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April 28, 2017
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Check Out the Awesome Auction Items!
Cottage Meetings on the Staffing Vision
Care Network Corner- Bonilla Family Still in Need of Meal Assistance
Love and Justice Vigil for May 3
Speaking of Stewardship
Sanctuary City Coffee House
Calling All Owl Graduates!
OWL and YUUTH Ice Cream Social
Sanctuary Sunday and Donuts and Dialogue
Children's Choir Spring Singing!
New Library Books for Children
Music for Kids of All Ages on Mother's Day here at FUUSB!
UU Buddhist Group
May Day March for Dignity
Interfaith Seder at Ohavi Zedek on May
Upcoming Sundays for Children
 
Upcoming Services
April 30- Dismantling White Supremacy
9 & 11

Worship Leaders: 
Andre Mol
Zoe Hart
Sandy Beehler
Marguerite Bogle
Dave Clark
Linda Cooper
Jud Lawrie
Sally Russell


Worship Associate: Melinda Lee

This month, we have been exploring how and why resistance matters, as we undertake our work of love and justice in the world. This Sunday, we'll turn inward, and consider what resistance looks like in our inner spiritual lives. How does resistance manifest in our personal life paths? What might our places of inner resistance have to teach us? To what does our inner resistance point us?

Stemming from an important conversation about institutional racism in our UU faith and larger world, following recent concern around our Association's hiring practices, the Black Lives of UU (BLUU) organizing collective has issued a call for congregations to to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. As some of you know, the BLUU includes many UU religious professionals and lay people of color. In keeping with our own mission of spiritual growth and acting for justice, and building on our ongoing racial justice ministry, we at FUUSB are joining this call, for which over 580 other UU congregations have also signed up.

In a service co-organized by our worship team and our Racial Justice Task Force, we'll explore what is meant by white supremacy, how it relates to the recent events at the UUA, and what our UU history teaches us about this moment. Through words and song, we'll reflect on what this all means for us at FUUSB and how we move forward from here in solidarity with UU siblings of color.

Join us at 12:30 for a time of reflection and exploration on the messages and experiences from the worship service. This gathering will be facilitated by members of our worship team and the Racial Justice Task force.



 

 
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Important Dates


April 29
People's Climate March
Montpelier, Washington D.C & across US.

May 3
Love and Justice Vigil


May 6
FUUSB FunRaiser
6:00 

May 7
Young Souls' Bagel Breakfast
12:30


May 9
FUUSB Book Club -"Mary Coin"
12:00-1:30 (SBA) all are welcome


May 10
Love and Justice Vigil

May 11

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

May 17
Love and Justice Vigil

May 21
Five Star Film Café
"Where to Invade Next"
12:30

June 8

Mother Up! A Gathering for Families
5:30

June 11 
Five Star Film Café
"What the Health"
11:30 

 

 
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Check Out the Awesome Auction Items!
by Stephen Rainville

                          Click here to donate your awesome item! 

Check out the great list of events and items on the FunRaiser auction site. Click on the "catalog list" header and scroll through, and plan to join members and friends of your UU community Sat May 6 at 6pm at the meeting house for an evening of fun, nibbles, and opportunity! Our monetary goal is $15,000. And we all share in the immeasurable joy of building beloved community!a

Childcare will be available. Please contact
childcare@uusociety.org to reserve space
 
Cottage Meetings on the Staffing Vision
by Christina Fulton

Following the March email that revealed the beginning phase of our Staffing Vision, we know that many of you had questions. Soon the Enews will have an article laying out the rest of the vision, which we're sure will bring up many more questions. We want to make sure that everyone has their questions answered, therefore we are planning 4 Cottage Meetings to talk about the Staffing Vision. Please plan to attend one of the meetings so that you are fully informed as we head towards the Annual Meeting on June 4th after the service.

Childcare will be provided, please contact Erika at childcare@uusociety.org reserve your spot.

Cottage Meetings will be on:
Sunday, May 14 @ 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 @ 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 21 @12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 30 @ 5:30 p.m.

Please put one of the Cottage Meetings AND the Annual Meeting on your calendar right away! And of course, we always appreciate questions and comments at any time.
Rev. Mara and Christina
 
Care Network Corner- Bonilla Family Still in Need of Meal Assistance
by Sarah Weber

Thank you all so much for your wonderful support of the Bonilla family. The meals have been a great help. Please continue your kindness to them and please contact me if you know of other families in need of assistance.

With much appreciation, on the behalf of the Care Network 

 
Love and Justice Vigil Theme for May 3 is Peace.
by Kim Watkin

The theme of peace will be the focus of the Love and Justice Vigil on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5:15pm to 5:45pm in front of the FUUSB.  Join  us for a reading, songs and a silent vigil in our vision of a peaceful world.  

 
Speaking of Stewardship - Thank You for Pledging! 
by Nancy Knox and Tom Porter


The UU 2017 Stewardship Campaign has officially ended, and we want to THANK ALL WHO PLEDGED - for your gratitude, generosity and giving!! We raised a total of about $462,000 through over 300 pledges. We are most grateful that nearly half of you were able to increase your commitment this year, which will help us move towards a more sustainable future for our staffing and program needs. 

To those of you haven't yet pledged, it's not too late! You can still do so at uusociety.org/stewardship - do it today! As a reminder, please make arrangements to pay your commitment to fulfill your pledge for the FY 2017-18, which begins on July 1. You can do this online at the link above, or contact Christina Fulton in the office.

We especially want to thank those who helped with this year's campaign behind the scenes - The FUUSB Board, staff, visiting stewards, those who gave testimonials, or helped at events, and all others who helped make this year's campaign a success! - THANK YOU FROM THE 2017 Stewardship Team!

 
Sanctuary City Coffee House - "Mamma said there'll be days like this"
by Sally Russell

The music committee and a small planning group are bringing back a Coffee House to FUUSB and we are adding a potluck to the event. In the true spirit of a potluck please bring a dish of your choice to share with others. What better way to soothe our souls, and celebrate Mother's Day, than to break bread together, while we entertain each other! People of all ages are encouraged to attend. We have some people who have agreed to perform a few songs. Additionally there will be time for an "open mic" so If you sing, play an instrument, want to recite a poem, etc. you will have an opportunity to perform. If you would like to perform in one of the time slots please let Brian Haas at bhaas@viscc.com or Jennifer Carpenter jennifer@uusociety.org know so we can plan a tentative schedule. What do you think? Let Brian and Jennifer know if you like the idea of the Coffee House.
Sally
Calling All Owl Graduates!
by Tiffany Tillman 

The YUUth Group invites ALL OWL graduates to come to the 11AM Worship Service. The YUUth Group is putting on the service and is crafting a beautiful bridging ceremony where they welcome upcoming 8th gradrs to Youth Ministry. Please RSVP to Martha Dallas at martha@uusociety.org if your child is planning on participating. We highly encouraging nudging and coaxing. Once you get your kid to show up, the YUUth Group will do the rest.

 
OWL and YUUTH Ice Cream Social
by Tiffany Tillman

May 18th from 6-8:30PM

All OWL Graduates and High School youth are invited to come to an Ice Cream Social on May 18th from 6-8:30PM in the Community Room. It's a great time for curious youth to check out our Youth Ministry Programs, learn about our service trip for next year, hang out with other teens and get excited about participating in one or more of the many Youth Ministry offerings here at FUUSB. Please RSVP to Tiffany Tillman, youthgroup@uusociety.org

 
Sanctuary Sunday and Donuts and Dialogue
by Tiffany Tillman

All Middle and High School youth are invited to come to the worship service together and have donuts afterwards in SBA.  Our YUUth Group welcomes middle school youth to sit in the balcony with them, and then come to SBA afterwards for donuts and a discussion about the service and monthly theme.  It's a great way to get to know other youth and engage in fun and conversation
 
Children's Choir Spring Singing!
by Nick Stokes

 We invite all singers, from 3rd through 8th grade, to join voices in the Children's Choir this spring! Absolutely no experience required. The Children's Choir is an inclusive group for all children who enjoy singing. The spring season will include the following rehearsals and performance:

Sunday, April 30 - Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sunday, May 7 - Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sunday, May 14 - Rehearsal: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Sunday, May 21 - Rehearsal & Performance: Time TBD

Rehearsals will take place in the sanctuary, and a snack will be provided. For more information, please email Nick Stokes at MrNicholasStokes@gmail.com
 
New Library Books for Children
by Peggy Derby

Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon
Herb is unusual because he is a vegetarian dragon who grows his own vegetables! Read how he saves himself from the Brave Knights with his vegetable garden.

The Girl with a Brave Heart A tale from Tehran
After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but encounters difficulties with her unkind step mother. A retelling of a Grimm's fairy tale.

The Boy Who Grew Flowers
A whimsical story about how Shy Rink with his strange relatives and his own strange trait befriends Angelina.

The Barefoot Book of Children
An up to date illustrated book about children around the world which depicts diversity while simultaneously demonstrating the interconnectedness of all people.
 
Music for Kids of All Ages on Mother's Day here at FUUSB!
by Cheryl Herrick

Linda Bassick will be bringing her Music for Kids of All Ages to the UU on Mother's Day. Linda is a member of the all star group Steady Betty and also can be seen around the globe playing with the sixties tribute band, Mellow Yellow.

An early childhood educator since the 1980's, Linda will bring her sing along and shakers to share and sing with the children of UU in celebration of Mother's Day. Linda has been playing music for Kids of All ages for the past four years at the Radio Bean on Friday mornings.
 
UU Buddhist Group
by Thomas Hyde

Did you know that our congregation has a rich tradition in Buddhism? Did you know that the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship (UUBF) ( uubf.org/wp) has an active group that meets here every week?

If you are interested in Buddhist Meditation Practice of any tradition, please come to a formative meeting of a UU Buddhist Group. We are looking to expand and strengthen our UU Buddhist Sangha to include all traditions.

We'll meet at 10:15 on Sunday April 30th, in the Reeb room. If you have questions, call Dick Swanson at 355-5508, or Tom Hyde at 999-2329.
 
May Day March for Dignity


Migrant Justice is sponsoring a May Day March for Dignity on Monday May 1st from 12 noon - 2:00 pm. Marchers will convene at Migrant Justice (294 North Winooski Ave), proceed to Ben and Jerry's to urge them to make good on their agreement to support the Milk with Dignity Initiative, and will then continue on the the Federal Building. For more information see their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1388200547868552/ or call 540-8370.


 
Interfaith Seder at Ohavi Zedek on May 3
by VIA

Ohavi Zedek is sponsoring an Interfaith Seder to celebrate freedom and deliverance from oppression (in honor of Jewish Passover) 
 
Upcoming Sundays for Children
by Martha Dallas 

April 30 - FUNday
May 7 - YUUth Sunday (Multigenerational worship)
May 14 - Justice Sunday
May 21 - Justice Sunday
May 28 - FUNday at 10 AM only (single Sunday services for the summer)