food pantryThis year we have collected over 80 items for the Twin Rivers Food Pantry, including 33 boxes of cereal and miscellaneous foods such as Mac ‘n cheese, pasta,soup, peanut butter, juice and baked beans!

The Food Pantry appreciates all the donations. The Caring Committee appreciates the support of the congregation and congregation’s intention to help those in need!

This month the Food Pantry’s Special collection item is anything for baby — diapers, wipes, baby cereal formula.

Constant needs include:

  • breakfast cereals
  • mac and cheese
  • coffee and tea, hot cocoa
  • Holiday treats for the children

 

Thanks for Our Volunteers!

The Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry “Spring Clean-Up” on April 16, 2016 was a huge success thanks to the 10-15 volunteers from local area churches who arrived with their brooms,dust pans and lots of energy.

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Pat Sleeper, Denise Steadman and Pauline Chabot, representing the UUCF, took time out of their busy lives to help Rev. Karen Heavey, the new manager of the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry, dust, vacuum and wash floors, walls, ceilings, furniture and food shelves to give her building and grounds a clean and fresh appearance.

Bagels and cream cheese, hot coffee and tea, donated by Rev. Heavey, kept the volunteers energized and able to complete the project within three hours.

Rev. Heavey, was overjoyed with the love, support, and cooperation exhibited by the volunteers and gratefully thanked everyone who helped prepare her food pantry for the many local residents who will be picking up healthy and nutritious foods for their families. Food that is being donated by Hannaford, BJ’s and other local food stores.

Spring Yard Sale, May 28th

yard sale

Saturday May 28th

8am to 2pm

Rain or Shine

Treasures, novelties and everything in between. Contributions may be left at the meetinghouse, either in the old RE room or in the corner of the big room downstairs. We don’t want Yard Sale items to accidentally get mixed in with things belonging to the meetinghouse. Items can also be brought the evening before the sale. And of course, don’t forget to come shop!

Sunday, March 20th’s Sermon

Rev. Emily Burr will present a sermon entitled “Democracy as a Religious Concept.” If we believe in separation of Church and State, why do we have “democracy” in our Principles? What role does conscience play in our affirming and promoting democracy? Robin Charles will be our
musician.
We the People

Rev. Brendan Hadash, “Compassion for Muslims?”

Rev. HadashPresident Obama made his first trip to an American Mosque last month.  He praised the tolerance shown by Americans from Thomas Jefferson (who was a Unitarian) to Dwight Eisenhower. He said that the rhetoric against Muslim Americans has no place in our community. Compassion is one of the core values of Unitarian Universalists. How can we take practical steps to show compassion for Muslims and to one another?

UU Islamic resources from Rev. Hadash

Here is a wonderful group which has a speaker’s bureau, curricula, etc.: https://ing.org

(Islamic Network Group – educating for cultural literacy & mutual respect)

Here are the 3 programs Rev. M’ellen Kennedy offers: http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/events/

Here is contact info for NE mosques:

http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/resources/mosques/

There are also lots of books and films on peaceandunitybridge.org:

http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/audiovideo/films/

http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/print-media/

Other sites with info on Islam: http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/resources/links/

Curricula on Islam: http://www.peaceandunitybridge.org/programs/curricula/

Charlotte Lehmann, “True GRIT”

Charlotte Lehmann will be joining us for the first time with a Sermon entitled, “True GRIT: Passion, Perseverance and Staying Power.

A little about the topic:
In this service, we consider the role of what sociologist Angela Duckworth calls GRIT in being successful and productive people. True GRIT involves the character traits of passion, perseverance and staying power which is applicable to organizational systems as well as individuals.

A little about Charlotte:
Charlotte Lehmann, raised in the Upper Midwest, is a life-long UU. She is a Candidate for Ministry in the UUA, and currently serves the First Church in Belmont (MA) as the Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education. Charlotte has M.Div. from Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary (2012), a M.S. and a B.A. in Geological Sciences (UMAINE, 1991 and Mt. Holyoke College, 1983, respectively). She is also a SUNDOOR certified Master Firewalk Instructor and Breathwork practitioner. Charlotte loves spending time in the outdoors, traveling, cooking, choral singing, reading and watching movies, to name a few favorite activities.