This week at SNUUC

SNUUC – March 22, 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 

Come to our Covenant Feast is this Sunday! Members and friends are invited to attend this year’s Covenant Feast this Sunday, March 26, from 10:30 am to 1 pm.  At this annual stewardship event, the congregation’s members and friends break bread and make their financial commitments for the coming congregational year. The theme for this year’s canvass is Building Community – Deepening Connections. These aims amplify our yearly congregational theme of “Getting to Yes,” as well as lift up our developmental goal of serving more people in more ways as we create “an ever-widening sanctuary.”  So please, bring the whole family to this intergenerational “rich-UUal” meal. We will fill our plates, renew our spiritual commitments and make our financial pledges for the congregation's coming fiscal year, which begins July 1. Invitations to this annual canvass event have been sent by mail and email. Please answer this call to stewardship by planning to attend and if you haven’t already, RSVP to the invitation today! rosemaryolander@optimum.net or barbara.singer@gmail.com The Board of Trustees and the Covenant Feast Task Force 

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, March 26.  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.

The Board Member on Duty at this Sunday’s service is Ken Bellafiore.  Please email Ken at mediaman@peoplepc.com by this Thursday with any announcements you would like him to announce at the service.

Notes from RE Coordinator Harriet Arnold & Religious Education We look forward to seeing everyone at the Covenant Feast this Sunday!

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.

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 this Friday, March 31, at 6:30 pm at SNUUC.  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.

Skills Building for Our Caring Ministry next Sunday, April 2 from 12 to 1:30 pm in the RE wing.  A long-time member of our congregation, Betty Shelton, was on a hospice program recently. It happened fast, and we responded but there were many loose ends. Join the Rev. Will Feinberg, our Affiliated Community Minister, and members of the Caring Team as we explore how to care for congregation members in the hospital or hospice.  How can a congregation prepare for this time in someone’s life?  What do we do or say when visiting? Let’s enhance our caring. Let’s explore together. A light luncheon will be served from 12 to 12:30 pm. A free-will donation will be appreciated to off-set the cost of the meal.

Our Kentucky Derby Talent Auction is coming Saturday, May 6 with cocktails, horse racing and betting, a delicious hot buffet, a dessert table, and plenty of fun for all as we bid and fill our social calendars for the year! Promissory notes are available now online at the SNUUC website and on the welcome table in the foyer. Promissory notes are due not later than next Sunday, April 2! Deadline for Silent Auction items is April 15! Please don't hesitate to fill out your promissory note and submit it to Veronica Underhill or Rita Hines. The success of our Talent Auction, the biggest fundraising day of the year, depends on your participation and the breadth of your offerings, so please participate with the wonderful caliber of events and items you have offered in the past. No item is too big or too small! If you need a runner to bid for you at the auction, please put a note on your promissory note or speak to Rita Hines, Veronica Underhill, or Marietta Cleckley. We are now soliciting volunteer bakers for our wonderful Viennese dessert table; please sign up with Rita Hines. We will urgently need volunteers for childcare at the auction (paid position,) setup for the auction on Friday, May 5, and cleanup after the auction on auction night. Please step up to the plate and speak to Veronica Underhill sendveeanemail@gmail.com, Rita Hines rita.hines26@yahoo.com , or Marietta Cleckley mscleck@gmail.com to help.

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.

UU Connect presents LIAC’s 11th Annual Intergenerational Pasta Party & Talent Show.Got a talent you‘d like to share? Children, youth and adults are invited to this fun, free event on Saturday, April 1 at the UU Fellowship of Huntington.  Dinner is at 6 pm, Talent Show is at 7 pm.  RSVP to David Silver, ds60210@gmail.com.

Organizing UUs for Social Justice.  The next meeting of the Long Island Social Justice Roundtable will be held on Monday, April 3 at the UU Fellowship of Huntington beginning at 6:45 pm. A light supper will be served. The purpose of the UU Social Justice Roundtable, which is part of LIAC, is to facilitate communication and collaboration between individual UU congregations, to build capacity for rapid response to social justice issues and to network with other social justice organizations and groups working on Long Island. For more information, contact Rev. Laurie Stuart at minister@snuuc.org.

Live Music, up close and personal at the UU Congregation of Central Nassau Garden Stage. You are invited to hear Scott Wolfson and Other Heroeson Friday, April 7. With their infectious love of music, lyrical imagery, and Scott’s unconquerable voice soaring above the rich counterpoint laid down by Kirk, Matt, Chris, Mike, and Skyler, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes set toes tapping and imaginations humming everywhere they go.  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

You are invited to attend the Long Island Area Council (LIAC) Annual Spring Dinner and free afternoon workshop. The date is Saturday, April 8, at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock. Dinner keynote speaker is UUCSR Social Justice Coordinator, Claire Deroche. The afternoon workshop, titled Fashioning a Congregational Cluster, will be co-led by Rev. Linda Anderson and our own, Rev. Laurie Stuart. Free afternoon workshop is at 2 pm, cocktail hour at 5 pm and dinner is at 6 pm.  Dinner tickets are $20 in advance (payment must b received in advance), $25 at the door and $10 for students.  Send checks payable to LIAC to: Gretta Johnson-Sally (LIAC Financial Secretary) 5 Reydon Place, Commack, NY 11725.  For more information contact Gretta at gjsdre@hotmail.com.

Spring Forward to Summer Institute – UUMAC. Wondering where to go this summer for a respite from the chaos? Come to the UU Mid-Atlantic Community to recharge and relax with UUs from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and beyond. Spend a week on a beautiful university campus in southeast Pennsylvania July 9-15, 2017.  Whether you are an empty-nester, family with young children, single or couple – we would love to see your smiling face! Try something new this summer in a small-scale community (~150 of us) and get an Early Bird discount AND newcomer discount if you register before April 1. For more details, see uumac.org, or contact Ilene Corina.  Want to meet some of us? We are holding virtual meet and greet sessions, hosted by UUMAC members for those curious and interested in our little community. Next session: this Sunday, March 26 @ 8pm using this link: https://zoom.us/j/337819246.

Sophia Fahs RE Camp registration is open! Sophia Fahs Religious Education Camp is held for one week during the month of August (8/6-8/11).  UUs from Long Island and the greater NY Metropolitan area spend the week at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island.  The camp's mission is to provide an enjoyable, practical and spiritual experience in a safe, beautiful and natural environment that inspires children, youth, and adults to explore and deepen their personal and communal identities as Unitarian Universalists. If you have any questions about camp or registration, please contact Sharon Nanos. The link to register is liacuu.org/Fahs

Applications are now available for a UU Student Internship Program – An opportunity for UU Youth to make a difference.  The Student Activity Fund (SAF) is a grant program funded by the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock that supports LI UU students to perform significant community service, thereby making a difference in the community, while earning money to help finance their education.  The purpose of SAF is to encourage our students to live their religious values through internships in social action, advocacy and the provision of services in not-for-profit agencies. Through the years, students have participated in the program both in their home towns and all over the world. The program is open to students who will be high school seniors and undergraduate college students next Fall & whose families are members of Long Island UU Congregations. Read about the experiences of last year's student participants on the Long Island Area Council website, http://www.liacuu.org.  Application deadline for Summer 2017 and the 2017-18 Academic Year is April 22. Applications and more information about the Program are now available on the LIAC Website (http://www.liacuu.org) or by contacting Diane Cohen, Coordinator of the SAF Program by e-mail (dianecohensaf@gmail.com) or phone (917) 992-0137.  

Bereavement Group to Start -- April 17.  The UU Fellowship at Stony Brook (UUFSB) offers a Bereavement Support Program that consists of eight session support groups. A new Bereavement Support Group will start on Monday, April 17 at its meetinghouse at 380 Nicolls Road in East Setauket.  The Group, which will meet on eight Mondays from April 17 through June 12 from 7:00-8:30 pm, will be led by the Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson, Affiliate Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  There is no charge and it is open to all, although registration is required.  This group is designed to offer support and comfort to people of all faiths and no faith.  The death of a loved one is considered to be one of the greatest stressors in life and it can take months or even years to regain balance.  Grieving people can often benefit from sharing their feelings in a safe environment with people who are not necessarily family or close friends.  For further information about the Bereavement Support Group and to register for the group, please call 631 751-0297.

The March 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 March. Read columns by our Transition Minister, Board President and RE Coordinator. Learn who is preaching each Sunday 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 .

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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