October 18, 2017

Potluck Dinner on Friday!

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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
Bill Lindsay, Sun, Oct 1
Denise Tontarski,
Fri, Oct 6
Michael Hiebel, 
Sun, Oct 22
MEET WITH REV. SUE!
Rev. Sue is planning on being in the Chestertown area in October on the following dates and times:
Fri, Oct 20 , 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
UUCE Office Hours
potluck in evening
Mon, Oct 23,  1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., UUCR office hours
Rev. Sue 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.

THIS WEEK AT UUCR
Fri, Oct 20, 6 p.m. UUCR Potluck Dinner at the Home of Lynn Geisert, 327 Fairview Dr., Chestertown,

21620, phone 301-906-7330. From Chestertown, take Route 213 south and cross the bridge into Queen Anne’s county. Turn left onto Fey Road, immediately past Kingstown Farm and Garden. Continue about 1 mile, when Fey Road curves right and becomes Central Drive. Go about ¼ mile and turn left on Heath Road. Continue to the stop sign at the end of the block and turn left onto Fairview Drive. 327 is the sixth house on the left. No need to RSVP — just bring a dish to share and we’ll do the rest!

Sunday Service, Oct 22, 10 a.m.,  

Rosemary Ramsey, “Growing into Community.” Rebecca Solnit writes of a future that is unknown, dark, with an enveloping sense of possibility and com- munion. Martin Luther King Jr. considered “agape,” or love in action, as going to any length to restore community and heal that which divides us. Rosemary will share ideas of what building intentional community means to her, and how uncomfortable that can be.
Special music for this service will be performed by Fredy Granillo.
 
Childcare will be available during the service.
Tues, Oct 24, 4:30 p.m., at UUCR — Building Bridges Partnership Committee Meeting. The SCSJ Building Bridges partnership with the AME Mt. Olive Church in Butlertown will be meeting to plan activities for the coming year.  You may recall that we had a very successful bus trip to the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.  last year, as well as potlucks and fish frys.  We are looking for more joint activities and growing relationships this year.  All are welcomed to attend.
Tues, Oct 24, 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., at The Kitchen at The Imperial, 208 High St., Chestertown — An Evening with Wayne Gilchrest!  Join the League of Women Voters of Kent County for an evening with former U.S. House Representative Wayne
Gilchrest, whose topic will be “Agriculture and the Environment: Our Legacy.”  See article below for more details.

Tues, Oct 24, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Welcoming Committee Meeting; see article below!

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES

Oct 29, Phyllis Levinson, District Leader of the Humane Society of the U.S., Maryland. “Saving the Vulnerable: Rescuing Animals during Severe Hurricanes.”
 
 
Nov 5, Rev. Sue Browning, TBA. Special music by Pam and Bob Ortiz

Nov 12, Dr. Michael Franch, “Thinking About How Lives Matter.” 

We claim universality in our faith community. We talk about the worth and dignity of every person. One of our responsive readings proclaims that it doesn’t matter whether one is black or white, gay or straight. That’s true but it’s also not true. If we ignore an identity that is important to a person, we ignore part of them. We know that “Black Lives Matter” and that “All Lives Matter,” but if we can’t say the former, we don’t mean the latter. We need to recognize both specificity and universality, that “all” contains multitudes.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
 
Highlights from Our October Board Meeting
Vida Morley and Nancy Holland gave a review of the Pastoral Associates and Caring responsibilities and processes. Anyone desiring aid of any kind should contact Nancy Holland, holland.nlh@gmail.com,  and she will arrange the appropriate response(s), including arranging for a Pastoral Associate. Rev. Sue gave a brief update on the Children’s RE program, which is taking a new approach to providing RE support for children when they show up on Sundays. More on this as it develops.
There was a review of the Areas of Ministry that our committee structure has been divided into for better tie-in with the UUCR Board. More information on this arrangement to be forthcoming to the congregation in the next month. Strategically, the board identified two areas to concentrate on until the Strategic Planning Task Force proposes a 3-year strategic plan for UUCR sometime this spring. The areas identified were sustainability and leadership.
Probably many of you have given to the three major hurricane relief efforts and/or to the California fire relief effort. The board decided to make a donation from UUCR to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund to show our support for the major relief effort supported by UUs and to financially contribute to that effort.
UUCR continues to enjoy a strong worship service with Rev. Sue Browningpresenting two sermons a month and guest speakers giving sermons the other Sundays. Our committee structure is being organized in such a way that we can continue to have the many committees that we now have, each with one or more champions, and yet have an efficient way for the board to quickly recognize when help is needed.  Carl Gallegos gave a summary of the reconstituted Committee On Ministry (COM), whose charter includes providing feedback to the minister and easing angst, or conflict, situations within the congregation. Members of COM will receive some training on this from Rev. Sue.
Finally, UUCR remains in a strong position financially, with our income exceeding our expenses. 
 
Blessings,
Dick 

BROADSHEET DOIN’S
Notice from your editor:  Our usual Wednesday deadline for the next two weeks will be changed:
For the week of Oct 22 – 28, the deadline will be Tuesday, Oct 24, 9 a.m.
For the week of Oct 29 – Nov 4, the deadline will be Thursday, Nov 2, 9 a.m.
Also, did you know that you can always find the latest Broadsheet on our Webpage, www.uucrwp.org? Easier to find than a email!

SOCIAL CONCERNS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Last year, the Social Concerns Social Justice (SCSJ) Committee introduced special collections for local organizations in lieu of budget distributions.  Once again, we will collect on the first Sunday of six months during this church calendar year.
Good Neighbor Fund–The first special social concerns collection of the year will be on November 5 for the Good Neighbor Fund (GNF).  Clients who have been pre-screened by the Department of Social Services meet with volunteers Tuesday and Friday mornings at the First United Methodist Church to present their requests for emergency funds.  The GNF works with the local branch of the Salvation Army and the Samaritan Group (which operates the homeless shelter January – March).  Volunteers are key to the success of this program and there is a tremendous need and opportunity for volunteers this year.  Some key volunteers are moving out of the area creating a need for volunteers to interview clients and provide leadership support roles.  Please contact Lynn Dolinger (lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com) if you have questions about funding or volunteering.

COMING EVENTS
Tues, Oct 24, 5:30 p.m. or 7 p.m., at The Kitchen at The Imperial, 208 High St.,Chestertown — An Evening with Wayne Gilchrest! Join the League of Women Voters of Kent County for an evening with former U.S. House Representative Wayne Gilchrest, whose topic will be “Agriculture and the Environment: Our Legacy.”  Mr. Gilchrest explains, “Nature’s Artistry forges a legacy of a fecundity of life, from the soil beneath our feet, to the darkest depths of the oceans, to the clouds gleaming in the sunlight of a fleeting dawn.   Every molecule on earth is a part of this tapestry of regeneration.  Where do we fit in?  I will focus on one aspect of the complexity of Nature and human activity: Agriculture and the environment, our legacy.”
After his talk Mr. Gilchrest hopes to engage the audience in an active discussion about the future of agriculture in Kent County.
Diners may come at 5:30 to join our speaker informally for a Dutch-treat meal — the restaurant is offering three special menus for the event: prix fixe dinner menu; light fare or appetizer menu; and/or dessert menu. Those not interested in having a meal may join the group at 7 p.m., when Mr. Gilchrest will begin speaking.
This meeting is open to the public; all are most welcome.  Please make reservations with the League of Women Voters, before October 14, by calling 410-778-0295 or 410-639-2149, or emailing lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com or pegmarkman@gmail.com.
Tues, Oct 24, 7 p.m. at UUCR — Welcoming Committee Meeting; see article below!
Sat, Oct 28, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Wilmer Park in Chestertown — Make a Movement, a Community Performance Art Piece. Local youth and adults will perform to demonstrate the effects of global warming.  For more information, contact@wheelbarrowproductions.org.
Sun, Oct 29, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., UU Church Annapolis, Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., will speak on “Swimming in the Waters: Unconscious Bias in the UU Church.” Dr. DiAngelo is the author of the highly praised book What It Means to Be White. Tickets are $15 if you register now (for more information about registering please contact Althea Shiplett at feymeadowsfarm@gmail.com) or $20 at the door.
Sat, Nov 18, 6 p.m. at UUCR, Our 2017 – 2017 Service Auction!  See below for more information.

GREETERS NEEDED!
We need greeters for Sunday mornings. Please sign up on the whiteboard in the foyer.

SAVE THE DATE: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 6 P.M.
UUCR Auction
 
This year we will commence holding our annual auction in the fall instead of the winter, so get ready to participate in our most important fundraiser in just four weeks! We’d like to make our event extra-special and fun for everyone. Ideas and suggestions? Please pass them on to Waverly Ford, Waverlyuu@gmail.com, or Jane Hardy, janewhardy@gmail.com. And, be thinking of what you might donate, and let us know ASAP!
Check our Webpage, www.uucrwp.org, and click on “News” for a complete list of our donations so far.  Here are some new and exciting contributions so far in the “Entertainment” category:
Wine Tasting and Nibbles. Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:30 to 10? I will have a few bottles (mid- range) for tasting and if guests also want to bring a bottle, that would add to the merriment!  Light nibbles will be provided. This is a blind tasting so bottles will remain in brown paper bags until the end of the tasting and ratings. This is a fun time! Event open to 10 folks. Pam Vogel
Poker Night! February 3rd, 2018, 7:30 to 10? Dealer’s choice (we all take turns), no wild cards (my rule!). I will provide a nice clean table, a new deck of cards, adult beverages and snacks. Bring a bag of your nickels, dimes, and quarters for this low stakes night of fun. Event is open to 6 people. Pam Vogel
 
Attend a UU Holiday Ornament Crafting Party! Tuesday Nov 28, 6:30 pm.  View examples for inspiration and all materials provided, you will create original small decorative ornaments for your own home or to give as gifts. Come relax with friends for fun and get your creative juices flowing. Maximum of 6 participants.  Minimum bid $20 per person.  Offered by Linda Dutton to take place in her home studio.

UUCR’S WELCOMING CONGREGATION IS BACK!
UUCR’s Welcoming Congregation Committee is being reorganized this fall andwe will spend the weeks ahead creating a program plan to better serve our congregation in the future. This future will also include an official renewal of our Welcoming Congregation status as suggested by the UUA every few years.
Many of you are current members of PFLAG and have been loyal supporters of this work.  We will continue to support area PFLAG work as well as have our own UUCR initiatives.  Remember that “Welcoming” work may expand beyond LGBTQ topics and include ideas that nurture inclusivity in many ways!  Think of our “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign and all of the ways we have affirmed and promoted ourselves with that tag line.
We want you to consider joining our committee! Have questions? Call us and also take a few minutes to go to the UUA.org  website and check out the possibilities they describe.  We will be working alongside our Social Justice and Membership Committees to create a plan to focus our actions and interests to apply to local congregational needs.
Our first meeting will take place on Tuesday Oct. 24th at 7 p.m. here at UUCR.  We will be hosting Tuesday “Open Doors” for the next 4 Tuesdays to follow. YES, that includes Tuesday Oct 31st, Halloween, how welcoming is that?! (We will be there with candy and friendly costumes from 6 ish on.) Come join these important discussions and let’s bring together some positive ideas and actions to make our church and community more Welcoming!
Caren Samuels and Linda Dutton, Welcoming Congregation Co-chairs; find us in the NEW UUCR Directory!

VOICES FROM OUR CONGREGATION
 
The Dog Park, by Alice Lindsay
“Laddie, No! I have to vacuum. Go lie down! And the laundry. Bill is out of underwear. So am I.  Oh! Tom’s birthday … the cake! Not now, Laddie! Oh, all right, we’ll go to the dog park. Get your leash. You’re nothing but a narcissistic wretch! Of course, I love you. On with the leash. Stop pulling! Get in the car.”
The Chestertown Dog Park is two adjacent fenced fields: a large one about a
quarter mile around for large dogs, and a slightly smaller one for small dogs. A path of crushed stone within the fences surrounds each field for dog owner walking. A water fountain for the dogs and benches for their owners are at the front of each field, plus a plastic bag dispenser and a disposal can for dog waste pick-up.
We pull into the parking area below the park. Laddie lunges out of the car and
pulls me up the sidewalk to the big dog park. As we enter three dogs greet us with wagging tails and hysterical barking: Myrna, the German shepherd mix; Lily, the wooly poodle; and Max, the “Heinz 57.” Like Laddie, two of them are shelter adoptees. I like the “everyone welcome” feel they give the place.
The four dogs are joined by several others, and the frenetic furry mob, pushing
and circling each other rush into the field with pauses to smell and study selected rear ends. But Laddie is soon attracted to a small fox terrier barking and jumping behind the fence around the adjacent small dog park. We go over to check out the small fry. The two dogs proceed to run back and forth, a fence apart. The pup’s mistress calls to me from her bench:
“His name is ‘Toto,'” she says with a chuckle, “And I’m ‘Dorothy.'”
“Really!” I say laughing.
“Really!” she emphasizes, “But you can only pretend this is ‘The Yellow Brick
Road.'”
“Laddie won’t know the difference,” I reply. “Dogs don’t have color vision. I’m going to walk now. We’ll talk more later, Dorothy.”
I start off around the path and think again of the social value of the park:
conversation, humor, new ideas, new friends. It isn’t just for dogs.
I get back to the front gate. Laddie decides on one more rough and tumble with a
couple of Lab mixes that have just arrived. I manage to break it up and get his leash on. We head for the car. Laddie lingers here and there to smell this and that, not at all the leash pulling monster of the push to get to his cavorting pals. He gives the lot one last look then hops in the back seat, one happy camper. Counting the driver, make that two.
Alice Lindsay

ART AT UUCR
Local artist Kathy Lazo will display her work at UUCR for the months of September and October.  Here is Kathy’s artistic statement:
Kathy Lazo started painting fifteen years ago when a friend invited her to a painting class in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Inspired by her mother’s love of painting, she decided to join the class. She quickly discovered that she had both a passion and a gift for painting. Guided by her first mentor, Ellen Diamond, and more recently by Cindy Fulton, with whom she has studied for the past three years, she has developed her talent for “painting outside the lines.” Kathy encourages other artists to reflect on Henri Matisse’s adage “Creativity takes courage.”