May 25, 2015

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Sunday May31st: Youth Sunday- Roots and Wings


Sunday Service Volunteers

Greeters:  Morgaine O’Connor and Becket Gourlay

Community Hour:  Laura and Jonathan Gourlay

Flowers:  Jim and Joyce Fearnside

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MINDFUL MEANDERINGS…...  by Rev. Shayna Appel


This past weekend I had the chance to preach at one of my home churches…2nd Congregational Church of Wilton, UCC.  Because this weekend in the Christian church was Pentecost Sunday (celebrating the birthday of the Christian church, effectively), one of the readings I selected was from Acts 2:1-21, the story of the Pentecost.  But because Sunday also fell on Memorial Day Weekend, the other reading I selected was “Mother’s Day Poem”, by Julia Ward Howe.


Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether our baptism be of water or of tears! Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.


Of course, these days it might just as well be our daughters or wives reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause and many, many men are great seekers of peace.  Gender / gender identity aside for a moment, I think we can all agree that the highest honor we can offer those who serve this great nation, and those who have given the last full measure for our ideals, is to build a lasting peace in their name.


Far away as that might seem right now, we can still hope, and work, and pray, and yearn.


So may it be.  Shalom- Shayna


UUA General Assembly

UUA General Assembly takes place in Portland, Oregon June 24-28.  The church has delegate slots available, either on-site in Portland or off-site with live streaming from Peterborough.


Please contact Sarah Dengler or Rev. Shayna Appel if you are interested in being a delegate.


From Brooks and Nancy Rice

Nancy and I really appreciate the weekly suppers prepared and delivered by various church folks.  Thanks to Rachel Billings, for organizing this effort.  Nancy is making progress in her rehab with the great assistance from the Home Healthcare Service.  Special thanks go out to Elisha(OT),Michelle(PT) and others who are spending valuable time and effort and support in helping to make Nancy's progress possible. Also we are indebted to the two young women (Libby & Elizabeth) who come every weekday morning to help get Nancy up, clothed, fed, and set up for the day.  We owe tremendous gratitude to Letitia who is our weekend savior who makes it possible for me to attend church on a fairly regular basis.


Buddhist Meditation

The Buddhist Meditation Group will be meeting at 7 pm this Thursday, May 28th.  Come join us!  Following an hour of silent meditation (both walking and sitting), there will be refreshments followed by the beginning of our discussion of Thich Nhat Hanh's book,The Miracle of Mindfulness, An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation. .  This week we will discuss Chapter 6 "The Almond Tree in Your Front Yard".  Reading the chapters is suggested, but not necessary for the discussion.


For those who cannot come, here is a simple exercise from our book that you might like to try:


Breathing to quiet the mind and body to realize joy: Sit in the full or half lotus.  Half-smile.  Follow your breath.  When your mind and body are quiet, continue to inhale and exhale very lightly, mindful that, "I am breathing in and making the breath-body light and peaceful.  I am exhaling and making the breath-body light and peaceful."  Continue for three breaths, giving rise to the thought in mindfulness, "I am breathing in and making my entire body light and peaceful and joyous."  Continue for three breaths and in mindfulness give rise to the thought, "I am breathing in while my body and mind are peace and joy.  I am breathing out while my body and mind are peace and joy." 


Maintain this thought in mindfulness from 5 to 30 minutes, or for an hour, according to your ability and to the time available to you.  The beginning and end of the practice should be relaxed and gentle.  When you want to stop, gently massage your eyes and face with your two hands and then massage the muscles in your legs before returning to a normal sitting position.  Wait a moment before standing up.


Meditation instruction is available for those who wish it.  All are welcome.  NOTE:  We meet in the stage area at the back of the Parish Hall.  Enter by the back entrance and go up the stairs.  The Parish Hall itself is dark, so be sure to come to the back door next to the Kitchen in order to find us!  Though punctuality is helpful, you are welcome to join regardless.   Feel free to call Nori Odoi or Rags Gilmore at 603 547-2650 if you have questions about this or any other issue.


Church Cleanup Morning
Saturday, May 30th 9-12.  Come help the final push to get the church ready for the summer: painting, raking, tree trimming, storm window removal and good fun. Pizza for all!   ~ Jim Fearnside, Property Co-chair


Welcoming Tips

Try not to make an assumption.  Intentionally set that assumption aside and choose instead to invite and listen.






Hello everyone,

I am offering several exciting new and returning workshops this summer, each in convenient locations around Peterborough. Here's a brief overview.

Please feel free to contact me ( or 924-9527) for more information.

Sing through the Spring!!  ~Marybeth



So You Want to Sing in a Choir? Introducing: Tuning Sessions

Wednesday evenings, June 3 - June 24, 7-9 PM.

Both older teens and adults who want to learn about foundational vocal mechanics, and sight-reading are invited to join. Whether you already sing in a choir, or have always wanted to sing in a choir, these Tuning Sessions will help you hone your skills and reach your singing goals.

This fun and insightful class will focus on:  how do my vocal “cords” work; breath support, technique; introduction to sight-singing; beginning part-singing.

$20 per class (includes materials), or sign up for all four for only $75 (includes materials).

No music reading required.

Held in PUUC Parish Hall.

Pre-registration required.


Summer Sunday Sings: 

Informal drop-in choral reading sessions on alternating Sunday afternoons beginning June 7, 21, July 19, Aug 16, 3-5 PM. These popular summer singing sessions provide a non-committal way to lift your voice in song, learn some new music, and enjoy the company of others who love choral singing.

Music reading is not necessary. Pre-registration required.

Held at 24 Concord St, Peterborough.

$10 per drop-in; $35 for all 4 Sundays.


Veritable Voice Vocal Workshops

(Alternate Sundays, beginning June 14, 28, July 12, 26, August 9,  1 - 4 PM)

These master-class style workshops provide singers with in-depth and personal coaching to identify resistance to vocal production, and provide tools to actualize your best possible singing or speaking voice.

Pre-registration required.

$50 each. Discounts for registering for 3 or more.

Held at my home in Peterborough, NH.

Space is limited to 5; register early.


Breaking Beyond Vocal Workshops

(Wednesday evenings July 1- July 22, 6 - 9 PM)

are designed for those who have attended more than one Veritable Voice Workshop.

These master-class style workshops provide the experienced singer opportunities to delve deeper into personal and emotional barriers to release your voice once and for all.

The emphasis will be on learning new kinesthetic tools to open up the body and voice, in a safe, playful setting.

$50 each; discounts for signing up for 3 or more.

Held at PUUC Parish Hall.

Pre-registration required.

Space is limited to 5; register early.


See you in church,



Free perennial flowers and young bushes

Our gardens are overcrowded with Japanese Irises (vibrant purple June blooming flowers), Indigo (same colored flower, early June), tiger lilies (light to deep orange flowers that bloom in July and parts of June and August, depending on the weather), as well as evening primrose (yellow flowers) and young starters of forsythia, euonymous and spirea. The spirea has a white flower in the early spring, one of the first blooming bushes. The primrose blooms mid-summer but for an extended period.


We would like to give the excess plants away and would be grateful if you would take them. If want or need any, if you only need to come and take them. It's not too early to transplant and most are easy to dig up. Only the Indigo and Japanese Irises require some muscle. All you have to do is bring a shovel and bags or boxes. (I might be able to get the boxes)  Contact Ed or Marsha Morrow at 924-6921.



“Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting.”

Joyce Meyer



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.