Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Of Waynesboro, VA

Newsletter of the
Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship
Of Waynesboro, VA
565 Pine Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980 540-­‐942-­‐5507 www.uufw.org U Sunday Services for February 2015
us Join
at
UUFW
for these
one of a kind
events:
TrUUvel
February 20 at
7 pm. The
Frumen's will
take us to
Galicia in
northwest Spain
Our LDS movie
this month
Tulpan, "a
gorgeous
melange of
tender comedy,
ethnographic
drama and
wildlife
extravaganza"
.
February 1, 11 am- "Black Gifts #1" with RevAlex
It's the Sunday morning following UUFW's participation in Staunton's Unity Prayer
Breakfast, sponsored by our local NAACP chapter. It's a Sunday to celebrate just
some of the great gifts our black brothers and sisters have given us. Come,
Come, to wonder at the generosity of others!
February 8, 11 am - "Black Gifts #2" with RevAlex
With today's worship, we continue our celebration of gifts that have come our way
from African-Americans. We will be particularly attentive to gifts directed to our
faith. We will also wrestle with consideration of what we might be called to give in
return. Come, Come, in hope of deepening our spirit!
February 15, 11 am - Details in upcoming announcements.
February 22, "Our Inner Compass", Barbro Hansson
Barbro Hansson, a former UUFW member and now retired UU minister from
Vermont, has developed over the years a theory of an "inner compass" and how it
can be used to navigate life's journey. This Sunday Barbro will share with us how
we can use this understanding of the compass to help find our own proper
directions and walk in faith on our own life's path. Please come and welcome
Barbro back to our Fellowship.
Our Mission
EXPLORING: To provide a place and an atmosphere where people
may practice liberal religion founded upon individual freedom of
belief.
• CARING: To provide emotional and spiritual support within a caring
community of members and friends.
• NURTURING: To provide a nurturing environment where children can
question and grow to develop their own religious beliefs.
• SHARING: To embrace the cause of a united world community
through love and service to humanity.
•
From the Interim Minister, RevAlex:
In my beloved home congregation in Lancaster, PA, we began every service
with the following words:
Love is the spirit of this church,
and service its law.
This is our great covenant:
To dwell together in peace,
To seek the truth in love,
And to help one another.
James Vila Blake (UU)
As we start this month of February, so associated in our culture with celebration of romantic love, I
encourage you to also celebrate your congregation's great gifts of brotherly love. You have them in
abundance!
May you ever dwell together in peace, seek the truth in love, and help one another.
Much heart, RevAlex
From the President, Sylvia Woodworth
On our way to the service last Sunday, my husband Doug commented on how many cars there were
in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel. It got me thinking. “Why am I heading to UUFW and not to the
Cracker Barrel for brunch?” After mulling it over, I have come up with the following reasons:
•
UUFW fills my soul, not just my stomach.
•
UUFW makes it easy for me to serve others, not just be served.
•
UUFW gives me the opportunity to hear, exchange, and learn from the ideas of many
people, not just my dining partner.
•
UUFW offers an ever changing menu of presentations, experiences, and activities, not
the same menu-of- the-year.
•
UUFW caters to different tastes in Sunday Services, not always the same cuisine.
•
UUFW is largely homemade and DYI, from delicious food to maintaining our buildings
and grounds, rather than always bought ready-made or contracted out.
•
UUFW gives me some quiet time to reflect and ponder, rather than trying to converse
over the din of a big dining room.
•
UUFW makes me feel energized and ready to take on the week ahead, not overly full
and uncomfortable.
•
UUFW provides a better long-term investment of my time and money, rather than being
hungry again in a few hours.
At this time, the beginning of our annual pledge drive, I am inspired to give as generously as I can
in order to make that investment really long-term, for generations to come. There are many choices
of things to do on a Sunday morning, yet we choose to come together at 565 Pine Avenue. Let’s fund
our Fellowship in a manner that will continue to make UUFW our #1 choice.
Religious Education
As our RE program hit the New Year we saw the usual dip in attendance due to
the seasonal crud/flu, out-of-town family commitments and the post holiday
blahs! We are livening up our classes and are happy to see more children
coming each Sunday. Our RE field trip to see the movie "Selma" was a huge hit
and the really interesting post-movie conversation had participation from youth
and adults. It was interesting to see what resonated with the Youth and how that compared and
contrasted with the adults.
Our Middle and High School groups continue to work on their plan of how to make our UUFW
presence known when I (along with Andreas and Miguel) attend the Selma 50th Anniversary
Conference in March. Be on the lookout for their invitation to the larger congregation on how you
can be involved. I know you will be so proud of their hard work!
YoUUrs in service,
Chris
The UUFW Caring Network consists of Fellowship members who have volunteered to
coordinate support for other members in times of special need. If you learn about or are yourself
facing such a circumstance, please contact Hinda Richards, coordinator, at 887-7515 or
[email protected] and also RevAlex at [email protected] or 336-471-5580. The current
Network volunteers are listed below. We thank them for volunteering their hearts and time to this
very important job of caring for our Fellowship members.
CN Volunteer
Suzy Huston
540-885-6458
Nancy Frumen
540-885-1526
Diane/Braxton Nagle 540-886-3023
Jerry Reese
540-946-8588
Rebby Sharp
540-942-0140
Lee Patterson
540-885-4455
Debby Austin
540-487-3378
Theresa Costello
919-605-1799
Latane Long
540-943-2632
Cynthia Thompson 540-887-8166
Karen Hudson
540-280-0890
Den Frumen
540-885-1526
Robert Richards
540-887-7515
Will Strickland
540-241-0147
Laura Skally
703-786-0221
Lorain Harouff
540-885-3000
Hinda Richards
540-887-7515
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
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Their CN Group
Allen-Becker
Belcher-Carlson
Chandler-Crowder
Curry-Faulkenberry
Ferguson-Grogan
Hackney-Hudson
Huston-Leary
Lianez-Mead-Armor
Moore-G. Patterson
Ken Patterson-Reese
Richards-Schichtel
Schmidt-Stevens
Strickland-Yost
BACKUP
BACKUP
Assistant Coordinator
Coordinator
Committee Reports
Ministerial Search Committee
While the Search Committee will be fairly silent over the next few weeks we
want you to know that you will be on our minds…your voices even in our
heads…quite constantly as the search continues.
While we mind our search business, we hope you will take a few minutes, or
a couple of hours to look at the Congregational Packet we prepared and will
share with interested ministers. It can be found on the UUFW website. The
Congregational Packet is, frankly, a sales tool. To put it together we synthesized the material from the
congregational survey and cottage meetings, mixed in comments and testimonials from committee
chairs and ministers, sprinkled all the material liberally with photos, slowly blended tidbits from our
history and finally added a little flavor from our dreams for the UUFW. I must take a public moment to
send our special thanks to Kim and Geoff Newton and Heather Chandler for the wonderful visual
material we were able to include. And since she will not edit this piece, Florence Ferguson deserves
a hug and many thanks for her care, attention to detail and skill that pulled all the packet pieces into
a wonderful whole.
The ministers we meet will share similar material with us. I believe I speak for everyone on the
Search Committee when I say the ministerial packets are exciting to read for the rich and
varied world of Unitarian Universalism they open up to us. We assure you as we move forward with
any candidate we will read carefully, ask questions endlessly, listen carefully, check references
thoroughly, negotiate thoughtfully and search our souls as we attempt to find the right minister for our
beloved fellowship.
Finally we would like you to have a glimpse of the future steps in our ministerial search (based on all
things working perfectly…of course).
February/March: Search Committee meets candidates, calls references, discusses deeply and
narrows our choices to The One.
April 2nd: Search Committee makes official offer to the candidate of our choice and further
negotiations begin.
Late April/Early May: Search Committee and Board announce candidate
Late April/Early May: Candidating Week at the UUFW full of lunches, coffees, small and large group
meetings culminating in a worship service by the candidate followed by a congregational vote. With a
vote of overwhelming support Ministerial Candidate accepts our call.
Before the cone of silence descends, please know how grateful this Search Committee is for your
confidence, your respect for the silence we are currently imposing upon the process, and your
commitment to stay involved and hopeful as our future as a Fellowship unfolds with the spring.
Debora Hoard/ UUFW Ministerial Search Committee Chair
Finance Committee
Meet Our New Treasurer
When Violet Powers McCallum understandably found her new 11-hour a day commute/
job not compatible with being our treasurer, Merrie Jo Perkuchin agreed to accept this
office on our board of directors. You will remember her as the person taking the photos
for our pictorial directory.
Dan and Merrie Jo are wonderful additions to our community. After raising their children near
Washington, DC, they moved to Bath County where they ran the RoseLoe Motel in Hot Springs for 23
years. They now live in Fishersville. Merrie Jo is an energetic person who enjoys square dancing,
kayaking, and playing pickleball. She appreciates the friendly, accepting, and stimulating nature of
our Fellowship.
Thank you, Merrie Jo, for choosing to serve our Fellowship as treasurer.
Welcome to the board of directors!
Money Matters - News from Doug Woodworth
UUFW Finance Chair
In last month’s Money Matters I made light of the fact that the UUFW finance committee has set a
goal of raising $155,000 during the 2015-2016 pledge campaign which has just gotten underway.
Why, some have asked, do we need to raise so much?
The somewhat flip but, nonetheless, truthful answer to that question is “so that the finance committee
doesn’t have to come up with some other way of getting it out of us.”
Let me explain.
For the fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2015, and ends June 30, 2016, the UUFW expects to have
operating expenses of about $180,000.
Virtually all of this money, with the exception of a few hundred dollars from the rental of our facilities,
will come from the pockets of our members.
We can count on our two established fund-raisers, the service auction and the sale of food cards, to
bring in at least $15,000. And typically in the course of a year there are several of us who make
unpledged contributions (we have had about $6,000 of these during the first half of the current fiscal
year). But, even taking all of this into account, to make ends meet it is likely our members will still
have to fork out another $155,000 in one form or another.
This being the case, why shouldn’t we just agree, in advance, that we will simply write a check for this
amount?
In its very essence that is what our pledge campaign is asking us, collectively, to do.
If we fail to answer the call we will be doing neither the finance committee nor ourselves any favor.
Social Action Committee, The next SAC meeting will be February 8 directly following the
service. Please remember to continue bringing contributions for the First Presbyterian Food
Pantry. Donations can be left in the big orange bucket in the foyer. Peanut butter, canned
tuna, and cereal are especially appreciated.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
The painting project, the flooring project, the sidewalk project and the exterior lighting project would
not have been possible without guidance from the Building and Grounds Committee, support from the
Board of Directors and the hundreds of generous volunteer hours from the following people:
Ted Ashby, Tristan Davies, Diane Good, Joe Good, Bill Harouff, Lorain Harouff, Alden Hough, John
Hudson, Otis Huston, Suzy Huston, Bob Jochen, Rae Kasdan, Steve Kasdan, Phoenix Kowell-Ure,
Sage Kowell-Ure, Tova Kowell-Ure, Braxton Nagle, Diane Nagle, Urbie Nash, Wayne Nolde, Glen
Patterson, Ken Patterson, Merrie Jo Perkuchin, Ben Pumphrey, Karen Reed, Will Reed, Jerry Reese,
Christina Rivera, Susan Schmidt, Rebby Sharp, John Sherwood, Chris Smith, George Thompson,
Doug Woodworth.
The entire congregation says THANK YOU!
Lost and Found: Lost and Found items that were on the
shelf in the foyer have been moved to the counter in the
kitchen. Please take anything that is yours. Unclaimed items
will shortly be given to a worthy cause.
Va lentine Words of Wisdo m:
LO VE IS AN
UNCONDITIONAL CO MMITMENT
TO AN IMP ERFECT P ERSO N.
TO LO VE SOMEBODY
ISN'T JUST
A STRONG FEELING.
IT IS A DECISION,
A JUD GEMENT
AND A PROMISE.
Activities
The Love-Song party has been moved to March 7, 4-7 PM at Charlotte Shnaider’s home, 30
Oak Lane in Staunton. 540 886 0517. Bring songs or we will provide words to some
familiar ones. There will be snacks and wine. If you want to dance, we’ll set up the old
phonograph downstairs and play swing music. Sign-up sheet at the back of the
meeting room or call or email: [email protected]
The Old Time Music Jam meets every Tuesday at 7 pm in the RE building. Both musicians
and listeners are encouraged to attend.
[email protected]
For more info contact Will Reed, 949-6191or
Brown Baggers are a group of women that meet purely for social reasons the third
Wednesday of every month at 11:30 am. The February date is the 18th at 11:30 am at
UUFW. Adrian Elkind is Hostess. Bring your own lunch and Adrian will provide dessert &
drinks.
Please let Lee ([email protected], 885-4455) or Adrian
([email protected]) know if you plan to attend. Lee is the one to contact if you
have questions about Brown Baggers.
The UUFW Choir, also known as the Pine Nuts will meet Wednesday, February 18 at 3 pm and
Monday, February 23 at 7 pm both at the Fellowship. They welcome any and all participants. For
information please contact Bill or Lorain Harouff at [email protected] or 885-3000.
TRUUVEL February 20th, 7:00 pm at UUFW
Den and Nancy Frumen will take us on a vicarious journey to Galicia in
northwest Spain, a familiar destination for them where they have made friends
for life. From there, they will share their more recent introduction to Portugal
nearby. They took some Staunton friends with them to both locations last year.
Come and see their pictures and hear their adventures! Bring a small snack, if
you wish, to add to the table. It's an instant party!
If you have a destination with pictures and stories you would like to share, or if you know of someone
you would enjoy hearing from, please email Lorain at [email protected] any time to add to our list.
LDS: The "Let's Do Subtitles" movie for February 13 is Tulpan. "Following his Russian
naval service, young dreamer Asa returns to his sister's nomadic brood on the desolate
Hunger Steppe to begin a hardscrabble life as a shepherd. But before he can tend a
flock of his own, he must win the hand of the only bachelorette for miles - Tulpan. The director notes
that while he used some professional actors, he can't train the animals nor the kids. "He describes
the movie as "a gorgeous melange of tender comedy, ethnographic drama and wildlife
extravaganza". Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 96% with 68% viewer rating.
Third Sunday Potluck Lunch: February 15 is our next potluck and it has an "Asian" theme.
Food Plan C: A-G brings a main dish, H-P brings a dessert or bread, Q-Z
brings a vegetable or salad. Please bring enough for 8-12 people. Announcing Two New Activities at UUFW
UUFW is delighted to partner with 2 community groups who will now
be meeting monthly at our Fellowship.
(1) Stone Soup Book Discussions has moved down the
street to UUFW - Join us the 3rd Tuesday of each month
at 7PM for book discussions. The books chosen range
across genres from Books to Movies, Poets Pen Fiction,
Summer Classics to Going Global. You don't even have
to read the book to join the discussion! The only rule we
have is we do DISCUSS the BOOK. We welcome diverse
opinions & even erratic attendance. Wine and snacks are
encouraged. Join us for our next meeting Tuesday,
February 17 at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone welcome. We look
forward to some good discussions! For more information contact Theresa
Costello, 919-605-1799 or [email protected]
(2) The Stone Soup Poetry Group ("Of Vine and Verse"), a very casual
meeting of folks who love poetry, will meet in the RE building on the fourth
Monday of every month. The next meeting is Monday, February 23 from
5:30 to 6:30. Bring a favorite poem to share or just come to enjoy others'
favorites. For additional information contact Karen Reed, 949-6191 or
[email protected] UUFW Calendar for February 2015
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1
"Black Gifts #1, RevAlex
11 am
2
3
Music
Jam,
7 pm
4
5
Exec.
Committee,
6 pm
6
7
9
10
11
Music
Jam,
7 pm
12
13
LDS movie, 6
pm
14
16
17
Music
Jam,
7 pm
18
Brown
Baggers,
11:30
19
20
TrUUvel, 7
pm
21
Book
Club,
7 pm
Choir, 3
pm
26
27
28
Buildings
and Grounds
Committee,
9 am
Finance Committee, 9 am
RE Committee, 9 am
Chrysalis 3 pm
8
"Black Gifts #2, RevAlex
11 am
Board Meeting, 9 am
Social Action Committee,
12:30
15
Sermon to be announced
Potluck lunch 12:30
Parent Group, 12:30
22
"Our Inner Compass",
Barbro Hansson 11am
23
Choir,
7 pm
Poetry
Group,
5:30
pm
24
25
Music
Jam,
7 pm
The Reverend Alex Richardson, Interim Minister
E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Office phone: 540-942-5507, Cell phone: 336-471-5580
Office Hours: Monday through Wednesday by appointment
Christina Rivera, Director of Religious Education
Office hours: By appointment
Office: 540-942-5507 Cell phone: 540-290-5024 E-mail: [email protected]
Debora Hoard, Youth Leader
Phone: 540-456-6390 E-mail: [email protected]
Marilyn Nash, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 943-4202.
Contact Marilyn to schedule the use of our Fellowship buildings.
Board of Directors
President
Vice President
Secretary
Treasurer
Membership
Religious Ed
Bldgs/ Grounds
Sun. Programs
Social Action
Communication
Hospitality
Finance
Webmaster
Sylvia Woodworth 949-4407
Marsha Fuller
560-1044
Gillian Preston
943-5335
Violet Powers
252-639-8125
Barbara Wright
885-1315
Michele Freeman
434-996-5335
Joe Good
804-291-8277
Den/Nancy Frumen 885-1526
Merrilee Lianez
416-3385
Mike Drumheller 241-1131
Lorain Harouff
885-3000
Doug Woodworth 949-4407
Kim/Geoff Newton 448-3915
Additional Valued Assistants
Caring Network Hinda Richards
Newsletter
Marilyn Nash
Trustees
Suzy Huston
Sylvia Woodworth
Blake Clark
Pianists
Custodian
887-7515
943-4202
885-6458
949-4407
248-0228
Virginia Edwards 943-0091
Charlotte Shnaider 886-0517
Neil Van Name
447-0318
The deadline to submit information to the January newsletter is February 15. Send submissions to [email protected] UU Fellowship of Waynesboro 565 Pine Ave. Waynesboro, VA 22980 Chocolate comes from cocoa which comes out of
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