KUUC GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

Please contact Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.

Church Office Hours

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

Rev Michael’s Office Hours for January

Wednesdays 9 A.M.-2 P.M.           

If these hours do not work for you, or you would rather not come in to the office, make an appointment with him directly: (508) 821-6092.

FEBRUARY MESSENGER DEADLINE

Submission deadline for February Messenger is Friday, January 20.

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Circle of Caring:                              Martha Bauman, Betsy Zimmerli

Covenant Group Council:            Carolyn Antrim

Fundraising:                                    Susan Chamberlin

Greens Sale:                                      Susan Chamberlin

Investment:                                       John Bordenet

Membership:                                    Open

Music                                                   Matt Aversa

Personnel:                                        Carolyn Antrim

Property:                                           Open – contact Bob Hill

Public Relations/Advertising:    Susan MacNeil

Religious Exploration:                  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:                     Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love:                                Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:                        Betty Forest, Sue Segal

Social Action/Green Sanctuary:  Nancy Brigham, Ann Shedd

Stewardship:                                   Open

Ushers:                                              Gareth Williams

Wayside Pulpit:                               Vicki Keller

Welcoming Congregation:           Open/Inactive

Worship:                                           Rachael Walter

 

 

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST PROGRAM 2016-17

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST PROGRAM

November 25, 2016 – April 17, 2017 (24 weeks) – Monday-Saturday, 7:00-8:00am

Hot Breakfast Served 7-8am, Monday through Saturday

Location :  Parish Hall and Kitchen, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

Participating Churches 

Teams:           KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (St. Bernard and St. Margaret Mary), Knights of Columbus

Donations:     St James Thrift Shop, Federated Church of Marlborough, Anonymous Donor

Grant/Food Donors

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Bread Shed, Community Action Program (through Southwestern Community Services), W.B. Mason

INCOME                              Cash

Keene UU                              $1800 In-Kind         

UCC                                        $600

Interfaith                               $750.50

St. Margaret Mary               $500

Knights of Columbus           $1100 Council #5414 and #819

Fed Church Marlborough   $100

St. James Thrift Shop          $500

September Concert              $204.50

Animaterra Concert             $200.00

Individual                              $1000             (Nancy Browning)

SUB-TOTAL                       $4955

Anonymous Donor              $3000

TOTAL                                  $7955

 EXPENSES                         $4719.12       (Food @$3631.62, Supervision @$1087.50)   

Item 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Guests per day     30 (avg) 144 days; 38 adults, 4 children (avg)
Guests Served #1068 #2137 #3639 #4474 (includes 805 children served)
Volunteer Hours/Shifts   1362.5 hrs

545 shifts @ 2.5 hrs each

(6/team)

2090 hrs

836 shifts @ 2.5 hrs/wk (6/team)

2122.5 hrs

849 shifts @ 2.5 hrs/wk

(6/team)

Shopping Hours   90 (5 hrs/wk x 18 wks) 132 (6 hrs/wk x

22 wks)

215 (67 trips)
         
Gender Breakdown 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female
Age range   18-40;  20% over 40 6-40:  20% over 40 6-40:  20% over 40
         
Income $927.50 $2858.85 $3950.50 $4955 (+$3000 anon donor)
Expenses $1618.80 $3018.12 $4038.09 $4719
Deficit ($691.30) ($159.27) ($87.50) $236
         
In-Kind Facility Use   $1000 $1500 $1800
Refrigerator (used)   $250 Korvin donation    
Electrical Wiring   $375 Amer Electric @50%    
Freezer (new)     $500 Private donation  
In-Kind Food $$   $600 +/- $600 +/- $600 +/-

  

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2017 – Events & Activities

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FRIDAY, JUNE 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 a mystery. Bon appetite!

FINAL DANCE CLASS WITH CARIN  – The last day of dance class is Wednesday, June 7, 2pm in the Parish Hall.   

 #UUWhiteSupremacyTeach-in Continues  Submitted by Wendy Byrn and Mary Heafy

Two-thirds of all congregations in our UU movement participated in the teach-in, which was created by three UU religious educators to examine how white supremacy plays out in UU spaces, including within congregations.  KUUC had a strong turnout at the service on May 7 and the conversation that followed the service.

Some of us have gathered together since Rev. Michael’s sermon on White Supremacy to decide what action we wanted to take next in our lives.  We have decided to start by learning more about the history and current situation for people of the global majority. We will be starting a weekly book group on Wednesday June 7th at 7 o’clock at KUUC in the Sanctuary.  Our first read will be The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  Books will be available for purchase at Toadstool or Amazon.   Sign up by calling the church office or at coffee hour; we will send you a study guide. Join us as we continue to learn together.

ATTEND GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITHOUT LEAVING HOME!

Attend GA in New Orleans without leaving the comfort of your home, June 21-25. KUUC will have delegates on-site at General Assembly (GA) this year but did you know that much of GA is available through streaming?  Anyone can participate in discussions and off-site delegates can even vote!  The worship service on Sunday morning is inspiring and moving.  It would be great to view it together as one of our summer services.

From the UUA website: “Technology has re-shaped the meetings landscape in recent years—providing new opportunities to connect General Assembly (GA) on-site participants with those who cannot attend in person. GA is transforming from an event at which one needs be present to experience into a hybrid meeting—incorporating off-site delegate participation, live-streaming of events, and social media to create an interactive experience for on-site and remote attendees.”    Here is the link to the schedule http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site

 FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION TO SPIRIT CAMP JUNE 3

Eva Goulette of Dancing Jaguar Inspirations is renting the Parish Hall for a one-week children’s (ages 5-10) Spirit Camp!  The curriculum includes yoga, drumming, meditation, nature, breathwork and mindfulness.  Children will learn how to self-nurture and self-regulate while having fun!

Eva lives in northern Maine and is holding camps across the country this summer.  She will host a FREE introductory session at KUUC on Saturday, June 3 from Noon – 4pm. The two modules she will be sharing are:

Energetic Protection Against Bullying

Bullying is an issue that touches almost every child’s life at some point in time. Whether a child witnesses someone being bullied or is the victim of bullying, its effect on a child’s life is felt on an emotional, energetic, and sometimes physical level.  This workshop teaches children how to protect themselves energetically from the hurtful words and actions of others.  By invoking the powers of some of their favorite childhood superheroes, children will learn how to “power up” when they need protection.  The last exercise in the class assists the children to reclaim whatever personal power they have lost as a result of being bullied.  Children leave this class taller and more confident than when they arrived!

Chakra Shenanigans

In this fun and interactive workshop, we use the analogy of plumbing to help children understand how to work with the energy in their bodies. In our homes, we know that the water is in the pipes, but in order to access it we must turn the faucets on and off.  To access the energy in our bodies, we learn to turn the “faucets” on and off.  Children learn that they have energy systems in their bodies called “chakras.”  When they are having a good day, feeling happy and joyful, it’s because all of their chakras (the faucets) are open, and energy can flow through and around them.  When they are having a bad day, are frustrated, grumpy, anxious, or angry, they are experiencing one of their chakras (faucets) being closed.  During this workshop, children learn how to open their chakras (their faucets) so they are empowered with the knowledge that they can alter their emotional life when they are having a difficult time.  In this way, children are learning resilience and self-nurturing techniques that will set them up for success as they grow.

For more information, visit her website www.dancingjaguarinspirations.com, or email eva@dancingjaguarinspirations.com.

COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA OF KEENE JUNE 14

COOK, the Community Orchestra Of Keene, will perform a short concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14th in the sanctuary at KUUC.  The mixed-age ensemble under the direction of Don Baldini will play selections ranging from Harry Potter to Motown.  All are welcome, come and see if you would like to join us next semester!

KUUC OUTDOORS – Sunday, June 25 – Meet at KUUC, 1:00pm

TIPPIN ROCK, SWANZEY NH

Perched on a sheet of granite lies a 40- ton rounded boulder. Tippin Rock is a massive glacial erratic boulder that can be made to sway gently with a shove of the shoulder in just the right place. It has been a hiking destination for more than a century.

A good hiking trail leads to the Tippin Rock and Hewes Hill cliffs. The trail starts in a hayfield on Warmac Road, rises up to the Tippin Rock, continues on to a stunning lookout, and then makes its way across the top of the cliffs. The trail to Tippin Rock from the field is about 1/2 a mile and an easy walk with an elevation gain of 320 feet. From the field to the ledges outlook and back is 1.8 miles, round trip.

For information contact Tom Julius: tjulius54@gmail.com or 357-4521

 

 

 

VALUES & VISIONING MEETING

VALUES & VISION UPDATE

KUUC = M(VV)

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

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

On behalf of the steering committee, I want to say thank you to all the members of the congregation, the children and youth, the KUUC Board of Trustees, and all the facilitators who gave up a beautiful Sunday to take part in the second workshop on our journey to shaping our vision and revising a mission statement for the KUUC which will reflect the collective direction in which we want our community to go for the next five to ten years.

We began our work after a wonderful Greek themed coffee hour hosted by Carol Stamatakis in honor of her father’s memory, and a working lunch of Greek salad prepared by Rebecca Junnila Baldini, Christine Parshall and others.

We looked at ways in which experiences or observations of the KUUC have helped form our vision of how we want to be.  Those experiences/observations were the base from which a series of statements were created – statements which expressed the highest ideals the KUUC brings to this congregation and the larger community.

These statements will provide the base for a final workshop to be held in the fall of 2017, at which time the congregation will put the ideals we have articulated into a more defined form of actions and processes by which the mission of the KUUC is made real to all.

 

 

   

 

June 2017 – Reverend Michael’s Moment

 JUNE

On Covenant & Right Relationship

   Love is the doctrine of this church, The quest of truth is its sacrament, And service is its prayer.

           To dwell together in peace,

           To seek knowledge in freedom,

          To serve human need,

          To the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the Divine-

          Thus, do we covenant with each other and with God.

                        — Arranged by L. Griswold Williams

I am currently preparing several assessments of this church year: my Annual Report to the Congregation, the self-evaluation that I do every year, and the evaluation I make, along with the Committee of Ministry and the Board of Trustees, of the state of our shared ministry. Consequently, these appraisals have left me doing a lot of thinking about the important ideas of Covenant and Right Relationship. In all honesty, these two concepts are regular, perhaps even constant, areas of concern and contemplation for me; not only because they are central and unique to church life, but because their purpose and durability were challenged this year, as they are every year.

Now, one might think that these terms, Covenant & Right Relationship, are trite, or merely religious jargon. Perhaps others see them as partial, non-binding, even arbitrary guidelines—to celebrate and uphold when times are good.

Yet, as your minister, called by you to serve and to share in this covenant of ministry, and also provide “spiritual leadership and initiative, for assistance in setting and articulating …vision.” So, I need to be clear: I believe that as concerns church life, the living ideas of Covenant and Right Relationship are not simply sanctuary virtues; garments to be worn during “spiritual” moments and discarded at times of interpersonal challenge, during the conduct of business, or when dealing with outsiders and employees. Perhaps that is when they are most needed.

That being said, I do not mean that we need shirk any of our responsibilities to each other, or forget our obligations to keep the building and grounds safe and maintained. It does not mean that we should let vendors or renters or contractors violate agreements with us, or vandals destroy our property without seeking legal redress if they do. Right Relationship does not mean that, as supervisor of the staff, I can choose to ignore when someone is doing a good job or, conversely, excuse behavior that would require correction, or lead to termination. As your minister, I would not be honoring the covenant between us if I never challenged you to step up and live by your better angels, out of fear of the risk or a desire to protect the status quo. Church covenants tend to defy the status quo.

Nonetheless, to look at Covenant and Right Relationship as replacements rather than complements to more common instruments such as contracts, policies and the law, or to look upon them as signs of weakness, is to misunderstand what they represent, and how they must function, in a church. Covenant is our manner of being in relationship with each other; and, necessarily, it greatly affects how we must treat our neighbors, how we stand in service to the larger community and how we care for our earthly home. Right Relationship is not simply some goal that we are shooting for, but rather a guide, suggesting the means by which we can return to behaving as we would wish; a return to our covenant of mutuality; to respecting others and treating them with the same dignity as we would wish to be afforded. As a covenantal church, with a responsibility to reflect our shared principles, in whatever context that we are representing the KUUC, our standards must be higher than the way of the world, business as usual.

Think about how you go about living your commitment to our covenantal religion. How does it affect your contributions of time, treasure and talent to the KUUC? How has it deepened your personal values? What impact does it have upon your behavior; at work, in the marketplace and at home? How has it affected, or perhaps complemented, the causes you support or have chosen not to support? I’d love to hear your thoughts on these questions if you would be willing to share them.

Whatever your conclusions, I assure you that this a worthy exercise to try; especially when undertaken in the spirit of open-minded enquiry and self-care, rather than in judgment or self-reproach.

After all we aren’t the kind of religion that is full of judgment and immutable laws. Instead, we are a religion that makes covenants, that asks each of us to honor our conscience and each other, to arrive at our own beliefs, and freely walk the responsible path toward truth and meaning.

Yours in Faith and Fellowship,

Rev. Michael

 

MAY

After all, what are any of us after but the conviction of belonging?”      Wallace Stegner

One the great crises of our time is homelessness. Homelessness, we know, is more than simply not having a home, or the money to pay our bills, or the necessary social service support to negotiate reentry to a society to which those without a street address quickly lose their connection.

Yet there are greater problems, problems that affect the homeless but extend well beyond the fact of homelessness, connecting everyone; though moreso those on the margins of our society. Those problems are hopelessness and the feeling of alienation, spiritual maladies with real world symptoms.

It is easy to see hopelessness and alienation in our world, among rich and poor, black and white, learned and uneducated, political or not. Immigrants who have gained citizenship, who have lived and worked in America for years, feel insecure walking the streets and suspect they are not welcome where they go. Many young people feel hopeless as they look at their employment options and consider their college debt. Surely, you don’t have to be young or born in another country to feel alienated—the epidemic of drug abuse, reaching across the generations, income levels and color lines is an indicator of that. The fact is that many people do not feel like they belong in their own country, due to their ability to “compete” in an economic system based on winners and losers, because of color or gender, sexual expression, age or ability.

We, the KUUC, may want ask ourselves some questions as we clarify our values and conceive of a mission worthy of our people and principles:

  • What is the nature of our welcome to the world? Do we make people feel like they belong in our community?
  • What is the nature of our community? Do we treat each other kindly without avoiding difficult challenges or sweeping conflict under the rug?
  • What is the nature of our commitment? Do we work as individuals and as a community to understand and live our shared values and principles?
  • People are suffering. Many people feel shut out of “the system”; many feel demoralized and persecuted because of their skin color; many feel despised because of their difference from the status quo; many feel the unbearable pain of being alone in the world.

Is there anything we can do to help? Do we dare to change the world? If we help one person who walks in our doors, in some way we help all people. When others are welcome we too feel less alienated and more clearly see our place in the human family.

With heart and in hope,

Rev. Michael

 

 

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