news & updates
December 2019
Rev. Carol's Message
May you find time to stop in the dark and revel in moments of deep peace before traveling on into the hustle and bustle of a season filled with light.
Faithfully Yours,
Worship Services - Sundays at 10:30am

Dec. 1 - Wait for It! - Worship Committee
The season of advent is a time of waiting in anticipation…

Dec. 8 – “Hope is…” - Rev. Carol Strecker
Hope is one of several themes lifted up during the season of advent in the Christian tradition. It is a time for preparing our hearts for something new -- making room for more peace, more joy, and more love in our lives and in the world. But what is hope and why is it so important? How can it help us open our hearts this holiday season and always? 
“Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”  ~Emily Dickinson
Holiday Fair Luncheon: The Holiday Fair Committee hosts an Appreciation Luncheon for all in Barnum Hall. Join us!

Dec. 15 - Winter Holiday Musical - UUCM Youthful Players and Choir
This special holiday service for all ages will include beautiful holiday music and an original skit performed by children and adults. Our UUCM choir and other singers will present a selection of Christmas music led by Jackie Davis, with special guest Lisa Murray on piano. We’ll watch the Youthful Players in “A Merry Winter Holiday” as they share the joys of the winter holidays with musical backup from the choir. 
Welcome Newcomers : I f you’re new and want to learn more about UUCM, meet with the minister and a few church members after the service in the Fireside Room.

Special Event: Winter Solstice Spiral - Sat, Dec. 21 - 5:30pm in Barnum Hall
Rev. Linda Goodman, Interfaith Minister
As the earth pauses its cycle and begins to turn again toward more light, let us also pause at this busy time and experience the wonder of the season with soft music, candlelight, and community. In this special ceremony for all ages, you will be invited to walk a large spiral path laid out in evergreen boughs. At the center, you will receive a gift of candle's light from an "angel". As you walk the spiral path out, you will place your light on a star along the path, adding the gift of your light to the light of many candles shining on sparkling crystals. Come share the wonder!              

Dec. 22 - The Gifts of the Longest Night - Rev. Carol Strecker          
This service of contemplative readings and meditation will be a time of stillness and reflection -- an opportunity to explore the age-old wisdom of embracing the dark. 
“For bud and root still hold the spark, as they rest and wait in the dark.
They need this peace and so do we.” ~ Caitlin Matthews

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Wed, Dec. 24 at 5:00pm - Rev. Carol Strecker
We’ll welcome Christmas with candles, music, and readings, celebrating the light born of hope in the birth of every child. We’ll tell the ancient story of Jesus’ humble birth and light candles for the birth of every child born since last Christmas Eve. This is a service for all ages.
“Every night a child is born is a holy night.”
~Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian Religious Educator

Dec. 29 - Stories and Songs of the Season - Worship Committee
Come enjoy the familiar stories and music of the season. 
Registering Children & Youth for Church Programs
We ask that ALL children and youth be registered -- even if you have registered in prior years.  Register online here .
Holiday Fair Invitation
Come, come to the UUCM Holiday Fair, Saturday, Dec. 7 -- 8:30 'til 2 pm . Bring family and friends!! There will be something for everyone - take a look by clicking the links below:

 •  Wonderful Craft items made by the Craft group and friends.
 • Gently used  Ritzy Boutique items
 • Yummy homemade Bakery treats
 • Take a break and enjoy Breakfast and Lunch in our downstairs Cafe -- well known for a delicious array of food made by UUCM cooks.

Your support is most important for this major UUCM fundraiser. Volunteer opportunities are available and posted in Barnum Hall. Sign up now!

On Sunday, December 8, everyone is invited an Appreciation Luncheon after the service, so please join us in celebration.
#FridaysforFuture - Sundays in December!
#FridaysForFuture is moving to Sundays in December. Every other Sunday (December 1, 15, and 29), fill your travel mug with coffee in Barnum Hall, grab
a sign, and come on out to the front of the church to embrace our seventh principle and keep the climate crisis in our neighbors' minds Questions? Contact Marti Kennedy or Cathy Goldwater.
Christmas Potluck & Yankee Swap
Wednesday, Dec 25, 5-9pm
The kitchen will open at 5pm and feasting will commence at 6pm, followed by a regifting Yankee Swap for those who wish to participate. Contact John Bigl for more info.
A Message From the Board
The UUCM Board wishes all of you a holiday season full of light, joy, and peace. Be sure to read this Monthly Newsletter in its entirety, as well as the Weekly Updates, to keep up with all that is happening at UUCM this month. There's a lot going on, and we'd love for you to be a part of it!

Earlier, we sent this recap of the Fall Congregational meeting. Be sure to check it out, especially if you were unable to attend. The Covenant of Right Relations is finalized and ready to sign! Those present at the meeting were given the opportunity to sign it. If you would like to add your name to it, and commit to building and nurturing better relationships within our congregation, look for it, displayed on the easel outside the office, the next time you are at UUCM. You can also see this covenant online .

Finally, thank you for everything you all do to sustain UUCM, our spiritual home.
Update from Search Committee
The Search Committee completed the second round of surveys and focus groups in November. Summary results of both rounds is reported on the website (login required).
Finance Committee News  
You are Invited to Breakfast! - Sunday, Jan. 5, 8:30am
Enjoy breakfast with the Finance Committee. At 9:00am, you can participate in our monthly meeting, ask questions, and share your thoughts on UUCM finances, fundraisers, and other financial matters. We would like some new members, but you don’t have to become a member to join us for breakfast.  
Financial Happenings
·         The Trustees will send an appeal for UUA/Regional fair share in December.
·         Stewardship held its first meeting.
·         Finance has been participating in the Personnel Committee’s development of a Personnel Manual.
·         The new Fundraiser Policy was approved by the board.
·         A rental handbook and pricing tool is in process. 
Upcoming Fundraisers:
- Holiday Fair - Sat., Dec. 7. Volunteer to help. Come to the Fair!
- Trivia Night - Sat., Feb. 8 at 7pm. Save the date!
Finance Committee: Leslie Bennett, Jamie Ferrier (bookkeeper), Sandy Frades (chair), John Mika, Steve Opre, John Reagan, and Rev. Carol Strecker
Weather Cancellations at UUCM
It's Snowing - Are UUCM Services/Programs Canceled?
  • To find out whether UUCM is closed on Sunday: Call the church at 673-1870. If church is canceled, the answering machine will tell you.
  • Check the calendar on the website. Look for the word "CANCELED" next to church event in the online calendar.
  • Check WMUR-TV (News 9) or http://www.wmur.com/weather/closings and look for "Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Milford" under the letter U.
NOTE: These closure notices apply to UUCM services & programs only. It is up to group leaders, committee chairs, and renters to notify their people if a meeting is canceled.
Closings on Other Days:
If the office is closed, there will be a message on the answering machine. It is best to call ahead to ensure someone is in the office. For meetings or activities, check with the group leader.
Reading About Racism
Our UUCM book group is joining the Reading About Racism Book Group at Milford's Wadleigh Library.  Join us there on Dec. 16, 6:30-8:00 PM, to discuss  Between the World and Me  by
Ta-Nehisi Coates.  You can also join a new, private UUCM Reading for Change Facebook group to share ideas with others on the books we’ll be reading.
Community Supper - 12/18
Get out of the kitchen and enjoy dinner and conversation with folks from UUCM and our neighborhood. Pasta and Meatballs this month!
Women's Potluck - 12/9
Take a breather after the Fair! We gather at 11:30 and eat promptly at noon. We'll be cleaned up and ready to leave by 1:30pm. Many hands make light work.
December 6 & 20 Events are Canceled
Because of setup for the Fair and a schedule conflict, Game Night and the Potluck/Podcast are canceled. They will resume in January -- Game night on Jan. 3 and Podcast/Potluck on Jan. 17. 
Sacred Circle Dance is Moving
The annual Solstice Dance and future Sacred Circle dances are moving from UUCM to Mary Koon’s home at 62 Woodbury Rd., New Boston. The Solstice Dance will be on Sunday, Dec 22, from 3 to 5, followed by a potluck. Contact Mary for the new schedule of these monthly dances to be held on Sunday afternoons. 
Two December SHARE Projects
Holiday Gift Cards - Bring to UUCM by Dec 8th (with or without a tag):
This year we will provide holiday gift cards to people in need through the SHARE Holiday program. There will be a tree in Barnum Hall with tags for gift cards to local department, pharmacy, or grocery stores. Please take a tag and bring a card in and give it to Sandy Frades or Jamie Ferrier.
Food Collection - Leave in the basket in Barnum Hall.
Non-perishables - Paper goods and personal hygiene items
Shop the Toadstool to Benefit UUCM
ONE DAY ONLY - Saturday, Dec 14
Pick up a certificate from the Garden Door shelf or at the Holiday Fair -- or  print your own . A percentage of all purchases made at the new Toadstool Bookshop (Somerset Plaza on 101A) on Dec 14 will go to UUCM.
Shop Amazon to Benefit UUCM
If you are an Amazon shopper, use smile.amazon.com and a percentage of your sale will come to UUCM. It's easy! Here's how . Or contact CommTeam for help.
Try it! Volunteer at NSK This Winter
Every month we need three volunteers to help serve Sunday lunch at the Nashua Soup Kitchen.  
  • When: 2nd Sunday of every month   
  • Time: 10:30am-2:30pm 
  • Duties: Setup, simple food prep, serving, cleanup 
  • Who: Adults and youth 12 and older (accompanied by a responsible adult).  
You can  sign up online or contact Marti Kennedy or Meghan Hoye

Meghan and Marti thank Debbie Reed, Barbara Livoli, and Marty & John Miller for their help at the NSK in October and November. It is a joy to do this meaningful work with such constant, reliable volunteers. We are truly grateful.
Pastoral Care Contact
December: Karen Walsh
Parking Reminder
NO parking in the large lot outside the Garden Door on M-F before 6 and Sat. before 5.  Read more.
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