News and Announcements
- The Covenanting Team is hosting 6 facilitation sessions
Resource: Why We Covenant
Please attend any or all!! Thanks for participating!
Covenanting Team Schedule:
Group One: Justice Works
(Including Partakers, Loaves and Fishes, HRPI, 1619 Project, Women’s Alliance)
- Covenanting Date/Time: Monday Feb 24th, 6:00-7:00
- Covenanting Team Lead: Jon Green
Group Two: Connection and Caring
- Covenanting Date/Time: Thursday, February 27th 7:00 -8:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Leads: Rev. Jill/Barbara Kemp
Group Three: Financing Our Mission
- Covenanting Date/Time: Thursday March 5th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Barbara Kemp
Group Four: Stewardship of the Congregation
- Covenanting Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 29th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Rev. Jill
Group Five: Sunday Morning Experience
- Covenanting Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Piali De
Group Six: Serving our Families and Children
- Covenanting Date/Time Sunday March 1st at 1:00
- Covenanting Team Lead: Jon Green
- Healing Conversations Grief Group
Healing Conversations is a small group specifically for those who are moving through grief of a major loss in their life. The group meets four Tuesday nights starting on starting February 11th to share stories and experiences, to learn about the grief process and to talk about what it means to move toward healing.
7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Charlanne Van Wormer Community Room in the Fellowship Building.
- Caring Circle for those Impacted by Depression, Addiction, and Suicide
Have you been impacted by depression, addiction or suicide? Sharon Concannon and Rev. Jill and Joe Dzekevich invite you to share a quiet, reflective, and healing space with others. Bring a symbol, or sacred object as we create an altar that holds our collective sorrow, fear, love and resilience.
February 5th 7:00 p.m. in Jill’s office.
- Starting Points
New to Harvard Unitarian Church or Unitarian Universalism? Come to a fun, interactive three session series (“Starting Points”) during which we delve into our theology, history, and make meaning together. February 9th, March 8th and March 29th, 11:30-1:00 in the Fellowship Building’s community room.
- Coming Soon! 2020 Auction!
ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2020, for our annual dinner party and benefit auction in Fellowship Building. The theme this year is ROARING IN THE 20s. We encourage you to come dressed in your 20s finery-think feathers, boas, fedoras, and flapper outfits. Be prepared for an evening of food, fun, and fabulous finds. All proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit the church. Event Co-Chairs: Edie Joyce and Heidi Bachmann. For more information contact Heidi Bachmann at h.bachmann72@gmail
5:00 p.m. Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins (Mingling, Appetizers & Beverages*)
6:15 p.m. Potluck Dinner
6:30 Silent Auction begins to close
7:15 p.m. Live Auction with Jim Colony
*This is a BYOB event.
Reservation and Donation Forms and Links
Volunteer & Food Signup Form
We Need Your Donations!
This year’s Roaring in the 20s Auction promises to be another huge success and it starts with your donations!
April may seem like a long way away, but it’s not too soon for you to start thinking about what you can donate to the auction this year. Can you host a dinner party, or offer a vacation home? Maybe you have treasures that no longer spark joy and are ready for a new home. Can you offer a class or lead a group on a tour? Themed baskets are always of interest. Or perhaps you can lead a class or nature walk, bake cookies? Get creative, team up with fellow congregants, and help make our 2020 auction catalog the best one ever! For more ideas, check out the poster board in church this week, and thank you in advance for your generosity!
Share your talents and hobbies:
- Teach knitting, crocheting, painting or?
- Offer bridge or chess lessons, ski instruction, or?
- Instruct others in photography, gardening, or?
- Explain the best cooking or baking techniques
- Lead a meditative walk in our beautiful surroundings
What service are you just dying to offer?
- Care package sent to a college student
- Outbid Uber and offer a ride to Logan
- Offer to clean-out and dispose of old clutter
- Create a special woodworking project
- Provide architectural or interior design advice
Arts and entertainment opportunities abound in our area. Be creative and offer:
- Indian Hill Concert tickets –perhaps with dinner
- Tower Hill Botanical Gardens tour – including lunch or dinner
- Guided tour of the Russian Icon Museum
- Fitchburg Art Museum admission with lunch
- Museum of Fine Arts special exhibits tickets
Support your local merchant (and the Church) with a gift certificate to:
- A local restaurant
- A movie house of your choice
- A day at your favorite spa or a massage or facial
- Kimball’s Ice Cream
- The Harvard General Store
Join with other UU (or not) friends to offer an opportunity to share:
- A special dinner with your favorite menu
- A round of golf at Shaker Hills or Red Tail
- A kids event at Kimball’s, the Heifer Farm, or another local attraction
- A meditative experience connecting with our beautiful landscape
Want to get away? Make it possible by
- A week at your vacation home in themountains (or wherever)
- Tickets for the Red Sox, Bruins,Celtics or our Super Bowl ChampionPats
- A ski weekend at a nearby resort
- A week or weekend at your time share hideaway
Assemble a basket of special items:
- Treats for a cat or dog (or whatever)lover
- Cheeses with matching cracker treats
- Wines from France, California or yourfavorite region
- Chocolates for a chocoholic
- Spa items like bath salts, soap, loofa,candles
- Coffees and teas
Want to host an event but don’t have the
Use the Fellowship Building for a:
- Country line or swing dance party
- Charades or mixed game night
- Moth-style story hour or TED Talk
- Black and white dinner party
- Movie night
- Partner Church Potluck Brunch
On Sunday February 9th beginning at 11:15, please join us for a potluck brunch in our Fellowship hall! This is our annual gathering to celebrate, honor, and support our sister UU church, Magyarandrá-sfalva, Transylvania (Andreeni, Romania).
We have been partnered with our partner church in Andrasfalva Romania since 1993 when they were meeting in a schoolhouse. We have seen the building of the church, which is shared jointly with the reformed church, since 1995. It was dedicated in 99. It is a small church, only four square walls and pews. No bell. Or running water, and the minister lives in the next village, Avramesti. The minister is Istvan Berei. He and his wife Eniko have one teenage child, Tamas.
For ease of deciding what to bring here are some ideas to make you sing.
First third of alphabet: breads or before’s,
Second third of alphabet: salads, entrées, or encores,
Last third of alphabet: fruits, or cheese, or even s’mores.
At the back of the church ‘neath the Rumanian hat
Your’ll find the Hungarian recipes to make you skinny or fat! 🙂
- #VoteLove & #DefeatHate
Sunday, January 12 at 4:00 pm join us for a live webinar for the launch of a new UUA program called ‘UU the Vote.’ In this political moment, UUs are called to live our values and join forces with others who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. In this online launch, hear about the organizing plan for ‘UU the Vote’ across the country, some of the strategies the UUA will be deploying, examples of on-the-ground work from congregations already engaging, and how you and your congregation can get involved. The SJMC will be hosting a watch party at the Fellowship Building from 3:45 – 5pm, followed by a discussion of what our church can do to help. Click here for more information about ‘UU the Vote’. Questions, please contact Ginger Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Calling All Persons!!
We need YOU to help make our All Ages, Sing and Be Well, Pick up Choir a reality. Led by the one and Only Donnalisa Johnson we will meet and Sing on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The song is easy and fun to sing… a real toe tapper…. Come and sing along. No need for prior experience…. Just a desire for fun….Families especially encouraged to join the fun/no age limit! Meet in the Sanctuary at 8:45 AM on Sunday Jan 12, 2020.
- Coming of Age Youth are Available to Help You
Do you need help shoveling snow? Do you need someone to walk your dog, or babysit for your kids?The Coming of Age youth have been charged with earning part of the fee for their program this year (to cover the cost of their retreats and journals, to name a fewof the expenses). They have volunteered to work for $10 an hour at a variety of tasks. If you would like to hire them to do any of the following, just contact me email@example.com, and I will send out an email to all the youth and let you know who responds first. Or if you know one of the youth, you can call them
They are available to shovel your snow, babysit, pet sit, walk your dog, and other jobs that you might think of. You will pay the church with Coming of Age in the memo line. It’s as simple as that. And you’ll get to know one of our fantastic youth a little better!
- Brighten your home for the holidays – Boxwood trees are here!
Festive Boxwood trees, centerpieces and greenery, handmade by the industrious ladies of the Alliance, will be for sale after church on December 15th. These also make great gifts. All proceeds will be donated to the church.