This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – December 6, 2017

The theme for December is Hope. What are communities of hope?

Our Holiday Fair is this Sunday, Dec 10, 12-3pm! Come to SNUUC for the Holiday Fair! Vendors will be available after service from 12-3pm. Vendors include fair trade chocolate and coffee, South American textiles and sweaters, semi-precious jewelry, local honey, handmade soap, jam, women’s clothing and beauty products. The Ways & Means Committee has been busy soliciting donations and has created amazing baskets to raffle with gift cards, jewelry, kitchen items and more. There will be a catered hot lunch available for $20, if you haven’t signed up speak with Rita Hines to see if any seats remain.  Please be sure to invite your friends and family to this important fundraiser!

Join us this Sunday, at 10:30 for our service titled And the Faith Lasted for 8 Days, led by guest preacher Robin Stillwater.  Originally from Ohio, Robin is a Third-Year Seminary student at Union Theological Seminary.  She has an interdisciplinary concentration, focusing on ending racism and Islamophobia.  Robin spent many years as a member of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, and is currently a member of the 4th Universalist Society of New York.  She loves her cat, and believes community is a vital part of a happy life.

Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold and Religious Education. RE classes will meet in the Senior Youth room this Sunday, Dec. 10.  The Holiday Fair folks will be setting up for the lunch in the Brantley Wing on Sunday afternoon.  Please walk your child to the Youth room to avoid any confusion with the busy people working.  This Thursday, Dec. 7, is the night we will give from our hearts at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 275 W. Merrick Road at 6 pm. We will meet there and bring cheer, joy and HOPE to the elderly residents by singing holiday songs and giving the gift bags and holiday cards we made to the residents. Everyone is invited! Please remember that there is no RE on Sunday, Dec. 24.  Our service will be our candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm.  The following week, Dec. 31, is also a Whole Congregation service at 10:30 am.   

The Board Member on Duty at this Sunday’s service is Steve Underhill.  Please email Steve at steveunderhill@gmail.com  by this Thursday with any announcements you would like him to announce at the service. The Worship Associate this Sunday is Jim Hawkins.   

New to the SNUUC family? Not been around in awhile? Just curious or just want to socialize? Please join the Membership Committee at a spaghetti dinner this Friday, Dec. 8, at 6 pm at SNUUC. Learn more about our congregation: who we are and what we do. Bring your family and/or friends to SNUUC for an evening of food, fellowship, and fun! Interested? Contact Martha Chamberlain at 516-242-6611 to RSVP.

Annual Holiday Trip. The 23rd Annual SNUUC Holiday Trip is happening this Sunday, Dec. 10.  All are welcome, bring friends and family and get into the holiday spirit! We meet 3 pm at the entrance to Hicks Nursery on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury. Santa will be there and he may bring some reindeer.  After touring Hicks, we caravan to a “pay your own” buffet meal, followed by a visit to the tall, brightly lit tree and decorations at Reckson Plaza on Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.  Make memories with the many photo opportunities. For more information contact Mary Brower (516) 532-2554 or mlbrowerapr@aol.com. We encourage you to bring family, friends and cameras to make this day even more memorable. 

The deadline for the January Open Line is this Sunday, Dec. 10. Please send the information you would like to be included to snuuc@optonline.net. 

Please remember on Dec. 24, there is no 10:30 am service.   The congregation is invited to celebrate a Christmas Communion with the Working with Jesus group, on Sunday, Dec. 24, at noonin the sanctuary. The service is informed by the tradition of the Hungarian and Transylvanian Unitarian churches. Ours is an open table and everyone is welcome. 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 them. Speak with Bob McGough bob.mcgough@mac.com.

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, our Candlelight Christmas Eve service begins at 5:30 pm. 

Christmas Eve Dinner.  Don't cook on Christmas Eve, bring your family and join SNUUC friends for the over 250 items at the Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet, www.flaminggrill.co, at 1773 Grand Ave. in Baldwin (in the Dollar Tree Shopping Center on the east side of Grand Ave.)  Adults pay $18.15, children aged 10 and under pay $11.96, both prices include tax, tip and beverage.  Join us following our Christmas Eve service from 7-9 pm.  The reservation is for 40 people. First come, first serve - pay at the door.  RSVP to Ilene Corina icorina@aol.com.

As we approach the calm of winter, 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 the following two upcoming Monday morning series: December mini-series is Dec. 11 and 18 at a rate of $12.50 each class.  The next six-week series is Jan. 8 to Feb. 12.  Series rate is $75/series.  A great way to start off the New Year!  Classes as meet from 9:00-10:15 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 these series, afleming528@gmail.com

Talented SNUUC member Jim Hawkins invites you to a "Christmas meet-up" on Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1-4 pm at Cannon's Blackthorn on North Village Ave (under the LIRR) in Rockville Center. Call and make a reservation for great food, great music and great "craic" (Irish word for "fun"), not a drug; another way to enjoy the holidays!!  Any questions, contact Jim Hawkins, irishhawkins@verizon.net. Hope to see you there!

There will be a training for Worship Leaders: worship associates, choir, musicians and board members at SNUUC on Saturday January 6, 2018 from 10am-3pm (includes lunch!).  It takes many hands to create our worship services and we need to gather periodically to take a look at the services, sharpen our skills and learn new ones, and communicate. This training is for Worship Associates, Choir, Musicians and Board members. The leaders are Rev. Linda Anderson and Hollis Huston.  Topics to be included:  The purpose of worship, worship leaders as creators of a worshipful atmosphere, tap-tap. Is this thing on? (use and the limits of sound systems), time and  space skills for public speakers, creating pulpit scripts, coordinating with pulpit guests and/or the minister, working with musicians and choosing hymns, preparing the worship space, managing announcements, and general flow of service.  Please RSVP to Laura D’Angelo (ldangelo@optonline.net). We need to know how many are coming so we have enough food!

2018 Winter Meditation Retreat at SNUUC.  The SNUUC Meditation Group (a/k/a the South Ocean Sangha), meets every Saturday morning at 9 am. They are hosting a day of meditation to explore contemplative practices that lead to greater compassion and kindness for ourselves and our world on Jan.13, from 9 am to 4 pm at SNUUC.  The group is delighted to announce that the co-leader for this year's Winter Meditation Retreat will be Dr. Pilar Jennings, a psychoanalyst, author and lecturer who focuses on the clinical applications of Buddhist meditation. This extended day of practice will include seated and walking meditation with a focus on the healing power of mental and emotional clarity. The program runs from 9 am to about 4 pm, includes lunch and costs $25.  This program is open to everyone, but, as in past years, space is limited and pre-registration is required.  To obtain more information and to register, please contact Brian Larkin (bolarkin@optonline.net).  

As was announced in the December Open Line, the Board of Trustees has approved changes to our congregation’s bylaws to be voted on at our biannual meeting in January. An informational session on the bylaws proposal will be held after worship on Jan. 14; the biannual meeting is Jan. 28.  An email was sent to congregation members on Nov. 28 with all the information about these changes. Please be sure to read the proposed changes ahead of both the informational session, after worship Jan. 14, and the biannual congregational meeting on Jan. 28.

Contributions to SNUUC from Amazon Thank you to everyone who shops online by going to our website first and using the link to Amazon.com.  All you need to do is go to SNUUC.org before you shop, look for the Amazon.com link on the bottom right of the front page and go from there.  SNUUC will receive a percentage of your purchase and there is no extra charge to you. Please ask your friends and family to shop through our site!