Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Our mission is to foster liberal religious ideals through public worship, study, service and fellowship; to provide a public forum to address religious, ethical and moral issues; to support individual freedom of belief and caring human relationships; to become an intentionally diverse community; to engage in promoting a just and humane social order.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS
 
Linda Weimer, Sat, Sep 8
Andrew Warner, 
Sun, Sep 16
Mary Pritchard,
Sun, Sep 16
Tennant Allen,
Mon, Sep 24,
Nathaniel Ford,
Tues, Sep 25
Nathan Ferster,
Tues, Sep 25
Lisa Kennedy,
Wed, Sep 26
REV SUE’S UUCR SEPTEMBER SCHEDULE
        Sept 18 – UUCR Office Hours 9:30 am-1 pm
Out of town Sept 20-24 – Available by phone for emergencies.
     Sept 28 – UUCR Office Hours 9:30 am-1 pm, Social Concerns Meeting, Film Screening
AUCTION DATE SET!
Sat, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. at UUCR

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
 
Fri, Sept 22, 6 p.m. , Potluck Dinner at the home of Mary Pritchard,  119 High St., Chestertown.
Please park at the end of High Street by the Customs House if you can, or on High or Queen Streets by Evergrain. No need to RSVP for the dinner — just bring a dish to share; we’ll do the rest. Hope to see you there!  (Btw, if you are attending the lecture at the Bookplate that evening, you are welcome to come late to the Potluck!)
Sunday Service, Sep 23, 10 a.m. Dr. Bob Clegg, “The Next Greatest Generation.” This sermon examines the responses of civic-minded, “hero” generations throughout history — generations that came of age in times of unraveling, uncertainty, and crisis.  According to some historical analysts, we are now due for another “hero” generation.  The good news that this sermon argues for is that the millennial generation that is coming of age today bears the hallmarks of prior hero generations that put things back together just when all seemed lost.
MOVIE NIGHT AT UUCR NEXT FRIDAY

Join us on  

Friday, Sep 28, 6 p.m.UUCR will be the setting for a screening of the movie

Reinventing Power, sponsored by our Green Sanctuary Committee. The movie takes the viewer across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. According to critics,

Reinventing Power underscores the notion that jobs, economic growth and innovation don’t have to be sacrificed for a clean environment. Over the film’s 50 minutes, it focuses on people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of clean energy from innovation to installation.

EVENING PRESENTATION OF NEW STRATEGIC PLAN ON OCTOBER 4

The Board has arranged for an evening presentation of the new Strategic Plan on October 4, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at UUCR. Please contact either Jackie Mathwich, jackie6703@gmail.com, or Carl Gallegos, carlgallegos@aol.com, if you wish to obtain an electronic copy of the new plan. Hard copies of this plan will also be made available at the church office.
And, please plan to attend an important meeting of the congregation after services on Sunday, October 7, so that UUCR can move forward with our new Strategic Plan in the coming church year.

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES
Sep. 30, Mr. Tim Trumbauer, Chester River Keeper, “The River Sanctuary.” The Chester River is an anchoring feature of our way of life – our culture, our environment, our playtime, and even our palates. Join Chester River Keeper Tim Trumbauer as he discusses the Chester River, its value to our community, and how we can all be good stewards of this incredible resource.  Special music for this service will be performed by Jeff Davis.
 

Oct 7, Rev. Sue Browning“Places of Sanctuary.” Maya Angelou says, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” What do the places you have called home have in common? Have you ever been without a safe place? At our service with Rev. Sue Browning we’ll explore the human need for sanctuary.

Oct 14, Doug Harrell, “Silos of Discord.” Special music for this service by vocalist Sue Matthews. 
 
Oct. 21 – Rev. Sue Browning, “Should We Put Up a Sign?”
UUs value inclusion and are called to act where inequities exist. UUs also value building bridges and are called to listen and learn across difference. At this service with Rev. Sue Browning, we’ll consider the challenges of living out our values in a society plagued by both open discrimination and growing sense of polarization and ask, When is it helpful for a congregation to post a sign saying, ‘Hate Has No Home Here’ or ‘All Are Welcomed’ or ‘Black Lives Matter’?

CONSIDERING A WAY TO USE YOUR TALENTS FOR UUCR?
 
Below is a list of current (September 2018) openings that UUCR has, organized by areas of work we do to make our church function. If you are enticed by any of the openings and would like more information about how you might help us, please contact the person whose name is associated with the opening or the Leadership Development Committee. For other possible matches with your skills please contact the chair of our Leadership Development Committee (Dick Hawkins at 410 639-7388 or rbhawkins@gmail.com).
Spirituality 
  1. Worship Committee needs an additional service leader (training provided) – Annie Lavin (410 928-5454 or crumptonlady@yahoo.com)
  2. Children’s Religious Exploration – 2 part time teachers needed – Pat Bjorke (410 778-0450 or morningmom2@yahoo.com)
Caring
An alternative Caring Coordinator is needed – Nancy Holland (410 639-7388 or Holland.nlh@gmail.com)
Administration
  1. Finance Committee member – Jim Lavin (410 928-5454or jmlavin@gmail.com)
  2. Membership Committee member – Diane Shields (410 778-0792or dash50@atlanticbb.net))
  3. Alternative Delmarva Cluster Representative – Dick Hawkins (410 639-7388 or rbhawkins@gmail.com)
  4. Assistant coffee maker – Jan Whitney (410 279-1079or janoak228@gmail.com 

Dick Hawkins, LDC Chair

FROM UUCR’s SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE
 
Special Collections begin on Sunday October 7th
 
When you are asked to support PFLAG MidShore on Sunday Oct 7, we hope you will be full of enthusiasm for our local work.  One important event which we have held annually since 2012 is the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Beginning with inspiration from former members Cindy and Susan Brittain, we have honored this day with programs filled with films, special speakers, actors, music and involved students.  This year our program will be held on Sunday November 18 that 4 pm on the campus of Washington College. A flyer will promote this date soon and we are pleased to have a program full of both remembrances and affirmations. Fortunately, many more of us are supportive of our transgender community friends. Yet, our work continues to need your support. Consider borrowing a film from our resource center and view it with your family…we are here to help you become one of our “T” allies.

Linda Dutton

COMING SOON
Fri, Sep 28, 6 p.m. at UUCR — Screening of the film Reinventing Power,” a program sponsored by our Green Sanctuary Committee.  The movie takes the viewer across the country to hear directly from the people making our clean energy future achievable. These individuals are working to rebuild what’s broken, rethink what’s possible, and revitalize communities. Critically, Reinventing Power underscores the notion that jobs, economic growth and innovation don’t have to be sacrificed for a clean environment. Over the film’s 50 minutes, it focuses on people in eight states whose lives were changed by the renewable energy industry while exploring various aspects of clean energy from innovation to installation.
Thurs, Oct 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m. at UUCR — Special Presentation about our new Strategic Plan — see above
 
Sun, Oct 7, after service — Congregational Meeting!  See above.
Sun, Nov 18, 4 p.m., Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony at Washington College.
Sat, Dec 1, 6 p.m. at UUCR — Our Annual Service Auction! Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1, 6 p.m., perfect timing for Christmas shopping!    Now is the time to be thinking about your donation.  Please submit these to our auction leaders: Jane Hardy, janewhardy@gmail.com, Dick Hawkins, rbhawkins@gmail.com, or Nancy Holland, holland.nlh@gmail.com.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS
 
Volunteers are needed for Sunday morning Greeters and Coffee Hosts; these are simple tasks but essential to fellowship for our Sunday morning services.  If you would like to volunteer, we will give you the information and training.  Just contact Margo Long in the UUCR office at uuofchesterriver@gmail.com, 
or by phone 410-778-3440, or in person.
The Membership Committee is planning to schedule an “Orientation to UUCR – Path to Membership” session very soon.  This is an informational program about Unitarian Universalism in general and about the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River specifically.  If you have visited a few times, or many, and would like to learn more about us, this is for you.  And if you are interested in joining UUCR as a member, or want to learn more about what that means, this is definitely for you! Please contact Diane ShieldsMembership Committee Chairat dash50@atlanticbb.net or 410-490-0492 if you are interested.

TRIP TO GOSPEL PLAY PLANNED FOR JANUARY
The Mount Olive AME Church in Worton invites you to travel with them to experience the “Number 1” gospel play:
 
 
“Jesus: Live on Stage”
Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster PA
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Cost is $100
Payment options are available.  1st installment ($50) due September 14; 2nd installment ($25) due October 12; final payment ($25) due November 9.
Sponsored by the Sisters of Hope, Mount Olive AME Church.  For further information please contact Sis Rita Alsup, 410-778-6535.

LOOKING AHEAD!  Feb 21, 2019, UUCR “COMMON READ”

“Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the intersection of Race, Class, and the Environment.”
This year Green Sanctuary and Social Justice are co-sponsoring a common read which is also the UUA common read. The book is “Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the intersection of Race, Class, and the Environment.” It’s an anthology edited by Manish Mishra-Mazetti and Jennifer Nordstrom. It can be purchased at the UUA bookstore or at Amazon ($18 in either place or $9.99 on Kindle at Amazon). You may also be able to pick it up at the library. A facilitated discussion of the book will take place at UUCR on Thursday, February 21, 2019 beginning at 7:00 PM. Plan on reading the book and joining the discussion.
This highly anticipated anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice from some of the key thinkers and activists in Unitarian Universalism today. Fourteen activist ministers and lay leaders apply a keen intersectional analysis to the environmental crisis, revealing ways that capitalism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and other systems of oppression intersect with and contribute to ecological devastation. They also explore how spiritual practices, congregational organizing, and progressive theology can inform faith-based justice work in the twenty-first century. These prophetic voices, from a wide range of perspectives, reveal new approaches and opportunities for more holistic, accountable, and connected justice efforts. Each essay is accompanied by suggested ways to take the next steps for further learning and action.” – Amazon review