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Posted Saturday, August 12 —

NEWSLETTER FOR SUMMER

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

August 20: TBA

August 27: TBA

From our Minister —

From Beginning to End

Hello dear beloved members and friends. I’ve been putting aside this article time and time again as I knew it would be difficult to write. I’m not a fan of endings. I am not very good at saying goodbye. Generally, I want things to stay as they are, comfortable, predictable, routine.

But things do come to an end. Endings are necessary for growth. Endings are necessary for evolution, for healing, for progress. For as we end one phase, it allows us to enter a new, more evolved, more mature phase so that we can grow, we can heal, we can progress.

We all have grown this year. It is time to move on to future endeavors so that we can become the best human beings that we can. I have so enjoyed being here with you, watching this congregation care for itself, support itself both financially and emotionally, and love itself. You have so much in which to be proud, so much that you have accomplished, a small but mighty band of members! You have solidly incorporated a foundation of social justice within your community here in Mt. Airy. You are creating a leadership where members are taking responsibility and becoming accountable to each other. You are reaching out into the community to make your presence known and to do the work, as Unitarian Universalists, we feel the need to do.

I have gotten to know most of you well and your generosity towards me has been so welcomed. I have felt a part of this community and have so enjoyed learning the history of Restoration and the surrounding neighborhood. I am grateful I have been able to participate in services with you, in events

and fundraisers, and in quiet conversations. For I treasure these conversations we have been able to have together. A part of growth is learning, discovering new features about each other’s lives, integrating new ideas about each other, whether we agree or disagree. This is how we combat the hatred and dare I say evil in the world. Now more than ever we need to get to know each other on a personal level so that we can empathize, we can relate, we can connect with each other, no matter what our beliefs or differences. It is up to us to venture out and connect, to make that first move, to take that first step, to help initiate change and carry love with us. It is up to us, each one of us. And not to do this alone, that would be a momentous task to ask of anyone, but to do this together! TOGETHER. This congregation can do this together. This will be how to effect change, this will be how to grow, this will be how to attract new members and become an even greater congregation than you are now.

So on the last day of June I will be saying goodbye. I will remember you and I hope that you will remember me. You all have a solid footing in governing yourself and you are showing this daily. Take a risk, volunteer for that committee, assist in a new part of the church life that you’ve never helped before. Meet others in the congregation you don’t know very well and get to know them even better. Spread the love amongst yourselves and your neighborhood. It will only help you to grow, to heal, to step into that next phase of maturity.

Blessings to you all! Be well, fear not, new beginnings are up ahead!

With much Love,
— The Reverend Jo Green   posted: June 9, 2017

Next Position for Rev. Jo Green

I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted into the Chaplaincy Residency Program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville PA. I will be starting in late August and the program goes through to the following August.

I will hate to be leaving Philadelphia; it has just been such a wonderful experience to live here! Obviously this is the path Divine Providence is pointing me towards and I look forward to this new adventure.

I am grateful to have been a part of your lives this last year! Many blessings to you all in continuing the growth of this congregation and the richness you all bring to each other.

Blessings to you all,
Rev Jo Green

From your Moderator —

Change and Resiliency

I thought of these words by Reverend Vanessa Rush Southern while thinking about what to write for this quarter’s newsletter. I think it fits well with what we’re dealing with on so many levels including in our congregation. Here’s what she has to say.

“According to folks who know something about ending and beginning well, navigating transitions is done best a little slower. A good ending means stopping to ask what will remain despite the changes you face. It means taking stock of what you may have to say good-bye to in the transition and then mourning (or celebrating) those good-byes.Au revoirpreschool, hello the Big Leagues; adios single life, hello conjugal bliss; good-bye loved one, hello the pieces of you that endure in me. It means acknowledging all the uncertainties too.”

“When we have done all the work of reflecting on what endures, what is lost, and what’s unknown, then, supposedly, we are truly ready for the next chapter — emotionally, spiritually, intellectually ready”. “Miles of Dream: Meditations (inSpirit)” by Vanessa Rush Southern.

As I look back at our time together for the past five years what initially comes to mind is “Change” and then “Resiliency”. Those two things have been more common than anything else. Guess what? We are still in what some might call radical change and still we rise as Maya Angelou reminded us. The reality is that radical change is happening everywhere. Politically we are experiencing some of the most radical change any of us have experienced in a generation that seems to just take the air out of everything with constant news of chaos and uncertainty. Just three months ago we’ve experienced change in the leadership of our association the UUA, with the sudden departure of President Peter Morales and other top UUA leadership. In our own congregation many of us have experienced radical change in our personal lives that in a lot of cases have turned our lives upside down. As a community we are also experiencing change in our church with the impending departure of our two beloved Ministers, Reverend Jo Green and soon to be as of this writing, Reverend Maria McCabe.

I have been reminded that change often produces anxiety. Many of you have expressed not only disappointment but also anxiety that our two beloved Sisters will be moving on. As Reverend Vanessa Southern says “A good ending means stopping to ask what will remain despite the changes we face. It means taking stock of what we may have to say good-bye to in the transition and then mourning (or celebrating)”. In our case I am reminded of how blessed we are and have been, to have done our ministries together with Maria and Jo. I believe that we have been made mutually stronger during our time together. In addition, what better celebration is it to have nurtured, loved and supported two brand new Ministers for our world at this time of immense need?. Another certainty I’ve expressed to people is that we are resilient and have been for over 197 years. Restoration is healthy not only spiritually, but also temporally. Our finances are in good shape, we had a successful pledge drive, our facilities are in good shape, we have good worship services with good attendance, lastly and most important is what remains is that we have a strong community that continues to live it’s mission of “Embracing all Souls and Restoring Wholeness”.

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: June 9, 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

Wednesday, August 30 —

CommUUnity Potluck Supper Meeting

August 30, at 6:30 pm

We are resuming our last Wednesday of the month pot luck gatherings called CommUUnity. The potluck part is very low-key but sharing food together is part of building and sustaining our community. Thus we invite folks attending to just bring some food to share. We will meet at 6:30 pm. In addition, we will have a topic or a video or something specific for a theme each month. Depending on the topic and the size of the group we will decide on the location for the pot luck closer to the actual date. In August, we are planning to view and hear the Ruby Bridges Suite that was performed at the GA in New Orleans this past June. Please mark your calendars for the last Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm: Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27.

Saturday, September 2 —

BIG BOOK SALE

Keep your donations of hard and soft cover books, CDs & DVDs, VHS & audio tapes and jig-saw puzzles coming in so we'll have lots to sell when we open our fellowship hall to the community for our September 2, BIG BOOK SALE.

We'll also need helpers to set up the display tables and to act as hall monitors, cashiers and clean-up crews for both dates. Look for sign-up sheets on the piano in the fellowship hall.

Your help will be richly rewarded with Klondike Bars and varieties of Entenmann's donuts.
— Dot F., BIG BOOK Sale Coordinator

Saturday, September 23 —

Restoration's Fall Pop-up Flea Market

Restoration’s FALL FLEA MARKET will be held on Saturday, September 23. Our own Flea Market items will be displayed and sold from tables in the fellowship hall. Community vendor spaces on the lawn will be sold to outside vendors on a first-come basis at $10.00 per space. Vendors may set up their own tables and chairs on the lawn as early as 7 am No reservations will be taken.

We’ll need helpers to set-up the merchandise, act as hall monitors, cashiers and clean-up crew. Sign-up sheets for helpers will be available on the piano in the fellowship hall during coffee hours in the weeks prior to the event.

Questions, email or Please help us in support of this community outreach effort.

Saturday, November 11 —

Service Auction Ahead in November!

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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, at 6 pm —

CommUUnity Wednesday

Join us for Restoration's first CommUUnity Wednesdays at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

Come as you are on for a potluck gathering in Fellowship Hall. We're calling it "CommUUnity Wednesday" and it's going to be a time for sharing, music, potluck, and connection. We need community more than ever during these turbulent times, so we plan to meet the last Wednesday of every month. Families and children welcome.

Thursdays, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Summer Hospitality - It's up to YOU!

Hospitality teams are disbanded during the months of June, July and August, partly because of co-ordinator fatigue and partly because of custom. Members travel and many prefer a more casual lifestyle. When you are attending during these months, what can you contribute? The food table is casual: bring something to share. Dot F. will continue her “coffeeservice,” unless she is away.

What can you do to help? Identify your favorite contribution: Perhaps you enjoy the socialization of being a greeter? Always wanted to ring the bell? Well, here is your chance.

If you are an experienced usher, take a look at the back of the church and see if anyone has stepped up – if not, volunteer on the spur of the moment. Remember that job involves two people counting and signing off on the funds collected.

Clean-up is a great time to chat and catch-up with your friends. Putting tables away could be your contribution.

Teams for September thru May will be formed in mid-August.

Make an Appointment to Talk with our new RE Consultant

Our new RE Consultant, Sarah Ahrens, DRE of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hunterdon (New Jersey) had a great visit with several folks from Restoration last Sunday afternoon. Now she invites anyone and everyone who would like to have an impact on the future of RE at Restoration to get in touch with her to set up an interview.

She can be reached via telephone or text at 201-665-8775 or After conducting extensive interviews at Restoration, Sarah will offer recommendations to the Board and congregation.

For more information about Sarah...
Sarah brings an impressive range of educational, program direction, and administrative experience to her role as the Director of Religious Education. Her past and present experience includes having been owner & Program Director of Electronic Education & Exploration, LLC; a conference coach at Huntington Learning Center; a co-leader of the Holistic Mother's Network; a high school English teacher and drama club advisor; an office manager and fiscal services administrator; and serving on the Board of Trustees of the Trillium Foundation for Education and Sustainability. Even more importantly, she brings her own energy, enthusiasm and ideas, and we believe she will be an excellent leader and steward of our Religious Education program, and inspiration to our children and youth. She has been a member of FUUFHC since 2007 and her son, Griffin, is part of our RE program.

You are Welcome Here Banner

Thanks go to Larry H. for placing the flag holder in the ground for our Summer Sunday School project. Watch for the beribboned pole on Sunday mornings. The students worked on identifying languages they wanted to include and copying the phrase "you are welcome here" on plastic strips. We currently have a strip for Italian, English, German, Spanish, Arabic, Farsi, Korean, and Swahili. We have plenty of room to add more strips. Can you help us add a language? Let Quinn or Jamie or Fern know of your idea!

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AROUND THE DENOMINATION

The Greater Philly UU Cluster

The Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/ is comprised of 14 nearby UU congregations and is actively connecting these congregations to share our message, grow our faith and strengthen congregations. Here are some opportunities to get involved:
  1. UU Community Weekend - open to all GPC congregations!
    September 2-4, 2017
    Camp Canadensis (in the Poconos)
    This weekend getaway is a unique opportunity to play, exercise, and relax together with old and new friends from across the Greater Philly UU Cluster. It is a time of real vacation without having to cook, set the table, make the coffee, wash the dishes or hover over the kids. More info and to register, visit: http://www.mluc.org/community/community-weekend
  2. Save the Date! Our next GPC training will be on social justice-democracy and will take place on October 7, 2017 at Germantown. Chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA, Carol Kuniholm, will present on gerrymandering. More details to come, so stay tuned!
Check out the Cluster website http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/ for more information and get connected with your fellow UU's!

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IN THE COMMUNITY

UUH Outreach Helps Older Adults in Crisis

An unexpected event may create a financial crisis. Anyone can experience:
  • A sudden illness
  • An extreme weather event
  • An overwhelming home repair.
These events have more impact on older adults living on fixed incomes. When the unexpected occurs, the UU House Outreach Program (Outreach) can use its Client Assistance Fund (CAF) to help older northwest neighbors.

Founded in 1999 at the former Unitarian Universalist House, Outreach is a free service to older residents of NW Philadelphia. When UU House closed in 2010, Outreach continued its mission to assist older adults to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

The CAF began in 2007. Since then, It has given more than $50,000 in small grants to its clients. CAF dollars cover unexpected medical expenses, utilities, nutritional supplements and home repairs. The maximum grant per year is $100.

If you know an older person who could use a little help, please contact Outreach at 215-843-5881 or email Mary Fallon at mfallon@uuhouse.org

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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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