This Sunday – July 7 Practicing Simplicity Rachel Clark
Frequently, summer is idealized as a period of relaxation, reflection, and connection with both nature and loved ones.
However, being a part of the interconnected web of existence is anything but simple. We recognize the many problems in our community, and we work to solve these ills.
Can we incorporate simplicity and acceptance into our spiritual practice? What would that look like?
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 Simplicity?"
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.
S’mores & Sing-along
Kayaking the Buffalo River
Bee Amazed II
Pancake Breakfast & Playdate
Country Picnic in the Boston Hills II
A Polish Feast
Welcome Back BBQ
Chili Dinner For All
rescheduling in October
Intro to Ayurvedic Self-Care
An Evening of Wine, Dessert & Poetry
Evening or Overnight Childcare
Adult Cross-country Ski Lesson and Lunch
Events Today, Saturday July 13
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Sunday 7/14 Meditation 9am Worship Service 10:30am Summer Religious Education 10:30am Widow and Widower's Group 12pm Covenant Group 12:30pm
Monday 7/15 Food not Bombs 10am Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 1pm AA 6pm Memoir Writing Group 6:30pm Covenant Group 7pm
Tuesday 7/16 AA 10am Capezzi/Lowry Dinner Planning Meeting 5:30pm VOICE Buffalo Peace Circle Practice 6pm Girl Scouts Troop Leader Meeting 6:30pm Memoir Writing Group 7pm
Wednesday 7/17 Michael Harris Class 9:30am VOICE Buffalo Accessibility Taskforce Meeting 10am Women's Resistance Choir 6pm
Thursday 7/18 AA 10am NA 12:30pm West Ferry Village Townhouse Association 5:30pm
Friday 7/19 Memoir Writing Group 10am
Saturday 7/20 Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
Interested in renting a room for an event at UUCB?
Email our Admin of Facilities and Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Summer Religious Education
Summer religious education takes place upstairs in the Alliance Room for PreK - Grade 8. We'll spend the summer building community, playing games, watching movies, making crafts, and brainstorming social justice actions we would like to take in our community. Summer RE takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Please try to pick up your child promptly from Summer RE. The nursery will remain open as usual.
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
To keep up on everything that's going on in Religious Education at UUCB, please sign up for our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/bJRvVD
Adult Faith Development Reusable Bag Totes Workshop
The U.S. uses 100 BILLION plastic bags per year. (The equivalent of driving 7 billion miles using gasoline). Soon our oceans will have more plastic than fish. Please join us on Sunday July 21st, in the Priestly Room after the service for a workshop to sew small clip-on bag totes to distribute to the congregation and friends. These can hold up to two rolled up REUSE plastic bags. If we re-use each bag even three times, we cut our consumption by 75%! Machine and hand sewers welcome. Materials and machines will be supplied. Bring something light for a potluck lunch. Contact Teal Postula for further information, at 645-558-6171
Joint Trip to Chautauqua with Westminster Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal
Once again we have been invited by Westminster and Trinity to participate in a joint trip to Chautauqua Institute this summer. This year the trip will be on August 6 to see Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor discuss her book, "Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others." The plan is to leave the Westminister parking lot at 10:30 am, bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy a picnic upon arrival, attend the lecture, then gather for a brief reception with refreshments before returning to Buffalo. To sign up for this trip or get more information, please contact Sarah Martin at email@example.com.
Food Bank Donations
The donation receptacle is in the Garden Entrance foyer next to the eyeglass donation box.
Family Promise closet cleanout - is this yours?
Dear Generous Family Promise volunteers and donors:
YES we are still a Family Promise church: we provide a week of suppers for up to three guest families Mon- Friday at the FP Center at 75 Hickory Street south of Clinton four times a year, but NO - we don't have overnight sleeping accommodations any more since we don't have the state-mandated shower required for all shelters.
SOOO- we are cleaning out the FP closet and undercroft storage area. Did you donate a large quilt? Air mattresses? A toaster, coffeemaker or other supplies which we will no longer need in our new role? Would you like them back?
If so, please contact FP Coordinator Nancy Wilkins at 432-6983 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to meet up and match you with your stuff, and THANKS! If we don't hear from you by the end of July, then the supplies will be donated to the UUCB and the Family Promise Center. Nancy Wilkins
Our July Share the Plate recipient is Summer
Summer camp at the Delaware Family YMCA gives young people experiences that last a lifetime, inspiring them for years to come. Whether it’s splashing in the pool, exploring nature, learning a new skill, or going on fun field trips, summer camp at the Delaware YMCA provides an opportunity for children to build meaningful relationships and gain important life skills, such as learning the importance of being caring, honest, respectful, and responsible individuals.
The Delaware YMCA does not turn away anyone due to an inability to pay. Each year, YMCA Buffalo Niagara sends over 500 kids to camp through our financial assistance program, thanks to the generosity of our community.
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.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available flower date is
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.
Wednesday Mornings with Michael Michael Harris, instructor Sex & Violence (and George Bernard Shaw) – A Preview of the 2019 Shaw Festival
12 sessions in the UUCB Alliance Room; Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, from May 8 to July 31.
Registration: $70 for course, or $10 per session; make check payable to UUCB.
To register or for more information, call Church Office at 885-2136.
Session Ten (July 17): Shaw Workshop and Shaw Winter – Mahabharata: Origins, A Christmas Carol and Holiday Inn
Lowry and Capezzi
A farewell reception honoring Jeff Lowry and Rita Capezzi, is planned for Sunday, July 21st from 5:30-8:30. If you are interested in joining us, take time to stop by the table in the church hall after Sunday services and signup.
This is a free event, but a reservation is requested by July 14th. We are also accepting food donations for the event. Great food, music and friendship will provide an enjoyable evening as we bid farewell with our good wishes to Jeff and Rita.
Reservations are to be made in the church hall; for other questions contact Louise Yots, event chair, at Louiseyots@gmail.com.
Widow and Widowers Circle
The Widow and Widowers Circle will meet Sunday Aug 4th at noon after church in the Gardner Room.
For More Info contact Bonnie Collins at Collinsb@buffalo.edu or by phone or text at 716 867 9628.
Please bring a friend, a lunch if you want, and quotes that are meaningful to your grief work if you have any.
CEJ Hall of Shame Awards
CEJ Buffalo will be holding a fundraiser in the Parish Hall on Wednesday August 7th at 5pm; admission will be $20. More info available soon!
UUCB Craft Show
The UUCB Summer Arts and Crafts Show will be August 24 & 25.
For more info contact email@example.com
Unitarian Univeralist Church of Amherst
UUCA is located at 6320 Main Street in Williamsville. Read about their upcoming events and more in their newsletterCalling All Youth Leaders
Are you ready for River Rising Leadership School? At River Rising Youth will spend a week creating community and learning to care for that community spiritually, pastorally and physically. They will have conversations about how Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist values influence their own sense of purpose and work on articulating their own faith based values. We’ll approach leadership as a continual process of self reflection, group processing and practice work. And we’ll have a lot fun just hanging out and playing together! 2 different weeks, 2 different locations. Learn more at www.uua.org/central-east/youth/goldmine.
Sophia Lyons Fans Camp
Long Island UU Council announces that registration is open for Sophia Lyons Fahs Camp. This camp has a new location!. Dates are August 18-24, 2019 at Camp Echo in Burlingame, NY. This is for children and youth of all ages. Learn more at liacuu.org/fahs.
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!
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
On Saturday August 10th Elmwood Village will be turned into an eco-corridor, with participating residents and businesses highlighting their environmental efforts. Take a stroll and be sure to swing by UUCB, where we will be hosting a tent from the Eastern Monarch Butterfly Conservancy!
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