Weekly e-Notes

Thursday, March 16, 2023

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This Sunday

March 19, 2023

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

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

Troubles & Potatoes

Caroline Bright

Lessons of hope from the Emerald Isle-- and what that means for us on this side of the pond.

Nancy McDowell, Board Member

Michael Cohen, Worship Associate

Happy St Paddy's Day!

Don't forget to wear your green tomorrow (3/17) because it's Saint Patrick's Day!

Offering Outreach for March

The recipient of MLUC’s March Offering Outreach contribution is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Offerings will specifically go to a program that partners with grassroots organizations addressing the layers of intersectional oppressions in Ukraine by assisting communities that are tossed aside by government and international responses. These communities are typically made up of non-ethnic Ukrainian, often black/brown and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Click here to learn more.

MLUC Choir

Music in this week's service will be performed by the MLUC Choir!

Annual Stewardship Campaign

Your Pledge Means Everything

The walls of this church are built from stone blocks and mortar; but the spirit of this church is built from the love and commitment of you, its members. Your financial gifts make the foundation for the work we do, to be a transformational force for good in this world. Please make your most generous pledge by clicking on this link right now.

Social Justice

Bring Your Own Doggy Bag

Yes, this can be a thing and is a thing! In your invite, ask your guests to bring their own baggy or container to take leftovers home. That minimizes the need for additional containers or single-use packaging.

This Week

Bake Sale!

Sunday, March 19, Coffee Hour Fireside Room

The Workshops class will bake goodies to sell at Coffee Hour on Sunday, March 19 to support our Offering Outreach partner this month, the UUSC. The class will also accept donations of baked goods and snacks to sell back to you! If you'd like to donate, simply bring your items labeled "Bake Sale" on Sunday 3/19 and leave them in the kitchen before the service.

Comedic and Dramatic Theatrical Readings 

Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., Fireside Room, Zoom Meeting ID: 867 1273 0959

All are welcome to read a short piece or be in the audience. You may bring a favorite poem or excerpt from a play or book. We will also have 10-minute plays on hand. There will be light refreshments, including wine and non-alcoholic beverages.Sally Fritzson; 610-640-1797.

Jazz 'n' Joe

Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., Fireside Room

The fabulous jazz quintet will return to MLUC. Snacks as well as nonalcoholic beverages are provided. Folks are welcome to bring beer and wine to place on the common table for sharing (to keep us in compliance with our insurance and PA state law). Single-serve alcoholic beverages may be kept at the individual tables.

Long Strange Trip: UU History Film Series

Sunday, March 19, 11:30 a.m., McGinness Room

Join the Partner Church Committee (PCC) for a screening of part 6 of Long Strange Trip, a film series produced by committee member Ron Cordes. This final part in the series, titled “Unitarian Universalism,” describes the century-long “courtship” that culminated, with an assist from humanism, in the merger of the two faiths in 1961. It then follows Unitarian Universalism through the first 50 years of its existence. The PCC will serve a light lunch. Childcare will be provided.

Easter in Transylvania

Sunday, March 26, 11:30 a.m., Atrium

Help carry a message of friendship and goodwill to our Partner Church, the Várfalva Unitarian Church in the Romanian province of Transylvania. Stop by the Partner Church Committee table in the Atrium before or after the service this week to see the model of the Várfalva church and to sign your name to one of the Easter cards.

Meditation I

Sunday, March 19, 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m., Room 208 or Zoom Meeting ID: 813 7503 7090

This Sunday's program will continue our Evolving Dharma Practice series with Martin Aylward. This week we will explore the question of Why We Practice. Martin Aylward is a teacher and author who has been practicing dharma for more than 30 years. He grew up in the Theravada tradition and has been influenced by a lot of other contemplative traditions across the Buddhist world and the Hindu and Sufi worlds. All are welcome: beginning and experienced meditators, church members and guests. Facilitated by Katrina Ogilby. If you come in person to Room 208, please bring a laptop.

Meditation II (Hybrid)

Sunday, March 19, 11:30 a.m.–noon, Room 208 or Zoom Meeting ID: 871 0669 1309

We hear a short, inspirational reading and then we sit in silence for 20 minutes. All are welcome!

Caregiver Support Group

Monday, March 20, 1:00 p.m., Zoom Meeting ID: 153 802 017

This is an open space for caregivers of any kind. Caring for someone with a disability or disease can be rewarding. It can also be scary, stressful, and isolating. Join us for access to group support and other resources.

Adult OWL

Sundays, March 19, April 2, 16, and 30

8:30 a.m.9:30 a.m., Wonder Room

Using values, communication skills, and spirituality as starting points, this program explores sexuality issues for adults of all ages. It builds understanding of healthy sexual relationships, affirms diversity, and helps participants accept and affirm their own sexuality throughout their lives.  

Register Here

Theology Explorers

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m., Zoom Meeting ID: 299 356 228

This group discusses spiritual topics and materials in search of truth, meaning, and spiritual growth. On March 22 we will have our Spiritual Tidbits session and on April 12 we will discuss the book The Power of Ritual by Casper ter Kuile. You can find more information about Theology Explorers at this link.

Looking Forward: Next Two Weeks

Memorial Service for Mary Sohier

Saturday, March 25, 11:00 a.m.

In this service, officiated by Rev. Dave Messner, we will celebrate the life of Mary Sohier.

Folk Singing

Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m., Fireside Room

Informal group singing open to all. People do not have to play an instrument or be an accomplished singer to attend!

Ongoing Request for Social Media Content

Do you want to showcase the amazing things your organization does within the congregation? Are you looking for more opportunities to encourage newcomers to join your group? Please send any high-quality videos or photos of your group in action to caleigh@mluc.org for an opportunity to get highlighted on social media. Be sure to include the group's title and a brief blurb about it in the body of the e-mail. For further instructions or suggestions, reach out to Caleigh with questions.

Easter Hat Workshop

Saturday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Fireside Room

Friends, members and their families will make Easter hats. Participants are invited to bring any decorations and ribbons to trim the hats. Hats can be worn to the Easter Service April 9.

Mark Your Calendars

Souls Shot Portrait Project Opening Reception

Sunday, April 2, 5:30-7pm

The Art Group will host the opening reception and program for their next exhibit, the Souls Shot Portrait Project. This project links fine artists with loved ones of those who have lost their

lives to gun violence, creating portraits to honor victims and the precious

lives that have been cut short. The Souls Shot Portrait Project hopes to

inspire community action to end gun violence.

Art Exhibit: All About Nature

All About Nature, our all-church art exhibit in May, will focus on the natural world. Collages, sculptures, assemblages, paintings, and photography will be included. Looking ahead, we encourage you to begin now collecting natural materials (twigs, berries, leaves, anything that you find). Activities for children and families will be planned in conjunction with the show. 

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Join Our Team!

Photo by David Hucker 

Job Opening: Office Assistant, 30 Hours

Provides general clerical support. Operates office equipment. Activities include preparation and distribution of written/printed materials such as newsletters, Sunday bulletins, and informational materials. Also answers and routes incoming calls, schedules building use. Maintains church membership and mailing lists. Maintains necessary office supplies. Performs ongoing, programmed administrative duties as assigned. Details here.

Candles of Community

We express our concern and support for . . .

Marshall Levine, who has entered hospice care at home. We hold the Levine family and friends in our hearts. 

Publication Deadlines

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