Writing this column on August 11, 2015 reminds me of just how rapidly the year has flown by. Just a little over four more months to go in this year. What a precious gift life is! It is so true that our lives are like lighting going across the sky. Sometimes I wonder,does anybody really live life while they have it? I do hope you can answer that question in the affirmative. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer and count your blessings. I am hoping they are too numerous to list.
We will have our Water Communion on our Homecoming Sunday, which is September 13th. Please remember to bring water from your various trips that were made this summer.
Sunday, 6 September 2015, 11 am Rev. Chris Andrews“How to Get Rich”
How do we follow the dreams of the heart and not get sidetracked by the cultural agenda of getting more and more and being #1? The sermon will be about “following your bliss,” and living out of a sense of being called instead of just doing anything for a check.
The Rev. Chris Andrews has lived in Louisiana for most of his life. Formerly a minister in the United Methodist Church for 42 years, he served at 1st UMC in Baton Rouge for many of those years. Chris now leads Jubilee Pioneers, an eclectic group of folks in Baton Rouge seeking ways to practice “good religion.” He is not a Christian, but instead calls himself a “follower of Jesus.”
Sunday, 13 September 2015, 11AM
Rev. Michael Carter
"The Pursuit of Happiness"
September 13th, 2015 is our Homecoming Sunday and we will celebrate with a Water Communion. For those of us who had time for a little R&R this summer, as well as those of us who did not leave the area but had a well deserved ‘staycation,” this talk is for you. Actually it is for all of us. What is it that makes you happy? For many of us, we well only be happy when the other person changes, or when that new job comes through, or when we get that new automobile. In this way the key to our being happy is so external,depending on outside forces or circumstances to change. Truth be told, happiness is an inside job. Let’s explore this on Homecoming Sunday, September 13th.
Sunday, 20 September 2015, 11AM
"Coming of Age Youth: Boston RE-Visited"
UUCSV String Band
Our Coming of Age group capped their class with a pilgrimage to Boston in June, where they explored the roots of Unitarian Universalism in the U.S. – and lots of other cool sights in the Olde Towne. Join them in recounting highlights via a slideshow and personal stories from kids and chaperones – and offering thanks for the generous support of this congregation that made the trip possible!
Sunday, 27 September 2015, 11AM
Rev. Michael Carter
"The Gift of Community"
What is it that causes us to seek community in our lives? I have met many people in the area who have left their families of origin, have traveled across this great country of ours, to either begin or to join intentional communities. It appears to me that this longing to be a part of a community is something of what it means to be human. Our 6th principle affirms, “The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.” Lofty words for sure. Henry David Thoreau was once quoted as saying that it is okay to build sand castles in the air, but there comes a time we must put foundations under them. This Sunday we will explore what it takes to place foundations beneath this idea about what it means to be in community, not only with each other, but for what it requires of us individually and collectively, on our personal journeys toward wholeness.
Sunday, 4 October 2015, 11 am
"Everyone in Musical....Period."
Small Ensemble Singers
We are musical beings and it is our responsibility, and our right, to honor this gift, and who we are, for ourselves, for our children and for our communities. By doing so, we change ourselves, and others. And when we do that, we’re one step down the road to changing the world.
Beth Magill is a musician who plays with various musicians & bands, primarily The Magills (www.magillsmusic.com
), is an active session musician and has appeared on numerous recordings, performed on NPR’s Mountain Stage, served as the music director for Highland Repertory Theater’s production, A Mislaid Heaven, teaches tin whistle, leads community sings with her husband at Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre, as part of the theatre’s Intersections series, and believing everyone is musical, offers workshops that empower people to be their naturally musical selves.
|Greetings from the RE Department! |
September is here already. Where has the summer gone?
Preschool: Chalice Children
“Chalice Children delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share.”
Elementary: Denton the Dragon
Elementary school ages will visit Bubbleland this year to meet Denton the dragon and all his friends. This program uses the stories of Denton the dragon and his adventures to teach the children about honesty, courtesy & responsibility.
RE Family Picnic-late September
BOO! at the UU- October
IG Service- November
If you are interested in helping out with planning an event, please give me a call.
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns don’t hesitate to contact me.
--Beata Ball, Director of Lifespan Religious Education
|The Thinking and Theology of MLK Jr|
Coming this October 13, 20, and 27, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
This three week class will be presented by Be Scofield on three Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at UUCSV. You are invited to attend any and all sessions as your schedule allows.
Beginning with King’s upbringing in the Black Church, we’ll explore how his thinking evolved through college, seminary and during his PhD. Influenced by Protestant liberal theology and the African American Religious experience he searched for a faith that was both emotionally satisfying and intellectually appealing. Click here for the full description of the class on our website.
Be Schofield holds a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in the Unitarian Universalist tradition with emphases in women’s studies in religion, sacred dance, African-American religion and Buddhism. Be specializes in the radical teachings of Dr. King and has taught a graduate course called “Dr. King and Empire: How MLK Jr. Resisted War, Capitalism and Christian Fundamentalism.”
|We are so grateful to Cilla for her years of volunteering to make and serve coffee after Sunday Services. She has decided to step down from her role as a coffee hour host. She leaves big shoes to fill because she often volunteered for 2 Sundays a month. We are down to just three very committed teams of hosts, Jean and Allan Brown, Angie and Mark Manuel and Milt and Carolyn.|
Please consider letting Milt train you to host coffee hour. We have an online sign up system so that you can choose the Sundays which best match your schedule. One person can do the job easily because there are always folks around to help clean up after coffee hour. Volunteering to help with coffee hour is a simple way to connect with our congregation and we welcome you! Call Milt Warden 299-9456 or email him for more information at email@example.com
|The excitement builds as we approach the Appalachian Adventure Weekend, October 16-18, 2015. Carolyn Shorkey is organizing this home hosting weekend with the goal of raising $2,000 for UUCSV! That is the fundraising amount built into our 5-year budget plan and current operating budget for this fiscal year.|
We welcome UU’s from other congregations to visit beautiful Asheville/Black Mountain during the peak of the fall season, October 16th, 17th and 18th. Our out-of-town guests will pay us for the weekend package: we will put them up in guest bedrooms in our homes, feed them breakfast, get to know them at an opening reception, and provide guidance and escort, if requested, to a variety of local events and attractions. Congregants who are unable to home host have offered to help in other ways during the weekend. This type of fundraising event brings money from outside of our congregation into our congregation.
We already have six out-of-town guest registered. Thanks to the eleven of you have volunteered to home host our guests! We have congregants who have offered to lead a hike, provide a brewery tour, and help with the Friday evening reception. Please be thinking about what role you could play during this fundraising weekend.
Encourage your UU friends in our cluster and beyond, to come and spend the weekend with us! And do refer them to our website page.
For questions and offers to help contact Carolyn Shorkey at 828-299-9456 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Community news from Jim Carillon: |
Highland Brewing at 12 Old Charlotte Highway on Tuesday, September 29th from 4:00-8:00 pm is hosting their monthly "Flights and Bites." This month's special event benefits The Lord's Acre, Fairview's community garden that feeds the hungry. Many of our fellow UUCSV people have supported this wondrous garden so come, have some fun and support TLA! $1.00 of each combined Flights and Bites special goes to the garden. Flights and bites are sold separately, no beer purchase required. Here is the line up to keep your mouth watering;
Saint Terese's Pale Ale : Lusty Monk glazed soft nib pretzel w/ Clawhammer Monk dipping sauce.
Gaelic Ale : Hazelnut Dragee (toasted and caramelized hazelnuts dredged in milk chocolate and coated w/ cocoa powder).
Kashmir IPA : Kashmir Pretzel Caramel (Kashmir caramel w/ pretzel pieces dipped in dark chocolate and garnished with candied peanut).
Oatmeal Porter : Oatmeal Porter chocolate cupcake w/ Gaelic buttercream.
Black Mocha Stout : Marzipan (blanched almond and kirsch (which is a cherry brandy) confection dipped in dark chocolate).
|From the Minister (continued)|
|We will also be having our Board of Trustees Retreat in September as well. Our Board now consists of the following people: Jim Carillon, David Reid, David Groce, Diane Graham, Tina Rosato, Carol Sheeler, Sarah Kirkpatrick, and David Wells. Please remember to welcome them and thank them for the work they are about to undertake. We are grateful for their service to our congregational community.|
September is the the harvest time. In fact, The Harvest Moon is to shine on the night of September 27-28th, 2015. We celebrate Labor Day and the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashana,Yom Kippur, and Sukkot this month. September is a month of reflection, remembrance, and reaping what we have sown so far this year.In the Gospel of Matthew 9:37, Rabbi Jesus reminds us that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few. With that said, what seeds have you planted that are now coming to harvest? What are you doing with your wild and precious life?
Peace and Richest Blessings To You All,
Those September Days, A poem By David Whalen
(please see right hand column for the poem - editor.)
|September's Friday Fling, a fun party for grown-ups, usually every third Friday of the month, will be held on September 18st at the church. Red and white refreshments will be provided; please bring a potluck dish to share. The movie “ A Fish Called Wanda " a great comedy will be shown. Potluck begins at 6:30 sharp. |
|In September, the UUCSV Choir will sing on the 27th. We will have our first rehearsal on Sunday the 20th at 12:15 after the service, then on Wednesday the 23rd at 7 PM, and our third rehearsal on Sunday the 27th at 10 AM. Please come and join in singing with us! We sing in four parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Reading music is helpful but not required.|
The Women's Group will meet on Friday, September 11 at 1 pm
in the Community Room across from 4D Lynx Drive. This is off North Fork Road opposite the golf course. The discussion this month will be "Spirituality and Aging" and Mary Soyenova will be the moderator. For more information or questions, please call Mary at 828-216-7511
. All women of the congregation are invited!
|Highlights of the August|
The Board discussed best protocol to raise money for a congregant with a special need. It was decided that these requests should be presented to the whole congregation, not to any committees, so each individual can make the decision whether to give.
Website status: Emory Underwood made a presentation concerning our current website hosting and our status with Google. Emory also indicated that we should upgrade to Windows 10, which may require a printer upgrade.
Church security: Diane Graham called Knoxville UU and their only change is to make sure they lock all doors except front door during the service. David Groce suggested we inventory who has skills such as CPR, etc.
The Board will hold a retreat on Sept. 12 to discuss safety, committees, and goals.
|If you or anyone you know needs Congregational Care for support please contact Ann Sillman at 828-335-1588 (cell) or email@example.com. (Updates on members' needs will appear in the Current.) |
|Thanks go to all of the UUCSV volunteers who made the August 21 Room in the Inn event in Black Mountain such a great success.|
Connie Krochmal, Social Action Room in the Inn coordinator
|Sincere thanks to new member Jackie Matlock, who is now assisting with Newsletter editing! Now that summer travels are over, the deadline for each Newsletter will simply be the 25th of the month prior to publication. Thus, the October issue deadline will be Friday September 25th. Easy to remember, huh?Please submit items to newsletter.uucsv@|
gmail.com. Best format is simply in the content of an email.
|UUA Opportunity: The Southeast Chalice Lighter Committee seeks nominations for committee members from the following clusters: Blue Ridge, Western Carolina, Eastern North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. Openings on the committee are immediate. Committee members review applications no more than three times a year, usually by conference call. It is engaging and rewarding work. Join us in helping to grow Unitarian Universalism! Email us with inquiries or nominations.|
Southern UU Fall Institute @ The Mountain
October 4-9, 2015
An award-winning storyteller and a UU minister together inspire us to a destination of
"A Renewed Sense of Self & Potential" More information here
|Board of Trustees:|
David Groce, President
David Reid, Vice-President
non-voting Board Member:
Rev. Michael Carter,
Rev. Carter shares this poem by David Whelan
More an emotion
Than a month
In many ways
More than the sum
Of it’s crisp
And bracing days
More so a taste
Of days of wine
And fading roses
More than just the smell
of leaves and smoke
in our noses
More than the changing
Of the guard
Of the seasons
More than the shrinking
Of the freshening days
And e’en less of the reasons
More fond do I grow
As the years come and go…
The Septembers I have left? (Who knows)
More should I taste
And the less
Should I waste
Of the fine
September is an ocean
That I feel each gust and tremor
And when Winter is nigh
Comes a tear to my eye
And I sadly bid sweet September