Community Discussion Group*
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*
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 protected] no later than 9 a.m. on Dec. 27.
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.
St. Vincent de Paul Lunch
Menu for January 12: fried or baked chicken, mac and cheese, vegetables, 2% milk, 100% juice
We serve lunch at St. Vincent de Paul Hotel (120 W. Apple St. in Dayton) the second Saturday of every month. If you'd like to donate food or volunteer to serve, please sign up in the Gathering Space. All servings donated need to feed 15-20 people. Donations must be dropped off, already heated if applicable, to the Hotel by 10:30 a.m. that morning.
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.
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 [email protected] Additional photographs can be viewed at www.BrianSchoenharl.com
Learning to Love
A new study group called "Learning to Love," will be offered at the Fellowship every Sunday at 12:30 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 [email protected]. 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, or [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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 protected]
Chalice of the Willow CUUPs
Chalice of the Willow will be having our Yule/Winter Solstice ritual at MVUUF in the Sanctuary on Dec. 22, 6 - 9 p.m. Social time will be from 6 - 6:30 p.m. The ritual will begin at 6:30 p.m. and all participants are asked to bring a candle for the altar. We will be lighting them and placing them in sand to burn down as we are celebrating together, so a small taper or votive would be perfect. Following the ritual, we will have a dinner potluck so please bring a dish to share. We hope to see you there to celebrate this turn of the year as the nights start to get shorter, the days start to get longer, and light returns! All Chalice of the Willow events are open to the entire MVUUF community and community at large. You do not have to be a Pagan to come, we have many members that are Pagan, some are Pagan interested, some enjoy Pagan ritual, and others just want to come and support us. We welcome all! For more information contact us at [email protected]
Office Closures - Mark Your Calendar Now!
The office will be closed several days in December and January to celebrate the holidays. Mark your calendars now, so you're aware of the days no one will be here to answer the phone/email, or let you in the building!
Dec. 24 - office closing at noon
Dec. 25 - closed
Dec. 26 - closed
Dec. 27 - office opening after Sadie's 9 a.m. doctor appointment
Jan. 1 - closed
Eloise is due on Jan. 10. The plan at the moment is work through noon on Jan. 7. While the office will be opened and staffed with volunteers while I'm gone, if there's anything you need from me specifically, please contact me as soon as possible so I can help.