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MARCH 2021
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DEADLINE FOR THE APRIL 2021 FORUM
If you'd like to have an announcement published in the April 2021 edition of The Forum, please make sure to send your info to the Editor, Jennie Freiberger, at admin@mvuuf.org by Tuesday, March 23rd.
We'd love to read what YOU have to offer!
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ALL of our events online (computer, tablet, smart phone).
Additionally, if you want/need to attend the meeting/event using a phone, you can use the following number for ANY of our events:

To join on your cell phone or land line,
please call 1-929-205-6099
and enter the Meeting ID and Password when prompted
(our worship services do not require a password).
OUR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES
Please join us on Zoom!

Sundays at 11:00 AM
(Tech assistance available from 10:30 - 11 AM)

Join us online with this link:

(no passcode required)

Please note the following:
1. This service will be recorded and/or live-streamed to Facebook. If you do not want to be included in the recording, please turn off your camera, mute your microphone, and change your name to "MVUUF" (these are all Zoom options once you join the meeting).
2. If you would like to submit an announcement, joy, or sorrow for the service, please email Rev. Kellie by 10:00 PM on the prior Saturday evening (minister @mvuuf.org).
WORSHIP FOR THE WEARY
Thursdays, 6:30 PM
We continue to offer this shorter, more reflective service as a way of providing a bit of peace and comfort during these trying times. We "gather" on Zoom for music, readings, and reflection.

We do hope you'll join us by using the link below:

Meeting ID: 958 9428 2191 (no passcode needed)
STAFF NOTES
MESSAGE FROM REV. KELLIE
My Dear Ones,

March 8th, 2020 was the last time that we were together in-person as an entire congregation. An entire year has gone by since we began to understand how a new virus would change our lives and quite literally our entire world.
 
Since that time, half a million Americans have died from COVID-19, including one of our beloved members, Jim Hudson. Many of us are grieving these COVID-related deaths at a personal level through the deaths of our family members, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. In addition, we grieve the unrelated deaths of others close to us, including, yet again, one of our beloved members, Adrienne Clark.
 
All the while, we are separated from one another physically: unable to hold one another, hug one another. Some of us are separated from loved ones across the country, others across the town. Some of us have not been touched by another human being for a year. We have all experienced such profound loss.
 
All the while, white supremacist groups fight to destroy the gains we and so many others have made. Police continue to kill black lives with impunity. Politicians continue to use coded language to spread hate and institutionalize hate against People of Color, women, LGBTQ+ folx, the disabled community, immigrants, non-Christians, and people trapped by poverty.
 
It is important that we take time to acknowledge our losses, our fears, our anger—no matter how fortunate we consider ourselves. It is important that we care for one another. It is important that we take turns with the heavy lifting. It is important that we take time for physical and spiritual nourishment (for humanists, feel free to substitute emotional for spiritual). It is important that we ask for support as well as offer it. It is important that we keep on getting up and returning to the work of collective liberation. It is important that we recognize who we are and who we are here for.
 
We are like-hearted people who have promised to work together to transform ourselves and our world. We are like-hearted folx who have promised to continue learning with and from one another. We are like-hearted people who want to take care of one another and work doggedly at widening our circle of care, our circle of “us” and “we.” We are like-hearted folx who believe that we all are connected and that we all deserve justice and joy. We are Unitarian Universalists.
 
At this anniversary of our last in-person worship service, I continue to be amazed, inspired, and grateful for each one of you: our staff that have continued delivering the same high level quality of ministry, service, and support; our lay leaders who have remained committed and focused on their fellow congregants health and well-being; and all our congregants who continue to connect and care for one another, always welcoming visitors into our circle as well as their new perspectives. You all show me over and over again that we are stronger together—we are stronger together.
 
I continue to hold you all in my heart and pray for your health, safety, and happiness.
 
With much gratitude and love,

Kellie
 
Rev. Kellie Kelly
Mobile (847) 804-4614
Email: minister@mvuuf.org
Appointment Scheduler: calendly.com/kellieuukelly
 

What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching:
  • Washington Post
  • New York Times
  • The Atlantic
  • Dayton Daily News
  • Widening the Circle of Concern: Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change (with UU Justice Ohio)
  • Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Karin Lin and Nancy Palmer Jones
(This year’s Congregational Read continues Saturday, March 20th;
Discussing Chapter 3: UU Church of Annapolis, Maryland)
  • Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate: A New Vision for Financial Stewardship by J. Clif Christopher
  • Soul, Salsa and Spirit by Juana Bordas
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • We Were Witches by Ariel Gore
  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson (with our Sunday morning Scripture Group)
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell (reading alongside my high school freshman)
  • Dickenson (Apple +)
(Season 2 finale just dropped;
#OMSL! (Oh My Spirit of Life!) I LOVE this series,
especially as a UU)
  • Soul (Disney Plus)
  • The Witcher (Netflix; Yes, this is our second viewing)
  • Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

How and When to Reach Me:
  • The best way to reach me is to text or call my mobile phone between 9 AM and 8 PM on my office days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
  • You can also schedule a quick call (15 minutes) or longer meeting/visit via Zoom or phone (60 minutes) with me online: calendly.com/kellieuukelly
  • Please do not call or text me on other days unless you are experiencing a pastoral emergency: Sunday is "Church," Tuesday is my study day (worship prep), and Friday is my Sabbath. On these days, email is a great alternative.
CYRE NEWS
I don't know about you, but I am so glad that spring is almost here! For one, it will just be so nice to have some warm air and to get outside. The other reason though is that it's almost time for our CYRE spring boxes. Over winter break we sent out some winter boxes filled with all kinds of fun things. We will be sending them out to all the children and youth currently participating in Sunday RE and also to those that request one. There will be at least one craft for us to do together on zoom, and some other fun things to do. 

Middle school and high school groups are continuing to meet on an alternating schedule. The high school group meets the first and third Sunday of the month and the middle school group meets the second and fourth. Both classes meet at 2:30 PM on their designated Sunday using the same zoom link. 

The prek-5th grade class will still be meeting every Sunday that we do not have a WFAA service. 

If you have any questions or would like to receive a spring box please email me at re@mvuuf.org.

March 7th- Games
Join us on zoom for some forehead drawing and mad libs. Make sure to bring some paper and something to draw with! 

March 14th- Worship For All Ages (WFAA)
 To be determined

March 21st- Science experiments on change! 
For this class you will need to prepare a few supplies 
  • Dish soap
  • pepper
  • water
  • bowl
  • shallow dish
  • corn starch

March 28th- CartUUns
We'll be watching the animated short "Coin Operated

---Somaya Bernard, Director of Religious Education 
CHILDREN & YOUTH
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
CYRE COMMITTEE
Second Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday, March 10th, 7:00 PM
Our Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month and is open to ALL! Whether you have children in the CYRE program or not, the committee is always looking for people to teach classes and/or volunteer to help with family-friendly activities.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard, re@ mvuuf.org.

To join the Zoom Meeting online, click below:

Meeting ID: 813 5941 9144 Passcode: 385131
WEEKLY CYRE CLASSES
CYRE classes usually do not meet on Sundays when we offer a Worship for All Ages multigenerational worship service(designed for preschool-aged children and older). Confirm directly with our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard, re@mvuuf.org.

Preschool-5th Grade Religious Education
Sunday afternoons, 1:00 PM
(NO CLASS on Sundays with Worship For All Ages services)

Meeting ID: 747 369 526 Passcode: 149172


Middle School and High School Groups
Sunday afternoons, 2:30 PM
The High School Group meets on the 1st & 3rd Sundays and the Middle School Group meets on the 2nd & 4th Sundays. Both groups focus on building more bonds and strengthening their connections.

Meeting ID: 220 144 959 Passcode: 149172
ADULT
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
SCRIPTURE STUDY
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 AM
If you are interested in learning about different religions, and especially in the writings from those different religions, then you should consider attending our weekly Scripture Study. They meet every Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30 AM on Zoom, and are currently discussing The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson. You can contact John Bierman if you have any questions at john_bierman@att.net or 937-438-0211.

To join their Zoom meeting, use the information posted below:

To join the gathering online, click the link below---

Passcode: 720015 Meeting ID: 424 304 843
NEW! ADULT RELIGIOUS
EDUCATION NIGHT & CLASS
Second Monday Each Month
Monday, March 8th, 7:00 PM
While we talk a lot about our 7 Principles, our 6 Sources are not named as often. Can you list them? Don’t worry— there will be no quiz at any time during our class, hehe. How about this quiz question (I know, I know— I said that we wouldn’t have a quiz): how long have we had our current Sources? Once again, the answer is a part of our religious movement’s framework that many Unitarian Universalists do not know or even consider. 

Because we believe in the progress of human understanding, the practice of democratic governance, and the continued unfolding of Truth, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bylaws require that we review our Principles, Purposes, and Sources every 15 years and revise or reaffirm them at General Assembly. If you would like to learn more about this process (we’re 6 months into a review right now) and its history, read the Article II Study Commission’s first blog (dated November 23rd, 2020), What Brings Us Together.

Please join Rev. Kellie and Lifespan Religious Education Rep., René Hick, as they explore each of our current 6 Sources. No prep work or homework will be assigned (Rev. Kellie’s favorite type of class). While we would love for you to be able to attend all 6 monthly classes, there also is no attendance policy (attend as often as you like/can).  The March meeting will take place on Monday, March 8th, 7:00 PM.

To join us on Zoom use the info below:

Meeting ID: 824 1035 5529 Passcode: 945147
LONG STRANGE TRIP:
UU HISTORY REDUX
Second Saturday Each Month
March 13th 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Are you a history geek? Maybe you’re
a story lover? Maybe you just want to learn Unitarian Universalism history? Or maybe you want to revisit the UU history you learned through an anti-racism and anti-oppression lens?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, please join Rev. Kellie and Lifespan Religious Education Rep., René Hick, as they share Ron Cordes’ 6-part UU history film series, Long Strange Trip. Sessions will be monthly on the second Saturday, January through June.

We will watch each film together for the first half of the 2-hour session (each film is aprox. 60 minutes). During the second half, Rev. Kellie will start our group discussion by providing an anti-oppression perspective, adding context and additional histories.


No prep work or homework will be assigned (Rev. Kellie’s favorite type of class). While we would love for you to be able to attend all 6 monthly classes, there also is no attendance policy (attend as often as you like/can). The March class will meet on Saturday, March 13th, 10:00 AM.

To join us on Zoom please use the info below:

Meeting ID: 880 0486 8864 Passcode: 977790
CONGREGATIONAL READ
Third Saturday Each Month
Saturday, March 20th 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Join Rev. Kellie for her THIRD Congregational Read, Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin. The UUA Bookstore states that the book, “Shares how five diverse congregations encounter frustrations and disappointments, as well as hope and wonder, once they commit to the journey to create multicultural, antiracist Beloved Community.” 

Rev. Kellie’s Congregational Reads provide a learning path for or the deep soul work of transformation: personal, interpersonal, organizational, cultural, and societal. In her first year, Rev. Kellie shared White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and, in her second year, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, written by Unitarian Universalist religious professionals and edited by Rev. Mitra Rahnema. After we complete this year’s read, Mistakes and Miracles, Rev. Kellie will lead us through one of the most important reports issued by the Unitarian Universalist Association, Widening the Circle of Concern: The Commission on Institutional Change’s 2020 Report

Regardless of whether you have read all of the previous Congregational Reads with Rev. Kellie or you are new to Unitarian Universalism— regardless of whether you are committed to antiracism and anti-oppression justice or you want to grow your mind, heart, and soul— regardless of whether you can attend all 8 monthly sessions or only a few, please join Rev. Kellie on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 AM on Zoom. We will be discussing Chapter 3: UU Church of Annapolis, Maryland.

Kindle version available at Amazon and print version available at the UUA Bookstore. If the purchase cost would make it difficult to participate, please email Rev. Kellie directly to arrange the best way to get a copy to you at no cost (minister@mvuuf.org).

To join us on Zoom please use the info below:

Meeting ID: 847 5921 6947 Passcode: 773098
DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
Third Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday, March 17th, 10:30 AM
Our Daytime Book Club continues to meet monthly to discuss a featured book; this month, they'll be gathering at 10:30 AM(on Zoom) on Wednesday, March 17th to discuss All Adults Here: A Novel by Emma Straub.

Next month's selection:
April 21st: The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel
by Lisa Wingate.

If you'd like to join them online, please click the link below:

Passcode: 284687 Meeting ID: 814 1095 6674
DEATH CAFE
Fourth Monday Each Month
Monday, March 22nd, 7:00 PM
At a Death Café people, often strangers, gather in an accessible, respectful and confidential space to enjoy refreshments and to discuss death. Our Death Café conversations are participant-directed; there is no agenda. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. Groups such as this gather around the globe with a purpose: "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives."

MVUUF holds a Death Café on the fourth Monday of each month from 7-8:30 PM; this month, they'll meet on Monday, March 22nd. You are welcome to join us to listen and share and/or invite a friend who you think may be interested in exploring the topic.  


To join the meeting online, click below

Passcode: 900106 Meeting ID: 851 4870 0547
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
SOUL MATTERS' THEME FOR MARCH
For the month of February, our Soul Matters' theme is Commitment.

The Soul Matters' packet includes spiritual exercises, questions that encourage reflection on daily living, and 5-7 pages of recommended resources that help participants explore the monthly themes in more depth.

Simply click HERE for this month's packet!
WOMEN'S GROUP
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 AM
This weekly group is open to all who identify as female, and they would love to have you join them for one of their interesting and thought-provoking discussions!

To join the gathering online, click on the link below---

Passcode: 042027 Meeting ID: 339 923 301
DA' GROUP
This group is a space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to gather and share their stories, receive and provide support, and share their joys, sorrows and celebrations with each other.

Currently, the group is on hiatus; you can contact Ndidi Achebe at nachebepublic@gmail.com
if you'd like more information.
YOUNG ADULTS GROUP
Now Forming
Connect and build bonds with other UU young adults at MVUUF (ages 18-35). If you are interested in participating, please contact Somaya Bernard, Director of Religious Education, at re@mvuuf.org or 937-694-0594 to let her know what meeting dates/times work best for you.
AROUND THE FELLOWSHIP
SERVICE AUCTION UPDATE

If you are like me, you may have been thinking about our annual Service Auction. This lively and well-attended event usually happens early in the calendar year - about now. 

The Board decided to postpone the 2021 Service Auction to the fall. This will allow us more time to explore technology required to have an amazing virtual Service Auction. Pushing the date later in the year also gives us the possibility that we might be able to do it in person. No promises, of course. We have no way to predict the future. 

An autumn Service Auction has some fun possibilities. When we had the Gifts and Gatherings event in the fall a few years ago, some people offered gift-worthy items for the silent auction so those of us who do holiday shopping at the end of the year could check some gifts off our lists while we helped the Fellowship. 

What you can do now:
  • Start thinking about what fun live/Zoom events, silent auction items, or baskets you might want to offer. Let's make this a spectacular event even if we are still unable to gather.
  • Consider if you want to help with the planning and implementation of this MVUUF traditional event. More information will be available later for how to get involved.
  • By moving the Service Auction to the fall, it will be a fundraiser for the 2021-22 budget. The downside is we lose one of our fundraisers for this current budget year. If you planned to spend an amount of money at a spring service auction to apply to the 2020-21 budget and want to donate that money to MVUUF now, you can do that on online giving page. Use the Annual Service Auction line item under the Other Fundraising heading. You can leave the paddle number text box blank. 

---Garlene Hamilton
MVUUF's WORSHIP CHOIR
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM
Did you know that our Worship Choir continues to meet--on Zoom--and participates in our Worship Services? Their love of singing won't let the pandemic stop them!

They "gather" on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, and you are always welcome to join them. You can contact our Director of Music, Sara Davis, with any questions, and join rehearsals online by clicking the link below:

Meeting ID: 149 540 739 Passcode: 115053
PROGRAM COUNCIL
First Monday Each Month
Monday, March 1st, 7:00 PM
The PC will meet next on Monday, March 1st, 7:00 PM on Zoom.

Our PC is responsible for the following: Leading and implementing a variety of programs that bring MVUUF closer to realizing its purpose, vision and mission; Facilitating cooperation among program areas; Approving the appointment or removal of committee chairs nominated by individual program council representatives; Appointing interim members to fill mid-term vacancies on the nominating committee; Nominating one qualified candidate for election to the nominating committee each year; and Recommending policies and procedures to the board for approval and incorporation into the MVUUF policy manual. 

PC meets once a month, usually on the first Monday, and their meetings are open to ALL. The January meeting was cancelled and the PC will meet again Monday, March 1st, at 6:30 PM (on Zoom).

To join the meeting online, click below

Passcode: 395986 Meeting ID: 845 4628 1330
FINANCE COMMITTEE
First Wednesday Each Month
Wednesday,
March 3rd, 7:00 PM
We meet on the first Wednesday evening of the month to discuss the fellowship's finances. This includes budgeting, stewardship, and fundraising. 

As with the Board meetings, we set aside time at the beginning of each meeting for visitor comments and/or questions. So you can ask questions or make comments and leave right afterwards if you'd rather not stay for the whole meeting (which is usually about an hour). Contact is Skylar Gladden, our new Treasurer; you can reach her at skylargladden@gmail.com.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 3664 8371 Passcode: 495242
CHALICE OF THE WILLOW (CUUPS)
DISCUSSION GROUP
Second Sunday Each Month
Sunday, March 14th, 12:30 PM
Our pagan group, Chalice of the Willow (CUUPS) has a discussion group on the second Sunday of each month, beginning at 12:30 PM. It's a great way to find out a little bit more about pagan beliefs & traditions, and to converse with others in a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere.

You can find out more by contacting Tina Porter at ladyosun@yahoo.com. This month the group will gather on Sunday, March 14th, 12:30 PM; you can join the discussion online by clicking the link below:

Meeting ID: 860 0484 4655 Passcode: 757543
BOARD MEETING
NOW the Third Sunday Each Month
Sunday, March 21st, 1:30 PM
Our monthly Board Meetings are now held on the third Sunday of each month. Our Board meetings are open to EVERYONE, and time is set aside at the beginning of the meeting to answer any questions our members and friends may have for Board members. This month, the group will meet on Sunday, March 21st, 1:30 PM.

To join the Zoom meeting, click below

Passcode: 033710 Meeting ID: 976 9504 0775
WELCOME SESSION
Third Sunday Each Month
Sunday, March 21st, 12:15 PM
Are you new to MVUUF? Would you like to know more about the Fellowship and what we have to offer?

We offer a Welcome Session on the third Sunday of each month, hosted by our Membership Rep., Lathe Snyder, and our minister, Rev. Kellie, where you'll have the opportunity to find out more about our Fellowship and Unitarian Universalism. Please join us Sunday, March 21st, at 12:15 PM!

To join the meeting on Zoom, click on the link below:

Passcode: 567024 Meeting ID: 815 9880 6017
ACOUSTIC FOLK JAM SESSION
Third Tuesday Each Month
Tuesday, March 16th, 6:30 PM
If you're looking for a fun way to share your love of music, may we suggest attending our Acoustic Folk Jam Session? You can play an instrument...or use your voice...or just listen and enjoy to everyone else. It's a low-key way to enjoy some human connection (virtually, of course) and relax. Join us on Tuesday, March 16th, at 6:30 PM.

If you'd like to join them online, please click the link below:

Passcode: 639360 Meeting ID: 876 8968 9805
SHOWING UP FOR
SOCIAL JUSTICE
SHARING THE OFFERING
MVUUF shares 50% of its non-pledge offerings with a human service agency or similar fund. These agencies are selected yearly by the congregation’s members under the guidance of the Social Action Committee.

Please give generously by clicking HERE to go to our online donation page and go to “SHARING OUR OFFERING.” 

You can also donate clothing items as well, as explained below!

About Our Current Recipient 
For the months of January, February, and March, 50% of non-pledge offerings will be given to Clothes That Work.
Clothes That Work is an organization that clothes, educates, and empowers individuals to prepare them for employment success. They offer clothing coaches designed to give job seekers the wardrobe they need to be successful in an interview and the confidence needed to create a positive, lasting impression. They also provide a complete outfit to keep at no cost, including shoes and accessories for people referred by social service agencies. Everyone who goes through the Reentry Career Alliance Academy gets a free outfit and coaching on interviewing. An entire outfit is also offered for people without a referral for only $40.

Located at the Job Center, this organization accepts clothing and monetary donations and then supports people in preparing for successful job interviews. Clothes were also provided to people affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.

We will also collect used clothing in good condition. Donations do not have to be suits, since some people work in more casual places. But suits are great for interviews! To donate adult clothes in good shape please contact Alice Diebel at diebelalice@gmail.com or Bill Ross at rossviva@hotmail.com or 937-520-2481. Pick up days are March 27th and April 3rd or by other arrangement.

Here is a list of the most needed items;
however any appropriate clothing is appreciated:
(click HERE to read the donation guide)

Plus size women’s clothing
Small sizes 0,2,&4’s
Ladies shoes
Ladies white blouses
Men’s white dress shirts
Men’s dress shoes
Men’s suits
Men’s white undershirts
Solid black polos
Solid colored scrubs
Personal travel-size toiletries
WEST DAYTON ACTION GROUP
First Tuesday Each Month
Tuesday, March 2nd, 6:30 PM
If you are concerned by the conditions of our siblings living in West Dayton, please consider attending our West Dayton Action Group. They meet--on Zoom--the first Tuesday of every month, and have already developed and participated in several actions to benefit those living on the west side of town.

This month, the group will meet on Tuesday, March 2nd, at 6:30 PM.

You can find out more by contacting
Bob Lewis at bobslewis@hotmail.com.
IMMIGRATION ACTION GROUP
Second Monday Each Month
Monday, March 8th, 6:30 PM
Are you interested in supporting those who have come to our country searching for a better life? Do you believe all humans have a right to live in a safe environment? Then we'd like to suggest attending a meeting of our MVUUF Immigration Action Group. One specific way to help is with food and supplemental item deliveries. We do this with the Miami Valley Immigration Coalition, and volunteers are much needed now to deliver this support.

Our MVUUF Immigration Action Group meets on the second Monday (NEW date and day!) of every month, 6:30 PM, on Zoom, and the meeting is open to ALL. Why not join them and see how you can help?
 
To join the meeting online with Zoom please use the link below:

Passcode is: 100025  Meeting ID: 845 0612 0783
ST. VINCENT de PAUL LUNCH
Second Saturday Each Month
Saturday, March 13th 10:30 AM
Thanks to all those who have donated funds and all those who have been willing to provide extra large batches of menu items as we continue with the COVID-19 plan we began back in April 2020.   We ask MVUUF members and friends to provide beef or ground turkey sloppy joe sandwich filling,  salad and fresh fruit, and to deliver or arrange with Lynn Buffington for pick up.  The food service director has told us that the sloppy joe menu is very popular with residents and he hopes we will continue that menu. 

Please note changes in delivery times and new drop off spot due to creation of a St. V. central kitchen on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.  We will now drop off all Saturday lunch food on Fridays between 8 am and 5 pm. 

For COVID safety we will continue to deliver to an outside door, but at the new address, and the hard working St. Vincent's staff will serve the meal. Please check the signup genius for how you might help and please pay careful attention to the labeling instructions and new drop off location.  To access SignUpGenius click HERE.
 
Because of the expense of large “batches,” we are reimbursing cooks and shoppers for ingredients.  We accept financial donations for this purpose.  You may donate by sending a check made out to MVUUF with memo line "St. Vincent's." Please mail to 8690 Yankee St, Dayton 45458. Because MVUUF still needs our funds for operating expenses, more than ever, please only donate for St. Vincent's if you are able to also continue to contribute to MVUUF operating expenses. You can contact Lynn with questions, including about reimbursement process, and suggestions:  ABUFFLG@Gmail.com cell: 937-657-0426.
TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE GROUP
Second Thursday Each Month
Thursday, March 11th, 7:00 PM
MVUUF's Transgender Alliance Group meets each month on the second Thursday; this month, they'll gather (on Zoom!) on Thursday, March 11th from 7-8:30 PM. Our Transgender Alliance Group is a supportive place of community for transgender folx and their allies. 

For more information, please email René Hick,  rene@hickfamily.net. 

To join the Zoom meeting online, click below

Passcode: 774615 Meeting ID: 841 0786 6724
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Third Monday Each Month
Monday, March 15th, 6:30 PM
Our Social Action Committee offers many different ways for you to "be the change" you'd like to see in the world: immigration action, St. Vincent lunches, improving conditions in west Dayton, literacy & tutoring projects, and the list goes on.

If you would like to join them, feel free to join their next meeting, on Monday, March 15th, beginning at 6:30 PM on Zoom.

To join the Zoom Meeting online, click below:

Passcode: 613674 Meeting ID: 850 2242 9356
ANTI-RACISM ALLY GROUP
4th Thursday of Every Month
Thursday, March 25th, 7:00 PM
There has been a lot of turmoil around racism in our country, state and city. Are you a white person with questions, ideas, concerns or just want a place to have discussions about what is going on? We also welcome anyone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color.
 
Currently we are asking the question:
What is happening in the community and our congregation in regards to policing, and what support is needed? 
 
Please join our Anti-Racism Ally Group on Zoom, Thursday, February 25th, at 7:00 PM. Each meeting one or two members bring in materials or a speaker so we can learn about a topic. We then allow for open discussion around how the topic relates to being allies. We also commit to actions that support Black, Indigenous and all People of Color in our congregation as well as the larger community. Meetings are held the 4th Thursday evening of the month.
 
If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Co-Leaders Bill at rossviva@hotmail.com or Kristen at KristenBeireis@gmail.com 
 
To join the meeting online click on the link below:
 
Meeting ID: 810 0062 5437 Passcode: 306008
MOVIES FOR THE SEASON OF NONVIOLENCE
ENDS THIS MONTH
Friday, March 26th, 7:00 PM
The Season for Nonviolence, launched at the United Nations in 1998, marks the annual 64 calendar days between the memorial anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on January 30th and that of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th. MVUUF has honored this season in various ways for the past 10-15 years.
It seems like ideas of nonviolence and nonviolent resistance are needed now more than ever, and it is timed well with our Peace Heroes Trail. The MVUUF Social Action Committee will show the final movie for this Season on Friday, March 26th, at 7:00 PM: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

A 13-year-old boy is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the fees. He sneaks into the library and learns how to build a windmill to save his village from a famine. This movie shows how dire circumstances can turn violent, or how people can address significant problems through nonviolence. 

Join us for this film with the Zoom link below:


Meeting ID: 894 2382 4860 Passcode: 221877
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