Groups, Activities and Events

Groups, Activities and Events2019-05-06T08:58:15-04:00

We are united not only by our values, but also in our shared experiences: our open and stirring worship services, our religious education, and our work for social justice, as well as the personal connections we form through sharing of ideas in groups and programs, conversation at social events, and the time and energy we collectively put into caring for our fellowship and continually moving it forward.

Fellowship can be found in so many ways. You can be involved as much, or as little, as you like. Find out what works for you!

Upcoming:

Workshop on Spirituality

Sunday, May 12th, 11:30am, Room 6

Ideas of spirit and spirituality often divide believer from non-believer, theist from non-theist. Is it possible to construct a universal understanding of spirituality – one that binds us, rather than divides us? If not, is it possible to frame our diverse understandings of spirituality in a way that respects and invites respect? Please join us on Sunday, May 12 at 11:30am in Rm 6 of the Fellowship. If you have questions, or to RSVP to this workshop, please contact Betsy Brett (mbrett_13@comcast.net) or 814-404-3577.

Fellowship Supper

Wednesday, May 15th, 6pm

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm

Join us for a fellowship and a potluck supper the third Wednesday of each month at 6PM in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring a dish to share. We’ll honor the month’s birthdays with cake and a song. We also need volunteers to help with cleanup. For folks of all ages!!  Please contact Milena Danneker for more information (danneker@verizon.net).
Come get to know and enjoy the company of fellow UUs!

Parent Circle

Sunday, May 19th, 11:30-1pm, Room 6 (for Parents of Middle and High School Youth)

Join us for our last meeting this spring! Everyone is asked to bring a simple dish to share if you can. Child care will be provided. The library has been reserved for youth to hang out and play games.

UUFCC Young Artists Concert Series – Ay Kawasaki, flute

Sunday, May 26th, 3pm

Ay Kawasaki, a flutist from State College, will perform a recital at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, on our Young Artists Concert Series. Ay studied flute here with Diane Gold Toulson, Agatha Wang, and Dr. Naomi Seidman. She is now a flute performance major at McGill University in Montreal. She will be assisted in this program by pianist Erik Clayton and guitarist Matthew Wherley. One piece on her program will be a composition for flute and piano by Luisa Bressan, a State College composer. Ay will select a charity to benefit from donations received as admission for the recital. You are invited to attend this program to support a young artist and her chosen charity.
Mary Alice Graetzer, for the UUFCC Music Committee.

U & UUFCC

Saturday, June 1st, 9:30am-12:45pm

Where Do We Come From?  How Can We Help?  Where Are We Going?

Please join us for conversation, fellowship and an introduction to all that is UUFCC. This session is for everyone…including New Members and Old Friends.  We will touch on UUFCC’s History and Background, and then dive into ways you can get involved such as Music Groups, RE and Social Activism. Come. Meet new folks and reconnect with current members.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

For more information please contact Rev. CTC (minister@uufcc.com) or Membership Chair Marilyn Jones (maplecandy33@gmail.com).

Calling Summer RE Teachers!

Would you like to invest in our kids this summer? Come teach in our Summer RE program! Our theme will be Nature and the Outdoors. Sign up for just one Sunday or as many weeks as you like! We need 3 teachers per week for 11 weeks. Curriculum and supplies will be provided. Teacher Orientation will be Sunday, June 9 after the service from 11:30-1:00 in Room 6. If needed, the REC will be available to help you obtain background clearances after the service May 26 and June 9. Contact Ashley Hamlin for more details (ahamlin@uufcc.com).

Sign up now using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0949ACAB22ABFB6-summer

Ongoing:

Music

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  • Music & Play (pre-K thru 2nd)     Sundays, 11:30am – 11:55am, Rm B
  • Youth Choir (grades 3 thru 8)     Sundays, 12:00pm – 12:45pm, Rm B
  • Jazz Band (high school and up) Sundays, 11:30am – 1:00pm, Sanctuary
  • Adult Choir (high school and up) Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Sanctuary

If you are interested in the youth programs, or the Adult Choir, feel free to contact our Music Director, Colleen Kennedy at colleenbkennedy@gmail.com. For more information on the Jazz Band, contact David Morris at dmorris@uufcc.com.

Wednesday Game Nights

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1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Wednesdays of each month, 6pm

(2nd Wednesdays also include a potluck dinner, so feel free to bring a dish to share)

Fellowship Hall

Join us for Game Night.  All games are welcome, but we usually play modern (“Euro-style”) strategy board games.  Some are completely cooperative, and you will very seldom be attacked or eliminated (and even then in a quick humorous way).  Many take an hour or less to play, yet the strategy is deep enough for any gamer. Examples of games we might play are Dominion, Pandemic, Power Grid, Splendor, Ticket to Ride, and Tsuro.  All Gamers are welcome, including Newbies; we love to teach games!  Questions … contact Chuck Berry (BetsyChuck@gmail.com).  If you’d like to learn more before you come, check these links:

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Adult Religious Education Classes

Fellowship members have enjoyed a wide variety of adult RE offerings over the years, including classes such as Examining Whiteness, Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, Building Your Own Theology, and Voluntary Simplicity to name just a few. These courses have been led by the minister, DLRE, and members of the congregation. Currently most classes are held during the lifespan learning hour from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and childcare is offered during this time.

For more information, visit Adult Religious Education.

Hospitality Teams

Recognizing the many details involved in creating our Sunday morning experience, we rely on Hospitality Teams to keep things running smoothly.  Teams of about 20 individuals work together to  greet visitors, usher, provide refreshments, set up for social hour, and close-up the building when we’re done. Each team helps out on four consecutive Sundays, roughly twice a year. Many hands make light work!

We encourage anyone attending the Fellowship on a regular basis, to join one of our teams!  It’s a great way to meet new people, and for members and friends to connect.  To join a Hospitality Team, contact Laura Brown (lsb7@psu.edu) or our Membership Coordinator, Olivia Harper (oharper@uufcc.com).

Social Justice Committee

0492nd Sunday of each month,  11:30am

Library

For UUs, Social Justice means taking action. Our Social Justice Team participates in an array of social action programs in order to lift up and contribute to our communities, locally, nationally and internationally. We welcome more participants to continue to move the ball forward and we celebrate new initiatives!  All are welcome to attend.  For more information contact Peg Dobrinska  (mdobrinska413@comcast.net) or visit Social Justice.

Green Sanctuary Committeeuua-green-sanctuary-logo

3rd Sunday of each month,  11:30am

Room 2

In pursuit of accreditation, we pursue study, reflection, and action for today’s environmental challenges – including climate change and environmental justice. Successful completion results in Green Sanctuary accreditation: a formal recognition of our service and dedication to the Earth.  Please join us!  For more information, contact Dorothy Blair (ey6@psu.edu).

Soulful Sundown Service

1st and 3rd Sundays of each month,  7pm

Sanctuary

Soulful Sundown is a contemplative evening service.  The gathering focuses on a selected topic, and intersperses brief readings and music with quiet periods for reflection and meditation.  A special sharing period provides an optional opportunity for those present to comment on the service readings or their experiences and feelings of the time.2012-soulful-sundown-3

A calming, focused time to reflect on the time past and the week ahead, Soulful Sundown can be both restful and energizing. The smaller group that attends provides intimate and comfortable companionship for your spiritual journey.  For more information, or to suggest a Soulful Sundown topic, contact Chas Brau (chasbrau@gmail.com).   

Small Group Ministry

Our Small Group Ministry program deepens and broadens personal spiritual growth. A group usually consists of about 10 members who meet at each others’ homes or the UUFCC, usually once or twice a month. Each meeting is focused on religious exploration and growth. The goals are to:

  • Listen and be listened to in a safe place
  • Learn about the mysteries of our world and our spiritual paths
  • Build new and deeper personal connections
  • Serve our community and the needs of one another
  • Maintain personal connections and a caring community

For further information, or to join a group, contact Cee Pollard (cpollard@uufcc.com).

Drumming Circle

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Sanctuary (outside, weather permitting)

This fun, free, facilitated community drum circle!  This is an open community event and all ages and abilities are welcome.  Please bring your drums, other percussion instruments, or just your hands.  We bring some extra drums to share or you can just come and enjoy. Come learn to play West African rhythms!  We would love to teach you.

Questions? Contact Rachel Summers (rachelk103@gmail.com).

Passage Meditation

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month,  7:00pm – 8:30pm

Room 6

A regular meditation practice can help you sharpen concentration, deal effectively with stress and anger, live more fully in the present, shed unwanted habits, and develop patience.

In passage meditation,  you choose a spiritual text or passage that embodies your highest ideals, memorize it, and then go through the words in your mind slowly, silently, and with as much concentration as possible.

By training your mind to stay on words that embody your highest ideals, you drive them deep into your consciousness and, at the same time, gradually build your capacity to concentrate.  For more information, you may want to visit www.easwaran.org/learning-how-to-meditate.html or take a look at Eknath Easwaran’s book, Meditation, available in the Fellowship Library.

For more information on our group and texts used, contact us at meditation@uufcc.com.

Memoir Group

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month,  2:30pm

Room 6

If you would like to know more about our group, please contact Mike Bourgo (bourgom@aol.com or 814-808-6418). Thank you!

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