Rev. Joan Montagnes
A reflective service of music and poetry to meditate on the value of belonging.
We gather this Sunday for Rev. Montagnes's service, The Shared World. Commemorating the coming Indigenous People's Day, our service will feature readings from Native American sources, as well as Matt Spaulding's rendition of Joy Harjo's sung poem, Grace. Your UUCB Choir will offer up Frank Ticheli's powerful anthem, Earth Song, alongside instrumental pieces from throughout the history of American Jazz.
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 Belonging?"
What's on the Calendar This Week? October 12 - 19
Please note the UUCB office will be closed on Monday, 10/13, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day.
World Healing Unconference 9am
Queen City Dancers 6:30pm
Worship Service 10:30am
Religious Education 10:30am
Souper Sunday 11:30am
Young UUs Covenant Group 12:30pm
Covenant Group 12:30pm
Our Whole Lives 5pm
Folk Dancing 9:30am
Food not Bombs 10am
Jessie Downs Lessons 1pm
Memoir Group 7pm
Tuesday 10/15 AA 10am
Endowment Committee 6pm
Covenant Group Facilitators 6:30pm
Michael Harris Class 9:30am
Girl Scout Troop 34024 6pm
Girl Scout Troop 30360 6:30pm
Women's Society Luncheon 10am
Choir Practice 6:30pm
No events scheduled
F.E.A.R. Circle 10am
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Worship Associates 10am
Building an Emotional Toolbox 2:30pm
Queen City Contra Dancers 6:30pm
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
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This week in RE:
PreK: This class will have a lesson on Leaves. K-2 Spirit Play: This class will hear the story "My Secret Bully". K-5 Workshops: This class will have a music workshop on the theme of Belonging. 3rd-8th Experiential Class: This class will help with Souper Sunday. 4th-8th Dungeons and Dragons: This class will also help with Souper Sunday. 9th-12th Youth Group: The Youth Group will meet in the Ballou Room (the former Coming of Age classroom).
Halloween Party - Join us on Friday, October 25, for our Halloween party! Bring a dish to pass for a potluck dinner and enjoy games, music, and a haunted basement designed by our youth group! Come in costume if you wish! All are welcome! 6-8 pm in the Parish Hall.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Religious Education Table on Sunday mornings.
Pathways to Membership
Saturday, October 26
10am-12pm Alliance Room
Thinking about becoming a member at the UU Church of Buffalo? Come explore just what that means! You’ll learn about our governance structure, the different and exciting ministry teams and committees of our congregation, and the many, many ways you can participate in congregational life here. This class is required for membership.
Free of charge
To register, email email@example.com
Culinary Properties of Medicinal Herbs
Saturday, October 26
1:30 – 3 pm
Though the American cook may use culinary herbs for flavor alone, every culinary herb and spice possesses medicinal properties. In this class, herbalist Sarah Sorci will share research-based information about how the plants in our spice cabinet or herb garden can support our health. Stories, traditions, and samples will also be shared.
Donation of $10 suggested
To register, call 716-882-0848
About the facilitator: Holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs in Hamburg. She offers wellness and property consultations, educational workshops, therapeutic horticulture sessions, and writing. Sarah is co-coordinator of the WNY chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and is excited to be part of the movement toward accessible, just, and sustainable health care. www.sweetflagherbs.com
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.
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.
This week, 10/13, is Souper Sunday! Vegan, vegetarian, and meat-containing soup will be available in the Parish Hall after the service! Free will donations are encouraged to help us cover the cost (and to help us serve soup to those who can't afford to donate.)
Helping hands are needed to take down the Parish Hall when the event is over. Even just putting away your own chair is a big help. We could use folks to hang chairs, wipe down tables, and help bring dishes to the kitchen as well as wash pots and pans. If you can lend a hand, please check in with our kitchen staff after your meal and they'll be thrilled to put you to work!
Thank you to everyone who helps make Souper Sunday a success!
Food Bank Donations
The donation receptacle is in the Garden Entrance foyer next to the eyeglass donation box.
WOMEN’S SOCIETY SPEAKER/LUNCHEON
October 17. Refreshments at 11 a.m. Denise Reichard in character as Amelia Earhart at 11:30; catered lunch at 12:30. Pay for the luncheon in the Parish Hall after service on Oct. 6 or 13. Women’s Soc. Members - $15; Non-members - $20. For the performance alone no reservations necessary. Non-Wms. Soc. Members - $5; no charge for Wms. Soc. Members.
New York State Conference of Universalists 193rd Annual Meeting; October 25–26, 2019 First Universalist Church of Rochester.
For registration and workshop information go to: nyscu.org
October 27 Is Celebration Sunday
The most fun you will ever have in a worship service! And why not? Why not rejoice when we reflect on all the blessings in our life? We have so much for which to be grateful -- our loving community, our gorgeous church building, the bubbling fountain of kids in the Children and Youth ministry, and our marvelous music ministry. Generosity is our grateful response to life's many blessings. On Celebration Sunday please come prepared to make your pledge of financial commitment for the 2020 church year during the service.
We invite you to consider increasing your 2020 pledge by 5% 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.
UUCB Book Group
We will be discussing HOUSE MADE OF DAWN, by N. Scott Momaday. This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1969. Mr. Momaday is the Babel speaker this month at Kleinhans Music Hall.
If you have read the book and wish to join us at our meeting, please contact our host-of-the-month at 883-2078 or email@example.com to let her know you are coming, so she may plan for seating and refreshments. Book for next month: TBA.
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 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
Our October Share the Plate recipient is
The Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition
Formed in 2013, The Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition is a coming together of people from across our county who believe that conflicts are often best resolved by the people involved. By creating a safe space where all individuals involved in a conflict can come together and discuss what happened, who was harmed, and who bears the responsibility for repairing the harm, ECRJC facilitators are helping to change the way our community addresses conflict and crime.
We are an ever-expanding group of individuals who share a desire to improve our community through the use of Restorative Justice in resolving interpersonal conflict and addressing criminal cases. We host regular trainings in Community Conferencing and Talking Circles, and work diligently to get the word out about Restorative Justice and its many uses.
We from ECRJC thank UUCB in advance for your continued support of our work to bring restorative practices to schools, our court system, and neighborhoods, including yours! Come experience the power and grace of a circle here on the 2nd Tuesday of each month!
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.
Join the UUCB/VOICE Buffalo Peace Hub; This Tuesday, October 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 flowers this morning are dedicated in memory of my mother, born Anastasia Luka Mircheva on October 17, 1904, in a village in central Bulgaria which was then a last vestige of the Ottoman Empire; and died Ann Segmen on August 21, 1991 in Buffalo, NY. Her life spanned enormous geographical and cultural changes. I will always remember her vision, compassion and perspective."
John R. Segmen
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 email@example.com 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 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 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.
2019 Fun & Fellowship Auction: Auction Items Still Available!!!
Auction Items are still available for you to place your bids and join in the fun & fellowship.
Contact Maria Testa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Juli Van Woert (email@example.com) if you are interested in one or more of the Auction Items listed below. Additional information will also be available at the Auction Table after Sunday Service.
Chili Dinner For All
An Evening of Wine, Dessert & Poetry
Evening or Overnight Childcare
Adult Cross-country Ski Lesson and Lunch
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.
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 One (September 11): Docs on Rocks Ancient Codes, Decrees and Commandments
Session Two (September 18): Epistolary Tales The Lost Art of Letter-Writing
Session Three (September 25): Eyewitnesses to History The Art of the Autobiography
Session Four (October 2): Ententes Cordiales The Imperfect Art of the Treaty
NO CLASS ON OCTOBER 9 -- YOM KIPPUR
Session Five (October 16): Creeds, Papal Bulls, Councils and 95 Theses Key Documents in Christian History
Session Six (October 23): Britannia Rules From Absolute to Limited Monarchy
Session Seven (October 30): Enlightenment Ideals and Colonial Grievances Thomas Jefferson and the Road to The Declaration of Independence
Session Eight (November 6): The Articles of Confederation to The United States ConstitutionSession 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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