This Mother’s Day, we will reflect upon the indigenous belief that there is both feminine and masculine energy in all of us. We will explore how each one of us can bring the qualities of the feminine and our mother energy to the healing and recreation so desperately needed in our world.
Take action to protect yourself from Covid-19 based on local risk conditions.
Feel free to wear a mask anytime.
FUUBC encourages all those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, including boosters, as appropriate.
To attend by Zoom, click on this link: uuberks.org/zoom-worship. (If this is the first time
you’re using zoom, you may be prompted to download a launcher app).
To connect by phone (audio only):
1) Dial the phone number: 1-646-558-8656
2) When prompted for the “Meeting ID”, enter: 921 4271 5512#
3) When prompted for the “Participant ID”, enter: #
Please plan to arrive or log on by 10:20-10:25 am to enjoy the gathering music, and,
for those on zoom, to establish a connection before worship is scheduled
begins. Zoom participant mics are muted throughout the service.
Tonight’s Story is The Year We Learned To Flywords by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrations by Rafael López.
Soul Matters shares: Here is a story about how a grandmother, as well as aunties, uncles and cousins help two children overcome hardships, by helping them use their creative minds. We celebrate all kinds of help and love on Mama’s Day. Mama’s and others help us imagine and create a better world.
May’s Special Plate Collection
This month our special plate collection will benefit LGBT Center of Reading. Checks may be mailed into the church, put in the collection plate or dropped on the wooden box in the Gerber room, throughout the month. Checks should be made out to FUUBC with LGBT in the memo line.
Greeters: Dennis W. & Lisa F.
Ushers: Carol O.& Denise W.
Coffee Crew: Joanne & Colleen K.
Mark your calendars for our Spring Congregational meeting. These bi annual meetings give our members an opportunity to find out the latest updates and vote on important issues. Please plan on attending Sunday, May 21st, following coffee hour.
Greeter Volunteers Needed
I hope this mid spring beautiful weather is finding you all well!!
As we are all seeing new growth in nature in this season- I find that being of service is also a path to growth for us humans 🙂 We currently have a dedicated list of volunteers which is very much appreciated but as summer gets closer- I realize there are other adventures we will be heading out to do so there are currently a lot of open spots for the upcoming Sundays. This is a wonderful way to connect with the rest of the community, get to know more about our amazing church and as an added bonus- gets you to church when sometimes you may not feel like getting out of your pajamas and hear the priceless messages in each of the services.
With this said- we need your help!! If you are available or want to know more about being a greeter -please reach out to me by call the church at 610-372-0928.
Splinters from the BOD from the May meeting:
Finalized search committee nomination process. Now in Asking Phase.
Voted to present FY 2023-24 Budget from Finance Committee at the Congregational Meeting on May 21st
Rev. Amy summarized UUA Leadership Training – Lab #4 with the BOD
Updated the Covid-19 Gathering Policy
Reviewed the schedule of board activities for Settled Minister search
Join UUJusticePA, CeaseFirePA , and other gun safety advocates across PA
to finish the job and win final passage of the Common Agenda to End Gun Violence.
Take Action Now: This is the moment we have all been working and waiting for:
a full House vote on the Common Agenda!
We expect a vote to take place between May 22 -24. We need your help!
We are pulling together, and pulling out all the stops to win this!
Call your State Representative:Ask them to support the Common Agenda to End Gun Violence (Bills 714, 338, 1018, 731). If they are already supportive, thank them. If not, ask them to reconsider and please vote YES.
Have you seen our amazing congregation handprint canvas in the Gerber room? Now you can get it on a T-shirt for $20! You can pre-order a shirt for yourself now through May 21st on the order form in the Gerber room- find the shirt and you’ll find the form. Ask an RE volunteer for assistance.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dear Members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County,
As we progress through Phase Two of the Settled Ministry Search Process, the congregation will participate in selecting the Search Committee (SC) members. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has refined and recommended a specific process to accomplish this important work. UUBerks leadership has embraced, tailored, and will execute this process within the next few weeks.
According to the UUA, using the recommended process provides good results with high respect and trust for both the SC and leadership. A synopsis of the process is as follows:
Leadership will phone each household to have a conversation, ultimately asking for recommendations for the search committee.
Recommendations will be recorded.
The most frequently listed names will become the short list of candidates for the SC.
Board members will call the short-listed candidates to see if they are interested in serving. Commitment and availability will be discussed. Candidates who are sitting members of the board or M&O team would have to vacate those positions.
Candidates will create a Bio and statement of why they wish to serve on SC.
A vote for the slate of candidates will occur during a congregation meeting by early June.
Please consider the following questions while determining whom you recommend serving on the SC.
•What qualities are needed for someone to serve on a ministerial search committee?
• Who in the congregation works well with others?
•Who can represent and serve the whole congregation well, including our children and youth?
• Who knows (or can learn) the history and culture of the congregation, whether it is a member long-standing or relatively new? Who can use this history proactively?
• Who has been and/or is active in the congregation and has demonstrated responsible participation and leadership?
We hope you will take the time to have a meaningful conversation with leadership. If you are unavailable to talk when the call is placed, please be certain to return the call to the Board or M&O member that contacted you. It is imperative that we have each member’s input during this selection process. And please feel comfortable asking questions- if we don’t know the answer, we will research it and get back to you.
Respectfully Submitted by the Board serving you,
Ramona McCormick, President Nic Stoltzfus, Member at Large
Amber Brown, Vice President Mike Mannix, Member at Large
Greg Dimovitz, Secretary
Solar Panel System (5/3/2023)
We have received the PV design documents from Solar States, which comprise technical details and specifications for our photovoltaic system. The package includes a site assessment report, system design drawings, electrical diagrams, equipment specifications, and installation documents. Solar States will share these documents with the City of Reading and our electrical provider to obtain the necessary permits for the project. Although we could start the project immediately if we had precise information about the Inflation Reduction Act, the Solar Team intends to wait until the IRS releases the rules outlining how nonprofits can benefit from the solar rebate. Meanwhile, we will continue our search for grants and additional funding for the project. Out of curiosity, has anyone in our congregation won a significant amount in the lottery lately? We would LOVE to talk to you about this project.
Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at 8:00pm Eastern. Our working theme is Shine On, Resilient and Beautiful People with the Reverend Katie Romano Griffin and musical artist Amanda Thomas. This will be a public virtual event. DRUUMM’s Public Worship is an opportunity for the wider world of Unitarian Universalism to connect with DRUUMM and be in community together. The Worship is open to everyone while prioritizing space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We particularly encourage our DRUUMM members in multiracial families and White antiracist allies to join.
The Eighth Principle Committee invites you to read What Does It Mean to Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy by Robin DiAngelo and then share your reactions to this important work in conversations with others, starting in July. This is an opportunity to build community by telling stories and grappling with societal oppression. We have a limited number of copies available for $12. Please contact Be Y. by calling the church at 610-372-0928. We look forward to lively discussions this summer.
The Helping Harvest Food Bank held at our church on the 3rd Saturday of each month, is on 5/20/23. To prepare, we need to set up a “store” in the Gerber Room with tables and shelves around 8:30 AM. We will receive a delivery truck from Helping Harvest around 9:30 AM, which contains hundreds of pounds of food that must be carried in from the street. We will unbox all of the items and place them on the tables and shelves. Once the “store” is ready, we will guide families through it, one or two at a time, and assist them in selecting items that they can take home for free. Afterwards, we will break down all of the boxes and put away the tables and shelves.
We require many volunteers to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Currently, we are in need of more help. Would you be able to spare a few hours on Saturday morning to assist us? Typically, things are slow until the delivery truck arrives, so we could use more help with unloading, managing the different food areas in the “store” and cleaning up afterwards. Last month we were done before 12 noon. If you have any questions, please contact Frank W. by calling the church.
Are you curious what it would be like to be with UUs from all over the country and continent, right in our backyard? Make sure to register for General Assembly happening this June from the 21st – 25th! You can register for a day, a few days or full meeting. Check out https://www.uua.org/ga for more information.
FUUBC is part of the Giant charitable grocery scrip program that gives 10% of all gift cards sold back to our church. You can purchase cards as needed or sign up for a monthly gift card order that will be sent directly to your home the first week of each month.
When you receive your order you will also receive a return envelope to mail your check to the church. Checks can also be dropped in the Gerber room drop box or in the plate collection. Checks should be made out to FUUBC with giant card in the memo line.
If you would like to purchase Giant cards please return the form below to Melissa at email@example.com. One time cards can also be purchased from Melissa at coffee hour twice a month.
Giant cards are available in $50 and $100 increments.
Reading is changing its street parking procedure from meters to app only payments. Currently parking in front of the church is free during the week until further notice. Street parking is always free on Sundays and free parking is also available in the Library lot on Sundays. The parking garage does charge on Sundays. You can pay by the Parkmobile app or at the small payment station near the entrance of the parking garage (near the stairs)
Friends, the time for submitting an article has come while I am simultaneously
participating in a weeklong meeting (online) of Interim Ministers AND packing up
my life from Elkhart IN. I hope that you will enjoy this link, or the printed lyrics
of my favorite song for May. Recorded by 10000 Maniacs, sung by Natalie
Merchant, These are Days.
Written by Buck Robert, Jerome Augustyniak, and Natalie A Merchant https://open.spotify.com/track/786h4kDeZiX5nYvOwA3wtE
These are days
These are days you’ll remember
Never before and never since
Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it
You’ll know it’s true
That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow in you, in you
These are days you’ll remember
When May is rushing over you with desire
To be part of the miracles you see in every hour
You’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you
Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you
These are days
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break
These days you might feel a shaft of light
Make its way across your face
And when you do you’ll know how it was meant to be
See the signs and know their meaning
You’ll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they’re speaking to you, to you
Creativity happens when we ask ourselves – what if? It’s our ability to dream things up, hold them in our minds and then make them real in the world. It’s easier to be creative when you are connected to more than yourself. That connection can be with a group of people like your family, your friends, a group you belong to. That connection can be to a place, somewhere you travel to, somewhere that’s home. Often times that connection is more than one thing.
Our youth group all year met twice a month to practice creativity through the lense of our 8 principles in their curriculum. Our kids met each week to explore the theme of the month through creating posters, and stories, and even developing a song. Some of our families engaged with the theme of the month through Soulful Home arts, games and stories. Here’s a way you can playfully engage with creativity for a week this month from Soulful Home. If you think you can’t be creative or can’t draw – this practice is especially for you.
(Family can be those you connect with daily or weekly.)
Choose seven of the items below and challenge your family to do a drawing a day for a week. Make a thick stack of scrap paper and a jar of pencils in easy reach of everyone in the family. At whatever point throughout the day makes the most sense, each person draws the daily picture. Create a collage on the fridge or on a message board for the family to see the next day.
art of life
by nadine j. smet-weiss
of each day
this work of art