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Your weekly newsletter of events and issues 
At and Around 
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

For every individual searching for spiritual meaning, 
Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
provides a welcoming and caring religious community
dedicated to diversity of thought, social and
environmental justice, 
and peace for all.


Joys and Sorrows


Many thanks to Katharine Lion for designing and installing three bulletin boards in the Fuller Fellowship Hall, one each for:

• Children's Religious Education

• Adult Faith Development

• Other Activities (e.g., book club, environmental justice film series, etc.)

Be sure to check out upcoming events and points of interest during Sunday coffee time! 

To share your joys and sorrows with the larger BUUF community send an email to Office@BerrienUU.org or contact Rev. Jim McConnell at Minister@BerrienUU.org or 574-229-6536.


Sunday Service

Sunday Service: "Re-contextualizing Spirituality"

"Re-contextualizing Spirituality"

April 14, 10:30am - 11:30am 

Recontextualisation is a process that extracts text, signs or meaning from its original context (decontextualisation) and reuses it in another context. Vanessa Crenshaw, Dave Sarra, David La Fleur, June Blackwell, John Tusciuk and Nico Rojas will share something they learned during their careers that has given them further insight into their understanding of life. This service will be about finding meaning in unexpected places. The beauty of everyday things. And viewing things from a new perspective as a tool for creativity and spirituality. Candace will surprise us on the piano with her music selections. Katharine Lion will bring a poem. Tina Eberly will tell the Story for All Ages and teach the RE class for children on “Working Together to Make a Difference.” The BUUF Musicians will perform “My Favorite Things.”

There is a BUUF Musicians’ rehearsal before the service at 9:30 AM. There is also a special rehearsal after the service to prepare to perform at BUUF’s 60th anniversary events. The monthly BUUF board meeting is scheduled for 8:30 AM in the Fuller Fellowship Hall. 

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This Week at Berrien UU

BUUF Brunch: "Small Group Ministry on Money"

BUUF Brunch: "Small Group Ministry on Money"

Thursday, April 11, 

11:00am - 1:00pm 

We lovingly invite you to join us in Small Group Ministry. We break bread over our Potluck, have a time of peace, then commune by telling our stories and listening to one another with open hearts. The topic for this meeting is Money. We will discover if money is power, freedom, a cushion, the sum of blessings or the root of all evil. We will also discover what it means to “live richly.”

Any questions may be emailed to Katharine (dre@berrienuu.org). Attached is a link to the readings and questions which you may choose to review before the meeting. These readings are also available on our website.

Small Group Ministry Readings on Money

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Berrien UU Fellowship Monthly Board Meeting

Monthly Board Meeting

Sunday, April 14, 8:30am - 10:00am 

The BUUF Board meets this Sunday at 8:30 AM. Members and friends are welcome to attend.

BUUF Board members include (from left to right): Dave Sarra, Rev. Jim McConnell, Treasurer Harvey Johnson, Secretary Beth La Fleur, President Lisa Fuller and DRE Katharine Lion.


Special BUUF Musicians Rehearsal for Anniversary Events

Sunday, April 14, 11:45am - 12:45pm 

BUUF Musicians, including Candace, are holding an extra rehearsal at 11:45 after the service to practice for the 60th anniversary dinner & service and also for Rev. Jim's anniversary service. This is in addition to our regular rehearsal at 9:30 in the morning.

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Planning Ahead

Environmental Justice Film Series: "How to Save the World"

Environmental Justice Film Series: "How to Save the World"

Thursday, April 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

The next film in our Environmental Justice Film Series will be shown on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 PM. (2015) Climate change: perhaps the greatest challenge of our generation. From the melting glaciers to the droughts of California, rising temperatures are a worldwide problem that impact us wherever we live. Director Eric Campbell criss-crosses the continents to see just what …

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April Book Club Meeting: "Cadillac Desert:  The American West and its Disappearing Water"

April Book Club Meeting: "Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water"

Friday, April 19,
:00pm - 9:00pm 

The BUUF Book Club meets again on Friday, April 19th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Gloria Weberg's house in St. Joseph. Join the group in discussing Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Mark Reisner. Get started early with locating this one and reading it.  It is more dense than our typical picks so you may need more …

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Mindfulness Workshop Series: The Sacred “S” Moments Outdoors

Mindfulness Workshop Series:
The Sacred "S" Moments Outdoors

Sunday, April 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm 

Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is excited to announce our next Mindfulness Workshop: The Sacred “S” Moments Outdoors. Creating sacred moments can be a spiritual practice according to Edwin C. Lynn. In this workshop we will follow his practice of using “S” words: sight, sky, stance, smell, sense and sound as reminders to create a sacred moment in the everyday. This …

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An Earth Day Film: "Love Thy Nature"

An Earth Day Film: 

"Love Thy Nature"

Monday, April 22, 7:00pm - 9:00pm 

In celebration of Earth Day (Monday, April 22), Berrien UU Fellowship will be screening the film Love They Nature. (2016). This cinematic journey vividly illustrates how we've lost touch with nature and presents a compelling case that reconnecting with the natural world is the key to improving personal health and ensuring our survival on earth. The film is 76 minutes, and …

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BUUF's Diamond Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 27,
5:30pm - 8:30pm

The BUUF anniversary bash is just around the corner! Please RSVP your attendance to: office@berrienuu.org or call Lisa Fuller at 269-470-7379. 

5:30 PM Happy Hour
6:00 PM Group Photo
6:30 PM Dinner

Child care provided / Casual attire

Donations joyfully, cheerfully, happily accepted!




Let Me Call You by Your Name...

A big part of fellowship is getting to know each other personally, starting with our names. When attending services or other events, we hope you will wear your BUUF-provided name tag. This helps everyone connect names with faces. If you need a name tag and don't have one, please email office@berrienuu.org and we will make one for you. Also, please consider sharing some personal details by completing the attached template (link). You are free to share as much or as little information as you want, and you are encouraged to include a photo!


BUUF Annual Pledge Drive has Begun


Make Your 2019-2020 Pledge Now! 

BUUF sustains its programs, ministries and facilities through the regular and recurring financial contributions of our members and friends. Our Annual Pledge Drive time is each April and May and the time is upon us. Pledging a financial donation now helps us project our resources into the near future and plan our budget accordingly. As you think about the spiritual home you’ve found here at BUUF and the values we embody in our world, please give as generously as you can. Please note that 50% of all funds come from the fellowship pledge payments and donations supplemented by rent and endowment fund earnings. Your participation at any level is welcome. This year’s pledge goal was $24,000. The goal for the next year is $26,000. BUUF voting members are those who sign our membership book and then make a financial pledge of any amount.

Sustaining members…Thank you.  Future BUUF voting members…consider making a pledge to BUUF.

To make a new pledge or update your current pledge, please fill out a Pledge Form that can be found at BUUF and on the BUUF website. During the course of the year if any of your personal and/or payment information changes, please let us know.

Should you have any questions or need any further assistance regarding your pledge, please contact BUUF Treasurer, Harvey Johnson at 269-470-1470 or email treasurer@berrienuu.org.

Pledge Payment FAQ

• When do I need to complete my pledge payment by?

Your annual pledge covers BUUF’s fiscal year from June 1st, 2019-May 31st, 2020. You can pay your pledge weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Final payment will be due by May 31st, 2020.

• How can I pay my pledge?

There are several ways to pay your pledge. Please review the following options to find which is best for you.

Automatic Bill Pay. This is BUUF’s preferred method of payment as it is easily set up through your bank or credit union and provides a steady cash flow. Please contact your bank to set up automatic bill pay. If you have already set up automatic bill pay, please verify with your bank that the monthly amount matches up to your annual pledge.

Cash or Check. You can easily pay your pledge on Sundays! This year we are introducing pledging envelopes if you would like to make cash payments during Sunday offertory – just fill out the information on the envelope to ensure that your account is credited properly. When paying by check, be sure to indicate in the check memo field that you are making a pledge payment.

PayPal. You can make a one-time pledge payment or set up recurring payments through PayPal.

Credit or Debit Card. Contact the Treasurer.

Stock or Securities Transfer. Contact the Treasurer.

• How can I find out how much I have paid on my pledge?

Pledge statements are sent out during January of each year to be used for tax purposes for the calendar year. You can also contact our volunteer bookkeeper Dorothy Long if you have a particular question about your pledge balance. 


Gardening Supplies Wish List

Submitted by our Green Sanctuary Team 

Cleaning out your garage or shed this spring? Please check for any of the following items you may no longer need and could donate or lend to BUUF for upcoming gardening projects. By decreasing expenses, your donations will help BUUF accomplish more. Please provide donated items to Harvey Johnson or Diane Gibbons. Thank you!

• Plant pots – any size

• Scrap wood – variety of sizes for making raised beds, bird houses, etc.

• Old tires for containing plant starters

• Dirt! (topsoil, potting mix, compost, etc.)

• Gardening tools (manual or electric-powered), such as tillers, rakes, shovels, pruners, weeders, sheers, hoes, etc.

• Carpentry tools such as hammers, drills, saws, etc.

• Hoses

• Extension cords

• Poles, stakes, rails, ladders, etc. that can be used for supports and climbing plants

• Cinder blocks, stones, pavers to possibly use to make flower beds

• NEWSPAPER – lots of it for lining raised beds and worm composting (this is an ongoing need)

• PLANTS! If you are dividing your perennials, bulbs, bushes, grasses or anything you may be disposing, please toss our way

• Use of a leaf shredder seasonally