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: 
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: 
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: 

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.