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September 21, 2017
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday
Mother Up! Gathering Today
Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Run for JUMP
Teacher Planning
Children's Choir Meeting
Book of Revelation Discussion
Theme Circles Update
Register for RE
Fall Worship Service Schedule
Two Services and RE Classes
Prompt Pick-Up for RE
Adult Religious Education
Born on Third Base Book Group
OWL for Kindergarten & First Grade
Care Network - Help Needed
Small Group Ministry
Upcoming Services
Sunday, October 1,
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Andre Mol,
Ministerial Intern

"The Space Between"
Names and categories create distinctions which we use to navigate our world. 
But what happens when society's standard labels don't fit our identity - black, white, gay, straight, male, female? We are more than just a label. Yet, it takes courage to live outside categorical norms. Our ministerial intern, Andre Mol, explores stories of individuals who risk living into their full humanity.

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Kristin Kany

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Join Us for Worship This Week
Sunday, September 24 at 10 a.m.
Rev. Phyllis B. O'Connell, Sabbatical Minister

September's Many Welcomes
What represents a new year to you? Is it a season, or the first of January, school starting, Yom Kippur? Or maybe it's a day or time or anniversary that has significance only for you. Whatever that time may be, I think we each yearn for opportunities to begin again, be given a second chance or have the good fortune to try over. While it may be true that we only have one chance to make a first impression, we almost always have opportunities to act in ways that either validate that initial impression or modify it or even change it all together. This sermon praises the many ways we welcome second chances.
Worship Associate:
Rebecca Gurney

Mother Up! Gathering Today
If you are a parent concerned about climate justice but not sure how to make space for it around work emails, the laundry pile, and the grocery list, then Mother Up! is the place for you.  Mother Up! is a program of 350VT bringing families together to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the transition to a healthier and safer world. 
We're collaborating with the FUUSB to host monthly gatherings for families to learn about and act on climate justice concerns. Join us today, Thursday, September 21  from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room. A simple, vegetarian (vegan option) dinner for all ages will be included. Childcare is provided for young children in the nursery. 

RSVP (appreciated, but not required) to Rachel Schek at Please use our Facebook event to invite friends!

Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk
Join us on Friday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. to mark the turning of the seasons as the days become shorter and the nights longer. Meditate with us on the balance of light and dark in your life, as the seasons change and call us inward. This Fall Equinox celebration will be led by the UU Labyrinth Ministry members.

Contact Carol MacDonald at 862-9037 or  for more info or questions.

Run for JUMP on September 23
Join us for the Annual Run for JUMP! This year the run has set a goal of raising $12,000 to support the work of JUMP. For 28 years JUMP has been assisting families and individuals living in poverty in Chittenden County. JUMP operates an Emergency Drop-In Center in Burlington, providing compassionate care, practical assistance and informed referrals to thousands of children and adults annually.
Run for JUMP is a fun event that includes an open 5K run, a 1K run for kids under 14, and a 1K walk, all on Burlington's waterfront. Become an event sponsor or register as an individual to participate.  
Local businesses donate prizes for the top finishers, top team, age group winners, and youth and adult fundraisers. Every participant will have an opportunity to win terrific raffle prizes.                        
For more information or to volunteer, visit, contact JUMP Director Wanda Hines at 777-3821, or email
Teacher Planning Time
Martha Dallas, Director of Religious Education

Teacher Planning Time -  Sunday September 24:
8:30-9:45:  Meet in the Community Room, then break into classrooms to meet with your team and start planning the year.  Big Blue Trunk occupies kids during that time and during worship as well. 
11:30-12:30:  Martha Dallas will be available in the Community Room for informal Q & A with RE stewards to discuss whatever's on your minds!
Please RSVP to these events using this form,  so that we can plan for enough food and adequate childcare. Thank you!
Children's Choir - Informational Meeting
There will be a brief informal meeting for all parents and kids who are interested in Children's Choir after the service this Sunday, September 24, at 11 a.m.  in the Sanctuary. Jennifer Carpenter, Music Director, will present information on the group, and will be available for questions and input on the vision for what the Children's Choir experience will be this year!

If you can't make the meeting, feel free to email for more information.

Thank you, and hope to see you this Sunday!!

Adult RE Event - Book of Revelation
Sunday, September 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This Bible study will be guided by Jeff Trumbower.
Discuss when and why the New Testament Book of Revelation was written, and look at examples of similar Jewish and Christian texts that survive from around the same time periods.

Theme Circles Update
After just one week of registration, only seven Theme Circle participant openings remain: three for the third Wednesday from 1:30-3:30 p.m., two for the third Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., and two for the third Thursday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Both the Sunday at 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6-8 p.m. groups are full. Thank you one and all for your over-the-top enthusiastic response!
For the three groups mentioned above that still have some room, registration will continue on a first-come, first-served basis for those seven slots. If you were hoping to register for one of the other groups (Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. or Thursday 6-8 p.m.), go ahead and register anyway; we cannot predict whether you will get into your desired group but sometimes people drop out and we will keep wait lists. Please click here to register. Registration will close at the end of the day on September 24. Everyone will hear which group they were assigned to by October 5.

Important: F or those who have registered to date, we ask that you let us know if you have changed your mind about participating because we can then offer your spot to someone else. You can email  to do that.
Lastly, Theme Circles provide wonderful experiences for facilitators and participants alike. If you think you might like to become a facilitator, thorough training and follow-up support are provided (this fall with Andre Mol, spring with Rev. Mara). Having more facilitators would mean we could offer more group times and serve more participants. Again, let us know if you are interested at Registration for our spring term (January-June 2018) will begin in January.
Thank you,
Melinda Lee, Kenneth Russell and Linda Graves
Register for Religious Education
Martha Dallas

Registered kids are safer in our RE programs.  Children and youth who are registered in religious education appear on class rosters, and teachers receive "need to know" information about them from parents. If your children will be participating in any of our  Sunday  programming, please register them online so that you and they can be known to us! And don't forget to click the blue button at the bottom of the form to "Add" each child!  Here's the link.  Thank you!

Fall Worship Service Schedule
Please note that beginning Sunday, October 1, we will go back to our regular two service schedule.  Services will be held at 9 a.m. and 
11 a.m. on Sundays. 
Two Services and RE Classroom Sundays
Martha Dallas

October 1:  This is when it all begins for preschool to 7th grade. At  9:00 a.m.  we offer one multi-age (preschool to 5th grade) Spirit Play group, and at  11:00 a.m.
several groups serve preschool to 7th grade. 

Prompt Pick-Up, Please!
Martha Dallas
As we approach the start of RE classes, a reminder of our dismissal policy:
Children in preschool-3rd grade must be picked up promptly at their classroom when class is over. Children in 4th grade and above may be dismissed by teachers to go find parents.
Classes last about an hour from when children are sung from the Sanctuary. Typically, then, 9:00 RE is over at 10:20 and 11:00 RE is over at 12:20. 
Please be prompt  so that teachers can clean up and leave on time. If you must collect your child before their class is over, please do so with minimum disruption to the group.  Thank you!

Upcoming Adult Religious Education Opportunities
The Story Of Your Life: Writing Your Own Spiritual Autobiography
Sundays 12:30-2:30 p.m. on October 1, 8, 22, and 29, and November 5 and 19
Facilitated by Rodney Lowe and Sally Russell.
Participants will draw, write, and share each other's life experiences while you build a basis for your own Spiritual Autobiography.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven 
Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. on October 16, 23, and 30, and November 6 and 13
"Cakes for the Queen of Heaven" is a woman honoring adult RE curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck. Join Sally Russell in examination of pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. 

For more upcoming events,  click here to download the 2017-18 Adult Religious Education Offerings brochure.

Born on Third Base Book Group
Join Economic Justice Task Force member Gene Bergman and congregant Valerie Wood-Lewis to read and discuss 
Born on Third Base: A One-Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good by Chuck Collins. You may have seen Chuck speak at the Society last year or at General Assembly - He's a voice worth listening to! This 6-week group will read and discuss the book and do extension activities together. Join us!  

Thursdays, from October 19 to November 30 (except Thanksgiving), from 7-8:30. 

Contact  Gene at  with questions or to register. Buy or borrow your copy of the book now, so you're ready!
Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Kindergarten and First Grade
Martha Dallas

We are thrilled to offer this age-appropriate sexuality curriculum for a series of Sundays in January and February! To learn more, contact Martha Dallas:
Help Needed With Meals and Rides to Services
Providing a meal or a ride is a wonderful, easy way to help care for our community at your convenience once or many times.  

You can help in 3 ways:  
1. Sign up to provide meals and/or rides by clicking the meal train links below. (There are two ride links and three meal links.) Just make a little extra of whatever you are having for dinner. 
2. Let the Care Network know of other families in need.
3. Volunteer to be part of the Care Network committee which, among other things, facilitates meal and ride support. 

Your efforts will be greatly appreciated. :-)
On behalf of the Care Network, respectfully, 
Sarah Weber
(802) 373-0197  (Call with any questions.)



Small Group Ministry Invitation
At FUUSB, we have several ways of getting to know one another in groups much smaller than this  large congregation. One is Small Group Ministry. These groups provide a place for us to connect with others, experience community and deepen our spiritual lives. Groups of eight to ten people meet twice a month, generally  at the Meeting House. Presently, one of the eight such groups is open to new members and meets in the late  afternoons on the first and third  Thursdays  of the month. Please let me know if you would like more  information about this group. 
-Barbara Heeter,   

If you would like more information about Small Group Ministry in general or about other group times please 
e-mail Hope Baker-Carr at