Current Events & Happenings
Worship This Week
"Faith as a Verb," Rev. Frank Clarkson Preaching – Sunday, September 17 at 10:30 am
Too often, people seem to think of faith as belief in the unbelievable. But what if we understood faith as a mystery to be inhabited rather than a problem to be solved? What if we saw faith not as what we think, but how we act? We hope you'll come to church as we reflect on what it means to be faithful.
"Reflecting on Faith," this Sunday after Worship
Once a month, we'll offer the chance to reflect with others on the month's worship theme, which for September is "faith." We invite you to join Rev. Frank in his office starting at noon for this informal conversation. We'll end by 1 pm.
Welcome to our New Office Administrator, Valerie Miller!
We're pleased to announce the newest addition to our staff team, our new office administrator, Valerie Miller. After reviewing over 30 resumes and interviewing 5 top candidates, we chose Valerie, who has work experience in accounting, office administration, and customer service, and expertise in a range of office software programs. She's also worked as a floral designer and florist shop manager. We're excited to be working with Valerie, and know you'll be pleased about what she brings to our church too. You can reach Valerie by email at email@example.com.
Support Family Leave and a $15 Minimum Wage
In the coming weeks, you'll have the opportunity during coffee hour to add your signature to support putting Paid Family and Medical Leave and a $15 Minimum Wage on the 2018 statewide ballot. To learn more about these campaigns and their sponsor, Rise Up Massachusetts, contact Bill Taylor.
Ferry Beach Retreat Weekend Registration Now Open
We join with folks from the Marblehead and Northboro congregation on October 20-22 at this beautiful UU retreat on the beach in Saco, Maine. If you click on this link, you'll find more information plus the costs. For questions, email Yolanda Negron.
Missing a Ring?
Last Sunday (September 3) a ring was found and turned in. If you are missing a "diamond" ring, or know of someone who is, please phone the office and describe the ring, and we'll return it to you!
Communicator Monthly Newsletter for September
The September issue of The Communicator is now available. Check it out for the latest news and reflections on church and community life!
Organ Recital – Friday, September 15 at 8pm in Methuen
We hope for a large UUCH turnout at the Methuen Music Hall for our visiting organist's recital concert, a fundraiser for the Hall's Scholarship Fund. Admission is $12. It will be a great performance--hope to see you there!
New Moon Coffeehouse features The Kennedys – Saturday, September 16 at 8pm
The church has been hosting the coffeehouse here since 1988! Join us for great live acoustic music! $20 at the door, reserve tickets online at newmooncoffeehouse.org.
Greater Haverhill Indivisible – Sunday September 17, 1-3 pm
We're please to provide meeting space for this great organization dedicated to progressive values. This Sunday Haverhill City Councilor Andy Vargas, who's running for the MA House of Representatives 3rd Essex district seat, will share his views about current issues. And Rachel Poliner of Progressive Massachusetts will discuss organizing for social and economic justice. It promises to be a great afternoon; we hope you'll stick around after coffee hour and join us!
Can you help "Stuff the Bus"? – Saturday, September 23
The Anchor of Hope Diaper Bank, a wonderful nonprofit which serves the Merrimack Valley from Haverhill to Newburyport, needs your help to fill a Whittier Tech school bus with diapers for children in need. Come and "Stuff The Bus" at the Haverhill Farmer's Market on Saturday, September 23 from 9 am to 1 pm or drop off your donation in the Murray Room up until the day of the event, and we'll bring it there! Donations will be distributed by existing social service agencies, which identify families who are not able to provide diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy.
Special Congregational Meeting – Sunday, September 24 following worship
A brief special meeting, immediately worship.
Fall Fellowship Party – September 28 at 5:30pm
The Fall Fellowship Party is a potluck supper with swing music for dancing! Join us on September 28 at 5:30 pm.
The Choir Wants You!
Have you ever thought about joining the choir? We want you! Rehearsals are at 9:15 on Sunday mornings. We typically sing in service twice a month, with another week just for rehearsing, and one week off. We'll sing on September 10 and 17, and have the 24th off. Contact Lisa Zaleski if you have questions. We're planning a potluck meal/rehearsal in late September/early October and hope you'll come hang out with us, have a bite to eat, and sing a little. We'll announce the date soon--all are welcome!
Calling Musicians and Singers
Would you like to play an instrument or sing a solo in church? We're seeking church members who could provide some special music on the Sundays the choir is off. Please Contact Lisa Zaleski to sign up.
Save the Date! Fall Fellowship Potluck and Swing Dance – September 30, 5:30 pm
Please join us in community for the first potluck of the church year on September 30 at 5:30 pm. After dinner, dance to swing music by a band featuring Val Walton and Tad Hitchcock (thanks to those who purchased this at the 2016 Auction). All ages are welcome. Bring a dish to share, BYOB, and bring a friend! For more information, contact Erika, who's looking for setup and cleanup helpers.
Ongoing and Weekly Events
Play Church – Every Tuesday from 3–5pm
Play Church is a weekly after-school opportunity for younger ones and their parents to come play and connect at church, Tuesdays from 3-5 pm. Come join us!
Thursday Brown Bag Lunch – Every Thursday from 12–1pm
Thursdays from noon to 1 pm Rev. Frank and other church staff host this time for fellowship and conversation in the Ladies Parlor. We'd love to see you here!
SMART – Every Monday at 5:30–6:30
SMART meets Mondays, at 5:30-6:30 pm in the Ladies Parlor, led by a trained UU facilitator. People of any faith, who are recovering from or living with any addiction or addictive behavior, are welcome.
Mindful Meditation – Every Monday at 7pm
Mindful Meditation meets every Monday (except holidays) at 7 pm.
Alcoholics Anonmous – Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7pm
AA meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7 pm.
Community Meanls – First and Third Saturday of each month
Community Meals are served every first and third Saturdays. Volunteers are needed!