MAY – 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.

There are some tasks to do to prepare for a successful fundraiser for KUUC.

  1. If you have a garden but are unable to dig and divide your plants, let us know and the KUUC garden elves will take care of it for you.

  2. We need garden elves to be able to dig up plants for those who are unable to.

  3. We need our fellow gardeners to dig and divide their treasured plants to donate for the Plant Sale.

  4. Are you good at starting plants? If so, we will have starter kits available during coffee hour for the next several weeks to start some annuals to be able to sell at the Plant Sale.

  5. On Friday, May 24, from 3-???? We will be collecting plants from our fellow gardeners to price and sort by various categories. Anyone with tarps they are willing to lend for this time, we would be ever so grateful!

  6. Saturday, May 25th will be a busy day.

    1. We will need helpers to set the tables and tarps out on the lawn, (pray for good weather)

    2. folks to help with the Plant Sale from 9-?,

    3. and last but not least, we will need help with cleaning up from our successful Plant Sale.

  1. Tell your friends & family about our fabulous Plant Sale, or better yet, bring them!

Please contact:

Melinda Hildreth-Honkala @603-239-4063 or melindahildrethhonkala@gmail.com

Carole Mills @ 802-254-7075 or cmmills2@yahoo.com

HELP WANTED –   Rev. Michael is looking for a volunteer willing to learn how to assemble the monthly Messenger and prepare it for distribution. This important task should only take a few hours toward the end of the month. When it is finished, simply send it to Rev. Michael for email distribution. Hopefully the interested candidate would start working on the June Messenger with the minister and commit to assembling the publication for the entire 2019-2020 “church year.” The Messenger is produced for every month except for July.   For more information, please contact Rev. Michael at rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com or (508)821-6092

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

Month of Sundays services this year are:
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! 

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.


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, MAY 3        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 May food theme is Cinco de Mayo hosted by Sarah Wilton and Betsy Zimmerli. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.   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, May 8 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 — MAY 21, 8:30-10:30AM AT KRISTEN’S

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, MAY 15   
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.  Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.
THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY  —  MAY 22, 7-8PM – MEET IN THE SANCTUARY  
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.