BUUFers prepare and serve lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen.
Berrien UU Fellowship serves lunch at the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen the first Saturday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October and December). Berrien UU volunteers prepare the meal, greet guests and help clean up the kitchen. This is a terrific opportunity to serve the greater community, support our Social Justice mission and enjoy the company of fellow BUUFers and guests at the kitchen. Rev. Jim McConnell generously leads the group in planning the meal and dessert and he will gladly find a role for all volunteers, whether they’ve helped dozens of times or this is their first time. Please consider coming to the Soup Kitchen to help, even if it’s only for an hour or two.
The Soup Kitchen is located at 233 Michigan Street in Benton Harbor.
Join BUUFers for a fun silent auction this Sunday!!!! You may bring up to one item per person to BUUF between 9:30-10:15am (the earlier the better!). The auction is open 10:15-10:30am and again 30 minutes following the service. Anyone who donates an item will fill out a bid form and all who plan to bid will be given a bidding number.
All items are appreciated; feel free to be creative while keeping in mind items for all ages including possible holiday gifts, baked goods, or white elephants. You are encouraged to bring a short written description to enhance the details or story of your item.
The auction will include holiday items, flower vase, Ellen Higdon’s pot holders, a cold-weather pet coat, candles, candle sticks, coasters, compact humidifier, embroidery, salt and pepper shakers, wine tote, picture frame, dip cooler and much more!
A few volunteers will be needed, including someone to FaceTime with Joan Guilfoyle who wishes to bid via her phone. Also, anyone attending Circle Talk may want to assign a volunteer substitute bidder.
Proceeds will benefit a social or environmental justice project. Payment is by check, cash or quarters.
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
– Leo Tolstoy from Anna Karenina
This Sunday December 12, we continue with our theme of “Tradition” by looking at some traditions that are not so good, traditions that cause dysfunction in families and in nations. Some BUUFers will share their stories and Lisa Fuller will bring a message titled, “Old Stories, New Thoughts” dealing with our treatment of indigenous peoples.
Additionally, Rev. Jim McConnell will have a meditation titled: “You Do Not Need to Throw Yourself in Front of a Train.” The kids will go directly to their RE rooms before service, to prepare for the Winter Solstice play. Join in person or on Zoom.
Top Image: Anna Karenina, a victim of family dysfunction at the train station, before her fateful leap. From the Movie.
Bottom Image: Cherokee Trail of Tears 1838-39, depicting the dysfunction of a nation.
Berrien UU Fellowship is hosting a Parents’ Night Out on Friday, December 17th from 5:00-8:00pm. BUUF members and friends are invited to bring their children to BUUF for a safe, enjoyable time. Lisa Fuller and Joanne Krettek will prepare a meal for the children, and then we will rehearse for the Winter Solstice service on December 19th. For safety reasons, a registration form, health history and Covid release form will need to be completed for all children who attend. Parents are welcome to plan a group event that evening, catch up on some holiday shopping, enjoy a date night or just relax! There is no charge for children to participate. Please contact Joanne Krettek at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
This Sunday, December 19th, we’ll be celebrating Winter Solstice, which takes place on Tuesday, December 21st. Through the ages, northern peoples have honored Winter Solstice as the end of the darkness and the return of longer days, through celebrations such as Yule and Christmas. Learn about these traditions as our young ones use theater to tell their stories.
This Sunday we’ll also be taking up a special collection to replenish our Care Fund. The Fund was established about two years ago to provide emergency financing to BUUF members and friends who encounter an unexpected, unavoidable expense they cannot afford (such as an emergency car repair or medical bills). Rev. Jim and Lisa Fuller oversee the fund and review all applications. Funds have been allocated for emergency use in both 2020 and 2021. Any plate contributions this Sunday (besides regular pledges) will be added to the Care Fund.
Our children have been working hard learning their roles and preparing for this service. It is sure to be a delight! Please join us in person or on Zoom!