April 10 , 10:30 am

Keepers of the Dream ~
with Reverend Wendy von Courter

Sunday Seminar

On Sunday April 10th, BACK BY HUGE POPULAR DEMAND, Michael Sebastian of
www.SMILEproject.US  will share more about his one-man mission to teach English, Buddhist philosophy, and introduce the wider world to impoverished Laotian youth.  Michael also offers food and shelter to several abandoned youth, as well as entry into the world of higher education.  Come at 8:30 in case you missed the short video about his project and students last time, or at 9am for Q&A and discussion.

For more information about Michael's important work and to make a donation, please visit his website: http://smileproject.us/. Donation links follow his story. In addition to being a valued guest, Michael is the son of UUCMer Nancy Diaz.
Newcomers (and recent-comers!) are cordially invited to join us for breakfast on Sunday, April 10th at 9 am. Come meet with the minister & other members to learn more about UUCM, ask questions about UUism and get to know one another. Please RSVP to Rev. Wendy at revwendyvon@gmail.com.
Happy Birthday UUCM!

Long ago we said the Gala Celebration was to be the crowning event of our Tricentennial.  It was - in spades, due to so many people. Kudos to the Gala Committee - Cindy Moore and Robin Ronchi and their many helpers for the coordination and for the fabulous food, to Bill Smalley for coordination during the event, to Tom Gale, Chuck Scheffreen, and Oliver Loewen for photographic coverage, to Christina Aubin for getting out the great programs, to the team that put the ribbons on, to the Tricentennial Committee - Hazel Grenham, Mary Gardner and Bill Smalley, for all the ideas and work, to Wendy von, who named the guests and with Karen Gahagan put together the entire program, to the fabulous choir, and to the many people not coming to mind at this moment, and finally to all who came to be part of the event.  I don't think I'll be around for the Quadricentennial, but they will have a tough time topping this one!
 Hugh Stewart

P.S. Did you know we still have Tricentennial swag? There's still an opportunity to support the heroic efforts of this committee by buying tote bags ($25), caps ($20), bumper stickers ($5), note cards ($15), Hestia reproduction ($25),  and cookbooks ($25). Purchase at the grand event or better yet, make your purchase online!

Pysanka Egg Workshop 
was a big hit and now an annual event!

Our first Ukrainian Egg Decorating event was a huge hit! Nearly 40 people of all ages came to design, wax, dye and celebrate egg creations of all sorts! They overcame breakages, supported and celebrated successes and enjoyed wonderful fellowship. We also decided this is a MUST every year! So, go ahead and mark your calendars for the Saturday of Easter weekend, 2017! 

Sandi Peaslee update
Our beloved pianist left us surrounded by her husband, family and close friends. Sandi's Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 30 at 11 am. 

Any cards should be sent to her home address: 30 Gables Circle, Salem, MA 01970.

Concert for Sandi  - Sunday, April 10 

On Sunday, April 10 students and friends of Sandi Peaslee will present a concert in her honor at 3 pm at Lexington High School. Tickets are available at: http://www.sandipeasleeconcert.com/. Tickets will also be available at the door. 
Massachusetts Bay District Annual Meeting

Massachusetts Bay District Annual Meeting will be held Sat, 04/23/2016 - 9:00am - 1:00pm at the  First Parish in Lexington This could be a historic gathering, and possibly the last annual meeting of the MBD, if the gathered delegates vote to dissolve the district. Let the BOT know if you wish to represent UUCM at this meeting.

UUCM Choir and Friends concert 
Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm

Join the UUCM Choir and Friends for a concert in celebration of our 300th birthday on Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm. Selections from the Vivaldi Gloria and some of our favorite anthems. Goodwill offering at the door. 

Social  Dances for All
Social Dances workshop is  April 17 2016! 

The   rescheduled  class will be at 1PM Sunday April 17 2016.

If you have any questions please call the teacher, Mr. Eustathios Stratis at 781-215-1733. 

The new title for the dance workshops which are to take place normally on the first Sunday of the month is; SOCIAL DANCING FOR ALL. The dances that will be taught will vary each month. And for the rescheduled class to take place on Sunday April 17th at 1PM we will be doing: FOXTROT, JITTERBUG, & THE SLOW AMERICAN WALTZ. The first Sunday in May we will be doing the Mambo/Salsa & Meringue. 

Please note; children are always welcome to either participate in the class or to watch. High School & Jr. High School kids can participate with parental permission & grade school kids can participate accompanied by their parents.

Please be sure to register for these dance workshops. Registration is free and the dance workshops are free. If you'd like to make a donation please arrange it with the office. The teacher does not handle any money. Registration is essential because it will provide your contact information so we can let you know about changes &/or cancellations. 

If you have questions please call Stathi at: 781-631-0232.

Come join in the fun!        

Greek Folk Dancing
April 10th

On the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1PM Mr. Eustathios Stratis will teach Greek Folk Dances from the various  regions of the main land & islands of the country.  

This coming April 10, 2016 the focus will be on the dances of Crete, the large island in the Southern Aegean Sea where thousands of years ago the Minoan Civilization flourished. To this day elements of that "matriarchal" society still exists in the Dodecanise Islands, east of Crete, as theorized by the teacher, based on his observations during his 20 years living, working, researching & studying on the Island of Rhodes, Greece, the Capital of the Prefecture of the Dodecanise Islands in the Southeastern Aegean Sea. 

Please note; children are always welcome to either participate in the class or to watch. High School & Jr. High School kids can participate with parental permission & grade school kids can participate accompanied by their parents. 

Please be sure to register for these dance workshops. Registration is free and the dance workshops are free. If you'd like to make a donation please arrange it with the office. The teacher does not handle any money. Registration is essential because it will provide your contact information so we can let you know about changes &/or cancellations. Thank You.

If you have questions please call Stathi at: 781-631-0232.
Lunch Bunch 
Be sure to join us for Lunch Bunch, April 21st at Noon!

Dates for the upcoming Lunch Bunch gatherings: 

 May 3rd; June 10th                                                
Ashe Namaste Yoga - Yoga is on the fourth Sunday every month BUT because of our special concert on April 24th at 3 pm yoga will be postponed. We'll post info as soon as it's confirmed!
What are daily practices that sustain us? Ashe Namaste Yoga offers yoga and movement which honors the divine in each of us. Yoga cultivates awareness through flexibility, spirituality, breath and brain. This supports a healthy lifestyle, wellness and equanimity. The last half hour of class integrates Umoja, the Dance of Abundance circle dance, integrating strength, flexibility and rhythm that will heighten a sense of wellness, vibrancy and interconnectedness. Share with others who are exploring new levels of awareness of Mind-Body-Spirit and stress reduction. This class is for everyone! Classes are 2:00-3:30 pm and $25 but a sliding scale ($5-$25) registration process is in place to accommodate financial restraints. We encourage anyone who is able to pay $25 to do so as Wyoma travels in from Dorchester and travel costs increase appropriately increase our cost to bring this wonderful program to our community. But our goal is many people attending so please do not let finances stand in the way. Take advantage of the sliding scale!

WYOMA is a certified yoga instructor from the Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre in Montreal, Quebec. She has taught yoga for over 40 years and now blends a variety of classical yoga styles. She is also a holistic coach and creator of the African Healing Dance.

For more information contact Nikki Moore

Wheel of Life

Sandi's family  welcomes your cards of condolence at her home address:  30 Gables Circle  Salem , MA 01970

Gary Griffiths died on Easter night following a rapid downturn in his health.  He was well companioned by fellow UUCMers Susan Haas, Jill Frucci and Eleanor Chayet.  A service will be held at UUCM and Gary's ashes will be interred in the Memorial Garden. The date will be announced as soon as it is set.

Auction News
Date: May 14th

Save the date for a "A Night on Broadway" on May 14 for UUCM's Annual Auction .  

Starting thinking about donations for both our Silent and Live Auctions! Your donations is what truly makes this event!

Remember the date: May 14th! We want to see you there! More details to follow. 

If you have any questions please contact Sheila Donovan!

~Wild Things Youth Group Schedule ~
Fun: Plans are in the works for indoor skydiving, laser quest and white water rafting. 
Service: Youth Group cooks at Lifebridge every '2nd Friday' of the month. At least one adult arrives by 4:30 to review the meal plan. Youth arrive by 5 pm and are done by 7:15 pm. This is a chance to provide support to those in need, work together and also meet people who are part of our world community but living in very different circumstances.
Lifebridge Schedule =  Apr 8, May 13 & June 10.
Community: We have a sleepover every month at UUCM. We make individual pizzas, play games, do tattoos and other fun things! This is a chance to make friends you might not otherwise make due to location, grade, etc.
Sleepover Schedule = 
 Apr 9, May 14 and June 18. 

North Shore Pride 2016
Join in and Support North Shore Pride 2016

 Save the date for North Shore Pride 2016! North Shore Pride will happen on June 18th. Join other UUCM members as they march to support North Shore Pride 2016! See Bill Smalley for more information!

Stephen Kellogg
Friday, April 8

On Friday, April 8, Stephen Kellogg makes his Marblehead debut at the me&thee. Over the last decade he has performed more than 1500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. Despite the fact that he may not be a household name at present, Kellogg has persisted in building a substantial career of playing genre-defying music which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country like Train, Sugarland, Oar, and Josh Ritter, on the Billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows like One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, and Mercy. 

Joining Stephen for this show is up and coming singer-songwriter Anthony D'Amato. It's a rare opportunity to see both Stephen and Anthony play in such an intimate space.
April 15: Griffin House with Britt Connors opening
April 22: Loudon Wainwright III (tickets going fast!) with Kat Quinn opening
April 29: The Suitcase Junket (must be seen to be believed) with Wishbone Zoe opening
May 6: Bill Staines AND David Roth
May 13: Matt Nakoa and Rachael Kilgour (something special!!)
May 21: 11th annual Beatles benefit: All You Need is Love
Tickets are on sale at www.meandthee.org

An Antidote to Despair: 300 Years of Marblehead History
Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m

One of America's foremost storytellers, Judith Black will be premiering a new work, titled An Antidote to Despair: 300 Years of Marblehead History, at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. In this story a 17-year old girl, worried about our environmental crisis, blames older generations for today's woes and it us to her mother and an old Marblehead fisherman to explain our past.

Judith Black, a resident of Marblehead, has been featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to The Smithsonian Institution and the National Storytelling Festival. She is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling's most coveted laurel, and has performed worldwide, including in South Africa, Israel, Sweden, France and China. The story she will be telling on April 13th is an original story commissioned by the UU Church in honor of its 300th anniversary. It is based on events that took place in Marblehead.

The UU Church of Marblehead is located at 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead. A donation of $20 is suggested for the show. For more information, consult the website atwww.meandthee.org or call 781 631-1215.
Coming Soon ~

April 3rd - 10:30 am

April 3rd - 3 pm - TriCentennial Service and Party!
Camp Quinebarge
A UUA -related traditional, boys and girls, overnight summer camp in Moultonborough, NH

Last summer Camp Quinebarge provided scholarships to more than 50 UU children from 26 UU churches across New England and the east coast. This summer they are expanding the program to 100 UU campers on a first come, first served basis.

Camp Quinebarge runs for seven weeks from June 26-August 13, with two 2-week sessions and one 3-week session. Campers may also come for four and seven weeks. Quinebarge's regular rate is $1,200 per week with a two week minimum.
UU Camper Rate
  • 1 Camper per Church   -   $600 per week (50% savings)
  • 2 Campers per Church -   $550 per week (54%)
  • 4+ Campers per Church - $500 per week (58%)
Please share this special UU opportunity with your church families today. Scholarships are limited, awarded on a first come-first served basis and will fill up fast. Scholarships are not income-based. Please contact us at fun@campquinebarge.com or by phone at 603-253-6029 with any questions.

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