Color Chalice
This Sunday

January 15, 2023
One service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Please join us in person or virtually via the livestream page.

Making Amends  

Rev. David H. Messner
Music: MLUC Choir
Restoring relationships is at the center of our work.
Marlies Singh, Trustee; Dr. Vincent Craig, Music Director; MLUC Choir (not shown); Caroline Bright, Ministerial Intern; Michael Cohen, Worship Associate

E-mail to submit joys, sorrows, milestones, or celebrations to this week's Worship Associate.
Change to Online Sunday Services
Beginning on Sunday, January 29, our Sunday Services will be available online only via YouTube. We will no longer be streaming them through both YouTube and Zoom. The online instructions on our website have been updated and only the YouTube link will be provided in the weekly E-Notes. There will not be a Zoom room reserved after January 22. If you are a regular Zoom user, we recommend that you try using YouTube this week. We think you'll appreciate the better sound quality and the more reliable connection you get with YouTube.
A Message from the Search Committee
Happy New Year from the Search Committee! We are now into the discernment phase of our
search for a new minister. We have received the packets of interested ministerial candidates and are busy reading, listening, and talking to candidates and references on Zoom. We are sorry to report that one of our members, Craig Farr, has decided to step down from the committee because of scheduling and other commitments. We are so grateful for his insight and contributions to the committee and we will miss him as we move forward. Our next milestone is at the end of January, when we hope to issue invitations to candidates to join the committee for pre-candidating weekends. We will continue to update all of you as we progress and thank you for entrusting us with this important work.
Spanish Conversation
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 926 832 613
Open to all. Practice speaking Spanish in a relaxed, supportive group.

Friday Morning Men's Breakfast
Fridays, 7:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
No need to be retired to join us for a casual breakfast and discussion. We typically meet in person every week except the last Friday of each month, when we meet via Zoom. If you would like to join us, e-mail All are welcome.
Closed Doors: The Integration of Baseball
Friday, January 13, 7:00 p.m., McGinness Room
Join Rev. Dave and MLUC member Rick Morris (producer) to view and discuss Closed Doors: The Integration of Baseball. The movie traces the history of Black baseball from the exploits of Fleet Walker in the 1870s to the arrival of Jackie Robinson in the Major Leagues in 1947.
Partner Church
Handmade Cards for Sale
Stop by the Partner Church table in the Atrium before or after the service this Sunday to purchase some of Mary Banks’s beautiful handmade greeting cards. All proceeds go the Partner Church Committee to help support our partners in Transylvania.
Meditation I: Freedom Beyond Selfing (Hybrid)
Sunday, January 15, 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 813 7503 7090.
This Sunday we will listen to parts of a recording from Tara Brach, Freedom Beyond Selfing. "We spend many moments in a trance of selfingpreoccupied with the stories, wants and fears of what feels to be a separate self." We will listen to two parts of her talk and a guided meditation, followed a check-out. All are welcome: beginning and experienced meditators, church members and guests. Facilitated by Laura Luker.
Meditation II (Hybrid)
Sunday January 15, 11:30 a.m.–noon, Zoom Meeting ID: 871 0669 1309
We hear a short, inspirational reading and then we sit in silence for 20 minutes. All are welcome!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Service
Monday, January 16, all day, Unitarian Society of Germantown, Germantown
You are invited to join the Unitarian Society of Germantown to be of direct service in our communities in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day for in-person volunteering as well as at-home projects. Please participate in whatever way works for you to “Find friends. Do good. Grow your soul.”
Theology Explorers
2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 299 356 228
On January 11 we will discuss the book Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das and on January 25 we will have our Spiritual Tidbits session. You can find more information about our group and the future session schedule at Theology Explorers Information.
Raising Up Reproductive Justice
For the first time, retail pharmacies, from corner drugstores to major chains such as CVS and Walgreens, will be allowed to offer abortion pills in the United States under a recent regulatory change made by the Food and Drug Administration. The action could significantly expand access to abortion through medication. Under the new rules, patients will still need a prescription from a certified health care provider. (New York Times)
—Reproductive Justice team
Caregiver's Support Group
Monday January 16, 1:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 153 802 017 
This bimonthly first and third Monday group is a gathering of congregants and friends of MLUC who are caregivers. Facilitated by Parish Nurse Anne Baer Clark.

The Art Group Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 16, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on Zoom
Contact if you would like to be included. All are welcome.
The Art Group Show and Reception
Saturday, January 21. 5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m., Fireside Room
Join us for the new exhibit of our own TAG members. Special guest former MLUC member, chair of the Visual Arts Committee, and artist Mary Kane will exhibit with us this year. Meadowlark (Jansen Wendell and Elisa Lang) will play. We will provide wine, hors d'oeuvres, music and conviviality. Come meet the artists and then stay on for MLUC’s Pew Players (see below). Don’t miss this fun evening of art, music, and drama! Image: "Christmas in California" by Kit Burns

Pew Players Present an Evening of Theatrical Readings (Hybrid)
Saturday, January 21, 6:30 p.m., McGinness Room or Zoom Meeting ID: 830 5260 6886
All are welcome to read a short piece or be in the audience. You can bring a favorite poem or except from a play or book. We will also have 10-minute plays on hand. There will be light refreshments, including wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Questions? E-mail or call Sally Fritzson 610-640-1797.
Long Strange Trip: UU History Film Series
Sunday, January 22, 11:30 a.m., McGinness Room
Join the Partner Church Committee (PCC) for a screening of part 2 of Long Strange Trip, a film series produced by committee member Ron Cordes. Many of the scenes in this part, “The Birth of Unitarianism (1553–1794),” were filmed in Transylvania, home to our partner church. It also introduces Joseph Priestley, the scientist who brought Unitarianism to the United States. The film is self-contained; you need not have seen part 1. The PCC will serve a light lunch. A short discussion will follow the screening. Childcare will be provided. A description of all six films can be found at
Jazz Sanctuary
Wednesday, January 25, 7:30 p.m.
This is a coffee house featuring a great jazz combo. Everyone is welcome to bring wine or beer to share, nonalcoholic drinks and snacks are provided
Seed Swap
Saturday, January 28, noon–3:00 p.m., McGinness Room (snow date, February 4)
Join MLUC Child Care Coordinator Chelsea Brown to celebrate National Seed Swap Day. National Seed Swap Day is celebrated on the last Saturday in January to honor the U.S. tradition of swapping seeds with neighbors. The seeds can include locally saved seeds, excess store-bought seeds, seeds brought back from another region or country, or excess seeds that a seed company donated—you decide what you want to swap.
The Art Group Open Studio
Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Fireside Room
TAG members start the coffee, provide snacks, and light the fire. Here is our chance to create together. Bring everything you need. All adults and teens are welcome whether you
are a beginner or a professional.
Valentine’s Day Card-Making Project: Spread Some Valentine’s Love
Sunday, January 29, 11:15 a.m.
In recent years we have joyfully created valentines in workshops at church that were sent out so that every household in the church received a loving message. Join us to make valentines during Coffee Hour so we can continue the tradition.
UU101 for MLUC Newcomers
Sunday, January 29, 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Greeley Library, Zoom Meeting ID: 826 8410 6939
Please join Madelaine Sayko, Membership Manager and Caroline Bright, Ministerial Intern, in the Greeley Library for an interactive primer on the UU faith: who we are, where we have come from, and how we can find our place in this community. We’ll share our spiritual journeys and listen to and learn from each other.
Reproductive Justice Book Discussion
Sunday, January 29, 3:00 p.m. Zoom Meeting ID: 871 5166 1005  
Please join the MLUC Reproductive Justice team for a lively discussion of the book Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism by David Cohen and Krysten Connon. Co-author Krysten Connon will join the discussion.
Joys and Sorrows
At Main Line Unitarian Church, we share our joys and sorrows, knowing that they will be heard and supported. Candles of Community is our ritual of personal sharing and support. If you would like to light a candle during a Sunday service for a joy, a sorrow, or a milestone that has occurred in your life, please e-mail
Candles of Community
We express our support and concern for . . .
The family of Aileen Bosworth, a friend of MLUC, who died peacefully on
January 6.
Doug Hunt, who recently an emergency upper endoscopy. He is recovering at home.
Sally Tweedie and the entire Tweedy family. Del Tweedy died peacefully on
January 6. Del was one of the founding members of MLUC. He was
extraordinarily involved in the church until a few years ago. He led the church in
many lay leadership roles and through many of its phases, including the rebuilding
after the fire. He was beloved by all who knew him. Memorials for him will be
held at the church and at Bear Mountain, his beloved mountain retreat. His family
has asked that he be remembered with both joy and sorrow.
Margot Wert, who daughter, Luna, age 4, is undergoing treatment for a
reoccurrence of a brain tumor.
We express our joy for . . .
Mary Sohier, who is celebrating her 102nd birthday today, January 12.
For a complete listing of this month's church events, please visit the church calendar.
Publication Deadlines

E-Notes weekly submissions: 
  • 100 words or fewer
  • Due by 12:00 noon on Wednesdays

What's Happening Quarterly newsletter submissions: 
  • Spring issue deadline: March 8

Email all submissions to  
Contact Us

Rev. David H. Messner, Interim Senior Minister
610-688-8332, x112
Click here to request a meeting with Rev. Dave
Dawn Star Sarahs-Borchelt, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
610-688-8332, x123

Caroline Bright, Ministerial Intern

Anne Baer Clark, Parish Nurse
610-688-8332, x116

Dr. Vincent Craig, Music Director
610-688-8332, x122
Ron D'Annunzio, Facilities Coordinator
Tom Brady, Eddie Scotty, Facilities Associates
610-688-8332, x120

Richard Fritzson, Executive Director
610-688-8332, x115

Mary Heil, Administrative Assistant
610-688-8332, x110
Link for room reservation. Link for Zoom reservation.

Bill Mullen, Accountant
610-688-8332, x117

Madelaine Sayko, Membership and Stewardship Manager
610-688-8332, x126