Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship  on  life's  sacred  journey

Social Action Projects

posted: April 23, 2014

In honor of Earth Day, the Social Action Committee hosted an April 13 presentation on do it yourself solar and wind energy projects and a world cafe style discussion about climate change. Read the results of the discussion here.

At the March 23 Justice Sunday service, the Social Action Committee asked congregants to participate in at least one of these service options:

  • Point Gratiot Beach clean-up on Sun. April 27;
  • Canadaway Creek clean-up on Sat. June 15; or
  • Donate clothing, non-perishable food, or household items to Willow Mission, a project of the Dunkirk Methodist Church and a recipient of UUCNC’s Share the Plate funds earlier this year

See the online calendar linked at left for details on the two clean-up projects. Check with members of the Social Action Committee or with Rodney & Joan Houck for a list of specific items needed by Willow Mission.

Threshold Team

posted: April 22, 2014

The Threshold Team invites the entire congregation to participate in a meeting following the worship service and social hour on Sunday, May 4. Substantial snacks will be provided during the social hour.

Threshold Team members will share results of the recent survey and ask for congregational impressions and feedback. Those who stay for this meeting will be treated to strawberry shortcake!

Responses to the question about space needs have been sent to the Building Acquisition Committee.

For more information and updates from the Threshold Team, use the Special Events link at left.

UU Summer Camps

posted: February 2, 2014

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.

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)! 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.

Peace Flags Available

posted: June 13, 2013

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.

Treasurer Needed

posted: May 30, 2013

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!

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.