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April 4 - 10, 2019
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of the
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community
This Week: On Friday evening, you are invited to view the film King in the Wilderness on the sanctuary's big screen; on Sunday, come to hear a quartet of voices speak on the concept of wholeness. Join us!
This Sunday, April 7, 2019
In Worship, 10:30am
On Wholeness ~ A Quartet of Voices
The theme for April is Wholeness. As with most themes, there are many ways of coming to an understanding of what it may mean. Four members of USG will share how they see the concept, each from a different perspective.

Image: A single flower from different perspectives
In Child Spiritual Development
Children begin the morning with families in the Sanctuary and then are sung out around 10:45am to their classes. Here are this Sunday's class room assignments:
  • PreK - K - Sullivan 1
  • Grades 1 - 3 - Sullivan 2
  • Grades 4 - 6 - Sullivan 3
At 10:30am, the OWL class will meet in the Daskam Room until 12:00pm.

The PM Youth Group will meet next on Sunday, April 14, 6:00 - 8:00pm in the Bristol Room & Kitchen. There will be no more AM Youth Group meetings this year.

Details about the CSD programs and schedules can be found on the website under the Spiritual Development tab.
Childcare for children 4-5 years old and younger is offered this Sunday and most Sundays from 9:00am - 12:00pm in the Committee Room.
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.


Please consider putting into your grocery basket every week one or two articles of nonperishable food items 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. Please check expiration dates.

Look into the LOC for POWER meeting, 9:00 - 10:15am in the Daskam Room

Opportunities after the service
Enjoy a welcome and refreshments offered by Village 8. Those generous folks bringing food are asked to label items containing nuts.
Submit your donations of events and/or services to the Auction Committee.

See Betsy Gabriel to sign up for the April 28 Interfaith Peace Walk.

Engage the BLUU Box (Black Lives of UUs)
at 12:00pm in Sullivan Chapel, and then stay for...

Ending Racism Committee Meeting at 1:00pm in Sullivan.

Upcoming Worship Service
April 14, 10:30am
Building Wholeness with Right Relations, Rev. Kent Matthies
Did you know our congregation has a covenant of right relations? Yes, we do! Our diverse, spiritually vibrant congregation has made sacred promises to specific ways of being with one another. These include:
-Express gratitude for the efforts of others, particularly those who volunteer.
-Ask for help when needed and give help as able.
-Listen, with an open heart, to fully appreciate another’s point of view.
-Approach disagreements and conflicts constructively, communicating with others in a direct, caring and responsible manner.
Come explore how these ways of being can help us – as individuals and community – to achieve wholeness and our greatest potential in body, mind and spirit.

Upcoming Events
You are Invited to...
A Community Film Screening and Discussion:
King in the Wilderness
TOMORROW, Friday, April 5, 7:15pm

This HBO documentary chronicles the final three years of Rev. Martin Luther King’s life.  Based on interviews of friends and colleagues in the Movement,  it features the pressures on King as he addressed  problems in the North and as he endured the criticisms and doubts from many sides about his core philosophy of non-violent direct action and about his decision to come out forcefully against the Vietnam War.
Free admission.   A discussion will follow moderated by one of the activists featured in the documentary:  Rev. Richard Fernandez.

WHERE:  the Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive (parking in rear off Johnson St..)

Sponsors:   Social Justice Council of the Unitarian Society of Germantown,  UUPLAN, and others.
16th Annual
Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
Sunday, April 28, 2:00 - 5:00pm
A walking dialogue among Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Baha'i, Wicans & Others.
Stops at three Houses of Worship in Center City: Society Hill Synagogue, Arch Street United Methodist Church, and the Friends Center. Plus a pre-walk gathering at the Al Aqsa Islamic Center.

USG's Seder - Saturday, April 27, 5:00 -8:00pm
The Annual Seder dinner is one of the spiritual highlights of the year for many of us. An event for all ages, our Seder will celebrate the beginning of Passover and the liberation of Israelites/Jews from the slavery of ancient Egypt. Please bring a bottle of Kosher wine or apple cider and a potluck dessert to share. For more information, please email

To RSVP and to make a donation for the Seder Dinner, please complete this form by Sunday, April 21. To help cover the costs of the meal, we ask a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children ($30 for a family of 4 or more). We invite everyone to attend, regardless of ability to pay. Pay as little or as much as you are able.
Also, we are looking for volunteers to help with setup, serving and clean up for the dinner. When you RSVP, please let us know if you can serve in one of those capacities.


USG Service Auction

Saturday, May 4, 2019

NEW! WAIT LIST! If you miss out on something the night of the auction, you can get another chance. 

A Wait List? Yep. Find out what this is about at the Auction Table during Fellowship Hour!
Looking for inspiration about what to donate to the Auction? Click here!
And click here to access the Donation Form!
UUPLAN Annual Meeting
Friday & Saturday,  April 26 - 27

Paula Cole Jones to be keynoter at UUPLAN April Meeting -- Ms. Jones is a long-time leader in UUA circles  of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multicultural training. To register and join the USG delegation at the meeting hosted by the York UU congregation, go to and call Dennis Brunn (609-529-8838) for more information. Also see the attached flyer.
The USG Annual Membership Meeting
Sunday, May 19, 12:00pm

Click here to see 2019-20 Board Members and Nominees.
Click here to see 2019-20 Nominating Committee Nominees.
General Assembly of UUs
This year the General Assembly is in Spokane, Washington, from June 19 - 23. Registration and housing now open; please go to
Image: Gondola Skyride above Spokane Falls.
And in case you missed these Spiritual Development events in this week's SPIRIT...

Josh Korda Day-long Mindfulness Retreat: Hungry Ghosts and Angry Demons .
Saturday, April 13. All spaces are now filled. If you would like placed on the wait list, please contact

If you cannot make the Josh Korda retreat, please note that we are offering another day of mindfulness with Deborah Cooper: Welcoming Spring, Saturday, May 18.

The Family Circle
for parents of young children advertised in last Tuesday's SPIRIT will NOT meet as announced on April 7, as we still need to iron out some wrinkles. But this program will soon be offered, so stay tuned!

Racism Book Study Group
Second Mondays. Next: April 8, 7:30 - 9:30pm

Exploring Elderhood, led by Linda Brunn
Friday, April 12, 2:00 - 4:30pm
News and Announcements
2019-2020 Pledge Campaign Update: We are off to a great start! Through April 3 we have received $115,231 in pledges which is 31% toward our goal of $367,500. Thanks to the 43 early pledgers who represent 20% of our households.
Please consider pledging SOON to help in planning USG programs and activities. You can submit your pledge three ways:
1.  MAIL a pledge form to USG, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia PA 19119.
2.  ONLINE go to our website at, click on the PLEDGE link at the top, and click on the Online Stewardship Pledge Form. Be sure to click "submit" when done.
3.  IN PERSON at USG, put your completed pledge form in the blue box located in the foyer as you go into the Sanctuary.
Questions or pledges can also be directed anytime to
The Stewardship Committee:
Rick Rodes, Chair; Eric Foster, Kent Matthies

Help make this the wildest, most precious and best Stewardship Campaign ever!
Last Saturday, March 30, 2019, USG hosted its annual and successful All-Church Dinner for 150 people. Many people significantly helped to make it happen:
Table Hosts with "the Mostest": Andrea Barsevick/Rudy Sprinkle, Treva Burger, Linda/Dennis Brunn, Ann/Richard Clarey, Andrea Durham, Sarah Frazier, Betsy/Charles Gabriel, Melissa Guerriero, Janet Haas, Shawn Miller, Linda O'Gwynn, Aubrey/Jovana Ramos, Jessica Slivak, Jessica Stanforth, Paul Teti, Debbie Ward, and Adrianne/Scott Wolkenberg.
Bartenders Extraordinaire: Sarah DiGioia, Maurice Gaston, Tom Ott
Ryan Hurd, our wonderful DSD: Obtaining caring Child Care Givers
Mike Rogers, our stupendous sexton: Providing his usual outstanding sexton services
Rick Rodes: finding and booking the Deb Callahan Band
Gloria Guldager: Providing her outstanding tech support and general all around support.
A special thank you to all the Table Guests who provided the appetizers and dinner and dessert fixings.
Lastly, the All-Church Dinner Planning Team: Susan Bockius, Susan Smith and Bill Dowdall. They have returned year after year offering their knowledge, wisdom and gracious support. Without them, the evening wouldn't have been so easy.
With much appreciation to all,

Kay Weiser
All-Church Dinner Planning Team Chair
(And we give a huge THANK YOU to you, Kay!)
All Church Dinner Archives Display ~ THANK YOU!
On the evening of the All-Church Dinner, the Archives Committee shared with fellow members some of the delights we find in our work.  The display reflected the significant effort of several committee members:
We thank Howard Silver, who, upon discovering framed pictures in the Archives, resolved to put them before the congregation again.  Howard mounted the picture rail on the Sexton Library wall, secured new frames in correct measurements, and remounted the historic images. Susan Bockius created the textual notes affixed to the frames. 

Our archives contain a variety of media, some from the distant past.  Archives Committee member (and professional archivist) Barbara Vandergrift has shouldered our media challenge.  Barbara transferred to DVD a treasured film of the new church’s 1927 cornerstone laying and 1929 dedication service while also preserving the original film.
Our own media mogul Jeff Smith assisted in making a VHS tape of USG Congregational Life in the 1990's viewable on current equipment. He even combined it with the digitized 1920’s film.  And Jeff isn’t even an Archives Committee member! What fun to see current members way back in the 1990’s!
Carolyn Cotton and Linda Bernstein sorted through a collection of photos from times past to create a display in the Dining Room.  We hope you got a chance to see if you recognized some old friends in those photos.
Working behind the scenes were Archive Committee members Mary Phalan and Kay Weiser.

We treasure our memories.  We treasure our relationships.  We are a church for life.

Susan Bockius, Archives Committee Chair
It's a Breeze!
We invite you to connect with Breeze, USG's powerful, user-friendly, and money-saving database, which includes a Member Directory.
Go to to create your own log-in, manage your profile, make contributions and view previous giving, and connect with other USGers. You may also download the Breeze app on your smartphone to have access to USG data while on the go. Find out people's phone numbers, addresses, and get directions, all in one place. It is ... a Breeze!
Click here to get helpful tips for using the new Breeze database and Member Directory. If you have any questions or need assistance using Breeze, please contact Gloria at
Interested in joining USG?
The next New Member Signing is on April 28. We ask that you take a UU-101 class, offered the third Sunday of each month after the service (April 21) and a New Member Orientation next offered April 14 before joining. We welcome people into Membership four times a year. Please visit the Membership page in the Home menu on our website, or contact Treva Burger at for more information. 
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.
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:
April 7 - Village 8
April 14 - Village 9
April 21 - Village 10
April 28 - Village 11

Call to Action
UUPLAN Philly Gathering will promote voting reforms on April 11:   UUPLAN will join with Common Cause, March on Harrisburg, the League of Women Voters and other advocates to promote election day registration, limits on financial contributions,  and anti-gerrymandering measures on Thursday, April 11, 6 to 8 pm, at Tindley Temple UMC, 750 Broad Street, Phila. 19146.  For more info:  tomulrich41@gmailcom.
Our Wider Community
Interfaith Freedom Seder + 50
Sponsored by The Shalom Center
Sunday April 7, 2019
Dinner - 5pm, Seder - 7pm
Masjidullah, 7401 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia 19138

Unirondack Camp Opens
If you have youth between the ages of 8 and 17 who are looking to connect with other UU Youth, enjoy limitless fun in the Adirondack Mountains, eat s'mores, create art and music, and play games and sports while learning about the importance of community all shaped by Unitarian Universalist values, welcome to Unirondack.
For more information, visit, or ask your DRE or minister for a brochure. We can also be reached at
Greater Philadelphia UU Cluster
Events & News

Singers Workshop, April 13, 12:00 - 5:00 pm, UUC of Delaware CountyCalling all singers! Come and participate in group singing exercises and several workshops geared toward developing your voice. For more details and to register, visit:

New Hope Celebrates Pride Parade, May 18, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm (meet at 11:00 am). If you, or your congregation would like to join us, please contact us in advance at or find us in the staging area by 11:00am on the day of the parade. For more info, visit:

UUMAC, July 7-13, DeSales University
UUMAC gathers together for one week each year to build community and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith through fun, friendship, music, dancing, learning and worship. For more info and to register, visit:

To see all upcoming events at our GPC congregations, visit the GPC calendar:
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 Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm, Drop-in Young Adults Small Group Ministry group. Contact Stephanie Bonner at  or on Facebook where they maintain an active invite-only activities group.
Book Group on Friday Morning - Third Friday, April 19, 10:30am at Cathedral Village. If interested in joining, please contact Barbara Dowdall at The 2018-2019 Book List is now posted on> About> Affinity Groups> Book Group.
CAMI (Citizens Against Mass Incarceration) - Fourth Monday, April 22, 7:00pm.
Caregivers Support Group - Second Friday, April 12, 11:00am - 1:00pm. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher at
Coffee Hour for Social Justice - Next: Sunday, April 14, 9:15 - 10:15am. (Usually Third Sunday) in Dining Room at USG. Get up. Get coffee. Get involved. Contact
EarthSpirit Circle. First Monday, May 6, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact
Engage the BLUU (Black Lives of UU) Box - First Sunday, April 7, 12:00 - 1:00pm. followed by....
ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, April 7, 1:00 - 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Barbara Dowdall at
Exploring Elderhood Gathering - Second Friday, April 12, 2:00 - 4:30pm. At USG. Contact Gerry Whelan at

Humanists - PUSH - Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists, Fourth Sunday, April 28, 12:00pm. At USG. Contact Paul Teti at
LOC for POWER - Local Organizing Committee for Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Renew - First Sunday, April 7, 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, May 1, 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. Contact Margaret Thompson at
Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday (NEXT: May 12, 12:00 - 1:30pm. (No Open SGM in April).Those new to SGMs can get a "sample" before making a commitment. For more information, contact Mark Bangela at
Racism Book Study Group - Second Monday, April 8, 7:30 - 9:00pm. Contact Treva Burger at
UU-101 - Third Sunday, April 21, 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
USG's Caring Team
Linda Bernstein (chair), Sarah West, 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
If you call a caring team member and do not speak directly, leave a voice mail and your call will be returned ASAP.
Contact Us
Rev. Kent Matthies, Minister -
Ryan Hurd, Director of Spiritual Development -
Mark Daugherty, Music Director -
Gloria Guldager, Church Administrator-
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator-
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator -
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton -

Board of Trustees
Jenn Leiby, President, 
Jess Slivak, Vice President
Eva Finney, Secretary
Nancy Anderson
Michael Campbell
Joanne Davis
Sam Stormont
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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