Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah
Weekly Newsletter
April 15th, 2018

Worship This Sunday
April 15th, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am
Our worship theme in April is Height

"Changing the Story: Activism & Intersectionality" 
Dr. Jane Rago

Activism today can take many forms and flavors, and it is powerful work. From Black Lives Matter to the #MeToo movement to the more recent March for our Lives, we have powerful stories of how a few people can change the national conversation. And there is an urgency to these stories, a reminder to us all that to live in a democracy means that we need to work on it, cultivate it, nurture it. So how do we do this work of actively standing up and working for justice, equity, and fairness for all? I think as we work to make our world a better place, we must use an intersectional lens​. It means dissolving the boundary between the margin and the center. We must engage with all of our stories, all of the time.

Our Worship Associate will be Susan Daggett
Our Storyteller will be Linda Archinaco
Music by Kelly Blackmarr and the choir.

The Plate Collection will be for Urban Hope.

Also This Sunday
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: RE Adventure with Nancy
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
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RE Reflections
Nancy Arteberry, Director of Religious Education

As we focus on height this month, I am reminded of a funny expression I heard the other day while visiting my mother-in-law at an assistive living facility. I asked an elderly gentleman how he was doing, and he replied, “I’m on the up side of the carrot.” It took a second for the meaning to sink in, and I had a good chuckle. This man was happy to be above the ground . . . still seeing the sun and being nourished by the earth. As long as he is alive, he is still growing and learning.

Throughout our lives, there are so many ways in which we continue to grow. We master mathematical equations, train and strengthen our physical body, and pursue advanced degrees. We learn to understand others better, appreciate the good things in life, and forgive ourselves and others. I see our young people, guided by their religious education teachers, learn to be kind to others and reach out to the community. They are already working toward a more just and equitable society.

Who is helping you grow? Now that I am in the second half of my life – and thankfully still on the up side of the carrot – I seek knowledge from a variety of sources. But UU Church of Savannah is my bedrock. It provides me with a solid foundation from which to explore, reflect, and discuss. It supports me in my search to reach greater and greater heights.

Like the gentleman in the nursing home, I hope you take time to put a smile on a stranger’s face. Know that we all continue to grow and evolve throughout our lives. Like carrots, the longer we live, the stronger and deeper our roots become – allowing us to reach even greater heights. At UU Church of Savannah, we invite you to come and grow with us!
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Worship Next Sunday
April 22nd, 2018, 9:30 and 11:00 am
Our worship theme in April is Height

"Failure and the Good Life" 
Rev. David H. Messner

A philosophy of failing that might come in handy for the ride in front of all of us

Also Next Sunday
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: RE Adventure with Nancy
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: UU101
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
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Look at all the opportunities to be a part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah! 
The Campaign for
UU Savannah 2018-19

On April 1st we kicked off our campaign for the the UU Church for the coming fiscal year. We are a cooperative and rely on the pledges made by every member and friend of the church to keep the ministries going and growing. We have been changing lives inside this congregation and in the larger Savannah community....time to redouble our investment.

By now you should have received a letter and pledge package from our President, Gordon Matthews in the mail. You can use that card and stamped reply envelope or the large golden box in Rahn Hall where you can drop your pledge any time. Or click "PLEDGE" below.

We have the radical goal to complete core campaign entirely in the month of April, so we can make budgeting decisions in May for our congregational meeting the week after Memorial Day. Please don't delay, pledge today.

With a successful campaign we have great possibilities in front of us. 

Social Justice and Action
Chair and contact: Jim Rosch, 
 
Congregations in Service - You can still participate!
April 14-15
Our weekend to gather with ten churches to provide service to the community is this weekend,. If you have signed up for Saturday, meet at the First Presbyterian Church at 520 E Washington Ave. at 8 am.

If you have signed up for Sunday, meet at Mikve Israel at Monterrey Square at 12:30 pm. If you would like to sing at a nursing home or pass out a welcome card at 2 pm this Sunday, contact Jim directly.

Strengthening Families
Our last dinner for Strengthening Families is on Tuesday, April 17th at 5:30 p.m. til about 6:30 p.m. We provide a meal and sides for the families that are in the alternative-to-incarceration program.

Sign up at the engagement table in Rahn Hall or contact Jim Rosch, jimrosch@gmail.com   518-232-1005

CPR/AED Training
Saturday, April 21st, Noon

The CPR/AED (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
Automatic External Defibrillator) class has been set for April 21. The last class got rave reviews from the participants and led to high demand for this second class.

The course will start promptly at noon and will last for four hours. Please register and pay the $34 fee at the link below. Class limit will be twelve.

Questions? - Contact Elmer Schleich at toad99@comcast.net

Pathways

Pathways is the way to become a member of the church. ​We ask everyone seeking to participate as part of this community to take this series, ​It is a ​an important learning and connecting experience.

UU101 - April 22nd, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Minister's Study

Stay tuned for UU201 and UU301 coming in the Spring (slated for May).

Sign up in Rahn Hall, or click here to:
UU Book Club
April 24th , 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall. Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month. 

The UU Book Club reads both fiction and non-fiction, confronting topics like race, religious pluralism, social justice, violence, native peoples, American exceptionalism, health, gender, and the environment. 

“They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement” by Wesley Lowery. Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

If you would like to join us in our readings, but can not attend book club meetings, please sign up for a weekly email. Emails can include short videos, music, articles and links that expand upon the text. You can sign up and drop out of emails anytime. Many of our future books will be available for sale at the UU Bookstore in Rahn Hall. For all things Book Club related, please email Kelsey Buckner at  kelseykate@gmail.com

Kids’ Night Out: A Night of Magic and Wonder
April 27th, 6:00 - 10:00 pm, Phillipa's Place

Parents, mark your calendar for the final Kids’ Night Out of the church year. On Friday, April 27, we will be offering a Night of Magic and Wonder! This special evening will take place from 6:00pm to 10:00pm in Phillippa’s Place. It is open to all children up to 8th grade and is just $20 per child, with $10 per additional child from the same family. We’ll have a magical dinner featuring Presto Pizza and drinkable potion. After magical activities and dinner, the older children will watch a Harry Potter movie and the younger children will watch Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and other magical tales. Sign up now by following the link below. Bring a friend – all are invited to share in the fun!
Religious Education News
Teens to Serve Hope Academy

Our teen group, under the leadership of Kelsey Buckner and Vicki Weeks, has chosen to serve Hope Academy, an organization that provides educational opportunities for adults in Savannah. Specifically, through their Women’s English Club (WEC), our teens have the chance to help Afghani and Iranian refugee women this summer. While the women learn English, our teens provide childcare to their children. Kudos to our teens and leaders for helping these women pursue hope and purpose in their lives.

New Member Spotlight
Allison Rhangos

“I am the mother of three children; Cate (21), Isabella (17) and Alex (14). I am a travel advisor at Four Seasons Travel and have lived in Savannah for the past twenty years. I am grateful to now be a member of the UU Church.”

Welcome Allison, Cate, Isabella and Alex!
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Job Openings

Director of Religious Education
Do you seek an opportunity to serve your faith community as a religious education leader? If you have the right experience and qualifications, this is a chance to join a wonderful staff team and do work that makes a difference in people's lives. Please review the DRE job description below which has information for application to the position. 

Nursery Caregivers
Our nursery is ever-growing! We are seeking part-time childcare assistants to supplement our awesome nursery crew. The right person must be enthusiastic, love babies and toddlers, have childcare experience, and be willing to work Sunday mornings and special events. Please contact Nancy re@uusavannah.org if you are interested or have questions.
Volunteer Opportunities

Greeters
Provide a vital first impression of and welcome to UUCS
These positions for greeters at the early service are open:
  • 2nd Sunday, monthly
  • 4th Sunday, monthly
  • 5th Sunday (4/29, 7/29, 9/30 and 12/30)
Early service greeters arrive at 9:00 AM in order to prepare for the 9:30 service. All early services end no later than 10:30 so there is no conflict for an early service greeter who is in the choir. If you are interested in this opportunity to greet and welcome our members and newcomers to our church talk to our 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.

Campaign Team
Our Annual Campaign for the church takes place in April. If you would be willing to be a part of this awesome team, willing to reach-out to make our 30 day Campaign goal a reality, please send a note to admin@uusavannah.org .

Greeting from Budapest!
Reverend Ilona Szent-Ivanyi

On behalf of your partner Church in Budapest (Pestszentlőrinc) we all wish you a Happy Easter! We have had a long and cold winter with lot of snow and rain, spring has not come yet, but we have hopes. This is a special year for us celebrating the 450th anniversary of our foundation. In March we had an excellent conference organised in the House of Parliament memorating our history. We also hope that your church life is flourishing and have beautiful services. How is spring in Savannah? We wish you all the very best. 

God’s blessings, Ilona.
WRUU Spotlight
Tunes and Brews Party
Southbound Brewing
April 28th, 6 – 10 pm.

Savannah Soundings has found its place online and at 107.5 FM , and now it's time to ensure we can bring you the community radio you love every day! All the money raised at this event will go towards keeping WRUU on the air. 

Rock out to local bands & DJ's:
Clay Hodges, Josephine Johnson, and Nancy Druid, C Powers, Dead Neighbors, and Teen Divorce

All your favorite Southbound drafts will be available for you to purchase! Grilled food will be available for purchase, as well! Get your ticket now, and help Savannah Soundings continue to bringyou the best community radio on 107.5fm!

Note: This party is 21+. No outside food or beverages, please.

Tickets - $20 ($15 student) on Eventbrite (click below) and at the door.

Listen here: WRUU.org

SUUSI 2018

Connect and build community with UUs from across the Southeast in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina July 15-21, 2018. Registration opens 4/1.
Here's the link for more info:
Good Things Last Week
Family Promise

The week of Family Promise was a big success. It seems to work the same way every year. Rose and her baby are very close to getting a permanent place to stay and a job that looks very promising. Thanks to all for being the bridge between homelessness and housing for your neighbors.
Seeing Our Racial Selves Through Film

The meaningful conversation continued last Saturday. Just one more - Get Out on June 9th.

All Music Sunday


High attendance means that lots of folks got to enjoy great music from members and friends, who clearly enjoyed performing.





Mark Your Calendars

Sunday April 15th
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: RE Adventure with Nancy
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Monday, April 16th
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: WRUU Executive Task Force
Tuesday, April 17th
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm: 3rd Tuesday Covenant Group, Phillippa's Place
Wednesday, April 18th
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Qigong Practice, Rahn Hall
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Adult Choir Practice, Sanctuary
Thursday, April 19th
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Saturday, April 21st
  • Noon - 4:00 pm: CPR/AED Class Rahn Hall
Sunday April 22nd
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: RE Adventure with Nancy
  • 9:30 - 11:00 am: Service and Fellowship
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Service and Fellowship
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm: UU101
  • 12:40 - 1:10 pm: Youth Choir Practice, Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
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Minister and Staff

Minister
917-664-4027

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
912-713-7975

N ancy Arteberry
Director of Religious Education
912 549-0326


Alan Kindler
Office Administrator
912-549-0326

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

Marc Coulombe
Sexton
912-549-0326

Maria Martinez
Bookkeeper
912-549-0326
Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah
311 East Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401
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