September 2020
Your monthly news & updates
Ingathering Water Celebration Planned for Sunday, September 13
Each year, we celebrate the beginning of our church year with the gathering of the waters. This year we will be doing so virtually! Please email a photo (whether your own or not) of a body of water (tiny or huge) that has special meaning for you to minister@nuuc.org by noon on Thursday, September 10. Be sure to indicate the name and location of the body of water, and no more than a sentence about its meaning. Thanks!
Ways to Connect
To all those actually named "Karen":
I'm interested in meeting (virtually) with others whose given name is Karen for a conversation about the meme "a Karen." It's been interesting to say the least for me to process and I'd like to talk with other Karens to exchange thoughts about our name being suddenly so "famous." Limited to those named Karen please. Meeting time to be determined by the group. Contact: Karen McGuire at kbmguire1@gmail.com

Brown Bag Books met on Tuesday, August 18th on the church lawn with appropriate distancing and optional masks! The weather was perfect for our first face to face meeting. Maybe we can try this again, hoping fpr a favorable weather forecast (please note: the church building is closed for alll uses, including the restroom). We will wait until closer to our next meeting to make a final decision. Your input is welcome. We discussed The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Reviews were mixed....Next month we will discuss Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Meeting date will be September 22 at 12 noon. October's selection will be The Daughters of Erietown by Connic Schultz.  
Contact: Ruth Rusk: rutharusk@gmail.com

Wednesday Noon Check In
Join us using the regular NUUC zoom connection at noon everyday Wednesday for informal check- ins and chat with your fellow members.
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Second Monday Morning Covenant Group, September 14, 10:00 until noon—A zoom discussion about “What Would You Do With A Million Dollars?”To join contact martykeith@zoho.com
 
NUUC Women's Group—Discussed The Testaments by Margaret Atwood in August; September 27th's topic has not yet been decided, but “Personal Rituals That Heal, Free, or Comfort Us” is a possibility. This meeting will begin at noon.
Meetings will be by Zoom. Please contact Marty Keith for more information: marthkeith@zoho.com


Soul Matters Small Groups

We currently have three different Soul Matters Small Groups virtually meeting, for regular in depth check ins, and for exploring together different spiritual themes. New members are welcome at any time, write to minister@nuuc.org
Fall Religious Education

Greetings! I have certainly missed seeing our youth and Religious Education (RE) volunteers in person over the past several months! During this odd time of being virtual, we have worked to stay connected through storytime for our littlest ones, weekly fun and spirit for our upper elementary and middle school kids, and a modified Coming of Age for our high school youth. It has been a busy time!

We want the new fall RE schedule to work for as many families as possible, so int he next week we will be sending our separately a brief survey to share your preferences for RE scheduling.
This fall, our youngest children will experience the power of stories, movement and art to help them connect with themselves, each other, and the world. Our older children will explore "Crossing Paths," a curriculum where we explore how UUism and other faiths ask what it means to be human. High schoolers will have the option to join in their own "Crossing Paths" experience, as well as to gather for informal Youth Group fun and connection.

We are also looking for ways to connect families across the distance this year, so please share your ideas with Jen Aultman at jaultman@nuuc.org. This could include virtual game nights, long-distance cookie exchanges, virtual movie night, and a pet show (our NUUC kids LOVE animals)!

Finally, our RE programming cannot happen without a large team of adult volunteers. Please consider joining our team--you'll always be paired with an experienced RE teacher and all materials will be provided! Email Jen to indicate your interest.

Thanks to the whole congregation for your support of our Religious Education program!

In peace,
Jen Aultman, Director of Religious Education jaultman@nuuc.org


Fall Mowing at NUUC – We Need Some Help

The Building & Grounds Committee is requesting help with the mowing. They would like to get 1-2 volunteers each month from the congregation to mow just one time during the season through October. The other weeks will be handled by B&G Committee volunteers. We will be taking recommended virus precautions for volunteers.  
 
We have a zero-turn riding mower, which can be used for almost all of the mowing. For a few small, tight areas, which the zero-turn mower cannot handle, we then use a self-propelled push power mower. Using a zero-turn mower is fun and allows the mowing to be done in about half the time. If you are not familiar with using a zero-turn mower, we will give you some brief training for about 15 minutes that gets you familiar enough with the mower to comfortably mow the main parts of the yard. You will still trim the edges of the yard with the self-propelled push mower. But, some people prefer to use the push mower to mow the entire yard instead of the zero-turn mower. 
 
Please consider volunteering to mow one time this season. If you would like to help the church handle the mowing, you can see the mowing sign-up schedule posted at this weblink: 3.ly/a74rs . To get scheduled, just pick a date that works for your schedule and then contact Bob Keith at bobkeith@zoho.com or 740-369-1919. You also can contact Bob if you have questions or would like more information.
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