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November 21, 2019
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Thank You from JUMP
Holiday Bazaar Volunteers
Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
Spreading Seasonal Joy
Crafters for Holiday Bazaar
Driver Needed for Wreath Pickup
Holiday Wreaths
Service of Loss & Remembrance
Auction Thank You
Why Do We Do That?
Spirit Play Basket Makers
Library News
Holiday eNews Schedule

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Upcoming Service
Sunday, December 1 at 10 a.m.

Worship Leader:
Rev. Patricia Hart
Worship Associate: 
Mavis Milne 
"Waiting in These Moments" 
Reflections on Advent.


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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Sunday, November 24 at 10 a.m. 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Patricia Hart, Developmental Senior Minister
Worship Associate: Cheryl Herrick
"Stone Soup"
A multigenerational celebration of thanksgiving and the many gifts that come from sharing our abundance. Come help us tell this timeless story!

Thank You from JUMP
Thanks to all who took an envelope passed out by the kids at Sunday's service. Eighteen+ of you have already returned them! Distributed this year in place of the grocery bags that JUMP distributed in previous years, we encourage you to put a check (or cash) made out to JUMP for the equivalent amount you previously spent for groceries or personal items to fill the bag. Return it this Sunday at the "Stone Soup" "celebration of Thanksgiving and the many gifts that come from sharing our abundance."

With Gratitude, from the Joint Urban Ministry Project

Holiday Bazaar Volunteers 
The Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, December 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are multiple ways to be involved with this event, from wreath decorating to helping on the day of the bazaar. Sign-up information is in the Parlors after the service this Sunday or contact Kim Watkin at .

Drop off your donations of clean, saleable "attic treasures," books, and toys on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and December 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

The FUUSB offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday, November 27 and Thursday, November 28. Happy Thanksgiving!

Spreading Seasonal Joy
Erika Reif, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

The Residents of the Cathedral Square Assisted Living Center so enjoyed our Halloween visit that we've decided to return! On December 1, right after our monthly Family Chapel in the Community Room, children, youth, and any adults who care to join will be walking over to visit with residents and sing a few seasonal carols. We will return by our normal Faith Development end-time of 11:15. Parents/guardians of children in kindergarten through eighth grade must sign a permission slip; preschoolers and toddlers should bring an adult of their own along.

Seeking Crafters for Holiday Bazaar
Seeking vendors of cards, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and other handmade items for  the First Unitarian Universalist Holiday Bazaar  on Saturday, December 7  from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We have 10 tables available to rent to those who would like to sell their crafts during this busy and fun community event that fills our building with holiday cheer. Tables will be 6-8' long. Tables are $30 or 10% of your proceeds (whichever is less). 

We will be downstairs in the large double classroom off the Community Room where the crowds flock to find all sorts of goodies and gifts. Elevator access. Set-up is from 8-9 a.m. on Saturday morning.  

Please remember that this is a fragrance-free building, so products with scent must be packaged appropriately.

If you would like to donate to a table where all proceeds will go to the UU, please email me with what you are offering and when you can deliver those items to me at the UU (by December 1, please).

Please contact Carol Czina for questions or sign up by December 1 at or (802) 864-0242.  

S.O.S. - Driver Needed to Pick up Wreaths December 3 or 4!
Please consider being the person who picks up the wreath order for the UU Bazaar. You will need a hatchback, van, small truck or trailer to accommodate the wreaths. Pick-up can happen Tuesday or Wednesday December 3 or 4. Pick-up location is a family farm in Hardwick, Vermont. It is a beautiful drive to a pretty part of Vermont - take a friend and have lunch along the way! Contact Sarah Forbes at 578-6119 with questions or to say, "Yes"! Thank you.
Holiday Wreaths and Greens
Memorial Greens and Wreaths
Remember a loved one this year with a memorial wreath or greens which will decorate our sanctuary windows during December. Sign up on the bulletin board.

Wreath Orders  
Pre-order a beautiful, custom-decorated, premium quality wreath for your home or office. Sign up on the bulletin board. Wreaths are handmade in the Northeast Kingdom and measure about 24" across, 8" thick.  If you miss the pre-order there will be wreaths available for purchase and pickup Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 8 (downstairs).

Wreath Decorators Needed
Learn something new! Come decorate wreaths, make swags, and table decorations Thursday day and evening December 5 or Friday, December 6. Sign up on the bulletin board and join the fun! Thank you! 

Natural materials and evergreen boughs wanted!
When cleaning up your gardens please consider putting aside any interesting pods, bark, cones, grasses, dusty miller, birch bark, fern or lily seed heads, red bark dogwood, AND greens like cedar, holly, white pine or other evergreen boughs for making holiday bazaar wreaths. Call Sarah Forbes to arrange pick up or drop off or bring to the UU December 4, 5 or 6. Thank you! 
Wreath Bow Makers Needed
Looking for people interested in helping to make bows for the wreaths sold at the UU Bazaar December 7. Once you learn the technique, you can make them at home when it's convenient. Your help stocking up will be much appreciated!

Contact: Sarah Forbes at 578-6119 or

Service of Loss & Remembrance
Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m.  
For the last few years we have held this service and we will be holding it again this year. If you have had a recent loss or not so recent loss, please consider attending this service. Rev. Tricia will lead the service which will include reflections and music. A reception will follow the service. Past participants have thanked the Care Network for having this service to acknowledge our losses and to provide an opportunity to remember those we have lost, particularly during the holiday period.
Autumn Auction Thank You
Thank you to the FUUSB Board, Nina Harrington, the staff and everyone on the fantastic auction team for a successful Together Autumn Auction this past Sunday. With the support of an enthusiastic congregation we were able to surpass our goal and raised a total of $10,958! And equally important, we had a great time coming together as a congregation. Thank you to everyone who participated. If you donated an item but did not receive a statement listing the individuals who won your donation, or if you have any other questions please contact for help. Also, if you were unable to check out on auction Sunday, we can accept your check this coming Sunday at a table in the Parlors or you can pay with a credit card at and click on the "Make A Gift" button.
Why Do We Do That?
Christina Fulton, Director of Operations & Finance

Many years ago I had a regular eNews column called "Why do We Do That?". Over the past month, people have once again been asking me that question a lot, so I thought I'd bring it back. Anytime you have a question for the "Why Do We Do That?" column, just email it to . I promise to do some investigating and put the answer in a future eNews.

Why do we give away half of our collection every Sunday?  
In the Fall of 2001, FUUSB brought in a Stewardship Consultant to help us out. One of his recommendations to create a culture of generosity was to give away half of our Sunday cash collection. After some discussion, the Board made the decision to do so. The original decision was to call it "Loose Plate for Charity" with the understanding that we would give that money to non-profit agencies that were either located in the Old North End of Burlington or assisted our neighbors who live in the Old North End.  

I was recently asked by Rev. Tricia what the term "Loose Plate" meant. I told her that the cash collected in the baskets on Sunday mornings was called "loose plate" in our accounting system. I had assumed it was an old "church" term, but she had never heard of it before. Rev. Tricia has been talking to the Finance Team about possibly changing the name to something like "Outreach Collection." What do you think about that? Let me know!

As soon as we began giving away half of our cash collection each Sunday, the amount we collected doubled! Now that's what I call creating a culture of generosity! This congregation should be proud of this tradition and of all the people that have been helped by these contributions.  

Just in September and October of this year, we've given away $2,320 to eight different organizations! Keep an eye on the eNews for monthly reports on how much we've given away. I'll also give you a sneak peek of the groups we'll be collecting for in the following month. 

Please remember to send me your "Why do we do that" questions!
I am a long-time member struggling to get to church and am seeking rides. I live just off of Suzie Wilson Road in Essex. I travel with my guide dog and would very much appreciate being able to get to church services more regularly. I'm hoping to have a list of folks I can call on for help with rides. If you can, please contact me: Gwendolyn Evans, 879-2706 or . Many thanks!

Spirit Play Basket Makers Needed
Image credit: Peggy Derby
Do you have a talent for crafts and love stories for children? We are in need of Spirit Play basket makers for two very exciting and inclusive stories. A great opportunity to let your imagination take flight... even a family project. Please reach out to Faith Development Assistant, Margo Whitcomb, to learn more: or (802) 862-5630, ext. 34
Library News
Lynn Douglas

New books in the Youth section (downstairs): Graphic novels from John Lewis about his time in the Civil Right Movement. Thank you, Adam and Rita Bortz!
'Check out' our table of new books in the Parlors!!

Holiday eNews Schedule
Opportunities - add to your calendar or click for the monthly web calendar
Please note that there will be no eNews on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. The next issue will be published on December 5.