Save the Date
Sun, 3/17. 10th Anniversary Celebration
Sat, 4/27. Annual Fundraiser Auction at Christ Church
Good to Know
Code Purple – Kent County opens shelters within Kent County when temperatures drop to 32 degrees. Guests are provided with dinner and breakfast–a warm bed, clothes, toiletries, blankets, tents and sleeping bags–and also with resources to help with medical, employment and financial issues. Code Purple is active 365 days a year with Code in Need–providing help to people in need of food, clothing, resources for shelter and resources for all needs. UUCD is proud to support their efforts. We just filled another code purple box of warm weather clothing for them! Let’s see how many more boxes we can fill! Here is what they are asking for: hoodies, gloves, socks (new, in the package), backpacks, long johns (long underwear), underwear, T-shirts, Bus passes (DART cards), travel size deodorant, razors, washcloths, hand towels, hand/feet warmer packets. Thanks to Sara Russell for making our ordinary collection box into an eye-catching purple one.
Diners Club – Diners Club – Yes indeed, we’re back! We plan to schedule a dinner out at a local restaurant about every other month. Any and everyone (including kids of all ages) are invited to join in good food and great conversation. It’s another way to get to know people in our UUCD community better. If you’re interested, please contact Greg at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minister Search Committee – Our Minister Search Committee (Susan, Molly, Leigh, and Laura) is working with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark’s committee to scout out the possibility of hiring a joint minister.
Calling All Singers! – We are starting the UUCD choir up again and would love to have you join! We will practice on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m., for three or four weeks before each scheduled performance (We’re planning only three or four performances this year.) If interested, let Julie Price or Sheryl Winsby know. Looking forward to a great year of singing!
UUCD 10 Year Celebration – We should celebrate our 10th anniversary as a chartered congregation! Our charter date is March 1st 2008, with our formal acceptance into the UUA at the June 2009 General Assembly. To celebrate, we hope to have a dinner or luncheon, a special Sunday service, and more this upcoming spring! If you are interested in brainstorming and assisting with the planning process, please contact Judy Kling. She hopes to have a first meeting in September.
Mindfulness Practice Group – Our group is formally registered as the ST. JONES RIVER LOTUS SANGHA with the Mindfulness Bell, a publication of Plum Village. Plum Village, France is the home of the monastic order who practice in the tradition and teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher. A Sangha is a community which strives to live in harmony and awareness. We welcome all to enjoy peace as we practice with guided, silent and walking meditation.
We meet at CBS in the main sanctuary every Wednesday. Our practice time is 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The sessions include a variety of activities designed to bring us to the present moment. We consider the teachings of our teacher Thich Nhat Hahn as we breathe, sit, walk and listen. No experience is needed as we review the basics at each session. We also practice deep listening, guided meditation and silent meditation. Our hope is to take this practice into our daily lives bringing peace to ourselves and others. There is no fee and no prior experience is necessary. For further information, please contact Molly Keogh.
Link of Love – The UUCD Social Justice Committee has been tasked with developing a Study/Action plan in response to the UUA’s direction to address Escalating Income Inequality. The Social Justice Committee has identified those re-entering society in our local community as the demographic for our attention. The UUCD commitment is to assist ex-offenders toward an independent, self-sustaining life for themselves and their families. We are partnering with Link of Love, an organization which targets this population through their New Beginnings program. Our UUCD family will be asked to contribute the plate collection on six Sundays throughout the year for the specific needs of ex-offenders who have been able to secure housing and employment. Direct appeals to the congregation may be made throughout the year as specific needs arise.
The purpose of this initiative is to be a part of the solution to Escalating Economic Inequality. The Study part of this initiative is in the planning stages and will most likely include gathering information and conducting discussion opportunities.
DIMH Dinners – The first Monday of each month UUCD members prepare and serve dinner at the Dover Interfaith Men’s Home (DIMH). Prior to the meal, we gather and listen as some residents share joys and concerns. After serving, we join them for dinner. Kitchen clean-up is the responsibility of the residents. Those of us who have been part of this experience return to help because we realize we are gaining as much or more than we are giving. Each month, one person serves as “head chef,” and is responsible for planning the menu and gathering all necessary ingredients. If you would like to serve as head chef, contact Sara Russell.
Mini Kids Libraries – The Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) set up miniature “libraries” in the outpatient areas for kids who are waiting for imaging or lab studies with their parents. Kids can read the books and return them or take them with them. So far the libraries have been a big hit. If you would like to donate books, they can be delivered to (Dover or Milford) Bayhealth hospital’s Volunteer Services department.