This Sunday and UUCDC Happenings

This Sunday July 22, 2018 - "Eating Well: The Role of Hope in our Unitarian Universalist Lives",  Mark Bernstein

Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.” While Hope springs eternal, what good is it if we don’t spring into action? In this sermon, Mark will explore the relationship between Hope and Action and share his thoughts on our responsibility as Unitarian Universalists to engage in both.

Mark Bernstein has been a member of UUCDC for 25 years. He is a former staff member of the Central East Region of the UUA and currently works as Adjunct Staff with congregations in our region. Mark has great hope that you will enjoy his sermon.

Thresholds is looking for volunteers!

Thresholds is a non-profit organization that teaches decision making skills to prisoners. It
was founded by UUCDC in the early 70s and ever since, UUCDC has been an
strong supporter of our program.  If you're looking to make a real difference in someone's life,
volunteer with Thresholds.  For more information, contact Elek A. Fenyes (eafenyes@gmail.com).
You can also check out our website at http://www.thresholdsdelco.org/.

"Save the Date" for the Chester City NAACP Scholarship Fundraiser Concert on September 29, 2018!

Our church sponsors the NAACP Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of various events, projects and contributions by regular donors. We are hoping to increase the College scholarships of $1,000 per year that are offer for up to four years to each of four Chester students selected by the NAACP Chester chapter. A full house at this concert will help these students and their families!  More to come.

Individual donations are welcome to help support this worthy program and may be made through the church office or online with a bank transfer. Contact Kathy Alston

Rev. Peter is off for the summer and there is a great lineup of guest speakers.  Here is the complete listing!

Summer 2018  Services at UUCDC

Join us over the summer.  As you can see from the listings, we are anticipating another wonderful summer of worship at UUCDC.  The service topics are varied and interesting, and we hope you will attend.  Child care will be available.  We also have opportunities for people to serve as greeters, ushers, and hospitality hour hosts so please call the church office if you'd like to volunteer.  Please submit all announcements to the Digest at digest@uucdc.org.  Summer services begin at 10 am unless otherwise noted.  Our Ingathering Service will take place at 10 am on September 10th, as we kick off the new church year.

 Remember to bring back a stone from your summer travels, activities, or home to participate in the Blessing of the Stones ritual at Ingathering.

June 24

GA Service - General Assembly Sunday Service 10 am-11:30 am held in the downstairs Children’s Chapel

July 1 

Megan Mathieson - "Border Issues with Mexico"

Megan spent two weeks recently in Mexico learning about border issues and is excited to share her experiences with us. A sermon on immigration issues will accompany a Mexican-themed service.

Megan is a third-year seminarian at Lancaster Theological Seminary and member of UU Gettysburg. Megan, her wife, and their family currently live in East Berlin PA. She is currently serving as summer minister at UU Sterling VA and will complete a full-time ministerial internship at UU Frederick MD during the 2018-2019 school year.

July 8 

Rev. Libby Smith - "Reclaiming Sabbath"

In our fast-paced world, with its expectation that we be plugged in and ready to respond at a moment's notice, the idea of a "day of rest" may seem laughable. But sabbath time is crucial to our well-being. This hopes to be the first in a series of sermons on reclaiming lost spiritual concepts or values. Stay tuned.  

The Rev. Libby Smith is a regular guest in the UUCDC pulpit where she also works in a supportive role with the Pastoral Care Team.

July 15

Heather Petit - "We are Made for Play"

What does it mean to play as a spiritual act? How can we change our perceptions of work and leisure to embrace the importance of playing? Join us to explore playfulness and playing, and how to integrate more play into your life.

Heather Petit is a seminarian and Aspirant to Unitarian Universalist ministry. She is attending both Starr King School for the Ministry and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Heather is a lifelong UU and UU preacher's kid, with degrees in international relations and cultural geography. As a senior consultant in IT, she helps people transform their work lives by addressing both process and data issues in the workplace. She lives in Delaware with her husband and four children. 

July 22

Mark Bernstein - "Eating Well: The Role of Hope in our Unitarian Universalist Lives"

Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.” While Hope springs eternal, what good is it if we don’t spring into action? In this sermon, Mark will explore the relationship between Hope and Action and share his thoughts on our responsibility as Unitarian Universalists to engage in both.

Mark Bernstein has been a member of UUCDC for 25 years. He is a former staff member of the Central East Region of the UUA and currently works as Adjunct Staff with congregations in our region. Mark has great hope that you will enjoy his sermon.

July 29 

Rob Sartain - "Rev. Dr. Anna Howard Shaw: A Light of Liberal Religion"

Over a hundred years ago, Anna Howard Shaw was a physician, a minister, and an activist for social justice. How can a contemporary Unitarian Universalist be inspired by the work of a 19th century Methodist minister? Find out on Sunday as we explore the life and times of this amazing person.

Rob Sartain is a member of UUCDC, and has been a UU for at least the 20 years he's been aware of it, and perhaps longer without realizing it. He lives in Wallingford with his boyfriend and their three cats.

August 5

Cindy Terlazzo - "You Can't Have Light Without A Dark to Stick it In - Learning to Love the All-ness of Life"

How often do we go through life wishing to cherry pick our experiences in an effort to create the perfect life?  Yet life happens, filled with joys and delights but also struggle, pain and heartbreak.  Today we will explore what it means to embrace the All-ness of life and consider what the true essence of our situation may really be.

Cindy Terlazzo is a seminarian at the Lancaster Theological Seminary on a path toward ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister.  In addition to life as a seminarian, Cindy works full time as a social worker.  She loves spending time in nature, reading, watching movies, being with family and looking for the sacred in every day.

August 12 

Heather Petit  - "Dancing with Change"

Movement and stillness both play powerful roles in how we interact with and understand ourselves, each other, and the world. Join us to learn how these ideas essential to both dance and Daoism can be helpful for navigating times of change.

Heather Petit is a seminarian and Aspirant to Unitarian Universalist ministry. She is attending both Starr King School for the Ministry and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Heather is a lifelong UU and UU preacher's kid, with degrees in international relations and cultural geography. As a senior consultant in IT, she helps people transform their work lives by addressing both process and data issues in the workplace. She lives in Delaware with her husband and four children. 

August 19 

Rev. Kent Matthies - "Flashed Before My Eyes"

Whether a person thinks she has decades left to live or only a few short months we should all try to gratefully attempt to take advantage of the gift of Life.  For many of us this becomes something along the lines of: Love life, love others and love yourself with all your might as if every day might be your last day.  This is a great motto, but many times it is easier said than done.   How do we keep it fresh?

A life-long Unitarian Universalist, Kent came to USG in 2002, bringing a vision for the church to “empower people as disciples of love.”  Kent lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife Kristin and their two sons, Micah and Ellis.  Among his hobbies Kent loves to play tennis, do yoga, read novels, dance and listen to jazz.

August 26 

Chrissy Bushyager - "Al Capone and the $45"

A sermon that has almost nothing to do with Al Capone, but a lot to do with ethics, privilege, and what happens when we don’t agree.

Chrissy Bushyager is currently serving as UUCDC’s Director of Religious Education.  She loves to preach summer sermons.  She and her wife and two children live in Havertown.

September 2 

Rev. Kent Matthies - "Coming Back To"

As summer winds down many of us are coming back to a fall routine of duties or schedule.  Recently one of the most enriching elements of Kent’s life has involved learning about and practicing mindfulness, commonly defined as “paying attention to the present, without rejecting or attaching”.  Kent will share about some of his experiences, which include the simple, but powerful truth: one can always come back to his breath.  You can too.  Come to explore what this entails.