy cups, onesies, crib sheets, pacifiers, baby toys, teethers, and Orajel. All items will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul to help the youngest residents of their shelters.
Examining Whiteness is a dynamic, scholastic curriculum dealing with the historical roots of institutional racism, white guilt/shame, as well as strategies to break down our own prejudices and become anti-racist allies. It will be offered every Monday night, 7-9 p.m., for eight weeks, starting Jan. 28 in the Founders room. At the conclusion of the course the class will organize a worship service for the spring conveying what they've learned. Eight participants are needed for the class to begin. Because of the content of the curriculum and the nature of the work being done only white identified people are invited to participate. For more information, contact Rev. Amy Russell or Joel Araujo.
Chalice Light Gallery
Brian Schoenharl has studied with several well-known photographers including John Gerlach and Brian Peterson. In the past several years, his work has achieved recognition in the Dayton/Cincinnati region. He focuses primarily on landscape and nature photography, exploring the world's natural beauty through the eye of the camera. A lifelong resident of Dayton, Brian went to school at Chaminade-Julienne High School and Sinclair Community College. He works as a nurse and this helps support his photographic endeavors. He sincerely hopes that you enjoy viewing his photographs. All photographs in this exhibit are for sale, either matted only or matted and framed. (Please see the price list.) You can communicate directly with Brian for special orders at BrianSchoenharl@gmail.com Additional photographs can be viewed at www.BrianSchoenharl.com.
Learning to Love
Beginning December 2, a new study group called "Learning to Love," will be offered at the Fellowship every Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. This is a group study, not a lecture course. It combines an understanding of man's psychology with an understanding of his spiritual nature. Those who desire to be more loving of themselves and others will find this study to be both enlightening and enjoyable. For more information, contact Bill Hill.
Environmental Learning Forum Book Club
Due to the fact that many of us are super busy during the holiday season, the Environmental Learning Forum Book Club will NOT meet in December. Instead, our next meeting will be held in the Founder's Room at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21. The book we have selected for discussion is COLLAPSE: HOW SOCIETIES CHOOSE TO FAIL OR SUCCEED by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Jared Diamond. Diamond contends that environmental damage, climate change, globalization, population growth, and unwise political choices were major factors that led to the demise of some past societies. Others, however, found solutions and survived. With ominous warning signs on the horizon today, he raises the question: How can our society avoid ecological suicide. Your Environmental Action Group has ordered a few copies of COLLAPSE from Amazon.com at a discounted price of $12.00 (list price $18.00). To reserve a copy, contact Environmental Action Group chairman Gary Courts at 436-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All MVUUF members and friends interested in environmental and conservation issues are invited to be with us for our discussion of COLLAPSE on January 21.
Guest At Your Table
We will be taking donations for Guest At Your Table through Sunday, January 6. All proceeds go to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the UUA human-rights organization. By celebrating Guest At Your Table, you are helping nurture a spirit of gratitude and justice, equity and compassion in human relations. For more information on UUSC, please visit www.uusc.org. Contact Alice Diebel with questions at (937) 439-9815, email@example.com Donation boxes and envelopes will available in the Gathering Space after the Sunday service.
The Nominating Committee Presents Candidates for Your Consideration at the January 27 Congregational Meeting:
Board Members Program Council Members
President - Alysoun Taylor-Hall Activities - Shannon Hansen
Vice President - Ralf Grisard Social Justice - Maureen O'Meara
Secretary - Sharon Harmer Worship - Lathe Snyder
Treasurer - Bob Lewis Communications - Laura Vondenhuevel
Trustee A - Jim Hudson Operations - Steve Thompson
Trustee B - Bill Dugger LRE - Heather Schroeder
P.C. Chair - Genevieve Harvey
The tradition of dinner at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship continues. Once again we will share a "pot luck" meal and share "building the beloved community we all seek." Look for a signup sheet in the Gathering Space, or email me the number of guesses in your group and the food you plan to share. Also we will need a few folks to help setup tables and chairs, and of course the all important "cleanup after the festivities." ~Phil Wise, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smart Choices is a social committee that encourages its members in their individual pursuits. We celebrate a monthly birthday luncheon, enjoy field trips, and do various activities. We will meet in the MVUUF kitchen on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. for card making.
Smart Choices and the YRE Committee are sponsoring Chalice Night on Friday, Dec. 14 from 6-9 p.m. There will be dinner, treats, and lots of arts and crafts to make, so mark your calendars now!
Buy a Wristwatch at Amazon and Earn MVUUF $5784.67...
It's holiday shopping time and if you do at least some of your shopping online, you can help MVUUF earn affiliate commissions through Amazon and hundreds of other retailers. But if you're like me, sometimes you may forget to go to our affiliates web page first to click on the Amazon or Goodshop link.
A very simple way to rememberthat the Fellowship receives commission was contributed by Alice Diebel: Bookmark (or save in Favorites) the MVUUF Affiliates Web page - http://www.mvuuf.org/08design/events/affiliates.htm - and name the link "Amazon."
Important note: Do not add items to your Amazon Shopping Cart until you are ready to purchase. Accumulate your intended purchases on the Shopping List or Wish List instead. A purchased item that has been in the Shopping Cart for more than 24 hours will not be eligible for MVUUF commission.
Oh, the wristwatch? The Fellowship's commission on the Zenith Men's 96.0529.4035/51.M Defy Xtreme Tourbillon Titanium Chronograph Watch comes to $5784.67. Alas, the JL421 Badonkadonk Land Cruiser/Tank is currently unavailable.
If you have questions, email Jay Snively at email@example.com
Giving thanks, being thankful, looking forward to giving and receiving. It's that time of year. For many of us it is a reflective time of year. Looking back, looking ahead, looking into our hearts.
The fellowship of UUs is a precious and wondrous gift. It is given freely; it is there for all who seek it. Thank you to every one of you who has been part of that community. The gifts you give of yourself, of compassion and caring, of laughter and tears, and of your monetary treasures are what make us strong.
Peace, love and happy holidays to all.
~Pat Whitney, Treasurer