First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Weekly News for December 9, 2018

This Sunday:  
December 9, 2018

Worship Service: 
Children's Programming: 
Message from the Office: 
Our Community: 

A gentle reminder to all -

The purpose of the bungee cord attached to the front door of the church is to keep the front door unlocked and easy to open when connected to the upper part of the lock. This is necessary when there is a service or a major activity involving a large number of people where the door needs to be easy to open in the event of a fire or other emergency. Otherwise, at other times the door should be "unbungeed" to remain locked from the outside as a safety precaution. At those times church participants (who do not have a key) can ring the bell to ask to enter if needed. 

Shut Down Berks Vigil

Hosted by Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness, the Shut Down Berks Coalition & Make the Road PA

Led by: Pennsylvania Council of Churches Advocacy

Sunday, December 16th, 3:30-4:30pm
Berks County Residential Center

1040 Berks Road

Leesport, PA 19533


Parking is available at the buildings across the road from the center.


& visit the Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness Facebook

Book Club Meeting

December 11th at 7pm- small meeting room off of Gerber Room

You Can't Touch My Hair and Other Things I Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson 

Congregational Meeting

The Board of Directors encourages your participation in the upcoming Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 11:45 AM in the Sanctuary.  Attendance at these semi-annual meetings strengthens our bond with each other and our covenant together.  A quorum of members is needed for votes to be binding

Did you know?

Did you know that on average our food bank serves over 300 people each month? Did you know that volunteering even just an hour or two once a month makes a huge difference in how well we run?

Below you will find a schedule of or food bank operations. We are in need of people to help out with any or all of the tasks listed below. If you can help, please contact Walter Axsmith at 610-488-6838

Our Food bank takes place on the first Thursday of each month:

7:30-8:30am Set up room

8:30-9:45am- Receive Delivery truck from Greater Berks Food Bank

Coffee Crew Help Needed for Christmas Eve Service

We are in need of some helpful little elves to setup and clean up our Christmas Eve coffee hour. We are also in need of donations of cookies or sweets. Please sign up on the Gerber room bulletin board if you are available to help.


Project Podcasts Possible!

November 28, 2018
Are you looking for a way to listen more deeply to worship or help out our church community from the comfort of your own home?  We're looking for a few folks to edit our worship recordings.  No previous tech experience - all training provided.  Please contact Kai Miller to get started. 

Debeneville Grant Information

November 28, 2018

The following table is a brief description of the requests that were received for next year’s DeBenneville Fund grants.  Most of these will be voted upon for approval at the upcoming congregational meeting.

If anyone would like a copy of the complete requests, please email office@..... or


Celebrating the Winter Holidays with the UU Advent Wreath

November 28, 2018
from Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees
Seasonal celebrations help to create meaningful experiences at the holidays. This year, I invite you to explore the significance of the winter holidays with the UU Advent Wreath. We’ll be celebrating with this ritual at church, and you can incorporate it into your family celebrations at home as well.
Each Sunday morning and on Christmas Eve, we will light the Advent candles together at church and reflect on the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love.

Time to Strike Up the UU Holiday Band!

November 27, 2018

Do you have at least one year of experience playing an instrument?  Would you like a reason to pick up your instrument again? Each Christmas Eve we are called to worship with magical carols played by you!   We ask that musicians interested attend at least one rehearsal (preferably both if you have limited experience) from 11:45 to Noon on Sunday Dec 2nd and Dec 16th.  To sign up please contact either Kent or Rachel Gutzler for sheet music at 610-780-5162 or 

Family Promise Needs Your Help

January 13, 2019

 Jan. 13 - Jan 27, 2019 (over MLK Holiday) All nights are long for families experiencing homeless. Please help three families (including 6 teenagers!) see the light of our love and hospitality!  We will host them in our church for meals and overnight stays during the week of Dec. 2-9, 2018 and January 13 through 27th.

Social Justice Survey Summary, Explanation and Commentary

December 5, 2018

Data from the completed Social Justice Surveys were compiled by Carol Orts, who organized the project over the Summer of 2018, and frequently encouraged all congregants to participate.

The Survey Summary takes the response counts, as submitted by Carol, and arranges them in order, for easy comprehension.

All data regarding the age of respondents, and their areas of concern were gathered by Carol. Every suggestion for increased congregational involvement was noted. Those suggestions mentioned with significant frequency are listed in the survey.

Share the Plate Ballots

December 5, 2018

Below you will find the organizations that we will be voting on for our Share the Plate collections in the upcoming year.
A printable version is located at the bottom of this announcement.

Special Plate Collection Ballot    
December: 2018

(Only the first five will be counted if more than five are chosen.)
New Organizations:

Share a message of Welcome and Joy

December 5, 2018

In the spirit of hope and peace we will have a table in the gerber room after worship Sunday afternoon to assist the Unitarian Universalist Service Committeee's initiative to offer welcome messages with migrant children and families who have recently arrived to remind them that they have a home and are welcome here. 

Upcoming Classes: