First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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December 2018 News

Worship Services: 
Volunteers: 
Our Community: 

Family Promise Needs Your Help

December 2, 2018 - December 9, 2018 
and  Jan. 13 - Jan 27, 2019 (over MLK Holiday)
All nights are long for families experiencing homeless.

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. 

Food Bank Gift Baskets

Our Food bank is looking for donations of items suitable for giftbaskets that can be raffled off during our December food distribution as a sign of appreciation for our volunteers. We are looking for items for men and women. Please leave donations marked "food bank raffle" by the food bank door in the Gerber room.

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 

Grocery Shopper Needed for Family Promise

Family Promise is in need someone to buy breakfast and lunch items for the homeless families staying in our church next week. A specific list will be provided.
The church covers the cost. You can either be reimbursed or use a church grocery gift card.   
Please let me know if you're interested in more details ASAP
Carla
610-301-4522

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

Upcoming Classes: 
Upcoming Events: 
Fri, March 22, 3:00pm

COA credo writing participants 2017

*** Group will leave First UU Berks Friday afternoon at 3 and return by 3 on Sunday *** 

Fri, March 22, 7:00pm
Sun, March 24, 9:30am

musicians meet to hone craft - often a choir piece is reviewed. 

Mon, March 25, 7:45pm

Those interested in playing strummed stringed instruments (guitars, bass, uke, etc) for the fourth Sunday of each month are welcomed to play through hymns and special music for an hour each Monday night.  This is a collaborative learning environment.  Some of the music is learned by ear, some by chords/tabs, we are happy to teach eachother and grow from one another - don't count yourself out! 

For more information please contact director of music, Ebee Bromley, berksuumusic@gmail.com   

Wed, March 27, 7:00pm

Sanctuary Choir meets every Wednesday night September - May.  Members have a willingness to learn and listen to eachother as we prepare both sacred and secular pieces to enhance Sunday morning worship and other special moments durring the year. 

Please contact music department at berksuumusic@gmail.com with any questions. 

Fri, March 29, 7:00pm
Sun, March 31, 9:30am

musicians meet to hone craft - often a choir piece is reviewed. 

Sun, March 31, 12:00pm

Mentors and Mentees come together to explore how to articulate their core beliefs.  Participents bring brown bag lunch. 

Mon, April 1, 7:45pm

Those interested in playing strummed stringed instruments (guitars, bass, uke, etc) for the fourth Sunday of each month are welcomed to play through hymns and special music for an hour each Monday night.  This is a collaborative learning environment.  Some of the music is learned by ear, some by chords/tabs, we are happy to teach eachother and grow from one another - don't count yourself out! 

For more information please contact director of music, Ebee Bromley, berksuumusic@gmail.com   

Wed, April 3, 7:00pm

Sanctuary Choir meets every Wednesday night September - May.  Members have a willingness to learn and listen to eachother as we prepare both sacred and secular pieces to enhance Sunday morning worship and other special moments durring the year. 

Please contact music department at berksuumusic@gmail.com with any questions. 

Thu, April 4, 10:00am

 

 

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If you need food assistance, please call the Greater Berks Food Bank at 610-926-5802 x201 to be guided to food assistance in your local community. 

 

 

Fri, April 5, 7:00pm
Sat, April 6, 6:00pm

Come out for an evening for fun, food, & community at our annual service auction.

Enjoy a smorgasbord of wonderful food before the silent and live auctions.

Please help make this year's service auction a huge success by donating an item or experience. Share the date and bring friends, family, coworkers, neighbors - the more the merrier. 

There will be something for everyone: wine, restaurant gift certificates, small group dinners and tapas events, tickets to sporting and music events, beautiful artwork and handcrafted items, and more!

Sun, April 7, 9:30am

musicians meet to hone craft - often a choir piece is reviewed. 

Sun, April 7, 11:30am
Sun, April 7, 12:15pm

This topic is "American Unitarianism". If you missed the other sessions, do not worry...you are very welcome to attend this session which stands well on its own!  Questions can be addressed to the coordinators: Carol Orts and Jim Beidler.

Sun, April 7, 12:15pm
Mon, April 8, 7:45pm

Those interested in playing strummed stringed instruments (guitars, bass, uke, etc) for the fourth Sunday of each month are welcomed to play through hymns and special music for an hour each Monday night.  This is a collaborative learning environment.  Some of the music is learned by ear, some by chords/tabs, we are happy to teach eachother and grow from one another - don't count yourself out! 

For more information please contact director of music, Ebee Bromley, berksuumusic@gmail.com   

Tue, April 9, 7:00pm
Wed, April 10, 7:00pm

Sanctuary Choir meets every Wednesday night September - May.  Members have a willingness to learn and listen to eachother as we prepare both sacred and secular pieces to enhance Sunday morning worship and other special moments durring the year. 

Please contact music department at berksuumusic@gmail.com with any questions. 

Fri, April 12, 7:00pm
Sun, April 14, 9:30am

musicians meet to hone craft - often a choir piece is reviewed. 

Sun, April 14, 12:00pm

Mentors and Mentees come together for their last group hour to explore how how their hearts have been shaped this year.  Participents bring brown bag lunch. 

Sun, April 14, 12:00pm

RE Committee meeting to create learning as a whole church. 

Mon, April 15, 7:45pm

Those interested in playing strummed stringed instruments (guitars, bass, uke, etc) for the fourth Sunday of each month are welcomed to play through hymns and special music for an hour each Monday night.  This is a collaborative learning environment.  Some of the music is learned by ear, some by chords/tabs, we are happy to teach eachother and grow from one another - don't count yourself out! 

For more information please contact director of music, Ebee Bromley, berksuumusic@gmail.com   

Tue, April 16, 7:00pm
Wed, April 17, 7:00pm

Sanctuary Choir meets every Wednesday night September - May.  Members have a willingness to learn and listen to eachother as we prepare both sacred and secular pieces to enhance Sunday morning worship and other special moments durring the year. 

Please contact music department at berksuumusic@gmail.com with any questions. 

News: 

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 kgutzler@goberkscounty.com 

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. If you want to light the candles at home too, here’s what you’ll need:
  • Advent wreath, available at Michael’s, local stores or online
  • candles—three purple, one pink, one white
  • greens for decoration (optional)
  • Advent candle lighting words (below)

UU Advent Wreath Candle Lighting Words

Introduction

Read aloud on week one or as a reminder each week: From its most ancient origins, Advent has been a time of expectation and preparation. For Unitarian Universalists, Advent asks, What are we waiting for and preparing for in our own lives and in the life of our world? The Advent Wreath has five candles to help us reflect on that question throughout December. Three are purple to represent hope, peace, and love. One is pink to remind people of the joy of Christmas. The fifth is white to represent the light.

Week One: HOPE, Purple Candle

Read aloud: On this first Sunday of Advent, we light a candle for hope.
Reflect on this question: What unborn hopes do you carry with you in your heart? (Take a few minutes to reflect quietly. Then journal your responses or share with others.)
Read aloud: May the light of this candle help us bring more hope into the world.
 
Week Two: PEACE, Purple Candle
Read aloud: On this second Sunday of Advent, we light two candles, the first for hope. The second is a candle for peace.
Reflect on this question: What seeds of peace are growing in your soul? (Take a few minutes to reflect quietly. Then journal your responses or share with others.)
Read aloud: May the light of this candle help us bring more peace into the world.
 
Week Three: JOY, Pink Candle
Read aloud: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light three candles. The first for hope and the second for peace are purple. The third candle is for joy. It is pink.
Reflect on this question: What joys are energizing your journey? (Take a few minutes to reflect quietly. Then journal your responses or share with others.)
Read aloud: May the light of this candle help us bring more joy into the world.
 
Week Four: LOVE, Purple Candle
Read aloud: On this fourth and final Sunday of Advent, we light the four candles of hope, peace, joy, and love.
Reflect on this question: What love is growing within you this season? (Take a few minutes to reflect quietly. Then journal your responses or share with others.)
Read aloud: May the light of this candle help us bring more love into the world.
 
Christmas Eve: LIGHT, White candle
Read aloud: Tonight, we light the first four candles of the Advent wreath for hope, peace, joy, and love. We also light a fifth candle, which is white and placed at the center of the Advent wreath. This candle reminds us of the light that Jesus brought to the world through his life and teachings. May the light of these Advent candles inspire us to bring more hope, more peace, more joy, more love, and more light to the world.

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 joenpaula@comcast.net

 

2018_grant_requests_table_for_univoice.pdf2018_grant_requests_table_for_univoice.pdf

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. 

Advent Calendar of Kindness Crafting

November 29, 2018

Join us in the Gerber room from 9 to 10:15 and 11:45 to 1 there will be a "pop up" advent calednar of kindness craft led by nursery care provider Barb Kolar and RE committee member Rachel Libertore.  Join us for holiday songs and fun.