Our month long Spiritual Theme for March is "Journey"
"The River" by Rev. Peter Friedrichs is our poem for March
Sunday Service: "Emotional Literacy is our Salvation"; Rev John Crestwell
Join guest minister Rev John Crestwell from the UU Church of Annapolis, MD as he shares a tragic but heroic story about a member of his congregation who was a victim in the 2018 Capital Gazette newspaper shooting. Rev Crestwell will show how every bad thing can have a silver lining. Rev. Peter will serve as worship associate and DRE Chrissy Bushyager will offer a Time for All Ages. Music will be provided by Heidi Starr and Joy Thiessen.
Our Share-the-Plate recipient for March is Al Otro Lodo. This organization provides legal services for indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tiajuana, Mexico. You can also donate by texting your donation amount to 610-756-8883. You'll receive instructions back in order to complete the transaction.
January 27: "The Beauty of Our Scars"
As the spiritual theme of the month is "Possibility", we reflect on how our scars—the wounds we carry— hold the possibility to emerge as part of our spiritual journey. Rumi wrote, "The wound is the place where the light enters you". Where can we find the possibility of beauty? How can we connect with beauty even as wounds are healing? How can we relate the beauty of our scars to a form of birthing joy into the world? Guest speaker Rev. Rebekah Ann Savage, DRE Chrissy Bushyager, and Worship Associate Sharon Fichthorn will lead our worship. Music will be provided by Gabby Sacks and Joy Thiessen.
Mark your calendars for Jan 26 at 6:00 pm and Sign-up for the Annual Chili, Chocolate, Home Brew Challenge!
The Eleventh Annual Chili, Chocolate, Home Brew Challenge is coming your way. Read all about it and register here. We look forward to your support!
January 27: Congregational Meeting at 6:00 pm preceeded by a potluck dinner at 5:00 pm
Please join us for our winter Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 27, with a pot-luck dinner from five to six o'clock followed by the formal meeting starting at six o'clock. This is an opportunity to learn about important initiatives at UUCDC including: where we are on the design work for our building expansion, how we plan to address the 8th Principle on racism, how this year’s fund drive will be different than those of recent years, and other topics. These are exciting times for our congregation, and it is important for all of us to stay informed.
"Possibility"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs, the theme for January
Christmas Eve Services at 5:00pm and 7:30pm
We will offer two Christmas Eve services with stories and carols this year. The UUCDC Choir will sing at both services. All ages are welcome!
Sunday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 am: "Finding Faith in the Darkest of Hours"
As the nights are long and the calendar prepares to flip to a new year, we may struggle to stay connected to our faith, or even to define what that faith is for us. What does "faith" look like to a Unitarian Universalist? Come worship with us as Rob Sartain and Worship Associate Norma Lewis lead us in an exploration of the mystery of faith for UUs in these dark hours.
"What If"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs for the December theme of "Mystery"
Sunday, Nov. 25: "A Negativity Bias"; Rev. Andrew Weber
As humans, we have an inclination to react to and remember negative events as opposed to positive ones. The thought is that through natural selection, it was more advantageous for our ancestors to know what could possibly harm or kill them. How can we pay more attention to and remember more the positive and blessings in our lives?
Please note that there will be one service at 10am and no Religious Education programming; which will resume on December 2nd.
"Tatters"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs for the November theme of "Memory"
Sunday, Oct. 28: "All Musical Service"
This Sunday in worship, through music and poetry, we will explore one of the basic tenets of our faith: Inclusion. We will acknowledge those who too long have been marginalized in our society due to a range of seemingly insurmountable differences.
The Church Auction is Nov. 3! Click "Read More" below to get all the information.
"Next Steps" Capital Campaign Report is available here!
"When Worry Knocks"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs for the September theme of "Sanctuary"
This Sunday Sept. 30, 2018 - "An Earth Made Fair"; Rev. Peter Friedrichs
You may have heard the expression "An Earth made fair and all her people one." It comes from a mid-20th Century Christian hymn titled "Turn Back, O Man, Forswear Thy Foolish Ways" and is often used as a shorthand to describe our vision of a utopian future. As we wrap up our month-long theme of "Vision," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler will consider these questions: What is our vision of and for the world? What is our responsibility to help bring that vision to reality? Dick Veleta will provide our music at both the 9:30 and 11:15 services and we will be holding a Service of Naming and Dedication during the 9:30 service.
"The Invitation"; by Rev. Peter Friedrichs for the September theme of "Vision"
This Sunday Aug. 26, 2018 - "Al Capone and the $45"; Chrissy Bushyager
A sermon that has almost nothing to do with Al Capone, but a lot to do with ethics, privilege, and what happens when we don’t agree.
Chrissy Bushyager is currently serving as UUCDC’s Director of Religious Education. She loves to preach summer sermons. She and her wife and two children live in Havertown.
Religious Education Registration for the new church year is open!
We're just about a month from our first Sunday of RE classes! This is going to be a great year with some changes that continue to build community, integrate service, and enrich lives. Registration is open and we are looking forward to seeing you soon. Click here to access registration forms.
Tickets are now available for the Chester City NAACP Scholarship Fundraiser Concert on September 29, 2018!
Our church sponsors the NAACP Scholarship Fund from the proceeds of various events, projects and contributions by regular donors. We are hoping to increase the College scholarships of $1,000 per year that the church provides for up to four years to each of four Chester students selected by the NAACP Chester chapter. A full house at this concert will help these students and their families! Click here to download the poster for the concert and learn all about it!
To buy a ticket on line, click here! Tickets will also be available each Sunday and at the door.
The spiritual theme for June is "Blessing"
This Sunday July 1, 2018 - "Border Issues with Mexico", Megan Mathieson
Megan spent two weeks recently in Mexico learning about border issues and is excited to share her experiences with us. A sermon on immigration issues will accompany a Mexican-themed service.
Megan is a third-year seminarian at Lancaster Theological Seminary and member of UU Gettysburg. Megan, her wife, and their family currently live in East Berlin PA. She is currently serving as summer minister at UU Sterling VA and will complete a full-time ministerial internship at UU Frederick MD during the 2018-2019 school year.
"Sense of Blessing" by Peter A. Friedrichs
The spiritual theme for May is "Creativity"
This Sunday May 27, 2018 at 10:00 only - "The Power of Creative Tension"
This Sunday, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Kathy Alston will explore an unlikely source of creativity: tension and anxiety. How can we harness these emotions, which have the power to paralyze us, to our advantage? The UUCDC Choir will provide our music.
"From Hope" by Peter A. Friedrichs
This Sunday April 22, 2018 - "Dear Earth"
The spiritual practice of gardening helps us cultivate a sense of reverence for the earth and our deep relationship to it. On this Earth Day we celebrate the ways we can deepen that connection and care for this home we share.