December 2016 NUUS-letter
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St John Mission Statement: We nurture and inspire our community with open minds, as we connect in spirit and celebrate our island home.
Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gift Hill School, Lower/ Elementary Campus, at 10:00 AM from late October through early June. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time. Directions can be found at our website: www.uufstjohn.com . Follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/uufstjohn.
Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 340-626-2625 (at least one day in advance).
Children are invited to attend the service. Please arrange for child care (held in the playground just outside where services are held), at least one day prior to service by calling . Jessa Buchalter 970-376-2657
Members and friends frequently meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us. *****
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Sunday Service: Dec 4th Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand
Title: Intolerant? Who? Me?
During the past year Gabriella Brand has been participating in an International Inter-Faith Round Table where women of Muslim, Jewish, Christian,Unitarian, Quaker, and other backgrounds come together to weave friendships and intercultural understanding. ‘Creating little islands of peace throughout the world”. The experience has left her, at times- baffled, challenged, ticked off, and delighted. This talk invites participants to share the challenges of living with a tolerant and open heart….whether within our own families and neighborhoods or as members of an ever-increasingly diverse society.
Executive Meetring : Dec 11th
Sunday Service: Dec 11th Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand
Eating: A New Theology
Some of us are highly nutritious-conscious, others grab something to eat almost mindlessly. Some of us are quietly adamant about our food choices, others are vocal and politicized. Still others struggle with diets, eating too much or not enough or bingeing at holiday time. Clearly our connection to food in the 21st century is complicated. But isn’t something missing? Isn’t there a fundamentally sacred nature to food? Gabriella Brand talks about our over-all well-being and the value of a spiritual connection to our dinner plates.
Sunday Service: Dec 18th Visiting Speaker: Gabriella Brand
Advice: The Gift We All Give, Get, Refuse, and Sometimes Recycle!
Have you ever received a piece of advice that changed your life? Has anyone ever told you that they followed your advice for the better? Have you ever found yourself saying….No thanks, you can keep your advice? Who do you wish you could take aside and give them a little of your wise counsel? In this holiday season, Gabriella Brand will examine how the gift of advice makes our world a better place…and not just in the holiday
Christmas Holiday Party at Anna Tuttles Dec 20th Tuesday 6PM
Call for directions: 340-626-2625
Sunday Service: Dec 25th Merry Christmas: Children’s Sunday
Program Chair: Suki Dickson Buchalter and her Grandchildren: Coral and Cruz Buchalter will present a joyful service of Laughter and Song!!
Gabriella Brand is an educator, lay minister, and linguist who divides her time between Quebec and Connecticut. She served as a Middle School Head in three private schools and currently works as an international consultant. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of publications and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. A Unitarian for over fifty years, Gabriella speaks five languages and travels widely, mostly on foot. She has completed several spiritual pilgrimages.
Suki Dickson Buchalter is a long time member of the UUF of St John and is currently Program Chair and head of the Green Sanctuary Committee. Suki is a sailor, Eco feminist, Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor who works toward sustainability in all aspects of her life from raising grand kids to growing organic food. She supports efforts to preserve the beauty and natural wonders of St John. On the Board of the St John Community Foundation her passion is directed toward securing Ken Damon/Sylvia Weaver’s dream of building a UUF sanctuary on St John.
Phone number to reach UUF guest apartment and visiting speakers is 340-693-8392.
Special Events in January 2017:
Jan 1st Dr. Allison Smith
Jan 8th Dan Zuckergood and Laurie Herrick
Jan 15th Dan Zuckergood
Jan 22nd Reverand Alan Wells
Jan 29th Reverand Alan Wells
Offerings are taken during Sunday Services to cover our operational costs. Your contribution helps to pay for the operational costs of our fellowship like: rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for our guest speakers; rent and liability insurance of the school room for Sunday Services; in addition to the cost of our piano accompanist, child care during service, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU.
Nuusletter Info: Please forward any nuusletter info to me by November 20, 2016 for inclusion in December Nuusletter. email@example.com
Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available at Sunday Service, for your personal use or for rental properties. Also available for reading or download at our website.
If you have a topic you would like to share at a Sunday Service or know of a minister who might be interested in coming to St. John, please write: firstname.lastname@example.org.