Weekly Bits for February 6, 2014

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

This Sunday

Intergenerational Service: Maitri: Unconditional Friendliness - Rev. David Robins

Greeters: Wayne Murray and Sarah Sherburne

Community Hour:  Elsa  Voelcker and Phil Jones

Flowers: Elsa Voelcker in memory of her father Emil B. Voelcker.


This month’s theme: Modeling

“One of the most effective things you will ever do in life, whether you care to or not, is set an example.”   ― Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway


From David Robins

In the midst of this snowstorm and the cold, I was startled to hear a bird singing this morning at my house. I was reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver:

Now comes the long blue cold

and what shall I say but that some

bird in the tree of my heart

is singing.


That same heart that only yesterday

was a room shut tight, without dreams.


Isn't it wonderful---the cold wind and

spring in the heart inexplicable.

Darling girl. Picklock.


"On this day in 1566, Giovanni Gentile, age 45, was beheaded for Unitarian beliefs, "for attacking the Trinity, and teaching that...there is only one infinite God whom we ought to worship." His death came in Berne, Switzerland."


Go the Extra Mile! Raffle Drawing this Sunday,  February 9th.  Make sure you have the opportunity to win one of these great prizes and enter to win by this Sunday.


Enter to win a coastal New England weekend away.

Help PUUC reach this year’s financial goal.

Want to help?  Here’s how…

Purchase a $20 raffle ticket or 3 tickets for $50 …

and enter to win one of four fabulous prizes listed below. No more than 300 tickets will be sold.  Buy your tickets at the PUUC church office or after Sunday services at community hour (write “Extra Mile” in the memo line so we will know this is an Extra Mile donation).

Every ticket will be entered into a drawing to win one of four fabulous prizes:

·        Make Bath, ME, the City of Ships, your port of call for a weekend. You’ll stay in a 3 BR/3BA home with views of the Kennebec. (April, May, or Oct. date TBD)

·        Enjoy a weekend in Gloucester, MA.  Stay in a 7 BR/4+BA house, walk to Good Harbor Beach, shop and dine in Gloucester or Rockport.  (spring or fall date TBD)

·        Spend a weekend in Wellfleet, MA near the tip of Cape Cod. Enjoy the National Seashore, Provincetown, the Cape Cod bike trail and more during your stay in this 4 BR/2BA home.  (spring or fall date TBD)

Relax at home reading a good book with a $25 gift certificate to The Toadstool Bookshop.


Tickets are 3 for $50 or $20 for 1

Drawing Sunday February 9, 2014



Women's Alliance Valentine's Tea


The Women's Alliance will be holding their annual Valentine's tea on February 10th at 1pm.

Margaret Warner will be singing love songs accompanied by Tony Brinsdon on the piano.  Everyone welcome !


This month’s Kirtan of Indian devotional music will be held the usual third Friday at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall.  The Cresset had a wrong date, so please ignore that.  It will be Friday, February 21st.


Slides and Sides-March 9th

Slides and Sides Returns! Saturday, March 9, 2014. Take a trip down the Amazon River with Carolyn Saari and her cousin. Bring a dish to share, a beverage, and your own table setting. 6 pm in the dining room.



Welcoming Tip for the Week


How we welcome people into our congregational community is called by some "the spiritual practice of hospitality." Hospitality is not a technique or something we appoint people to do. It is an intentional action that determines the quality of our relationships with newcomers and longtime members.



Mac n Cheese Bakeoff


The first PUUC macaroni and cheese bake-off will be held on Saturday February 15 at 6 p.m. in the dining room of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church.

The evening will include a contest, where everyone votes on the best mac n cheese dishes. There are two categories of entries:

Pure—with just macaroni, cheese and spices; and Exotic—must have some macaroni and cheese, but may contain other ingredients. All diners will vote on the winning entry.

The event begins at 6 p.m. To enter a dish, please arrive by 5:45. Admission is free if you bring a crock pot of Mac and Cheese, otherwise it is $5 for ages six and up. Maximum family price of $20.

All proceeds support the operating budget of PUUC, so come support your church, enjoy some great comfort food and have fun with friends!


Results of PUUC 2/ 2/14 vote on UUA study questions.


Number of ballots cast:  77


1. Ending the War on Terror:  45 votes


2. Escalating Inequality:  64 votes


3. Gun Violence:  A Public Health Issue: 64 votes


4. Renewing and Securing Our American Democracy: 58 votes


5. Empowerment Age and Ability Reconsidered: 63 votes


6. UU Values and the Pursuit of a Just Peace for Israelis and Palestinians: 42 votes


Our results have been sent in to the Unitarian Universalist Association.




Free Film Series at the Union Congregational Church

Sundays at 5;30 pm Feb 9 through March 9

Feb 9 Lars and the Real Girl

Feb 16 Mud

Feb 23 The Intouchables

March 2 Silver Linings Playbook

March 9 Quartet


Union Congregational Church, UCC

33 Concord Street, Peterborough 924-3272


The Mariposa Museum is hosting an event titled: The Listening Project Toward Ending War on Friday, February 14th at 7pm. Here is a link to the event:  http://mariposamuseum.org/events.html#03


Rooms available


Weekly or monthly, furnished if you want, shared living, dining rooms and bathrooms. Full kitchen privileges, wifi and cable. Large yard if you want to garden; about 1.5 miles to downtown P'bro, and half mile to great walking trails in the woods. Great screened-in porch for the summer.

Caveats include 2 dogs and 3 cats in residence, so not good for those allergic.

Photos available on request. Contact Jill Shaffer Hammond at 547-0715 or jshafham@gmail.com.



Elsa Voelcker has a room for rent in Antrim $500 a month includes utilities, bathroom and kitchen privileges. Interested parties call 588-6336.


Each person must live their life as a model for others. -Rosa Parks


Be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.  Vanessa



Are you looking forward to the chocolate fountain this Sunday after service?






Times you can usually find someone in the church office

Monday 8:00 to 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 – 10:30 am 

Wednesday mornings you can find John Richards in the office helping out while David is taking sabbatical days.

Thursday 8:00 – 4:30 pm

Friday ….…..closed


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