Small Group Meetings available!
In our Soul Matters program we offer small groups (5-10 people) committed to meeting twice a month. The Soul Matters format encourages spiritual growth by engaging in reflection, deep listening, and sharing on a monthly theme. Our three groups from last spring are continuing, and new groups will be formed as needed.
If you are interested in becoming part of a Soul Matters group, or learning more, please contact Rev. George Buchanan (or use the choices at the Contact Us tab above) by September 30.
For the information below in a letter suitable for printing, click on the heading above or visit the virtual filing cabinet of the Governance tab on our website.
Please plan to get involved with social action efforts sponsored by our church this year! The Social Action Committee is seeking proposals for two congregation-wide social action projects. Hard copies of the proposal submission form are available during worship services, or find a printable version in the virtual filing cabinet of the Governance tab on our website. Proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, October 11, 2016. In order for a project to be presented for congregational approval, there must be at least four signatures on the proposal form indicating willingness to serve on the task group for the issue, and any person may serve on only one task group at a time.
Brief descriptions of project proposals will be published in the November newsletter and presented at a full congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, November 13 during the finger foods pot luck. At this meeting, using a ranking voting system, the top two projects will be selected as our social responsibility agenda for the church year. After the vote, the task groups will meet to determine leadership and develop time lines for their projects.
The two selected projects will be monitored by the 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.
A task group is approved for only one year. If the group wishes to continue in the next year, it goes through the same petition and voting process. Projects that are submitted but not selected as the top two can still be supported by ad hoc committees and, if approved, by the Share-the-Plate program.
In the past few years, our congregation has assisted in environmental projects such as holding an Earth-fest, participating in anti-fracking demonstrations, sponsoring Chautauqua Citizens Respond to Climate Crisis (CCRCC), and the Solar Chautauqua Campaign… held LGBTQ support events, such as a community forum and the UUA’s Welcoming Congregation training… collected for local charities such as the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry and several animal shelters… held forums and films on a wide range of topics, including addressing poverty in Chautauqua County… and engaged in other worthy projects, such as the Canadaway Creek and Lake Erie beach clean-up efforts. Our congregation has also collaborated with other local churches such as the Quakers and the Presbyterians. Please submit a project proposal by Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and invite UUCNC to join in action on your favorite cause!
Social Action Committee
Sign up in advance, please.
We have a dedicated circle of volunteers who guide the caring work we do – bringing solace to one another in times of illness and distress. If you’ve ever thought of taking part in this work, please contact Rev. George Buchanan, using the information at the Contact Us tab above, to learn more about the training needed to be part of our Caring Circle. Our training will also serve as a refresher course for current members of the Circle.
Training for those who have signed up in advance will take place at the Singer home (Fredonia NY) on Saturday, October 22, 2:30 PM.
Sunday October 23
Many of us, perhaps most of us, first came to Unitarian Universalism through a personal invitation. So we know how important it is to invite newcomers to experience the wonderful things our liberal religious congregation offers.
Given all this, we are planning October 23 as a special Invitation Sunday this month. We encourage all congregants to make a special effort to invite others to join us on that Sunday. Reverend George will preach a special sermon, and we’ll have a time after the service for newcomers to ask questions about our congregation.
The author of the web page below suggests some good ways to understand these invitations:
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!
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has a collection box for battery recycling.
Drop off your rechargeable and non-rechargeable 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.
Rechargeable and non-rechargeable household batteries (dry cells, D, C, AA, and AAA) are also collected in buckets near the electronic waste areas at the Chautauqua County transfer stations in Fredonia, Jamestown, Falconer and Sherman. NOTE: Automobile lead acid batteries are NOT ACCEPTED; Retailers and distributors should accept your used car batteries.
Also at the transfer stations listed above: All Electronics are accepted at no charge, except Televisions, CRTs and Computer Monitors are accepted for a fee of $10 each. Locations of the transfer stations are here:
Note: Batteries and electronics are NOT accepted at the Landfill (Ellery) Transfer Station.