April 19, 2017 Broadsheet

Potluck Friday Night!

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Our mission is to foster liberal religious ideals through public worship, study, service and fellowship; to provide a public forum to address religious, ethical and moral issues; to support individual freedom of belief and caring human relationships; to become an intentionally diverse community; to engage in promoting a just and humane social order
APRIL BIRTHDAYS
Tom Tontarski, Fri, Apr 7

Amy Warner,

Thur, Apr 14
Sally Hiebel, Sat, Apr 15
Jim Lavin, Mon, Apr 17
Dee Hardin, Wed, Apr 19
April Johnson,
 Sun, Apr 23
Ian Stotts, Tue, Apr 25

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
 
Fri, Apr 21, 6 p.m., Potluck Dinner at the home of Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins. No need to RSVP, just come and bring a dish to share.  We’ll do the rest!  See below for directions to the Holland/ Hawkins home.
Sat, Apr 22, at Nicholson Drop Off Center — Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Day.See below.
Sunday Service, Apr 23, 10 a.m., Green Sanctuary, Ms. Kim Agee, “Ecological Sustainability.”
Sustainability. What is it? What is it not? Ecology studies the interactions between living organisms and their environment. As we recognize in our seventh principle, all life is interconnected and deserving of respect and dignity. How can we best live into this principal, how successful are we already and what shifts in thinking would help us?
This Sunday is also Leadership Recognition Sunday. During the service the Leadership Development Committee will take a few moments to acknowledge and thank the members of the Board of Trustees and the chairs of the committees for their contributions to the work of the congregation.
Special music by Meredith Hadaway and Rebekah Hardy Hock (tentative).
Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.
Get your new (white) UUCR golf shirts!  Available at the UUCR office for $21.  Many sizes offered; other sizes can be ordered.

UPCOMING SUNDAYS
Apr 30, Rev. James Van de Wal, “When Belief Meets Reality.” This talk will explore ways of fostering our faith and our belief when those beliefs are sometimes confronted by the reality of life. Is your experience challenging your theology?  Rev. Van de Wal is an independent Interfaith Minister. He graduated in 2010 from the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies in New York City. He currently serves as Vice President of the Chester Valley Ministers Association and provides Chaplain services to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. A native of Albany, New York, Rev. Van de Wal currently lives in Chester Harbor with his wife, Katherine.
May 7, Mike Harris, “Envisioning Our Future.” Special music by Shannon and Mike Buccino.
May 14, Beth Ohlsson, Mother’s Day/Flower Communion. Special music by Sue Matthews.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
 
Areas of Ministry
 
In an effort to gather our multitude of committees into a more meaningful structure, the Board has adopted a new model creating four Areas of Ministry. Beginning July 1, 2017, the three trustees plus the president elect will be the board liaisons to each ministry area.  This will provide a direct pipeline of communication with the board, provide clarity of all the work our congregation is engaged in, and make it easier to match members’ interests to where they can serve. This new model will not affect the autonomy of individual committees, chairs, or budget allocations.
Here are the Areas of Ministry and the committees and events within:
 
Spiritual Development  (exploring and deepening individual spirituality within a faith community): Worship, Music, Adult Religious Education; Children’s Religious Exploration; Delmarva Cluster; and special services such as Eve of the Eve.
 
Building Community (caring and nurturing of current members and friends; outreach to prospective members and the larger community): membership; caring; Pastoral Associates; Public Relations, Outreach and Communications (PROC); Chester Valley Ministers Association; special events such as Earth Day, Breakfast at Beverly’s, and Pub Theology; Building Bridges partnership.
Social Justice (addressing the issues that call us to put our faith in action):
Social Justice/Social Concerns; Welcoming Congregation; Green Sanctuary; Animal Ministry
Stewardship (developing and caring for all our resources): Finance; Building and Grounds; Office Administrator; Leadership Development; fundraising events such as yard sale, auction
Pat Bjorke, President, UUCR Board of Trustees

COMING EVENTS
Sat, Apr 22, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nicholson Drop Off Center — Household Hazardous Waste Day and electronics recycling. Event is open to residents of Kent, Caroline, Talbot, and Queen Anne’s Couties.  The event is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., rain or shine. For questions contact Maryland Environmental Service at 1-800-473-2925.
 
Sat, Apr 29, 9 a.m. to 12 noon at UUCR — Grounds Beautification Day!  Weeding, mulching, pruning, there will be something for everyone! All ages are welcome to come and help; please bring tools.

Sun, May 7, An Orientation to UUCR session (Part 1) following service.  Part 2 will be scheduled within a week or so of Part 1 (but NOT on Mother’s Day – Sunday May 14). If you are interested and have not signed up yet, let Diane Shields know.  Dash50@atlanticbb.net or 410-490-0492; Visitors and friends who are interested in becoming members or learning more about UUism and UUCR are encouraged to attend.

Sun, May 22, UUCR’s Annual Meeting — mark your calendars, and see below for more info.

UUCR ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, May 21, 11:30 a.m.

The agenda and business materials will be sent out 15 days prior to the meeting.  Business will include:
  • Election of Trustees and Audit Committee
  • Approval of budget for 2017-2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018)
  • Changes to UUCR Bylaws
  • President’s Report, including committee highlights and report on Ministerial Search process (Written reports will be distributed prior to the meeting.)
  • Review of progress on Year One of the Congregational Development Plan (CDP) and Chalice Lighters Grant, and introduction of Year Two Goals and Strategies
  • New and Revised UUCR Policies
Please plan to attend!

DIRECTIONS TO POTLUCK DINNER
 
Creek’s Edge
Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins’ house
6577 Elizabeths Lane
Rock Hall, MD  21661
410 639-7388
 
From Chestertown:  From the intersection of Rt .291 (Morgnec Rd.) and Rt. 20 (High St.) take Rt. 20 south 9.8 miles. Shortly after the speed limit is reduced to 40 MPH take a left off Rt. 20 onto Edesville Rd. Take the first left off Edesville Rd. onto Martin Wagner Rd. (about 0.3 mi on Edesville Rd). Go to the end of Martin Wagner Rd. (0.5 mi) and make a left onto Elizabeths Lane (a dirt and gravel road). Go to the end of Elizabeths Lane (0.5 mi). There are 3 driveways at the end of Elizabeths Lane. Take the right-most one and stay to the right of the Creek’s Edge sign and you will arrive at the front of the house. Any problems, please give us a call.

* SUNDAY GREETERS NEEDED * SUNDAY GREETERS NEEDED * SUNDAY GREETERS NEEDED *
 
Please sign up on the white board in the lobby, or let Margo know, uuofchesterriver@gmail.com, 410-778-3440, if you can help out on Sunday mornings.  We need greeters for May 14 and 21.

ART AT UUCR
 
For the months of April, May, and June we plan to display the watercolors ofLinda Hall. Here’s a brief bio:  Linda King Hall moved to Kent County from Bucks County, PA, in 1997.  She makes her home in Betterton.  Originally from Ohio, she is a graduate of Ohio University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  She studied for three years with artist and illustrator Charles Reid.  She has taught art, K thru 12.  After taking two master’s courses at Fairfield University, she worked with advertising agencies and design studios for fifteen years.
She has participated in numerous juried art shows, winning over 50 awards.
Linda is a Partner at the Artists’ Gallery on High Street, as well as a member of River Arts, and the Working Artist Forum in Easton.