Activities & Events

FEBRUARY – COMMITTEES, GROUPS, ACTIVITIES   

COMMITTEES AND GROUPS   

2017-18 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN    

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 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.  Meetings are held in the Alliance Room on the first Tuesday of each month. 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

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.

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

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

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – FEBRUARY 2       Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC and is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the parish hall.  Wine and cheese are at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 pm. This month’s theme is Caribbean Cuisine hosted by Suzanne Butcher and Betsy Zimmerli.   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, FEBRUARY 2       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, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

LIBERAL CHRISTIAN DISCUSSION GROUP– 1st Tuesday         February Topic:  Sabbath Rest

Our fellowship group meets at 5:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the Alliance Room.  On February 6th, we will look at what other world religions say about Sabbath and rest.  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. For information, contact Carol Stamatakis at cstamatakis@outlook.com or 603-863-4920/ 603-398-5389.

Religion and the ConstitutionDr. Joan Roelofs        Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning Spring 2018

Fridays, 10-11:20am    joan.roelofs@myfairpoint.net      www.joanroelofs.wordpress.com

The United States Constitution, First Amendment, states (among other provisions):  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”    This course will examine the practices and legal decisions that have defined and applied these provisions over the centuries, mostly through a study of state and federal court cases.

Joan Roelofs is Professor Emerita of Political Science, Keene State College. Her academic specializations include constitutional law, political theory and local (preferably green) public administration. Her research specialty is the influence of foundations (and the non-profit sector generally) on public policy. She was active in the Critical Legal Studies movement, published in legal anthologies, and gave a talk at the Harvard Law School on

foundations and the Supreme Court. She is the author of three books and many articles. The books are:        Greening Cities (Apex-Bootstrap Press, 1996, now published by Rowman and Littlefield), Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (SUNY Press, 2003), and the translation of Victor Considerant’s Principles of Socialism: Manifesto of 19th Century Democracy (Maisonneuve Press, 2006)

KUUC OUTDOORS  – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 — WOODWARD POND SNOWSHOE, ROXBURY NH – KUUC 12:30

Woodward Pond is a Keene reservoir and little-known gem of natural beauty.  This trip led by Carole Mills (cmmills2@yahoo.com) and Eloise Clark (clarktreat@myfairpoint.net)   Get in touch if you are interested, but need to borrow snowshoes.  If conditions do not require snowshoes we may walk.

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