Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
October 22, 2023

This Sunday:


Covenants as a Roadmap, Not as Rules

October 22, 2023 at 10:30 am 

Rev. Amy and the board have been working on the process of covenanting. Come today and explore how
we connect to each other.

To attend on siteFULL VACCINATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, including boosters as appropriate.

MASKING RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages attendees at worship services and other large gatherings to wear masks.

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.

This Weekend:

  • This month’s story is Badger’s Parting Gifts, by Susan Varley, a story Soul Matters suggests for our month exploring Heritage.  

  • Badger’s Parting Gifts help us remember the gifts we get from understanding the cycle of life and death. 

  • Listen to Ruby Dee read Badger’s Parting Gifts


9:30 AM : Adult RE 

  • In Person: chalice house craft room

  • Faith Formation in October: We explore ‘open mindedness’

  • One of the goals of the Adult RE program is to get to know each other better.  What fascinating people sit around our table and how much we have to learn from each other.  There’s a place for you at our table.

  • email Ginny Chudgar for more info (see directory for address)

  • Onsite Only

9:30 AM: Children’s RE: The Gifts of Our Faith – 2 classes

Elementary Ages: 

Each week we explore the gifts of our faith – this week in RE we: 

  • Lower elementary: The Gifts of our LGBTQIA+ Roots

  • Upper Elementary: The Gifts of hearing our stories.

  • RE will be hosting coffee hour afterwards

10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

We meet together to sing, to reflect, and to explore our world. 

10:30 – 12 Youth Group:   Grades 7th – 12: meet next Nov 5th

Monday – Thursday 

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

  • Sunday 29th – Costume Parade in worship

October’s Share the Plate recipient is Safe Berks

Safe Berks, formerly Berks Women in Crisis, provides a safe haven and ongoing support system for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Donations can be made in this Sundays collection plate or by mailing a check to the church made out to FUUBC with Safe Berks  in the memo line. 

Upcoming Share the Plate Recipients:
November: Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

Hello UU Berks!  We are now moving into the Small Group Discussion part of our ministerial search process!  Your input about your hopes and dreams regarding our next minister is very important to us.  Some of you will be attending small group meetings through specific ministries or committees, while others will have the opportunity to attend our open meetings, shared below.  Please plan to come to one, and contribute your feedback to these important discussions!

October 22nd (both in person and virtual) 12:00 noon in the Sanctuary

All meetings will use the following link uuberks.org/zoom-worship

Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Your Ministerial Search Committee

Sunday Volunteers:
Greeters: Dennis W. and Joanne K.
Ushers:   Carol O. and Joanne K.
Coffee Crew: RE Kids and Jayne’ P.

October ’23 Food Bank

The Helping Harvest Food Bank held at our church on the 3rd Saturday of each month, is on 10/21/23 this month. 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.

Halloween Costume Parade

Kids of all ages are invited to come in costume and congregate in the social hall on October 29. We’ll then kick off worship with a costume parade for the start of our service.

Spooky Movie Night

November 4 we will be holding a Spooky Sanctuary Movie Night! Please join us in the Sanctuary from 6pm- 9pm. To celebrate both Halloween and Day of the Dead we will be viewing “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and “Coco”. The church will be providing pizza, we ask that everyone please bring some drinks or snacks to share. Sign up below and more information to come as the evening draws closer.


Pancake Breakfast

We’re looking forward to kicking off our month celebrating The Gift of Gratitude with a time to share breakfast together as a faith community.  Our Pancake breakfast will be morning of Nov 5th from 9 am to 10 am.   Please visit the signup genius link to RSVP and share what you’ll contribute (your presence is more than enough).

We will be holding a considering membership class on 11/12 following service. Come learn more about what our church community has to offer and how you can become a part of it. Contact g.membership@uuberks.org  to register or sign up on the gerber room bulletin board

In today’s world, cultivating loving connection and friendship is a courageous response to acts of hate and inhumanity. Join us today as we celebrate and strengthen our ability to be a good friend .Feel heartened in the bonds of friendship we create, both within and beyond our own community.

Best of all, join us after service for our Friendsgiving Potluck Feast!

Sign Up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0F45A5A92DA5FA7-45448692-friendsgiving

Social Justice Opportunities for Connection & Information

Mike and I have been members since 2004. As we prepare to go to General Assembly for the first time, we are learning about our extended UUA family. Here are some nuggets of knowledge that Randy and Carol opened our eyes to: First UU is in the Central East Region (CER) and our primary contact is Lenore Bajare-Dukes (she/her).Sign up for their Opportunities for Connection monthly newsletter to learn about events and programs on https://www.uua.org/central-east/blog

UU JusticePA is our legislative lobbying group that fights for policies and structural change. Sign up for one of their Justice Teams and talk to Carol Orts about their monthly calls that empower you to make a lasting impact. https://uujusticepa.org/justice-teams/

The 8th Principle Learning Community is a Facebookgroup of committed folks across the country who continue to learn how to accountably dismantle systems of oppression. Ask Pat and Maggie about how it has fed their spiritual growth.

Finally, we have our own internal community bulletin board. If you’d like to share some news with fellow congregants about something fun, curious, for sale, or for discussion, you can send an email to g.friends.of@uuberks.org and receive a daily digest only when someone posts a message. Join our First UU Berks internal listserve by emailing a request to admin@uuberks.org.

Once you’re connected with one of these groups, please share your insight and involvement with our First UU Social Justice Coordinating Team at g.social.justice@uuberks.org.  We’ll connect you with others of similar interests!

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 phone, text or email

Joanne K.

Do you have our latest Church Directory?
If you are in need of a church directory, please email Melissa at office@uuberks.org for a PDF copy or a hard copy to be mailed to you.

Attention Giant Shoppers! Did you know you can shop at Giant and make money for the Church at no cost to you?

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 office@uuberks.org. One time cards can also be purchased from Melissa at coffee hour twice a month.

Giant cards are available in $50 and $100 increments.

Giant Card Form

Heritage for October 2023

These days, I approach the word “heritage” very carefully.  So many traditions and customs, when carefully inspected through our 21st century lens do not hold up.  They were charming at one time, but only accessible to a privileged few.  As we see things through more of a global, multi-cultural, anti-racism lens that is more realistic to our lives now, the word “heritage” often signals that we will be reckoning with it rather than celebrating.

From the Oxford dictionary, heritage is “valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations.”  The entry uses it in the sentence, “a sense of history and heritage.”

Finding the parts of our heritage that we are proud to lift up, like using our GOD IS LOVE pulpit, is reconciled every week with heritage from our past that do not instill pride in us today.  When we know better, we do better.  When we pay respect to, and remember that Lenni Lenape people were here before us, when using pronouns to introduce ourselves so that more silenced people feel included, these are examples of continuing a heritage to be proud of, building in new patterns.

As we live our daily lives, independently and as a congregation, we are building a heritage of love.  Not by dismissing the parts of our heritage that we are ashamed of, or outgrew, but by placing ourselves into an age old pattern of looking to the past with honor and respect, not afraid to do new things.

Heritage is not just our past—we are always building on it.  May we continue to do the hard things, reconciling the great parts of heritage with the problematic parts.  It’s the way we have always done things around here.

In peace

Rev. Amy

Sacred Chain

by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director



to the whisper

of your heart

re minding you

to re member

who you are

essential link

in a sacred chain

of being


to a blessing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *