Unitarian Universalist
Church of the
North Hills
Nourish your spirit. Celebrate life. Cherish the connectedness of all things.


Friday, September 22, 2023


Sunday - September 24, 2023

10:30 am (EDT)

Living into Our Mission through Covenant Groups

Rev. Lee Anne

UUCNH has a mission. We say it every Sunday: By building a loving religious community that nourishes the spirit, celebrates life, and cherishes the connectedness of all things, we will transform ourselves and our world. 

This Sunday, Rev. Lee Anne will explore how participation in a covenant group satisfies all aspects of our mission. We will also hear from current members.


If you happened to miss viewing Rev. Lee Anne's September E-blast message last week, you can still view it by clicking below.

Rev. Lee Anne's September Message


If you have received or sent a message to minister@uucnh.org and instead of it saying Rev. Lee Anne it says Rev. Jane, it is because you need to make a change within your own personal contact list. The change you would need to make is to replace the incorrect name with the correct one, to then be properly associated with the email address. This same rule of thumb can be applied to any email address where the name of the individual has changed, but the email address remains the same.


Zoom with UUCNH Friends - CLICK HERE

This drop-in connection will be held every Tuesday at 3:30pm-4:30 pm and will be led by Michael Horwitz. Click the link above to join the Zoom meeting. Login is the same each week:

Vespers - with Reverend John Ballance - CLICK HERE

Join us for a Vespers service each Wednesday starting at 7:00pm. The formal part of vespers will end at 7:30, but the Zoom link will remain open until 8:00 so that participants who wish to remain longer can converse informally about what’s going on in their lives. Please join us (and invite others to join us as well) as we continue to nurture our bonds with one another.


Amy & Erin Terrizzi cordially invite you to their 10th Anniversary Vow Renewal to be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 3 pm. High tea potluck and outdoor games to follow at UUCNH.

Please let either Amy or Erin know that you plan to attend or if you have any questions about dish ideas for the potluck. This is an all-ages event!

We also need a small group for setting up & tearing down tables & chairs. If you would be willing to do either, please also contact Amy or Erin.

We hope to see you for this joyous celebration!


The Systemic Change Team encourages UUCNH members to participate in the Annual Day of Peace Festival. It's FREE and family-friendly.


  • Sunday, Sept. 24, 2:00 PM
  • North Park – Point Grove on Lake Shore Drive, McCandless, PA 15090


Join us to celebrate what’s right with the world. There will be song, personal stories, dance, and activities celebrating different cultures and highlighting the goal of peace we all share. Light refreshments will be provided.  


The festival concludes with a flag procession of 195 United Nations flags at 3:45 PM. This event is for all ages. More information: 19th Annual IDP Festival


September 28 (Thursday) from 7:00 - 8:30 in the West Room at UUCNH

CeaseFirePA and The Coalition for Safe Community Spaces invite you to attend a Town Hall to hear real solutions that will save kids' lives from gun violence.

For Registration


Deadline to register is Friday, September 29th

Would you like to deepen connections and strengthen relationships with fellow members of our congregation?  Please consider joining our UUCNH Covenant Groups, which are small groups that meet twice a month for friendship, reflection, and discussion of monthly themes.

We will be offering two 8 week sessions, one starting in October and the second starting in February 2024.

If you are interested in being a Covenant Group Facilitator, please contact Kip Ruefle.


Champions for Justice Reception – Sept. 30th


Come join PIIN in reviewing past achievements and their current efforts for Racial Justice including: Education, Gun Violence, Criminal Justice Reform, and Environmental Justice. 

Support PIIN while you enjoy fine wines, hors d’oeuvres, sweets, and a silent auction. This is PIIN’s fundraiser to continue justice work in our community.

When: September 30, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m

Where: The Woodridge Condominiums Clubhouse, 100 Woodridge Drive, Mount Lebanon, PA 15234

Attend the PIIN Champions Reception and/or Invest in PIIN Justice Work.



  • A Town Hall on Keeping Kids Safe at School presented by Cease Fire PA & The Coalition for Community Spaces will occur at UUCNH on Sept. 28, 7-8:30 pm.See the separate e-news posting for additional details and to register.
  • Members will be volunteering at various public events to assist with Voter Registration.


  • Connie Hester & Cheryl Rampelt solicited signatures on the Fix Harrisburg Petition at the Sept. 9 Sewickley Harvest Festival.  
  • Julie Kant is reaching out to organizations regarding the Soul Box Project, which raises awareness of the US gunfire epidemic by making & exhibiting thousands of hand-folded origami boxes representing victims. For more information.
  • Diana Hull & Liz Perkins met with PA Rep Kathy Rapp regarding HB 484, a Gift Ban bill, which Rep Rapp is not supporting.


  • If you believe our PA state legislature has been ineffective and have not yet signed the Fix Harrisburg petition, urging legislative procedural rules reform to allow bipartisan legislation to get a vote, go to Fix Harrisburg to add your name.  
  • UU Justice PA’s Fall fundraiser is underway. To DONATE.
  • The Soul Box display will remain for viewing at UUCNH until the end of this month.

Email Liz Perkins for the monthly meeting Zoom link, for more info, and/or to help with any of our activities. The next SCT Meeting will be on Monday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.  


The September Share the Plate recipient will be the Hebrew Aid Immigration Society (HIAS). From their website: "HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives." In the wake of the Tree of Life trial and sentencing, HIAS released this statement. Here you can find more information on the services HIAS offers.

You may donate by September 30th in the following ways: 1) Place cash or check in the BLUE envelope in the offering plate during Sunday services; 2) Mail a check to the church office; or 3) Go to the church website's Donation Page and select Special Offerings. Checks should be made payable to UUCNH, with "Share the Plate" or "HIAS" in the memo line. If using the website Donation Page, please be sure to include the words "Share the Plate" and/or "HIAS" when making your donation.


Share the plate totals are not fully tabulated by the end of the month but will be shared when finalized. Thank you for your patience and your generosity!


From Diane Somers Robertson:  This past month has been many little joys to help get through one huge Sorrow. In August Jim’s Aunt Betty celebrated her 99th birthday and we saw a lot of family we haven’t seen in a long time.  Jim and I celebrated our 32nd Anniversary.  

But then we found out that my mom, Jackie Somers, had breast cancer. (She was diagnosed in 2014 and chose no treatment). On September 14, she died in her sleep. She is out of pain and we believe is with my Dad.  Thank you to UUCNH (our 2nd home) especially Kathy Ke, who helped us get hospice care for her, and John Ballance, who has been a calm and steady ear for me as I’ve cried and bared my heart and soul to him.

Note: There are times when you may not be able to share during service but want the Congregation to know what is on your heart. In that instance, just contact a member of the Lay Pastoral Care Team (LPCT) in person or submit your Joys & Sorrows electronically by clicking here. Once submitted, the form is sent to all LPCT members. (Chris Hill, Ruth Horwitz, Susan Powers, Lynn Richards, Lynne Herchenroether, Inga Burton-Smith). Please be sure to submit your item by NOON on Saturday at the latest, so we get it in time for Service. Also, LPCT emails are forward to all members of the team. We welcome your sharing and would be honored to carry forth your message.


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