Saturday, December 10, 10 AM to 12 Noon
Children of our congregation are invited to decorate a gingerbread house at the Wagner-Maggitti home. RSVP by Tuesday, December 6 so we will know how many houses to bake and assemble. Bring some items to use as decorations (candies, raisins, pretzels, etc.), and we will provide the rest!
Guest At Your Table (GAYT) collection boxes are available on Sundays. Contributions will be collected at the January 8 & 15, 2017, worship services.
Print the Children’s Activity Calendar for the annual Guest At Your Table intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about the work of the UU Service Committee to advance human rights.
GAYT participants will keep collection boxes at their dinner tables throughout the holiday season, helping the UU Service Committee’s ongoing commitment to
stand with vulnerable and displaced peoples in today’s world.
Sharing with “guests” this holiday season supports UUSC’s enduring commitment to helping refugees, bringing a brighter future to displaced families, an issue as important today as it was during UUSC’s founding over 75 years ago.
Donations of cash or checks – payable to UUSC – will be collected at worship services on January 8 & 15 to support UUSC’s global partnership of dedicated people who work, learn and grow together.
Please fill out your contact information on the Guest at Your Table box flap or donation envelope; if you collected change, please convert the total to cash or a check. Gifts of $125 or more are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y.
More information is at www.uusc.org
Thanks to all who donated winter coats and boots for refugees at Sunday services in November, and thanks to Jess Lustig who delivered the items to Catholic Charities in Buffalo, which will distribute them to refugees residing in Western New York.
Scroll down for details on the two Social Action efforts endorsed by our congregation in 2016-17.
The congregation has endorsed these two congregation-wide social action projects for 2016-17.
The projects will be monitored by the Social Action Committee (SAC), given logistical support, provided funding from the SAC budget, given access to the newsletter, website, Sunday service, and other communication platforms, and become ministerial priorities. The task groups for selected projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support.
Fragile Earth Film Series at Jamestown Community College
- Description: Show meaningful, provocative, educational films focused on themes of ethical eating, peace, water, and climate change.
- Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
- How this reflects UU principles: Interconnected web of life
- Task Group: Skeeter Tower, Nancy Mayer, Jeff Barr, Judy Singer, Diane Clark
Racial Justice in our Community
- Description: Phase I: Hold an event (possibly in January) for our congregation to listen to leaders of churches and organizations that serve non-white populations and hear what they would most like from us in terms of support.
- Phase II: Provide support as requested, with the goal of being seen as allies rather than white rescuers. Ongoing support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Possibly use resources from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Phase III: “Adopt” a refugee family, possibly in the spring, as they assimilate into American culture. Provide assistance with language, immigration issues, work, housing, education, clothing, etc.
Goals: Increased awareness, advocacy, and social justice
- How this reflects UU principles: Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations
- Task Group: Alex Holbrook, Jessica Lustig, Janey Wagner, Susan Besemer
Watch for a large box in the back of the sanctuary to receive food donations and personal hygiene items. Each month donations will be delivered to one of the local organizations that feeds those in need.
- Social Action Committee
Ink cartridges are collected and recycled by the Social Action Committee to benefit the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue (59 E Main St, Westfield NY).
Deliver spent ink cartridges at worship services on Sunday mornings, September through June.
The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.
All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.
Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!