Thursday, March 24, 2022
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"The Wisdom of Broken Things"

Rev. Kimberley Debus, guest speaker
Nancy Holland, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

In-person & Zoom Worship Service

Sunday, March 27, 2022 | 10 am

Where do we find wisdom when times are hard, nerves are frayed, and conflict breaks our relationships? We will turn to wisdom, both ancient and new, as we ponder the lessons broken things can teach us.

So we can begin the worship service promptly at 10 am, please sign into Zoom (click here) by no later than 9:50 am.

Our system now allows for direct communication during the service, and anyone who has a "Joy" or "Concern" may express it verbally in-person or via Zoom. If you prefer these to be read by the service leader, or if not attending the service, please submit them in advance by emailing the UUCR office (click here) by 9 pm Saturday.
Upcoming Services
Sunday, April 3 — In-person & Zoom

"Busy and Tired ... Tired and Busy ... Busy and Tired"

Often we hear, "I'm so busy," and it's followed by a deep sigh. Do we at times overfill our days? Do we have a choice? Do we at times yearn to do more? At this service with Rev. Sue Browning we'll explore the opportunity to listen to our bodies closely when we find ourselves too busy, too tired, or both.   

  • Rev. Sue Browning
  • Jan Sprinkel, service leader
  • Al Martinez, musician
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  • Leadership Development Committee
  • Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee — Ukrainian War Relief, Sumner Hall Bus Trip Special Collection
  • Pastoral Care and Connection Committee
  • Local Events
  • Planting Your Spring Garden 🌱
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UUCR Office Hours:
W - Sa, 8:30-10:30 am
Su, 8:30 am-noon
Closed, M & Tu
MAR 27 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Kimberley Debus, guest speaker
Nancy Holland, service leader
Philip Dutton, musician

APR 3 | Donation Deadline
for UUCR Auction
(see details below)

APR 3 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. Sue Browning
Jan Sprinkel, service leader
Al Martinez, musician

APR 10 | UUCR Worship
In-person & Zoom
Rev. John Ames, guest speaker
Marilee Taussig, service leader
Sombarkin, musicians
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!
Stewardship Committee
Holding Our Center in Trying Times
Last call for pledges! We’re grateful for the wonderful response, but we need a few more to bring us to our goal. If you need another pledge form, simply contact the office at 410-778-3440 or email at We’ll report our final results in next week’s Reflections. 

Thank you for supporting the good work of UUCR!

With appreciation,
Jackie Mathwich, Catherine Brooks, Joy Kim, and Peggy McKee.
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. 
Fund Raising Task Force
Precious Metals Fundraiser Success! 
Thanks to the generous donations of many members and friends, we raised an amazing total of $5,800 to support the vital work of our church. Thanks to all who participated!

Lynn Dolinger and Gerry Edwards, your proud co-chairs. 
Mark Your Calendars for
Saturday, April 30 at 6 pm
for Our First Post-Covid Auction!
Your Donations are Needed!
Please submit by Sunday, April 3
at the latest — see below for details.

Check out our catalogue of items up for bidding on our webpage: go to, click on the word “News” and then on “Auction Items April 2022.” More items will be added as we receive them.

Here’s a look at some brand new donations:

New Live Auction Items

Evening and Afternoon Entertainments!

Wine Tasting, Friday, June 10th, 7 pm. Pam will provide six bottles of wine from around the globe (both red and white), and snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring other wine as well. We will have a "blind tasting" which is where the group won't know what the wine is as you try it and you will be given a rating sheet to take notes. After the last wine is tried, the wines will be revealed. This is always fun to see how the wines stack up in an unbiased tasting. 218 Round Top Road (about 1 mile South of Chester River Bridge).  Maximum participants 12. Minimum bid $15 per person. Pam Vogel

Fall Equinox Tree and Meadow Meander, Thursday, September 22, 7 pm. (rain date Friday, September 23). Pam will provide beverages and snacks and we will wander around her 15 acre farm and talk about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees! They have 9 goats, 12 free range chickens, 5 bee hives, gardens, bat houses, and 7 acres of trees/meadows they are replanting, and more! This is appropriate for children too! 
218 Round Top Road (about 1 mile South of Chester River). No maximum number of participants. Starting bid TBD. Pam Vogel

Italian "Lunch Al Fresco" for Four, Saturday, June 11, 12 noon. Enjoy a three-course Italian-themed meal on the screened porch. Appetizer, main course, dessert, and libations! Buon Appetito! Nancy Holland

Catered Dinner: "Bounty of the County" Dinner for 4, featuring crab cakes, corn soufflé, and other delicacies produced right here in the Land of Pleasant Living, Maryland's Eastern Shore, and delivered to your door on a mutually agreed upon evening sometime in August or September. Jane Hardy

Piano Bar in Philip’s Music Cave -- Want to join together with other UUers or entertain a group of your friends for food, music, singing, and conversation? Bid on an evening for up to 12 people at the home of Philip and Linda Dutton. Philip will convert his music cave into a piano bar, lift the lid on his Steinway Model A and play for your listening, sing-along, and karaoke pleasure. Song requests in advance, please. Late fall date planned.  Minimum bid - $40 per person. Linda and Philip Dutton


Cheese Platter! Enjoy a selection of international cheeses and other delicacies delivered to your door on a mutually agreeable date. This would make a nice appetizer for a party or a personal cheese tasting. This offering will include at least four cheeses and three additional items (pate, olives, nuts, etc.), crackers, and a baguette. Nancy Holland

New Silent Auction Items

Antique Ring. Sterling silver, with non-precious, green stone. Size unknown, but small. Nancy Holland 

Pearl and Garnet Screwback Earrings. Approximately 1/2 inch drop. Nancy Holland

Coral Necklace with Gold Filled Clasp. Length - 17 inch. Nancy Holland

Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smoker, used twice, similar to photo. Comes with instructions, cookbook, and tools. Gerry and Guy Edwards

"Wascally Wabbit" Lawn Sprinkler, made of plaster. 10” tall and 7” in diameter. Damaged on one side. Nancy Smith
Please submit you own donations as soon as possible to Jane Hardy,, 410-639-7811.
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Leadership Development Committee
The Ask

The LDC is looking for individuals who love this community and are inspired by our faith. Over the next few weeks, the LDC, namely Amy,
Diane, and 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 chairs of the Ministry and Building & Grounds Committees.

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.
Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
Ukrainian War Relief Opportunities
The Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee is planning to dedicate its May outreach collection to support the Ukrainian refugee crisis. In particular, we are investigating how we can support the Unitarian churches in Hungary and Romania that are aiding refugees. In the meantime, as we are moved to donate to ease the suffering of the 2.5 million displaced Ukrainians, the committee is sharing these UU options on Ukraine giving.
1) Here is a link to the overall UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) fund. This is a general fund that will include relief for Ukraine (and is a broader fund). Click anywhere on the red text bellow.

2. The UUSC notes it is also keeping track of the following groups as dependable partners. UUSC notes, "As the situation unfolds, the following organizations will be responding directly" (each red line is a link):  

Thanks to Rev. Sue for providing this information.
Sumner Hall Bus Trip
Outreach Collection — Ends March 31
We will be wrapping up our March Outreach Collection on March 31. Thanks to all who have contributed to date. To those who haven't yet participated, the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee encourages you to consider this wonderful opportunity to support racial justice education for families and youth in our community. The James Taylor Justice Coalition of Sumner Hall and Minary’s Dream Alliance (MDA) are collaborating to sponsor a civil rights bus tour this summer. The trip will be a six day, five night journey to important civil rights locations in Alabama and Georgia, including: the Civil Rights Institute and 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma; the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery; and the King Center and MLK, Jr. tomb in Atlanta. Two 56-passenger buses have been reserved for this trip. The cost per passenger will be approximately $800, which includes transportation and lodging. We want to offer as many scholarships as possible to youth and families identified by MDA. As space permits, the public will be invited to attend. The money donated for this trip will be used to fund scholarships and to reduce the overall cost of the trip. In addition to the educational and cultural benefit of this trip, a soil sample collected at a May 14 Justice Day ceremony in memory of James Taylor, who was lynched in Chestertown in 1892, will be transported for permanent display at the Legacy Museum.

On behalf of the Social Concerns Social Justice Committee, we
hope that you will give generously to this Outreach Collection. Please send a check to the church office, made out to UUCR specifying "Sumner Hall Bus Trip" in the memo line, or you can donate online at the church website using the "Donate" button (click here) and "Custom Amount," specifying "Sumner Hall Bus Trip Outreach Collection" in the comment section.

Please see Philip Dutton or Lynn Dolinger
for further information.
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
Local Events
Prayer Service for the Ukrainian People
Tuesday, April 5, 7 pm
Please join local churches at a prayer service for the people of the Ukraine on Tuesday, April 5 at 7 pm at Sacred Heart Church, 508 High Street, Chestertown, MD. The main speaker will be The Reverend Volodymyr Klanichka from St Nicholas Ukrainian Church (Wilmington, DE).
Refreshments with the opportunity to talk together will happen after the service within the Sacred Heart Church gathering space.
Plant🌱ng Your Spr🌱ng Garden
For the Garden of Your Daily Living
Plant Three Rows of Peas
  1. Peace of Mind
  2. Peace of Heart
  3. Peace of Soul

Plant Four Rows of Squash
  1. Squash Gossip
  2. Squash Indifference
  3. Squash Grumbling
  4. Squash Selfishness

Plant Four Rows of Lettuce
  1. Lettuce be Faithful
  2. Lettuce be Kind
  3. Lettuce be Patient
  4. Lettuce Really Love One Another

No Garden is Complete Without Turnips
  1. Turnip for Meetings
  2. Turnip for Service
  3. Turnip to Help One Another

To Conclude Our Garden We Must Have Thyme
  1. Thyme for Each Other
  2. Thyme for Family
  3. Thyme for Friends

Water freely with Patience and cultivate with Love. There is much fruit in your garden because you reap what you sow.


14 - Neenah Newell
18 - Jackie Mathwich
30 - Jan Sprinkel
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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