KUUC GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

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

Sabbatical Minister:  Rev. Olivia Holmes, uurevoh@gmail.com

Rev Michael’s Office:  Will return from sabbatical July 1, 2018.

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:  Martha Bauman, Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music: Matt Aversa

Personnel:   Carolyn Antrim

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Nancy Brigham, Ann Shedd

Stewardship: Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:  Rachael Walter

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Worship:  Rachael Walter

Property:  Open, contact Bob Hill

Fundraising:   Open

Greens Sale:  Open

Welcoming Congregation: Open

2017-18 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Anne Branzell-Spiegler, President   annebranzell@gmail.com – 499-2858

Carol Stamatakis, Past President   cstamatakis@outlook.com – 863-4920

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

Andrea Ansevin-Allen, Treasurer   aansevin@yahoo.com

John Lowry, Clerk   lowry63@ne.rr.com – 355-2958

Bob Hill, HCBHill@ne.rr.com  –  903-0197

Deb McLay, debmclay529@gmail.com –  499-6043

Tim Robertson, timothyrbrtsn2@gmail.com352-7006

Judy Saunders, segwyne@gmail.com  – 835-2360

 

 

DECEMBER 2017 – BOARD PRESIDENT ANNE BRANZELL-SPIEGLER

Dear Friends,

Time goes by so fast! Cold nights are upon us, the Community Kitchen

breakfast has started up, snow plowing and removal contracts are due,

the Greens’ Sale is around the corner, and the advent season is about to begin.  It seems just yesterday the Board of Trustees’ meetings ended before sunset and while leaves were still green on the trees.  However soon we will celebrate the shortest day of the year, and my term as President of the Board of Trustees will be half gone.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be of service, and for the chance to meet more of the members of KUUC.

As December closes in, see if you can warm yourself with community or commitment at KUUC.   There are opportunities to give and receive with compassion, joy, laughter and song

Be warm on these cold and shortening days

Anne Branzell-Spiegler, President

 

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS   

2017-18 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN    

This year, we are holding our Stewardship Campaign in the Fall for the first time. We operate on a July 1 – June 30 fiscal year. Your pledge will support the budget that was passed at Annual Meeting this past May and that went into effect 7-1-17. This means that at the moment we are operating on faith!

The budget that was passed in May depends on $145,669 in revenue from pledges. This amount represents is an increase of nearly 8% from the amount pledged to support the 2017 budget. There will be a link on our website to record your pledge. You will also have the opportunity to extend your pledge, pro-rated, through the end of December. This will provide us with much-needed stability through the Fall of 2018.

Pledge cards will be available through the church office and on the welcome table. Please contact Carol Stamatakis cstamatakis@outlook.com with questions or if you would like to know your pledge amount for last year.    http://kuuc.org/pledgeCard/pledge_form.php

UU CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP    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. The group may discuss Bible readings or other sacred texts, books or films, invite guest speakers, contribute to worship services or do other activities.  The day, time and frequency of meetings will be decided by the group.  Meetings are held in the Alliance Room on the first Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/603-398-5389

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.

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

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

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FEBRUARY 2       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 Caribbean Cuisine hosted by Suzanne Butcher and Betsy Zimmerli.   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.

LUNCH BUNCH – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2       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.

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION GROUP– 1st Tuesday         February Topic:  Sabbath Rest

Our fellowship group meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the Alliance Room.  On February 6th, we will look at what other world religions say about Sabbath and rest.  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. For information, contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.

Religion and the ConstitutionDr. Joan Roelofs        Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning Spring 2018

Fridays, 10-11:20am    joan.roelofs@myfairpoint.net      www.joanroelofs.wordpress.com

The United States Constitution, First Amendment, states (among other provisions):  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”    This course will examine the practices and legal decisions that have defined and applied these provisions over the centuries, mostly through a study of state and federal court cases.

Joan Roelofs is Professor Emerita of Political Science, Keene State College. Her academic specializations include constitutional law, political theory and local (preferably green) public administration. Her research specialty is the influence of foundations (and the non-profit sector generally) on public policy. She was active in the Critical Legal Studies movement, published in legal anthologies, and gave a talk at the Harvard Law School on

foundations and the Supreme Court. She is the author of three books and many articles. The books are:        Greening Cities (Apex-Bootstrap Press, 1996, now published by Rowman and Littlefield), Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (SUNY Press, 2003), and the translation of Victor Considerant’s Principles of Socialism: Manifesto of 19th Century Democracy (Maisonneuve Press, 2006)

KUUC OUTDOORS  – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 — WOODWARD POND SNOWSHOE, ROXBURY NH – KUUC 12:30

Woodward Pond is a Keene reservoir and little-known gem of natural beauty.  This trip led by Carole Mills (cmmills2@yahoo.com) and Eloise Clark (clarktreat@myfairpoint.net)   Get in touch if you are interested, but need to borrow snowshoes.  If conditions do not require snowshoes we may walk.

 

 

KUUC VALUES & VISIONING

Wonderful News From The Visioning Team:  We Have a New Mission Statement!!

After a year of hard work, organizing a Multi-Generational visioning process that would include the input the congregation, that would begin by identifying our congregational values and end with a new mission for our beloved KUUC—we have done it. The following is the new mission statement that we have created together:

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

We believe the above statement to be all that the congregation and Visioning Team had wished: it is succinct, action-oriented statement of how we expect to live our congregational values: Community—Compassion—Commitment. We will soon finalize language that bridges the new mission to our Unitarian Universalist principles and the congregational values upon which it is based.

At this time the Visioning Team would like to thank two members who were critical to this process and its happy resolution. Without the leadership of Lucius Parshall and Talu Robertson this important endeavor might never have gotten off the ground. We are so very grateful to them and to you.

Your Visioning Team — Rebecca Baldini, Susan Chamberlain, Mickey Cronin, Rev. Michael Hall and Melinda Hildreth HonkalA

KUUC = M(VV)

KUUC = Mission x (Compassion, Community, Commitment and Vision)

The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church is equal to its Mission times its Values and Vision

                                                                                                                                             

 

 

   

 

FEBRUARY 2018 – REV. OLIVIA’S MOMENT & 2018 SABBATICAL INFORMATION

Dear Members and Friends of KUUC:

What a profound honor and joy to be coming back to KUUC, after 10 years, to serve as your Sabbatical Minister from February through June! What an honor to be trusted by your Board and your Minister to serve you well in this time that Michael is away. I am thrilled, excited, and deeply curious.  My heart and my brain keep coming back to the wonderful thought of T.S. Eliot:

We shall not cease from exploration,

and the end of all our exploring will be

to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time

You were the first congregation I was invited to serve when I moved to New Hampshire in 2007.  Since then I’ve served our congregations in Concord, Nashua, and Peterborough, NH., and Burlington, VT; all as an Accredited Interim Minister.  I’ve also served on our NNE District Board, and on the UU Ministers Association Board.  I’ve learned and grown; made mistakes and learned and grown some more.  Our mistakes are always good teachers if we allow them to be so.

In a service 10 years ago, the KUUC congregation and I honored both the trials and triumphs the people of this church had weathered since the congregation was gathered in 1824.  Two of the original 12 members were women; yet it is their husbands who were listed on the Founders Plaque.  That wouldn’t happen today, I said.

On January 24th, 1895, some 800 people “squeezed themselves into the new Unitarian church building, 69 Washington St.  This building.  Did you know just 6 members of the congregation made the decision to purchase the land under our feet?  No vote, no discussion with the congregation.  Just 6.  That wouldn’t happen today, I said.

Did you know that the controversy over that decision of 6 led to the creation of a Board of Trustees fully empowered to act in behalf of the church by election by the entire congregation?  Conflict happened, compromises were made; and members through the years have kept this beautiful sanctuary open for worship in this faith of exploration, deliberation, and spiritual awakening, through good times and hard.

What should we honor now, 10 years later?  What are you proud of?  What are you working on that gives you joy?  What will you do with your core idea of mission:  commitment, compassion and community?  What is the vision, the inspiration that moves you toward this beautiful core?  I am excited to think of having these conversations with you over coffee or when we break bread together.

Know that my key roles as your Sabbatical Minister are twofold:  to ensure the staff feels supported by a supervisor who is working with them to field questions or challenges that come up, and to ensure you that you have a minister you can trust to be on call for you, should you need or want a pastoral call.  I delight to be singing with the Keene Chorale at the church on Tuesday evenings this semester, so I will be at church in afternoons most Tuesdays.  My cell phone is 603-554-2294.  Please feel invited to call.

I am excited to see the stellar group of clergy and lay people, UU and beyond, who will speak from your pulpit through the spring.  Michael invited you to use this time as a sabbatical time for you as well as for him; I know your souls and spirits will be well nurtured on Sunday mornings.

On my first Sunday leading worship with you, February 4th, I want to hold up the legacy of one of my heroes, Nelson Mandela, who taught us all never to underestimate the power of one single person to change the world for good.  Each one of us has that power within, if only we dare to use it.

Thank you all for sharing this sabbatical gift with me.

In faith, Olivia

Rev. Olivia Holmes

KUUC Sabbatical Ministe

Sabbatical Minister:

During the sabbatical period, Rev. Olivia Holmes will serve as the Sabbatical Minister—providing up to 160 hours of total coverage. The duties of the Sabbatical Minister will consist of the following:

  • Creating and leading worship once a month; the first Sunday of February, March, and May, the second Sunday of April and our annual Flower Communion service on June 17th.
  • Making regular contact with staff for the purposes of providing supervision and evaluation. Rev. Holmes will complete the final evaluation for each staff member based on their job description, professional goals and mid-year review (which will be completed by Rev. Hall prior to his sabbatical).
  • Rev. Holmes will, conduct pastoral only as much as her limited hours allow and provide a report of her activities.

SABBATICAL WORSHIP SERVICES

FEBRUARY 2018

Feb. 4: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

Feb. 11: Rev. Kevin Jagoe (Brooklyn, NY)

Feb. 18: Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy (Springfield, VT)

Feb 25: Judy Saunders (KUUC)

MARCH 2018

March 4: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

March 11: Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, (Manchester, NH UU)

March 18: Rev. Sara Hayman, (Ellsworth, ME UU)

March 25: Rev. Sandra Whippie (Keene, NH)

APRIL 2018

April 1: Kali Frye

April 8: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

April 15: Rev. Mark Glovin

April 22: Rabbi Amy Loewenthal (Congregation Ahavas Achim)

April 29: Music Sunday (KUUC)

May 2018

May 6: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

May 13: Rev. Sylvia Stocker (Brunswick, ME)

May 20: Young Adult Group (KUUC)

May 27: Rev. Hank Peirce (Reading, MA)

JUNE 2018

June 3: Hazel Erdoben (KUUC)

June 10: “Gratitude Sunday” (KUUC)

June 17: Olivia Holmes (Sabbatical Minister)

June 24: Summer Services Begin

 

  

 

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