Rev. Joan Montagnes Hindu philosophers will tell you that “atman = brahman.” At the most fundamental level of being, they say, the tiny flame which is in your core is equal to and part of all transcendent existence. Thou art That.
We gather this Sunday for Rev. Montagnes's sermon, The Greater Whole. Service music will include Canadian composer and choir director, Brian Tate's joyous anthem, Connected, alongside works from the Mozart family. This coming Monday marks the anniversary of W.A. Mozart's birth, however few know that the composer came from an extraordinarily musical family, including a composer/teacher father, Leopold, and a virtuoso older sister, Maria Anna "Nannerl." Our service begins with a trio of harpsichord dances and showpieces collected for Mozart's older sister by their father in Nannerl's Little Notebook. An English-language psalm setting by the 9-year old 'Wolfie' will be sung by our choir, and the service will conclude with a rousing harpsichord finale by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an leading composer in Mozart's time and a French person of color.
Every month our congregation joins over 200 Unitarian Universalist Congregations in exploring a single spiritual theme. This Month We Ask
"What does it mean to be
a People of Integrity?"
What's on the Calendar This Week?
January 25 - Febuary 01
F.E.A.R Circle 10am Pastoral Care Summit 10am
Sunday 1/26 Worship Service 10:30
Fellowship Hour 11:30am
Covenant Groups Pot Luck 1:00pm Our Whole Lives 5:00pm Our Whole Lives grade 7/8 5:00pm
Monday 1/27 Food not Bombs 10am
Folk Dancing 10am
Jessie Downs Lessons 1pm
Girl Scouts 2pm
Memoir Group 7pm Tuesday 1/28 AA 10am Wednesday 1/29 Music with Michael 9:30am Choir Practice 6:30pm
Thursday 1/30 AA 10am
Saturday 2/01 Powers Shower 2:00pm
Lantern Walk Reception 6:00pm
Queen City Contra Dance 6:30pm
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
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This week in RE:
PreK will begin their "Follow the Drinking Gourd" lesson.
K-2 Spirit Play will hear the story "Heaven and Hell: A Chinese Folktale."
K-5 Workshops will have a social action workshop on Integrity.
3rd-8th Experiential Class will have a lesson centered on the book “Where Are You From?”
4th-8th Dungeons and Dragons can proceed directly to their classroom at 10:30 am.
9th-12th Youth Group: The Youth Group will meet in the Ballou Room.
7th and 8th Grade Our Whole Lives will resume meeting on Sunday evenings from 5-8pm.
Lantern Walk: Join us on Saturday, February 1, at 5:30 pm at Delaware Park. We'll meet at the playground near the rose garden. Bring a lantern from home or borrow one of ours. Afterward, we'll return to the church for some fellowship time with hot beverages and cookies. Please email email@example.com to reserve a lantern or with any questions!
Please Register for the 2019-2020 Religious Education Year! Registration helps us plan for classes and better meet the needs of our incoming children and youth! And it only takes a few minutes. Follow this link to register online: https://forms.gle/ignMLPnZoFs4q6Ba8
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Adult Faith Development
Tuesday Night Memoir Group
Do you have a story to tell? Our Tuesday Night memoir group is looking for a few more members to help fill it out. This group currently meets on Tuesday evenings from 7 - 8:30 pm once or twice a month, but is willing to move to a different evening to accommodate more members. Members share pieces of what they've been working on in a positive and supportive environment, while getting to know one another and building community! If you'd like to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 22
While we can't have Gertrude Stein, we can try for the next best thing! Come join us for the first of what is hopefully to be many Saturday Salons. All are welcome! Come with a quote, poem, thought, statistic, or book you've been reading and would like to share. Let's deepen our connections to one another and cross-pollinate our intellectual curiosity! Facilitated by Nicole Urdang. Email email@example.com to rsvp.
UUA Common Read Book Discussion
Sunday, March 22
This year, the UUA's Common Read is An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. We will be hosting a mixed age discussion of the book for both the adult and young people's versions of the book. If you would like to order the book at a discount ($8 per copy for either the adult or young people's editions), please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking for substitute childcare providers for the nursery and other church events that require childcare. Substitutes will be called when our primary childcare worker is out, or when there is a need for childcare at times other than Sunday mornings. Hourly pay is $15.
If you are 18 or over and like working with children, email Sarah Martin to apply to be put on our sub list! (All childcare subs are subject to background checks.)
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE SEVERAL SETS OF PEWS IN THE SANCTUARY THAT ARE SHORTER SO THAT ANYONE USING A WHEELCHAIR, SCOOTER OR WALKER IS ABLE TO COMFORTABLY PARTICIPATE AND SIT WITH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. THESE PEWS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE, HOWEVER PLEASE CONSIDER OTHERS WHO MAY NEED THEM.
Food Bank Donations
The donation receptacle is in the Garden Entrance foyer next to the eyeglass donation box.
Capital Campaign Corner
Happy New Year! Here’s what’s happening with the Capital Campaign.
The Financial Feasibility Study is complete, and based on the data and interviews we are confident we will make the campaign a success. We’ll review the report in detail during the Winter Congregational Meeting (Jan. 26). The Fixed Assets Committee received six answers to its Request for Proposals from architectural/engineering firms for a building condition survey and the results of those surveys were due on Friday. This will give us realistic cost estimates for projects big and small.
This is exciting stuff, folks! Ideas and dreams will come into focus; all that is possible will be revealed.
We owe a big thank you to Jack Kavanagh for getting us to this stage. Because of other commitments and a new job Jack felt as if he could not give the campaign the attention it deserves.
Now, we need your help. It’s time to expand the team, and get this campaign into high gear. Please ask any of the team about how you might be able to help. We’ll need project managers, people to brainstorm ideas, people to sort through documents, someone to keep track of the income and outgo, someone to take notes, and someone to plan events. And more.
Have you ever wondered what’s under the sanctuary? How do we heat this place, anyway? Have you seen where the youth group meets? We’ll be hosting tours of our magnificent building in the coming weeks. We hope these tours will inspire ideas as well as give members and friends a up-close look at our building’s needs.
Think of all the great things we can do when we have a secure future. Those who came before us saw the importance of keeping this building sound for those who came after them. We must do the same, so that UUCB can serve our members and wider community in the pursuit of the seven principles.
- Judy Kieffer, Tom Muka, Leslie Nickerson, Kathleen McGriff Powers, Doug Sherman and Kate Silver
HELP the DR. SEUSS BOOK CHALLENGE
The UUCB Women’s Society is joining with the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs (BFWC) in a project to collect 1,000 Dr. Seuss books from now until March, 2020. BFWC will collect our donations and donate them to children in the court system, domestic violence shelters, inner city daycare centers and to police and fire stations to have on hand for children involved in trauma.
Donate new or gently used books by Dr. Seuss to this initiative or donate $5 (check made out to BFWC). BFWC will purchase a book for you. A sticker will be placed on the inside cover indicating the source of the donation. Books or checks can be sent to the Church Office or dropped off at the Women’s Society table after services on the two Sundays before each luncheon.
Our Januarly Share the Plate recipient is
PUSH Buffalo People United for Sustainable Housing
The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic and environmental justice in Buffalo. Our work always starts from community organizing.
Over the last decade, PUSH has built a powerful, grassroots movement guided by racial, economic and environmental justice rooted in the realities of poor and working-class people living in Buffalo. We have demonstrated that the people who live closest to the problem have the best solutions
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Send your ideas to Eve Holberg, email@example.com.
FAMLY PROMISE STILL NEEDS MEALS & DONATIONS!
The Family Promise site is at 75 Hickory St., at Clinton, on the campus of SS Columba-Brigid RC Church, in the former elementary school. See Nancy Wilkins at the FP sign up table on Sundays or call her at 432-6983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!
We are still a Family Promise church, BUT we don't have overnight sleeping accommodations any more since we don't have the state-mandated shower required for all shelters. BUT We are collecting needed supplies for Family Promise. See the list below and bring your items to the church office at your convenience.
dish washing soap
gift cards to Target, Tops, or Walmart
2nd Tuesday of each month; 6:00pm Registration and Refreshments, 6:30-8:30 Circle, 2nd Fl., Alliance Rm.
VOICE and UUCB have teamed up to offer Peace Circles with the goal of UUCB becoming a Community Peace Hub site. Our focus is to ensure restorative practice are indeed being implemented and followed in our public schools supporting our congregation’s commitment to social and restorative justice change in Buffalo. For more information email Sharon Walker at email@example.com
Pulpit Flower Ministry
Remembering our daughter, Doreen, Tim & Gretchen Ashton share these flowers with our UU community today.
The next available flower dates, March 15th, 29th, April 5th 26th 2020.
Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services,
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (716) 885-2136x4
if you are interested in sponsoring lovely flowers for one of our upcoming Sunday services.
Eyeglasses In Good Condition And Non-Perishable Food
Make your donations now, Eyeglasses in Good Condition and Non-Perishable Food Panry Items are gratefully accepted year round in the donation boxes located in the Garden Entrance foyer.
Donations Sought for
Food Not Bombs
Buffalo Food Not Bombs is seeking donations of folding tables, bike carts, and food storage bins- if able to donate any of these, please speak with a participating UUCB member or reach out to them through their Facebook page. They are not requesting Tupperware at this time.
BFnB cooks in our kitchen every Monday at 10am- please feel free to join!
Women's Society Annual Book Sale, Spring 2020
WS now collecting your books, i.e. hardbound and softcover books of all topics, children's and young adult books, art books, puzzles and games, audio books. Please NO textbooks, reference books or encyclopedias. Place them in bags or boxes on the stairs at the Elmwood Entrance. If you have questions, contact Joyce Bol at email@example.com. or 698-6801.
Food requested in January: hearty canned soup or any non-perishable food item. Please place in container located in the Garden Entrance foyer. Thank you!
UUCB Book Group
Meeting on Monday, Jan. 27 at 2 pm: We will be discussing KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann. Details in next week’s announcements and the January 2020 Newsletter.
Widow and Widowers Circle
Our Widow and Widowers Circle meets the first Sunday of every month at noon in the Gardner Room.
All widows and Widowers are invited. We use the time to share our grieving process and help each other adjust to the transition. You may bring a lunch and/or a friend.
For more information contact Bonnie Collins via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone and/or text at 716 867 9628.
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