Weekly Newsletter 
November 12 , 2017
In This Issue
Minister and Staff


Office Hours
Rev Dave will be unavailable for office hours this week.

Director of Music

Nancy Arteberry
Director of Religious Education

Alan Kindler
Office Administrator

Office Hours
Sun 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Mon/Wed/Fri 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Marc Coulombe
Maria Martinez

Gordon Matthews

Jessica Leavitt
Vice President/President-Elect

Robin Lonscak

Margaret Hall
Secretary of the Board

John Cook
Trustee At Large

Erin Roma
Trustee At Large

Bill Rolfes
Trustee At Large
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Worship This Sunday
November 12, 2017, 9:30 and 11:00 am

"Wanting What We Can't Have"
Rev. David H. Messner

What do we do with all of our wanting of the unattainable, unreachable and irrational? Is there more good to be had than simply "growing out of it?"

Also Sunday:
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Covenant Groups, various rooms
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Sounds and Spirits Concert Series, Rahn Hall & Sanctuary
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Music Notes 
Kelly Blackmarr, Director of Music

I always get nostalgic in autumn.  So I've been thinking about my almost quarter decade as music director for - and as part of the family of - this amazing congregation of liberals.  

As the years have passed, I have become increasingly proud of and grateful for my affiliation with this lovely group of people who strive to make the world a better place. It is the one endeavor in my life I have stuck with the longest - the place I have taken root and been given the freedom to grow as a human being, a divine being, a musician, a mother, a community member, an imperfect person who is unconditionally loved by this beautiful collection of forgiving souls.

I have grown up here, with the help of many wise ministers (6 to be exact), though I don't profess to be ever completely grown up - what a bore that would be! And the music ministry seems to have grown up with me, from a ten-person choir to a host of programs and concerts that engage not only every age person in our congregation but also invites the wider coastal and low country community to join us, to see what we're all about, to join in the happy endeavor of bringing the world into better relationship with itself through music.   

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your support of the music ministry and of me as a beloved member of the congregation.  Happy autumn!

In Harmony,

Worship Next Sunday
November 19, 2017, 
9:30 and 11:00 am

Rabbi Rachel Bregman

Also Next Sunday:
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Covenant Groups
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St.
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
UU Music Sponsor Raffle Winners!

The winning raffle tickets were drawn prior to the Les Taylor Concert and the winners are:
  • Dinner for 2 at Elizabeth's: Bill and Freda Smith
  • Weekend Rental of Tybee Condo: Alison Niebanck
  • Redesign of Kitchen or Bathroom: Tom and Laura Potts-Wirht
The Music Alliance would like to thank all those who generously purchased music sponsorships which this year totaled $5250.

Judy Dinehart,  Music Alliance Chair

Look at all the opportunities to be a part of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah!

They are good and good for you.

Yoga and Meditation Group
Two weeks left: Nov. 9th and 17th
Led by Sara Breyfogle, yoga teacher and music therapist

Fridays 6:00 - 7:30pm, Phillippa's Place (in one of our buildings just behind the church) Together in this group, we will share in the special practice of yoga: move on the mat through simple yoga poses, learn breathing practices, chant ancient Sanskrit mantras, and delve into meditation. As a group we will come together in sangha, or togetherness, to cultivate spiritual awareness.

There are now two more openings for this group! Sign up on the website:  Yoga and Meditation Group

UU Auction!
November 11, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00  pm
Rahn Hall & Sanctuary

The Live Event featuring Potluck, Casino Night, and a Live Auction will be held on 
Saturday, November 11, starting at 5pm.

The Potluck/Casino Night/Live Auction is Saturday, November 11 from 5 to 8 pm.
The potluck is entirely free. Free babysitting will be provided.  For the potluck, please bring a dish of your choice and/or beverages.

For an admission fee of $5 at the door you will receive 5 tickets to use in the Casino Night, a bidder number for the Live Auction, and a token to vote on the "Most Charming Baby".   Special Tip: If you buy your admission online through the  "Order Tickets" button on,  you will get 7 casino gambling tickets instead of 5.

In addition to the 5 tickets (or 7 online!) you can purchase more casino tickets if you desire. You will have the chance to win additional tickets by Playing Plinko, Flipping a Coin With Denise, or Beating the Odds in a simple Dice Game. The more tickets you win, the more chances you will have at five super prizes. You will write your name on your tickets, then deposit them in a container in front of the super prizes of your choice. The winner will be drawn for each super prize at the end of the potluck. The super prizes are, get this, Three Bottles of Wine donated by Smith Bros. Butcher Shop, an Aveda gift box donated by Salon Tribe, a basketful of handy 3M Products including tapes, post it notes, sanding sponges, etc, a UU Book Store Healing Basket, and a Surprise Bag.

Remember, the winner of the Most Charming Baby contest will receive 10 extra tickets that can go toward those super prizes.

The Live Auction:
Our famous members, Martha Weaver and John Iaderosa have volunteered to be our Auctioneers. Join Martha and John and your Auction Team in support of our Unitarian Universalist Church on Troup Square.

So, get online NOW and plan to attend the potluck/casino/live auction on Saturday, November 11 at 5 pm.

Pathways Classes - UU 301
Saturday, November 11th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Attend  Pathways, even if you haven't been to UU101, to become a member of the church. It's a good learning and connecting experience.  UU201 is focused on engagement in the life of the church and UU301 explores belonging and membership. 

For information or to register please contact: Rev Dave  or  Jessica Leavitt  
You may also register here: Pathways
UU Sounds and Spirits Concert Series 

The first event is November 12th!  Genius Born, 1685: Works of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti - Sunday. Nov 12, 4:00 pm. Then:
  • Uncommon Collective: Inspiring Measures - Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:00 pm
  • This Time the Dream's On Me: Songs of Mercer and Arlen - Sunday, Jan 21, 2018, 4:00pm
  • Classical, With a Twist: Rags, Waltzes, and Modern Music -  Saturday, Feb 3, 2018, 7:00pm
  • Divas Are Forever: It's Complicated - Sunday, Mar 4, 2018, 4:00pm
  • All About the Blues  - Saturday, Apr 14, 2018, 7:00pm
  • Women's Work - Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:00pm
UU Book Club
November 14, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Rahn Hall
Second and Fourth Tuesdays of every month.  

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

Join the UU Book Club this November as we read our newest selection, "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz. In this narrative history, Dunbar-Ortiz challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against indigenous peoples was designed to seize the territories of original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them, and how these acts were praised in popular culture as well as the highest offices of government. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative. Copies of the book are available at the UU Book Store in Rahn Hall. 

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

In December the UU book group has chosen to read: Centering: Navigating Race, Power and Authenticity in Ministry .  If you would like to order your copy from our Church bookstore, please let Caroline Hopkinson know, either e-mail her at  or stop by the bookstore and sign up for the group purchase (profits from sales benefit the Church's operating fund.)

Documentary: More Than A Word
November 18th, 6:00 pm, Rahn Hall
Host: Clint Tawes

More Than A Word, by filmmakers John and Ken Little, analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.  After the screening, viewers are encouraged to stay to discuss the issues addressed in the film.     More information can be found at the website

Inner City Night Shelter Seeking Help

There is still a need for helping people who do not have enough food every day at the Inner City Night Shelter. You can do your part to relieve hunger in the city for those people who are homeless and without an income. Join us on the Third Sunday of the month, Nov. 19th, to provide sandwiches and soup to the homeless and serve the meal. 4:00 pm at 124 Arnold St.  Sign up at the Social Justice Bulletin Board by the kitchen in Rahn Hall or call Jim Rosch at  518-232-1005 or
Awaken to the Truth of Deep Presence
with Francis Bennett
Dec 2nd and 3rd, 2:00 - 6:00 pm both days
An Adult RE opportunity

Francis Bennett, spiritual teacher and author of the book, I Am That I Am, was a practicing Trappist and Buddhist monk for over thirty years.  During that time, in 2010, she experienced "a radical perceptual shift in consciousness," in which she discovered the abiding presence of spacious, pure awareness.

In this two-day event, Francis will guide us through the stages of awakening and describe how the practices of meditation, surrender and service give rise to those stages and ultimately bring us to a deep, abiding life of awakened consciousness.

Admission: $100 for 2 days, $65 for one.
Seeing our Racial Selves Through Film Discussion Group
The next screening: Moonlight - December 9
Rev. Dave will facilitate this screening. 

Adult Religious Education Opportunity    
Series Led by Dr. Dorothy Holmes
Saturdays:  Dec 9, Feb 10, April 7 and June 9
Noon to 3:30PM in Rahn Hall
A series of four films, Moonlight, Fences, Hidden Figures, and Get Out, followed by discussion and then fellowship. Each film will have a moderator, to set the stage, briefly, with opening reflections and framing questions. Potluck refreshments will be provided by the participants. Sign up in Rahn Hall.

We've had such a wonderful week of events! 

Mixed Greens and VoiceBoxx performed to a nearly full house on November 2nd.

UU "Reel Fun" Movie Ministry showed The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me on November 4th.

Mark Your Calendars for the Coming Week

Sunday, November 12th
  • 12:45 - 2:15 pm: Second Sunday Covenant Groups, various rooms
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Sounds and Spirits Concert, Sanctuary and Rahn Hall
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Tuesday, November 14th
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm: UU Book Club, Rahn Hall
Wednesday, November 15th
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Qigong Practice, Rahn Hall
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm: Choir and Vocal Ensemble Rehearsal, Sanctuary
Thursday, November 16th
  • 7:30 - 8:30 pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place
Friday, November 17th
  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Music Alliance Meeting, Library
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Yoga and Meditation Group, Phillippa's Place
Saturday, November 18th
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm: Film - More Than A Word, Rahn Hall
Sunday, November 19th
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm: Covenant Groups
  • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Inner City Night Shelter, 124 Arnold St.
  • 7:30 - 8:30  pm: True Colors AA Meeting, Phillippa's Place