Life Around the Fellowship...
A WORD FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT
Here we are on our long-awaited ministerial cusp. As this issue of The Forum appears in our inboxes, we are stepping over the threshold of a new era in the life of the Fellowship.
We have said our goodbyes to Rev. Mary Moore and wish her well as she begins her work with the UU congregation in Columbus, Indiana. We are grateful for her time with us, for the work we did together and for the lens she brought to our self-exploration during our Interim Period. We are a different congregation in many ways because of Mary Moore, and we will continue to benefit from her insights, her deep caring and her nudging. Once more, "Thank you, Mary!"
We are about to say our hellos to Rev. Greg Martin. Those of us who heard him and met with him during Candidating Week are excited and eager to begin our time together. Although Greg will bring his own ideas and insights, he will build on the work of Mary and of all our former ministers. He will also need our input, our ideas and our energy as we grow together into the community we dream about. Each of us has a part to play as we say, "Welcome, Greg!"
Greg's first Sunday will be August 2, so plan to come welcome him in the next few weeks. It will take some time for us to get used to each other, but this time of discovery brings us opportunities we may not even anticipate. Come be part of the future as we develop it.
Finally, it is a time of deep gratitude to the members of our Ministerial Search Committee. It is their hard and intense work that has enabled us to connect with Greg. None of us will ever know how much each of them gave in making this happen, but we do know theirs was an immense task. Their contribution to the life of the Fellowship will be lasting. We will benefit from their wisdom, dedication, and perseverance for generations to come. And so we say "Thank You" to each one.
And so, let us step boldly over that threshold. Let us welcome our next phase. And let us wach do our part to make the future all that we hope it will be.
Barb Weber, Board President
MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK
And that can definitely be said of the great group of MVUUF members that worked so hard by helping our new settled Minister, Rev. Greg Martin, move into his new apartment and office on Monday, July 20th. As Rev. Greg mentioned in his column in this month's Forum, "The move into the apartment and office went quickly, a process that could have been long and arduous on an already exhausting day."
Take a look at a few photos from that evening!
RECEPTION AFTER REV. GREG'S FIRST SERVICE
Don't forget! We will be having a Reception in the Gathering Space immediately following Rev. Greg Martin's first Sunday Worship Service as our new settled Minister, on Sunday, August 2!
This will also be a time to thank the Ministerial Search Committee for all of their hard work to bring Rev. Greg and MVUUF together...what a wonderful job they did!
Please bring bite-sized desserts to share, and if you can help with the set-up or clean-up, please let Dawn Bellinger know. We look forward to celebrating with you!
ICE CREAM CONTEST & SOCIAL ON AUGUST 9th!
Come one, come all, to the MVUUF Ice Cream Contest & Social! Who will win the coveted Silver Spoon this year? Dust off your ice cream recipe and get ready for some stiff competition! If you choose the mechanical route for your creation, MVUUF has two ice cream makers-get your reservation in EARLY to use one!
The Ice Cream Contest & Social will also be held in conjunction with a bake sale by the 6th-12th grade RE students, to raise funds to see the movie Jerusalem at the IMAX Theatre at Cincinnati's Museum Center; please bring some dollars and loose change with you to fill their coffers! And please bring your quarters to vote for your favorite ice cream-one quarter equals one vote! Proceeds from the Ice Cream Contest will also help the students afford their movie trip. For more information regarding the movie, contact Garlene Hamilton.
LOOKING FOR ARTWORK FROM MVUUF MEMBERS & FRIENDS
Do you own a piece of artwork created by a MVUUF member or friend? Would you be interested in sharing it with others at the Fellowship? We're going to try something a little different for the Chalicelight Gallery during the months of September and October. Everyone who owns a piece of artwork made by an MVUUF member or friend is invited to hang their piece in a Special Members Art Exhibit. These works of art could have been created at any point in MVUUF's history-over 50 years ago, or quite recently. The identification tags will state the title of the piece, the artist's name, and the name of the owner who is loaning it for exhibition. We are mainly limited to wall-hung artwork, but may be able to accommodate a few small sculptural pieces or ceramic items.
If you would like to participate in this special show, please send an email to Kathleen Pennington at [email protected]; include a description of the piece in the email, including its dimensions. A photo would also be great.
WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
The West Dayton Action Group has been invited by LEAD Dayton to support their tutoring program at Westwood School. Tutoring takes place weekdays throughout the school year, between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., tutoring children through grade 3 on reading skills. You'll work with the school's Literacy Specialist and be placed according to your skill and comfort level. The tutors from LEAD who served last year felt that it was very worthwhile and rewarding for all involved!
If you're interested, you must complete the Dayton Public Schools' Volunteer Application before August 13, so that the program will be ready to begin the first week of September; you can find the application HERE.
When applying, make sure to also contact:
Marie Geisel (coordinating volunteers for LEAD)
at (937) 371-4852 or [email protected];
also, please contact
Bob Lewis at [email protected] or
Julie Stone at [email protected]
so that the West Dayton Action Group can keep track
of those who have signed up.
Our Social Justice Committee will continue to present movies with a
social action theme on two Friday evenings in August:
August 7th--Chasing Ice--a documentary regarding climate change
August 21st--Raising of America (parts 1 & 2)--a film about early childhood development
Both movies begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Founder's Room at the Fellowship. Snacks will be available, and there should be some good discussion following the movie. Please plan to attend!
THE EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Evening Book Discussion Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Christopher's Restaurant on East Dorothy Lane. New participants are welcome! Please contact Ann Snively for more information. The titles that have been selected for the next few months are:
August 11 -- Keep the Ends Loose, by Molly D. Campbell; Ms. Campbell will be joining us at this meeting to discuss her book!
September 8 -- At Home: A Short History of Private Life, by Bill Bryson
October 13 -- Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen
November 10 -- Clara and Mr. Tiffany, by Susan Vreeland
ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB
The Environmental Book Club meets monthly on the third Monday, from 7-8:30 p.m., in the Founder's Room at the Fellowship. Upcoming selections are:
- August 17 - The Twenty-Ninth Day, by Lester Brown
- September 21 - Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
- October 19 - Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, by Kathleen Dean Moore
- November 16 - Earth in The Balance, by Al Gore
- December 21 - Pope Francis' Encyclical, On The Care of Our Common Home (you can read the Encyclical on the Vatican's website)
DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
The Daytime Book Club meets monthly on Wednesday mornings, 10:30 a.m., in the Founder's Room at the Fellowship. Here's an update on the Daytime Book Club's coming selections for the next eight months. Please note that the book chosen for August has CHANGED.
- August 19 All The Light We Cannot See: A Novel, by Anthony Doerr
- September 16 Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, by Hector Tobar
- October 21 The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher
- November 18 Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, by Steven Drucker
- December 16 A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas. (This book is very short, for our annual party.)
- January tba The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. This book has 784 pages in paperback; we chose it for January so we could begin reading it in December or earlier.
SMART CHOICES BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON
The June gathering of this fun group will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 11:30 a.m., at the MCL Cafeteria (private room). Everyone is invited to join them! Please RSVP to Allie Petersen at:
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL LUNCH
Please join us in our long-standing 2nd Saturday ministry of serving lunch to the homeless and/or low-income women and families. Sign-up sheets are on the counter by the windows in the Gathering Space. Thanks to all who donated food and helped serve in July, when we served fewer single adults but more families than usual. If you would like a bit more information on volunteering, please pick up one of the information half-sheets near the sign-up sheet.
August 8th menu: This is the fourth month of our spring/summer menu -- hot sandwich filling (pulled BBQ chicken/pork, or sloppy joes), vegetable dish (pasta salad with LOTS of vegetables, cole slaw, or other vegetable), green salad, fresh fruit/fruit salad, 100% juice and reduced fat milk (we will use buns from St. V pantry for the sandwiches). We need several donations of each item, with each donation serving 15-20. Please bring all items-heated if applicable-to 120 West Apple Street in Dayton (St. Vincent de Paul Hotel) by 10:30 a.m. Sign up to serve or donate menu items on the sign-up sheet, or contact Lynn Buffington at (937) 657-0426 or [email protected]. You can also contact Lynn, Shirley Gezinski, or Iris Mirelez if you would like to help with menu planning and organizing.
You can keep up-to-date with all the happenings at MVUUF by viewing the Fellowship's calendar online, from a link on our website:
The calendar is updated daily, so it's always the best place to check and see what's going on!
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