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Posted Friday, January 12 —

NEWSLETTER FOR WINTER

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

January 21: Freedom and Adversity
As we stand in the wings of adversity, how can we embrace freedom without flinching?
— Worship Leader Om Prakash and Worship Associate Annabel G.

January Change for Change

UU House Outreach assists older adults in Northwest Philadelphia to remain independent in their own homes. Their vision is of a Northwest Community where all older adults are supported in meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through activities and services that support, educate, and foster connection to the larger community.

From your Moderator —

In the Christian Church, Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”. Although most UU's are not waiting and preparing for the celebrations of the Nativity of Jesus we are, however expectantly waiting. As individuals, families, with our partners and as a congregation we are expectantly waiting for blessings. As a Congregation, we are expectantly waiting for the revitalization of our Religious Exploration program and longing to see more children in our Sunday programs. We are looking for a full time Minister, someone who loves us as Kathy Ellis advised us. As we expressed in the words we gave to describe Restoration at the worship service of October 16th, co-led by Linda Hansell and Steve Workman, and put into a word cloud, we are looking for more caring, justice, love, welcoming, peace among many other things.

In contrast to last year this time, I believe that we are more hopeful, less afraid and the thing

that encourages me the most is that we've become stronger and closer. We have, on our own, managed to continue good worship services, continued justice work, engaged with our neighbors, looked after each other, made coffee, set up for coffee hour, ushered, greeted, cleaned up, held a flea market and a couple of book sales, paid our staff, paid our bills, put in new camera system, put together a safety manual with procedures, welcomed new members, attended memorials for old members, had a new baby, had a student minister we sponsored come back and preach to us, kept the building cleaned, took care of our children and are welcoming Terry Williams who just came off of death row into our congreagation, and much much more.

As the we enter into advent and await the winter solstice let us continue our worki of building our beloved community and be expectantly waiting for our blessings to come.

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: December 1, 2017

From our RE Coordinator —

At the time of writing this, I've just completed my fifth week here at Restoration. It's enough time to feel grounded and still feel new. So much has happened!

In the first month, I've done my best to take stock of the program's resources. Some of the work necessary in the early stages of a job like this - such as ironing out administrative details and processes, or inventorying craft supplies - might not sound exciting, but is nonetheless important. Other aspects, like getting to know the staff, students, parents and guardians, and other members of the congregation, are as much a joy as they are a responsibility. I also had the pleasure of collaborating with RE consultant Sarah Ahrens, whose expertise was invaluable in the creation and presentation of our workshop held on November 19th.

The attendance at that workshop, by the way, was encouraging – an immediate signal that Restoration cares about what its RE program is now, and what it can be. Discussion was lively while Sarah dived into concepts related to multigenerational ministry, and participants brainstormed benefits and challenges connected to a variety of ages and stages in life, as well as the contributions families make to a congregation. Although time constraints limited the depth of this section, it provided a powerful lens into the makeup of Restoration and got our collective gears turning as we

thought about the importance of different generations interacting. I introduced a proposed framework for Sunday morning RE activities called Spirit Jam. This model involves flexible activities that can meet the needs of a variety of ages and abilities, accommodate first-time visitors while also offering a cumulative experience for regular attendees, and allow for fun, low-commitment volunteer opportunities for adults. Workshop participants responded with thoughtful questions and helpful suggestions to ensure this model could be successfully adapted to meet the needs of our program.

And that's where we are! I am excited to move forward with these plans; to work on delivering a Sunday morning experience that fosters strong UU identities and welcomes new voices. I would be remiss if I didn't use this space to thank the members of the RE Committee. Tim Styer, Linda Hansell, Fern Culhane, Linda Pollack-Johnson, Janice Rowland, Isabel Rieser, and Jyl Southerland have offered their time, talent, ideas and support – without which I would be lost.

For anyone who would like to reach out, you can contact me by emailing religioused@uurestoration.us, or feel free to grab me during coffee hour – I always have an ear to listen!
— Joanna Smith   posted: December 1, 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

by Monday, January 15 —

Search Committee Update: The Survey is Ready!

As you know, we are searching for a full-time consulting minister. A major step in the search process is the congregational survey. This survey collects demographic and other data that help candidates learn about our congregation. We are asking ALL members and friends to complete the survey. All responses are anonymous.

Please complete the survey by January 15, as time is of the essence.

There will be a few hard copies available at the church on the table outside the administrative assistant's office for those who don't use computers, but we encourage everyone who is able to do it online using Survey Monkey.

Below, are links to the survey.

Thank for your participation in this important aspect of the search process.
The Search Committee: Annabel G. and Carolyn P., co-chairs; Anne A., Bill D., Shirley G., Linda H., Cathy M., Allen R.

Sunday, January 21 —

Auction Event: Pancake Breakfast

9:00 am - 11:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

As we begin 2018, it is the perfect time to join together and enjoy in fellowship, community and of course pancakes!! Carolyn and Cody P. will host the first of two pancake breakfasts auctioned at this years annual fundraising event!

They will be cooking up fresh pancakes, (as well as Gluten Free Pancakes) some turkey sausage and bacon...and of course toppings, don't forget the toppings! Come join us for a warm winter breakfast and some new year cheer!

If you would like to join in and did not sign up, you are welcome. A suggested donation will be on site for any contribution to add to the auction!

Beginning Sunday, January 28 —

Company's Coming

Restoration will be hosting families from the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) beginning January 28. PIHN is a Mt. Airy based organization that provides emergency shelter for families in need. Hosting PIHN families is a long-standing-and very rewarding-ministry of Restoration.

We will be asking for your assistance with three tasks:

  1. Helping families to move in after Sunday coffee hour on January 28th and helping them move out on February 18th. This usually takes about an hour.
  2. Preparing and serving meals each evening. Meals may be prepared at home and delivered to the fellowship hall, or they can be cooked in the church kitchen (whichever is easiest for you).
  3. Ensuring hospitality by staying overnight. Our guests will be staying in the second floor Hale Hall classrooms. Overnight hosts will have comfortable bedding in Hale Lounge on the first floor. Overnight hosts are available to answer questions, but do not need to supervise the guests, who will be quite self-sufficient. The overnight hosts can leave after ensuring that guests are up in the morning for school and work.
Families selected into the PIHN program receive temporary emergency housing and hospitality in participating churches, synagogues or mosques. Host congregations provide safe, child-friendly living quarters with private rooms for two to four weeks at a time. Each night, volunteers provide dinner and companionship for the families. They may help children with their homework or simply keep the families company. The goal is to create a calm environment for families to rebuild.

Please contact Steve W. (215-576-8585) or Darlene S. (215-840-2434)
to volunteer for a hospitality assignment.

Wednesday, January 31 —

CommUUnity Potluck - Rev. William Barber, the Renewed Poor People's Campaign, Repairers of the Breach

Wed., Jan. 31, 6:30 pm, in Hale Lounge, come to the CommUUnity Potluck - we will be covering the work of Rev. William Barber and his group called "Repairers of the Breach". They are working on a renewal of the Poor People's Campaign started by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will watch a few selected videos from his "Watch Night" event a year ago. Bring something to share if possible, but feel free to come even if you can't bring anything! And spread the word! Meet in Hale Lounge and/or the Sanctuary.

Upcoming dates are Feb. 28, Mar. 28 at 6:30 pm.
Plan to join us!

Thursday, February 1 —

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

Our fourth meeting to discuss Soul Work, about anti-racism and UU theology will be on Thursday, February 1, from 7:15-8:45 (after the Vigil). We will be discussing Chapter 4. See Bruce P. if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. In the Board Room (upstairs, at the end of the hall); 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.

Sunday, February 11 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, February 11 after the Potluck —

Justice Council Meeting

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RECURRING CHURCH ACTIVITIES

Tuesdays, 7:15 to 8:45 pm —

Tai-Chi is Effective for Health and Longevity

Easy Tai Chi for Busy People, developed and taught locally in Vancouver, Canada by Dr. Keith Jeffery, is now being offered by certified instructors worldwide. Traditional approaches to tai chi can be so complex and difficult that the majority of students often quit in frustration, never achieving the potential health benefits. Easy Tai Chi (just five minutes daily) creates significant and rapid benefits by teaching a small number of moves in depth rather than far too many moves superficially. Jeffery's innovative and unique approach is perfect for anyone, including busy people and seniors. The secret to Tai Chi for Busy People is the use of rooting the feet and the movement of the core. This movement promotes health, increases the flow of lymph in the body (the fluid of the immune system), and helps to massage the inner organs.

Dr. John Gilmore, D. Min., a certified instructor of Jeffery, will be teaching this enjoyable Tai-Chi class at the Unitarian Universalist Church of The Restoration in Philadelphia at Gorgas Ln. and Stenton Ave. beginning Tuesday, January 9th from 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm. It will be an ongoing class for $40 per month.

For more information visit: www.nextstepcoaching.mysite.com and hit the tab for my Facebook.

Call or Text John Gilmore at 267-625-0914 for more information or to register.

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

Committee to Study Changing
the Name of the Congregation

In November, the Board approved the formation of a committee to study the issue of changing the name of the congregation. Members of the committee are Anam O., Brenda R., Bridget M., Eithne R., Len R., Linda H., and Suzanne W. The committee had its first meeting in December, and has been charged with researching and reporting to the Board on why a name change would be in the best interest of the congregation; the internal and external processes and matters that would be need to be taken into consideration if the name were to change; as well as the different types of congregational names that could be considered.
— Linda H., for the Committee

Bill Dikeman Honored with Plaque

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.

Looking Ahead...

Good stewardship practice suggests that the pledge canvass for the next fiscal year (2018-2019) begins on the day that the pledge canvass for the current fiscal year (2017-2018) ends.

The 2017-2018 fiscal year is going to be challenging in many ways. We are searching for a part-time minister and a religious education coordinator. Hopefully, these positions will be filled in the near future.

Meanwhile, we must be LOOKING AHEAD. I would like to solicit ideas from members and friends as to just what YOU are looking forward to for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. What do YOU want to see happen at Restoration?

Please Email me, , or call me at 215-572-5247 or you can even write to me c/o the church at 6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150 with YOUR ideas for LOOKING AHEAD.
— Dot F., Pledge Canvass Coordinator

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Email and request a new one.

Live Stream Feedback

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IN THE COMMUNITY

UU House Outreach says "THANKS!"

The UU House Outreach staff and clients cannot thank you enough for all of your help in making the Holiday Food Drive an overwhelming success. The comments kept flowing in from everyone.
  • The sorters and packers were amazed by the donations.
  • The delivery people were humbled by the gratitude coming from close to 80 clients.
  • The clients raved to the staff about the bags of food and household supplies they received.
The gratitude is endless.

You helped make the holiday season joyous for the seniors in northwest Philadelphia. The staff of UU House Outreach hopes that you have a wonderful 2018.

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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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