Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
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Posted Friday, November 15 —


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.


Upcoming Worship Services

November's Theme is "Attention!".

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

November 17: Pastoral Care 101
What is pastoral care? For one thing, it's the lifeblood of congregational life. Our spiritual health has to be important, because if it's not... what are we doing any of this for? So, what does pastoral care have to do with "Attention?" In short... everything! Join McKinley to hear some stories about pastoral care that break down the barriers of how we can help nurture one another's souls. You don't have to be a Reverend to care for someone's spirit, but you do need two things... find out what next week!

November 24: Annual Lenni Lenape Service
Part of our commitment to our Native neighbors, both historically and currently, is to honor and learn from their examples, traditions, and history. We also work to be in better relationship with our Indigenous peoples around the Philadelphia area today. Join us for an exploration of the Lenape and a real story of Thanksgiving.
Rita F., Sandy F. and Rev. McKinley

From our Minister

Another week, another shooting. Another loss of life in the halls of young people. Another grappling for words amidst the anger and the frustration and the immense sadness. Another struggle to push aside the apathy and feel the feelings. Being alive is hard in these moments. Below is a prayer from the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC, created by St. Thomas' Parish, Dupont Circle in as a prayerful response to use in worship in response to tragic acts of gun violence. I invite you to read through it, meditate on it, pray it, translate it, or simply acknowledge it. I find it challenging, comforting, encouraging, and real. May you find truth for you within it's prayer language.

Prayers of the People
Giver of Life and Love, you created all people as one family and called us to live together in harmony and peace. Surround us with your love as we once again face the challenges and tragedies of gun violence. For our dear ones, for our neighbors, for strangers, and those known to you alone, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace. God of Righteousness, you have given our leaders, especially Donald, our President, the members of Congress, the judges of our courts and members of our legislatures, power and responsibility to protect us. For all who bear such responsibility, for all who struggle to discern what is right in the face of powerful political forces, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Compassion, we give you thanks for first responders, for police officers, firefighters and EMTs, and all those whose duties bring them to the streets, the malls, the schools, the churches, and the homes where the carnage of gun violence takes place day after day. For our brothers and sisters who risk their lives and their serenity as they rush to our aid, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace.

Merciful God, bind up the wounds of all who suffer from gun violence, those maimed and disfigured, those left alone and grieving, and those who struggle to get through one more day. Bless them with your presence and help them find hope. For all whose lives are forever marked by the scourge of gun violence, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Resurrection, may we not forget those who have died in the gun violence that we have allowed to become routine. Receive them into your heart and comfort us with your promise of eternal love and care. For all who have died at the shooting in Parkland, Florida, those who die today, and those who will die tomorrow, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace.

God of Justice, help us, your church, find our voice. Empower us to change this broken world and to protest the needless deaths caused by gun violence Give us power to rise above our fear that nothing can be done and grant us the conviction to advocate for change. For your dream of love and harmony, Loving God, Make us instruments of your peace.

From your Moderator

Welcome Home Everyone! Fall approaches and we are beginning another program year at Restoration. This is a new year for me especially, as I learn and step into the role of your moderator.

Recently, my husband, John, and I shared a chuckle at the dinner table when looking through a catalog of t-shirts and bumper stickers. John pointed out two bumper stickers that he felt were appropriate for me: “I’M NOT LOST, I’M JUST EXPLORING” and “NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST.”

I had to agree, as I love to try different pathways or routes when I am driving. This past weekend I attended a family reunion for the Cornelius Davis part of my family (my mother’s Dad) in Stafford, CT. We gathered at the property where in 1719 Cornelius Davis built first his log cabin and then his modest home which is still being lived in today. The barn at Greystone Farm where Grandpa grew up still stands just down the road a piece. I used a GPS system to travel without using highways and toll roads for part of each trip. It was great to drive through little historic

districts in northwestern Connecticut, starting with West Hartford, and on the way home, to use numbered county roads in New York State through orchards of heavily laden apple trees along the eastern ridge above the Hudson River. Here in Philly, too, I like to have multiple ways to get from point A to point B, to see neighborhoods, corner parks, wonderful old buildings and trees or to get around traffic, a regatta, or an obstruction and still get where I need to go.

It was while attending the Sunday Service at the UU Society of Greater Springfield (Massachusetts) that I realized having and learning multiple pathways is distinctly important to me theologically as well. What makes my meandering possible is having a home. Our Restoration Community is the home that grounds me. It gives me the platform from which to explore, wander, and consider new ways of thinking and being. It is my home. With the GPS, when I veer away from a planned route, the system recalibrates to help me continue on my way. You all serve that same function for me as you live your own lives of purpose and thought, and join together to continuously support our community. It is great to be home!
— Fern C.

Change for Change: November

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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.

Minister's Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday by Appointment

Email the
or phone 806-786-9733.

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Throughout November —

"Dinners for 8th" in October/November:
Participants Look for an Email!

We have over 50 participants for our "Dinners for 8th" in October and November! There will be 9 separate dinners, on 5 dates, each with 6-9 people. Participants are encouraged to read an article about white supremacy culture and antidotes to it. Of course, all members and friends, even those who are not attending a Dinner for 8th, are also encouraged to take a look!

Click here to read article

If you signed up, look for an email in the next few days to find out what date and time you are scheduled for, and who your host/s are. They will contact you to coordinate food for the potluck and give directions/parking information. If you don't receive an email by October 17, contact or phone 215-848-6246.

8th Principle: Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by building a diverse,
multicultural Beloved Community that by our actions accountably
dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

8th Principle Team Anti-Racism Survey (May, 2019) Results

Many of you filled out the Anti-Racism Survey sent out by our 8th Principle Team last May - thanks so much! Of the 30 respondents (out of about 90 members), about half have taken a Jubilee (or equivalent all-weekend anti-racism) training, and about half (mostly the same people) have actively participated in other racial justice activities. All but 4 of the respondents have been involved at UUCR for at least 10 years, so the responses are biased in the direction of longer-term members.

For the complete results, go HERE

For an annotated list of recommended books, movies, shows, etc. that have been meaningful to the respondents, go HERE

We encourage all members and friends to look at this list for items that you might be interested in reading and seeing.

Sunday, December 1 —

Donations of CLOTHING & SHOES for the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Sunday, December 1, will be the last day to bring in your donations of clothing and shoes for the Whosoever Gospel Mission Collection

Donations of CLOTHING & SHOES ONLY will be accepted for the Whosoever Gospel Mission during the month of November 2019. All items must be clean and in good condition (no stains, rips, or holes). Our donations will be sold at the Mission's Thrift stores to provide operating funds for the Mission's work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes in sturdy plastic trash bags because these bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in the Duo Room and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please do not put more in each bag than I can handle. We have lots of bags. Please leave your donations in the far left corner of the RE office in the Duo Room. They will be picked up on Monday, December 2
— Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15 —

Now Accepting Items for Holiday Bargain Shoppe

Our Holiday Bargain Shoppes will be held in the fellowship hall during coffee hours on December 1, December 8 and December 15. We publicize the merchandise as being "a cut above our flea market merchandise."

Please donate crystal & silver, jewelry, picture frames. hand-crafted items and any other items that you would consider giving to someone else. Leave your donations on the pew at the bottom of Hale stairs or in the Library - marked HBS.

AND - we will need good elves to set up the merchandise on tables at 10AM each Sunday. Look for HBS sign-up sheets on the piano - and remember that YOU get first dibs on all the good stuff!
, Holiday Bargain Shoppe Coordinator
or phone 215-572-5247

Sunday, Decemtber 8 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, December 8 —

Justice Council Meeting

Following the Church Potluck, in Hale Lounge

If you would like to help decide the recipient of our monthly Change for Change or find out about our other justice-related activities at UUCR (including updates on POWER and UUPLAN, as well as planning and scheduling book discussions, CommUUnity Potlucks, Welcoming Congregation activities, special trips, etc.), please join us on the 2nd Sunday of each month, after the Church Potluck, in Hale Lounge! Contact at 215-848-6246 or at pollackjohnson@verizon.net if you would like to be on the Justice Council email list. Occasionally we meet on other Sundays or at other times – these should be announced in the weekly e-newsletter and the Order of Service on Sunday.

Thursday, December 19 —

Justice Council Book for Discussion will be
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Thursday, December 19
7:15 in Hale Lounge

Our Justice Council book for discussion this year will be How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. Our first session will be on Thursday, December 19, after the Black Lives Matter Vigil, so starting at around 7:15, in Hale Lounge. Contact if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. Snacks will be available.

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Meets Every Other Week —

Quest for the Historical Jesus

Beginning Tuesday Nov. 12 at 6:30pm in Hale Lounge (meets every other week)

We're going to start with some sharing and overview of 2nd Temple Judaism and the Ancient Near East. Feel free to bring any books you've read on Jesus of Nazareth as a historical/mythic figure. Drop ins welcome, but a heads up is appreciated.

Alternate Meeting times:
Some folks have asked to have a meeting time during the day for Quest for the Historical Jesus. Let know if you're interested and available Tuesdays at lunchtime. For those with night transportation issues, this is for you!

4th Sundays: January to June —

Trans Inclusion Workshops: 4th Sundays from January to June
after Social Hour. Interested?

A number of members of the Justice Council and other members and friends of UUCR are interested in participating in a Trans Inclusion Workshop, to help us become more deeply inclusive and welcoming to people who are transgender, nonbinary, gender queer, etc. The workshop exists as a webinar offered by the UUA, but our idea is to watch each of the 6 sessions as a group, and discuss them afterwards. Justice Council tentatively scheduled these sessions for the 4th Sundays of January through June, to be held after Social Hour after the service on those Sundays. If you are interested in participating (whether that timing works for you or not), please contact or at 215-848-6246. We see this as part of our desire to renew and maintain our updated Welcoming Congregation (welcoming to LGBTQIA+ people) status as a congregation.

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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UUCR Board of Trustees November Meeting

At the November monthly meeting of Restoration's board of Trustees, we discussed a plan to begin the process of securing our spiritual leadership for the years ahead.

Our Reverend Sims signed a 2 year contract as a Consulting Minister that concludes on June 30, 2020. Both he and we on the Board want to know our plans for the future well before the end of June. As a UU faith community, we can decide to call Reverend Sims as our full-time settled Minister (as opposed to a Contract or Consulting Minister) with a Congregational vote. Remember that a settled Minister is called by the congregation while the contractual arrangement of the Consulting Minister is arranged by the church's Board. The Board is enthusiastic about this option, but we want to make sure we have heard all possible input in deciding how to move forward.

Consequently, we are planning a Town Hall conversation in the sanctuary following the Social Hour on December 15 to obtain your feedback about calling Reverend Sims. To call and install a minister we must have a Congregational vote to make the invitation to our desired minister. Assuming that the feedback from December 15 supports a vote to call Reverend Sims as our settled minister, we plan to hold that Congregational Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, after the service and social hour. If you are not able to be present on Dec. 15, 2019, or would like to share any feedback privately, please communicate with one of our officers or board members.

Report on Town Hall Meeting on Name Change

Below, is a report following the Town Hall Meeting.
View Report

"Adopt" a Family for the Holidays

PIHN Seeks to Provide Cheer
for Families this Holiday Season
PIHN (the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, which Restoration supports by providing overnight shelter and hospitality once or twice each year) continues to sustain and nurture families after they have found permanent housing. One way they do so is to fulfill children's wish-lists for holiday gifts.

It doesn't take a lot of effort to make these children (and their parents) very happy and appreciative. If you'd like to brighten the holidays for one of these families, contact PIHN's social services director Keyonnee Thalia at Keyonnee@philashelter.org to ask about a family you can support. It's guaranteed to warm your heart and brighten your holiday.

UU House Outreach Brighten the Holidays for Older Adults

UU House Outreach is holding its 18th Annual Holiday Food Drive. Collected items will reach almost 175 older adults in Northwest Philadelphia. There are many ways you can help.

You can donate your non-perishable food and paper goods by placing them in the decorated box at the sanctuary door.

You also have the chance to help UU House Outreach sort, pack and deliver their share of the collected food.

  • Sorting will be Monday, November 11 through Friday, November 15.
  • Packing is the following week, Monday, November 18 to Friday, November 22.
  • Delivering in northwest Philadelphia is Monday, November 25 to Wednesday, morning November 26.
You can select either mornings 10am to 11:30am or afternoons from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

For more information or to access aging services or support, please contact or phone 215-843-5881.

Thank you for whatever you're able to give.

Hospitality Teams Reorganization

In order to provide more security and oversight during services, Rev. McKinley Sims, Steve W. and I have decided we need to redefine the role of those who volunteer upstairs - currently greeters and ushers.

The task of taking collection will now be listed as Offertory Collection, two people are needed and those folks take the offering, count the attendees and count the money after the service. This job was formerly called Usher, but in reality we did not have any ushers.

The role of Usher has been redefined in this way: Greet, ring the bell, close the glass doors when service begins, watch over seating of latecomers and watch over the door during service. Two people needed for each service, starting at 10:40. This is a job which will need some training, as we would like to incorporate some security responsibilities into the role (such as fully opening the heavy double doors for fire evacuation, or closing the doors in case of intrusion), so we ask that all those who like to usher/greet attend training sessions led by Steve W. and Rev. McKinley. More information will be forthcoming.

The new team assignments are listed HERE. At the moment there is no co-ordinator for Team 2. Perhaps someone will step forward. I thank other leaders for staying in their positions of leadership.

If anyone needs a different team, please contact
— Annabel G., Coordinator of Hospitality Teams

Paper Goods Update

Environmentally acceptable paper products to support our coffee hours and other social events have now been purchased. All the products are paper only, no wax coatings. Chinet is one of the acceptable brand names.

Here is the pricing:
6.75" dessert plates: 5 cents each
10" dinner plates: 11 cents each
8" appetizer plates: 7 cents each
Bowls: 19 cents each!

Last week we used the dishwasher, using the "each one teach one" method. Let's make it policy to use the dishwasher for every potluck and every time there are enough dishes to fill it up.
Thank you!

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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!

https://www.goodsearch.org/ 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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