UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF MEADVILLE

BETWIXT & BETWEEN

February 14, 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 March Oracle is Monday February 26th 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 FEBRUARY ORACLE

This week at the UU Church of Meadville:

Wednesday 2/14/2018

Thursday 2/15/2018

2:15-3:15 PM- Office Hours
3:00-6:00 PM- Creating Landscapes For Families
5:00-7:00 PM- Chili Cook-off and Potluck
7:00-8:30 PM- Crawford Area LGBT+

Friday 2/16/2018

12:45-3:45 PM – Office Hours

Saturday 2/17/2018

12:00-4:00 PM- Winterfest

Sunday 2/18/18

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

Monday 2/19/18

The Office Will Be Closed Today
5:30-7:00 PM- Word For Word: Writing for Self-discovery and Spiritual Renewal with Rev. Robin
7:00 PM- SURJ (Pizza Villa)

Tuesday 2/20/18

9:00 AM- B&B Submissions Due
3:00-6:00 PM- Creating Landscapes For Families

 

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 FEBRUARY 18, 2018, 10:30 AM

The Half That Makes Us Whole”

Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister

With drumming from James Reedy

How are we made whole? The “1/2” in this  sermon stands as a symbol of our incomplete   natures, and the need for our human bodies to be made whole in relation to something beyond the physical. This may be something deep and   meaningful, or something rational or something mystical involving a ritual or practice. This   morning, just beyond the start of the contemplative period of Lent,  we’ll explore and take inspiration from the five objects (stones, incense, drums, religious symbols, and bread) that have helped pilgrims and seekers find their “other ½” for millennia.

Ministry of Welcome (Ushers): Matt McElhinny and Anne Jones

Shared Ministry of Connection (Coffee Hour Hosts): Josh Searle-White and Leigh Lynes

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

                                                           (Sound Technician): Mick Stabile

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 We have a variety of interesting programs planned for the fall and winter including “A Long Strange Trip” DVD series on UU history and a writing group with Rev. Robin.

A LONG STRANGE TRIP: OUR UU HISTORY (in 6 compelling DVDs!)  

On three Sundays 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 commissioned lay ministry and seasoned leader at the Ginger Hill UU congregation in Slippery Rock.

Sunday March 25, 12:00-2:00 pm “Unitarian Universalism” (NOTE DATE CHANGE)

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

6 Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Feb 19, March 5, March 19, April 2, April 16, and May 7 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 March 5, April 2, 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.

JUNE 2 RETREAT – Planning far ahead?  Pencil in a full day mindfulness and spiritual growth retreat with Rev. Robin and other facilitators on Saturday, June 2nd.  Details to follow.

 

UU CHURCH OF MEADVILLE EVENTS

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

 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.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION TEAM

NEW PROJECTS –Take a look and be part of the action.

CHILI COOK OFF & POT LUCK THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15

5:00 -7:00 p.m. in the Parish house.  This family friendly event is sponsored by Time Trade, Creating Landscapes, Thankful Thursdays and Going Places,   Bring a pot of chili or other dish to share.

WINTERFEST SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17

12:00- 4:00 p.m. Come join the fun in Diamond Park!. The Parish House will host several groups as well as offering a craft for kids based on UU principles.  We will offer cookies and hot chocolate to participants. Donations can be dropped off at Parish House.

GAME NIGHT FEBRUARY 23

Every fourth Friday- 2/23/18 7:30 to 11:00 pm.  In the Parish House, bring a game and a friend.  Light refreshments served – it’s a blast!! Sponsored by the Social Justice Action Team.

NEXT MEETING MARCH 11 – EVERYONE WELCOME!  WE WILL ALSO HAVE A TABLE AT COFFEE HOUR EVERY SECOND SUNDAY.

 

RECURRING PROJECTS

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.  The next NAACP meeting is February 12, 6:00 p.m.

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 

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

On January 28, six individuals completed the New UU orientation and signed our Membership Book. Please join me in warmly welcoming Kristina Brink, Laurie Combs, Krista Love, Yvonne Kightlinger, Margaret (Peggy) Mogush, and Sharon Kaplan to our community. An official new member welcome ceremony will be part of our service on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

FILM4THOUGHT THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH

Free dinner from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville

Movies at 6:15 p.m. at the Park Avenue Cinema

Mary Poppins- 1964 Children’s Film

Heroin(e)- This 2017 Three women working to change the narrative and break the devastating cycle of drug abuse in a town that has become the epicenter of America’s opioid epidemic.

MEADVILLE TIME TRADE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15TH

Meadville Time Trade’s monthly pot luck on Thursday, February 15th @ 5:00 p.m.  will be teaming with Creative Landscapes for Families and Thankful Thursdays for a Chili Cook Off  This would be a wonderful time to get to know these three organizations and enjoy a bowl(s) of chili and a variety of sides. Hope to see you there!

WINTERFEST 2018 – FEBRUARY 17TH

UUCM will once again open its doors to the community by participating in the 2nd annual Winterfest February 17 from noon to 4:00 p.m. The church will sponsor a craft for kids based on the 7 principles, please contact Michele Baker if you can help with this activity.

We will host several community organizations including My Meadville, French Creek Connections and Going Places among others.

UUCM will offer cookies and hot chocolate. Donations welcome!   Contact Deb Lehman,               deblehman51@gmail.com.

Bring the family, shake off the winter doldrums and support our beloved community.

LET’S TALK ABOUT DEATH FEBRUARY 18TH

 Tarot Bean Roasting Company, 260 Chestnut Street, Meadville PA.  will host a Death Cafe on Sunday, February 18th @  2-3:30 PM.

 A Death Cafe is an event where people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives

No reservation required, for more information call 814-853-5412.

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. 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 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 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