This Sunday, Rev. Peter's October Poem, Message from the President and UUCDC Happenings

This Sunday, Oct. 21: "Sustaining Action, Sustaining Hope"

Continuing with our theme of "Sanctuary," this Sunday we'll consider how we care for our ultimate "sanctuary." How can we sustain ourselves and one another in responding to the call to care for our common home, Earth? Rev. Alison Cornish, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and a Unitarian Universalist minister, will offer some pragmatic ways we can "keep on keeping on." 

Join Rev. Cornish for a discussion on Climate Change, Climate Justice following the second service in the Sanctuary.  Light refreshments to be served.  Please RSVP here!

"When Worry Knocks"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs for the September theme of "Sanctuary"

The knock can come
at any time of the day or night. 
And when it does, we know
in our gut who it is, because
we’ve heard that sound 
so many times before.
 
Our response is Pavlovian.
We drop everything
and run to the door. 
Opening it, we say 
“Come in. Of course.
Make yourself at home.
Would you like some tea?”
 
We don’t ask impertinent
questions like “How long
will you be staying?”
or “How great is your need?”
We simply say, “Yes,” and then
suffer the consequences.
 
Worry is a thief who steals
the silverware right off our table. 
The freeloader who finishes 
the milk, then complains when 
there’s none for his coffee.
It has our PIN, and each 
time it visits, it depletes 
our savings, knowing
we’ll forget by the next time 
it comes ‘round.
 
What would happen if we 
barred the door? 
Or, like a couple who’s run out 
of Halloween candy, turn out 
the lights and pretend we’re not home? 
Will it look to slip in by a window, 
or come down the flue like an anti-Santa?
Or might it just give up 
and walk away, perplexed?
 
Worry will be back, to be sure,
to test our resolve, 
for it’s relentless.
But every time we refuse
to answer its call,
we keep our hearts a refuge,
our homes a sanctuary.

     Message from the church president, Joe Miller

Don’t know me?   I am Joe Miller and was elected President of your church Board of Trustees at the May congregational meeting.  In this role, I have the privilege to serve our congregation in many ways, and one way is to communicate to you about what is going here on and how I and the Board see it.  I will do this about monthly and hope it enables you to better connect with our congregation.  You will find me generally to the point, perhaps a little terse, and so let’s get on with it.

I want to start with looking ahead to October when we will start our Capitol Campaign to improve our facility.  Last year, a Facilities Improvement Team led by board members Brad Randall and Natalie Silver assessed our facility, spoke with dozens of members and reported out on a framework for moving forward at the May congregational meeting.   The next step in this process is our “Next Steps” weekend October 12-14.   Please, please give this your attention as it is extremely important and there are plenty of times over the weekend to participate.    Many thanks to Jean Wallace and Jennifer Oglesbee for agreeing to lead this effort.

As you probably know our spiritual theme in September was “Vision.”  Rev. Peter, in his last sermon of the month, discussed his own journey to find a vision for his life, a vision to “help and heal,” and how this brought him to serve our congregation 12 years ago.  Our theme in October is Sanctuary and could the timing on this be any better as we look at improving our church, our “sanctuary?”   Parker Palmer says “Sanctuary is wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world as a wounded healer.”     Our church brings us together to “help and heal”  our children, ourselves, our community, and the world at large.   The Capital Campaign over the next months will involve lots of discussion about what we need to do, how we need to do it, and where the money will come from.  I am confident this will go well as long as we don’t lose sight of the fact that we are talking about our sanctuary where we regain our bearings, reclaim our soul, and do the work of helping and healing.

Would you like to discuss any of the above or other things related to church governance?  Please reach out to me (jmiller276@comcast.net) or to our other board members (Brad Randall, Natalie Silver, Marge Caton, Jason Glass) and share your ideas and concerns with us.   We want to hear from you, and by the way you are always welcome to attend our board meetings at 7:30 on the third Monday of the month when, in the words of our covenant, “we seek to serve with a joyful spirit.”

Pastries on the Playground!

On Sunday, October 14, following the 9:30 service, join the UUCDC Young Families group for pastries and play! Grab some coffee from Fellowship Hall and head over to the playground. If you are able, please bring a treat to share.  See you there!

Sustaining Action, Sustaining Hope; Oct. 21

How can we sustain ourselves - and one another - in responding to the call to care for our common home - Earth? The Reverend Alison Cornish, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, and a Unitarian Universalist minister, will offer some pragmatic ways we can 'keep on keeping on'.

Join Rev. Cornish for a discussion on Climate Change, Climate Justice following the second service on Oct 21, 2018 in the Sanctuary.  Light refreshments to be served.

Please RSVP here!

Fall Church Auction is coming Nov. 3!

Mark your calendars for the Nov. 3, 2018 Fall Church Auction!  This event is fun for all and important for the church budget.  Premilinary information is available on the event calendar.