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  • The Philadelphia Inquirer recently published an article about the spread of poverty in the suburbs. Every donation we make is a small dent in that poverty level. Our faithful volunteers take all your contributions each Sunday from the Food Bank collection box in the lower lobby, to the First Methodist Church in Media. With monetary donations, we buy fresh groceries. 

  • Got Box Tops? Or Ink Cartidges? Bring them to church!  The school can turn both into $$$ for the school. Please feel free to put your box tops and ink cartidges in the Rose Tree Day School mailbox in the church office. What are Box Tops? Check it out here!  THANK YOU!

  • A friendly reminder, that if you haven't already, come and "like" our Facebook page. We're growing by leaps and bounds! Come join the movement! 

  • We have multiple dates open for coffee service. The only thing you have to bring is a quart of 1/2 and 1/2 and a gallon of juice. You will receive an email reminder and instructions the week before you are scheduled. This is really a simple job, and for the the right people serving coffee on sunday is the perfect way to serve the congregation. Please contact Mary Clinton to get on the schedule. Thanks! Without your stepping up we may have no coffee one of these weeks!

  • Besides our wonderful special events, we still need your talents, to expand our musical offerings, during Services!  If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts, with the rest of the congregation, contact Ann Seidman, or Musical Director, Bob Rowland, or sign-up online.  It's a great way to connect with our UUCDC family!

  • The UUCDC and the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester Boards of Trustees have formed an exploratory task force to consider a merger of the two congregations to create a multi-site congregation.  Read their joint statement and the Q and A section for details here.  Comments or questions welcome on UUCDC Merger for Multi-Site Facebook page.

  • Our own Marylin Huff has been part of the team developing the Greater Philly UU Cluster of Congregations. Check out what this new group has to offer at http://www.jpduua.org/phillycluster.  It just got easier to find out what's going on in area UU congregations by using the calendar found at http://www.jpduua.org/phillycluster/phillycluster-calendar.  Have questions for our UUCDC Philly Cluster reps? Contact them at phillycluster@uucdc.org or use this handy link.
  • The YUUCKIs are available to do yucky jobs around the house and yard. For more information email uucdcyuckis@gmail.com. NOTE: This is the correct email address different from the one posted on the church bulletin board.

The Year of the Child

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

RE teacher and student

Reading #463 in our hymnal begins: “My heart is moved by all I cannot save.” These words have been repeating, over and over in my mind this summer. Amidst all the joys the season brings, it has been impossible to ignore the vast suffering in the world. From Syria and Iraq to the slaughter of hundreds of passengers on a jetliner and the murder of yet another African-American teenage boy, my heart has been broken time and time again since I was last with you in June. 

My heart breaks, especially, for the children. For those who, simply by accident of birth, have fallen victim to violence in all its forms. Innocent victims, in the true meaning of the term. I have been especially appalled by how this country of hope and promise has responded to undocumented children, warehousing them in little more than dog kennels pending deportation. Reports are already emerging that some of the children returned to their homelands have been murdered. I am reminded of the words of the Matthew’s Gospel: “That which you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” 

Because we cannot personally save the children of war-torn Syria, or the Christian children persecuted by ISIS in Iraq, because we cannot personally take in the children of Central America awaiting deportation, we are called to ensure that the children of our own communities are properly nurtured and loved, that they’re provided with adequate educational opportunities, that they have enough food to eat, that their streets are safe. And we are called to be guides, mentors, and teachers of our children and youth.

I am calling all of us to make this church year “The Year of the Child.” I would like us all to consider ways that we can become more involved in the lives of our children and youth. And by “our,” I mean both the children and youth within the church community and those beyond it. 

There are simple, concrete tasks you can do immediately. Sign up to teach or assist in our Religious Education program. Work with our children to make peanut butter sandwiches for the Hunger Task Force. Help to host or feed families staying at the church through the Interfaith Hospitality Network. You could simply make a commitment to attend an occasional Children’s Chapel on Sunday mornings and to show up at our multigenerational worship services. We will be developing other programming during the year that will help encourage interactions and build relationships among children, youth and adults in the congregation. I ask you to consider how you might enrich the lives of the children and youth of the church (as well as your own) this year. 

Beyond our own church community, we are exploring how we might deepen our relationship with the children living in Chester. Our support of high school students through the NAACP Scholarship program is meaningful and important, but I’m sure we can do more. With certain limited exceptions, our Justice Ministry Team has already committed significant “Share the Plate” proceeds this year to the programs of Chester Eastside (formerly “Chester Eastside Ministries”), which provides valuable support to the children of Chester. You might consider volunteering as an after-school tutor or a GED instructor through Chester Eastside or supporting their food and clothing ministries. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern PA also has opportunities for us to serve as mentors and friends to local children and youth. 

It’s a cliché to say that “children are our future,” but like many clichés it’s also true. As a community of compassion and hope, where can we better apply our energies and our commitment than to our youngest and most vulnerable? 

“My heart is moved by all I cannot save: so much has been destroyed I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world.” -Adrienne Rich 

As we begin another church year together, let us work to reconstitute our little part of the world. 

Love, 
Peter

From September 2014 Focus
(Photo by Bryan Boosz)
 

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