Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship "Creator of Compassionate/Nonviolent Communications" Is it Time to Change the Language? February 15, 2015 Rev. Pat Jobe Minister Rev. Michelle McClendon Associate Minister Christian Elser Music Director Kathleen Anderson Director of Lifespan Religious Education Maureen Nery Director, Our UUWoC Stephanie Green Fellowship Administrator Want to Contact Us? Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 864-271-4883 www.greenvilleuu.org [email protected] Office Hours Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship February 15, 2015 Order of Service Welcome Julie Valentine Center Chalice Lighting Melissa Nichols Austin Ann Johnson Prelude Jon Grier Opening Words Howard Jones *Opening Song #38 Morning has Broken Story for all Ages All Sing Pat Jobe Children's Benediction #413 Go Now in Peace All Sing Words for Reflection Pat Jobe Community Caring Pat Jobe Anthem Please share your joys and sorrows in our Community Memory Book before or after the Service Black is the Color of my True Love’s Hair Offertory Jon Grier Sermon Is it Time to Change the Language? *Closing Song #118 This Little Light of Mine Closing Words Choir Pat Jobe All Sing Cathy Jaggars Postlude Jon Grier Benediction Pat Jobe *Please rise in body or in spirit as you are willing and able. Please turn off cell phones before our service begins. “Joys and Sorrows” You may write your Joys or Sorrows in the Memory Book on the table in the front of the sanctuary. These will be read during the "Community Caring” segment of the service. If you are not inclined to write in the book, you may simply light a candle in silence. ~ Thanks to Our Service Associates ~ Worship Associate Cathy Jaggars Accompanist Jon Grier Music Director Christian Elser Ushers Annette Garver & Sarah Fletcher Greeters Robert Shaw & Debbie Plonkey Sound Crew Richard Fuller, Teresa Hall, Charles Fulks Sound Crew Assistants John & Dillard Robertson Flower Ministry Coffee Baristas Jon & Carol Benson Austin Ann Johnson is a life-long cane raiser, friend of the downtrodden, who once marched with Bella Abzug to support the Equal Rights Amendment. Bella put her arm around Austin Ann and said, "Smile, honey. The FBI is taking our picture." She turns 80 in two days, and we wanted her to read today because she has members of her family in the house and we love her very much. Howard Jones is a retired engineer. An escapee from and a returnee to Greenville, SC, Howard appreciates the wonderful people at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for their humanistic approach to living and their camaraderie. Newcomers! To learn more about our Fellowship, please fill out the yellow card and drop it into the offering basket. Recordings of Sunday Services may be ordered and picked up opposite the wooden entrance doors to the sanctuary where the Audio Stand is located or by email to [email protected] If you would like a hearing device, please ask an usher. February 22, 2015 The Sermon on the Amount Pat Jobe (Ed Proulx) The annual launch of our budget drive. Pledges can be made online at the web site now, so we'll be doing an interactive service. Pledge by lap top, tablet or smart phone. Maybe this year instead of an eight-week campaign, we can do it in 15 minutes? Thanks to all. Getting to Know You! Please join us after service for coffee, snacks, and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall at the opposite end of the building from the Sanctuary (on the same floor); all are welcome. We look forward to getting to know you better, even if you think we already know you pretty well. Flowers If you would like to have flowers put on the Chalice Table in remembrance of a loved one, a thank you, or special joy please contact Sylvia Skipper at 864-608-4484. The cost is $10 and a note about your gift will be included in The Spark. Congregational Care Items We extend our loving support to: Please send good vibes to my daughter, Donna Lee. She is having a serious operation on 02/09 – Austin Ann. We haven’t seen Bethyl Wood her in several weeks because she has been dealing with chronic severe pain (especially in the morning). Now, to top it off, she’s having to fight with her insurance company to cover her pain medication – Merridee. My wife, Diane, has a bad case of shingles and hasn’t been able to attend services. She misses all and says hello – John Sudol. Pray that my brother, Matthew, will be happy again and go to school – Tiffany. We celebrate with: My mother has made it through her surgery. The doctors were able to remove all of the tumors in her abdomen. She lost 12 inches of her large intestine, but they say she will heal quickly. As the surgeon put it, “She’s good for another hundred thousand miles.” – Wes. Today’s whimsical flowers on the alter are to bring a smile to a special person who needs it. You know who you are. Yeah, you! – Anonymous. There will be a meeting of the Clan next week to celebrate my 80th birthday! Loved ones coming from Florida and Boston if they can get out of the snow – Austin Ann Eleanor Winn, who grew up in this Fellowship, was sworn in as a member of the New York bar. She is an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx – Jeannette & Marshall. It is so wonderful having Cliff Beck back and looking so healthy – Barbara Gill. The week of February 9-14 is National Kindness Week. Highlights in Lifespan Religious Education From Babies to Sages February 15, 2015 Classes and Events Today 9:30 am: Childcare Opens Choir Practice 9:45 am: Discussion Group—Founders’ Room A Course in Miracles—Middle School Classroom downstairs 12:30 pm: Young Adult Group—Conference Room 5:00 pm: Not for Ourselves Alone—Book Discussion Group—Adult Classroom downstairs RE Classes for Children and Youth Teen Classes begin in classrooms with teachers at 11:00am. K5-5th grade children begin in service. Middle School (Grades 6-8): Debrief Sikh Faith Coming of Age (9th-10th grade): The Elevator Speech Senior High (10-12th grade): Regular Class—CON planning 11:15 am: After the Story for All Ages: 4th-5th: Kingdom of Equals: Children’s Chapel—no scheduled class Spirit Play 1 & 2 (K5-1st) (2nd-3rd): Children’s Chapel—no scheduled class Spirit Play “Lite” (3-4 yrs): Martin’s Big Words (Justice) Parents, please remember to monitor your children closely when they are in your care. NEW GROUP! YOUNG ADULTS’ DISCUSS AND DO GROUP SUNDAY AFTER SERVICES 12:30-2:00 PM CONFERENCE ROOM Are you between the ages of 18 and 35? Are you single, in transition, or still trying to figure out your life? This might be the place for you to find friends for the journey, talk about the things you do and care about, and seek for answers to your questions together. The first meeting will be on Sunday, February 1st. Contact CJ Gillum for more information at 864-376-2643. Ongoing Adult Religious Education DISCUSSION GROUP Facilitator: Herb Reeves Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45 am, Founders’ Room The Discussion Group is the longest running group at GUUF! They meet every Sunday for coffee and lively discussions of topics of interest, with the third Sunday of the month devoted to short story readings and discussions. For information, contact Herb Reeves at [email protected] A COURSE IN MIRACLES Facilitator: Jean Blank 9:45-10:45 am, Lower Level Middle School classroom All are welcome! Participants work with the spiritual practice of forgiveness. Contact Jean Blank at [email protected] for information. NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE: ADULT BOOK STUDY GROUP Facilitated by Dr. Michelle McClendon Sunday Afternoons 5:00-6:30 pm, through March 8, 2015 Downstairs Adult classroom Twelve essays from Unitarian Universalist reflect on the importance of relational connectedness. How might we grow our souls through our connections with one another and with the Holy. Participants have opportunities to discuss and to engage with their own thoughts about becoming part of something that both includes us and transcends us. Several spaces in the class and copies of the book are still available. To register, please contact Michelle at [email protected] WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP 2nd Sunday each month 9:45-10:45 am: Senior High Classroom—RE Commons For information, contact Genny Hill, [email protected] YOGA Monday evenings, January 18-March 23 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary Join Bruce Cable, a certified and experienced Sivananda instructor, for Yoga practice that will benefit you in body, mind, and spirit. All levels welcome, donations gratefully accepted. For information, contact Bruce at [email protected] BUDDHIST MEDITATION GROUP Tuesday evenings 7:30-9:00 pm Stressed? Worried? Feeling all right? Whatever your state, you are welcome. Join us for meditation with both sitting and walking practice. Newcomers and beginners are welcome; we'll give you a short orientation to help you get started. For information, contact [email protected] SPECIAL FRIENDS WEEK CONCLUDES TODAY Reveal Dinner with Special Friends and Families in the Fellowship Hall after service. Special Friend children are pre-paid. Please make your way to the spaces reserved for special friends. Next OWL Lock-In for Middle School February 20-21 6:00 pm Friday-3:00 pm Saturday NOTICE BOARD SPAGHETTI LUNCH TODAY! Six dollars (children 6 and under-free) All proceeds to benefit the UU World of Children RESTAURANT DINNER GROUP When: Saturday, February 21, 6:30 pm Where: Hans & Franz Biergarten, 3124 Hwy 14, Greenville. Kommen sie hier, y'all! Wursts, schnitzel, rubens, spaetzel, bratkartoffeln, frikadellen, obatzda, fleishkase! If you know these dishes, you know how great this'll be. Not recognized? Google 'em and discover new and wonderful horizons for your dining enjoyment. Don't feel like Googling? OK, they have beef, chicken, pork, and fish dishes. Vegetarian? Try spaetzel, cuke salad, slaw, red kraut with apples, sauerkraut, and more. Menu available: www.hansandfranzbiergarten.com Ken Flanagan will reserve your places (864-901-1945 or [email protected]). VEGETARIAN POT LUCK When: Saturday, February 21, 6:30-8:30 pm Where: GUUF Fellowship Hall Not only is the meat production industry responsible for untold animal suffering, it creates terrible pollution and is a huge contributor to global warming. Now, consider that the best new research bears out claims that a plant-based diet helps prevent heart disease, cancer, and obesity. SO, JOIN US FOR A DELICIOUS, DELIGHTFUL DINNER! Bring a meat-free food to share and learn about delicious alternatives to meat and about other sustainable and healthy practices. Dr. Frank Powell will present a short program, we'll exchange recipes, and there will even be DOOR PRIZES! Whether you are a hard-core vegan, a born-again vegetarian, or just interested in being proselytized, you will love this evening of fun, fellowship, food, and facts. HONORING KUAN YIN The Goddess Kuan Yin (goddess of compassion) will be honored March 14 at 7 PM. The Women' s Spirituality Group invites all GUUF women to attend our Open Circle. Please email Pat Dillow at [email protected] with any questions. March 21 and 22 Saturday 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm-1:00 pm GOT STUFF? Make your tax deductible donation of gently used clothing, household items, sports equipment, etc. beginning Tuesday, March 17. Pick up available. Contact [email protected] for details. (Proceeds benefit Youth Travel for Boston and summer mission trips.) GUUF RECEPTION TO CELEBRATE & DEDICATE OUR NEW BUILDING When: SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015, 7:00 pm Reception; 8:00 pm Program; 8:30 pm more celebration Where: New GUUF Fellowship Hall You are invited to an elegant, gala evening to celebrate the official dedication of our new Fellowship Hall. Doesn’t it look fabulous! Everyone has worked so hard and been so patient over the course of the project and we think we deserve a “pat on the back.” Dress to impress! Come and enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, music, guest speakers and much more! Childcare will be provided, but you need to register your child prior to the event. Inside The Spark is a registration form that you can put in the basket, bring/send to the Fellowship Office or pass to Kathleen Anderson. You can also register by emailing the details to [email protected] Please register no later than March 14, 2015. We also need strong arms to help set up for the Gala on the afternoon of March 27. Please email the office ([email protected]) and sign up! SEPTEMBER 18 & 19 2015 Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Calling all members, friends and anyone who enjoys our Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire. 2015 will be our 5th year anniversary , and we want this to be our best ever! We’re looking for dedicated people who would like to help us see this happen. This year, our Steering Committee will create and lead specific teams to help with the business administration, set design and construction, and food management. If you’ve ever wanted to be a part of this exciting Fellowship fundraiser, NOW is the time to let us know. The Steering Committee meets every 2nd Sunday after service in the Fellowship Hall. If you’re interested, please join us there (first meeting February 8, around 12:30 pm). If you can’t make it, please contact either Mayor Todd Couillard at [email protected] or Business Manager Teresa Hall at [email protected] with questions or for more information. Join us for the Fun, the Magic, and the Revelry that is the ONLY Renaissance Faire in Upstate SC. HOW TO RECOGNIZE A VISITOR Do you want to say a friendly “hello” to one of our visitors, but you didn’t get a good look at them during the service? Maybe you can’t discern between someone you haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet and a visitor. Never fear, the green mugs are here! The Membership Committee has purchased lime green coffee mugs for visitors to use in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services. When you see folks with green mugs, please introduce yourself and make them feel welcome. We want our visitors to stick out so that we can, in the words of our illustrious Pat Jobe, “slather them with affection.” Well, perhaps we can’t get away with quite the slathering that Pat can, but we’ll make a valiant effort! Look for a high-topped table in the Fellowship Hall containing a large “Welcome Visitors” sign, the green coffee mugs, The Flame, and literature about Unitarian Universalism. The table will be manned after the service by one of our Membership Committee volunteers. Visitors – Please look for the high- topped table and use these green mugs for several visits so we have the opportunity to get to know you! DO YOU LIVE NEAR GREENVILLE HOSPITAL? There is a woman living near GHS main campus who needs a ride to GUUF about every other Sunday. She is new to the area, knows a couple of our members and really wants to go to our Sunday services. If you are ready, willing and able to help her out, please contact Liz McGrory (at 410 924-6245 or [email protected]), and she will put you in touch. Many thanks! PAT’S PANTRY – PLEASE HELP! We are in URGENT need of food, toilet paper, toothpaste and soap product donations please. Food donations should be non-perishable, preferably canned goods. Protein-rich foods such as peanut butter and canned goods containing meat are in heavy demand. Nothing that weighs over a pound should be donated, please, as the participants carry it home. Thanks for your participation. Carole Lavash BOX TOPS Box Tops collection is back! The box to deposit your collected box tops is located in the Narthex. Whether you have 1 or 100, each box top is worth collecting, so please keep up the good work and let’s see if we can beat the $150 we received last year. All proceeds benefit the UUWoC. Thank you--Carole Lavash GUUF GOES GREEN – RECYCLE! Please place clean paper, plastic, and cans in recycle bins in the Fellowship Hall and wherever you find the bins throughout our property. We are a UUAcertified Green Sanctuary. The Green Committee meets at 12:30 pm, the first Sunday of each month, in the conference room. All are welcome. MEMBERSHIP SUNDAY Membership Sunday takes place on the first Sunday of every oddnumbered month immediately following the service. Anyone wishing to join the Fellowship is invited to meet in the choir room where you will “sign the book,” and we will share stories of our spiritual journeys. You will also be provided with a packet of information about the Fellowship at that time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Membership Co-Chairs, Debbie Plonkey at (864) 322-5174 or Liz McGrory – (410) 924-6245. There are seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations; A free and responsible search for truth and meaning; The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large; The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. GALA RECEPTION REGISTRATION FORM FIRST SECOND THIRD CHILD CHILD CHILD CHILD FIRST NAME CHILD LAST NAME EMERGENCY CONTACT NAME CONTACT # AGE OF CHILD ANY SPECIAL NEEDS Please go to the website www.greenvillueuu.com, click on the Monthly Calendar, go to March 28, click on the date and copy it into your calendar. Deadline for registration March 14, 2015. SEE YOU THERE!
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