February 17, 2014

This Sunday – February 22, 2015

Sunday Service Volunteers:  

Greeters: Chase Roeper and ???  Will someone step up to help Chase on Sunday? Please?

Community Hour: Julia Lennon and Anne Fischer

Flowers: Susie Mansfield in memory of Elisabeth Sieck Haertel

To sign up, go to:  http://www.signupgenius.com Log in with your login name and password, or click ‘Find a Sign Up’ at the upper right, use puuc@uupeterborough.org as the email to search. Or you can simply respond to this email. (If you call me after 4:30 on Thursdays, I will not get the voicemail. Email is better.)

Sermon: “Selma: Fifty Years and Counting”  Rev. Olivia Holmes


This week and beyond:


A question for you all:   Are we feeling comfortable?

Well, when I woke up and AGAIN it was 7° below zero with the infamous wind chill at minus 19 ° and we had another foot of snow; which I had to shovel and there was a hole in my mitten, I concluded that the answer was a resounding: "NO,   I was not very comfortable..."

I suspect that many of you have had similar experiences of late. (Although did we mention Our New England Patriots making the next two months a tiny bit more comfy? )          So what to do?

Let's prepare for THE WINTER COMFORT FOOD COOKOFF!  What better way to deal with this winter stuff than enjoying some fine comfort food dining??

                               Saturday, Feb 21 at 6 PM

Enjoy some of the finest winter comfort food that this region has to offer.

We will be offering fabulous prizes for the best comfort food entries in the following categories:

            *Appetizers                      *Main Courses    *Desserts       AND

                        *Best comfortable outfit wearable to a church sponsored event.

The Admission prices will be comfortable as well:

$10 - Big Kids & Adults 10 to 110 years old

$25- Family

$5 -  If you bring an entry

Free! - Kids under 10

  Coffee and water provided. Otherwise bring beverage of your choice.

So there you have it! What could be more fun or more comforting in this difficult winter (aside from an all expense paid trip to the Caribbean)! Sadly we do not have any of those to give out. (Hint - the prizes will be a tad more modest than that !)

Please LET US KNOW if YOU will be bringing a  CONTEST  ENTRY

RSVP w/your ENTRY, to contacts below, by noon on Fri., Feb 20th  - the day before THE EVENT. Sooner would be fine, too !  Thanks.

Your Winter Comfort Food           John Richards (784-5144) richardsjw@comcast.net

dinner subcommittee,                    Tom Badgley  (588-2979) tom.badgley@gmail.com


Cresset deadline

In anticipation of the Cresset newsletter for March, please have your submissions to me by Tuesday, February 24th. Thanks.


Congregational Interviews for Search Committee Nominees

In keeping with UUA best practices for selecting a search committee, the Standing Committee will begin calling each member of the congregation this week to ask for your recommendations for potential search committee members.  Please respond when your Standing Committee member calls and plan to give them 10-15 minutes of your time to discuss this very important work.


To prepare for your conversation, here are criteria to keep in mind:


The ideal search committee members are people who:

1.  Can represent  the entire congregation and not just a particular interest group,

2.  Do not have an ax to grind,

3.  Are committed to UU values of inclusion and diversity,

4.  Work well with others, even people who differ from them,

5.  Are excited about the future of the congregation and open to new ideas and ways of doing things,

6.  Have the energy and time to commit to this work over the next year,

7.  Are not too new to know the congregation well or be widely known within the congregation,

8.  Are regularly present and engaged in the life of the congregation,

9.  Are capable of both self-assertion and compromise, and are willing to take the time to work for consensus,

10. Are likely to have the respect and trust of the whole congregation  

It is anticipated that the Search Committee will be working at least 20 hours a month every month for the next year, and at times, even more than that.  This means that people who need to travel frequently for business or family obligations may not be able to meet this final criterion.  People who serve on other congregational committees will be expected to resign from those obligations until the search is over.

You may expect a call between Feb. 10 and 19, and we appreciate your taking the time to speak to your Standing Committee member. You might want to have your church directory handy as you think about possible nominees. Members may nominate up to three people, including themselves.

We look forward to speaking you in the next two weeks.

Sarah Dengler & the Standing Committee


Our Mission Statement ... and Dots!

A number of years ago our congregation worked diligently to craft a thoughtful, inspiring mission statement for our church.  It states many of our values, and we are glad to have such a mission.  However, the statement is also a little long, and many of us find that we don't remember it. 

As we enter this time of transition and stewardship, the Standing Committee, in consultation with our Interim Consultant Olivia Holmes, is thinking about how we might condense our mission statement, so that it still reflects our values but is easier to remember, and pull out when we need to articulate or remember what we're all about.

So, in an effort to find out what in our mission statement is most important to us we ask for your participation next Sunday February 22 in letting us know which words in the statement are most important to you.

The mission statement will be in the parish hall for coffee hour on both Sundays.  You are invited to cast your vote (5 votes, actually) by placing 5 dots on the words in the statement that are most important to you.  We'll take the collective input of the congregation and see if we can revise our mission statement to make it easier to remember and use.

We look forward to your participation!

Sarah Dengler & the Standing Committee



Welcoming Tips

When starting a conversation, try asking open-ended questions.  For example, instead of asking, “Do you live in town?” ask “Do you live nearby?”





Linda and Bryan Field's daughter, Sarah, and her partner Chandra are currently looking for a dog-friendly house to rent in the Peterborough area, with some outdoor space. If you hear of any places, please contact Sarah at 924-7225 or sarahelizabethfield@gmail.com. Thank you!



And now some quotes that speak to me in this moment:


“I think if I've learned anything about friendship, it's to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don't walk away, don't be distracted, don't be too busy or tired, don't take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 
― Jon Katz


“How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.” 
― Shel Silverstein


I think all this snow is a good lesson on fortitude, patience, and gratitude. We sure will be appreciative when Spring finally rolls around. Be well, be loyal to peace, justice and the social good. Happy Shrove Tuesday.  Vanessa



Shayna’s Office Hours: Monday 2-6, Thursday 9-1  email:     802-579-6066

Vanessa’s Office Hours:  Monday & Th.  8 am – 4:30 pm. Tues. 8:00-11:00 am

Char’s Office Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 2-5 pm 

Note* Actual times are subject to change dependent on individual schedules and abundant snowfall.