This Sunday – January 20 UU Access and Inclusion Ministry Service
with Andrew Marcum, PhD
Andrew is an Adjunct Professor of Disability Studies for the City University of New York and Program Coordinator at the Center for Self Advocacy in Buffalo. Andrew was a 2018 Open Buffalo Democracy Fellow where he developed an annual leadership forum dedicated to increasing civic and community engagement among people with disabilities in Buffalo and Erie County so that our community can become more inclusive, open, and accessible to all People.
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 Possibility?"
Stewardship Update If you have not fulfilled your pledge for 2018, you still can by writing “2018 pledge” in the memo of your check, otherwise your pledge payment will be applied to your 2019 pledge. We are now 86% of the way to our goal for 2019, with pledges so far surpassing $344,000. People have not only heeded our request to increase pledges by 4% but have actually increased by an average of 8%! To all who have pledged, thank you for your generosity. We are still waiting for pledges from many people. You can save us a phone call by returning your pledge card (always available at the Welcome Table) or emailing your pledge amount to email@example.com. Remember that setting up an automatic bank draw is best for the church and easiest for you. Let's live our values and ensure a thriving church!
Our Congregational Meeting is next Sunday January 27th after service. Please join us; topics to be covered will be the 2020 Capital Campaign Proposal as well as replacing board members. Lunch will be provided.
Choir Valentines Dinner
Heart and Soul - A Delicious Night of Soulfood Delights Saturday, February 9th
Doors open 5:30 p.m. for appetizers and a cash bar.
Dinner will be served at 6:30. Admission- $35 Tickets for sale after the service in Parish Hall
All money raised will go to the general fund to support the work of our church. Gluten-free or vegetarian options will be available upon request.
Events Today, Saturday January 19th, at UUCB F.E.A.R Circle 10am
Worship Associates Meeting 10am
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am David Drost Yoga Trainer Group 1pm
Queen City Contra Dance 7pm
Sunday 1/20 Meditation at 9am
Worship Service at 10:30am Religious Education 10:45am
New Member Signing 11:30am
Covenant Group Orientation 12:00pm
Monday 1/21 MLK Day | Staff Holiday Folk Dancing 10am Food not Bombs 10am Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 2:30pm AA 5pm
Buffalo Master Chorale 6:30pm
Memoir Group Informational Meeting 7pm
Tuesday 1/22 AA 10am
Sweet Temptations Kitchen Rental 10:30am Jessie Downs Voice Lessons 12:30pm
Endowment Committee 6pm
Covenant Group 7pm
Wednesday 1/23 Michael Harris' Music Session 9:30am David Drost Yoga Trainer Group 1pm
Thursday 1/24 AA 10am NA 12:30pm
Baum Memorial Service 5:30pm
Dyke March Committee Meeting 6pm Choir Practice 7:30pm
Friday 1/25 Beautiful Rivers Grove Discussion Group 7pm
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am David Drost Yoga Trainer Group 1pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday's service choral music pays homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in anticipation of Monday's federal holiday as well as the 90th anniversary of his birth, this past Tuesday, January 15th. Our service is bookended by a pair of audacious compositions by two genius keyboardist/composers both of whom had lifelong challenges based on their disabilities. Ludvig van Beethoven's deafness became onset early on in his career, and the excerpt we'll hear from his Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab-Major exemplifies the inward reflectiveness of his Late Style. Finally, we'll close out with Brilliant Corners, a complex Be-Bop tune by Thelonious Monk, that was famously compiled from more than a dozen 'takes' on his eponymous studio album. Monk's genius and singular compositional voice were frequently eclipsed in his lifetime by his undiagnosed, and largely untreated, mental illness.
Coming of Age Class Spaghetti Fundraiser
On Friday, February 1, please join us in the Parish Hall from 6 - 7:30 pm for a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to help our Coming of Age youth earn funds for their heritage trip to Boston in June. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner (there will be some gluten-free pasta available) with salad and bread for a sliding scale amount of $8 - $12/adult, $6/child. Adult Faith Development New Memoir Writing Group Forming NOW
We are starting a new memoir writing group based on Fran Manly's popular original group, Stories of Your Life. It looks like this new group will be meeting on Monday evenings! If you are interested, it is not too late to send Sarah Martin an email at email@example.com or catch her at the Religious Education table on Sunday morning. We hope to get started very soon!
Director of Religious Education Out of the Office
Sarah Martin will be out of the office from Monday, 1/13 through Sunday, 1/20. If you need to reach her for an emergency situation, please contact the church office.
If you would like information on volunteering in our program, please email Sarah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
What would our community be like if
everyone had warm feet this winter? Imagine the possibilities!
Bring a pair of new, warm winter socks to church with you before the end of the month. Pin them to the clothesline in the Parish Hall. We will donate the socks to Friends of Night People.
We have openings in our Covenant Groups
Join us for an Orientation session on Sunday, January 20th in the Alliance Room from 12:00 – 2:00 PM.
A light lunch will be provided.
Participation in a group is a great way to get to know others in our church community at a deeper level.
Stop by the Welcome table to pick up a flyer and to register for the Orientation or e-mail Juli Van Woert at JVW61@aol.com.
UUCB Women’s Society Speaker/Luncheon Series
SAVE THE DATES: Trips to Herschell Carrousel Museum on Thursday, May 16 and “Brigadoon” at the Shaw Festival on FRIDAY, June 14. Brigadoon tickets will go on sale in February.
Peace Circles Practice
Sponsored by VOICE-Buffalo, the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo
Marge Gardner Room
Monthly Second Tuesdays
Registration and refreshments at 6:00 pm
Practice: 6:30-8:30 pm
One of our guideline statements reads: “What is said here stays here. What is learned leaves here.” Past topics we have been meeting and talking, discussing, sharing and opening our hearts on the topics of race, community and gentrification, gender issues, and gratitude. By developing the ability to come together to tackle difficult topics our Circle Practice builds community with the long-term goal of UUCB becoming a community Peace Hub.
Check this space in the coming weeks or email Sharon Walker at email@example.com for more news and information on Peace Hubs at UUCB.
Every year the UAIM team creates a worship service touching on some aspect of disability. It’s part of our effort to maintain our certification, but more importantly we want to remain connected to the congregation. On January 20 the UAIM team will present the Service. This year we have asked Andrew Marcum to speak at our service. Andrew has his PhD in Disability Studies. He is Adjunct Professor of Disability Studies for the City University of New York and Program Coordinator at the Center for Self Advocacy in Buffalo. Andrew was a 2018 Open Buffalo Democracy Fellow where he developed an annual leadership forum dedicated to increasing civic and community engagement among people with disabilities in Buffalo and Erie County so that our community can become more inclusive, open, and accessible to all People.
We’re looking forward to hearing Andrew in the context of our worship service.
Share the Plate
Friends of Night People
Friends of Night People is a charitable organization that helps the poor, homeless and destitute here in Buffalo. FoNP provides food, clothing, medical care, counseling and hope to those in need.
In June, July and August, 40,206 meals were provided by FoNP. A new mobile pantry is held at the DePaul Apartments located at 238 Ontario St. in Riverside on the First Friday of each month serving 100 families. Since November 2017, FoNP’s community meals, in partnership with Asamblea de Iglesias Cristiana, provides meals at 213 Ontario St. every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Help FoNP make a difference today by serving meals, contributing clothing or hygiene products, or making a donation. Because of you, help is available to those experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community 365 days a year.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available dates are March 24 and 31, 2019.
To reserve flowers, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, see us at the flower table on Sunday or call the office at 716-885-2136 x4 for more information.
The Pulpit Flowers for January 20th
This Sunday's pulpit flowers are for Jean and Joe Ott in honor of the celebration of their wedding anniversary.
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."
UUCB Book Group Meeting
Monday, January 28 at 2 pm. We’ll be discussing RED-HAIRED WOMAN by the prize-winning Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk. 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, Marion (email@example.com or 883-2008) so that she may plan for seating and refreshments.
Feb. 25 at 2pm - ELEPHANT WHISPERER by Lawrence Anthony
March 25 at 7 pm - THE PEOPLE vs. DEMOCRACY by Yasha Mounk
April 29 at 7 pm -SING YOU HOME by Jodi Picoult.
Widow and Widowers Circle
The next meeting of the Widow and Widower's circle will be on Sunday Feb 3rd at noon in the Gardner Room. All widows and widowers are always welcome. Bring lunch and a friend if you like.
For more information contact Bonnie Collins at 716 648 4455 or 716 867 9628
UUA Central-East Region Announcements
The Healthy Congregation
Every congregation has its own unique character and culture, yet vital and vibrant congregations all have something in common: healthy communication and behavior habits.
This day-long workshop will give you tools, techniques and practices to help your congregation to accept differences, keep anxiety from taking over, learn how to disagree without destructive conflict, and work together to serve your greater purpose in the world.
First Universalist Church of Rochester
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke
Calvary St. Andrews Church
95 Averill Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620.
WhaleCoast Alaska 2019
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2019 is for you!
Four Alaska Unitarian Universalist congregations invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Our program is truly the best way to visit Alaska!
Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime.
For complete information go to: www.WhaleCoastAK.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-322-4966.
Discount for groups of 8 or more.
We would love to share our Alaska with you!
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 email@example.com. We are asking $185 or best offer.
Time to Renew Your Membership in the UUCB Women’s Society (Or Become A New Member)
Membership dues are $20. Sign up at the Women’s Society table in the Parish Hall after the service.
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.
Used Book Sale
We look forward to the annual book sale every spring and are as always collecting your books, i.e. hardbound and softcover books of all topics, children's and young adult books, art books, puzzles and games, books on CD. Please no reference books, encyclopedias, textbooks or magazines.
Souper Sunday Clean Up Crew Forming!
Do you enjoy our monthly soup fundraisers? Did you know they can only happen because our wonderful volunteers make it so? Would you like to serve our community by becoming part of the team? We are looking to form a volunteer team to take down the Parish Hall after Souper Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of each month. This involves clearing and wiping down tables, putting away chairs, and making sure the round tables are returned to the dolly. Souper Sunday clean up generally takes place from 12:30 - 1 pm. Many hands make light work! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join today!
Would you like to see UUCB become a bigger community hub? Itching to see the Kitchen reorganized? Concerned by potential hazards?
We are kicking our Kitchen Management and Safety/Security Teams back into gear-
contact Bridge Rauch, Administrator, at email@example.com if interested in volunteering for any one of these!
The International Institute of Buffalo is running a coat/outerwear drive for the refugees they serve.
They are asking for donations of coats, gloves, hats, and boots in all sizes to be dropped off at their location, 864 Delaware Ave,
Monday - Friday during their business hours 8-5.
Please no regular clothing items, only outerwear.