The Sunday Services Team meets monthly via web conference. Meetings are the fourth Friday from 10:30 AM to noon. Please contact Lisa Fuller or Gretchen Ohmann for instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom, if you are interested. Some of the issues addressed by the Sunday Services Team include the following:
- Theme-based services (monthly theme and weekly service topics)
- Whole congregation worship (drawing all ages into the service and accommodating the needs of all congregants)
- Sanctuary set-up
- Arranging for and preparing Sunday service speakers and leaders
- Greeter ministry
The mission of the Sunday Services Team is to support the creation of meaningful services that flow smoothly, embody our seven principles, six sources, and UU values, and engage the whole congregation. Lisa Fuller is Sunday Services Chair.
The next book club meeting will take place on Friday, December 6th, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Dorothy Long will be hosting the meeting in her home. Join the group to discuss “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman.
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semifinals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made, and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
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.