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July 25 - 31, 2019
The CommUUnicator
The Weekly Newsletter of the
Unitarian Society of Germantown
Building Beloved Community
This week: this Sunday, we enjoy listening to another great guest speaker, Meg Ryan; we start to prepare for hosting homeless families at USG the last two weeks of August; and we say a hUUge thanks to our awesome volunteers!
This Sunday, July 28, 2019
In Worship, 10:30am 
Wax On, Wax Off
Meg Ryan

What do artists and the science of creativity have to teach us about the links between resilience and resistance, between self-advocacy and connection with others, and how to solve the intractable problems of our world?

Click here to learn more about Meg Ryan.
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.

Please consider putting into your grocery basket every week 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 9. Folks bringing food are asked to label items containing nuts.

At 12:00pm, attend the Humanists PUSH (Philadelphia Unitarian Society of Humanists) meeting held in the Daskam Room. 

Upcoming Service
Sunday, August 4, 10:30am 
Where the Spirit May Reside
Tom Ott

Our eight Principles are the foundation of our faith as we presently live it. And they ask much of us, both theologically and practically. A question that should be prominent for all Unitarian Universalists is "How may I embody this faith that encourages freedom while urging responsibility?"

Click here to learn more about Tom Ott.
Upcoming Events

Fourth Friday Delicious Dinner
July 26
Fundraiser for Two Sanctuary Families
Dine In/Take Out Meals ready from 11:00am to 7:00pm

Dinner from 7:00 - 9:00pm with Entertainment from Emily Joy Goldberg!
Suggested donation: $15 per meal

Call 856-392-8256 or go to (and search Sanctuary Dinner, Germantown FUMCOG Church)

Auction Items Still Open!

A Progressive Southern BBQ Dinner on July 27
An Ice Cream Social on August 4
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...

Go Lucid, Philly! A Lucid Dreaming Workshop with Ryan Hurd
Saturday, August 3, 1:00 - 3:00pm
The Spirit in Action
Rev. Kent at Sen. Haywood's Leadership Breakfast
On Monday, July 22, Rev. Kent Matthies was honored to attend a Leadership Breakfast for the region hosted by our PA State Senator, Art Haywood. Senator Haywood brought together a wide variety of leaders from higher education, business, faith, and non-profit organizations. The group received an update on state budget, schools, gun violence, jobs, and more. Rev. Kent was excited by the cross-sector relationship building and commitments towards taking more concrete actions towards the common good in the coming months. Click here to see the group gathered and hear Sen. Haywood.
USG will Host Three PIHN Families in Need
Sunday, August 18 - Sunday, September 1

PIHN is the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network that assists homeless families work their way to permanent housing. The agency has over a 92% success rate of families who gain permanent housing through their efforts.

From Sunday, August 18 through Sunday, September 1, USG will host three families.

USG as a church provides the overnight shelter: our three Sullivan rooms as bedrooms, and use of the kitchen, dining room and restrooms in the mornings and evenings.

We ask USG members and friends to be...
...dinner hosts, usually in partnership with another person, offering evening meals (that you prepare at home or at USG), and a welcoming physical presence as hosts each evening of their stay, from 6:00 - 8:30pm.
...overnight hosts from 8:30pm until 7:00am, providing a layer of security for the families and for our church, being available should the need arise, and sleeping in Kent's air-conditioned office (cot provided).

Contact Carolyn Scott, PIHN hosting coordinator, at

Can't host? Donate money for groceries, pick up needed groceries, or help families move in on August 18 or out on September 1. (Childcare will probably be needed, Sarah Frazier!) 

See Carolyn during Fellowship Hour on July 28, August 4 or August 11 to sign up to help!
Sure was hot last Sunday! A lot of you decided to stay home. It happened to be a Share the Plate service. So if you stayed cool and would still like to make a contribution to the PA Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, which supports immigrants in numerous ways throughout the state, you can either write a check payable to USG and put "PICC" in the memo line or text a donation amount and "STP" to (215) 608-2660. (For example, 25 STP.) Many thanks!
News and Announcements
We offer PlayPacks for children during the Worship Services, available in baskets at the entrances. Please return them to the baskets as you leave so they are available for following Sundays.
Church Office Hours for the Summer
Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 1:30. Please call ahead to 215-844-1157 if you need entry.

Thank You, Grounds Volunteers!

Andre Stormont, Sam Stormont, Jim Salom, and Yvonne Marlier came out on Wednesday to create a new flower bed with plants donated by various USG friends...
...and then on Thursday morning, July 25, more people came out to weed, move rocks and boulders, plant, and lay mulch. Bill Blasdel, Sarah DiGioia, Heather Hill, Louise Lisi, Yvonne Marlier, Andrea Parry, Ann Schoonmaker, and Eileen Teti, thank you for your kind stewardship! If we have omitted someone, please let us know. We are so grateful for your time and work!
Nicky Brown Scholarship Opportunity
If you are a pledging/paying member of USG or have been a contributing friend for two (2) years or more, your college-bound son/daughter can apply for a small stipend, the Nicky Brown Scholarship. All applications are due by July 31, 2018. Please contact Shawn Miller for an application at: or 215-631-9958.

Photo is of Nicky Brown.
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.
Interested in becoming a member of USG?
The next New Member Signing Ceremony will take place during the service on August 25. If you are interested in joining on that day, please take UU-101 on the third Sunday of July or August (at 12:00pm) and  email Treva Burger at about taking the Membership Orientation on Sunday, July 28, 9:30 - 10:30am.
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, USG's powerful, user-friendly, and money-saving database, which includes a Member DirectoryGo to to create your own log-in. Log in with our church's domain ID - usg - and then create your own user name and password.

Through Breeze, you can manage your profile, make contributions and view previous giving, and connect with other USGers. 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 Carolyn Scott.
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:

July 28 - Village 9
August 4 - Village 10
August 11 - Village 11
August 18 - Village 12
August 25 - Village 1
Our Wider Community
Listen to podcast White Lies
UU minister Rev. James Reeb (seen here) was murdered in Selma during the Civil Rights movement. (One of USG’s connections to Rev. Reeb is that our own Ingrid Brown worked for him when she first arrived from Germany.) The investigation into his murder is the focus of an NPR podcast, White Lies. To find it, type into your search engine “NPR White Lies.”

Opportunity to Donate to Rev. James Reeb Memorial
Deadline: July 27

The Unitarian Universalist Community of Casper WY, in partnership with the family of Rev. James Reeb and community partners, invites your congregation to participate in a Faithify campaign. The funds will help to pay for the creation of a James Reeb Memorial Mural located here in his hometown of Casper. This Faithify campaign runs until July 27. To learn more and donate to the Rev. James Reeb Memorial Mural, go to  . 
Multicultural Welcome Workshop
Saturday, August 24, 10:00am – 3:00pm

UU Congregation of Princeton NJ, 50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton NJ
Register Now!
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, August 9, 11:00am - 1:00pm. At USG. Contact Maura Gallagher at
Coffee Hour for Social Justice - On Summer Hiatus. See you in the Fall! Contact
EarthSpirit Circle- Next on Monday, July 29. (Usually First Monday) 7:00pm. At USG. Contact
Engage the BLUU (Black Lives of UU) Box - First Sunday, August 4, 12:00 - 1:00pm. followed by....
ERC (Ending Racism Committee) - First Sunday, August 4, 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, July 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, August 4, 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, August 7, 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 - Second Monday,  August 12, 7:30 - 9:00pm. 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...
...Barbara Bartlett, who is continuing to recover in Rydal Rehab. Cards to her home address are welcome.

...the family and friends of Erica Miceli, a kind, warm person and a USG friend for many years. Erica died suddenly in the week of July 15, 2019. She has two children, Eden and Riley. The memorial service for Erica will be held at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church at 916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia PA 19147 this coming Saturday, July 20th at 4:00pm. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at 9601 Ashton Rd. #M10, Philadelphia, PA 19114.

...Mary Kalyna (please note correct spelling), a USG member and choir member, who suffered a serious fall on June 27.  Mary broke her right leg both above and below the knee. She was immediately hospitalized, underwent surgery, and is now in rehab at Bishop White Lodge. Mary would be happy to receive cards at her home address, 138 W. Sedgwick St., Phila PA 19119. ( Mail will be taken to her.) Please see the dedicated email from our Caring Committee sent on Wednesday, July 17 about helping Mary through
lotsahelpinghandscom. Mary will need kitty care, meals, possibly rides for shopping and/or appointments. She also needs a wheelchair to borrow. Got wheels?

We are happy to hear the news that...
...Andi Bernstein will now be a member of USG's Caring Team. Welcome and thank you, Andi!
...Anne Gwynn and Mel Streib's daughter Kirsten Gwynn gave birth to Adelaine Raychelle on Monday, July 22. Adelaine was also welcomed by her father Ben Ott and big brother Liam, aged 6.  Anne and Mel were visiting Kirsten and family in Portland, Oregon when the birth took place. 
...Andre and Sam Stormont welcomed a new grandson, Jake Paul Stormont, born to Lisa and Colin Stormont, on July 2. (Jake shares a birthday with his dad!)
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
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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