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The Public is Invited to our Holiday Service & Potluck!

-Gathering around 6:00 pm
-Service at 6:30 pm
-Potluck at 7:00 pm
Remember, you may bring non-alcoholic beverages. Skip will have a nice selection of wines available to purchase that evening, by the bottle. Please bring a dish to share and musical instruments, board games, or cards for evening entertainment.
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Join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM for another one of Rob Smith’s smart and insightful presentations. We meet in the lower level of the 1st Congregational UCC at 431 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky. Park in the lot and enter through the rear glass doors. Take elevator down. We are a welcoming congregation. All lifestyles and beliefs are honored. Handicapped-accessible.

What Really Matters? (Potluck and Workshop Sunday)

487894_542809495752508_1690200112_nPlease join us this Sunday, April 21, for “What Really Matters.”

As an alternative to the “So What? Who Cares?” culture of narcissism, cynicism, and consumerism, Rev. Mary Grigolia reflects on what touches us as individuals and how we make a difference as individuals, as a congregation and beyond.

Our service will be followed by a delicious finger food potluck and workshop.

This month’s workshop will focus on implementing one or more new programs in our Fellowship.  You need not be a member or regular attendee to join us. We would love to have you!  Survey results will be shared and plans will be made to do some exciting new things in our immediate future.  If you are interested in getting involved with a new program such as regular informal fun gatherings for all ages, a book discussion group, or a Chalice circle, please do plan to attend!   YOU are what really matters!

 

Rev. Dr. Rob Smith (Our Resident Bible Detective) Speaks on “Looking Over the Chiasm.”

bible-magnifying-glassChiasm?  Check my spelling, you say?  Well, you read that correctly.  It’s really a made-up word, from what I can gather by my Googling attempts.  Chiasm seems to be a derivative of “Chiastic Structure,” which is a fancy name for a method of writing (or reading) the Bible.  According to T.B. Clarke’s (2013) Bible Discernment website, “A chiasm (ky′-az-um) is a writing style that uses a unique repetition pattern for clarification and emphasis. Often called the chiastic (ky′-az-tic) approach or the chiastic structure, this repetition form appears throughout the Bible yet it is not well known. The way you approach the Scriptures should be dramatically enhanced as you learn what a chiasm is, how to recognize chiasms, and how to glean a fresh application from related New or Old Testament passages.”  I’m sure Dr. Smith will be sharing some very interesting insights into what he is currently learning about chiasms, and what this unique method means to us as Unitarian Universalists.  Please join us at 10:30 this Sunday to learn all about it!

UUJO – Medicaid Expansion Budget Deadline

UUJO Action Alert        

UU Justice Ohio Medicaid Expansion Campaign       


Join  UUs with Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) and the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati (MARCC) in acting by Tuesday January 29 to
 1.     Call Governor Kasich at (614) 466-3555 and urge him to include Medicaid Expansion in the budget he submits February 4.  Use this sample script: “I’m calling to urge Governor Kasich to include Medicaid Expansion in the budget. A healthier economy and healthier Ohioans; it’s a win-win!”  
 and/or
2.  Email the governor.
 and/or
3.  Contact your representatives in the Ohio Senate and House by phone or email. Find their contact information by entering your zip code here.
Check out Medicaid Expansion talking points, and forms with sample letters and phone call tips in the “organizing tools” section at Greater Cleveland Congregations

From Cleveland Plain Dealer:  If Ohio expands Medicaid, the state will fulfill an option under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide coverage to adults living at up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — about $32,000 per year for a family of four and $15,400 per year for an individual.  Currently, Ohio covers adults with dependents at up to 90 percent of the federal poverty level and doesn’t cover childless adults. A family of four earning $20,745 or less qualifies for current coverage.  If Ohio expands Medicaid, the federal government would pay the full tab, 100 percent, for three years for the newly qualified individuals. After that, the federal government would cover 95 percent and phase down to 90 percent.

More info at Health Care Action Network of Ohio.

OMD Conference:  The New Administration and Immigration  

Monday, February 18, 2013 Methodist Theological School, Delaware, OH  with The Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, African-American empowerment, and community improvement have shaped Black’s ministry in the church and in the communities in which he has lived. Cost: $25 per person. Registrationdeadline is February 8.  
 
Webinar Postponed
“UUJO and You” will be re-scheduled from February 13 to early spring.  

2012-13 UUJO Steering Committee
Howard Tolley, Co-Chair (Heartland) and Bylaws Coordinator
Pam Patsch, Co-Chair (OMD) and Membership Coordinator
Joan Van Becelaere,  OMD Executive Director and Issues Co-Coordinator
Alice Diebel, Heartland Issues Co-Coordinator
Michael Greenman, Communications Member

Join UUJO by completing a form on the website.  Share in the information exchange and provide information for the next newsletter on the UUJO facebook page and/or through the UUJO Google group.

BRING A FRIEND + POTLUCK! Join Us This Sunday, February 3 – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks

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, February 3 at 10:30am. Service facilitated by Rev. Mary Grigolia.

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service! We will be having our board meeting after to discuss details for our holiday party – please feel free to join us!

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.

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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.

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)!