Community Discussion Group
April 21 - "Meditation: When, Where, How, and Why." Moderator: Ralf Grisard
April 28 -TBA Moderator: Tom Starr
*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*
April 24 - Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum
May 22 - Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
*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.
May 14 - Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter
June 11 - 35 Dumb Things Well-Intentioned People Say, by Maura Cullen
July 9 - The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Diversity, by Michelle Alexander
August 13 - Making Rounds with Oscar, by David Dosa
September 10 - Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver
October 8 - Elsewhere, by Richard Russo
November 12 - The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, by Ayana Mathis
December 10 - Marmee and Louisa, by Eva LaPlante
During April, the Humanitarian Giving Action Group welcomes non-pledge donations to benefit the Wesley Center.
Join the festivities on April 28 as we celebrate the coming of May Day. There will be music, dancing around the May Pole, crafts, games, and even some surprises! This is a potluck, so please bring a contribution of local fare. Contact Shannon Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with any questions.
It is Time for our 2013 Service Auction-- Mujer Caliente' (Hot Woman)! Don't worry Sexy Men, the women will also want to appreciate your beauty. However as I am the mujer caliente' coordinating the event, I am taking certain liberties! On April 27 at 6 p.m. , expect to feel Afro-Latino roots envelope you. Margaritas, tapas, merengue, Afro-Cubano musica - WE HAVE IT ALL. Everyone is encouraged to shake a hip, wink and flirt! Just please, no broken hips, I don't have a prayer, root, or insurance for that!
Not to worry, any children (above nursery age) will busily be involved in their own auction. We will have childcare for those too young to enjoy the children's auction.
So what are your talents? Interests? Resources? Can you grocery shop for someone? Private chef a dinner party? Get a musician, like Byron Crews to play at someone's private party? Have a husband who is offering tennis lessons and/or personal training? A $400+ gift certificate for Botox/Lasic Surgery that you will never use? How are you at massage, metaphysical healing, Tarot or extremely "brief" counseling? Do you have a really cool air hockey table for the
chance auction? I'm looking for auction items (live, silent and chance). Auction forms are in the Gathering Space or Kristin can mail or email you one.
I hope everyone will step forward and add to our Celebration. I truly expect this to be an amazing event!
~Heather Schroeder, 751-3265
Emily Upham Award
The Social Action Committee invites nominations for the 2012 Emily Upham Social Justice Award. This award is given to a member of the congregation who exemplifies commitment and service for world peace and social justice and is involved in on-going activities that support a vision of a better world. Recent awardees include Maureen O'Meara (2011), Bob Lewis (2010), Bill Ross (2009), Joe Law (2008), Lynn Buffington (2007), Diane Dover (2006), Gail
Cyan (2005), Kate Santucci (2003-04), and Bev and Sylvia Wince (2002).
Please send your nominations either by email to Maureen O'Meara, at email@example.com or give to our church administrator, Kristin Freeman, no later than May 1, 2013. Please tell us about the person and why you think he or she should be selected. The award will be presented at
the Fellowship's Congregational Meeting in June.
Gardens and Grounds at MVUUF
Would you like to be involved in planning the sustainable future of our MVUUF lawn and garden beds? Are you passionate about flowers and plants and know a few things about taking care of them? Do you want to be filled with joy and appreciation of natural beauty as you look around while you walk up to the Fellowship? Do you want to help maintain our wetland in good health? If you have interest in any of these things, we would love to hear from you! The MVUUF Garden Committee will meet at MVUUF's Library at 4:30 p.m. on Wed., April 17. If you would like to join the group for this meeting or you are interested in spending a little bit of time in the garden with us, please come or let us know! The Garden Committee: Genevieve Harvey, John Bierman, Iris Carter, Dori Dick, and Steve Thompson, Operations Chair.
Celebrate Earth Day - Volunteer Opportunity
One requirement we must meet as we carry out our Green Sanctuary program, is to work with other congregations or other local organizations on environmental projects. You may recall that last year, 11 of us from MVUUF joined volunteers from other organizations by planting tree seedlings on Five Rivers MetroParks Seedling Saturday. We have an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day again this year by volunteering for another seedling planting on MetroParks Adopt-A-Park Day Sat., April 20. On that day, a planting is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Medlar Conservation Area on 4528 Medlar Road, near Miamisburg. No experience is required to participate, and all ages are welcome. The planting will take place until 11:30 a.m. and then all participants are invited to a complimentary lunch at River Scape MetroPark. A major goal of this massive reforestation project is to replace ash trees that are vulnerable to the devastating emerald ash borer with resistant species, as well as to convert former farmland to forest. Participants must register in advance, and to register as a team member from MVUUF, contact Environmental Action Group chairman Gary Courts by phone at 436-1094, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the Sunday service. Let's celebrate Earth Day and do our part for the environment by sending a team from MVUUF to Medlar on Adopt-A-Park Day. You are invited to make a difference for Mother Earth!
Nominating Committee Members
The Program Council is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Nominating Committee. These three individuals will fill the open seats through February of 2014. This is a very important group of people who we entrust to be able to complete this awesome job. They will serve the congregation by carefully evaluating the qualifications of our members to serve as leaders for our fellowship and selecting a few choice people to ask to be members of our Board and Program Council. They then submit a slate of capable and willing candidates in December to be voted on in our January election. Additionally, this year they will
be naming candidates to serve on our Ministerial Search Committee. This is the body that will size up, check out, and select our next minister!
The individuals who the Program Council is appointing at this time are: Yolanda Crooms, Lynn Buffington, and Joe Zimmerman. These three will join the continuing members of the Nominating Committee: Joan Albrecht, Ruth Rowley, and Iris Carter. They will begin their work now, and the congregation will be asked to confirm their appointments at the Congregational Meeting this June.
For more information about how our fellowship operates, you can check the organizational chart, bylaws, and policies, on our new and improved website, www.mvuuf.org under the governance tab at the left side of the home page. If you would like to be involved in leadership, please let your interest be known by contacting one of the members of the Nominating Committee.
Genevieve Harvey, Program Council Chair
What do fibromyalgia, flu-like symptoms, brain fog, and arthritis have in common? Lyme Disease! (Ticks are found in all 50 states!) Come and see the award-winning documentary "Under Our Skin" and join the discussion - bring your questions! Prevention is the best way to deal with Lyme Disease, so come and be informed. Show up at Mon., April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary - For additional information, contact Linda Smith or Linda Yoder.
Enroll Now for A New Adult Religious Education Class
HELP TO HEAL OUR WORLD: Social Ethics, Social Justice And Congregational Engagement
Can you find the words "social justice" on the MVUUF website? Did you know that Fox News personality Glenn Beck set out to convince his audience that "social justice," . . . is a "code word" for communism and Nazism. Beck urged Christians to discuss the term with their ministers and to leave their churches if leaders would not reconsider their emphasis on social justice. Beck said, "I beg you, look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!"
Instead, run as fast as you can to sign up for this new six-week adult course, led by Bob Lewis, to help set the record straight. The course is intended primarily for both our newer members who have expressed interest in social action and for longer time members who want to deepen their understanding and appreciation for social justice work. It will be offered at the Fellowship on Thursday evenings (7 - 9 p.m.), from May 2 to June 6. According to Bob, "We will look at some of the history, including the Social Gospel movement, some of the theology informing social ethics, and many of the specific expressions and challenges of social justice work in today's complex and broken world. We'll look realistically at how we can 'help to heal our world." The course will consist of presentations (lecture, video), readings and discussion, with lots of time for sharing together. You can sign up for the course by calling the church office (436-3628) or by using the sign-up form in the Gathering Space.