UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF MEADVILLE

BETWIXT & BETWEEN WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 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 December Oracle is Monday November 19th 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 NOVEMBER ORACLE

 

SPOTLIGHT! 

GRATITUDE LUNCH NOVEMBER 18TH

Everyone is invited to join us for a   Gratitude Lunch following the church service on November 18. We will have a sign-up sheet in place for other items, such as—potatoes, salad, vegetable, fruit, dessert, beverages, etc.  Please be thinking of what you might want to contribute to the meal and sign up in the Parish House. We hope all can join us for the prelude to Thanksgiving.

 

This week at the UU Church of Meadville:

Wednesday
11/14/2018
Thursday
11/15/2018
Friday
11/16/2018
Saturday
11/17/2018
Sunday
11/18/18
9:00 AM- Choir
10:30 AM – Worship- “Two Copper Coins”-
Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
11:30 AM – Gratitude Potluck Lunch
Coffee, Crafts and Community after lunch
12:00 PM- Board Meeting
Monday
11/19/18
9:00-1:00 PM Rev. Robin office hours
12:00-1:00 PM- Lunch with Rev. Robin
Tuesday
11/20/2018
2:00 PM- B&B Submissions Due
7:00-8:30 PM- Crawford Area LBGTQ+

 

 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.  ***

UPCOMING WORSHIP

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2018, 10:30 AM

Gratitude Sunday
“Two Copper Coins: On Making an Effort” Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker
In the Parable of the Widow’s Mite, an impoverished woman tosses two copper coins into the Treasury. Is this meager or   substantial? Can we applaud her contribution or do we view it as   insufficient? Is it enough to  create a feeling of abundance and gratitude? This morning, we will explore the topic of “effort” and how the attitude with which we toss in our two cents is worth its weight in gold. The Choir will sing.

Ministry of Welcome (Ushers): Marty and Bruce Thaeler
Shared Ministry of Connection (Coffee Hour Hosts): Gratitude Lunch
Shared Ministry of Worship and Arts: (Pulpit Assistant):Todd Fox
(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 2018 in the Parish House foyer or online through “SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eaeae2ca0fc1-sundays are reconciled on a daily basis.

SHARE THE PLATE NOVEMBER: THE CRAWFORD COUNTY COALITION ON
HOUSING NEEDS, INC.
The Crawford County Coalition on Housing Needs, Inc., is a county-wide non-project Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whose purpose is to identify and address housing needs throughout Crawford County.

 

FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR
There is now a sign-up sheet to provide flowers for the altar. You may supply your own flowers, or contribute $25 to have an arrangement made for you. Please email Jodi what you would like your dedications to say. Dedications are due the Monday before the service you would like to provide flowers for.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN

DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE AT: http://uumeadville.org/learning/youth/

Nursery care is always available for our youngest.

OUR FALL 2018 PROGRAM – “HOW WAS THE WORLD MADE?” CREATION STORIES AND MYTHS FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES

Join us for our judgement-free Sunday School Program where children can freely search for their own truth and meaning. This fall we will begin to explore Creation Myths and Stories from cultures celebrated all over the world. Began on September 9th 10:30-11:30 am.
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

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFO ON THE WEBSITE: http://uumeadville.org/learning/adults/

Spirited Conversations with Rev. Robin

Each month we will meet on a Sunday from 12-1:15 in Living Room to explore a spiritual theme.
Next meeting November 18th, (after the Gratitude Lunch at 12:30): SIMPLICITY.

Book Study
“A House for Hope:  the Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century” by John A. Buehrens & Rebecca Ann Parker. Led by Caron Carnahan, CLM
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the church.  Begins November 25, 12-1 p.m.

Word for Word: Writing for Self-discovery and Renewal with Rev. Robin
Returns in December! Open to new and continuing participants
6 Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m. – December 10,  January 7, February 4, March 11, April 8, May 6, June 3
Commitment to the series is expected. Register by emailing Rev. Robin at rzflowingforce@gmail.com

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~  Rumi 

The act of writing is a powerful tool for self-discovery, healing, and renewal. Writing can be a creative as well as a therapeutic journey; a method of marking our experiences in time, space, heart, soul, and mind.  No previous writing experience is required or even expected.  This class is NOT about being a “good” writer or about “how” to write.  Nor is the program intended as group “therapy.” Rather, it is designed as a communal vehicle for personal exploration and growth.  All participants will be encouraged to “write for themselves” not for an audience; sharing will be optional and welcome.

 

ANGEL TREE 

Once again the UU congregation will adopt the families at Liberty House Transitional Housing for Christmas gifts.  We plan to have the Angel Tree with informational gift tags available on Sunday Nov 18 at the Gratitude Lunch.  Gifts will be due at the church Sunday December 16th. Thanks for the congregations continued support of this project.

 

STEWARDSHIP AND FUNDRAISING

See details on the website at: http://uumeadville.org/visiting-us/stewardship/

VANCO ONLINE GIVING

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online. Instructions can be found at on the Stewardship page. http://uumeadville.org/visiting-us/stewardship/

ON GOING FUNDRAISING

Consignment and Virtual Yard Sale Still looking for easy mu-la-la from OOh La La. Details on website.

PEG ANDERHALT
It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Peg Anderhalt passed away on November 3, 2018. If you have any pictures of her, Peggy Bell would like to make a collage for her family. You can turn them into the office or directly to Peggy.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION TEAM

DETAILS ON THE WEBSITE AT: http://uumeadville.org/justice/social-justice-news/ 

SURJ: SHOWING UP FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.
All are welcome to meet with SURJ the second and fourth Monday of each month at 6:00 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.
ACT
All Citizens Together (ACT) is a local group dedicated to progressive action in the area.

CRAWFORD AREA LGBTQ+ NOVEMBER 20TH

This support group meets at the Parish House on the third Tuesday each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Next meeting is Tuesday, November 20th.

 

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION
On Thursday, November 1st Tarot Bean Coffee Shop at 252 Chestnut Street will be celebrating the Day of the Dead. The celebration begins with sugar skull painting throughout the day. Sugar skulls are traditional folk art from Southern Mexico used in the Day of the Dead celebration. At 6 PM Heather Fish will give a history of the traditions. Live traditional music will be the backdrop for the event. Activities are free of charge and open to the public. Any donations go for support of Second Saturday Community Market.

SOUP KITCHEN DECEMBER 14, 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
BEDDING & LINEN DRIVE FOR CHAPS
Please drop off any new or gently used sheet set (twin and full), blankets, quilts, pillowcases, towels, hand towels and washcloths at the blue bin in the front closet off the Parish House. The drive will continue until November 1st.

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/

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.

 

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?To reach Rev. Robin (especially in the case of a pastoral issue or event) please call 412-727-6870 or by email at rzflowingforce@gmail.com Fran Smith is available in Meadville as the lay leader of our Pastoral Care team. You can contact her at 814-337-2822 or smithfb65@zoominternet.net.

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)