Welcome to the eBeacon on Blogger, a newsletter of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches. Text and/or graphic submissions for posting at the eBeacon should be emailed to email@example.com.
- should prisoners be eligible to receive Pell Grants for education? - will Kelly's overhaul of the White House security clearance process solve the problem? - are you unwittingly aiding ISIS with your fitness app? - is there any constructive action on preventing mass school shootings? - is DACA dead for this year?
The collection this Sunday is our annual dedicated collection for EMA -- Emergency Medical Assistance, which assists women in need of legal, safe abortions:
Emergency Medical Assistance, Inc. (EMA) is an independent nonprofit organization serving Palm Beach County and surrounding areas in South East Florida. EMA improves lives by helping to provide funding for abortions for women and girls who are faced with an unintended or problem pregnancy which they cannot afford to terminate. The majority of women and girls that we help are single, impoverished, unemployed or underemployed, mothers with one or more children. EMA preserves clients’ privacy and dignity while ensuring high quality and safe medical care when they face this difficult situation.
The PEACE (People Engaged in Active Community Efforts) 1stUUPB Network will hold a meeting at 7pm on February 28 in the Channing Room. At the meeting we will choose who to invite to the Nehemiah Action Assembly on April 16. We need more network members. Anybody who is interested in justice action outreach; please contact Barbara Hatzfeld at 561-627-6105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Thursday, Feb 22, 2018, Ministers Hall. The program at 7pm will be presented by Dawn Epstein “Alzheimer’s Disease”. Dinner at 6pm will be catered by Allora. The menu is: Meat Lasagna Baked Ziti Garden Salad Garlic Rolls Cookies & Ice Cream B Y O B Donation requested is $10 (surplus will be donated to the Congregation) Reservations requested by Wednesday Feb 21 at 11am to Barbara at 561-627-6105 or email@example.com.
Prelude: Dancing Lessons by William Bennett Welcome & Introduction to the 3rd Principle Lighting the Chalice Flame: Hymn #188: Come, Come Whoever You Are Introductions * Affirmation: (in unison) Love is the spirit of this Congregation and service is its law. This is our great covenant to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love and to help one another. Quiet Time/ Meditation/Prayer Offertory: Color of the Wind Sung by Sadiqa Johnson Sermon: Acceptance of One Another, And Encouragement To Spiritual Growth in our Congregation Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert Life of the Congregation Extinguishing the Chalice Flame (in unison) We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again. Postlude: Tonight Sung by Gary Evans and Marina Kabellar Gratitude & Applause * Please stand in body or spirit Hearing devices, and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart or ask an usher. This Week Today: JAM Grant Collection for EMS. Social Hour 11:30 am in Ministers Hall. Monday-Friday: Administration Office hours 9:30am-12:30pm Thursday: Catered dinner 6pm in Ministers Hall. Teaching Thursday presentation at 7pm -Alzheimer’s Disease presented by Dawn Epstein. Friday: Art Studio 6pm in Ministers Hall. Saturday: Social Justice Film 12:30pm in Ministers Hall. Sunday: News Talk at 9:15am in Ministers Hall. Blues Group 1:30pm in Ministers Hall. Gratitude Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week: •Music coordinator: Peilin Ko •Cover art: Larry Stauber •Ushers: Ramsay Laing & Dick Hattwick. •Fellowship hour hospitality: Margaret Robson. Assisted by Susan Westbrook. And to our permanent staff: •Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator •Willie Nelson, sexton. Announcements •Next Sunday: Our Fourth Principle Rev. Dan Lambert •Rev. Dr. Dan Lambert Office Hours: Tuesday 5pm-8pm and Thursday 9am-Noon. His office telephone # is 561-627-6106. His e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. •Food Items collected during the offertory are donated to the Lake Park Food Pantry, •Shoes and Toiletry Articles collected are donated to the Haitian Community.
The scholarship board is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Harriette Glasner Justice Scholarship awarded each year to applicants who have demonstrated commitment to social justice in their schools and neighborhoods. Because each year we have more applicants competing for the scholarship and have only a total of $10,000 to award, we will not be able to consider any application that is not complete. All applications must be received by March 15, 2018.
You can download the criteria and application here.
This issue will offer reflections on how things went at The Mountain in 2017, and update you on what great things are coming up in 2018.
More guests welcomed in 2017 We are hosting more people at The Mountain each year, welcoming 3,157 adults and youth in 2017, a 4% increase over the past four years. This represents just over 11,000 onsite person nights! Guest evaluations are also showing favorable responses to our food and dining experience. Responses indicate 90% of guests rate our food, accommodation of dietary needs, and overall dining experience at 7 or higher, out of a high rating of 10. Kudos to Matt Wright and the Kitchen Team!
Message from the Executive Director Speaking with guests during our Thanksgiving celebration I jokingly said that 2017 was the year of the windows. We started the year by replacing the windows in the Great Room and ended the year replacing the windows in the Dining Hall. Bookends to an amazing year at The Mountain.
For five years, I continue to feel humbled and blessed by the love and generosity of our guests, donors and stakeholders. For example, in August we hosted the Total Solar Eclipse retreat, a program that was a year in the making. We had three beautiful cloudless days filled with wonderful speakers and activities. Then, on the morning of the big total eclipse day, a cloud appears on the horizon. As the time of Totality drew near the clouds thickened. We did not see the eclipse the way I pictured. I felt glum, wanting to hide my head like an ostrich. But something beautiful happened; the power of people and the magic of the Mountain drew me to speak with so many loving, understanding folks who were so happy to just be a part of our program. They lifted my spirit and strengthened my soul. Thank You!
I see this time and time again at this special place. I watched it happen with our campers all last summer. I see it with our longtime friends who haven’t been able to visit The Mountain for years. And, I see the amazing transformation first timers experience when they hadn’t known that their heart needed a shot of affection until they discovered it here.
All this is why The Mountain exists.
You are why The Mountain has been so successful and why 2017 was such an amazing year. I said in my opening that we replaced windows, but did so much more. With your support we repaired Sally’s Deck at the Lodge, added ground lights around the roadways at the top, replaced the Dining Hall chairs, and so much more. Our programs continued to grow. We hosting over 3,100 guests, setting recent attendance records for Easter Work Weekend, Music week, Thanksgiving, and MountainCamp. All in all, this is a magnificent community to be a part of!
Thank you for everything you contribute: your time, talent, and treasure. I love you all and look forward to seeing you here in 2018.
Until then, Blessings of Peace and Grace~ Ted
Upcoming Retreats & Programs Looking for a great way to spend time at The Mountain in 2018? Come to The Mountain for one or more of these retreats, camps, and programs! Visit our website and check out the “Retreats” tab to see all our program offerings and register today...Link to more retreats & programs at http://themountainrlc.org/mountain-retreats-programs-2018/ Many Hands Peace Farm It may be winter on the Many Hands Peace Farm, but there is progress being made in establishing the plantings for the new Food Forest and Mushroom Lab. We now have over 200 trees, shrubs, and vines overwintering on our hillside nursery. We continuously add leaf mulch around the plants. The plants have so far successfully weathered zero degree temperatures and a couple of large snowfalls..
Along the furrows, we placed several burlap sacks full of wood chips and mushroom spawn. These bags are preventing erosion and helping us propagate Tiger Sawgill (Lentinus Tigrinus) and Turkeytail (Trametes Versicolor) mushrooms. The meadow is currently filled with Goldenrod stalks and their galls. The larva inside of the galls have remarkable adaptations that allow them to survive freezing conditions. They also serve as food for Downy Woodpeckers and parasitic wasps. It may be winter on the Many Hands Peace Farm, but there is progress being made in establishing the plantings for the new Food Forest and Mushroom Lab. We now have over 200 trees, shrubs, and vines overwintering on our hillside nursery. We continuously add leaf mulch around the plants. The plants have so far successfully weathered zero degree temperatures and a couple of large snowfalls.
Your Generosity Matters Thanks to the extraordinary generosity by so many of you in 2017, we were able to purchase all new wooden chairs for the Dining Hall, two utility carts for our Housekeeping and Facility staff use, the completion of the Lodge deck, and new energy-efficient windows for the Dining Hall. Learn more about special projects at http://themountainrlc.org/giving/
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