March 29 - April 4, 2018
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of
The Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community

THIS WEEK: We celebrate Easter, Fun "April Fool"-ishness, a Passover Seder, and Year 8 of Team USG's Help on Rebuilding Together Philadelphia!
In Worship, 10:30am
Easter Sunday:
Beginning Again with Grace
Rev. Kent Matthies
with Music Director Mark Daugherty & the USG Choir
Whether you believe the resurrection was real or a myth, come celebrate Easter with us! Even when you think all is lost in despair, hope can and does rise again.
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 for an Easter Egg Hunt! The forecast is for clouds and a high of 53, so jackets would be appropriate. Parents, please pick up your children after the service in the Grove .

Our High School program changes weekly. The High School Group meets this Sunday, April 1 from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Bristol Room.

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
This Sunday, Sullivan 3 will be open to anyone who would like to meditate, as it is on 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sundays. Our usual second Sunday meditation, reading, dharma and sharing will resume NEXT Sunday, April 8. 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
Parents, please gather your children from the Grove.

Greet members of the Welcoming Team who will be the Fellowship Hour Hosts.

Go to the Assembly Room where Joanne Davis will take a photo of your family for the USG online directory.

At 12:00pm, attend the Ending Racism Committee meeting in Sullivan.

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.
Sunday, April 8, 10:30am
The First Noble Truth
Rev. Kent Matthies
The First Noble Truth of Buddhism is that life is suffering. We get old, experience disease and heartbreak. Life is not always fair and we should never trick ourselves to believe otherwise. How do we deal with suffering?
USG's Annual Seder
Saturday, April 7, 5:00 - 8:00pm
An event for all ages, our Seder will celebrate - with food, Haggadah reading, and music - the beginning of Passover and the liberation of Israelites/Jews from the slavery of ancient Egypt. Please click here for information and to register by April 1 . All are welcome!
The USG Team Works for Justice
at Rebuilding Together Philly
Friday, Saturday, Sunday - April 6, 7 & 8
8:30am - 4:00pm
We now have enough volunteers! Thanks to all who stepped forward and all who contributed to the Share the Plate for RTP.  
The Stewardship Campaign
All-Church Free Luncheon
Sunday, April 15
Fill in your pledge form that will come in your mailbox this week 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)
USG Service Auction
Saturday, April 21
GIFT CERTIFICATES: Kilian's, Fresh Market, Night Kitchen, Follicles
 TICKETS: Ambler Theater, Act II Theater, Quintessence, Chanticleer
HANDMADE: Jewelry, Knit items
Photo by Eileen Teti
Keyboard, Acoustic Guitar with stand
Reminder: Deadline for Donations is April 2. No fooling.
Saturday, May 5
The All-Church Dinner
Saturday, June 2
for an 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.

Elevator & Driveway Update
The Elevator Committee is pleased to present drawings of the elevator as we hope to have it constructed. Please click here for detailed information and news about both the elevator project and the driveway project.
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,  or contact Treva Burger at  for more information. 
A Gift of Ordination
Ordaining a Minister confers authority onto a spiritual leader to change the world and brings joy and deep satisfaction to a congregation. This year USG has the honor to ordain  two  Ministers. On Saturday, May 19th USG will ordain  McKinley Sims  at our congregation. On Sunday, June 10th we will co-ordain  Connie Simon  with our sister congregation, the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Connie’s ordination will take place at the First Unitarian Church. We invite you to financially support one or both ordinations . Please click here for more information.
Blessings and Love to you,
UUPLAN Welcomes A New Director
Richard Williams , a retired architect and former independent elected Luzerne County Councilman, was selected as the new Director of UU PA Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN ) beginning in January, 2018. 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 , 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.
Assistance needed to research electronic lock and entry systems
The B&G committee and the Security Task Force are looking for someone to assist them in researching electronic lock and accessible entry systems to improve the security and ease of access to our church building. If you would be interested in working on this project or would like more information, please contact Gloria at . Knowledge of these systems would be great, but not required.
One new email address for USG Communications!
For any communications questions or blurbs ( for weekly SPIRIT, CommUUnicator, Sunday Announcements, slide shows, etc.) we now have ONE email address that will reach both Gloria and Carolyn: .

For business issues to Gloria, please send to .
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.
Have YOU sent in YOUR FAMILY's photo yet?
This Sunday, let photographer Joanne Davis snap a photo of you and for family for our online directory. Joanne will be in the Assembly Room following the worship service.
Thank You, Villagers!
Thank you so much to all who participate in the Village Fellowship Hours! If you are willing to coordinate Fellowship Hour for your Village, please let Treva Burger, know. Below is the schedule for Fellowship Hour Hosting in April.
  • April 1 - Welcoming Team
  • April 8 - Village 4
  • April 15 - Stewardship Luncheon
  • April 22 - Village 5
  • April 29 - New Members
...A Greater Philly Cluster (GPC) Choral Workshop to help plan the mass choir repertoire for a GPC music concert next church year.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA
12:30 – 5:00 PM
(12:30 – 1:30 Brown bag lunch; 1:30 – 5:00 workshop)
All ministers, music ministry teams, directors, choir members, and any member/friend (who’d like to sing in the mass choir) from the 14 GPC congregations are invited to the workshop. The goal of this workshop is to determine the repertoire for the mass choir in addition to forming a steering committee to help launch the first concert. Click here and here to learn more and to register.
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
Sunday afternoon, April 29
Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace & Reconciliation
Information at
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 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> 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, Also check out

ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, April 1, 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 April 2, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Donya Coldwell at .

NEW: Flute Circle for All Ages - Every other Wednesday, 7:00 - 8:00pm, until April 11. Next (& last) circle April 11. At USG. Please bring your instrument, although some will be available. Contact Jason Bender.

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, NEW MEETING TIME 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, April 4, 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. Contact Gale Gibbons .

Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday, April 8, 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, , or just show up.

UU-101 - Please note changes in day and time : 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 . 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
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Our thoughts and prayers are with...
... The family of Jessica and Carl Slivak.  Jessica suffered a serious fall on Saturday, March 24, and incurred multiple fractures including of her face, knee and ankle. She is resting at home. Jess doesn’t know how long she will be laid up. Emails and cards are welcome. Please see the dedicated email sent out on Wednesday 3.28 for when help with meals is needed.

We are thrilled to announce that...
...Debbie and David Ward happily welcome grandson Theo Ward Dunsmore , born on March 17 at 8 lbs-9 oz. Daughter Molly , who grew up in USG, Lee Dunsmore, and baby Theo are all doing well.

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
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 -
Constance Simon, Intern Minister -
Jason Bender, Director of Spiritual Development -
Mark Daugherty, Music Director -
Gloria Guldager, Church Administrator-
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator-
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator -
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton -  
Tuesday's SPIRIT (not every Tuesday in the Summer) - Friday by 3:00pm
Thursday's Weekly eCommUUnicator - Wednesday by noon
Sunday's Announcements - Thursday by noon

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