Rev. Greg Chute, "Hanging On and Letting Go."
These are two very familiar terms. We are often admonished to hang on (or hang in there), that things will get better, that help is on the way, that we have reserves of untapped strength. But what about when we're losing our grip, things are falling apart, and there is nothing left to hang onto or hang on with? What then? How free are we to let go?
R.E. and Child Care Provided
Rev. Jody Gunn, "Invaluable Conversations about End of Life issues."
Life offers us ongoing opportunities for decision making, reflection, and growth. In times of crisis, including illness and death, a panoply of specific issues emerges as well. Each has the potential to strengthen and enlighten us, as well as those who share our lives.
Dr. Gary Schiff, "The Righteous Among Nations."
Dr. Gary Schiff, cantor at the Chestertown Havurah and longtime friend of UUCR, will be returning to our pulpit. He will speak to us about those extraordinary individuals who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust in Europe, who they were and what made them tick.
Mr. Gary Jackaway, "Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah.'"
Many of us are familiar with this classic song by the composer Leonard Cohen. Its complex lyrics and history are complete with biblical and social references that have intrigued us over the years. Gary Jackoway will explore this familiar anthem that references the lives we lead and how we give them meaning. Philip Dutton will be with us on this Sunday to perform "Hallelujah" as a prelude to the sermon. It will put the sermon in context and add to this special service. Many famous artists have recorded this song.
A Note about Our Sunday Services: We will now be offering the special opportunity of chalice lighting to adults on three Sundays per month. Volunteers are most welcome – please see Annie Lavin.
THIS WEEK AT UUCR
Saturday, March 8, 1:30 - 3:30 at UUCR -- Family Fun Date!
This will be the first of our second-Saturday-of-the-month springtime events to host our own and visiting families. It's been a long winter for kids and adults to be cooped up and we would love to see lots of families share in a day of snacks and games! There is a theme each month, and it so happens March 8th is National Goof Off Day! We will have games with prizes and fun for a wide range of kids and adults going from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us!
Tuesday, March 11, 7 PM at UUCR
Screening of UU History video.
This is the last in the series and deals with Unitarian Universalism and the 1961 merger of the two, i.e., Unitarianism and Universalism. which deal with the formation of UU, the effects of humanism and liberal RE on the movement and both the black empowerment controversy and women's rights movements.
Wednesday, March 12, 10 - 11:30 at UUCR
Wonder Wednesday discussion group. The topic is friendship, its importance and how one obtains, nurtures and keeps friends.
Wednesday March 12, 12 noon at UUCR
Women's Affinity Group.
Friday, March 21
"Sock Burning Ceremony" and Potluck Dinner
at the home of Carl Gallegos and Brenda Roconni.
Help bring in Spring by joining in our tradition of gathering 'round the campfire and watching those wintery socks go up in flames!
Sunday March 30*, 3 PM at UUCR
*-note new date
Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 23, 3 PM at UUCR, and prepare to meet some famous Unitarians from our past! So far we have six visiting dignitaries. Wouldn't you like to take part and "take on" the role of your favorite UU from history? Looking for the perfect persona? Visit the Website www.famousuus.com for inspiration!
UUCR THIRD FRIDAY POTLUCKS ARE EASY!
Time: 6 PM, Third Fridays of the Month
Host Preparation: Plates, utensils, glasses, water, easy seating. We bring all the rest!
Please sign up to host a third Friday potluck in 2014! Email or call Margo at the church office--or just tell her in person next time you see her!
DON’T FORGET TO USE OUR WEBPAGE TO MAKE PURCHASES ON AMAZON!
SHOP WITH UUCR THIS SEASON!
As the holidays approach, please consider shopping options that help UUCR. Purchases made through the UUCR website: http://www.uuchesterriver.org/pages/links.htm
link to Amazon.com and iGive.com to earn dollars for UUCR at no cost to you. Don’t just go to their websites – link to them through UUCR’s webpage, or click on the link just above. A percentage of every purchase you make goes to us – and these percentages add up!
Also, take a look at our new products from our Fair Trade partner, Equal Exchange, including handmade gift wrap and decorative boxes fashioned from recycled cotton,not paper. We also have a selection of organic fruits and nuts. All in time for your holiday needs! Check them out this Sunday, and be ready to purchase Acme Grocery Cards as well.
MINISTERIAL OFFICE HOURS
David Newell, our Minister, will hold hour by appointment. For more info contact Dr. Newell at 410-708-3740 or at email@example.com, or leave a message at 410-778-3440.
UPDATE ON MUSIC!
The Music Committee is pleased to announce that, effective January, 2014, Ms. Joan Blume will be UUCR's piano accompanist two Sunday a month. The alternate Sundays we will continue to enjoy the music of our own Bill Lindsay. A special thanks to Bill for continuing to volunteer his musical talents and his time!
We are still looking to hire a part-time elementary school teacher! It is a fun job and a great way to connect with our UUCR youth. If you are interested or know someone that may be please write or call me.
Shannon Smulow, 720-840-6355, Shannon.Smulow@gmail.com
=============== Coming Events ===============
LOTS OF HELPING HANDS WEBSITE:
See Linda Dutton or visit https://caringconnections.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/13819/
EXPERIENCE UU THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD There are several openings this coming year in Children’s Religious Education working with both the elementary and middle school groups. If you’ve ever wondered how to articulate what UU is all about, teaching children will give you the tools you need! We are lining up an exciting series of active and engaging curriculums including some from the new UUA “Tapestry of Faith” Lifespan Education series.
Note: All volunteers must adhere to UUCR’s Child Safety Policy, including consent to background checks.
Art at UUCR
We celebrate the bold paintings of Allen Johnson for the months of Jan and Feb 2014. Allen has been sculpting and painting all of his adult life, primarily as a form of personal expression and inspiration. In addition he has a beautiful singing voice and is a member of several local choral groups, making him an artist of varied talents. Allen and his wife, Ruby, have lived in Kent County for over 40 years and have 2 adult children and 5 grandchildren also nearby. Art has always been important to Allen, but he also realized that it wouldn't provide enough income to support a family, so often after a long day of construction work, his sculptures and paintings came to life as time allowed.
Since 2009 Allen has been an active member of both the Chestertown Art League and Artworks…and now continues to be involved in the merged organization RiverArts. Allen has won a number of awards and enjoys showing his work in his gallery space at the Arts at Still Pond Station where he participates in the annual Studio Tour. Future plans include taking his art “on the road” in rural locations in hope of inspiring younger folks to express themselves in a wider variety of ways.
We thank Lani Seikaly for sharing her lovely photographs with us for the months of November and December 2013. The images are documented in the UUCR Art shows binder in our lobby and will continue to be available for purchase.
Please support our local artists and thank them for enriching our view of this community. Remember that a portion of the proceeds from artwork purchased through our UUCR art shows benefits our church.
Please remember to support UUCR through the purchase of Acme and Fresh and Greens grocery cards and Fair Trade food products from Equal Exchange. Check out these products on Sunday - look for them near the door to our wonderful new deck!
2013 UUCR DIRECTORIES AVAILABLE!
Every family is entitled to one free copy; duplicates may be purchased at $5 each. Please contact Margo, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need one or more.