December 2018 Newsletter
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This month's theme: Mystery
A Letter from Your Lead Minister
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Dear Folks,
Welcome to December and to our theme of Mystery. 

The denotation of this word directs us to things that are difficult or possibly even impossible to understand or “solve”--like certain aspects of astrophysics. A Black Hole is a mystery. Sometimes things far less substantial are mysteries--like the location of your keys or of that one of two socks you know you put in the dryer. 

Then there are the weightier mysteries. 

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I would like to thank our staff, our Board of Trustees, committee chairs and members, team leads and volunteers, our choir, as well as our ushers, greeters, service assistants, hospitality (Sunday morning coffee and receptions) volunteers, buildings and grounds and garden volunteers, and members and friends who helped make 2018 a successful year through your sharing of time, talents, gifts, and presence. Thank you, Beloved Community.
Deepest Gratitude,
~Rev. Mary Frances
You are Cordially Invited to a Celebration
Service of Installation
The Reverend Mary Frances Comer
Called Minister of Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church
The University Gathering on December 30 at 4 p.m.

Please RSVP by December 15th to or by clicking here.

Nursery for ages 4 and under provided upon request with RSVP by Dec. 15th.
Social Justice Holiday Project
The Social Justice Holiday Project begins in November with donations of coats, jackets, mittens and toboggans for CVAN families. (Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network). Barbara Hollingsworth was a long time supporter of CVAN and seven current members (Pauline Tulson, Resa Treadaway, Sandra Woolsey, Elaine Slaton, Elaine Deck, Val Whitfield, and Anne Laukaitis) are active supporters. Members might also want to donate small gift certificates to add to the CVAN project. Give these directly to Rev. Mary Frances, Anne Laukaitis, or Pauline Tulson. A large blue container for CVAN is near the church entrance. Questions? Contact Anne Laukaitis at 704-786-6326 or .
Time Out Youth "Give the Gift Campaign"

A message from the Time Out Youth Center...

Welcome! Tis t he Season to #GiveTheGift!

Discover the ways you can support Time Out Youth Center and some of our very deserving youth. You will find a variety of ways to "Give The Gift " from providing a home to youth experiencing homelessness, to upgrading our Group Room with fun and games to fufilling a youth's Amazon wish list and making their holidays a little brighter.

Learn about the many ways you can support the work of Time Out Youth Center by visiting the following link: We hope that you will be able to find a giving option that is accessible for you. We thank you in advance for your support.

From all of us at Time Out Youth Center, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Piedmont UU Church Financial Health: October 2018

October Income $17,289 [footnote]
October Expense ($19,947)
October Cash Flow -$2,658 [footnote]

Year to Date Income $201,960
Year to Date Expense ($151,482)
Year to Date Cash Flow $50,478

Footnote: Cash flow in October on the Income and Expense Report shows as -$27,841. This amount is a reflection of our having recorded a bequest in Unpledged Support until we could determine how to record the bequest. Properly recording the bequest caused the alarming negative revenue on the Income and Expense Report and the resulting alarming Net Operating Income. Absent the bequest the October Monthly Income would have been $12,289 and the October Monthly Cash Flow would have been -$7,658.
Board of Trustees Meeting Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, November 15, 2018.The highlight of the meeting was the preparation of the draft of the 2019 church budget.

Trustees thanked members of the Finance Committee for their work on the budget, and thanked Doug and Pat Wall for their outstanding job with the 2018 Goods and Services Auction. They thanked members of the Leadership Development Committee for their work in preparing a slate of church officers for 2019. Those members were Karl Hesse, chair, and members Beth Foreman, Robin Mara, and Steve Whitfield.

In her Minister’s Report to the Board of Trustees on November 15, 2018, Rev. Mary Frances Comer thanked these members:
  • Pat and Doug Wall for a successful auction and a wonderful time of fellowship. Pat and Doug donated the food and worked all year to collect donations for this year’s auction.
  • Mary Nicholson for organizing a farewell reception for Joan Thieda.
  • All of our Chalice Circle facilitators and participants for seeking to nurture the spirit and build beloved community.
  • Sam Treadaway for guest speaking.
  • Bob Voelker for serving as Worship Team Lead at Salisbury Gathering.
  • Finance committee for their work on our budget.
  • Deb Davelka and Ali Allene for their ongoing staff support.
  • Dr. Carl and the choir for their outstanding ministry.
  • Policy Committee for their ongoing work and Becky Schisler for their leadership of that group.
  • M.J. Lieberman and Karen Dutton for agreeing to serve on a Religious Education Team.

Members of the Board of Trustees: Sam Treadaway, President; Becky Schisler, President-elect; Karl Hesse, Past President; Anne Laukaitis, Secretary; Frank Mabrey, Treasurer; Lynne Godfrey and Teresa Rowell, Members-at-large.
December Services at Piedmont UU Church
10:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Gathering
11:15 a.m. at the University Gathering 
Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

"The UU 3rd Principle "
Salisbury Gathering, guest speaker Bob Voelker
Join us today as we consider the Third Principle of Unitarian Universalism: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
"Incarnations of Mystery and Hope"
University Gathering, Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Our theme for the month of December is Mystery. Today we consider the meaning of Christmas through the person of Jesus, and we look at how he might view recent current events from a Biblical perspective.
Sunday, December 9th, 2018
"The Riddle of Life"
Salisbury Gathering, guest speakers Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis
What is the meaning of life. What is the meaning of death? Some questions are not subject to scientific inquiry. Believers say that God works in mysterious ways. So how do we live without answers? Today, we are privileged to have guest speaker and musicians, Rev. Charlie and Gail Davis who have performed in over 20 UU Congregations.

"Simplicity for the Season"
University Gathering, Rev. Amy Brooks
It is ironic and unsettling that this is the time of year when we are supposed to focus on joy and hope but our days are filled with "stuff" and things to do. Let's take some time to focus on what is really important to us for the holidays.
Sunday, December 16th, 2018

" The Light in the Heart ~ Caring for One Another "
Salisbury Gathering, Led by the Care Team
Join us today for a moving and informative service led by the Care Team. Our soloist will be Elaine Deck. Before and after this service, we will have our Salisbury Gathering Annual Connections Fair with information about various teams and ministries.

"Connecting to the Light Within"
University Gathering, Guest speaker Cosette Blackmer
During the Season of Lights it is easy to become distracted or overwhelmed by all the activity surrounding our cultural celebrations. How do we stay connected to the earth and our own inner light? We will explore some of the teachings of Earth Centered Spirituality and some of the tools used to remain centered through the season.
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

"A Service of Lessons and Carols"
Salisbury Gathering
Join us for a special Christmas Eve service one day early. This is a service for all ages.

"A Season of Mystery and Miracle"
University Gathering, Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Join us for a special Christmas themed service rich with music, readings, and hymns of the season.
Monday, December 24th, 2018

"A Candlelight Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols"
7:00 p.m. at the University Gathering, Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols. This is a service for all ages.

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

"A Service of Gratitude and Aspiration"
Salisbury Gathering
Join us today for a service that marks the end of one year and the beginning of another. We will look back over 2018, consider this very day, and express our intentions for 2019.

"Rise to the Occasion"
University Gathering, Rev. Mary Frances Comer
When we choose to have faith that extends beyond a desired outcome, in ways that illumine our capacity to stand in the presence of challenges and to extend ourselves as blessings to the world around us; we discover the power of possibility.
Today, we have our annual ritual of burning the Ema Cards as we come to the end of one year and stand on the brink of a new day. We are also honored to have special guest speaker, Rev. Kathy Beasley.
Rev. Kathy Beasley
Leader - Author – Motivator – Teacher – Thinker – Theologian - Innovator
Rev. Kathy employs a passionate perspective of utilizing the unconventionality of technology to reach beyond the traditional and social aspects of "church" to include those who could benefit from a positive and practical spiritual message regardless of their geography, economics, politics or spiritual background. Her hope she says is: “To help people discover a new way to become community to one another in such a way that it reinvents the idea of what it means to be church in a time such as this”. Kathy’s work in the world is as a Senior Manager of IT Service & Support for a national faith-based healthcare organization. She is a sought-after speaker, workshop presenter and organizational vitality consultant. She makes her home in Orlando, FL and shares her life with her spouse; Dr. Sakile Camara of Los Angeles, CA and their dog Shanti. Her current labor of love is the development of a podcast, blog and social media project called Sunday Morning Vibe , that is set to launch in Spring 2019. Kathy is a contributing author on: Communication Training & Development – Exploring the Cutting Edge and A Field Guide to Internships; An Interactive Resource for Discovering Your Career.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Management, multiple technical certifications and has studied Pastoral Theology and Emerging Ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Earlier this year, she graduated from the Unity Urban Ministerial School and was licensed as a Unity Minister.
Sunday Services at the UU Fellowship of Lake Norman

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
"Simplicity for the Season"
Rev. Amy Brooks
It is ironic and unsettling that this is the time of year when we are supposed to focus on joy and hope but our days are filled with "stuff" and things to do. Let's take some time to focus on what is really important to us for the holidays.

Sunday, December 9th, 2018
"The Joy . . . and Sorrow of Music"
Rodger Clark, member
A look into how music shapes, influences, and enhances our lives.

Sunday, December 16th, 2018
" The Value of Mystery in our Lives "
Rev. Amy Brooks
We humans so often want answers. We will pick things apart and reduce them to their meanest parts just to understand. But what if mystery and not-knowing, provides us something valuable and gives a meaning of its own? In this season of "miracles" let us find value in the mystery and celebrate the wonder of it all.

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
" Holiday Traditions Past, Present and Future"
Rev. Amy Brooks
Let's come together and share the stories (and music and traditions) that we love at this time of the year. Whether you resonate with Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, or something else, we all have stories and traditions that make this time meaningful. Join us for a time of celebration and songs!

Monday, December 24th, 2018
We will invite all those wishing for a traditional "Christmas Eve" service to join Piedmont UU Church for their traditional candlelight service.
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