Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving Service 5 p.m. Today

Potluck Dinner on Friday

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November Birthdays
Carl Gallegos,
Tues, Nov 6
Sue Browning, 
Tues, Nov 13
Tim Ford, Tues, Nov 20
Sara Warner, Wed, Nov 21
Diane Shields,
Sat, Nov 24
Rev. Sue’s Chestertown Schedule
Nov 14 – CVMA Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, UUCR
     Nov 16 – Office Hours 9:30 a.m. -1 p.m. (SJ/SC Meeting, 9:30)
No Office Hours 11/22 or 11/23
Nov 25 -Lead Service
     Nov 30 – Office Hours 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Questions? Contact Rev. Sue at
Join us for our most important fundraiser on December 1, 6 p.m. at UUCR.  See below for some new “treats” on auction — and be sure to submit your own auction donations. Please go to our Webpage,
 then click on “News” for a complete listing of our donations so far. We need more!


Wed, Nov 14,
 5 p.m. at UUCR.
A Community Thanksgiving Service, presented by the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association, will be held at UUCR on Wed, Nov 14, at 5:00 p.m. (Come for cookies and tea at 4:30!) Join us for a program of worship, prayer, readings and music with special guests Rev. Dr. Helen Lockwood, Philip Dutton on piano, and Cantor Gary Schiff.Questions?Contact j, or call 410-758-1088.
Fri, Nov 16, 9:30 a.m. at UUCR — Social Justice/Social Concerns Committee Meeting. 
Fri, Nov 16, 6 p.m., Potluck Dinner at the home of Harry and Nancy Hart, 201 Cedar St., Chestertown. Telephone 410-778-0261.  No need to RSVP — just bring a dish to share and we’ll to the rest! Join us!
Sunday Service, Nov 18, 10 a.m.,  Rev. DavidBillings, “Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy in U.S. History and Life.”
Special music for this service performed by vocalist Karen Somerville. Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available at this service.
Sun, Nov 18, 5 p.m., Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Washington College. See flyer below. 
Thanks to the efforts of John Ramsey, Amy Warner, Rev. Sue, Matthew Peters, (our guest presenter) AND particularly to all of the generous contributors Sunday before last, we raised a record $522 Outreach Collection to support the work of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center!
Our next Outreach Collection will be on December 2 to support our annual Holiday Sharing drive for needy families in Kent County.  As always, we will also be participating in the Department of Social Services Adopt-A-Family gift collection.  Details will follow in the coming weeks.
The first of our Strategic Plan goals is:  Continue doing “Church” well.  Here are our Year One Objectives for this goal:
  • Hold inspirational and informative Sunday services
  • Schedule guest speakers who address UUCR’s values and principles
  • Promote and contribute to outside organizations that provide aid and services to our community
  • Provide a quality religious music program. Hire a full time accompanist. Consider restarting the choir.
  • Provide Religious Education for children and adults
Questions? Please contact one of our Strategic Plann Committee: Bob Bjork, Philip Dutton, Carl Gallegos, Lynn Geisert, and Nancy Holland.

Nov 25  Rev. Sue Browning, “The Joy of Breaking Bread as Community.” 
The sacred is present in nature. The sacred is present in community. The sacred is present in the sharing of food. Many traditions, including Unitarian Universalism, have rituals for the sharing of food, as a community, at harvest time. Please join Rev. Sue Browning for our annual Intergenerational Bread Communion service. There will be a role for all as we set the table together, and share memories and stories related to food. We welcome all to this special service!
Dec 2, Rev. Sue Browning, “What If Life Is Not a Problem to Be Solved?”  What might happen when you approach the day-to-day with a sense of unfolding what is to be? What might it open if less energy was spent determining the cause and effect of each unknown? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will explore lessons we may learn from the trusting nature of the mystics amongst us.

Dec 9, Rev. Greg Chute, “Walking with God.” Many believe in the appeal of having a god as a life companion; how that seems to offer comfort, direction, security to those who choose to believe.  How do we non-theists fill those gaps, if at all.  Who or what do we walk with?


Dec. 16, Rev. Sue Browning, “When Hard Lines Fade.” Of late the term “stay in your lane” is heard often. It translates roughly to “You do your job, I’ll do mine.” At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll consider when this may be helpful guidance, when it’s not, and the spiritual practices that may help us decide how far to extend our reach.
Dec. 23, Rev. Sue Browning, “Eve of the Eve: A Service of Unity.”  Join the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River for a December 23, Christmas Eve (of Eve) service, complete with music, story and the tradition of closing with “Silent Night.” This year with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll reflect on the ways winter holidays offer a sense of oneness with all humanity.

Wed, Nov 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Workshop on “Unpacking Racial Inequity: Understanding How Systemic Racism Shapes Our Community.”

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis, 21401. Visit  to learn more.

Thurs, Nov 29, 9:30 a.m., Making UUCR Shine!  Join Nancy Holland, Diane Shields and Linda Dutton to decorate the UUCR sanctuary for the holidays, just in time for our Auction. All are welcome to pitch in!
Sat, Dec 1, 6 p.m. at UUCR — Our Annual Service Auction! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m., a perfect venue for Christmas shopping!
Fri, Dec 14, 10 — 11:30 a.m. at UUCR — Planned Conversation on “Mystery.”  
Sat., Dec 15, 9:30  a.m. – Noon  — Workshop on UU Ethics and Theology  

Here are our offerings for Get-Aways and Dinners so far! Next week’s Broadsheet will highlight Services and Lessons
Weekend in D.C. Suburb: How about a weekend (Friday – Sunday) for a couple or a single person at our fully furnished one bedroom apartment with full kitchen, eating area, and living room in Chevy Chase /DC?  Free parking space, walking distance to bus and metro going downtown, across the street from the Avalon, an historic movie theatre showing first run and independent films, close to more than a dozen restaurants, several major department stores, boutiques, and a reflexology office.  Sybil Wolin
Up to One-Week Use of Redfield, N.Y., Cabin for up to Seven People.  Many outdoor activities – biking, hiking, lake and river boating, fishing, swimming, Thousand Island area sightseeing, Syracuse, Lake Ontario, etc. New, relatively remote cabin with all amenities.  Sleeps seven, but four most comfortably, on a combination of beds and futons.  Beautiful 8 acre property, with woods and a stream.  An amazing retreat, yet close to many area activities.  $50 cleaning fee at time of visit. Here’s our Flipkey Website address so you can check out photos and description  ;Waverly and Tim Ford
Water Fun and Setting Sun! Spend a summer late afternoon and early evening at Casa Dutton starting at around 5 p.m.  Enjoy your water sport of choice including kayaking, canoeing, water skiing, cruising, fishing or just floating around in an inner tube enjoying a cold beverage.  Wine, beer, soft drinks and “dock food” will be provided.  To cap off your Bay Day be sure to bring your camera and revel in the majesty of a Still Pond sunset.  The Duttons will not be responsible for sunburns or exhausted muscles, but will gladly accept the euphoric consequences of nature’s balm upon your countenance.  Target date Saturday, June 29.  8 people total. Linda and Philip Dutton
Cocktail Cruise. Capt. Ralph and First Mate Lynn will take a (max) party of 6 out on a late afternoon cruise on the Chesapeake Bay, complete with beverages of all kinds and heavy appetizers.  Round trip from Tolchester Marina will conclude with a stunning sunset at Tolchester Beach.  We’ll work with Mother Nature and cruise participants to find a suitable day (and back-up date) sometime next summer. Lynn and Ralph Dolinger
Trip to the National Museum of African American History.  This day trip to the new museum in Washington, D.C.  will include transportation and lunch for a maximum of three people. Lynn Dolinger
Indian Meal, March 23, 2018. Served at UUCR or someone’s home. Waverly and Tim Ford
Catered Dinner: “Bounty of the County” Dinner for 8, featuring crab cakes and other delicacies produced right here in the Land of Pleasant Living, Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and delivered to your door on a mutually agreed upon evening sometime in August or September. Jane Hardy
Oktoberfest Dinner for 6 people. Come celebrate the Bavarian tradition with various knockwursts, schnitzels, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, sauerkraut, and homemade apple sauce.  Savor seasonal libations of various persuasions.  Presented by the Von-Biehlers for six people on Saturday October 5, 2019.  Lederhosen optional. Joan and David Biehler
A Dinner of “River and Garden” for 8.  Things are changing on our Chester River but not enough to make oysters viable at this location, so we will continue to provide crabs with hammers and picks as well as crab in combination with creams, eggs etc.  Garden products on the menu will be whatever is available to be roasted, toasted or raw and growing at a to-be-determined date in August 2019.  Appropriate beverages and dessert will also be served. Vida Morley and Bob Fox
Vegetarian Buffet, including vegan options, at our home in Chestertown.  Date will be an evening during mid-June through July to be determined by participants; for up to 8 people.  Diane Shields and Kevin Brien
Italian Dinner at the home of Sue and Bill Browning on the Miles River in Newcomb, Maryland, on Saturday May 4, 2019. We’ll being with snacks at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and dessert. Limit 12 guests. Sue Browning
Watch this space for the next two weeks as we highlight a different category of donations! Please submit your auction donations ASAP to Jane Hardy,, Dick Hawkins,, or Nancy Holland,

Exploring Our Values – A Monthly Conversation
2nd Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at UUCR
On the second Friday of each month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. join Rev. Sue at UUCR for a conversation centered on our UUCR theme for the month. Each session will be a chance to grow spiritually and to get to know one another at a deeper level.
How will these sessions work? We will use a “deep listening” model where all who are present and would like to share initial reflections on the theme will be offered an opportunity to do so. From there we’ll have further conversation on the topic grounded in our personal experiences and insights. The conversations will be framed around the first sermon of the month, which will be on the theme (text and audio will be available), and several “get-us-started” questions that will be distributed via the Broadsheet before the conversations.
The conversations are open to all. Registration is not required. After the session, those who would like to bring a lunch are invited to stay for a time of informal fellowship.
(Note to all on the dates/times: The weekday time may not work for some. If there is a group which would like to set up an additional forum of this nature in the evenings or on the weekend, Rev. Sue would be happy to work with a second group to set something up. Sue is reachable on 703-201-2745 or at if you have ideas.)
Planned Conversations
Theme: Mystery
Friday, December 14, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Possibility
Friday, January 11, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Trust
Friday, February 8, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Journey
Friday, March 8, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Wholeness
Friday, April 12, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Theme: Curiosity
Friday, May 10, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Wrap-up Session
Friday, June 14, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

We find our selves in 2018 and society at-large is struggling. The rhetoric is fierce, yet are the differences on the surface that deep? Are there agreements on basic morality? How do we approach an ethical dilemma? What are our greatest fears? Most profound hopes? At our two workshops this Fall together we’ll explore these questions through the lens of Unitarian Universalist’s grounding big ideas. Come to both sessions or just one! They will be somewhat intertwined and build (and shift) as the conversation emerges. Each class will include background in Unitarian Universalist historic perspectives and emerging theological concepts.
Session 1: Sat., Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Session 2: Sat., Dec 15, 9:30  a.m. – Noon
Please register by emailing