run from 11:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. Nursery
Care is provided and the religious education program is held concurrent
with the service. Coffee and conversation for adults and children
immediately follow the service. Parents should supervise their
children during coffee hour.
Most of you know the holidays were horrible
for me this year. First my 26-year-old niece, Shannon, underwent
surgery on Christmas Eve to remove cancer blocking her colon and was
diagnosed with stage four cancer of some kind, spread throughout her
peritoneum. Then I found myself struggling to breathe on the
Sunday after Christmas and was diagnosed with pneumonia.
The holidays reminded me that cancer, serious illness of any kind,
changes everything. When issues of health, life and death
confront us, our priorities change dramatically. My sister, Barb,
called at 9:00 on the Saturday before Christmas to tell me that Shannon
had cancer in her colon and was facing urgent surgery to remove a
nearly complete blockage. Within a few minutes of hanging up, I
knew that my plans needed changing.
I could not stay in Pittsburgh to do our UUCNH Christmas Eve service
when I might be in Connecticut supporting Shannon and my sister.
It was so clear. Ultimately, family - our loved ones, matters far
more to us than anything else. I needed to be an aunt and sister
this past holiday season, not a minister.
Suddenly Christmas Eve and Christmas and the holidays mattered not at
all. The only Christmas-like thing that we did on Christmas Eve
was to gather around Shannon’s bed after she returned to her room and
sing a few Christmas Carols for her. She had asked, still groggy
from anesthesia. Knowing more than she did at that point about
what the surgeons had found, none of us really felt much like
singing. But we did, and she smiled, and listened, and then told
us, “You’re the best.” We spent Christmas Day sitting quietly
with her in the hospital, just keeping her company in her pain.
For us, Christmas had become irrelevant. All that mattered was
being there for Shannon and each other
Truth is, I think, family and loved ones
ought to be our top priority all of the time. Had that been true
for me, I would have spent a whole lot more time with Shannon than I
have thus far in her life, and I now deeply regret not having carved
out time for more than a couple visits a year. It’s so easy to
take time for granted; we assume loved ones much younger than us will
survive us. Serious illness reminds us that isn’t necessarily the
case, that our time with those we cherish most can be much more limited
than we assume. But it shouldn’t take a health crisis or
terrorist attack or natural disaster or some other kind of trauma to
help us get our priorities straight. Loving, as our Universalist
ancestors preached, matters most--more than work, more than being
successful, more than anything else we may have on our agenda.
Ultimately living is all about loving. Everything else is
February, with its Valentine’s Day, is a good time to remember loving
matters most. If you’re feeling lonely this February and sad not
to have a special someone to love, think about who IS yours to love,
including yourself, and make that loving your top priority. If
you do have a honey, remember to make loving him or her a priority,
along with loving yourself and all the other people you cherish.
Remember, ultimately living is all about loving, and nothing matters
more than loving those who are ours to love.
FROM JOHN’S WOODSHOP . . .
Picture a cold winter night; the Woodshop is toasty warm because the
woodstove is hot. The cat, although curled-up and asleep, is
holding careful vigil over the pieces of wood and the power
tools. But except for a small light, the space is dark!
That’s because the Board of Trustees is meeting again (we’ve met almost
twice a month since June). Although we like each other a lot,
we’ve been meeting because there is a lot happening in the life of our
church. These nine dedicated and energetic individuals and their
trusted ex-officio comrades are diligently working on the projects of
Over the next four months, you will hear us asking for your dedication
and energy. First, you have received a survey from the Sunday
Services Committee, which requires your thoughtful response as they
plan the direction of our Sunday morning programs. Second, we
will offer you an opportunity to review and comment on proposed Goals
and Objectives for UUCNH, giving direction to our Mission
Statement. Your informed and involved participation in these
things is important.
We need your participation! If you like the things we’re
proposing, support the church! If you don’t like something that’s
going on, if you have a better idea, or if you would like something
changed, get involved in the church to effect that change!
We each have four things to give this beloved community we call
UUCNH. These are time, talent, money and energy. We have
them in varying quantity and quality, yes, but each can
contribute. And yes, we are into our annual FUND drive, asking
that you support the church with the money necessary to protect our
resources, preserve our traditions and ensure our future.
No matter how you choose to do it, please support
“WHAT I BELIEVE,” CONTINUES
Sort of know what you believe but find it hard to put your beliefs into
words? Know more about what you don’t believe than what you
do? Interested in finding out what you believe? Then this
adult RE program is for you!
Join Rev. Carol for the remaining four Sunday sessions designed to help
you define and articulate your beliefs about basic religious questions
and issues. “What I Believe” will meet on Sunday evenings at 7:00
on Feb. 1, Feb. 15, Feb. 29 and Mar. 14. If you can’t make all
the sessions, come to the ones you can attend. For planning
purposes, please do let Carol Meyer know you’re planning to come.
If you need childcare to come, contact Carol Ballance.
Solitude The Rev.
Carol Meyer preaching
Some say the spiritual/religious journey is all about growth in
connection. How does solitude fit into the journey? What is
it, and why do we need it?
“We Are the Boat, We Are the Sea” The Rev. David Herndon
David, Minister of First Unitarian in Oakland, joins us this Sunday
while Carol preaches at First. Come to hear what David has to say
about “interdependence and economic anti-Calvinism,” a reflection on
globalization and economic justice. The sermon he is preaching on
this Sunday won the sermon contest jointly sponsored by the Commission
on Social Witness and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
Science and Faith The Rev. Carol Meyer
Advances in science can be used to dismiss religious and spiritual
truths, wisdom not given to scientific verification. This week
we’ll consider possibilities for taking a different approach: namely,
squaring the findings of science with super-rational insights, bringing
the material and non-material worlds together.
Bible for Skeptics The Rev. Carol Meyer
Many UUs throw out the Bible as a wisdom book when they come to see it
as historically inaccurate, full of contradictions, and not to be taken
literally. Might there be an alternative? Might religious
liberals yet reclaim the Bible as a source of insight, wisdom and truth?
Putting Principles into Social Actions
- Faith in Action Lay-led service
presented by Chris Hill and the Social Action Committee
Many Unitarian Universalists consciously strive to live according to
our principles and personal faith. Several members will describe
what they do to put their beliefs into practice. After the
service, we will have a Social Action Fair with displays of many other
activities involving UUCNH members. Come hear about the 'Good
Deeds' being done by our members and friends, learn more about some
activities you've seen in the Intercom, and hear about some upcoming
events. Maybe you'll find an outlet in support of your own
favorite UU Principle!
NEW ALCOHOL POLICY
After a review of current
Pennsylvania law and UUCNH insurance coverage, it has been determined
that UUCNH opens itself to substantial risks and responsibilities when
UUCNH is involved and/or benefits from the sale of alcohol on UUCNH
property. UUCNH does not have liability insurance coverage to
protect UUCNH in the event of a lawsuit resulting from the consumption
of alcohol sold, served or provided by UUCNH. UUCNH’s current
insurance coverage will
protect UUCNH from liability when alcohol is consumed on UUCNH
properties on a BYOB basis only.
Therefore, the Board has adopted a new Alcohol Policy whereby no
alcohol is to be sold at or by UUCNH at any time by any member,
non-member or organization under the name of UUCNH. This includes
alcohol that is included in the ticket price to a fundraising event, as
in the case of an “open bar.” UUCNH members and their guests are
permitted to bring alcohol for their own personal consumption at UUCNH
sponsored functions. Minors are not permitted to be served or to
consume alcohol on the premises.
Copies of the full Alcohol Policy are available from Sheila and posted
on the bulletin board.
Saturday, February 14, 2004 8 – 11 West Room
The Carl Arter Trio
A very special evening at the
Bring your Friends and
New Orleans Pot Luck
Brought to you by
Bill Sprague and the FUUN Club
Reprising locally famous performances
At our Twin Towers Arts Festival
By this nationally famous jazz pianist
Proceeds to benefit the musicians only. Adults: $5, Child: $3,
$10 family cap.
Call Tassi Bisers
ROUND ROBIN SIGN-UP TIME!
It's time to sign up for Spring Round Robin dinners, which will be held
in March, April and May. If you're already signed up, you can
sign up again or just call or e-mail to let us know you want to
continue. And if you're not already taking part, we
enthusiastically invite you to join this fun group! Sign-up
sheets will be available in Friendship Hall, or you can call Diana Hull
or Jan Allen.
2ND FAMILY GAMES NIGHT!
Hey! If you and your family missed the last one, you NOW have a
second chance for lots of fun! Fun! And more fun! At
the 2nd Family Games Night sponsored by the UU Youth Group.
Scheduled for Friday, Feb 27th at 7pm. Snacks and drinks will be
available for purchase
XMAS CRAFT SALE UPDATE
In spite of being snowed out the second Sunday, we managed to make
$1098.00. Also, Mark Williams won the quilt.
Does anyone have a wheelchair that they could lend or give the
church? Please contact Nancy Mooney or the church office.
NORTH HILLS INTERFAITH GATHERING
Sunday March 28, 2004,
3-5pm Northmont United
Presbyterian Church 8169 Perry Highway,
Come learn about the traditions of your neighbors of other faiths and
cultures! Short active presentations by African Americans,
Baha’is, Buddhists, Mormons, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Jews,
Quakers, and more. Also music and food! Sponsored by the
Pittsburgh North Anti-Racism Coalition. For more information,
call 412- 367-1835 or 412-367-0383.
It's the UU Way!
"Here lies the power of
the liberal way...not in making the whole world Unitarian, but in
helping ourselves and others to see some of the possibilities in
viewpoints other than one's own, in encouraging the free interchange of
ideas, in welcoming fresh approaches to the problems of life; in urging
the fullest, most vigorous use of critical self-examination.”
~Adlai Stevenson, Unitarian layperson
The Committee on Ministry wants to hear from you! Your ideas,
concerns, suggestions are important to us and valuable to the church by
fostering a strong, dynamic ministry. Committee members include
Patti Rambasek, David Wells, and Pat McGlone. Carol Meyer,
Minister, is ex officio committee member.
We hope you will feel free to share your ideas and concerns directly
with Carol but if not, please feel free to speak with any of the
committee members: Carol Meyer, David Wells, Patti
Rambasek, Pat McGlone
PUTTING PRINCIPLES INTO SOCIAL ACTIONS
This Leap Day, February 29th, the Social Action Committee will present
the Sunday Service and host a Social Action Fair after the
service. This service and related events is an outgrowth of the
UUCNH Goal Setting meeting in November. Here's what we'll be
The Social Action Service will include presentations by Sue Broughton,
Karen Wood-Campbell and Chris Hill as they describe their passions and
goals in various areas. They'll explain how their faith and our
UU Principles lead them to work for changes.
Then, following the service, there will be a Social Action Fair in
Friendship Hall. We'll have displays of many of the activities
with which UUCNH members & friends are involved. Learn about
our involvement with the Race For
the Cure or Allegheny Forest
or the Foodbanks and the Men's Shelter meals. From PIIN to the HeartWalk to recycling and Rebuilding Pittsburgh. From North Hills Community Outreach to Leukemia Society to Equal Exchange coffee & tea
- just to name a few.
Why are we doing this? To let members and friends see that,
collectively, UUCNH does a tremendous
amount of social action in the community. But no one is aware of
everything we do. This is a chance for people to talk about their
personal principles and what motivates us to support these activities
In addition, we'll highlight a few major activities that we'd like the
congregation to consider for a church-wide effort. We've had
several members very active in PIIN, but there's more to be done.
Rebuilding Pittsburgh (a one-day effort to fix up homes for handicapped
and elderly residents) on
April 24th is a great opportunity to help others with a limited,
So plan to come and hear about some really Good Works we're
doing. Throughout our history, Unitarians and Universalists have
worked for social action. Come see the ways, large and small, in
which UUCNH members are making situations better for others. You
won't have the chance to see another Leap Day Service like this for at
least another 28 years!
If you have a social action activity that you'd like to highlight at
the Fair, please contact the Social Action committee co-chairs Chris
Hill or Sue Luebbert.
PIIN BANQUET AND AD BOOK
As I write this, we have $600 in ad revenue committed toward a goal of
$1500 for UUCNH ad sales for the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network
(PIIN) Banquet program/ad book. A business, organization, group
of people, or an individual can place an ad in the banquet program/ad
book for $500 for a full page, $300 for a half page, $175 for 1/4 page
and $100 for 1/8 page. An individual or group can also be listed
as a friend or patron for a contribution of between $5 and $99. Please try to sell an ad, place one
yourself or sign up as a friend or patron! See Sue
Broughton at coffee hour, or Jan Allen between February 6 and 17.
Also, save the date! March 20, 2004, to attend this first annual
PIIN banquet. The ticket price is expected to be $35. More
information at the February 29 service and in the next Intercom.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Here’s what we’re offering
for winter. Please sign up on the bulletin board in Friendship
Hall or by contacting Carol Ballance. You can also check it out
on the Web at www.uucnh.org.
We will provide childcare but it is imperative that you let us know
when you need it!
Growth: Meets before church on Feb 8 and 22. Class
will continue to meet throughout the year on the second and fourth
Sunday. Facilitator: Carol Meyer
Circle: Meets on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m Class will continue on
every first Sunday of the month. Facilitator: Carol
What I Believe:
continues on Feb 1, Feb 15 and Feb 29. (Sundays at 7 p.m.)
A PSI Group, with Tony Palermo, will meet Feb. 15 after church to
discuss the most horrid word in the English Language - Four letters
which strike fear & consternation in media censors
everywhere. This word, unprintable here, summarizes the
misogynism of 5,000 years of male domination...in ways one barely
realizes. Find out why.
Eve’s Seed meets
throughout the year after church on the third Sunday of the
month. Facilitator: Tony Palermo.
OWL meets all day
(9a.m-6p.m.) Saturday, Feb. 21.
Founding member Walter Voyvodich died very early on the morning of his
88th birthday, January 6, 2004. Walter was a marvelous musician
and teacher who played in the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Columbus
Symphony, the North Hills Symphony, numerous dance bands, and was
principal bassist with the Butler Symphony for 50 years. Walter
could play almost any instrument, but mastered the double bass, tuba,
trombone, trumpet, and, in retirement, the viola. He taught
instrumental music both privately and in schools, becoming the
Supervisor of Music for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In that
capacity, he helped found and manage the Center for the Musically
Talented in Squirrel Hill and Pittsburgh’s Magnet School for
instrumental music. He shared his musical talent with UUCNH not
only by playing on numerous occasions, but also by serving as Choir
Director for many years.
Walter had one love in life--Henrietta Bauer, whom he married in 1942
and could be separated from only by her death. He was a wonderful
father to two children, Marc and Kay, who grew up attending
UUCNH. He was a gregarious and unrelentingly positive man who
always had a smile and words of encouragement to share. He
attended church regularly until his death, and he is missed by many
ACTION FOCUS PROJECTS FOR FEBRUARY
Here you will find out
where and how our church is socially active within our community and
how you can become involved. If you know of a project or event to
add to the list, please contact Chris Hill and Sue Luebbert, co-chairs
of the Social Action Committee.
Here’s this month’s list of projects
* EQUAL EXCHANGE COFFEE
Equal Exchange cuts out the middlemen, ensuring that more money reaches
the farmers. Their guaranteed minimum of $1.26/lb means a far
better standard of living for these farmers and their families.
UUCNH is proud to be selling Equal Exchange coffees. See Chris
Hill or Sue Luebbert to take some home today!
IT'S MADE OF PAPER,
At UUCNH, we collect all forms of paper and cardboard for
recycling. Most of the paper is recycled through Agents of Change recycles, located
on Rt. 8 just south of Glenshaw Glass.
We collect the following categories of paper and cardboard:
* Any Corrugated Cardboard can
be flattened and placed in the left-hand dumpster.
* Office Paper is any good
quality paper from mailings, photocopies and notepads. This is
the premium category, so please remove and place in separate bins any
glossy materials, woven or fiber products, or newspaper. The bin
for office paper is in the church office, in front of the desk.
* Paperboard includes cereal
boxes, shirt cardboard and other containers of non-corrugated
cardboard. Please flatted these containers and place them in the
bins in Friendship Hall, underneath the window to the office.
* Newspaper should be
collected in paper bags and placed by the bins in Friendship
Hall. Please remove all the glossy ads and magazines and place
them in the Mixed Paper bin.
* Mixed Paper is everything
else. And we mean everything-glossy advertisements, mailing,
catalogs, telephone books, other bond materials, woven or fiber
products (like Express Mail bags), even rinsed and flattened milk &
juice containers. These can be collected in your own bags, or
placed in the bin in friendship Hall.
We take the items down to Agents of
Change every Saturday or two.
If you would like to help out one Saturday per month, we could use the
help. If you have any questions about the recycling system,
please speak with Chris Hill at coffee hour, or call him.
Thanks for recycling and SAVING TREES!!
* (NHCO) FOOD BANK
Donations are requested for the North Hills Community Outreach Food
Bank for February. NHCO has requested that we bring “Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper and Chicken
to UUCNH. Laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, shampoo
and bar soap are always needed. Our donation box is located in
Friendship Hall near the entrance of the church and the East
Room. The UUCNH Social Action Committee sponsors collection for
the Food Bank. Thanks to all who have contributed to reaching our
goal of 100 items a month!
* PLEASANT VALLEY MEN'S SHELTER
Many thanks to Rachel and Lowell Swartz for volunteering to prepare and
serve dinner at the Pleasant Valley Men's Shelter! They will be
serving on Wednesdays March 17th and April 7th and could use some
help. If interested, please contact Greg Jarold at 412-766-9120
or email@example.com. As always, the Shelter has a list of other
dates available for UUCNH members and friends. If you haven't
volunteered, please consider planning ahead for a dinner in 2004.
The UUCNH Social Action Committee sponsors our participation in this
Check back next month for more information
on social action at UUCNH.
UUCNH GROCERY CERTIFICATES
UUCNH is selling Giant Eagle and Ingomar Sparkle grocery
certificates. This is an excellent fundraiser for the Church and
it is so easy for the purchaser. You pay $100, $50 or $25 for a
certificate that is now the size of a credit card and is worth the same
dollar amount at the checkout counter. Please participate in this
easy church fundraiser.
Look for them during coffee hour!
The next Intercom will be published on February 29, 2003. That
makes the Intercom deadline Wednesday, February
Submissions may be made in
handwritten form, on diskette, or emailed to the editor at WESDFS@nauticom.net.
Please include your name and telephone number on the submission so that
the editor can contact you should there be any questions or problems
concerning your submission.
Please email your submissions IN
PLAIN TEXT ONLY; NO HTML emails - they are NOT compatible with the Intercom
format; check your format box on your actual email and choose plain
text. Diskettes may be in Word, but please, PLEASE, do not format
the article in any way. Thank you!
DOWN UNDER COFFEEHOUSE at AUUC
On February 21st, the DownUnder
Coffeehouse will welcome jazz pianist Tom Roberts, from
7:30-9:30pm. Tom Roberts, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, is regarded
by many as one of the finest pianists today in the exciting Harlem
stride piano style. He toured with Leon Redbone for six years,
has performed on The Tonight Show
with Johnny Carson and on A
Prairie Home Companion. He has recorded over 20 compact
discs and has performed throughout the United States and Europe
including: England, France, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland. Tom
has recently returned to Pittsburgh and lives near AUUC in the Mexican
Baked goods, desserts and beverages will be for sale during the concert
and, of course, the coffee is always free. The Down Under Coffeehouse is held
the third Saturday of every month, Sept through June, in the newly
renovated basement of the Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416
West North Ave, on the corner of North Ave and Resaca Place, on
Pittsburgh's historic North Side. Suggested donation is
$5.00. Please see http://www.trfn.org/auuc/dh
or call 412-322-4261 for more details.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST 16TH ANNUAL MEN’S RETREAT OHIO MEADVILLE DISTRICT
On the weekend of March 5 - 7, 2004, the Ohio Meadville District will
sponsor the 16th annual Men’s Retreat at the Sandscrest Retreat Center
near Wheeling, WV.
The theme of the retreat is “The Importance of Poetry in Men’s Lives”
and will be lead by the Rev. Daniel Budd, of First Unitarian Church in
The retreat will not be squeezing meanings out of poems or dissecting
them. It will be able asking them questions and exploring
ineffable things such as soul and spirit, while asking what do poems,
or the poetic in general, have to do with our lives. The retreat
will be organized in the traditional workshop manner.
Those wishing to participate are asked to obtain a copy of The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart:
poems for men, edited by Robert Bly, James Hillman and Michael Meade
(Harper Perennial, 1993) Participants are requested to mark two or
three poems that speak to them. If you write poetry, you are
asked to bring a few of your favorites to share.
Price of the retreat is $150. Reservations are on a first come,
first serve basis. For more information and registration forms,
please see the bulletin boards in Friendship Hall. Or you may
check out the Ohio Meadville website: omd.uua.org
UU YOUNG ADULTS TALES TOLD ROUND THE FIRE An Ohio Meadville District
On March 13, 2004 at 7:00 pm, the Ohio Meadville district will sponsor
a UU Young Adults evening of storytelling, community and fellowship in
In this vast information age, we have forgotten our own stories and
become deaf to the telling of stories by others. We invite you to
recount some of your own narratives and enjoy the tales of your fellow
UU Young Adults.
We will be meeting at 4:00 pm beforehand to go out to dinner in
Marietta. While the storytelling itself is free, please bring
enough money to cover yourself for dinner should you choose to come.
We ask that you bring:
Yourself, your experiences and stories
Any short stories you are fond of telling
One pint of drinkable water from your location
Whatever you need to sleep comfortably on the floor
Toiletries for an overnight (note the church has
sinks for washing up, but no showers.)
Childcare will NOT be provided, so we ask that this event be for Young
For more information and to RSVP, contact Michael Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877
Hillside Drive, Newark OH 43055.
HEAR THE ROAR! FEEL THE MIST! SEE THE MIGHTY FALLS! July 18-21, 2004
Come experience the wonder of Niagara Falls including some great
educational opportunities while being taken care of like royalty.
The UU Church of Niagara is conducting a four day UU Niagara Experience
which is a lifetime opportunity to encounter the Falls up close from
every perspective, even safely riding beneath a tethered balloon.
Spend four days with us exploring the rich history and natural wonders
around the Falls. For information visit our web site: www.uunex.net or call 716-791-4453 or
by email: email@example.com