April 18, 2018

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.
Tom Tontarski
Sat, Apr 7
Amy Warner
Fri, Apr 13
Sally Hiebel,  Sun, Apr 15
Jim Lavin, Tues, Apr 17
Dee Hardin,
Thurs, Apr 19
April Brensinger
Mon, Apr 23
Ian Stotts, Wed, Apr 25
April 20 – Office Hours 2 – 5:30, Potluck 6 – 8
April 21- Auction dinner at Browning home in Easton
April 27- Office Hours 10-1, Sharing Circle 1-2:30
April 28 to May 4 – Vacation – no office hours
May 6 – Lead Service
Please email Rev. Sun at sue.browning2@gmail.com
if you’d like to see her during her office hours.
25th Anniversary Celebration!

In celebration of our upcoming 25th anniversary, we are asking all members and friends of UUCR to help us compile a written personal account of Who We Are Now for a special scrapbook to document our history.  You can download the form from our website at:  http://uuchesterriver.org/our-stories-to-be-included-in-our-25th-anniversary

Or pick up a paper copy at church in the next few weeks.  Please complete and return to Pat Bjorke on Sunday mornings; or email to: morningmom2@gmail.com;  or mail to her at:
307 Fairview Drive, Chestertown MD 21620.

Fri, Apr 20, 6 p.m. — UUCR Potluck Dinner at the home of Nancy Holland and Dick Hawkins. No need to RSVP, just bring a dish to share.  Directions to the Holland-Hawkins home, “Creek’s Edge,” 6577 Elizabeths Lane, Rock Hall, 410-639-7388: 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 rightmost 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.
Sat, Apr 21, 9 a.m. – 12 noon (or before, if we are speedy!) — Building and Grounds Clean Up! Please mark your calendars and be thinking about the job you would like to participate in:  weeding, mulching, internal repair/clean-up, and cutting down the large clumps of ornamental grasses, or general all-around tidying. Please email Jim Lavin, jmlavin@gmail.com,  to sign up for a preferred job.  This will allow us to decide on what materials to order. We will need at least two trucks for the trash to be sent to the dump . Also, we will need wheelbarrows and the muscle to push them for the spreading of the mulch. We are looking forward to your help. Jim Lavin, Building and Grounds Chair
Sat, Apr 21, 2 – 4 p.m. at the home of Francie Miller, 221 Birch Run Dr., Chestertown, “Gun Violence Prevention — Next Steps.”  Building on the very successful “March for Our Lives” in Chestertown in March, UUCR will be joining with Kent County Citizens to Prevent Gun Violence for an organizational meeting to determine the next steps in the fight to bring gun control to our community.  Please RSVP to Francie at familler@atlanticbb.net.
Sunday Service, Apr 22, 10 a.m., UUCR’s Green Sanctuary Committee, “Making Common Cause.” When speaking about the Earth, Wendell Berry says, “The important thing is to learn everything you can about a place, then make common cause with that place.” How do we make common cause with a place is the discussion topic on Earth Day Sunday this year? Come to hear simple stories of affection and protection of our own home place. And perhaps share one of your own that you didn’t know you had.
Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Apr 29, Leika Lewis-Cornwall, “Sign Your Work” Drawn from the children’s book The Dot, this multisensory service explores the ways we make our mark on the world, and the joy of embracing both “enough” and “too much.”
May 6, Rev. Sue Browning, “Yup, We’re All Creative.” Maya Angelou claims, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” What are the sources of your creative impulses? While we each may not claim an explicit identity as artist, we are each creative beings in this world. At this service with Rev. Sue we’ll explore the promise we offer when we bring our creative selves forward in the world.  Special guest John Schratweiser will provide music for this service.
May 13, Rev. Greg Chute, “Forty Days of What?”  Greg explains, “Yes, I now it’s no longer Lent, but the idea of intentionally setting aside time for self-awareness and personal assessment is always a good idea. Jesus went into the dessert for 40 days in search of himself.  Where would yougo? Or, what would you choose to give up for 40 days as a spiritual practice? More importantly, perhaps as Pope Francis asks: ‘What would you be willing to take up for 40 days as a spiritual practice? And to risk changing your life?'”
May 20, Rev. Sue Browning, “The ‘Why’ of Going Deeper.” Often Rev. Sue says, “My hope is by doing this (or that) we can go deeper.” What does she mean by this? How has UUCR’s first year with Rev. Sue helped the congregation ‘go deeper’?  Join us at this service with Rev. Sue as we explore the ways we’re individually and collectively inspired to stretch, grow and change. The service will be followed by our Annual Meeting.

The Strategic Planning Committee is asking for your input on the future of UUCR.  The Identity Statement below was created by the committee from congregational input. Please ponder the questions at the bottom and sign up for one of the Cottage Meetings.  The Cottage Meeting dates, times, location and hosts are:
  • Wed, April 25, 5:30 p.m., at the home of Penny McCrea,  near Chestertown
  • Fri, April 27, 5 p.m., at the home of Lynn Geisert, near Chestertown
You can sign up for the Cottage Meetings on the sign-up sheets in the lobby at church or by emailing Nancy Holland, holland.nlh@gmail.com. Your participation in planning the future of our church is essential.  The cottage meetings are open to members, friends and anyone who is interested in the future of our church.
Identity Statement: UUCR is a small, lay-led, liberal religious congregation on the rural Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We are intellectually curious and come from diverse spiritual paths.  We are predominantly older, and economically, socially, and racially advantaged.  We come together to find meaning and purpose in our lives.  At UUCR, we support, nurture, and care deeply for each other.  As individuals we are inspired to live our UU principles through community activism. 
We define ourselves this way.  Is this what we want to be?  Can we contribute to our community more intentionally?

Sun, May 20, UUCR’s Annual Meeting!  Save the date. Please plan on attending this annual meeting where the FY 19 budget and elected positions will be voted on. A light luncheon will be served just after Sunday Service, so you can take part in the Annual Meeting without being hungry!

A Message from Our Social Justice/Social Concerns Committee
Our May 6th offering goes to NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness). There is now a NAMI Kent and Queen Anne’s, an affiliate of NAMI Maryland.  It provides education and support programs locally, using local people trained to bring programs to this community.  Because NAMI is an affiliate, donations need to be made to NAMI MD (a 501-c-3 organization) and designated for use by NAMI K&QA — either on the check notation line or on the envelope containing the contribution.
Funding goes for training people, education events, materials to hand out at events, and a telephone “warm” line for calls. All this is to educate about mental illness (including substance abuse) and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Gayle Folger

A Message from Membership Committee
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The person you’re Gratitude Buddy to
Is waiting and hoping to hear from you!
Please reach out to your assigned person this month and thank him/her for contributing to the richness of our congregation.

Our heartfelt thanks to  three local African American artists, Kevin HarrisAlan Johnson, and Samuel Moore, who shared their works with us during the months of March and April.
Our walls are now adorned with stunning photographs by our own “in-house” artists, Cindy Brittain and David Biehler. 
Art at UUCR is curated by Margie Conlin.