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UUCA Weekly eNews January 4-10
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STAFF AND BOARD REFLECTIONS
Wednesday Thing Kicks Off the New Year!
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister

I think I can officially say that the Wednesday Thing is not a new program anymore! And what a success it has been so far. We've done yoga together, and learned about Buddhism, empathy, and nonviolent communication. We've eaten delicious food and shared worship together. We've discussed the monthly themes, and we've made gratitude jars. As the new year begins, Continue reading.

 For the Week of January 7-13, 2018
For Pastoral Emergencies: 828-771-6279
Building Manager: Tony Reed (treed1968@gmail.com)
 

Sunday, January 7, 9:15am & 11:15am
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
None Shall Be Compelled-A Celebration of Torda

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This Sunday in Lifespan Religious Education:  Regular classes. All children and youth (except 7th/8th OWL) should attend Time for All Ages with their families and then go to classes as usual. Nursery & Pre-K will operate as usual and children can be signed in before the service or after Time for All Ages
Following the Services in Sandburg Hall: 
  • Purchase your coffee, tea, and chocolate at the Fair Trade Equal Exchange table.
  • Sign up at the Earth and Social Justice table to become a MANNA volunteer.
  • Unsold auction events are still available. See Ann McLellan.
Following the 2nd Service in Sandburg Hall: Taco Sunday!
Our Coming of Age youth invite you to bring the heat during the cold wave and join us for a New Year's Taco Bar, THIS SUNDAY, January 7, following the second service. There will be beef, chicken, vegan, and gluten-free options. Build a taco salad, burrito, or rice bowl, the possibilities are endless. Suggested donation is $10 per person, $40 per family, or pay as you are able. Cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. Thanks so much for your support.
NEWS FROM THE ANNUAL BUDGET DRIVE CHAIRS
Tell Us Your Story!
Several UUs have already told their stories from the pulpit as part this year’s annual budget drive theme, Stories Of Us. Now we want to hear your story! We’d love to videotape you telling your 1-3 minute personal story about how being a friend or member of UUCA has impacted you or the way you see and work in the world.
   This Sunday following both services, Dan and Gina Phairas will be videotaping in the small foyer area of the administrative offices, just off of Sandburg Hall. Please stop by and share your story with us!
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
In Search of Connecting Stewards 
We are currently seeking volunteers to serve as Connecting Stewards in Winter/Spring 2018. Meet new people and help your congregation at the same time. We know that strong members are connected members, so we will engage every member of the congregation in a one-on-one conversation with a Connecting Steward with just one goal: connecting! Volunteers will be asked to attend a short training session, and then to visit with 4-6 individuals, couples, or families. Meet new people and help your congregation at the same time. For  more information or to sign up, contact Venny.
Christmas UN-decorating
Nora Carpenter led the troops in doing a wonderful job of decorating Sandburg Hall for the holidays. As you heard, she now has a brand new infant. That's great for Nora (congrats to the whole family!) but leaves us with no fearless leader for undecorating. You can figure out the rest. Contact Linda.
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
Look For Your Tax Statement Next Wednesday
Your 2017 tax statement will arrive via email Wednesday of next week. If you do not receive it, please first look in your spam, trash, or junk folder to make sure it didn't go there. Any questions or problems, please contact Tish Murphy/254-6001 x200.
Accounting Changes
Effective January 2, Becky Donald, our amazing bookkeeper, has been placed on extended medical leave. During January and probably February, ALL of our bookkeeping and accounting will be done remotely by our former Financial Accounts Manager, Christine Magnarella Ray, working with Tish Murphy and Linda Topp. We're still using the bookkeeper@uuasheville.org email address, but Christine will be the person reading and responding with that address. If you have any telephone questions that might normally be handled by Becky, please contact Tish (ext. 200) or Linda (ext. 201).
UUCA Offices Closed Monday, January 15
All UUCA offices will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Newcomers' Potluck 
THIS Saturday, January 6, 6-8m (SH)

We understand as a newcomer that things can seem a bit hectic on Sunday mornings. Therefore we invite you to join us for a potluck to meet other newcomers, share stories and good food. Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper and Connections Coordinator Venny Zachritz will be present to answer any questions regarding membership, faith development, or general congregational operations. For more information and to RSVP please contact Venny.
WEDNESDAY THING, January 10
5:30-6:10pm – Dinner (Sandburg Hall)
(suggested donation $7/person, $20/family) RSVP Here.
6:10-6:35pm – All Ages Worship; 6:35-8:30pm – Programs for All Ages: 6:40pm Peacemakers, (JH); Dance in the World Through Meditation (RE3); Intentions for the New Year (SH). Childcare begins at 6pm.
Peacemakers: the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture
Wednesday, January 10, 6:45pm (JH)

Please gather with Peacemakers as we view and discuss the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize lecture and ceremony. This year the Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The event can also be viewed online.
    During March through July, Peacemakers will be discussing Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry, which is one of two books selected for The Common Read of the UUA for 2017-18.  Please contact Bruce, see below, if you would like a copy ($18).
    Peacemakers is open to all. FMI: please contact Bruce Larson/683-5548.
Volunteer for MANNA
Friday, January 12, 1-3pm (offsite)

Come be a part of this team that meets once a month—second Friday from 1-3pm—to help provide food assistance for people in our area who are food-insecure. It’s a great way to help and fellowship with fellow UU members. You may sign up at the Earth & Social Justice table or call/email Joyce Birkenholz/298-6577.  MANNA is located at 627 Swannanoa River Road, near the WNC Nature Center.
EARTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
Environmental and Social Justice Film Night Cancelled for January.
Registration: Winter/Spring Session of Building Bridges Now Open
This 9-week program will be held at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Asheville, on Monday evenings from 7-9 pm, starting on January 22 and running through March 19. Please click on the link below to go to the registration page, and help us spread the word by telling your friends and colleagues. We anticipate Session 51 will fill up fast, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot. We hope to see you there! 
Where: Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville
When: Monday evenings, 7 - 9 pm, January 22nd - March 19th, 2018
Cost: $35.00 Click here for registration.
Earth Community Circle Update
The NetZero Subgroup of Earth Community Circle is researching installing solar capacity on the roof of Sandburg Hall. We now have four bids from three different vendors to install somewhere between 29 and 39 kW of solar capacity. This would be enough to offset several hundred dollars per month of our electric bills. We've received word that Duke Energy will be providing substantial rebates this coming year to institutions like ours installing solar power. At this point, we're trying to figure out the "sweet spot" where an investment in solar would be a net-positive investment for our congregation's cash flow and how best to pursue such an arrangement. Stay tuned!  FMI: Dan Clere.
GREEN TIP brought to you by Earth Community Action group
 Install a programmable thermostat, and your temperature will automatically adjust to how you use your house. While you’re at work or when you go to sleep, set the thermostat lower. If you’ll be away for a weekend or more, lower the thermostats to 55 F. You’ll save on heating without risking a freeze-up of your water pipes. Also, dress for the weather and put a sweater on in the winter instead of adjusting the thermostat.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
TAKE NOTE: Technology Makes Seeking Pastoral Care Simpler!
You will notice a new phone number listed in all UUCA publications for pastoral care emergencies. Instead of rotating on-call phone numbers weekly and listing them in the order of service and enews, we now have a single local phone number (828) 771-6279, which allows congregants to reach us in an emergency.
Learn Lots More About The Mountain Retreat Center
SAVE THE DATE:Saturday, Evening, February 17, Light Dinner-6pm

$7 adults/$4 children-youth with $20 maximum for a family
Many UUCA’ers look forward to our annual Mountain Gathering  (October 26-28 in 2018). Almost 130 of us (50 of whom were youth) were at this past October’s event. However, there's more to The Mountain than that!  Learn about other opportunities at The Mountain at this gathering.  OR On Sunday, February 18 after both services, visit The Mountain display with materials and talk with other Mountain people about our special place atop 4200’ Little Scaly Mountain.
Questions? Contact Larry Wheeler/989-8682 or Nancy Heath/989-8679
Are You Doing Your Part?  Be a Good Scout
Leave the place better than you found it!
   We'd like to remind everyone that we all have a part in keeping our shared spaces tidy and inviting. If your group is using a space, please take a moment before you all leave to make sure that you have restored the space. Put chairs back where you got them. Wash any dishes that you have created. Make sure the TV's on stands are moved away from exits (this is per the Fire Marshal!). Make sure your trash has been thrown away. If the trash is full, take it out to a trash bin. Turn off the lights. Put away any materials that you have used. If you are picking your kids up from child care, make sure they have helped clean up before you leave. Ask the child care workers what still needs to be done and pitch in. Let's be in cooperative community together and share the responsibilities of keeping our campus neat.
The Gift of Affirmation
We all need an affirmation sometimes. A little pick-me-up when we're feeling down. Some kind words to send us out in the world. To that end, RE staff have created a new bulletin board in Sandburg Hall to share that gift in our community. Like a little free library, we invite you to take or to leave a gift of affirmation. This is open to anyone: member, friend, regular or first-time visitors, youth, adult, or children. See more at the big GIFT bulletin board!
Registration for January/February Membership Classes is Now Open
What are the benefits of becoming a UUCA member?  
  • As a member you have a voice within the congregation regarding important decisions through your vote.
  • As a member you can join a Covenant Group and other special programming for members.
  • As a member you will have the services of a Caring Response Team or Pastoral Visitor if needed.
  • and as a member you will receive an annual discount for building rentals if needed.
Your commitment of time, talent and money to UUCA helps us perform the work of Connection, Inspiration, Compassion, and Justice both within the congregation and the greater community. If you would like to register for the Beginning Point membership class on Saturday, January 20 from 9:30am-2 pm or want more information on membership, please contact Venny
FAITH DEVELOPMENT: TAKING IT HOME

Faith development doesn't happen just at church on Sundays and it doesn't only happen to kids; we all practice and live out our UU mission and values beyond our church walls, too.  This section is all about “taking it home,” offering you resources and tools to continue your faith development throughout the week.  

INTENTION

To set intentions, we listen to our inner voice which tells us who we truly are.  One reason so many of our resolutions fall by the wayside about January 10 is that once we fail, we lose our future possibilities. With intentions, failure is expected and a part of life. Intentions are part of who we truly are, and so when we make a mistake, we return to who we truly are and try again.

Metta Meditation

To practice loving-kindness meditation, sit in a comfortable and relaxed manner. Take two or three deep breaths with slow, long and complete exhalations. Let go of any concerns or preoccupations. For a few minutes, feel or imagine the breath moving through the center of your chest - in the area of your heart.

Sitting quietly, mentally repeat, slowly and steadily, the following or similar phrases:

May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and at ease…

Then, extend it to a friend or a person in your family.

May you be happy. May you be well. May you be safe. May you be peaceful and at ease….

Then we extend it to all.

May we be happy. May we be well. May we be safe. May we be peaceful and at ease…

 (Some of you may recognize this from our New Year's Eve Sunday worship service!)

"Mussa and Nagib," from Tapestry of Faith, Moral Tales, Forgiveness
Setting an intention means that we will return to it again and again, trying to practice our intent, but we will fail again and again. But an intention is something we can return to, and keep practicing. Our failures can be written in sand, our successes, in stone.

Here is a familiar UU hymn to set the tone for peaceful, loving intentions. (Again, from our New Year's Eve Sunday worship service.)

Meditation on breathing… composer Sarah Dan Jones, are from hymn #1009 in Singing the Journey.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Register for RE Classes
NEW CLASS FOR ADULTS: The Wisdom Jesus
Begins Monday, January 22, 7-8pm, (23 Par) 

This is a radical/unorthodox study of the teaching of Jesus. This is not Jesus as Savior. This "Wisdom Jesus" is not the Jesus of pithy sayings.  Rather, this is the non-dual Jesus, who if you look beneath the pithy sayings shows that Jesus is teaching the transformation of consciousness. When practiced, this non-dual teaching can dramatically change your relationships with others and with the divine (liberally understood).
   We will be using the book The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind—a New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault.  You are encouraged to buy the book. We will study the first seven (7) chapters and study one chapter each week.
Instructor-Rev. Jeff Jones. Registration is now available for members in REALM.

NEW CLASS FOR ADULTS:  A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World, A Northwest Earth Institute course. Begins Tuesday, January 23 thru Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8pm (RE C)
Join members of Earth Community Circle for a new Northwest Earth Institute discussion course,  A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World,  that provides the opportunity to connect with your values and discover how simple living intersects with sustainability, both personally and globally. This 6-session course will engage you in examining your relationship with time, technology, material possessions, and media and provides activity plans for cultivating simplicity. There is a course book with short readings (approximately 1 hour per week). We have 8 available at a discounted price of $19 each; additional books or an e-book version can be order for $30. We can offer childcare if we have a commitment for 4 children for each session. Facilitated by Joy McConnell, Mary Stevens, and Sunita Patterson; please contact Sunita or Joy with questions. Registration is now available for members in REALM.
UU EVENTS BEYOND OUR WALLS
Great Programs at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is just two hours' drive (more or less) from here. They have many great programs for folks of all ages. Click on the name to learn more about any of these:
Spring Youth CONferences, March 2 - 18
Creating Heart Space in These Turbulent Times, March 16- 18  (NEW program!)
Work Weekend & Easter Program, March 30 - April 1
Music Week 2018, April 1- 6
MountainCamps 2018, June 10 - 21
Intergenerational Family Camp, July 22- 27
WhaleCoast Alaska 2018
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2018 is for you!  Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program this summer.  See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities.  See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture.  Forget the cruise ships – our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. Click here for complete information or call 907-322-4966.  Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
DROP-IN GROUPS-NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Show Up For Racial Justice (ASURJ)
Every Monday, 6:30pm (RE C)


UUCA Buddhist Fellowship
2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the Month (S)

Come early, doors locked at 7pm to begin meditation.

Peacemakers
2nd Wednesdays, 6:40-8:30 (JH)


Choir Rehearsal EveryThursday 7pm (S)

Men's Breakfast Group
2nd Saturday of the Month, 8am (23 Ed)

UU Women's Connections Brunch & Program
3rd Saturday of the month, 10am, (SH)

There will not be a meeting in January.
Location Key
23 Par-23 Edwin Parlor
23 Brd-23 Edwin Boardroom
JH-Jefferson House
RE C-RE Commons
S-Sanctuary
SH-Sandburg Hall
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