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. 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 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.
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