Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah
Weekly Newsletter
June 10th, 2018

Worship This Sunday
June 10th, 2018, 11:00 am
Our worship theme in June is Depth

Getting In Over Your Head
Rev. David H. Messner

This will be Friend, Pie or Poem Sunday - Bring one or more of those things to make the community grow (in one way or another). Friends will be introduced in the service. Pies and Poems will be shared in the fellowship hour after!

This will also be New Member and Senior Bridging Sunday!

Also This Sunday
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Second Sunday Covenant Group, Phillippa's Place
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Second Sunday Covenant Group, Bldg 1 Parlor
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Short and Sweet Concert, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Music Notes
Kelly Blackmarr, Director of Music

Greetings, fellow congregants and music lovers. Our music director Kelly Blackmarr will be away from June 24th through August 12th, but never fear, you will be in superb hands with our summer pianist, Benjamin Warsaw!
Dr. Benjamin Warsaw ( benjaminwarsaw.com ) is a classical pianist, composer, teacher, and accompanist, and has performed numerous solo and ensemble concerts throughout North America.  Recent concert highlights include, Schwartz Center, Emory University, Atlanta, GA; Yamaha Hall and Haydn Birthplace, Vienna, Austria; O’Shaughnessy Theatre, Minneapolis, MN; JFK Birthplace, Boston, MA; and performed original compositions for President Carter during a live broadcast at the Carter Center. Click for the full bio.

Worship Next Sunday
June 17th, 2018, 11:00 am
Our worship theme in June is Depth

"Live Deep, Go Lightly"
Rev. David H. Messner

Plunging into that cold clear river with both feet--down, down under, and swimming like a fish! Launching gently from the edge and drifting buoyantly on the surface...
Come on now, which is it, the key to a life well lived?

Also Next Sunday
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: UU101 Minister's Study
  • 4:15 - 5:15 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St.
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
How deep are your roots?
What seeds are you planting?
What is your growing edge?
Religious Education
Harry Potter and UU

Attention, wizards and muggles! Our Summer Sunday school began on June 3rd, kicking off our “Harry and UU” curriculum, which focuses on social justice through a Harry Potter lens. Topics will include herbology, arithmancy, caring for magical creatures, and more. Children from ages 3 to 18 will be combined in the style of a one-room schoolhouse. As a special bonus, children who attend six of nine summer sessions will receive a distinct and superior “Wizard Wand” upon completion of the program. Come and be part of the magic this summer! It's not too late to join!

Contact Nancy Arteberry: re@uusavannah.org

New Member Sunday
June 10

JOINING SUNDAY will be June 10th! If you have completed the membership classes and are ready to join the church please let Rev. Dave know at revdave@uusavannah.org.

Please note we have a special "fast track" process for those raised in the church (now 16 or older) or transferring from other UU congregation. Ask if you are in one of these groups!

And for those needing classes:
  • UU101 - June 17th, 12:30 pm, Minister's Study
  • UU201 and UU301 will resume in October

Sign up in Rahn Hall or email Rev. Dave

Social Justice and Action

Moms Demand Action - Public showings of The Georgia Peach Quilt in our Church Sanctuary
Friday, June 8, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, June 9, 3:00-4:00 pm

Using fabric donated by mothers across the country, each quilt contains at least one block composed of meaningful fabric from a victim or survivor of gun violence.

Two of our church members were involved in the making of the squares from Savannah. Judy Saucerman contributed her knowledge and beautiful quilt making skills to all of the squares donated from Savannah, Louise Frazier helped cut out the squares, including the square donated by Emily Pickels family. Emily was one of the gun violence victims and the best friend of Amy Kraft, who sings in our choir. 

This quilt will grace the Sanctuary until Sunday, June 17th, when it moves to the LGBT Center for the remainder of June.

Social Justice meeting
June 13th, 6 pm, Rahn Hall

You, yes you , are invited to come to this meeting and share your ideas of how we can put our principles into action. For an agenda prior to the meeting or to make suggestions even if you can't attend, contact Jim Rosch at jimrosch@gmail.com

Inner City Night Shelter
Sunday, June 17th, 4:15 - 5:15 pm.

Are you hungry to help? Volunteer to make sandwiches or soup for the homeless at the Inner City Night Shelter. These can be made in advance and delivered after church or you can staff the serving line and meet the folks who are receiving your kindness and compassion.

Seeing Our Racial Selves Through Film
June 9th, Noon - 3:30 pm: Rahn Hall
Moderated by Dorothy Holmes

The film  Get Out   is particularly timely in our current circumstance of racial disturbance. Consider, for example, the numerous instances of late in which whites have called police to "arrest" Black or other racially different folks -- e.g., at a Starbucks in Philly, in a common room at Yale, at an Airbnb in California, at a college campus in which Native Americans were detained and missed their college tour in Colorado. 

Many thanks to all who have participated in this church year's adult spiritual development project of learning about our racial selves through sharing the experience of viewing and processing films on race (and class). Participation in this project has taken courage and perseverance. Personally, I am very encouraged by what we are doing in terms of helping ourselves gain more understanding of the fact that racism and other "isms" continue to plague us. I also hope that our participation in this project will help us to be more attuned to and prepared to, address the ongoing and persistent expressions of the "isms" among us, everywhere, every day -- a tall order to be sure!

Please note that this is an adult spiritual development event and the content of this family may not be suitable for younger viewers.

So we can make sure there are enough refreshments, please notify Dorothy Holmes that you are coming at crescent@gwu.edu
Short and Sweet Concert
Afternoon in Paris
June 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Sanctuary

Soprano Rebecca Flaherty and pianist Kelly Blackmarr present an early afternoon concert of French parlor music featuring works by Debussy, Gounot, Poulenc, Bizet and others

Admission - $10 at the door
Bagels and Bible
June 13th, 9:30 am
Study Group with Rev. Dave

Our reading and discussion will begin promptly at 10am and conclude by 11. We will be following a structured format in which we will undertake both a serious and reflective reading of the texts. We may read very small amounts of text in one meeting! I will be there from 9:30 am, each day and you are welcome to come early as well so we can all have a chance to get food before the meeting starts.

THE BAGELS AND BIBLE GROUP : NEXT MEETING will be WEDNESDAY June 13th, Gather from 9:30-10 am, begin 10 sharp.
  • The first three months, we’ll begin with the Book of Genesis from the Hebrew Bible. This is such rich text to explore the nature of creation, cosmology, and humanness and the foundations of social ethics together.
  • The text selection for this month will be the narrative of Cain and Abel.
Reading and engaging words together can be a powerful experience. Drop me a note and let me know if you are coming for sure or would like to work with me on facilitating the group ( revdave@uusavannah.com ). Although drop-ins are welcome, it helps me plan when I know who and how many to expect.

Just for fun and purposes of physical sustenance, the location for the group will be the Midtown Deli & Bagel Shop located in Chatham  Plaza at  7805 Abercorn St #18, Savannah, GA 31406 .
UU General Assembly
June 20-24, Kansas City
From Orlando Montoya, Denominational Affairs:

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the national body of which UUCS is a member congregation. 

This year’s theme is “All Are Called”.  Other highlights include numerous worship services and workshops, many available off-site. I will be attending GA in person again this year. Anyone interested in participating in GA in any way please contact me at (912) 308-2952.
SUUSI 2018
July 15-21, Cullowhee, NC

Connect and build community with UUs and their families from across the Southeast in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina July 15-21, 2018.
This is the largest gathering of UUs outside of General Assembly and the kids especially love it!
Registration is open!
Here's the link for more info:
Volunteer Opportunities

Provide a vital first impression of and welcome to UUCS
Contact Greeter Coordinator - Bill Hoffman, bill.bhoffman@gmail.com  or sign up in Rahn Hall.

Book Store Staff
This is an opportunity to support both UUCS and congregants by connecting seekers with wisdom. Your creative approach to making the Book Store vibrant, vital and valuable is welcome. Email admin@uusavannah.org for more information.
Member Connections

Are there any members of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the congregation? Contact Claudia Scarbrough at ccscarbrough@windstream.net She'd like to connect!

See other recent connections here:
Let's energize Member Connections! If you've got something to sell, need an apartment, have questions about how Savannah works, want a jogging buddy, or are looking for referrals for services this is the place to easily reach your church friends. Send your items to Alan at admin@uusavannah.org
Good Things This Week
Annual UU Picnic at Skidaway State Park

Fifty or so folks enjoyed grilled meats and veggies prepared by Rev Dave and a crew including Benjamin Curran (at right). Every variety of watermelon or pasta salad was devoured along with the many other sides brought by generous picnic-ers. The first annual multi-generational kickball tournament was played. Many hands made light work of the cleanup. On Sunday morning many reported still being full of the wonderful fare from the day before.
Mark Your Calendars

Sunday, June 10th
  • 9:00 - 10:30 am: Second Sunday Covenant Group, Phillippa's Place
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Second Sunday Covenant Group, Bldg 1 Parlor
  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Short and Sweet Concert, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Tuesday, June 12th
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm: UU Book Club, Rahn Hall
Wednesday, June 13th
  • 9:30 - 211:00 am: Bagels and Bibles, Midtown Deli
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Qigong Practice, Rahn Hall
  • 4:30 - 6:00 pm: Executive Committee Meeting, Rahn Hall
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Adult Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: Social Justice and Action Committee, Rahn Hall
Thursday, June 14th
  • 6:00 -0 7:30 pm: Board of Trustees Meeting, Rahn Hall
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Saturday, June 16th
  • 9:00 - Noon: Savannah InterFaith Pilgrimage Day
Sunday, June 17th
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: UU101 Minister's Study
  • 4:15 - 5:15 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St.
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Minister and Staff


Office Hours
Sun 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Mon - Day Off
Tue - Writing Day
Wed 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Thu 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Director of Music

N ancy Arteberry
Director of Religious Education
912 549-0326

Alan Kindler
Office Administrator

Office Hours
Sun 8:00 - 11:00 am
Mon/Wed/Fri 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Marc Coulombe

Maria Martinez
Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah
311 East Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401
Please visit the website for more information.