Unitarian Universalist
Church of the
North Hills
Nourish your spirit. Celebrate life. Cherish the connectedness of all things.
Newsletter - Thursday - September 22, 2022

INTERCOM

Sunday - September 25, 2022
10:30am (EDT)
 Sharing Ideas, Moving Forward 
Sunday Service Team

As UUCNH transitions into a period of lay-led services, your Sunday Services Team needs creative input, ideas, and new members. This service will feature readings and music meant to inspire, and will create a space for all to get involved in the future of our church. Please come ready to share and get involved on Sunday, September 25.   
Faith Development for Children (PreK- 6th) NO FD CLASS ON 9-25-22
Youth Group10:30am – 12:00pm 
UNDER THE PRESIDENT'S TREE
Last week, my husband, Kevin, and I took a trip to Niagara Falls. My parents stayed at our house with the kids. It was the first time we’d gotten away as a couple in I’m not even sure how long. 

Reflecting on the trip, two thoughts come to mind. One has to do with one of the UU sources: “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” 

We took the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist out to the center of Horseshoe Falls. Nothing humans could ever build comes close to witnessing the power of the falls as they cascaded down, spraying us with abandon (the red ponchos they provided on the boat definitely came in handy!). 

The second thought that comes to mind speaks to something Reverend Sunshine said in their sermon this past Sunday. We are constantly evolving and changing. We aren’t the same people we were a year, five years, or ten years ago. But also, there are different versions of ourselves on a day to day basis. On that trip, I was able to put my full focus into being the “wife” version of myself. I put aside the “mom” version. I put everything else aside. We enjoyed a cozy dinner for two atop Niagara, Ontario’s Skylon Tower, complete with a revolving dining room. We woke up when we wanted to, and went to sleep when we wanted to. 

I wouldn’t trade the “mom” version of myself for anything, but the experience last week put into focus for me the power of nurturing all sides of ourselves. We are full, complex beings. What side of ourselves is nurtured through being in community with each other? Speaking for myself, I would argue all sides. I’m a better mom, wife, and leader in my career because of UUCNH and everything we do here. 

Jen Suehr
SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING - Sunday, October 9th
The Board of Trustees invites you to a Special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, October 9th, immediately following the service

In this time of transition, we plan to hold space for you to share how you're feeling about where we are at this moment. Additionally, we will review UUCNH's ministerial history, so that we can better understand who we are today. Finally, the Board will present options for types of ministry for you to consider. There will be no formal vote in this meeting, but we feel that it's imperative you have a voice in where we go next. Please join us! 
RAISE THE ROOF
You are invited to Raise the RUUF fest, after church on October 16. We will have tacos, cake and karaoke at Maple Grove Pavilion in Blueberry Hill Park.  You must RSVP by Oct. 2.

A PRESS CONFERENCE WITH GOD
What would you like to ask God?

On October 23, Jeff Hutchins, a member of UUCNH from 1991-2008, will present “A Press Conference with God,” which he calls “a bit of theological theatre.”

The questions may be serious, silly, or anything in between, and UU’s of all ages are encouraged to join in. Jeff will pick about a dozen questions that he will answer as “God’s Press Agent”. This service will be satirical and thought provoking, but not blasphemous or offensive. 

No later than October 16, please send Jeff your question(s) at (jeff@jeffhutchins.com), or by text to (412-770-5070). Try to keep questions under 25 words. Jeff will use your name unless you request anonymity.
RACIAL WEALTH GAP LEARNING SIMULATION
The Bottom 40 Percent Has Grown Poorer, So Why Are Tax Cut Plans Focused on the Rich and Corporations? Why is there a racial wealth disparity? The Systemic Change Team is sponsoring an interactive learning exercise called "A Racial Wealth Gap Simulation". It will be an in-person event on Saturday September 24 from 9:30 am to aprox 12 noon. Light refreshments will be provided. 

4TH SUNDAY FORUM
Sunday, September 25th, noon – 1:15 pm by Zoom and in-person in the East Room - Talking to Strangers! Although behavioral scientists agree that social interaction makes us happier, healthier and more successful, a survey indicated that only about 7% of us would choose to talk with another person in a waiting room. Yet a number of experiments – and some of our own experiences – have shown that these spontaneous connections are nearly always more enjoyable than we would have expected. In an August 25th NYT essay, columnist David Brooks contends that the fate of America will be determined in large part by the quality of how we treat one another in these small daily interactions. Join us as we share perspectives on this ubiquitous part of human experience. 

To get onto the email list for and receive a copy of the Brooks essay, contact Dick Myers.  Note: the login information for these monthly Zoom meetings is the same each month.

Meeting ID: 895 1948 7832
Password: 200829
MORE FUN, ANYONE?
Team Fun, which has brought you such Friday Fun Nights as the June Great UU Bakeoff, August’s Board Game Night, and the “Gimme S’More” Bonfire, is looking for a few fresh faces and new ideas to keep the good times rolling! If you’re a creative thinker, a born party-planner, or are simply enthusiastic about helping our church family relax and reconnect, let’s talk!
 
Team Fun will gather for our second brainstorming session on Monday, September 26th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, upstairs in the library. No long-term commitment express or implied; just bring your ideas and your enthusiasm and let’s see what we can do!
GROCERY CARDS/FAIR TRADE SALE
Giant Eagle/Kuhn’s Grocery Cards & Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate – Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Chris and I have enjoyed the grocery card/equal exchange sales evenings and seeing everyone. We will continue to sell grocery cards/equal exchange items one evening per month – see below. The coffee, tea and chocolate is also available for sale in Friendship Hall as was done in pre-pandemic times. If you see me at church and want some grocery cards, please ask me, I can usually accommodate requests after the service. At this point we have not restarted full Sunday sales with someone selling cards on the bench.
    
UUCNH benefits from you buying Giant Eagle and/or Kuhn’s Gift Cards at no extra expense to you! Both stores donate $5 to UUCNH for every $100 of gift card value sold. Mother Earth and small-scale farmers benefit when you buy Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate. Due to the pandemic the grocery cards normally sold on Sundays at coffee hour and the coffee, tea and chocolate available at their stand in Friendship Hall are being sold monthly outside on the front entrance walk. 
 
It's easy to simply drive up and exchange a check or cash for gift cards and/or coffee, tea, chocolate. No need to leave your car – unless it’s raining or very cold we’ll be outside by the curb. If not, beep your horn to get us to come outside! If you'd like to get an email reminder just send an email to Joe Meier to get on the emailing list. Or just drive up to the next Grocery Card/Equal Exchange sale on the evening of Tuesday, September 27, 2022 between 4:30 and 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.  
GENTLE CHAIR YOGA
Starting on Wednesday, September 28 from 11:00am - 12:00pm

We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 11:00am-12:00pm both at the church (West Room) thru May.

This is a gentle and relaxing practice. EveryBODY welcome! Wear comfortable clothes and if tuning in virtually have a sturdy chair that supports you in good posture and won't roll away or tip over. This practice is appropriate for any age or fitness level. Contact Barbara Pane with any questions and feel free to invite any friends. We plan to record sessions and make available to watch at your convenience.

  • Please rsvp each session if you plan to attend in person so we can have the chairs set up. Also, so we will be able to contact you in the event that a class is cancelled.
COFFEEHOUSE IS BACK!!
Will be held on Saturday, October 8 from 7:00 - 9:00pm in the West Room. All are welcome on second Saturday of each month from 7pm to 9pm.

What is coffeehouse, some may say?  It is a chance to share your talent with the congregation, sing a song, tell a joke, do something interesting, anything goes (keep it PG) ... or just come to watch and enjoy others.  Hope to see you there!
THE HALLOWEEN PARTY IS BACK!!
The youth group and the Fun team are collaborating this year to bring back the Halloween party on October 29th at 7:00pm.  Come dressed in costume, and maybe win a prize. Bring you dancing shoes as we turn the sanctuary into a disco. Enjoy snacks and bring a bit of cash as the Youth will likely be doing a fundraiser.

We hope to see you there!!!
SYSTEMIC CHANGE TEAM
Creating Change

Recent
  • For our Sept. 4th service, Diana Hull presented Racism: The Ever-Present Elephant in the Room, which included a mini demonstration of the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation to occur at UUCNH on Sat. Sept. 24th.
  • On Aug. 26th, Connie Hester, Barb Fure and Diana Hull attended Rally for Our Rights, supporting constitutional rights and collected Fix Harrisburg petition signatures.
  • Connie Hester and Cheryl Rampelt are continuing to collect names on the “Fix Harrisburg” Petition to reform the legislative procedural rules to increase passage of bipartisan legislation. You can sign the Petition online Here, or at the Systemic Change Team’s table at church.
Upcoming
  • On Sept. 24th from 9:30am to noon, the Systemic Change Team will offer a Racial Wealth Gap Simulation. To register, please see the brochure in this month’s E-news. 
  • On Sept. 21 at 8:00pm, SCT members will attend the UUJusticePA Reproductive Justice Team’s virtual presentation regarding Self-Managed Abortion. If interested, contact Liz Perkins.
  • The next Faith in Action Forum on Hate Crimes in Western PA. will occur on Zoom the evening of Oct. 12th at 7:00pm.  Registration information will be forthcoming.
  • On Oct. 18th at 6:30pm., Sue Broughton will be doing a presentation through the League of Women Voters of Clarion County on Fixing the Rules. A link for the virtual presentation will be forthcoming.
  • Everyone is welcome at our monthly meetings. The next Meeting is on Mon., Oct. 3rd at 7:00 pm on Zoom. E-mail Liz Perkins to receive the link.  

Anyone interested in more information and/or helping with any of our activities, please contact chair, Liz Perkins.
JOIN THE CHOIR
The UUCNH Choir sings 30 Sundays each church year. Singing in a group is a wonderful way to make friends, exercise, and lift your spirits ! You don’t need to read music to join the choir, you do need to come to rehearsals, and learn your part with the singers in your section.

We rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, and Sunday mornings before the Service. For more information, contact Mary Doubleday at 412-953-6876.
WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTIONS
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 every 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.
VOTER REGISTRATION TRAINING
Voter Registration Training: September 21st at 7:00pm - 8:00pm, zoom meeting offered by New Pennsylvania Project (NPP) with goal of reaching under-served communities needing encouragement and help in registering to vote. UUtheVote is partnering with NPP to train us in how to most effectively register new voters and share opportunities to register voters at area locations. Please contact Elizabeth Perkins to register or learn more. 
PIIN - TRUCKING FOR JUSTICE!
This is a fundraiser and kick-off for fall social justice work. More details and registration click here .Hope to see you there!
SHARE THE PLATE FOR SEPTEMBER
The Share the Plate recipient for September will be HEARTH. The mission of HEARTH is to provide a range of supportive services and housing that empowers homeless families, who are survivors of domestic violence or other trauma to become independent, self-sufficient, and adequately housed. Besides housing, HEARTH offers childcare, food and clothing pantries, and counseling and case management services.
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 "HEARTH" in the memo line. If using the website Donation Page, please be sure to include the words "Share the Plate" and/or "HEARTH" 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!
JOYS AND SORROWS
From Tassi Bisers, 2 Joys: My house is under contract, should be sold on September 27th and the following morning my daughter Lisa and I will begin the drive to Minneapolis, where I am moving to be near her family as well as my brother and his wife. I will miss this city, which I love, and this congregation, which I love even more. But I can't wait to be with grandkids. Speaking of grandkids last weekend I got acquainted with 3 month old Ripley Josephine Bisers all the way from Portland, OR, Heaven.

From Bill Faulkner a sorrow: Sandy had intestinal surgery 9/9 and is healing but still at UPMC Presby. Please keep us in your thoughts. Sandy would enjoy emails from anyone who would like to connect with her.

From Amy Terrizzi a sorrow: My dad was taken to the hospital On Friday because of a swollen leg. He has clots in both legs and both sides of his lungs. He is in Dickson, TN in the hospital waiting to see a plan of treatment.
Note: There are times when you may not be able to share during a 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). Please be sure to submit your item by NOON on Saturday at the latest, so we get it in time for Service. Also, the LPCT now has an email address (lpct@uucnh.org) which forwards to all members of the team. We welcome your sharing and would be honored to carry forth your message.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
THURSDAY – September 22
  • W/D Room - Bellwood Enrichment Program - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • West Room/Outdoors- Craft Group - 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • West Room - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30 - 8:30pm

FRIDAY – September 23
  • No Meetings or Events Scheduled

SATURDAY – September 24
  • East Room - Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation - 9:30am - 12:00pm

SUNDAY – September 25
  • No classes for FD for Children
  • Youth Room - Youth Group - 10:30 - 12:00pm
  • Inhouse & You-Tube - UUCNH Virtual Service - 10:30 - 11:30am
  • After the service Coffee Hour - 11:30am - 12:00pm
  • East Room/Zoom-GEN-- 4th Sunday Forum - 12:00 - 1:15pm
  • Justice Room - Compassionate Service Mtg - 12:00 - 1:30pm

MONDAY – September 26
  • Library - Team Fun Meeting - 6:30 - 8:00pm

TUESDAY September 27
  • Zoom-FD - Staff Meeting - 1:00 - 2:00pm
  • Zoom-CONG - Zoom with Friends - 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Driveway Entrance - Grocery Cards/Fair Trade Sale - 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • East Room - CYFD Team Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00pm

WEDNESDAY September 28
  • West Room - Gentle Chair Yoga- 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • East Room - Connections Team - 7:00 - 8:30pm
  • Zoom-GEN - Vespers - 7:00 - 8:00pm

THURSDAY – September 29
  • W/D Room - Bellwood Enrichment Program - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • West Room/Outdoors - Craft Group - 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • West Room - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30 - 8:30pm
UU Church of the North Hills
2359 West Ingomar Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-366-0244