OUUF Weekly February 22, 2018
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|February 22 - March 4|
|Thursday, February 22||
Reflections, Women’s Group 1:00 P.M. (scent free)
Contact: Serena Mylchreest at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Saturday, February 24||
Interfaith Peace Choir Performance, 2pm at OUUF.
|Tuesday, February 27||
Fourth Tuesday Brunch, 11:00am, Mariner Restaurant in Sequim
Contact: Vivian Mulligan email@example.com
Choir Practice, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Contact: Joel Yelland at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Drum Circle, 6:30pm
Contact: Penny Burdick at DrPennySequim@gmail.com or (360) 683-3819
|Wednesday, February 28||
All Things Considered, Women's Evening Group, 7: 00pm, Member's Home
Contact: Jean Stratton (360) 452-6719, email@example.com
Men's Evening Group, 7:00pm, Member's Home
Contact: George Stratton (360) 452-6719
|Friday, March 2||
Landscape Work Party at OUUF, 1:00 - 3:00pm
Contact: Patricia MacRobbie, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Next Sunday, March 4||
Sunday Service, 10:30am
Speaker: Amanda Aikman
Topic: Is the US a Failing State?
After service Rev. Amanda Aikman Offers Drop-in Support Group for Being Human, 12pm
The Book of Joy Book Study Group, 3pm at the Fellowship. Contact: Bob Nuffer at email@example.com.
February 27, 2018 – 11:00 am – Mariner Café in Sequim – OUUF Brunch
Our brunches are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. We order off the menu and usually have no particular agenda. Ask anyone who has attended - it's great fun! Newcomers welcome. Please join us. For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading for the Fun of It! We read short stories/articles from a diversity of genres (mystery, crime, nature and science, science fiction, fantasy...) We have lively discussions. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 1 PM. Meeting place varies. Contact Kitty, email@example.com or 206-755-2832.
We're starting up a new round of Contemplative Services at 6:00pm on the first Tuesday of the month, starting March 6th and continuing with the exception of July, through Tuesday, November 6th. For information please contact Joel Yelland, JoelYelland@gmail.com or Diane Hill-Dwyer, DJZHill@Q.com
March 13, 2018 – 1:00 pm – OUUF - Ted Talk tUUesday
Since Ted Talk tUUesday is now only held once a month, the next one isn't until March. At that time we will be watching videos related to Climate Change, a topic suggested by Phil McConnell. In April, our topic will be Language. At the February event, we watched and discussed YouTube videos of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Nick Dante recommended Tyson, who is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. Seventeen people attended, just one short of our all-time high. For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TOUCHSTONES: The March theme is HUMILITY
Our congregation uses monthly themes to guide our consideration of important aspects of our lives. These themes are Touchstones that we explore. Touchstones Journal, published monthly by Touchstones Consulting, is an in-depth exploration of a theme. The Touchstone Journal & Discussion attachments can be found at the bottom of this February 22, 2018 Newsletter.
Introduction to the March Theme of HUMILITY by Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland:
The term “humble pie” comes from the medieval English “umble” pie, a dish supposedly made with inferior ingredients and served to the lower classes. To “eat humble pie” in common usage is to have to apologize for a significant error. Generally, we are unwilling to eat humble pie. Our reluctance comes, in part, from a misunderstanding of the nature and value of humility, and its importance in human relationships. One recipe for a humble pie captures the complexity of humility itself. It calls for 2 cans Understanding, 2 cups Love, 2 cups Compassion, 3 cups Humility, 1 cup Forgiveness, 1/2 cup Peace, 1/2 cup Acceptance, 1/4 cup Success, 1/4 cup Failure, 2 tbsp Temptation, 1 tsp Remorse, 1 tsp Guilt, and 1 part Humor; freshly sliced as a garnish. These ingredients suggest that the purpose of eating humble pie is not to punish, but to restore right relationship; not to chastise, but to challenge; not to criticize, but to care. Humility shares a common root with words like human, humane, humanitarian, and humus. Its Latin root, humilitas, means “grounded.”
SOCIAL JUSTICE: UUNW JUSTICE ACTION NEWS & ADVOCACY ALERTS
Link: UU NW Action Alerts
- Sat. Feb. 24 (Seattle) – Speaker/Racism – The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Taylor Branch are afternoon keynote speakers on the topic, Dismantling American Racism: Past & Present, at the Search for Meaning Festival at Seattle University. More
- Sundays March 4 through May 6 (Seattle) – Presentations/Middle East Peace – The Palestine/Israel Committee of University Unitarian Church (6556 35th Ave. N.E) hosts a series of 1:15-3:15 p.m. monthly presentations on the theme, “Searching for Peace with Justice in the Middle East.” This month, “A Palestinian Story” is offered by Ramzy Baroud, US-Arab journalist, internationally syndicated columnist, former deputy managing editor of Al Jazeera-online and author. More
Perfume and Aftershave
In years past women and men often wore scents (perfume and aftershave) as a statement of who they were. Those days are long past. Now we have air that is so polluted that we try not to add scents to the air. Many of those in our congregation have problems with scents added to the air pollution we cannot avoid. They can cause asthma attacks as well as severe allergic reactions. For the sake of those in the congregation who have trouble with scents, we ask that you not wear perfume or aftershave to our services. If you have scents on your clothes from wearing them at other times, washing them with some white vinegar added to the wash water really helps remove the odors. Thank you for your understanding and help with this problem.
NEW HIRES AT OUUF
When Administrative Coordinator Catharine Covert announced she would retire March 17 (Saint Patrick wept), most OUUF members said no one could shoulder the work of our superwoman.
The Board of Trustees’ Solomon-like answer: Split the job.
Gail Hall Oshry of Port Angeles will become Administrative Coordinator.
Jim Casey of P.A. will carve out duties of welcoming new members to OUUF and integrating them in our faith community. He also will improve external communications. His title is Membership/Outreach Manager.
Duties of both positions are being fine-tuned, but Gail and Jim have begun working and shadowing Catharine.
Gail was born in Michigan, lived most of her life in Indiana, and five years ago moved with her husband Mike to Spokane, where Mike worked as a professional chaplain at Providence Hospital. He is an Episcopal priest. Their cat and two dogs accompanied them.
The couple and their pets moved to Port Angeles last year after Mike’s retirement so they could be closer to Gail’s sister, who lives in Joyce.
Gail has extensive experience in administration as assistant to rabbis in Indianapolis and Spokane and office manager for the Presbyterian congregation in Post Falls, Idaho. Her hobbies include knitting, quilting and traveling, and the Oshrys plan trips around the Northwest and British Columbia.
Jim was born in Chicago and originally prepared for the Lutheran ministry. Then he got printer’s ink in his blood and served newspapers as a reporter, columnist and editor in suburban Chicago, Ohio, Texas, Oregon, and three cities in Washington, ending in Port Angeles. He also spent nine years as an instructor in business communications at a private voc/tech school in Corpus Christi.
Since retiring (for the third unsuccessful time), he has turned to sculpting driftwood and crafting hiking staves, canes and walking sticks. He also makes occasional Sunday presentations at OUUF.
Jim and his wife Dana, a storyteller and member of the OUUF Sunday Services Committee, have been UUs since the 1990s in Texas, Oregon and Washington. They have two dogs; an adult daughter lives in Corpus Christi.
The Interfaith Peace Choir will present a “Concert and Community Sing”, to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony. Sat Feb 24, 2018, 2 pm. Directed by Joel Yelland. Pianist: George Lindamood. You are invited for a delightful and inspiring afternoon. Take a break from the news, and participate in some "Good News". Join us in song. Join us in positive intention. Replenish yourself with Peace, Love, and Hope. We will sing to you; and we will all sing together. Stay for food and fellowship after the concert. Donations collected to support TAFY (The Answer for Youth). Contact: Marilyn Eash, Interfaith Community of Clallam County, email@example.com, 360 477-0681.
February 25: Short meeting with the OUUF Hardscape Team after Sunday Service. Even if you haven’t signed up you are welcome to attend. Contact: Patricia MacRobbie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, March 2 from 1-3pm: LANDSCAPE WORK PARTY AT OUUF . This is our first meeting of the season and already the weeds are hardy, healthy and growing fast just waiting for you to lovingly attack them. Please join us. Bring your favorite trowel or weed digging tool. We’ll the supply coffee & donuts.Contact: Patricia MacRobbie, email@example.com
A Message to OUUF Sunday Speakers:
Recently we've had several services which have run over our traditional one-hour time slot. This is due, mostly, to elements other than the sermon, particularly to Candles of Joy and Sorrow. We could dispense with those candles as some congregations, especially in larger churches have done. But we are still a small church and the candles are particularly important to us. In an effort to cut down the time, we are now having the Service Leader light a single candle, while the congregants are free to speak of their joys and sorrows. This dispenses with some fumbling, candles that are resistant to lighting, etc.
Given the possibility that the service might still last more than an hour, we are extending our normal service hours to 75 minutes, if necessary. The congregation will be advised of this change, and will be assured that, if they desire to leave early, they may do so.
We've made another change. The candle ceremony will now take place after the sermon and before the closing hymn. This means if you, the speaker, need to leave before we are finished, you may do so, since the later placement allows you sufficient time to finish your sermon before we light candles.
As we continue to work together, please let us know if these changes are satisfactory for you.
Thanks for your service to OUUF.
P.S. On the fourth Sunday of the month only, in lieu of the regular Story for All Ages, we will have a spot devoted to the children. This may involve a story, a poem, slide shows of what they are doing in R.E., supervised lighting of candles or some combination. This practice will not begin until the fourth Sunday in March.
Submitted by Robert Nuffer, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMELESS CONNECT NEWS – YEAH! we are all finished sorting clothing. Thank you to all the folks who turned out (about 25) to sort, those that set up tables, put banker boxes together, moved the unwieldly clothes rack numerous times, donated clothing, etc. Special thanks to Tommie Schwent (who has stored materials in her garage for a year) who moved much of the boxed and bagged materials to Sandy Goodwick’s house and to Sandy for storing all of these items. I am so proud of this congregation. Homeless Connect is March 2nd where over 350 people will be served.
If you are interested in helping set up on Thursday, March 1st in the morning or helping in the clothing section in the event, please contact me at email@example.com.
A very special thanks to Florence for all her time and effort!
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