When I was little, snow days seemed as real as fairies. Something you read about in tales that were set long ago and far away in a land not quite your own. In Northern California, with its temperate climate, the idea that you might get a day off from school for the weather: impossible. Snow was something you went toward, for vacation or church trips, not something that happened in your neighborhood.
It is perhaps for this reason that snow still seems magical to me. I know that it can be a pain, that shoveling is hard work and bad for the back, and that it is one more thing that taxes our overstressed roofs… and yet. There is something about the snow falling, the white blanketing the street, the quiet and the feeling of solitude that come from a deep snow. When I take my dog for a walk during a snowstorm, it feels as though we have the whole world to ourselves, like we’ve entered a secret land, one where magic might happen.
So yes, snow taps into my inner innocent, full of wonder and joy. And yet, when snow falls on a Friday, or worse yet, a Saturday, practical concerns rudely make themselves known. Should we cancel church? Should we not? What if we close and then there is no snow? What if we don’t close and it’s a mess and people take risks? What if people get hurt?
What is true is that weather is one of those things that, even with our modern technology, we can’t predict perfectly reliably. And that is frustrating. We know so much, control so much, and so the reminder that nature doesn’t answer to us can be incredibly frustrating. It doesn’t tell us its plans. So we guess. And what is true is that we tend to err on the side of caution. That is because the risks on either side are not the same. What if we close church and it turns out that the weather is milder than we had anticipated? That’s a great disappointment as well as a source of frustration. We missed our weekly opportunity to be together in worship. The worship team put time and attention into work that might not be used. We lose some income. None of that feels good. But what if we don’t cancel Sunday service and the weather turns out to be as bad as or worse than predicted and folks come out in the weather? People might get hurt. And that is a lot more than frustrating or disappointing, could even be tragic for our community. And so we will continue to stay on the side of safety. And we encourage you to as well. In the event of inclement weather, check the UUCV Facebook page or our website for updates. If you would like to receive text message alerts, please let Pam in the office know.
Do what you can to stay safe and warm. We will be together again. And see if you can’t capture just a little bit of that snow day magic.
The Worship Theme for February is “Hold Us Close”
February 3: “This is Beauty – We are Beauty” Many traditions hold the recognition of beauty as essential to the understanding of the spiritual life. The Sufis see the One and Only Being as the perfection of Love Harmony and Beauty. Too often we see beauty as something separate from ourselves. Today we will consider the beauty that we are – the beauty that exists within our broken, scarred, perfectly imperfect bodies. For when we truly see the beautiful within ourselves and hold it with tender reverence, how can we not see it and celebrate it within all beings? Cindy Terlazzo leads the service with worship associate Rachel Teates.
February 10: “Protecting Each Other” How do we practice living with each other? How do we practice living in a world with people with whom we profoundly disagree? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cathy Dewalt.
February 17: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like a Body?” What does it mean to have a vulnerable, precious body? How do we live knowing that we won’t always be able to protect it? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Emily Crutcher.
February 24: “Finding Sanctuary” Where can we find safety? Where can we find peace? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Dick Poland.
Thank you! Thank you!!
Because of your generous support, the Mozambique Bursary Committee will be able to assist approximately 100 girls in 2019 with their dream of obtaining an education that would otherwise be unavailable. The forever gift of an education transforms the lives of girls in rural Mozambique and benefits not only the young woman, but her family, community, and nation.
Help us advertise OWL!
OWL class is our chance to provide much needed comprehensive sex education and a supportive peer group to youth in our community. Please help spread the word about our upcoming class for teens ages 15-17!
The best way to advertise is face-to-face conversation with families you know. You can also share the information on social media, and we have paper flyers you can take to school meetings, coffee shops, libraries, etc. Please come by the Main Office or stop by the RE table in the Social Hall to pick up some OWL flyers.
Nominating Committee: How You can Help
In the next three months the Nominating Committee will be searching for several UU’s to serve on the UUCV Board. They must be contributing members for at least two years. You may assist the Committee (Gail Black, Drew Lynch, Bev Motich, and Jon Tarrant) in two ways. You may speak to one of us to indicate that YOU are willing to be considered, or you may suggest someone else who think we should consider. Or you may wait to see if one of us has an initial conversation with you to gauge your potential willingness to serve.
We will then select those candidates who may best serve at this time. We are also seeking an additional member of the Nominating Committee.
Beloved Conversations – Anti-racism Curriculum
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Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to heal the spiritual and organizational wounds that racism causes in our faith communities. The program aims to foster cross-cultural relationships that nurture the spiritual health of program participants.
The curriculum addresses topics such as:
The personal and institutional history of race and ethnicity in our community
Racism today: micro-aggression
Rehearsing cross-cultural skills to combat racism
Congregational relationships with communities of color
Power & process: how institutional change happens in our congregations
Prophetic vision – towards a multicultural congregation in solidarity with the world
Building the bridge between our past and our future
UUCV will be joining with UUCY to offer this program with an opening retreat on October 11 and 12. The retreat will be followed by 8 – 2 hours sessions to take place between October 2019 and February 2020.
Exact days and times are yet to be determined but will likely be offered on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening, Saturday morning or a weekday.
Space is limited to 20 people per congregation so early sign up is encouraged.
Commitment to attending all sessions is required.
Informational sessions will be offered this spring and summer.
Sign up through Pam in the office.
Contact Cindy Terlazzo firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-818-2340 with questions.
Hush..Hush…Somebody’s calling YOUR name. What will YOU do?
Fill Kit Karnsey (our beloved grocery cart)
Donate non-perishable food and/or money to the Mt Holly Food Bank. This is our local food bank that supports the Boiling Springs, Mt Holly Springs, and Gardner’s area. Note: If donating by check please make payable to Mt Holly Springs COG Food Bank.
Sign the petition supporting U.S. House Bill H.R.8. This bipartisan legislation is designed to require a background check for ALL firearm sales. This Act removes the deadly loophole in the current federal background check process which allows firearms to be purchased without background checks at gun shows and on the internet.
Project SHARE Farm Stand
Please join us on Thursday, February 7th and 28th from 9:30 to 11:00 as we help provide food for those in need. The Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln St, Carlisle. Please note this is the first and fourth Thursday of February.
Black History Festival – a free family event organized by Hope Station
Saturday, February 23rd from 10 to 3 at Hamilton Elementary School, 735 Clay Street, Carlisle.
Volunteers are needed too. If interested in helping, contact Cindy Good.
Change For The World – Dress For Success, South Central PA
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Our local branch is located in Harrisburg, PA.
The clients are a very diverse group of women and men who want the chance to get back into the workforce and gain independence. ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!
Dress for Success, gladly accepts donations of professional clothing and accessories including suits, separates, overcoats, shoes, and purses.
In addition to business attire, they need warehouse, hospitality industry clothing, and scrubs. Donations need to be CLEAN and ON HANGERS, ironed, and current styles suitable for wearing to job interviews. There is a great need for larger sizes in clothing and shoes.
Learn more at https://southcentralpa.dressforsuccess.org
Change for the World Needs YOU!!!
UUCV’s Change for the World (CFTW) initiative has been in existence for a number of years. Since 2012 alone CFTW has supported 58 different non-profit organizations (mostly local) through the weekly collection of your pocket change. Our average donation of $150-$200 helps the recipient organizations “transform lives and care for the world”. We also know there may be other organizations that could use a little financial help…and that is where you are needed.
The Social Justice Committee (SJC) is asking you to support the CFTW program by submitting proposals for non-profit organizations you care about and/or are involved with. The proposals are reviewed by the SJC on a quarterly basis. The members of the SJC do not take this responsibility lightly. We do our best to fulfill our responsibility of selecting organizations that meet our guidelines.
If you are interested in submitting a CFTW proposal, please stop by the SJC table in the social hall to review the CFTW Guidelines and pick up a proposal form. Completed forms may be placed in the basket on the SJC table or returned to UUCV’s office.
Adult Ed Book Group
The 2019 UUCV Book Group Schedule is available to pick up in the Social Hall.
Join us Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 6:30 to 8 PM to discuss W.E.B. Du Bois’ book, Black reconstruction: An Essay Toward a History of the Part Which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1880. Du Bois was one of the most important African American civil rights activists in the first half of the 20th Century. He was the first African American to receive a Ph.D from Harvard in 1895. As a writer, sociologist and historian, Du Bois challenged the predominant view that Reconstruction failed because of Negro ignorance and corruption. He explains that “one fact and one alone explains the attitude of most recent writers toward Reconstruction: they cannot conceive Negroes as men; in their minds the word “Negro” connotes inferiority and stupidity.” Published in 1935 this book transformed the debate over Reconstruction. The racist history of what happened may be settled, but the conflict over civil rights continues. Travis Ferrell will lead the discussion. Questions: contact email@example.com
The book for March is Limonov: The Outrageous Adventures of the Radical Soviet Poet Who Became a Bum in New York, a Sensation in France, and a Political Antihero in Russia by Emmanuel Carrère. Check the UUCV Website and our book group brochure for our 2019 book list.
Adult RE Planning
Winter-Spring Adult RE Schedule
These classes will be held on Sunday morning’s beginning at 9:00 am in the Board Room.
February 10: Swedenborg’s Theology – In this discussion, Emanuel Swedenborg’s theology is explained by examining the first chapters of the book Divine Love and Wisdom. The book is described as a secular discourse of theology. The discussion of the paragraphs leads to an explanation of human nature, community and psychology. This also leads into a brief discussion of the origin and purpose of the church and the language of Bible scripture – all stemming from “the marriage of good and truth”. Bill Rotella will lead the discussion.
February 24: Science and the Ultimate Nature of Reality – As science continues to make advances in understanding and explaining the world around us, what view of reality and of life does it reveal? At its deepest level is reality just matter adhering to the laws of nature? Does such a view account for the complexity of life and the richness of our conscious experience? And what about our desires to find meaning and purpose? These topics are discussed by theoretical physicist Sean Carroll in his book The Big Picture – On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. In this class an overview of Carroll’s book will be presented followed by discussion. Keith Bittinger will be the presenter and discussion lead.
March 10: Zen and Reaching Our Full Potential – Which quote can you relate to?
“Joy is being willing for things to be as they are.” Zen Master Charlotte Joko Beck
“If you want a new outcome, you will have to break the habit of being yourself and reinvent a new self.” Joe Dispenza
In this class we will discuss the connection of author Charlotte Joko Beck’s awareness of self, meditation, and Zen and author Joe Dispenza’s power of self. Sarah Gaudelli will lead the discussion.
March 24: Consciousness and the Self – When we look deep inside ourselves, who do we find? Is anyone there? Do we have a self? A homunculus? What creates the phenomenon of consciousness? Can machines be conscious? Are dogs or chimps or begonias self-aware? Scientists are just starting to unravel the functioning of the wetware in our skulls. But Buddhists have been studying minds from the inside for millennia. What can they tell us about being conscious? Joe Osborne will lead the discussion.
April 14: Sacred Books – Part I – Our UU tradition draws inspiration from many sources including the sacred texts of the world religions. Wisdom from these texts inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Are you familiar with these sources? Can you identify them? Have you read any of them? Do you have favorites? In this class we will provide an orientation and introduction to the books that are central to Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. We are living in a time when all of the sacred books are readily available in both print and digital formats. Join us for a brief overview of history, content and a sharing of some of our favorite readings. We will provide recommendations for further reading and study. Richard Bronakoski, Sarah Gaudelli, and Don Hoffman will lead the class.
April 28: Sacred Books – Part II – Our UU tradition draws inspiration from many sources including the sacred texts of the world religions. Wisdom from these texts inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Are you familiar with these sources? Can you identify them? Have you read any of them? Do you have favorites? In this class we will provide an orientation and introduction to the books that are central to Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. We are living in a time when all of the sacred books are readily available in both print and digital formats. Join us for a brief overview of history, content and a sharing of some of our favorite readings. We will provide recommendations for further reading and study. Richard Bronakoski, Sarah Gaudelli, and Don Hoffman will lead the class.
May 12: Dealing with Mental Health Issues – Class details to be announced. Chris Bilger will lead the discussion.
May 26: Ritual in Religion – Why do UU’s light a chalice when we gather? What is the purpose of the myriad rituals practiced by religions? What effects do rituals have on practitioners? We will explore the design, uses, effects and side-effects of rituals, from fasting to twirling, from chanting to human sacrifice. Joe Osborne will lead the discussion.
Contact Keith Bittinger firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Monthly Women’s Dinner
As many women know, we’ve had a few trial monthly dinners at Chen’s in recent months, providing a social opportunity for those who could attend. It seems to be working out, so here are the details and the schedule for the rest of the year – and ALL women of UUCV, past, present, and future, are most welcome to attend!
The location and time: 6:00 p.m. at Chen’s Asian Restaurant, 310 N. Hanover Street, Carlisle. (http://www.chenscarlisle.com/). It has ample dining space for large groups, is a BYOB, and has a huge, easy-to-access parking lot. The menu is extensive, including a few gluten-free entrees. The table set-up is their normal one with four chairs each, allowing folks to have easy-to-hear conversations with whomever they sit. Separate checks are fine.
The day: Since no one evening suits everyone, we’ll meet on EVEN-numbered months like February (2), April (4), etc., on the second Wednesday. On ODD-numbered months, like March (3), May (5), etc., we will meet on the second Tuesday.
The schedule: Please mark these dates on your calendar, as email reminders will no longer be sent, although we do hope to include them in the PreViews schedule. February 13, March 12, April 10, May 14, June 12, July 9, August 14, September 10, October 9, November 12 and December 11.
Environmental tips: If you don’t want a straw, tell your server this when requesting water or a cold drink. Also, if you’d rather not have Styrofoam for your leftovers, bring your own container.
Hope to see you there when your schedule permits! It’s a great way to get to know others a bit more and to enjoy some tasty Asian fare.
Want to Help During the Shutdown but don’t know What To Do?
Many of us are looking for ways to help those impacted by the lengthy shutdown of the Federal government. Officials say the best action we can take locally is to support our local food banks with the donations of non-perishable food and/or money.
Food banks are already reporting higher numbers of people in need, and they will be stretched thin. To that end, UUCV’s Social Justice Committee has reached out to our very own Kit Karnsey and she is ready to help!
Kit is asking each of you to fill her basket with non-perishable food and/or money to donate to the Mt Holly Food Bank. This is the local food bank we have partnered with in the past because they support the Boiling Springs, Mt Holly Springs, and Gardners area.
Note: If paying by check please make payable to Mt. Holly Springs COG Food Bank.
Thank you in advance!
Do You Enjoy Coffee During Social Hour?
If so, we need your help. There is no one signed up to make coffee for the next several weeks. Please consider volunteering one week every month or so to make the coffee for Sunday mornings. First timer? Max Lara will help you and there are written instructions in the kitchen as well. This is a great way to volunteer your services for UUCV. Sign-up sheets are located in the Social Hall “Volunteer Table” or call Pam in the office to see what dates are available 717/249-8944 or email@example.com
Upcoming Open Auction Events (February – May)
The auction is over but there are still open events that you can attend. Contact the event leader or Pam in the office 717/249-8944 or firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and submit payment. For full details on events, check out the booklet online http://www.uucv.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Booklet-final.pdf
Upcoming open Auction Events:
Honey Tasting and Bee Talk – March 14 at 6:00 PM $20/pp, $35/couple Hosts: Tara and Greg Hildebrand
The Owl as Spiritual Being – March 23 $30/pp Host: Char Klein
Learn to Dance with Fred and Ginger – April 13 at 2:00 PM $10/pp Hosts: Susan Rimby and John Katz
Good Day Sunshine Hike and Lunch – May 18 at 8:00 AM $10/pp Host: Sarah Gaudelli
Contact Pam in the office to sign up and for payment options 717/249-8944 or email@example.com
Grocery Cards – Easy fundraiser for UUCV
Don’t forget to stop by the Grocery Card table after service on Sundays to buy a Giant, Karns or Weis card to purchase all your picnic groceries. This is a great fundraiser for UUCV – we receive 10% of the face value of every Giant Card sold and 5% for each Karns and Weis card sold. Cards can also be purchased during the week in the church office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. And you can use your Giant card for gas, Carlisle Borough Trash Bags, prescriptions, and beer for those over 21!
Help Us…Help You!
Please be sure to note on the memo line of any checks made payable to UUCV the reason for the checks, such as “grocery cards” “capital campaign” “pledge” “offering” “Mozambique” This assures that your donation gets applied to the account you intended and keeps your year-end tax statements accurate.
If you have any questions, contact Pam 717/249-8944 or firstname.lastname@example.org