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February 7, A Universal Love, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
“Do not push them deeper into their theological despair, but preach the kindness and everlasting love of God.” John Murray’s famous words encapsulate the essential message of early Universalism. Universalists have continued to this day to proclaim a hopeful belief in the power of an all-inclusive love. How does this message inform our lives and spiritual journeys today?
Quiet Meditation 3 – 4 pm Bell Tower Room
In the tradition of our silent summer meetings we offer a space for meditation, reflection, and occasional comments, as those attending are moved to speak. We meet Sunday afternoons from 3 – 4 pm in the bell tower room which is accessed behind the sanctuary on the School St. side. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat Carstensen 223-2233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February's Monthly Theme....LOVE
The word love is thrown around so much these days that it can start to lose its meaning. Yet, love is a core aspect of our theology as Unitarian Universalists and a guiding value in our work for social and environmental justice. Love is also the grounding force in our relationships with family, friends, and our broader world. Join us this month as we explore what it means to be people of love.
February 14, Give All to Love, Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and UCM Stewardship Committee
In the spirit of love, so many individuals give generously of their time, talents, and treasure to support the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. This Sunday, we celebrate this generosity and consider the spiritual dimensions of giving as we kick off our pledge drive for the 2016-2017 church year.
February 21st, The Amazing Mathematical Properties of Love, Sally Armstrong, DRE
The song says: ‘Love is something if you give it away you end up having more’. How can you give something away and still have more? And…how do you give love away in the first place? Join us as we explore these ideas in the first Multigenerational service of the year.
Love in Action
The 6th-8th Grade Sunday School Class upon learning the plight of the children in Flint, Michigan who were poisoned by the lead in the city’s drinking water decided to put their love in action. They will be hosting a Valentines’ Day themed fund raiser during coffee hour on February 7th. If you’d like to contribute baked goods or handcrafts to this effort they would be most appreciated. Everyone is invited to stop by our table to make a purchase or simply make a monetary contribution. Please support the youth and together we can make a difference…. Love in Action. Learn more: http://uucflint.wix.com/uucflint#!flint-water-crisis/hwqo9
Open UCM Board Positions – 2016-2018
Are you a committed member of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier who would like to be part of the visionary leaders of our congregation? The terms of the current President, Vice-President, and Secretary are ending. As a result, the Board is seeking interested members to fill three open positions on the board. Please contact Bill Doelger of the Leadership Development Committee or the Board Secretary (Stuart Russo-Savage) by April 15th if you would like to consider nomination for election during the Annual Meeting.
Warning – Special Congregational Meeting – Sunday, February 14 at 11:00am
Active members of the Congregation will vote on approval of the Vision Statement approved by the Board in January. This vote requires a quorum of 25% of membership. We hope to see you there!
Black Lives Matter Day: Racial Justice Solidarity!
Join people from across the state on February 12th, as we gather at the State House for Black Lives Matter Day. Racial and ethnic disparities in Vermont will not change unless we come together to educate ourselves, organize, and create strategies for change. Racial justice will happen when people of color and white people stand in solidarity and hold our communities accountable. Join us at 10am for a press conference, Black Lives Matter panel, and kickoff of the "I am Vermont Too" project. Eat lunch with your legislators and tell them how racial justice would affect and impact your family and community. Stay for music, dance, and the first conveying of the People of Color Caucus. For more information contact Mara Iverson (email@example.com)
Are You a Face Book Fan? Do You Tweet? Do You MailChimp?
COM2…The Communication Committee...is looking for people to join our team as a Facebook and/or Twitter Administrator. This is a really fun way to be involved in the work of our church. You can work from home when it is convenient to you…and…hey it's a guilt-free reason to be on social media. We also need some additional people to help send out our weekly e-newsletter via MailChimp. If any of these sound like a job for you...or you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
New Church Directories
The Hospitality Table now has the 2016 directory of members and friends. If you are disposing of your old directory, please shred it instead of putting it directly in the recycling bin since in contains information that church members may not want to share with individuals beyond the church community.
Library Has Books to Loan for March 14
On Monday, March 14, at 6:30 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, all are welcome to come to a discussion of "The Miseducation of Cameron Post." This is the latest in the LGBT book and film series co-sponsored by the library and UCM's Welcoming Congregation Committee. The novel tells the story of Cameron Post who struggles to be who she is while growing up in the home of an ultrareligious aunt in conservative Miles City, Montana. The library has multiple copies of this paperback to loan.
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light Newsletter
Vermont Interfaith Power & Light (VTIPL) exists to serve Vermont faith communities in their efforts to address the climate crisis. VTIPL helps faith communities and their individual members to be better stewards of Creation by using energy wisely, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Current and past newsletters may be found by visiting the following link: http://vtipl.org/newletters
Central Vermont Climate Action (a 350Vermont Node) – Sunday, Feb. 7th 6:30 -8 pm, UCM Fireside Room
Guest Laura Mistretta from Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) will join us to answer our questions about the carbon tax proposal. If you missed our screening of the film "This Changes Everything" last week, you'll have a chance to see it Monday 2/8 6-8 pm at Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield. Free! Sponsored by Suncommon and Sierra Club.
Vermont Carbon Tax: How Might It Affect Working Families and People with Low Incomes? Unitarian Church, Thursday, February 18, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
A panel presentation will be followed by an open discussion. Free and open to the public. Panelists include:
Sandra Levine, Vermont Conservation Law Foundation
Karen Lafayette, Vermont Low Income Advocacy Council
Traven Leyshon, Vermont AFL and CIO
Representative Tony Klein, Vermont House Committee on Natural Resources & Energy
Sponsors: Transition Town Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Vermont Action for Peace.
Clarke Lecture Series – Paleoindians and the Champlain Sea, by Jess Robinson
The Champlain Sea was an inland arm of the Atlantic Ocean that occupied the Champlain Basin at the end of the last ice age. Recent research suggests that Paleoindians, the first Native Americans to enter Vermont, were drawn to the region partially because of the resources the Champlain Sea contained. Jess will present his research on the Champlain Sea and Paleoindians in Vermont, and what it might say about how they lived, where they lived, and how they traveled across the landscape during this early period in Vermont’s ancient past. Cider 6:00 Dinner 6:30 Talk 7:45
Rev. Mark Harris's January 31st Sermon - Copies Available
Copies of the sermon will be available on the table at the back of the sanctuary, this Sunday, February 7th.
Social Responsibility Meeting – Sunday, February 7
All are invited to come to the Social Responsibility Committee meeting Feb. 7 at 11:30- 12:30 in the Fireside Room. If you have a special item for the agenda please contact Irina Markova: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kate Braestrup Coming March 6th
Kate is a UU minister, law enforcement chaplain, and the author of several books including the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here If You Need Me. In preparation for her visit please join an informal discussion of Here If You Need Me on March 1st from 6:30-8:30 in the Bell Tower Room…jointly sponsored by Worship and Arts and Adult Religious Education. We have two copies of her book to loan. Check the RE Table…near Children’s Snacks. Other copies may be obtained at the library or at Bear Pond Books.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Group Ministry – New Groups Starting Up Soon
Our Spring “semester” of SGM starts the 3rd week of Feb and runs through the 1st week of June. SGM consists of facilitated small groups of 8-10 people, who meet twice a month for 4 months, to explore issues of spirituality and life. It allows for deep and meaningful engagement with others in an atmosphere of spiritual sharing. To sign up, or for more information, stop by the information table during coffee hour, or email or call: Sue Stukey (email@example.com) 223-4189, Pam Cameron (firstname.lastname@example.org) 223-6177 or Mary Jane Ohlson (email@example.com) 522-3705. SGM coordinators.
Next LGBT Book Discussion: March 14
On Monday, March 14, at 6:30 pm at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, all are welcome to come to a discussion of "The Miseducation of Cameron Post." This is the latest in the book and film series co-sponsored by the library and UCM's Welcoming Congregation Committee. The novel tells the story of Cameron Post who struggles to be who she is while growing up in the home of an ultrareligious aunt in conservative Miles City, Montana. Please send any questions about the evening to Nancy Schulz: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com
UCM Offers LGBT "Tune Up" Workshop for Allies
Who is Laverne Cox? What are the differences between sex, gender, gender expression, and sexual orientation? If some of these ideas seem unclear, it's time for an LGBTQ Tune Up! Trained facilitator and UCM member, Mara Iverson, will be offering a free, 2-hour workshop for LGBTQ allies. The workshop informs participants regarding appropriate terminology, current issues and covers ways in which to best support the LGBTQ community. Sign up for one of the following: Thursday, February 11 from 9:30 - 11:30 am or Sunday, February 21from 12:00 - 2:00 pm at the Welcoming Congregation table during coffee hour or email Nancy Schulz: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com
People’s Health and Wellness Clinic - February Pouch Recipient
The People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre is very grateful for the past and present support of our work by the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Last year we delivered our free medical and dental services to more than six hundred unduplicated clients from 45 different Vermont towns centered in Washington County. We share in a block grant from the state of Vermont that provides about 35% of our income, and we raise the rest via fundraising and grant writing. Our volunteer medical and support staff donate their time.
Thank you for dedicating the February Community Pouch to our clinic again this year.
Ted Allen, Board member
People’s Health and Wellness Clinic
Needs & Volunteer Opportunities
Sunday Morning Ride to Church from Westview Meadows
New friends of UCM living at Westview Meadows are in search of a ride to the church on Sunday mornings for service. If you would be able to help, please contact Dave Peters firstname.lastname@example.org
Montpelier Food Pantry
8 pounds of food were delivered to the Montpelier Food Pantry plus $20. From the MFP: "This week we could really use jam/jelly (we have peanut butter), fruit juice, coffee & tea and personal products: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shaving cream & razors, feminine products. We could also use manual can openers and vegetable peelers."
All Church Split Pea Soup Project
Our annual pea soup project will kick off on Feb 7. After church stop in the vestry to pick up a bag which will include the recipe as well as all the ingredients for making split pea soup. Sometime during the week you make the soup and freeze four quarts. On Feb 14 or before, bring the frozen soup back to church and we'll take it over to the Montpelier Food Shelf. If 25 people take soup bags and each make 4 quarts of soup we will generate a donation of 100 quarts of delicious, nutritious soup for our local food shelf. Please consider participating in this worthy event.
Community Lunch Needs
The UCM Community Lunch, held each Monday from 11 to 12:30, would appreciate donations of: a large crockpot with a removable insert, plastic grocery bags, small containers (8- or 16-ounce size), and 'warm clothing items' ~ hats, socks, gloves, scarves. There will be a box on the stage the next few weeks for your contributions. Thank you in advance.
Telford Fundraising Campaign
The students and friends of Beth and Clint Telford want to create a paid medical leave from teaching fiddle for Beth Telford so she can be near her husband, Clint, while he is in the hospital. Clint has been in ICU since January 10th due to his heart. Beth has given so much to the community through the years with her music and touched so many lives. Now it is our turn to give back.
Theater class for ages 7 and up. Goblins, bandits, wolves, gypsies! Sing, dance and act. Wednesdays, 5:45-7:00 p.m. at UCM. February 10-May 25. Dress rehearsal & performance, May 27, 28. Artistic Director, Mary Wheeler, Vermont Youth Theater. All levels welcome. Fee: $240 per student; family discount available. For information and registration: email@example.com
Join UCM Members Kenric Kite and Liz Benjamin for a Family Dance
Family dance, all ages welcome, live traditional music with Kenric Kite and friends, caller- Liz Benjamin, Sunday, February 7, 2016 3- 4:30 PM, Plainfield Town Hall/Opera House on Route 2, suggested donation $5-$10 per family, but NO ONE turned away.
“Love and War” Concert – February 12 at Bethany Church
I will be performing songs I've written in a concert at the Bethany church chapel Friday February 12th at 8pm. The show is dedicated to Catherine Orr my musical Mentor and friend. (I write songs on a piano she gave me.) The concert is titled "love and war". Singer-Songwriter, Duffy Gardner
Telford Family Benefit Concert
There is a benefit concert schedule on February 27th at 7pm at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, sponsored by Vermont Violins. Admission is by donation. There is a great slate of very talented musicians coming together in honor of the Telfords including celtic harpist Dominique Dodge and the VT Fiddle Orchestra. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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