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NOVEMBER 2020
Our Sunday Worship Services are on Zoom!
Please join us on Zoom!

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

To join online (using a computer, tablet, or smart phone) click below:

(no passcode required)

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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 a joy or sorrow for the service, please email Rev. Kellie by 10:00 PM on the prior Saturday evening (minister @mvuuf.org).
SPECIAL "AFTER THE ELECTION"
WORSHIP FOR THE WEARY
Wednesday, November 4th, 7:00 PM

Whatever the outcome may be with the coming election on Tuesday, November 3rd, we believe there will be a need for some peace and reflection after all the chaos we've been experiencing.

In light of this, you are invited to join us for a special "After the Election" Worship for the Weary on Wednesday, November 4th, beginning at 7:00 PM. We'll be gathering on Zoom for music, readings, and some reflection.

If you'd like to attend, please use the Zoom info below:

Meeting ID: 958 9428 2191

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WORSHIP FOR THE WEARY
Thursdays, 6:30 PM
After this week's special Wednesday edition, next week we will 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 hope you'll join us! To do so, please use the information below:

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JOIN OUR ZOOM PRODUCTION TEAM!
Currently Needed for Sunday Worship Services
Have you been watching services and wondering what is going on behind the scenes to make it happen? Do you enjoy hosting online meetings?
 
The Production Team needs more people to make our Sunday services run smoothly. Many hands make light work, as they say. We have broken the roles down into 3 small chunks of work so each of us can still enjoy the service while we volunteer behind the scenes. 
 
  • Participant Co-host: Spotlights the active speaker, controls Mute/Unmute, and manages the Chat panel. 
  • Presentation Co-host: Shares slides and videos.
  • Usher: Admits people to the meeting and greets them.
 
You do not need to know how to host Zoom meetings. You will join as a participant and use a few Zoom tools throughout the service depending on your role. We will teach you and support you. If you have a stable internet connection and a willingness to learn some fun tech stuff, email me, Garlene Hamilton, at  SoGarlene@gmail.com.
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE SCHEDULE

Worship For All Ages:
Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 22nd, 11:00 AM

Worship For All Ages:
Wassail
Sunday, December 6th, 11:00 AM

Special "Holiday" Worship For The Weary
Wednesday, December 9th, 7:00 PM
(same Zoom link as usual Worship For The Weary)

New Member Ceremony
Sunday, December 13th, 11:00 AM

Child Dedication
Sunday, December 20th, 11:00 AM

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Thursday, December 24th, 7:00 PM

Pajama Worship For All Ages:
Fire Communion
Sunday, December 27th, 11:00 AM
STAFF NOTES
A MINUTE FOR MUSIC
I had a welcome respite when I joined the on-line worship service offered by Sanctuary Boston as just a congregant and not a music leader. But as I watched the faces of those in worship with me, I was disappointed to see how many were not singing along with the songs. (I guess when I’m playing for our services, I can’t see my screen!)

Of course it is possible to experience and to enjoy music as a listener. But especially in these times of Zoom gathering, simply listening starts to seem less like a shared worship experience and more like watching TV or a concert. I am constantly seeking ways to make this odd experience of singing hymns in front of our screens, individually in our homes, feel communal. I will continue to choose familiar tunes, repeat favorites often, transpose some to lower keys, and encourage your participation! In the words of Henry Van Dyke: “Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

Sara Davis
Director of Music
CYRE NEWS
Before I share some words I have for you all, I would like to ask our families to fill out a quick survey I’ve put together. The CYRE committee and I are looking for your input about this year and what would be best for your family. We want to know how we can be here for you this year and how we can connect with you in a way that feels comfortable. We appreciate any feedback and thank you for helping us be here for you. https://forms.gle/emknDkCbu8W6T6xL7


I have some insight I would like to share, as your DRE but also as a parent who is feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders as I’m sure that you are too. Let’s not sugar coat things. Life as we know it is difficult right now. There are a multitude of situations and happenings that the universe has thrown to us that have impacted us each in different ways. Sometimes it’s one big thing, and some days it just feels like it’s one thing after another. I understand-- we, as a community, understand. We are all doing our best to navigate these things in whatever way we know how (our parents never taught us how to parent during a pandemic!). Unfortunately there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to how to handle life. Especially when life is throwing you so many things it seems impossible to juggle them all at once.

I find myself feeling negatively about myself when I have to say “I have too much”, and setting something down. I feel like I am not doing enough, or I’m not doing as much as I could be doing. I compare myself to how much other people are doing, and how other people are handling life right now. But that is not self-care. Self-care is saying, "I don’t have the energy to get my kids set up on a zoom call right now." Self-care is saying, "I am not emotionally available to be present right now." Self-care is saying, "I need to put this down and come back later because I am overwhelmed."

There is no too little when life gets hard. There is no too little when life isn’t hard either. You are not defined by how much you are doing. Self-care is not always showing up. Sometimes you just have to put something down. Sometimes that something is the Religious Education program at church, and that is OK. I know first hand that it seems like all the things need to fall into place in order for you to get your kids to sit down in front of a screen on a Sunday morning/afternoon (especially after they have spent all week on Zoom!), and they just do not always fall into place.

The beauty of belonging to a community of people that cares for you unconditionally though is knowing that they will understand if you don’t have the capacity in your life for all the extra stuff right now. It’s knowing that even if we can’t be together physically, and you may not be able to see them virtually, we’re still here. I also want to lift up two words that I have said a few times, “right now.” Because it’s important to remember that this is right now, and right now will not last forever. I am looking forward to the day when we can laugh and cry together in person, and I value the knowledge that our community is still intact even when it looks a little unconventional.

If you're looking for another way to bring family worship into the home without the screen time, this packet is a great way to do that! (but don't forget it's okay to say "I don't have capacity for the extra.") I'm a little behind on getting these out so here are the packets from September , October , and November.

As a parent, I am feeling overwhelmed. As a UU parent, I’m feeling overwhelmed by the state of our world. You are not alone. I don’t have set office hours in this virtual setting, but I would love to set up a time to talk. We can all get through this together, and I feel better knowing that. Please don’t hesitate to email me at RE@mvuuf.org, you can also reach me by text or calling me on my cell phone 937-694-0594

Somaya Bernard
Director of Religious Education 
she/her/hers
SOUL MATTERS LINK FOR NOVEMBER
For the month of November, our Soul Matters' theme is Healing.

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!
SHOWING UP FOR JUSTICE
WIDENING THE CIRCLE OF CHANGE: MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE
Workshop on Institutional Change
Thursdays, November 5th and 12th 7:00 PM

“The good news is that we are in control of what we do with our daily living. If we, each one of us, represent a missing remnant in the fabric of our collective future-then together we can lean into a possibility that we have yet to fully experience in human history. A collective wholeness. An unassailable good. That is the kind of salvation I am here to fight for in the small moments of every single day.” - Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt, “The Missing Remnant” (p.67 Widening the Circle of Concern)

In this time of restlessness and uncertainty, a yearning for real change becomes increasingly insistent. Perhaps holding a sign saying "Widening the Circle of Concern - Join us!" This was a report released by our Unitarian Universalist Commission On Institutional Change (COIC) at our General Assembly in June, 2020.

Looking for a path forward for your congregation to be guided by UU Voices of Color? Not sure what to do with your two Thursday evenings following the election? Want to get fired up before attending the UUJO annual meeting on Saturday, November 21st?

UUJO has just the opportunity for you!

Join UUJO Board members and- wait for it- Rev. Mel Hoover AND our very own Rev. Kellie- starting with two 90-minute sessions. We will look at one chapter in Widening the Circle of Concern, understanding the content, looking at action options, sharing what is working, and creating ideas for your congregation to work toward a new anti-racist America - making ALL of our Constitution real. 

What: Widening the Circle of Concern - Making it Accessible

When: two Thursday nights, November 5th and 12th, 7-8:30 PM

Where: Register for Zoom information and reading materials HERE

Why: Honoring 3 years of COIC work with action

Who: You and other members of your congregation

Make sure to click HERE for a great infographic with more info, courtesy of First UU Church of Columbus.
TRANSGENDER INCLUSION IN CONGREGATIONS
Saturday, November 7th, 1:00 PM
MVUUF’s Transgender Alliance Group is continuing to offer the Transgender Inclusion in Congregations course by Transforming Hearts Collective this month. 
This course is for everyone from novices on trans identity to those with decades of life experience. The course pushes participants to the next level of congregational welcome, relationship-building, and skills-building. It counters mainstream narratives about who trans people are; supports understanding of non-binary identities (such as genderqueer, agender, and two spirit); and employs a deeply intersectional approach. “ ---From Transforming Hearts Collective

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

To learn more about Transforming Hearts Collective, click HERE

Below is the Zoom info you'll need to join the classes:
To join the class online click the link below

Meeting ID: 839 5305 5151
Passcode: 536237

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TRANSGENDER ALLIANCE GROUP
Thursday, November 12th, 7:00 PM
MVUUF's Transgender Alliance Group meets each month on the second Thursday; this month, they'll gather (on Zoom!) on Thursday, November 12th 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 meeting, please use the info below:

To join the Zoom meeting online, click below

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ST. VINCENT de PAUL LUNCH
Saturday, November 14th 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 in April. 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.  

For COVID safety we deliver to the outside door at St. Vincent's 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.  Note: we drop off the main dish cold on Fridays and other items by 10:15 AM on Saturday morning.  
 
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 or 937-657-0426.
SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE
Monday, November 16th, 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, November 16th, beginning at 6:30 PM on Zoom.

To join the meeting, please use the information below:

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ANTI-RACISM ALLY GROUP
Thursday, November 19th 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? 

Then please join our Anti-Racism Ally group on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 PM (the meeting will happen one week early, as Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday this month). Co-Leaders, Kristen Beireis and Bill Ross have revamped the group a little; each meeting will allow for learning, actively practicing being allies, open discussion, and creating actions we can take to follow and support Black, Indigenous and all People of Color (BIPOC) in our congregation as well as residents in the larger community. Meetings usually take place the 4th Thursday evening of the month.

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Bill at rossviva@hotmail.com or Kristen at KristenBeireis@gmail.com 

Join Zoom Meeting with the link below---

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UUJO ANNUAL ASSEMBLY 2020
What's the Future? (WTF?)
Saturday, November 21st
10 AM to 1:30 PM (with a lunch break)
No matter who wins the election, we need to move forward with our important justice work in Ohio. We need to move forward with learning to hear one another again across our divisions. We need to move forward with our work to end racial injustice. We need to move forward in living our UU principles in the world.

Please join us as we discuss the future and how we work together through UUJO. Speakers will be:

Rev. Connie Simon, First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati; and Rev. Dr. Susan Smith, Crazy Faith Ministries, Columbus, OH.

You can register HERE
AROUND THE FELLOWSHIP
UNSUNG HERO

Mary Lou Heitkamp is the Program Council's Unsung Hero for the month of November. Mary Lou has been an active volunteer at The Castle for at least 8 years. She coordinates the monthly free lunch where members of our Fellowship bring a complete hot meal to serve to the members. There are over 100 members of the Castle, who suffer from severe mental illness, and prior to COVID-19 there were 20 to 30 members in attendance each day. Now the number is closer to 15. The Castle is their safe place where they can make friends, play games, go on field trips, listen to music, and get various forms of therapy.  

For many years Mary Lou has also helped with art projects, especially around holidays. More than anything else, though, Mary Lou is there for the members to talk to. She really listens to them and gives them some motherly advice if they are interested! Mary Lou is a kind, warm-hearted person who gives of herself. Thank you for all you do!
CARE TEAM HELP NEEDED
We need each other now more than ever! Our Care Team needs YOU!

Our Care Team seeks to offer support and/or practical care to MVUUF members & friends when they are experiencing distress. Situations may include, but are not limited to, illness; surgery; financial strain; loneliness; loss of loved one through death, end of relations, or distance; the COVID pandemic; burnout; and more.

We are looking for team members who are compassionate and can maintain confidentiality; no other skills or experience necessary--Re. Kellie will offer any training needed. Some of the Care Team roles include pastoral care, food pantry, meals, transportation, holiday giving tree, memorial service refreshments and support, and sending Joys & Sorrows cards.

If you are interested in any of the Care Team roles, please contact Rev. Kellie at minister@mvuuf.org or 847-804-4614 (call or text).
HOLIDAY GIVING TREE AT MVUUF
Pastoral Care Giving Tree 
The Pastoral Care Giving Tree provides assistance to MVUUF members and friends who need a little extra help during the holidays. This year instead of requesting gifts for families we are requesting monetary donations. Either mail a check to the fellowship made out to MVUUF with “Pastoral Care Giving Tree” in the memo line, or go to the MVUUF online donation page and use the “Pastoral Care Giving Tree” line. Donations will be accepted throughout the month of November and will be used to purchase gift cards for families. Your contributions will bring cheer to members and friends this holiday season. Contact Steve Steel at steel.steven@yahoo.com if you have any questions about the Pastoral Care Giving Tree.

Social Action Giving Tree 
The Social Action Giving Tree provides assistance to community members and their families who have been affected by the criminal justice system. The Montgomery County Office of Reentry has a "Global Warming" boots and coats donation each year. The boots and coats go to the children of people who have recently been released from prison after serving their time. You may mail a check to the Fellowship made out to MVUUF with "social action giving tree" in the memo line, or go to the MVUUF online donation page and use the "Social Action Giving Tree" line. Donations will be accepted through the month of November and will be used to purchase boots and coats for children. Your contributions will bring warmth and good will to our community this holiday season. Contact Alice Diebel at diebelalice@gmail.com if you have any questions about the Social Action Giving Tree.

Thanks for your generosity!
PROGRAM COUNCIL
Monday, November 2nd, 7:00 PM
Our Program Council (PC) is responsible for : 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. For November, they'll be meeting on Monday, November 2nd, at 7:00 PM (on Zoom).

If you'd like to attend the PC meeting, please use the Zoom info below:

To join the meeting online, click below

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UP YOUR ZOOM GAME – ATTEND TRAINING THIS MONTH!
 
Join me, Garlene Hamilton, for a 1-hour tour and hands-on practice with basic Zoom tools.
Many of us have been joining MVUUF Zoom meetings for a while now. Some of you may still be less than confident about how to use Zoom tools to switch between views, turn your audio and video on and off, use the Chat and Participants panels. Bring your questions and up your Zoom game!

The Zoom meeting links will be on the MVUUF Calendar.

Participant Training: (attend one/either session)
·         Monday, November 9th @ 6:00 PM
·         Saturday, November 14th @ 1:00 PM
 
In addition, I will be offering a 2-part Zoom Host/Co-host training. This is for anyone who needs to host or co-host in Zoom for any meetings and anyone who may be thinking you might want to volunteer to help with Sunday services. 
 
Host/Co-host Training: (attend both sessions)

·         Part 1: Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30-8:00 PM
·         Part 2: Friday, November 13th, 6:30-8:00 PM
 
Please RSVP to  SoGarlene@gmail.com. 
JOINING SESSION
Saturday, November 14th, 10:00 AM to Noon
Membership at MVUUF is an opportunity to declare what you already know. This fellowship is your spiritual home, your community of friends, your challenge to action, your open forum for a free expression of your search for truth, and your opportunity to live what you hold dear. If all or some of these things fit your niche at MVUUF, and you are not already a member, we are presenting an opportunity just for you!

Rev. Kellie and Lathe Snyder, Membership Representative, are offering a Joining Session on Saturday, November 14th, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. At this session you will receive basic information about UUism, the opportunities afforded to our members, and the joys & responsibilities of sharing your time, talents and treasures as a member of the fellowship. This session is in preparation for the New Member Ceremony on Sunday, December 13th.

Please consider joining us! If you have any questions, or would like to sign-up to attend, please contact Lathe Snyder at lathe.snyder@gmail.com.
WELCOME SESSION
Sunday, November 15th 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 3rd Sunday of each month, hosted by our Membership Rep., Lathe Snyder, where you'll have the opportunity to meet MVUUF members & friends and find out more about our Fellowship. Please join us!

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


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BOARD MEETING
Sunday, November 21st, 1:30 PM
Our monthly Board Meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month; this means we'll gather virtually on Zoom on Saturday, November 21st, beginning at 1:30 PM. Our Board meetings are open to EVERYONE, and at each meeting time is set aside to answer any questions our members and friends may have for Board members.

If you'd like to attend the meeting, please use the Zoom info below:

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DEATH CAFE
Monday, November 23rd, 7:00 PM
Death Cafes are gatherings of people who share refreshments and discuss death. They are held at churches, universities, hospice centers, yoga studios, and coffee shops around the globe, and now on virtual platforms.

Any adult who is curious and open to talking and/or listening about death is welcome to join us. Feel free to bring your refreshments! We began holding these gatherings in August, and now hold them monthly on the 4th Monday evening of the month.

If you'd like to attend one or more of the discussions, please use the Zoom info below:

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CHILD DEDICATION
Sunday, December 20th,
during the 11:00 AM Worship Service
At this special service (held twice a year, May and December) we'll dedicate ourselves to the nurturing of our youngest, individually and as a congregation. We ask that our friends considering this dedication for their child(ren) attend our Joining Session on Saturday, November 14th, and become Members in December.
Interested families should contact Rev. Kellie
by Tuesday, December 1st: minister@mvuuf.org or 847-804-4614
DA' GROUP
2nd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM
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.

Contact Ndidi Achebe for Zoom access information at nachebepublic@gmail.com.
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.
WOMEN'S GROUP
Every Sunday Morning, 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 & thought-provoking discussions!

If you'd like to join them, please use the Zoom information supplied below:

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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 Scripture Study. They meet every Sunday morning, beginning at 9:30 AM on Zoom. You can contact John Bierman if you have any questions at john_bierman@att.net or 937-438-0211.

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DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
Wednesday, November 18th, 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, November 18th to discuss Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler.

Future selection for discussion:

December 16th: The Giver of Stars 
by Jojo Moyes
January 20th: Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
February 17th: The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz

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FUN THINGS TO DO!
ACOUSTIC FOLK JAM SESSION
Tuesday, November 17th, 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!

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TAKE A WALK AT OUR LABYRINTH

In the coming weeks, please make some time to explore the MVUUF labyrinth and find some respite. It is ever-changing, in each season and with the work of volunteers. In the past couple of weeks, a monumental amount of invasive honeysuckle was removed from the labyrinth and native “baby” trees were transplanted there. An exploratory path was carved into the wetland, as well, so you can walk out there and see what mysteries await. You can check out the memorial garden while you’re there, and see the names of some of our UU Predecessors. You can see the tail end of the renovation work being done on the exterior of our building and the beginning of an arched welcoming gate to the labyrinth.
A million thanks for the generosity of David Nolin and CQ with the extensive work in the wetland, labyrinth, and all around our grounds, with help from Bill Ross, Maury Wyckoff, and Mike Fanelli (and thanks for their willingness to do more!) We are grateful to Gail Cyan for her vision, and for the blood, sweat, and allergic reactions that went into creating this meditative space for our community. For more info about its creation and about walking a labyrinth, please click HERE

Just for fun, people of all ages can look for these treasures on your path. If you take pictures, we would love if you’d post your photo scavenger hunt on the MVUUF beloved community Facebook page, or send them to me if you don’t use Facebook. 

Some things to find:
Something lacy
Something soft
Something golden
Something aloft 
Something peaceful
A place to rest 
A bluish bird 
A  squirrel’s nest 

Keep exploring and I hope you’ll find a deeper breath, some peace of mind. 
--Genevieve Harvey, Operations Rep., genevieve4home@aol.com
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