Music-themed Emails Entertain Choir Members

Mike Ellis has been sending out fun little emails to the choir, usually providing a recently-posted song he’s discovered along with a little quiz. Write to Mike if you want in on the fun.  Here’s the latest:
Paul Simon just posted (3/19/2020) a home video of American Tune, a song I’ve loved since he first recorded it in 1975.  It’s even more meaningful today.

https://youtu.be/wVYPVvS-mI4

Extra credit if you recognize the Bach Chorale on which the melody is based.  Extra extra credit for knowing the title in German 🙂
Stay well, stay safe,
Mike
If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, write to Mike at michael dot f dot ellis at gmail dot com (linked emails get spammed so we’re protecting Mike here).

Men’s Breakfast Met Virtually on Saturday Morning!

The Men’s Breakfast and Discussion Group met this past Saturday as usual, in five separate homes! Eric Hoffman hosted the monthly gathering of the Men’s Group on the Zoom platform. The only thing missing was the smell of the potluck breakfast. However, the ever-present coffee addiction was on display. As usual, we had a thought-provoking discussion through Zoom. This group has been meeting for over 32 years in one form or another, and we can safely say that this was the first time we meet at five sites simultaneously!

We meet on the second Saturday of each month at 8:00 in 23 Edwin, our two volunteer hosts prepare a main breakfast entree and the other men provide potluck additions. We follow breakfast with a discussion on a range of topics selected by the hosts. We frequently find depth in discussions in a broad range of topics. This week we explored forgiveness. If you would like to participate contact Michael Beech, mandjbeech@icloud.com for information.

Fun at Buddhist Meditation Class?

Yes, indeed.  On Tuesday, February 25, I so enjoyed Buddhist Meditation. The group is led by Jim Steffe and Karen Waters. Our biweekly meetings provide for a 30-minute meditation and a group dharma/discussion. But THIS week we did a ‘social’. We had food and beverages. We yapped.

One member told the well-known joke: Buddha tells the pizza person, “Please make me one with everything.” But then another member added: Yeah, but did you hear the rest? “So Buddha gives the pizza person a $20 bill and waits until he must ask ‘Where’s my change?’ The pizza person replies “All change comes from within.”

See? It’s not all serious. The group then had a idea-packed discussion of ways to provide some meetings utilizing different ways we might experience our practice.

Submitted by Susan Beachum

UUCA Supports UUSC’s Guest at Your Table Program

Great news!   The results are in! Guest At Your Table was a success with over 30 contributors who also became Unitarian Universalist Service Committee members just by submitting any contribution.  We raised over $2,000 to help people in the US and all over the world using UUSC’s grassroots partnerships to advance human rights.  Many thanks to everyone, especially those who have been long-time UUSC members–and all of our new members, too!

Auction Results Are In! Best Auction Ever!

Auction Gala 2019

Yes indeedy!  The Auction Committee ROCKS!  And so do you!

The Committee did a fabulous job of keeping expenses low (this fancy new venue at AB Tech actually cost less than our previous venue) and you did a great job of donating services and “things to do” that people wanted to buy.  That terrific combination resulted in a record-shattering net income of about $36,000, $5,000 above last year’s record-breaker. 

Extreme thanks go to chair Tory Schmitz, her inner circle of Ann McLellan, Margaret McAlister, Sally Witkamp, Jim Gamble, Judy Galloway, Deb Holden, and Judith Kaufman, special food experts Robin Loew and Karen Morris, and what seems like a cast of thousands that provided support in various ways from bartending to greeting, from soliciting business donations to contributing things we can sell, from buying balloons to setting up the room, from playing in the band to handling the A/V duties.  (Seriously, I can’t name everyone, and I already apologize if I missed someone I shouldn’t have!)

auctioneer 2019 Gala

Christmas Pageant Service Delights the Crowd

And I’m not just saying that although it’s possible I have some bias. The cast was terrific, the script was funny, the story came out just the way you expect (it IS about the birth of Jesus after all) and the cookies were plentiful. What better way to spend a Christmas Eve afternoon?

The Scoop: Fibre Friends Donate!

Fibre Friends gathers at 1 pm the first Saturday of the month at 23 Edwin Place. There are about a dozen “regulars,” but there are a total of 24 of us on the email list. We are mostly knitters, but we do welcome all fiber arts, including several crocheters.  Sometimes we work on personal projects, but our focus is on community donations. Working with our own yarns and those kindly donated (often anonymously), we produced the following in 2018:
  • For Room At the Inn: eight hat-and-scarf sets.
  • For Meals On Wheels: 43 washcloths, wrapped around bars of soap.
  • For Trinity Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter: six hat-and-scarf sets, three separate hats, 20 scarfs, two boas, one reversible cowl, one cowl/scarf, and one shawlette.
Martha Shepherd delivered the Room At the Inn items, and my husband, Bob, and I handled most of the rest. I wish everyone could see how delighted the recipients were.
Speaking for my fellow Fibre Friends, we are proud of our accomplishments this year and welcome all who would like to join us in 2019.
Donna Hughes, UUCA Fibre Friends Coordinator

The Scoop: Fibre Friends Donate!

Fibre Friends gather at 1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month at 23 Edwin Place. There are about a dozen “regulars,” but there are a total of 24 of us on the email list. We are mostly knitters, but we do welcome all fiber arts, including several crocheters.
Sometimes we work on personal projects, but our focus is on community donations. Working with our own yarns and those kindly donated (often anonymously), we produced the following in 2018:
  • For Room At the Inn: eight hat-and-scarf sets.
  • For Meals On Wheels: 43 washcloths, wrapped around bars of soap.
  • For Trinity Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter: six hat-and-scarf sets, three separate hats, 20 scarfs, two boas, one reversible cowl, one cowl/scarf, and one shawlette.
Martha Shepherd delivered the Room At the Inn items, and my husband Bob and I handled most of the rest. I wish everyone could see how delighted the recipients were.
Speaking for my fellow Fibre Friends, we are proud of our accomplishments this year and welcome all who would like to join us in 2019.
Donna Hughes, Fibre Friends Coordinator