May 10 – “Play” and Blessing of the Wheels! – Rev. Margie Allen
Bring your human-carrying-and-human-powered wheels to the congregation this Sunday morning to be BLESSED! Our service is about play, sunshine, outdoors, wheels, no-emission travel and fun. Bring bikes, trikes, skateboards, scooters, wagons and other vehicles that carry human beings and are muscle-powered through the RE wing doors and line them up from the women's bathroom back down the hall, both sides of the hall as needed. Then sit back and see what happens! A multigenerational celebration. All are welcome! Adult and kid wheels equally welcome. Special recognition will be given to those who ride those wheels from home to the service!
Humanist Discussion Group - Tuesday, May 5, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The next meeting of the Humanist Discussion Group will be on Tues. May 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Yellow Room at the Fellowship. There are only two meetings left this religious academic year: May 5 and May 19. At the May 5 meeting we will review the topics and issues that we have covered this academic year on Escalating Inequality and begin preparing an action item statement for the Fellowship based on our discussion group meetings this year. Our intention is to develop the statement during our May 19 meeting. All are welcome.
Click here to read more about the Humanist Discussion Group.
Grounds & Sounds Cafe - Friday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.Kristen Graves, a singer/songwriter and humanitarian from Fairfield CT, serving as the current Connecticut State Troubadour and mentioned as "the new generation of folk" by the New York Times, will be performing. More details TBA.
The Grounds & Sounds Café features the best in live acoustic music in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy gourmet coffee, pastries and desserts. Bring a bottle of wine and we’ll pour it for you (small fee) – fruit and cheese plates are available, too. The doors open and sign-up for the open mic begins 7:30, and the show begins with an open mic at 8:00 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
Monthly Evening Labyrinth walk - Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Come for peace, meditation and de-stressing. All are welcome. . . .Bring a friend. Click here to learn more about the labyrinth at UUFSB.
CommUUnity Tag Sale – Saturday, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please be sure to spread the news about our CommUUnity Tag Sale on Saturday, May 16. Our Tag Sale is a way to help keep items out of landfills, help people get bargains, and help others clean out garages and attics. It’s also a major fundraiser for UUFSB. Please click here to download and print a copy of our Tag Sale flyer. Put it up on your office bulletin board and help make this our most successful Tag Sale ever.
BOOK DONATIONS FOR THE TAG SALE
This year there will be a UUFSB Book sale at the Community Tag Sale. We will be accepting your book donations on May 15 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Please do not leave your books in the lobby. All your fiction, non-fiction, cook books, how-to books, picture books and children's books will gladly be accepted. Please do NOT bring mildewed or moldy books, text books, videos, CDs, VHS tapes. Just books please. Questions? Email Lori Jones .
Congregational Meeting to Vote on By-laws Amendments (UUFSB Members Only) - Sunday, May 17, 12:15 p.m.
This will be the first vote for this year's proposed by-laws amendments, with the final vote to be held at the June 7 annual meeting. Gather in the sanctuary following the service. Please plan to attend!
UFSB Youth Participate in Midnight Run - Donations Needed by May 29
Each year our youth participate in the Midnight Run, a social justice initiative to deliver food and clothing to the homeless on the streets of New York City. The youth travel with adults to locations scheduled by the parent organization. It is a chance for them to engage the homeless population in conversation and help with clothing and meals. This year the Run is Friday, May 29. Please place your donations of new and used clothing and travel-size toiletries in the designated basket in the lobby by 5:00 p.m. on May 29. Financial contributions are also accepted (see Gretta Johnson-Sally or Ted Masters) so that the youth can purchase new underwear, socks and other items. Thank you for your support!
Bereavement Support Group at UUFSB – New Group Starting June 4
UUFSB has created a Bereavement Support Program that will consist of eight sessions. The first Bereavement Support Group will start on Thursday, June 4 at the Fellowship. The group, which will meet on eight Thursdays in June and July from 7:00-8:30 p.m., will be facilitated by trained clergy and board certified chaplains, led by the Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson. There is no charge and it is open to all, although registration is required. This group is designed to offer support and comfort to people of all faiths.
The death of a loved one is considered to be the greatest stressor in life and it can take months or even years to regain balance. Grieving people can often benefit from sharing their feelings in a safe environment with people who are not necessarily family or close friends. Dr. Anderson notes that "The mutual support of a bereavement group can play an important role in emotional well-being. Bereavement groups allow those who have lost a loved one to share their struggles and feelings with others who have experienced a similar loss. I have seen how much a support group can help someone as he or she grieves." The potential to benefit from a bereavement group is not limited to people who have suffered a loss in recent weeks or months, and Dr. Anderson encourages anyone who has lost a loved one within the past fifteen months and struggles with grief to join the group.
For further information about the Bereavement Support Group and to register for the group that begins on June 4, please call 631 751-0297.
If you are interested in Unitarian Universalism, we hope you’ll visit us to learn more. If attending our services doesn’t fit your life, you might want to investigate the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a virtual congregation of Unitarian Universalists, with more than 3,500 members around the U.S. They hold online services on Sundays at 8 p.m., and on Mondays at 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.
You can find them at clfuu.org.
Video of our 50th Anniversary Service and Dedication Ceremony
A video of the full service from our special anniversary service and the building dedication on October 21, 2012 is posted on our website. The video is quite large and may take a few minutes to load. Go to http://uufsb.org/worship-service-videos.