First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Board Gratitudes - December 2014

December 11, 2014
  • Many thanks to Kent Gutzler for his continued attention and promotion of " The Angel Tree Gifts, " a special Christmas gifting sponsored by Berks Connections.

Become a Chalice Lighter

December 11, 2014

Have you joined the many other members of our congregation that have signed up as Chalice Lighters?  Each Chalice Lighter pledges to contribute $20 or more three times a year to support growth in new and existing congregations in our Joseph Priestley District.  Chalice Lighter grants are awarded to new or existing congregations for a first minister, first RE professional, first music director, first office staff, new congregation organizing, first building or land and innovative growth strategies.  Our congregation has received 3 grants over the years for The Chalice House, Music Dire

Parking Garage Notes

December 10, 2014

The Reading Parking Authority has informed us the garage will be open and free of charge beginning at 5pm on Christmas Eve

In addition, there have been times when events at the Santander Arena overlap with church meetings and classes. According to the Parking Authority, one parking voucher (available for $1 at the membership desk after services) gives you access to the garage during Santander Arena Events, avoiding the high flat-rate parking charges.

Special Plate Update

December 10, 2014

The November Special Plate Collection for the Food Pantry brought in $758.50. The December Special Plate Collection scheduled for this Sunday, December 14 for the Minister's Discretion Fund has been postponed until January since we just had a Special Plate for Chalice Lighters this month.

A Holiday Message from Your Caring Circle

December 4, 2014

The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy. But it can bring up difficult emotions as well, especially for those who have experienced recent losses or are struggling financially and in other ways. Your Caring Circle works with our minister, Rev. Sandra Fees, to reach out with hope and caring to members and friends of the congregation during these times. We are here to celebrate the joys with you and also to honor life crises such as illness, loss and death.

Winter/Spring 2015 Course Proposals Now Being Accepted

December 4, 2014

Do you want to offer an adult spiritual development program or lead a group in the Winter/Spring 2015? Perhaps you'd like to teach salsa dancing, lead a Bible discussion group, offer a workshop on ethics or lead a field trip. Simply complete and submit a Course Proposal Form by January 11. If you have questions about whether your idea would be appropriate for our congregation, contact Rev. Sandra Fees at

Come See "500 Years Later" This Friday, Dec 5th

December 4, 2014

UUBerks will again be hosting a First Friday Film on Dec. 5 at 7:00pm,500 Years Later. 

Come and learn what they don't put in the history books! 

Review of 500 Years Later copied from imdb:

Special Plate Ballot

December 4, 2014

It's time to vote on the next round of Special Plate Collections during the upcoming Congregational Meeting on Dec. 14th. Please send a note with any organizations you would like to see on the ballot to Mike Szanja at, or call at 610-779-0983.

20 to 30 Year Members Honored

December 3, 2014

On November 23, as part of our Thanksgiving Service of Gratitude, we honored long-time members of 20 to 30 years. These members have been an inspiration to our congregation. They are exceptional stewards of our historic building, care deeply about our music program, teach and have taught children and youth, provide hospitality, offer nurturing care to our members and the larger world, and foster creativity and beauty. We owe them our abiding gratitude.

Kelly Hartman 1984

Karen Nierle 1985

Susan Brenner 1986

Cal Henn 1987

Linda McCormick 1987

UU Sangha on December 8th

December 3, 2014
UU Sangha is a community of Unitarian Universalists who desire the experience of exploring the teachings (dharma) of Buddhism from all traditions and how they relate to the values and principles of Unitarian Universalism. Our spiritual hour consists of a guided meditation, dharma reading and discussion followed by a brief silent meditation for closing.