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February 7 - 13, 2019
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of the
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community
This Week: We welcome Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt to the pulpit, welcome new members to the USG community, and open registration for the all-church dinner!
This Sunday, February 10, 2019
In Worship, 10:30am
Faith Under Pressure
Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt

So many of us come to Unitarian Universalism to find community, to renew our spirits, to commit ourselves to the work of justice. But the promises we made as liberal religious people were made in a world very different from the one in which we live today. How shall we now live our faith, in these critical days for our country and our world?
 
The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt is president of Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist and multi-religious seminary in Berkeley, CA. A congregational minister in Manhattan for more than a dozen years, Rev. McNatt was an editor and widely anthologized writer for more than 20 years before answering the call to ministry. She is the author of three books, including her memoir, Unafraid of the Dark. Rev. McNatt is married to Robert McNatt, a lifelong UU who introduced her to the faith when they met at Yale University. They are the proud parents of two young adult sons, Allen and Daniel.  

During our worship service this Sunday, we warmly welcome new members into the USG community with their formal signing of the Membership Book.
In Child Spiritual Development
Children begin the morning with families in the Sanctuary and then are sung out around 10:45am to their classes. (Please note that during elevator installation, some classes will meet in different rooms*.)
  • PreK - K - Sullivan 1
  • Grades 1 - 3* - Sullivan 2
  • Grades 4 - 6 - Sullivan 3
Class beginning at 10:30am:
  • OWL*, Grades 7 - 8 - Youth Lodge, 1st Fl. (meets 10:30am - 12:00 noon)
Class this evening at 6:00pm:
  • PM Youth Group - Bristol Room and Kitchen (meets 6:00- 8:00pm)
Parents, please click here to find out details, especially about where to collect the children after the service ends.

Details about the CSD programs and schedules can be found on the Usguu.org 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 Bristol 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.

 
BRING IN nonperishable food items for our monthly Food Drive and put them on the designated carts in the Kitchen. Donations will be delivered to St. Vincent de Paul's Food Pantry. Please check expiration dates.

Opportunities after the service
Enjoy a welcome and refreshments provided by Village 1. Those generous folks bringing food are asked to label items containing nuts.

Attend an Open Small Group Ministry Group at 12:00pm in the Daskam Room, offered to folks who want to sample this or who cannot attend regularly. Contact Mark Bangela at opensgm@usguu.org.
Special Music Worship Service
In Two Weeks:
Sunday, February 24, 10:30am
Music Service: The Immigrant Experience, composed by John Kramer
USG choir and soloists and Mark Daugherty, Music Director
Immigration has become a hot button issue in 21st century America. It seems we sometimes lose track of the fact that real human beings, looking for a better life for themselves and their families, are involved. A colleague of Mark Daugherty's in the UU Musicians Network has recently composed an extended work called The Immigrant Experience featuring texts by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lyndon B. Johnson, George W. Bush, James Madison, Robert F. Kennedy and Thomas Paine. The piece had a sensational premier in Massachusetts in November, and the choir has voiced their strong emotional connection with the music and words. We will be presenting the first performance in Philadelphia (probably also the Pennsylvania premiere.) Come and share this experience as we present powerful topical music of our time. Bring a friend, maybe even someone who doesn’t normally attend services here.
Upcoming Events
Join us! Sign up today!
Registration for the All-Church Dinner on Saturday, March 30 is now open!
Click here!

Please plan to join us for this annual community gathering where we enjoy good food, good company, and celebrate our Beloved USG Community!

We will begin with a wine and appetizer reception followed by a family-style potluck dinner sitting at assigned tables and ending with entertainment in the Sanctuary. Childcare will be available from 5-9 p.m.
To RSVP, please follow this link and complete the registration form NO LATER than March 17, 2019. For planning purposes, it is important that all registrations are received by the deadline. Thank you!

Registration is also available during Fellowship Hour.
Bring the family, bring a friend! See you at the All Church Dinner!

Kay Weiser (Chair), Susan Bockius, Susan Smith and Bill Dowdall
Read-In runs from February 1 to February 28, midnight 
 WHAT TO DO

Select something to read by an African American author: fiction or nonfiction, a play, poems, etc.
Read anytime during the month.
Send a note with the title(s) and writer to Barb Dowdall, ERC Chair  at
endingracism@usguu.org.
Share your reading at the ERC Meeting, Sunday March 3, 1:00 pm
USG will fill out and send in our report card with the number of readers along with titles and authors.
 
Additional information and lists are available at:

http://www2.ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in-toolkit/
 
Note: Book and magazine donations are welcome for students at A. Philip Randolph Career Tech High School. Leave at Ending Racism Committee Table
Pickleball Pizza Party!
Date: Saturday, March 9, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Place: Upper Dublin Sports Center
            680 Tennis Avenue
            Ambler, PA 19002
            215-643-7377
Cost: $25 donation to USG (please make payment via the Online Payment Center at usguu.org)

 
Join Judy and Rick Rodes and other USGers for a Pickleball Pizza Party! No prior pickleball experience is necessary. Please contact Rick Rodes at rrodes541@gmail.com if you have any questions or if you wish to reserve a spot for this exciting evening of fun, friends, and food
And in case you missed these Spiritual Development events in this week's SPIRIT...

Mindful Living with Deborah Cooper
Sunday evenings, February 10 - March 31, 5:00 - 6:30pm


Racism Book Study
Second Monday, February 11, 7:30 - 9:00pm (please note correct date)
Immigration Justice
Sanctuary Families Fundraiser Dinner
February 22, 6:00pm at FUMCOG
(Every Fourth Friday)

Meet the Reyes and Thompson families who are in sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Germantown, FUMCOG, for dinner. Open to the public, the fundraiser meal will occur each fourth Friday until the families’ situation is resolved. Please try to make at least a $10 donation.

First United Methodist Church of Germantown is at 6001 Germantown Ave. Use the entrance off the parking lot on the northwest side of the building. If you have questions, contact Yvonne Marlier: immigration@usguu.org
News and Announcements
Seeking BookTable Manager
The InSpirit UU Book and Gift Shop is offering a new opportunity for all UU congregations to create a Booktable account. This new account would allow USG to receive special discounts on book sales. Many congregations have books for sale before and after Sunday services, and the booktable becomes a popular way to raise money and also keep congregants aware of new resources. Also, if there is a USG group that is reading a book for a special program, we could possibly sell the books at the discounted rate for those participants. To make this happen, we need someone who would be willing to manage and oversee the booktable. If you would be willing to manage a booktable account for USG, please send a note to Gloria at usgadmin@usguu.org.
Your Five Star Ratings go to... ?
Do you have a favorite florist? Caterer? Photographer? Or any other person or company you would use for a special event? Please let us know. We are updating our "preferred vendors" list for building rentals and are hoping to build strong connections and create cross-promotion opportunities with vendors we work with regularly. Send your recommendations to Gloria at usgadmin@usguu.org. Thank you!
Help Us Look For Potential Board Candidates
The USG Board provides essential but sometimes unnoticed leadership to USG. Without it, there would be no functioning USG congregation. Serving a term on the Board is both an honor and a great way to help ensure the vitality of this congregation, now and in the future.
 

Every year the USG Nominating Committee is tasked with finding three new people to serve a three-year term on the Board. We strive to find people who will bring to Board service as many of the following qualities as possible.
 
1. Is a USG member
2. Has shown personal integrity and the temperament to work well with other Board members
3. Would bring ethnic, gender, or age diversity to the Board
4. Has provided significant past or current service to USG through committee work or other service
5. Would bring significant life experience (professional or otherwise) that would be relevant to the Board's work.
6. Has made a financial commitment to USG
 
The Nominating Committee would like to make sure that we are aware of anyone in the congregation who might be interested in Board service and who feels they meet some or all of the above criteria. If you are such a person, or would simply like to learn more about Board service, please contact any current member of the Nominating Committee.

They are Alan Windle (chair), Linda Brunn, Rick Rodes, Shobhana Kanal, and Howard Silver. You can reach them at nomcom@usguu.org.
It's a Breeze!
We invite you to connect with Breeze, USG's new, more powerful, user-friendly, and money-saving database, which includes a Member Directory.
 
Go to usg.breezechms.com 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. For those of you who loved the ChurchLife app for smartphones, you will love this app, too. 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 usgadmin@usguu.org.
New Text-Giving Option in Breeze
Please click here to get information about how to text your donations - pledges and other contributions - using the new Breeze church system.
 
Interested in Joining USG?
We welcome people into membership four times a year. We ask that people take a UU-101 class (offered monthly, next: February 17) and a Membership Orientation (offered quarterly, next: April 14) before joining. There will be a New Member Signing on February 10. If you are interested in any of these events or for more information, please email Welcoming Co-Chairs Treva Burger and Lisa Dutton at welcoming@usguu.org. In addition, you can visit our Membership page on our website,  usguu.org.
Our Wider Community
Jubilee, March 8-10, Main Line Unitarian Church
ERC Offers Scholarships to Jubilee
The Ending Racism Committee is offering partial scholarships to people who would be able to attend the Jubilee Racial Justice workshop at Main Line UU Church in Devon March 8, 9 and 10 (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday til 4) if they received some financial support. Email endingracism@usguu.org to request a scholarship by March 1. Please visit  https://usguu.org/events/jubilee-racial-justice-workshop/ for more information.
Volunteerism- The Struggle is Real!
Volunteerism training, March 16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (8:30 Meet and Greet), At USG. Pat Infante, CER Primary Contact, will be facilitating a workshop on volunteerism
We’ll examine changing demographic trends and what they tell us about who volunteers and why, and look at new ways of recruiting, retaining and appreciating the folks who power our congregations in so many ways. The morning will include time for group conversations about what IS working – please come and share your successes! For more info and to register, visit: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/volunteerism/.
More 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. More details to come!

To see all upcoming events at our GPC congregations, visit the GPC calendar: greaterphillyuu.org/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, February 14, 6:30pm, Drop-in Young Adults Small Group Ministry group. Contact Stephanie Bonner at yasgm@usguu.org  or on Facebook where they maintain an active invite-only activities group.
 
Book Group on Friday Morning - Third Friday, February 15, 10:30am at Cathedral Village. If interested in joining, please contact Barbara Dowdall at bookgroup@usguu.org The 2018-2019 Book List is now posted on usguu.org> About> Affinity Groups> Book Group.
 
CAMI (Citizens Against Mass Incarceration) - Fourth Monday, February 25, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact Nancy Anderson at cami@usguu.org.
 
Caregivers Support Group - Second Friday, February 8, 11:00am - 1:00pm. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher at caregivers@usguu.org.
 
Coffee Hour for Social Justice - Third Sunday, February 17, 9:15 - 10:15am. Usually in Dining Room at USG. Get up. Get coffee. Get involved. Contact socialaction@usguu.org.
 
EarthSpirit Circle. First Monday, March 4, 7:00pm. At USG. Contact earth@usguu.org.
 
Engage the BLUU (Black Lives of UU) Box - First Sunday, March 3, 12:00 - 1:00pm. followed by....
ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, March 3, 1:00 - 2:00pm. At USG. Contact Barbara Dowdall at endingracism@usguu.org.
 
Exploring Elderhood Gathering - Second Friday, March 8, 2:00 - 4:30pm. At USG. Contact Gerry Whelan at asd@usguu.org.

Humanists - PUSH - Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists, Fourth Sunday, February 24, 12:00pm. At USG. Contact Paul Teti at push@usguu.org.
 
Nature Walking at Valley Green - Monday and Thursday at 10:00am, you can meet others at Valley Green in Chestnut Hill for a morning walk. Contact Steve Conrad,  walks@usguu.org. (Apr - Nov, start time will be 9:00am)
 
Needle Exchange, a Handwork Group- First Wednesday, March 6, 1:30 - 3:00pm, off-site. Contact Margaret Thompson at needleexchange@usguu.org
 
Open Small Group Ministry - Second Sunday, February 10, 12:00 - 1:30pm. Those new to SGMs can get a "sample" before making a commitment. For more information, contact Mark Bangela at opensgm@usguu.org.

Racism Book Study Group - Second Monday, February 11, 7:30 - 9:00pm. Contact Treva Burger at bookstudy.usguu.org
 
UU-101 - Third Sunday, February 17, 12:00-1:00pm. UU-101 is an Introduction to Unitarian Universalism, held at USG, and childcare is provided. Please RSVP to Charles Gabriel or Eric Foster at uu101@usguu.org. If unable to email, you can call Eric at 484-347-8998.

 
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)
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/488796191285852/
 
CSD (Child Spiritual Development)
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/614888345298012/
 
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) A Closed Group great to know about and if desired, ask to join.
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/159684794179772/
 
YA - Young Adults
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/222017321218275/
 
Greater Philly UUs - Social Justice & Other Greater Philly UU News
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/295899673821267/
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
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/456250251248210/
 
Exploring Elderhood
https://www.facebook.com/groups/613100295561080/?ref=bookmarks
Our Caring Community
We continue to send loving and healing thoughts to ...
...Nancy Dearden and her family. Nancy is moving to the Moss Rehabilitation Center in Elkins Park on February 7, after a two-week hospital stay where she received treatment for multiple myeloma and a broken femur. Cards of support will be welcome. 

......Patricia Hamill, her wife Gina Collier and their children Avery and Finn. Patricia’s 93 year-old mother, Martha Sue King Hamill, died in January in Baltimore, surrounded by family love.

...Vanessa Lowe and her father Thomas Lowe, who is recovering from an amputation received on January 30 and is facing a long recovery. Vanessa will be helping in his care.
 
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 caring@usguu.org
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
Staff
Rev. Kent Matthies, Minister - kmatthies@usguu.org
Ryan Hurd, Director of Spiritual Development - dsd@usguu.org
Mark Daugherty, Music Director - musicdirector@usguu.org
Gloria Guldager, Church Administrator- usgadmin@usguu.org
Carolyn Scott, Asst. Administrator- communications@usguu.org
Carolyn Cotton, Rental Coordinator - rental@usguu.org
Mike Rogers, Sunday Morning and Special Events Sexton - sexton@usguu.org


Board of Trustees
Jenn Leiby, President, president@usguu.org 
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 usguu.org and log in, then click on Members tab> Leadership Directory.
 
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