Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
April 24, 2022

This Sunday:
 


How can we go beneath surfaces, stay curious, and weigh things thoughtfully? This morning we’ll explore these questions together. We’ll also be celebrating members who recently joined the church.

 

 

                                                     

 

Tonight – FRIDAY

7:00 PM:

SUNDAY

9:45 AM :Adult RE 

  • In Person: in 1st floor chalice house with Lauren Fritz and Saki 

  • Getting cU.U.rious.  Lauren Fritz and her family’s service dog, Saki, lead the group discussion this morning. [soulful home packet] 

  • Onsite Only 

9:45 AM: Children’s RE  

Elementary Ages:  Onsite and Online, email director.religious.education@uuberks.org by Saturday noon if you’ll be attending online

  • On site: in Kidspace w/ Ms Ebee & Ms Be (* teens may help, let us know you’ll be coming)
  • RE Hangout – “Wake up Songs” – Our theme this month is Awakening. We’ll prepare for the worship service with learning a song and weaving a gift for the membership ceremony. 

  •  link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Ebee (director.religious.education@uuberks.org)

10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

  •  How do we decide what matters?  How do we use our energy towards that decision?

  • Coloring Sheet: “5 Coloring Page Choices” by Rev Cynthia Landrum

  • Use a printed or hand labyrinth to find renewal as you attend worship this morning. Here’s a labyrinth you can print out and trace.  Labyrinth Printable

  • Practice your Searching and Creative skills with Spark Maze

Monday – Thursday 
Daily posts on our new covenanted RE Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUBerks.RE.page/?ref=share
check out our Remind classroom. 
If you need to signup link here: remind.com/join/refuucbc

April 24th Youth Group Meeting – Grades 7-12:  meets today from 10:45 – 12:30; planning for leading service next week

 

 

Shut Down Berks Vigil

 

Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness and the Shut Down Berks Coalition are holding an in-person vigil at the Berks County Detention Center on April 24 at 3:30 pm. Please share to your friends and networks.  Rev. Sandy Strauss, Pennsylvania Council of Churches will be leading the vigil. Please join us if you can!

 

 

Splinters from our April Board of Directors Meeting

 

  • Update by the nominating committee
  • Working group plan to update Meeting Gathering Policy
  • Approved Interim Minister’s salary and benefits package
  •  Discussion and preparation of the congregational profile
  • Discussion for interim interview dates
  • Working group created to prepare interview questions (interim minister candidate)
  •  Board voted to recommend to the FUUBC members the designation of Emerita Status upon Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees.

 

 

 

52nd Anniversary of Earth Day Berks County

 

Save the date (AND a few before, See Below)

April 23, 2022

Where:   Reading City Park

Washington St. & N 11th St.

Reading, PA

When:   Noon to 6 p.m. Rain or Shine!

What:   

  • Environmental Groups
  • Speakers on Sustainability Issues
  • Presentations of Wild Animals & Some Winged Visitors
  • Local Artists and Poets
  • Food Vendors And More!

NOTE:  To volunteer, contact earthdayberks@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

CELEBRATING REV. DR. SANDRA FEES RETIREMENT

CHURCH PICNIC

Sunday, May 22, 12-3 pm

Festive party at the Farming Ridge Park in Exeter. This will be a time to gather outside together, share in a potluck lunch, and celebrate Rev Sandra as she prepares for retirement. Watch the Univoice for more information.

 

WORSHIP SERVICE 

CELEBRATING OUR SHARED MINISTRY

Sunday, June 12, 10:30 am

This service will include Rev. Sandra’s farewell sermon 

and a special video.

 

WORSHIP SERVICE

SUNDAE SUNDAY

Sunday, June 19, 10:30 am

This Sunday will be Rev. Sandra’s last service with us. Join in this fun, interactive service followed by an ice cream social.

 

FAREWELL MEETINGS WITH REV. SANDRA

by appointment
sign up here

Members and friends who would like to meet with Rev. Sandra in person, by phone or on zoom may sign up for one of these times (or contact Rev. Fees to find another time):

Tuesday, May 24 – 2 pm, 3 pm

Wednesday, May 25 – 2 pm, 3 pm, 7 pm

Thursday, May 26 – 11 am, 1 pm

Wednesday, June 1 – 3 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm

Thursday, June 2 – 1 pm, 2 pm, 7 pm

Tuesday, June 7 – 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm

Friday, June 10 – 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm

Tuesday, June 14 – 11 am, 1 pm, 7 pm

 

 

Save the Date!  May 4th — DRUUMM Worship RSVP by May 3rd

 

The FUUBC 8th Principle Team chose to give part of its budgeted money to sponsor the DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministeries)  Public Worship Service fundraiser. 

The zoomed service will be on May 4th at 8:30 PM.  All are welcomed to the service. We are encouraging people viewing the service to consider meeting together at our church. 
Please contact Pat Uribe-Lichty at paturli50@yahoo.com if you are interested in this multi-generational, multi-cultural service.     

DRUUMM provides pastoral care and leadership development programs for BIPOC Unitarian Universalists.

 

 

3rd Annual Family Promise Walk

 

Family Promise will be having their 3rd Annual Promise Walk June 5 from 1-5pm @ the West Reading Playground.  Please save the date and consider joining the UU team to help fundraise for FP of Berks County. Food Trucks will be their to serve food , raffle baskets and entertainment provided. Join FP for an afternoon of fundraising and Fun.

Registration $25 per person , you can join us in person or virtually.

Use the link below to register – go under – I Want to Fundraise and find UU team or contact Cyndi Dimovitz @ 610-334-8309 or cdimovitz@gmail.com if you need help registering. 

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/family-promise-of-berks-county-inc/3rd-annual-promise-walk-7acba014-9543-4854-9844-c73f0fc9b650

 

 

Allies for Racial Equity 
(ARE) is a Unitarian Universalist ministry that disrupts oppression, uproots white supremacy, and plants seeds of justice. ARE invites White Unitarian Universalists to join the upcoming virtual caucus sessions on Saturday, April 30, from 1 pm to 3 pm.

 

This year, ARE will consider how we connect to past and future: “How are we a continuation of the life before us?” The caucuses are intended to nourish anti-racist community, to inspire attendees with a sense of parallel connectedness to DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) and engage deeply in reflection and analysis for sustainable anti-racist work. You may obtain more information on their website

DRUUMM BIPOC Event
Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) invites DRUUMM members and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Unitarian Universalism as a whole, to participate in their Spring 2022 Cultural Caucusing Day on Saturday, April 30, from 1 pm to 3 pm. The event is free for DRUUMM members and $15 for BIPOC friends. This is an opportunity to connect with one another and then have intentional space in culturally specific caucus rooms. You can find more information and register on the DRUUMM website.

 

 

Church Picnic & Celebration for Rev. Fees

 

Mark your calendar for the Celebrate Rev Sandra Church Picnic on Sunday, May 22 from 12 PM to 3pm at the Farming Ridge Park in Exeter. This festive party (previously scheduled as the Service Auction Picnic) will be a time to gather outside together, share in a potluck lunch, and celebrate Rev Sandra as she prepares for retirement.

We will spend the first hour gathering with a basket raffle. Starting at 1pm we will have a picnic lunch with time to participate in a creative art project. The picnic and raffle are open to everyone, but if you purchased a bidding number for the Silent/Live auction, you will receive a coupon that is good for 5 basket raffle tickets. Watch the Univoice for more information.

 

 

Save the Date for Pride Fest

 

Mark your calendars for the LGBT Center of Greater Reading’s PRIDE FEST on July 17th, 2022. Come out and show your support for our LGBTQ Community with a day full of music, vendors, food and FUN! We will be asking for volunteers to staff the FUUBC table as the date gets closer. Please consider helping out.

 

 

Update on Parking Options

 

  • Free parking is available on Sundays on the street and in the library parking lot.
  • The parking garage across the street (4th and Cherry streets) has changed to a pay by app system. The app is called ParkMobile. It can be downloaded in the apple store or on the google play app. At this time we are unable  to offer discounted parking vouchers.

 

 

Come to Portland, OR, for General Assembly 2022 – UU Berks Delegates Needed

 

Registration for General Assembly 2022 (GA) in-person in Portland, Oregon is now open. GA 2022 will be a multiplatform event, with registration options for in-person and/or virtual participation. Registration for Virtual participation will open March 1. For more information, go to www.uua.org/ga. If interested in serving as a UU Berks Delegate (to vote on denominational decisions), please contact the UU Berks Board at g.board@uuberks.org or Rev. Sandra at minister@uuberks.org.

The General Assembly logo, featuring the theme arranged in a circle. The theme is: “Meet the moment: Reimagining radical faith community”. Pink letters GA are in the center, with a white web decoration the represent the World Wide Web connecting our multi platform event. In front of GA, there is a purple silhouette of eight people holding hands. The persons depicted are of varying age, shapes and sizes.

 

 

Are you having trouble connecting to Zoom services?

 

We have established a Zoom service tech line if you are having trouble logging into our Sunday service. If you do not get an immediate answer, leave a message and your call will be returned momentarily.Dial 484-925-1684.

 

 

Awakening – from Rev. Sandra’s Study

Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, April 2022

You tell me to live each day / as if it were my last. / But why the last? I ask. Why not / live each day as if it were the first— / all raw astonishment, Eve rubbing / her eyes awake that first morning, / the sun coming up / like an ingénue in the east?

~ Linda Pastan, Imaginary Conversation

What would it be like to live each day as if it were the first? This is a question I am sitting with these days. I envision retirement as a vital time to reawaken to that raw astonishment. I don’t see it as a time to live as though each day is my last.

I look forward to more unstructured time and also more time to be curious about the question “who am I now?” I will still be a minister. I will still participate in clergy groups and UU circles. Very likely I will preach from time to time and perhaps occasionally officiate at rites of passage for friends and family. But my role will be changing. I will no longer be a congregational minister. I will no longer be your settled minister. I will be awakening to something new.

And I wonder, what would it be like for you to live each day as if it were the first? What would you be awakening to? What choices might you make for yourself to bring that vision a little closer to being a reality?

With love,

Rev. Sandra


“I was today years old when…”

 

I love a good meme and this one is a classic at this point… “I was today years old when…”

Often these realizations feel like a jolt, an awakening to something new to me. They often feel like a paradigm shift – a big Eureka moment – the way I was doing something isn’t the way it has to be! Or – I never knew that!

I love the enthusiasm behind a lot of these posts. To celebrate awakening to something new can be a great way to live into experimentation and play. Another way to put this is “I was today years old when…” captures one way to draw from our first of six UU sources “the sense of wonder we all share.”

What understanding did you wake up to lately?


awaken

by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director

now 

is the season

to come alive

awaken

to the power

of the light

you bear

embody 

the gifts

that are

yours

to give

open your arms

to receive

what others

live to share

now is the season

to come alive

awaken to

the love

you are

 

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