April 7, 2015

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This Sunday: April 12, 2015           


Sunday Service Volunteers

Sermon: "What if I'm Wrong?"  Rev. Shayna Appel

Greeters: Would you be willing to greet on Sunday?

Community Hour: Jenny and Tony Brinsdon

Flowers: Jill Shaffer Hammond in memory of her parents Carolyn and Larry Shaffer.

(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.)


The Social Justice Committee will meet Sunday, April 12 on the stage after coffee hour.


Northern New England District - 2015 Spring Conference & Annual Meeting
Saturday, April 11 at the Concord UU Church, Concord, NH

     Interconnection as a Source and the Way
                "Everything good, holy and imaginative comes from connection."
                                                                                                    - Scott Tayler

The Rev. Scott Tayler, UUA Director of Congregational Life, will join your field staff team in an interactive program exploring interconnection from its theological source for Unitarian Universalism to the fruits of its practice as a way of living the promise of our faith. 

How are we seeing the elimination of old barriers and building new working relationships within and among congregations and in the operation of our UUA inspire innovation and renew energy and promise? 

How do you see your passion and your congregation's calling around interconnection, and where do they overlap with your setting and capacity? 

Celebratory worship and music will precede the morning program, which will be followed by a generous time for further connection over lunch. Following lunch your District Board will welcome congregational delegates to join with them for the NNED Annual Meeting.

Registration fee:  $28 per person


Olivia and I are looking for PUUC members to join us and serve as delegates for this meeting. To have a quorum, the District will need 75 members from 20 different congregations.  We have scholarship money available.  Please contact Rev. Olivia or Rev. Shayna if interested.

(KShaynaAppel@gmail.com or oholmes34a@hotmail.com



It’s time to really get REAL!


The Deadline is Here.  Sunday April 12th


It’s now April, and our Stewardship Campaign is three weeks in. 

We’ve had responses from only half of our members and friends. 


Have you submitted your pledge for our 2015-2016 church year? 


We have the opportunity to really get GREAT—starting now!


Next Sunday, April 12 is our target date.  Please act today. 


We don’t want to guess.  The Standing Committee must set a budget.  We need to know what to expect in anticipated revenues.

This April is the month we seek an Interim Minister for next year.  By a deadline of April 17th,--next week--we must submit our compensation package to the UUA for interim ministerial candidates to view.  A competitive salary, meeting UUA guidelines, is crucial to attract a candidate we would want to see in our pulpit.

But, until we know our pledge revenue, we can’t be confident about what we can afford to offer. 

Please remember we are readying ourselves for next year’s new settled minister.  Let’s prove what a great congregation we are starting now

Mail or bring in your pledge card to Vanessa in the church office or turn in by next Sunday’s service.  If more convenient, you can call or email Treasurer Susan Stanbury with your pledge number.  She can be reached at 784-5123 or sstanbury@comcast.net


Teal Deal Continues

We are doing well, and are two thirds of the way toward our goal of 100 copies. Do keep your contributions coming, and stop by the Teal Deal table in the Parish Hall at community hour after the service and add your copy to the list. Many thanks to all those who have already contributed.


Photographers Wanted

We're trying to fill our bulletin boards with pictures of church activities and we could use some photographers' time and talents.  Bring your cameras or smart phones on Sunday and we'll start with the egg roll and Easter hat contest. After, you can email your pictures to Wayne Murray, or make another arrangement if you don't do email, and he and Marsha Morrow will select the most appropriate for display. Youth who like to take pictures are urged to take pictures, too.

Questions? Call Marsha at 924-6921.


Welcoming Tips

Welcome newcomers as you would welcome people into your home, your spiritual home.


Welcoming Church?

We recently enjoyed a visit by some people from the McDowell Colony.  One of them mentioned how welcoming our church was, compared to other UU churches they had visited.  Way to Go!  One of the ways we can grow is by making sure we introduce ourselves to our guests and let them know how we feel about PUUC.  The result will be more guests becoming members, like Todd Gordon this past month.  Welcome Todd!!  

Rick Miller



Upcoming Fundraising Events at PUUC:


April 17, 7:30, Kirtan

May 1, 7:30 Open Stage, $5 donation

May 2,  6 p.m. Cinco de Mayo dinner party. Dining room. Put on by the fundraising committee (the same folks who bring you BBQ & Blues). $10 adults, $5 children 10 and under. Free for 3 and under. Mexican fare served in the dining room.

May  8 & 9 Spring Sale: Friday night preview, 6 to 8 p.m. $5. Saturday sale, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

May 16, 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pancake Breakfast before Children & the Arts


Spring Rummage Sale

Donations to the white elephant and rummage sale continue to come in as do offers of goods and services that you are invited to bid on at the silent auction on Friday, May 8 in the Parish Hall. Fine hand crafted pens by Bryan Field, Shayna's offer of a motorcycle ride, computer lessons, fine art and fine linens and more are filling up the auction table very fast. If you have a handcrafted creation, please consider donating it to this very important church fundraiser.


Last week, a list of volunteer tasks was featured in Weekly Bits; this week brings you some additional information.

We start setting up for the sale on Sunday, May 3, after church. Two or three able bodied people are needed to set up tables in the Parish Hall, and a handful of people are needed to bring boxes of white elephant items, including books, up from storage in the RE rooms and Glory Hole.

On Wednesday May 6th after the Community Supper, more people will be called on to assist in removing chairs and arranging tables for the rummage sale. Boxes of clothing have to be brought out from the same storage areas and clothing racks have to be set up.

Not to forget the eats: we'll need appetizers for the reception table in the Parish Hall. They may be delivered up until 5:45 p.m.

Folks, we are a small enough congregation that everyone able to do the abovementioned tasks needs to pitch in and give an hour or less of your time doing at least one task. You will be asked to sign up, so please think of a time when you are available. Your generosity and willingness will not go unrecognized.


Earn $$$ for the Community Supper!

We enjoy an affiliation partnership with TD Bank.  They will donate funds to the supper for these eligible TD Bank accounts:   checking, saving, CD’s, money market, retirement.

The supper will earn $10 annually for existing accounts, $50 for new accounts, and .1% on savings account balances.

Speak to a teller or phone any TD Bank branch (Peterborough branch: (603) 924-4700).  Just say  “I would like to affiliate my TD bank accounts with the Community Supper.”

Thanks are due Peggy Leedberg for discovering this fundraiser.  Contact Greg Scerbinski if you have questions:  gscerb@gmail.com.





Jeff Lent is looking for yard work. Call 924-9057.



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If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’

If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”   ~ Chinese Proverb



“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”

 ~Mary Stuart



  • Did you know you can access the church’s activity calendar on our website? Click the Calendar Tab and the church’s google calendar is displayed.  This is a great way to find out about the church’s availability or just to find out what’s coming up next. Neat, huh?

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


Contact Information and Office Hours

Shayna:  Monday 2-6, Thursday 9-1  email:    802-579-6066

Olivia:   (603) 554-2294

Vanessa:   Monday & Th.  8 am – 4:30 pm. Tues. 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Char:  Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 2-5 pm 

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