First Unitarian Church is once again proud to be coordinating a toy drive and a mitten & hat drive for local children and families who receive services at the Matilda Theiss Center. The Center largely serves the Hill District.
If you are able to make a toy donation for a child this holiday season please take a tag (or several tags!) off one of the trees in the Sanctuary, and purchase a toy for the child specified on the tag. Bring the unwrapped gift(s) back to church with tags attached, and place under the trees. Some families can use help with food and so Giant Eagle gift cards can be purchased in the Undercroft Gallery and designated for this purpose.
Donations of new mittens and hats can be placed on the tree in the Garden Lobby. Children's size items are especially welcome.
All donations should be brought back to church by Sunday, December 15. Thank you!
Summer Institute is an intentional intergenerational community that gets created and re-created each summer as we come together to live fully as Unitarian Universalists. It is a vacation week to grow, relax, play, and connect. It is a time to experience workshops and new ideas. It is a place for relaxed conversations with old friends and friends you do not yet know. It is a time to recharge and live fully.
There is a diversity of both programming and worship opportunities designed to appeal to the breadth of our community. The content of the programming and the worship are meaningful, but these community-wide events also serve to create a shared experience. There is also time for quiet reflection and introspection. We each create our own balance of activity and peace.
As fabulous as it is, the programming just scratches the surface of Summer Institute. At the end of our week our sense of trust and confidence in the inherent goodness of others reaches a new level. The integrity of our intentional community is reflected by simple things, such as the transformation of perfect strangers to friends over the course of a meal. We experience our diversity and celebrate our humanity. We live and breathe our Unitarian Universalist principles without explanation to each other or any sense of self-consciousness.
When the week together is over we wonder how we can bring this life experience home with us. That is the SI magic. The result is something quite spectacular. Theme Speaker: Kazim Ali
The 41st Summer Institute is heading to a new location in California, Pennsylvania. We are pleased to welcome our 2020 theme speaker, Kazim Ali. He will be presenting the theme: “Questioning the Unquestionable, Answering the Unanswerable."
Do you want to attend CERSI but don’t feel you have the finances to make it happen? Apply for a CERSI scholarship! We especially encourage first timers to apply and we do give them first consideration, but ALL attendees may apply and will be considered.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 IS THE LAST DAY TO SUBMIT YOUR SMART PHONE PHOTO TO THE FIRST CHURCH ART COMMITTEE FOR INCLUSION IN THE JANUARY 2020 PHOTO EXHIBIT!
This article repeats information presented at the annual Congregational Budget Meeting on December 8.
The church is in a period of transition. Change is demanding work and requires extra resources, both spiritual and financial. We hope that the church is helping you find those additional spiritual resources. In return, we request that you think of the church in your year end giving, to help the church have the extra financial resources that it needs.
Giving statements for the fourth quarter have either been sent out electronically or are being sent out by mail. The statements include information from January 1 to November 30. These statements are intended to help you confirm where you are with your pledge payments. If you have an account for the online directory (Breeze), you can also go to giving page on your profile to see your donations and pledge payment status.