BETWIXT & BETWEEN

DECEMBER 13, 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 January Oracle is Wednesday December 20th 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 DECEMBER ORACLE

 

ANGEL TREE GIFTS

Please bring gifts for the Angel Tree for Liberty house residents to the Parish House by Sunday December 17.  Members of the Social Action Team will be delivering them to Liberty House on Monday 12/18.  Many thanks for to those who participated.

 

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 DECEMBER 17, 2017 10:30 AM

“Wax, Wick, and Kerosene” The Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister

On the cusp of the Solstice and in the midst of Hanukkah, we’ll explore the power of light to inspire, uplift, and enlighten us, and hear tales of how the warm glow of community and the kindness of strangers can support us in the “bleak mid-winter.”

Ministry of Welcome (Ushers): Matt McElhinny

Shared Ministry of Connection (Coffee Hour Hosts): Laurie Parendes and Mark Wickenheiser

Shared Ministry of Worship and Arts: (Pulpit Assistant): Joyce Milberg

                                                           (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

Sign-up sheets for January through June 2018 are available. Please use the sheet, the online sign-up or contact Jodi to sign up.

 

Ushers (Two Volunteers Needed Per Sunday)

·         12/17/2017: One Position Available

·         12/24/2017: Two Positions Available for Morning Service

·         12/31/2017: One Position Available

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN

HORTON HEARS A UU!

Join us as our Children’s Sunday School Program explores life lessons through Dr. Seuss’ rhymes.

Starting Sunday January 14, 2018.

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 “TED IN Town “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, January 14, 12:00-2:00 pm “Universalism”

Sunday February 11, 12:00-2:00 pm “Evolution”

Sunday March 11, 12:00-2:00 pm “Unitarian Universalism”

 

NOTE CHANGE OF TIME FOR THIS PROGRAM:  LUNCHTIME (12-1) 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 “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.  Bring a bag lunch.

Tuesday, December 19, 12 noon – 1 pm. “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” Elizabeth Gilbert

Check the December Oracle for details of Adult Faith programs beginning in January, including a Grief support group and a 6-part writing series with Rev. Robin.

 

PLANNING AHEAD

CHRISTMAS EVE RECEPTION

Our Christmas Eve program will begin at 5 p.m. with a choral concert, followed by our service at 5:30 p.m.

We will have a reception after the Christmas Eve service. Donations of cookies and other goodies are welcome. The church will again offer the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one at the Christmas Eve Service.

NOTE: There will also be a regular worship service on Sunday, December 24 at our usual time, 10:30 a.m.

 

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 ACTION TEAM

OPEN MEDITAITON SUNDAYS AT 9:30 AM

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.

 

HELPING PEOPLE ENROLL IN AFFORDABLE CARE (ACA, OBAMACARE)

Health care is a social justice issue!

Enrollment is now available only until December 15, and insurance agents are no longer paid to help. Everyone who currently is enrolled in insurance through the ACA (so not through job or Medicare) needs to go to healthcare.gov to review options and sign up before the deadline. They may find better options.

If people need assistance they can check the page below or you can point them in the right direction. Members of ACT Crawford County and Thankful Thursdays are going to be available every Tuesday and Thursday evening and Saturdays to assist people who need help navigating this process, which is complicated. Please spread the word wherever you can.

https://www.facebook.com/2018-Healthcare-Help-Crawford-County/

SURJ: SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE 

All are welcome to SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice in Crawford County. We meet Mondays at 6:00 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).

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

MEADVILLE TIME TRADE POT LUCK – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 6:00 PM

“Writing checks and volunteering reinforces the gap between you and someone who is receiving your care. There are benefits to making just one good friend who is different than you, one friend who gets you to see yourself in their eyes, to humanize their experience. You extrapolate from your friend to the broader world around you.” – Paul Sullivan, NYT

Meadville Time Trade Pot Luck is a great place to meet new people!  On Friday, December 15th in the Parish House @ 6:00 pm. Bring a dish to share and an optional re gift or used item to participate in a Christmas share fest.

 

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.

Rev. Robin will be holding cafe hours at Tarot Bean from 9:30-11 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.  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

 

UU WORLD

WHALECOAST ALASKA 2018

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2018 is for you!  Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer.  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Forget the cruise ships – our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete information go to:  www.WhaleCoastAK.org, email dfrey@whalecoastak.org or call 907-322-4966.  Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!