News and Announcements
- New Program Coming: Starting Points
As we begin the New Year, HUUC is pleased to be offering Starting Points, a UU program that gives both new and longer- term members an opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. Rev. Jill and member facilitators will lead the program, which focuses on our history and our theology through conversation, on-line blogs, TED talks, and readings over the course of several sessions. The program emphasizes UU as a faith tradition that is a journey of self-awareness.
Through this journey, we can gain ongoing insight and maybe even a revelation every now and then about ourselves, about the world, and how we choose to show up.
The program will be offered on Sundays, February 24, March 3, March 10, and March 24 after service, from 11:30-1:00, in the Fellowship Building Community Room. Light snacks will be provided as well as child care.
- SAVE THE DATE: UU Auction 2019, April 6, 2019
Mark this date on your calendar! The 2019 UU Auction is on April 6th. The Auction Team is planning an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. There will be a dinner, silent auction, and live auction, both featuring an exciting array of items. Proceeds benefit the church. If you’re interested in working with the Team, contact Carol Macfarlane.
More details to follow.
- Partner Church Brunch is Almost Here
It’s time for our annual gathering to support and celebrate our sister church in Andreeni, Romania!
We can’t wait. February 3rd is the date.
A-F bread or befores to eat,
G-L pasta, chicken or meat,
M-R salad or veggie treat,
S-Z cheese or dessert so sweet.
If you don’t like any of these,
just bring yourself and whatever you please.
Suggested recipes are back of the church,
if you want to do a little research.
Or the internet is just fine,
click “Hungarian food” if you want to dine.
- Mary Donald
We will need assistance with: setting up, receiving and setting out food, and clean up.
Please sign up to lend a hand. Thank you!
- January Loaves & Fishes
Help Warm Up the Less Fortunate with Hearty Food
This month for the Loaves and Fishes food drive, we are suggesting donating all things warm and hearty for the winter season: Ramen, Hearty Beef Soup, Coffee, Baked Beans, Canned Chili, Cake Mixes, Pasta Sauce, Pancake Mix and Syrup. Of course you can donate other things too. Deadline is Sunday Jan 27.
Hugh and Maddy Silk
- 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!