SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

KUUC AMBASSADORS:  September and October

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.

Sept. 1 – Melinda Hildreth Honkala

Sept. 8 – Carol White

Sept. 15 – Deb McLay

Sept. 22 Gwyn Powers

Sept. 29 Carole Mills

Oct. 6 Carole Mills

Oct. 13 – Gwyn Powers

Oct. 20 – Deb McLay

Oct. 27 Carol White

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.


SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

UU CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP TO MEET SEPTEMBER 3    —    The UU Christian Scriptures Discussion Group will hold its first meeting of the new “church Year” this coming Tuesday, September 3rd at 5:00 P.M. in the Alliance Room.  The theme of this month’s discussion is “God as Father.”

Join us for what is always a stimulating discussion on an significant theme. Transportation is available. Contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920.

KUUC BOOK CLUB, SEPTEMBER 15   —   A new KUUC Book Club is starting up on September 15th right after we get our coffee/tea.  Please join Judy Wright, Carol Hill and Ruth Shepard to discuss our first book and to decide on administrative details – meeting dates, times and places; pot lucks(?); book choices, etc.  Our first book is The Second Mountain by David Brooks.  We are looking forward to some meaningful discussions.

DANCE CONNECTION, FALL SESSION BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 18  —  Dance Connection is a time to move and be together in community.  No experience necessary, any age and ability welcome.  Fall Schedule:  Wednesdays 2-3pm, September 18, 25, October 2, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18.  Location:  Parish Hall, No Fee, but donation for use of space gladly received.  Contact Carin Torp at (603) 357-7645 or carintorp@yahoo.com

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

                             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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6:  ENERGY, WORK, WISDOM   —  Work Day & Worship

Save the date for faithful fellowship, growing in community, and wisely stewarding our resources.  We’re reviving the KUUC “Work as Worship” tradition this October, and inviting you to arrive early and stay late  around a thematic worship service. We’ll team up to button up our beloved building for the coming winter, attending to assorted tasks that should help us cut our fuel use (and our budget!), feel more comfortably draft-free, and live our 7th principle.  Watch for details to come, and know that in the spirit of inclusivity there will be general tasks or energetic conversation for those not up to clambering around with vacuums, caulking guns, etc.

ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE  —  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12    Rain or Shine! NO EARLY BIRDS, PLEASE!      The annual Keene Unitarian Universalist Church rummage sale will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 8am-1pm, 69 Washington Street in Keene, NH.   In the event of rain, the sale will move from the front lawn to the parish hall.   This is a priced rummage sale. At 11am prices may be negotiated. A $3 bag sale will occur from Noon-1pm.  Items include antiques and collectibles, furniture and household goods, holiday items, craft and quilting, new and used books, movies, seasonal clothing, pet supplies, kitchen items/cookware, outdoor/sporting equipment, toys/children/baby items, furniture, jewelry and handbags.  Of special interest are three new Pendleton blankets, 64” x 80”, photo below.

CONTACT TEAM MEMBERS WITH QUESTIONS:

Melinda Hildreth Honkala  melindahildrethhonkala@gmail.com 

Deb McLay debmclay529@gmail.com  

Vicki Keller  vickimatt@gmail.com  

Hazel Erdoben hazelerdo@gmail.com

 

UUA General Assembly 2020: Providence, RI

“General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.” – www.uua.org/ga

General Assembly is held in a different location every year. In 2019 it was in Spokane, WA, BUT General Assembly is in Providence, RI    June 24-28, 2020!

According to the UUA website (see above), “Providence combines the best of a quaint New England town with the amenities and hip sophistication of a big city. Acclaimed restaurants, a vibrant arts and culture scene, and beautifully preserved historic architecture combine to make Providence a destination for inspiration.” I grew up in Providence’s suburbs and I agree, it’s a great little city, even more exciting and cosmopolitan than when I was hanging out there in the 80’s.

Look for updates and more information about GA in this year’s Messengers. Attending GA, even as a day trip, is a worthwhile experience, and one I hope you’ll consider adding to your 2020 wish list.

ACTIVIST OPPORTUNITIES

CANDIDATES FORUM ON NUCLEAR ISSUES SEPTEMBER 19

A recent University of New Hampshire poll found that over 80% of New Hampshire voters think that 2020 presidential candidates should discuss their views on nuclear weapons. We couldn’t agree more.

A lot of important issues are being addressed so far in the election: climate change, immigration, racial justice, gun control, health care. But we’re missing discussion on a major issue – nuclear weapons.

Why does it matter? Today, there are over 14,000 nuclear weapons on the planet—and the United States and Russia own 90 percent of them. We still have some crazy nuclear policies, like maintaining the right to start a nuclear war, and putting the sole authority to launch these deadly weapons in one person’s hands: the president. And while the federal government is currently planning to spend $1.5 trillion rebuilding our entire nuclear arsenal, younger voters will be the ones to inherit thousands of these deadly weapons, and to cover that cost with our tax dollars.

With stakes this high, every 2020 presidential candidate should have a strong position on these issues. This fall, students and activists across the country are calling on candidates to take a stand and tell us – the voters – what they plan to do to make us safe from nuclear war.

Join us September 19 at the Antioch campus (exact location TBA) at 6pm to make sure candidates are hearing what we have to say about nukes. Come have some free food, hear what the candidates are saying (or not saying) on this issue, and make your voice heard.

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR SOCIAL MOBILIZATION ON ENVIRONMENT ON SEPTEMBER 20

Our own Sarah Wilton is part of a group planning a public witness and social mobilization here in Keene as part of a global movement to break the log-jam on the world-wide Climate Change Crisis. On September 20th at 3 P.M. a number of public witness actions are expected so that we can mobilize the people and stop this emergency situation before it gets worse. For decades, governments have delayed taking real action on climate change initiatives, many have avoided telling the truth and leaders have ignored, called into question or outright denied scientific findings that strongly indicate the need for dramatic change in individual, national and international behavior and policy. Its time to bring the case to the people as our last, best hope.

If you wish to find out more about local efforts for the September actions, or help out in the effort contact Sarah at chapingay@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED EVENT: ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE OCTOBER 12!

ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE  —  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12    Rain or Shine!

NO EARLY BIRDS, PLEASE!      

The annual Keene Unitarian Universalist Church rummage sale will be held on Saturday, October 12 from 8am-1pm, 69 Washington Street in Keene, NH.   In the event of rain, the sale will move from the front lawn to the parish hall.

This is a priced rummage sale. At 11am prices may be negotiated. A $3 bag sale will occur from Noon-1pm!

Items include antiques and collectibles, furniture and household goods, holiday items, craft and quilting, new and used books, movies, seasonal clothing, pet supplies, kitchen items/cookware, outdoor/sporting equipment, toys/children/baby items, furniture, jewelry and handbags.  Of special interest are three new Pendleton blankets, 64” x 80”, left.

CONTACT TEAM MEMBERS WITH QUESTIONS:

Melinda Hildreth Honkala  melindahildrethhonkala@gmail.com 

Deb McLay debmclay529@gmail.com  

Vicki Keller  vickimatt@gmail.com  

Hazel Erdoben hazelerdo@gmail.com

 

   

 

SEPTEMBER – BOARD PRESIDENT, JOHN WALTER

As we approach what many consider to be the resumption of regular worship services on Sept 8, I want to thank all those involved with our summer services. They have been excellent! Thanks are also due to Vicky Keller, Deb McLay, Hazel Erdoben, and Melinda Hildreth Honkala for launching our upcoming Rummage Sale. Thanks also to Betsy Zimmerli and the rest of the Circle of Caring for reaching out to KUUC members in need.

Special thanks (yet again) to the Hills, Bob for his diligence, skill, and creativity at solving various property problems both at our church property and at our Taylor St. rental property, and Carol for all her hard work on our church’s gardens. They are both doing much more work than any one person should be responsible for, and I urge all who are able to reach out to one or both of them to lend a hand. I can attest to their both being fun to work with and patient, cheerful instructors to those, such as myself, who have little or no skill at property maintenance or gardening. Although I am sure they would welcome volunteers with experience, lack of experience is no barrier.

On a completely different note, I would like to challenge ourselves (myself included) to do a better job of being welcoming to those with different views from ourselves. Ours is a liberal church, but that does not mean that KUUC members, friends, and visitors with conservative and libertarian political views should be disrespected. Yet this is too often the case. We need to be able to get beyond the polarizing and sometimes hate-filled rhetoric from Washington and to strive to understand that there are approaches to our 7 principles that do not require a politically liberal viewpoint.

I have also heard occasional statements that make our Christian congregants feel unwelcome. I suspect I know why this happens. Many of us have rejected the Christian hierarchy and/or theology we grew up with, and, as a result, may feel disdain about Christianity. Please remember that the Christians among us are here because they too believe in inclusivity, and they may well be doing a better job practicing it than the rest of us are.

Let us be truly welcoming to all who share our principles and look to us for community, no matter what experiences or perspectives they bring.

-John Walter, Board Chair

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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 on Thursday from 11am-5pm 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

Covenant Groups:                              Carolyn Antrim

Investment:                                          John Bordenet

Membership:                                       Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music:                                                    Matt Aversa & Carin Torp

Personnel:                                            Open

Religious Exploration:                        Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:                          Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love:                                    Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:                             Betty Forrest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary:       Ann Shedd

Stewardship:                                        Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:                                                  Jenn Wyman

Wayside Pulpit:                                    Vicki Keller

Worship:                                                Jenn Wyman

Property:                                               Bob Hill

Fundraising:                                         Open (contact Mickey Cronin)

Greens Sale:                                         Open

Welcoming Congregation:                Open

2019-20 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Officers:

John Walter, President, jnwalterjr@gmail.com

Carol White, Past-President, carolwhite11@comcast.net

Matt Aversa, President-Elect, matthewmsw99@gmail.com

Andrea Ansevin-Allen, Treasurer,  aansevin@yahoo.com

John Lowry, Clerk,  lowry63@ne.rr.com

 

General Members

Tom Haynes   piperhistoricalservices@gmail.com

David Robinson  davide.1945@hotmail.com

Ruth Shepard ruthshep47@gmail.com

Jenn Wyman   jenniferwyman@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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