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Posted Thursday, April 26 —

NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING

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.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

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

Upcoming Worship Services

April 29: Intergenerational Service
— Brenda R. with Worship Associates Chrissy E. and Joanna S.

April Change for Change: UU Ministry for Earth

About UUMFE
Connecting and inspiring an active community of UUs for environmental justice, spiritual renewal, and shared reverence for our Earth home.

Vision
We envision a world in which reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth are central to the lives of all people. Our purpose is to inspire, facilitate, and support personal, congregational, and denominational practices that honor and sustain the Earth and all beings. We affirm and promote the seven principles of the UUA, including: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Although the UU Ministry for Earth has close ties to the UUA, it is a separate not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with an independent Board of Directors.

One of UUMFE's programs is UU Young Adults for Climate Justice: Our mission is to grow a diverse network of Unitarian Universalist young adult activists grounded in faith, supported by each other and the UU community at large, and working together for climate justice.

Our vision is that our individual and collective actions catalyze the movement for a socially just, resilient, and sustainable future.

Our members are young adults, aged 18-35, who are climate justice activists with some connection to the Unitarian Universalist faith.

From your Moderator —

Transitions

It’s that time again in our church year when we experience transitions. It’s safe to say that our community will make the transitions fairly well and soldier on. We have strong roots and dedicated talented people who will step up and help facilitate the transitions.

Since my time as your Moderator I look to this time of year with a healthy dose of anxiety as there are so many major things that have to happen.

Here’s a short list:

  1. Pledge drive
  2. Balancing the books
  3. Nominations and elections of board members and officers
  4. Annual report
  5. Getting ready for our annual budget and congregational meeting
This year happens to be even more critical and adds some additional anxieties. For starters this is my last year as Moderator after 5 years, and my last time doing this newsletter column. The nominating committee needs to find a Moderator. Secondly we need to find a full time consulting Minister and raise enough money to afford one. And finally there are Board positions to fill and replacements for at least two people on the finance committee.

A major goal of mine has always been to leave a place or position I come into in better shape

than I found it or at least no worse. I believe we are in better shape in spite of the challenges we’ve had. Over 70 percent of the congregation responded to the survey from the Search Committee. The findings of that survey indicated that having ministerial stability and church finances were the major concerns. In reflecting on those concerns and the others I surmised that we are not unlike a lot of churches in these times. The major difference is that we are a can-do congregation and we are resilient. We are strong in the ties that bind us as well in our values.

As part of this transition I personally look forward to doing more work with UUPLAN, or perhaps as a worship associate or I’d like to coordinate our pastoral care and caring committee and perhaps working on membership. I think I could do a good job in those areas.

In closing I want to say thanks for allowing me to serve you. As I indicated in my sermon a couple of Sundays ago this has been not only a growth opportunity but also a spiritual practice for me. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing Board members and work with two of the best Assistant Moderators on the planet, Cynthia B. and Fern C. Additionally I had the opportunity to work with amazing ministers, Kathy Ellis, Maria McCabe and Jo Green.

Ache Amen

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: February 25, 2018

Church Office Hours

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

Email the or phone 215-247-2561.

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REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS

Bill D. is Hospitalized

Wednesday, April 18: Bill D. has been admitted to Chestnut Hill Hospital following a fall. He will be transferred to Ivy Hill Nursing Center's Rehab soon. Visitors will be appreciated in late afternoon or evening.

Saturday, April 28 —

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UPCOMING EVENTS AT RESTORATION

Thursday, April 26 & Friday, April 27 —

Folk Factory News

Thursday: April 26, at 7:30 pm:
People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle

The Folk Factory will hold it's fourth (and final) People's Choice Open Stage/Open Circle of the season on Thursday, April 26, from 7:30-10:30. For the first hour and a half, audience members vote on the Open Stage performers (top vote-getters get invited to be part of the June People's Choice Concert). After a short break, we then have a more informal Open Circle where everyone present has the opportunity to request or lead a song of their choice, usually a singalong. The requested donation is $2-5, sliding scale, but we offer $1 off for Restoration members and friends. Spread the word to your family and friends, especially aspiring performers looking for a gig!

Friday, April 27, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30):
Jean Ritchie Memorial Concert with Dan Schatz et al.

If you know anyone who loves the Appalachian-style and humanitarian music of Jean Ritchie, tell them about this concert in her memory on Friday, April 27, starting at 8 pm. The performers include Dan Schatz, current minister at West Chester UU (formerly at Buxmont), and Jon Pickow (Jean's son). Donation is $11-40, sliding scale (kids under 12 free), but Restoration members and friends can ask for a $2 reduction at the door. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 16, at 8:00 pm (tentatively):
People’s Choice Concert (doors open at 7:30)

On Saturday, June 16, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30), we will have our annual People’s Choice Concert (the top vote-getters of the 2018 Open Stages), at $7-20* per person (sliding scale, kids under 12 free!); $2 off for Restoration members and friends (tell the door volunteer). Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, call 215-848-6246 by June 11.

For further information, visit The Folk Factory Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/folkfactorycoffeehouse/, email , or call 215-848-6246! If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce at the same number.

Saturday, April 28 —

Bookreaders to Discuss Travels with Charley in Search of America
by John Steinbeck

The Restoration Bookreaders group will meet in Hale Lounge at 1 pm on Saturday, April 28, to discuss Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck. Light refreshments will be served.
Bookreader Coordinator.

Sunday, May 6 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, May 6, after the Potluck —

Justice Council Meeting

Thursday, May 10 —

Soul Work Book Discussion Group on Anti-Racism
and UUism Postponed to May 10
7:15 - 8:45 pm in the Board Room

Our sixth meeting to discuss Soul Work, about anti-racism and UU theology will be on Thursday, April 12, from 7:15-8:45 (after the Vigil). We will be discussing Chapter 6, about UUism being a prophetic voice against racism and white supremacy culture. See Bruce P. if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. In Hale Lounge; snacks provided! All are welcome, whether or not you have come before or have read the book!

For more information, contact or phone: 215-848-6246.

Saturday, May 12 —

Restoration’s Spring Pop-up Yard Sale and Flea Market

Saturday, May 12, from 9 am until 3 pm

Our Pop-up Yard Sale and Flea Market events held in recent years continue to be successful. Returning vendors often ask why we don’t have them more often. For now, we continue to hold them in spring and fall.

Community Yard Sale spaces on the lawn will be sold to outside vendors on a first-come basis at $10.00 per space. We will not provide tables or chairs to outside vendors. After making a payment of $10.00, they may set up on the lawn and sidewalk area as early as 7 am - No reservations are required.

Restoration’s Flea Market donated merchandise will be displayed and sold from tables in Fellowship Hall. Please continue to leave your donations labeled “Flea Market” in Hale Hall. Dot F. will retrieve them to be priced and displayed.

If you have items you wish to sell for yourself, above and beyond your church donations, please follow the vendor procedure.

NOTE - A big hit in past years has been Harald G.’s portraits sketches.

So, if you wish to participate in preparation and/or the day’s activities, please let Cynthia B. and Dot F. know. There will be a list of volunteer opportunities. We will need your help with registering vendors, collecting payment, and monitoring outside, as well as set-up, cashiering, and monitoring inside. BONUS - there will be snacks, Klondike bars, and a whole lot of fun!

Questions, call me 215-242-5214 or email

Please help us in support of this community outreach effort.

Thank you,
Cynthia B. and Dot F.
Yard Sale/Flea Market Coordinators

Sundays, May 20 & June 24 —

Let's Finish the Mosaic

Mosaic-Making Work Session
Sundays, May 20 & June 24
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Please join Joanna S. this Sunday for the second of four mosaic-making sessions.

Mosaic-making is open to all and will begin after coffee hour, running from approximately 12:45 to 2:45 pm in the back classroom. This week, we'll be focusing on completing unfinished individual tiles. We also have room for up to five new tiles, so if you're looking for an opportunity to exercise your creativity, this Sunday's your chance!

Gloves will be provided, but a change of clothes and/or smocks are recommended - things can get a bit messy!

And if you can't make this Sunday, but are interested in contributing, future date includes June 24. You may also contact to schedule additional hours, or with any questions you may have.

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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!

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Pledge Canvass Report

As of April 10, seventy pledges have been received from members and friends. We have not received pledges from five members despite numerous entreaties to them (Email, phone calls, and letters). We received one new pledge from a friend. Two members reduced their pledges. Two members did not pledge for personal reasons.

Thirteen members and friends increased their pledges by 35% or more. All other members and friends increased their pledges by 0% to 30%).

The Pledge Total stands just short of our goal.
— Dot F., Pledge Coordinator

Pledges - Past and Present

As Dot's report, above, in this newsletter confirms, the response to the pledge drive for FY 2018-19 has been awesome. Thanks to everyone who has helped us meet our goal - which is, essentially, everyone!

This is also probably the moment for a word from the Ghost of Pledge Drives Past. About $30,000 in pledges for our current fiscal year, which ends 6/30, are still outstanding. We're hoping it'll arrive soon, since our budget is built on that assumption! If you have questions concerning your pledge or payments to date, don't hesitate to contact me. And thank you again.
, Treasurer
215-843-8809

UU House Outreach - Preventing Falls Year Round

Winter's ice and snow are easy reminders that people, especially older adults, need to avoid slips and falls. But, falls occur throughout the year and close to half of all falls happen in our homes. Some precautions seem obvious:
  • Clean up clutter.
  • Remove loose wires and slippery throw rugs.
  • Avoid wearing clothes that might get caught on furniture.
  • Wear skid-proof shoes.
Other causes are less obvious and involve personal fitness.

These include:

  • Taking medications that cause dizziness.
  • Needing assistance getting up or walking around.
  • Lacking strength for completing some tasks.
  • Having vision that decreases ability to see contrasts.
If you or your loved one has any of these issues, it's time to get a team together and develop a fall prevention action plan. Outreach staff members are willing to share tip sheets and information on falls prevention. Contact them at 215-843-5881 or outreach@uuhouse.org to find out more.

Nominating Committee Information

We are actively pursuing completing a slate for the Annual Meeting in June. There are three (3) positions available:

Moderator (2018-19)
Trustees (2) (2018-20)
one year - to complete Tim S.’s term
two years each

Should you wish to nominate someone for one of these positions, PLEASE ask if he/she is willing to serve prior to submitting the name. Feel free to contact a member of the Nominating Committee to submit nominations. Committee members are:

Jean H. | Peter J. | Jim W.
Trustee Board Representative Fern C.

Committee on Ministry Statement of Purpose

Our Covenant at UU Restoration Church calls us to embrace all souls and restore wholeness. In the spirit of ministry, shared by members and professional clergy, the Committee on Ministry (COM) facilitates open communication across the community. In this way, the COM seeks to promote healthy, sustainable ministry that will serve the community’s vision long into the future.

We, the members of the Committee on Ministry, want you to know we are willing to discuss your ideas, concerns, and issues, not just during select potluck lunches. We will be able to connect you with those involved in various levels of church structure, make you aware of ways to serve and be served, and present opportunities for you to get more involved with church activities.

We are available, so please contact us in person or via contact info below.

Members and Contact info:


Phone: 215-919-6259


Phone: 267-972-1121


Phone: 215-242-5214


Phone: 215-843-8809

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.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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