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August 8 - 14, 2019
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of the
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community
This week: this Sunday, we hear a UU Youth speak about making a covenant with our faith, and we sign up to buy groceries for families moving into our rooms on August 18. We also invite you to contact our leaders to finally do something to end this scourge of gun violence in America.
Bill Dowdall
This Sunday, August 11, 2019
In Worship, 10:30am 
A Covenantal Faith
Guest Speaker Julia Landis

A covenant is a coming together of two or more parties in an agreement, commitment, or pledge. As UUs, covenants are made as aspirational goals we hope to fulfill; when we fall short, we make amends to be in right relations with each other. What if we were to extend that idea to the personal relationship to our faith? What does it mean to be a covenantal faith? 

Click here to learn more about our guest speaker, Julia Landis.
In Child Spiritual Development
Kids, join us for our CSD Suummertime programs of arts, crafts, and cooking! Click here for further information.

On Sundays when we offer CSD programs, children begin their mornings in the Sanctuary and then are sung out to their Suummertime programs around 10:45am.

Childcare is offered to children 4-5 years old and younger in the Committee Room almost every Sunday from 9:00am until 12:00pm.

Opportunities before the service
Meditate in the Meditation Room
Meditation, reading, dharma and sharing are offered in Sullivan 3 on the First and Second Sundays of the month between 9:15 and 10:20am. All are welcome to join in quietly. On the other Sundays the space is open for those who choose to come and sit. For information on meditation, click here.

Heading to the grocery store before Sunday?

Please consider putting into your grocery basket  one or two articles of nonperishable food items (peanut butter, tuna, canned fruits and vegetables) for our monthly 
Food Drive to restock St. Vincent dePaul's Food Pantry. You can place your donations on the designated carts in the Kitchen. 

Opportunities after the service
Enjoy a welcome and refreshments offered by Village 11. Folks bringing food are asked to label items containing nuts.

At 12:00pm, attend an Open Small Group Ministry in the Daskam Room, Those new to SGMs can get a "sample" before making a commitment. For more information, contact Mark Bangela at
Upcoming Service
Sunday, August 18, 10:30am 
Re-awakening the Dreaming Mind
Director of Spiritual Development, Ryan Hurd

We sleep for a third of our lives. That means years of our lives are spent dreaming. Yet we have forgotten how to remember our dreams, and because of that, we are not only sleep deprived; we are dream deprived. What is the value of dreaming in our rational and scientific culture? What happens when we remember how to wake up to our creative, dreaming minds?  

Cover image: Cave Bear by Clifford VanMeter, 2007, Creative Commons.
Upcoming Events

GA Attendees Report
Sunday, August 25, 12:00 - 1:30pm
Edna Jones Assembly Room

Treva Burger, Eric Foster and Louise Lisi attended the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Spokane Washington this year. They will share their experiences. 

Auction Items Still Open!

Minister's House Tea & Stroll on August 24
And coming in September: More!

 Click here to see the assortment. You can look without registering; when you are ready to "buy it now," all you need to do is enter your email. All proceeds go to USG. The fun goes to you.
And in case you missed these Spiritual Development events in this week's SPIRIT...

Coming in September, some special offerings which will be featured in next Tuesday's SPIRIT:
Finding Your Way Home Through Meditation with Deborah Cooper
Sundays, September 8,15, 22, 29, 5:00-6:30pm. (On the calendar, click on the link on Sept. 8)

Rise Up Strong, a Radiant Retreat for Women - Saturday, September 21, 10:00am - 3:30pm, at USG. 

Everyday Spiritual Practices Discussion groups- first one on Saturday, September 14, 10:30am - 12:00noon. (On the calendar, click on Sept. 14.) The discussions will follow the book Everyday Spiritual Practices, a collection of 38 essays by prominent UU ministers and laypeople. The book will be on sale during Fellowship Hour on Sunday, September 8.
The Spirit in Action

Gun Safety Actions Needed
As we are being bombarded with images from El Paso and Dayton, right after nine multiple shootings last weekend...

What can you do to make a difference, today?
•    Call Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 and demand that he bring
H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 that was passed in the U.S. House to a vote in the Senate.
•    Call or write Senator Pat Toomey at (202) 224-4254 and ask him to cosponsor
S. 42, The Background Check Expansion Act and S. 66, The Assault Weapons Ban of 2019

Help create the tipping point our suffering country so desperately needs.
We thank...
...Jennifer Lugar and Julia Spoor for their dedicated work toward ending gun violence in our country. Jennifer and Julia participated in the April 7 CNN Town Hall on Gun Violence. 
USG will Host Three PIHN Families in Need
Sunday, August 18 - Sunday, September 1

USG members and friends have now volunteered to fill every single hosting spot but one! We are so grateful for your help!

Here is what we still need:
Money for groceries, the purchase and pickup of needed groceries, and helping families move in on August 18 or out on September 1.

See Carolyn Scott during Fellowship Hour this Sunday, August 11 to volunteer to buy a grocery item to bring to USG by Sunday, August 18.
News and Announcements
Church Office Hours for the Summer
Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 1:30. Please call ahead to 215-844-1157 if you need entry.
Can You Spare an Hour on Fridays around 1:30pm?
Carolyn prints the Sunday Order of Service and Announcements every Friday around 1:30pm. We depend on our volunteers to then run the papers through our magnificent folding machine and afterwards collate them by hand. Easy peezy, and we reward in chocolate. We hope to create a team of OOS assemblers, so no one person has to do it every Friday. If you would like to help, please contact Carolyn at
Thank You to the Inimitable Frankie Jueds!
Frankie has been our swift-as-lightning Order of Service assembler for over four years, giving time almost every Friday --- unless she has apologetically excused herself to take a friend to the hospital or volunteer at the library. She is now retiring from this OOS duty to volunteer in her community. We will miss her kind and cheerful weekly presence. Thank you, Frankie! You are the best!
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, Share the Plate made total donations of $13,536! Click here to see recipients and amounts. Many thanks to all those who put “Share the Plate" in their memo lines! Let’s make next year’s donations even better!
Navigating Breeze's Payment Page:
Please Don't Blame the Bookkeepers!

To give to USG online, go to> GIVE (a tab in the upper right)> Online Payment Center.  THEN look for the arrows that enable you to scroll through various selections. Then SELECT.
Text-Giving Option in Breeze
Please click here to get information about how to text your donations - pledges and other contributions - using the Breeze church system.
It's a Breeze!
We invite you to connect with Breeze, to access USG's Member Directory. Download The Breeze app to your smartphone, enabling you to find folks' contact info and more, while on the go.
USG Villages
If you have any questions about Villages at USG, please direct them to

Thanks to all the Villages who offer a friendly welcome and refreshments every Sunday. Here is the schedule of upcoming Fellowship Hour Hosts:

August 4 - Village 10
August 11 - Village 11
August 18 - Village 12
August 25 - Village 1
Our Wider Community
Click here to read what Cynthia Claus's UU church in San Miguel is doing to help their community and deportees.
UU Church of Delaware County is Hiring
The UUCDC has an opening for a 10-hour per week RE assistant. The job requires work on Sunday mornings, so may not be a good fit for church members who wish to attend Sunday morning worship, but would be a great fit for someone who would like a part time job in a UU community. The ideal candidate is someone who feels equally comfortable engaging with children in RE, providing support for our volunteer teachers, and managing information in our database. The job is listed at .
Multicultural Welcome Workshop
Saturday, August 24, 10:00am – 3:00pm

UU Congregation of Princeton NJ, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton NJ
Register Now!
The UU Church of the Restoration sponsors a
Bus Trip to the African-American Museum in DC
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Click here for details.
Greater Philadelphia UU Cluster
Events & News
UU Community Weekend, Aug 31 - Sept 2
Camp Canadensis in the Poconos

For more info and to register, visit:

To see all upcoming events at our GPC congregations, visit the GPC calendar: see the GPC Annual Report, click here.
Ongoing Groups
Get Involved! Meet Fellow UUs!
Follow links below to find out more information about the events and groups at USG that occur usually once a month.
20's & 30's SGM Group - Second Wednesday, August 14, 7:00pm, Drop-in Young Adults Small Group Ministry group. Contact Johanna at or on Facebook where they maintain an active invite-only activities group. (Please note corrected email address.)
Book Group on Friday Morning - Now on summer hiatus. Next meeting will be Third Friday, September 20, 10:30am at Cathedral Village. If interested in joining, please contact Barbara Dowdall at . In late August the 2019-2020 Book List will be posted on> About> Affinity Groups> Book Group.
CAMI (Citizens Against Mass Incarceration) - Fourth Monday, August 26, 7:00pm. At USG.
Caregivers Support Group - Second Friday, cancelled for August 9, 11:00am - 1:00pm. Next: September 13. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher at
Coffee Hour for Social Justice - On Summer Hiatus. See you in the Fall! Contact
EarthSpirit Circle-First Monday (except after holiday weekends) at 7:00pm. Next: September 9. At USG. Contact
Engage the BLUU (Black Lives of UU) Box - First Sunday, September 1, 12:00 - 1:00pm. followed by....
ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, September 1 1:00 - 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Barbara Dowdall at
Exploring Elderhood Gathering - On Summer Hiatus. See you in the Fall! Contact Gerry Whelan at

Humanists - PUSH - Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists, Fourth Sunday, August 25, 12:00pm. At USG. Contact Paul Teti at
LOC for POWER - Local Organizing Committee for Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Renew - First Sunday, September 1, 9:00 - 10:15am. At USG. Contact Dennis Brunn,

Nature Walking at Valley Green - Monday and Thursday at 9:00am, you can meet others at Valley Green in Chestnut Hill for a morning walk. Contact Steve Conrad, (December through March, start time will be 10:00am.)
Needle Exchange, a Handwork Group- First Wednesday, September 4, 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. Contact Margaret Thompson at
Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday, August 11, 12:00 - 1:30pm. Those new to SGMs can get a "sample" before making a commitment. For more information, contact Mark Bangela at
Racism Book Study Group -  Next: September 9, 7:30 - 9:00pm. (Usually Second Monday). Contact Treva Burger at
UU-101 - Third Sunday, August 18, 12:00 - 1:15pm. UU-101 is an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, held at USG, and childcare is provided. Please RSVP to Charles Gabriel or Eric Foster at
USG Facebook Groups
Join A USG Facebook Group!  
To find out about special events, post photos, and stay in touch, here are some of USG's groups and their Facebook links:
ASD (Adult Spiritual Development)
CSD (Child Spiritual Development)
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) A Closed Group great to know about and if desired, ask to join.
YA - Young Adults
Greater Philly UUs - Social Justice & Other Greater Philly UU News
It is a "closed" group, so find "Greater Philly UUs" on Facebook and click the button to request to join.
P.U.S.H. Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists
Exploring Elderhood
Our Caring Community
Our thoughts and prayers are with...
... Rich Matthies as he enters hospice care in the Chicago area. Rich (Kent’s father) struggles with Alzheimers and related complications. Cards are welcome to his wife, Mary Ellen Matthies: 1700 Robin Lane #207, Lisle, IL 60532.

We have received warm thanks from...
...Mary Kalyna, who suffered a serious leg fracture about four weeks ago and has been home now for a little over a week. She would like the USG community to know that she is very grateful for the multitude of helpers who have made it possible for her to be home. People helped with cat care, furniture transport, rides, flowers, chocolate and myriad other things. She especially wanted to mention the wide variety of tasty and healthful meals she has been receiving.  She says she can’t remember when she has eaten so well.  
Mary will have to be non-weight-bearing for several more weeks, so the need for meals continues. If you have not offered to help before this point, but now have some time to do so, please go to
 lotsahelpinghandscomsearch for Mary Kalyna's support team, and sign up on the task calendar there. And many thanks.

We are happy to hear the news that...
...Bonnie McDairmant is celebrating a new grandson, Maxton John Mizerny, born on Thursday, August 1, weighing in at 8lbs., 14 ounces.
USG's Caring Team
Linda Bernstein (chair), Sarah West, Andi Bernstein, Rev. Kent Matthies
If you are aware of any joys or concerns that should be part of our caring system, please let us know. You can email caring@usguu.orgIf you call a caring team member and do not speak directly, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned ASAP.

USG's Committee On Ministry (COM)
The Committee on Ministry (COM) is responsible for helping to facilitate communications and resolve conflicts within USG, and for handling issues under USG’s Safe Congregation Policy and Covenant of Right Relations. To find out more, including how to contact the COM members, please click here.
Contact Us
Rev. Kent Matthies, Minister -
Ryan Hurd, Director of Spiritual Development -
Mark Daugherty, Music Director -
Celeste Lamb, Church Administrator-
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator-
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator -
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton -

Board of Trustees 2019-20
Jenn Leiby, President, 
Jess Slivak, Vice President
Sam Stormont, Secretary
Nancy Anderson
Zachary Bosco
John Davis
Maggie Beaumont
Andrea Barsevick
Debbie Ward

Contact information for our Board members is available to all USG Members. Go to and log in, then click on Members tab> Leadership Directory.
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