Mon 9/3 – DIMH dinner. Head Chef: Leigh HEsseltine
Sun 9/9, 11.30am – Social Justice Committee meeting
Sat 9/8 – Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup
Wed 9/12, 7-8.30pm – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS
Sat 9/15 – Coastal Cleanup
Wed 9/19 – Board meeting at CBS
Wed 9/26 – Mindfulness Meditation at CBS

Save the Date

October14 – Congregational Meeting and Dinner


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.)  September practices will be Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 for our first performance at the service on September 30.  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 2008 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 – The UUCD Mindfulness practice group (sanga) is alive and well. We are in the process of registering as an official sanga with the Mindfulness Bell. More to follow on that next month. During the month of September we will meet at CBS in the main sanctuary on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month. Our practice time is 7:00 to 8:00 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.

September dates for Mindfulness are 12th and 26th.

October 14 Congregational Meeting and Dinner – The board met this month to get our areas of responsibility situated and discussed the lingering annual meeting questions. We have scheduled another congregational meeting for Sunday October 14 after church to provide updates and have the votes for our two missing board members. We do have a full board, in the last meeting in June Cindy Hesseltine was appointed Member at Large and Wayne Kling was appointed Secretary.

Also for October 14th, Kerry has signed up for hospitality and plans to offer a meal, not just snacks. If anyone wants to help prepare and design a menu, it might be fish sticks, but there will be a chance to eat lunch at church before our meeting.

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.