Wed 5/2, 6.30pm – Worship Committee Meeting
Mon 5/7 – DIMH dinner Head Chef: Julie Price
Wed 5/9, 7-8.30pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Sat 5/12, 5.30-9pm – Fundraiser auction at Christ Church  (more information below)
Sun 5/13, 11.30am – Social Justice Committee meeting
Wed 5/16, 6.30-8pm – Board meeting at CBS
Wed 5/23, 7-8.30pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Wed 5/30 – Book Discussion at CBS  (more information below)

Children’s Religious Education classes will be 4/8 & 4/22

Save the Date

Sun 6/3 – UUCD annual meeting


May 12 – Spring Fling Annual Auction Fundraiser – We are just six weeks away from our biggest fund raiser of the year! We have pulled together and gotten a great start on tickets, marketing and planning. Thanks to everyone who has jumped in to help.

Esther Curtis is keeping track of all donations, if you are asking a business for a donation please confer with Esther so we are not asking the same business twice. Please be sure to give the team a fair market value to help with placement in the auction.

Kerry will be donating a knitted blanket previously made as well as custom order baby blanket or lap blanket size. What will you offer?

If you are having trouble with ideas talk with anyone on the auction team.

Social Justice Book Discussion – A reminder from Social Justice Committee’s book discussion on the topic of Escalating Income Inequality will be Wed, May 30th at 6:30. A suggested booklist was provided by the Social Justice Committee. Additional copies of the list are available- see a member of social justice committee. Choose a book or book section of interest to you. We’ll gather May 30th to discuss the issues.

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.

Calling All Opera Lovers – Would you like to take a bus trip to a Saturday opera matinee at the Met in NY?  If interested, contact Greg.

Calling All Bridge Players –  If interested in playing bridge, please contact Greg.

Mindfulness Practice Group – This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month. We are led by Abby Miller who has practiced mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years. The group meets from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at CBS. Guided Meditation, Walking Mediation and Silent Meditation are included. If you could benefit from some tools to reduce stress, join us as we follow out breath to focus on the present moment.