This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – February 15, 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

 The Social Action Committee will meet this Saturday, February 18 at 3 pm at SNUUC.  For more information please speak with Angelo Musto angelomusto@gmail.com or Liz DiMaggio listashdimaggio@gmail.com.

 Join us this Sunday at 10:30 when we will welcome guest preacher Rev. Dr.  Heidi Swarts. Her sermon is titled What We Can Learn from Roger Williams.  Rev. Dr. Swarts is a community minister with a ministry in pastoral care. She is currently a Staff Chaplain at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan in the East Village. She is a life-long UU whose parents were among the founders of a thriving Pittsburgh, PA UU church. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University and a PhD in Government. Rev. Dr. Swarts has taught at Syracuse University and Rutgers University-Newark. She is a long-time participant, observer, and scholar of faith-based community organizing and a member of the Ministers' Advisory Board on Faith Based Community Organizing of the UUA.  She preaches widely in the New York metro area.

 The Board Member on Duty at this Sunday’s service is Steve Underhill.  Please email Steve at steveunderhill@gmail.com  by this Thursday with any announcements you would like him to announce at the service. This Sunday’s Worship Associate is Carrie Mason-Draffen.

 Got a favorite reading, song, or reflection on identity?  Want to share it with the congregation in the February 26 Whole Congregation celebration?  Email Rev. Laurie Stuart at minister@snuuc.org today!

children[1]Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold & Religious Education We have another exciting Sunday planned as we look into our ToolBox of Faith and work with this month’s theme, Identity.  Stop in and see our fabulous tool box. The snow date for the PJ's for Kids/Adult's Night Off Party is Friday February 24.  Speak with me to register if you haven’t already.  Part of my mission this year is to make sure that our RE volunteers feel that their spiritual needs are being met by this service.  Come, volunteer and tell me how I’m doing!  We still need people to sign up so that our teaching crew will be at full complement.  Sign- up sheet is on the easel at the door of the RE wing.

 We send condolences to Bill and Lisa Bryson-Brockmann and their familyBill’s mother, Wanda Brockmann, died on February 14, she was 92.  Wanda was generous, a friend to animals and a lover of current events.  A family service is planned for the future.   

 The Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet this Sunday at noon in the RE wing.  Speak with Ken Bellafiore, mediaman@peoplepc.com to learn more and join this important committee.

 LIAC will be holding their monthly Board Meeting (3rd Sunday of every month) at 3pm this Sunday, February 19 at SNUUC. 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.

 Congregational Town Meeting, February 26. The SNUUC Board of Trustees will be hosting a forum for members and friends at noon in the Sanctuary on Sunday, February 26. The special topic for this meeting will be building use. This is also your chance to meet with board members, ask questions and let your voice "be heard." Please plan to attend!

 Save the Date! Sunday, March 26 – The Covenant Feast

Roses are red, violets are blue
Our annual Stewardship event needs you.

The date is set, but that’s about all
We need your help to start rolling the ball.

There are many tasks from which to choose;
The clock is ticking there’s no time to lose.

So speak to a board member as soon as you can
To let us know you’ll help to come up with a plan.

Many hands make light work – no saying’s more true.
It takes a congregation made up of yUU.

So mark your calendars, plan to help and attend.
Working together we’ll Get To Yes and ...

SNUUC Adult Art Workshop. 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 on Wednesday March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 2-4 pm in the RE wing. The cost is $125pp or $25 per class + occasional material fees. No experience is necessary. Please register with Diane Hawkins at parkviewdesign@verizon.net.

 Circle 8 Dinners! Everyone loves a potluck especially when it gives you an opportunity to meet other SNUUCers and get to know them in a social setting. Everyone is welcome to sign up to attend a Circle 8 dinner on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30 pm. The host offers to hold a dinner party at their home for about 8 people and makes the appetizer. The attendees bring the main course, sides and dessert. Do you have a table that can fit 8 or can you borrow 8 tray tables? Hosts are needed!  New and long-time SNUUCers are welcome. We can arrange rides to and from any location. Email Paul Sherrock sherrock252@gmail.com or Mary Brower mlbrowerapr@aol.com for more information or signup on the sheet in the foyer on Sunday.  In the spring of 2016, 47 members and 2 SNUUC friends all enjoyed the Circle 8 dinners!

 The Social Action Committee is thrilled to have former youth member, Steven Corina join us to speak about The Peace Corps Experience.  Steven is a lifetime SNUUC attendee and Religious Education teacher.  He has spent the last year in Guyana working with the community towards improvement of their lives.  Come hear about the work he's doing Friday, March 31, at 6:30 pm.  Refreshments will be served.  Attendees outside of SNUUC are also invited to attend so spread the word.  Speak with Ilene Corina, icorina@aol.com with any questions.

 The SNUUC history committee and art committee are looking for photos that represent SNUUC’s history for a future art show. If you have any photos or artifacts you would like to share (or might be able to identify past congregants for captions) please contact Diane Hawkins parkviewdesign@verizon.net or Paul Sherrock (sherrock252@gmail.com).

You are invited to a UUMAC Virtual Meet & Greet. If you have been wondering what UUMAC is about, now is the time to ask questions, meet the people who attend and board members committed to making this a memorable week for you and your family. Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our UU faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship. This year’s UUMAC Retreat is July 9 – 15, at DeSales University, Center Valley PA.  Registration is now open!  Register by April 1, 2017, to receive the early bird discount. UUMAC 2017 RetreatJoin us in this virtual Zoom Room on Sunday, February, 26 at 8 pm. Just download the program at www.zoom.us and send your e-mail to dougbelling@hotmail.com  and you will be sent the code to get in.  Camera and microphone are encouraged to participate.  You Never Age Out at UUMAC! The 2017 Theme is "Across Time, Across Generations,"

 Live Music, up close and personal at the UU Congregation of Central Nassau Garden Stage. You are invited to hear Efrat and Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt onFriday, March 3. Efrat is a professional violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer with performance experience in many styles & situations. Nathans and Ronstadtplay “music you would want to get closer to and not be overwhelmed by. Like many Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits songs, these tunes can linger in your ears and follow you into bed.”  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

 BLACK LIVES MATTER!   Join UUs from all over this great nation for the first ever UU conference on Black Lives Matter.  The program takes place in New Orleans, LA from March 9 to 12.  Black youth can attend the program for FREE!   Check out all the information, registration and program at http://www.blacklivesuu.com/convening2017.  Or contact the Social Action Committee at SNUUCsjc@gmail.org.  You matter to UUs!

 The February edition of the Open Line is available, the pdf of the file is attached and will soon 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 February. Read columns by our Transition Minister, Board President and RE Coordinator. Learn who is preaching each Sunday and read the developmental ministry update.  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 winter. 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.

 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.   

 Contributions to SNUUC from Amazon Thank you to everyone who shops online by going to our website first and using the link to Amazon.com.  All you need to do is go to www.snuuc.org before you shop, look for the Amazon.com link under the Fundraising tab and shop from there.  SNUUC will receive a percentage of your purchase and there is no extra charge to you. Please ask your friends and family to shop through our site! 

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