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“Greetings from your New England Region UUA staff team. There are just a couple more weeks to go before many churches open back up more fully after summer with Ingathering, Water Communion and other welcoming traditions. Your regional staff has prepared an excellent slate of workshops for the coming year. Our workshops are designed for learning strategies and skills in specific areas of congregational life. Lay leaders, professional staff, and members are encouraged to come as a team for the learning to take root and be brought back to share with others in your congregation. Every workshop provides a deep, enriching, enjoyable experience that connects with our Unitarian Universalist faith and principles.”
The first two workshops are “Intro to Ministry to/with Youth” (September 24th) and“Lay Pastoral Care Team Training” (October 1st).
Would you like to help support our UU Manchester parents and their infants, toddlers or preschoolers by being a Nursery Care Provider one Sunday a month during the church service? While we have a number of dedicated volunteers, we need at least three more people to assist one Sunday a month. We also need two people to be available as back-ups, if we have any last minute cancellations. Two adults, or one adult and one teen, always volunteer together, so it’s a fun way to get to know others in the church too.
We are looking for people who are comfortable with infants and young children and have the skills to responsibly care for them. As our “Safe Congregational Policies and Procedures for Children and Youth” requires, we will conduct a background check for those who are interested.
If you are interested in being a Nursery Care Provider, please contact Claudia Boozer-Blasco, Nursery Care Coordinator, at cbblasco(at)Comcast(dot net) or (603) 809-4642.
Social Responsibility Notes
NH Food Bank
Please remember to bring in non-perishable food items for the food bank. The special request item for September is canned fish. Tuna, salmon, and sardines are excellent sources of protein and omega-3’s.
Don’t miss this!
Ken Burns has a new film about two UU heroes. It’s Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War. It’s the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a UU minister and his wife, who helped many people escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. It will be shown on PBS on September 20th, at 9 pm.
Flowers for Sunday
As summer draws to an end, we are looking for volunteers to bring flowers to decorate the sanctuary during Sunday services. We will need individuals to bring flowers each Sunday throughout the church year. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or a loved one to honor, or if you would just like to help out, please contact Carol Knieriem at cjknier(at)gmail(dot com) As always, the flowers are yours to bring home after the service.
(by Rev. Dan Schatz – Manchester)
Thursdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Sept 15th, 29th; Oct 6th, 20th; Nov 3rd, 17th)
Explorations is a program to foster sharing, community, and growth as a foundation for involvement in Unitarian Universalist congregations. It is designed to teach participants something about Unitarian Universalism, in a Small Group Ministry format. At the end of the six sessions, you will have a group of people with whom they have shared part of their story, thoughts, laughter, and longings. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory.
The Fellowship Hall is glowing with its new paint, but not quite done. September 11th, 12th, and 13th have been set aside to finish this project. Your Help is needed, even if you can’t paint. See what you can do to help with the tasks below and join in the fun.
SUNDAY Sept 11th-starting after coffee hour
Provide lunch/supper for workers
Provide drinks for workers
Help move furniture out of the space to be painted
Wash walls and beams to be painted
Scrape loose plaster and chipping paint on pipes
Tape surfaces as needed to protect our woodwork
Spread drop cloths
Start painting first coat
MONDAY Sept 12th 8am-5pm or later if there’s interest
Provide lunch for workers
Continue painting first coat
Start second coat of paint
TUESDAY Sept 13th 8am-5pm or later if people are available
Provide lunch for workers, if needed, (leftovers from previous days may be the menu)
Finish second coat and touch up as needed where tape is removed
Sweep and clean floor of paint drips
Move furniture back into the space
We are also in need of two 8ft or 10ft stepladders that we could borrow for the project. Anyone have extra blue painter’s tape that we could use? Let me know before I buy more.
See Belinda Nerl to help out, bjnerl(at)comcast(dot net) or 437 0413 or 289 0413(cell) messages
“The Healing Spirit in a Wounded World”
October 14th-15th, 2016
The UU Christian Fellowship is working with local partners to host Revivals in three cities across the country. Would you like to attend? Will you help spread the word?
You can attend in one of three locations:
San Diego, CA
Turley, OK (near Tulsa)
Each revival will include workshops, discussions, and especially worship and prayer together, along with the great fellowship people find at a Revival.
On Saturday, September 10th, you’re invited to join us and our partners like Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the Equality Health Center in Manchester, for All Access Manchester – a night of FREE music and comedy to fight to protect abortion access.
We will be livestreaming the All Access concert at Bo’s Lounge at Stark Brewing Company in Manchester. The All Access concert, performed live in Cleveland and streamed to cities across the country, will feature performances from Grammy-nominated artist Sia, Saturday Night Live cast member and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, and Grammy-winning singer Natalia Lafourcade. Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams will host the show.
Submitted by Mike Phoenix, member/friend, UU Manchester
Church Directory Update
The UU Manchester Church Directory will be out on the Welcome Table during coffee hour for the next four Sundays. Please take a look at your listing and make any corrections, additions or omissions. Thank you
New Church Office Hours
Effective immediately, the church office hours are
Tuesday thru Friday: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Individual Choices: A Talk About Christian Science
Presented by Interfaith Women
Monday, September 19 at 6:45 p.m. (Check-in begins at 6:15)
First Church of Christ, Scientist
22 Harrison Street, Manchester 03104
Handicap accessible, with parking available in large lot across the street (Credit Union).
Pollyann Winslow – Member Board of Directors, Derry Christian Science Church Martha James – First Reader, Manchester Church Kerry Reed – Christian Science Nurse
To share religious beliefs, cultures, and traditions among women of diverse faiths in order to develop understanding and friendship among us and within our community.
Submitted by Lis Dolan, member/friend UUManchester
Tribute to Woody Guthrie Concert
This comes from our previous interim minister, Rev. Steve Edington:
Save the date and place of Friday, September 9th at 8:00 p.m. at Zorba’s Music Hall in Lowell, Massachusetts for an evening of music and narration on The Life and Spirit of Woody Guthrie. The event is a Benefit for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America through their New England Chapter. The HDSA was founded by Woody’s wife, Marjorie, after he succumbed to Huntington’s Disease in 1967.
This event was originally presented by the Simple Gifts Coffee House of the Nashua UU Church back in May of 2012, with some very outstanding musicians who are members of the UU Church of Nashua. Steve Edington is the narrator.
Oct 2: There’s Only One Rule –Rev. Patrick McLaughlin
Oct 9: Can the Past Be Healed? – Rev. Patrick McLaughlin
Oct 16: <TBD> [Worship Committee] – Rev. Patrick McLaughlin
Oct 23: With Your Whole Being – Rev. Patrick McLaughlin
Oct 30: Where Joy and Grief Meet – Rev. Patrick McLaughlin
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.
DRE Rick Carkin’s Hours:
Weds: 11:00 – 2:00
(other hours available by appointment) firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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)
September 4th – Carol Knieriem
September 11th – Anne Marie Smith – “In honor of my Boston flying partners/friends who lost their lives on this day, 15 years ago.”
September 18th – Sylvia Anderson
September 25th – Ann and Curt Smith
September 4th – Phoebe Stone & Don Beecy
September 11th – Nan Adamson & Jan Beauchamp
September 18th – Ann and Curt Smith
September 25th – Bob Backus & Emily Azadian
September 4th –
September 11th – Lis Dolan & Ellen Belanger
September 18th – Rick Carkin, Gary Finger, Anne Marie Smith, & Kelly Teevan
September 25th – Edna White & Phoebe Stone
September 4th – Patricia Hutchins & Claudia Boozer-Blasco
September 11th – Molly Harrington & Bob Hynes
September 18th – Ann Butenhof & Christy Young
September 25th – Denise Cascio-Bolduc & Sharon Oikelmus