Welcoming a Guest at Your Table
Each year at this time, friends and families in our congregation participate in Guest at Your Table – a decades-long UU tradition. By bringing home a beautiful Stories of Hope booklet and Guest at Your Table envelope, families and individuals learn about how the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee puts our shared values into action in the United States and around the world. Through a potent combination of advocacy, education, and partnerships with grassroots human rights leaders, UUSC promotes workers’ rights, rebuilds sustainable communities, advances civil liberties, and heals people affected by disasters.
In each household, the Guest at Your Table materials are placed in a prominent spot where the household gathers. When family and friends gather to enjoy their blessings, they can reflect on the contributions of these “guests” to the movement for universal human rights – and share generously.
Sharing our blessings through Guest at Your Table ensures that UUSC’s human rights work continues.
Please be sure to pick up your Stories of Hope booklet and envelope. They will be distributed at the Sunday, Nov. 24 worship service and on subsequent Sundays.
If you prefer, you can make your contribution directly online at uusc.org/givetoguest.
Christmas Food Drive
On the first 3 Sundays in December, the Social Action Committee will collect non-perishable food items for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Christmas baskets. Needed are
- Canned veggies and fruit (including canned yams, cranberry sauce and apple sauce)
- Boxed potatoes
- Boxed dessert mixes (brownie and cake mixes, Jell-o, pudding mixes)
Please bring your generous donations of those food items to UUCNC through Sun. Dec. 15. The Social Action Committee will take them to CCRM on December 16.
Pastoral Care Training
Are you interested in learning more about pastoral care? In future months, the Caring Circle will sponsor a training led by Rev. Terry. Topics include: listening skills, making hospital and home visits, understanding grief and loss, stress and crisis, self care and resources. All are welcome to participate in the training.
To serve on the Caring Circle, this training is needed, as well as one year participation in our congregation. If you’re interested, please contact Rev. Terry or any Caring Circle member (Claudia Ansell, Cheryl Ritch, LoVetra Rose, Judy Singer). Look for red hearts on their name tags on Sundays.
Welcome, Kids & Families!
Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) classes at UUCNC!
Religious Exploration for the new church year is off to a grand start! Thank you, families, for getting the kids to classes!
In addition to loving care in the Caterpillar Room, for children from birth to age 5, this year we have great plans for the Butterfly Class (ages 5-10) and the new Dove Class (grades 5-8)! Learn more about what’s planned for each of these grade groupings by clicking the About Us tab, then selecting Children’s Programs.
Watch for an R.E.-sponsored multi-generational BINGO party, coming in November on a date TBA.
Questions about Children’s Religious Exploration? Speak with RE Coordinator Karen Taverna.
Soul Matters is a small group ministry: groups of 6-10 folks who gather to share regularly on the monthly service theme. This year we will have three series of three-month commitments each: October-December; January-March; April-June.
So if you didn’t sign up for the first group (already under way), know you’ll have two more opportunities throughout our congregational year!
Contact Rev. Terry if you’d like more information.
Building Acquisition Process
The restructured Building Acquisition Committee (BAC) steering committee continues to meet to finish the task group charge/responsibility document which summarizes the steps necessary for finding space that better compliments our ministry.
Past agenda topics have included philosophical discussions about renaming this committee to something more representative of our reformulated search for improved space that aligns to the work of the task groups. Additional topics have been overall questions of what we can afford as a congregation, communication strategies among the BAC and task groups, and furthering stewardship guidance.
The committee will be soliciting the congregation for volunteers for each task group. Each task group will then work on their responsibilities, doing the research and information gathering as needed, to fulfill them and make recommendations to BAC steering committee. The task groups presented in the diagram at the June Annual meeting were renamed to be more reflective of their purpose: Space Criteria and Design, Finance, Capital Campaign/Stewardship, Furnishings, Construction/Repair, Space Search and Volunteer Coordination task group.
The members of the BAC steering committee are Mitch Cummings, Carol Somers, Karen Taverna and ex officio member Reverend Theresa Kime.
Peace Flags Available
A number of Rainbow Peace Flags have been purchased by the Social Action Committee and will be available at summer events, including the June 23 worship service and the June 30 Potluck following the Annual Meeting. Suggested donation $15.
Questions? Speak with Social Action Committee chair Audrey Dowling.
This year Claudia Ansel, Cheryl Ritch, Jefferson Westwood and Russ Boisjoly have generously shared and executed the duties of treasurer for our congregation. Our Leadership Development team has approached many people, but has not succeeded yet in filling this position. The slate of candidates for next year’s board is filling wonderfully with committed and competent folks agreeing to serve in other positions, but the treasurer position remains empty.
Jefferson is more than willing to train and assist as well as to continue the basic bookkeeping work he is doing now. We’ve talked about the possibility of hiring a person for this position, but the work that remains is oversight work that really needs to be handled by a member of the congregation. The duties of the treasurer are outlined under the Governance tab above.
If you are willing to consider filling this vital position, please contact Leanna McMahon of the Leadership Development Committee.
Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
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!
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation now has a BIG GREEN BOX for battery recycling!
Drop off your Alkaline – NiCd – NiMh – Lead – Silver – Mercury and – Lithium batteries for recycling.
Batteries can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY.
For more about BIG GREEN BOX, click the title above.