Unitarian Universalist
Church of the
North Hills
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Newsletter - Thursday - January 19, 2023

INTERCOM

Sunday - January 22, 2023
10:30am (EST)
Humane Animal Rescue
Daniel Cody and Sunday Service Team

Daniel Cody, a representative from our January Share the Plate recipient, will join us to tell us more about Humane Animal Rescue’s mission and role in the greater Pittsburgh community.
Faith Development for Children (PreK- 6th)10:45am – 11:30am
Youth Group – 10:30am – 12:00pm
MINISTERIAL OPTIONS TOWN HALL MEETING
Sunday, January 22nd after the service

Please join your Board of Trustees for a Town Hall Meeting in the West Room, immediately following the service. We plan to discuss ministerial options that will be on the ballot in the mid-year meeting. 
4TH SUNDAY FORUM CANCELLED FOR JANUARY
The 4th Sunday Forum meeting for January is cancelled due to the Town Hall meeting on the 22nd and Congregational Meeting on the 29th.
GROCERY CARDS & FAIR TRADE EQUAL EXCHANGE SALE
Tuesday January 24, 2023, between 4:30 and 6:00 pm

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, at least for the next couple months. We are thinking seriously about restarting full Sunday sales with someone selling cards on the bench – stay tuned. The coffee, tea and chocolate are 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. 
 
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. 
 
It's easy to 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 January 24, 2023, between 4:30 and 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.  
INDOOR CAMPFIRE SING-A-LONG!
Friday, January 27th at 7:00 pm
 
Winter got you down? Join us in the warm and cozy West Room at 7:00pm on Friday, January 27th as we gather to unwind with friends and family, singing favorite songs to the strum of a guitar (or several), sipping steaming beverages, and nibbling on something sweet – all in the warm glow of a cheery “campfire.” No open flame (or RSVP) required! All are welcome.
 
For more information, contact TEAM FUN.
MID-YEAR CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, January 29 after the service

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting, Sunday, January 29th, immediately following the service. As the energy in our community continues to build, it’s time to determine what’s next for us. Although our recent Mid-Year Meetings have not included a congregational vote, this one will, as we come together to determine the immediate and future direction of the ministry at UUCNH.

Proxy Form for January 29, 2023 mid-year meeting. A paper copy of the Proxy Form is available in the West Room located on the bookshelf.
UUCNH GREEN SANCTUARY CELEBRATION
Come Celebrate UUCNH becoming a
Green Sanctuary Congregation, Jan. 29th
(at the mid-year congregational meeting) 

It's been years in the making. We started with a focus on our church and members. Then we expanded our outreach to the community. See our listing at the UUA.  

BOOK SWAP DATE CHANGE
Sunday, January 29th at 12:00 PM in Friendship Hall

January book sale postponed due to illness - but happily rescheduled for Sunday January 29th. Feel free to drop books in the East Room atll week and we will have them ready by Sunday. Thank you - UUCNH Fundraising Team.

Did you acquire some new books over the holidays, and need to make room on your shelves? Are you in need of some "new to you" books to get you through these long winter days? Join us at the winter book swap in Friendship Hall!

The process is simple: 
  1. Drop your old books off in the East Room
  2. Attend the book swap sale in Friendship Hall on Sunday, January 29th
  3. Leave a goodwill offering for the Fundraising Team on your way out
  4. Go home with some wonderful "new to you" books!

Questions? Contact us!
COVENANT GROUPS ARE BACK
Would you like to deepen connections and strengthen relationships with fellow members of our congregation? Please consider joining the newly relaunched UUCNH Covenant Groups. After 2 years of virtual only sessions, the Covenant Groups will return to the church for in person meetings.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN JANUARY UPDATES, HIGHLIGHTS & TOURS
Your Capital Campaign worker bees have not been dormant since the money raising portion of the campaign was completed – and remember, new pledges are always welcome. Another huge thank you to all those who have committed to financially supporting this important work. A Capital Campaign (CC) Project Team has been formed which includes Susie Wood, Diana Hull, Kurt Kuntz, Robyn Travers, Joe Meier, Dennis Doubleday, and Chris Hill. We are also tapping Don Nelson, Mark Swihart and Matt Ferry for occasional consulting services. We have been meeting, prioritizing, contacting contractors, meeting with contractors and generally trying to get our arms around the overall project and its many pieces.  
 
At the congregational meeting on January 29, 2023, the CC Project Team will give a brief overview of where we are and our priorities going forward. Just as the money raising will take three years to complete – so the actual construction of all the many improvements will likely take as long, perhaps longer. 
 
During the next couple Sundays (1/15 and 1/22), The CC Project would like to offer Capital Campaign Highlight tours to show anyone (and everyone) what and where the planned improvements are within the church building and on our grounds. If you’d like to take a tour, please contact Capital Campaign or see Joe Meier after the service.  
THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU!
After a successful Capital Campaign this past fall, we are thankful for the generous support, but our pledging needs for the year aren't over yet! We are urgently seeking members for the Stewardship Committee to shepherd our annual pledge drive, beginning in March. If you'd like more information, you can view the committee's CAR document or contact the Board of Trustees
SHARE THE PLATE FOR JANUARY
The Share the Plate recipient for January will be Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh (HARP). According to their website, HARP is one of Pennsylvania's largest non-profit organizations dedicated to the welfare of animals, pet owners and the community. In addition to domestic adoption services, two low-cost veterinary centers, and community education programs, HARP runs the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a fully licensed facility that cares for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. 
You may donate to STP by January 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 "HARP" in the memo line. If using the website Donation Page, please be sure to include the words "Share the Plate" and/or "HARP" when making your donation. 

Share the Plate totals are not fully tabulated by the end of the month but will be shared when available. Thank you for your patience and your generosity!
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.
JOIN OUR SYSTEMIC CHANGE TEAM FOR A FAITH IN ACTION FORUM
Thursday, January. 19 at 7-8:15 pm on Zoom (Registration required)
SYSTEMIC CHANGE TEAM - CREATING CHANGE
UPCOMING

  • The next Faith in Action Forum, “The Surge of Hate Crimes in Western PA” will occur on Thursday, January. 19 at 7-8:15 pm on Zoom.   All are invited to attend. See the separate flier (shown above) for more details.         
  • UUJusticePA is at the midpoint of our $25,000 matching fundraiser. Please help us reach our goal by January 27, 2023. You can donate here. If you have questions, please ask Carol Ballance.
 
RECENT (DECEMBER, 2022)
     
  • Sue, Connie and Cheryl met with PA House Representatives and Senators to discuss reforming PA legislative procedural Rules, aka the “Fix Harrisburg” campaign.
  • Liz and Cheryl encouraged congregants to send postcards about procedural rules during coffee hour. There is still time to email or call your legislators this week. Use the December message.

Please contact our chair, Liz Perkins for the meeting link or for more information about our social justice work.
THRIVEPITTSBURGH AFGHAN SUPPER
ThrivePittsburgh announces an Afghan Supper, Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 5 pm at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Allison Park. Enjoy food prepared by 2 Afghan couples now relocated to the North Hills. Tickets go on sale starting January 23, 2023 (volunteers also needed to set up and serve).
LEARN ABOUT RANKED CHOICE VOTING
Interested in learning about Ranked Choice Voting? 

March on Harrisburg is offering a zoom presentation on Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 7-8 pm.
 

For questions see or contact Elizabeth Perkins.
JOYS AND SORROWS
Joy from Amy Terrizzi: An update on my Dad: He went in last Tuesday for a biopsy of the area that was found on his pancreas. The doctor couldn't find anything to biopsy! He goes at the end of the month for another CAT scan to be sure, but it is good news for now.
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, LPCT emails forward to all members of the team. We welcome your sharing and would be honored to carry forth your message.
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
THURSDAY – January 19
  • W/D Room BW Enrichment Program - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • Nursery Room - Bellwood Screenings - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • East Room & Zoom-GEN - Craft Group - 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Zoom/TRINITY - Faith in Action Forum - 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • \West Room - Choir Rehearsal - 7:30 - 8:30pm

FRIDAY – January 20
  • No Meetings or Events Scheduled

SATURDAY – January 21
  • No Meetings or Events Scheduled

SUNDAY – January 22
  • Justice & Growth Rooms - FD for Children & Youth - 10:45 - 11:30am
  • West Room - UUCNH Service - 10:30 - 11:30am
  • Youth Room - Youth Group - 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Friendship Hall - Coffee Hour - 11:30am - 12:00pm
  • West Room - Town Hall Meeting - After the service

MONDAY – January 23
  • No Meetings or Events Scheduled

TUESDAY January 24
  • Zoom-CONG - Zoom with Friends - 3:30 - 4:30pm
  • Drive-up - Grocery Cards & Fair Trade Sale - 4:30 - 6:00pm
  • East Room - CYFD Team Meeting - 7:00 - 9 :00pm

WEDNESDAY January 25
  • Justice Room - Bellwood Program - 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Zoom-GEN - Vespers - 7:00 - 8:00pm
  • East Room - Connections Team Meeting - 7:00 - 8:30pm

THURSDAY – January 26
  • W/D Room - BW Enrichment Program - 9:00am - 2:00pm
  • East Room & Zoom-GEN - 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