This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – April 19, 2017

The SNUUC office sends out this weekly e-mail blast with announcements about this week’s events, activities and news. It is also online at www.SNUUC.org, click on What’s New(s). Let me know if you would like to include something.  Lisa

There are only a few spots left for our Family Night this Friday, April 21; Earth Day for All Ages: Seed to Plant to Flower to Food.  Join us for eating, moving and painting(includes dinner too!) in the RE Wing at SNUUC from 6 to 9 pm.  There is a free will donation for this event.  Please register today with Harriet Arnold, arnoldharriet00@gmail.com  or Meghan LaDue, mstark9805@yahoo.com  or Diane Hawkins danish0407@verizon.netAll ages welcome. No painting experience necessary.

This Sunday we welcome guest minister The Rev. Will Feinberg, Will’s service is titled I Love This Place: Falling in Love with Planet Earth; we will celebrate Earth Day. In his book, “Love Letter to the Earth,” Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “…we can transform our relationship to the Earth… We will fall completely in love with the Earth…That is the relationship we must have with the Earth if the Earth is to survive, and if we are to survive as well.” Let’s come together for a love fest.

The Rev. Will Feinberg serves as the Affiliated Community Minister here at SNUUC since 2014. Will was ordained in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in 1990. He served as parish minister for the UU Society of South Suffolk, Bay Shore for 9 years. He has served as a pastoral care counselor/chaplain for Hospice Care Network for 15 years. He is a founding member of the Green Island Sangha/Community of Mindfulness Long Island. Will lives with his husband, Jim, and their dog, Freddie.  

The Board Member on Duty at this Sunday’s service is Ellen Zaehringer-Gach.  Please email Ellen at ecz324@aol.com by this Thursday with any announcements you would like her to announce at the service. This Sunday’s Worship Associate is Laura D’Angelo.

Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold & Religious Education.  This week in RE we will look in our Toolbox of Faith and pull out the work gloves which we will use as a symbol of caring for the Earth.  Juniors will work on their service which has been rescheduled for the 21st of May.  Please note this change. A reminder and thank you to the Senior Youth and their parents for serving coffee that day!   On May 7 we will all meet in the Sanctuary for the introduction of our theme of Embodiment.

Everyone is invited to the Earth Day Art Exhibit and Opening this Sunday, April 23 at coffee hour.  Enjoy silk paintings done by SNUUC members and friends, based upon the themes of water, seed, trees, fruit, and air using meditations from creation story of Genesis as a starting point. 

Our SNUUC Talent Auction is coming on Kentucky Derby day, Saturday, May 6! Not sure what the Talent Auction is all about? Well, it's our biggest single day fundraiser of the year, and so much more! We get together for a cocktail hour with Nick Nanos's inimitable mint juleps and other spirits, then sit down to an elegant and delicious hot buffet. At 6:34 pm, post time, we watch the Derby, having placed our bets. Then the action really begins. Our three auctions, Silent, Bid and Bump, and Live, with bidding paddles, offer all manner of activities, events, services, lessons, and goods. You may bid on a luncheon, brunch, dinner, barbecue, game night, movie night, outing, lesson, useful service, or that come-hither item on the Silent Auction table. All events are offered and hosted by members of the congregation, and they go all out to show you a good time. (And we have a lot of foodies at SNUUC, so any food item you bid on is sure to be delicious!) It's a wonderful way to fill your social calendar for the year and to get to know the members of the congregation. At check out time, you may help yourself to the delicious desserts on our Viennese table. So what are you waiting for? Make your reservation after service this Sunday with Rita Hines! $25 buys you admission to the auction, dinner, a bidding paddle, and dessert. We will have competent, professional childcare during the auction, so don't let the kiddies keep you home.

We are currently looking for bakers (or buyers) for our dessert table, setup staff for Friday afternoon, May 5, and cleanup staff for after the auction. Please speak to or email Rita Hines, rita.hines26@yahoo.com or Veronica Underhill sendveeanemail@gmail.com

The deadline for the May Open Line is this Sunday April 23.  Please send the information you would like to be included to snuuc@optonline.net . Thank you!

News from the Social Action Committee.  There is a March for Science on Saturday, April 22 in NYC from 10:30-4 pm at 64th Street and Central Park West.  Rockville Centre will host a LI March for Science on April 22 from 10-2 pm. This is a family friendly event.  On Saturday, April 29 there is a LI People's Climate Justice March at 10 am at Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach.   Meet up is at 1 West Chester St.  Contact Social Action Liz DiMaggio liztashdimaggio@gmail.com or Angelo Musto angelomusto@gmail.com  or SNUUC Facebook page if you'd like to attend as a group.

The Working with Jesus group meets on the second, third and fourth Sundays of the month at 9:15 am in the RE wing, the next meet is this Sunday, April 23. Our respectful, non-dogmatic small group provides an opportunity to read the Bible and other source books, make connections with other participants, and learn from each other as we explore the possible role for Jesus and his teachings in our spiritual and moral lives. For more information, contact Bob McGough. 

South Nassau Mothers' Center Discussion Group meeting at SNUUC.  Are you a mother in need of a tender ear? Do you know a mother in need of support? Make friends, build connections, share talents and ideas at the newly formed South Nassau Mothers' Center Discussion Group. At each meeting we share our experiences in the joys and challenges of motherhood in a confidential, non-judgmental forum. The discussion is facilitated on a topic focused on moms and their needs. The pilot sessions will be held Tuesdays, April 25, May 2 and May 9 from 8-9:30 pm in the RE wing. Children are welcome to come or you are welcome to bring your own childcare. Speak with Virginia Lawther to register for this free series; Virginia.lawther@gmail.com or call/text 917-301-2213.

LIAC will be holding their monthly Board Meeting at 2 pm this Sunday, April 23 at the North Fork Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1590 Main Rd, Jamesport. The Long Island Area Council of Unitarian Universalist Congregations (LIAC) serves as a catalyst to promote denominational awareness and effectiveness through communication, leadership and educational programs.  LIAC focuses on education, advocacy, service & spirituality, and serves as a beacon for liberal religion. Each congregation sends two voting delegates to serve on the LIAC Board; however, members of LIAC congregations are welcome to attend the meetings. At Sunday’s meeting they will be discussing the various LIAC programs, plans for the future, and ways to improve cooperation and sharing among the 11 Long Island UU congregations.  Speak with Ilene Corina, icorina@aol.com, for more information.

The April edition of the Open Line is available, the pdf of the file is attached and is be online at SNUUC.org, click on the What’s New link or click here www.snuuc.org/Forms/OL.pdf.  The Open Line is THE place to read about our upcoming services, activities and events throughout April. Read columns by our Transition Minister, Board President, RE Coordinator and Community minister. See who is preaching each Sunday, learn about UU Summer camps and GA and enjoy photos from recent SNUUC events.  Printed copies are in the pamphlet rack in the entrance hallway and on the welcome table in the foyer. If you would like a printed copy of the Open Line sent to your home, just let Lisa know at snuuc@optonline.net .

Sign Up for Coffee Hour Please! The Coffee Hour ministry gives members and visitors an opportunity for fellowship after worship. Angelo Musto and Nancy Levy are asking you to check your calendars and sign-up to serve coffee one or two Sundays this spring. Committees are asked to do coffee hour as a group; this is a wonderful opportunity to publicize who they are and what they do. Contact Nancy and Angelo at SNUUCCoffee@gmail.com to say you can help.  A sign-up sheet is also available on the Welcome Table on Sundays.

Thinking about going to GA? It’s time to think about the upcoming annual meeting of Unitarian Universalists – General Assembly! During General Assembly, attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Unitarian Universalist Association through democratic process. This year, GA takes place from June 21 to 25 in New Orleans, and the board like to see who from SNUUC would like to attend; our congregation is entitled to two delegates. This year’s theme is “Resist and Rejoice,” which intends to awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins.  Please contact board member Risa Centenni at risacentenni@optonline.net if interested. Regular registration runs through the end of April, go to UUA.org/GA 

Live Music, up close and personal at the UU Congregation of Central Nassau Garden Stage. You are invited to hear Lara Herscovitch and Kristen Graves, State Troubadours of Connecticut, on Friday May 5. “Pure musical poetry” (The Courier), Lara Herscovitch’s music is an original blend of modern folk with blues, jazz, and pop influences. Former State Troubadour of Connecticut, Lara brings a charm, authenticity, and love of performing that resonates with diverse audiences.   Kristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian.  Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism.  All shows are at 8:30 pm preceded by an open mic at 7:30 pm, ticket price is $20 in advance/$22 at the door.For reservations email reservations@gardenstage.com or call 516-248-8891. For more Information go to gardenstage.com.

Information from UUCSR Social Justice Coordinator Claire Deroche.  Dear Friends, Two years ago many of us participated in the Peoples’ Climate March because we understood the urgency of addressing climate change. According to the Long Island Progressive Coalition, “It is very likely that this week or next, the Trump regime will announce plans to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, lift a moratorium on new coal mining leases on public lands, and eliminate the social cost of carbon in federal decision-making, which takes into account the economic benefits of preventing billions of tons of planet-warming pollution when setting regulations.” Today, addressing climate change has taken on a new urgency. On April 29 people from all over the country will gather in Washington, DC to demand that the current administration address climate change. Will you help spread the word? A bus will leave at 4:00 am from Long Beach Recreation parking lot, 700 Magnolia Blvd, Long Beach and make a stop at 4:45 am at UUCSR. Please share the info with your congregation and friends. Help us fill the Nassau County bus so we can let the administration know that we demand action on climate change. Info at cderoche@uucsr.org

In an effort to streamline the Wednesday Email Blast, much of the information found in the Open Line will not be included in the E-Blast. For information regarding our Thrift Shop, yoga, meditation, Pilates, committee meetings, NVC, foyer art opening receptions, painting classes, prayer group, improv and much more, please read the Open Line.   

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