August 16, 2017 Broadsheet

Vigil Tonight, 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 andhumane social order.
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
Kevin Brien, Thurs, Aug 3
Joan Blume, Sun, Aug 6
Joan Biehler, Fri, Aug 18
Bob Fox, Sat, Aug 19
Pam Lindsley,
 Sun, Aug 20
Harvey Wigder, 
 Wed, Aug 23
Margo Long, Sun, Aug 27
Bring School Supplies to Help Kent County Youngsters Get Off to a Good Start This Year!
Necessary items are composition books, 16-pack pencils, 16-24 pack crayons, pencil sharpeners, scissors, 3-pack glue sticks, colored pencils, erasers, pads of 3-ring lined paper, pencil boxes, large Kleenex boxes, ear buds/earphones, BIC pen sets, yellow hi-lite markers, and school backpacks.  We will be collecting items at church for the next few weeks until school opens.  A box in the church  entry will be provided for collecting school supplies..
Betty Kerr

THIS WEEK AT UUCR

Wed, Aug 16, 6 p.m., Fountain Park, Chestertown —

Vigil for Charlottesville. Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville!  Please join us to gather with friends and neighbors in our community and take a moment to honor the lives of the three people who died in Charlottesville, VA last weekend, as well as the many injured, as they stood up for equality and civil rights, acting against hate in their community and in our nation. Feel free to share this with others throughout our communities.
Fri, Aug 18, 6 p.m., Potluck Dinner at the Home of Dee and Brad Hardin, 129 Island Creek Rd., Centerville.  (See driving directions below.) No need to RSVP; just bring a dish to share and we will do the rest!
Fri, Aug 18 and Sat, Aug 19, Legacy Day–Mark your calendars for the fourth annual “Legacy Day” in downtown Chestertown, August 18 and 19.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating African American Education and Teachers Before Integration.” The festivities start Friday at 7 p.m. with a reception at the Bordley History Center and wind up Saturday starting at 5 p.m. with a parade, street dancing, food, and vendors.  UUCR has sent a check in support of this event.   This is one of our community’s most successful events celebrating African American History and lots of fun!!  Lynn Dolinger, Social Justice/Social Concerns.
Sunday Service, 10 a.m., Gerry Edwards, “Spiritual Play.”
UPCOMING SUMMER SUNDAYS 

Aug 27, Diane Shields, “Shinrin-Yoku.” 

Diane explains, “Unless it is TRULY unbearably hot (or if we have thunderstorms), I plan to lead an exercise of Shinrin-Yoku in UUCR’s Memorial Woodland. I attended a guided “Shinrin-Yoku” (‘Forest Visit’) recently at Adkins Arboretum, and could feel all of the calming and healing effects for the rest of the day and into the week.  So I am excited to share this with UUCR, and plan to make this a regular practice in my own life.”
 
Sept 3, Picnic and Poetry. “This, our final Summer Sunday Session,  is to be an acknowledgement and celebration of all who led, participated, and filled the sanctuary this summer.   Our hearts, minds, and bodies love the cadence of good poetry, although ‘good poetry’ is a discussion point. Our favorite, Mary Oliver, has a new book of poetry that might join us.  New or old, please bring a poem to share and then share in both bringing and consuming of picnic fare.”  Vida Morley

OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET 
REVEREND SUE!
 
Rev. Sue will be in the Chestertown area all the Fridays in September, with the exception of Friday, September 1st. Her planned schedule is:
Friday, Sept 8, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept 15, 2 – 5:30 p.m. (plus the Potluck)
Friday, Sept 22, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept 29, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
She is available to meet with individuals as well as groups, including UUCR committees. If you would like to meet with her, please send her an email (sue.browning2@gmail.com) and let her know when you could meet as she will be spending some of her Kent County time visiting outside organizations and people. For those committee chairs who haven’t already met with Rev. Sue, this might be a good time to talk about organization and future plans with her.
Dick Hawkins, UUCR Board of Trustees President

HAPPENINGS
 
A Message from Our President
For those of you who were unable to attend the August 6th service, Rev. Sue offered a question box talk that included her comments on questions previously sent in by congregational members as well as questions from the floor. The questions and Rev. Sue’s responses covered a wide range of topics, from UU history to spirituality and how to address politically charged topics in Sunday services. Rev. Sue has also started meeting with UUCR committees and is getting to know our congregation.
At July’s UUCR Board meeting several initiatives were discussed. Probably the most far reaching for UUCR is the upcoming Strategic Plan effort. At our September 24th Sunday Service Rev. Dr. David Pyle will be speaking about mission and vision. After the service and a light lunch, he will lead a congregational meeting on mission and vision. The results of that meeting will be formulated into new mission and vision statements for UUCR by the task group charged with developing a 3-year Strategic Plan for UUCR. This task group is headed by Philip Dutton and includes Bob Bjork, Carl Gallegos, and Nancy Holland. Other initiatives discussed include education, the church calendar, and a UUCR oral history for our 25th year.
We still have four discussion Sundays left this summer before we return to our regular service format on September 10th. Come, listen, and contribute.
Blessings,
Dick

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THIS WEEK’S POTLUCK
 
Home of Dee and Brad Hardin
129 Island Creek Road,  Centreville, MD 21617
(About 2 miles South West of Church Hill.)
410-556-6502 hm, 941-223-6849  cell
Coming South from Chestertown: Take Rte, 213 South just past Church Hill turnoffs and past South East Creek Road. Turn right onto Island Creek Road. Pass over Island Creek Bridge and take first driveway on right curving up to our house.
Coming North on Rte 213. Take 213 past Clabber Hill Rd and Unity Nursery. Turn left on Island Creek Road.

 
NEW TRADITION FOR UUCR!
 
Starting in October, just after service on the first Sunday of each month (for a 3-month trial), UUCR will host a “new” kind of get-together, a Sunday Lunch!  This potluck meal will not replace our beloved Third Friday Night Potluck Dinners.
We hope that by scheduling this lunchtime event just after services, those families with children and demanding schedules will be able to more easily join us. Mark your calendars for October 1, our first Sunday Lunch!
Diane Shields, Membership Committee

COMING SOON
 
Sat, Sept 9, 8 a,m, until 12 noon at UUCR — Annual Yard Sale! (N.B.: The memorial service for Rev. Dan Higgins is at 2 p.m. on this date at UU Fellowship of Easton.)  See below for more about how you can contribute to this major fundraiser for UUCR.
Fri, Sept 15, 6 p.m., Potluck Dinner at the home of Lynn and Ralph Dolinger.
Sat, Sept 23, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., at UU Fellowship in Easton. a “Racial Justice Gathering: How Do We Engage in Racial Justice as UUs?” A $20 fee will be collected to cover refreshments.  Please let Lynn Dolinger, lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com,  know if you are interested or you can contact Rev. Sue Browning, sue.browning2@gmail.com.
Sun, Sept 24, after service at UUCR — Congregational meeting on setting our vision for the year, led by Rev. Dr. David Pyle.
Sun, Oct 1, after service, our first official “Sunday Lunch at UUCR”!  See article above!
Sat, Nov18, 6 p.m. — UUCR Auction!  Start thinking about your donations.

OUR REGULAR SERVICES WILL BEGIN SEPT 10
Sept 10, Rev. Dr. Richard Speck, “Blended Waters, Blended Lives.” As we begin the traditional start of the church year, we will once again blend the water from our lives with the gathered community. Just as no single water molecule can survive long without others, our community is needed for our individual lives.  Come and celebrate our regathered community.
Sept 17, Rev. Sue Browning.  Special music by Nevin Dawson.
Sept 24, Rev. Dr. David Pyle, UUCR Mission/Vision

YARD SALE: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
 
Just 3 weeks until we all join together for the UUCR YARD SALE on September 9 from 9 a.m  to 12 noon.
One UU is putting into “the box” at least one item every day.  It is known that
if items are not used in the past 5 years it is very likely that they will not be needed in the next 5!  Please fill up those boxes and contribute to UUCR’s bottom line sales event!
If you have large items or have questions about what to bring, please contact Vida at  vidamorley@icloud.com.
If you have questions about pricing items, bring them in to UUCR on Monday the 4th through Friday the 8th of September from 9 a.m. through noon, and we will try to help.
Start bringing things in now! Please have donations sorted, priced, and marked by cooking/kitchen, tools, sporting/exercise, furniture, baby/children, accessories, books/tapes, and games and then deposit them in the Big Shed while Margo is working (8:30 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. weekdays) or on Sundays immediately after services.
We are having a “plant assembly” (thin out your perennial garden plants) and I will supply the pots and soil on Wednesday September 6.  I think plants will sell well and will add some beauty and hopes to the parking area/sale pavilion.
We are in need of trucks and drivers at 12 noon on the 9th!
Thanks and join in the fun on Saturday, September 9.
Vida Morley, vidamorley@icloud.com
Here are some donations so far: children’s crafts; fireplace equipment; fishing poles; exercise equipment, paintings, office supplies and notebooks.  Plus LOTS MORE.

HELP WANTED
UUCR is seeking a mature, responsible high school student or local college student interested in providing childcare on alternating Sunday mornings.  References a must; Babysitters certification preferred.  Please contact Pat Bjorke at 410-778-6348 or morningmom2@gmail.com

ART AT UUCR
 
For the remainder of the summer we will continue to display the oil paintings and watercolors of Linda 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.
Thank you, Linda, for sharing your work with us!