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Posted Friday, July 20 —

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 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.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

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

Upcoming Worship Services

The Theme for July is "Spirituality and Creativity"

July 22: Poetry Sunday: The Poetry of Praise
Poetry Sunday invites congregational participation! Bring your own poetic writing or favorites to share with all of us, and inside the Order of Service we're also furnishing one or two praise poems for everyone. Any poetry is welcome, but this year we focus on poems of praise, love, awe and other deep emotions, which are worldwide and go back thousands of years to the earliest literature. We'll conclude with a poetic commemoration of the Jewish festival of Tisha B'Av.
— Worship Associates Sandy F. and Janet M.

July 29: Avenues to the Spirit
Often, when we are quiet, we can locate the inner wisdom that guides and sustains us. Modern life rarely provides many quiet moments but, by exploring one's creative side, one can find avenues to the Spirit. Our Worship Associates discuss the creative processes of making music and visual art as vehicles for accessing one's inner life.
— Worship Associates Linda H. and Brenda R.

July Change for Change: the Church of the Larger Fellowship's Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network

The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) is a congregation without walls, connecting people all over the world for spiritual growth, worship, learning, and mutual support. Their Prison Ministry Fellowship supports CLF members who are behind bars. Over 730 prisoners are CLF members. They enjoy mailings of Quest Magazine (from CLF), UU World magazine, letters from pen-pals and classes by mail. Entitled the Worthy Now Prison Ministry Network, it is a liberal religious coalition powered by the CLF and includes individuals, groups, and communities of faith called to prison ministry/justice. Their dream is for all people who are imprisoned to know they are inherently Worthy Now of love and justice. And for them to have access to religious freedom. The CLF and the Prison Ministry Network webpages are worth exploring at www.questformeaning.org and www.worthynow.org respectively.

From your Moderator —

By the time you read this we should have announced the selection of a new Minister. I got a call a couple of nights ago from Annabel Grote that the Search Committee has made a selection. This certainly is great news and long awaited. I’d like to remind everyone that this is what just about everyone in our congregation wanted and made clear about at last year’s annual meeting. At that meeting I along with the rest of the Board made it clear that we had some work to do in order to get a full time Minister. To that end we ignited the Committee on Ministry to start looking at our various ministries and to take the pulse of the congregation. The charge was for the COM to work hand in hand with the Search Committee and the Board giving feedback and some direction for the search.

Another area that needed shoring up was our RE program. To that end we hired Joanna S. and by all accounts she is doing an excellent job. Joanna had put in place a good program that with a Minister we should start to see some growth. There are other areas where we have improved most notably with our Worship Associates. The Worship Associates led by Cathy M. and Linda H. have given us excellent worship services together with our music and choir led by our amazing Music Director Jane Hulting. Additionally a Security Committee was started to put together a security manual with procedures and to make needed upgrades to our building. Last but not least last year we noted that at that time we realized we could not afford a full time Minister

and that we would have to increase our pledges substantially to be in the position to do so. Amazingly we met that target.

So here we are at the end of another church year and we are certainly blessed with abundance. From my point of view in terms of the big picture things I look at (and sometimes worry over) we are in great shape as we head into our 199th year. Here’s the mental checklist I check off often. 1) we have money in the bank and can pay our bills 2) Our membership count is stable and attendance on Sundays is good. 3) the facilities are in good shape (except for that toilet in the downstairs bathroom that keeps clogging up). 4) Everyone seems to get along. No major problems or conflicts (we really do love each other) 5) Our ministries are active, 6) Our food continues to be great.

In closing I’d like to again thank all that helped us through this year and especially our fantastic Search Committee. We need to memorialize their work in some kind of way.

I also want you to know that we have begun strengthening our Pastoral care activities and encourage you to reach out to those who have been sick and haven’t been coming around as often. That includes; Bill D., Ellen R., Andy L. whose father passed away a couple of months ago and anyone else you might know who has or experiencing some sorrow or hardship. For me above all else how we care for each other is the most important thing we can do.

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: May 31, 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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UPCOMING EVENTS AT RESTORATION

  To the Members and Friends of Restoration:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our dear friend Bill D. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 12. Bill was a member of Restoration for nearly 60 years. His contributions, including his time as Moderator and chair of nearly every committee, are immeasurable. His final mission on our behalf was as a key member of the committee to identify our new minister.

For more than 40 years, Bill was the face of Restoration, welcoming members, friends and visitors at the door to our sanctuary every Sunday morning. Countless people who have joined this congregation over the years have noted that "I kept coming back because Bill remembered my name when I was a visitor."

Vivian and the family are planning a memorial service, but details are not yet confirmed. Please join us in keeping them close in your hearts.

Tim Styer, for the Board

Wednesday, July 25 —

CommUUnity Potluck Getherings

As we do every month, we meet for conversation and shared food at 6:30. Typically the program portion of the evening begins at 7 pm. You may bring food to share, or just come and be with us! July 25, and August 29, will complete the summer sessions of our CommUUnity Potluck Gatherings. Watch the weekly email newsletters and the Sunday Order of Services for more information.

Sunday, July 29 —

Celebration at Brooklyn

An invitation from our sister PUC congregation in NE Pennsylvania: On Sunday, July 29, 2018, the First Universalist Church of Brooklyn will have a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of it's first Constitution. The event will include the Sunday Service at 10 am followed by a Chicken BBQ. All are invited, please RSVP to 570-289-4603 if you are able to attend. For directions...

Sunday, August 12 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, August 12, after the Potluck —

Justice Council Meeting

The next Justice Council meeting will be this Sunday, August 12, after the Church Potluck, probably starting at around 1 pm, in Hale Lounge. We will be discussing future Change for Change recipients, POWER updates (including whether to change its name), future CommUUnity Potluck ideas, UUPLAN updates, and lots more. All are welcome - please join us!

Saturday, September 1 —

Big Book Sale

Saturday, September 1

We receive compliments each year from our customers about how much they appreciate the books and other items being sorted into categories.

If you cannot help before the sale, please consider coming out on the day of the sale, September 1, to act as a Hall Monitor, Cashier and for Clean-Up.

Look for the sign-up sheets on the piano in the fellowship hall.
— Dot F., BIG BOOK SALE Coordinator

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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

July 7, Big Book Sale Report

Our community BIG BOOK SALE, which was held in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, July 7, got off to a good start on a beautiful day.

Many thanks go out to those volunteers who helped to sort and set-up the books, act as Hall Monitors and Cashiers, and to put the leftover books and tables away after 3PM.

Wayne B., Anthony C., Fern C., Mariann E., Rita F., Shirley G., Linda H., Peter J., Angela K., Bernadette L., Bridget M., Barbara P., Robert P., Linda P., Karen S., Tim S., and Jane Z. They all worked very hard to make the sale run smoothly.

Thanks also go to our Sexton, George C., who set up all the tables perfectly early on July 4. AND - to our administrative assistant, Desi, who handled many details of the sale.

We could not have done it without all your efforts!!

Please continue to bring in your books, tapes, and jig-saw puzzles for the next community BIG BOOK SALE, which will be held on Saturday, September 1.
— Dot F., BIG BOOK SALE Coordinator

UU House Outreach: Preparing for a Doctor's Visit

As we age, it seems as if we spend more time in the doctor's office. UU House outreach has this checklist to prepare you for your doctors' appointments.
  1. Keep a list of your new or changing symptom:
    What does it feel like?
    When does it happen by day and time?
    How long does it last?
    What makes it worse?
    What makes it better?
  2. If you can, complete the necessary paperwork online.
  3. Make sure that you have the information from prescribed tests sent to your doctor before your appointment.
  4. Have a list of all medication from every physician you visit.
  5. Have your insurance card.
  6. You only have about 10 minutes with the doctor. To be sure you cover what is important, have a list and information about your three most important concerns.
  7. Take something to read or do in case the doctor is running late.
For these and other helpful tips, contact UU House Outreach by calling Erika - 215-843-5881 or by

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 do to help?
Food: bring something to share. Dot F. will continue her “coffee service,” unless she is away. Potluck Sundays continue as usual.
Greeting: If you arrive early, step in to greet. Be mindful of welcoming guests and follow up at coffee hour. 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.

New team assignments will be available in late August.

Thanks to all for assisting with so many of the tasks which support our Sunday services.

We are grateful for the continued service of coordinators Barbara P., Bridget M., assisted by Quinn, and Annabel G. If you are looking for a way to serve the church, stepping up to coordinate the teams is a good job for those who are good with email.

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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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