Friday, June 30, 2017

Order of Service for July 2, 2017

Welcome, Announcements

Prelude: Faith of Our Fathers

Opening Words – The Serenity Prayer
Please grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
 
Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison): We light this chalice, symbol of the Light within us and around us. May this gathering for worship enlighten our hearts and our minds and our souls. And may the Inner Light of the Spirit be kindled by our time together.
Hymn #123: Spirit of Life
         
Affirmation (remain standing, 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.

Prayer and Meditation, Candle lighting

Offertory: Chester-A Song of the Revolution
          By Billings played by Bruce Holden

Sermon: The Fourth of July
                    Harry Wolin

This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie (insert)
         
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.

Closing Words

Postlude: America the Beautiful
 
Gratitude & Applause
Hearing devices, and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart or ask
an usher.
This Week
Today: Social Hour –Picnic 11:30am Ministers Hall
Monday: Administration Office will be open 9:30am -12:30pm.
Tuesday: Fourth of July Holiday
Wednesday-Friday: Administration Office will be open 9:30am -12:30pm.
Friday: First Friday Movie & Potluck Dinner 6pm in Ministers Hall. 7pm movie is “Hidden Figures”.
Sunday:  News Talk 9:15am in Ministers Hall

Gratitude
Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
·       Music coordinator: Peilin Ko
·       Guest speaker: Harry Wolin
·       Ushers: June Kleeman & Barbara Hatzfeld
·       Cover art: Larry Stauber
·       Fellowship hour hospitality: Everybody!
And to our permanent staff:
·       Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
·       Willie Nelson, sexton.

Announcements
·        Next Sunday: “Drugs Legalize?” led by Ben Juhl.
·        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 Food Gang is sponsoring a Picnic immediately following the Sunday Service  Today in Ministers Hall. Come Enjoy!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Order of Service, June 25, 2017

Welcome, Announcements

Prelude: The Circle is Cast – Robert Gass, and On The Wings of Song

Opening Words
 
Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison):
We light this chalice for the web of life which sustains us, for the sacred circle of life in which we have our being, for the Earth, the Sky, Above and Below, and for our Mother Earth, and for the Mystery.         

Hymn #188: Come, Come, Whoever You Are
         
Affirmation (remain standing, 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.

Sermon, Part 1: “What Does Paganism Mean Today? An Introduction”   Dayan Martinez

Hymn # 21: For the Beauty of the Earth

Offertory: Dammerschein, by Deuter

Sermon, Part 2: “The Rains in Florida” – A story of the land.  Mathew Sydney

Hymn # 163: For the Earth Forever Turning
         
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.

Closing Words
 
Gratitude & Applause
Hearing devices and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart, or ask
an usher.

This Week
Today: Social Hour 11:30am in Ministers Hall.
Monday-Friday: Administration Office will be open 9:30am -12:30pm.
Thursday: Congregational Open Forum - 6pm in Ministers Hall - Catered Dinner and discussion.
Sunday:  News Talk 9:15am in Ministers Hall

Gratitude
Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
·  Music coordinator: Peilin Ko
·  Guest speakers: Dayan Martinez & Mathew Sydney
·  Chalice lighter: Mathew Sydney
·  Ushers: June Kleeman and Margaret Robson
·  Cover art: Larry Stauber 
   Fellowship hour hospitality: Janet Fryman
   
   And to our permanent staff:
·        Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
·        Willie Nelson, sexton.

Announcements
·  Next Sunday: “The Fourth of July” led by Harry Wolin.
·  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 Food Gang is sponsoring a Picnic immediately following the Sunday Service on July 2nd in Ministers Hall. Please let us know which of the following you can bring (Sign Up Sheets in Ministers Hall): Salads (Green, Potato, Macaroni, etc.).; Vegetables and other sides; Desserts.  B Y O B .  If you can’t sign today, contact Frank Smith at 561-471-2814 or fjsmithgcny@gmail.com.



Monday, June 19, 2017

Livestream General Assembly


Watch General Assembly livestreaming video at http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2017

Wednesday, June 21

Thursday, June 22

Friday, June 23

Saturday, June 24

Sunday, June 25


LIFE OF THE CONGREGATION – June 18, 2017

Ministerial Search

The search for a developmental minister continues but we currently have no potential candidates.

At this week’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, we agreed to initiate the search for a settled minister. When the application is submitted to the UUA, we will discontinue the search for a development minister. We also agreed to search for a contract or consulting minister (two terms for the same thing).

To enable the Ministerial Search Committee to focus on the selection of a settled minister, the Board has commissioned a sub-committee of the Board to conduct the search for a contract minister. This sub-committee is: Nickie Albert, Janet Fryman, and Bruce Holden.

We want your input on what we should be looking for in a contract minister and have scheduled a Town Hall style open forum for Thursday, June 29th in Ministers Hall. Dinner will be a 6pm and the open forum at 7pm. I hope we will see you there.

Chalice Lighters

The Board also agreed to participate in the UUA Chalice Lighters Program. This program is a nearly 30-year old program by which individuals and congregations help their neighbors cross significant thresholds. The Spring 2017 Chalice Lighter call for our Florida geographical area has been awarded to Community Unitarian Universalist Church of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Community Unitarian Universalist Church (CUUC) is a vibrant lay-led congregation with 39 members. Members are active in the congregation and in the wider community. CUUC seeks Chalice Lighter funding support for the purchase of their first building. This congregation has been meeting in rented space since their founding. As they celebrate their 20th anniversary, dreams of a place to call their own and to welcome the wider community are still alive and moving closer to reality.

Community Unitarian Universalist Church, the CUUC, has been presented with a rare opportunity to help them realize that dream. An individual - not a member of CUUC - has offered to match up to $15,000 raised. We will be holding a special collection in the next few weeks to enable our congregation to help CUUC meet their financial targets.

Gratitude

Thank you all for your support of the Board of Trustees and your active participation in the committees and activities. Please reach out if I can help in any way.
  
Paul G Ward

President, Board of Trustees

Friday, June 16, 2017

Order of Service, June 18

Welcome, Announcements

Prelude: Long and Winding Road, by The Beatles

Opening Words
 
Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison):
Every endeavor begins with a first step and encounters darkness and difficulty along the way. We know the darkness of ignorance, of fear and of tyranny. Yet we know the dawning of the light, the beginning of hope and the renewal of life. Blessed be the eternal power which inspires us. Blessed be the source of light and of life. Written by Rev. Charles F Flagg, UU minister

Song: Home, recorded by Phil Phillips, performed today by Dan Lambert and Gary Evans.
         
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.

Silence for Prayer and Meditation, Candle Lighting

First Reading: John 13:35. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (NIV)

Second Reading: John 15:13 Greater Love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one another. (NIV)

Third Reading:
7 principles of the UU (please turn to the back of your bulletin)

Offering Song: Carry on my wayward son, recorded by Tessa Netting, originally written/recorded by Kansas.

Sermon: The Dichotomous Journey  
                    Tess Lambert

Song: What the World Needs Now (see Insert) written by Hal David, composed by Burt Bacharach.
         
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.

Closing Words

Postlude: Ease On Down the Road from The Wiz,
composed by Charlie Smalls.
 
Gratitude & Applause

Life of the Congregation 
Hearing devices, and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart or ask an usher.

This Week
Today:  Social Hour 11:30am in Ministers Hall. Jam Grant Collection.
Monday:  Two SGM meetings 2pm
Tuesday: Administration Office closed.
Wednesday: Administration Office closed. 
Friday: Art Studio 6pm in Ministers Hall.
Sunday:  News Talk 9:15am in Ministers Hall  

Announcements
Next Sunday: “Summer Solstice” led by the Palm Beach Pagans

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.

Gratitude
Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
Guest speaker: Tess Lambert
Chalice lighter: Dan Lambert
Ushers: June Kleeman and Polly Morgan
Cover art: Larry Stauber
Fellowship hour hospitality: Lynn Pernezny and Jim Meyer
And to our permanent staff:
Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
Willie Nelson, sexton.

Peilin Ko, music coordinator

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Picnic July 2nd

The Food Gang is sponsoring a picnic immediately after the Sunday service on July 2 in Ministers Hall.
 
Everyone is invited.
 
You are requested to let us know that you will be attending and what you will bring.
 
Harry Wolin is cooking hamburgers & hot dogs on the grill, Frank Smith is considering a Southern Shrimp Boil and we need you to provide the rest!  If you can't bring anything ... don't worry, make a small cash donation and join us anyway!
 
Please let us know which of the following you will be bringing:
 
Salads (Green, Potato /  Macaroni / etc) 
Vegetables & other sides
Desserts
 
You also need you to BYOB. By that we mean, to those who were raised in a more refined environment, Bring Your Own beer, wine, soda, iced tea, etc.
 
What we need is for you to tell us you will be joining us and what category you will be bringing. We don't need to know the actual dish.

If you can join us please contact Frank Smith at:
Please respond as soon as possible so that we know how to set up the room and the dishes, etc., to say nothing of the amount of burgers, hot dogs and shrimp to have ready.
 
The Food Gang: Harry Wolin and Frank Smith 

Grassy Waters Trip, June 24

Times to be announced.    Sign up in Ministers Hall. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Order of Service, June 11

Welcome, Announcements

Prelude: Hallelujah by Cohen

Opening Words
 
Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison):
We give thanks for the light of hope- unrelenting and inexplicable. We give thanks for the light of peace- strong and unafraid. We give thanks for the light of joy- persistent and unpredictable. We give thanks for the light of love- hot and holy. We give thanks for the light of truth- elusive and worthy. We light this chalice as a symbol of our search for hope, peace, joy, love and truth

Song: Imagine by John Lennon (see insert)
         
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.

Reading

Offering

Song: Flowers are Red   by Harry Chapin

Sermon: Being an Evangelical in the UU World
                              Dan Lambert

Song: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For   by U2

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.

Closing Words

Postlude: Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
 
Gratitude & Applause
Hearing devices, and envelopes for cash pledges are available on the hymnal cart or ask
an usher.
This Week
Today:  Social Hour 11:30am, MH. Council meeting, Noon in Channing Room.
Tuesday: Administration Office closed.
Mobilize in WPB 10am.
Board of Trustees meeting 6:30pm in Channing Room.
Wednesday: Administration Office closed. 
Friday: Art Studio 6pm, MH.
Saturday: Secular Humanists 9:30am, MH.
Film and discussion 12:30pm, MH.
Sunday:  News Talk 9:15am, MH  

Gratitude
Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
·        Guest speaker: Dan Lambert
·        Music coordinator: Peilin Ko
·        Chalice lighter: Tess Lambert
·        Ushers: Gloria Golden & Jim Meyer
·        Cover art: Larry Stauber
·        Fellowship hour hospitality:  Anand Perala and Harry & Karen Wolin
...and to our permanent staff:
·        Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
·        Willie Nelson, sexton.

 Announcements
·        Next Sunday: “The Dichotomous Journey” by Tess Lambert. Jam Grant Collection
·        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.

UU Naples Seeks Interim DLRE

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples (UUCGN) has begun the search for an Interim Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration (DLRE). The position would begin in late August 2017, and the contract year is 32 hours a week for 42 weeks of the year, including most Sundays. Please see the following link for more details:

•Job Description: http://www.uunaples.org/interim-dlre

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Member Dayan Martinez

I immigrated from Cuba when I was 12 years old and have lived in West Palm Beach ever since. I wasn’t raised in a religious household and was never really drawn to Christianity. At around this same time, however, I started learning about New Age philosophy, mysticism, and magick. It wasn’t until college that I had the courage to delve deeper into paganism and have found it to be a very grounding and fruitful journey ever since. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology, but became a teacher after leaving the Master’s program at FAU.
I have taught middle school science for 4 years and I’m just finishing up my first year teaching elementary grade science. As a founder/member and sometime organizer of the Palm Beach Pagans, I have been able to engage in the life of this Congregation on and off for the past year. The support received for my other project of environmental activism, when the first Nature’s Spirit Conference was hosted this past January 28, was heart-warming. I am very pleased to now formally join the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches and continue this work as part of the family.

New Member Mathew Sidney

Mathew Sydney is a writer and musician based in the Palm Beaches.  A lifelong spiritual seeker, and pagan, he is a student of Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Patanjali, and Lao Tzu.  He is an initiate of both Deepak Chopra's Primordial Sound and of The Unnamed Path, a shamanistic tradition that trains queer men to minister to their communities and the world at large through their unique capacity to love.  Born in New JerseySydney grew up in southeast Florida.  He is also a third generation comic book superhero fan.

Ramadan Celebration, June 17

Saturday, June 17, 8pm (please note corrected date)
Ramadan celebration (Iftar) with dinner
Rabbi Silver will speak to the Muslim community at Al Tawad Mosque
Imam Zaher Badaraany
6240 Lantana South Congress Avenue, G6, Lantana, Fl 33462 
On the SE corner of Congress and Lantana
 (561) 469-1453 tawadfl@gmail.com

Support the Paris Climate Accord

Saturday June 10, 10am
Concert and Rally in Support of the Paris Climate Accord
Led by the Interfaith Justice League
Canyon Amphitheatre, 8802 Boynton Beach Blvd.
South side of Boynton Beach Blvd, between the turnpike and Lyons Rd.
Make the Planet Great Again and show your support for the Climate accords

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Order of Service, June 4, 2017

Introduction 

Prelude: Olam Chesed Nibaneh (A righteous world we will build)

Welcome, Announcements

Opening Words

Lighting the Chalice Flame (in unison):
Let the lighting of this flame rekindle in us the inner light of love, of peace, of joy, of hope. And as one flame lights another, we pledge ourselves to be bearers of the light wherever we are.

Quiet Time/Meditation/ Prayer  

Song: Creation by Barry Silver
Sung by Barry Silver and Elaine Silver

Offertory: Eliyahu Ha-Navi

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.

Responsive Reading #637:  A Litany of Atonement

Sermon: Standing on The Side of Love with 
    Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters
                   Rabbi Barry Silver

*Hymn #123: Spirit of Life

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.

Closing Words

Postlude:  Hinei Mah Tov (How good and pleasant it is to join together in unity)

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: Social Hour 11:30am in Ministers Hall.
Tuesday: Administration Office closed.  Men’s Group at Frigates at 6:30pm.
Wednesday: Administration Office closed.  
Friday: Art Studio 6pm in Ministers Hall.
Sunday: NewsTalk 9:15am in Ministers Hall  

Gratitude
Thank you to all who contribute to our service and fellowship hour each week. This week:
Guest speaker: Rabbi Barry Silver
Service leader: Larry Stauber 
Chalice lighter: Ari Silver
Ushers: June Kleeman & Polly Morgan
Cover art: Larry Stauber
Fellowship hour hospitality:  Coleen Conway & Margaret Robson

And to our permanent staff:
Barbara Hatzfeld, office administrator
Willie Nelson, sexton.
 Peilin Ko, music coordinator

Announcements
Next Sunday: “Evangelical to UU” by Dan Lambert. 
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.