news & updates
September 2019
Rev. Carol's Message
In many ways it’s been a great summer. Kate and I have had some wonder-filled adventures for which I am truly grateful. We spent some time in our kayaks, exploring the Maine coast and camping along the shore. We sat around a campfire with friends at dusk, listening to the call of loons echo across a mountain lake. These are precious moments -- the best of times — but I have to tell you I’ve never felt as unsettled as I have this summer.

Worship Services - Sundays, 10:30am at UUCM (exceptions noted)
September 8 - Our Sense of Self with Nancy Baker
Who we are as a community comes from how well we use all our senses as individuals to build bonding relationships and do the work of outreach and social justice. This service is about how we all use our senses to listen, see, and touch each other in ways that create fellowship and enable others to trust their voices and share their stories. Our sensory potential is our fellowship potential.

September 8 - A Council of all Beings with Rev. Carol at Ferry Beach

September 15 - Water Ceremony, Ingathering with Rev. Carol
Join us for our annual ingathering service. Water is a precious resource. Water is sacred. Water is life. Bring a little water from a place that has special meaning for you as a symbol of that which makes all life possible, connecting us to each other and to all that is. We gather to celebrate the source of life and the sources of strength in the community we share. (Whole Congregation Worship -- all ages welcome)

September 22 - Building Beloved Community with Rev. Carol
Beloved Community is a term the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized during the Civil Rights movement. Dr. King’s vision was of an inclusive community where everyone is welcome at the table of humanity -- not in spite of their differences but because of them. In a contemporary climate of divisiveness and polarization we need Dr. King’s vision of Beloved Community more than ever. As people who affirm the worth and dignity of all people, what can we do to help realize the Beloved Community today?

September 29 at Peabody Mill Environmental Center, 66 Brook Rd, Amherst, NH
Rev. Carol and Worship Committee
Come celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year as we welcome autumn with a gathering in this lovely outdoor setting. We’ll begin our time together by gathering in a circle, sharing words and music that will set the tone for the morning. Then you’ll have a a variety of opportunities to engage your senses in the natural world: walking the trails, exploring the pond, building a fairy house, painting a picture, or gathering for a time of reflection and conversation on the gifts of the season. Please bring a picnic lunch so we can enjoy a meal together after our explorations. (Whole Congregation Worship - all ages welcome)
Global Climate Strike - Friday, September 20
Unitarian Universalists are being asked to participate in a Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20. The effects of the Climate Crisis are becoming more acute. Now is the time to act -- to demonstrate through our actions that we need to focus on more sustainable ways of living together on the Earth. Rev. Carol is planning to lift up some of the ways Climate Change is impacting the water cycle during our Water Ceremony on September 15.

We know water equals life. We are blessed with an abundance of fresh water in New England, but access to fresh, clean water is changing all over the world. Water is a precious and finite resource we are called to protect and preserve for all beings and generations to come. Together we can celebrate water as a blessing and urge people to stop, pay attention, and do what can be done to protect and sustain life on this planet. Read Rev. Peggy Clarke's informational letter listing ways we can all get involved: Stay tuned for opportunities to organize as a congregation for this important event.  
UUCM and the Milford Pumpkin Festival - October 12
This year, UUCM will participate in the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct.12, in two locations.
On the Oval
  • 10x10 booth on the Milford Oval
  • Selling pumpkin and chocolate mini-whoopie pies, apple crisp, and cold beverages
  • Poster directing folks to UUCM for family friendly, festival activities
  • Small poster and handouts announcing the next free Community Supper at UUCM (Oct 16)

  • Pony rides, face painting, and other family friendly activities
  • Baked goods for sale

This is the first fundraiser for the church year, and we need your help to make it a fabulous success:
  1. Join other UUCM cooks in the UUCM kitchen on Thursday morning, Oct 10, to make the cookies. We need lots of them!
  2. If you prefer, you can make cookies at home, using the same simple recipe.
  3. Join the stuffing and wrapping team at UUCM on Friday morning, Oct 11, to fill the mini pies and wrap for sale. Also make pans of apple crisp.
  4. Help the Milford DO-IT team set up on Friday morning (to reduce our booth rental cost).
  5. Staff one of the booths (Oval or UUCM) for a few hours during the event.
  6. Help clean up after we close our booths.

Contact Dona Eaton and offer your assistance making this fundraiser a big success!
Search Committee Needs Your Input
1 - NEW Search Committee Survey   
The Search Committee is beginning this year’s search process for our next settled minister. The Committee has prepared a short new survey to gather information from all UUCM members and friends. The new questions specifically address areas that were not included last time that the Search Committee needs to know in order to select the best match for our congregation. Your input will assist the Committee in its search, and the results are also a vital way for ministers seeking a church to learn about our congregation. Please click here  to complete this new survey. Your responses are confidential; however, the Search Committee requests that you check off your name on the list posted near the Garden Door entrance once you have completed the survey. 

2 - Search Committee Focus Groups
We will be offering focus groups during the next two months. These small group discussions with members of the Search Committee give members/friends the chance to share their thoughts about what they hope to see in our next settled minister. Your Search Committee is eager to hear from as many members/friends as possible. Please attend at least one focus group! 
The first two focus group discussions will be offered during the weekend of Sept. 7-8. One group will be offered following the service on Sept. 8 at UUCM, with snacks and beverages provided. Another will be offered at our Ferry Beach Retreat. Additional focus groups will be scheduled for September. For more information, contact Cathy Goldwater. 
News from the Board
The new church year, our third year of interim ministry, is here! It will be another busy year, full of opportunities to “learn and work together to create a better world”. To be sure you don’t miss any of those opportunities, make it a priority to read UUCM monthly newsletters and weekly updates. It’s the best way to always know what’s happening in our spiritual home. See you all soon!
A Great Opportunity – the Finance Committee Needs New Members
The Finance Committee has been meeting over the summer to be ready for the church year to begin. Right now we have two members plus our Treasurer, John Mika, and our Bookkeeper, Jamie Ferrier. We need more members to support the important work we do. Among other things, we prepare the budget and monitor it throughout the year, approve special fundraising events, oversee stewardship, collaborate with personnel to manage compensation and benefits, and perform financial audits. Please consider joining the Finance Committee. It can take as little as a few hours a month (or more if you want to get more involved). During the church year, we meet the first Sunday of the month at 9am, but we can be flexible to accommodate new members. Contact Sandy Frades
Community Supper - 9/18
Get out of the kitchen and enjoy dinner and conversation with folks from UUCM and our neighborhood.
Women's Potluck - 9/23
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.
If Walls Could Talk!
The Membership Committee wants UUCM visitors to know what UU's believe. So, Janie and John Mika stenciled our 7 principles on the walls of Barnum Hall. I am sure that you will agree that they did a fantastic job!
"On Being" Podcast - September 20, 6:30-9pm
Join us on the third Friday of each month. We will start by sharing a potluck meal and listening to a Krista Tippett " On Being" podcast, which promises "intelligent conversation on religion, meaning, and moral imagination." Following dinner, we'll talk about what we heard. It's like a book club with no homework! Questions? Call Leslie Bennett.
Pastoral Care Contact - September
Audrey Fraizer
Newsletter Now Easier to Read on your Mobile Device!
Your UUCM newsletters are now formatted to be easily read on your mobile device. The Communications Team hopes that this improves the flow of information from UUCM to you. Please direct any feedback/questions/comments to commteam@uucm.org.
Share Donations - September
Toothbrushes & paste, Deodorants, Shampoo & Conditioner, Bar Soap, Feminine Hygiene Products, Diapers, Wipes.
Try it! Volunteer at NSK This Fall  
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. 
Parking Reminder
NO parking in the large lot M-F before 6 and Sat. before 5.  Read more
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