APRIL 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

EVENTS  –  March for Our Lives – March 24

“The people of KUUC are committed to actively creating compassionate community and working for a fair and peaceful world.”

I am so proud of our church!!!  The efforts this weekend, with many people involved, make our mission alive and real:  We were “actively creating compassionate community,” and our signs and our voices left no doubt that we are actively involved in “working for a fair and peaceful world!”

Friday night, March 23, many from KUUC attended the sign making party in the Parish Hall, joining folks from MPA and the greater Keene community- from young to old.  We made so many signs!!! Extras were taken to the rally and given out on Saturday morning.  We talked about it being one way to build community.

Saturday morning a group from KUUC gathered and then walked together to Central Square, many of us wearing the bright yellow “Side of Love” sweatshirts (we certainly could be seen!). Then we gathered back at KUUC for soup, bread, coffee and desserts.  There were also members of the community that joined us, and they thanked us for having the church open.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make signs, donated food, marched, kept the church open, and cleaned up and locked up.  It was a wonderful team effort!

NoteDid you spot the four members of KUUC who were on the front page of the Keene Sentinel?           Gratefully, D’Vorah Kelley 

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS   

ALTAR DECORATIONS – REVIVING A TRADITION

The Worship Committee would like to revive the longstanding tradition at KUUC of congregants providing Altar Decorations on Sunday mornings.  An Altar Decoration can be a flower arrangement, a seasonal display, artwork, or creative expression of your choosing.  It may be made in honor of or in memory of someone in your life or an event to commemorate.  It may be something just for fun and creativity.  If this is something that you would like to do please sign up on the board near the door of the Parish Hall and provide any information if you would like the altar decoration to be dedicated to someone or something.  On the day that you designate, please have the altar decoration in place by 9:30 Sunday morning.  Call 357-2675.  Rachael Walter   rachaelwalter@twc.com

COFFEE HOUR NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION    Welcome back to a new church year!  This year, I will continue to come in to make the coffee each Sunday, and again, refreshments will be potluck.  As I strive to keep the kitchen appropriately stocked, please let me know if you have a favorite tea you would like to have available, or a particular sweetener.  And please consider bringing some healthy treat in for refreshments for everyone, such as pretzels, or cheese slices.  If everyone contributes something once a month, we will have a nice array to fuel our bodies for conversation and catching up with friends.

KUUC AMBASSADORS   One of the ways that we make certain that newcomers to KUUC feel welcome and have their questions answered is through our “Ambassadors” program. Ambassadors are individuals who have volunteered to be the first point of contact for people who are new to our church or to Unitarian Universalism.   Before each Sunday service, the Ambassador of the day will be introduced and asked to stand so our visitors know who they can talk to about KUUC. It is important to remember, however, that in some sense all members are Ambassadors so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador add your name to the sign-up sheet by the door to the Parish Hall.     April 1,  Jim Frederiksen:  April 8,  Andi Johnson:  April 15, Carol White:   April 22, Deb McLay:   April 29, Andi Johnson

ON THE INTERNET If you are new to KUUC, please feel free to join us in the Private Facebook Group, Keene UU Church.    Simply click here:  and ask to join.  We will need to be able to recognize you as a friend or member.   In that this is a private group, please remember: you may not share the pictures in the group unless they are your own.  Sometimes there are photos of children whose parents may or may not want their child’s picture shared, as well as church members/friends.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST UPDATE FROM BOB AND CAROL HILL     Our average attendance remains mostly male, but we have noticed an increased number of women and children.  We serve between 40-50 folks daily and are dealing with fewer issues around rule-breaking this year. There is a generally more appreciative response from the people we serve, like… You guys are amazing.”   Thank you all so much.”  This is the best breakfast in Keene.”

We have also noticed more support from the community and our church groups.  This is allowing us to offer a more substantial menu.  On a regular basis we provide:  scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, pancakes or French toast, oatmeal , juice, coffee in addition to cold cereal and toast. Supplemental fresh fruit is often available.    This is a plate of heaven.”

Crew members have grown in number and experience. We now include a hall monitor/greeter on most teams.  Crews are more aware of safe food handling and doing a better clean up.   Some feedback from helpers includes…    There is something special about doing this.”  This has changed me.”  “This is one of the best things I do.”

The rewards definitely outweigh the hassle of getting up early and working very hard for 3 hours!!


ACTIVITIES

POETRY GROUP MOVES TO A NEW DAY  –  Join us on the fourth Monday at 7PM in the church library.  Please bring poems to read and discuss as well.  Plan on leaving a copy of each poem to add to our archive.

DANCE CONNECTION WITH CARIN TORP  – Wednesdays at 2pm in the Parish Hall.  No experience necessary!     Carin 357-7645

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION GROUP– 1st Tuesday – APRIL 3, 5PM          Jesus’ Last Week

Our group will next meet on Tuesday, April 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Alliance Room.  We will be reflecting on scriptures relating to Jesus’ last week.  All are welcome. This group is an opportunity for people inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identify with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support each other’s spiritual growth and understanding.  This group is guided by our fourth principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity.   This group meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm.   If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.

MEDICARE FOR ALL FORUM –  APRIL 4, 6-9PM  – KEENE STATE COLLEGE     The Health Care Working Group of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance (MPA) is presenting a “Medicare for All” Forum on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Keene State College.   The first hour will be informal, with representatives from various healthcare and community organizations staffing informational tables and answering questions about their programs. Forum speakers will begin at 7:00.  Topics to be covered include an overview, definition and history of Medicare for All, political, legal and local impact implications of such a universal healthcare entitlement, and steps you can take to support passage of this program.  The formal speakers will finish with ample time for questions from the audience.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Dottie Morris. Speakers include Andru Volinsky, Dr. Carl DeMatteo, Dr.Kenneth Dolkart, Dr. Betty Keller, and Dr. Marvin Malek. All events will take place in the Mabel Brown Room in the L.P. Young Student Center at Keene State College.  Nearby parking is available in the Madison Avenue lots off Winchester St.

On Saturday, April 7, MPA will host a Health Care for All Rally on Central Square from 11:00 to 1:00 as a follow-up to the Forum, and in solidarity with nationally held rallies that day.

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FRIDAY, APRIL 6       Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC and is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the parish hall. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. Gerry and Jim Frederiksen, hosts, invite you to share a favorite dish with our church family .  You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert.  Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.  Call Betty Forrest 357-1534 or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net  with any questions.t

KUUC OUTDOORS UPCOMING EVENTS    – For KUUC Outdoors information contact Tom Julius, 603-357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com    

KUUC Outdoors Upcoming Events
April 8 Woodland Cemetery Walk, Keene
May 19 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
May 26 Bike Trail Ride, Keene to Swanzey
June 16 Pack Monadnock Hike, Temple
June 16 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
July 8 Willard Pond Paddle/hike/swim, Hancock
July 14 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
Aug 5 Pitcher Mtn Berrying, Stoddard
Sept 8 Andres Institute of Art Walk, Brookline
Sep 29 Source to Sea River Cleanup, Keene
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION POTLUCK!   APRIL 15       Shining a Light on UU Volunteers will occur on April 15 with a recognition potluck dinner from 5-7 in the parish hall.  If your last name stars with A-I, bring a dessert or hors d’oeuvres; J-R, bring a main course;  S-Z, side dishes.   The Membership Committee will recognize the outstanding efforts of some key volunteers.  Please invite family and friends to attend.   Deb McLay will serve as Emcee.

LUNCH BUNCH – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18       Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers.  We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, October through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.   Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net

INTERFAITH MARCH – SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – CONCORD NH   Gather at Concord High School at 3:30.  March will leave at 4:30 and proceed to City Plaza for a 5:30 Rally    We live in a time when racists and fascists are parading in the streets hoping to revive some of history’s sickest fantasies. Men have carried weaponized tiki-torches on night-time marches like the Nazis who inspire them; they have fired live rounds at protesters and taken the life of an innocent woman by running her over with a car. Meanwhile, too often, we have stood by staring at our phones, complaining to people who feel the same way we do. We have been like witnesses watching a terrible fire- captivated by the spectacle, but helpless to act.  Here is a chance for our community, for ALL OF US to do something about it.

Guiding Principles of the March

  1. We believe that all people should be free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal.
  2. We believe that multiple religions can coexist peacefully and contribute to the common good.
  3. We believe that equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled regardless of race.
  4. We believe that the government of every state and of our great nation should protect those who are most vulnerable and neverfail to seek justice for acts of violence perpetrated against minorities by those who claim superiority or dominance.

If you agree with these propositions and would like to make your voice heard, please consider joining us in Concord for the march on April 29.  (We need to leave Keene by 2:30 to find parking and be ready to march at 4:30)     Contact:  D’Vorah Kelley for information:  dvorah.kelley@gmail.com

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/185219182251516/?active_tab=about

Interfaith March website:  http://interfaithmarch.com/

FUNDRAISING – MAY DAY WEEKEND – MAY 5 & 6        KUUC’s May Day Weekend is shaping up !  We are asking you to reserve May 5 & May 6 for meeting the public on behalf of KUUC as well as spending some time enjoying yourself with friends.    WE NEED EVERYONE. Together we can both raise money for our community and celebrate spring.    In April and early May we need you to dig up and ready plants for sale, search your house for Rummage items, make or deliver signs and poster ads and/or bake breakfast pastries to bring to the church on Friday, May 4.

On Saturday we need you on hand for a few hours. It takes a village to welcome the public into our spaces!  Set up tables, move plants outdoors, staff the AM bake sale, the lunch sale, a KUUC activist table, a children’s activities table, collect rummage and plant money or arrive to help your tired fellow UUs clean-up.

Sunday is celebration!  Bring friends to share in the fun.  Come to the service and stay for a reasonably priced lunch.  Enjoy the crowning of the May Queens, Maypole dancing and a special Morris Dancing performance by the Firebird Morris dancers!    Together we can welcome the public in, raise funds for our church and celebrate the season.  Be active in this spring splash and help us continue the activism that is rising in our KUUC.

IT’S RUMMAGE SALE TIME AGAIN!   SATURDAY, MAY 5       The next rummage sale is scheduled for May 5th.  We are gratefully receiving donations in our designated drop off spot in the hallway by the woman’s restroom.  This will be part of an exciting May Day week-end long extravaganza.  Mark your calendars and we’ll keep you updated.  For more information, contact Hazel at hazelerdo@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATES FOR FERRY BEACH!     Friday – Sunday, May 11, 12 & 1       The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have changed our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May.  Ferry Beach is a UU Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups. This year we will be  sharing with the Bedford, MA UU church.  We have 1/2 of the Quillen dorm and Cross Cabin.    Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, singing, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic.

COSTS:

Lodging: Quillen = $160/room for the weekend(sleeps 1-6 people depending upon room size)

Cross Cabin = $220/ room for the weekend  (private room with Queen bed, private bath)

Camping = $46/weekend camp site

Meals: provided by FBPA cook in the DeWolfe Dining Hall 4 meals: Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sun. breakfast.

Adult = $48 (13 yr. +)  Child = $32 (5 – 12 years)

Registration and $100.00 deposit are due February 18, 2018 Full payment is due March 18, 2018. For further information contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale 357-7875 or at pealefamily@gmail.com