June 2018 Newsletter

 

Worship Information

The Worship Theme for June is “Spiritual Maturity”

 

June 3: “The Face in the Mirror” When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Who do you see? What do you reflect?  Christin Kapp leads the service with worship associate Dot Everhart.  Marc Renault provides music on the guitar.

 

June 10: “”It Takes Courage to Grow Up and Be Who you Really Are” So said Unitarian poet, e.e. cummings. Does it? What does that mean?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis is service leader.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Pasek & Paul with band accompanists.

 

June 17: “Our Fathers, Father’s Day and Fathering” We’ll remember and honor fathers who have been important in our lives.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, and Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

 

June 24: “It Takes Courage to Be Awake” Considerations of Spiritul Maturity.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads service with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Stephen Sondheim with band accompanists.

 

 

Have You Heard About WNOV?

Did you recently receive a mailing from the Unitarian Universalist Association announcing the Wake Now Our Vision (WNOV) program?

WNOV is a generous 10% legacy gift match available through UUA for a limited time. This program will distribute legacy gift matches to a designated UU organization, which could be UUCV. The 10% match has a maximum limit of $10,000 (in other words, if a legacy gift is more than $100,000, the 10% match is capped at $10,000).

UUCV’s Board has agreed to apply all legacy gift matches received from WNOV toward the Capital Campaign.

Members who made or will make a legacy gift between 1/1/17 – 6/30/20, and members who have previously made a legacy gift but not yet informed UUA or UUCV are eligible to complete the application process for the WNOV legacy gift match.  The gift match is available through June 2020, as long as matching funds remain. Approximately half of the original funding is still available. The funds will be paid to UUCV in 2019 and 2020.

We hope all eligible members will consider and apply for the WNOV legacy gift match, both to strengthen our general endowment fund and to supplement the Capital Campaign drive with these 10% matching funds from the UUA.  Please note that this cannot be considered part of your Capital Campaign pledge, as it is a direct exchange from the UUA to UUCV.

For further information, assistance with making an application, or for questions on WNOV please contact Lisa Wolfberg, 717-706-4826  Lisa.w.kate@gmail.com and see: www.wakenowourvision.org

 

 

Adult Topics of Interest Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

A planning session to choose topics for morning Adult RE for Sundays beginning in September will be held in the Board Room at 9:00 AM on Sunday June 3rd.  Please plan to attend and share your ideas.

 

 

New Membership Classes to be Held in the Fall

Are you interested in becoming a member of UUCV or just learning more about Unitarian Universalism?  Rev. Aija will be holding classes on Sundays, September 16, 23 and 30 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM in the Board Room.  If you are interested in attending the classes, please contact Pam at 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net  More information to follow.

 

 

Carlisle CARES – A successful shelter month

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the UUCV members who volunteered to make the CARES guests feel welcomed and safe during the month of May. Many hands made this significant social justice project a reality. Hosts included: Marge Akin; Dot Everhart; Connie Bair; Muriel and Richard Bronakoski; June Hoch; Gay Walker; Dee Lauderbaugh; Cindy Good; Carole and Tom DeWall; Chris Kapp; Leeann Rhoades; and, Katie McFarland. Two UUCV members, Gay Walker and June Hoch, also served as overnight volunteers. Thanks also for the support of Pam Martin, Jim McLaren, our custodian, and the Building & Grounds committee.

The number of women and children was unusually high many nights, with a peak of 35 residents, including 13 children. The ebb and flow of residents reflects the community’s need for a safe, warm place to sleep. So many people are only one paycheck or car repair away from homelessness. On June 1st, the family shelter will move to Mt. Holly Church of God. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2018.

Leeann Rhoades, a new volunteer host, had this reflection:

There is a serious need for volunteers to work with underserved populations, such as the homeless.  Volunteering as a host at our church for Carlisle CARES afforded me this opportunity.  It is disturbing that so many cannot afford housing despite the claim that everyone has a fundamental human right to housing. After working with some homeless populations in Harrisburg and Washington DC a few years ago, I learned that no one earning minimum wage can afford even the cheapest housing in this country – much less safe housing. 

Even more disconcerting is the great number of homeless suffering from physical or mental disabilities.  The majority of women sleeping on the floor of our church exhibited health issues.  I wonder how we can get more services to people to prepare them for reentry into the workforce.  It is a complex problem.  Many services are unavailable if one who does not have an address or appropriate ID.  Some need handholding to navigate our very complex healthcare system.  Transportation services are limited.  How can we empower women and men to learn to help themselves? 

I don’t know any solutions to the homeless problem but I do want to keep it on my radar.  Helping with Carlisle CARES reminds me of the need to take care of those less fortunate.  Looking into the faces of these women and children and talking to them touches a nerve of compassion unattainable from observing their plight from a distance. Each of us could have a life situation that places us in the homeless category.  There is a fine line between self-sufficiency and dependency on government services. I appreciate that our church provides safe harbour for these women and children.   

 

 

 

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Save the dates

Before your summer plans consume your calendar take time to save a few dates to help UUCV live our mission.

Farm Stand – several opportunities this summer

All ages are welcome to help at Project SHARE’s Farm Stand for a couple of hours every other week.  The dates are: June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23.  We show up at 9:30 and usually finish our work by 11:30.

Central PA PRIDE Festival

UUCV has been a visible presence at the Central PA PRIDE Festival for many years.  Volunteers are needed to staff UUCV’s booth at this event, which will take place on Saturday, July 28 in Harrisburg.

Trained Silent Witness Peacekeepers are also needed.

Fill the Bus/Carlisle4Kids

UUCV will not be collecting school supplies for Project SHARES’s “Fill this Bus/Carlisle4Kids” this summer.  However, we want to continue to support this important campaign by providing volunteers.

On July 20 and 21, volunteers are needed to distribute flyers and collect donations of needed school supplies at the Carlisle Walmart.  Shifts will be 2 or 3 hours in length.

On August 9, volunteers are needed to distribute backpacks and school supplies to the children.

 

Additional information will be provided as we get closer to the events.

Signup sheets for the volunteer opportunities listed above will be located on the Social Justice table in the social hall. 

 

June – Change for the World

Alder Health Services, the only LGBTQ-focused health care provider within 120 miles of Harrisburg, is committed to providing a unique, holistic view of health through several integrated health services. Alder Heath Services improves the health and well-being of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community.

Staff members with Harrisburg’s Alder Health Services are LGBTQ-friendly health providers with a passion for offering integrated health services in an affirming, safe environment. They are devoted not only to the patient’s physical health, but their emotional health as well. Alder Health’s behavioral health staff is skilled in working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, gender identity, affect and infected by HIV/AIDS, general or major life adjustments, trauma, sexuality, etc.

The goal of Alder Health Services is to provide a safe, affirming environment where people can be honest about their issues because they know they will receive the understanding care they need.

 

 

 

2018 UUCV Unsung Hero Award Winner

Each year UUCV honors a person in the congregation who has made significant contributions… often over the course of many years.

This person typically is not a Board member or committee chair, and their hard work may have escaped receiving adequate recognition and appreciation.

The names of UUCV’s Unsung Heroes are displayed on a plaque, which hangs in the library on the lower level.   You may wish to take a look at it some time.

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2018 UUCV Unsung Hero Award

Our newest unsung hero is a dedicated volunteer who has worn many hats at UUCV.

Stepping up when asked, this person’s time, talent and heart help fulfill our mission of transforming lives and caring for the world.

In the past year alone, this person has helped support numerous programs at UUCV including worship, social justice, music, hospitality and the capital campaign.

One could say, “a black hole” would exist in our congregation without this person’s dependable assistance.

Please help me congratulate this year’s unsung hero

who has (in the words from Star Trek),  “givin her all she’s got“,

 ….Rachel Teates!

 

UUCV Auction

Are you up for a little brain storming? Good, because it is time to start planning this year’s Auction! Whether you are an experienced veteran or a newbie to the Auction, all of your ideas and input would be greatly appreciated. Please come to a planning session on Sunday, June 17, 2018.    We will meet in the Board room at 9 AM to share ideas about making the Auction a continued success. Thank you!  Any questions? Contact Wendy Gebb @ 717-706-9924 or wendywinter@comcast.net

 

 

UUCV Book Group

Join us Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 8 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. This is the book that inspired the movie.  See the movie which is very well done, but the book is better.  It provides necessary and significant corrections to the story of these amazing women. Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in Hidden Figures. Through her interviews and research she has identified more than 50 of these exceptionally talented women who worked as computers, mathematicians, engineers, or scientists at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory from 1943 through 1980. This should be a fun discussion.

Questions:  contact richardbronakoski@gmail.com.

Summer Worship Series – Fluent In Faith

Summer worship services will be about understanding and reclaiming religious language as our own. Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis will be using the book Fluent in Faith as a starting point, and she encourages you to read it.

inSpirit: UUA Bookstore and Gift Shop: Fluent in Faith

Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar sets forth a vision for Unitarian Universalism in which we can confidently and gracefully express our faith.  www.uuabookstore.org

 

Remaining Open Auction Events

Country/Blues Line Dancing Date to be determined $15 Contact Muriel murieldoris@ix.netcom.com  Rich richardbronakoski@gmail.com Lisa lisa.w.kate@gmail.com or Adrian awolfbert@gmail.com

Splash Pad Fun Day Saturday, July 14 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM $10/family Contact Melissa jemgrrl@gmail.com

Cranium Party Saturday, September 29 DATE CHANGE 7:30 PM $25 Contact Carole carolesdw@gmail.com Tom tomdewall@gmail.com Laurel ljbelding46@gmail.com or Will wdg1450@gmail.com

 

 

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