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November 8, 2018
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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
Potluck and Coffeehouse
JUMP Bags Distributed This Sunday
Spirit Play Teacher Training
YUUth Group Announcements
Listening Circle
Holiday Bazaar Volunteers
Holiday Wreaths
Holiday Bazaar Lunch
Friendly Reminder About Flu Season
Storytelling Help Needed
Pancake Breakfast
JUMP Volunteers Need Your Help!
Thanksgiving Schedule Changes
Service of Loss and Remembrance
Justice Across Borders
Library Update
Steeple Newsletter Article Submissions
JUMP's 30th Year Celebration

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Join Us for Worship This Sunday!
chalice by river Sunday, November 11 at 9 and 11 a.m.
Worship Leader: 
Rev. Susan Milnor, Interim Senior Minister
Worship Associate: Kristin Kany

"Their Memories Keep"
Nearly all of us "keep" memories of people who shaped and influenced us deeply. Here in the turning of the seasons, as we ready ourselves to move into the reflective time of winter, it's good to remember those people we carry with us -- and, of course, to acknowledge this 100th anniversary "Armistice Day" or as it is now known in this country, Veterans' Day. The sermon will be a bit of a meditation on memory and the interlocking world in which people live and move.  

After soliciting suggestions for names for a Music Director Search Task Force, I have called together a group to help me in this hiring task. Its members are Priscilla Douglas (choir ), Tom Hyde (choir), Stephen Rainville (Lay Lead for Worship and Music) and Mary Peabody (personnel experience).   

The group will seek input from many people, such as the choir, our organist and our pianist, our Interim Music Director, the Music Committee Chair, and the congregation as we go about our task.
Although in FUUSB's governance model, the senior minister has hiring responsibility for this position, I would not want to identify the next music director of the congregation without working closely with a search group. In coming weeks, the task force will be reviewing the job description, posting the position in a number of places, accepting and reviewing applications, interviewing the candidates in whom we have the most interest, and auditioning them before hiring.
The task force will communicate the process and progress to you through brief pieces in our weekly e-communication. They intend to be available as often as possible so that you can talk to them and hope you will ask questions and share your thoughts on the music program.  

In the faith,

Rev. Susan Milnor

Potluck and Coffeehouse
Join Us for Good Food, Friendship and Music at the November 10 Potluck and Coffeehouse

These past months, my dears, have been one rocky road
With all of us bearing, a heaviest load
October is gone, and nobody knows 
What November will bring, besides frozen toes

So none too soon, it's that time again
This Saturday evening, November Ten
To gather together, to eat and to sing 
At our monthly UU coffeehouse thing
We start with a potluck, right about six
You don't have to hassle, don't get in a fix
Bring a hot entrée, a salad or stew
If you can, something yummy, to nourish a few
Sign up, if you're psyched, for the open mic
Or sit back and listen, if that's what you'd like 
Share a poem, a story, a solo, or song
Tap your feet, clap your hands, or perhaps hum along
All ages are welcome, all talents are relished
It's a pretty sweet scene, don't think I embellish
There's really not much, that you must do
Just one thing's important, and that's to bring you!

What: Our Monthly FUUSB Potluck and Coffeehouse
Who: Everyone! Friends and family  welcome
Where: The Parlors, First UU Society of Burlington
When: Saturday, November 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
Bring: A potluck dish, a song, story or poem to perform

Questions? email Todd Schlossberg: 

JUMP Bags Distributed This Sunday
Woody Fulton

JUMP bags will be distributed this  Sunday, November 11. See last week's eNews for details, but the gist is that JUMP will no longer be distributing grocery items, thus this year's JUMP bag drive will focus on personal items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, etc.) or diapers (all sizes).  Bags will be collected on  Sunday, November 18. Thanks for all you do for JUMP!

Seeking Playful Spirits!
Erika Reif, Family Ministry Assistant

Spirit Play Teacher Training: Sunday, November 11 , 10-11 a.m. 
in the Barnum Room

As you may know, Spirit Play is the Montessori-based approach to faith formation that we use for preschool through 5th grade children during the  9:00 
service, and for preschool through 3rd grade during the 
11:00 service.

If you are looking for a way to serve our congregation and deepen your connection, consider becoming a Spirit Play Storyteller or Doorkeeper! 

Spirit Play teachers do not need to be parents of young children! Not sure you have what it takes? Come to the training, ask questions, and see if it would work for you!
RSVP here. Childcare and light breakfast provided.

YUUth Group Announcements
Mary Loomis, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Upcoming Youth Group Meetings:
This  Sunday, November 11, please join Youth Group for the  11 a.m. service, followed by Donuts & Dialogue from  12-1 p.m. in the Reeb Room.
Next week, Youth Group will be gathering on  Thursday, Noember 15 from 6-8 p.m. at FUUSB to create Christmas Breakfast flyers and begin their Service Trip planning. Pizza will be served! 

Youth Advisors Needed:

Looking to get more involved with FUUSB? Like hanging out with high school aged students? Want to help foster a safe space for young adults to engage in their community, explore belief sets, and have fun? Consider becoming a Youth Advisor. Please contact Mary Loomis at and Andrea at for more details. 

Listening Circle
Amelia Schlossberg

Join the Healthy Congregation Team this Sunday, 
November 11 for a Deep Listening Circle! This is part of our congregation's ongoing covenantal work to build our deep listening skills (and a continuation of last year's "Deep Listening Meet-Ups"). All are welcome to this circle. The circle theme is "Where are you after this election?" 

You'll have the opportunity to reflect on Tuesday's election and share what's on your heart (and hear what's on others' hearts). Join us at 1 p.m. upstairs in the Whitney Young, Jr. Room.

Holiday Bazaar Volunteer Sign-Up
Volunteer sign-up  for the Holiday Bazaar on  Saturday, December 1  will be in the Parlors after each service on Sundays in November. 

Volunteers are needed to staff the different rooms on the day of the Bazaar, provide baked goods for the Luncheon, and food items for the Food Table. If you can't get to the Parlors after services, contact Kim Watkin at  or call 355-6667 and she will find you a way to get involved.  

This is an annual fundraising event for the FUUSB and it is a great way to share our time and talent!

Holiday Wreaths 
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 or Bazaar table in the parlors after services this Sunday

Wreath Orders
Pre-order a beautiful, custom-decorated, premium quality wreath for your home or office. Sign up on the bulletin board or Bazaar table in parlors after services this Sunday. Wreaths are handmade in the Northeast Kingdom and measure 24" across. If you miss the pre-order there will be many wreaths available for purchase and pick-up  Friday, Nov. 30 Sat. Dec. 1  or  Sunday, Dec. 2  ( downstairs).

Want a large wreath suitable for over a fireplace or on an exterior wall? Contact Sarah Forbes by Nov. 10 for special orders. 578-6119 or

Wreath Decorators Needed
Learn something new! Come decorate wreaths, make swags, and table decorations  Thursday, Nov. 29 during the day, Thursday evening, or  Friday, Nov. 30 . Sign up on the bulletin board or at the Bazaar table in the parlors after services. Contact Sarah Forbes with questions. Thank you!  578-6119 or

Holiday Bazaar Lunch
Wendy Coe

The Holiday Bazaar Lunch  is a wonderful social event at the Bazaar. Visiting over lunch in the Parlors is lots of fun. I am so thankful for everyone who donates the food and their time to make the Lunch a success.

I am still looking for a few more volunteers to:
--make/donate 4 dozen eggs worth of egg salad
--make/donate 1.5 gallons of African Nut Stew (I will supply the recipe)
--baked goods (cookies or bars)
--little decorations for the 10 tables 
--a few more people to help serve

Come join us,  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on  December 1st for soups, sandwiches, hot cider, and more -- and of course -- fellowship.

Wendy Coe, 999-4943 or
A Friendly Reminder About Flu Season
Christina Fulton, Director of Operations and FInance

It's that most wonderful time of the year . . . Flu Season!  We at FUUSB would like to do our very best to prevent the spread of the flu virus as much as we possibly can. As a staff that means that if we become ill with the flu, we will stay home until we are no longer contagious. We do not want to spread the virus to each other nor to our congregants. We will also do our very best to keep our spaces clean and to make tissues and hand sanitizer available throughout the building.
As members of our community, we ask that you also stay home if you are ill. Staying home until you are fever free for at least 24 hours is recommended. When welcoming people on Sundays, perhaps using a heart tap in place of shaking hands would be preferable. Remember, we have members of our congregation that are at high risk for contracting the flu; let's keep our germs to ourselves. 
Thank you, and here's to a happy and healthy flu season!

Come One, Come All!
For all those learned and budding actors, we invite you to be part of our Stone Soup Thanksgiving Service on Sunday,  November 18 . We're looking for several villagers, a village elder, as well as some strangers.  

We need folks for both the  9:00 am and 11:00 am worship services on  November 18. There are speaking parts and non-speaking parts. The dress rehearsal is scheduled on  Saturday, November 17, from  10:30-12:00 in the Sanctuary. Casts for  9:00 am and 11:00 am will rehearse together. If you're interested, please contact Andrea Spencer-Linzie at .  
Pancake Breakfast
Mary Loomis, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Have you been missing Pancake Breakfasts? Have no fear. Youth Group is back and at it this year, and will be flipping stacks on  Sunday, November 18 ! Pancakes will be served after both services from  10-11 a.m.  and again from  12-1 p.m . Short & tall stacks available with Vermont Maple Syrup. 
JUMP Volunteers Need Your Help!
Next Sunday, November 18, we need help sorting all of the filled JUMP bags that have been returned. This will happen at 12:15 in the sanctuary and will take less than an hour.

The next day, Monday, Nov. 19, we also need help transporting all of the filled JUMP bags to the First Congregational Church (home of JUMP) at 9:00 a.m. It is one of those jobs for which literally "many hands make light work" and it will only take an hour!

Please contact Ellen Wollensack at 922-8335 or if you can help out on either day. We need some warm bodies...thank you!!
Thanksgiving Schedule Changes at FUUSB
Save the Date
Please note the following changes to our schedules for worship services, office hours, and newsletters around the Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Sunday, November 25 - One worship service at 11 a.m. No 9 a.m. service.
  • November 21 and 22 - offices closed
  • November 22 - no eNews this week
Service of Loss and Remembrance
We will be gathering for a special Service of Loss and Remembrance on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m. to remember FUUSB members, personal friends or family whom we have recently lost. 

This service for all ages will be led by Rev. Andre Mol, Developmental Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care and Membership, and will be supported by the Care Network and Pastoral Care Associate teams. We will create an altar of remembrance to which you are invited to bring a photo or memento of anyone you wish to honor. 

Following this brief service, we will gather for refreshments. Please join us and share this news with others.  

Justice Across Borders
Suzie McCoy

Guest at Your Table is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about their work to advance human rights. The UUSC is a 77-year-old human rights organization that focuses on three core areas: Rights at Risk, Environmental Justice & Climate Action, and Economic Justice.  
UUSC partners with over 75 grassroots organizations on the front lines of critical human rights issues. Most of its partners have small staff sizes, and many are just getting started - but all make a big difference. This year's theme - Justice Across Borders - celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroots partners. 
UUSC depends upon the support of UU members and friends to continue its vital work around the world. Please participate in this year's Guest at Your Table campaign by making a tax-deductible contribution online at, or use an envelope available in the parlors or sanctuary. "Stories of Hope" brochures are also available. 
Any amount is welcome, but a gift of $125 or more will be matched by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. Thank you!

Library Update
childrens-bookshelf.jpg Lynn Douglas

W hile you are choosing a picture book (or 3) for the week, check out our Bulletin Board (across from the Children's/YA library).  We are highlighting Better World Books, a website we often use to buy buy books. BWB is a Certified B corporation that invests in people, literacy and the environment. 

Steeple Newsletter Article Submissions
Mary Williams, Society Administrator

The next issue of FUUSB's congregational newsletter, the  Steeple will be published the second week of December.  The deadline for article submissions is November 26.  

Steeple Article Guidelines:
Length:  200 - 400 words 
Content:  Big picture/goals related, or the story behind your program or topic; can include digital photos.
Check out more information about  the Steeple and our other newsletters at: 

If you would like to write an article for  the Steeple or have any questions, please let Mary know by emailing or, or call 862-5630, ext. 21. Thank you!
JUMP's 30th Year Celebration
You are invited  to JUMP's 30th Year Celebration:  "Focused on the Future"

~Special Guests, Dinner and Music
~Social Justice Award: 
Bishop Thomas Ely
~City of Burlington Proclamation

Saturday, December 1 at  6 p.m.
Burlington Elks Lodge
925 North Ave., Burlington

TICKET PRICE : $50 per person
FOR TICKETS: contact  Beth Dreibelbis  at 
(802) 899-4557  or