Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
May 22, 2022

This Sunday:

One of the ways we experience beauty is through our senses. Today’s service is an opportunity to celebrate the many sensory ways we take in the beauty around us.





Tonight – FRIDAY

7:00 PM:

  • From SoulMatters: “Here’s a story that explores and celebrates the beauty and value of spirals. What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? . Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o  Berks County Library Catalog – Many In for borrowing! .  Video Link.


****** different timing this week*****
 Adult and Children’s RE participants, 

we gather at noon for church wide picnic, have you signed up yet?  



10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

  • We explore the beauty of all of our senses 

  • Coloring Sheet: Chalice stone labyrinth 

  • 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

12 – 3 Church Picnic:


Monday – Thursday 
Daily posts on our new covenanted RE Facebook page 
check out our Remind classroom. 
If you need to signup link here: remind.com/join/refuucbc



The Church Picnic is this Sunday!
Please RSVP by Friday at 6 PM


For those who have already signed-up, please remember to bring along:

– Chairs and/or a blanket
– Reusable plates/cups/utensils (think green)
– Whatever item you signed up for (food/drink/helping hands/etc)
– Games, a ball, or sidewalk chalk 
– A hopeful heart that the weather does not get in the way of our fun and celebration for Rev. Sandra


We will be gathering at the Farming Ridge Park Pavilion in Exeter at 12 PM
 6075 Farming Ridge Blvd Reading, PA 19606.



Shut Down Berks Monthly Action


Please join Shut Down Berks Interfaith Witness and the Shut Down Berks Coalition for our monthly action on:
Sunday, May 22 at 3:30 pm (right after the church picnic!) at the Berks Detention Center
1040 Berks Road Leesport, PA 19533

led by Rev. Sandy Strauss, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

There are currently no women or other individuals incarcerated at Berks (which could change at any time) so this month’s action will include a call to shut down the Berks center permanently and will also be a Solidarity Vigil with the immigrants incarcerated at the Moshannon Valley Detention Center in Pennsylvania. 



Time for a UU Parent and Caregiver Potluck


Amber and Nate Brown will be hosting to the next UU Parent and Caregiver Pot luck dinner at their home located at 614 Jefferson St in West Lawn on Friday May 27th from 6-8pm. Bring a lawn chair for a campfire and smores. Please invite anyone who might be interested or new to the church, and let Amber know what dish you will be bringing. Everyone welcome!

Call or text any questions to Amber at 484-336-0990 or Nate at 484-336-0990.

New to the UU Parent and Caregiver group? This group is a supportive forum for discussing raising UU kids and socializing with other UU Parents and caregivers. We rotate as hosts and have a potluck dinner and discussion on Friday or Saturday nights from 6:00-8:00. Any members or friends of FUUBC and their children are welcome!

Find out about our events by joining our Facebook group: UU Parenting Group – First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County or reaching out to one of our group administrators (Amber Brown, Lynn O’Brien or Rachel Liberatore) 



Johnathan Newnham’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor


We have set Sunday June 5 for Johnathan Newnham’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  You are all invited!  Please RSVP at this link, which John set up: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4ba4ab2ba6fece9-johnathan2 Time will be 12:30 to 2 pm, with ceremony followed by lunch. The event will be held at our own First Unitarian Universalist Church.  This is where John did his Eagle project, so you can all see his work!

If you have questions you can email Randy Newnham at ren2@psu.edu or call 610-370-2175.



Food Bank Update and Call For Volunteers


We have a new coordinator for the FUUBC monthly food pantry! As previously announced, Brian Kammerer needed to step down from this position, and Mark Burton has stepped up to fill the role! Mark has been volunteering for a few months and has already been preparing to lead May’s distribution day.  Thank you Brian for your years of service in this capacity – you will be very missed! 

With this change in leadership, we also need more volunteers to help on distribution day, which takes place on the first Thursday morning of every month at the parking lot located on 5th and Cherry streets from approximately 9am-1pm. The next one will take place on Thursday, May 5th (next week).
This is a great opportunity to help in our community and engage with people from diverse backgrounds!

Tasks include:

  • food setup
  • registration and communication with recipients (Spanish fluency would be helpful)
  • distribution of food
  • clean up

Training will be provided. Contact Mark Burton at selliott42@comcast.net with questions or to volunteer








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.




Sunday, June 12, 10:30 am

This service will include Rev. Sandra’s farewell sermon 

and a special video.




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.



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



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. 




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.



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?


by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director


is the season

to come alive


to the power

of the light

you bear


the gifts

that are


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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