Sunday services begin at 11 am in the sanctuary immediately followed by refreshments and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
NEWSLETTER FOR SPRING
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 on our Live StreamWe 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.
UPCOMING WORDS OF INSPIRATION
Upcoming Worship Services
April 30: Legacy of White Supremacy
On Sunday, April 30, and Sunday, May 7, Restoration will join 550 (and counting) Unitarian Universalist congregations for a 'White Supremacy Teach-in.' On April 30, María McCabe and the Unitarian Society of Germantown's Intern Minister Connie Simon will open the service. It will then be turned over to Worship Associate Jim Walters and a group of Restoration members, who will share reflections, music and readings on this important and vital topic for our movement and our world.
Read more about the Teach-in...
— Maria McCabe and USG Intern Minister Connie Simon will open the service,
with Worship Associate Jim W.
May 7: What Is White Privilege
All across the country this Sunday UU Churches are creating teach-ins on diversity, white privilege and what we can do to change the system. It is time to change the system. How can you be a part of that? Let’s begin the conversation today.
Read more about the Teach-in...
— The Reverend Jo Green in the pulpit with Worship Associate Cathy M.
Change for Change: AprilIn April will go to the Earth Quaker Action Team... www.eqat.org
Earth Quaker Action Team is a grassroots, nonviolent action group including Quakers and people of diverse beliefs, who join with millions of people around the world fighting for a just and sustainable economy.
Climate change is already causing deadly droughts, floods, and other extreme weather. If we do not take immediate action, the results could be catastrophic. At the same time, income inequality is reaching historic heights. Working class communities and communities of color are facing staggering levels of unemployment as businesses and the wealthy profit. We believe that there are better ways of doing business that reduce climate change and produce good jobs
From our Minister —
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
As we enter the New Year, we invite you to spend a Sunday morning with our children and youth. Especially those of you who have all of the required clearances! Here are some opportunities to help our community grow, in collaboration with María McCabe, Jyl S. and Isabel R.
Lifespan Religious Education
Please contact for more information, or to suggest another topic.
a wonderful testimony to the energy of this community.
We want to welcome all who come to our worship services,
Church Office Hours
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
or phone 215-247-2561.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT RESTORATION
Sunday, April 30 —
Pancake Breakfast Reminder!!We are so excited to have had so many of you sign up to join us on Sunday, April 30, for our Pancake Breakfast!!
What a fun way to provide a service item and kick off a beautiful Spring Sunday together!
Carolyn and Cody will be serving up hot pancakes (as well as gluten free pancakes), bacon, turkey sausage and a variety of toppings to enjoy! They will also provide orange juice as well as coffee (please keep our cups full :-) as well!
If you would like to join us and were unable to sign up for the auction, please let us know by this Sunday's service so we can be sure and make out our grocery list!!
The kitchen will open at 9 am and we will serve breakfast until Sunday service begins. For more information please feel free to contact us directly at:
Sunday, May 7 —
SPECIAL Congregational Meeting AnnouncementPlease plan to attend this important meeting following our regular Sunday worship service and social fellowship period.
A petition has been delivered to the Board of Trustees requesting this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and vote on whether or not to add the 8th Principle for Restoration's own list of Principles and to vote on whether or not to endorse it as an amendment to the current
7 Principles for the entire UUA.
The 8th Principle reads:
"We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying towards spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions."
Saturday, May 13 —
Klondike Bars, which fuel the volunteers for Restoration's Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 13, are now stored in an undisclosed location. That location will be revealed for the volunteers who help with the merchandise set-up on Thursday, May 11. They will also be available on May 12 and May 13.
Please sign up to help on the poster on the piano in the Fellowship Hall. Many hands make light work!
Thursday, May 18 —
On Thursday, May 18, at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00), Brother Sun will present a concert, at $15-50* 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 www.folkfactory.org.
National touring artists Joe Jencks, Greg Greenway and Pat Wictor have made their mark as veteran singer-songwriters. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
From three major points on the map - Chicago, Boston, and New York - Joe, Greg, and Pat have truly blended themselves into Brother Sun, a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them - it exists between them and audiences feel this intimacy immediately. Their musical skills make for an unforgettable experience - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, bouzouki, and piano. The response has been tremendous, with standing ovations for main stage performances at Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, and the Philly Folk Fest. Gene Shay of WXPN says, “I just heard one of the best new songs of my life. The song is called ‘Trouble,’ and the group is called Brother Sun. Three magnificent male voices — together. Gives me the chills — in the nicest way ever!” And Rev. Evan Keely, UU Blue Ridge, Washington, VA, says, “...excellent music superbly performed... The music of Brother Sun gives us courage to strive for a better world and to make more of our own lives. Thank you for that.” For more information, visit: www.brothersunmusic.com.
Childcare is available for the concert; call 215-848-6246 to request it by Monday, May 15, if possible.
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.
Sunday, May 21 —
The Congregational Budget Meeting will be held after the regular church service on Sunday, May 21. The proposed budget will be available and posted on bulletin boards in the church by Sunday, May 7. The Board of Trustees is working to create a fiscally responsible plan for the upcoming year with the figures now available from our recent pledge drive.
Congregational Budget Meeting
Sunday, June 4 —
Service of Ordination and Celebration
Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 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 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.
RECURRING CHURCH ACTIVITIES
Wednesdays, at 6 pm —
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 —
All are welcome to attend, after our Second Sunday Potluck. We have a lot to talk about!
Come to the Justice Council
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
— Director of Community and Social Justice Ministries, María McCabe
Every Sunday —
Sunday Morning Meditation is located in Hale Lounge from 9:30 am until 10:30 am. The 1st and 3rd Sundays will be a more structured Sitting Meditation.
The 2nd and 4th Sundays will be left open to the desires of the attendees - possibly for chanting, a walking meditation, walking the labyrinth.
Sunday Morning Meditation
LabyrinthThe 7 circuit rainbow labyrinth is once again in full color on our side lawn.
This 4,000 year old design can be used as a walking path to a new experience. Before you start, you may want to sit quietly and reflect. Some come with questions, others just want to take time to slow down, or to meditate, or reconnect with their center, and some come to find strength to take their next step.
Mondays & Thursdays 4-5 pm —
Chair Yoga in Hale Lounge
NEWS AND INFORMATION
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.
Make an Appointment to Talk with our new RE Consultant
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.
Wondering what’s going with “The Board”? This report attempts to inform you by appearing in UU Restoration’s Newsletters, quarterly.
Restoration's Board of Trustees Spring Update
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
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.
UU Ad Sighting
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!
You are Welcome Here Banner
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.
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
Are you planning on attending General Assembly (June 21-25) this year in New Orleans?
Delegates Needed for General Assembly 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.
Candidates for UUA President
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.
UUMA-PK: Announcement and request from the JPD Board
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
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:
The Greater Philly UU Cluster
Click to read more information...
Combine the needs to:
UUH Outreach - Struggling with Juggling?
- Go to church and bible study.
- Prepare your meals.
- Make sure your clothes and house are clean.
- Schedule and go to physical therapy, doctors appts and refill prescriptions.
- Living alone.
- Being unable to drive.
- Stretching a $730 a month budget.
- Using a walker to get around a three story house. How can you or anyone do this without stress? When can you find time for friends and fun?
Struggling with Juggling? Let's Strike a Balance! will start on April 20 for UUH Outreach clients. The four part series will help clients realize that they are not alone and give them ways to find the help they need to get their tasks done.
Sunday, April 30 at 12:45 pm —
Important Search Committee MeetingEither video conferencing or teleconferencing will be provided. Contact or 267-784-9071
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/
Another Way to Stay In Touch
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
Please Hang Up Your Coats
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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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.