Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
8690 Yankee St. Dayton, OH 45458
MVUUF's Forum April, 2017
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Service Topics for April, 2017
April 2nd--Worship Service with Tret Fure
If you won't be able to attend Tret's concert with us the evening before (please see article in the News section following), don't worry, because she will also be with us for the Worship Service on this morning.
April 9th--Worship Service with Rev. Dana Reynolds
(Info not available at the time of publication; check the E-Blast on April 7th)
April 16th--Easter Sunday Service with Rev Bill Breeden
We welcome Rev. Bill back to town for our Easter Sunday celebration. And make sure you stick around after the service for our Easter Egg Hunt, offered by our YRE Committee!
April 23rd--Worship Service with Bill Breeden
Rev. Bill joins us for another service, and kicks off the 2017-2018 Pledge Drive. And the children of the Fellowship may also make a "special appearance" as well.
April 30th--Worship Service with Ron Boyd
Ron comes to us from Kent UU, and his service, The Web of Life, will lead us on an interactive service illustrating how we are ALL a part of the interconnected web of life, causing us to reflect deeply upon our relationship to Mother Earth.
Memorial Service for Patrick J. Bernard
Saturday, April 1st, 11:00 AM at MVUUF
A gathering of friends will be held on Saturday,
April 1st, 10 - 11:00 AM with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM at MVUUF.
Patrick was the father of Shannon Harper, our former Director of Religious Education,
and he will be remembered for his generous and loving nature;
by being a tissue donor, his legacy will live on.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a college fund for
Patrick Bernard's grandchildren through the
Dayton Firefighters Federal Credit Union,
338 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45402.
We hold Shannon and her family in our thoughts & hearts
the difficult days ahead.
REFLECTIONS FROM REV. BILL
First, I want to say "thank you" for the warm welcome I received upon arriving at MVUUF. The first Sunday was just an introduction, but I found the spirit of the Fellowship to be vibrant, and warm. Last Sunday (March 19th), my first full service as minister, was immensely satisfying to me. I am excited about serving you for the next few months of transition. I have found the leadership and staff to be capable and committed to the ministry of this community in the Dayton area. I am impressed by the many avenues by which this Fellowship serves the larger community, and at the same time, cares for one another.
I am also honored to f
ollow in the footsteps of Rev. Greg Martin. The spirit of this hallowed place is evidence of the quality of his life and ministry. His presence with you, albeit limited in time, was clearly one of great value and meaning, and the life of this Fellowship is a testament to that.
I will soon be providing my schedule for being present in Dayton in the coming months. Jennie Freiberger will post that information. I welcome the opportunity to visit with members and friends in person. I am available 24/7 for emergencies, and for lesser concerns during normal hours by phone, text, or email. My contact information is available in the office.
Finally, I want to encourage each member and friend of MVUUF to breathe deeply into the present moment and hold one another in your thoughts. The past month has surely provided an opportunity to understand how much this community means to each of you. As we look to the stewardship campaign in the coming weeks, let's honor that meaning and value in our commitment to provide for the temporal and spiritual needs of this Fellowship, and those whom we serve. Hope to see you on Easter Sunday, if not before.
FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The youth and adults in Youth Religious Education (YRE) have been busy learning about birds, making pinch pots, singing songs, playing games, listening to stories, and making friends. This Sunday is First Sunday; everyone starts in the Sanctuary. The preschool-5th graders will go to their special class in the Founders' Room, the 6th-12th graders will remain in the service, and those in the nursery will remain there. Our Age of Reason kids are interviewing adults in our congregation about their religious backgrounds, and will be in the Gathering Space before the service, sharing doughnuts and conversation. And on Easter Sunday we'll celebrate with an All Ages Service.
I am currently putting together a fun, nature-filled summer program for the K-5th graders. We are going to have storytelling, music, nature-based games, arts & crafts, yoga, meditation, lots of energy and lots of laughter. Our Age of Reason class has already learned how to sit like a frog (last Sunday)! I will be leading it, but will also need adult help; you can commit to one Sunday, or several. I am also open to the 6th-12th graders helping as Youth Leaders. Meanwhile, the preschoolers will b having a fun time with Dr. Suess. We'll need four volunteers who want to be involved; I will have all the books, lessons and supplies ready to go every Sunday.
It's been great to see a village in action helping each child grow. It's tough being a child and always remembering manners and how other people's feelings can be hurt, too. Positive, encouraging words help adults and children to remember to be kind and gentle with each other, verbally and physically.
--Lori McClain, DRE
TRET FURE CONCERT
ON APRIL 1st at MVUUF
Tret Fure is a well-loved musician of folk and women's music. With an acoustic guitar and her voice she moves effortlessly between musical styles including folk, blues, and even a bit of rock and roll. Come see her at MVUUF on Saturday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Find out more about Tret and her music
THE ENDOWMENT FUND
The Endowment Fund was set up to provide financial security for our Fellowship, and the Trustees would like you to know that our members and friends have been generous with their donations to this Fund over the past six months. There were two donations in memory of Ellen Beck (Alice Diebel and Bill Ross), one donation in memory of Bruce Baker (Sharon Harmer), and eleven in memory of Rev. Greg Martin (Doug Hubbard, Alice Diebel, Cassie Rogers, Rev. Barbara Childs, Brianna Kempe, Russ & Rae Jane Araujo, Rita Stevens, Bill Ross, Susan Terry, Alison & Kevin Rockmann, and an anonymous donation. One friend even had her employer contribute as part of a "double your contribution" plan. With all of these donations, we have received over $1000...thank you ALL for being so generous!
--Sharon Harmer, Endowment Fund Chair
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW:
2017 SERVICE AUCTION
In just a little over a month, on Saturday, May 6th, we'll be holding our yearly Service Auction. I hope you've been thinking about what kind of event or service or item you'll be offering this year. Need some help? Here's a snippet of what's been offered in the past: wine tasting with a professional sommelier; balderdash & dessert; chocolate; Dayton Dragons' tickets; chocolate; dinner on the deck; road to Morocco dinner; yard work; ride to the airport; stringing outdoor Christmas lights; pet sitting...and did I mention chocolate? The list goes on and on.
If there is a service/event/item you would like to see offered for a bid, there's the Wizard's Wishing Wall in the Gathering Space, with post-it notes and a pen. Just jot down what you're dreaming of and stick the post-it note on the board. Hopefully, someone will pull that note and offer what you're wishing for.
If you're anxious to help, ALL volunteers will be gladly accepted! If you need a little more information regarding this event, please contact me and I'll fill you in:
There will be colorful food and libations, fun decorations, and a huge amount of
joie de vivre
on this adventure down the yellow brick road (I know, I'm corny)!
--Dawn Bellinger, 2017 Service Auction Chair
FIRST FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT
The Anti-Racism Team once again presents a thoughtful film on the first Friday evening of the month, on April 7th, 7:00 PM, in the Sanctuary at the Fellowship. This month's movie is Race, a real-life drama about track star Jesse Owens' triumph over poverty and racism to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany. You can read more about this movie in a review from NPR by clicking HERE
Refreshments will be served during the film, and there will be a discussion following. We hope to see you all there!
EASTER EGG HUNT & FOOD DRIVE, ON APRIL 16th
Help us to bring joy to children in our congregation and in the Greater Dayton community!
Once again this year, the YRE Committee is excited to host an Egg Hunt for the children in our congregation, on Sunday, April 16th, after the worship service. Kids in grades 5 and under will be divided into age groups and invited to search for eggs outside on our lovely grounds. Collected eggs can be redeemed at our prize station, which will include non-food items as well as sweets!
Help from our middle and high school students to hide and count the eggs is GREATLY needed-and will be sweetly rewarded!
How YOU Can Support the Egg Hunt:
There's a table in the Gathering Space to collect your donations of treats and trinkets that kids can choose when they redeem their eggs at our prize station. Examples of prizes include: individually packaged candy, healthy snacks, fun erasers, notepads, stickers, small activity books or toys, bubbles, etc.
Spreading our Love by Supporting The Foodbank:
Did you know that each week, the Foodbank packs & distributes food to hundreds of food-insecure kids in the Miami Valley to sustain them through the weekend? In addition to nutritious food, each pack includes a handmade Backpack Note with positive words that encourage and bring a smile.
As part of our Egg Hunt festivities we'll have a table set up where you can create Backpack Notes for The Foodbank. Some basic supplies will be provided, but please consider bringing stickers, markers, and other materials to decorate the notes (PLEASE, no loose glitter). ALL ages are encouraged to create notes!
We will also be collecting peanut butter and other much-needed foods; you'll find a donation box in the Gathering Space for these important contributions, which are: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned or dry beans, canned or dried fruit. Please donate standard, household-sized containers of these items (as opposed to large bulk food sizes) to reach the most families. You are welcome to add items to the box through the end of the drive, April 16th.
FRIENDS BECOME MEMBERS
Friends become members when they are ready to make a serious commitment to be part of the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. If you've been attending and participating and feel like you've finally found your spiritual home, you may be ready to sign the book at a Sunday service. We want you to participate fully, sharing your time, talents and treasure with us as a member of the beloved community. A nice side perk is the permanent wooden name tag, proudly showing your status as a member of MVUUF.
We will be holding a Joining Session on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 AM. This two to three hour session will provide information regarding UUism, the official workings of MVUUF, and the rights and responsibilities of membership. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and receive answers. The reception of members is scheduled for Sunday, May 21, during the 11:00 AM Worship Service.
No special invitation is needed. We do not have a litmus test for membership, but it will be helpful if you will contact the membership Representative, Diane Colvin, to express your interest and/or intentions at 937-433-0969 or email@example.com.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A GREETER AT MVUUF?
Thanks and praise for Phil Wise who has been a regular greeter here at the Fellowship since the 1990s! His dedication to welcoming visitors as they enter our Fellowship and his unique way of extending the welcome during services is much appreciated by all of us. Now Phil says it's time to call it quits. He expects to be traveling more and wants to be more flexible with his schedule. Thanks, Phil!
So...we could use a few more greeters, both as regulars, and also as occasional substitutes when travel, special plans or illness mean we need to adjust the schedule. If YOU would like to be a greeter, don't hide it! Step up and volunteer by contacting Diane Colvin at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive training during April, and then be ready to help out with this vital part of our vision and mission.
WEDNESDAY EVENING COVENANT GROUP IS
SUPPORTING ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Women and families that use the St. Vincent de Paul Hotel need many basic, inexpensive items that we tend to take for granted. The Wednesday Evening Covenant Group would appreciate your help during the month of April as we collect towels, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items.
There's a collection box in the Gathering Space for your donations of:
- Towels-new or GENTLY used wash cloths, bath towels, hand towels
- "Starter Kit" items (given to clients when they move from the shelter to permanent housing)-dish soap, bar soap, glass cleaner, general household cleaner
- Hygiene supplies-toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, baby shampoo, men's razors & shaving cream, ear plugs (to help with sleeping in a noisy environment)
AN EVENING WITH ARAB-ISRAELI YOUTH
Calling all 6th-12th grade students and adult helpers! Please join us for a fun evening as we play games and enjoy dinner with our Arab-Israeli student visitors, on Thursday, April 13th, 4:15-7:30 PM, at the Fellowship. MVUUF will host these students as part of the D-D (Dayton to Deir al Asad) English Education program.
Help from adults will entail: helping with games, shopping for dinner ingredients, helping with dinner prep, serving, and clean-up (our youth and the visitors will also be helping with some tasks).
Please RSVP if your student can attend and/or if you can help, by contacting Lynn Buffington, 937-657-0426 or ABUFFLG@gmail.com.
If your student will be attending without a parent/guardian present, you'll need to fill out a permission slip (available from Lynn Buffington or Lori McClain, or found in the 6-8 class room). Please join us for a very fun evening!
ACTION STEPS TO JUSTICE
In keeping with the energy of recent Women's marches in Washington, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, and other locations, the theme of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) Southwest Ohio Regional Assembly is Action Steps to Justice, and it will take place at MVUUF on Saturday, April 22, 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM.
While the event begins at 9:30 AM, registration and refreshments will be available at 9:00 AM. A light lunch will also be provided. There is no charge for this event, and a free-will offering will be taken to help cover the cost of expenses and in support of the UUJO.
The tentative plan for the day is:
- A state legislator will discuss issues of importance and answer questions
- Amanda Hoyt of Ohio Faith in Public Life will provide training on how to meet with your state legislator and advocate for justice causes
- Lunch-time updates in justice initiatives in Southwest Ohio, such as Preschool Promise, Sanctuary Congregations, and Sanctuary Cities
- Meeting with others from nearby congregations to make plans for action steps to justice
SORROWS & CELEBRATIONS
- Congratulations to Tina Porter on completion of her first unit of clinical pastoral education, a big step on her way to becoming a chaplain.
- Thoughts & prayers to Shannon Harper (our former DRE) and her family as they grieve the loss of her father, Patrick J. Bernard.
- Thoughts & prayers to Todd Williams (friend of Rita Schindel) as he and his family grieves the loss of his wife to brain cancer.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL & CONTEST!
It's back! The excitement is palpable---who will win the 2017 Bent Spoon Award for best homemade ice cream?
This event will take place after the worship service on Sunday, April 23rd...so dust off your best ice cream/sorbet/sherbet/frozen yogurt recipes, and get busy! There will be two winners chosen this year: a winner for the Kid's Category (17-years-old and below) and one for the Adult Category (18-years-old and older). You'll vote with your spoons-drop your wooden, compostable, biodegradable spoon in the cup of your favorite iced dessert (one for Kid's Category, and one for Adult Category), the spoons will be tallied, and winners will be declared. I mean, really, aren't you getting excited about this?
There are many recipes available online, and for many, you won't need to have an ice cream maker. If you do need to borrow one, MVUUF has two available to be checked out; just let me know if you need to use one.
Worried about keeping your treasure frozen during the service? Bring it to the kitchen and we'll find a place for it either in the freezer or a cooler. Better yet, if you have your own cooler, ice it down in that and bring the cooler to the kitchen.
Weather permitting, this event will take place outside. If we have inclement weather on April 23rd, we'll simply have the festivities in the Gathering Space. Either way, it's going to be a whole lot of fun!
--Dawn Bellinger, Activities Rep.
THE COVENANT OF RIGHT RELATIONS
The Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Covenant of Right Relations calls us to respect, honor and nurture one another, and is a testament to how we live and act our UU principles. This Adult Religious Education class will be an opportunity to learn more about how the covenant came to be, examine and discuss its components and reflect on how the covenant guides our relationships within the fellowship and the larger world. Facilitated by Alice Diebel and Alysoun Taylor-Hall. Everyone is welcome!!
It will be held on Thursday, May 4th, 6:30-8:00 PM, in the Founders' Room at MVUUF. Sign-up sheet can be found in the Gathering Space.
INTERESTED IN BIBLE STUDY?
If you are interested in being part of a Bible Study, please contact Brad Mattingly (our Music Director) because he'd love to have you join him!
The classes will take place on Sunday mornings, 9:30 AM, in class room #7, and continue every other Sunday morning; they'll begin with the study of Mark.
You can contact Brad at
KITCHEN'S LOST & FOUND
Several items have taken up residence lately in the Kitchen of the Fellowship, and we're sure they would be much more useful stored in the homes where they belong than hanging out here at the Fellowship. If any of these items belong to you, could you please take them home?
The items are: 13" X 9" cake pan with lid; 13" X 9" cake pan without lid; plastic deviled egg server with lid; Anchor glass 9" pie dish; white Corelle dinner plate; 2-liter Tupperware bowl; Sterilite bowl with aqua lid (label on lid states: Sugar Free); large red plastic bowl; large wooden basket with "Kendra Bean" on the handle; large plastic bowl marked with "Waters" on it.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
The Evening Book Discussion Group will meet again on Tuesday, April 11th, 7:00 PM in the Library at MVUUF, and the discussion will be about
by Margot Lee Shetterly.
All are welcome to join us...contact Ann Snively for more information.
ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB
Our Environmental Learning Forum Book Club now meets at 7:00 PM every other month, on the third Monday. The next meeting will be:
How The Largest Social Movement in History is Restoring Grace, Justice, and Beauty in the World
, by Paul Hawken. In this book, Hawken traces the history of the environmental movement from its beginning to its present global impact.
DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
The next meeting for the Daytime Book Club is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th, 10:30 AM in the Library at MVUUF where we'll be discussing
The Turner House
, by Angela Flournoy. All are welcome to join us!
Upcoming titles to be discussed are:
by Margot Lee Shetterly (May 17th);
One Thousand White Women
by Jim Fergus (June); and
by J. D. Vance (July).
ENJOY LUNCH WITH SMART CHOICES!
The Smart Choice group will be holding their next Birthday Luncheon on Thursday, April 13th, 11:30 AM, at MCL Cafeteria, in Kettering. This gathering is open to all...why not plan to join them?
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL LUNCH
Please join us in providing food and/or serving for our long-standing 2nd Saturday lunch ministry for women and families staying at St. Vincent's shelter. This is likely the last month of our hearty chili menu. To sign-up to donate food and/or to serve, please use the clipboard in the Gathering Space on the Social Action table, or contact Lynn Buffington at 937-657-0426 or email@example.com.
Our needs for April 8th are: chili, fresh fruit salad or fresh fruit, chili toppings (shredded cheese, sour cream), green salad, orange juice, dishes made with fresh vegetables or carrot & celery sticks. Each sign-up slot is for 15-20 servings, and we need to fill several slots for each item. More info is available on the sheets near the clipboard.
Since St. Vincent's requires servers to be at least 14 years of age, a good way to involve your children is to have them help in the preparation of your donation. Thanks to all who donated food and helped serve in March-we served 62 people!
Remember to place your order for Fair Trade coffee on the first Sunday of the month (this month it's on
in the Gathering Space after service, to be picked up on or after the third Sunday of the month (this month,
There are many varieties and bean grinds to choose from, including several that are organic!
You can also contact
You can keep up-to-date with all the happenings at MVUUF by viewing the Fellowship's calendar online, from a link to our website
The calendar is updated daily, so it's always the place to check and see what's going on!
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