Love Carried Out

UUCMC DAY OF SERVICE

2019 is a great year for service at UUCMC and in our wider community!  We will get started on January 20th, Martin Luther King Sunday with a fabulous Sunday service with guest speaker Gilda Rogers.  Gilda is positive that we are on the cusp of creating a more just and loving world. Her enthusiasm is infectious! Following the service, our Community Life volunteers will be providing lunch for all to get us ready for an afternoon of service projects here at UUCMC and beyond.

Some of the projects you can help with will include:

Creating care packages for UU congregants in the hospital
Making food for our partner organizations and congregants in need
Tending to the Earth Room chairs (tightening screws and replacing pads)
Cleaning out and polishing the pulpit
Window washing
Kitchen cleaning
Closet organizing
Volunteer at Lunch Break
Donate books for prisoners or Parker Family Health Center
Participate in letter-writing on timely political issue in January, eg $15 minimum wage in NJ (if still an issue)

Our Coming of Age Group will be leading an activity people of all ages can participate in. We will be making bags with basic necessities for the homeless in our local communities to support the work of the Blessing Bag Brigade. See the COA announcement for donations you can contribute in advance.

Please contact: Virginia@uucmc.org   Sign-ups for projects will be sent via e-blast in January.

January 2019

Theme: POSSIBILITY

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.  ~ Muhammad Ali

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care
to act, it starts when you do
it again after they said no,
it starts when you say We
and know who you mean, and each
day you mean one more.  ~  Marge Piercy

V’ahavta  ~ Aurora Levins Morales

Say these words when you lie down and when you rise up,
when you go out and when you return. In times of mourning and in times of joy.
Inscribe them on your doorposts: 
Another world is possible…

Imagine winning.  This is your sacred task.  This is your power.
Imagine 
every detail of winning, the exact smell of the summer streets in which no one has been shot,
the muscles you have never 
unclenched from worry, gone soft as newborn skin,…

Defend this world in which we win as if it were your child.
It is your child.
Defend it as if it were your lover.
It is your lover…

Somewhere, a signal has arrived. Now. Now. Now, it says. Stop waiting. Begin. Move despite the trembling. Don’t wait for any of it to be perfect. Just move.  ~ Julia Fehrenbacher

If it fits in a frame, it’s not the big picture. ~ The Covert Comic

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.  ~ Viktor Frankl

There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
Ask: “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking.
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams…  ~ Margaret Wheatley