This Sunday, Rev. Peter's October Poem, Message from the President and UUCDC Happenings

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.  We will celebrate the richness that diversity brings to our lives together and examine our role as advocates for those who do not share equal rights with us under the laws of our land.  Music selected includes "Nowhere Man", "Born This Way", "De Colores" and "Would you harbor me?" among others.

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"

The knock can come
at any time of the day or night. 
And when it does, we know
in our gut who it is, because
we’ve heard that sound 
so many times before.
 
Our response is Pavlovian.
We drop everything
and run to the door. 
Opening it, we say 
“Come in. Of course.
Make yourself at home.
Would you like some tea?”
 
We don’t ask impertinent
questions like “How long
will you be staying?”
or “How great is your need?”
We simply say, “Yes,” and then
suffer the consequences.
 
Worry is a thief who steals
the silverware right off our table. 
The freeloader who finishes 
the milk, then complains when 
there’s none for his coffee.
It has our PIN, and each 
time it visits, it depletes 
our savings, knowing
we’ll forget by the next time 
it comes ‘round.
 
What would happen if we 
barred the door? 
Or, like a couple who’s run out 
of Halloween candy, turn out 
the lights and pretend we’re not home? 
Will it look to slip in by a window, 
or come down the flue like an anti-Santa?
Or might it just give up 
and walk away, perplexed?
 
Worry will be back, to be sure,
to test our resolve, 
for it’s relentless.
But every time we refuse
to answer its call,
we keep our hearts a refuge,
our homes a sanctuary.

     Message from the church president, Joe Miller

Don’t know me?   I am Joe Miller and was elected President of your church Board of Trustees at the May congregational meeting.  In this role, I have the privilege to serve our congregation in many ways, and one way is to communicate to you about what is going here on and how I and the Board see it.  I will do this about monthly and hope it enables you to better connect with our congregation.  You will find me generally to the point, perhaps a little terse, and so let’s get on with it.

I want to start with looking ahead to October when we will start our Capitol Campaign to improve our facility.  Last year, a Facilities Improvement Team led by board members Brad Randall and Natalie Silver assessed our facility, spoke with dozens of members and reported out on a framework for moving forward at the May congregational meeting.   The next step in this process is our “Next Steps” weekend October 12-14.   Please, please give this your attention as it is extremely important and there are plenty of times over the weekend to participate.    Many thanks to Jean Wallace and Jennifer Oglesbee for agreeing to lead this effort.

As you probably know our spiritual theme in September was “Vision.”  Rev. Peter, in his last sermon of the month, discussed his own journey to find a vision for his life, a vision to “help and heal,” and how this brought him to serve our congregation 12 years ago.  Our theme in October is Sanctuary and could the timing on this be any better as we look at improving our church, our “sanctuary?”   Parker Palmer says “Sanctuary is wherever I find safe space to regain my bearings, reclaim my soul, heal my wounds, and return to the world as a wounded healer.”     Our church brings us together to “help and heal”  our children, ourselves, our community, and the world at large.   The Capital Campaign over the next months will involve lots of discussion about what we need to do, how we need to do it, and where the money will come from.  I am confident this will go well as long as we don’t lose sight of the fact that we are talking about our sanctuary where we regain our bearings, reclaim our soul, and do the work of helping and healing.

Would you like to discuss any of the above or other things related to church governance?  Please reach out to me (jmiller276@comcast.net) or to our other board members (Brad Randall, Natalie Silver, Marge Caton, Jason Glass) and share your ideas and concerns with us.   We want to hear from you, and by the way you are always welcome to attend our board meetings at 7:30 on the third Monday of the month when, in the words of our covenant, “we seek to serve with a joyful spirit.”

Fall Church Auction is coming Nov. 3 and It is Time to Donate!

UUCDC's annual Auction will be Saturday November 3.  Doors open and Silent Auction begins at 5:45, and the Live Auction starts at 7 p.m.  Childcare is provided.  There will be lots of food - provided by UUCDCers - if your last name begins with A-M please bring your favorite appetizer or two and if your last name begins with N-Z please bring a yummy dessert.

Donate Now by clicking here!

The deadline for submitting items to be auctioned is this Sunday Oct. 28.  Donating is easy.  Go here and follow the instructions.  Look for the "Donate an Item" button.  If you have trouble check with the folks in Fellowship Hall after services on Sunday.  Items can be dropped off at the church office.

What to donate?  Dinners, arts and crafts, baked goods, babysitting, tickets to events, singing lessons, dancing lessons, lessons of all kinds, foods of all kinds, errand running, holiday gift wrapping, pet sitting, gardening services,....  The list goes on.  You can find ideas from what has been donated in past years by clicking on the year after following the auction link above.

Can't come to the auction?  Contact us and we'll help find a proxy bidder for you so you can still have a chance for the items you want.

Questions?  Suggestions?  Want to help?  Stop by the auction table on Sunday or email at auction@uucdc.org.

Mark your calendars for the Nov. 3, 2018 Fall Church Auction!  This event is fun for all and important for the church budget.  Premilinary information is available on the event calendar.