Monthly Archives: January 2013

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Join us Sunday for a discussion of Breakthough Congregations. Don Leake and Lisa Dewey will be sharing a short DVD of a UUA Breakthrough Congregation in Seattle, with discussion to follow. Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 … Continue reading

Join Us This Sunday, January 20 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks: New Information on Dead Sea Scrolls

Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, Sunday, January 20 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be speaking on new information on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Please enter the church at the glass enclosure to the rear of the building and take the elevator down to basement.

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.

OMD January Newsletter 2013 – Announcements & Conferences

Time for Winter Institute!
Have you registered for Winter Institute yet? This relaxing, fun, and “schedule free” weekend is an intimate gathering for UUs of all ages. There are frosty outdoor activities like sledding, hiking and cross country skiing. For those who choose to stay in their slippers all weekend, there is a beautiful lodge with its many cozy corners and fireplaces. The pool and hot tub are truly a wintertime treat. There are fellow UUs always ready to play board games or to join in the community jigsaw puzzle. We have wonderful community worship services and great conversations. Join us February 25-28 at Salt Fork State Park Lodge near Cambridge, OH. Registration and details at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/552-wi2013
Interested in District Leadership?
At the next District Assembly The Nominating Committee of the Ohio Meadville District will be nominating persons for Treasurer, Secretary, Trustee at large, as well as three persons to serve on the Nominating Committe.   These are opportunities to work with great people doing the important and challenging work of the District.   If you want to find out more for yourself or know of persons who are committed to serving Unitarian Universalism and the OMD contact L.D. Moore, Chair of the OMD Nominating Committee.    nominating@ohiomeadville.org    440-774-2739
Training for Youth and Adult Leaders!
Fundamentals of Healthy Youth Ministry is a multigenerational training for youth and adult partners who are leading congregational youth programs. Learn how to partner together, build a strong youth ministry program and develop leadership and advising skills. Two more opportunities for this training this year – in Toledo March 1-3 and in Columbus March 8-10. Learn more at the OMD website: http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents
Out of Bounds: Moving Beyond Our Boundaries
Join us for this historic joint District Assembly with keynote speaker the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA. UUs from both the St. Lawrence and Ohio-Meadville Districts will gather at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY April 26-27, 2013. Full information, details, and registration is available at the OMD website –http://www.ohiomeadville.org/program/da

Looking for District Events and Webinars?
A full list of all district events is located on the OMD website at www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents. Webinars can be found on the CERG website along with all CERG events at www.cerguua.org. Check out these websites to find resources and news as well.

Join Us This Sunday, January 13 – Jonathan Brenneman Speaks on Christian Peacemakers Team & Non-Violent Resistance

This Sunday, January 13, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County will be hosting as our speaker a young Mennonite from St. Mary’s, Ohio, named Jonathan Brenneman, who is doing a year of religious service in the city of Hebron in Palestine.  Mr. Brenneman will be discussing his work with the Christian Peacemakers Team, a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation.  Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 AM service in the basement of the 1st Congregational UCC, 431 Columbus Ave, Sandusky.  Please enter the church at the glass enclosure to the rear of the building and take the elevator down to basement.

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.

See ‘Promised Land’ This Weekend with UUs!

“Promised Land” is hitting theatres nationwide this weekend, and we are proud to say that our friends & family helped make this film possible!

Be part of the national dialog on energy policy, hydraulic fracturing and the way it is impacting communities all across the country! Join us in watching this Oscar-nominated film, directed by Gus Van Sant (Goodwill Hunting), this Saturday at the Regal Cobblestone Square 20 Theatre Complex in Elyria, Ohio.
We will be attending the 1:50pm matinee showing ($7.50/ticket) & will probably go have coffee somewhere after for discussion and fellowship.

“Promised Land” Story Line (Running Time: 1hr 46min):
Corporate salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) arrives in a rural town with his sales partner, Sue Thomason (Francis McDormand). With the town having been hit hard by the economic decline of recent years, the two outsiders see the local citizens as likely to accept their company’s offer, for drilling rights to their properties, as much-needed relief. What seems like an easy job for the duo becomes complicated by the objection of a respected schoolteacher (Hal Holbrook) with support from a grassroots campaign led by another man (John Krasinski) who counters Steve both personally and professionally.

We hope to see you! However, if you are unable to attend, please visit https://eriecountyuu.com/ and check out our FACT & UUJO page to read more about our environmental/social justice initiatives & raising fracking awareness through our faith-based network of communities. We meet every Sunday, September through May – Connect with us on Facebook & Twitter (@eriecountyuu)!

Happy New Year! Join Us This Sunday – January 6, 2013 – BRING A FRIEND – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks: Transcendent Purpose + WORKSHOP & POTLUCK

Happy New Year! Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky on Sunday, January 6, at 10:30am. Rev. Mary Grigolia will be leading the first service of the new year, discussing ‘Transcendent Purpose’.

“Purpose seems straight forward enough. We’ve all seen the ads for the ‘purpose driven life.’ Pop psychologists, television evangelists and sitcoms echo the need for purpose and meaning. The assumption is that purpose and meaning are always individual. Especially in a society as individually-focused as ours. Something interesting happens when we look at purpose in congregational life. Folks who study congregations observe that groups thrive when they have a compelling purpose that transcends their own apparent interests. They foster spiritual maturity and depth of relationships with one another. They can grow in numbers and have focused impact in the larger world. And so in this new year, I invite you to dialogue with your heart, your deepest, wisest self, about your individual life purpose. Whenever I ask probing questions, I feel compelled to share my own response. My personal purpose is to serve as a creative catalyst for that which is dreaming of unfolding through us, collectively, wherever I am. I hope to do so respectfully and playfully, creatively and thoughtfully. What is your individual purpose? And from that place of individual knowing and dreaming, we may begin to explore together that which goes beyond the individual yet includes and needs us all – the transcendent purpose of the UU Fellowship of Erie County… Happy New Year!” – Rev. Mary Grigolia

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service!

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.