Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship  on  life's  sacred  journey

District Assembly

posted: February 14, 2015

District Assembly (DA)
(March 27-28 at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY)

This is a gathering of two UU districts: our St. Lawrence District and the neighboring Ohio-Meadville District – a great opportunity to meet other UUs and to experience the UU world beyond our congregation. The theme is Deep Roots, Broad Wings. Guest speakers include Rev. Scott Tayler and Rev. Thomas Chulak, who assisted in the initial steps of establishing UUCNC.

The DA brochure, registration forms, scholarship forms, and more are on the St. Lawrence District Website

New this year: sliding scale fees, ranging from $55 to $135. You may pay with a credit card on-site or by calling the SLD Office.

UUCNC also has some funds available for financial assistance; for information, speak with members of the Leadership Development Committee or Executive Board.

Spirituality in Everyday Life

posted: February 12, 2015

Sign up by Friday, March 27 for this adult spiritual development Class

Class starts Thursday, April 2

This class explores our spirituality through a variety of practices meant to sharpen our spiritual awareness, including journaling, guided meditation, ritual, prayer and imagery.

Class meets Thursdays, April 2, 16 & 30 and May 14, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the First United Methodist Church (25 Church Street, Fredonia NY, facing Barker Commons).

Sign up by Fri. March 27: contact Rev. Theresa Kime by email, phone or text, or use the information at the Contact Us tab above.

Workshop: Health Care Directives

posted: February 11, 2015

March 29, 12:30-1:30 PM

Creating a Legacy of Blessing: a workshop on preparing health care directives, sponsored by the Caring Circle and taught by Rev. Theresa Kime.

Health care directives are legal documents that indicate the kind of end-of-life or emergency care decisions you wish made should you yourself be unable to communicate them. We will explore what sorts of medical procedures you would like, how to select the person who will be making the treatment decisions that are based on your own wishes, and filling out the documents themselves. We’ll also give thought to particular considerations one may have for end of life care.

Having such documents in place is a loving act, providing guidance for those you love at a time when it is most emotional and difficult for them. Such documents are important at any age, and the Caring Circle hopes all will make an effort to attend this important workshop led by Rev. Terry.

Workshop will be held following the worship service and social hour at the Grange Hall (58 W Main St, Fredonia NY). There is no need to pre-register.

Visiting Stewards, Ministerial Search

posted: February 10, 2015

Spring into the Future!

Members of the Ministerial Search Committee, the Stewardship Committee and Executive Board will team up to gather input from congregants to inform the ministerial search process.

Members and friends should prepare for in-person meetings with the Visiting Stewards between March 29 and April 12, for a one-on-one (or one to couple) conversation about the qualities and attributes of a new minister and what congregants hope the minister can do with us, as well as obtaining commitments of financial and service support for the 2015-16 church year when this new minister will be working with us.

Documents related to the ministerial search process are at the Governance tab above. Open the virtual Filing Cabinet, then select the link to Ministerial Search documents near the top of the page.

Rev. Theresa Kime will retire from settled ministry at the end of the current church year (June 30, 2015).

Pastoral Care Training

posted: February 9, 2015

Deadline extended: Sign up by Sunday, April 5 as space allows: Use the information at the Contact Us tab above to let Rev. Terry know of your interest.

Training meets on Saturdays April 18, May 2 and 16 for all interested UUCNC members and friends who have pre-registered.

Learn Helpful Skills in Caring for Others (and ourselves!): The Caring Circle is sponsoring this 3-session pastoral care training. The topics covered include listening, visiting, grief, death and dying, as well as self-care, with resources and practical tools offered for each.

This training (along with participation for a year at UUCNC) is a requirement of any who may wish to serve on the Caring Circle. However, this training is open to anyone in the congregation, whether they have interest in serving on the Caring Circle or not, and all are encouraged to consider it. Such knowledge and skills are useful in all situations of our lives.

Training will be held 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church (25 Church Street, Fredonia NY, facing Barker Commons).

Strategic Plan 2013-2016

posted: December 30, 2014

The current Strategic Plan is linked on the heading above.

Introduction to Revised UUCNC Strategic Plan 2013-2016

The efforts of many people have gotten us to this point in our strategic planning. This document exists to help articulate strategies for our future and to move us closer to realizing the vision of our members.

In 2012-13 the congregation and Strategic Planning Team prepared a Strategic Plan. The Board requested more specific detail of timelines in the plan, which the then President and Vice President completed.

In May 2013, several people from the Strategic Planning Team formed the newly designated Threshold Team, with Rev. Renee Ruchotzke representing CERG (Central Eastern Regional Group of the UU Association). The team began to redesign the plan, using congregational areas of growth as the framework. They began by asking each committee to define their work in relation to the mission statement, “Connecting, with courage, through love, faith and service.”

In fall and winter of 2013-14, the Threshold Team worked with committees to achieve that task to “flesh out the Strategic Plan” for a vote at the 2014 Annual

In March 2014, the Threshold Team held a visioning workshop and surveyed the congregation. In May they presented the workshop and survey information to congregation. Soon after that presentation, the Threshold Team deemed the congregation lacked the stability needed for threshold status and at the June 2014 annual meeting announced their decision to dissolve the team.

In late September 2014, the congregation and committees began reviewing the vision and goals they had developed within the strategic plan.

In December 2014, the revised Strategic Plan 2013-2016 was presented to the congregation at a Sunday afternoon Congregational Conversation. That revised plan is linked on the heading above.

The plan includes five growth areas and corresponding goals and dreams. This revision is presented to the congregation so it can be an effective stepping stone to realizing UUCNC’s vision in changing times.

Recognition from UU Service Committee

posted: December 12, 2014

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) recently presented two awards recognizing UUCNC for our support of the mission to advance human rights and social justice around the world in 2014.

  • The Creating Justice Banner Society Award celebrates that at least 25% of our congregation’s members are also members of UUSC.
  • The James Luther Adams Award celebrates UUCNC’s commitment to justice and human rights by our budgeted gift contributing $1 per congregation member.

These achievement awards will be on display on Sundays at the Social Action table, as well as at www.uusc.org. Additionally, UUCNC will be specially acknowledged in UUSC’s annual report and the Spring 2015 issue of UU World magazine.

Such recognition affirms our desire to build relationships with the wider UU movement in helping people become empowered and inspired. We have more opportunity for such associational growth by contributing to the current Guest At Your Table campaign.

Thank you all for your support! — Executive Board

Welcome, Kids & Families!

posted: September 27, 2013

Welcome to Religious Exploration (RE) classes at UUCNC!

In addition to loving care in the Caterpillar Room, for children from birth to age 5, older children are welcome in the Butterfly Class (ages 5-10)! The Dove Class (grades 5-8) usually meets one Sunday each month. Learn more by clicking the About Us tab above, then selecting Children’s Programs.

Questions about Children’s Religious Exploration? Speak with RE Coordinator Karen Taverna.

Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!

posted: September 2, 2011

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!

Battery Recycling!

posted: June 21, 2011

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.