First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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January 2019 News

Worship Services: 

What Happens Next

Sun, January 6, 10:30am
Jane Palmer, preacher, and Joanna Groebel, worship associate

We’ve lived two years under the Trump administration, two months since an historic “blue wave” upset the power balance in Washington, and two weeks since the wheels came off the bus.  The intensity of our public life has taken a toll, and it’s natural to long for an easier, softer way of life. But when everything we hold dear is on the line, and the path forward is lined with fear and anger, we have to find new ways of being – and doing.

The Practice of Centering

Sun, January 13, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

Centering is a spiritual practice. This morning we consider various ways that centering deepens our faith and experience.

The Practice of De-Centering

Sun, January 20, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

On this Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, we examine the implications of de-centering whiteness and the practice of placing those on the margins closer to the center. This is an intergenerational service, and our monthly special collection will benefit Opportunity House.

The Practice of Multiple Centers

Sun, January 27, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

What if instead of focusing on a single center, we reimagined an omnicentric way of life? What if we devoted ourselves to the practice of omnicentricity, in which the center is ever-expanding from multiple points?

Volunteers: 
January 6, 2019
Ushers: 
Corinne or Dab Hauk & Bill Oberti
Greeters: 
Mike Mannix
Coffee Crew: 
Group 4- Terry Bridgwater, Walter and Wilifreide Axsmith, Jim Beidler, Corinne Hauk
January 13, 2019
Ushers: 
Laura and Jeff Carson
Greeters: 
Sue Johnston
Coffee Crew: 
Group 5- Randy Newham, Mark Burton and Stephanie Elliot, Laura & Jeff Carson, Kim Schittler
January 20, 2019
Ushers: 
Dennis Williams and Judy Aubrey
Greeters: 
Steph & Carole Hullinger
Coffee Crew: 
Group 6- Mike and Carla Mannix, Delite Hawk,Cathleen Brown, Joanne Koehler, Cyndi Dimovitz
January 27, 2019
Ushers: 
Carol Gonzalez and Dave Sindall
Greeters: 
Carol Orts
Coffee Crew: 
Group 7- Fay Oxenreider, Jeanne Cocuzza, Wendy Luckenbill, Ginny Chudgar, Tamra Bayne
Our Community: 

Contemplative Companions

Join us on Monday January 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gerber Room. Pat Babel will lead us in a contemplative experiential exercise and sharing on the theme of “Chapter II: God is still creating – an opportunity to change a story that no longer serves you.”   

All are welcome. Contact Jane Rohrbach (windowsjmr@comcast.net) or Nadine Smet-Weiss (njw1258@hotmail.com) for further information.

Book Club Meeting

January 8, 2019 7pm

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy

Upcoming Classes: 
Upcoming Events: 
Wed, January 16, 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, January 18, 7:00pm
Sun, January 20, 12:00pm

RE Committee meeting to make possibilities reality. 

Mon, January 21, 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, January 23, 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. 

Sun, January 27, 12:00pm

Mentors and Mentees come together to explore how their faith informs how they lead.  Participents bring brown bag lunch. 

Mon, January 28, 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, January 30, 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. 

Sun, February 3, 12:00pm

Share some of your time and talents to help us make sure our younger learners have all supplies they need to explore their spiritual world. Contact Mike Mannix to help.

Mon, February 4, 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, February 6, 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. 

Sat, February 9, 8:00am

Our Coming of Age Youth and Teachers along with special guests will embark on designing a service project to live out their faith. 

Mon, February 11, 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, February 12, 7:00pm
News: 

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 weeks of  January 13 through 27th.

Sign up to volunteer online: 

2019 FAMILY PROMISE Jan 13-Jan 27 Volunteers
For more information: Click here to read more details about the program, or contact Carla at hfhmanix@yahoo.com or 610-301-4522.