Happening This Week:
Alternative Gift Fair , 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Great Hall, Terrace Room, and Room 100.
Holiday Party , 3:00 to 4:30 pm, first floor.
The Lunch Bunch meets after the second service for lunch at a local restaurant and possibly for an activity after. See Don Price in the Great Hall.
Monday, December 9
Covenant Circle Meeting facilitated by Carol Todd, 7:00 pm, Room 205.
Tuesday, December 10
Choir Practice , 6:15 pm, Terrace Room.
Green Earth Ministry Monthly Meeting, 6:30 pm, Dining Room.
Fundraising Committee Meeting , 7:00 pm, Library.
Wednesday, December 11
Board Meeting , 7:00 pm, Dining Room.
Covenant Circle Meeting facilitated by Kate McAteer, 7:00 pm, Rooms 100 and 204.
Thursday, December 12
Covenant Circle Meeting for parents of young children, 6:00 pm, Rooms 206 (nursery) and 208.
Covenant Circle Meeting facilitated by Peter Fallon, 7:00 pm, Room 205.
Men’s Group Consciousness Raising , 7:30 pm, Library.
If your committee or team needs volunteers, contact the office at (973) 540-1177 x 203 or email@example.com to be added to this list.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CLEANING UP OUR CANDLE STANDS. Adults and High Schoolers are needed to help “spruce up” the wooden floor candle holders that normally grace the front entranceway during the holiday season. The holders need a good cleaning and polishing, followed by wrapping garlands around the stands. A staple gun or glue gun is needed. We have new garlands and new candles that will be placed on top. There are about 8 stands. They can be worked on at MUF this afternoon or any day that you can schedule. We would like to have them “up and running” as soon as possible. Grab a buddy and work on one together. If you can spare some time, just come on in and take one or two candle stands from the hallway that is between Room 100 and the kitchen. Contact Kathy Burgess at 973-781-9111 or 973-214-7178.
- Ushers. Contact Steve Gruber, firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 647-3253.
- Office Volunteers. The office is looking for volunteers on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Some basic computer knowledge is helpful. Contact Mandi Huizenga at email@example.com if interested.
Current and Upcoming Fellowship Events
Today is the final day of the Fellowship’s 10 th Annual Alternative Gift Fair,8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Put you values into action by making a donation in someone’s name to a local or international organization and receive a memento of acknowledgement that can be presented as a gift. In addition, fair-trade, affordable, handcrafted gifts from 10,000 Villages are available. Please shop and then stay to help with take-down after 1:00 pm if you can.
SHARE A GIFT of KINDNESS! Select an ornament from the Holiday Giving Tree. Purchase and wrap the specified gift and attach the ornament to it. Stocking ornaments are gifts for 9-11 year olds enrolled in after school programs at Neighborhood House. MUF has agreed to provide a gift to each of these 38 children. While several children asked for costly items, our commitment is a gift or clothing in the $25 range.Return your gift, wrapped in holiday paper, tagged with the original tag (or one that clearly indicates the contents) by Sunday, December 15, 12:30 pm.
Family Promise Volunteers NeededThis Week. Volunteers are needed to work 2-hour shifts at the Bethel AME Church in Morristown as part of the Fellowship’s commitment to sheltering the homeless through our work with Family Promise. Contact Julie Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Covenant Circles start this week and next. There are specific circles for families with children and just for those interested in becoming a part of a community. For more information or to sign up, see http://www.muuf.org/whatshappening/CovenantCircles2013.html
Thanks to everyone who visited our Book Fair in November. Our net profits for MUF were a little over $950, the religious education library received 13 new titles, and patrons donated 14 new “Singing the Journey” hymnals. Our first book fair was a huge success!
Melissa and Faris' Interfaith Marriage Ceremony. Please join Melissa Lambour and Faris Mohd Fauzi on Sunday, December 15, at 5:00 pm in the Meeting Room for their interfaith marriage ceremony. They will be celebrating their Christian and Muslim roots while wearing traditional Malay attire from Faris’ home country of Malaysia. A short reception with sweets and refreshments will follow in the Dining Room. All are welcome to attend!
Come and join our monthly planning meetings to support the Neighborhood House “Women on the Go” program, for which we provide babysitting services and light snacks. For information, contact Katharina Pietraszek (973) 590-0449, email@example.com.
Winter Solstice Celebration , Sunday, December 22, 5:00 pm. When night is at its longest, we will call back the sun with family-friendly stories, songs, firelight, and ritual. Please bring a snack to share and a drum or other percussion instrument if you have one. For further information, contact Danelle Simonelli at (973) 227-5244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for our 28th Annual SCAN Concert on February 8, 2014, featuring the Kennedys and all-time favorites Liza and AJ.
MUUFkin Movies, most Thursdays, 5:00 pm. Join a group of movie goers most Thursdays at about 5:00 pm for a movie followed by dinner and a discussion. Contact Tom McGuinness at email@example.com or Ben Breitkreuz at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name on our email list.
Upcoming Lifespan Religious Education – Adult
Faith Like a River. On first and third Thursdays of the months through May, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, our Director of Religious Education, Tim Atkins, leads a course from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith Program called Faith Like a River. This program explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist histories - the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. This class will have open enrollment - feel free to drop in to just one or all of the individual weeks. Please let me know if you're able to come so I know how many copies of materials to make.
December 19 : Shall We Gather at the River? – Religious Tolerance.
Our regulars are learning a ton about UU History and more about ourselves, all while having a great time. You don't want to miss this offering!
The Monday Book Group’s upcoming book selections are January 6 – “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh - led by Nancy Lee McLure;
February 3 – “Anthill” by E.O. Wilson - led by Jackie Mulcey. For more information, please contact Nancy Lee McLure at 908-104-9572 or email@example.com .
Other Events of Interest to MUF Members and Friends
Please join United Way Caregivers Coalition in Morris County for a conference filled with information, resources, and education. Learn about legal considerations for families, how to identify communication patterns, and appropriate interventions that keep you and your loved one's best interest in mind. Saturday, November 16, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township. Space is limited. To register or for questions call Stephanie Howland at 973.993.1160, x 139, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Outside Our Walls:
The Folk Project Minstrel Concert Series is now in residence at MUF. Folk concerts every Friday night.