Newsletter - First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk

First Parish Voices
Worship Service, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 10:30 am
Gathered Side By Side
The Reverend Lara K-J Campbell
Coffee Hour provided by Membership & Properties – Andrea Rohde & Barbara Conner
Church Office hours: The church office is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am to noon
Rev. Lara hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Weather cancellations: Channel 6 TV, the Website/Facebook and
a message on the church voice mail. Herve’
Contents: You may select an item to go directly to it
Weekly Updates! ..................................................................................................................................................... 2
Friday Night Movie Series........................................................................................................................ 2
New Member Welcome Sunday ............................................................................................................... 2
Sunday Morning Discussion Group ........................................................................................................ 2
Connecting Circle...................................................................................................................................... 3
Next Sermon and Soup Book Discussion – 3/15/15 ................................................................................ 3
Song Swap – Song Sharing ....................................................................................................................... 3
Maine Mud Madness – Let’s Wake Up Spring!! ................................................................................... 4
March No Particular Reason Women's Potluck Dinner ....................................................................... 4
April Circle Dinners ................................................................................................................................. 4
Installation of Our 26th Minister ............................................................................................................. 5
Help! Installation of our 26th Minister .................................................................................................... 5
Operation Creation ................................................................................................................................... 6
Fund Raising Proposal - IRISH GARDEN SHED ................................................................................ 6
Profound Readings .................................................................................................................................................. 7
Where I’m From Poem – Jackie Allaire-MacDonald............................................................................ 7
Funding Opportunities! ........................................................................................................................................... 9
Spiritual Growth Opportunities! ........................................................................................................................... 10
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Weekly Updates!
Friday Night Movie Series
February 27, 2015
Red Gold
Saving Beautiful & Pristine Bristol Bay, Alaska
Winner of the best documentary at the Telluride Film Festival, this film chronicles the
efforts to stop the proposed Pebble open pit mine (gold, copper, molybdenum)
at the headwaters of two of Alaska's richest salmon rivers.
Following the film, Lindsay Newland Bowker, environmental risk manager for Bowker Associates,
An independent nonprofit which provides analysis on key issues with potential for massive
Environmental impacts in Maine (the proposed mine on Bald Mountain, for example),
will comment on the film and conduct the Q&A.
6:30 - dessert and coffee, tea
7:00 - Film followed by discussion
Brought to you by the Social Justice Committee and Maine Sierra Club
ALL WELCOME
Gathered Side by Side:
New Member Welcome Sunday
March 1, 2015
We hope that all of you can join us on Sunday March 1st when we will be welcoming six new members and
three rejoining members into our congregation.
This will also be an opportunity to celebrate our whole church community. It is a time for all of us to renew
the covenant that we have made with each other.
Please try to attend this special service as we publicly recognize these nine members of our church.
Sincerely,
Andrea Rohde, On behalf of the Membership Team
Sunday Morning Discussion Group
The March line up for the Sunday Morning Discussion Group is:
March 1st
Nietzsche - Twilight of the Idols
March 15th Nietzsche - Achieving Authenticity
Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us at 8:30 am. Questions? Contact Ruth [email protected]
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Looking for more personal connections at church?
Want to further your spiritual development?
Consider joining a
Connecting Circle
(info meeting is now Sunday, March 1st, after church, in the library)
First Parish’s new Connecting Circles are about gathering with a small group of adults for spiritual journeying,
increasing sacred awareness, and sharing personal experiences. Circles are structured to allow members to
connect more closely with themselves and each other than can be accomplished at larger church functions.
Two Circles are launching in March. Both Circles will be held at church and will run through June. Sign up on
the sheets in Parish Hall.
Circle A - Friday, March 20th. 7pm
(1st and 3rd Fridays), and
Circle K - Sunday, March 22nd. 5:30pm
(2nd and 4th Sundays)
Next Sermon and Soup Book Discussion – 3/15/15
Rev. Lara will preach on March 15, 2015 on The Selma Awakening and her experience at the 50th Anniversary
commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March. Those interested are encouraged to read the
book in preparation. However, all are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.
The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism
Editor: Mark D. Morrison-Reed
The foremost scholar of African-American Unitarian Universalist history presents this long-awaited analysis of
the denomination's civil rights activism in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Selma represented a turning point for
Unitarian Universalists. In answering Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to action, they shifted from passing earnest
resolutions about racial justice to putting their lives on the line for the cause. Morrison-Reed traces the long
history of race relations among the Unitarians and the Universalists leading up to 1965, exploring events and
practices of the late nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth century. He reveals the disparity between
their espoused values on race and their values in practice. And yet, in 1965 their activism in Selma—involving
hundreds of ministers and the violent deaths of Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo—at last put them in
authentic relationship with their proclaimed beliefs. With rigorous scholarship and unflinching frankness, The
Selma Awakening provides a new way of understanding Unitarian Universalist engagement with race and offers
an indispensable new resource for anyone interested in UU history.
$18 at the UUA Bookstore - http://www.uuabookstore.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2088
Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store and on Google Play.
Song Swap – Song Sharing
The Second Friday of every month
Next Song Swap is Friday, March 13th
Time: 7:00pm- 9pm, In the Chapel
The joy of making music and having fun is our goal at this informal gathering, open to all. All levels of
experience are valued and enjoyed. Acoustic instruments only please. Listeners are Welcome.
Light refreshments will be served. - A $3 donation is requested.
FMI please contact: Rich Gaito, 985 -7412, [email protected] or Bruce Childress [email protected]
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Maine Mud Madness – Let’s Wake Up Spring!!
Dinner, Entertainment and a Silent Service Auction
March 21st at 6:30
In Maine, there are actually five seasons. This fifth inserts itself between winter
and spring during the months of March and April when all of the accumulated
snow melts at once. Known as "Mud Season," it is a time of change as the
landscape prepares itself for a new season of growth. Let’s celebrate the end of
winter and the arrival of spring with family and friends by sharing an evening of
dining, entertainment and a Silent Service Auction!
This year we are limiting the auction to parties, gatherings, services and gift certificates (i.e. dinners, breakfasts,
tea parties, painting rooms, carpentry, landscaping, gift certificates for boat trips, restaurants, etc.) Please
consider offering a few hours of your time and talent to the auction. Find attached an Item Donation Form –
you will also find them on the bulletin board – Current Events. Please return them ASAP to the Completed
Form folder on the bulletin board – Deadline for submission is March 13!
For More Information:
Dean Meggison - [email protected] 985-0074
Sally Keene – [email protected] 985-8044
Jeannie Meggison – [email protected] 985-0074
March No Particular Reason Women's Potluck Dinner
At the home of Norma Johnsen
When: Friday, March 20 @ 6:15PM
Where: Sea Road, Kennebunk
Phone: 985-5840
April Circle Dinners
Circle Dinners will be scheduled in the month of April. Sign up sheets are available in the parish hall as of
March 1st. Be a host or a guest. Hosts prepare the main dish and guests bring salads, sides and desserts. Circle
Dinners are a great way to get acquainted with your fellow UU's in a relaxed home atmosphere.
Don't miss out!
Nancy Ann
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Installation of Our 26th Minister
Help! Installation of our 26th Minister
Home Hospitality needed for April Installation Weekend. We are very excited to install Lara as our new
minister on April 26. The Committee on Ministry is looking for people willing to provide home hospitality for
out of town guests attending the event. We are looking for the weekend of April 24-26. If you have a bedroom
or two please contact Margaret Jones before March 22 at [email protected]
Thanks.
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Operation Creation
Please join us Friday’s @ 1 PM in the Library
Bring your knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, painting or any other hand work you enjoy
I will put on a pot of tea and we can create while enjoying the company of our church friends
FMI please contact Nancy Dorn at [email protected]
Fund Raising Proposal - IRISH GARDEN SHED
Presented is a proposal for your consideration of an opportunity to provided additional income for our church.
The project would entail the construction of an 8' x 10' Classic Post and Beam Irish Garden Shed and the
wherewithal for its completion, to be raffled in conjunction with our Blueberry Fair of 2015.The value of the
completed shed would be +/- $4,000.00.
The raffle would have a limited number of tickets sold at an amount per ticket to be determined. E.g.: One
hundred tickets sold at $100.00 per ticket would yield $10,000.00, or whatever...
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Solicitation for building materials from a local supplier in consideration for advertising access for the
project is proposed.
Labor for construction of the shed to be provided by church member volunteers is proposed.
Location of the construction to be determined.
Organization, development, funding and actualization of the requirements necessary for the successful
completion of the raffle to be provided by church member volunteers.
If you are interested in supporting or participating directly in this proposed project, if we proceed, please
contact: Tom Dunn at 207-641-2733 or [email protected]
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Profound Readings
Where I’m From Poem – Jackie Allaire-MacDonald
I am from paper
from Gel Pens and Sharpies
from Crocs and Silly Bandz
and other colorful hunks of plastic.
I am from blue
blue carpets and tiles, and counters and sky
robin egg, sea spray, periwinkle and teal
sometimes lively and busy,
sometimes blank and dull.
I am from the pussy willow bush
from the climbing tree
that leaned against it’s stump
rotting and dying, but supporting little feet
for so long.
If a tree falls near the driveway
and noone is around to hear it
does that soften the sting of it’s loss?
I am from pizza on Fridays,
caroling at the monastery,
and family game night charades.
From Julie Margaret Allaire
and Daniel Mendon MacDonald
who are the reason my last name is sixteen letters long
plus a hyphen.
I am from the happy fault of singing too much
and the discouraging one of always being late.
From leather aprons and homemade chicken soup.
From ¨Go play outside¨
to ¨She’s melting, she’s melting!¨
when my sister ducks out of the rain.
I am from a place where you can believe what you want
and no one can tell you not to from a place where each person is important
where I can recite our covenant because I’ve heard it so often.
From where I learned to sing and talk
to adults, to teachers, to crowds.
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I am from Dover and Gilford, New Hampshire
a New Englander,
by blood and spirit and the state I write on envelopes
and the way I pronounce ¨syrup¨
the right way, like Sir, you’re up.
From Albania and Canada
from Scotland and England
from places I only dream of visiting.
I am from the girl scout troup my Grandmother led
that all three of her kids (including my dad) were part of.
From the way that my Great Uncle lived in his childhood home
after his sister got married,
after his brother died young,
after his father finally passed on,
all by himself until last week
when he packed up the house, box by box
all by himself
and moved out.
I am from the top of our piano
on which my framed and smiling face stands
among those of my family.
From the long wooden swing
gathering dust in our cellar dust that obscures my once vibrant memories
of it hanging in the barn that belonged to my grandparents.
I am from that barn, old and beautiful.
I am from my middle name, ¨Page¨
spelled like the part of a book
that is responsible for 90% of all my procrastination
of everything, ever.
I am from paper
which inspires an endless list of words
but can only hold so much
forcing each poem to come to an end.
Note: This beautiful poem was shared by Jackie at the Sunday Service 2/22/2015 “The Future Isn’t What it Use
to Be”.
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Funding Opportunities!
ClynK Bottle Redemption
What is that sound you hear early Sunday mornings in the back hall? And ever wonder why you see members
carrying wine bottles around?
FPUU not only recycles, but we turn in "Maine labeled" bottles and cans for money.
We have a Clynk deposit barrel in the kitchen. If you have more than you can carry, take home your very own
green bag. The new Clynk bags are in the black filing cabinet to the right of the stage behind the back curtain
Here is the Clynk website for more information: https://www.clynk.com
Do you shop at Hannaford?
One of our biggest, easiest fundraisers is right at your fingertips, with no cost to you!
Who?
What?
Why?
How?
YOU!
A Hannaford card you use to prepay for groceries, through First Parish, then use it like a debit
card when you shop.
For every dollar you spend at Hannaford, they will give us 5% back.
Register for a refillable Hannaford card most Sundays, with Gwen Vesenka, at the Welcome
Table. She will take checks for under $500. Refill your card any week, by dropping off a check
in the slot of the office door.
How again and when?
1- Each week before Thursday
2- Write a check to FPUU Kennebunk and write the last 4 digits of your Hannaford card in the
memo area.
3- Place in an envelope labeled "Hannaford"
4- Put it in the cute little silver slot on the office door.
5- Voila! On Friday, your money will be transferred to the card.
Gwen Vesenka sends out nice emails reminding us each week of collection and transfer of the money.
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Spiritual Growth Opportunities!
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Embracing Aging: Moment by Moment group meets twice a month for discussion and reflection. You may
attend on a drop-in basis if you wish. Remaining dates are: Weds. Feb 25, Mar 11 & 25, April 15 & 29,
6:30 – 8pm in the Chapel. Please join us, it is free and open to all. FMI please contact Jaylene Summers @
985-7412 or [email protected]
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Women for All Seasons: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Celebrate the cycles of nature and the
season, share and discuss, get to know other women in the congregation. We meet the second and fourth
Tuesdays from September through June. For more information please contact Kathe 985-6194 and Annie 4680541. All women are welcome. Free
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Meditation: Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. Silent meditation sessions in the Chapel with optional walking
meditation in the Sanctuary. All are welcome.
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Early Morning Yoga: Thursday from 7-8:15 am: Start your day with a moderately paced Hatha Yoga class
led by Patrick Conner, M.A., RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Come whenever you can – no attendance
commitment. All experience levels are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes that allow movement. Bring a Yoga
mat and props if you have them – there will be mats available to borrow. All adults and teens are welcome.
Donations accepted.
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Adult Choir: Rehearsals on Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. and 2 Sundays per month. All are welcome!
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An affiliated group “Ripples of Peace” Buddhist Sangha: Tuesdays, 5:15- 6:45 p.m. in the Children’s
Chapel – Beginners Welcome! Please bring cushions and/or mat for comfortable sitting – Chairs will be
available. A Sangha is a community of friends learning and practicing the teachings of the Buddha. Our weekly
gatherings begin with sitting and walking meditation followed by reading from a Buddhist teacher. The Sangha
is an open gathering – come when you can, you are always welcome. Contact Sally Keene 985-8044,
[email protected] for info.
FPUU STAFF/LEADERSHIP
MINISTER: The Reverend Lara K-J Campbell………………….........207-985-3700 (church) [email protected]
ACTING DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Jacky Peters……[email protected]
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Rev. Charles Grindle……………………………[email protected]com
ADMINISTRATOR: Barbara Boscia............................................................................................................... [email protected]
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
CHAIR: Herve’ Lavoie.…............................................................................................. [email protected]
VICE-CHAIR: Ruth Stackpole………………………………………….………………..…[email protected]
CLERK: Paula Moulton……………………….…………………………….………[email protected]
TREASURER: Oliver Payne……………….……….............................................………………………[email protected]
Jeanne Meggison……………………………………………………………..................…[email protected]
Molly Hoadley…………………………………………………………............................…[email protected]
Karen Banning................................................................................................................ [email protected]
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