Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills
Nourish your spirit. Celebrate life. Cherish the connectedness of all things.
December 6, 2018
  This Week's Upcoming Service 

December 9, 2018



Kathi Finch & UUCNH Children & Youth
 
The Christmas story reminds us that each new life is a gift. It is an invitation to nurture, care for, delight in, and take responsibility for another human being. Through the rich imagery of the beautiful nativity story, we discover truths that are still relevant today.  


 
No Classes - Multigenerational Holiday Pageant
Rev. Don's office hours are 9 am - 1 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and by appointment. Please call 740-988-7834, text, or email ( minister@uucnh.org ) before coming in - sometimes he has off-campus meetings. Mondays are his "weekend" and Fridays are reserved for writing.
SUBMISSIONS & BLURBS DEADLINE CHANGES
INTERCOM SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR JANUARY – January Intercom submissions deadline will be December 14 th . PLEASE NOTE THIS DEADLINE IS A WEEK EARLIER THAN USUAL.

BLURBS FOR WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS & E-NEWS – The office will be closed December 24th and 25th and the Office Admin will be away from the office thru January 2nd. The blurbs for the OOS Announcements and E-NEWS for December 22nd & 29th will be due Monday, December 16 th . Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
BeadforLife!
Join the Systemic Change Team before and after service on Sunday, December 9 th to support BeadforLife! This non-profit works in Uganda to help women to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty. We will have the event in the East Room and sell their beautiful jewelry and shea products. Buy beads and transform lives!
Holiday Gift Giving Opportunity
GIFTS FOR CHILDREN - North Hills Community Outreach is sponsoring a toy drive for families in need throughout northern Allegheny County. Our church has committed to providing 50 gifts to children of different ages. If you are willing and able to help, there will be gifts tags hung on the tree in the West Room on December 1st. Please take a tag from the age group for which you are interested in purchasing a gift and return it and the unwrapped gift by December 9th . You can put the gifts under the tree in the West Room. Giving suggestions include: • Board Games • Puzzles • Books and/or movies • Stuffed animals • Bath/body items • Craft kits and Art Supplies • Sports equipment • Hooded sweatshirts • Gift cards for iTunes, clothing stores, etc. Thank you!
Help Brighten Up UUCNH For The Holidays
Would you like to bring some color into the Sanctuary this holiday season?

Order poinsettias! They’re $15 each or 2 for $25, and the proceeds go to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. If you are interested, please contact Chris Hill during Coffee Hour, or email him ( chill613@comcast.net ) with:
 
  • How many plants would you like to order?
  • Which color(s) would you like: They have Red, White, Speckled (White leaves with red specks), and Pink inside/white outer?
  •  Dedication: Flowers In Honor Of, or In Memory Of, or another reason?
  •  If you want to take them home after Christmas (If not, we’ll decorate Friendship Hall for January)?
  • Orders are due by December 10th

Thanks for brightening up the church and for your support of UUCNH!
Equal Exchange Gifts For The Holidays
To give a Fair Trade item for the holidays is way better than to receive! Consider giving a Fair Trade Item and remember you’ll be supporting small farmers. That means they earn a fair amount for their work, allowing them to pay for healthcare, education and other basic necessities. Consider giving some:

  • Organic Coffee-French Roast, Breakfast Blend, Mind, Body & Soul, or Decaf, available in whole bean or drip grind ($9/bag)
  • Organic Dark Chocolate bars-with Almonds, With Mint, with Lemon, Ginger, & Black Pepper (NEW!) and Very Dark (up to 80%!) plus Organic Milk Chocolate with a hint of hazelnut ($4 each, or 3 for $10)
  • And we have a Chamomile, Rooibos and Chai Teas ($4 each) to warm you up!

If you have any questions, contact Chris Hill at 412.366.9553 or chill613@comcast.net
Jam Sessions
Talented and/or aspiring musicians are invited to jam sessions to be held at UUCNH on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. The month of December will have only one Jam Session which will be held on Tuesday, December 11 th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Worth & Dignity room. 

We'll take turns choosing (easy) songs to play together, aided by projected Chordify.net chord transcriptions. A variety of foot and hand percussion instruments will be provided for public use. Pizza, snacks and drinks are welcome. Please email James Clarke at JamesClarke81@gmail.com for further information.
Meditations With Friends
Quartz crystal bowl meditation will be a highlight of our meeting on  Tuesday,  December  11 th  from 7:00 – 8:00  in the West Room. Virgie Bohn has generously agreed to bring her bowls and share her expertise in this wonderful practice. What a holiday gift for us!

This is our last meeting for 2018. In 2019 we will resume our usual pattern of meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. You can always check by going to:  http://uucnh.org/calendar/

We welcome anyone interested in mindful meditation, whether you have little or no experience in meditation, or you have practiced for years. Any questions please contact Sue Luebbert at  luebbert.unicorn@gmail.com  or call her at 412-366-9553.
Book Discussion Group
Will resume on December 14th, from 7:30 - 9:00 pm and we will discuss MIDDLESEX by Jeffrey Eugenides. Cal recounts how 5-alpha-reductase deficiency, a recessive condition, caused him to be born with female characteristics. Book is loosely based on aspects of Eugenide's life and Greek heritage. Book for January is FATHERS and SONS by Ivan Turgenev. All are welcome, any questions, call Ruth Horwitz 603-903-3566.                         
Wonderful Wednesday
Our next Wonderful Wednesday will take place on  January 2nd . Please join us for a potluck supper and some quiet time. The potluck starts at 6:00 pm with the vespers led by Don at 6:45 pm .  Help with the potluck setup/cleanup is appreciated.

Look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Coffeehouse and Wonderful Wednesdays!
UUCNH Coffeehouse
The next Coffeehouse will be held on Friday, December 7th at 7:30 - 9:00 pm .

Coffeehouse format is open-mic and will be held in the West Room (sanctuary). Note: The Coffeehouse is a substance-free environment.
Christmas Eve Service
ALL ARE WELCOME! On December 24 th , UUCNH will hold its annual UUCNH Christmas Eve potluck dinner. Sign up in Friendship Hall through December 23 rd , or by emailing or calling the contact number below. You do not have to be a member to come! And last minute attendees are encouraged! Please bring your feastware for you and your party and a tasty potluck dish to share that will serve all of the people in your group Plus eight more people. Please sign up to bring a salad, a main dish, a side dish or a dessert. Warm mulled apple cider, a child-friendly citrus fruit holiday punch, tea and coffee will be provided. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help may do so by signing up, calling or emailing. For more information, please call Dawn FitzGerald-Swidal at 412-366-2472 or contact her by email at rowan@octobermorning.com . Potluck begins at 5:30 pm; Christmas Eve service begins at 7:30 pm.  
Systemic Change Team
Let’s change the rules!  The rules of procedure in the PA House of Representatives are a roadblock to passing much needed legislation, including ending gerrymandering. Find out more and send a postcard to your legislator at the Systemic Change Team table on Sunday.
Online Giving is Available
It's easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the internet. 
Get started by going to our website at www.UUCNH.org and click on the Giving Tab . This will take you to a secure page to make your contributions with instructions on how to get started  

Another way to access our donation page is to download the  GivePlus  app. Once downloaded on your Phone you can search for our church and donate through the app similar to our website. Remember you can also make one time and recurring contributions by using online banking. The advantage to this method is it is FREE for you and the church. Text giving is also available for making contributions to the general fund.  Text your contribution amount to 412-218-3380. You will need to register your personal information on your first text but once you are set up, it's an easy and quick method for donations.  
Blurbs For Weekly Announcements & OOS
Posting To The
UUCNH Calendar
Please send your weekly blurbs to office@uucnh.org by Tuesday morning in order to be placed in the upcoming week's Announcements and E-News. For the Announcements, provide a single paragraph blurb (minimize due to space constraints). Please keep in mind that the E-News is sent out by 9 am on Thursdays and the finalizing of the Announcements are complete and ready for print by 10 am.
In order to better coordinate the calendar all teams, committees, and groups are asked to contact the  office@uucnh.org  with your event plans as soon as possible, especially if you're not on a regular schedule. Thanks in advance for your help!
Joys and Sorrows
Debi Nuttall expressed her concerns about a teenager from Mikayla’s High School class and her mother who were shot last week. Both the mother and daughter are in critical condition and are facing multiple surgeries. They live just steps away from the Nuttall’s home. The Teen’s sister (who is in 9th grade with Mikayla) had to shelter in place and hid in a closet until the SWAT arrived. The shooter (who had mental health issues but was off his medications) ended up shooting himself and died. Debi requests that we keep the Family and those with mental illness in our thoughts.

Hal Dixler shared his happiness that he had spent Thanksgiving in NY with his twin brother and family. They had a kosher meal since they are orthodox Jewish. Hal made an apple pie from scratch. His brother’s granddaughter was there and is expecting a 3rd great-grandchild!!
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 in person, by phone or email and we can make the announcement at service for you and/or add it to the e-News.  Lay Pastoral Care Team (LPCT) contacts are listed online in the Intercom and on the LPC Team bulletin board outside the office. We welcome your sharing and would be honored to carry forth your message.
Upcoming Events
Thursday - December 6
Craft Group
East Room
10 am - 12 pm

LPCT Meeting
East Room
4 - 6 pm

Choir Rehearsal
West Room
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Friday - December 7
Coffeehouse
West Room
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Saturday - December 8
Bellwood Santa Event Setup
FH
12 - 4 pm

Bellwood Santa Event
FH
4 - 7 pm

Pageant Set-up
West Room
6 - 8 pm

Sunday - December 9
Bead For Life
East Room
9 am - 1 pm

Breakforth Ensemble
W/D Room
9 - 10 am

UU Christian Perspective
Youth Room
9:15 - 10:30 am

Choir Meets
West Room
9:45 - 10:15 am
OWL/Sessions 7&8
East Room
5:30 - 8:30 pm

Monday - December 10
Owl Orientation
Justice Room
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Finance Meeting
East Room
7:30 - 9:30 pm

Tuesday - December 11
Quilting Group
East Room
10 am - 2 pm

Executive Committee Meeting
Don's Office
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Jam Sessions
W/D
7 - 9 pm

Meditations with Friends
West Room
7:00 - 8:30 pm

Wednesday - December 12
Sisters in Spirit
East Room
6:30 - 8:30 pm

Thursday - December 13
Craft Group
East Room
10 am - 12 pm

Choir Rehearsal
West Room
7:30 - 9:00 pm
UU Church of the North Hills
2359 West Ingomar Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-366-0244