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Events

Come to the Art Opening Reception (Click here to see the flyer)
for the Long Island Black Artists Association January 15 at coffee hour music, food, great art!
We are pleased to show work by the Long Island Black Artists Association, whose purpose is to help African-American artist exhibit their work.

Since 1968 LIBAA has provided an atmosphere of fellowship in which professional and semi-professional artists exchange ideas, techniques and mutual support in the field of visual arts; discover potential talent; provide a cultural service to the community and offer a "sensitive environment" for the cultural expression of the larger African-American community. The works of individual members are in collections in the U.S.A., Canada, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. email contact for LIBAA: m.townsend.broderick@gmail.com

SNUUC Open Mic
Come bring your talent to the SNUUC Open Mic on Saturday, February 4 at 7 pm. The evening will provide a stage for all styles of music and spoken word including poetry, comedy and storytelling. Each performer will get to perform for up to 10 minutes. The "IanCorrigibles" will be ready to provide music and back up. Email Marilyn Pignataro at madwman@yahoo.com with any questions or to say you will be performing that night.

If you would like the Incorrigibles to back you up, they will need to know ahead of time what you want to play. Please bring a snack to share. Admission is just $10 for all attendees, with all proceeds going to SNUUC. Invite your friends to perform or to listen at a fun night with great people!

Nature Awareness
An experience of nature through our senses and the arts. Join artist Elizabeth Yaari for five workshops at SNUUC to explore nature using meditation, movement, silk painting and creative writing. Wednesdays March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 2017 @ 2:00-4:00pm. $125pp or $25 per class + occasional material fees.
No experience necessary Please register with Diane: parkviewdesign@verizon.net
SNUUC • 228 South Ocean Ave, Freeport, NY11520

Our UU Community

Star Island, a seasonal religious and educational conference center off the New Hampshire coast is currently accepting applications for their summer staff. They hire approximately 100 college-aged people to work from mid-June to mid-September. Their roots are linked to the UU and UCC faiths and working on Star offers a unique employment opportunity for UU and UCC young adults (age 18 and older) in a beautiful location. The application deadline is January 23. For more information about working on Star Island, please visit their website http://starisland.org/working/.

SNUUC Happenings

NVC
What you say next can change the world
Compassionate Communication at SNUUC – Since 2005, the Compassionate Communication practice group has met on thirteen Saturday mornings every fall and spring to learn and practice the techniques of how to connect with ourselves and others by listening empathically and expressing honestly.

Based on the thirteen chapters of Marshall Rosenberg’s book Non Violent Communication – A Language of Life, the "NVC" practice group has evolved into a ministry of SNUUC by providing a safe place for members of our congregation as well as members of the community to come together and explore new ways of talking with one another and more especially with ourselves.

Everyone is invited to join the spring semester which will begin on Saturday, February 4, 2017. For more information or to register, please contact Anne Olsen at afleming528@gmail.com or Barbara Singer at barbara.singer@gmail.com.

Yoga
Gentle Yoga with Spirit at SNUUC continues this fall with classes on Monday mornings, 9:00-10:15 am, led by Linda Cucurullo. Come join us for strengthening, balance, and stretching exercises that support us all through whatever season of our lives we may be in! Fees for the 6-week series are $75 ($60 to Linda and $15 to SNUUC). Please contact Anne Olsen at afleming528@gmail.com to sign up.

DrUUmatics
SNUUC’s drumming ministry, the DrUUmatics, practices every Thursday at 6:30 pm in the RE wing. You can check on their website for info about where they are playing, www.druumatics.org, or find the DrUUmatics page on Facebook. If there is enough interest, they will offer drumming workshops. Speak with Sharon Nanos Sharon@rsnanos.me or Laura D’Angelo, ldangelo@optonline.net.

Pilates
Pilates classes at SNUUC take place on Mondays at 4:30 pm and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm in the foyer. Only $12 per class - no contracts to sign, no commitment, just come and stretch! Questions? Please contact Leslie Farrington, dr.farrington@icloud.com

Improv
Spontaneity, Creativity, Fun! Improv classes continue at SNUUC on Sundays. New folks at 4 pm, experienced folk at 1:45 pm, in the foyer. No prior experience is required. Beginners are welcome. A series costs $80 for returning students $100 for new students. For more information, please contact Laura D’Angelo, ldangelo@optonline.net or Michael Rock, xmrock@gmail.com.

Prayer Group
Join us every other Tuesday from 10:30 am to noon in the foyer for a study of one prayer from the sacred literature of the world. We work with a process called lectio divina. This is a practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with our spiritual reservoir (whether we call this God, higher power, goddess, community, the ultimate mystery, or that which has no name). The goal is to enter and share in the spirit of the prayer and its meaning rather than an analytical reading. Of equal importance is the sharing of joys and concerns, after which we create impromptu blessings for one another. We’ll be meeting October 11 and 25, all are welcome. For more information, contact Diane Hawkins, parkviewdesign@verizon.net. “No one is a stranger, my child / this whole world is your own.” - Sri Sarada Devi (from prayer called “The Whole World is Your Own.”)

Meditation
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Wake up a little earlier on Saturday and join the Meditation Group. Our group practice meets at 9 am in the RE wing on Saturdays. (no meeting on October 1) This group is open to beginners. All you need to do is take a seat. For more information please contact Brian Larkin, bolarkin@optonline.net.



Prayer Group

Join us every other Tuesday from 10:30 am to noon in the foyer for a study of one prayer from the sacred literature of the world. We work with a process calledmlectio divina. This is a practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer intended to promote communion with our spiritual reservoir (whether we call this God, higher power, goddess, community, the ultimate mystery, or that which has no name). The goal is to enter and share in the spirit of the prayer and its meaning rather than an analytical reading. Of equal importance is the sharing of joys and concerns, after which we create impromptu blessings for one another. The first January meeting is Tuesday, January 3. All are welcome. For more information, contact Diane Hawkins, parkviewdesign@verizon.net.

Working with Jesus
The Working with Jesus Group meets on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, at 9:15 am in the RE wing. If you’re interested in reading the Bible and other source books, and conducting a respectful, open, non-dogmatic discussion about Jesus and our lives as Unitarian Universalists, please join us. Speak with Bob McGough bob.mcgough@mac.com.

Current Opportunities for Personal Growth and Service

Choir News
If you've been thinking about joining the choir, now is the time. Attend three choir rehearsals on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see if we can make beautiful music together. Call Ellen Zaehringer-Gach or Joe McAuley if you are interested.

Have you been to our Thrift Shop lately?
UUcoffeeCupWant to help our congregation AND our community? Our Unitarian Thrift Shop at 22 W. Merrick Rd. in Freeport is a great place to volunteer, donate, or shop! With your generous donations of small kitchen appliances, cook and bake ware, working electronics, and small pieces of furniture, trinkets, jewelry (plus knick knacks, odd items of interest, and sell-able used clothing), we help to furnish the homes of those in need and of our neighbors right here in Freeport.

Your support of our Thrift Shop can come in different forms. Donating sellable items is a great start. So is volunteering your time to help fully staff our shop. Finally, shopping in our store might find you that little treasure you didn’t even know you needed but could easily welcome warmly into your home! The Thrift Shop's income contributes each year to the operating funds of the congregation which is still another way that you will be helping out SNUUC!

We are currently open Monday & Tuesday from 10 am to 1 pm and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The phone number is 516-223-3974. Any questions? Please feel free to talk with some of our regular volunteers at the shop: Andrew Spatt, Joe McAuley, Anne Olsen, Jay Gach, Arnie Herman, Jim Hawkins, Bobby Granoff, Doris Brass, Robin Norris and Ken Lawson.

Caring Committee
The Membership Committee has formed a Caring Team to provide support and pastoral care to members. If you or a member you know needs compassionate help during a time of stress or would like to share during a time of celebration, please email caring@snuuc.org; kindly email items to be shared from pulpit by noon Saturday for the following Sunday. If you would like to join the team, please email rosemaryolander@optimum.net.

Fifth Sunday Giving
On months with a fifth Sunday, the monies received during the offering is designated for a not for profit charity. The Fifth Sunday Giving committee is looking for members. It is a minimal commitment of one hour every few months. The committee reviews applications and chooses what charity will benefit from one Sunday's collection plate in a month where there are five Sundays.

The committee is looking for submissions of worthwhile non-profit charities who will benefit from one of our Sunday Collections plates in a month where there are five Sundays. Someone from the charity or the person submitting the applications must give a short talk before the collection describing the charity and who benefits. Please call or email Mary Brower at mlbrower@aol.com.