Weekly Bits for January 31, 2013


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


I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong.

- Richard P. Feynman -


This Sunday

Sermon: Universalism, Rev. David Robins

Greeters:  Jill Shaffer Hammond and Eric Blackmer

Community Hour: The Burnham Family

Flowers:  Sarah Dengler and Mark Beal in memory of in memory of Amy Dengler and Kevin Beal.

The  Membership Committee will meet on Sunday after church at 11:45 a.m., when anyone who is curious to know more about the committee is invited and members of the Publicity Committee will join us. We will meet on the stage in the Parish Hall.

From David

"How my gift makes a difference"
Audrey Carvalho and I were talking this week about how supporting PUUC makes a difference in our community. She said "I like the convenience of going grocery shopping during the week, and then stopping at the church office to get the key code for the church door so I can leave canned goods in the box for the Monadnock Food Bank."
Supporting PUUC makes a difference in our lives and in the community. Thank you!

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.



Writing your Spiritual Autobiography

We will explore ways to identify significant and meaningful religious and spiritual stepping stones in our lives.  In understanding the dimensions of our experiences we will put together a biographical sketch that will highlight patterns and catalysts to our spiritual growth. Bring a journal and pen. Mondays February 4, 11, 18 from 11 am to 12 pm.  Led by David Robins.  Contact David to sign up or just show up!


Open Stage - Friday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, Featuring TwoMorrows (Darrell and Sarah Morrow) at 8:30 pm.

TwoMorrows is a multitalented father-daughter duo from Portland Maine.
 Darrell Morrow of TwoMorrows (keyboards/guitar/vocals) taught music in the Maine public schools for 30 years and since retiring in 2009 has rediscovered his love of bluegrass, live performance and collaborating with his daughter.  Sarah Morrow (vocals/guitar/mandolin) holds a master’s degree in opera performance
from NYU but since leaving school, has begun playing more guitar and mandolin (which her father has coached her on since a young age) and grown to more deeply appreciate the folk style and playing with pops.
They perform both covers and originals throughout New England and particularly enjoy performing acoustic sets and weddings.

Refreshments include baked goods and beverages and are available for donations throughout the evening. Musicians should signup by 7:00 PM. Admission at the door is $5.00


Men’s Lunch

This month we’ll meet at JP Stephens in Rindge on February 6th at 12 noon.  Contact Ed Morrow at 924-6921 for reservations.


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.


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 16, the PUUC Music Committee is sponsoring an evening of fun and folk music, featuring a twin bill of Jonee Earthquake and Bear Paws. Come and enjoy the performance while supporting the Church. Stay tuned for more details.


Property Committee Walk Through

The Property Committee will conduct a walk through inspection of the church buildings on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 9:15 AM to start at the main front doors. The purpose is to identify areas that require intervention either to correct incipient safety hazards or require renewed efforts to maintain high standards of cleanliness and/or aesthetics. Fresh eyes help. Please consider joining this tour.   Property Committee



Community Remembrance for Rick and Duffy Monahon

There will be a time for sharing stories and remembrances of this dynamic couple at the Town Hall this Saturday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm in the Upper Main Hall. The community is welcome. This is a non-formal gathering.  Memorial services are being planned for the Spring.


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.


Educated Flea Market & Arts and Crafts

Sunday, February 10th noon to 4 pm.

Free Admission at the Community Center. Used and new, useful and beautiful things! Great deals! 



Genetic Roulette

Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm  Wilton Town Hall Theatre

 The documentary addresses important questions about suspected connections between genetically engineered organisms in our food and many of the increasingly common health problems in our society. The film looks at the large percentages of corn and soy grown in the U.S. that contain GMOs.  Most of our beef and chicken and pork comes from animals that are eating food containing GMOs.

There will be a short discussion in the theatre following the film. Admission Free. Donations Welcome. Sponsored by the NH Green Coalition.


A Dance Concert 
By Monadnock Performing Arts Academy (MPAA) Live at Peterborough Players, Friday, March 29 @ 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 30 @ 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM. $15 ADMISSION. Come see the MPAA Company Dancers put on a show with dance pieces ranging from Hip-Hop to Ballet! Contact Ethan/Laura Gourlay to purchase tickets 924-6443 or lkgourlay@gmail.com.


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: HomeHeating Joins the 21st Century" at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome!



People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences will have resonances with our own innermost being, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. 

- Joseph Campbell -



Crazy weather out there right now!  From warm and tropical to rainy, windy and cold!  Wow, what’s next? Snow?  Probably… Well, whatever it does out there, stay safe and warm until next week.

Be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.