APRIL – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

ANNUAL PLANT SALE AT KEENE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH MAY 25!

On Saturday, May 25 from 9am-2pm, the annual Plant Sale will be held at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street in Keene.  Annuals, perennials, indoor plants and shrubs will be offered.

Answering “The Call to Inclusion and Racial Justice”:   ‘Month of Sundays’ Announcement

Month of Sundays services this year are:
April 14:       “The Situation is Untenable”  America is often touted as “nation of immigrants.” On April 14th we will look at the current state of welcoming the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
 May 12:           “Prisons of Our Making”   Prison reform, mission work in prisons and appropriate punishment for misdeeds have all been important issues in the history of American religion. Prisons are also places where racial, economic and political injustice plays out, moment to moment.
June 9:           “Liberation”  Making ‘Black Lives Matter’ doesn’t have to be the only place we go or the place that we stop—but it has to happen if we ever hope to be free of white supremacy.
Events for this month include a special Coffee Connection around the theme of becoming Allies to Native Americans. The Contemplative Community will work with the theme of “ancestors.” More to come! 
KUUC 2018 DIRECTORY HAS ARRIVED!  Thanks to Deb McLay for her monumental organizational efforts to make this a reality.    If you had your photo taken or submitted one, you will receive a directory at no charge.   Additional directories may be purchased for $5 each, with a minimum order from 10 people.  If you would like to purchase a directory or have questions about distribution, please contact Deb McLay at debmclay529@gmail.com.

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.

APRIL AMBASSADORS     April 7, Gwyn Powers:   April 14, Melinda Hildreth Honkala:  April 21, Andi Johnson:  April 28, Carole Mills

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.


ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

DANCE CONNECTION – WEDNESDAYS, 2-3PM, Parish Hall    The Spring session of Dance Connection continues from April 3 to June 12 on Wednesdays from 2-3pm in the Parish Hall! (No class on April 24.)  Dance experience not necessary; no fee required.  Donations to cover the space gratefully accepted. Contact CarinTorp at carintorp@yahoo.com or 603 357-7645 for information.

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP — FRIDAY, APRIL 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.  This month’s theme is a Taste of Italy hosted by Betty and Mike Forrest. 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.
LIBERAL CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP      The fellowship group will meet on Tuesday, April 2 at 5:00pm in the Alliance Room.   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. The group usually meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month.  For more information, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.
THE COFFEE CONNECTION — APRIL 16, 8:30-10:30AM AT THE PUB IN KEENE  

The “Coffee Connection” will meet once again at The Pub from 8:30-10:30 A.M. We hope that you will plan join us as it is always a lively discussion, with Rev. Michael facilitating.  It could be the beginning of something big, a new journey OR it could be a great conversation over coffee in good company.  I hope to see you at the Pub on March 19th.

LUNCH BUNCH  —  WEDNESDAY, April 17     Before we have dessert, you are invited into the sanctuary at 12:35 pm for a short recital by Vladimir and Jim Peale. One of the works is a piece composed for piano and bass solo by Larry Dachowski.
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, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.   Note:  During the winter months if local schools are cancelled due to weather conditions, Lunch Bunch will also be cancelled.
THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY  —  APRIL 17, 7-8PM, KUUC Alliance Room   
Plan to join us and feel what a remarkable peace this small circle of people engenders. How much easier it is to try different contemplative traditions, and to actually meditate over an extended period, when there are others doing it with you.

“SHINE THE LIGHT” ON KUUC VOLUNTEERS!  APRIL 20, 5pm    Join us as we “Shine the Light” on 2018-19 KUUC volunteers! Each year we highlight volunteer contributions by KUUC members. We will celebrate beginning with a potluck dinner at 5pm, followed by the fun of recognizing each volunteer for their special talent. Last year the room was filled with laughter and we expect the same this year! Please mark your calendars for this important event.

KUUC OUTDOORS –- BIKE INTO SPRING!     April 27, 1PM       Swanzey  Covered Bridges
KUUC Outdoors provides opportunities to experience the interconnected web of life and enjoy being outdoors together. We endeavor to plan a variety of events for participants of all ages, ranging from low to moderate levels of challenge.   All activities are led by volunteer members of KUUC and depart from the church. The schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. To receive email updates and information contact: Tom Julius (603) 357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com
“NEW UU” CLASS POSTPONED   The “New UU” class with Rev. Michael, originally scheduled to happen on March 31, April 7, April 14 in the Alliance Room has been postponed. The class will be rescheduled until the Fall, with the possibility of earlier sessions if warranted.
KUUC FERRY BEACH GET-A-WAY WEEKEND!   Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, Sunday, May 12
 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 Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups. For the second year, we will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Bedford, MA UU Church. We have rooms reserved in Rowland, Cross Cabin and two Metz Cabins.
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: (for the weekend, 2 nights)
Rowland           $160/room (2 sets of bunk beds) (2 rooms w/ queen)
Cross Cabin      $240/room (queen bed, private bath)
Metz Cabin       $280/ cabin (living room with pull-out couch, bedroom full bed with twin bunk, bathroom, linen rental +$28)
Camping        Tent @ $56:  Trailer @ $64:  Large RV@$70
Food includes 4 meals provided by FBPA cook in the DeWolfe Dining Hall:  Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sun. breakfast
Adult          $60 (ages 13 years +)        Children     $40 (8-12 years)
 Registration and $100.00 deposit are due February 24, 2019 Full payment is due April 1, 2019.
 For further information visit the Ferry Beach table at Coffee Hour or contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale 357-7875 or at pealefamily@gmail.com