UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF MEADVILLE

BETWIXT & BETWEEN WEEKLY NEWS

April 18, 2018

 

Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister

rzflowingforce@gmail.com

(814)- 724-4023 Ext. 302

Minister’s Home Study– 412-727-6870 (Talk or Text- preferred number)

Please see calendar for schedule, or by appointment

 

Church Contact Information

346 Chestnut Street Meadville, PA 16335

(814)-724-4023

www.uumeadville.org

church@uumeadville.org

 

The deadline for B&B submissions is Tuesday by 2:00 pm.

The deadline for submissions for the May Oracle is Monday April 23rd by 9:00 am.

Please submit entries in a word document to our Office Administrator Jodi Sipos church@uumeadville.org.

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR CURRENT CALENDAR

CLICK HERE FOR OUR APRIL ORACLE

 

This week at the UU Church of Meadville:

 

Wednesday 4/18/2018

6:00 PM- Partnership Team Listening Session

Thursday 4/19/2018

2:15-3:15 PM- Office Hours
3:00-6:00 PM- Creating Landscapes For Families

Friday 4/20/2018

12:30-3:30 PM- Office Hours

Saturday 4/21/2018

Sunday 4/22/18

9:00 AM – Choir
9:30 AM – Open Meditation
10:30 AM – Worship

Monday 4/23/18

9:00 AM- Oracle Submission Deadline
7:00 PM- SURJ (Pizza Villa)

Tuesday 4/24/18

9:00 AM- B&B Submissions Due

 

YOUR PRESENCE MATTERS

***PLEASE COME TO THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE AND BE PART OF BUILDING UP THE ENERGY AND SPIRIT OF OUR COMMUNITY. Your presence matters. See you in church.  ***

SUNDAY April 22, 2018, 10:30 AM

“Earth Teach Me Stillness” Ms. Caron Carnahan, Commissioned Lay Minister (UU) 

Mother Earth can help bring us energy and calm.  In observance of Earth Day, we will have a shortened service in the Sanctuary, followed by a few mindfulness practices on the Square.

Ministry of Welcome (Ushers): Dave and Jane Anderson

Shared Ministry of Connection (Coffee Hour Hosts): Carlin Almes and Ron White

Shared Ministry of Worship and Arts: (Pulpit Assistant): Dan Hunter

(Sound Technician): Todd Fox

 

SHARE THE PLATE: TAMARACK WILDLIFE REHABILITATION & EDUCATION CENTER

Tamarack specializes in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned and sick wildlife. Additionally, Tamarack provides public education programs and materials on the behavior, feeding habits, and natural habitats of many of Pennsylvania’s species of wildlife.

The injured, orphaned, and sick wildlife depend entirely upon the donations of generous people like you for their second chance at life. We thank those who have assisted in the lives of each animal who has passed through our doors, as well as those who will help them in the future.

PLEASE RETURN GUEST AT YOUR TABLE BOXES

Over the next few Sundays, the boxes can be left at the back of the Sanctuary or on the counter of the Parish House.

THE MINISTRY WE SHARE Signing up to bring your gifts to our Sunday morning experience is easy! You can sign up for all positions through December 2018 in the Parish House foyer or online through “SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaeae2ca0fc1-sundays are reconciled on a daily basis.

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN

Nursery care is always available for our youngest.

HORTON HEARS A UU!

Join us as our Children’s Sunday School Program explores values and life lessons through Dr. Seuss’ rhymes.  We began on Sunday January 14, 2018.  Join in at any time, we welcome you.

Questions? Contact Kristina Brink, CRE 724-977-2945 kbrink1618@hotmail.com.

REGISTER: Please register each child using this downloadable registration form.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE RE PROGRAM: If you would like to get involved as an adult helper for the RE Classes or family-friendly activities or events, please check the boxes on the RE registration or contact either CRE Kristina Brink (kbrink1618@hotmail.com) or RE Chair, Jane Anderson (jane.anderson811@gmail.com).

 

 

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

WORD FOR WORD: WRITING FOR SELF-DISCOVERY AND SPIRITUAL RENEWAL WITH REV. ROBIN

Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., May 7, May 21 and June 4

THIS PROGRAM IS FULL

A GRIEF AND LOSS SHARING AND SUPPORT GROUP WITH REV. ROBIN

In the Minister’s Study– 12:00-1:00 p.m. (bring a lunch, as desired) Dates: Mondays May 7, and June 4,

This group welcomes anyone who has experienced loss, grief or a difficult transition and is seeking a place to share and support others. Open to members of the wider community outside of UUCM. Please spread the word.

 

 

UU CHURCH OF MEADVILLE EVENTS

**PLEASE NOTE: All meetings must be scheduled through the church office to avoid conflict.

UU GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2018 – WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEND?

The UUA General Assembly is happening June 20-24, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. GA is our    denomination’s Annual meeting and celebration and offers an opportunity to experience the broader UU Universe, with an amazing array of worship services, workshops, lectures,        celebrations, social justice witness and voting on relevant important issues. We have typically sent three delegates to the Assembly, who receive voting cards for the daily penary sessions. Attendees are expected to bring new ideas and information back to the congregation.

To learn more and see the schedule of events, go to https://www.uua.org/ga

Registration opens on March 1 for attendance and housing. Please speak to Rev. Robin if you are interested in attending. We have some funds available to help defray expenses.

ON GOING FUNDRAISING

Consignment and Virtual Yard Sale Still looking for easy mu-la-la from OOh La La- If you have any women’s clothing is excellent shape that no longer suits you, please donate them to Oh LA LA under the UUCM account.  We have made a painless $150 towards ongoing fundraising and if you shop there, shop under our account as well, then as we receive store credit, we can offer it to women in need.

We continue to list and sell items on the web to profit the church, so if you have any items you no longer need and want to sell, please text Michele Baker at 814-332-0999 with a description and photo and she will tell you how to proceed.

 

 

PARTNERSHIP TEAM

LISTENING SESSIONS APRIL 18

The Partnership Team will hold a Listening sessions on

Wednesday April, 18 at 6:00 p.m.  The sessions are planned to gather input from the Congregation regarding the hiring of a contract minister for September 2019 to follow Rev. Robin’s interim ministry.  Everyone is welcome – we value your input. We are issuing a special invitation to new members who did not have an opportunity to participate with the transition team.

Any questions please contact team members Christine Cooper, Melissa Mansfield, Mark Wickenheiser or Deb Lehman

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION TEAM

GAME NIGHT FRIDAY APRIL 27

Game Night – Friday April 27, 7:30 to 10:00 pm.  Join the fun playing ‘Cards against Humanity’, Trivial Pursuit, Yahtzee or bring your favorite game.  Light refreshments Sponsored by Social Justice Action Team

OPEN MEDITATION SUNDAYS AT 9:30 AM

Everyone is invited to join Harmony in the Parish House in this pre-service quiet inward-focused meditative time led by our longtime yogi.

SURJ: SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

All are welcome to meet with SURJ Mondays at 7:00 p.m. at Pizza Villa and for social action witness on the south end of the Diamond on Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm.

NAACP

NAACP Unit 2271 meets monthly at United Faith Fellowship Church of God, 561 State St.

CRAWFORD AREA LGBTQ+

This support group meets at the Parish House on the third Tuesday each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  All persons interested in supporting the LGBTQ community are welcome to attend for discussion, snacks and fun.  See the Facebook page at Crawford Area LGBT+ Public Page.

ACT

All Citizens Together (ACT) is a local group dedicated to progressive action in the area. It has recently produced health care signup support sessions and now is involved in a state-wide effort to reform gerrymandering, Fair Districts PA. Website: https://www.fairdistrictspa/. Stay tuned or check its Facebook page for the latest meeting

 

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS FIRST FRIDAY DANCE PARTY

Through May from 7 to 9 p.m. every first Friday of the month at Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, 346 Chestnut St. The next event is May 4. Light concessions included. Children younger than 18 are welcome to attend with their parents. Donations of any kind are welcomed and benefit the church, which will use those funds for outreach purposes. Information: Email Dan Hunter at deliraddish@gmail.com.

BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS (AFFILIATED WITH FAMILY SERVICES OF NW PA)

Is looking for mentors to help with their program.  For more information, contact the office or check out the poster in the Parish House. For more information visit http://www.fsnwpa.org/our-services/parent-education/big-brothers-big-sisters-program/ .

 

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED EVENTS

SOUP KITCHEN MAY 11, 10:00 AM

Every second Friday each month a group of UU volunteers serve meals at the Meadville Area Soup kitchen as a way to help alleviate some of the symptoms of poverty in our region. You are welcome to volunteer. Our congregation’s contact is Marty Thaeler, mthaeler@zoominternet.net  814-807-1480

 

 

WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY

CONNECTING WITH YOUR INTERIM MINISTER

Do you have a question about Unitarian Universalism, the life of this community, or your own spiritual journey? Are you struggling with life’s challenges, seeking support or resources to help you create meaning of it all? Do you have ideas to help enrich congregational life? Schedule a time now to talk or meet with Rev. Robin by emailing rzflowingforce@gmail.com   or calling 412-727-6870 (talk or text).  She is typically in Meadville every other Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Rev. Robin will be holding cafe hours at Tarot Bean from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays while she is in residence in Meadville. Come for a cup and a chat.

OUR CARING CONNECTIONS

Pastoral care is available to all members and friends, new and longstanding. Our lay pastoral team works with our minister to offer support, practical assistance, and companionship. Please let us know (through our team, staff, musical or affinity groups) of needs for our caring connections. Rev. Robin:  814-724-4023 (x 302), 412-727-6870 (home study – talk or text) or rzflowingforce@gmail.com.

RIDES TO SERVICE

If you need a ride to any event or to Sunday’s worship service, please call the church office by noon on Fridays and leave a message (814-724-4023)

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

There is a collection basket in the Parish House for box tops and labels for education. They are being collected for the Creating Landscapes Learning Center. For more information and a list of participating products please visit www.boxtops4education.com.

AMAZON ASSOCIATES SHOP

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1322866 to do your online shopping ​and Amazon donates to Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville.