May 5, 2015

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For May 10, 2015

Sunday Sermon: “Developing the Architecture of our Independence,” Rev. Shayna Appel

The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism affirms Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  In the past, this principle has inspired great works by UU’s on behalf of environmental causes.  But in this 21st century where disconnection, isolation and seclusion can be found at the core of most of our worlds problems, how might engagement with the second half of that principle (of which we are a part) offer us and our world a real way forward? What promise and hope is there to be found in developing the architecture of our interdependence?

Sunday Service Volunteers

Greeters:  David and Joy Flemming

Community Hour:  Martha and Rob Eichler

Flowers:  Anne Fischer in honor of all mothers everywhere

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Social Justice

Since Sunday is Mother's day, we decided to move the Social Justice Committee meeting to the following Sunday May 17th.


Four Days To Go: Intergenerational Spring Silent Auction, Rummage and White Elephant Sale

May 8 & 9


*We cannot take any more donations, because we have no more room.*


The spring sale is about to kick off. Adults and children are urged to give an hour or more to making this a successful fundraiser. 

Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., volunteers are needed to arrange white elephant items and work on clothing and linens. Clothing and white elephant items are still coming in. White Elephant comprise books, knick-knacks, dishes, glassware, CDs and DVDs, prints and frames, cookware and office supplies. 

·        Does anyone have a coffee mug holder or stand? We would appreciate it if we could borrow two or three. Does anyone have any bookends to loan? We could use several of these.

·        Volunteers are needed to test electric items; a volunteer would be helpful by taking jewelry to Hobbs in Depot Square for a valuation. Hobbs buys "estate" jewelry, and last year we had an assortment of these. We made much more money than we would have if we had put it in the church sale. 

·        Is someone available to arrange a meeting at the church with one of the Cobbs auctioneers, or to take a few potentially valuable items to their office at Noone Falls? The Cobbs are down the hall from Lee and Mt. Fuji restaurant.

Questions? Call Marsha at 924-6921.

Those who have offered to price white elephant items will start on Wednesday. Volunteers are needed Wednesday evening, too, starting at 6:30 p.m., after the free Community Supper. The dining room will be set up under the direction of Dwight Schenk. Volunteers will be needed at that time to carry boxes from the Religious Education wing to the dining room tables. 

Friday, we "pretty up" the displays and make sure that the items are all priced. The bar and appetizer tables have to be set up and covered. Appetizers may be dropped off in the Alliance kitchen or put in the refrigerator in the adjacent storage room. You may bring them in from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. 

Cashiers and room monitors are still needed, so please consider giving an hour between 6 and 8 for one of these.

Cashiers are needed for Saturday morning and clean-up volunteers are needed to bag and box the leftovers on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:45. Please come a little early in case the customers have left. 


On the lookout for Youth Group Advisers for 2015-2016

PUUC is looking for a couple of energetic people who want to be inspired by our extraordinary and awesome high school youth.  High school is a pretty tumultuous time in an adolescent's life.  The presence of engaged and involved adults (other than parents) and a consistent group of peers can make all the difference. This group would meet at least twice a month throughout the church year (September- May).  In the past the youth group has done team-building activities together and planned and run fund-raising events that support organizations such as Free the Children, the Community Supper or the local food pantry.

If this opportunity speaks to you let me know.  Thanks!  Char James DRE  924-6245 or


Welcoming Tips

Newcomers are looking for a religious home, for spiritual sustenance.  They want to be accepted, to be engaged.  Smile.  Say good morning.  Start conversation.  You are about to meet some interesting people.


Pancake Breakfast

Come and enjoy fresh pancakes and sausages at the church from 7:00 - 9:30 AM

All you can eat for $5.00/adult; $3.00/children under twelve.


The Property Committee still needs donations of maple syrup or $ to purchase same for the breakfast so please contact  Jim Fearnside 924-2965 or with your help, thanks.


PUUC Search Committee News

We have finalized the Congregational Survey and will be testing it during the coming week. We are anxious to obtain your opinions and hope to get started very shortly.  Yes, we’re excited!!

Our current plans are to kick off the Cottage Meetings at the start of the new church year.  The Cottage Meetings are simply small groups discussing important ministerial search topics.  We will begin laying out plans in June.

In conjunction with the Standing Committee, we are sending the UUA an application to hold a Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) Workshop at our church this November.  Open to all, BCT is simply an exploration of the thought patterns, expectations and prejudices we   each carry, which form our responses and behavior in interaction with others. 



You are invited to the 5th annual G.R.A.C.E. [Growing Racial and Cultural Equity] Summit!

As movements build to confront such racialized injustices as police brutality, immigrant deportation, mass incarceration and threats to voting rights, UU congregations committed to racial justice are asking how to respond meaningfully, wondering if they are ready to respond and asking what readiness looks like. Some have already taken bold responsive steps.

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson

Cost - $35.00 per person

Contact Carolyn Saari right away if you're interested - 784-5258




Help our church with your chainsaw!

Hi there, it’s Lisa Beaudoin, I have several fallen large tree branches and a few small trees (less than 8 inches) that need to bucked up so that I can clear my yard.  The PUUC will receive $100 in exchange for less than 4 hours of chainsaw work.  If you have a chainsaw and will travel, please call, 603-878-0459.  Cheers, Lisa Beaudoin

Grand Opera coming up - LIVE at the Colonial Theater in Keene - Mozart's Magic Flute - on May 8th at 7:30 and May 9th at 2:00 pm, sung in English. Presented by The Raylynmor Opera Company of Keene. This is THE BEST OPERA to see if you've never been to Opera before. This is THE BEST OPERA to see if you've never heard Classical music before. This is THE BEST OPERA to see if you like to see kids on stage.  Etc. Etc.

More info from David or Joy Flemming (533-3771 or 533-3803) or at:



“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

 ~ Maya Angelou



Happy Mother's Day to everyone; honor the mother in you and those who have been mothers to you. Be well, be loyal to peace, justice and the social good.  Vanessa


Contact Information and Office Hours

Shayna:  Monday 2-6, Thursday 9-1; (802)579-6066



Olivia: (603) 554-2294



Vanessa:   Monday & Thursday  8 am – 4:30 pm. Tues. 8:00 am-12:00 pm;  924-6245



Char:  Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 2-5 pm;  924-6245


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