Activities & Events

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS   

2017-18 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN:  CONSIDER MAKING AN EARLY PLEDGE      Our Stewardship Campaign officially kicks off on Sunday, October 16th. But you don’t have to wait until then to make your pledge. You can pledge now!  An early pledge will enable us to have reliable income until the Stewardship Campaign ends, and allow us to reduce the amount of time we spend talking about the pledge campaign!  GO TO THIS LINK:  http://kuuc.org/pledgeCard/pledge_form.php

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

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

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

UU CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES DISCUSSION GROUP    This past year we started a discussion and fellowship group focused on Christian and Hebrew scriptures. This group is an opportunity for people inspired by the teachings of Jesus or who identify with aspects of Christianity and would like to share their experiences, feelings and insights in a supportive environment, and support each other’s spiritual growth and understanding.  This group is guided by our fourth principle (“a free and responsible search for truth and meaning”) and free of the doctrine or dogma that has often characterized traditional institutional Christianity. The group may discuss Bible readings or other sacred texts, books or films, invite guest speakers, contribute to worship services or do other activities.  The day, time and frequency of meetings will be decided by the group.

If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/603-398-5389. We will schedule meetings based on the availability of those who are interested. We are also considering dedicating sessions to particular topics that will be open to anyone interested.

KUUC WORSHIP COMMITTEE REPORTING FOR DUTY!!  We Need Your Help!  The KUUC Worship Committee is an amazing group of dedicated and creative people working together with Rev. Michael to provide the support needed to make our Sunday Worship Services the best they can be all year round.

We are looking for volunteers to make one-time commitments to assist with providing our church with a beautiful and sacred worship time each week.  There are many ways to assist!  Look for the sign-up sheets for Usher and Altar Decorations outside the Parish Hall door.

Usher – assist our lead usher Tom Haynes with the duties of preparing the sanctuary and assisting our congregation during the service.

Altar Decoration – provide flowers or other decoration for our Altar Space on any given Sunday.  You may use this opportunity to celebrate, remember, or honor people or events in your life.

Welcomer – Read the welcoming words at the beginning of the service.

Chalice Lighter – Light and Extinguish the Chalice during the service.

Fellowship Hour – provide a tray or bowl of food for the table during coffee hour.  Suggestions:  fruit, cheese and crackers, cookies and quick breads.  Or assist with clean-up.

We would love to hear from you!  Please contact Rachael Walter, Worship Committee Chair, at 357-2675 or rachaelwalter@twc.com. The Worship Committee:  Rachael Walter, Mickey Cronin, Betty Forrest, Charlie Wagar and Rev Michael

PIE SALE, BERRY BOWLS COMING RIGHT UP!

Thanksgiving Pie Sale – Will you bake the week before Thanksgiving week? Last Pi Day Sale was SO successful that we decided to try one for Thanksgiving. We anticipate two categories: Dessert Pies and Dinner Pies (NOT turkey or chicken for those who want a “break” from cooking just before Thanksgiving). We will do it the same way; bakers will let us know their specialties and we will create a PRE-ORDER form listing the choices. Pies must be be picked up the Sunday before Thanksgiving at Coffee Hour, so bakers would plan to drop them off Sat. Nov 18.

Berry Bowls – We pick you for picking! The last week of October is the time to pick partridge berries so cheery terrariums can be completed in November and sold in early December. If you love the outdoors and want to help us keep nature growing indoors for the winter, join us in a new kind of KUUC Outdoors endeavor. Think of it this way; every two berries picked becomes another dollar for our community (really!). We need you for one afternoon in October as a picker! Become a picker, learn to garner the right kind of berries, or lead/teach a group of pickers if you are an old hand. Be ready for sign ups nearer the end of the month

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.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE BACK IN BUSINESS!    Melinda Hildreth-Honkala is getting together a new Membership Committee and would be glad to welcome interested people to join the in the fun. In the past, the Membership Committee has run such events as New UU Classes, Coffee with the Minister and staffed the Membership table, introducing new folks to our community and programs. This year, we are going to start slowly and build as we go along, perhaps integrating great new ideas from you

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.

COVENANT GROUPS AT KUUC—PLEASE JOIN US!   Now that the new Church year is beginning, it is time for Covenant Group sign-ups.  Covenant Groups provide a sacred space to be fully heard and not judged, a meeting place to explore one’s own beliefs and consider the important spiritual questions, a small cohort with whom to meet regularly and to journey together, an opportunity to develop a service project for the church or in the community.

These small groups meet twice a month for two hours from October to May and are facilitated by trained Church members.  Covenant Groups follow a specific format including a chalice lighting, readings, participant check-in, and thought-provoking questions which lead to deep and meaningful discussions.  It has a goal of allowing participants to deepen their spiritual understanding and to grow in friendship.

If you would like to join a covenant group for the upcoming church year, please fill out the sign-up sheet and either leave it in the Covenant Group folder on the Welcome table or leave it in the Covenant Group envelope in the church office or email to Carolyn Antrim at chtmantrim@myfairpoint.net.  If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Rev. Michael at 508-821-6092 or Carolyn Antrim at chtmantrim@myfairpoint.net or 352-3237.  Sign-ups for Covenant Groups will run through September.  We plan to start our first groups by October.

COMING IN JANUARY—MONTH OF SUNDAYS   This year, Month of Sundays is going to blow your socks off! Well, hopefully it won’t do that because, with Month of Sundays being held in January for the first time, you will need those socks. The main theme is “Celebrating Our Community” and so we are busy creating a calendar of events that we can enjoy together—suggestions are always welcome. Month of Sundays will kick off at Sunday morning worship on December 31st, when we will turn coffee hour into our own Multi-Generational New Year’s Eve party and will end with the start of Rev. Michael’s sabbatical on February 1st.

Let’s make that time of transition a time of joyful celebration so that when minister is away from the church both the congregation and minister know that we are ready for a period reflection and renewal, rather than worry.  If you would like to join in the fun of planning Month of Sundays, or have an idea for an event in January, contact Rev. Michael, rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com

ACTIVITIES

POETRY GROUP MOVES TO A NEW DAY  –  Join us on the fourth Monday at 7PM in the church library.  On October 23, we share limerick’s. They are fun to write.  Please bring other 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.  Fall session a bit sporadic, so contact Carin Torp or look for schedule posted on the “Community News” bulletin board to find out class dates!       Carin 357-7645 or carintorp@yahoo.com

KUUC OUTDOORS   Meet at KUUC, 69 Washington St, Keene at 1pm to depart

Sunday, October 1 – Gap Mountain North Peak, Troy/Jaffrey NH   – Views of Mount Monadnock.  Contact Carole Mills, cmmills2@yahoo.com 

Sunday, October 15 – Kulish Ledges, Nelson NH  –  Three-mile round-trip hike within Harris Center Super Sanctuary; climb 700′ of its 2100′ peak.  Contact Elizabeth Williams, elizabeth48@earthlink.net

EVENTS

Slice of Fellowship “Octoberfest” Friday, October 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 to share and cheese are at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. This month we will celebrate Octoberfest hosted by Betty and Mike Forrest.   You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert.  Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.  Call Betty Forrest 357-1534 or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net  with any questions.

Lunch Bunch Friday, October 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. Our hosts this month are Susan Segal and Betty Forrest. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins.  Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

INDOOR RUMMAGE SALE, Saturday, October 21; 9am-2pm    No worries about the weather when you can visit our indoor rummage sale comfortably in the lower level of the church.   This is a priced rummage sale, but negotiation is welcome.  A $3 bag sale will occur from 1pm-2pm.   Items include furniture and household goods, holiday items, audio equipment, movies, seasonal clothing, awesome kitchen and cookware, outdoor/sporting equipment, crafts, toys/ children/baby items, furniture, jewelry, handbags, many books including large architectural library.

Save the Dates for Ferry Beach Get-A-Way Weekend!  May 11, 12 & 13, 2018    We will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Bedford, MA UU Church. We have been assigned 9 rooms, 7 in Quillen and 2 in Rowland as well as 3 rooms in the Cross Cabin.   Sign-ups will be on a first come basis.  We know that it is Mother’s Day Weekend. Bring Mom and help her celebrate with a relaxing weekend. If you need to return to Keene for Mother’s Day, leave after breakfast and be back in Keene by noon.   More information contact Jim Peale & Carol McIntyre-Peale:   pealefamily@gmail.com

For more information, contact the office: office@kuuc.org, 352-1719