Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Don't Misss TWO Special Musical Events !!    Music Sunday, Dec. 16... and Missa Gaia, Dec. 21...
Posted Wednesday, December 12 —


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 Accessible for those with Disabilities!

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


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

Upcoming Worship Services

December's theme is "Mystery".

December 16: "Music Sunday"
Our Restoration Singers' Music Sundays are special services where we focus on one particular topic. This December's Music Sunday is entitled "Mystery" It's a lovely time of year to hear beautiful music by Malcolm Lauridsen, Bobby McFerrin. Paul Halley, Iris Dement, & more. You will also hear our Handbell Ringers perform beautiful music. Not really Christmas, but honoring the traditions of the time of year. This is a service you will not want to miss!

From your Minister —

Waiting and Willing
I was 13. I can still feel the excitement in the air. I can smell the expectation. I can taste the adrenaline-fueled energy of the Frank Irwin Center in Austin, TX. It's a slightly chilly day in March, but the inside of the basketball stadium is a furnace thanks to the 30,000+ people jammed into the building affectionately known as, "The Drum."

I'm sitting next to my brother, and we are as close to heaven as you can get. Two boys with nothing on our to-do lists except to watch basketball and eat fried food. We are surrounded by other junkies, each one just as joyous and giddy as we are. The atmosphere is so charged with emotion, I imagine that at any moment someone might spontaneously combust.

The Texas State Boys Basketball tournament is easily my favorite secular holiday, and the atmosphere is not unlike what I felt in our city as Thanksgiving gave way to Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas and Yule season. There's a mix of anticipation and excitement that borders on chaos if we're not careful. We're always at a tipping point, it feels like. It's exhilarating, but also exhausting.

The news this week of children and peaceful asylum seekers being met with violence and tear gas at our southern border is heartbreaking, and it runs right into that excitement and joy I felt as Christmas season got underway. I'm struck at the hypocrisy of people claiming to celebrate the birth of a migrant baby born into poverty by rejecting those who are just like he and his family,

proclaiming there is no room at the inn....even though we have more room than any other nation in history. It's terribly frustrating.

I remember the looks on the faces of the families of the high school boys who drove to Austin to see their small town team play basketball, only to lose at the last moment. The pain was real there...and it has to be so many times worse for our siblings from Central America desperately seeking, not a silly trophy, but a safe home and haven from violence our country helped create.

But I also remember the feeling of anticipating that last minute of a close game. In that moment, as if by invisible command, the stadium collectively rises to its feet, accompanied by the roar of a jumbo-jet of expectant energy. We spectators become one in that moment. Amidst all the taut nerves and exhausted feet, we are waiting. Waiting expectantly. Waiting for someone to make a play. Waiting for something to happen.....Willing something to happen.

The holidays are a time of waiting...and willing. We are waiting on days and nights, presents and promises, but we are also able to will something to happen while we wait. We can act. We can pray. We can donate. In this season of waiting, I encourage you to join the crowd who do both.

To help asylum seekers: https://www.uusc.org
For those in ICE custody: https://www.fianzafund.org/home.html
For more info: UUA info

Rev. McKinley    posted: November 30, 2018

Notes from the Treasurer —

On-Line Giving through GivePlus

We’ve had some inquiries from folks interested in making their contributions to Restoration on line. And the answer is: Yes We Can!

Some of us already make on-line gifts through a bank bill-pay service. Another convenient option, however, is to go to the “Donate” page on our web site, where you can make a one-time gift, or set up recurring gifts, directly from your bank. The GivePlus service costs us (not you) a bit, but typically less than 1%. If it makes giving easier for you, it’s worth it to us.

Yet another option is to download the mobile version of GivePlus to your smartphone; you’ll find the app in the App Store or GooglePlay. Once you’ve signed up and selected Restoration as the destination for your payments, you can make one-time or recurring donations.

Year-End Contributions

The rules on tax deductions have changed a bit for 2018, but there may still be an advantage to you in making some or all of your 2018-19 pledge payment by the end of December. If you have questions about the amount of your pledge or of the payments you’ve made thus far, just let me know. And thanks, as always, for your generosity to Restoration.

Treasurer   posted: November 29, 2018

Meditation for December

The beginning of the holiday season is filled with temptations to conspicuous consumptions, and pleas for generosity. The contrasts between the values represented by this time of year, and our ability to fulfill them, remind us how great the distance can be between aspirations and actions.

The month has begun with the observance of World AIDS Day, and Human Rights Day follows next week. They remind us of those at home and abroad who are imprisoned by disease, poverty, and discrimination. The messages of liberation, dignity, and joy that come with Hanukkah and with Christmas are hard to hear unless they are conveyed by gracious acts of outreach to those who suffer.

Our prayer this day, then, is that we may be gentle with ourselves and with others as we do our best to navigate through the tricky shoals of December.

May we avoid being so distracted with our own problems and duties this year that we forget the wider web of life of which we are a part.

May we go about our rounds of preparations and festivities with a light heart and with boundless patience.

May thze dissatisfactions that are part of our lot be our companions, but not our masters, as we cross the holiday threshold.

And may all the joys of the season be ours, this time around. Amen.

— Wayne B. Arnason

December Change for Change: World Central Kitchen

José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the belief that food can be an agent of change. We have expanded globally and have developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise. More information...

Church Office Hours

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

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or phone 215-247-2561.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

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Friday, December 14 —

Support for Families in Sanctuary at FUMCOG

From the USG Congregation who is co-sponsoring at December 14th Potluck for Volunteers helping the families in Sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Germantown (FUMCOG): "USG has covered the entrees for the Volunteer Potluck dinner on Friday December 14th at 6:00pm. Since it is being hosted by USG and Restoration, we are wondering if you could help fill in the menu and perhaps come early to help set up?

There will be two soups and chicken (pork, beef maybe) jerk sandwiches for entrees.

We need drinks, water and desserts

If you are planning to attend and would like to bring one or some of these, please email

Sunday, December 16 —

Music Sunday

Our Restoration Singer's Music Sundays are special services where we focus on one particular topic. This December's Music Sunday is entitled "Mystery" It's a lovely time of year to hear beautiful music by Malcolm Lauridsen, Bobby McFerrin. Paul Halley, Iris Dement, & more. You will also hear our Handbell Ringers perform beautiful music. Not really Christmas, but honoring the traditions of the time of year. This is a service you will not want to miss!

Sunday, December 16 —

Holiday Bargain Shoppe's Final Sunday

The Holiday Bargain Shoppe will be open in the fellowship hall during coffee hour on the Sunday December 16.

Many unique items of high quality will be on sale. There will also be something for everyone (maybe even some jumper cables). Purchase for relatives and friends, and even for yourself.

Helpers will be needed at 10 am on December 16, to set up the merchandise for the sales. Good elves who volunteer will get first dibs on all the good stuff!
Dot F., Chief Elf for the HBS

Holiday Bargain Shoppe #1 Set-Up

We will set-up for Holiday Bargain Shoppe #2 in the Fellowship Hall on SATURDAY, December 15, from 9 am to 3 pm. Please come on Saturday to help with the set-up. You get first dibs on all the great items.

Friday, December 21 —

The Night of the Solstice!

A very special musical evening is being prepared for you by our Restoration Singers, & perhaps singers from 6 other Unitarian churches in our region. MISSA GAIA (Mass in Celebration of Mother Earth). Originally performed by the Paul Winter Consort, Missa Gaia is a ecumenical & ecological Mass celebrating the Earth. The work features not only lyrical melodies, rhythms from Brazil, Africa & American Gospel, texts of traditional Mass, but interweaves the voices of an Alaskan Wolf, a Humpback Whale, & Harp Seals.
When: Friday, December 21 — the night of the SOLSTICE.
Location: 1st Unitarian Church, 21st & Chestnut St, Philly.
Massed Choir, Vocal Soloists, Jazz Musicians.
Time: 8 - 9:15 pm
Cost: Donation from $10 - $200, as you choose!
Bring your friends!

You may want to consider taking public transporation. Let me know if you need a ride, & we will try to work it out. You will not want to miss this!

Wednesday, December 26 —

CommUUnity Potluck Monthly Gathering in Hale Lounge

On Wednesday, December 26, starting at 6:30 pm in Hale Lounge, the next CommUUnity Potluck will be meeting. Bring food or drink to share.

December —

Bookreaders Meet in December

The restoration Bookeaders group will meet at 1 pm in Hale Lounge on a Saturday in December (date to be determined at the November 17, meeting) to discuss
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

This novel (now a major motion picture) tells the story of a mother’s unsettling quest to understand her teenage son’s deadly violence. You need not have read the book to join in on the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

Sunday, January 13 —

New Member Sunday

If you are interested in becoming formal member of the church, get in touch with Rev. McKinley. A New Member Sunday will be held on January 13, 2019.

Sunday, January 13 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, January 13 —

Justice Council Meeting after the Potluck in Hale Lounge

Our next regular Justice Council Meeting will be Sunday, January 13, after the Church Potluck (probably starting around 1 pm), in Hale Lounge.

All are welcome - please join us!
— Bruce P.

Thursday, January 24 —

Folk Factory News

People’s Choice Open Stage/Open Circles
Thursdays, 7:30 on Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 28, & Apr. 25

A low-pressure, supportive chance to perform in public or just enjoy good live music. The first hour and a half or so is the Open Stage, where performers sign up for slots and perform on stage with a sound system. The audience gets to vote for their favorite performers (they can allocate 10 votes any way they please), and the winners get a slot in our June concert. After a break, there is then about an hour of Open Circle, which is much more informal and participatory, where we go around the circle, and everyone gets to request a song (which someone else can lead), sing a song, read a poem, tell a story, take a rain check, or pass. Admission: $2-5, sliding scale (half for low or no wage); $1 off for Restoration members and friends (tell the door volunteer).

Joe Jencks Concert Friday, March 1, 8:00 pm!

Joe Jencks (author of Lady of the Harbor and member of Brother Sun, who has performed for our Sunday service) will give a concert on Friday, March 1. Tickets are $15-50, sliding scale (half for low or no wage folks at the door; Restoration members and friends can get a $2 discount at the door by saying something to the door volunteer). Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk . To arrange childcare, please call 215-848-6246.

For further information, visit The Folk Factory Facebook page, email , or call 215-848-6246. If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce P. at the same email/number.

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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!

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Help Needed for Pledge Drive

Tim S. announced a couple of weeks that Dot F. is stepping down as organizer for our annual pledge drive. As you may or may not know whatever Dot has been doing when she stops it probably take more than one person to do. If you are interested in helping with this year's Pledge Drive, please meet with Tim in the sanctuary immediately following this Sunday's worship service.


Congratulations to Chaplain David D., newly minted minister by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the UUA! David is now entered into Preliminary Fellowship as a fully credentialed Unitarian-Universalist faith leader We are extremely proud and excited of his journey and his potential as a miniser in our movement. Way to go, David!

Philadelphia Tree Tenders have Given our Church Three New Trees!

Restoration received three new trees (two redbuds and one honey locust) from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Tree Tenders Program. On Saturday, November 17, over 40 volunteers from the East Mt. Airy Tree Tenders group planted 40 trees around East Mt. Airy, including the three at Restoration. Restoration served as the staging area for the event. A big thank you to Rose Johnson, leader of the East Mt. Airy Tree Tenders, for organizing the event, as well as to the volunteers from Restoration: Mike F., Pat G., Shirley G., Harald G., Jane H., Larry H., Linda H., and Mary Ellen N. All told, the Tree Tenders planted over 950 trees city-wide.

On-Line Giving to UUCR

As the end of the calendar year approaches, you may be thinking about paying part or all of your 2018-19 pledge. Of course, the old-fashioned method - mailing a check or leaving it in the Treasurer's box - still works fine. But if you'd prefer, you can transfer funds electronically instead.

To do that, click the "Donate" button at the left side of our home page (www.uurestoration.us). That will take you to a simple form, operated by a service called GivePlus, for making a direct transfer from your bank. No fuss, no muss, automatic record-keeping, and you won't find out later that you've been carrying a check around in your pocket for two weeks (I speak from experience).

If you'd like to spread out your payments over the year, you can do that as well via GivePlus. Just create an account by going to "Sign In/Sign Up" at the upper right corner of the form, then fill in the details. You can also do any or all of these things from your smartphone; download the GivePlus app from the App Store or Google Play.

Whether you use the web form or the mobile app, be sure to designate the fund to which you want your contribution applied. There are three choices: general operating - pledge payments; general operating - non-pledge payments; and endowment.

Thank you for your generosity to UUCR!
Len R., Treasurer

Winter Membership Anniversaries

This Year's Hospitality:
It's up to YOU!!

We look forward to another year of stellar support for Sunday services with our teams. There have already been a few changes to the lists. If any of you feel you need a change because of projected travel or other issues please let me and/or your team coordinator know.

One of our members has already projected non-attendance for her team assignment, and thus she will be split between two teams so she can be of more service. Assisting another team with food and clean-up is always an option, if your attendance cannot be regular during your team month.

The "job descriptions" are in the current Autumn newsletter and also posted on this website (see below). "Each One Teach One" has been our motto as everyone learns what to do.

With gratitude to members and friends alike for sharing these responsibilities. P.S. Assisting with clean-up is usually a very good time for catching up with friends and making new ones.

Visit our new Hospitality page listed under the Church Programs menu on this website for more information and for the Team Lists.

Looking for the Latest Church Directory?

... directions to a friend's home, or your latest contribution statement?

Find all this by clicking the CHURCH DIRECTORY button at the right, or on the Home page of this site. You can edit your own information from the ICON Home page or change your password on the Settings page.

If you attach a photo to an email and send it to either the or we will be happy to add it to your profile.

Forgot your username or password?
Email the and request a new one.

Live Stream Feedback

If you watch the live-stream of our worship service, please send your feedback about the quality of the streaming experience to:

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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!

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/

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.

A Super Easy Way for
You to Help Restoration

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!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.

Be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

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.
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