Thursday, August 25, 2022
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"Summer Reading"

Amy Warner, Leader

In Person ONLY

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Please select a fiction or nonfiction book you've read that you think others might be interested in reading too, and then prepare to share a two-three minute summary of it for our summer discussion. We'll be sending around a list for you to add the author's name and full title of the book so that we can put it in Reflections.

So we can begin the discussion promptly at 10 am, please arrive by no later than 9:50 am.
Upcoming Summer Discussion & Worship Services
Sunday, September 4 — Summer Discussion, In Person ONLY

"Reflections on 'Making a Difference' "

Our Democracy is under stress these days, as our rights seem threatened, the country is divided politically, and angry actors take center stage. How can an individual (in a reliably “blue” state) respond?

Now is the time to share concerns and hopes about the challenges facing us.

  • Jane Hardy, Leader

Sunday, September 11 — Ingathering Worship Service,
In Person & ZOOM

Join us as we mark the end of summer and return to our traditional Sunday services on September 11. Rev. Greg Chute will begin the new church year with a sermon on "belonging."

"To What Tribe Do You Belong?"

We all belong to a vast array of tribes: family, friends, political parties, nations, book clubs, tennis teams, denominations, etc. Some of these groups we choose, some we are born into, some we cherish, some we're not so pleased with, some we acknowledge, some we are hardly aware of. Perhaps by exploring together our many tribes we can better understand how we fit in, and how they fulfill our need for belonging.

  • Rev. Greg Chute, Guest Speaker
  • Annie Lavin, Service Leader
  • Kate Bennett, Musician

Sunday, September 18 — In Person & ZOOM

Water Communion

  • Rev. Sue Brown, Minister
  • Jan Sprinkel, Service Leader
  • Michael Casey, Musician

Sunday, September 25 — In Person & ZOOM

"Liberal is Not a Four-lettered Word"

Freedom is a word that has been bandied about in the United States for many years. Conservatives of late have been claiming to be the true proponents of freedom and labeling liberals as oppressors and communists. Yet, the root of the word, liberal, comes from the Latin word for freedom. Unitarian Universalism has long been known as a liberal faith tradition — as “a faith for the free” in the words of Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams. In this service, Rev. Karyn Marsh will explore what liberal means in Unitarian Universalism.

  • Rev. Karyn Marsh, Guest Speaker
  • Nancy Holland, Service Leader
  • Al Martinez, Musician
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  • Potluck and Civil Rights Bus Tour Review
  • The UUCR Committee on Ministry
  • Social Justice Committee - May's Ukraine Collection
  • Newspapers Needed for Weed Control
  • Pastoral Care and Connection Committee
  • Birthdays
  • UUCR Contact Information
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Upcoming Events

YouTube channel (previous Worship Service recordings)

UUCR Summer
Office Hours:
Sa, Su — 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
M through F — CLOSED
AUG 28 | Summer Discussion
In Person ONLY
Amy Warner, leader

SEP 4 | Summer Discussion
In Person ONLY
Jane Hardy, leader

SEP 11 | Start Regular Session
Ingathering Worship Service
In Person & ZOOM
Rev. Greg Chute, guest speaker

SEP 18 | Worship Service
Water Communion
In Person & ZOOM
Rev. Sue Browning, minister

SEP 25 | Worship Service
In Person & ZOOM
Rev. Karyn Marsh, guest speaker
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!
Potluck and Civil Rights Bus Tour Review
at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
Sunday, August 28 at 5:30 pm
Recently, Philip and Linda Dutton and other community members took a bus trip to Civil Rights sites in the south. UUCR members generously contributed over $2,700 to fund scholarships for this trip. Our neighbors at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown (right across the street!) have invited the UUCR congregation to join them for a potluck at 5:30 pm on Sunday, August 28, followed by a review of the Civil Rights Bus Tour trip at 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn together. Hope to see a strong UUCR turnout!
The UUCR Committee on Ministry
The Committee on Ministry (COM) met to discuss the upcoming church year and to get to know one another better. There are two new members, Jackie Mathwich and M.Q. Riding, who are joining John Ramsey as a continuing member of the committee.

We will keep our membership up to date on the ongoing activities of the committee through the newsletter and in person at Sunday services. Our mission is to assist our Minister as well as observe and support the health of UUCR.

To accomplish this, we welcome all members to reach out to us, if you need something regarding the workings of our church. We’re here to help!
Social Justice Committee
May's Ukraine Collection
The Social Justice Committee would like to update the congregation regarding the Ukraine Special Outreach Collection for this past May. Thanks to your generous donations, there was a total of $1,095.72 collected. We had planned to give it to the Faithify fundraising effort on behalf of Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees. By the time we were ready to send the funds, that particular fund drive was closed and no similar effort currently exists on Faithify. After looking around, we felt that the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) Emergency Response Fund was the best option. While they fund causes other than those that benefit Ukraine, at the current moment, that is their focus as they state on their website: 
Currently, UUSC is using resources from our Emergency Response Fund to support people who have fled the violence in Ukraine after Russia launched a large-scale invasion in February 2022. We are building upon relationships we have established in Eastern Europe to respond to evolving needs on the ground and provide funding where it is needed most.
You can learn more here.
We were not aware in May that the Faithify effort was to end soon; nevertheless, in the future, the committee will make a concerted effort to get funds collected for a specific funding source to them as promptly as possible. 
Newspapers Needed for Weed Control
In an effort to minimize the weed problem at the church, we are planning to apply several layers of newspaper in appropriate areas, followed by a layer of mulch. The problem we have is the lack of newspapers. Digital news has made them a rare commodity. So we are asking members who still read the real thing to save their papers and drop them off at the church. A receptacle will be provided.

Thanks for your help,

B&G Committee
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

-3 - Kevin Brien
-6 - Joan Blume
18 - Joan Biehler
19 - Bob Fox
27 - Margo Long
30 - Liz Salett


-8 - Linda Weimer
14 - Larry Schroth
16 - Mary Pritchard
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
Summer Office hours: Sa, Sun — 8:30 am-12:30 pm
Closed — M through F
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