Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester



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Summer Service Start Time is 9:00




Beginning June 19th, services will start one hour earlier at 9:00.  We are doing this in order to avoid the heat and to provide people with a little extra time to pursue their summer Sunday activities.





Grief Support Meeting


The next meeting of the UU Manchester Grief Support Group will be Tuesday, June 7th, at 1:00, in Room 7.  These meetings are not just for people with who have lost loved ones, but for all who are suffering from some trauma.  Grief affects us all at various times.  It can result from illness, job loss, divorce, or any number of other life events.

For more info, contact: Malia Till, Bob Lord, Ellen Belanger, Ken Close or the Office.





Plants to be Sold at the Yard Sale

We need donations.  Plants should be pest-free, potted, and with a tag containing the name and color (if it’s a flower) of the plant, if known.  SMALL potted shrubs are okay, but nothing huge, please.   House plants, annuals, perennials, and vegetables are welcome.  If anyone has gardening books and tools, those would be acceptable, but please bring those inside the church for sorting.  You may deliver plants and extra empty (clean) pots to the church on any of the prep days preceding the sale.  Please put plants and pots under or near the apple tree in the right front corner of the church grounds.  We’ll sort them by type and suggested price.  Please contact Jean Stefanik, (603) 647-1063,  Jeango4it(at)aol(dot com) for questions and suggestions, or to volunteer to assist in any way.





Church Potluck


On Sunday, June 12th, following the service, there will be a potluck in Fellowship Hall.  We are asking everyone to bring a healthy snack or dish to share.


After the potluck, if anyone would like to participate in a group bike ride, please bring your bike to church that day.  We will start the ride from the church and ride through the Mill Yard and down along the Piscataquog River Trail and Goffstown Rail Trail.  This will be an easy family friendly ride to accommodate all levels of cycling.




Beauty and the Beast


Our neighbors at the Manchester Community Theatre Players (MCTP), located at 698 Beech Street in the North End Montessori School, will be performing Beauty and the Beast October 14th – 23rd.  Auditions will be held July 17th and 18th at the theater, and discount tickets for the performances are available for group purchases of ten or more tickets per individual performance.  Audition and show information may be found at www.mctp.info


UU Manchester has an agreement with North End Montessori School, located at 698 Beech Street (corner of Beech and Prospect streets), that allows us to park in their lot on overflow (Sun)days.  We are, in turn, passing along info regarding events occurring at the school.





Pledge Amounts Due

We are now in the last two months of our fiscal year.  There is a balance of $15,938.18 in pledge payments due by June 30th.  Your efforts are appreciated to see that pledge payments are completed by June 30th.  This will help us in meeting our financial obligations, including payroll.

If you have any questions – please contact Paul Belyea at (603) 774-3843 orcollector@uumanchester.org




UUManchester Book Group


The next meeting of the UUManchester Book Group will be on Tuesday, May 31st, at 7 pm.  Note: We will be meeting at our summer location, the North end Blake’s on Hooksett Rd.  The book we are reading is The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain.

Everyone is welcome, even if you haven’t read the book.  If you have any questions, contact Phoebe Stone at phoebestone224(at)comcast(dot net)



Sermon for Sunday, June 5th


It Could Be Simple – Rev. Patrick McLaughlin




All June Sermons


June 5thIt Could Be SimpleRev. Patrick McLaughlin


June 12thFlower CommunionRev. Patrick McLaughlin


Summer services start:

Services will begin at 9:00 instead of 10:00.  Please make a note of it.


June 19thSummer SolsticeMary Ann Rogers


June 26thExpanding Our Circles of CompassionIrene Kaye


May/June Share the Plate Recipients:


International Institute and

NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees


International Institute



NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees





If you have anything you would like included in next week’s newsletter, please send it to me by this coming Sunday.  Anything sent after that will have to wait until the following week.  I will respond to each message within 24 hours as confirmation that it was received.



Anne Marie Smith, editor





UU Manchester

669 Union Street
Manchester, NH 03104


Church Office Hours:
Tues – Fri, 9 am to 2 pm

Rev. McLaughlin’s Hours:
Tues: 1:00 – 6:00
Weds: 9:00 – 12:30
Thurs:  10:30 – 3:00
(other hours available by appointment)

DRE Rick Carkin’s Hours:
Weds: 11:00 – 2:00
(other hours available by appointment)




Pastoral Care Team


Your Pastoral Care Team is available to coordinate compassionate care and support to members and friends in times of transition, need or crisis.

  • If you would like a home visit from a member of Pastoral Care or are a church member willing to make an occasional visit to someone who is homebound, wants a visitor, needs help with a minor fix-it project, or just needs someone to talk to;
  • If you are in need of transportation to church, an errand, an appointment, or can supply such transportation once in a while;
  • If you are in need of a home-cooked meal for whatever reason or can supply a meal to church member or family from time to time;

Please contact us at the address below.
Team members are Judy Corbit, Carol Knieriem, Diana Sterling, and Edna White.  Reverend Patrick McLaughlin is an ex-officio member.
The team rotates its Coordinator on a monthly basis.
24-hour emergency numbers:
668-2299 (YWCA Crisis Center; domestic abuse)
668-4111 (Greater Manchester Mental Health)
877-870-4673 (Samaritans; suicide prevention hotline)

Flower Schedule:
June 5th – Stephanie George


June 12th – Malia Till – “In memory of Denise and her liver donor”



Greeter Schedule:



June 5th – Phoebe Stone & Edna White


June 12th – Jan Beauchamp & Linda Ostraat



Hospitality Schedule:



June 5th – Stacy & Tim Colonna; Lis Dolan


June 12th – Ellen Belanger (POTLUCK: Bring something to share)



Nursery Care:



June 5th – Denise Cascio-Bolduc & Bob Hynes


June 12th – Ann Butenhof & Molly Harrington



Service Helpers:



June 5th – Tony Gross


June 12th – Bruce Hoskins



June 5th – Carol Knieriem & Pat LaPan


June 12th – Malia Till & Barbara Dunkin