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Posted Sunday, November 19 —

NEWSLETTER FOR AUTUMN

Sunday services begin at 11 am in the sanctuary immediately followed by refreshments and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
Both spaces are air conditioned in the summer for your comfort.

Restoration is Handicapped Accessible!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and handicapped restroom on the lower level to make our Fellowship Hall more accessible to our congregants, visitors and renters. CHECK HERE for photos.

UPCOMING WORDS OF INSPIRATION

Recent sermons are available in VIDEO FORMAT and others are available as TEXT.

Upcoming Worship Services

November 19: "Deeper than the Skin"
Singer/songwriters Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway (of Brother Sun) lead a worship service exploring race from both sides, through music and personal journeys over decades of friendship and racial justice activism. Supported by worship associate
— Bruce P. in the pulpit

November 26: "Be Hope-Filled"
Nov 26th is, of course, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. But this November is also the first anniversary of the 2016 election and, in that frame of reference, it might not feel like we have that much to be thankful for. But our country has found hope in even darker times. So, on this Sunday we’ll look back and ahead and take this moment to practice some “hope-filling.”
— Jim W. in the pulpit

November Change for Change

Delaware Medical Relief Team is an independent non-profit organization that rapidly mobilizes, coordinates, and deploys trained medical volunteers to provide urgent healthcare services in disaster and emergency situations. DMRT provides effective and efficient medical relief to people in need by coordinating the expertise of its volunteers with other Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with the common goal of treating injured and sick people in situations of extreme need.

They are currently working with people on the Caribbean island of Domenica as they recover from Hurricane Maria.

From your Moderator —

While writing my piece for our annual report for our last church year I wrote as an opening in reference to this time last year: “Going into the new Church year we had to adjust to life as a congregation without our called Minister, Kathy Ellis who retired at the end of our last Church year due to illness, the news that our long term Music Director Jane Hulting would be out for the foreseeable future due to illness, the resignation of our Treasurer, and the absence or a RE Coordinator”. It seems distant but also not that long ago. I recall being somewhat anxious about things back then as were others. I recall saying that we were going to be okay. We’ve been through tough time before and we go through. I know from experience that tough times often bring out the best in folks.

As we move into a new church year I am heartened to learn today that the search committee has a candidate for Minister. I’ve looked over the candidate and am impressed. I’ll wait however for the Committee to do their due diligence before making any endorsements. Nonetheless I’d like to commend the search committee as well as the Committee on Ministry

for the time and effort they’ve put into helping us to not only determine a good Ministerial fit for us but for also beginning to provide clear perspective as to who we are, what are our strengths and weaknesses and what might be holding us back. I realize that many of you have heard this before and I’ll say that is good. This is now, that was then. Things have changed a lot of the years. It is a sign of a healthy congregation that take the time to look hard at itself.

I also would like to acknowledge and thank Linda Hansel and Cynthia Bradley, the Worship Associates, Len and Anam for organizing our worship services while we are without a minister. It may not be by our ingathering Sunday in September but soon after we can look forward to a new Minister as well as a new RE Coordinator.

Meanwhile I’d like to ask everyone if they know of someone who we haven’t seen for a while or who is sick to let me know.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful ingathering and Church year!

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: August 28, 2017

Church Office Hours

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

or phone 215-247-2561.

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT RESTORATION

Sunday, November 19 —

Congregation-Wide Workshop on November 19

Think Religious Exploration begins and ends with kids and families? Think again! Everyone is encouraged to attend the upcoming RE workshop, in which co-facilitators Sarah Ahrens (RE consultant) and Joanna Smith (RE coordinator) will encourage participants to:
  • Explore the ways RE can be a holistic part of congregational life
  • Identify the benefits of multigenerational ministry
  • Understand the vital role RE plays in ensuring the overall sustainability of Restoration
It's exciting stuff!

This dynamic workshop will be held on November 19th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided.

RSVP's are appreciated and can be made by emailing or speaking to her in person during coffee hour.

Until November 26 —

Pick Up Your Guest at Your Table Banks

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC's work to advance human rights around the globe.

This year's theme is Small Change is Big Change. It celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroot partners. With your support, UUSC and our partners are not only responding to extraordinary challenges of today, we are also addressing root causes of injustice and building capacity to respond to future challenges.

Grab a GAYT bank from the pyramid pile in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Fill it with coins or a check (made out to UUSC). Please return by Sunday, November 26.
— Dot F., GAYT Coordinator

Wednesday, November 29 —

CommUUnity Potluck Supper and
Meet our new POWER Organizer, Jordan

The potluck part is very low-key but sharing food together is part of building and sustaining our community. You can bring whatever you wish to add to the communal meal.

Neighborhood Networks is going to present their seminar about the process for electing and supporting committee people who will promote progressive candidates and issues at the ward/division level. Come join us at 6:30 and bring some food to share...for this great opportunity to learn about our political process from the ground up!

Remember that we meet on the last Wednesday of each month in Hale Lounge, at 6:30 pm:
Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, and Mar. 28.

Throughout November —

Donations of CLOTHING & SHOES
for the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Throughout NOVEMBER donations of clothing and shoes will be accepted for the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown. Donations must be clean and in good condition (no stains, rips, or holes). Our donations will be sold at the Mission's Thrift stores to provide operating funds for the Mission's work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes in sturdy plastic trash bags because these bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in Hale hallway and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave your donations in Hale hallway. They will be moved out of the hallway to be staged for pick-up by WSG.

Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in Hale hallway and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave your donations in Hale hallway.
— Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17 —

Holiday Bargain Shoppe Coming Soon

The Holiday Bargain Shoppe will open in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 3. It will also be open on the Sundays of December 10 and December 17.

Because we have a great deal of fine merchandise, and some very practical items for sale, we will be setting set up the HBS between 9 am and 3 pm on the Saturdays of December 2 December 9 and December 16. Help on any of these days will be appreciated very much - AND you'll get first dibs on all the good stuff!

Look for sign-up sheets on the piano in the Fellowship Hall soon.
— Dot F., Chief Elf for the HBS

Sunday, December 10 —

Second Sunday Potluck

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RECURRING CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —

Bring Your Own...

BYOL - BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH takes place in Hale Lounge. Everyone is welcome; just bring a sandwich. There's no agenda and no homework! Just come and enjoy conversation and catch up on the latest church news.

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm —

Soul Line Dance Classes
in Fellowship Hall

Thursdays, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

Please join us to show our concerns about racism and white supremacy every Thursday. We line Stenton Avenue with our signs (and get tons of supportive honks) from 6-6:30 pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share in the transept chapel to the left of the sanctuary from 6:30-7 pm. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

Thursdays, 7:15 pm —

Soul Work Book Discussion Group on Anti-Racism and UUism
7:15 - 8:45 pm in the Board Room

In the coming months we will be having a discussion group based on the book Soul Work, edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones (published by the UUA). It includes highlights from a conference focusing on Anti-Racism, UUism, and theology, with excerpts of presentations, responses to them, and dialogue among the participants. We plan to meet roughly once a month on Thursday nights after the Vigil, when there is no choir rehearsal or Folk Factory Open Stage. We will have snacks available for participants - let us know if you need substantial food because of the timing!

There are several copies of the book available to borrow - look in Bruce P.'s mailbox in the Duo Room, and put your name on the Borrow list. It can be purchased online from Amazon (new or used, or in Kindle format for $9.99). Please join us for these discussions, whenever you can make it, even if you have to miss some of them.

Please join us for these discussions, whenever you can make it, even if you have to miss some of them. For more information, contact at 215-848-6246.

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Autumn Hospitality - So Much More than Coffee!!

Hospitality team members, which means ALL of us, friends and members alike, provide basic support for service activities on Sunday mornings. We greet before service, welcome visitors and give them a name tag, ring the bell, usher, provide food, do set-up and clean-up in Fellowship Hall. We now have a firm tradition of participation with the monthly teams. New members and friends are assigned to teams so they can integrate into the life of the community.

Click Here for more information and team listings.

Looking Ahead...

Good stewardship practice suggests that the pledge canvass for the next fiscal year (2018-2019) begins on the day that the pledge canvass for the current fiscal year (2017-2018) ends.

The 2017-2018 fiscal year is going to be challenging in many ways. We are searching for a part-time minister and a religious education coordinator. Hopefully, these positions will be filled in the near future.

Meanwhile, we must be LOOKING AHEAD. I would like to solicit ideas from members and friends as to just what YOU are looking forward to for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. What do YOU want to see happen at Restoration?

Please Email me, , or call me at 215-572-5247 or you can even write to me c/o the church at 6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150 with YOUR ideas for LOOKING AHEAD.
— Dot F., Pledge Canvass Coordinator

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IN THE COMMUNITY

UU House Outreach Holiday Food Drive

UU House Outreach Food Drive - Put Smiles on Neighbors' Faces

UU House Outreach starts its annual Food Drive this week. You have several ways to participate. There is a decorated box in the sanctuary's foyer where you can drop off your shelf stable food.
We will accept your donations between now and December 15.

You also have the chance to help sort and distribute the collected food.

November:
Delivering in northwest Philadelphia are Monday, November 20, to Wednesday morning November 22.

December:
Sorting and packing will be Monday, December 11, through Friday, December 15.
Packing is the following week, Monday, December 18, and Tuesday December 19.
Delivering in NW Philadelphia are Tuesday December 19, to Friday December 22.

You can select mornings from 10 to 11:30 or afternoons from 1:30 to 3. Please, contact or phone her at 215-843-5881 and let her know what day(s) and time(s) you're available and for what tasks.

There will be more opportunities to participate. The Food Drive continues through December with more sorting and deliveries before Christmas.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Another Way to Stay In Touch

If you use Facebook, please join the congregation's group page; Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. You can learn more about what's going on in our community and you can post your own thoughts, poems, prayers... https://www.facebook.com/groups/39131276017/

Please Hang Up Your Coats

Do not leave your coats on the chairs in the Fellowship Hall or the pews in the Library. They take up valuable space that we need for seating during Coffee Hour. Please hang your coats on the rack in the hallway just outside the Fellowship Hall so that everyone can sit comfortably.

Restoration's Work Request Forms

If you are requesting work to be done, please complete the appropriate colored work request form located on the office door. Once your form is completed, place it in the bin labeled Administrative Assistant also hanging on the office door.

For those who do not frequently visit the church, you can send your request via email to office@uurestoration.us.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

Hale Hall Doors

It is imperative that we remember that both front and back doors to Hale Hall remain locked at all times. This means even during meetings and Sunday services. Please do not let anyone into Hale Hall that you do not personally know is safe at any time. During services, all members, friends and congregants should come in the sanctuary door. Thank you for your cooperation.
— Tim S., Moderator

Staples Rewards Restoration with $$$

Don’t forget to give the church’s telephone number (215-247-2561) when you make any personal purchase at a Staples store, by telephone or online. By doing so a credit will be posted to Restoration’s Staples account for a percentage of the sale. These credits, known as Staples Business Rewards, really add up. We use them to offset the cost of our office supplies.

In addition, Restoration’s Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the church’s telephone number (215-247-2561) when you turn in your used printer cartridges (any kind or type) at Staples. You can also leave your old cartridges in the Duo Room where they will be picked up and turned in to Staples.
— Dot F.

Purchasing Online? Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to PIHN through iGive.com! You can make financial donations to PIHN without spending an extra penny. Do your holiday online shopping through iGive.com. It's as easy as 1-2-3...

  1. Visit this link: http://www.igive.com/Qx51lcq. It will take you to the iGive homepage with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network selected as your cause. Here, you can register to be a PIHN supporter (it's easy and free).
  2. After you sign up, you'll get an email telling you to install the iGive button with instructions on how to do so. You can download this onto any computer or phone you use to shop online. The button will show up on the top of your internet browser window.
  3. Press the iGive button, and browse 1,300+ stores that participate and select one. You'll see what percentage of your purchase will go to PIHN. Your purchase/donation will automatically be registered with iGive. You'll receive an email confirmation after you visit your first store, just to make sure the donation tracking system is working.
Go for it. And thanks!

A Super Easy Way for You to Help Restoration

What if Restoration earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause - Restoration! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting Restoration.

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! Use the button link here on our church website. Or just go to http://www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

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