. A violinist and singer as well as a speaker she will talk about disability education and awareness building. You can find out more about Gaelynn at Violinscratches.com
This Sunday we bring in the month of Attention with Sermon by Gaelynn Lea
Gaelynn will also lead the Musical Centering and and Postlude
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 Attention?"
Gaelynn Lea in Concert
Gaelynn Lea will perform at church on Saturday, November 9th at 7 pm. Gaelynn is a folksinger who plays the violin. She won the Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Tickets will be on sale after Sunday Service Oct 27th & November 3rd. Suggested Price for the tickets are $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children under 12.
Veteran's Day Service
At 11am on Monday, November 11 we will hold a short service in the sanctuary to honor veterans of all wars, living and dead, and to express our yearnings for peace in the years to come.
What's on the Calendar This Week?
November 10 - 16
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Governance Committee 10am
Harris Dedicaton 10:30
Saturday Salon 2pm
Gaeylnn Lea in Concert 7pm Sunday 11/10
Worship Service 10:30am
Talk Back with Gaelynn Lea 12:30
YUUNG Covenant Group 12:30
Monday 11/4 Folk Dancing 9:30am
Food not Bombs 10am
Jessie Downs Lessons 1pm
Girl Scouts 2pm
Memoir Group 7pm
Tuesday 11/5 AA 10am VOICE Buffalo Peace Circles 6pm
Wednesday 11/6 Michael Harris Class 9:30am
Lay Ministers 6:30pm
Girls Scouts 6:30pm
Thursday 11/7 AA 10am
Choir Practice 6:30pm
Friday 11/8 Third Friday All Church POTLUCK 4:30
Saturday 11/9 Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Queen City Contra Dance 6:30
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
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This Sunday is SOUPER SUNDAY! All are welcome to join us in the Parish Hall for a soup lunch after the service. Vegan, vegetarian, and meat options available. There will be a collection for suggested donations. Please stick around to help clean up if you can! Even the small act of putting away your chair when you're finished eating can be a huge help!
This week in RE:
PreK: This class will have some special guest teachers for their lesson today. K-2 Spirit Play: This class will hear the story of Francis David. K-5 Workshops: This class will have a music workshop with the theme of Attention. 3rd-8th Experiential Class: This class will decorate some of the bags for the Sister Klimczak Peace Prints Project. 4th-8th Dungeons and Dragons: This class can head directly to the classroom at 10:30am. 9th-12th Youth Group: The Youth Group will meet in the Ballou Room (the former Coming of Age classroom).
Advent Spiral: This year we will be holding ONE Advent Spiral on Sunday, December 1 at 6 pm. Join us for this special, contemplative ritual. All are welcome! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
You can register for any of our Adult Faith Development offerings by emailing email@example.com or at the Religious Education Table on Sunday mornings.
Saturday, November 9
2 - 3:30 pm
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. Please RSVP by clicking here.
Generosity is our grateful response to life's many blessings. Think of all the blessings we receive at church -- our loving community, our gorgeous building, the bubbling fountain of kids in the Children and Youth ministry, and our marvelous music ministry, our powerful voice in social justice, and the spirit-lifting worship. If you have not yet made a pledge of financial commitment for the 2020 church year, you can pick up a pledge card in the Parish Hall this Sunday. We invite you to consider increasing your 2020 pledge by 10% over your 2019 pledge. Why? Because giving feels sooooooooo good. If you would like to talk about your pledge, please contact Rev. Joan Montagnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-885-2136.
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.
Widow and Widowers Circle
The Widow and Widowers Circle will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday Nov. 3rd at noon in the Gardner Room next to the kitchen at UUCB. Be aware that you do not have to be a church member to attend.
If you would like, please bring a reading, poem, or quote that has helped you with your loss.
And bring a friend and/or a lunch too!
Join us for A Night of Power with Yusef Salaam on Friday, November 15th from 6:00-8:30PM at Elim Christian Fellowship (70 Chalmers Ave.).
Nationally known from the award-winning film series, “When They See Us,” directed by Ava DuVernay, Yusef Salaam will be here in Buffalo to discuss his experience with wrongful conviction. The evening will include a panel of representatives including Jerome Wright and Luna Fernandez, both returning citizens, who will talk about solitary confinement, women’s healthcare while incarcerated, and the penal process.
Tickets to this powerful event are $35 general admission, $30 each for a group of 10 or more, or $50 with a VIP meet-and-greet experience with light refreshments and photo-ops from 5:00-6:00PM before the main event. We anticipate these will sell out quickly! You do NOT want to miss out!
Email email@example.com or call our office at 716-842-6571 for more information.
An Evening of
Wine, Dessert & Poetry
Friday, November 15, 2019
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
End your week with a soothing and soulful evening of wines, home-made desserts, and poetry reading by a selection of UUCB’s talented poets and thespians.
Advance Tickets: $20
At the door: $25
Available at the Auction Table after services For information: JVW61@aol.com
Sponsored by The Auction Team
WOMEN’S SOCIETY SPEAKER/LUNCHEON Nov. 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Tana Lowe, Curator and Education Director of HAWK CREEK WILDLIFE CENTER, INC. will speak about her Center’s mission and teach us and give us closeup looks at the three “wildlife ambassadors,” most likely hawks and owls, that she will have with her. She will describe rehabilitating injured wildlife and, when possible, releasing them back to the wild. Her “ambassadors” couldn’t be released and now help us learn about their species.
Refreshments at 11 a.m.($3 donation). Tanya’s presentation at 11:30. Pre-paid luncheon at 12:30.
Pay for the luncheon in the Parish Hall after the service on Nov. 10 or Nov. 17, or by mailing a check made out to UUCB to: Church Office, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo NY 14222. ON MEMO LINE WRITE WMS. SOC. LUNCH. Checks must be received in the Office by NOON ON FRIDAY, NOV. 15. Luncheon cost: Women’s Society Members - $15; non-members - $20. For Tanya’s presentation alone, no reservations are necessary. The cost is $5 at the door; no charge for Women’s Society Members.
Time to Order Wreaths and Poinsettias
We will be taking orders every Sunday in November at a table in the Parish Hall. Our Wreaths and Poinsettias are always beautiful. Wreaths are $30 and Red, White, or Pink Poinsettias are $15.
Pick up day is Sunday December 8th. Any questions - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN - FIXED ASSETS UPDATE
In August you may have seen a Hi-Lift near the Garden Entrance where R. E. Kelly worked due to interior water damage. Here's what they did:
Cut out and sealed gable coping stone joints at the peak over Joan's office
Cut out and repointed all the mortar joints on Parish Hall south walls & adjacent stained glass window wall
Cleaned all these exterior limestone walls
Photos of before and after cleaning are in the Parish Hall
In September another Hi-Lift from Grove Roofing did the following work:
Replacement of broken or missing slate tiles
Repair Copper roof above Garden Entrance where there have been big water leaks inside
Replace rubber roof on the Bell Tower
Assess Bitumen roofing in large joint area between the 2 buildings and propose repairs
Assess condition and repair if needed of Copper gutters
These projects were approved by the Board and Capital Campaign to be paid for by a $100,00 Endowment loan
and refunded by the Capital Campaign.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo is heading into the next phase of our Capital Campaign: The Financial Feasibility Study
The next step in our Capital Campaign is to conduct a Financial Feasibility Study. This is part of our commitment to the congregation to determine the congregation’s readiness for this fundraiser and give us an estimate of how much we can expect to raise.
We need to do this before we ask for a vote on launching a campaign at a special meeting in the near future.
Our Capital Campaign consultant, Liz Coit, will conduct the financial feasibility study and will talk with 40 to 50 members and friends of UUCB. Liz will interview a diverse cross-section of our congregation. Our goal is to reach 20 to 25 percent of our members.
You will not be asked for any gifts during these meetings.
These 45-minute interviews will be held at UUCB from November 4th through 12th; with some flexibility after those dates. The results will help us clarify how familiar our congregation is with the proposed campaign and its purpose, help identify issues that need to be resolved, and determine what level of church-wide financial support we could realistically anticipate.
If you are contacted by a member of the Capital Campaign team, the minister, or a board member, to participate in this study, we hope you will agree to meet with Liz.
Your information will help shape this campaign and determine our ability to fix our beloved church and expand our ability to fulfill our vision and mission.
Our heartfelt thanks!
Rev. Joan Montagnes
Doug Sherman, president, UUCB Board of Trustees
Jack Kavanaugh, Leslie Nickerson, Kathleen Powers, Judy Kieffer, members of Capital Campaign team
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 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.
THE WOMEN’S SOCIETY ASKS YOU TO DONATE RAMEN NOODLE PACKAGES FOR LOCAL PRISONERS DURING OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER
Place donations in the box in the church lobby (or bring to the Women’s Society luncheons on Oct. 17 or Nov. 21). No styrofoam cups, please. The noodle packages will be distributed to prisoners during the December holidays. Monetary donations also accepted to be used for the purchase of warm socks for the prisoners.
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 email@example.com. 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
Our November Share the Plate recipient is
Restoration Society, Inc.
Restoration Society, Inc. (RSI) is a peer operated agency that offers recovery-based person-centered services serving Western New York. The agency was founded in 1973. RSI customers are adults (18 years and above) with significant and persistent mental health issues. Agency services are founded upon the recovery vision that all individuals can lead active lives filled with hope and satisfaction and make valuable contributions to our community.
RSI offers holistic, person-centered services premised upon customer self-determination and self-direction. Programs embracing life coaching strategies facilitate the customer’s personal life direction, development and fulfillment.
RSI Services include Psychosocial Rehab, Habilitation, Educational Support, Supportive Employment, Peer Support and Family Support and Training. In addition, RSI offers housing assistance and an overnight drop-in center, Harbor House Resource Center for individuals who are homeless.
RSI has a reputation of working with the hard to serve population (those individuals who were not successful in other traditional programs).
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Send your ideas to Eve Holberg, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the UUCB/VOICE Buffalo Peace Hub; Tuesday, November 12, and the 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
FAITHIFY is a crowdfunding platform for Unitarian Universalist ministry projects. This includes everything from youth work to justice, service, buildings, staff positions, and emerging ministries. FAITHIFY is full of campaigns funding “FAITHIFY-ed”projects through the direct support of others. FAITHIFY itself is not a funder and does not distribute funds. FAITHIFY is simply the platform for projects to generate funders within communities. To fund a great project www.faithify.org.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available flower dates are January 5th and February 23rd, 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 some lovely flowers for one of our future services.
Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services,
email us at email@example.com, or call us at (716) 885-2136x4
if you are interested in sponsoring lovely flowers for one of our upcoming Sunday services.
A Covenant Group May Be Just What You Are Searching For The Covenant Group Ministry is preparing to welcome new members to our groups in January 2020. During Sunday worship services in November, group members will be sharing their reflections on their Covenant Group experiences. After each service, we invite you to spend time at the Covenant Group Ministry Table in the Parish Hall to talk with group members and facilitators who can answer questions and register you for upcoming introductory events. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eyeglasses In Good Condition And Non-Perishable Food Pantry Itemsare 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.
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.
An Opportunity to Support One of our Share the Plate Partners!
On December 6th from 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM, teams of volunteers throughout WNY will be assisting the WNY Food Bank through the Food 2 Families outdoor food drive. Celebrities, trucks and volunteers will gather at several WNY Tops Friendly Market locations for the Little Brown Bags of Hope event. Please consider organizing your Covenant group, ministry team, RE youth (over age 8) or a UUCB family group in selecting a time slot and Tops location for the gift of putting our values into action during this holiday season. You do not have to be part of a group. If you want to volunteer as an individual with other UUs or on your own, all are welcomed. If you are interested, please contact Juli at JVW61@aol.com for details.
Michael Lays Down the Law!!
HOT DOCS! WRITINGS THAT HAVE MADE HISTORY
Michael Harris, Instructor
We've all heard of the renowned documents that have shaped our civilization such as the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution; how many of us, however, have actually read them and understand their meaning? What do we really know about the Code of Hammurabi, the Hippocratic Oath, Martin Luther's 95 Theses and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation? This course will examine some of these key formative documents that, for better or worse, have changed our country and the world at large. As we enter an important political season, we can prepare for the debates and campaigns ahead by becoming more aware of this great legacy of philosophical, religious and legal thought. In sum, they demonstrate the maxim that the pen is mightier than the sword!
14 Wednesdays: September 11 -December 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo695 Elmwood Avenue
Cost: $75 for course, or $10 per session For more information email email@example.com
Session Eight (November 6):The Articles of Confederation to The United States Constitution Session Nine (November 13): Selling The Constitution Hamilton, Madison, Jay and The Federalist Papers
Session Ten (November 20): Revolutionary Rallying Cries of 1848 The Communist Manifesto and The Declaration of Sentiments
Session Eleven (November 27): "With Malice toward None" Writings of Abraham Lincoln
Session Twelve (December 4): Civil Rights (and Wrongs) Key Decisions of the Supreme Court
Session Thirteen (December 11): Franklin Delano Roosevelt/Winston Churchill The Art of the Speech
Session Fourteen (December 18): Our Living Document The Bill of Rights and Other Constitutional Amendments
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community
Ongoing Weekly Vigils
Prisoners’ Rights Weekly Vigil every Wednesday from 4-5pm outside the Erie County Holding Center
Women in Black weekly vigil against militarization every Saturday at noon at Bidwell and Elmwood
Elmwood Village Neighborhood Announcements
Bidwell Farmers Market
Every Saturday through the fall from 8:00am-1:00pm
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Full announcements are published in the eBlast; please send a 50 word/2-3 line version for the Order of Service.
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