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February 26, 2017
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Now (We Need Your Pledge) More Than Ever!
Minister's Monthly Meet-up
We Are Going!...February
FUUSB Book Group
Hop On and Help Out!
RE "Step Up" Days for Rising 8th & 9th graders
Children's RE Stewards Feedback Brunch
Kids4Peace Camp Seeks Campers!
Spiritual Theme Banner
Exploring Human Origins
 
Breath of Fresh Air

   
 
 
Upcoming Services
February 26 - A Roomful of Justice

Worship Leader:
Andre Mol

Worship Associate:
Maeve McBride

Musicians:
Sam Whitesell (9)
Wayne Schneider (11) 

Flowers:
Claire Graham Smith 

Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, challenges us to consider the relation between justice and diversity: "If everybody in the room that you are in has the same definition of justice that you do... it's not a diverse room." Whether we consider that "room" to be our congregation, our city, or the nation, we experience the complexity of a diverse society as we call for change. We'll explore the importance in making room for different perceptions of justice, by welcoming and honoring those differences while at the same time seeking to find common ground.



March 5- 
w/ Rev. Mara 

 
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Important Dates
February 26
FUNday: games and play for UU kids during school vacation!

March 9 
Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

March 11
New UU Class
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m

April 13

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

May 11

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

June 8

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

 
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Speaking Of Stewardship- Now (We Need Your Pledge) More Than Ever!
by the FUUSB Stewardship Committee 

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Our 2017 Stewardship Campaign is well under way, as you may know. Here's what's going on:
  • You should have received a mailing with a letter and brochure. If not, please pick one up in the office or let us know ASAP. The brochure includes a pledge card and 'giving guidelines' to help you know how much you may be able to pledge.
  • Folks have made testimonials from the pulpit about the importance of our financial generosity to sustain and expand our staff and services to support our good works, in the congregation and in the community.
  • UU "Visiting Stewards" may have contacted you via phone or email (we're trying to reach a third of the congregation every year) - please respond and meet! These conversations between UUs help us get and stay connected!
  • If you have already pledged online or using the pledge card, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIMELY GENEROSITY!
  • IF YOU HAVEN'T PLEDGED YET, please go online ASAP to uusociety.org/stewardship and follow the links to make your commitment online, OR turn in your pledge card to the Stewardship table in the parlors on Sunday, or to the UU office. THANK YOU!
  • In early March, we will begin contacting those who have not yet pledged, so pledge now and we won't bother you (except to invite you to join our end-of-campaign celebration!)
  • Check out the "Speaking of Stewardship" bulletin board opposite the office door for campaign info and updates, including a list of who has pledged since the start of the campaign.
  • If you can't get to the meetinghouse and would like us to pick up your pledge card, call or me (Nancy Knox) at 803-373-4281 or email us at stewardship@uusociety.org  - or send us your questions.
  If you can't get  to the  meetinghouse and would like us to pick up your pledge card, call  (Nancy Knox) at 803-373-4281 or email us at  stewardship@uusociety.org  - or send us your questions. 

LIVING OUR VALUES - NOW MORE THAN EVER!
2017 FUUSB Stewardship Campaign

 
Minister's Monthly Meet-up March 5th
by Nina Dahlstedt Buss

coffee_cup.jpg Minister's Monthly Meet-up is March 5th 12:30 - 1:30  in the Susan B. Anthony Room.  Join us at this community-building Open House to enjoy some light refreshments and connect with Reverend Mara and others in a relaxed social environment.  Everyone is welcome and we especially invite those who have not had a chance to talk with Reverend Mara more deeply than the greeting line allows.  Drop by for 15 minutes or an hour!   No RSVP required.
 
We Are Going!  February


Check out the latest edition of We Are Going! by Martha, Tiffany, and the Lifespan Education team.


In This Issue:  Cultivating a Family Stewardship Ethic

by Tiffany Tillman

This month we kicked off our Stewardship Campaign with Mara encouraging all of us to examine our perceptions of who can give and how much giving we are capable of.  The Stewardship Campaign's theme of "Now More Than Ever" rings true on so many levels. For parents and educational institutions, it's vital we cultivate an ethic of stewardship in our children- now more than ever.  

 
FUUSB Book Group: Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship 
by Barbara Doody

All are welcome to join the UU book club on  Tuesday, March 14th at 12:00  in the SBA room. We will be discussing Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship by Jon Meacham. See you then!
 
Hop On and Help Out!  
by Sarah Weber 

silverware_heart_knife.jpg Thank you so much to all of you who responded to this request last week.  

Not only do these meals reduce stress and energy for these families, but they also (in the words of a past recipient) remind the family that the First UU Society is thinking about them and sending strength and love their way, which can be just as important as the food itself.  

Please continue to support these families.  Thank you for everything you do.  
 
And if you or someone you know could use some support during a difficult time, please contact Sarah Weber,  sadievt@yahoo.com   or call her at 373 0197. 
 
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

Feb. 26 - "FUNday" activities: games and play during school vacation
Mar. 5 - "FUNday"
Mar. 12 - Classroom  Sunday
Mar. 19 - Classroom  Sunday
Mar. 26 - Multigen Worship featuring our 6th Graders and YUUth Group!



 
RE "Step Up" Days for Rising 8th & 9th graders & their parents
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Each year we provide time for 7th & 8th graders and their parents to learn about what's coming for them in next year's RE:

Sunday, March 12  from 11 - 12:30, OWL participants and their parents come find out about what's in store for you next year and why you don't want to miss a beat of how UUism supports the development of young teens. Coming of Age program will now be only offered in the 9th grade year, so come hear about that! Our YUUth Group will meet, greet, and entertain the 8th graders while advisors meet with parents. Don't miss it!

Sunday, March 19 during 11:00 RE, 7th grade Building Bridges participants and their parents will learn about our 8th Grade OWL program. The 7th graders will get an intro and overview and then have their class, while parents will meet for more detailed info and to complete OWL Program Application forms, which are a required first step to confirming your place in this popular class which has limited spots available. 

 
Children's RE Stewards Feedback Brunch
by Martha Dallas

pancakes syrup oranges cream pour white breakfast brunch plates The Children's RE Team and I are hosting an RE FEEDback Brunch on  Sunday, March 12  after second service. We want to hear about stewards' experience in RE this year! We've launched a number of initiatives intended to improve the program and to support you.  Please RSVP here , and we really hope you'll come and enjoy some great company and conversation about RE!
 
Kids4Peace Camp Seeks Campers! 
by Martha Dallas

Are you in 6th or 7th grade? Would you like to meet kids your age who are Christians, Muslims, and Jews? Want to get to know them and share summer camp fun as part of bringing justice into this precious world? Find out more at  http://www.k4p.org/chapters/vermont/


Spiritual Theme Banner 
by Sarah Forbes

Please thank Kathy Bonilla for her gorgeous hooked wall hanging illustrating this months spiritual theme of "love".

Her piece is called a remnant rug. These rugs were historically made with the scraps left over from other projects, reworked rugs and odd pieces. The results were often impressionistic and organic and reflected the creativity of the maker in the use of color pairings. 

We are still looking for individuals & groups to create a banner/wreath/wall-hanging/ textile to represent the spiritual theme for some upcoming months. Are you interested in making something for us all to enjoy? Each piece will hang in the arch above the pulpit for its designated month. 

Contact Sarah Forbes at 578-6119 or  sarahforbesdesign@comcast.net with any questions.



 
Exploring Human Origins
by Martha Dallas

A couple years ago, FUUSB was invited to send a rep to a meeting to explore submitting a proposal to The Smithsonian, which was seeking sites for a traveling exhibit on Human Origins. I attended and was so inspired by the mix of educators, museum folk, anthropologists, faith leaders, biologists, and community collaborators. First UU formally endorsed the proposal which Fletcher Free submitted and won!

Now the exhibit is here for a month and I hope you'll check it out! There will be a variety of related events, workshops and talks - all exploring what it means to be human and where we came from. Here's the website with more info:  http://www.humanoriginsbtv.com/