Holiday Happenings ~ 
Dec 20, 10:30 am ~ Living Nativity, followed by the decoration of our first UUCM Gingerbread Meeting House
Dec 20, 7 pm - Winter Solstice (come early at 6:30 for soup & cider)
Dec 24, 6 pm - Wassail Celebration
Dec 24, 7:30 pm - Candlelight Christmas Eve Service


Coffee Hour Update

Missing - a volunteer  to "do coffee" on Dec. 27!
Check the sign-up sheet for other openings as well & please consider contributing to the effort. Thank you!
Sunday Seminar

This Sunday, December 20th, Linda Weltner will present a program titled, "What Was the Creator Thinking?" based upon the book, "Pilgrim at Tinkers' Creek" by Annie Dillard.
Given the complexity, beauty, and grotesque horrors of nature, it is almost impossible to fashion a theory about the intelligence behind this inexplicably broad spectrum of "good" and "evil" in the natural world, but we will give it a try. 

Sunday Seminar meets in the Nichols Library (rear of the building), is open to all and nursery care is available. We gather at 8:45 am, begin at 9 am and are done in time to attend Sunday Service at 10:30 am.  

There will not be a December 24th Newsletter
Deadline for submission will be December 22nd for End of December Newsletter

Due to the holidays there will be no newsletter on December 24th, but there will be an end of December Newsletter between the end of services December 24th and January 2nd.

Wheel of Life

As many of you know, Rev. von Courter's mother, Hazel, will be having lung surgery on Dec 30th at Mass General Hospital. She is very appreciative of the many cards, prayers and good wishes and hopes to be back in the UUCM pews soon!  
For those who have asked, Hazel's address is: Hazel von Rosenvinge, 65 Norwood Heights,  Gloucester, MA 01930. Her email is hvonr3@gmail.com

Family Promise at UUCM: Please sign up
Sign up to help out! 

We're using VolunteerSpot,to organize our upcoming Family Promise host week at Unitarian Universalist Church Marblehead. Please click the link below to learn more and sign up to help. Thanks for all you do!

New Lunch Bunch Dates
Join us for Lunch Bunch!

January 21st; February 23rd; March 18th; April 21st; May 3rd; June 10th

Registration for January's Lunch Bunch will be up in January!

Red Bow Raffle  Drawing this Sunday after service!!
Lat chance to get chances! 


Remember the Fair is not over yet......we still have our fabulous Raffle going on..... 25 pounds of lobster, a fabulous furnished dollhouse and a hand quilted adorable baby quilt......buy your chances.....the more chances you purchase the higher your odds of winning......the drawing is after church on December 20th!
Tickets at the church on Sunday


Red Bow Basket Reminder!

We have a limited number of baskets for sale at the church.....be sure to check them out before they are all gone!

Red Bow Thank You!

Thank you to every one who helped to make the Red Bow Fair such a success!  There were just so many elves busily working to make our Fair happen.....too many to mention by name.  So thank you to those who made baskets, donated to the baskets including one of the Stetson Gallery artists, designed and made wreaths and arrangements, donated and tended the gift table, to those who knitted and knitted and quilted, to those who took charge of our finances whether it was cash, charge or debt,  to the bakers and cooks,  to the donors and elves in the White Elephant Room, to those who put smiles on the young faces of our children through face painting and ornament making, the doll house builders, painters, decorators and to the four families who furnished the rooms of our yet to be auctioned dollhouse, the Raffle ticket makers, sellers and buyers,  for the opportunity to buy electronics and cards, to those who made early morning coffee, hot chocolate and bagels possible,  the cooks for wonderful food  at the Red Bow Cafe, to those who publicized our Fair through our newsletter, papers, social media, posters and word of mouth, to those who made possible such wonderful choices in the book stall, to those who made available olive oil and 300 anniversary items, to those who set up, cleaned up, to the family members who tended the home fires allowing family members to be at the church, to anyone who did any task,  and to everyone who attended the Fair and shopped, shopped, shopped!  What a fabulous day it was!

TriCentennial Cookbooks are here!

TriCentennial Cookbooks are here! They are wonderful and will make a perfect holiday gift for everyone! 

They are available for immediate pickup!

Order Your Holiday Flowers Today!
Download your order form below!

We will be ordering Red Poinsettias and White Cyclamen this year for display on Christmas Eve.  If you wish to order, the cost this year is $20 per plant.  Please download the order form and fill out the information. Return the form with a check before 1 pm on December 20th. 

If you have any questions please call Sheila at 781-592-7615

Click here to download the form
Thank you!

Images From The Red Bow!
Saturday was great fun!

UUCM Timeline 

A few weeks ago The Tricentennial Steering Committee sponsored a potluck lunch.  Participants were invited to put Post-its on a timeline mentioning congregation related events that they recall.  We are pleased to report that more than 80 Post-its were put up.

Now we are seeking someone who has time and ability to type all these events into a spreadsheet.  Ultimately, all the timeline events will be enclosed in the time capsule and sent off to the future for our descendants to read.

Opening the Time Capsule from 1991


UUCM TriCentennial merchandise for sale! See Hugh for details!

Wild Things ! Youth Sleepover (6th-12th grade)

It was awesome! Thank you to all who came! 

Rev. Wendy testifies for Death With Dignity

Coming Soon ~

Our annual Burning of the Chaff. Join us January 3rd at 10:30 am. to celebrate the New Year with our annual ritual. 


In Case You Missed It!
Last Sunday's Message:   

We all know the saying, "far better to give than receive"

Study after study show that if you give people some money and half of them spend it on themselves and half give it as a gift to someone else, the givers are more happy.
BUT These studies only show how the giver feels.
How about the poor soul who has to receive??

Hunger Banquet: Our 'Place' At The Table

This was the fourth Sunday of our month-long clothing donation effort and what an effort it has been! The amount of clothing that has been donated more than filled the pews in the chancel and more keeps arriving. Tricia Sullivan has already liberated some of the items to those in need and will continue to do so until all of it has found a home. Testimonies have been offered each week and ranged from people parting with things that are easy to part with to people parting with favorite items, knowing they had 'enough' and someone could use them more. Your donations may continue for three more services: this Sunday, Tuesday's interfaith service and Sunday, November 29th. THANK YOU, EVERYBODY for making your faith visible!

November 8th Message: When is Enough, Enough? 

This was the third Sunday of our month-long clothing donation effort. Our focus was how we determine what is 'enough.'

November 8th Message: Breathing Gratitude: How Embodying A Thankful Attitude Changes EVERYTHING!

This was the second Sunday of our month-long clothing donation effort. Each week of November you are invited to donate clothing that will be distributed to those in need at the end of the month. You are encouraged to start with things that are easy to part with and work towards giving up things you enjoy but could do without because someone is in greater need. The items should be clean and not in need of major repair. Socks, shoes, outerwear and other clothing are all welcome.

November 1st Message: Giving It Up For Gratitude

This Sunday kicked off a month-long exploration of gratitude AND a chance to practice it by bringing in clothing donations. We'll be collecting them in the chancel throughout the month and then distributing them to people in need at the end of the month. It's a terrific way to simplify AND share. Both are worthy spiritual practices. 
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