Around the Fellowship
PICTURE DIRECTORY: MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MVUUF has had many new members since our last photo directory - not to mention a new interim minister! We are pleased to announce that the Fellowship is on the schedule with LifeTouch Photography to create an updated members photo directory.
LifeTouch will be at the Fellowship from Oct. 23 to 26 to take photos of members and their families. Every member that participates will get a free 8x10 portrait and an opportunity to purchase additional prints in a variety of packages. Just in time for Christmas cards! To volunteer to assist with hosting duties, contact Christina Tomazinis and Jamie McQuinn.
THE RETURN OF THE MVUUF FALL BAZAAR!
The Fall Bazaar will be held from 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 - mark your calendars to get some of your holiday shopping done while supporting the Fellowship!
Consider volunteering to help make this year's Bazaar a huge success. Contact Brianna Kempe at firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-84-496, or Jenny Oest. We'll find a job that fits your skills, availability and desire to help support our beloved community.
Host a booth: Contact Jenny Oest about table space and costs of setting up as a vendor.
General help: Volunteer with advertising, coordinating, set up and strike.
Staff a booth: Help with refreshments, raffle, last-minute sales booths, and relief coverage during breaks.
Support: We'll need breakfast casseroles and sandwiches for our refreshments table, donations for the book sale, and more.
Put up ads: They're needed in all the communities we frequent.
Shop 'til you drop! All proceeds go to helping MVUUF thrive and grow.
OUR TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
On Sept. 15, the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our move to our Yankee Street home. Hear from some of the many, many generous people who helped make the move happen - it truly took the village. We will use this time of celebration to ask for special donations to help maintain this sacred space. Please come prepared with a generous donation to add to our capital maintenance fund!
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH MVUUF
Your Environmental Action Group will host an intergenerational outing after service on Sunday, Sept. 22 - the date of the autumnal equinox - at nearby Cox Arboretum. Cox, one of our most beautiful MetroParks, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. We will start with a picnic lunch about 12:30 pm (bring a picnic lunch as well as a blanket or lawn chairs), followed about 2 pm by guided tours of the grounds and trails by MVUUF members who are also MetroParks volunteers or employees. (You do not have to be present for the picnic to go on the tours). All MVUUF members, families and friends are invited to this afternoon of fun, facts, festivity, and fellowship.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION LEADERS SOUGHT
What better way to connect with your beginner's mind than by learning from the most valuable teachers in our congregation-the children? Sign-up sheets for the new school year are in the Gathering Space. Full-year, half-year and substitute teachers welcome. For more information, contact Shannon Harper, Heather Holland Schroeder, or Robin Shampton. We are seeking:
- 4 Nursery Volunteers (once a month)
- 4 Prep Room Volunteers (once a month)
- 3-4 Preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade Teachers (the more teachers you have on your team, the more Sundays you can attend service)
- 3 Jr. High Youth Group Advisors and 3 Sr. High Youth Group Advisors
- 2 Children's Worship Leaders (1st Sunday of each month)
COMMUNITY DISCUSSION GROUP
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.
Sept. 8: Whatever Happened To Astrology? Moderator: Brad Kochunas
Sept. 15: Destroying A Good Reputation
Sept. 22: Our Constitution Is Adequate To Govern Modern American Society Moderators: Roger Davis and Lucy Anne McKosky
Sept. 29: Sports Trivia Moderator: Bruce Baker
COMPASSIONATE COMMUNICATION CLASS
This fall, we continue our long Fellowship tradition of encouraging, practicing and polishing our compassionate communication skills. Our Fall 2013 Series of 10 sessions begins at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 19 and meets weekly through Nov. 21.
The series will be facilitated by Denny Smith and follow the chapter sequence of Marshall Rosenberg's definitive text, Nonviolent Communication - A Language of Life (which is recommended, not required, reading). Other materials, music and in-class exercises will encourage the fundamental thought patterns that help move Compassionate Communication into natural and habitual thought and speech. Contact Denny@Smiths-on-Line.org or 937-321-1128.
BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY
"Building Your own Theology," a classic UU curriculum, will be offered at 7 pm Thursdays from Sept. 19 through Nov. 7 in the Founders Room at MVUUF. The series is designed to help UUs clarify their own individual values and beliefs. At the end of the class, participants will write their own personal credo statement. Contact Ann Snively.
CLASS FOR NEW UUs
A New UU class is being offered for new and prospective members to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalist history, theology, worship, governance, membership. Eight sessions will run from 9:30 to 10:45 am on Sundays starting Sept. 22. Sign up in the gathering space or call the church office, 937-436-3628.
THE LIBRARY WORKGROUP NEEDS YOUR HELP!
The Library Workgoup held its first meeting in August and set an ambitious schedule for MVUUF's current collection. We will use an online electronic system to catalog what we have, ensure nameplates are in all books, then organize the books on the shelves into better categories to help people find the knowledge they are looking for. Please pardon the shuffling of furniture and tables during our workdays!
Helpers are needed. If you are available, we would love to have you (and ideally your smartphone or laptop) join us from 10 am to 2 pm Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13 and/or from noon to 5 pm Saturday, Sept. 14. A potluck celebration follows the Saturday work day. Contact Adrienne Clark, MVUUF librarian, or Laura Vondenhuevel, communications rep.
RELIGIOUS FICTION BOOK CLUB
The MVUUF Religious Fiction Book Club will hold its first meeting at 7 pm Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Fellowship. We will discuss the novel A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. All MVUUF members & friends are welcome. Discussion leaders will rotate monthly, and all areas of fiction will be included. Books selected are available at the public library or online.
Future selections might include modern fiction (The Life of Pi by Yann Martel), older fiction (Billy Budd by Herman Melville), Buddhism (Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse), Jewish culture (My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok), humanism (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens), religious extremism (The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood), humor (Letters From the Earth by Mark Twain) or drama (Saint Joan by Bernard Shaw). All suggestions are welcome. For more information, contact John Bierman, email@example.com.
ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING FORUM BOOK CLUB
All MVUUF members and friends are invited to our next monthly discussion in the Founder's Room at 7 pm Monday, Sept. 16. We will discuss Deep Economy: The Wealth Of Communities And The Durable Future by noted writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben.
McKibben argues against the prevailing concept of continuous economic growth, because Earth does not have enough resources to support this ideal. He instead makes a compelling case for creating prosperity through more localized economies.
For more information or a discounted copy ($11.41), contact Environmental Action chairman Gary Courts at 937-436-1094 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Regular meetings are at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Christopher's Restaurant, 2318 Dorothy Lane, Kettering. Contact Ann Snively or Ruth Rowley.
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
CHALICE OF THE WILLOW (CUUPS)
CUUPS will have an informational booth from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Dayton Pagan Pride Day celebration at Eastwood MetroPark, a day of celebrating the "Everyday Pagan" and the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon, as the holiday is commonly known. www.facebook.com/events/631975076834846.
After the event, come back to MVUUF and join us at 7 pm for our Autumnal Equinox ritual and potluck. Email email@example.com or see Shannon Heather.
At 12:30 pm Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Founders room, we will hold a business meeting to review and update our Statement Of Purpose and membership definition, and to discuss the nominating and election of new offices for our group.
All Chalice of the Willow events are open to the entire MVUUF community & community at large. You do not have to be a Pagan to come! All of our September events will be posted at www.facebook.com/ChaliceoftheWillow.
IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE ACTION GROUP
Our group now meets at 7 pm on the fourth Thursday of the month. New members welcome. The next meeting will be Sept. 22 in Classroom Five.
A big thanks to the many members of the Fellowship who gave so generously to the "Tree of Knowledge" school supplies collection. A whole carload of donations was delivered to Mr. Hubert Matumaini, coordinator of the Welcome Centers of the Dayton Public Schools for refugee and immigrant school children. Three members of the Action Group are now serving as academic mentors to refugee children through the Welcome Centers. More mentors are always needed. Contact Maureen O'Meara.
Anwyl Scott is recruiting volunteers to work with her team setting up apartments for newly arrived immigrants through Catholic Social Services. CSS also needs volunteers to provide services such as transportation to appointments. (All CSS volunteers must fill out an application and complete a background check.)
SEPTEMBER EVENTS FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION
Sept. 13-14 - Dayton World Soccer Games at Action Sports Center-www.daytonworldsoccer.org
Sept. 21 - Comprehensive Immigration Reform rally in Springfield. The July rally was attended by about 500 people. Participants will march from the Clark State parking lot to Rep. John Boehner's office. A free charter bus is available for all those interested in traveling from Dayton to Springfield. Contact Heather Atkinson to reserve a seat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 29 - The Dayton International Peace Museum will begin an exhibit on immigration.
HUMANITARIAN GIVING ACTION GROUP
Thank you for the non-pledged offertory donations during June, July and August which benefited the Reach Out Free Clinic. Check your Sunday bulletins for the recipient of this fall's donations. The Humanitarian Giving Action Group will meet at 6 pm Wednesday, Sept. 18. Contact Shirley Gezinski.
Smart Choices will meet to celebrate birthdays on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11:30 am at MCL Cafeteria at the corner of Far Hills and David avenues in Kettering. For more information, contact Allie Peterson at email@example.com.