THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH OF SAVANNAH
Weekly Newsletter 
May 21, 2017
In This Issue
Minister and Staff

Minister
917-664-4027

Director of Music
912-713-7975

Nancy Arteberry
Director of Religious Education
912-234-0980

Office Administrator
912-234-0980 

Marc Coulombe
Sexton
912-234-0980 
Maria Martinez
Bookkeeper
912-234-0980

Board of Trustees

 

Abby Powell

President

president@uusavannah.org 

 

Gordon Matthews

Vice President/President-Elect

 

Robin Lonscak

Treasurer

 

Margaret Hall

Secretary of the Board

 

Jessica Leavitt

Trustee At Large

 

Judy Saucerman

Trustee At Large

 

John Cook

Trustee At Large

Hours and
Deadlines
 
Minister's Office Hours 
next week:
Sunday 12:30 - 2:30 pm

Rev. Dave will be on Study Leave until May 22nd
In case of emergency, please contact him directly at 
917-664-4027 

Pastoral care requests can be sent to the team at any time to: pastoralcare@uusavannah.org

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Worship This Sunday
May 21, 2017
9:30 and 11:00 am

"Ecotheology"
Dr. Luke Higgins

Thinking deeply about the natural world.

Dr. Luke Higgins is a member of the congregation and holds a doctorate in Philosophy. He teaches in the Languages, Literature, and Philosophy Department at Armstrong State University.

Rev. Dave will serve as our Worship Associate. Our Storyteller will be Jean Iaderosa.

Children and Youth will attend Religious Education classes. In the early service, children may stay in worship or can attend our all-ages religious education adventure for the entire hour which is led by Nancy Arteberry, our Director of Religious Education. In the late service, children begin in worship and depart for their regular classes (divided in age groups) after the story for all ages. The nursery will be available during both services.

RE Reflections
Nancy Arteberry, RE Director

As children and teachers throughout Savannah celebrate the end of another school year, so too do the children and teachers of our religious education program. We have had a wonderful year learning all about our UU heritage while serving the church and our wider community. I am so proud of what we have created for our children - a community where they can safely express their thoughts and opinions while exploring their faith.
While this has been a year of changes both inside and outside of church, I have tried to uphold certain RE traditions in order for the children and parents to feel a sense of connection and home. Among these traditions were our kick-off pool party, classroom clean-up and pizza party,  Kids' Nights Out, book sale, YouthCon at The Mountain, Service Sundays, MLK march, and Mother's Day tradition.

I hope you are planning to join us on May 28 for RE Sunday. The children have spent the year learning all about Unitarian Universalism, and they are excited to share their knowledge with you. We will be featured in both services this year, with our youngest students presenting in the early service and our pre-teens and teens presenting in the late. During the late service, we will also have a Coming of Age ceremony for three of our teens. All three girls have been active participants in our RE program for many years. They will read their credos to the congregation, and their parents will honor them with personal words. This is always a beautiful ceremony. Bring your tissue!

While we celebrate the end of the church year, we also look forward to the summer. Beginning in June, we will return to one service for the duration of June and July. We have chosen a fun RE curriculum for the children this summer:  "Let the Force Be With You" -- a new curriculum that intertwines the wisdom of Star Wars with UU beliefs and principles. All ages will be combined in a one-room schoolhouse format.

As we scurry through these last few weeks of the church year and the school year, try and visualize the long, lazy days of summer. Know that we will be there to provide a cool and calm respite for body and soul!

In Peace,
Nancy

Worship Next Sunday
May 28, 2017
9:30 and 11:00 am

Religious Education and Coming of Age Sunday

This Sunday is the culminating event of the RE year and the children are the stars! They will be sharing what they have learned this year, and you will not want to miss it! RE Sunday promises to be upbeat, informative, fun, and poignant. 

Children in the Pre-K-5th grade classes will present in the 9:30 am service and our 11 am service will include the Coming of Age ceremony, honoring Lillian Soucy, Liza Malcolm, and Lian Stastny. 

Rev. Dave will kick off the celebration and Nancy Arteberry will lead the service with our teachers.  Danielle Alexander will serve as our  Worship Associate.

Children and Youth will participate in full worship service. The nursery will be available during both services.

Also this Sunday:
  • 1:00 pm: Short-n-Sweets Concert: UU Talent Showcase (in the Sanctuary)
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting (in Phillippa's Place)
Welcome Our New UU Staff!
 
We are delighted to welcome church member Alan Kindler to our staff. Alan will be serving as our new part-time Office Administrator, starting June 1st. 

From Alan: "I am honored and thrilled to accept the position of Office Administrator at UUCS. Rev Dave has defined the position as one in which to communicate, connect and catalyze. Borrowing a metaphor from my time in the construction industry, I'd like to think of it as being part of the team of both staff and member volunteers who are building the house of worship. Vital parts of the structure are underground or inside the walls, and there's always some remodeling going on, but all the while we have a place together to shelter from the storm, to share sustenance, and to grow community. I've got my tool belt strapped on and I'm ready to get to work with you."

Campaign for UUCS!
Getting Closer!
 
We are now working to conclude our annual pledge campaign for the church. We are so grateful for everyone who has already submitted their pledges and for the great generosity they reflect.
  • To date, we have received pledges totalling: $202,460
  • This represents 66% of our pledge units (individuals and households) responding.
  • The average pledge so far is approximately $1,500 and the median (middle) is approximately $700.
  • We need the outstanding pledges to be made now in order to reach our goal and to be able to cover our commitments for the coming year.
  • If you have not yet pledged, please do so now so we can begin all the exciting planning for the coming year! You can pledge right on-line: http://www.uusavannah.org/pledge
In the coming days, we will try to contact everyone we haven't heard from personally. If you would like to volunteer to be part of this team please let Paul know.  If you would like to discuss pledging please don't hesitate to reach out to our Campaign leader, Paul Kurmas (pkurmas@icloud.com) or Rev. Dave (revdave@uusavannah.org).

If you are experiencing financial distress such that you are unable to pledge at this time, please confidentially contact Rev. Dave who will be happy to record a ministerial waiver, so the pledge team will not contact you further in this campaign.  The church exists and thrives because of you! Let's keep investing in our church together!
 
UUA Congregational Life
with Rev. Dawn Cooley
May 19, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, 
Rahn Hall

UUA Congregational Life Staff consultant Rev. Dawn Cooley will be visiting us for tea and conversation. Rev. Cooley is passionate about helping congregations adapt to the changing cultural religious landscape. After seven years as the minister of First Unitarian Church in Louisville, KY, she joined the staff of the Southern Region of the UUA. She has blogged about her experiences and observations at 

Please join us for refreshments and friendly conversation about the life and future of our larger church community.

Annual UU Talent Show!
May 28, 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Please note the new date! More time to get ready!
 
This is an annual tradition of sharing our musical gifts with one another! To get ready, there will be informal (and very gentle) auditions on Sunday, May 21 after church from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. If you have questions in advance, please contact our Music Director, Kelly Carlile ( music@uusavannah.org)

UU Book Club
Reading for Revolution: James Baldwin's
Notes of a Native Son
Tuesdays, May 30, June 6, June 13
6:00 - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall
 
Join us for our latest UU Book Club! Continuing our community discussion of race and equality,  James  Baldwin 's first book of essays,  Notes of a Native Son , boldly addresses the realities of being black in America and abroad in the first half of the 20th century.  Baldwin 's essays are alive with the outrage, passion, and desire for self-reflective revolution that embody a national call to action. Our three part group discussion will be supplemented by historic interviews, news articles, and music. 

Support the church by purchasing copies of  Notes of a Native Son  at our bookstore in Rahn Hall. 

Contact Kelsey Buckner at  kelseykate@gmail.com  for more information and to pre-register. 

Our Local Pilgrimage
June 3,  10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Those who heard Rev. Dave's first sermon in May have been primed to think about pilgrimage
as a collective spiritual practice. Dave has been working on an adult spiritual development project on Creative Models of UU/Interfaith Pilgrimage.

In the first pilot of this project a group of "pilgrims" from our congregation (and from other religious communities with whom we are in relationship) will journey around a circuit of places in Savannah which have collective spiritual importance.

We will start and end at the church. Lunch will be provided.

If you would like to be in on the beginning of this exciting new project please send a note to Rev Dave ( revdave@uusavannah.org)  Please include any dietary and mobility restrictions or preferences. All ages welcome. There will be no cost.
Volunteer Opportunity

Currently we have need for Hospitality Volunteers!

Our Hospitality Leader Roberta Hopkins welcomes any volunteer assistance for regular, weekly events or special events. 

To express your interest, please send a note to admin@uusavannah.org

Furtado Show Rocks Savannah
 
Everyone had a wonderful time at the Tony Furtado Benefit Concert for WRUU! Thanks for all who worked to make the show happen and all who came out to enjoy musical fellowship together. A special thanks to Tony for sharing his talents - looking forward to doing it again next year! 

Mark Your Calendars for the Coming Weeks

Thursday, May 18
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:30 pm, Rahn Hall
  • True Colors AA Meeting, 7:30 pm, Phillippa's Place
Friday, May 19
  • Music Alliance Meeting, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm, Library
  • Congregational Life Conversation, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Rahn Hall
Sunday, May 21
  • Early Worship Service, 9:30 am 
  • Late Worship Service, 11:00 am 
  • Inner City Night Shelter, 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Rahn Hall 
  • True Colors AA Meeting, 7:30 pm, Phillippa's Place
Wednesday, May 24
  • Qi Gong Practice, 11:00 am, Rahn Hall
  • Fourth Wednesday Covenant Group, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, Rahn Hall
  • Choir and Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal, 6:00 pm, Sanctuary
Thursday, May 25
  • UUCS Savannah Soundings Radio Team Mtg, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall
  • True Colors AA meeting, 7:30 pm, Phillippa's Place