This Sunday – March 24 The Root Children and The Climate Crisis
Join us for a multigenerational service where we will explore the many facets of climate justice through readings, music, and a fun, interactive pageant to welcome Spring!
We will also kick off our UUA Common Read, Justice on Earth!
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 Journey?"
Fun and Fellowship Auction News
March 17th was an exciting day at UUCB!
The 2019 Auction was a great success. Over $16,000!!!!
For those who were successful bidders, the Auction Team will be available in the Parish Hall before and after church to receive your payment (cash or preferably check made out to UUCB with subject "Auction" ) and provide a detailed receipt of your winning bids.
You still have an opportunity to bid on a list of items which have not yet sold out. Stop by and talk to an Auction team member. Thank you to all who participated as donors and bidders. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Family Promise Yes, we ARE still a Family Promise church, providing hope, friendship, great meals and love to families who are seeking permanent homes. You can make a difference in a family's life by providing a simple supper for up to three families for one night, Friday, April 5 or Monday April 8- Thursday, April 11 at the Family Promise Center on the St. Columba Brigid RC campus at Hickory and Clinton. No weekend meals are needed. (Presently, there is one family in the program). The families will set the table, serve the food, clear the dishes and wash up and say thank you. You bask in knowing you have helped; you'll receive far more than you give. We no longer need to provide overnight hosting in our church, unless and until we have the State-mandated shower, required for shelters.
Events Today, Saturday March 23rd, at UUCB
Junior High Youth Con
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Junior High Youth Con Meditation 9am Worship Service 10:30am Religious Education 10:45am
Fiore Baby Dedication 12pm Soloist Rehearsal 12pm
Beautiful River's Grove Wheel of the Year Ritual 3pm
Monday 3/25 Food not Bombs 10am
Folk Dancing 10am
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 2:30pm
Memoir Writing Group 6:30pm
Buffalo Master Chorale 6:30pm
Tuesday 3/26 AA 10am
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 12:30pm
Memoir Writing Group 7pm
Covenant Group 7pm
Wednesday 3/27 Michael Harris Class 9:30am
Thursday 3/28 AA 10am
Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 5pm
Music Team Staff Meeting 6pm
Choir Practice 7:30pm
Friday 3/29 Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQIA+ History Project 6:30pm
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, Bridge Rauch, at email@example.com.
This “RE Sunday” service features our annual Spring Pageant. Your UUCB Choir will have the week off as they prepare for next month’s Music Sunday service, but Tenor Soloist, Matthew Spaulding, will treat us to a few seasonal selections from his upcoming recital, and our in-house Cornette-and-Piano duo will bookend the service with some jazz classics. Service music will include selections from Robert Schumann’s “Dichterliebe” (A Poet’s Love) and Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” alongside instrumental renditions of the ballads, “Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most” and “What a Wonderful World.”
Religious Education Girl Scout Cookies!
For the next few weeks, Girl Scout troops with members from our congregation will be selling cookies in the Parish Hall before and after the service on Sunday morning! Be sure to stop by and offer your support!
PreK - Grade 9
This week is our Multigenerational Spring Pageant service! Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their families for the entire service. Participation by all ages is welcome during the pageant!
10th-12th Grade Senior High Youth
Our Youth Group will meet downstairs in the temporary youth room to work on the youth service.
Save the Date!
Join us Friday, April 19, for a Religious Education Visioning potluck in the Parish Hall from 6 - 8 pm. We'll discuss our vision for the future of RE at UUCB, explore options available for curricula, and talk about sustainable volunteer opportunities! We hope to have as many of our RE families and friends attending as possible!
Collecting Menstrual Products
In March, RE will be collecting menstrual products to make menstruation kits for local shelters and organizations in need. We'll be taking donations of tampons of various sizes, pads of various sizes, gallon-sized ziploc bags, and small packets of wet wipes, sanitary hand wipes, and alcohol wipes in a bin beside the RE table on Sunday mornings throughout March!
Adult Faith Development Memoir Writing Group
There are two openings in the Tuesday night memoir writing group for new members. The group meets on Tuesday evenings in a basement classroom from 7 - 8:30. If you are interested in joining this group or would like more information, please contact Sarah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
UUA Common Read - Justice on Earth
We will kick off our engagement with the UUA's 2018-2019 common read, Justice on Earth by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom on Sunday, March 24, after our multigenerational spring pageant! The book can be purchased from Sarah Martin for $15 per copy. Please inquire at the Religious Education table on Sunday mornings or email email@example.com. Book discussions will take place on April 14 and April 24. Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/9LKxLFNHAD8f5L4d2
New Member Class
Are you considering membership at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo? Are you new here and want to discover what we're all about? Having you been coming for years, yet you still have questions about Unitarian Universalism, our history, and our mission? Then this is the class for you! Saturday, April 27
10 am - 2 pm
Free of charge, lunch provided
Rev. Joan Montagnes, Shaun Doyle, and Julie Taylor
Women's Society Annual Book Sale
The booksale this year will be Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 AND Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5 FROM 10 TO 3 PM.
Books are still being collected: fiction and non-fiction, hardbound and paperback, youth and children's' books, art, psychology, politics, history, etc. Please no textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines. Games and puzzles and C-D's are also accepted. Please bring books in bags or boxes to Elmwood Entrance stairs. For questions, email Joyce Bol, Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
Denominational and Interfaith News Save the Date
VOICE Buffalo, Criminal Justice Task Force;
“Truth Commission: Impact of the City of Buffalo School suspensions on students, families, and community”
May 2, Time and Place TBA
The SASE team would like to remind everyone of the upcoming Buffalo School Board candidate forum sponsored by our Share the Plate recipient BILT, Buffalo Immigration Leadership Team. The greater the number of people who can attend shows potential voting power and the support of concerns that BILT is presenting.
The forum will be at Lafayette High School on April 2 at 6 PM. Everyone of course is welcome, we particularly encourage Buffalo city residents to attend.
BILT developed out of local nonprofit VOICE-Buffalo in 2015, with a charge of growing immigrant and refugee leaders to become civically engaged. BILT is in the process of becoming an independent organization.
BILT organizes around social justice issues that matter to Buffalo’s diverse immigrant and refugee populations. BILT’s first major campaign has been to address the extremely low graduation (26%) and high drop-out rates (43%) among English Language Learner (ELL) students in Buffalo Public Schools. BPS is also out of compliance with state law related to the number of bilingual teachers needed to educate ELL students. BILT is taking these issues to local and state education officials to change these unacceptable situations and to “Raise the Rate” for our refugee and immigrant kids.
BILT is holding a Candidates’ Forum, in collaboration with VOICE-Buffalo, on Tuesday, April 2, to engage candidates for BPS board of education. BILT and VOICE-Buffalo leaders will present our concerns and develop relationships with these candidates. The event will take place at Lafayette High School. Please join us!
BILT and VOICE-Buffalo will also be phone-banking to increase voter engagement in the traditionally low turn-out Board of Education race.
Share the Plate Seeks Suggestions for 2019-2020 Recipients
Each month we share our weekly Sunday offering with a social justice agency or organization outside our walls. The Social Action Sunday Events team is looking for ideas for new recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Do you know of organizations that should be considered for Share the Plate? Please send them to Eve Holberg via email at email@example.com. Please provide as much information as possible: Agency name, contact person and information including phone or email if you have it, and let how best to contact you if we have questions. If you like, please describe what makes this organization special or particularly deserving.
Please note that Share the Plate recipients must be 501(c)3 non-profit non-partisan organizations. For inspiration, a list of all Share the Plate recipients is on the Share the Plate bulletin board next to the garden entrance doors in the Parish Hall. If you have questions, please see or email Eve Holberg.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available flower dates are June 23 and June 30, and other dates are available for future Sundays in the fall.
Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the office at (716) 885-2136X4 if you are interested in sponsoring lovely flowers for one of our Sunday services. The donation is only $35.00 and you will have the opportunity to have your desired text dedication printed in our weekly newsletter as well as in our OSS. On the Sunday that you choose, your flowers will be available after the morning service for you to take with you or to donate. It's a wonderful way to celebrate a special day or event, or to remember a special person or time in our lives while sharing the beautiful flowers with our church.
The Pulpit Flowers for March 24th
This week's flowers are dedicated with gratitude to this Church and to all the folks who help make it happen. Tracey Kassman
UUCB Book Group Meeting
Monday, March 25 at 7pm
We’ll be discussing “The People vs. Democracy: why our freedom is in danger and how to save it.” The author is Yascha Mounk, the German-American political scientist, author, and Harvard lecturer. Newcomers who have read the book are always welcome to join us. Everyone who plans to come needs to tell our host-of-the-month, Bonnie (email@example.com) so that she may plan for seating and refreshments.
Looking ahead: April 29 at 7 pm "Sing You Home" by Jodi Picoult; May 20 at 7 pm "Citizens of London" by Lynn Olsen; June 24 at 5pm "Never Caught" by Erica Armstrong.
From Brecht to Broadway: The Musical Theatre of Kurt Weill
January 9 - April 10
Cost: $75 for full course or $10 per session.
Virgil Thomson called Kurt Weill (1900-1950) the most original workman in American theatre. After becoming the toast of Berlin's theatre scene, Weill immigrated to American and reinvented the Broadway musical. We'll examine his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Alan Jay Lerner and Lotte Lenya - his wife and greatest song interpreter, hear backstage tales about The Threepenny Opera, Lady in the Dark, and One Touch of Venus, and savor such hits as "Mack the Knife" and "September Song."
Monthly TED Talk
Feel free to join members of the Worship Team in front of the sanctuary following the last Sunday of the month’s service for our Theme Exploration Discussion. We’ll talk together about the monthly theme and how we can keep it in our hearts, minds and souls as we live out our Unitarian Universalist values.
Widow and Widower's Circle
The next meeting of the Widow and Widower's Circle is on Sunday April 7 after the Sunday service at noon in the Gardner Room.
All Widows and Widowers are welcome. Our theme for this meeting is "Rituals that honor our loved ones." Bring ideas from your own experience and/or come to listen to the ideas of others.
Bring a friend and a lunch if you wish.
For more information contact Bonnie Collins at 867 9628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unitarian Univeralist Church of Amherst
UUCA is located at 6320 Main Street in Williamsville. Read about their upcoming events and more in their newsletter Coming of Age Spaghetti Lunch
After services Sunday, April 7th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
UUCA, Emerson Room
$10 for a dinner with meatballs, bread, and salad
$7 for a dinner with no meatballs, bread, and salad
A Conversation About the End of the World: Militarism, Climate Justice, and You
Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 PM
Emerson Room, UU Church of Amherst
Urgently calling religious liberals of all faiths, for a much-needed conversation. Humanity’s climate emergency is now so grave that climate scientists are raising the prospect of human extinction. Based on narrow, highly debatable views of Scriptural authority and Biblical prophecy—views scarcely consistent with a loving God and mature human responsibility—many religious conservatives are taking a “bring it on” approach to humanity’s final days. Distressingly, the policies promoted by both major parties and their mainstream news media—not just Republicans and FOX News—are actively (perhaps unwittingly) fulfilling religious conservatives’ desire to bring on Armageddon.
Hoping to spark principled resistance by religious liberals, facilitator Patrick Walker will cite mainstream militarist narratives—such as Russiagate hysteria and the slanted media portrayal of Venezuela’s crisis—as types of foreign policy “business as usual” liberal churches must forcefully oppose if we wish our voice to count in saving a livable climate and, ultimately, human civilization. Hope you’ll join this timely conversation.
Elmwood Village Neighborhood Announcements
Saturday, April 27th Sign up here
Bidwell Farmers Market
First Day Saturday, May 11th from 8:00-1:00pm
Network of Religious Communities Annual Appreciation Dinner
The 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner of the Network of Religious Communities will be held 6:00 PM Thursday June 13, 2019 at Samuel’s Grand Manor, 8720 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.
The appreciation dinner provides an opportunity for houses of worship and religious organizations to honor together “community saints” who have served their organization and the wider community. It is also an opportunity for members of the various religious communities of Western New York to experience and celebrated the religious diversity of Western New York.
Our speaker of the evening will be Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., S.T.D Sr.
Carney was the 20th President of St. Bonaventure University from 2004 until 2016. She is the university’s first president emeritus and is known for her commitment to interreligious understand and work for social justice.
She holds master’s degrees from Duquesne University and St. Bonaventure University and her doctorate was awarded by the Franciscan University of Rome “Antonianum.”
Houses of worship are encouraged to nominate a member or members of their community to receive the religious service award. Religious organizations and businesses are encouraged to purchase an ad in the 39th Annual Appreciation Dinner Awards Booklets. Nominations, ticket order and ad forms can be downloaded from www.religiousnet.org, or can be obtained by calling 716-882-4793 ext 201 or emailing email@example.com.
Leafblower for Sale
We recently cleaned out the garage and are attempting to sell some equipment we no longer need. If you are interested in purchasing a new unopened/still in box Ryobi backpack leaf blower, please reach out to Bridge at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are asking $185 or best offer.
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, Tupperware 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.
Kitchen Management Team
The first Kitchen Management Team meeting will be Sunday April 14 at 12pm in the Community Room. Please feel free to join.
Safety and Security Team Meeting
The next Safety and Security Team meeting will be Sunday May 19 at 12pm in the Community Room. Please feel free to join.
We are starting a volunteer team to help with snow shoveling (particularly following heavy storms and preceding services.)
For more information about any of these above teams,
please contact Bridge.
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community