BETWIXT & BETWEEN

October 11, 2017

 

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 November Oracle is Monday October 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 OCTOBER ORACLE

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 October 15, 2017 10:30 AM

“Who’s Afraid of the Dark?” Stephanie Gannon, UU Candidate for Ministry

Autumn is a season of transition and letting go. We look outside and see the leaves changing colors and falling. The interfaith calendar for this period contains two holidays that contemplate the relationship between light and darkness–Diwali, which takes place this coming week, and Samhain, at the end of the month. What is it about the coming darkness that makes us so uncomfortable? What feelings does it evoke? Join me this week as we explore the spiritual practice of walking in the dark.

 

Stephanie Gannon is a UU candidate for ministry who currently works as a chaplain resident on the inpatient psychiatric units at the VA in Oakland. She graduated in May 2015 with a Master’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. She lives in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh with her boyfriend Rob and cat Chaplin and loves biking, yoga, cooking, and community gardens.

Ministry of Welcome (Ushers): Rachel Meerson and Audrey Sippel

Shared Ministry of Connection (Coffee Hour Hosts): Bill and Fran Smith

Shared Ministry of Worship and Arts: (Pulpit Assistant): Karen Schreiber Mason

(Sound Technician): Mick Stabile

 

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 2017 in the Parish House foyer or online through “SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaeae2ca0fc1-sundays are reconciled on a daily basis.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: THE MINISTRY WE SHARE

There are positions available for our Sunday crew. Below are the dates and positions that need to be filled. Please contact Jodi to sign up for one of the remaining 2017 dates or any date in 2018.

 

Pulpit Assistant (One Volunteer Needed Per Sunday)

  • 10/22/2017
  • 11/12/2017-12/31/2017

 

Ushers (Two Volunteers Needed Per Sunday)

  • 11/12/2017: Both Positions Available
  • 11/19/2017: One Position Available
  • 11/26/2017: One Position Available
  • 12/3/2017: Both Positions Available
  • 12/10/2017: Both Positions Available
  • 12/17/2017: One Position Available
  • 12/31/2017: Both Positions Available

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN

WINDOWS AND MIRRORS LAUNCHES

The RE team has been collaborating on various ideas for our fall curriculum and we are excited to engage the children in “Windows and Mirrors.” This curriculum focuses on looking into our own selves, searching for and finding meaning in our own individual values, as well as, finding out how to utilize our unique gifts to help our friends, family, congregation, and community.

 

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

VOLUNTEER: 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: We have a variety of interesting programs planned for the fall and winter including “A Long Strange Trip” DVD series on UU history (begins 10/15) and “TED IN Town “with Rev. Robin. (Check out the details in the September Oracle.

 

A Long Strange Trip: Our UU History (in 6 compelling DVDs!)

On three Sundays this fall (and three to be scheduled this winter), we’ll watch a one hour DVD documentary about our fascinating history and then discuss what we’ve learned and how it informs who we are today as UUs.

The program will take place in the Arthur Room. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.     Attend one, or all!  The program will be led by Caron Carnahan, candidate for UU credentialed lay ministry and seasoned leader at the Ginger Hill UU Fellowship in Slippery Rock.

Sunday, October 15, 12-1:45 “In the Beginning” (early roots -1553 CE)

Sunday, November 12, 12-1:45 p.m. “The Birth of Unitarianism” (1552-1794 CE)

Sunday, December 10, 12-1:45 p.m. “American Unitarianism” (1620-1860)

 

TED in Town (with Rev. Robin): A Series of Memorable TED talk screenings (with discussion) about the human journey of mind and spirit  Join Rev. Robin for a series of Tuesday night “TED in Town” screenings of their most popular offerings, (20 minutes or so) with follow-up discussion about the human journey of mind and spirit. The program will take place in the Arthur Room, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

NOTE DATE CHANGE: Monday, October 23, “The Surprising Science of Happiness,” Dan Gilbert

Tuesday, November 14, “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tuesday, December 19, “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” Elizabeth Gilbert

PLANNING AHEAD

SOCIAL ACTION TEAM

Sundays at 9:30 am: Open meditation. Everyone is invited to join Harmony in the Parish House in this quiet inward-focused meditative time led by our longtime yogi. It’s been meeting outside during the summer, but now is shifting to the Parish House, which should be open when the choir arrives to practice.

MY MEADVILLE – October 12, 5:00-8:00 pm

Lew Davies Community Center, 5:00-8:00 pm My Meadville presents a community celebration. Join My Meadville as we bring together all of the stories we’ve heard and establish value statements. Value statements help us to articulate our common values as a community, helping us to understand what unites us and providing a common foundation as we move forward to make change in our town. Kid friendly. Free dinner and childcare will be provided. PLUS live entertainment by Meadville’s own MASHapella. This event is part of the Heart & Soul process which is supported by the Orton Family Foundation and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

 

FILM FOR THOUGHT – October 19, 6:00 pm

Park Avenue Cinemas will show 13th as the adult Film for Thought movie at 6:00 pm; the simultaneous children’s film will be Akeelah and the Bee. Both are sponsored by SURJ. 13th refers to the Constitutional amendment eliminating slavery–except for criminals. This award- winning 2016 documentary addresses the exponential growth of imprisonment since 1970, the highly disproportionate numbers of black people imprisoned, the exploitation of prisons by profit makers, and the direct line from history of black incarceration. The documentary is available only online; here is your chance to see it on a full screen, free, with a free dinner at 5 p.m. served at the Diamond or in the Parish House by Creating Landscapes for Families. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5895028/ for more information.

 

UU CHURCH OF MEADVILLE EVENTS

 

20/20 VISION – SEEING WHAT MATTERS

We have launched our 2018 Pledge Drive and appreciate everyone who is able to give what they can from an abundant heart.  I will be mailing pledge cards to our distant friends and members and if you are in town, you see the cards as well as the drop box for completed pledge cards in the lobby of the parish house.  We will have one last event, a luncheon in the Arthur Room after church on Sunday, October 29th.  Please contact Jodi (church@uumeadville.org) at the church or Stewardship Chair, Peggy Bell (peggytbell@gmail.com) if you want to attend.

 

On Going Fundraising- 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.

 

CRAWFORD AREA LGBTQ+

A support group for LGBTQ citizens, their parents and allies was formed three years ago in Meadville and has been meeting at Stone Methodist Church.  The group recently moved to the UU church, meeting on the third Tuesday each month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  All persons interested in supporting the LGBTQ community are welcome to attend for discussion, snacks and fun.   We are hoping to walk in the Halloween Parade this year, support for this endeavor is welcome.   Fall meeting schedule:  October 17, November 14, and December 12.  If you have any questions please contact Deb Lehman, deblehman51@gmail.com. For more information please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PFLAGMeadville/.

 

STILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN FOR THE DIRECTORY?

Thanks to all of you who participated in the new directory photo shoot. We filled 40 slots!

You can still be in the Directory –

Life touch has written to say: “If any of your members are still interested in being photographed, albeit at another church, they can contact Lifetouch directly at 866-756-0281 for a list of locations and assistance with scheduling an appointment.  A Lifetouch Representative will be looking for other local events within the next couple of weeks only, because we don’t want to stretch out the timeframe to be photographed and therefore delay getting books back to you.  You will not be able to submit your materials until members who are going elsewhere to be photographed have done so.”  So, please contact them if you want to be included and we can finish up.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

SURJ: SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE 

All are welcome to SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice in Crawford County. We meet Mondays at 6 pm at Pizza Villa, and also for social action witness on the south end of the in the Diamond on Fridays, 12:00-1:00 pm. Find us on Facebook at SURJCrawfordCounty (https://www.facebook.com/SURJCrawfordCounty/). Learn more from Shayna Morrison (shaynajmorrison@gmail.com) or Anne Jones (anne.goodwyn.jones@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

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.

 

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.

 

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.  Fran Smith: 814-337-2822 (home), 814-853-9177 (cell) or smithfb65@zoominternet.net

 

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 AND LABELS 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 for Families Learning Center. For more information and a list of participating products please visit www.boxtops4education.com or www.labelsforeducation.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