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Decorating Our Church Home

Saturday, December 2 – Noon to 4 p.m. (or whenever we finish)   All ages welcome.

            Help decorate our sanctuary and the Martin House. The church has some holiday decorations but more are always welcome. Perhaps a little elf will even drop by with hot chocolate and cookies.

        For more information, contact building and grounds chair, Jamie Butts.

Book Discussion Group    

Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Donna Catling’s home. The UUCH Book Group welcomes all enthusiastic readers. Contact Donna Catling for more information.

Upcoming books:

November 8, 2017. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. An unemployed web designer finds work in a peculiar book store. The author “has crafted a delightful modern-day fantasy adventure, replacing warriors, wizards, and rogues with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a Googler, and a book clerk.” (Booklist Review)

December 13, 2017. Winter Holiday Picture Books. Get in the holiday spirit by sharing a children’s illustrated book for Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Kwanza, one of your favorites or one you have just found. Choose a book short enough to read aloud to the group.

January 10, 2918. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.The author explores “the complexities of adoption, surrogacy, abortion, privacy, and class, questioning all the while who earns, who claims and who loses the right to be called a mother.”(Publishers Weekly Review)

February 14, 2018. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonThe author, a National Book Award Winner, wrote her memoir in verse “with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story…but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery. (The New York Times Book Review)

March 14, 2018. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Romans have left Britain and an elderly Briton couple begin a quest to search for their son. They are joined by a Saxon warrior and a knight and they all begin to remember their shared past. “A luminous meditation on the act of forgetting and the power of memory” by the current winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

April 11, 2018. A Man Called Ove by Erik Backman. Ove, a Swedish curmudgeon, has his routine changed by new neighbors and a scruffy cat called Cat Annoyance. “He may come across as gruff and bitter, but behind the unpleasant exterior is a dignified man with a story of love and heartbreak.”(Library Journal Review)

 

Previous Book Group selections:

       January 13, 2016: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.    Feb. 10: Poetry That Touches Us.  Cancelled because of weather.   March 9:  Cane River by Lalita Tademy.   April 13: A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.   May 11: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  June 8: Mansfield Park by Jane Austin.   July 13: Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph Ellis.     August 10: Poems That Touch Us  (rescheduled from February)   September 13:  Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.     October 12: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.   November 9, 2016: At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier.     December 14, 2016: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.  January 11, 2017: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. February 8, 2017: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. March 8, 2017: The Things They Carried: a Work of Fiction by Tim O’Brien.   April 12, 2017: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer. May 10, 2017 – Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver. June 14, 2017  – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. July 12, 2017 – American Nation: A history of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard. August 4, 2017 – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. September 13, 2017 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. October 11, 2017 – Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.

 

UUCH Labyrinths

Public Labyrinth Walks will resume in the spring.

 Labyrinth Walks are held on the second Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. from spring through fall. Free and suitable for all ages.    

       Our indoor labyrinth is a Petite Chartres pattern, a smaller version of the 12th century labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. The outdoor labyrinth is the older, Cretan pattern.

The outdoor Cretan labyrinth is always open and UUCH members and friends are encouraged to walk it whenever they’re at church. For more information, pick up a labyrinth pamphlet from the rack in the sanctuary foyer or contact certified labyrinth facilitator Diana Foley.

About labyrinths:

Unlike mazes which are puzzles with many possible choices, a labyrinth is a single path which winds into the center and out again.

Walking this path can help with relaxation, stress relief and even problem solving. People also walk labyrinths for spiritual reasons, as a moving meditation or prayer.

Labyrinth walking has been a Christian spiritual practice since the early Middle Ages; some area churches set up labyrinths during specific seasons like Lent. However, labyrinths are also part of many other cultures, including Native American, with some patterns dating back to prehistoric times.

 Men’s Discussion Group 

meets on the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

      The purpose of the men’s group is to give UUCH men an opportunity to meet and share ideas within the context of our Unitarian Universalist scope of interest. For more information, contact Michael Roehm.

The men’s group is discussing

Upcoming Men’s Group topics:

Nov. 13: What does it mean to be a man?

December 11: Pathways to spirituality

Previous Men’s Group selections:

2017

Jan. Scotty McLennan’s book  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity.

Feb.- March: Stephen Greenblatt’s book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern  

April through June: Paul Rasor’s book Faith Without Certainty.

July – What does our choice of hobbies tell us about ourselves?

August: the Zenith in our lives

September: What were you doing on 9/11 and how did 9/11 affect your life?

October: What did you learn from your father?

 

 

2016  

Jan.  Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Feb. – May:  Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy.

June – July: Colin Woodard’s American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

August – Sept. Michael Sandel’s Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do

Oct. – Nov: George Lakoff’s The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics

Dec. – Jan. 2017: Scotty McLennan’s  Christ for UUs: a New Dialogue with Traditional Christianity. 

 

Women’s Spirituality Group 

meets on the first Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary)

The mission of the Women’s Spirituality Group is to broaden and deepen friendship among UUCH women, encourage each other’s spiritual and intellectual growth, and provide comfort, aid, and support for life’s challenges and choices.  All  UUCH women are welcome. For more information, contact Dodie Ruskie.

The Women’s Group is basing their discussions on Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. However, you do not need the book to attend the meetings.

Nov. 1: October section of Simple Abundance.     

Dec. 6: November section of Simple Abundance

Previous topics:
2017
January: UU Women: Elizabeth Perkins Gilman & Maria Cook
February: UU Women: Fanny Farmer and Lydia Pinkham
2016: Women’s Wisdom, discussion, based on topics developed by the group, exploring the many aspects of our individual life journeys and sharing the insights gained from those experiences.
April: Spiritual Foremothers
May: Courage and Fear
June: Confidence
July: Confidence (rescheduled from June)
August: Feminine Spirituality and Nature
Sept.: Advice for Our Younger Selves
October: Feminism
November. : UU Women: Frances Moore Lappé, Beatrix Potter, Margaret Sanger
December: UU Women: Susan B. Anthony, Dorthea Dix, Elizabeth Cady Stanton

 Tri-State Drum Circle 

Second Sunday of each month,  6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary or outside

The Tri-State Drum Circle welcomes all ages and skill levels. Bring your drums, flutes, tambourines, bells and other percussion instruments. A  few extra drums are available for new drummers to use. For more information about the drum circle, contact Ed Poling.

UUCH Book Store

Open on the third Sunday of each month  in the sanctuary after the service.

Discover the many excellent books published by the UU publishing houses, Beacon Press and Skinner House, at our UUCH bookstore. You pay list price but no postage. Credit cards, cash or checks accepted.

A variety of popular titles for all ages on both UU and general interest topics are available.

Bookstore managers also order books related to upcoming Sunday services and you can request additional titles.

UUCH Choir Practice

every Sunday (except potlucks)  after service in the Martin House (brick building next to the sanctuary) from noon to 12:15 p.m.

Additional singers of all ages and all musical levels are invited to join the choir. Practices are brief and the choir leader is encouraging and enthusiastic. For more information, contact our church musician Patti Worsley at church.

 

Munch & Gab Potluck 

on the third Sunday of each month after the service  in the sanctuary

Bring food to share and stay after the service to discuss the sermon, explore the topic of the day, or just socialize. To help those with allergies and special diets, please label your food, especially if it contains animal products, shellfish, nuts, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, or eggplant.

 Stories in the Round

On the Fourth Monday (April – December), 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Professional storytellers share their tales.

Doors open at 6:30 a.m.  

Admission: $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Note: These are not children’s stories but children 12 years and older accompanied by parent are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact Fanny Crawford (301-730-1638 fanitsk@hotmail.com).

November 27: Mike Perry, a storyteller with serious messages embedded in zany fun and entertainment. At Mike’s request, children 7 years old and up are invited to this special performance.

 

December 18: Stas Ziolkowski and Fanny Crawford in a staged reading of Mark Twain’s “Diaries of Adam and Eve.” Twain’s story, written in his tragic later life, still has flashes of his signature humor in this touching and classic love story.

Please be in your seats by 7 p.m. to allow for a prompt and uninterrupted opening of the first act.

 

 

Final Fridays for the Arts

Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the sanctuary

An opportunity to showcase your artistic, musical or literary talents or just come and enjoy the creativity of other UUCH members and friends. All ages are welcome.

Please sign up at church on the list in the back of the sanctuary if you are interested in presenting. For more information, contact talk to our musician Patti Worsley after church.

 

UUCH Sunday services and other activities may be cancelled because of inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

Please check that UUCH events have not been cancelled before you drive to an activity. 
• For Sunday services & activities
the board will decide about canceling as early as possible and inform people through
      • email to UUCH UPDATES list*
      • website: www.uuhagerstownmd.org
          • also area radio stations:  MIX95.1, BigDawg95.9, WAYZ104.7
* to join the UUCH Updates list, contact Tara Petite (tara@petite.net)  If you receive a weekly email about upcoming Sunday services, you are already on the UUCH Updates list.  

• For non-Sunday church activities

the group’s leader will decide and contact regular attendees directly and when possible, also use the methods above.  Please be sure that the membership chair and the leaders of any activities you attend regularly (women’s group, etc.) have the phone number and email address you use most.