From the Minister
Almost exactly five years ago today I met my first member of UUCV. I remember sitting in my hotel, anxiously waiting for the car to pull up. I hoped it would go well. I hoped the search committee would like me. I hoped I didn’t spill anything on myself at dinner…. That night I couldn’t have imagined all that was in front of us. We have celebrated, worshipped, planned, mourned, dreamed, and sometimes even danced together.
We have done so much together and now, on the eve of our planned Capital Campaign, it seems that there is so much to do. I am so excited about the work that is ahead and the possibilities that lie ahead for our beloved community. I believe that there are wonderful times ahead.
In anticipation of the leap into the future that we are all about to take together, I will be taking a planned sabbatical from April 15 to August 15 of this year. As many of you know, the covenant that I entered when I accepted your call to ministry includes a provision for a Sabbatical between the Minister’s fourth and sixth years. And here we are!
I believe that I will come back to you not just a refreshed and rejuvenated minister but also a better one. One who is able to offer deeper and more thoughtful worship, to be more present to the joys and sorrows of our beloved community, and who is ready to throw herself head first into the Capital Campaign when I return. Ministers go on sabbatical so as to deepen their ability to nurture the work of the congregation. I look forward to deeper study than I am able to engage in during the course of the church year. I plan to attend to my spirit in retreat and deeper daily practice.
The congregation has been putting aside money every year in anticipation of this moment and I am so pleased that we will be able to maintain ministry throughout my time away. I am delighted to announce that the Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis has agreed to serve as our sabbatical minister. Rev. Dr. Ellis recently retired from full-time parish ministry and has returned to live in Carlisle full time. This seemed like a perfect opportunity for her and for UUCV. Most of you know that Rev. Dr. Ellis was a member of UUCV when she first heard the call to ministry, so it feels appropriate to welcome her home. Rev. Dr. Ellis will lead worship, with the continued assistance of our skilled worship associates, and she will attend and advise meetings of the Board, Capital Campaign, and others as needed. We are in able hands.
In the past year I have had time to reflect on how proud I am to be the minister of this beloved community. It will be hard to step away from this community, even for a short time. But I know I will come home better able to serve our community and our wider mission in the world.
Feeling a little Deja Vu? Attentive Newsletter readers will recognize this as my column from the February newsletter. As my sabbatical approaches I wanted to remind people of our upcoming plans. I would encourage anyone who wants to know more to give me a call or come visit before April 15.
The Worship Theme for April is “Transcendence”
April 1: “Christ without Easter/Easter without Christ” How do we imagine an unresurrected Christ? How do we imagine Easter without Jesus? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp. Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings about multiple Jesuses.
April 8: “Pascha – The Power of Remaining Obscure” What does it mean to be passed over? When is it a good thing to be ignored? Rev. Aija Simpson preaches for this multi-gen service with worship associate Julie Ham. Marc Renault provides service music on guitar.
April 15: “A New Future” Where are We Going? Rev. Aija Simpson preaches her last service before beginning her sabbatical leave with worship associates Michele Burton and Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis. Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings an exhilarating new take on a Sondheim-Bernstein collaboration.
April 22: “Love and Fear – Hope and Urgency” We may have already reached the tipping point for global catastrophe due to climate change yet we cannot let our fear blind us to hope or stop us from acting. Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaches with worship associate Dick Poland. Pat Spader offers a prelude, and Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music with a “green” tinge.
April 29: “Earthiness, Simplicity and Sensuality” bell hooks wrote, “living simply makes love simple.” Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Michele Burton. Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings of loving and living simply.
OWL (Our Whole Lives)
UUCV OWL (Our Whole Lives) 8-week sexuality education for kids grades 4 -6/ages 9-10 will be held April 22 – June 10 on Sundays in our Yuuth room from 12:00 – 1:15 PM. Cost is $75 per child (UUCV members are free). Parents who are now registering their children must attend a mandatory meeting Thursday, April 5 from 6:00 – 7:00 in the Yuuth Room at UUCV. To register or to ask questions, contact Emily Crutcher email@example.com
UUCV Celebrating 20th Anniversary
March 18th was a special day as UUCV celebrated their 20th anniversary with many of the charter members (current and past) attending as well as lovely testimonials from those who could not make it. A special thanks to Laurel Belding and Will Guilliams who coordinated this special event along with the help of many other congregants tracking down our friends who have moved away. We are grateful to all those who came before us and for those who are now looking to our future.
Unsung Hero Award
We are looking for the next UUCV Unsung Hero! Is there someone at UUCV who has provided outstanding support in the past year and deserves our recognition? Nominees are selected from people who are not currently serving on the Board or as a Committee Chair. The engraved list of past Unsung Heroes can be viewed in the library downstairs. If you would like to nominate someone, please send their name with a few sentences of why they should be the next Unsung Hero to Mary Lynn Lynch firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, April 22nd. Thanks!
VOTE ON SUNDAY APRIL 15!
ONE YEAR IN THE MAKING…
…the visioning and planning for launching a Capital Campaign at UUCV. The completed Financial Feasibility Study (FFS) indicates the Gold plan is within UUCV’s potential range of giving. Achieving this challenging goal, with all its exciting possibilities, will rest in the commitment of our entire church community.
After carefully reviewing the FFS, the Board has unanimously endorsed proceeding with a Capital Campaign.
The decision point happens on Sunday, April 15. A YES or NO vote to officially move forward with a Capital Campaign will occur during a special Congregation Meeting immediately after the service. In accordance with UUCV Bylaws governing Congregation Meetings, members must be present to vote. YOUR vote and YOUR commitment matters… as we create our future together.
Your vote is needed. Childcare will be provided, and there will be snacks.
Q & A
What happens if the vote is “YES” to proceed with the Capital Campaign?
The Capital Campaign will roll out in late August. As funds are received, projects will begin.
What happens if enough money cannot be raised to fulfill the entire Gold Plan?
First, we would review several options for additional fundraising that were provided in the FFS. These are ideas that have been successful in other UU congregations.
If there is still a shortfall, the congregation will need to make additional decisions as to which parts of the plan can be modified, postponed, or eliminated.
The Gold Plan in its entirety is very clearly our goal. That is what the congregation voted for by a significant majority. It is within our reach, but achieving this goal needs the commitment of our entire church community.
What happens if we vote “no”?
That would be a knockdown vote, and all possibilities toward a Capital Campaign at this time are gone. We would need to regroup and determine the next step. Other means would need to be used to at least complete repairs to the building that are urgently needed and absolutely necessary to keep it safe and habitable.
UUCV Book Group
Join us on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss Amy Erdman Farrell’s book, Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture. Faculty Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender studies at Dickinson College, Amy Farrell traces the “cultural denigration of fatness to the mid-19th century and argues that the stigma associated with a fat body preceded any health concerns about a large body size. Drawing on multiple sources, she explores the link between our historic denigration of fatness and our contemporary concern over obesity. The book is significant for anyone concerned about the “war on fat” and the discrimination and cultural oppression that are its weapons.” Amy, who is also a member of UUCV, will join us for the discussion. Questions: Contact email@example.com .
Please note that the book for May will be Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right: A Journey to the Heart of the Political Divide by Arlie Russell Hochschild.
UUCV….Caring for the world!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Service Day
Join UUCV’s team for the 4th Annual “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Community Service Day on Saturday, April 14 from 8 am – Noon (Rain date April 28). Check-in will be begin at Heberlig-Palmer Park, Carlisle, at 7:30 am. A picnic lunch will be provided in the park at Noon. Sign up at the Social Justice table by Sunday April 8th.
Project SHARE Farm Stand
Help is needed on Thursday, Apr 12 and Apr 26 from 9:30 to 11:30. Volunteers sort donated food for distribution to those in need. The Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln St, Carlisle.
Social Justice Movie
The movie Born Into Brothels will be shown April 25th in the UUCV Board Room at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
Change For The World
The UUA’s initiative – the Promise and the Practice Campaign – funds our opportunity to address our history of upholding white supremacy by collectively working to dismantle it. The campaign promotes the work of UU organizations of color in building the beloved community. To do the work of justice in the world we must do the work of justice in our own communities.
UUCV to Welcome Carlisle Cares Shelter in May
Next month, UUCV will again host the Carlisle CARES family shelter. The family shelter is comprised of women and children. The men will be hosted by another church. We look forward to another year of providing a warm, safe place to sleep for our vulnerable neighbors.
Not familiar with the program? Carlisle CARES (Combined Area Resources for Emergency Shelter) was established in 2004 to address homelessness in the Carlisle area. The program provides comprehensive services to facilitate the individual’s journey from being homeless to a state of self-sufficiency. The Resource Center is open seven days per week, 365 days per year. When individuals are enrolled in the program, they undergo a variety of clearances and a case management plan is developed, requiring 15-20 hours per week of “proactivity.” The overnight shelter services are provided by participating area churches, rotating on a monthly basis.
What does hosting entail for UUCV? Each night, during the month of May, UUCV must provide a “host,” who will unlock the building, ensure that supplies are available and orient the overnight volunteer and guests to the building. While the overnight volunteer for the family shelter must be female, the host may be either male for female. (Yes, you hearty men of UUCV – this is your opportunity to become involved!) The hours are approximately 8:15 – 10 pm. Training and written instructions will be provided.
Interested, but not sure if hosting is for you? Read about the experience of one of our first-time hosts from last year:
When I signed up to volunteer as a CARES host at UUCV, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t grasp that a couple nights of helping women and their children become comfortable with our facility would be such an eye-opening experience for me. These guests in our spiritual home have hopes and dreams just like everyone. The difference is they currently have trouble making ends meet, whether it’s because they are trying to support a family on minimum wage or maybe made a bad financial decision in the past or maybe they are struggling with mental health issues. Whatever the reason, these women and their children deserve a safe place to sleep. It’s the least we can do.
To sign-up to be a host, please contact June Hoch at 717-241-3034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-up early and sign-up often!
Drum Circle – Monday, April 2 at 6:00 PM in the RE Classroom. Join your community in rhythm! Each season, we’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. No experience necessary! A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring you own if you are able.
Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted; A portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.
For more information, please visit www.danifiore.com or email Dani at email@example.com
Meditation with Bhante – Tuesday, April 3 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the RE classrooms.
Adult Topics of Interest Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule
Classes begin at 9:00 am in the UUCV Board Room.
April 8th we will discuss Anthony Kronman’s ideas expressed in Confessions of a Born-again Pagan about how he experiences joy through the discoveries of science. We will do this by looking at the work of Spinoza, Freud, and Nietzsche.
April 22 we will discuss how Kronman’s finds joy through art and literature. We will study Kronman’s analyses of several novels, a number of painters, and the work of poet Walt Whitman.
May 6 – The Swerve, Lucreus and the Nature of Things In his book, The Swerve, Stephen Greenblat brings the past to vivid life in the exploration of one of the most influenal works of literature of all time. Greenblat writes about the rediscovery in the 15th Century of Lucreus’ book, On the Nature of Things. This book, or rather poem, written in 100 BCE, may be the catalyst that moved Western civilizaon towards humanism. Join us for an exploration of this important work that in many ways may still be relevant to our own time.
May 20– Stoicism Zeno of Cium founded the philosophy of stoicism in Athens in the 3rd century BCE. Stoics believe that emoons cause errors of judgment and that one must develop will power to control one’s emoons. The Modern Stoicism movement has gained prominence since the publication of Lawrence Becker’s book A New Stoicism, in 1997. We will discuss how this new movement has molded the ancient philosophy to fit modern times? Are the connections between modern stoicism and Unitarian Universalists principle?
Carlisle Cares Community Celebration
Please join Carlisle CARES on Thursday, April 5th for its Community Celebration. The dinner event will be held at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K Street, Carlisle, 6 – 9 pm. Becca Raley, Executive Director of the Partnership for Better Health, will speak about celebrating a vibrant community and paving the next steps forward. Musical entertainment will be provided by the North Mountain Ramblers. Call 717-249-1009 or visit www.carlislecares.org for individual tickets at $40 or reserve a table of 8 for $280.
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Jazz Legends Dance Night at UUCV
April 28, 2018
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
$25 per person
The great UUCV Jazz Legends Band — Brian McPherson, Marlene McPherson, Dan Cozort, Craig Raisner, Carla Claycomb, Mark Renault, Norm Eberly and our own songbird, Laura Rumley — will host a very special evening of music and dance. The Social Hall at UUCV will be transformed into a fabulous, classy nightclub for the evening.
This will be a BYOB, adults-only event, so please bring whatever you wish to eat and drink during the evening. If you want to bring extras, we will have a table available for foods to share. Coffee and ice water will be provided.
Please invite your friends to join us for this festive evening. They will have fun and get to know UUCV at the same time!
This is a great opportunity to wear your New Year’s Eve outfit one more time, or perhaps your fancy flapper costume from the auction! Some of us plan to dress to the nines, but if that’s not your thing, wear whatever makes you dance!
Tickets will be sold at Coffee Hour beginning April 8, and will also be available at the door that evening.
Rita van Alkemade at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Carole DeWall at email@example.com
Remaining Open Auction Events
Country/Blues Line Dancing Saturday, May 12 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM $15 Contact Muriel firstname.lastname@example.org Rich email@example.com Lisa firstname.lastname@example.org or Adrian email@example.com
Splash Pad Fun Day Saturday, July 14 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM $10/family Contact Melissa firstname.lastname@example.org
Cranium Party Saturday, September 29 DATE CHANGE 7:30 PM $25 Contact Carole email@example.com Tom firstname.lastname@example.org Laurel email@example.com or Will firstname.lastname@example.org