Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Nora will sometimes pause during the day to name people she loves. They could be from one side of the family or both, and include schoolmates, family friends, and people from the congregation. It is a joy to hear her name the people she is feeling connected to and a reminder of how important that is for all of us. I am grateful for my connection with each of you and... READ MORE & RE NEWS
  • Minister Coffee Chat. On Tue Jan 2 find me at a new shop: Barnes & Noble Cafe in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Eastchester -- 3-5pm Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Dec 31, 10:00am
New Year's Eve: Question Box Sermon
Rev. Meredith Garmon
You'll have a chance to write any question on an index card -- and I'll do my best to answer -- or maybe just share the wonder of the question.


Sun Jan 7, 10:00am
Resilience
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Tough, not impervious. Sensitive, not fragile. Able to change, grow, and adapt while retaining integrity. Having the endurance for the long haul, yet flexible and knowing when to take breaks. Focused, not obsessive. Grit. What are the limits of your resilience, and can they be extended?
Cooperative Coffee Hour

Cooperative Coffee Hour, this Sun Dec 31, 11:15 am
When you come to service this Sunday, please bring along a treat for our "cooperative coffee hour" table. Then help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work! 
Neighboring Faiths Experience

Are you interested in learning more about different religions? Join the Neighboring Faiths teaching team to explore your own faith development as you support our 6th-7th graders. Contact: Perry Montrose (dlre@cucwp.org). 
Young Adult Gatherings

Young Adult Gathering, Sun Jan 7, 11:45, Room 43
All young adults interested in meeting one another and engaging on issues and interests are invited to participate. Contact: Cindy Davidson (intern@cucwp.org, 781-710-1640) or Perry Montrose (dlre@cucwp.org). 
CUUC "Common Read" Book Sale

We will have the UUA Common Read books for 2017-2018, Centering and Daring Democracy, available for purchase during coffee hour starting Sun Jan 7 ($15 each). Also available will be the new book by our Rev. Lorakim Joyner, Conservation in Time of War ($10.00). Contact: Carole Sperdini (cams424@hotmail.com).  
Cooking for HOPE

Meal Prep for HOPE Community Center, 11:30am, Sun Jan 7 
Join members of the Hunger and Homelessness social justice team in the kitchen as we prepare a hot meal for 120 clients of the HOPE Community Center in New Rochelle. The work is simple, taking only about 2 hours. An easy way to make a difference! Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
Calling All Hosts

Neighborhood Socials, Sun Jan 27, 4:00pm  
Hosts are needed for our upcoming Neighborhood Socials. Hosts provide their home from 4 to 6 pm, guests provide the edibles. Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
Greeters Needed

Make our Sunday visitors feel welcome - come a little early to share your smile and a warm greeting. To sign up for one or more Sundays, click HERE. Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
The Family from Afghanistan has Arrived!
 
Let's Welcome the Ghafoors! 
They are eager to make new friends and learn more about their new home. If you would like to plan an activity to share, contact Jane Dixon ( lilrhodie@gmail.com, 914-949-5919).  
Opportunities for Giving

Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry. Cash donations are especially needed. Send checks to Ecumenical Food Pantry, PO Box 2037, White Plains, NY 10602. Contact: Vicky Van Wert (victoriavanwert@gmail.com).

Personal Items for Shelter Residents. New socks, men's underwear, and toiletries for local shelters. Contact: Ray Messing (raymessing@gmail.com).

Decorate Our Mitten Tree. Throughout December, we will fill the branches with your donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for those in need.
In the Community 
 
Interfaith Community Concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Sun Jan 7, 4:00pm, Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains
Sponsored by The Interfaith Connection and Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence. Free event. To see flyer, CLICK HERE. Info: connect@mlkwestchester.org, 914-949-6555.  
 
Bookfair to Benefit the MLK Freedom Library, Mon Jan 15, 11am - 4pm, Barnes & Noble, 230 Main Street, City Center, White Plains - OR - order items online from 1/15/18 to 1/20/18 at bn.com/bookfairs and enter ID 12277810 at checkout. Purchases benefit the MLK Freedom Library . For flyer, CLICK HERE. 
From Building & Grounds

Remember to use blue "painter" tape or similar less sticky adhesive for posting flyers in our building, to protect our windows, doors, and walls, and simplify cleanup. A roll is in the plastic bin on the office door, to use and return when you're done. Thanks!
Last Call for Lost & Found

Check HERE to see our collection (plus a lost ring). We'll be cleaning up for the New Year so please "find" your lost item before we donate to those in need. Contact: Pam Parker (admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2). 
Share the Plate for December: Coachman Family Center

Half our non-pledge collection this month goes to the Coachman Family Center in downtown White Plains. CUUC has long supported the shelter, which provides housing, healthcare, and services to local families in need. The Coachman also offers support and activities for children, including after-school homework help, arts and crafts, music, and recreation.
Now is the Time to Donate

If you plan to give to charity you should donate before 2018 in order to qualify for current tax laws, says the NY Times. Learn more HERE.
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Barbara Mair (914-769-7186 or barbara.k.mair@icloud.com) or her backup, Claire Kuczinski (914-949-6619 or tadex@optonline.net).
This Week at CUUC

The full calendar can be found HERE. Room numbers subject to change; please check the board on Sunday morning. To reserve a room, contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, admin@cucwp.org).

Sat Dec 30 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Dec 31 - 9:30am Nursery; 10:00am  Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour
Mon Jan 1 - OFFICE CLOSED
Tue Jan 2 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Wed Jan 3 - 7:30pm Program Council
Thu Jan 4 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Jan 6 - 9:00am Strategic Planning Committee; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm  Journey Group Facilitators; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Jan 7 - 8:30am RE Council; 9:30am Nursery; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am  Coffee Hour; 11:30am Meal Preparation for HOPE; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 11:40am Wisdom Reading & Study Group; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Lifespan Religious Ed. & Faith Development: Perry Montrose, dlre@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@verizon.net, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Ministerial Intern: Cindy Davidson, intern@cucwp.org, 781-710-1640
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis, ypc@cucwp.org
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg, Dsilverberg@ebglaw.com, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Karen Dreher, KMDreher55@gmail.com, 914-235-7845
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
Quick Links

On The Journey (current and past issues)
Social Justice Teams
Practice of the Week (current and all past)
The Quarterly Communitarian
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Our Black Lives Matter Resolution
The e -Communitarian newsletter is e-mailed each Thursday. 
Please send submissions to admin@cucwp.org by noon on Tuesday.
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