June 2, 2015

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Sunday June 7th: Sermon: “How to Change the World” Rev. Shayna Appel

Have you ever had an idea that seemed so strange, so far out, so indescribable, that you didn't know what to do with it?  Based on a children's story by Kobi Yamada, and my experience working as a Fire Chaplain at Ground Zero following the attacks on 9-11, we'll have a first-hand opportunity to see what happens if an idea is given wings.


Sunday Service Volunteers

Greeters:  Bo Dean and ????  Will someone help Bo this Sunday with greeting?

Community Hour:  Susan Stanbury and ?????  Will someone help Susan with Community Hour?

Flowers:  Phil Jones in memory of Rev. David Van Strien

(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.)


Social Justice Committee will be meeting at noon on the stage after Community Hour this Sunday. 



MINDFUL MEANDERINGS…...  by Rev. Shayna Appel


In congregations across the country, and maybe even across the world, leaders ponder the question of how to build the beloved community.  I was recently reading an article by Dr. Bill Donahue on “The Four Marks of Authentic Community” and it occurred to me that “Authentic Community” and “The Beloved Community” look a lot alike.  Here are Dr. Bill’s four marks:


1)      To know and be known.  We all have a desire to be known and to know others, but there are things that get in the way.  The biggest of these barriers being fear.  Fear of being shamed or judged, fear that our stories won’t be considered of value to others.

2)      The second mark is to love and be loved.  Fundamentally we all need to express love and receive love.  This can be communicated through words, touch, gifts or service.

3)      The third mark is to serve and to be served. We all have gifts and abilities we want to share with others and we should.  But we must also recognize that others have gifts and abilities too, and allowing others to serve us is really the flip side of generosity.

4)      Finally, to celebrate and to be celebrated.  Everyone loves being affirmed and celebrated!


In thinking about these Four Marks of Authentic Community, consider making some room in your life to let someone get to know you, and to get to know someone else.  Think about someone you know who could use a little love and see if you have words, touch, a gift or some service you could offer to help them know they are loved.  Look around and see where your gifts are needed, and allow someone to offer their service to you.  And finally, think about someone who has made a difference in your life or in the life of this congregation, and celebrate them!  Let them know how much their contributions to this beloved community have meant to you.


It’s not rocket science, but it still requires practice and commitment!





From the DRE

Thank you to Carol Richards for stepping up to help with child care for the next two Sundays from 8:45-9:45am.  It would be wonderful if another eager volunteer would come forward to help with nursery care from 9:45-11:45am for the next two Sundays (June 7th and 14th). 

This is your church.  If we are to attract young families we need to work together to provide consistent, good coverage in our nursery room.  Please consider helping out.  Contact Char James at char.james@uupeterborough.org   THANKS!


PUUC Search Committee News, Wednesday, May 27, 2015

We are on our way!!  We are happy to report that as of our meeting Wednesday, we had 61 web responses.  That’s 44%, very close to our 2001 Congregational Search Survey.   The Survey will be ending on June 14th, so please send us your responses.  If you haven’t received a Survey, let us know and we will get one out immediately.

The Paper Survey has also been handed out to seven people and there will be more.  Again, just let us know if you need one, or call the office with your request.

We are lining up Neutral Pulpits for our candidates and look forward to this exciting evaluation period

We have outlined the Ministerial Prospect Packet.  The Congregational Record (CR) is a big part of it and we will be requesting the congregation’s help in putting together both items.

June 17th is a little over two weeks away!  Please don’t put off your Survey response any longer.  We need your input!  Thanks!



Welcoming Tips

Greet everyone who comes through the doorway.  Everyone includes members, friends, visitors from out of town and local guests.  New people want to find a place where people value one another.



Monadnock Summer Lyceum presents between eight and ten cultural events in the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church on Sundays, between the end of June and beginning of September.

Please join us on Sunday mornings to hear world class speakers on social, political, educational, cultural, scientific, economic, environmental and artistic topics.  Enrich your summer in Peterborough, NH in the heart of the Monadnock Region.

Presentations begin at 11:00am. Presentations are rebroadcast by NHPR on the following Sunday at 9 pm.
Presentations are free ~ donations accepted.
Wheelchair accessible.
Parking is available next to the church courtesy of People's United Bank.
Reception following the presentations in the Parish Hall.  Go to www.monadnocklyceum.org for more information.



Sun 6/28/15 11:00am 
Howard Mansfield 
Dwelling in Possibility


Sun 7/5/15 11:00am 
Marjorie Heins 
Sex Wars to Red Scare: A Civil Liberties Odyssey


Sun 7/12/15 11:00am 
Dr. Warren Riess 
The Ship That Held Up Wall Street


Sun 7/19/15 11:00am 
Daniel Weeks 
Poor (in) Democracy: How America is Defaulting on Democracy, and the Long Walk to Get it Back


Sun 7/26/15 11:00am 
Dr. Jarrett Byrnes 
Reef Life in Your Back Yard: Kelp Beds, Meadows and Forests


Sun 8/2/15 11:00am 
Meg Petersen 
Reclaiming the Core: Education for Social Beings and Idea Creators


Sun 8/9/15 
MacDowell Colony Medal Day 
No Lyceum


Sun 8/16/15 11:00am 
Skip Gorman and Gordon Peery 
The Sources and Evolution of New England Contra Dance Music: An Annotated Concert


Sun 8/23/15 11:00am 
Rev. Keith L. Magee 
Race in America: Can We Talk?



“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” - Tony Robbins




This seems to be a small edition this week. (Ruh roh Raggy) I’ve had a few people tell me they are not receiving the Weekly Bits in the last few weeks. Of course if you're one of these people, then you're also NOT getting this message.  I wish I could give you a solid reason why, but unfortunately I cannot.  If for some reason yours randomly doesn’t come through on any given Tuesday, please remember that you can always go to our website and pick it up from there. Click on the NEWS tab at www.uupeterborough.org.  They are all archived there with the most recent at the top of the list. It’s a mystery we may never solve, and there aren’t even any meddling kids involved.   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

email: kshaynaappel@gmail.com  


Olivia: (603) 554-2294

email: oholmes34a@hotmail.com


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

email: vanessa.amsbury@uupeterborough.org


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

Email: char.james@uupeterborough.org

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