The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern 
T his Weekend's Program at the UUCRT

Sunday, February 21, 2016

10:30 a.m.

9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern, NY

Desire Lines
Rev. Chris J. Antal
What desires drove our ancestors to America? Through self -reflection we will kindle compassion for the immigrants and refugees among us today.
Feb. 21 Collection To Assist Ahadi Family Immigration
Per a vote by the Board:
Re: Support for Tariq Ahadi.  Recommendation for financial and material support to assist the Ahadi family in setting up their household in Buffalo when the family settles in the United States. A motion was made to designate the plate collection on Sunday, February 21st for the Ahadi family. T his is the family of the Afghan interpreter Rev. Chris served with during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.
Soul Matters Discussion
Feb. 21 and 28, Sundays - 12:15-1 pm Room 20. Soul Matters, a time to reflect on the Sunday service and the theme for the month: Desire
Please Sign Up for a Serendipity Dinner!
   Calling all UU's to more intimate fellowship!  Marcia Westra is organizing serendipity dinners this year.  There is a list of those willing to host and another for those wishing to attend.  Please sign up after the Sunday  service or email her at   
   These gatherings are very pleasant and fun.  Please try it if you haven't done it or come on out again.    
Oliver Stone Movie, 'The Bomb', Airs Sat. at UUCRT
'The Bomb' - Part 3 in the controversial Oliver Stone series, "The Untold History of the United States"
will be shown on Sat. Feb. 20, 7 pm. at the UUCRT.  Stone says, "America's brutality starte d the
day we dropped the bomb".  This episode addresses the historical background, the reasons and the consequences behind the use of the atomic   bomb in World War II. One of the consequences is the beginning of a process that could end life on the planet. Snow date: Sun. Feb. 21 6 pm
F arlekas Tribute Concert, is Sat., 
Feb. 27th
The tribute concert to honor the life and memory of  UU friend-journalist-humanitarian-promoter of the arts and the downtrodden Chris Farlekas has been scheduled for Feb. 27. For more details and to volunteer for this concert that will provide funding for a food pantry in Chris' native Port Jervis and the good works of the UUCRT please contact Mike Landrum at 917-647-7893 or
Hospitality Group/Cluster Reminder
   Please note your assigned hospitality group/cluster on page 6 of the new directory that Mike McGinn emailed to the congregation . If you need it printed, please let Patti Beaumont know. 
  If you are unavailable, please reach out to your cluster leader. Amanda is taking the names of any additional volunteers who are interested in helping out the cluster on any specific date.
   Also, hospitality groups, should remember to take the garbage and recycling cans out to the edge of the driveway from the basement doors. Pick up is early Monday and if the cans aren't brought out to the paved area, the garbage is not picked up.
  • February 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Congregational Leadership, Service and Ministry Day - A Day of Discussion, Direction, and Decision at the UUCRT 
  • February 20, 7 pm. FILM NIGHT:  Sat.  "The Atomic Bomb"  - Part 3 of Oliver Stone's 10 part series, "The Untold History of the United States."     
  • February 27 Musical Tribute to Chris Farlekas starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance through January 28th. Contact Mike Landrum at
  • March 12,  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Trash 2 Treasure, Free Stuff, Free Entry, Free Sharing, Bake Sale, 50/50 Raffle.  Contact Amanda Crowell
  • Friday, April 8, 7-9 p.m.  A Shamanic Sound Journey
    (by Dream Seed Sound - website: Contact  Athena Drewes at
  • April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Spiritual Arts and Consciousness Fair" on Saturday,  Keith and Jackie Jordan co-coordinators. Contact:
Congregational Leadership, Service and Ministry Day, this  Saturday, Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
   You are invited to join with others at the UUCRT who are interested in examining and improving the way the UUCRT functions in providing service to the community and serving the needs of the congregation through leadership and shared ministry.  We are devoting the day on Saturday, February 20 to gather at the UUCRT meetinghouse for the following schedule of activities: 
   10 a.m. - 12 noon:  Discussion of the UUA Common Read, Just Mercy led by Rev. Chris 
   12 noon - 1 p.m.:  Lunch and Fellowship
   1 p.m. - 4 p.m.:  Leadership Council Meeting led by the UUCRT Nominating Committee
   Although some people will want to come for the full day experience, you also have the option to attend the morning Common Read discussion without staying for the Leadership Council, or to attend the afternoon meeting without going to the discus sion in the morning, or for that matter, you are welcome to just come for lunch.   
   The Leadership Council meeting in the afternoon is for Board members and committee chairs, anyone who identifies as a current or future leader, and anyone who feels drawn to participating in the discussion, and is for the purpose of exploring and working toward resolution of the following questions:
* How well is our present committee system working in terms of helping the UUCRT to achieve its potential for serving the needs of the congregation and community?  Is it functioning well or is it broken and in need of overhaul?
* In particular, how could the work and organizational structure of the Pastoral Care Associates, Committee on Shared Ministry and Nominating Committee be improved?
* How can we best encourage active involvement with the work of the congregation while minimizing the risk of burnout, and how can we help people to enjoy their service to the congregation instead of experiencing it as burdensome?  
* How can the membership of the congregation best work with the Minister and Board to help them feel supported, and to provide feedback to help them improve their service to the UUCRT?
* What changes to the Bylaws could help to facilitate improved functioning within the congregation, in particular the section on the names and purposes of the committees?  

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