Weekly Bits for January 17, 2013


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


Giving brings happiness at every stage of its expression.  - The Buddha -


This Sunday

Sermon: To Matter…and to be Included  Rev. David Robins

Greeters:  David and Joy Flemming

Community Hour: Claudia and Eliza Dery

Flowers: The Mackesy Family in loving memory of Nana.


Music Committee meeting this Sunday at 11:30 in the choir loft.


Cresset deadline is tomorrow!  Already?  Yes. Already.  Please send me your submissions to be included in the February newsletter. Thank you.

Jane Walling Memorial Service

On Monday, Cheves Walling and Stella came to talk with me about a service for his mother, Jane, who passed away on Saturday, January 12.

An informal service is planned for Saturday January 26, 1pm at Rivermead in the auditorium, followed by a reception in the atrium. The service will be led by David Robins and Sarah Franklin.


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?   Stay after the church service on Sunday, January 27, for a Soup and Bread meal sponsored by the Social Justice Committee.   We will be showing two short films on lesbian experiences in different time periods.  One is set in 1972 and focuses on feminist issues while the second is in 2000 and stars Ellen Degeneres and Sharon Stone.  There will also be time for discussion led by Carolyn Saari.  Both of the films do contain explicit sexual conduct.


Coming in February: A discussion of bisexuality led by David Robins on Sunday 17 and a talk by Dr. Deborah Fabian, a transgendered woman on Sunday, February 24.


Chili chefs needed, tasters wanted!

Are you a chili chef? Do you want to try your hand at winning cool prizes? Then dust off your favorite chili recipe and bring a pot of it to our Annual Chili Cook-Off. Chilis are needed, but so are tasters. It all happens on Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m. This is open to all chefs, chili eaters, and game enthusiasts. Bring a pot of chili and enter it for free in a contest to determine the best overall, the spiciest chili and the chili with the best name. If you want to vote, it’ll cost $5 for a spoon and a tally card.

Chili chefs should call John Richards at 784-5144 or Jonathan Gourlay at 924-6443. Or email us at richardsjw@comcast.net orjegourlay@gmail.com and let us know. We also need help serving and distributing samples before the real eating begins!

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. Afterward, the youth group will be hosting game night in the Parish Hall at 7 p.m.

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


Music Soiree

If you like to play music, and want to have some fun socializing around music, come to the Music Soiree.  The Music Soirée meets on the fourth Friday of each month.  This month it is on the 25th, at 7pm, in the Parish Hall.  Come join us.  We have music, or bring your own.  Do you remember that piece you learned and never could play, because you didn't have anyone to play it with.  Bring it in, and we will play.  Singers, maybe there is a piece that you need an accompaniment for.  Bring in the sheet music and we will play with you.  Let's just get all of these music reading people together to have fun!  Come join us music readers!


Furnished Room needed for Tom and Karen Faria

Tom and I will be returning to NH for one month from about February 14 to March 13.  We are looking to rent a furnished room for that month.  We just need a home base as we finalize our preparations for our African trip and our move to Portugal.  Email: fariakab@gmail.com


Looking for a fun way to unload things you don’t need, sell crafts, or buy things you do need at bargain prices?

Here is the solution:

The Educated Flea & Craft Market

Cost for Space Rentals - $15

Sunday, February 10, 12 -4 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Center (old Armory Building on Elm Street, across from Bowling Alley)

To rent a space, contact Martha Eichler @ martha_gunn@comcast.net.

“Even Educated Fleas Do It, Let’s Do it!”—Cole Porter   ~  Let’s Sell and Buy Stuff, February 10, Noon to 4 p.m


David and Joy Flemming hope you can come to a Keene Chamber Orchestra concert on the weekend of Feb 9 and 10th:

Saturday Feb 9, 8 PM; Sunday, Feb 10, 4 PM, Monadnock Covenant Church, Base Hill Road and Route 9, Keene


Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor” )– Eric Stumacher, piano

Brahms Symphony No.1

Dvorak Slavonic Dances in E Minor, Op. 72 #2 and in G Minor, Op. 46, #8 (with members of Keene Middle and HS Strings and Monadnock Waldorf School strings)

Admission, payable at the door:  $15 for adults, $5 for students, Children 12 and under free with a paying adult.

Call Joy @ 533-3803 or send me an email (joynmt@aol.com) for more information, or to reserve a space.

Gardeners - are you interested in an efficient drip irrigation system for your garden?  I (over) purchased hoses last season and can sell lengths to you at my cost.  You'll need to purchase some hardware; I'll tell you all about it.  Cheaper than soaker hoses.  Best for gardens planted in rows.  Joy Flemming, joynmt@aol.com or 533-3803.


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


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)


Book Discussion

The modern wood pellet stove is one of the most environmentally friendly and economical forms of home heating available today. However, finding reliable information on the subject has been difficult, to say the least. A new book by Peterborough author Ken MacDonald changes that, addressing all aspects of pellet stove ownership from the consumer's perspective. Ken will be discussing his book, "The Pellet Stove Almanack: Home Heating Joins the 21st Century" at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome!


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. 


Safe Sitter Course

Friday, February 15th (no school day)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This babysitting course is designed for students ages 11 to 13.

The students will learn basic first aid, positive discipline techniques, and professional business skills.

Registration fee is $65 per student.

Space is limited, so call and register today! (603) 924 - 6800


On days when warmth is the most important need of the human heart, the kitchen is the place you can find it.

- E.B. White -

Be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.