Weekly Bits for February 21, 2013


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


After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.    - Phillip Pullman -



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This Sunday


We are expecting the second Nor'easter of the year on Saturday night and Sunday morning, with up to a foot of heavy wet snow. Our procedure is that David Robins checks with Sarah Franklin, Vanessa, and Greg Scerbinski about whether or not to cancel services and classes. If the decision is to cancel, David calls WMUR television to announce the cancellation. Vanessa posts the cancellation on our website and on the PUUC voicemail. Sarah notifies the teachers. David notifies Margot, the greeters and community hour folks.

If we have service…..

Sermon: Blessings Rev. David Robins

Community Hour: Linda and Greg Scerbinski

Greeters: Tom and Susie Faber

Flowers:  The flowers are given by Jean Herron in memory of her husband Jack.

From David

The Celebration of Life for Sally Maynard will be at 11am, Saturday February 23 at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church. Reception to follow at the Country Club. The service will include 6 speakers from the family, Apple Hill Quartet, and Marybeth Hallinan. 

I will be taking study leave from Monday February 25 thru Thursday February 28. If you need to reach me, please call me at home, 924-7036, or on my mobile phone, 933-0793. 


The book, The New Jim Crow is the topic of the non-fiction book club meeting Monday March 11, 2:30pm in the Carll House. 

You can buy a copy of the book from David Robins for $20. Copies of the book are in Carll House.  If you would like to have an evening or Sunday afternoon book discussion, please tell David Robins. 


New Member

Please welcome Loui Welby, who signed the membership book on February 15. She is a Graphic Designer, and has two daughters, Charlotte and Mary. You can add her address to your church directory:

686 Greenfield Road

Peterborough, NH 03458




Music Soirée, Friday, Feb. 22 7:30 pm

What is the Music Soirée all about?  It's about people getting together around music.  It is a social circle of music.  We discuss music and play.  It is not a critical environment, just a place to share the enjoyment of playing music and meeting people.

If you have music that you would like to play, please bring it.  Maybe it's that sonata you've been working on and haven't played it yet with piano.  This is the place to find what you're looking for.  Maybe you are shy about your playing or singing, come join us.  The experience will help you open up.  Maybe you practice and play alone and just want to try playing with others.  Come join us.  All we require is that you can read music.  If you don't bring music we've still got music to play.

Let's just play.


Social Justice this Sunday

As part of the Social Justice Committee’s Welcoming Congregation Programming, we will be having a soup and bread lunch presentation after the service this Sunday.  This will feature “Sharing the Path to Wholeness,” by Dr. Deborah Fabian, who describes her presentation, “I am currently an orthopedic surgeon in Gardner, MA and transitioned to female in October 2011.  I am delightfully happily married to Leslie who is in the final stages of writing a book entitled It’s My Transition Too: a shared journey of love.  I have experienced a deep sense of shame about myself for most of my life, living with depression for much of it.  Two or three years ago I could no longer tolerate my life and with the deep support of my wife and the Gardner UU church, I transitioned to female and have experienced the deepest joy imaginable.  I wish to share that journey with you.”


Mindful Mondays/ Non-violent Communication Introduction

Following the book by Marshall Rosenberg, this is an introduction to a way of communicating that leads us to give from the heart. In observing without judgment and sensing our feelings and needs, we are able to make requests that bring stronger connections to others, may they be our children, partners, or acquaintances. We will meet for three consecutive Mondays, March 11, 18, and 25, from 11:30-12:30. Led by Sarah Franklin. Please call the office to sign up (924-6245).


Parish Hall Open Stage, Friday, March 1st at 7:30 pm

Featuring Ken Hasselbrack, Singer of Irish Ballads

Parish Hall Open Stage salutes the Irish on Friday, March 1st with Ken Hasselbrack, a singer and guitarist who knows many traditional and contemporary Irish ballads. Many Parish Hall audience “regulars” will recall Ken’s smooth voice and excellent fingerstyle picking from previous shows. Ken Hasselbrack’s performs wonderful renditions of The Patriot Game and the truly beautiful Caledonia by Dougie MacLean. Be sure to hear Ken and all the other talented open stage artists who perform at Parish Hall and don’t forget to wear the green.


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

Chili Cookoff Comes Roaring Back     Hold the date!

When: Friday, March 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


The annual chili cook off has been rescheduled to March 8. It 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 fun and games. Chili eaters will be charged $5 for a spoon and ballot. Chili contributors vote free. Prizes awarded for spiciest chili, best chili name and best overall.

Budget Hearing is scheduled for March 10th after the service.


Canvas kickoff party!
Get ready for some fun! Our annual Canvass kickoff party will be held on Saturday March 16th starting with drinks and appetizers at 5.30pm in the Parish hall, followed by a pot luck supper at 6.30-7 30 pm. in the dining room.
If your last name begins with A thru H please bring an entree to share
                                                    I-M a salad 
                                                    N-P bread
                                                    Q-Z dessert
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!  Entertainment, great company and, as usual, fabulous food!  Don't miss it!

Would you like to be on a team, answering questions at the Kickoff party?  We are assembling two three-person teams, who will compete in a PUUC Jeopardy game. Rob Eichler is our Game Show Host, Vanessa is our ‘Vanna White’ and the questions will be all about the church, plus one crazy random mixed up category  just for fun.  Winning team gets a prize!  Contact Vanessa at the office to sign up.




Kathy and Bill Engle will be arriving at Manchester Airport on Southwest Airlines Flight # 1202 at 2:15 pm on Wednesday, February 27th.  We would usually be picked up by Julia Lennon, but she is not available at that time.  Julia would charge $50.00 to pick us up and take us to Dublin.  Is there a good driver in the church who would like to take her place and earn a bit of cash?  Be aware that there are two people and 4 pieces of luggage. 

If you are interested, you can call me at 941-485-7876, or e-mail to poppyengle@yahoo.com.  Thank you.  Kathy.  Hope I get to see some of you while we are in NH.


BUTTON UP NEW HAMPSHIRE-Free and open to the public

Wednesday, March 6 6:30 - 8:00pm at the Peterborough Public Library, 2 Concord St

·         Learn how to save money in your home

·         Gain a better understanding of Building Science

·         Learn tips for Do-It-Yourself energy saving projects

·         Take part in the Home Performance with Energy Star program

PAREI in conjunction with the Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative (MERI) and The River Center will hold a "Button Up NH" weatherization workshop presented by BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified energy professional.

Button Up NH is a workshop where participants will learn:

Basic building science concepts and learn how to undertake basic air sealing, insulation, and conservation measures to reduce fuel and electricity use

How to sign up for Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) – a program that provides financial incentives and technical expertise to assist homeowners with buttoning up their homes

HPwES program is run through Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC)

Button Up NH workshops are free and open to the public.  For more information on registration, dates and locations of Button Up NH workshops contact Zak Brohinsky, zak@plymouthenergy.orgor call PAREI at 536-5030 for an upcoming schedule.

To view a video series on energy efficiency and weatherization or learn about other energy saving measures visit www.plymouthenergy.org


An invitation to our monthly Open House at Nubinusit Neighborhood and Farm. Come for a free tour Sunday March 3 from 2-4pm. We are a cohousing community with ages newborn to 85. We have a few homes left for sale, all green built to LEED platinum standards.We use wood pellet boilers to provide heat and hot water to the entire neighborhood. Our homes are individually owned as condominiums, but we work cooperatively to share 100 acres of woods, farm land, a pond and river front. It's an old fashioned neighborhood of sharing and cooperation where children run and play together.  Come see what we are all about.


Healing Gifts of the Andes: The Energy Body and the Bands of Power

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30 PM (and monthly on the fourth Wednesday) in the Johnson Room (in the office building behind the church) of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist church.

A full, rich and fearless life . . .

This is what we're given by our Creator.  We've been given this experience, and to do anything less than fully participate would be to refuse the very purpose of our souls.
Yet . . .
Because this life on Earth brings us both happiness and struggle, we learn to avoid patterns that bring us pain.  Sometimes this is good, yet sometimes, as we grow, our fears and the resulting shields prevent us from engaging fully with the experience of life itself.
We are made from the elements. We ARE the Earth, Water, Air, Fire and even the light of Spirit.

 Sometimes we forget this, even at deepest subconscious levels.  Then, the ego takes over and keeps us marching in line, repeating patterns that have become relatively comfortable -- yet limit our experience of life. The Bands of Power restore that memory of our natural makeup.  These energetic belts reconnect us to the elements we have in common with all that we encounter.  They allow us to transmute energies rather than block them -- and in so doing restore our instincts. We begin to live fearlessly, FEELING again.

You'll receive the bands of power, and also take part in an exercise designed for you to experience your luminous body and assist you in maintaining its light.  

Last month, we worked with the Rite of the Healer, and those who did not attend that ceremony will have the opportunity to receive that rite as well.

Your contribution ($10-$20 sliding scale) will help to sustain these gatherings, and the energy exchange will serve as a powerful symbol of your intention.

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 [dot] liebfried [at]gmail [dot] com

LGBTQ Discussion group

Hello. I am a member of the Keene UU Church and we have started an LGBTQ Drop In Discussion Group being held on the Third Monday of Every Month.  It is open to all LGBTQ persons and is free. Our topics are chosen by the group and vary from month to month. We hope to provide a service to the community and hope you folks will help with communicating this group. Thanks so very much!  Contact the Keene UU Church for more information.


 How do you say "thank you" for sunshine or health...for clear days or gentle rains...for happiness, joy or love? You say it by sharing what you have. You say it by making the world a better place in which to live.
- Thomas D. Willhite -



Well, clear days and gentle rains are definitely not in our forecast for this weekend!  But come snow (heavy wet snow at that…) or sleet or whatever this winter throws our way, we can still share it and enjoy the stillness of a snowy day with our loved ones.  We can also drink hot chocolate! Make it fair-trade and you’ll feel groovy at the same time.

Be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.