April 12 - 18, 2018
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of
The Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community

THIS WEEK: We renew our promise to be responsible stewards of the beloved community with Pledge Sunday and a celebratory free luncheon after service.
In Worship, 10:30am
ChurchGoers Live Longer and Better Lives, Rev. Kent Matthies
with Music Director Mark Daugherty & the USG Choir
You don’t have to believe me. I am a biased Minister. In 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a report ... (Click here to read further).
We SHARE THE PLATE this Sunday with UUPLAN, a coalition of social justice groups working in Pennsylvania.
Click here to securely donate online.
In Child Spiritual Development
This Sunday morning, children and youth will be with their families in the Sanctuary until 10:45am, when they will be sung out to their classes.

Our High School program changes weekly. The High School OWL Group meets in the evening this Sunday, April 15 from 6:00 - 8:00pm.

For a detailed schedule of Youth Group Activities for the program year, click here and locate the Youth Group column.

Please click here for details of the Child and Youth Spiritual Development programs.

Childcare for children 4-5 years old and younger is offered this Sunday and most Sundays from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Committee Room.
Before the Worship Service
Meditate in the Meditation Room
Meditation, reading, dharma and sharing are offered in Sullivan 3 on the First and Second Sundays of the month between 9:15 and 10:20am. All are welcome to join in quietly. On the other Sundays the space is open for those who choose to come and sit. For information on meditation, click here.

Drop off nonperishable food items to the designated carts in the Kitchen for delivery to St. Vincent's Food Pantry.
Coffee Hour
After the Worship Service
Enjoy the free luncheon provided by the Stewardship Committee!

At 12:00pm, attend UU-101 in the Daskam Room.

SignUp is the reminder tool USG uses to organize volunteers for our upcoming activities. Click Here to go to our group page to sign up online.
The Stewardship Campaign
All-Church Free Luncheon
Sunday, April 15
Thanks to all who have submitted their pledges! If you have not yet, please do so and then celebrate your stewardship with us over lunch! Bon Appetit!

Christine Ginsburg (chair), Rick Rodes, Eric Foster, Tammi Talda, Kate Connolly, Eileen Whelan and Gerry Whelan
(The 2018-19 Stewardship Committee)
Sunday, April 22, 10:30am
Our Transforming Climate
Rev. Alison Cornish
As the Earth’s climate continues to change in both subtle and dramatic ways, our species is being challenged to transform as well. 

Rev. Alison Cornish is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a state-wide affiliate of the national organization helping congregations and individuals of all faiths respond to climate change as an urgent moral issue. ( Learn more. )

Stay after the service for a Climate Change Fair in the Assembly Room. The Fair will include tables of materials, postcards, petitions, and a presentation by Rev. Cornish on Juliana vs. the U.S. , a lawsuit brought by children against the United States for endangering their futures.
ERC's Monthly Movie:
Wednesday, April 18, 7:00pm
Get Out , an Academy Award-winning comedic horror movie dealing with race.
To learn more, click here.
Calling all s UU per heroes
USG Service Auction
Saturday, April 21
  • General admission is $10 per Super Hero
  • First time attendees are FREE.
  • Enjoy appetizers and libations at 5:00pm.
  • Sign-up for interesting poster auctions.
  • Bid on wonderful silent auction items.
  • Live auction starts at 6:15pm.
  • Fabulous desserts at end of the evening.
  • 50/50 raffle tickets.
  • Prizes for best costumes.
  • Childcare (and movie!) provided.
  • Credit card payment available.
Preview all auction items here! If you can not come to the auction, you can use
the Designated Bidder Form found on the USG website and we will bid for you.
Ordination for McKinley Sims - Saturday, May 19, 1:00pm
USG Annual Meeting - Sunday, May 20, 12:00pm
All-Church Retreat - Saturday, June 2 (see below)
Ordination Celebration Dinner for Connie Simon - Saturday evening, June 9
Ordination for Connie Simon - Sunday, June 10, 4:00pm
Saturday, June 2
The All Church Retreat
at Diamond Ridge Conference Center in Jamison. It is 45 minutes from USG and has excellent facilities for all ages: pool, pond for boating and fishing, street hockey, basketball and tennis courts, fields, mini golf, a beautiful indoor space for workshops such as yoga or meditation, and more. Details to come, but please save the date.
The USG Kitchen Needs Spoons
We need spoons --- stainless steel teaspoons, soup spoons, serving spoons --- to replenish our depleted supply. If you can provide some, please see Mike Rogers or contact the office.
Interested in joining USG?
The next New Member Signing is on Sunday, April 29 . We ask that you take a UU-101 class, offered the third Sunday of each month after the service, and a New Member Orientation (next offered on Sunday, April 15) before joining. We welcome people into Membership four times a year. Please visit the Membership page in the Home menu on our website,  usguu.org  or contact Treva Burger at  trevawb@gmail.com  for more information. 
A Gift of Ordination
This year USG has the honor to ordain two Ministers, McKinley Sims and Connie Simon. We invite you to financially support one or both ordinations . Please click here for more information.
THANK YOU to All who Have Pledged for 2018-2019
Have YOU sent YOUR Pledge in yet?
If you have not, please do so via mail, online at   usguu.org/page/pledge-form , or by putting the form in the box at the table in the dining room following Sunday services.

The All-Church Stewardship Luncheon is rescheduled for Sunday, April 15.
We are excited to announce our new Give+ Text option for making pledge and contribution payments to USG!
Please click here to learn how to use this convenient tool.
Thank You, Villagers!
Thank you so much to all who participate! If you are willing to coordinate Fellowship Hour for your Village, please let Treva Burger, trevawb@gmail.com know. Below is the schedule for Fellowship Hour Hosting in April.
  • April 15 - Stewardship Luncheon
  • April 22 - Village 4
  • April 29 - New Members
Deportee News
and Thanks from Cynthia Claus in Mexico
Looking For New Members
Do you have a passion for your congregation and UUism in general? The Central East Region (CER) Congregational Life Advisory Council uua.org/central-east/about/clac is looking for new members. Click here for details.
The Country We Want to Be: A Faith-Based Reflection on Immigrants and Refugees in the 21st Century
A Lecture by Donald M. Kerwin
Executive Director of the Center for Migration Studies, New York City
Friday, April 13
7:00 - 8:30pm
Main Room of the SugarLoaf Chateau of Chestnut Hill College
Co-operative Nursery School (CNS) at USG
50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 2:00 - 5:00pm
The Cooperative Nursery School will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its annual Spring Fling on the grounds of USG and CNS. There will be food, music, games, and plenty of fun for the whole family. USG members and friends are invited to participate. We hope you can join the celebration!

CNS was founded in 1967; since then, many USG families have been active participants at the school. If you have any memorabilia you can share at the celebration, please contact Jen May at  cnsparentchair@gmail.com .
Sunday afternoon, April 29, 2:00pm
Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation
Information at InterfaithPeaceWalk.org
More Greater Philly UU Cluster Spring & Summer Events
GPC Meeting - Saturday, May 19, 9:00- 10:00am
New Hope Pride Parade - Saturday, May 19, Starting 11:00am
UUMAC Retreat - July 8 - 14
UU Community Weekend (Labor Day weekend) - Registration opens April 5
Get Involved! Meet Fellow UUs!  
Follow links below to join and find out more information about the events and groups at USG that occur usually once a month. Questions? Click on the contact links.

20's & 30's SGM Group - Second Thursday, April 12, 6:30pm, Drop-in Young Adults Small Group Ministry group. For more information, please contact Stephanie Bonner at slbonner2@gmail.com or Carly Danielsen on Facebook where they maintain an active invite-only activities group. 

Book Group on Friday Morning - Third Friday, April 20, 10:30am, at Cathedral Village. If interested in joining the discussion, please contact Barbara Dowdall. The 2017-2018 Book List is posted on usguu.org> About> Affinity Groups> Book Group .

CAMI (Citizens Against Mass Incarceration) - Fourth Monday, April 23, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Nancy Anderson .

Caregiver Support Group - Second Friday, April 13, 11:00am - 1:00pm. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher .

Choir Rehearsal - (Almost) Every Thursday evening, 7:30 - 9:30pm. At USG. Newcomers welcome. Contact Linda Smith or Andrea Parry .

Dialogue - Every Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30pm. This group uses dialogue as a means for self-exploration. At USG. Contact Jason Bender, dsd@usguu.org. Also check out meetup.com/Dialogues-on-Consciousness

ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, May 6, 12:00 - 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Barbara Dowdall .

Exploring Elderhood - Second Friday gatherings, April 13, 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Gerry Whelan , ASD Chair.

Finding Our Roots - Earth Honoring Traditions . First Monday, except for holiday weekends: (September 10). Next meeting is May 7 , 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Donya Coldwell at earth@usguu.org .

Humanists - PUSH - Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists , Fourth Sunday, April 22, 12:00pm. At USG. Contact Paul Teti .

Men's Group - Third Tuesday, April 17, 7:30pm. At USG. Contact Mark Tuveson .

Mindfulness Meditation with Rev. Kent - Every Thursday, 6:30 - 7:15pm. At USG. Contact Rev. Kent Matthies .

Nature Walking at Valley Green - Every Monday and Thursday at 10:00am, you can meet others - whoever shows up- at Valley Green in Chestnut Hill for a morning walk. Contact Tim Beckham, who is usually there.

Needle Exchange, a Handwork Group - First Wednesday, May 2, 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. Contact Gale Gibbons .

Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday, May 13, 12:00pm, Daskam Room at USG. This group is available to people who want to try out Small Group Ministry or attend occasionally. For more information, contact Mark B, mark.bangela@gmail.com , or just show up.

UU-101 - Third Sunday, April 15, 12:00 - 1:20pm. UU-101 is an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, held at USG in the Daskam Room, and childcare is provided. To RSVP or get more information, click here or email uu101@usguu.org . Starting in May and June, we welcome new leaders Charles Gabriel and Eric Foster, and we warmly thank outgoing leaders Andi Bernstein and Gale Gibbons.

UUJPIP - UUs for Justice & Peace in Israel & Palestine.  Third Sunday. Next meeting May 20, 12:00 - 1:30pm. ( April meeting cancelled ). At USG. Contact Walt Ceglowski .
Join A USG Facebook Group!   
You can join a USG Facebook group as well as meet in person!
To find out about special events, post photos, and stay in touch, here are some of USG's groups and their Facebook links:

ASD (Adult Spiritual Development) facebook
CSD (Child Spiritual Development)
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) A Closed Group great to know about and if desired, ask to join.
YA - Young Adults
UU Greater Philly Social Justice is changing its name to
"Greater Philly UUs" as this FB will now include other items as well as Social Justice

P.U.S.H. Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists

Exploring Elderhood
caring square
Our thoughts and prayers are with...
...beloved, long-time member June Krebs , who has entered end hospice care at Wesley Living at Stapley. Please see the Caring Note emailed on Thursday, April 12. Our hearts are with USG's self-proclaimed "loving justice warrior."

...Jessica Slivak , who suffered a fall on March 25 and fractured several bones, and continues to recuperate at home. She and Carl are incredibly grateful for the meals, cards, emails and phone calls from the USG community. They have all helped to brighten her spirits as she recovers.

We are happy to announce that...
...Bonnie Libby has shared the good news that she was married on March 17 to David Goldstein in a ceremony at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen. They will be living in Spring House. (Please note corrected spelling of Bonnie's name.)

We will remember and honor...
...Irene Magaziner, a long-time member and former USG Board President, in a memorial service at USG on June 3 at 1:30pm.  Irene died on March 11. Her loving, humorous spirit lives on in surviving family, including her children Stephen, James, Sally and their families.

Our Caring Team
Linda Bernstein (chair), 
Bonnie McDairmant, Sarah West,
Rev. Kent Matthies & Intern Minister Connie Simon

If you are aware of any joys or concerns that should be part of our caring system, please let us know. You can email caring@usguu.org
If you call a caring team member and do not speak directly, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned ASAP.
Rev. Kent Matthies, Minister - kmatthies@usguu.org
Constance Simon, Intern Minister - internminister@usguu.org
Jason Bender, Director of Spiritual Development - dsd@usguu.org
Mark Daugherty, Music Director - musicdirector@usguu.org
Gloria Guldager, Church Administrator- usgadmin@usguu.org
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator- communications@usguu.org
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator - rental@usguu.org
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton - sexton@usguu.org  
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