This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – February 7, 2018

The theme for February is Perseverance. What are communities of perseverance? 

Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold and Religious Education. All are invited to our Valentine Craft Family Night! A valentine craft and sweets with guest crafter Selina Benson is happening this Friday evening, Feb. 9, from 7 - 9 pm in the Brantley Wing.   All Welcome!  There is a suggested $5 free will donation.   

What you say next can change the world, Compassionate Communication.  Since 2005, the Compassionate Communication practice group has evolved into a ministry of SNUUC by providing a safe place for members of our congregation as well as members of the community to come together and explore the ways we talk with one another and more especially how we talk with ourselves. Based on the thirteen chapters of Marshall Rosenberg’s book Non Violent Communication – A Language of Life, the “NVC” group meets for 13 Saturdays in the spring and fall of each year to learn and practice the techniques of how to connect with our selves and others by listening empathically and expressing honestly in a world that often has so little time to stop and listen.  Everyone is invited to join the spring semester, which began last Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:45-11:45 am in the foyer. For more information or to register, please contact Anne Olsen at afleming528@gmail.com or Barbara Singer at barbara.singer@gmail.com

Join us this Sunday at 10:30 am for a special Whole Congregation Celebration.  Our Senior Youth will be presenting their service on this month’s theme, Perseverance. The title of their service is How Will We Choose to Persevere?  Please plan to be here for this always popular Sunday and be a part of their thoughtful, engaging service.  A reminder to the Junior Youth families; you and the Caring Team are preparing the coffee hour at this Sunday’s service. Childcare in the Brantley wing is available all Sunday mornings for children aged 5 and under.

The Board Member on Duty this Sunday is Barbara Singer.  Please email Barbara at barbara.singer@gmail.com  by Thursday with any announcements you would like her to make at the service.

Coffee Hour News! Thank you to the Caring Team and the Junior Youth who are coordinating this Sunday’s coffee hour after our Senior Youth Service.  Next Sunday, Feb. 18, Alicia Williams and Carrie Mason-Draffen are planning a special coffee hour to honor Black History month. They will be serving some African American specialties and share some history. Join us! Last Sunday of the month, Feb. 25, will be the popular Pot Luck Coffee Hour. Please bring something tasty for the table.  Can you help by making the coffee and serving on Feb. 25? Please contact Nancy Levy, maccaronio@aol.com.  Thank-you! Planning ahead, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 13, when Mary Brower and the Membership Committee are having a Mother’s Day Family Brunch in the Brantley Wing at 11:45 am.  For questions or to help with set up/break down or making food please email or call Mary Brower, 516 532-2554 or mlbrowerapr@aol.com.

Bylaws revisions adopted. The Board of Trustees is happy to share that revisions to our congregation’s bylaws were adopted at the Biannual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28. The bylaws revisions mainly bring trustees and Nominating Committee terms in line with our fiscal and “congregational year” – that is, July to June; they also align president and vice president terms with those of the secretary and treasurer. The board is grateful to everyone who attended the biannual meeting, walking the talk that is our democratic process. Updated copies of the bylaws will soon be available in print and online.

The Membership Team invites you to Belonging.Do you want to meet other SNUUCers, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and share stories of what brought you to SNUUC? Thinking about joining the congregation?  Belonging is for newcomers and not so newcomers. On Feb. 25 from 12-2 pm, the Membership committee will be hosting a Belonging event.  A pizza lunch will be provided by the committee and childcare will be provided if requested by Feb. 15. Please RSVP to Membership Chair Julie Buckley at Julie.buckley@aol.com.

Don’t be conflicted about this meeting! A Joint Council gathering is planned for March 10, from 10:30 am. to 1:30 pm focusing on helping committee and ministry leaders navigate conflict and create healthy processes. The meeting, facilitated by the Rev. Linda Anderson, will also serve as a “check in” among committee and ministry leaders and the board as we roll into the second half of the congregational year. All leaders of committees and Spiritual Arts and Practices ministries are asked to attend. (There will be snacks!)

Valentine’s Day Social! The UU Congregation of Central Nassau invites you for a Valentine celebration featuring fun, socializing, food and dancing with a professional DJ! The date is Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6 pm at UUCCN, 223 Stewart Ave in Garden City.  Please bring a dish and dessert to share for dinner and drinks for you and your family. Suggested donation is $5 per adult to pay for the DJ, children are free. RSVP before Feb. 23 to Dave Coddington, 516 679-6541.

Circle 8 Dinners! Everyone loves a potluck especially when it gives you an opportunity to meet other SNUUCers and get to know them in a social setting. Everyone is welcome to attend a Circle 8 dinner on Saturday, March 10 at 6:30 pm. The host offers to hold a dinner party at their home for about 8 people and makes the appetizer and beverages. The attendees bring the main course, sides and dessert. Do you have a table that can fit 8 or can you borrow 8 tray tables? Hosts are needed!  New and long-time SNUUCers are welcome. We can arrange rides to and from any location. Email Paul Sherrock sherrock252@gmail.com or Mary Brower mlbrowerapr@aol.com for more information or signup on the sheet in the foyer on Sunday. 

We want your opinion—please respond to our survey. SNUUC members and friends were emailed a link to an online survey in mid-January from the congregation’s Social Media Team. It is a link to an online survey about your communication preferences and your opinions about social media for SNUUC, such as a public Facebook page. Please take two or three minutes to answer the survey questions. The members of your household can each complete a survey; there is no limit on how many people can fill it out using the same computer. If you did not get the survey in your email click here, SURVEY. Hard copies are available at SNUUC or you can call the office and have a copy mailed to you.  Thank you, SNUUC Social Media Team, Barbara Behrens, Peter Larsen, Austin Lawther and Charlotte McDonnell.

The Caring Team continues to support the congregation in simple, meaningful ways. Doris Brass coordinates rides for people. JoAnn Fassman sends out cards to members or friends on behalf of the congregation to offer support, or to celebrate a milestone. Rosemary Olander-Beach facilitates the sharing of joys and sorrows from the pulpit. The telephone numbers for ministry team leaders can be found in the SNUUC directory or by calling the office at 516 623-1204.  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 contact a ministry team leader listed here or email SNUUCCaring@optimum.net. You may also contact the Rev. Will Feinberg, consultant to the Caring Team.  The Caring Team is hosting a Health Fair on Sunday, April 8 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. We look forward to everyone welcoming the larger community to SNUUC that day.

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 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 them. The will meet this Sunday.  Speak with Bob McGough bob.mcgough@mac.com.

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, Feb. 13.

Wake up a little earlier on Saturday and join the Meditation Group (aka the South Ocean Sangha). Our group practice 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.

Pilates classes at SNUUC take place in the foyer on Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 pm, only $12 per class - no contracts to sign, no commitment, just come and stretch! Questions? Speak with Lori at digme77@optonline.net.

Spontaneity, Creativity, Fun! Improv classes have resumed 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 info, please contact Michael Rock, xmrock@gmail.com

How will you allow yoga into your life?  If you would like to join us for Gentle Yoga with Spirit at SNUUC led lovingly by Linda Cucurullo, we are offering a Monday morning six-week series.  Series rate is $75/series.  Classes meet from 9-10:15 am in the foyer and enrollment is on an as-available basis. Please let Anne Olsen know if you would like to sign up for a series of classes, afleming528@gmail.com

The February edition of the Open Line is available, the pdf of the file is attached and is online at SNUUC.org, click on the What’s New link or click here www.snuuc.org/Forms/OL.pdf.  The Open Line is THE place to read about our upcoming services, activities and events throughout February.  Learn what the board and Ministry Team are up to and sign up to attend a few of our Spiritual Arts and Practices programs and other happenings in February.  If you would like a printed copy of the Open Line sent to your home, just let Lisa know at snuuc@optonline.net .

Do you want to help our congregation AND our community?  Our Unitarian Thrift Shop at 22 W. Merrick Rd. 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 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 significantly each year to the operating funds of the congregation which is still another way that you will be helping out SNUUC!   The shop is open Monday and 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 one of our regular volunteers at the shop: Anne Olsen, Bobby Granoff, Andrew Spatt, Joe McAuley, Jay Gach, Phil Kennelty-Cohen, Paul Eichmann, Barbara Singer, Arnie Herman, Fylice Larsen, Jim Hawkins, Doris Brass, Robin Norris and Ken Lawson.

If snow cancels Sunday’s service there will be a message on the office answering machine.

Call 516-623-1204 after 8:30 am on Sunday to hear if there is a cancellation message.