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March 24, 2017
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Speaking Of Stewardship
PANCAKES, PANCAKES, PANCAKES!
Love and Justice Vigil
Giving Board
FunRaiser 2017 is Saturday May 6 at 6pm
This Sunday! Special Deep Listening Session
Emma's Revolution in Concert!
Regional Youth Overnight
Did You Have Your Photo Taken by Our Youth Group
Young Souls Bagel Breakfast
Activism Through Singing
Mosaic tile making with Mother Up!
Upcoming Sundays for Children
 
Breath of Fresh Air

   
 
 
Upcoming Services
March 26- 
Inspiring Inheritance

Multigen Worship

**Pancake Breakfast after both services!**

9 & 11

Flowers: Sarah Forbes 

Each year, the programs for both our 6th grade RE class and our YUUth Group include rich, experiential educational trips not covered by our Society's program budget. Our 6th graders go to the greater Boston area for three days to explore the history and heritage of our UU faith. The youth travel for a week to provide community service, and to learn about justice issues such as urban hunger and homelessness, and ecological damage.

Both groups have woven the themes of their trips together to present an incredible multigenerational worship service to inspire your support of both trips with your generous financial gifts. It will feature 6th grade musicians and speakers, and an awesome skit!

A giving board will be set up in the Parlors with information about the trips and costs of program elements, so you can find out more and help support such formative experiences for these amazing young UUs!

About the Youth Group Pancake Breakfast (yum!!)
This year the youth group is going to Cape Cod to work with the National Seashore, Barnstable Land Trust and Barnstable Natural History Museum. All of the projects will focus on environmental restoration work. We thank you in advance for supporting this trip by eating yummy pancakes with other UUs!


 

 

 
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Important Dates
March 26
Youth Group Pancake Fundraiser 
*after both services*

Special Deep Listening Session: Interfaith Experiences

12:30



April 1 
Emma's Revolution in Concert! 
7:30


April 2
Young Souls' Bagel Breakfast
12:30

April 13

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

May 2
Young Souls' Bagel Breakfast
12:30


May 6
FUUSB FunRaiser
6:00 

May 11

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

June 8

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

 


  Saturday, April 1 at FUUSB! 

 
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Speaking Of Stewardship- Pledge Drive Update


We are wrapping up our 2017 Stewardship Campaign, and we need you to pledge today!! EVERY PLEDGE COUNTS AND WE ARE COUNTING ON YOUR PLEDGE!! Whatever you value that's part of our UU Society and our community, it's time to commit your resources for 2017-18 so we can plan for next year's good works!

Click the button below to make your pledge today! 


Did you know...? If you are a member of  our First UU Society, you are expected to make a financial commitment (pledge) every year? It's true, unless you have financial considerations that exempt you from pledging (contact Christina or Mara if this is your situation). 

How much should you pledge?  We ask you to pledge according to your financial resources and your values, and if you need guidelines, go to http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/fair_share_contribution_guide.pdf

How are we doing?   As of March 20th, we have raised over $400,000 for our 2017-18 budget, from 232 pledges. We have yet to receive pledges from nearly 100 individuals or couples who pledged in 2016 and/or are members. We are now in the phase of the campaign where we are making calls and sending targeted emails to those who have not yet pledged. Avoid those follow up calls and emails - pledge today! Online - click the link above or go to uusociety.org/stewardship - THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY PLEDGED!! If you aren't sure if your pledge has been officially submitted, please check the list of pledges received on the bulletin board opposite the door to the UU office. (It's updated once a week). 

Questions about the campaign? Send an email to stewardship@uusociety.org or contact Nancy Knox or Kim Hier, Stewardship Team co-chairs.

Questions about your pledge? Contact Christina Fulton at xina@uusociety.org or 862-5630.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT OF OUR First UU Society of Burlington!!


 
PANCAKES, PANCAKES, PANCAKES! 

This Sunday, March 26th, after both services

pancakes syrup oranges cream pour white breakfast brunch plates Want to connect with other members? Feeling the need for community and gathering? Perfect! The Youth are hosting a pancake breakfast this Sunday! Come prepared to eat some tasty food and spend some time enjoying the company of your fellow UUs! Now more than ever we need to come together for comfort, solace and good conversation-it's good fuel for our justice work in the community.

This year the youth group is going to Cape Cod to work with the National Seashore, Barnstable Land Trust and Barnstable Natural History Museum. All of the projects will focus on environmental restoration work. We thank you in advance for supporting this trip by eating yummy pancakes with other UUs!
Participate in the Love and Justice Vigil on April 5! 

Come and join us for the weekly "Love and Justice Vigil" that will be taking place in front of the FUUSB Meetinghouse on Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 5:30pm starting April 5th. The theme for April 5 is Black Lives Matter. We will be singing songs and standing in silence. Bring your signs and banners to focus on our vision of a world of "Love and Justice". Following the vigil on April 5th we are opening the Community Room for a discussion on the best ways to build support and fellowship going forward in our community.

Thank you! Kim Watkin,Zoe Hart, and Maeve McBride

 
Giving Board 

donation_jar_give.jpg This Sunday the 6th graders and Youth Group will partner to showcase their Annual Boston and Service trips they attend annually. After both services there will be a Giving Board set up in the Parlors where members of the congregation can "purchase" expenses from these trips. These "purchases" will directly support the trips youth attend. While the costs of the trips vary from year to year, the experiences and lessons learned are always transformative. By supporting the trips directly you help to shape the faith formation of our young UUs where they learn about Unitarian Universalism and put their faith into action.

There will be items ranging from $10-$1,000. The Giving Board will stay up for a few weeks, so if you aren't able to contribute this weekend, you are welcome to at a later date.

Thanks so much for supporting the religious education and transformative experiences of our youth! We can't wait to share with you all that we do and learn!
 
What happens at a FunRaiser ?
by Stephen Rainville
What happens at a FunRaiser ? Typically, we feature a live auction, silent auction, and raffle. Plus nibbles and wine or seltzer.

This year, we are adding a new component: Poster Auction!
What's that?

It's an opportunity to attend an event ( dinner, class, game, etc) at a fixed price!

Example: "Horse shoes and hoedown"
Come to Susannah and Fred's ranch to play horseshoes followed by some BBQ, pull on your boots and stomp out those calories while learning some Square dance moves! Yeeeeee Ha!
20 guests/ $20.00 per person

No bidding....the first 20 people to sign up are automatically the winners!  Let's cogitate and co create! Raise money and get to know our pew mates!


Save the date, Saturday, May 6 starting at 6pm.
 
This Sunday! Special Deep Listening Session: Interfaith Experiences
by Andre Mol

colorful_tree_chat.jpg Have you participated in any of our gatherings with the Islamic Society of Vermont such as their Friday prayer services in December or their community dinner in January? We are offering deep listening sessions to allow you to share and process your experiences in small groups while also learning the experiences of others. Offering these sessions also allows us to better understand our society's relationship with our Muslim neighbors as we deepen our interfaith relationships in our community. 

Our Healthy Congregations Team and Ministerial Intern are hosting these sessions which will be offered this Sunday, March  26 at 12:30 - 1:30pm . Please come ready to share your personal stories and experiences as well as listen to the stories and experiences of others. 

Please note that these sessions will not focus on questions about Islam or ideas on additional activities with the Islamic Society or other faith communities. If you wish to discuss such questions or ideas, or if you have questions about these listening sessions, please contact Andre Mol, our Ministerial Intern, at andre@uusociety.org.
 
Emma's Revolution in Concert! 
by Barbara Alsop

What: Award winning, activist musicians, Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O) in concert--Revolution Now, Vermont recording release concert

When: Saturday, April 1st, Burlington VT
Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 152 Pearl Street at 7:30

Tickets: $18 advance / $22 door

Advance Tickets: Available online at http://www.emmasrevolution.com/live/ or in person at the First Unitarian Universalist Society (on Sundays), at the Peace & Justice Store, 60 Lake Street (7 days a week) and at Phoenix Books, 191 Bank Street.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225167091220921/
Emma's Revolution contact: Susan Frazier, sfgmi@aol.com, (517) 484-1712
Emma's Revolution official website: www.emmasrevolution.com

About Emma's Revolution

Smart, funny and informative -- like Rachel Maddow and Jon Stewart with guitars.

If there was ever a time for a powerful, loving transformative revolution, that time is now--and this is the music to fuel it! This concert celebrates the release of their latest album "Revolution Now." Covering issues from killer drones to wind energy, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the sustaining power of love, the songs span folk to jazz to funk and will keep you going through this unimaginable-inauguration-to-come and beyond.

As Emma's Revolution's friend Pete Seeger inspired them to sing, "Hope changes everything!"

THE NEW YORK TIMES ~ "Fervent and heartfelt"

The duo's songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger and recorded by Holly Near. "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" is sung around the world and has been called the anthem of the anti-war movement. "If I Give Your Name" won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band's music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered", Pacifica's "Democracy Now!" and "The Thom Hartman Show".

Emma's Revolution is well known to UU audiences. Since their 2005 appearance with Pete Seeger at General Assembly in Fort Worth, the duo has performed at General Assemblies from Salt Lake City to Portland, OR. Emma's Revolution wrote "Love Reaches Out" for the 2014 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly theme and premiered the song at a featured performance at the GA in Providence RI. Their songs, "Keep on Moving Forward","Swimming to the Other Side" and "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" are sung by UU congregations across the country and are included in the "Earth and Spirit Songbook", the UU Tapestry of Faith series and the new UU Spanish Hymnal.
 
Regional Youth Overnight
by Tiffany Tillman

WOW!  Want a little inspiration or hope for the world?  Come to the next Regional Overnight and you'll walk away feeling refreshed and hopeful.  UU Youth are pretty amazing human beings!

This past weekend FUUSB hosted youth groups from Montpelier, Jericho and Middlebury.  Over 30 youth attended the overnight with the theme of Making Change.  The highlight of the night was hosting Muslim Girls Making Change.  They opened our eyes and hearts to the work we need to do to make this world a better place for all.  The girls are all high school juniors, so our youth were able to see themselves in their shoes and were inspired by how hard they work and accomplished they are at just 16/17 years old!

Another highlight was the workshop sessions hosted by youth and our Labyrinth Committee.  Thank you Labyrinth Committee for sharing of your time.  What a gift!  

Our youth hosted a Boundary Breaking workshop that was warmly and enthusiastically received.  The workshop was held in the dark with tea lights.  Each youth asked a question for everyone else in the group to answer.  It was hard to end the workshop because everyone was so eager to connect!  With all that's going on in the world, and all that youth do on a daily basis, it was a treat to help them pause time and connect with other likeminded youth.  

 
Did You Have Your Photo Taken by Our Youth Group at The Bicentennial Celebration? 
by Tiffany Tillman 

The Youth Group at FUUSB is really excited to release their You Are Welcome Here video on Social Media to spread the message of the importance of inclusivity and acceptance in these times.  

We realize that by allowing us to take your photo you were aware that we were going to use your photo in our video, but just to make sure  we need you to fill out this Permission Form.  Please fill it out and return it asap so we can use our video that the group worked so hard on!   WE NEED THE FORM BY MARCH 19! We will have permission slips available in the parlors the next two Sundays!

Please list your child's name on the form if your child is younger than 16!  We need permission to use your photo AND their photo.

You can view the video here:  https://vimeo.com/205067858     Password:  youthrock

Special thanks to Noah Patullo, Myla Jacobs, Sarah Forbes and Annemarie Granillo for helping with the poster and video!

Looking forward to getting your permission slip soon!

Tiffany Tillman
FUUSB Youth Ministry Coordinator

Young Souls Bagel Breakfast
by Emily Koella

Who: Anyone in emerging or early adulthood

What: A chance to meet other UUs, chitchat and maybe discuss the current month's spiritual theme and recent sermons*

Where: Meet in the sanctuary then walk to Brueggers on Church St

When: Sunday, April 2nd 12:30pm
(Will continue on the first Sunday of every month.)

No need to RSVP, contact Nina Buss or Emily Koella with questions. 

* This is a social group intending to bring young adults together; if you would like a more detailed theological discussion, please ask us about joining a theme circle.

 
Activism Through Singing
by Jonathan Sands

sing out Activism through singing: The Central Vermont Solidarity Singers started up this month and plan to appear at marches, demonstration, vigils, and other events. All voices are welcome. 

Rehearsals take place on the first and third Sundays at 12:30-2 in the Montpelier UU Church Sanctuary. Contact leader Heidi Wilson at wilsonheidiann@gmail.com or 802-454-1979.
 
Mosaic tile making with Mother Up! on Sunday
by Rachel Schek

Youth Rally Day for the Planet is happening in Montpelier on April 12th. Families and organizations across the state are being asked to contribute cardboard "tiles" to be assembled into a maple-shaped mosaic. The Burlington Mother Up! group invites you to join us following both service this Sunday, March 26th to create a tile to add to this art installation. We'll be in the community room during the pancake breakfast; all supplies will be provided and we'll even take care of delivering your tiles. Learn more about this project and the Youth Rally here: http://www.youthlobby.org/get-ready-to-rally-help-build-our-maple-mosaic-art-installation/
 
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

Mar. 26 - Multigen Worship featuring our 6th Graders and YUUth Group!
Apr. 2 - Classroom Sunday preceded by Children's Chapel
Apr. 9 - Classroom Sunday: last one of the year!
Apr. 16 - Multigen Easter Service