Thursday, April 28, 2022
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"Leaning Into Beauty
(including our annual Flower Communion)"

Rev. Sue Browning
Jan Sprinkel, service leader
Nevin Dawson, musician

In-person & Zoom Worship Service

Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 10 am

The theme this month is "Beauty" and we're invited to ask, "What is beauty trying to get me to hear?" At our service with Rev. Sue Browning we'll reflect on the ways we can find wisdom and support in beauty and beautiful moments. The service will include our annual Flower Communion ceremony. You are invited to bring a flower from your garden (or from the store) that will be used to create a shared bouquet.
So we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am, please sign into Zoom (click here) by no later than 9:50 am.

If you have an "Announcement," "Joy," or "Concern" that you'd like read at the service, please submit them in advance by emailing the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday.
Upcoming Services
Sunday, May 8 — In-person & Zoom

"The Holy Dove Was Moving Too"

We are each beautiful, amazing and divine. We need to nurture our own beauty by acknowledging and embodying our beauty. Let your religion ring through your actions, preach the gospel while holding your beloved, venerate the holy in times of exercise, let eating be a ritual or prayer and celebration, use your body to worship and to preach, embody this faith you hold so dear.

  • Rev. Andrew L. Weber, guest speaker
  • Annie Lavin, service leader
  • Philip Dutton, musician

Sunday, May 15 — In-person & Zoom

"Happiness vs Meaningfulness"

Most of us have worked hard to craft a fairly unified personal story that allows us to understand our lives as coherent. But at some point, this coherent being must then decide on how to move forward in their story. Once you have this quasi-defined sense of self, complete with personal beliefs and values that guide your narrative, what goals should you steer in the direction of. What floats your boat?

Matt Mielnick relocated to the Eastern Shore in October of last year to take on the job of Executive Director of The Mainstay in Rock Hall. He has been a performing arts administrator of various non-profits near his former home in Upstate NY for over 30 years. He is also a licensed occupational therapist, an acoustic guitarist, and the author of two published books (one fiction and one non-fiction).

  • Matt Mielnick, guest speaker
  • Marilee Taussig, service leader
  • Dick Durham, musician
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  • This Week's Worship Service Information
  • Upcoming Worship Services Information
  • Newsletter Index
  • Helpful Links, Office Hours, Upcoming Events Calendar
  • Annual Congregational Meeting Notice
  • Help Needed — Coffee Hosts, Greeters
  • UUCR Auction Help Needed — Bodies, Food
  • UUCR Auction — Register Online, Auction Schedule
  • Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee — Kent County Food Pantry, ShoreRivers Special Collection
  • Leadership Development Committee
  • Pastoral Care and Connection Committee
  • Birthdays
  • UUCR Contact Information
  • End of Reflections Notice at the VERY END
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Helpful Links
Upcoming Events
This Week's
Worship Service

Previous Worship Service Recordings

are available on the UUCR YouTube channel


UUCR Office Hours:
W - Sa, 8:30-10:30 am
Su, 8:30 am-noon
Closed, M & Tu
APR 28 | Preview Online
Items and Cash & Carry Sale
at UUCR (see details below)

APR 30 | Online Auction Ends,
Reception, Live Services
Auction (see details below)

May 1 | Flower Communion,
New Member
Welcoming Ceremony

MAY 1 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Sue Browning
Jan Sprinkel, service leader
Nevin Dawson, musician

MAY 8 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Andrew Weber, guest speaker
Annie Lavin, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

MAY 15 | Annual
Congregational Meeting

MAY 15 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Matt Mielnick, guest speaker
Marilee Taussig, service leader
Dick Durham, musician
If you know of another link or event that should be added, please contact
the UUCR office by email or phone 410-778-3440. Thanks!
Notice of Annual Meeting
The annual congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, May 15th following the Sunday Service.

The business to be conducted at the meeting will include presentation of the:

  • Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024
  • Slate of Candidates for elected offices
  • Committee Reports
  • Other Business, as determined.

The Budget and Slate of Candidates will be voted on by the congregation. This requires a quorum of 20% of the membership, so please plan to attend the meeting. Members who have signed the Membership Book prior to February 14, 2022 will be eligible to vote.

In gratitude,
Nancy Holland, President
Help Needed for Services

Coffee Hosts and Greeters are needed for our in-person Sunday services. There is a sign-up sheet on the white board, or contact Diane Shields ( for dates that you can be available, or for questions. 
UUCR Auction Help Needed!
Our auction team needs help with the following:
"Reset Muscle Day" — FRI, 4/29. 10 am - 12 noon (removing unsold items from Cash and Carry Sale, moving tables and Online Auction items out of the sanctuary, replacing & arranging chairs back into sanctuary for Live Auction).
"Bidder Won Items Pick-up" — SAT, 4/30, after the Live Auction (assure items won go to proper bidder, give & sign paid receipts).
"Restore & Clean-up Muscle" — SAT, 4/30, after the Live Auction (restore order to UUCR by moving tables, chairs, removing unsold items, etc.)
Please contact Jane Hardy,, if you can help with any of these tasks or can bring tables and/or tents.
Appetizers & Desserts — April 30!
We are in need of appetizers and desserts for the Auction Reception at 6 pm on April 30 (held prior to the Live Service Auction). Please contact Melinda Lippincott if you can provide either or both
UUCR Auction
Have you registered to bid in our Online Silent Auction yet? The auction closes on April 30, 7 pm, so start bidding now so you don't lose out! You must register to bid and signing up easy! To view the catalog and/or register use the button above. If you have any questions regarding registration or the online bidding process, please contact UUCR at
Auction Time Is Here!

Register for our Silent Auction bidding — and view our online catalog HERESilent Auction bidding ends Saturday, April 30 at 7 pm. 

Come to our Silent Auction Preview (get a good look at 74 special items) and indulge in our Cash & Carry Sale  (lower-priced bargains) Today, Thursday, April 28, 1- 7 pm at UUCR

Come to UUCR on Saturday, April 30, 6 pm to enjoy refreshments, make final bids on Silent Auction items, and take part in our Live Auction, which will begin around 7:15. Here are the items up for Live Auction Bidding: Wine Tasting Party * Equinox Meadow Meander * Italian Lunch Al Fresco * Catered Dinner for Four * Piano Bar Time! * Blueberry Picking and Jam Making * Dinner and Theater * Trip to D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery * Ping Pong Pointers from a Champion, Followed by Dinner * Tour of an Artisan Factory, Followed by a Game Meal * Midsummer Dinner Sampler * Barbecue Dinner on the Banks of the Miles River * Chili Sampler * Sunset Summer Solstice Cruise * “Gourmet to Go” Meal * Cheese Platter * Walking Your Dog * An Afternoon of Garden Work * Made-to-Order Hand-knit Scarf * Free Tuition at a Creativity Retreat! Click HERE to learn more about each of these offerings. 

Spread the word about our two auctions and Cash & Carry sale — invite your friends and family.
Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
Food Pantry Supplies Needed
The SCSJ Committee is launching a collection of personal supplies and limited food items for the Kent County Food Pantry. Most in need are personal care and cleaning items, as well as a few special requests for food items. Items can be deposited in the bin in the lobby. Some of the items requested include soaps, toothbrushes, shampoos, toilet paper, disinfectants, and deodorant. Food items include coffee, olive oil, and vinegar. Please check the lobby bulletin board for a complete list of needed items. Thanks so much for your consideration! 
Outreach Collection for April
Our April collection is for ShoreRivers, a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to protect and restore Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.

Their "statement of inclusion" recognizes that access to healthy waterways fuels environmental stewardship, and that inclusion of diverse communities is essential to long term success.
If we can collect $640 we will be able to “sponsor” a testing site on the Chester River, in the Crumpton area.

Contribute by sending a check to the church office, made out to UUCR specifying "Shore Rivers" in the memo line; or donate online at the church website using the "Donate" button (click here) and "Custom Amount," specifying "”Shore Rivers” Outreach Collection" in the comment section. Any questions, please contact Diane Shields at or 410-490-0492
Please make your donation by April 30, 2022.
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Leadership Development Committee
You Can Do Anything

There are times when individuals can kind of get in a rut. Doing something new or different seems a little risky. People like to "stay in their lane,"
thinking that doing something they know they are proficient at is best. But what about those tangential activities that could use your skills, but are a little left of center? For example, someone who is a good cook is also a good organizer or planner. Accountants typically can see through a lot of information to get to the bottom line. Gardeners usually can fix things. All
three examples are fundamentally leadership models.

What is your favorite thing to do or your vocation? What are the building blocks to accomplishing those activities? Do any come to mind that our church might need? Our community is the safest place to try contributing on a committee you may not know a lot about but would like to learn more about.

The LDC is looking for individuals with a love of this community and who are inspired by our faith. Over the next few weeks, the LDC, namely Amy, Diane, & MQ, will be contacting people to see if they are willing to commit to serving in one capacity or another.

We’re looking for individuals who would like to contribute to the community in the roles of Vice President, Board members, and chair of the Building & Grounds Committee.

Unitarian Universalism is a faith of doers, people who find their own path, in concert with each other. Would you like to join the movement?

Contact us, we’re here to help you find your path.

In faith, Amy, Diane, & M.Q.
Pastoral Care and Connection
You are encouraged to share your joys and sorrows with the UUCR Pastoral Associates (see below). This team is a mixed group — but all have had previous life experiences and a variety of professional training in counseling and philosophy. Please contact one, or several of us, if you “want to talk.”

Pastoral Care Associates: Kevin Brien,
Gayle Folger, Nancy Holland, and Vida Morley
-6 - Stan Salett
-7 - Tom Tontarski
-9 - John Ramsey
13 - Amy Warner
16 - Connie Schroth
17 - Jim Lavin
22 - Elisabeth Tully
30 - Kim Agee

-7 - Sabine Harvey
-9 - Lynn Dolinger
10 - Tom Lippincott
14 - Rachel Perry
18 - Nancy Holland
25 - Ray Gomez
27 - Harry Hart
28 - Betty Kerr
29 - Sydney Brookes
30 - John Ford
We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your birthday, please contact the UUCR office by email (click here).
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive | Chestertown, MD | 21620
Phone: 410-778-3440
Office hours: W - Sa, 8:30-10:30 am |
Su, 8:30 am-noon | Closed, M & Tu
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