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2018 Women’s March on NYC: Saturday, January 20, 11 am – 3 pm.
The 2018 Goals: “March Forward, Be Heard, Vote. Because the Change is on us". 

LIAC's UU Social Justice Round Table is registering a group to join the 2018 Women’s March on New York City. To register, contact Claire Deroche at cderoche@uucsr.org or (516) 472-2977, and provide your name, email address, and cell phone number. (There is no charge to register.) We will contact you closer to the date with specific details. Plan on travelling to Penn Station on the LIRR, and then taking the subway to our assigned meeting location. Read about the march at https://tinyurl.com/ydasr4g5 and https://womensmarchalliance.org/2018-womens-march-on-nyc/2018wm-faq/

is using plastic bags to make a type of yarn, or plarn (plastic yarn), in order to create projects. Please join the Social Action Committee for fun and conversation as we work together to crochet plarn into sleeping mats for the homeless. Plarn sleeping mats are particularly helpful and important in that they create a warm and springy barrier between a person needing a good night’s rest and the ground they have available for sleeping.

Creating sleeping mats from plastic is also great for the environment because it keeps plastic bags out of a landfill, and the plastic is waterproof and easy to clean.

All ages welcome! Our first meeting will be on Oct. 29, during coffee hour. We plan to continue to meet up the last Sunday of every month. If you don’t know how to crochet, do not worry! There will be plenty of instruction for those who want to learn, and we’ll need plenty of hands to cut and prepare the plarn!

Please bring a size 10 or above crochet hook if you have one, and plenty of clean plastic bags. Contact Heather Rudin heather.rudin@gmail.com or Ilene Corina icorina@aol.com for more information.

SNUUC Happenings

The new Sunday Services Committee
has created a process for congregants to suggest a topic for a Sunday service. Forms are available in the SNUUC office and should be returned to one of the committee members: Laura D’Angelo (chair), Jim Hawkins, Jean Smyth-Crocetto, Kristin Seyfried Cathcart or Harriet Arnold.

Compassionate Communication - Based on Marshall Rosenberg’s book “Nonviolent Communication – a language of life,” the compassionate com- munication practice group meets in the foyer for 13 weeks every spring and fall to learn and practice Rosenberg’s process of listening empathically and speaking honestly. Since the group began in 2005, close to 100 people have participated in at least one 13-week series and many have chosen to continue year after year. Contact Anne Olsen, afleming528@gmail.com or Barbara Singer, barbara.singer@gmail.com to learn more.

UUcoffeeCupWake up a little earlier on Saturday and join the Meditation Group (aka the South Ocean Sangha). Our group practice resumes Sept. 9 and meets at 9 am Saturdays in the Brantley Wing. This group is open to beginners. All you need to do is take a seat. For more info please contact Brian Larkin, bolarkin@optonline.net


Prayer Group
Join us every other Tuesday, 10:30 am to 12 noon in the foyer for a study of one prayer from the sacred literature of the world. We work with a process called lectio divina. This practice of scrip- tural reading, meditation and prayer intends to promote communion with our spiritual reservoir. The goal is to enter and share in the spirit of the prayer and its meaning rather than an analytical reading. Of equal importance is the sharing of joys and concerns. We will meet on Sept. 12 and alternate Tuesdays thereafter.

Pilates classes at SNUUC take place on Mondays at 5 pm and Wednesdays at 6 pm in the foyer. Only $12 per class - no contracts to sign, no commitment, just come and stretch! Questions? Please contact Leslie Farrington, dr.farrington@icloud.com.

Spontaneity, Creativity, Fun! Improv classes continue at SNUUC on Sundays, 2-6 pm in the foyer. No prior experience is required. Beginners are welcome. A series costs $80 for returning students, $100 for new students. For more information, please contact Michael Rock, xmrock@gmail.com

Linda Cucurullo offers a weekly series of Monday morning yoga classes at 9 am in the foyer. These classes are aimed at developing strength, balance, and flexibility while building a gentle environment in which to practice and grow. The cost for the 6-week series is $75 ($60 to Linda and $15 to SNUUC). Please contact Anne Olsen at afleming528@gmail.com

Working with Jesus
The Working with Jesus Group meets on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month, at 9:15 am in the Brantley Wing. If you’re interested in read- ing the Bible and other source books, and conducting a respectful, open, nondogmatic discussion about Jesus and our lives as Unitarian Universalists, please join us. Speak with Bob McGough bob.mcgough@mac.com.

SNUUC’s drumming ministry, the DrUUmatics, practices every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the RE wing. Find more information on their website, www.druumatics.org, or find the DrUUmatics on Facebook. Speak with Sharon Nanos or Laura D’Angelo.

Current Opportunities for Personal Growth and Service

Have you been to our Thrift Shop lately?
UUcoffeeCupWant to help our congregation AND our community? Our Unitarian Thrift Shop at 22 W. Merrick Rd. in Freeport is a great place to volunteer, donate, or shop! With your generous donations of small kitchen appliances, cook and bake ware, working electronics, and small pieces of furniture, trinkets, jewelry (plus knick knacks, odd items of interest, and sell-able used clothing), we help to furnish the homes of those in need and of our neighbors right here in Freeport.

Your support of our Thrift Shop can come in different forms. Donating sellable items is a great start. So is volunteering your time to help fully staff our shop. Finally, shopping in our store might find you that little treasure you didn’t even know you needed but could easily welcome warmly into your home! The Thrift Shop's income contributes each year to the operating funds of the congregation which is still another way that you will be helping out SNUUC!

We are currently open Monday & Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The phone number is 516-223-3974. Any questions? Please feel free to talk with some of our regular volunteers at the shop: Andrew Spatt, Joe McAuley, Anne Olsen, Jay Gach, Arnie Herman, Jim Hawkins, Bobby Granoff, Doris Brass, Robin Norris and Ken Lawson.

Caring Committee
The Membership Committee has formed a Caring Team to provide support and pastoral care to members. If you or a member you know needs compassionate help during a time of stress or would like to share during a time of celebration, please email caring@snuuc.org; kindly email items to be shared from pulpit by noon Saturday for the following Sunday. If you would like to join the team, please email rosemaryolander@optimum.net.

Art Committee
The Art Committee at SNUUC has a long history of bringing SNUUC artists as well as other Long Island artists to our space in the “South Ocean Art Gallery.” These exhibits uplift us, make us think, educate us, bring beauty to our space and have tapped the talents of the children in our Religious Education Program. If you would like to keep this tradition going by contacting artists, putting up an exhibit, working on publicity and flyers, and creating a warm and welcoming opening (food, music, introducing artists to congregation) contact Diane Hawkins at parkviewdesign@verizon.net for guidance.

Fifth Sunday Giving
On months with a fifth Sunday, the monies received during the offering is designated for a not for profit charity. The Fifth Sunday Giving committee is looking for members. It is a minimal commitment of one hour every few months. The committee reviews applications and chooses what charity will benefit from one Sunday's collection plate in a month where there are five Sundays.

The committee is looking for submissions of worthwhile non-profit charities who will benefit from one of our Sunday Collections plates in a month where there are five Sundays. Someone from the charity or the person submitting the applications must give a short talk before the collection describing the charity and who benefits. Please call or email Mary Brower at mlbrower@aol.com.