Order of Service - Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Greenville Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship
SHUTTING OFF THE SCHOOL TO
PRISON PIPELINE
March 29, 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
March 29, 2015
Order of Service
Welcome
Steve Compton
Chalice Lighting
Anne Tromsness
Prelude
Shelton Love
Opening Words
Odell Lomax
*Opening Song
#190 Light of Ages
Story for all Ages
All Sing
Anne and Mae Tromsness
Children's Benediction
#413 Go Now in Peace
All Sing
Why I Give
Griff Griffith
Community Caring
Please share your joys and sorrows Steve Compton
in our Community Memory Book
before or after the Service
Anthem
Praise in Springtime
Choir
Offertory
Sermon
Shelton Love
Shutting off the School to Prison Pipeline
*Closing Song
Closing Words
Postlude
Benediction
#347 Gather the Spirit
Tracey Tucker
All Sing
Candy Kern-Fuller
Shelton Love
Steve Compton
*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
Steve Compton
Luminary
Mae Tromsness
Accompanist
Music Director
Ushers
Greeters
Sound Crew
Flower Ministry
Coffee Baristas
Shelton Love
Christian Elser
Ken and Virginia Flanagan
Pat Dillow and Jean Wilder
Richard Fuller, Teresa Hall, Charles Fulks
Flowers from the GUUF Gala
Bo and Suzy Boghani
Steve Compton is a social activist, environmentalist, and psychotherapist who
sings in several musical organizations. Steve and the Fellowship were born in
the same year in Greenville, SC.
Shelton Love received his degree in Organ Performance from Bob Jones University
and is currently the accompanist for both the Pride of Greenville men’s
chorus and the Pride of Greenville women’s chorus.
Odell Lomax has been coming to GUUF for over two years and joined a year ago.
He graduated from public school in the early 60’s and lived in New York City
for almost 50 years. Odell moved back to Greenville in 2012.
Mae Tromsness, daughter of Jayce and Anne, enjoys writing, visual arts, theater,
reading and science. She wants to be a writer and educator and is passionate
about equality.
Griff Griffith grew up in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He retired in 2006 to run for U.S.
congress, a losing endeavor. Today he enjoys golf, music, education/teaching,
being on the water and the preservation of our precious civil liberties and will
be relocating to Beaufort, SC later this year.
Tracey Tucker is currently the Youth Justice Advocate with the ACLU of South
Carolina and working to unite individuals and organizations in a campaign to
combat the school to prison pipeline and other juvenile justice issues in our
state.
Candy Kern-Fuller resides in Anderson, SC. She graduated from the University of
South Carolina’s School of Law, and a member (past and present) of several
societies and teams. She served two terms as the State Coordinator of the
National Organization for Women (NOW), two terms on the National Board of
NOW, and two terms on the State Board of the American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU). She met her husband, Richard Fuller, in 1989 at a pro-choice rally in
Cleveland Park while he was serving as the State Coordinator of NOW.
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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.
April 5, 2015
Easter and Resurrection Around the World
Pat Jobe (Steve Compton)
Expect stories and hope from both outside and inside the Christian
tradition. With the dogwoods in bloom, we have to bet on hope, joy,
awe-stricken ecstasy at spring whether we believe in resurrection or
not.
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.
Congregational Care Items
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We extend our loving support to:
My mother is in the hospital. Cause and prognosis , as yet, is
undetermined. Our family asks for prayers and good thoughts. Thank
you all – John Seitz.
We celebrate with:
I am home from Vermont… where it never went above 20 degrees and
we had two snowstorms. My eldest daughter (Amber) passed her
qualifying exams (three written, one oral) for her doctorate at UC Santa
Cruz and is now making plans to move east to Brooklyn. It will be the
first time in eight years that she has lived in the same time zone as me!
My youngest daughter (Rachel) is feeling very happy and is seriously
considering a return to living in Greenville… she will be back Mother’s
Day weekend – Deborah Armstrong.
Highlights in Lifespan Religious Education
From Babies to Sages
March 29, 2015
Classes and Events Today
9:30 am: Childcare Opens
Choir Practice—Choir Room
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
RE Classes for Children and Youth
Teen Classes begin in classrooms with teachers at 11:00 am.
K5-5th grade children begin in service.
Middle School (6th -8th grades): Buddhism temple visit at Furman
Coming of Age (9th -10th grades): No Class
Senior High (10th -12th grades): Begin planning Youth Worship Service
11:15 am (after the Story for All Ages)
Kingdom of Equals (4th -5th grades): The Good Shepherd
Spirit Play 1 & 2 (K5- 1st grade and 2nd-3rd grades): The Tailor
Spirit Play “Lite” (3-4 yrs): Giraffes Can’t Dance (Yes, they can!)
Parents, please
remember to
monitor your
children closely
when they are in
your care.
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.
YOUNG ADULTS’ DISCUSS AND DO GROUP
Facilitators CJ Gillum and Allison Miller
Sundays, 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.
Contact CJ Gillum for more information at 864-376-2643.
NOT FOR OURSELVES ALONE: ADULT BOOK STUDY GROUP
Facilitated by Dr. Michelle McClendon
Sunday afternoons 5:00-6:30 pm until April 12, 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]
YOGA
Mondays, April 6-27, 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]
WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP
Second Sunday each month, 9:45-10:45 am, Sr. Hi Classroom—downstairs
For information, contact Genny Hill, [email protected]
CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous)
Meets Wednesday nights.7-9 pm
Founders Room
A 12-Step Program for people struggling with their role in important
relationships.
Please contact Eric Anderson at [email protected] for more
information.
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]
New Class Forming - PRACTICAL MYSTICISM
Facilitated by Wes Tower
First and third Sundays through May, 9:45-10:45 am
Conference Room
This class is a shared exploration of mystical views and practices from
wisdom traditions around the world. Participants will explore the practices
and shared beliefs of different paths, as well as learn esoteric lore and
meditation techniques with real-world applications. Come walk a sturdy
bridge between science and faith! Wes Tower has been learning and
practicing Shamanism for 14 years. He is also a student of Shiatsu, Tai Chi,
Kempo Karate, Anatomy and Physiology, Linguistics, and Theology.
OUR COVENANT CIRCLE MINISTRY
Covenant Circles are the backbone ministry of our Fellowship, and we
encourage everyone to get involved. Without any doubt, this is the single
best way to get connected, make friends, and deepen your spirit in this
congregation. And you don’t need to wait to join a covenant circle. We
have several openings in groups that meet on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday evenings as well as in our Wednesday daytime group.
Brochures and Registration Forms are available at the “Hello” table in the
lobby, or you may contact [email protected] .
EARTH SPIRIT CLASS
Meets every other Friday night, 7-9 pm
Founders Room
Contact Dana Couillard for more
Information [email protected]
NOTICE BOARD
NO-TALENT TALENT SHOW
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
WHAT’S YOUR TALENT?
Singing
Playing an instrument
Whistling or humming
Kazoo band
Standup comedy
Dancing
Juggling
Finger puppets
Whatever your talent, we want to see it!
Please come out and join us on April 18, whether
you participate or just want to be a spectator,
we guarantee you’ll be truly entertained.
Tickets for the event will be $10 at the door!
Save the Date, you’ll be glad you did!
Please volunteer to bring a food donation by contacting
Jan Price or Joan Baker, before or after Sunday service,
email [email protected], or sign up via the Bulletin
Board in the Fellowship Hall.
SEE YOU THERE!
EASTER FUNDAY
On Sunday, April 4, we’ll have special Easter
arts and crafts in the Fellowship Hall and on
the Patio, followed by an Egg Hunt on the front lawn after service.
Parents will need to pick up their kids at 12, right after service, because
we can’t begin the egg hunt until everyone arrives.
REGISTRATION FOR MOUNTAIN CONS IS OPEN
Senior High CON: April 10-12
Register online at mountaincenters.org. IF YOU WILL BE
USING TRAVEL CREDIT, please contact Laura Christenbury at
[email protected] PRIOR to registering.
SAVE THE DATE! – SHALOMFEST, APRIL 12, 1-3 pm
Meet in lower parking lot next to the playground by 12:30.
All 4th-5th graders, and their families, are invited to
Shalomfest, the annual Jewish Festival at the Temple of Israel. Lots of
workshops, activities and delicious food. Entry and $5 lunch is paid for class
members and teachers.
THE LUNCH BUNCH
The Lunch Bunch will meet on the third Thursday of each month at
12:30 pm. This month we will meet on April 16.
If you are not already part of our group, you are most welcome to join us for
great food, lively conversation and occasional special activities.
I will call you a few days before the event, as usual, to find out what you are
planning to bring. It should be enough to feed 6-8 people (no more).
If you wish to join our group, just call me, Suzanne Hart 864-235-1714, and I
will add you to our list.
PAINTBALL, APRIL 19
Open to all Middle and Senior High Youth. Contact Allison
Render at [email protected] for information.
EARTH DAY - APRIL 22
Find out what you can do to help our planet —visit
www.earthday.org
NEW UU CLASS
Are you new to the Greenville UU Fellowship?
Are you interested in finding out more about the Fellowship
and how to get involved? Then you are invited to the ‘New to
Greenville UU’ Class!
Saturday, April 25th, 9:30 am – noon
& Sunday, April 26th, 12:30–2:30 pm (lunch provided)
Childcare available on request. Let us know if you are interested or have
any questions. E-mail [email protected] with ’New UU’ in the
subject line.
BOX TOPS UPDATE
Carol Lavash has sent out 650 Box Tops for Education—that’s
the equivalent of $65.00 PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING, let’s beat last year’s
total of $150.
LOST – PLEASE HELP!
Authentic German hat (bought in Germany). Forest green
felt with a white feather and a cancer survivor pin. If you
have found it, or know someone who has found it, please
contact Walter Lavash 864-238-1848. Thank you!
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.
HOPE IS A FOUR·LETTER WORD
Listening & Working with Nicaragua's Poor by Sarah
Junkin Woodard
When: Monday, April 13, at 5:30 pm
Where: UU World of Children at the Greenville Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd
Please join us for a wine and cheese reception, presentation, crafts, jewelry
and clothing.
Sarah comes from the Center for Development in
Central America (CDCA), the Nicaraguan project of the
non-profit, faith-based organization, the Jubilee House Community (JHC).
Before moving to Nicaragua in 1994, the JHC operated shelters for the
homeless and battered women in Statesville, NC.
For more than two decades, the CDCA continues to respond to human
needs created by poverty in the second poorest nation in the western
hemisphere. The CDCA focuses on justice now, helping communities
become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities, specifically in the
areas of:
• sustainable economic development
• organic agriculture
• appropriate technology
• education and health care
Sarah says, "The CDCA has been called to work with, and
speak on behalf of, the poor in our area of Nicaragua, and to
share their lives and stories with folk in the U.S., to bridge the
gap between us and our neighbors." Tax-deductible
donations and proceeds from craft sales go to the operating
expenses of the project.
For More Information: Maureen Nery
[email protected]
GREENVILLE UU FELLOWSHIP
ANNUAL BUDGET DRIVE 2015-2016
THE MISSION OF THE GREENVILLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
FELLOWSHIP is to be a welcoming and accepting liberal religious community,
to embrace freedom of thought, encourage spiritual growth, and practice
social responsibility. The Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes
seekers to give voice to a faith that is rational, responsible and relevant to our
real lives. We aspire to be a community where reason and love unite in service
to the spirit of life. Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, you are
welcome here.
To kick off our next budget drive, ask yourselves:
 When you were looking for a place to belong, what would have
happened had the Fellowship not been here?
 When you were lost and looking for a home, what would have
happened had the Fellowship not been here?
 When you were new to the area, how many friends would you have
made had the Fellowship not been here?
Would Gil Rowland ever have imagined that our Fellowship would flourish to
the congregation of today? We may have started small, but look at us now!
Imagine, if you will, what would happen if there were no financial
commitments to the Fellowship. If people like you had not made the financial
commitment to make sure that our Fellowship kept growing, we wouldn’t be
where we are today. This year, make that COMMITMENT! Make a
COMMITMENT that will fit your budget. If your circumstances change at any
point, don’t worry, just tell us, BUT DO MAKE THE COMMITMENT TODAY!
Pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually - by check, through your bank, direct
deposit, PayPal or cash – whatever suits your budget! If you need help, contact
the office ([email protected] or 864-271-4883); they’re happy to help.
Board the train!
Ride with us on
this journey that
keeps us growing.