OCTOBER 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES including details on the 2018 Raffle! THREE handmade braided rugs, three chances to win!

ANNUAL KUUC RAFFLE!  THREE BRAIDED RUGS, THREE CHANCES TO WIN!

Tickets $5 each or 5/$20      The 2018 KUUC Raffle features three hand-braided wool rugs, created by Ann Shedd, Carol McIntyre-Peale, Peggy Jacobs and Hazel Erdoben.  The rugs are made entirely out of re-purposed woolen clothing and are durable enough to last for generations.  While the method used to create them is traditional, the colors are more vibrant than usual.  Each ticket purchased this year offers the individual three chances to win a rug.  Rug sizes are 7′ x 3 1/2 ‘;   4′ x 21″;  3′ x 3’, 9″.

The rugs can be seen at various coffee hours at KUUC, at Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church’s spaghetti dinner on 10/13 from 5:00 – 6:00, and various other locations yet to be determined.  PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ON THIS WEBSITE BY CHOOSING THE DONATE BUTTON.  IN THE NOTE FIELD, INDICATE “RUG RAFFLE.”  YOUR TICKETS WILL BE RESERVED FOR THE DRAWING, HELD ON DECEMBER 2.  DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.  City of Keene permit #165.

2018-19 PLEDGE CONTINUATION

Thank you for all your financial support during the summer.  There will be a new pledge drive in the Fall, but member contributions before the formal drive are critical to keeping our doors open and lights on until then.   Please be assured that all of your contributions are being recorded and will be noted as pledge contributions for the upcoming year. And if you are paying monthly or quarterly, please continue through the pledge campaign season.  Your early financial support has been appreciated!   -Andrea Ansevin-Allen, KUUC Treasurer 

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS       

ALTAR DECORATIONS – REVIVING A TRADITION     The Worship Committee would like to revive the longstanding tradition at KUUC of congregants providing Altar Decorations on Sunday mornings.  An Altar Decoration can be a flower arrangement, a seasonal display, artwork, or creative expression of your choosing.  It may be made in honor of or in memory of someone in your life or an event to commemorate.  It may be something just for fun and creativity.  If this is something that you would like to do please sign up on the board near the door of the Parish Hall and provide any information if you would like the altar decoration to be dedicated to someone or something.  On the day that you designate, please have the altar decoration in place by 9:30 Sunday morning.  Call 357-2675.  Rachael Walter   rachaelwalter@twc.com

KUUC AMBASSADORS  One of the ways that we make certain that newcomers to KUUC feel welcome and have their questions answered is through our “Ambassadors” program. Ambassadors are individuals who have volunteered to be the first point of contact for people who are new to our church or to Unitarian Universalism.   Before each Sunday service, the Ambassador of the day will be introduced and asked to stand so our visitors know who they can talk to about KUUC. It is important to remember, however, that in some sense all members are Ambassadors so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador add your name to the sign-up sheet by the door to the Parish Hall.

ON THE INTERNET   If you are new to KUUC, please feel free to join us in the Private Facebook Group, Keene UU Church.    Simply click here:  and ask to join.  We will need to be able to recognize you as a friend or member.   In that this is a private group, please remember: you may not share the pictures in the group unless they are your own.  Sometimes there are photos of children whose parents may or may not want their child’s picture shared, as well as church members/friends.


ACTIVITIES, EVENTS

INTRODUCING THE CONTEMPLATIVE COMMUNITY, A Monthly Evening Worship Service Beginning Wednesday, October 17 from 7-8pm      KUUC will launch a new monthly contemplative worship service, which will be centered on meditative and contemplative practices, will have its first gathering in the Sanctuary, but will meet in the Alliance Room on subsequent months. Please direct your ideas to Rev. Michael mailto:rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com or Worship Chair Jenn Wyman.    Our hope is:

  • To offer a regular, complementary worship service at time when people who might not be able to attend on Sunday morning—or simply long for more group spiritual time during the week—can join together.
  • To offer a service with a particular emphasis in this case on contemplation. So, the focus will be on contemplative practices which may include or combine: sitting meditation, walking meditation, labyrinth practices, chanting, visualization or other guided imagery practices.
  • That this service will be the beginning of an effort to explore the possibility of holding weekly services on a different time and day, not all of which would be contemplative. The idea is not to replace Sunday morning worship but to augment it.

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP      Our fellowship group meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the Keene UU Church Alliance Room, 69 Washington St., Keene. This group is for anyone inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identifies with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support one another’s spiritual growth and understanding. This group is guided by our fourth UU principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity.    If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis      cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389

SLICE – Friday, October 5     Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC and is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the parish hall.  Wine and cheese are at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. The theme chosen, by hosts Betty and Mike Forrest, is “Country Cuisine” with food from a country you have visited during your lifetime.  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.

INVOLVEMENT FAIR – Sunday, October 7 after service     Are you looking for ways to get more involved in church life?  Do you have some time to share swinging a hammer, helping to weed a garden, supporting our Religious Exploration classes or singing with the KUUC Choir?  Then please come to our “Involvement Fair” after the service on October 7th!   If you are a committee chair, if you lead an activity group that you think isn’t as well-known or attended as you would like, please contact Betty Forrest mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net or 357-1534 to reserve a table.  Provide information and a healthy snack (or goody tray) to encourage involvement.

BRING A FRIEND TO CHURCH – Sunday, October 7    Do you have friends that seem very interested in knowing “what is this UU thing” you are part of?   Are some of your relatives curious about your church? This may be especially true if you came to Unitarian Universalism from another religious tradition—or none at all.   Perhaps you have friends, neighbors or acquaintances who, for one reason or another, would seem “perfect” candidates for our community. You may have even joked about it in the past.  Have you run across people at Hannaford or the YMCA who used to come to church at the KUUC and they tell you, “I got to get back to church, we just got so busy”?   Why not ask these people to join you on Sunday, October 7th for “Bring a Friend to Church Sunday”?   Scheduled Events will include:

9:30 A.M.             A guided tour of the church building and grounds.

10:00 A.M.           Sunday Service, “Working On It.”

11:00 A. M.          The Involvement Fair where new people can learn about many of the activities,  ministries and work of the church..  All you need is a sign telling the people what your group does, but you may want to have some descriptive materials for them to take away, a sign-up sheet to gather their contact in

“NEW UU” Class Begins October 7!     Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalist traditions, worship, church government and our proud history of social justice work? Have you been enjoying our Sunday services for a while and are now thinking about becoming a member? Do you sometimes wonder about the basis of this tradition you had barely heard of until recently, but find very compelling and want to know more?    If so, please reserve the first three Sundays in October (7th, 14th, 21st) to take part in our first “New UU” class of the year. Rev. Michael will facilitate this three-session introductory class along with special guests from among the membership and staff.    This program is sponsored by the Membership Committee.

READY TO RUMMAGE!  Saturday, October 13 Our Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday 10/13 in Parish Hall and the Undercroft…maybe even outside if the weather cooperates. Due to lack of storage space, please hang onto your items until 10/6 if you can. Items should be clean and salable. We will accept fall & winter clothes (seasonal). Your help is needed for assistance with sorting, set up and the day of. Please email Andi Johnson at andijohnson53@gmail.com

ASSOCIATION SUNDAY – October 14     With all that is going at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church (KUUC) it is easy to forget that we are part of a larger movement—but we cannot.  Our New England Region and the Unitarian Universalist Association itself provides staff and other resources to help our congregations grow, manage their finances, learn about social economic and racial justice issues, deepen in religious exploration programs for all ages and so much more.  As part of our service on October 14th we ask that you make out a check to the church (KUUC) for $86.00 with the words “For the Movement” in the memo line. Our service that day will be about our history of non-conformity focusing on a Universalist who began his storied ministry in nearby Langdon, NH more than 200 years ago.

KUUC OUTDOORS – Tom Julius (603-357-4521) or tjulius54@gmail.com
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole
Oct 20 Berry Bowl Greens and Berry Gathering, Keene

JOIN US AT THE WORKS FOR “THE COFFEE CONNECTION”    This monthly, informal discussion with Rev. Michael begins on Tuesday, October 16th from 8:30-10:30 A.M. at “The Works,” Main St. Keene.

One of the takeaways that I have gotten from sabbatical is that our congregation has a need for regular, clear and open communications outside of publications such as the Messenger, Sunday morning worship and/or committee meetings. Our people need opportunities to give input, ask questions and discuss issues of interest or concern. I am grateful to the Committee of Ministry for suggesting a simple gathering, with an open invitation to talk about what matters most to congregants and minister alike.    Therefore, I invite any and all congregants who are able to join me, to meet at “The Works” on Tuesday, October 16th from 8:30-10:30 A.M. Here are some guidelines for our first meeting:

  • Come as early as you are able, grab yourself a cup of coffee (not provided, sorry) and stay as long as you can. The two-hour time limit refers to how long I can stay that morning.
  • Bring any questions, concerns and ideas that you would like to discuss.
  • Please understand that there are some issues that might not be appropriate to discuss in a public setting and know that some concerns/issues that are voiced (related to Personnel for instance) can only be heard and not responded to for ethical reasons.
  • I hope that the “Coffee Connection” itself will become a regular, monthly happening. On October 16th to discuss and decide whether there should have a particular agenda each moth or if it should be entirely free form.
  • Realizing that not everyone can make a morning gathering or, may not be able to be there on October 16th, I ask that you contact me michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com with your questions, ideas and concerns and we can either discuss them via email or I can bring them up with the group.
  • Because there are some folks who would never be able to make a morning meeting I am also looking for input on when an afternoon or evening group could meet .

LUNCH BUNCH  – Wednesday, October 17     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.  Email Betty Forrest mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net  or call 357-1534 with questions.

UCC Folk Café, 23 Central Square, Keene–October 21, 4pm

Featuring local NH folk group “Decatur Creek.”    Decatur Creek is an acoustic band based in NH and performing original Americana, folk and country music.  The band is comprised of Doug Farrell, Steve Dionne, Jack Carlton and Beth Eldridge.  The church is handicapped accessible from its rear entrance off Vernon Street.  Limited seating.   Tickets available now at church office (603) 352-4136; some available at the door.  Open to the public:  $5 includes wonderful music, coffee, and pumpkin pie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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!                                

February 2016 Events & Activities

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST SUPPORT CONTINUES!

We are blessed to have two recent donations made to support the Community Breakfast program. The Thrift Shop at St. James Church has provided a $500 donation to underwrite the expense of food purchase. And our wish for a freezer has come true. Kathy Guenther, the mother of Bonnie White who is commemorated in the Starr Memorial Garden, has donated a small chest freezer! This will allow for storage of items that now take up space in the refrigerator, like donated bread, as well as purchase of items in bulk.

Although it has been a challenging season so far this year, we can remain grateful for the generosity of our incredible volunteer teams six days a week, and the opportunity to provide a valuable service and interfaith demonstration to community members in need.

Calling All Quilters!           Gather on Tuesday, February 2

The vision of next year’s raffle quilt will begin to formulate in the hearts, minds and hands of those who wish to be part of the effort. The proceeds from quilt, which will be raffled off at next year’s Green Sale, supports both the Community Breakfast program as well as KUUC. If you’d like to join us in 2016 please contact Hazel.  Next year’s quilt will be a hand-quilted project sure to delight and dazzle.  We invite you to consider joining us as many hands make for light work.   Contact Hazel at 499-6162.

Slice of Fellowship & Let’s Dance!   Friday, February 5

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. We begin with wine and cheese at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. Our February theme is Colorful Foods hosted by Gerry and Jim Fredericksen. You are asked to bring a veggie, salad, main dish, or dessert. In keeping with our status as a green sanctuary, we ask that you purchase and prepare food accordingly. We ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.) This will keep clean-up more manageable and usage of the dishwasher to a minimum. Please call Betty Forrest 357-1534 with any questions.

And After Slice… Let’s Dance! with Carin Torp. Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha Cha and bonus “Tip Fox” if there’s time. . . How about moving our bodies a bit after sharing a meal for February’s Slice of Fellowship? Carin will have music and the know-how, you bring the attitude and willingness and we’ll have some winter time fun together.

If you would like to donate a little something for this entertainment, it would happily be accepted by KUUC coffers I’m sure.  No experience necessary, no partner necessary, young and old and everywhere in-between, you can even just stay in your chair if you like. . . . hope to see you there!

Poetry Group – Wednesday, February 10

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.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Informational Evening        February 12

Caitlin Peale Sloan is a staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation. CLF is hosting an event Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm at Antioch University New England, 40 Avon Street in Keene to discuss the pipeline.

The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline is a hot topic in southwestern New Hampshire. Sloan is an environmental lawyer with Conservation Law Foundation (a New England environmental nonprofit with offices in Boston, Concord, Montpelier, Portland, and Providence), who has been working on pipeline issues for two years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

CLF will be joining Antioch’s new president, Bradley Campbell, on February 12 to talk about what the pipeline would mean for the communities it affects, energy in New England as a whole, and climate implications. Please join us and invite friends who are interested in hearing more about the impacts of the pipeline.

Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, February 17

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) Darcy Doyle and Carolyn Allen are hosts 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.

F.A.S.T.E.R. Support Group Postponed

Melinda Hildreth Honkala has been leading a peer support group for families impacted by substance abuse on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month here at KUUC. This meeting will not occur in January or February 2016, but will resume on March 1. In the interim, interested persons can travel to Peterborough every Thursday to attend a F.A.S.T.E.R. meeting held each Thursday from 7-8:30pm in the Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital.

Mark Your Calendars: 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 (4) meals are 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 $100.00 deposit are due February 20, 2016 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!   May 28

Rummage is so fun and profitable that I am pleased to announce we will be doing an ongoing bi-yearly event.  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.

As a community we have opportunity here to exorcise 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!                                     

Performance Based Fundraisers (People and Ideas Wanted)

Rev. Michael is looking to talk with anyone interested in creating performance-based fundraisers together. Ideas are welcome and people willing to do the work of staging a concert, play, pageant or coffee house. Those willing to share their talents as set-builders, singers, dancers, writers, house managers or musicians contact Rev. Michael via email: rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com. Although we may have a meeting sometime, we are not looking to create a committee just stage some shows, raise money for KUUC and have fun!!!

 

January 2016 KUUC Events & Activities

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, January 8 – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. This month Slice is scheduled for the second Friday in the parish hall as New Year’s Day falls on the first Friday. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm. Our theme is January Thaw and you are asked to bring a veggie, salad, main dish, or dessert. In keeping with our status as a green sanctuary, we ask that you purchase and prepare food accordingly. 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.

Monadnock Restorative Community Conversation – Tuesday, January 12

“Restoring Our Community to Wholeness: Bringing Forth All Our Capabilities” will be held in the Centennial Room of Alumni Hall on the campus of Keene State College on Tuesday, January 12, from 6:00-7:30pm.  This moderated conversation, co-sponsored by Monadnock Voices of Prevention and the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism at KSC, will offer a forum for dialogue with brief remarks by a few presenters followed by conversation about how we can all work together to encourage and enable every member of the community to bring their gifts and talents to bear as we welcome those returning from incarceration back to the community.  Presenters will include Dr. Dottie Morris, chief diversity officer at Keene State, representatives from law enforcement, Phoenix House, business, and successfully reintegrated community members. Refreshments will be served.    leaf@monadnockrestorative.org www.monadnockrestorative.org                             -Leaf Seligman

Poetry Group – Wednesday, January 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Tuesday, January 18

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by the Keene Interfaith clergy, will take place on Monday morning January 18, 2016 at 8:30 A.M. in the Hellenic Hall of St. George Greek Orthodox Church. This year’s program will feature conversations around Dr. King’s Economic Justice Ministry and how best to bring that message to Keene, the Monadnock region and the Granite State. Also there will be great music, good food and expressions of hope and goodwill from members of the interfaith clergy group. Tickets are $10.00. Contact Susan to make a reservation.

Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, January 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) Martha Bauman and Bob Forney are hosts 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.

KUUC Outdoors – Skating & Sledding Party!  Sunday, January 24

Join us at Robin Hood Park for winter fun at 1:00pm.  Great excursion for families and winter enthusiasts of all ages!  Located at 366 Reservoir Street off of Roxbury Street.

Questions or suggestions? Contact Tom Julius (603) 357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com

As always, KUUC Outdoors says… Go take a hike!

Reserving Space at KUUC

Our building is used so frequently that the calendar takes on a life of its own! Please either check the calendar posting at the top of the stairs to the office, or call Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.  352-1719.

December 2015 KUUC Events & Activities

Poetry Group – Wednesday, December 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.

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, December 11

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP is a monthly potluck dinner. This month it will be held on the second Friday of the month. This is a special opportunity to bring your favorite hearty hors d’oeuvre or dessert and wine. This is not our usual potluck. Just remember to bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Please call Betty Forrest at 357-1534 or Anne Piper at 352-0005 for more information.

Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, December 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. (Senior is loosely defined.) We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. We ask you to bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Betsy Zimmerli and D’Vorah Kelley are hosts. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net

Reserving Space at KUUC

Our building is used so frequently that the calendar takes on a life of its own! Please either check the calendar posting at the top of the stairs to the office, or call Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.

Church Office Hours

The church office will customarily be open M-F from 9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. It’s always a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available – 352-1719.

November 2015 KUUC Events & Activities

Berry Bowl Project – November 1,7,29

Every year in November we gather to make berry bowls to sell at the annual Greens Sale. Volunteers are needed to help pick the partridge berries, create the bowls and finish them three weeks later. Please consider joining us this year as new people are always needed to help with each part of the project. There will be a sign-up sheet at coffee hour for the next few weeks.

Sunday, November 1                       Pick berries, time and place TBA or pick on your own

Saturday, November 7                   9-Noon          Make berry bowls, church kitchen

Sunday, November 29                    11:30               After coffee hour, church kitchen

Poetry Group – Wednesday, November 11

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, November 18

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. (Senior is loosely defined.) We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May. Call Betty or Mike Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net .

KUUC to Host Interfaith Thanksgiving Service November 22

On Sunday, November 22nd @ 4 P.M., KUUC will host the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Do not worry sports fans, the Patriots are playing on Monday night that week—we checked.

The change to Sunday was made due to the low attendance we have experienced when holding the service on the Tuesday evening prior to Thanksgiving. By changing the day and time of the event we hope to increase the number of attendees, particularly those with families.

As the host for the event, we will need to provide a collation after the service. If you are interested in helping with that rather large undertaking please contact D’Vorah Kelley, Fellowship Cluster Lead.

Hymn Sing “Celebrate in Song” Sunday, November 29

Deadline for hymn requests is Sunday, November 15, 2015.

 Now is an opportunity to sing your favorite hymn/hymns. All you need to do is take a moment to browse through our hymnals and enter your requests. Perhaps you have a favorite hymn from another hymnal. We can always print the words on an insert. Please write numbers and/or titles on the lines below. We will attempt to include at least first requests. Please include your name and best way to reach you in case we have questions for you. Please put the form in the box, decorated in music wrapping, located on the Welcome Table in the parish hall. Forms will also be available in the sanctuary on tables by both entries.

Thank you for sharing and participating!   Betty Forrest (357-1534)   mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net

Book Nook at the Greens Sale

It’s the time of year to check your shelves for gently used books, CDs, videos, etc. that you no longer need. Thanks to your donations, each December the BOOK NOOK tables are filled with fantastic buys during the annual Greens Sale. Please leave all items in the undercroft area opposite the furnace room door or on the ledge by the stairs to the undercroft. If you need help getting things to the church, please call Nancy Brigham and arrangements will be made to pick them up at 852-5154.

KUUC Outdoors – Sunday, December 6, 1:00pm

Roam the trails in Robin Hood Forest!

Meet at the Robin Hood Park Reservoir . Parking off Roxbury Street

 We will explore the wilds of Robin Hood Park in Keene including:

The Octagon, Fern Dell, Ascutney, Boulder, Jumbo Rock, Blarney Stone, and more!

Questions or suggestions? Contact Tom Julius (603) 357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com

As always, KUUC Outdoors says… Go take a hike!

Reserving Space at KUUC

Our building is used so frequently that the calendar takes on a life of its own! Please either check the calendar posting at the top of the stairs to the office, or call Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.

Church Office Hours

The church office will customarily be open M-F from 9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. It’s always a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available – 352-1719.