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UUCDC Happenings

  • 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 Penny Bartlett 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 initial meeting of the UCWC-UUCDC Task Force was held on May 4th at UUCDC.  UUCDC members of the Task Force are Dan Alamia, Donna Harris and Joe Miller.  Facilitation was provided by Mark Bernstein, serving in his role as Growth Consultant for the Central East Regional Group.  Rev. Peter Friedrichs provided support and consultation to the task force.  For more details, click here.

  • Believe or not summer is right around the corner. Summer services this year start June 15. You have a chance to pitch in--with no long term commitments! Consider signing up to usher, greet or provide refreshment. We will provide instruction, so don't worry if you have never done that particular role before.  Sign up sheet is in Fellowship Hall.

The Stones of Summer

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Stones in joys and sorrows bowl

Each year, as we depart from the Sanctuary during our closing worship of the regular church year, I invite everyone to take a stone with them. I ask that you take your stone with you wherever you go over the summer and I invite you to leave your stone somewhere “out in the world.” This is a way of symbolizing that we don’t just practice our faith together on Sunday mornings at 145 W. Rose Tree Road, but that our faith is actively lived out in the world.

Carrying that stone in our pocket during the summer can remind us to live up to and into our Unitarian Universalist principles. Perhaps it can help us to be more patient, more kind, more loving in our interactions with others. Maybe it can serve as a “touchstone,” reminding us to affirm and promote respect for everyone, even when that’s challenging.

One summer, I remember reaching into my pocket for some change when I was stuck in a long line at a convenience store. I was getting pretty frustrated at how slow the cashier was in ringing up customers. When I pulled the change out, there was my stone. Looking at it, I was reminded to be kind. I took a deep breath and relaxed.

You might also consider giving your stone to someone whom you notice is acting in a way that reflects who we are as UUs. Imagine someone’s surprise as you tell them that you really appreciated something that you saw them do, and that you wanted to give them a “reward.” You can tell them that the stone comes from our church, where we strive to embrace everyone just the way they are. Oh, and you might mention that they just might make a great Unitarian Universalist!

Taking a stone out into the world is just half of the task that we’re charged with over the summer. The other part is to bring a stone back to church with us when we gather again in September. It might be a stone from a far-flung place or from our own back yard. I’ve found that keeping an eye out for a stone to bring back to church helps keep me grounded and in touch with our community, even when I’m far away.

Last year Irene and I were in Peru, and we were constantly looking for stones we could bring back. Our “stone search” made us feel connected with the church and everyone in it. It reminded us of the joy we share in being a part of something larger than ourselves. In a way, you were all there with us on a beach in Lima and at a rocky mountain pass at 18,000 feet. Looking for stones also helped remind us to take pleasure in the beauty of our surroundings and that our lives are a great gift for which we should constantly be thankful.

When we bring back the stones we’ve found and place them in the basket, they present us with a symbol of our diversity. Like everyone in church, no two are alike. Some are sharp around the edges while others are worn smooth and round. Some show the ravages of time, while others appear shiny and bright. Bringing a stone back to church in September is bringing a gift to others in the congregation. Throughout the year your stone will be invested with the joys and sorrows of so many. They will be taken up with heavy hearts and heavy hands, or with lightness and gladness. They will be released into the bowl where whatever they carry can be carried by us all.

May we carry, leave, and select our stones of summer with intention and clarity.
May our time apart be a time of rest, reflection and rejuvenation. Happy Summer!

Love, 
Peter

From June 2014 Focus
(Photo by Joan Karasick)
 

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