The Newsletter September 2017    
           


  


Music Notes

The NUUC Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday, September 10 at 9 AM. Current and prospective members should see Music Director Marlene Hartzler for a folder of music. Please take a look at the first anthem because the choir will be performing for Ingathering. An email
to all current members was sent this week. If you did not receive the message and would like to be included in the list, please email Marlene at marlenehartzler@gmail.com

New members are always welcome in the NUUC Choir. The beginning of our season is an excellent time to jump in. Prospective singers should be able to read music and have prior singing experience. We rehearse once a week on Sunday mornings (no mid-week practice!), and we perform a variety of repertoire throughout the church year. Simply show up for the first rehearsal or contact Marlene for more info.

Vocal Resistance, the Central
Ohio social justice choir, continues to rehearse at NUUC. Their goal is to promote justice, empathy, and peace through music. Vocal Resistance performs for rallies, marches, town hall events, flash mobs, and they are planning a benefit concert. Follow them on Facebook at "Vocal Resistance" and connect online: www.vocalresistance.org


Building the Spirit Lay Leadership Retreat
The Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is offering a special spiritual deepening retreat for our lay leaders this Fall. 

This retreat explores and enhances the spiritual base of lay leadership in Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities. It is based on an intentional method of coming together with others, under the guidance of trained facilitator, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman, through practices and principles referred to as Circles of Trust.

The retreat encourages lay leaders to explore and expand their own inner potential for leadership through considering the meaning and purpose of leadership, building trusting relationships through deep listening and reflection, learning to lead in times of challenge and paradox, and sustaining leadership for the long haul.  This is not a retreat to learn more or better techniques for running effective meetings. It is not aimed at teaching leadership management. Instead, it is a retreat to explore the spiritual grounding of leadership and the potential of leaders to strengthen trust between themselves and the people they serve, so to expand and sustain faithfulness to the mission of their communities.

The retreat will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00pm  through Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:00pm in Vermillion, Ohio  (Retreat Center is on Lake Erie!)  Cost:  $300 (includes meals and dorm-style lodging)


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Our Theme this month in Worship and Religious Education is Worth

We celebrate Ingathering,  the start of the new church year on Sunday, September 10 with an intergenerational worship service.  This year, we are adopting some changes to the water celebration. You are still invited to bring a vial or water to the service that reflects your summer experience, and we will mingle those waters.  But this year, instead of sharing the location from which you collected your water, you will be invited to cast a pebble into the waters that reflects and sets your intentions for the year ahead. Also, expect an exciting joint announcement from the Board and the Steering Committee.  The new Religious Education program year starts on September 17.  

After worship on September 10, join us for a special sheetcake/balloon celebration in Fellowship Hall.  
Social Justice News
 
LOOSE CHANGE OFFERING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017:   Our Loose Change Offering for September will be donated to the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' (CIW) Fair Food Program.  "The CIW is a unique partnership among farmers, farmworkers, and retail food companies that ensures humane wages and working conditions for the workers who pick fruits and vegetables on participating farms. It harnesses the power of consumer demand to give farmworkers a voice in the decisions that affect their lives, and to eliminate the longstanding abuses that have plagued agriculture for generations. The Program has been called "the best workplace-monitoring program" in the US in the New York Times, and 'one of the great human rights success stories of our day' in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the United Nations to the White House."  On Sunday, September 17th, one of CIW farm workers will speak about the Fair Food program during our worship service.    

INTERFAITH ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OHIO (IACO) Helping Central Ohio Homeless: Join representatives from other faith communities to help serve meals at the Van Buren Shelter, 595 Van Buren Drive, Columbus, 43223, from 5:30 PM (introduction and tour) to 7:45 PM on Sunday, September 24th. If you are interested in joining the other IACO members who are volunteering, please contact Michael Greenman, Moderator of the IACO Social Justice Task Force, at  mgreenmanoh@gmail.com . For more information, see the SAC bulletin board or ask Pam Patsch.
 
UUJO ANNUAL JUSTICE ASSEMBLY 2017: "Strength for the Journey: Expanding Our Skills, Engaging Our Spirits", Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10 am - 4 pm at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), 3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH  43015.Registration is on a sliding scale from $25 to $60, and includes lunch.  Keynote - "Resistance!: The Holy No!" - Revs. Mel Hoover and Rose Edington.  Workshops include presentations by Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie and Rev. Joan Van Becelaere.  For more information see the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall or visit the UUJO website at https://www.uujo.org/# .  
 
UUSC FAIR TRADE COFFEE:  Shop for delicious Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate after the service on Sunday, September 10, 2017.  Your purchase of Fair Trade products means that workers along the supply chain are provided a living wage.  The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) supports a number of worker-owned, local producers who are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers' rights.  Making consumer choices that are aligned with our UU Principles is one way to help create a more just world community

REPURPOSING PLASTIC BAGS: Sometimes we forget to bring our reusable bags to the store and end up with plastic bags.  Now you can donate your plastic bags to the Ohio Reformatory for Women where inmates are making sleeping mats for homeless people. The Vineyard, a Columbus church, distributes the mats to homeless people living in camps through its urban ministry program. Crocheting the mats gives the women purpose and meaningful activity by teaching them they can take care of someone else and the Earth.  You can leave your plastic bags in the designated bin next to the office in Fellowship Hall.

DONATING YARN AND SCRAPS OF MATERIAL FOR PROJECT LINUS: Some of the women in Horizon are working on service projects including knitting or crocheting items for charitable groups or making quilts and children's clothes.   They greatly appreciate donations of yarn, scraps of material, or patterns that you no longer need.  


Treasurer's Report - July 2017

Roots & Wings balance as of July 31, 2017....$20,080.00. The board has approved up to $10k for architecture fees to be paid from this fund.

July Loose Change Collection - Delaware County Juvenile Probation School Supplies.....$371.13

Financial Snapshot thru July 31, 2017:

Pledges and Other Revenues
YTD Actual 113,173.62  YTD Budget 100,614.17 
Difference 12,559.45

Expenses
YTD Actual 97,059.19   YTD Budget 101,030.55
Difference 3,971.36

Net Income (Loss)
YTD Actual 16,114.43 YTD Budget -416.38
Difference 16,530.81

If you have any questions about the financials, please send an email to Treasurer@nuuc.org. 

Diane Conley, Treasurer