APRIL 2018 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

EVENTS  –  March for Our Lives – March 24

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

I am so proud of our church!!!  The efforts this weekend, with many people involved, make our mission alive and real:  We were “actively creating compassionate community,” and our signs and our voices left no doubt that we are actively involved in “working for a fair and peaceful world!”

Friday night, March 23, many from KUUC attended the sign making party in the Parish Hall, joining folks from MPA and the greater Keene community- from young to old.  We made so many signs!!! Extras were taken to the rally and given out on Saturday morning.  We talked about it being one way to build community.

Saturday morning a group from KUUC gathered and then walked together to Central Square, many of us wearing the bright yellow “Side of Love” sweatshirts (we certainly could be seen!). Then we gathered back at KUUC for soup, bread, coffee and desserts.  There were also members of the community that joined us, and they thanked us for having the church open.

So a huge thank you to everyone who helped make signs, donated food, marched, kept the church open, and cleaned up and locked up.  It was a wonderful team effort!

NoteDid you spot the four members of KUUC who were on the front page of the Keene Sentinel?           Gratefully, D’Vorah Kelley 

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

COFFEE HOUR NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION    Welcome back to a new church year!  This year, I will continue to come in to make the coffee each Sunday, and again, refreshments will be potluck.  As I strive to keep the kitchen appropriately stocked, please let me know if you have a favorite tea you would like to have available, or a particular sweetener.  And please consider bringing some healthy treat in for refreshments for everyone, such as pretzels, or cheese slices.  If everyone contributes something once a month, we will have a nice array to fuel our bodies for conversation and catching up with friends.

KUUC AMBASSADORS   One of the ways that we make certain that newcomers to KUUC feel welcome and have their questions answered is through our “Ambassadors” program. Ambassadors are individuals who have volunteered to be the first point of contact for people who are new to our church or to Unitarian Universalism.   Before each Sunday service, the Ambassador of the day will be introduced and asked to stand so our visitors know who they can talk to about KUUC. It is important to remember, however, that in some sense all members are Ambassadors so don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to someone you don’t recognize. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador add your name to the sign-up sheet by the door to the Parish Hall.     April 1,  Jim Frederiksen:  April 8,  Andi Johnson:  April 15, Carol White:   April 22, Deb McLay:   April 29, Andi Johnson

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.

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST UPDATE FROM BOB AND CAROL HILL     Our average attendance remains mostly male, but we have noticed an increased number of women and children.  We serve between 40-50 folks daily and are dealing with fewer issues around rule-breaking this year. There is a generally more appreciative response from the people we serve, like… You guys are amazing.”   Thank you all so much.”  This is the best breakfast in Keene.”

We have also noticed more support from the community and our church groups.  This is allowing us to offer a more substantial menu.  On a regular basis we provide:  scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, ham, pancakes or French toast, oatmeal , juice, coffee in addition to cold cereal and toast. Supplemental fresh fruit is often available.    This is a plate of heaven.”

Crew members have grown in number and experience. We now include a hall monitor/greeter on most teams.  Crews are more aware of safe food handling and doing a better clean up.   Some feedback from helpers includes…    There is something special about doing this.”  This has changed me.”  “This is one of the best things I do.”

The rewards definitely outweigh the hassle of getting up early and working very hard for 3 hours!!


ACTIVITIES

POETRY GROUP MOVES TO A NEW DAY  –  Join us on the fourth Monday at 7PM in the church library.  Please bring poems to read and discuss as well.  Plan on leaving a copy of each poem to add to our archive.

DANCE CONNECTION WITH CARIN TORP  – Wednesdays at 2pm in the Parish Hall.  No experience necessary!     Carin 357-7645

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION GROUP– 1st Tuesday – APRIL 3, 5PM          Jesus’ Last Week

Our group will next meet on Tuesday, April 3rd at 5:00 PM in the Alliance Room.  We will be reflecting on scriptures relating to Jesus’ last week.  All are welcome. This group is an opportunity for people inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identify with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support each other’s spiritual growth and understanding.  This group is guided by our fourth principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity.   This group meets monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm.   If you would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.

MEDICARE FOR ALL FORUM –  APRIL 4, 6-9PM  – KEENE STATE COLLEGE     The Health Care Working Group of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance (MPA) is presenting a “Medicare for All” Forum on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Keene State College.   The first hour will be informal, with representatives from various healthcare and community organizations staffing informational tables and answering questions about their programs. Forum speakers will begin at 7:00.  Topics to be covered include an overview, definition and history of Medicare for All, political, legal and local impact implications of such a universal healthcare entitlement, and steps you can take to support passage of this program.  The formal speakers will finish with ample time for questions from the audience.

The forum will be moderated by Dr. Dottie Morris. Speakers include Andru Volinsky, Dr. Carl DeMatteo, Dr.Kenneth Dolkart, Dr. Betty Keller, and Dr. Marvin Malek. All events will take place in the Mabel Brown Room in the L.P. Young Student Center at Keene State College.  Nearby parking is available in the Madison Avenue lots off Winchester St.

On Saturday, April 7, MPA will host a Health Care for All Rally on Central Square from 11:00 to 1:00 as a follow-up to the Forum, and in solidarity with nationally held rallies that day.

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FRIDAY, APRIL 6       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. Gerry and Jim Frederiksen, hosts, invite you to share a favorite dish with our church family .  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.t

KUUC OUTDOORS UPCOMING EVENTS    – For KUUC Outdoors information contact Tom Julius, 603-357-4521, tjulius54@gmail.com    

KUUC Outdoors Upcoming Events
April 8 Woodland Cemetery Walk, Keene
May 19 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
May 26 Bike Trail Ride, Keene to Swanzey
June 16 Pack Monadnock Hike, Temple
June 16 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
July 8 Willard Pond Paddle/hike/swim, Hancock
July 14 Keene Astronomers Club Observatory, Sullivan
Aug 5 Pitcher Mtn Berrying, Stoddard
Sept 8 Andres Institute of Art Walk, Brookline
Sep 29 Source to Sea River Cleanup, Keene
Oct 14 High Blue Hike, Walpole

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION POTLUCK!   APRIL 15       Shining a Light on UU Volunteers will occur on April 15 with a recognition potluck dinner from 5-7 in the parish hall.  If your last name stars with A-I, bring a dessert or hors d’oeuvres; J-R, bring a main course;  S-Z, side dishes.   The Membership Committee will recognize the outstanding efforts of some key volunteers.  Please invite family and friends to attend.   Deb McLay will serve as Emcee.

LUNCH BUNCH – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 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.  We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, October through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.   Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net

INTERFAITH MARCH – SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – CONCORD NH   Gather at Concord High School at 3:30.  March will leave at 4:30 and proceed to City Plaza for a 5:30 Rally    We live in a time when racists and fascists are parading in the streets hoping to revive some of history’s sickest fantasies. Men have carried weaponized tiki-torches on night-time marches like the Nazis who inspire them; they have fired live rounds at protesters and taken the life of an innocent woman by running her over with a car. Meanwhile, too often, we have stood by staring at our phones, complaining to people who feel the same way we do. We have been like witnesses watching a terrible fire- captivated by the spectacle, but helpless to act.  Here is a chance for our community, for ALL OF US to do something about it.

Guiding Principles of the March

  1. We believe that all people should be free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination, intimidation, or reprisal.
  2. We believe that multiple religions can coexist peacefully and contribute to the common good.
  3. We believe that equal justice and equal protection under the law are rights to which all people are entitled regardless of race.
  4. We believe that the government of every state and of our great nation should protect those who are most vulnerable and neverfail to seek justice for acts of violence perpetrated against minorities by those who claim superiority or dominance.

If you agree with these propositions and would like to make your voice heard, please consider joining us in Concord for the march on April 29.  (We need to leave Keene by 2:30 to find parking and be ready to march at 4:30)     Contact:  D’Vorah Kelley for information:  dvorah.kelley@gmail.com

Facebook Event Page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/185219182251516/?active_tab=about

Interfaith March website:  http://interfaithmarch.com/

FUNDRAISING – MAY DAY WEEKEND – MAY 5 & 6        KUUC’s May Day Weekend is shaping up !  We are asking you to reserve May 5 & May 6 for meeting the public on behalf of KUUC as well as spending some time enjoying yourself with friends.    WE NEED EVERYONE. Together we can both raise money for our community and celebrate spring.    In April and early May we need you to dig up and ready plants for sale, search your house for Rummage items, make or deliver signs and poster ads and/or bake breakfast pastries to bring to the church on Friday, May 4.

On Saturday we need you on hand for a few hours. It takes a village to welcome the public into our spaces!  Set up tables, move plants outdoors, staff the AM bake sale, the lunch sale, a KUUC activist table, a children’s activities table, collect rummage and plant money or arrive to help your tired fellow UUs clean-up.

Sunday is celebration!  Bring friends to share in the fun.  Come to the service and stay for a reasonably priced lunch.  Enjoy the crowning of the May Queens, Maypole dancing and a special Morris Dancing performance by the Firebird Morris dancers!    Together we can welcome the public in, raise funds for our church and celebrate the season.  Be active in this spring splash and help us continue the activism that is rising in our KUUC.

IT’S RUMMAGE SALE TIME AGAIN!   SATURDAY, MAY 5       The next rummage sale is scheduled for May 5th.  We are gratefully receiving donations in our designated drop off spot in the hallway by the woman’s restroom.  This will be part of an exciting May Day week-end long extravaganza.  Mark your calendars and we’ll keep you updated.  For more information, contact Hazel at hazelerdo@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATES FOR FERRY BEACH!     Friday – Sunday, May 11, 12 & 1       The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have changed our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May.  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 with the Bedford, MA UU church.  We have 1/2 of the Quillen dorm and Cross Cabin.    Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, singing, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic.

COSTS:

Lodging: Quillen = $160/room for the weekend(sleeps 1-6 people depending upon room size)

Cross Cabin = $220/ room for the weekend  (private room with Queen bed, private bath)

Camping = $46/weekend camp site

Meals: provided by FBPA cook in the DeWolfe Dining Hall 4 meals: Sat. breakfast, lunch, dinner & Sun. breakfast.

Adult = $48 (13 yr. +)  Child = $32 (5 – 12 years)

Registration and $100.00 deposit are due February 18, 2018 Full payment is due March 18, 2018. For further information contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale 357-7875 or at pealefamily@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.

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.