Weekly Bits for January 10, 2013


Thoughtful tidbits for every week.  You know…to keep up your spiritual blood sugar.


Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.   - Diane Ackerman -


This Sunday

Sermon: “Why?”  Guest Minister: Christian Schmidt

Greeters:  Martha and Rob Eichler

Community Hour: Brian McDonagh, Anne Fischer and Loraine Fischer

Flowers: Anne Twitchell in memory of her husband, Peter.


Hold the Date!
When: February 8, 2013 at 6 p.m.

Why:  Annual Chili Cook-Off/Youth Group Game Night

Who: Open to all chefs, chili eaters, and game enthusiasts

Where: Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church

The annual chili cook-off is a great time to taste a variety of chilis, vote for your favorites, and then eat a bowl of your choice and enjoy good company and fun conversation. The cook-off will take place in the dining room. Then head upstairs to the Parish Hall for the Youth Group’s Game Night at 7 p.m. Contact: Jonathan Gourlay for the cook-off and Laura Gourlay for the Game Night. More details to come!

Welcoming Congregation Programming

 We are in a time when there is significant progress in the recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights, but do we really understand LGBTQ experiences?  The Social Justice Committee is sponsoring programming to examine this issue during the next several months.  Stay after the church service on Sunday, January 13, for a Soup and Bread meal.  We will be showing two short films on lesbian experiences in different time periods: a British film set in the 1940s or early 1950s entitled “Private Life” and one set in 1961 starring Vanessa Redgrave, who won an Emmy for this performance.  There will also be time for discussion led by Carolyn Saari.  Another Soup and Bread program with two more short films, one starring Ellen Degeneres and Sharon Stone, is scheduled for January 27.    The Social Justice Committee will be announcing additional programs soon.


Guest at Your Table

Guest at Your Table boxes should be returned this week and next.  Proceeds all go to support programs of the UU Service Committee.  Boxes may be placed in the Guest display box at the rear of the Sanctuary, left in the Church office, or given to Dwight Schenk.


From the UUA-Northern New England District:
Dear Friends:
Many of you have already expressed interest in a District-led Leadership Development Workshop.  Joe Sullivan is committed to providing this important training, provided at least 3 congregations make a firm commitment to attend.  He has proposed 2 dates:
Saturday, February 16, and Saturday, April 20, from 9am to 2pm.
Commitment means knowing you have at least 3 folk planning to attend who want to work on creating a Leadership Development Committee or Team within your congregation, though they may not necessarily be volunteering to serve on such a committee.  Board members, the Minister, potential committee members, and members of your current Nominating Committee are all folk who might be excellent participant choices.
The cost is $115 for fair share congregations and on up to $185 on a sliding scale for non-fair share congregations.  I've estimated lunch at $15 per person.
Joe needs our answers by January 15 to prepare.  Please let me know which date/s you are committed to attending; and we'll go with whichever date is most convenient for the largest group of us.  Also, if you know you will not be planning to attend, please let me know that.  I'd really appreciate it.
Sorry to be pushing, but January 15 is coming soon. 
In faith and thanks for your interest, Olivia Holmes




Two Rivers Community Choir, directed by Marybeth Hallinan, marks the beginning of its 6th year bringing eclectic, multicultural choral music to the Monadnock Region!! Two Rivers is a non-auditioned choir, for men, women, and teens (17 and up!).

Our new semester begins Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013!

This is an open invitation to join us for the spring semester, which runs Jan. 13 - April 28 * (* No rehearsal on Feb. 17.) Music reading is NOT required;  CD's and mp3 recordings are made of all the music!

All you need is the willingness to sing, to be a committed attendee at rehearsals, an open mind, heart, and ear!

We have fun as a group, and make outstanding music together! First rehearsal is an open rehearsal for new singers.

Rehearsal schedule is:  Sundays 3 -5 PM, in downtown Peterborough. **  

Rehearsals run through April 28*; concerts on April 21 and 28. *No rehearsal Feb. 17.  **First rehearsal is free of charge; for more info, and exact location, contact Hallinan @ keysofmb@gmail.com or 924-9527; http://keysofmb.squarespace.com.

Tipping Point: The End of Oil - Rated NR - 90 Minutes

Sunday January 13, 4:30pm at the Wilton Theater

The extraction, processing, and burning of oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada is putting dangerous amounts of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Learn about direct effects to NH and how you can help prevent this cause of climate change. Join us for the film and a short discussion led by members of 350NH.

Free Admission - Donations accepted to defray expenses. A live discussion usually follows the film. 


The New Jim Crow

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester announces that the first book of the 2012 Book Discussion Series will be The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This is part of the UUA Common Read program. There will be two series of discussions: A single meeting will be on Sunday, January 20 at 11:45 AM with a potluck lunch. Church services at 10 AM, Fellowship at 11 AM, book discussion at 11:45 - 3 PM (+ / -) A three part series will be on Thursday evenings at 7 - 9 PM, January 17, 24, 31. All meetings will be at the Church, 669 Union Street, Manchester NH 03104 phone 603-625-6854 All are welcome, RSVP is encouraged to estimate turnout. For more info, or to register: http://newjimcrow1202013.eventbrite.com For more info on UUCM visit our websitewww.uumanchester.org


Saturday, January 19th, 7:30 PM. The Amherst College Zumbyes are coming to the Peterborough Unitarian Church, at 25 Main St. in Peterborough, NH. Widely regarded for their exciting and eclectic performances — which routinely feature both high quality singing and choreography — the Zumbyes (featuring local boy Matt Fernald) are a collegiate a cappella group of the highest caliber. Come enjoy an evening of old and new songs, as well as a few original skits. For more information on the group, visit www.zumbyes.com. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and children.

For more information, call Maria Belva at 603-924-2055


Seussical the Musical

Hope you all can come to this fabulous production. Our UU kid, Sam Induni, is in it. Come enjoy Seuss at his best! Redfern Arts, January 19th, shows at 2 and 7.

See you there! Sarah






“A Good Worker and a Pleasant Young Lady” for Hire

The daughter of Tom and Rhonda's friends from Hancock is looking for odd jobs. Tom testifies... "Cailin washed my truck and cleaned the inside...it is as clean as it has been since I bought it! A good worker and a pleasant young lady."

Hello Everyone,

I have the opportunity to go to California this coming February to visit the area, visit family, and most importantly visit colleges that are interesting me. In order to be able to go on this adventure however I need work, so that I can hopefully make $1,000 in the next month or so. If any of you would be able to hire me for small jobs such as babysitting, house/yard work, organizing, house/pet sitting, dog walking, or anything else you or someone you know needs please ask or spread the word!  My contact information is below and I encourage and ask you to please use and pass my information to anyone you may know who would hire me. I have a resume as well, feel free to contact me for a copy. Thank you for your time!


Cailin Ennis

Cell (315) 530-7676

Email: cbobbyennis@gmail.com

17 years old junior at Conval High school, licensed driver, experience as a babysitter for five years, volunteered at the Hancock town library for four years, I'm a quick learner and a hard worker. 

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center

Veterans Helping Veterans:  Looking for veteran volunteers, age 55 and over, to assist other veterans or their immediate family members, with light handyman repairs, transportation to medical appointments and the VA hospitals, and, if wanted, to provide companionship and help with the challenges of daily living to Monadnock area vets. 

While we continue to recruit volunteers, we now have veteran volunteers ready and available to help, and ask you to share that information with your congregation.  If you know of a veteran of any age, their immediate family member, or have a family member deployed, who could benefit from help with transportation, handyman repairs or who would like a friendly visit to help them have better access to care, stay safe in their homes and to enhance quality of life, our volunteers are eager to be of service. For more information, please call Monandock RSVP's Main Office at 357-6893 or Laura Redmond, Peterborough Office, 924-7350.


Healing Gifts of the Andes: Connecting our Passion to our Purpose

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM (and monthly on the fourth Wednesday) in the Johnson Room of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist church.

The Andean masters of the Q'ero tribe, called "paqos," see this as a time of opportunity -- a time when the Condor (energy of the heart) can return and dance with the Eagle (energy of the mind).   They make no predictions.  They see this as the "Age of Meeting Ourselves Again" and are honored to pass their powerful traditions on to us.  It is time that we find the intersection of of our passions and out purpose -- that we align our minds and our will with our true desires, so that the world can receive our finest energies. 

At this ceremonial gathering, you'll receive two "karpays" -- ritual initiations that awaken ancient wisdom teachings within you and allow you to find your inner "star" and to follow that star to your fullest and sweetest destiny.  

We'll continue to explore these traditions monthly, building a safe and sacred circle of like-minded friends.  Your sliding-scale donation of $10-20 will help to sustain these offerings. 

Ed Liebfried and Beverly Beane have been working with Andean healing and spiritual traditions for the past 10 years, and have trained with Peruvian masters in the Q'ero tradition as well as with the Four Winds Society.  They returned to their native New England in 2011 from Oregon, where they had been members of the Unity Church of Beaverton, run a small healing center and developed their Andean practices.  Ed also leads sacred journeys to the Peruvian Andes, where participants experience traditional ceremonies and healing rituals with Q'ero masters.  They look forward to bringing their Peruvian teachers to this area as well. For more info, please contact Ed at 971-344-8730 (cell) or ed.liebfried@gmail.com

(Church rental- not sponsored by a church committee)

Deep Peace Yoga Retreat
Sunday, January 20, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Unitarian Church, Peterborough, N.H.

Relax, restore, regroup. Come to quiet, allowing time and tension to step aside. Allow a visit with yourself. 

During this retreat you will experience gentle stretching, restorative yoga poses, and guided meditation that will invoke a natural state of balance, replenishment, and healing rest.

Everyone is welcome – no experience is necessary, as we all practice to our own level. You will leave relaxed and refreshed. This is guaranteed.

“Thank you for a most wonderful and welcomed restorative afternoon. Spending an afternoon with you and the others in an environment that was warm, generous, and spirited was an enriching experience. I was brought to tears at our final OM and continued to blink them back as I drove home. Thank you Thank you!!” - Renee Charney

(church rental)

Power and Grace Yoga Retreat

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Dublin Community Church, Dublin, N.H. 

Strength, resilience, patience, acceptance. This is a more active restorative retreat, but you need not fear your ability or inability. Perhaps you will enjoy opening to the discovery that strength and resilience come from patience and self-acceptance. You will find no outer pressure to perform in this retreat.

We will practice energetic breathing and open to a gentle flow sequence to awaken the life force. We will enter into a series of long-held poses to explore the subtleties of movement and allow deep releasing. You will be encouraged to listen deeply to what your body asks, and to allow that to unfold. The retreat closes with a 30-minute meditation and relaxation.

You will enjoy this retreat most if you have some yoga experience. 

“The pose holding is great because so often in a class you just get ‘into’ the pose, whether physically or spiritually, and you have to move on. Holding gives the body and mind a chance to learn it, engage it and figure it out.” -Rebecca Briggs 


Space is limited. Reservations are required. 

Please contact Chris Justice at cjust53@gmail.com or 924-9147


Cost: $40 per retreat

Preregister for both retreats: Your cost is $35 per retreat. 

Bring a friend who is new to these retreats: The cost is $35 per retreat for each of you. 




The Cuisinart food processor in the kitchen has broken and the Community Supper could use a replacement.  If you have a serviceable one you would like to donate please drop it off in the kitchen or call Peter Powell or Greg Scerbinski.



It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

- Mother Teresa -



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