Unitarian Universalist
Church of the
North Hills
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Newsletter - Thursday, May 12, 2022

INTERCOM

Sunday - May 8, 2022
10:30am (EDT)
Transitions
Rev. Jane Thickstun and Dana Poss

Join Rev. Jane and Dana as we honor our youth and appreciate the faith development volunteers who support them. Celebrate the journey of our 6th graders who are bridging into adolescence as well as our seniors who are moving into young adulthood. 
Faith Development for Children (PreK- 6th)10:45 – 11:30am
A MESSAGE FROM REV. JANE
The church where I found Unitarian Universalism—North Shore Unitarian in Deerfield, IL—had a juried art fair as its major fundraiser each year. Everyone in the congregation pitched in. One year, we had a room of recycled art and I was the volunteer who handled it. It was a fun project, looking at all the art and deciding on pricing and displaying. I found myself especially attracted to one watercolor of a country scene; it reminded me of the rural countryside I grew up in, which I was nostalgic for living in the big city suburbs. I bought it, and it hangs on my bedroom wall to this day.

This Saturday (3-5:30), you have an opportunity to find such a treasure, with the added bonus that you can feel good about knowing it came from someone in your church community, and the money you spend on it will benefit the community. Furthermore, you get to hob nob IN PERSON with those very folks who make up this beloved community. I hope to see you all there!

In faith,
Rev. Jane
UUCNH HELPING BUILD A COMMUNITY GARDEN WITH HEARTH
Be a part of the UUCNH’s justice efforts by helping to build a community garden with HEARTH!

The UUCNH’s Green Sanctuary Team has partnered with HEARTH, a local nonprofit that provides 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.

Together we are building a community garden that provides healthy, local food and positive, supporting social activity. The next garden construction event is planned for:

  • May 12, 2022 from 9:00am - 1:00pm 

Where: HEARTH
3724 Mt. Royal Blvd
Glenshaw PA 15116

You will see a sign for HEARTH on Mt. Royal (just south of the intersection with Ferguson) - turn on Elfinwild, then right into HEARTH's driveway. Follow the driveway up past buildings on the left and right - park in the rear and you will see the garden on the left on the hillside. 

You would be most welcomed to participate in these volunteer opportunities. For more information and to sign up please email Green Sanctuary.
ART FROM YOUR ATTIC UPDATE!
Art From Your Attic is just around the corner. Please plan to join us on Saturday, May 14th from 3:00 - 5:30PM at UUCNH!

We need your donations!! Please go hunting in your attics, basements, or even on your walls for any items that might need a new home. Please fill out this google form to log your donation. 

Donations can be dropped off on:

  • Friday, May 13th between 7:00 - 9:00PM or
  • Saturday, May 14th between 9:00AM - 12:00PM. 

Questions? Feel free to contact Ellen Saksen or Dawn Lindsay.
SYSTEMIC CHANGE POSTCARDING
Join us on May 15, 2022 for:

  • Postcarding for Equitable Education. 
  • Check the table in Friendship Hall.
JESUS DICUSSION GROUP
Meeting on Sunday, May 15th, noon to 1:15 PM on Zoom and at church [upstairs, follow the yellow signs]:  Was Constantine a Christian or the villain from an episode of Masterpiece Theater? We’ll discuss his influence on the growing Christian movement in this session.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 5604 8898
Passcode: 424825
HELP FIX HARRISBURG
Volunteer May 17 and/or Sign the Petition
 
Currently six people in Harrisburg decide which bills are put on the agenda to get a vote. These six people have the unchecked power to veto any bill simply by never putting it on the agenda. Pennsylvania has an agenda fairness rating of zero (scale 0-100). UUJustice Advocacy work is stalled by these rules.
 
Learn more and sign the petition at FixHarrisburg | Reform the Rules | Pennsylvania
 
Fair Districts PA will be talking to voters about this issue on the day of the Primary. If you have a few hours, we are looking for volunteers in HD 30, the church district, and HD19, the district designed to maximize minority voices and others across the state. 

NHCO SPRING CLEANING COLLECTION
UUCNH will be participating in the NHCO Spring Cleaning Collection this year! SNAP benefits cannot be used to purchase cleaning supplies. These items can be an extra expense that many low-income families cannot afford. NHCO is committed to providing each family with a bag of cleaning supplies to make their home sparkle.

Needed items include:
  • Laundry Detergent (size under 100oz)
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Dish Detergent
  • Pack of Sponges
  • Roll of Paper Towels
  • Canvas Shopping Bag

Please place donations in the blue bin next to the food pantry. Deadline for donations will be May 22, 2022.

Thank you for your generosity!
UUCNH ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Date: Sunday, June 5, 2022
Time: Right after Sunday Services

Similar to January's Mid-Year Congregational Meeting, this meeting will be both live and available via the church's Youtube channel. However, in order to vote at this year's meeting, you must be present at the church or send a proxy. The Board is working on several plans to make sure everyone who is not comfortable returning in person is matched with a trustworthy proxy (more details to come). 

If there are any groups, teams, or committees that would like to present at this year's meeting, please contact Alex Saksen.
ANNUAL UUCNH CAMPING TRIP
The annual UUCNH camping trip is planned to take place this year at Loleta Campground in the Allegheny National Forrest from July 20-24. The camping trip is great fun, lots of families, a good way to get to know people better while relaxing around the campfire, hiking, doing water sports, and "s'more..."! There are a limited number of spaces available so please RSVP soon to Abby Vaughn or Rachael Smart if you would like to attend.
BUUCS NIGHT IN THE BURG'
Are you Ready for BUUCs night this year? It is a little earlier than usual but some are ready for Pirates games this year. BUUCs game date is Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 7:05pm.

Ticket reservation information and more can be found on this BUUCs Flyer. After reserving your tickets, please help promote BUUCs Night by forwarding or posting our BUUCs Flyer. Thank you .
SYSTEMIC TEAM CHANGE ACTIVITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Recent
  • Hosted Faith in Action forum: Racial Inequities in Maternal Health. (Click for recording). Cheryl Rampelt took action by writing lawmakers urging support for two bills intended to decrease maternal mortality and morbidity.   
  • Members attended Faith in Action forum: Gun Violence Prevention 101 (Click for recording).
  • Liz Perkins & Diana Hull lobbied in Harrisburg for Gun Violence Prevention.
  • Carol Ballance organized UUCNH post carding to oppose bill that would limit reproductive rights; mailed 200 cards to PA state Senators..  
  • Organized UUCNH post carding for Gun Violence Prevention/supporting an ERPO (Extreme Risk Protection Order) bill in the PA House; mailed over 50 cards to state lawmakers. 
  • Barb Fure joined Team.  
 
Upcoming
  • Connie Hester is researching and assisting with a petition campaign for Fair Districts PA ‘s "Fix Harrisburg" for procedural rule reform intended to advance legislation being blocked by majority leadership. 
  • Attending Faith in Action Forum on May 19: Stand Your Ground Gun Laws: Are They Good for Communities.  Anyone can register by emailing Trinity Luthern Church.
  • Post carding at UUNCH in May: Economic Justice/Equitable Education or Criminal Justice legislation.

Anyone interested in more information and/or helping with any of our activities, please contact Chair, Liz Perkins.
UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY - PITTSBURGH 2023!
Seeking a Pittsburgh Area UU to Serve as the 2023 Local Area Coordinator

Are you someone from the Pittsburgh area with UU leadership experience? We are looking for such an individual to serve as the 2023 Local Area Coordinator (LAC). 

Tasks of the Local Area Coordinator include:

  • recruiting local UUs to serve on the Local Area Task Force (LATF) and facilitate trainings 
  • assisting in recruiting volunteers prior to GA, training them during GA, and ensuring that each is carrying out assignments.
  • chairing meetings of the entire LATF before and during GA (as needed)
  • serving as liaison between host city/wider UU area and the GA Planning Committee and/or General Assembly and Conference Services (GACS) office
  • Educating the host area as planning for GA commences; promote interest and enthusiasm within the host area for participating in GA.

Skills should include ability to recruit and organize volunteers, written and oral communication skills, and an ability to remain calm in the midst of chaos. Being a non-anxious presence is key. 

Please send an email of interest to LaTonya Richardson.
SHARE THE PLATE FOR MAY
The May share the plate recipient will be the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). PIIN is a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness. Through the processes of community-building, working with politicians and policy makers, direct action, and negotiation, we transform our communities. PIIN is a major partner in doing social justice work in Southwest PA. 
You may donate by May 31st 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 "PIIN" in the memo line. If using the website Donation Page, please be sure to include the words "Share the Plate" and/or "PIIN" 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!
 
Thank you for your generosity.
WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTIONS
Zoom with UUCNH Friends - CLICK HERE
This drop-in connection will be held every Tuesday at 3:30-4:30 pm each week and will be led by Paul Wommack. Click the link above to join the Zoom meeting. Login will be the same each week:

Vespers - with Reverend John Ballance - CLICK HERE
Join us for a Vespers service every Wednesday starting at 7:00 pm. 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.

Isolation-Buster Zoom Coffee Hour - CLICK HERE
Our community coffee hour will begin at 11:30, right after the service each week.
JOYS AND SORROWS
From Dana Poss a Joy: I want to than the congregation for the very generous gift.


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  & Rev. Jane Thickstun) 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 – May 12
  • Location Hearth - Community Garden Project - 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Worth & Dignity Room - Bellwood Miss Music - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • West Room & Zoom-GEN - Craft Group - 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Zoom-MEM - Covenant Group//KR- 7:00 - 8:30pm
  • West Room - Choir - 7:30 - 8:30pm

FRIDAY – May 13
  • East Room - Bellwood Board Meeting - 9:15 - 11:15pm
  • Friendship Hall - Art Donations Dropoff - 7:00 - 9:00pm

SATURDAY – May 14
  • Friendship Hall - Art Donations Dropoff - 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Friendship Hall - Art From Your Attic Auction - 3:00 - 5:30pm

SUNDAY – May 15
  • Inhouse & You-Tube - UUCNH Service - 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Justice & Growth Rooms - Faith Dev for Children - 10:45am - 11:30pm
  • Zoom-MIN - Coffee Hour - 11:30am - 12:00pm
  • Justice Room + Zoom-MIN - Jesus Discussion Group 12:00pm - 1:15pm

MONDAY – May 16
  • West Room - Bellwood Art Show Set-up - 9:00am - 3:00pm

TUESDAY – May 17
  • West Room - Bellwood Art Show Set-up - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Zoom-MEM - Covenant Group/RH - 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • East Room - Quilting Group - 1:00 - 2:30pm
  • Zoom-MEM - Zoom with Friends - 3:30 - 430 pm
  • Zoom-MIN - Board Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00pm

WEDNESDAY – May 18
  • West Room - Bellwood Art Show Set-up - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Zoom-MIN - Connections Meeting - 7:00 - 9:00pm
  • Zoom-GEN - Vespers - 7:00 - 8:00pm

THURSDAY – May 19
  • West Room - Bellwood Art Show Set-up - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Worth & Dignity Room - Bellwood Miss Music - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • East Room & Zoom-GEN - Craft Group - 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Zoom-MEM - Covenant Group/EK- 2:00 - 3:30pm
  • West Room - Choir - 7:30 - 8:30pm
UU Church of the North Hills
2359 West Ingomar Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-366-0244