SUMMER – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

 

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

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

ENJOY OUTINGS WITH KUUC OUTDOORS — 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. Recent excursions have included Bonnyvale Environmental Center, Guilford, VT and the Swanzey Historical Museum & Covered Bridges.

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.

 2019 KUUC Outdoors Upcoming Events

                             July 7           Walk                                1pm             Distant Hill Gardens, Walpole

                             July 20        Night Sky                         8:30pm       Keene Amateur Astronomers Observatory, Sullivan

                             July 27        Berry Picking Hike          10am           Gap Mountain, Troy

                             Aug 18        Walk                                  1pm             Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp, Antrim

                             Sept 28        Paddle/Walk                   8:30am        Source to Sea Cleanup,  Ashuelot River, Keene/Swanzey

                             Oct 20         Hike Mt. Caesar              1pm             Swanzey

                             Oct 27         Partridge Berry Picking & Walk to Hurricane Brook          1pm             West Keene

                             Dec 7          Night Sky Observing        7pm             Keene Amateur Astronomers Observatory, Sullivan

 DANCE CONNECTION – SUMMER SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAYS (July 10-August 14): From, 2-3PM, PARISH HALL

The Summer season of Dance Connection will begin on July 10th and continue through August 14th. We meet on Wednesdays from 2-3pm in the Parish Hall! No dance experience necessary, and no fee required. Donations to cover the space gratefully accepted. Contact Carin Torp at carintorp@yahoo.com or 603 357-7645 for information.

CANCELLED   THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY TO MEET ON JUNE 19th   For the final time in the present “church year” the Contemplative Community will meet on Wednesday night, June 19th from 7 PM-8 PM in our beautiful Sanctuary. In its first year, the Contemplative Community met on the same day of the month and time of day, using the Alliance Room when the cold set in. Some us who have participated in the monthly sessions have found it “helpful in times like these,” and “very satisfying,” while some have been surprised that they would be able to, “just sit quietly and drink in the silence,” for an hour. Sometimes it is good to try something new and surprise yourself! Especially when that something invites peace into your day, opens your heart to compassion and slowly frees you from distracting and limited thinking.

One thing we haven’t yet been able to do, is gather a true community together, a core group of 5-7 people who are able to commit to coming each time while starting, or continuing, their own daily practice. However, we believe that it takes time to build communities, large or small, and so we will to continue to gather the Contemplative Community come September. Meanwhile, this summer we will experiment with different days and ways to make contemplative practices available to the people of KUUC.

CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY DURING THE SUMMER    Week Long Evening Garden Meditation Practice (Week of July 29-Aug 2):      Although the Contemplative Community won’t be gathering at its usual monthly time and day during July & August, this summer we will offer something entirely different—a week-long evening practice!

The Deane Starr Memorial Cobblestone Garden is a lovely place to sit quietly and practice meditation, especially in the summertime. Why don’t you plan to join us, as we gather together each weekday evening from July 29th -August 2nd. We will sit and explore contemplative practices in the garden from 6:30-7:30 P.M. Should it be raining, we will meet in the Sanctuary.

COFFEE CONNECTION SUMMER GATHERINGS       On JULY 16th & AUGUST 6th the Coffee Connection will happen in the Alliance Room at KUUC! Please join Rev. Michael between 8:30-10:30 A.M. for this wide-open, monthly discussion group. Although it has been our custom to meet at different coffee spots around town this summer we will gather at the church. There is no set topic. We will discuss whatever is on your mind: the church, local issues, history, good books, the Swamp Bats, as you will. Bring your own hot or cold beverage.

FROM OUR FRIENDS IN ANIMATERRA      Animaterra, Keene and Monadnock’s women’s chorus, and Becky Graber, of the Brattleboro (VT) Women’s Chorus, together offer a session of “Summertime Sings for Women” this June. There will be three weekly rehearsals of summertime songs beginning June 4th: Singers will attend Tuesday evenings in Keene (at the UCC Church on the Square from 7 – 9) and/or Thursday mornings in Brattleboro (10 – 12 at the Brattleboro Music Center and Centre Church). The singers from two places will then combine in a culminating summertime sing, open to all, on Friday June 21 at the beautiful Sumner Knight Chapel in Keene, from 7 – 8:30. That sing will be part performance, and part singalong. For more information and to receive a registration form, contact Becky Graber at  becky@beckygraber.com or call 254-8994.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JULY AND AUGUST WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

 

 July 7th        Planned Parenthood

July 14th       “I Don’t Know Why It’s Raining, But. . . .  Being A Sanctuary”    (D’Vorah Kelley)

As companions on this journey, we share the milestones we meet along the way.  Individual moments of joy and sorrow become shared moments of celebration and comfort.  What does it mean to be a Sanctuary for each other on this journey?  (Please bring an umbrella to this interactive service.)                                                                    

July 21st         “Action Heroes”                                                                  (Rev. Michael)

In the past few years, popular culture has seen a renaissance of super heroes: in comics, on tee shirts, on TV and especially in the movies. Some might say that this is simply the marriage of an immature, easily distracted and escapist populous to a greedy and unimaginative entertainment industry. Rev. Michael prefers to see it in the likes of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Black Panther models for truth, meaning, the dilemmas of our time and the fantasies of how it came to be and could be.

July 28                                                                                                        (Matt Aversa)

August 4         “Mary Oliver’s Poetry: A Different Theology?”            (Andi Johnson)

When Mary Oliver passed away in January, Andi, like so many others, connected with her poetry. It was everywhere being shared in her memory. Today, we’ll look at some of those poems and how they connect with us, and maybe can guide us, in our everyday lives.

August 11     “Fairgrounds and Blue Highways”                                (Rev. Michael)

Rambling is one of the things many people like to do in the summer: heading out on a backroad adventure, listening to music wafting from a bandshell, enjoying “Old Home Days” and country fairs. What is this summer rambling all about? Restlessness? Renewal? Routine? How do we know the difference between searching for truth and making meaning from it?

August 18      “Sometimes it’s the People”                                           (Jenn Wyman)

A church’s message can only go so far. A church with great beliefs may not succeed if the people in the congregation are not inviting and kind. Those on a “church search” will often be more drawn in by how they are received at coffee hour than the sermon they just heard. The importance of community and fellowship cannot be overstated and are so important to the spiritual journey.

August 25      [TBA]

September 1           “Potluck Communion”                                           (Carl Jacobs)

 

 

   

 

JUNE – BOARD PRESIDENT, CAROL WHITE

 

How wonderful to have beautiful Spring days here again and just in time for a successful Plant Sale and a moving memorial service in the Starr Memorial Garden. Thank-you all who contributed to these events and in particular to Melinda Hildreth- Honkala and Carole Mills for organizing the plant sale and for Carol and Bob Hill for their amazing work on the Starr Memorial Garden.

As the church year comes to an end the Board has been focused on the budget, stewardship, and filling board vacancies in anticipation of Annual Meeting on June 9th.   As we have discussed the Board decided to return to a stewardship campaign in the Spring prior to the budget approval at Annual Meeting so we can approve a budget that is realistic to the money we have to spend. Thank-you to Andrea Ansevin-Allen for her hard work as our treasurer, the budget working group, John Walter for his work on our stewardship campaigns, and the whole congregation who came together to give input at our meeting on May 19th. Thank-you as well to Micky Cronin and the nominating committee for their ongoing work filling board vacancies and making a recommendation for our next president-elect for the Board.

All of this is in support of our mission and our church community as well as the work of our various committees. Thanks to everyone who contributed in whatever way to our church in the past church year. As we look towards the next church year, I hope as many people as possible can attend Annual Meeting in the sanctuary on June 9th after our service and sharing coffee together. Childcare will be provided during the meeting so all can attend. Everyone’s input and opinions are valued.

This will be my last Messenger statement as Board President as John Walter, President-Elect steps into the President role on 7/1/19.

Thank-you all for your support during the past year.    -Carol White

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

KUUC COMMITTEE AND BOARD INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

Please contact Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting at 352-1719

Church Office Hours:     The office is usually open from 9:30-5:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week.  As usual, it’s a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available if you need assistance.

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Circle of Caring:  Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music:  Betty Forrest

Personnel:   Ruth Shepard

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Ann Shedd

Stewardship: Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:  Jenn Wyman

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Worship:  Jenn Wyman

Property:  Bob Hill

Fundraising:   Open

Greens Sale:  Open

Welcoming Congregation: Open

2018-19 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Carol White, President   carolwhite11@comcast.net   –   617-229-9463

Past-President

John Walter, President-Elect   jnwalterjr@gmail.com    –   358-3101

Andrea Ansevin-Allen, Treasurer  aansevin@yahoo.com   –  358-3701

John Lowry, Clerk   lowry63@ne.rr.com – 355-295

Deb McLay, debmclay529@gmail.com  499-6043

Ruth Shepard, ruthshep47@gmail.com  –  477-5694

Carol Stamatakis, cstamatakis@outlook.com  –   398-5389

Mickey Cronin, mfpepera@aol.com    –    256-6676

 

 

 

 

 

April 2016 Events & Activities

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, April 1

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. The April theme is “Fool-o-ship” featuring fun foods and lots of opportunities for foolishness and fellowship, hosted by Susan Chamberlin and David Wilbur. “Whining” is at 5:30pm, and “Dining” is at 6:00 pm. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We also ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.)

Additionally, the announcement for this year’s Stewardship campaign will be shared.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday, APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.

Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McKnight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Mark your calendar now for this event to be held next Sunday, April 3rd in the Parish Hall!

Time to Sign Up for the Worship Workshop – Begins April 26!

Several people have already reserved their spot in Rev. Michael’s new workshop It’s More than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0. There are still a few slots available but now is the time to secure yours. Workshop sessions are April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. and are limited to 10 participants so please contact Rev. Michael at rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com  or by telephone (508) 821-6092 to sign up.

Dance Connection – Wednesdays, Through May 24

Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome! We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time. Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space. Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645. I hope to see you there.

Poetry Group – Wednesday, April 13

Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

 Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, April 20

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, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Susan Segal and Betty Forrest are hosts for this month. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

Community Breakfast Program Ends April 16

The 2015-2016 Community Breakfast Program has not been without its challenges, but the dedicated volunteer teams have persevered to serve a hot, substantial breakfast to guests each morning during the coldest part of the year. Six days a week from November 24, 2015 through April 16, 2016, adult and children alike will have been provided with nutritious food to begin their day. Somewhere between 30 and 40 guests attend the Community Breakfast program daily, making the total number of breakfasts we will have served by season’s end over 4000—more than double the meals we served last year. The dates of the program coincide with the provision of lodging offered at Hundred Nights Shelter.

Volunteers and financial support from the KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (supported by Knights of Columbus Councils 819 & 5414) and St Margaret Mary Catholic Church sustained the collaborative program Monday – Saturday each week. Additional contributions were made by St. James Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and the Federated Church of Marlborough.

A chest freezer was donated to the program by Kathy Guenther in memory of her daughter, Bonnie White who has a cobblestone in the memorial garden, and a grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers provided 17 cases of food.

Final reporting will appear in the May Messenger. Thanks to our dedicated KUUC team captains: Carol and Bob Hill, who also took on the enormous task of weekly shopping; Bill and Sue Hay; D’Vorah and Bob Kelley.

Rummage Sale – May 28! Do you have too many Hangers?

We need hangers!!! Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies’ room door and the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator.

As a community we have opportunity to exercise our “green” values while working towards budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.

If you would like to be involved in sorting and pricing, contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                                              

Reverend Sue Phillips to Visit KUUC

Rev. Michael has been in discussions with our former minister, the Rev. Sue Phillips, to return to KUUC in the fall for a weekend visit. This much we know, Rev. Sue has agreed to join us for a weekend which will have her facilitating a workshop, leading worship and being our guest at a potluck in her honor, (where we will welcome members of other local UU congregations). We will need a group to help plan and run this special event.

If you are interested in being part in a task group being formed for this purpose please contact Spiritual Life Cluster Chair Rachael Walter at rachaelwalter@twc.com or (603) 357-2675

Month of Sundays to Return in October – Help Wanted!        

Several people have expressed their desire to make sure that “Month of Sundays” (MOS) doesn’t go away but happens again soon. Others have said that when the time comes to plan that huge event that we should count them in. A small group has already begun to think about what this year’s “Month of Sunday” would look like. Perhaps you want join us?

This year MOS will be in October and the theme will be “Journey to Joy.” We believe that the exploration of “Joy” through worship, spiritual practice, art, social action and community activities, will help us fuse the individual search and collective journey and see how joy, happiness and our lived religion meet and merge.

“Month of Sundays” may well be the best laboratory for shared ministry we have and an example of how the democratic process can bring life to more than just committee work and church government.

In the coming months we will be gathering your input on what you think should be included in MOS, and we may be asking you to help on particular aspects of planning and carrying out the program. We also need several of you to step up and be part of the Month of Sundays Steering Group. There is no need to audition for the Steering Group; we need all the help, wisdom, creativity and attention to detail that you can bring to the table.

In the coming weeks we will be getting together that Steering Team. Please think about joining us. It should be a work, but it is guaranteed to bring you joy!

For more details or to volunteer contact Mickey Cronin at (603) 852-2903 mfpepera@aol.com or Rev. Michael (508) 821-6092 rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com

PFLAG Presents “A Self-Made Man” — Saturday, April 9

On April 9th, PFLAG Keene and Antioch College will be hosting a benefit screening of the film, “A Self-Made Man” by award winning documentary filmmaker Lori Petchers.

This feature length documentary takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate, Tony Ferraiolo. We watch Tony guide children as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves.

The benefit screening will be held at Keene High School. The doors open at 6pm. There will be a short meet and greet with Tony Ferraiolo before the screening at 7pm. After the screening we will have a Q & A where all the audience is welcome and encouraged to ask Tony questions. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to benefit PFLAG New Hampshire and Antioch’s SERDS program, which has offered to purchase items for Keene High School’s Gay Straight Alliance.

For more information, please contact PFLAG Keene at pflagkeene@gmail.com or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-Keene.

Board President Lucius Parshall – April 2016

SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU!

The season is upon us once again. No, not that one. Our church is again entering the time when we are all asked to pledge to the church that has served us so well, so it will be there to serve those yet to come. Those congregants that have been paying attention over the last few years know how this works.  We put off pledging until the end of the campaign, then await the unveiling of next year’s budget that reflects every penny pledged—and not a cent more. Then we squirm and eventually rise to the occasion.

I’m proud of the financial restraint that our board has displayed over the course of this fiscal year, but our bricks and mortar are suffering. We were fortunate enough to avoid dipping into the reserve funds that the congregation allocated at our last general meeting, but we were also blessed with some very light heating expenses. Plans change, sometimes for the better.

Our congregation is getting older, so is our larger community. As America becomes more secular we watch the churches close around our community. I don’t think that Unitarian Universalists need to suffer this same fate. Peter Morales has made an eloquent case for us in his “A Religion for Our Time” video series (try that in your YouTube search window).

In the next year all of us will be asked to engage in creating a common vision that will carry the message of Unitarian Universalism into our local community. It is my fervent hope that this is not yet another exercise in wordsmithing, but a real communication of what we offer that sets us apart from dogmatic congregations. This vision is needed to lay the foundation for a new generation of congregants who will continue the work of making our liberal faith relevant.

I’m getting older, and I have a request. Will you please SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU! I’m ready to increase my pledge by 5%, I’m ready to increase my involvement by 5% and I’m ready to work towards our common vision, 5% harder. That’s how it comes down, committing our time, treasure and talent to growing our congregation.  You may divide this pie differently, but in the end I’ll still be asking for 15% more. It’s what we owe to ourselves, and those who will follow.

Peace, Lucius

Reverend Michael’s Moment – April 2016

Bend down—and there it is: No need to wrest it from others. With the Way, in complete agreement— The mere touch of a hand is spring: The way we come upon blooming flowers, The way we see the year renew itself. What comes this way will stay…  —Ssu-k’ung T’u, (837-908), The Twenty-Four Orders of Poetry

Finally, it has arrived! One would think that such a mild winter as this would have been more patiently endured and easily gotten through—especially when compared to the ferocious cold and record snows of last year. For me that was decidedly not the case. With each tease of mild weather my heart soared and with the least suggestion of icy winter’s return it withered. I found that I was looking forward to, no longing for, the return of spring more than I ever have before. Maybe you felt that way too?

Why should this be? Who knows.

Perhaps such longing was the product of less light in the day. I know that many people lack concentration or are troubled by sadness and fatigue during the winter. Perhaps we felt compelled to stay inside and keep to the work at hand, winter’s shadows deepening the feelings of responsibility that come with maturity. For me, it may have been that the concerns of aging were finally creeping in, and with them wariness that under each fresh dusting of snow, hidden ice and a sudden fall waited. As the years pass, each turn of the wheel is more precious—as it should be—and witnessing the unveiling of another spring is not to be taken for granted.

In retrospect, I realize that I was simply impatient for the return of the lark and leaf—for the return of the spring in my step that comes with this season. I deeply missed playing toss on the lawn and listening to the muddy squish, swish-swish of my boots as I tramp around Goose Pond. I looked and looked for signs of budding, the reemergence of color, the return of the light and now, with April, I have my reward!

I won’t regret this impatience for spring, and neither should you. In this case impatience is simply a sign of health; of how much we love life, all life and the beautiful, cool, (never cruel), up-springing April.

However, I do want to extend this apology to winter: you are also lovely and not to be taken for granted. Enjoy your time away winter! We’ll see you again come December!

With Heart and in Hope,

Rev. Michael

March 2016 Events & Activities

Events, Activities, Updates & Other News

DANCE CONNECTION – Wednesdays, Beginning March 2-May 24 Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome!  We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time.  Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space.  Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645.  I hope to see you there.                                                   Peace, Carin

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – Friday, March 4          Slice of fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 pm. The March theme is Italian Cuisine hosted by Darcy Doyle, Carolyn Allen and Suzanne Morin. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.) Please call Betty Forrest 357-1534 with any questions.

POETRY GROUP – Wednesday, March 9       Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday, March 16      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, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Betty and Mike Forrest are hosts for this month. Note: If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Lunch bunch is also canceled. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT SUNDAY APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.      Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McNight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. More details to follow, but mark your calendar now for this event to be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, April 3!

WORSHIP WORKSHOP Begins April 26!     Have you always wanted to lead a worship service but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you feel there is a sermon within you yearning to break free? Have you led worship services before but are looking for an opportunity to hone your skills and learn more about the art and craft of worship development? Then you really want to take part in Rev. Michael’s workshop “It’s More Than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0.”

For those of you who need to plan well in advance, the workshop will take place on the following Tuesday nights in the spring: April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. This class will be limited to 10 participants—if more than 10 people want to take the class we will offer a second section at another time.

FERRY BEACH Get-A-Way Weekend     May 20, 21, 22     The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have been able to change our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May 20-22, 2016. 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 Ferry Beach with the Acton/Stowe UU Church. Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach or in the nearby State Forest, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic. Costs are below.

Lodging              $140/room for the weekend (sleep 1,2,3 or 4 people) or $32/weekend campsite

Cleaning fee      $10.00/ “family” unit

Meals                  Provided by Pangea Food Service in the DeWolfe Dining Hall. Four meals included: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast.

Adult                  $48 (13 years+)

Child                    $32 (5 -12 years)

For registration forms and information visit the Ferry Beach table at coffee hour. The forms are also available in the KUUC office. Registration and full payment is due March 20, 2016. Contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale, 357-7875, pealefamily@gmail.com for all details.

RUMMAGE SALE!   We need hangers!!!  The next rummage sale is set to take place on May 28th. Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies room door and also on the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator. If possible, please include hangers with your clothing donations.

As a community we have opportunity here to exercise our “green” values while working towards our budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for all the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute together and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.   If you would like to be involved in the sorting and pricing process contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                

Board President Lucius Parshall — March 2016

A recurrent topic with the Board is in the interpretation of the KUUC vision. This has been reflected in the House Meetings, and will hopefully be further developed with help from the district level over the next few months. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Talu Robertson, who has joined the board to serve out the remainder of our Past Presidents term.  Rachael Walter has been plugging away with the Worship Cluster, and D’vorah Kelly can always use more help for several openings on the Fellowship Cluster. Susan Chamberlain has agreed to coordinate the fundraising events that many of you are involved in. Feel free to discuss any fundraising ideas with Susan.

Thank you to all committee heads that have submitted their budgets to John Lowry. He is already well-underway in creating next year’s budget.  Mark Meess and the building committee has been developing a solar panel project that would further lessen our carbon footprint. It seems that several projects are underway, including plans for the space in the R.E. Wing. Take a moment and share your thoughts on these initiatives, or anything else concerning our common vision, via phone, email, and I’m usually around on Sunday mornings.

Peace, Lucius