This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – October 18, 2017

The theme for October is Courage. What does it mean to be a community of courage?

 The SNUUC Mother’s Center is gathering at SNUUC tonight. We welcome moms of teenagers and tots, first timers and multiples. At each meeting we connect on the joys and challenges of motherhood and support each other through our own journey. The discussion is facilitated on a topic focused on moms and their needs. Meetings take place from 8-9:30 pm in the Brantley wing. Childcare is not provided but children are welcome to come.  Here is a listing of the series topics and dates: Weight Effects: Oct. 11, 18, 25. The Family You Grew Up In, Exploring Family Relationships: Nov. 8, 15, 29. Don’t Get Holidazed! Enjoy the Giving Season Without Going Crazy!: Dec. 6. Please sign up with Virginia Lawther at 917-301-2213 or virginia.lawther@gmail.com

The Membership Committee is meeting this Thursday, October 19, at 7 pm in the foyer. Speak with Julie Buckley to learn more, Julie.buckley@aol.com.

Joint Council gathering this Friday! Would you like to be a part of an inclusive, welcoming event that helps us define who we are? Come to the SNUUC Joint Council gathering at 6 pm this Friday, Oct. 20, at SNUUC! Committee and ministry chairs and members are enthusiastically invited to this event, hosted by the Board of Trustees. Called for in our bylaws, these gatherings are an opportunity for hospitality, collaboration, mission development and bit of leadership development, too. The Rev. Linda Anderson, our lead Sunday minister and consultant to the board, will be facilitating this event. Committees and ministries have been emailed information. Please speak to a board member today for more information!

Death Café, Eat Cake and Talk About Death, this Saturday, Oct. 21, 7-9 pm at SNUUC.  A Death Cafe is a discussion, with dessert, with groups of 6-8 people and a facilitator.  Confidentiality and respect for differing ideas and beliefs is practiced. Participants introduce themselves; share why they came to the Death Cafe and the discussion takes off from there. It is a discussion rather than a grief support or counseling session. Co-facilitators are Rev. Linda Anderson and Lori Jones.  To register contact: Ilene Corina (516) 796-2533 or corina.ilene@gmail.com, or Nancy Levy at maccaronio@aol.com. Read the Open Line for more information about Death Café. 

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

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for our service led by guest preacher, Jon Berry. Jon’s sermon is titled Becoming a Guest: A UU’s Year in the Mosque.  Religious tradition is full of references to being a good host. But what happens when the shoe is on the other foot and we are the guests? Join us as Jon Berry tells what he learned from a spiritual journey into Islam and the questions opened up by the experience. Jon is a member of the Fourth Universalist Society of New York, a Unitarian Universalist congregation on Manhattan's Upper West Side. He is a 2017 M.Div. graduate of Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, IN. Jon’s final year seminary project was a spiritual pilgrimage of New York. 

Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold and Religious Education. This Sunday we will meet in the Brantley wing for RE classes. After faith circle, we will all hear the story of Joseph and his brothers and the coat of many colors.  This Old Testament story combines courage and jealousy, redemption, repentance and forgiveness - all the ingredients for a corking good story and much moral wisdom.  Next Sunday we all are in the Sanctuary for our celebration of Courage and our annual costume parade. Don’t forget to dress up!  Next Friday, Oct. 27, is our Family Movie and Dinner Fright Night.  Please be sure to sign up on the sheet in the foyer this Sunday so we can prepare for all the fun.  Join us for dinner at 6 pm and the movie The Wizard of Oz to follow.  Speak with Jim Hawkins to volunteer to work with our wonderful children on Sunday mornings.  Childcare in the Brantley wing is available all Sunday mornings for children aged 5 and under. 

The Board Member on Duty at this Sunday’s service is Rosemary Olander-Beach.  Please email Rosemary at rosemaryolander@optimum.net  by this Thursday with any announcements you would like her to announce at the service. This Sunday’s Worship Associate is Anne Olsen.  

We Support Each Other as Community. Our SNUUC Caring Team wants to help deepen connections and provide support and pastoral care to members. They will meet this Sunday, Oct. 22, at noon. If you enjoy talking with people, and you have a good sense of personal boundaries, consider serving our community by making telephone calls to check in on people who are home-bound or ill. Likewise, we are hoping that a few people will be willing to be trained as pastoral care visitors so we can support each other when ill or alone or just need a friendly supportive visit. People who are in a visitation ministry say they get more back than they give. Interested? Speak with the team and our consultant to the Pastoral Care Team, Rev. Will Feinberg on Sunday.

Enjoy our current South Ocean Gallery art exhibit by members of National League of American PEN Women / Long Island Branch. Their mission is to encourage, recognize, and promote creative work of a professional standard in Art, Letters, and Music. Also they reach out to provide educational, creative, and professional support to members and non-members in these disciplines. The core values of the NLAPW are respect, knowledge, creation and preservation of the arts. This exhibit by visual arts members of PEN American Women includes acrylic, oil and watercolor painting as well as digital collage. The artists are Melissa Assael, Phyllis Coniglio, Katherine Criss, Christine Greene, Joan Israel, and Kay W. Ray. Also shown are large abstract works by guest artist Karen Kirshner. Most works are for sale (see price list in foyer) and 20% of proceeds go to SNUUC. Show will be up until November 19. See the attached flyer to see examples of their wonderful art.

The Long Island Arts Council of Freeport in collaboration with the Long Island Composers alliance presents Love, Life and the Hereafter, an afternoon concert of songs about the beauty of love, the vagaries of life and the effects of death.  This concert is taking place at SNUUC this Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 pm. Admission is $10, students with ID, $5.  Join them for art in the foyer and refreshments by Sweet & Savory Café and Turn of the Corkscrew.  Speak with Jay Gach for info. 

The deadline for the November Open Line is this Sunday, Oct. 22.  Please send the information you would like to be included to snuuc@optonline.net.

Fifth Sunday Giving Money not designated as pledge money from the collection plate on months with a fifth Sunday is donated to a nominated charity.  Next Sunday, Oct. 29, the nominated, not-for-profit, charity is Posh Pets Rescue.  They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals.  They do not have a shelter and do not receive public funding; they rely on a network of foster homes and the generosity of animal lovers to help defray costs.  They have recently received pets from Puerto Rico.  

Update from the Nominating Committee. Hello!  Do you want to become more active in the workings at SNUUC?  You can act on that thought by contacting any one of the members of the Nominating Committee.  Each member wants to know of your desire to become a Trustee or to become a member of the following year’s Nominating Committee.  Let’s talk!  Best wishes from the Nominating Committee members: Doris Brass, Marietta Cleckley, Martha Chamberlain, Brian Larkin and Tom Weingarten.

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 scriptural 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 next meet on Tuesday, Oct. 24. 

The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, LIAC (Long Island Area Council) and UU Connect are sponsoring a Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6-9 pm at the “Haunted Veatch Mansion” at UUCSR.  All are invited to dress in costume and enjoy dinner, DJ music and dancing, Halloween crafts, a Wicked Operating Room, Haunted House, Ghoulish Games and much more!  Adults must be accompanied by a child! Bring in a food donation for the INN. Cost is $10 per person or a maximum of $25 per family. More volunteers are needed! Please contact Heather Borriello at sazarx@yahoo.com or Kenn Doza at Kenneth.doza@gmail.com.

What is Plarning and Why Should You Be Involved? Plarning 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. 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. Please bring a size 10 or above crochet hook if you have one, and plenty of clean plastic bags. Read the Open Line or contact Heather Rudin heather.rudin@gmail.com or Ilene Corina icorina@aol.com for more information. 

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