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A MONTH of gratitude! 
Nov 15~ When is Enough, Enough?
 
This is the third Sunday of our month-long clothing donation effort. Each week 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. If minor repairs are needed, Nancy Diaz kindly offered to do so! Socks, shoes, outerwear and other clothing are all welcome.

Tricia Sullivan is coordinating the Gratitude Clothing Drive, she welcomes suggestions regarding where the clothes may go. please send ideas to Trish Sullivan by November 18th. Donations will finish Sunday November 29th.

 
Charlotte Travis gives up a favorite red ski jacket!

Sunday Seminar

This Sunday, November 15, Susan Morrison will lead a conversation about the book  Being Mortal and aging gracefully

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.  

Wheel of Life ~
Please join us for a celebration of Howard Amidon's life, this Sunday, November 15th at 1 pm. Howard died peacefully in his sleep last week at age 84.A reception will follow in the Social Hall. Howard's wife, Jan and two children, Howard & Catherine welcome your attendance. Donations in remembrance of Howard may be sent to the American Diabetes Association. Cards of condolence may be sent to Jan at 15 Mohawk Drive, Marblehead, MA 01945.
 
Also, many of you have asked how to send cards to Hazel von Rosenvinge (Rev. Wendy's mom). She  is expected to be at Hathorne Hill in Danvers until the middle of next week. She is recovering from a broken arm and awaiting test results from a lung biopsy. She is in very high spirits, catching up on her reading and enjoying visits from her children. She would prefer no other visitors but welcomes your good thoughts and prayers. Cards are best sent to her home at 65 Norwood Heights, Gloucester MA 01930.
A Message from the Treasurer 
Pledge Reminder

Happy November! By the end of November we will already be half way through the church year! We wanted to remind everyone that at this juncture of the year it's helpful for everyone to have remitted at least one-half of their pledge balance. 

The winter months sees an increase in all our operating expenses and pledge income is very important to the continued operation of this, our spiritual home. We thank you for your continued support of UUCM!

You can also login to your ICON account and check your pledge amounts there as well!
  
If you have any questions or concerns about your pledge please call or email Mark Klopfer or the office.
Rev. Wendy testifies for Death With Dignity


Appreciation

To everyone who is busily working to make the Red Bow Fair come alive again this year! There are so many who are devoting time, resources, contributions and more, it is hard to name everyone! Do know that your efforts on the part of the Red Bow are greatly appreciated!


AND to the members of the Religious Education Committee who are working hard to move us along on how to best meet the needs of our young people! (And to their young people for giving them the time to meet!) Committee members are Betsy Albee, Susie LaBrie, Dana McKinnon-Tucker, Loretta Bogosian & Marlaine Mahady-Potter

Thanksgiving Arrangement Workshop
 
Sheila Donovan and Holly Jaynes are holding a Thanksgiving  Arrangement workshop on Thursday, November 19 from 7-9 pm.

Instruction, expert coaching and materials will be provided AND you'll get to take your arrangement home for your own table or to use as a gift.  There is a $10 registration fee to cover materials.    

Click here to register!        Contact:  Sheila Donovan
 
Red Bow Raffle Tickets
Don't forget to pick up your envelope!!

We have raffle envelopes for everyone. Please pick yours up this weekend! 

Don't forget to enter the raffle! We have lobster, a handmade quilt and a hand crafted furnished dollhouse!

Any questions please contact Robin Ronchi

Building and Grounds Report
Thanks to the following group of veteran, stalwart workers who showed up on Nov. 7 to help improve the church: P aul and Charlotte Travis, Hazel Grenham , Christine Krom , Hilary Doliber, and Bill Smalley. We hear from the B & G chair, Steve Krom, the group raked leaves, cleaned out gutters and downspouts, pruned trees and overgrown plants, and tightened and closed windows for the winter. They also yearned for some younger backs and limbs in the mix so they may be on the prowl with targeted invitations to the next event! It's such a terrific way to get to know fellow UUCMers and friends are always welcome so please say YES if you're approached and available! The next workday is Sunday, Nov. 29th in preparation for our annual Red Bow Fair. More details to follow as we near that date.
  
Also from Steve: Please note the windows on the RE wing have been hooked and closed as tightly as possible. Please leave them alone no matter how "mild" it becomes as we do not want to heat the outdoors.


Stetson features Nedret Andre's SEAGRASS 
in November exhibit
 
Nedret Andre, an award winning Boston based artist who is well known on the North Shore, will unveil a 50-piece project of new work at Stetson Gallery throughout the month of November. 

Nedret Andre's seagrass project began several years ago as an outgrowth of her passion for all aspects of the environment and nature. "My fascination with seagrass habitats began last year when I stumbled on a book by Fred Short called Seagrass. I discovered that seventy percent of marine life depend on seagrass, that it is vital to the survival of endangered marine life. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for my abstract landscapes. My work suggest clues to seagrass habitats. Color, mark making and patterns play an important roles in my paintings. I use saturated and soft colors to evoke sensations of something familiar, of home, nature, and water. I intend to bring viewers' attention to the importance of sea grass globally in the survival of endangered marine sea life.

Link to Full Stetson Press Release


From the TriCentennial Committee... 
1716-2016




November 18th: Eighteenth Century Politics in Marblehead

David Hall, Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School, will be speaking about Edward Holyoke, who was the first minister at the Unitarian Church in Marblehead before moving on to become the first President of Harvard University. On Wednesday evening, November 18, Hall will be discussing "The Politics of Moderation in 18th century New England, " sharing his insights about the political scene during Marblehead's early years. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers following the talk

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18, At 7 PM. A voluntary donation of $10.00 will be appreciated, but is not required. All history buffs are invited.


Join us November 22nd for the Tricentennial Potluck:
Celebrating Our Recent History

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 On Sunday, November 22, we will gather after the service to break bread together and share stories of our experiences at UUCM. There will be a timeline chart for us to write a short descriptio n of  historical moments of UUCM as we remember them.  The stories will become part of our recorded history as a congregation. Please bring a dish to share and a remembrance to tell.
 

The Celebration of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead's Three Hundredth Anniversary begins its fall program with a  walking tour of the old town. Teaming with Old North Church, who is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Rev. Barnard's installation, the tours will include commentary about how our congregation separated from Old North and about 1700 Marblehead. Historian Judy Anderson will conduct the tours.  Click here for more tour details.

Coming Soon: UUCM TriCentennial merchandise for sale!


 
Red Bow Fair News
Red Bow Fair December 5th (9am - 3 pm)

Gift Baskets, Holiday Greens, Gifts, Sweets & Treats, White Elephant Sale, Children's Activities including face painting, and a raffle for a handmade doll house, quilt and  25 lbs of lobster. Lunch will be between 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  Raffle chances are available for purchase all month.  Click Here to Contact Robin for Raffle Information!
 
Here's a sneak peek at the quilt and furnishing of the dollhouse. Both are in production and magnificent!

Here's hoping we see everyone there and please bring along friends and family!

 

 

Gift Baskets are Being Assembled Now!

Dear Friends,
  
A Huge thank you (!!!!) to all who have taken stars from the Gifting Tree, brought in delightful and delicious basket-stuffing items, and made super-generous monetary donations to allow us to shop for basket filling ingredients!
  
We have started assembling baskets! We are excited to create baskets as beautiful and especially sale-able as ever. Here's how you can help make this happen:
  
1) If you have taken a star for items or for monetary donations, please bring in those donations by this Sunday, Nov. 15.
  
2) If you have been meaning to take a star but haven't gotten to it yet, please consider making a monetary donation in the amount you would have spent on the items - that way, we will be able to purchase what the baskets need without dipping into church coffers (or our own ;-)
  
3) This is the last week we can easily accept donated items. Monetary donations, however, can be accepted up to Red Bow Fair weekend.
  
In Joyful Creativity -
  
Linda Beattie and Jo Ann Silva 

  
'Nuff said. Please join us for this important event!
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me&thee news!
November 13 -  Occidental Gypsy

Occidental Gypsy- Eli Bishop - violin, Jeff Feldman - bass, Jeremy Frantz - vocals & guitar, Erick Cifuentes - percussion and Brett Feldman - lead guitar - plays an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music that enraptures the listener with a lightning fast, complex acoustic sound, rounded by sultry smooth vocals reminiscent of the first era of swing.  Bring your dancing shoes!

Next show: November 20---Heather Maloney with The Sea The Sea

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Coming Soon ~

Our exploration of Gratitude continues throughout November. In December we'll step into Radical Hospitality and also take time to treat our bodies, minds and spirits to meditation.
 
Please join us for a special service on Tuesday, November 24th at 7 pm for an interfaith Thanksgiving Service.  Each year the Marblehead clergy gather and lead this service.  This year we are hosting.  A collection is taken at this service to benefit the Marblehead Food Pantry and you are invited to bring in goodies to share for the reception that follows. This is our chance to share our interfaith relationships with gratitude by being gracious and welcoming hosts.
 
Sunday Seminar:    

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In Case You Missed It!
 
Last Sunday's 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. 

October 25th Message: A Blast from the Past!

Peter Kent has stumbled upon an old sermon by former minister, The Rev. Robert L. Hill. it begins "I have had some surprises in my life, but I guess I've never been much more surprised than I was the day the Women's Liberation Movement threw me out of my own church." Peter shared this piece of not-too-long ago history Sunday October 25th.  Rev. Hill was delighted to hear his sermon was made live once more and even more delighted to learn how vibrant UUCM continues to be 50 years later!



October 18th Message: Great Expectations! 

We hear and use the phrases 'best self' and 'better tomorrow' frequently in our faith journeys but what do we really expect of ourselves, our faith community and of the world?   Click here for Great Expectations.


October 11th Message: Our Story!

If you've ever tried to explain Unitarian Universalism, including its relationship with world religions and the divine you know it can be a challenge. This past Sunday's service included the creation of a picture of UUism adapted from the Spirit Play curriculum we use in our religious exploration program.  Click here for the picture & story of UUism (adapted from Spirit Play)  
 

 
Such Fun! Thank you to everyone who participated, and to Delia, Ronnie, Beth Konaires & Mary Gardner in particular for their help in setting up, cleaning up and transporting  the international students from Salem State AND to the students for hauling all the pumpkins in from Rev. Wendy's car. Special thanks to Gini von Courter for going over to get Jake Moore's pumpkin and to Ani Chickering for suggesting it should be placed right in the middle of our Halloween night line-up.  Once again, a wonderful time was had by all!

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