Winchester Unitarian Society Highlights – Thursday, March 26, 2015 Worship Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:00 a.m. Family Worship in the Chapel 10:30 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary We're in This Together The changes to our climate are scary and overwhelming, but less so when we face them together, and together forge a new way on living. Join Rev. Tricia and members of the Green Sanctuary Committee to celebrate victories, share our love of the earth, and envision the new world we are called to create together. Childcare available for infants and tots. On the Rise to Great Pledgeportunity! 77 pledges for $230,986 Thank you so much to all who have already turned in their pledges for the 2015-16 fiscal year! We are off to a great start! It is critical that those of you who are able, turn in your pledge cards by March 29th - the official close of our campaign. That is when we will pass along the "ON the Rise" total to the Standing Committee and our new Co-Treasurers so that they are able to set a budget for next year. Joys, Sorrows, Transitions If you are facing a time of joy, sorrow, or transition in your life, the Ministers are available to talk with you. Additionally, we always have a minister on call to accompany members through crisis situations. If you are facing a crisis and need to urgently reach a minister, call the church at 781-729-0949 and choose voice mail (option 1 or option 2) they will always give you a cell phone number for the minister on call. TONIGHT – Occupy Event On Thursday, March 26 please join us for a Free Presentation and Q and A with Jack Cole, Co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition "DISCUSSION OF DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGIES" from 7-8 p.m. in the Symmes Room. Jack Cole knows about the "war on drugs" from several perspectives. He retired as a Detective Lieutenant after a 26-year career with the New Jersey State Police - fourteen in narcotics, mostly as an undercover officer. His investigations spanned cases from street drug users to international "billion-dollar" drug trafficking organizations. "This is Not a War on Drugs - it's a War on People." Jack Cole For more information about our presenter Questions? Contact Patty Shepard. From the Music Committee - March 27th Concert! Please join David Coffin for a spirited evening of traditional and contemporary folk music and songs from the Maritime tradition on Friday, March 27th at 8:00 in our sanctuary. David Coffin has performed throughout New England since 1980 and is known for his rich baritone voice and his extensive collection of Early Wind Instruments, from the primitive ocarina to medieval gemshorns to the recorders of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Based in Gloucester, MA, David has performed with Cambridge-based Revels since 2000 and currently is its Master of Ceremonies; he also directs the narration program for Boston Harbor Cruises. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind performance with New England's own David Coffin, joined by pianist extraordinaire Kent Allyn. Easter Hunt with a Difference on Sunday, April 5 REQUEST FOR DONATIONS!!!: PLEASE donate, our boxes are empty! Please bring non-perishable goods and personal care items (these are lighter and easier for kids to carry). Drop them off in the boxes outside the RE office or in the church collection boxes. Please bring these items during the weeks of March 22nd to April 5th. We will be hiding things prior to the worship service, so please bring them by the church early on April 5th, Easter Sunday. Thank YOU! WUSYG Service Trip Fundraiser on Sunday, March 29 after Worship PLEASE SAVE THE DATE - Afternoon in Wonderland: Live Auction & Luncheon to Support WUSYG: THIS SUNDAY! Mar 29 at 11:30am. Fall down the rabbit hole and join the Youth Group in Metcalf Hall after the service for this enchanted event. Enjoy a homemade feast while the youth auction off services that they can provide themselves (for ex. Babysitting, Music Lessons, Dog-Walking, Tutoring, etc.), along with some other special items. All proceeds go toward offsetting costs for their Service Trip to New Orleans this April. Please contact the Mad Hatter, er…Director of Youth Ministries, Sam Wilson, with questions: [email protected] This is your last opportunity to support WUSYG before their big trip, so come ready to bid and be fed, or OFF WITH YOUR HEAD! Covenant Group Sample on Sunday, March 29 after Worship Please join the conversation on trust. Beth O'Donnell will offer a sample session of a covenant group, with trust as the topic. This will give folks a chance to go deeper into the subject, and experience the covenant group model as well. This will happen on March 29th, in Michelsen, starting at noon and lasting 90 minutes. Budget Team Update It is getting to be that time again, as the Budget Team prepares a budget for Standing Committee approval and then congregational approval at the May 17th Annual Meeting. It seems as if that date is far away, but a lot of voices need to be heard. Committees and staff please give us your budget requests ASAP. We are putting together the first draft of the budget this Wednesday, April 1st. Congregants who are interested will have an opportunity for information and input Sunday April 19th after church in the Chapel and Wednesday April 22nd at 7:00 in the Parlor. Please join us. If you are not available for either of these meetings, please feel free to contact any one of the budget team if you have any questions or comments. Budget Team: Don Landing Kate Ebbott, Steve Milt, Judy Murray, Karin Sangster, Cricket Potter, and Mary Ann Young From the Ministerial Search Committee - Save the Date! We’re in the midst of meeting with our ministerial candidates, and we want to remind you to keep candidating week open! If all goes well, our ministerial candidate will be in Winchester Sunday, April 26 through Sunday, May 3 to preside and preach at two Sunday morning services and to meet throughout the week with members of the congregation and committees of the society. The vote to call him/her as our next settled minister will take place Sunday, May 3. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in this major event affecting the future of our church Gordy McIntosh, Pete Baldwin, Lee Barton, Julie Khuen, Fritzie Nace Forcucci, Maria Shepherd and Toni Wegner Parking on Sundays Parking at the church on Sunday mornings and many weekday evenings sometimes is quite challenging. It would be much appreciated if those of you who arrive early at church and are sure footed, could park further down Main Street past McCall, down the Parkway or closer to the downtown area. Also any one arriving at any time and who can walk a bit further could do the same. This would allow people, who find navigating more challenging, the opportunity to park in the church parking lot or on Main Street close to the church. If you have stories and anecdotes of difficulties and challenges you have had in parking at the church, especially this winter, please contact Mary Ann in the church office ([email protected] / 781-729-0949. Hymn Sing on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. in the Chapel This is an opportunity and invitation to deepen our connection to the great tradition of hymn singing. Come because you love to sing hymns. Come to learn how to sing with a stronger voice, or maybe to read the music with more confidence. Come with your questions about the hymns and ask why we sing them. Come for some fun fellowship and enjoy the wonderful spirit contained in our hymns! Led by John Kramer, Music Director. New Member Class on Sunday, April 12 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Have you found a spiritual and religious home at Winchester Unitarian Society? Have you begun to identify yourself as a Unitarian Universalist? Would you like to have a vote in the decision ahead about calling the next settled minister for Winchester Unitarian Society? If so, we invite you to learn more about joining this community as a member so that you can be an active part of all that lies ahead. Please come to this informal class where one of the ministers along with several staff and lay leaders will share about what it means to become a member of this community and join in its vibrant ministry. Child care is available and a light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Rev. Cricket at: [email protected] PCAs’ Alliance & Friends Luncheon, Music Sunday, April 12th at noon in Michelsen The Pastoral Care Associates invite you to their 3rd Alliance & Friends Luncheon on Music Sunday, April 12th, at noon in the Michelsen Room. This is an opportunity for Alliance members and friends to gather together over a delicious lunch after our all-music service. If you would like to join us for this special occasion, please RSVP by April 9th by calling the office at 781-729-0949 (and let us know if you need a ride and a PCA will be in touch). Lay Leaders and Musicians Needed for Summer Services, June 21 – August 30. If you would like to give a sermon or reflection on something related to our church values and plan a service around that this summer, please contact the Coordinator, June Edwards. Men, women, young people are encouraged to apply, whether you have done one before or this will be your first time. It can be a traditional service or something completely different and informal. Please write a proposal that includes the topic, a brief description, all Sundays that you will NOT be available and any that are preferred. The summer schedule will be finalized by May 15, but June needs to know much sooner who wants to participate and when they can. Those who would like to sing or play an instrument should see John Kramer who will be scheduling musicians for the summer, including previous ones or newcomers. Service leaders please note: if you plan to provide the music yourself, John must know this by May 1 to avoid duplication conflicts. Meditation News Meets almost every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Sitting from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Walking from 7:00 to 7:15 p.m. Discussion 7:15 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Ron Denhardt for info. Spring Yoga Starting April 6 This session will run from April 6th through June 22nd. No class on Monday, May 25th in honor of Memorial Day. Tuition is $154 ($14 per class for 11 weeks) for the session. $15 for a one time trial yoga class. Classes meet at 6:30 p.m. and run for 90 minutes. The structure of the class is accessible to all levels of students, including those who have never tried yoga previously. If you are interested in attending but would like more information, please contact the class instructor, Samantha Baker, at 978-505-1016 or [email protected] Growth and Learning News Conversations that Matter on Sunday, April 12th, 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Growth & Learning invites you to discuss timeless ideas and writings that provide context and insight to current events. Our reading in April is the article How Will You Measure Your life? by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen. It will surely evoke some disruptive thinking as we share and discuss our strategy in life and seek answers to Christensen's question: "How can I ensure that my relationship with my family proves to be an enduring source of happiness." Please join us in engaging conversation, good wine, delicious food, and great company at the home of Cynthia and Scott. RSVP to Rebecca [email protected] Social Action and Outreach News Are you planning to sponsor a grant application? The deadline for submitting is April 1. Copies are available on the Social Action and Outreach table. If you have any questions please contact any of the committee members: Claire McNeill, David Kronberg, Carol Delaney, Donna Denio, Mike Hyde, Mary Saudade, and Patty Shepard. Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate may be ordered through March 29. There are new varieties available. All the chocolates are delicious! Pick up your order form at the Social Action and Outreach table or contact Claire McNeill. We order at the wholesale interfaith prices; there is no mark-up. Are you available to join other UUs in Boston on April 14? Sign-up at the Outreach table to travel together to UU Mass Action’s 10th annual UU Advocacy Day, Tuesday April 14th, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston. The more people who attend the stronger will be our impact. Sign-up to attend as a group at the Social Action table in Symmes. “Join with UUs from across the state. We will hear a special message from Bill McKibben, world renowned climate activist. Our Keynote speaker is Senator William Brownsberger, D-Belmont. Senator Brownsberger is a Unitarian Universalist, Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, and strong leader and ally in legislation to address climate change, ending mass incarceration, immigrant rights, and economic justice.” Register by April 1st and the appointment with your legislator will be made for you. Ticket Price $25 - Covers breakfast, lunch, & beverages. Registration: http://tinyurl.com/mzuo33z Join “Commit2Respond” for Climate Justice Month! From World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice. To get faith-filled resources, engage in powerful practices throughout the month, and discern how to most effectively shift to a low carbon future, advance human rights, and grow the climate justice movement, check out: http://www.commit2respond.org/news The next date to work at the Women’s Lunch Place is April 11. We meet at 7:00 am at the church and return by 11:45 am. A recent volunteer shared her experience: “I volunteered at the Women’s Lunch Place for the first time, and what a rewarding experience. It was an easy commitment—just one Saturday morning. When we arrived at around 7:45, women were already sitting in the large dining room, and food preparation was well underway. The head chef was friendly and helped us get right into the swing of things. This is a good organization. It provides dignity and assistance to women whose lives have fallen on hard times, and I am aware of how fine the line is that divides me from them. I felt productive and useful and I plan to go back. I hope you join me!” You may sign-up at the Outreach table or contact Claire McNeill. Woburn Food Pantry This month the Woburn Council of Social Concern’s Food Pantry’s “wish list” item for the month is POWDERED OR SHELF-SAFE MILK. Please place this item in the bins throughout the church during the Sundays in March. As always, any non-perishable item is welcome. Help us support the Council’s mission of providing food for those in need in our community. Questions? Please contact Mary Saudade, member of the Social Action and Outreach Committee. WUSYG: Winchester Unitarian Society Youth Group Note from Sam about the March 22 Service: Thank You to everyone who participated in the interactive part of Director of Youth Ministry Sam Wilson's sermon last Sunday. Congregants can still participate and answer the question "What questions or comments do you have about UU Youth Ministry / the sermon last Sunday" by going to https://PollEv.com/samwilson222 (poll closes this Sunday). Anyone can also check out all of the (anonymous) responses by going to poll https://www.polleverywhere.com/free_text_polls/SEuW27cgtPgYxDM?preview=true Sam will be posting his answers to his favorite 10 questions in a future issue of Highlights. Thanks so much to everyone for their compelling questions and interesting insights about this vital topic! WUSYG: Winchester Unitarian Society Youth Group Youth are asked to join us in Metcalf Hall on Saturday from 2-4 pm to help set up for our event on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they are asked to arrive by 9 AM and expect to stay until 2. Please check Facebook and read the Newsletter (both will be updated/sent later today) for items to bring on Saturday/Sunday. Youth are also strongly encouraged to send out their fundraising letters ASAP and distribute the link to our fundraising page via all of their social media sites. The trip is coming up really soon - so this our last opportunity to raise money for it! For more detailed information about all of the above, please be sure to check out the latest youth newsletter. If you are a parent or a youth (or interested congregant!) involved in the program who is not currently receiving the WUSYG email newsletter and would like to, you can sign yourself up here: http://eepurl.com/3d82j For more information about youth programs in general, please contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Sam Wilson: [email protected] Religious Education News 10:00 a.m. Family Worship in the Chapel Religious Education Morning: Children start in the Sanctuary and after the Time for all Ages head off to age grouped religious education programs. Childcare available for babies and toddlers. Preschool-kindergarten: Chalice Children: Main level First and Second Grades: Love Surrounds Us: Upstairs Classroom Third and Fourth Grades: Bibleodeon: Upstairs Classroom Fifth and Sixth Grades: Neighboring Faiths: Faith visit for Palm Sunday (watch your inbox) Sunday morning child care (six month to three year olds) is available in the playroom with Juanita Simms, Isabelle Costa and Eleanor Sharon. COMING UP Canned Goods Hunt On Sunday, April 5th, the Winchester Unitarian Society will have our annual “Easter Hunt with a difference”. As a faith community, committed to sustainable practices, we are once again forgoing the plastic eggs and inviting our children to partake of a different experience. On April 5th we'll ask our children to hunt for nonperishable food items hidden around the church. This year, as we look at the snow piles which may melt into mud piles by the 5th, it’s likely that we will hunt inside. When done, our young hunters will be able to trade their goods in for a more traditional treat. It's a very different way of having an Easter Hunt and although the candy "haul" is a lot less, the sum total of good in the world is a lot greater REQUEST FOR DONATIONS!!!: PLEASE donate, our boxes are empty! Please bring non-perishable goods and personal care items (these are lighter and easier for kids to carry). Drop them off in the boxes outside the RE office or in the church collection boxes. Please bring these items during the weeks of March 22nd to April 5th. We will be hiding things prior to the worship service, so please bring them by the church early on April 5th, Easter Sunday. Thank YOU! What happens now for our 7th and 8th graders? With the Our Whole Lives program completed for the year, we are on a brief hiatus until Easter. Our spring program begins April 12th for this group. We will be focusing on a service and learning, with a heavy tilt toward service. Many sessions will be off site, although we will have preparatory meetings to give context for the service learning opportunities. Possible sessions include visits to homeless shelters, meals to the homeless of Boston Common, trail maintenance in the local greenways, work at the Food Project and partnering with Community Cooks. Notes from the office -New Administrative Assistant Please welcome Jenny Goh as the new Administrative Assistant! She will be working Tuesdays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. She comes with previous office experience and rave reviews from her references. Please stop by the office to meet her! -Deadline for Annual Reports – Mark Your Calendars Reports are due to Mary Ann ([email protected]) at noon on Monday, May 4 -Standing Committee Approved Minutes Approved Standing Committee minutes are posted on the Standing Committee section of the member pages on the church website. (www.winchesteruu.org) -Church Directory Available as a PDF File for Members and Friends of the Society If you would like a copy of the current church directory please email Mary Ann and she will email you the PDF. -Electronic Payment Options Visit the church website: http://winchesteruu.org/donatenowelectronicgiving79.html and click the “donate” button. If you have questions about church financial matters, contact Mary Ann in the church office (781-7290949 / [email protected]). -Sunday Worship Service CDs and Hardcopies of the Sermons Every Sunday the worship service is recorded. If you would like to borrow a copy or if you would like to have a copy made, please let Mary Ann know (781-729-0949 / [email protected]). Also hardcopies are available for most sermons usually a week or two after the sermon was delivered. They are on the table in the foyer outside the sanctuary. Community News UU Urban Ministry Spirit and Action – Moving Forward on Race and Justice This three part series is sponsored by the UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam Street, Roxbury, MA from 7-8:30pm. A light supper will be served at 6:30pm before each session. Participants are asked to attend all three sessions. Monday, March 30 State Representative Byron Rushing unpacks the history of “race,” and we explore the impact of racism in 2015. Monday, April 6 Monalisa Smith, founder of Mothers for Justice and Equality, will lead participants in the creative expression of our own experiences with, or reactions to racism. Monday April 13 Moving into Voice. We will learn how to confront the spoken and unspoken racism we see, in ways that create love and justice. Register by contacting Rev. Rebecca Hinds at [email protected] or 617-318-6010 x214. If you’d like to carpool, contact Karen Erikson 781-729-7249 or Kate Ebbott 781-729-1995. Winchester Multicultural Events Communicating Effectively in a Multicultural World on Saturday, April 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sanborn House, 15 High Street, Winchester. The Multicultural Network’s annual workshop for the community will focus on learning tools and skills—needed now more than ever-- for addressing issues such as race, class, religion and other challenges that occur across differences. Valerie Batts, Ph.D., the Executive Director and co-founder of VISIONS, Inc. will lead the workshop on To register, email [email protected] or call 781-729-7100. A $20 registration fee is requested but can be waived on request. UU Urban Ministry Hope Out Loud 4, Bridging Communities and Families through Praise and Music on Sunday April 12, 3-5 p.m. Hope Out Loud is an annual celebration of community and joy held at our UU Urban Ministry (located at 10 Putnam Street in Roxbury). This intergenerational and interfaith performance on April 12 features children and adults from all over the area dancing and singing; it is a way for us to hear a diverse collection of voices speak their truths; and it is a time for all to sing together. “For nearly 200 years, the UU Urban Ministry has been working side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future.” (www.uuum.org) At this year's Hope Out Loud, UU singers from congregations in the Boston area will combine to sing two beloved songs (“Draw the Circle” and “How Good!”). Children from Union United Methodist Church's Liturgical Dance Team, and their Radical Praise children's choir, will perform, as will the dynamic Youth Choir from Mattapan’s Greater Victory Temple. There will be lots of group singing as well, led by the gospel singers of the Boston Community Choir; so bring your voice and help us make HOPE come alive! Hope Out Loud is free and open to the public, with a reception following. It is a wonderful and engaging afternoon – perfect for all ages! More information can be found at www.uuum.org/hopeoutloud Worship Services every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Highlights, our weekly email update about church related events, is usually sent out each week mid morning on Thursdays. Deadline 9 a.m. Please note: Articles submitted need to have a contact name.
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