First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Current News

DeBenneville Fund Grant Request for Proposals

September 18, 2014

The DeBenneville Fund Committee with cooperation from the FUUBC board of directors and our minister is requesting proposals from church committees and groups for the next year’s DeBenneville Fund Grant. This annual grant is 4% of the balance of the DeBenneville Fund, as of the end of the church’s Fiscal Year, June 30th. The grants are awarded to assist projects or initiatives within our church community.

This year’s grant was awarded to the Sanctuary Improvement Project.

Grant request proposals must be written and include:

Food Pantry Update

September 17, 2014

Due to the ongoing construction during the Sanctuary Improvement Project, the Food Pantry will be not be held on October 2, 2014. Stay tuned for updates.  Contributions to the Food Pantry can still be received for future use.

The "First Friday Film Series" Debuts in October

September 10, 2014
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County will launch a free First Friday Film Series on October 3, 2014 at 7:00PM at 416 Franklin Street. On the first Friday of each month, we will discuss an informative and provocative film raising awareness of racial, immigrant, or environmental justice.

Krista Renenger Named Office Administrator/Communications Director

September 9, 2014

Krista Renenger has been hired as Office Administrator/Communications Director on September 9, 2014. She brings broad-based administrative skills as well as extensive experience in web development, social media and communications. She previously worked for the Hospice Foundation of America for 12 years. The position is 25 hours per week and she will manage office procedures, facilities use, and schedules; maintain and update member information; perform bookkeeping functions; and coordinate communications functions, including the web site and weekly e-news.

Celebrating Water Communion

September 4, 2014

On Sunday, September 7, we mark our annual ingathering with the Water Ceremony. We celebrate coming together to begin a new church year by gathering water into a common bowl. Members and friends may bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them to share. 

SIP Update: The Scaffolding Is Up!

August 29, 2014

For the safety and security of everyone, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE SANCTUARY DURING THE CONSTRUCTION. Many of the doors will be sealed in plastic to cut down on dust, but please carefully supervise your children as I am sure the scaffolding looks like a fabulous jungle gym to their adventurous eyes. 

We have asked the construction team to keep the small windows on the sanctuary doors off the foyer clear to allow us all to watch the progress as it happens.  It will be so wonderful to share this space again when it is complete, but for now, we will see you in the Gerber Room!

Board Splinters

August 29, 2014

The Sanctuary Improvement Project (SIP) is expected to be completed in the October – November timeframe. The exact date is still to be determined….so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, we will continue to conduct services in the bright and cozy atmosphere of the Gerber Room.


Board Gratitudes

August 29, 2014

A great big THANK YOU to all of those who volunteered their time this summer to help keep our worship services inviting and engaging for congregants of all ages!

The Board greatly appreciates your participation and dedication!

September's Special Plate Collection

August 29, 2014
The next Special Plate Collection will be held on Sunday, September 14th for Berks Connections/Pretrial Services.
Their mission is to reduce recidivism and help forge positive outcomes for inmates at the Berks County Prison and detained youth at the Berks County Youth Center.

Sign Ups for Fall Adult Spiritual Development Programs

August 28, 2014

Members and friends can now sign up for Fall 2014 Adult Spiritual Development Programs. You'll find new and returning programs, including a Young Women's Group, Seers and Sages, UU Sangha, Financial Workshops and two movie series - one on UU History and another on Racial Justice. There will be sign up sheets available at church on September 7 and 14, and program facilitators may be contacted before and after that for information and to register.