OCTOBER 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES including details on the 2018 Raffle! THREE handmade braided rugs, three chances to win!


Tickets $5 each or 5/$20      The 2018 KUUC Raffle features three hand-braided wool rugs, created by Ann Shedd, Carol McIntyre-Peale, Peggy Jacobs and Hazel Erdoben.  The rugs are made entirely out of re-purposed woolen clothing and are durable enough to last for generations.  While the method used to create them is traditional, the colors are more vibrant than usual.  Each ticket purchased this year offers the individual three chances to win a rug.  Rug sizes are 7′ x 3 1/2 ‘;   4′ x 21″;  3′ x 3’, 9″.

The rugs can be seen at various coffee hours at KUUC, at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s spaghetti dinner on 10/13 from 5:00 – 6:00, and various other locations yet to be determined.  PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ON THIS WEBSITE BY CHOOSING THE DONATE BUTTON.  IN THE NOTE FIELD, INDICATE “RUG RAFFLE.”  YOUR TICKETS WILL BE RESERVED FOR THE DRAWING, HELD ON DECEMBER 2.  DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.  City of Keene permit #165.


Thank you for all your financial support during the summer.  There will be a new pledge drive in the Fall, but member contributions before the formal drive are critical to keeping our doors open and lights on until then.   Please be assured that all of your contributions are being recorded and will be noted as pledge contributions for the upcoming year. And if you are paying monthly or quarterly, please continue through the pledge campaign season.  Your early financial support has been appreciated!   -Andrea Ansevin-Allen, KUUC Treasurer 


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

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.

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.


INTRODUCING THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY, A Monthly Evening Worship Service Beginning Wednesday, October 17 from 7-8pm      KUUC will launch a new monthly contemplative worship service, which will be centered on meditative and contemplative practices, will have its first gathering in the Sanctuary, but will meet in the Alliance Room on subsequent months. Please direct your ideas to Rev. Michael mailto:rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com or Worship Chair Jenn Wyman.    Our hope is:

  • To offer a regular, complementary worship service at time when people who might not be able to attend on Sunday morning—or simply long for more group spiritual time during the week—can join together.
  • To offer a service with a particular emphasis in this case on contemplation. So, the focus will be on contemplative practices which may include or combine: sitting meditation, walking meditation, labyrinth practices, chanting, visualization or other guided imagery practices.
  • That this service will be the beginning of an effort to explore the possibility of holding weekly services on a different time and day, not all of which would be contemplative. The idea is not to replace Sunday morning worship but to augment it.

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP      Our fellowship group meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the Keene UU Church Alliance Room, 69 Washington St., Keene. This group is for anyone inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identifies with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support one another’s spiritual growth and understanding. This group is guided by our fourth UU principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity.    If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis      cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389

SLICE – Friday, October 5     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. The theme chosen, by hosts Betty and Mike Forrest, is “Country Cuisine” with food from a country you have visited during your lifetime.  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.

INVOLVEMENT FAIR – Sunday, October 7 after service     Are you looking for ways to get more involved in church life?  Do you have some time to share swinging a hammer, helping to weed a garden, supporting our Religious Exploration classes or singing with the KUUC Choir?  Then please come to our “Involvement Fair” after the service on October 7th!   If you are a committee chair, if you lead an activity group that you think isn’t as well-known or attended as you would like, please contact Betty Forrest mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net or 357-1534 to reserve a table.  Provide information and a healthy snack (or goody tray) to encourage involvement.

BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH – Sunday, October 7    Do you have friends that seem very interested in knowing “what is this UU thing” you are part of?   Are some of your relatives curious about your church? This may be especially true if you came to Unitarian Universalism from another religious tradition—or none at all.   Perhaps you have friends, neighbors or acquaintances who, for one reason or another, would seem “perfect” candidates for our community. You may have even joked about it in the past.  Have you run across people at Hannaford or the YMCA who used to come to church at the KUUC and they tell you, “I got to get back to church, we just got so busy”?   Why not ask these people to join you on Sunday, October 7th for “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday”?   Scheduled Events will include:

9:30 A.M.             A guided tour of the church building and grounds.

10:00 A.M.           Sunday Service, “Working On It.”

11:00 A. M.          The Involvement Fair where new people can learn about many of the activities,  ministries and work of the church..  All you need is a sign telling the people what your group does, but you may want to have some descriptive materials for them to take away, a sign-up sheet to gather their contact in

“NEW UU” Class Begins October 7!     Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalist traditions, worship, church government and our proud history of social justice work? Have you been enjoying our Sunday services for a while and are now thinking about becoming a member? Do you sometimes wonder about the basis of this tradition you had barely heard of until recently, but find very compelling and want to know more?    If so, please reserve the first three Sundays in October (7th, 14th, 21st) to take part in our first “New UU” class of the year. Rev. Michael will facilitate this three-session introductory class along with special guests from among the membership and staff.    This program is sponsored by the Membership Committee.

READY TO RUMMAGE!  Saturday, October 13 Our Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday 10/13 in Parish Hall and the Undercroft…maybe even outside if the weather cooperates. Due to lack of storage space, please hang onto your items until 10/6 if you can. Items should be clean and salable. We will accept fall & winter clothes (seasonal). Your help is needed for assistance with sorting, set up and the day of. Please email Andi Johnson at andijohnson53@gmail.com

ASSOCIATION SUNDAY – October 14     With all that is going at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC) it is easy to forget that we are part of a larger movement—but we cannot.  Our New England Region and the Unitarian Universalist Association itself provides staff and other resources to help our congregations grow, manage their finances, learn about social economic and racial justice issues, deepen in religious exploration programs for all ages and so much more.  As part of our service on October 14th we ask that you make out a check to the church (KUUC) for $86.00 with the words “For the Movement” in the memo line. Our service that day will be about our history of non-conformity focusing on a Universalist who began his storied ministry in nearby Langdon, NH more than 200 years ago.

KUUC OUTDOORS – Tom Julius (603-357-4521) or tjulius54@gmail.com
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole
Oct 20 Berry Bowl Greens and Berry Gathering, Keene

JOIN US AT THE WORKS FOR “THE COFFEE CONNECTION”    This monthly, informal discussion with Rev. Michael begins on Tuesday, October 16th from 8:30-10:30 A.M. at “The Works,” Main St. Keene.

One of the takeaways that I have gotten from sabbatical is that our congregation has a need for regular, clear and open communications outside of publications such as the Messenger, Sunday morning worship and/or committee meetings. Our people need opportunities to give input, ask questions and discuss issues of interest or concern. I am grateful to the Committee of Ministry for suggesting a simple gathering, with an open invitation to talk about what matters most to congregants and minister alike.    Therefore, I invite any and all congregants who are able to join me, to meet at “The Works” on Tuesday, October 16th from 8:30-10:30 A.M. Here are some guidelines for our first meeting:

  • Come as early as you are able, grab yourself a cup of coffee (not provided, sorry) and stay as long as you can. The two-hour time limit refers to how long I can stay that morning.
  • Bring any questions, concerns and ideas that you would like to discuss.
  • Please understand that there are some issues that might not be appropriate to discuss in a public setting and know that some concerns/issues that are voiced (related to Personnel for instance) can only be heard and not responded to for ethical reasons.
  • I hope that the “Coffee Connection” itself will become a regular, monthly happening. On October 16th to discuss and decide whether there should have a particular agenda each moth or if it should be entirely free form.
  • Realizing that not everyone can make a morning gathering or, may not be able to be there on October 16th, I ask that you contact me michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com with your questions, ideas and concerns and we can either discuss them via email or I can bring them up with the group.
  • Because there are some folks who would never be able to make a morning meeting I am also looking for input on when an afternoon or evening group could meet .

LUNCH BUNCH  – Wednesday, October 17     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.  Email Betty Forrest mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net  or call 357-1534 with questions.

UCC Folk Café, 23 Central Square, Keene–October 21, 4pm

Featuring local NH folk group “Decatur Creek.”    Decatur Creek is an acoustic band based in NH and performing original Americana, folk and country music.  The band is comprised of Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne, Jack Carlton and Beth Eldridge.  The church is handicapped accessible from its rear entrance off Vernon Street.  Limited seating.   Tickets available now at church office (603) 352-4136; some available at the door.  Open to the public:  $5 includes wonderful music, coffee, and pumpkin pie.