This Sunday – November 18 Remembering Our Blessings Rev. Joan Montagnes
A special Thanksgiving service. Let’s pay attention to all the blessings in our lives. Let’s respond with gratitude. Let’s let nothing sacred slip easily through the hourglass of our lives, for the joy that isn’t felt or shared, dies young.
This Tuesday – November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance Rev. Joan Montagnes and Sarah Martin
A quiet service to hold all transgender people in our hearts, especially those who have died through hatred and violence this year.
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 Memory?"
Holiday Publication Deadline Note Please note- due to the holiday this week, the deadline for submitting items for publications
for next weekend will bethis Tuesday at 5 PM.
Please be sure to submit your items prior to this time.
Please stop by the Stewardship table after service if you haven't already picked up your personalized pledge packet. Lets live our values by generously supporting our church in the coming year!
In making your pledge, please consider setting up an automatic draw with your bank - it saves time for you, saves service fees for us, and importantly, keeps your payments flowing all without having to remember your checkbook.
Holiday Wreaths and Plants
Time to order your decorations -- Plan Ahead! We'll be taking orders in the Parish Hall on Sunday November 18th and November 25. Poinsettias are $12 and Wreaths are $25.
Pickup will be Sunday December 9. Decorate your home and support UUCB at the same time. Any questions reach out to email@example.com
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo announces an immediate need for an Organist/Accompanist to play at our services and work with our choir. This quarter-time position fills a leadership role within our vibrant music program which includes a half-time Music Director, and part-time Soloist/Section Leaders for the four choral sections. Base pay is competitive, and our music season involves several opportunities for additional paid work. The Organist/Accompanist provides keyboard (organ, piano, harpsichord) solo music and accompaniment for congregational singing at worship services and accompaniment for the choir during rehearsals and worship services. Availability for our Thursday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning services is a must.
Events Today, Saturday November 17th, at UUCB
Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Training 9am
F.E.A.R Circle at 10am
Peaceful Heart Meditation at 10am
Worship Associates Meeting at 10am
Sotto Voce Concert at 5pm Sunday 11/18
Mediation at 9am
Worship Service at 10:30am
Religious Education at 10:45am
Our Whole Lives (OWL) at 12:30pm
Sufi-Mysticism Class at 12:30pm
Child Dedication 2:30pm
Circle Service at 7pm
Folk Dancing 10am
Food not Bombs 10am
Voice Lessons by Jessie Downs 2:30pm
AA 5pm Tuesday 11/20
Voice Lessons by Jessie Downs 12:30pm
Covenant Group Facilitators Meeting 7pm
Trans Day of Remembrance Observance 7pm
Michael Harris' Leonard Bernstein Music Class 9:30am Thursday 11/22
NA 10am Friday 11/23
Healing Songs in Beautiful Spaces Concert 8pm (doors 7pm)
Beautiful Rivers Grove 8pm Saturday 11/24
Peaceful Heart Meditation 10am
Trans Community Potluck 12pm
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 we Remember Our Blessings with Rev. Montagnes at the pulpit and an all-star trio of jazz musicians providing our service music. Pianist, Lisa Hasselback, Bassist, Bill Staebell, and Drummer, John Bacon, Jr., have five fantastic selections by jazz luminaries Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Ray Noble, Miles Davis, and Guy Wood/Robert Mellin to usher-in the Thanksgiving season - and our service hymns will sparkle and swing to their accompaniment. We look forward to seeing you there!
Religious Education PreK
This week our Pre-K class will celebrate Thanksgiving.
K-2 Spirit Play
This class will hear the story The Elders Are Watching.
This class will have a music workshop.
3rd-5th Grade Love Connects Us
This class will have a lesson titled "One Person Makes a Difference."
6th-7th Grade Neighboring Faiths
This class will continue to learn about religious traditions of India.
8th-9th Grade Coming of Age
Coming of Age students can head straight down to the classroom at 10:30.
10th-12th grade Senior High Youth
Our Youth Group will meet downstairs in the temporary youth room.
Coming of Age Class Overnight and Parent Shindig
Following our Advent Spiral, our Coming of Age class and the class from the UU Church of Amherst will have an overnight here at the church! At 7 pm, we invite parents to join us in the Marge Gardner Meeting Room for a Parent Shindig that will allow our UUCB and UUCA families to connect! Siblings who attend the Advent Spiral are welcome to stick around during the shindig!
Saturday, December 1, please join us in the Parish Hall for our annual Advent Spiral. Once again, we will be hosting two spirals. Our family friendly event will be held at 4 pm, followed by a quieter, more contemplative spiral at 6 pm. All are welcome and all ages are invited to each spiral. Please choose the one that seems to suit your family best. If you've never attended the Advent Spiral before and you'd like more information, please email email@example.comIf you would like information on volunteering in our program, please email Sarah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know Religious Education at UUCB has a Facebook group?
It's a great way to keep up to date on what's happening in our program! Join us here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/219642742670/Adult Faith Development New Memoir Writing
There has been some interest in starting a new memoir writing group due to the popularity of Fran Manly's original group, Stories of Your Life. If you would like to be a part of this group, or if you are interested in getting more information,
please email Sarah Martin at email@example.com or catch her at the Religious Education table on Sunday morning. As soon as we have critical mass, we will try to pick a time and day that works for everyone!
UUCB Book Group Meeting
Monday, November 26
We’ll be discussing the American classic, WINESBURG, OHIO by Sherwood Anderson. 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, Ellen (882-3488 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can plan for refreshments.
December - no meeting
January 28 at 2 pm Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Palmuk
February 25 at 2 pm Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony.
Questions? Ellen Gibson at 882-3488.
Circle Service this and every Sunday 7 PM in the Alliance Room
Contact Edward Harris for more information: email@example.com
Beyond the Hedge: Denomination and Interfaith Connections
Peace Conference and Peace Circle Practices
Sponsored by VOICE-Buffalo and the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition
Wondering how you could help with creating alternatives to arrest and suspensions? Consider becoming a Peace Circle/Conference facilitator. Using Restorative Practices to create effective changes in our criminal justice system, Peace Circles build community while Peace Conferences can be used in situations where a harm has been done that needs repair. With that in mind, you are invited to experience and take part in our monthly Circle and Conference practice sessions that build community and take on real issues.
Information on training to become a certified facilitator is available at each session.
Peace Conference, First Thursday of each Month
R Healin Center, 1057 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
December 6, 2018
Registration and refreshments at 5:00 pm
Peace Conference Practice; 5:30-7:30 pm
Peace Circle, Second Tuesday of each month
Marge Gardner Meeting Room, first floor off kitchen Please note changed location in December
December 11, 2018
Registration and refreshments at 6:00 pm
Peace Circle Practice; 6:30-8:30 pm
One of our guideline statements is “What is said here, stays here. What is learned leaves here.” For the past four months 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.
VOICE Buffalo Call for Action
VOICE Buffalo shared this
call for action with us this week:
"I am writing to ask for your help on behalf of a member of our VOICE-Buffalo Family, Deacon Jerome Wright of Elim Christian Fellowship. That's what family does: when one of our own needs us, we gather around that person and lift them up."
"Jerome has been on parole for 12 years with a clean record, but he was detained on November 13th, after he was called in for a mandatory drug screening (which was clean) and was unable to produce another sample on demand. He is currently being held at the Erie County Holding Center.
We at VOICE-Buffalo know Jerome as a leader who has worked tirelessly to support returning citizens, the leader of the Man Project and organizer with WNY CAIC, and our 2018 Nehemiah Award recipient at our banquet. I know in my heart that he does not deserve to be detained.
Please take a few minutes to sign a letter to the Parole Board in support of his timely release. Click Here to download and print a letter to sign.
You may hand deliver or mail your completed letter to:
NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Attn: Bureau Chief Thomas DeGal
460 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Or fax it to 716-847-3583
You may also email a scanned copy to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop your letter off to either of the following locations, and we will deliver it for you:
VOICE-Buffalo, 2495 Main St. Suite 547, Buffalo, NY 14214
Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, 1370 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206 (attn: Pastor Giles)
Thank you for your help in addressing this injustice to one of our own.
Pastor James Giles
Share the Plate
The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY
The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY brings people, resources, and organizations together in time, space, and effort to effectively improve the well-being of all WNY veterans, current service members, and their families.
We ensure barrier-free access to essential services that are an integral part of the transition from military life to civilian life. Our wide range of services include one-on-one case management, employment, financial counseling, education benefits, peer support programs, accredited benefits counseling, and housing services.
Pulpit Flower Ministry
The next available dates are February 17 and March 10, 2019.
To reserve flowers, please email us at email@example.com, see us at the flower table on Sunday or call the office at 716-885-2136 x4 for more information.
The Pulpit Flowers for November 18th
This week's flowers are dedicated in honor of my mother Elsbeth Ann Murphy Laurien on her 103rd birthday.
She was born 11/25/1915 in Ogdensburg, NY, because her hometown of Potsdam had no hospital, the second daughter of Paul Beard Murphy and Jessie Johnson Murphy. She swam in the Raquette River across the street, walked up the hill for free concerts at the Crane School of Music at the teacher's college, and enjoyed small town life, walking everywhere. Everything changed in 1930; the power company where my grandfather worked was bought out and the family was forced to move to Syracuse, headquarters of the new owner, Niagara Mohawk.
Her experiences there enhanced her sensitivity to the outsider. She became a social worker after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan. Mom taught me to have a social conscience, to value education, to be disciplined, to appreciate beauty, especially in music and art, to serve the community and honor our family history, to have a deep faith and show it in good works.
She teaches me still, every day. Nancy Wilkins
Other UUCB Calendar Events This Week in Detail
Leonard Bernstein – American Maestro; Michael Harris, instructor.
Wednesday, November 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Alliance Room.
Cost: $10 (or $75 for full course).
Session Eleven: The Jewish Bernstein – Symphony No. 3 (“Kaddish”)
Healing Songs in Beautiful Spaces Drea d'Nur is holding a concert in the Sanctuary this Friday November 23rd at 8 PM (doors at 7) and warmly invites all parishioners to attend.
Trans Community Potluck
Bridge is planning a potluck for the trans community on Saturday November 24th- email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in attending.
Dodie Locke Memorial
There will be a memorial service for Dodie Locke on Sunday November 25th at 2pm.
An Evening of Wine, Dessert & Poetry
Friday, November 30, 2018 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.
The Widow and Widower's Group
Meets again on Sunday Dec 2nd at noon in the Gardner Room. We are currently exploring this life transition. We laugh, we cry, we share ways to adjust and keep on keepin' on. Come join us and bring your lunch if you would like.
Further info: Bonnie Collins at 648 4455
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Our annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show will be Saturday December 8th from 10-4. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Christmas Coffee Hour
Our coordinator for the annual after Christmas services coffee hour cannot assist this year- if you would like volunteer to coordinate this event this year, please reach out to Bridge Rauch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dirt Cheap Compost
Compost for sale as long as the supply lasts. This pure organic product comes from the church yard and gardens. The price is a dirt cheap $5 for a tall kitchen bag full, about 30 lb. See Tony Keller in the Parish Hall before or after services to order.
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. We want to get this out of the garage before the snow comes!
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 Space Use, 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.
Journey's End Refugee Services shared this message with us:
"This morning, President Trump signed a proclamation that bans certain asylum seekers from seeking protection in the United States. This proclamation is cruel, unnecessary, and illegal. It has life or death consequences for families and individuals who are fleeing violence, desperation, and persecution. All people have the right to seek a safe place to call home, and seeking asylum is protected within U.S. and international law. We must demand that our Members of Congress defend our values and decry this proclamation. Please join us in taking urgent action: 1. Call Congress:Click here to connect with your 2 Senators and 1 Representative to share this message. 2. Share on Social Media:Click here to Tweet and amplify this message on social media. Graphics are available here."