Integrating Our Dreams…With Fun
The Threshold Team has planned a workshop, Integrating Our Dreams…With Fun, for Saturday, March 8, 9 AM to 1 PM at First United Methodist Church (25 Church Street, Fredonia NY, facing Barker Commons).
UUCNC is standing on the threshold of big changes, and we want to make sure that everyone’s dreams for their own spiritual growth, for the future of our congregation and for the ways our spiritual community can benefit the wider Northern Chautauqua community are woven into the tapestry we are creating together. We plan to focus on our purpose as a congregation and on opinions and feelings about sacred space.
The results of the day’s discussion will absolutely be woven into our strategic plan. The team has designed activities that are enjoyable, interactive and evocative of the dreams in our hearts and the ideas in our minds.
Kids 10 and up are encouraged and welcome to attend and be active participants in the workshop. Childcare provided for younger children. Snacks and a soup and bread lunch complete with make-your-own ice cream sundaes will be served. Please join the fun and let your voice be heard!
Enter the church building through the door to the addition to the left of the sanctuary doors and go one flight up the steps (or use the elevator) and turn left to end of hall to Room 22 on the left. Children are welcome in the nursery.
Building Acquisition Conversation
A Building Acquisition Committee (BAC) Congregational Conversation will be held Sun. March 9, 12:30-2 PM, at the Fredonia Grange Hall, Lower Level.
Carol Somers and Cate McAllister will co-facilitate a BAC Congregational Conversation to talk about the the entire BAC property visitation process we recently undertook. We will share our learning within the BAC and give opportunity for all to speak as to what they took away from this process.
You are invited to review six thinking hats data. This conversation is not intended to necessarily result in action – it is merely a conversation in hope of more honest and open dialogue. All will be given an opportunity to engage in the conversation.
Bring a brown bag lunch.
BAC Steering Committee,
Mitch Cummings, Carol Somers, Amy O’Connell and ex officio member Reverend Theresa Kime
Task group leaders,
Cate McAllister (site search) and John Ames (finance)
Join a Soul Matters Group!
Deepen your connections to others and your spiritual life.
Sign up by Wednesday, March 12:
Our last “round” of Soul Matters groups will take place April through June.
Soul Matters groups meet two times a month, sharing their understanding and experiences with one another about the month’s worship theme. Each group (6-10 people) has a facilitator and receive on the first of the month a “packet” for reflection on the theme. The packet includes suggestions for spiritual practices, questions to ponder, and resources for further exploration. The group meetings are structured in a way that allows everyone to share their personal experience and encourages respectful,
“deep” listening with no cross-talk, problem solving or offering of advice. This format provides the opportunity for us to get to know one another more fully and appreciatively.
Please talk with Rev. Terry if you would like to participate and commit to the time-frame of April through June meetings, or give her directly, email or snail mail your scheduling sign-up sheet by Wednesday, March 12. These will be on the back table of our sanctuary on Sundays, March 2 and 9.
District Assembly: The Spirited Life
March 28-29 (Avalon Hotel and Convention Center, Erie PA)
Financial assistance available to cover 50% of registration fee; speak with any member of the UUCNC Executive Board.
February 28 is the deadline to register children for activities at DA.
March 15 is the deadline for online registration; after that date, registrations will be accepted only at DA.
March 15 is the deadline for Youth Caucus registration. Youth who register onsite may NOT stay overnight at the church. Advance registration is required.
This year’s District Assembly (“DA”) is a joint effort with the Ohio-Meadville District and the St. Lawrence District.
Twelve workshops will be offered in two time slots covering an array of topics important to congregational life.
For the full brochure, schedule, workshop descriptions, DA youth caucus information, all required forms, online registration and DA exhibit forms, visit the St. Lawrence District Assembly pages at www.sld.uua.org
District Assembly information is also available at www.ohiomeadville.org
UU Summer Camps
Registration is under way for UU summer camp experiences for youth and families. Sessions fill quickly at many UU Camp and Conference Centers. Now is the time to register to avoid waiting lists.
Many youth from the region attend Unirondack, a UU Camp and Conference Center in the forever-wild Adirondacks in upstate New York. The camp provides an opportunity for children and families to live UU values in a creative, accepting and nurturing community outside the doors of our congregation. For more information about Unirondack, and to register for summer camp or weekend programs, visit www.unirondack.org.
Other Camp and Conference Centers in the region include Rowe (Massachusetts), Ferry Beach (Maine), Star Island New Hampshire) and Murray Grove (New Jersey). In addition. for folks looking for experiences further from home, there is DeBenneville Pines in California, U-Bar-U in Texas, Unistar in Minnesota, and The Mountain in North Carolina.
Many of the centers have year-round programs. All provide an opportunity for personal growth, fellowship and community. More at the Council of UU Camps & Conferences, www.cu2c2.org, which is also linked under the Our Faith tab above.
For information and updates from the Threshold Team, use the Special Events link at left.
Welcome, Kids & Families!
Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) classes at UUCNC!
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 in February and a multi-generational Bowling outing coming on a date TBA.
Questions about Children’s Religious Exploration? Speak with RE Coordinator Karen Taverna.
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.