News and Announcements
- Newcomers Lunch
The Connections Team is organizing a Newcomers Lunch to be held on Sunday, December 2, from 11:15 to 1 in the the Fellowship Building’s Community Room. Come for a light lunch followed by conversation with members of the Connections Team and Rev. Jill. Save the date invitations were sent to Newcomers and recent visitors earlier this week. If we missed anyone or if you have questions about the event, please email Carol MacFarlane.
We look forward to welcoming our Newcomers!
The Connections Team: Carol MacFarlane, Sarah Graffam, Kate Jones, Carol Panek-Clark, Imre Toth, and Lynne Wood
- Soul Matters Sharing Circle
Unitarian Universalism is about connection. We are a religion that seeks to help people navigate through an increasingly shallow, frantic and materialistic world that often leaves us feeling disconnected from our deeper selves. In September, using the curriculum of Soul Matters,we began monthly gatherings to learn, support, and explore spiritual practices while deepening our personal connections. We still have openings available in both our 3rd Tuesday, 7-9 p.m. and 3rd Thursday, 9-11 a.m. groups. Discussions are facilitated by Tom Aciukewicz and Paige O’Brien, with support from Rev. Jill.
If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Tom at, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Help Us to Make Life More Flavorful
For Loaves and Fishes donations this month, our theme is “all things flavorful”. Here are high need items: salad dressings, ketchup, mayonnaise, hamburger or tuna helper, grape or strawberry jam, boxed flavored rice, brownie mix, coffee and syrup. Of course, all donations are welcome. We will pick up all donations October 28th. Thanks so much!
-Hugh and Maddy Silk
- Date is Set For Stewardship Fall Gathering
This year’s stewardship gathering will take place on October 20th at 5pm. The theme is “Gathering in Hope,” and what better way to kick off the stewardship drive with a spirited gathering of our community! The event, which will take place in Fellowship Hall, will be for all ages. Costumes encouraged!
- 5-6:00 Socializing and pumpkin decorating. Have some warm cider, fall treats, and socialize or decorate a pumpkin! Pumpkins will be kindly judged and will be on display at church the next morning. Everyone can take their pumpkins home after the service.
- 6:00-6:45 Fall themed potluck! In traditional HUUC fashion.
- 6:45-7:30. The Talent/No Talent show. Acts welcome! We’ll have a sign up in advance. There will also be an activity outside the fellowship room for children and others who may not want to participate, though youth and families are encouraged to do an act!
Stay for part of for all. If you are interested in donating any craft supplies for the pumpkin decorating, or have any questions or ideas, please contact us!
- Explore Opportunities for Involvement
Explore opportunities for involvement at HUUC on Sunday, Sept. 30 In the spirit of creating connections between those who are new, old, and in-between at our church, on Sunday, September 30, the Connections Team will be hosting Connections Sunday in the Church Foyer and the Sanctuary shortly after service. This event is an opportunity for HUUC groups and committees to share information about their activities with congregants who are looking for new ways to get connected with the community. The Connections Team has contacted leaders of our various groups and committees and will provide tables, card stock labels, and markers for those who wish to set up a station after the service. Come explore the many options for getting involved with our various Music groups,
Social Justice Ministries Council, Worship Team, Connections Team, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and more!
-The Connections Team (Carol MacFarlane, Sarah Graffam, Kate Jones, Mary Krause, Carol Panek-Clark, Imre Toth, and Lynne Wood
- Stewardship Fall Festival
Planning is currently underway for this year’s stewardship kick-off, envisioned to be an all ages, whole congregation fall-themed potluck with many New England delights. We plan to have fun, whole congregation fall-themed activities before dinner. Also, last year’s Talent/No Talent Show was such a huge hit that we are going
to continue the tradition this year. More to come!
- Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign
- Walk for Hunger This year’s Walk for Hunger is on Sunday May 6. Once again, we are hoping that many of you from the congregation will participate to make it a wonderful intergenerational experience. Our church has a long history of participating in this event. In past years, as a team we have raised well over $10,000. We are hoping to be able to do so again.Please consider walking or sponsoring a walker. To join our team as a walker or to donate to our team, please go the website http://www.projectbread.org/walk-for-hunger and search for our team: “Harvard Hunger Resistance Movement”. Together, we can make a meaningful difference to those who struggle with hunger.—————————————Thanks,Piali & Ann
- MA3 Grassroots
MA3Grassroots is using voter driven data collection to record candidate (of the 3rd Congressional District) positions on pending legislation in Congress. Our findings will be widely disseminated for individuals and organizations to make informed voting and endorsement decisions. Once elected, this information will be a tool to hold our elected official accountable for their campaign promises. MA3Grassroots hopes to empower voters by making the midterm elections easier to engage with and an exciting opportunity to impact change.
You can learn more at www.MA3Grassroots.com or by emailing MA3Grassroots@gmail.com. The next steering committee meeting will take place on March 31st, 10am, at the UCC in Lowell. All are welcome. Congregation members Piali De, Pat Westwater Jong, Ashley Silva, Janice Goodell, Erik Johnson, and Brenton Stoddart are all active members of the project and appreciate your support.
- Annual UU Family Passover Seder The Annual UU Family Passover Seder will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 5:00pm-8:00pm in the Fellowship Building. Our seder is open to all members of our community, young and old alike. We hope you will join us this year! The Seder includes stories, music and a potluck dinner.Please bring a main dish, side dish or dessert – plan to bring enough to serve 8-10 persons. Come enjoy delicious matzoh ball soup (chicken and vegetarian) prepared by our youth!Please reserve a spot using our on-line ticket feature (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/harvard-uu-family-seder-2018-tickets-43723797054 or go to eventbrite.com and search for Harvard UU Seder) or contact Ruth Silman (see below). When you sign up using the Eventbrite site, please note the number of people in your group who will be attending.If you would like recipes or potluck suggestions and/or are willing to lend us a helping hand, please contact Ruth Silman – 617-755-1689 or email@example.com.