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Sunday, May 21: 12:45 pm —

Annual Congregational Budget Meeting

Please plan to attend. There are copies of the budget posted on bulletin boards around the church for your perusal. You may also request a paper or email copy to be sent to you personally.

Please contact the if you wish to have a personal copy sent to you before the Congregational Budget Meeting.

The budget is a proposal from the Board to the Congregation, based upon the pledge amounts received from this year's Stewardship Campaign and the shares of the endowments from our church and the Trustees of the Pennsylvania Universalist Churches. The meeting on May 21 is our opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions or proposals for changes. Some years in the past we have actually been able to approve the budget in May, but recently we have taken the ideas and concerns of the congregation to improve the budget. Then at the final Congregational Meeting on June 18, the board submits a revised version of the budget that we can vote on, along with voting on new officers for church committees and trustees.

A Reminder...

Thank you, to all who are keeping up with your pledges! We have managed to run smoothly thus far this year. However, as of May 3, we find our pledges are slightly behind our goal. We have less than two months time before the end of this fiscal year. While we plan new and exciting things for the 2017-2018, please be mindful of your monthly pledges for this year, so that we may complete 2016-2017 with great enthusiasm. We have many activities to look forward to in the coming months and we are counting on you to fulfill this year's promise, as we continue our journey, "Lighting the Way".

As always, thank you for supporting our church!

Blessings to Us,
Cynthia R. Bradley
Assistant Moderator

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.

NOTE: Order of Service Now on our Live Stream

We have added a feature to our streaming video for Sunday morning worship services for a trial basis. We are including an Order of Service as a PDF on the site. When you click on the Live Stream button to the right side of the page you will see a PDF tab. When you click that, it will bring up the Order of Service. You can follow along with the Order of Service, but you will need to click back and forth between the streaming video and the PDF. We would also love to receive your feedback after you have used this new feature and let us know if it is beneficial.

Thank you all who stream with us! Blessings on a wonderful new year ahead!
— Jo Green and Maria McCabe

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

Change for Change: May

In May, offering change will go to the Philadelphia Student Union

The Philadelphia Student Union exists to build the power of young people to demand a high quality education in the Philadelphia public school system. www.phillystudentunion.org

From our Minister —

Spring

Spring means new beginnings to me. Spring is a time of new shoots, new buds, tiny opportunities of growing into something more. When I get Spring Fever that’s part of the reason; a chance to take a small seed and grow it into a flowering blossom.

So this Spring what would you like to grow? Think about what seeds you have hibernating that you would love to nurture and feed and watch blossom. I personally want to see healing happen. I want to see relationships mended, new connections made, rapport and bonding happen between rivals, and links created towards common goals.

I recently watched a lovely video on YouTube sent to me from the Sierra Club. Here’s the link. You'll need to scroll down the page about half way.

The entire message held a few videos of unlikely animals bonding and becoming best friends. A dog and a cat snuggled together, a dairy calf and a pig scampered about playing, Koko the Gorilla had 2 kittens as best friends. They all delighted in each other, played together, and never hurt a hair on the other’s head. No harm ever came to any of the pairs that were supposed to be mortal enemies. A retired bricklayer in Brazil became best friends with a penguin he rescued that was covered in oil; the penguin stayed for a while and then left for the winter and always came back to greet him. When he called Dindim, the penguin came running. It was so heartwarming to see these pairs bond, these unlikely species who never get along would play together, nap together, enjoy life together. The one that struck me the most was a dog and a fox. And it struck me because the dog was a bluish grey and the fox was red. Blue and red enemies that loved each other. Need I say more?

Since the election in November relationships have become broken and sometimes irreparable. A cloud of anxiety seems to cover our country and feels as if it will stay like the

smog covering the Valley in Los Angeles where it has nowhere to go, nowhere to disperse. The divisiveness is lingering, hanging heavy over our heads, sometimes turning into anger or action or apathy. We all look at each other as if we are in a fog or in a confused state as to what to do next. I am seeing families split apart, have even experienced much divisiveness from a relative where I’m not sure our relationship has survived, but we’re thousands of miles away from each other to really know. It’s on the tips of everyone’s tongues, it’s on headline news, its talked about in offices, at restaurants, coffee houses, schools, senior centers and houses of worship. It’s seeping into every aspect of our lives and we are becoming frozen and immune to seeing what is happening around us.

So I watch these videos of interspecies communication and relationships and I take heart. I watch to see how they do it. A fox and a dog do not have a common language so how do they communicate? A dairy cow and a pig can’t communicate from what scientists know so how do they apparently laugh and play together? There’s a silent language that they have that would benefit human beings if we could get the hang of what they already know. It’s the simple language of love. They aren’t defensive with each other, they don’t attack each other, they simply love each other. And this joy is apparent in their love of one another and they see and appreciate how much they are the same, not at all how they are different. They don’t see a difference; they see joy and love.

So this Spring when the buds are coming out and the new leaves have their spring greenness, let’s look at how we can bloom love. Let’s look at how we can take a tiny bud of new growth and cultivate it, nurture it, and feed it with pure love. We need to rid ourselves of the hate, the animosity, the divisiveness that we have cultivated since the Autumn leaves were falling. It’s time.

— Jo Green
Consulting Minister
   posted: March 2, 2017

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Our Sanctuary is lively and full on Sunday mornings,
a wonderful testimony to the energy of this community.

We want to welcome all who come to our worship services,
so please make space in our pews. Move to the front or the center
when you can. If you arriving a little late, consider coming in
through the Hale Hall door.

Thank you!!!


Office Hours

Jo's Office Hours

Jo's schedule has become more flexible and will not have set office hours. You will be able to set appointments at various times.

or phone 818-489-2055

Maria's Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
... and by appointment

Email or phone 610-517-2811

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

Service of Ordination and Celebration

MARÍA UITTI MCCABE

Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4 pm

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
730 Halstead Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

Co-sponsored by Restoration and the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington

Reply to 302-478-2384 or email Please indicate the number of persons attending.

Childcare is available.
Reception to follow ordination ceremony.
Clergy are invited to robe at 3:30 and process

For more information, CLICK HERE

Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm —

Folk Factory Event

Brother Sun (Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway, and Pat Wictor)

Don't miss the Folk Factory concert in the Sanctuary with Brother Sun who did a worship service on Immigration for us a couple of years ago, and the choir has done a number of their songs, including "Love is the Water that Wears Down the Rock". They performed at the UU commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Selma with Kim & Reggie Harris, and Joe has worked toward becoming ordained as a UU minister.

This may be your last chance to see them in concert together (they are breaking up as a trio)! $15-50, sliding scale (half for no/low wage), free for children under 12. $2 off for Restoration members and friends (mention it to the person at the door).

For further information, visit www.folkfactory.org or call 215-848-6246! If you are interested in volunteering, call Bruce P. at the same number.

Saturday, May 20 —

Flea Market Postponed to May 20

Restoration's Spring Flea Market has been postponed from Saturday, May 13th to Saturday, May 20th due to the prediction for heavy rain on May 13th.

We will still need help in putting out the merchandise on Thursday, May 18th and Friday, May 19th and for Hall Monitors, Cashiers and Clean-Up Crew on May 20th. You will be richly rewarded with Klondike Bars and donuts of all varieties.

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

Sunday, June 4 at 4 pm —

UPDATED! Maria McCabe's Ordination
Ceremony and Celebration

What a wonderful opportunity we have to celebrate Maria's ministry with us, and honor her intense commitment to UU ministry. We expect that many (perhaps most) of our members and friends will be attending Maria McCabe's ordination on June 4, 2017, at the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington.

Here are some details from the ordination committee:
Car Pooling: Sign up in Fellowship Hall if you need a ride or can offer a ride. Email or call Steve W. and Mike F. at home 215-576-8585.

Desserts and Opportunities to Assist: Our membership is invited to provide desserts for the reception. Sign-up sheets for desserts will be available this coming Sunday and thereafter. So make or buy your favorite cake, brownies, fruit salad, pies and let's make the desserts memorable and luscious. We also need a few ushers and food assistants. Annabel G. is co-ordinating these efforts.

Funding: Restoration is co-sponsoring the ordination with First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, so we all have the opportunity to contribute. Please give what you desire in either of these ways:

  1. Make all checks out to UUCR and make sure you put McCabe Ordination in the memo line.

  2. Via Paypal on the front page of our church’s website http://uurestoration.us/. Just click on the Donate button. Make sure you put McCabe Ordination in the special instructions field you see after you open the donate page.
For more information contact or phone 267-784-9071.
— Annabel G. and Linda H. for the Ordination Committee

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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

Monthly, Second Sunday —

Come to the Justice Council

All are welcome to attend, after our Second Sunday Potluck. We have a lot to talk about!

POWER, its reflection & renewal process and our Restoration membership

  • New opportunities to get involved with UUPLAN
  • Restoration's congregational one-on-one conversations
  • Ideas for a social justice retreat in the late spring
  • Change-for-change recipients for 2016
  • Mt Airy 2025 initiative
If there is another topic anyone would like to bring to our agenda, please let if you would like more information about these sessions. know. As always, there is a lot going on with social justice and community ministries at Restoration and I look forward to continuing to shape our vision for justice together.
— Director of Community and Social Justice Ministries, María McCabe

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NEWS AND INFORMATION


 

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.

Restoration's Board of Trustees Spring Update

Wondering what’s going with “The Board”? This report attempts to inform you by appearing in UU Restoration’s Newsletters, quarterly.

2016/2017 Restoration Board Members are:
Tim S., Moderator
Cynthia B., Asst Moderator
Fern C., Secretary
Len R., Interim Treasurer (for more information...)
Anne A., Trustee
Wayne B., Trustee
Jesse R., Trustee
Grace S., Trustee
During the winter, the board held four regular board meetings on the first Wednesday of each month and facilitated one Town Hall Meeting on January 22. Members continued to participate in various church activities, our weekly Black Lives Matter Vigils, and other social justice and community events, including hospitality for PIHN guests, who arrived on February 5, 2017 for a four-week stay.

Over the past three months, the Board has approved the formation of a Caring Committee, a Security Plan Task Force, planning committees for both of our co-ministers’ ordinations, and a Minister Search Committee. For me, the highlight of the season was our participation in the Women’s March in Washington and here in Philadelphia on January 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration. Thus, we began the long road of resistance, which continues through work with Indivisible, POWER, and UUPLAN.

Our regular board meeting agenda includes reports from the co-ministers, the religious education committee, the treasurer, and a Social Justice and Community Ministry report. We discuss current internal and external activities, assess next steps, and assume responsibility for certain projects. Our current and immediate task is to carry on the business of the church through this transition period. Our pledge theme for 2016/17 was “Believe” and we will make every effort to keep that spirit as we continue this chapter in Restoration history.

Would you like to serve on the Board? There will be opportunities available for the 2017/2018 Church Year. Just contact the Nominating Committee.

If you are curious about board procedures and how we conduct church business and you wish to attend a meeting, please let us know. Board members, along with the minister, and Maria McCabe, Director of Social Justice and Community Ministry, meet at church on the first Wednesday evening of each month from 7 pm until approximately 9 pm, usually in Hale Hall. If you have a specific issue or request, we advise you to put it in writing and submit it to the Moderator, Tim S., or to me, before planning to attend.

Best wishes for happy holidays and a Happy Spring! Thank you.
— Cynthia B., Assistant Moderator

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!

Meet our Part-time Interim Music Director

We have some good news to share. Her name is Marianne Gruzwalski, and she is a recent graduate of Temple University’s choral conducting program in the Boyer College of Music and Dance.

We're sure she is an excellent fit for us, and will be an asset to the choir, and our music ministry.

She will lead two Thursday evening choir rehearsals per month, and will lead/accompany the choir in its singing at the Sunday service on the following two Sundays. She will also serve as pianist on those same two Sundays.

We have offered her the position for period of September 29 through the end of January, with the option to renew should Jane Hulting not yet be strong enough to return.

Please join us in welcoming Marianne to Restoration.

— Jo Green, Tim S. and Linda H.

Serve - Get Involved - Enrich Relationships

Coffee hour, fellowship and shared food are a big tradition at Restoration. In fact, we are noted for our welcoming atmosphere and unfailing outreach to newcomers. Let's keep it that way!! Our church runs smoothly each Sunday because of our hospitality teams. Annabel G. and Barbara P. have carefully assigned all members and friends to teams to help our combined efforts. Thus all participate in greeting before service, ringing the bell, ushering, providing food, doing set-up and clean-up in Fellowship Hall, as folks are willing and able. We happily announce some changes to the team structure.
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AROUND THE DENOMINATION

Delegates Needed for General Assembly in New Orleans

Are you planning on attending General Assembly (June 21-25) this year in New Orleans?

Do you have a desire to represent the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration?

If so, the UUA is now open for credentialing and our congregation can begin distributing member delegate credentials for General Assembly. These credentials allow delegates to vote in the UUA's Election and, if they register for General Assembly, to vote on business matters.

The number of delegates allotted to each congregation is based on membership and our congregation is entitled to two delegates. Would you like to be one of the two? This year they also have the ability to have a delegate vote online and not necessarily attend, so one of our delegates could be there in person and one could vote virtually.

If so, please contact one of the members of the Board of Trustees and we can begin the process. Isn't this exciting! If you have a desire to become more involved and see how UU polity is achieved, this is your chance!

Please note that Ministers and Credentialed Religious Educators receive their own credentials which have been assigned and distributed automatically. These special credentials are non-transferrable.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Candidates for UUA President

Susan Frederick Gray
Alison Miller
Jeanne Pupke

UUMA-PK: Announcement and request from the JPD Board

Dear colleagues, the Joseph Priestley District of the UUA is sponsoring an amendment to the UUA by-laws. We are asking UUA member congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists to add their endorsements.

Our motivation comes from our experience. Since beginning the work of transition from the two layered district and national form of governance to a single, national governance configuration, the JPD has sought to preserve its congregations' direct, year-round linkage to its governing body. This proposed amendment, if passed, will require the UUA Board of Trustees to establish a continuous and direct link at the national level.

To learn more about our reasoning and to add your endorsement and the endorsement of your congregation's governing board, please follow this link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1l0bdvjJtg9hYGOTv4A7On_7-BwXEQcg2BpU4fIpDvEU/viewform?ts=58b99a4c&edit_requested=true&fbzx=4196082072905479700

Thanks,
Rev. Keith Goheen
VP, JPD Board of Directors

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:
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UUH Outreach Clients "Age Out Loud"

UUH Outreach clients are examples of older Americans living to their fullest capabilities. They didn't wait to learn about May being Older American's Month (OAM) with the theme "Age Out Loud". The clients are active every day throughout the city. You'll find them:
  • Montoring students in math and reading.
  • Walking with friends and family.
  • Using special discounts to go to concerts and museums.
  • Participating in social and political activities.
  • Enjoying classes and workshops in community centers.
  • Volunteering for area non-profits to help others.
  • Using their new SEPTA key cards for free bus rides and discount train tickets.
The close to 300 clients are all around. You may not know who they are. You just know they're benefiting from the help of Outreach staff and volunteers. In turn, our community benefits from them deciding to "Age Out Loud".

If you or someone you know needs to enhance his/her lifestyle, contact Outreach at 215-843-5881 or outreach@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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