January 6, 2015

This Sunday – January 11, 2015


Sunday Service Volunteers:  

Greeters: Laura and Jonathan Gourlay

Community Hour: Suzy McDonald and Ed Chaney

Who wants to bring flowers?  To sign up, go to:  http://www.signupgenius.com Log in with your login name and password, or click ‘Find a Sign Up’ at the upper right, use puuc@uupeterborough.org as the email to search. Or you can simply respond to this email. (If you call me after 4:30 on Thursdays, I will not get the voicemail. Email is better.)

Sermon:  “Backside Redemption”  Rev. Shayna Appel


Introducing Rev. Shayna Appel

Greetings all!  I am Shayna Appel and I will be serving as your Interim Parish Minister half-time for the next 6 months.  What’s an Interim Parish Minister?  Well, for starters, one who serves in the interim period between settled (long-term) ministers.  But in our case, more specifically, one who serves the needs of the congregation in the interim period between settled ministers. In this capacity I will be preaching twice a month at PUUC and once a month over at RiverMead, I will be in the office at regularly scheduled times (Mon & Th) to provide staff support and pastoral care to the congregation, and I will offer support as needed to the various leaders of the congregation.

Those of you who have experienced periods of Interim Ministry before may be wondering, “Great, but what about all that other work that happens during an Interim Period?”  Good question!  This work will be carried out by my good friend and colleague The Rev. Olivia Holmes.  Olivia has years of experience as an Interim Minister and is widely recognized as one of the best in our denomination.  I am thrilled to be working with her, and I am equally excited for all of you.  Olivia will serve ¼ time as the Interim Consulting Minister and her job is to lift up with you, and help you address, some of the wonderful opportunities interim times make possible.

This model of splitting interim responsibilities is brand new for us in the UUA…brand new as in you are the first congregation to engage it!  So as we proceed, Olivia and I will be looking both for your engagement in the process as well as your feedback on it.  We are both really excited to begin and looking forward to getting to know you better.

About me:

I am the youngest of three children, (brother Michael, deceased, and sister Bonnie) born in Lowell, Massachusetts “a few years back”.  My parents (Irving and Gertrude Appel) moved to Orange, Connecticut when I was about three or four years old.  I went away to high school in Greenfield, Massachusetts (Stoneleigh Burnham School), and got my undergraduate degree from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA.).

My work life began in pre-hospital emergency medicine and I spent many years working for private ambulance services, mostly in inner cities throughout New England.  I did some additional undergraduate work at the University of Hartford in Respiratory Therapy before qualifying for Hartford’s second paramedic class.  Shortly after completing that class I completed testing for the East Hartford (CT) Fire Department and soon thereafter became the first woman to serve there.

The journey from this vocation to the ministry is long and complicated, as is my faith journey from Judaism to the UUA, to Judeo-Christianity and now back to the UUA…and the UCC!  (See…complicated!)  But, as mom used to say, let’s save a little fun till we’re older…or in this case, let’s save some of the story for what I hope are many and rich opportunities to get to know one another in the near future!


Till then-Shalom!



From the DRE

"It is not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear…It’s like being in between trapezes.  It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer.  There’s nothing to hold on to." (1)


Where do we go from here?  A minister has retired after being a steady loving presence here for seven years.  A gentle gust of wind blows through the sanctuary.  A new year begins.  Change.  What do we want to change and what do we want to keep?  "Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster."(2) 


Thank you for the 7 years and thank you for this new opportunity.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

~Char James


Quotes: (1) Marilyn Ferguson  (2) William Bridges


Buddhist Meditation

This Thursday (January 8th) we will be meeting and  discussing Part 5 "Opening your heart to include everything" of Pema Chödrön's book How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind.    The chapters are 23 "The Bearable Lightness of Being" and 24 "Beliefs".  These are the same as for December 11th, since weather made us cancel that meeting

As always, we meet at 7 pm in the stage area of the Parish Hall (way in the back).  We meditate for one hour (approximately 25 minutes sitting meditation followed by 10 minutes walking meditation followed by another 25 minutes of sitting meditation).  Meditation instruction is available at the beginning of the session for those who are interested.

After a brief break for tea and homemade refreshments, we spend the remaining time discussing readings relevant to meditation.  Discussions are generally enriched by Binny Clark, a Shambhala Buddhist practitioner with over 20 years of experience. We are a small, friendly, informal, eclectic group -- our members range from beginners to long time meditators.

There is no charge, but we encourage small voluntary donations to the church in recompense for their donation of the space we use.


Directions: Please enter the church by the back door which is lighted and accessible from the church parking lot. To get to the stage area of the Parish Hall, go up the stairs, turn right to go towards the Parish Hall, then turn left and follow the short ramped corridor to the end.  The stage area is on your right.  Because we often close the door to keep in heat and keep out noise, the area may seem dark and empty.  No need to knock, come in and be welcome!  If meditation has begun, just take a seat silently. Someone will attend to you if you need help.

See you there!


The Zumbyes are back again

A show at PUUC not to be missed. The Zumbyes, an all-male cappella group from Amherst College, will put on a show on Saturday January 17 at 7 p.m. Bring friends and family! This group performs songs with energy, complexity and strong jazz influences. They also infuse their shows with irreverent humor and were called “the most dangerous a cappella group on the planet” by the New York Times. This show attracts many people from outside our Church, so let’s have a strong showing from our Church community! This is a PUUC fundraiser with proceeds going to our operating budget.


Welcoming Tips

Suggest to each visitor that they visit our website and learn more about us.




The Peterborough Chamber Choir, directed by David Vernier, will be presenting a concert on Sunday, January 11 at All Saints’ Church, Concord St., Peterborough, at 4 pm. Titled “Blessed Be the Time—A Celebration of Epiphany in Story and Song”, the program will feature special guest performers from Project Shakespeare, the locally-based, premier theatre-arts organization for area middle and high school students, directed by Deborah Thurber.

Musical highlights will include a cappella choral works from the 16th through 21st centuries, by composers and arrangers such as Tomás Luis de Victoria, Richard Rodney Bennett, Benjamin Britten, and choir director David Vernier. Dramatic scenes and poems will be drawn from famous works by Shakespeare, Ogden Nash, O. Henry, Louisa May Alcott, Kenneth Grahame, and others.

Admission to the concert is by donation and the program is suggested for older children and adults—all donations for this performance will benefit the music program at All Saints’ Church.


You are cordially invited to join

Two Rivers Community Choir in either (or both!) of two distinct sessions (rehearsals held in Peterborough, NH):

Sundays 2:30-5:00 PM  Or Wednesday 7-9 PM*

New semester begins Sunday January 11, 2015 or Wednesday January 14, 2015.

Two Rivers Community Choir has become a well-known group of inspired singers creating community music for community causes. Our music celebrates myriad cultures and diversity; our concerts benefit area non-profits. This semester's program includes songs from South Africa, Estonia, the Republic of Georgia, from local composer Steve Schuch, gospel, and African-American traditions. Join us!   RSVP to join either session.


This is a non-auditioned choir, note-reading is not required.

Two Rivers is a mixed choir (SATB), all voices (ages 17 and up) are welcome to join. All that is necessary is a commitment to learn, grow, sing, share and attend weekly rehearsals.

See rehearsal schedule below.**

*These are two distinct sessions of Two Rivers Community Choir, each group singing their own repertoire, performing a combined concert at the end of the semester. Singers can join either Sunday, or Wednesday, or both sessions.

**Rehearsals run weekly from

Sunday session January 11 -  April 19, 2015

Wednesday session January 14 - April 22, 2015

Concerts are Sunday April 19, 6:30 PM and Sunday April 26, 6:30 PM

Mandatory dress rehearsal Saturday April 18, 2:30 - 5:00


There is a fee for membership, which includes all music and rehearsal space; scholarships available! Discounts for family members. Please inquire!


For more information, or to join the group, contact the director, at keysofmb@gmail.com or 603-924-9527. 



“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
― Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)



“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” 
― Andy WarholThe Philosophy of Andy Warhol



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

Shayna’s Office Hours: Monday 2-6, Thursday 9-1

Vanessa’s Office Hours:  Monday & Th.  8 am – 4:30 pm. Tues. 8:00-11:00 am 

Char’s Office Hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 2-5 pm


Note* Actual times are subject to change dependent on individual schedules.