KUUC GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

Please contact Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.

Rev Michael’s Office Hours for October

Rev. Michael will be out of the office at a conference from October 3rd-5th and is taking some time off from October 5th-10th.  Rev. Michael’s Office hours this month will be on Monday, October 2nd (9 A.M.- 1 P.M.), Thursday, October12th (11 A.M.-2 P.M.), Tuesday, October 17th (8:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M.), Monday, October 23rd (9 A.M.-12:30 P.M.) and Monday, October 30th (10 A.M.-2 P.M.). Or you can always set up an appointment with him: (508) 821-6092.

Church Office Hours

The office is open from 9:30-5:00 on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week.  As usual, it’s a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available if you need assistance.

COMMITTEE CONTACTS

Circle of Caring:  Martha Bauman, Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council: Carolyn Antrim

Investment:   John Bordenet

Membership: Melinda Hildreth-Honkala

Music: Matt Aversa

Personnel:   Carolyn Antrim

Religious Exploration:  Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:  Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:  Betty Forest

Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Nancy Brigham, Ann Shedd

Stewardship: Carol Stamatakis

Ushers:  Rachael Walter

Wayside Pulpit:  Vicki Keller

Worship:  Rachael Walter

Property:  Open, contact Bob Hill

Fundraising:   Open

Greens Sale:  Open

Welcoming Congregation: Open

2017-18 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Anne Branzell-Spiegler, President   annebranzell@gmail.com – 499-2858

Carol Stamatakis, Past President   cstamatakis@outlook.com – 863-4920

Carol White, Past-President   carolwhite11@comcast.net  – 617-229-9463

Treasurer, PendinJohn Lowry, Clerk   lowry63@ne.rr.com – 355-2958

Bob Hill, HCBHill@ne.rr.com  –  903-0197

Deb McLay, debmclay529@gmail.com –  499-6043

Tim Robertson, timothyrbrtsn2@gmail.com352-7006

Judy Saunders, segwyne@gmail.com  – 835-2360

 

 

OCTOBER 2017 – BOARD PRESIDENT ANNE BRANZELL-SPIEGLER

Dear KUUC friends,

What is our mission?  Why are we here on earth, here with each other?  What is our responsibility to the earth; to our loved ones or to people we do not know?  What is our relationship to the earth; to our church community and church activities?  My position as your Board of Trustees president has awakened these questions and these puzzles in my heart in a new way.  Let’s talk about this!  This is the season, in my mind for taking on challenges, finding them and facing them.

With love and curiosity,

Anne Branzell-Spiegler

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2017 – COMMITTEES, EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

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, 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

 

 

 

 

KUUC VALUES & VISIONING

VALUES & VISION UPDATE

KUUC = M(VV)

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

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

As Reverend Michael told us in his September sermon on “Our Community,” he expects us to briefly review our values and develop a new mission statement before he begins his sabbatical on February 1, 2018. Now that summer is over, the Values Steering Team will be getting together to kick start the process. Look for evidence of that in the next week or two.

When we last left this work you will remember we identified three values (Community, Compassion, and Commitment) that seemed to emerge from the input you made in your small groups. But there is more to do to get where we want to be and more of your input as we move from defining our values to living a values-driven mission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

 

 

   

 

OCTOBER 2017 – REV. MICHAEL’S MOMENT

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”                                                                                                                                                 ― Henry David Thoreau 

I love October, when all the tumbling, used-up leaves, red and gold, skitter over the road, and the lawn; blowing over the fields full of young people kicking a soccer balls into what seems an absurdly large net.

I love October, and the chill that begins to gather outside my window at night as I pull out my sweaters and find the spare blankets

I love October, with its candle lit jack ‘o lanterns and tiny treat-or-treaters too. 

I love October, when all the UUs are finally back in church (I couldn’t resist). 

I love the dreams of October: as unexpected as a divided Germany re-uniting overnight, as unimaginable as the Reformation of religion, as transformative as a United Nations, as rich and original as the music of Giuseppe Verdi and Thelonious Monk

I love October, because I also think of the ancestors, and my ancestors, and the cycles of existence: at once alive and in motion, then dead, and then, in another season, springing up green.  

I love October, because it is autumn and now I am autumn too. 

Yours in Faith & Fellowship,

Rev. Michael 

  

 

April 2016 Events & Activities

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, April 1

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. The April theme is “Fool-o-ship” featuring fun foods and lots of opportunities for foolishness and fellowship, hosted by Susan Chamberlin and David Wilbur. “Whining” is at 5:30pm, and “Dining” is at 6:00 pm. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We also ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.)

Additionally, the announcement for this year’s Stewardship campaign will be shared.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday, APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.

Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McKnight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Mark your calendar now for this event to be held next Sunday, April 3rd in the Parish Hall!

Time to Sign Up for the Worship Workshop – Begins April 26!

Several people have already reserved their spot in Rev. Michael’s new workshop It’s More than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0. There are still a few slots available but now is the time to secure yours. Workshop sessions are April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. and are limited to 10 participants so please contact Rev. Michael at rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com  or by telephone (508) 821-6092 to sign up.

Dance Connection – Wednesdays, Through May 24

Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome! We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time. Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space. Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645. I hope to see you there.

Poetry Group – Wednesday, April 13

Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

 Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, April 20

Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Susan Segal and Betty Forrest are hosts for this month. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

Community Breakfast Program Ends April 16

The 2015-2016 Community Breakfast Program has not been without its challenges, but the dedicated volunteer teams have persevered to serve a hot, substantial breakfast to guests each morning during the coldest part of the year. Six days a week from November 24, 2015 through April 16, 2016, adult and children alike will have been provided with nutritious food to begin their day. Somewhere between 30 and 40 guests attend the Community Breakfast program daily, making the total number of breakfasts we will have served by season’s end over 4000—more than double the meals we served last year. The dates of the program coincide with the provision of lodging offered at Hundred Nights Shelter.

Volunteers and financial support from the KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (supported by Knights of Columbus Councils 819 & 5414) and St Margaret Mary Catholic Church sustained the collaborative program Monday – Saturday each week. Additional contributions were made by St. James Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and the Federated Church of Marlborough.

A chest freezer was donated to the program by Kathy Guenther in memory of her daughter, Bonnie White who has a cobblestone in the memorial garden, and a grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers provided 17 cases of food.

Final reporting will appear in the May Messenger. Thanks to our dedicated KUUC team captains: Carol and Bob Hill, who also took on the enormous task of weekly shopping; Bill and Sue Hay; D’Vorah and Bob Kelley.

Rummage Sale – May 28! Do you have too many Hangers?

We need hangers!!! Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies’ room door and the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator.

As a community we have opportunity to exercise our “green” values while working towards budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.

If you would like to be involved in sorting and pricing, contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                                              

Reverend Sue Phillips to Visit KUUC

Rev. Michael has been in discussions with our former minister, the Rev. Sue Phillips, to return to KUUC in the fall for a weekend visit. This much we know, Rev. Sue has agreed to join us for a weekend which will have her facilitating a workshop, leading worship and being our guest at a potluck in her honor, (where we will welcome members of other local UU congregations). We will need a group to help plan and run this special event.

If you are interested in being part in a task group being formed for this purpose please contact Spiritual Life Cluster Chair Rachael Walter at rachaelwalter@twc.com or (603) 357-2675

Month of Sundays to Return in October – Help Wanted!        

Several people have expressed their desire to make sure that “Month of Sundays” (MOS) doesn’t go away but happens again soon. Others have said that when the time comes to plan that huge event that we should count them in. A small group has already begun to think about what this year’s “Month of Sunday” would look like. Perhaps you want join us?

This year MOS will be in October and the theme will be “Journey to Joy.” We believe that the exploration of “Joy” through worship, spiritual practice, art, social action and community activities, will help us fuse the individual search and collective journey and see how joy, happiness and our lived religion meet and merge.

“Month of Sundays” may well be the best laboratory for shared ministry we have and an example of how the democratic process can bring life to more than just committee work and church government.

In the coming months we will be gathering your input on what you think should be included in MOS, and we may be asking you to help on particular aspects of planning and carrying out the program. We also need several of you to step up and be part of the Month of Sundays Steering Group. There is no need to audition for the Steering Group; we need all the help, wisdom, creativity and attention to detail that you can bring to the table.

In the coming weeks we will be getting together that Steering Team. Please think about joining us. It should be a work, but it is guaranteed to bring you joy!

For more details or to volunteer contact Mickey Cronin at (603) 852-2903 mfpepera@aol.com or Rev. Michael (508) 821-6092 rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com

PFLAG Presents “A Self-Made Man” — Saturday, April 9

On April 9th, PFLAG Keene and Antioch College will be hosting a benefit screening of the film, “A Self-Made Man” by award winning documentary filmmaker Lori Petchers.

This feature length documentary takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate, Tony Ferraiolo. We watch Tony guide children as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves.

The benefit screening will be held at Keene High School. The doors open at 6pm. There will be a short meet and greet with Tony Ferraiolo before the screening at 7pm. After the screening we will have a Q & A where all the audience is welcome and encouraged to ask Tony questions. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to benefit PFLAG New Hampshire and Antioch’s SERDS program, which has offered to purchase items for Keene High School’s Gay Straight Alliance.

For more information, please contact PFLAG Keene at pflagkeene@gmail.com or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-Keene.

Board President Lucius Parshall – April 2016

SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU!

The season is upon us once again. No, not that one. Our church is again entering the time when we are all asked to pledge to the church that has served us so well, so it will be there to serve those yet to come. Those congregants that have been paying attention over the last few years know how this works.  We put off pledging until the end of the campaign, then await the unveiling of next year’s budget that reflects every penny pledged—and not a cent more. Then we squirm and eventually rise to the occasion.

I’m proud of the financial restraint that our board has displayed over the course of this fiscal year, but our bricks and mortar are suffering. We were fortunate enough to avoid dipping into the reserve funds that the congregation allocated at our last general meeting, but we were also blessed with some very light heating expenses. Plans change, sometimes for the better.

Our congregation is getting older, so is our larger community. As America becomes more secular we watch the churches close around our community. I don’t think that Unitarian Universalists need to suffer this same fate. Peter Morales has made an eloquent case for us in his “A Religion for Our Time” video series (try that in your YouTube search window).

In the next year all of us will be asked to engage in creating a common vision that will carry the message of Unitarian Universalism into our local community. It is my fervent hope that this is not yet another exercise in wordsmithing, but a real communication of what we offer that sets us apart from dogmatic congregations. This vision is needed to lay the foundation for a new generation of congregants who will continue the work of making our liberal faith relevant.

I’m getting older, and I have a request. Will you please SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU! I’m ready to increase my pledge by 5%, I’m ready to increase my involvement by 5% and I’m ready to work towards our common vision, 5% harder. That’s how it comes down, committing our time, treasure and talent to growing our congregation.  You may divide this pie differently, but in the end I’ll still be asking for 15% more. It’s what we owe to ourselves, and those who will follow.

Peace, Lucius

Reverend Michael’s Moment – April 2016

Bend down—and there it is: No need to wrest it from others. With the Way, in complete agreement— The mere touch of a hand is spring: The way we come upon blooming flowers, The way we see the year renew itself. What comes this way will stay…  —Ssu-k’ung T’u, (837-908), The Twenty-Four Orders of Poetry

Finally, it has arrived! One would think that such a mild winter as this would have been more patiently endured and easily gotten through—especially when compared to the ferocious cold and record snows of last year. For me that was decidedly not the case. With each tease of mild weather my heart soared and with the least suggestion of icy winter’s return it withered. I found that I was looking forward to, no longing for, the return of spring more than I ever have before. Maybe you felt that way too?

Why should this be? Who knows.

Perhaps such longing was the product of less light in the day. I know that many people lack concentration or are troubled by sadness and fatigue during the winter. Perhaps we felt compelled to stay inside and keep to the work at hand, winter’s shadows deepening the feelings of responsibility that come with maturity. For me, it may have been that the concerns of aging were finally creeping in, and with them wariness that under each fresh dusting of snow, hidden ice and a sudden fall waited. As the years pass, each turn of the wheel is more precious—as it should be—and witnessing the unveiling of another spring is not to be taken for granted.

In retrospect, I realize that I was simply impatient for the return of the lark and leaf—for the return of the spring in my step that comes with this season. I deeply missed playing toss on the lawn and listening to the muddy squish, swish-swish of my boots as I tramp around Goose Pond. I looked and looked for signs of budding, the reemergence of color, the return of the light and now, with April, I have my reward!

I won’t regret this impatience for spring, and neither should you. In this case impatience is simply a sign of health; of how much we love life, all life and the beautiful, cool, (never cruel), up-springing April.

However, I do want to extend this apology to winter: you are also lovely and not to be taken for granted. Enjoy your time away winter! We’ll see you again come December!

With Heart and in Hope,

Rev. Michael

March 2016 Events & Activities

Events, Activities, Updates & Other News

DANCE CONNECTION – Wednesdays, Beginning March 2-May 24 Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome!  We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time.  Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space.  Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645.  I hope to see you there.                                                   Peace, Carin

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – Friday, March 4          Slice of fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 pm. The March theme is Italian Cuisine hosted by Darcy Doyle, Carolyn Allen and Suzanne Morin. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.) Please call Betty Forrest 357-1534 with any questions.

POETRY GROUP – Wednesday, March 9       Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday, March 16      Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Betty and Mike Forrest are hosts for this month. Note: If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Lunch bunch is also canceled. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT SUNDAY APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.      Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McNight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. More details to follow, but mark your calendar now for this event to be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, April 3!

WORSHIP WORKSHOP Begins April 26!     Have you always wanted to lead a worship service but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you feel there is a sermon within you yearning to break free? Have you led worship services before but are looking for an opportunity to hone your skills and learn more about the art and craft of worship development? Then you really want to take part in Rev. Michael’s workshop “It’s More Than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0.”

For those of you who need to plan well in advance, the workshop will take place on the following Tuesday nights in the spring: April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. This class will be limited to 10 participants—if more than 10 people want to take the class we will offer a second section at another time.

FERRY BEACH Get-A-Way Weekend     May 20, 21, 22     The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have been able to change our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May 20-22, 2016. Ferry Beach is a UU Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups.

This year we will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Acton/Stowe UU Church. Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach or in the nearby State Forest, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic. Costs are below.

Lodging              $140/room for the weekend (sleep 1,2,3 or 4 people) or $32/weekend campsite

Cleaning fee      $10.00/ “family” unit

Meals                  Provided by Pangea Food Service in the DeWolfe Dining Hall. Four meals included: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast.

Adult                  $48 (13 years+)

Child                    $32 (5 -12 years)

For registration forms and information visit the Ferry Beach table at coffee hour. The forms are also available in the KUUC office. Registration and full payment is due March 20, 2016. Contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale, 357-7875, pealefamily@gmail.com for all details.

RUMMAGE SALE!   We need hangers!!!  The next rummage sale is set to take place on May 28th. Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies room door and also on the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator. If possible, please include hangers with your clothing donations.

As a community we have opportunity here to exercise our “green” values while working towards our budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for all the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute together and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.   If you would like to be involved in the sorting and pricing process contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                

Board President Lucius Parshall — March 2016

A recurrent topic with the Board is in the interpretation of the KUUC vision. This has been reflected in the House Meetings, and will hopefully be further developed with help from the district level over the next few months. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Talu Robertson, who has joined the board to serve out the remainder of our Past Presidents term.  Rachael Walter has been plugging away with the Worship Cluster, and D’vorah Kelly can always use more help for several openings on the Fellowship Cluster. Susan Chamberlain has agreed to coordinate the fundraising events that many of you are involved in. Feel free to discuss any fundraising ideas with Susan.

Thank you to all committee heads that have submitted their budgets to John Lowry. He is already well-underway in creating next year’s budget.  Mark Meess and the building committee has been developing a solar panel project that would further lessen our carbon footprint. It seems that several projects are underway, including plans for the space in the R.E. Wing. Take a moment and share your thoughts on these initiatives, or anything else concerning our common vision, via phone, email, and I’m usually around on Sunday mornings.

Peace, Lucius