Sunday Programs October 2016

All services begin at 10:30 am

October 2: “Moving to North Carolina Isn’t the Answer”

Rev.Peter House: Speaker    Service Leader: Jeannette Geckler   Today is Bagel Sunday

October 9;  “Dreams”    Bonnie Collins: Speaker                         Service leader: Sue Marom

October 16  “It Can’t Happen Here…or Can It?”                  Judi Geer: Speaker               Service Leader: Alex Ramos              Pianist: Jeffrey Jaskolka

October 23 “Teamwork- Working Together for a Common Goal.”    Donna Evans-Deyermond, Speaker                                   Service Leader: Diane Hart

 October 30: “The Seekers” Rev Don Reidell: Speaker  Service Leader: PJ Fraser


 Speakers Notes

Oct 2 Reverend Peter House is a 2000 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School. He has served as ministerial intern, and summer minister at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, summer minister at First Unitarian Church in Rochester, NY, and has served since 2007 as the summer minister at the First Universalist Church of Rochester. During the year, Peter is a special education teacher working with 6th grade students, and he serves as president of his local teacher’s union. Peter and his partner Michael Hannen live in Rochester with their dog Ollie, and their two cats Mary Beth, and Lauren.

Oct 9 Bonnie Collins has been a clinical social worker for over 40 years. She practices as a family therapist and as a clinical consultant to other therapists. She is also a retired professor from SUNY Graduate School of Social Work where she taught for 20 years. She has co-authored 2 books and received awards for her work.

Oct 16 Judi Geer is a retired librarian and long-time UUEA member.

Oct 23 Donna Evans-Deyermond has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary. She has been giving sermons at the Hamburg and East Aurora Churches for more than 25 years. Donna also had a career in public relations and freelance writing, providing feature articles to the Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree and Forever Young Magazine.

Oct 30 Reverend Don Reidell has served as a Unitarian Universalist minister since 1977. He was ordained in 1979 in the Buffalo church. He serves at the UUEA church frequently as well as at he Hamburg and Niagara Falls UU churches.


Program Descriptions

Oct 2 “Moving to North Carolina Isn’t The Answer” We all experience a degree of discontent with our lives, and we all  seek change in order to enhance our own happiness. Could the real key be to change nothing?

 Oct 9 “Dreams” This service is about the wisdom of dreams. Bonnie will help us explore ways our dreams may be part of our spirituality and may be sending us messages that influence how we live our lives.

Oct 16 “It Can’t Happen Here…or Can It?” In 1935, American author Sinclair Lewis wrote a novel about what would happen if a demagogic political candidate ran for president of the U.S. – and won. He was inspired in this effort by the travels in Germany of his wife, journalist Dorothy Thompson, who interviewed Hitler and was barred from the Third Reich for the scathing book she wrote denouncing him. Lewis was actually fearful that a Hitler-like politician could win over an American electorate in the midst of the Great Depression, even though his friends told him “it can’t happen here.” A story to ponder during this very strange election season of 2016.

Oct 23 “Teamwork – Working Together for a Common Goal.” What does this mean in our church? How can we work together for social justice, services, religious education – all the components that make up the tapestry of our church? How can we keep the spirit alive?”

Oct 30 “The Seekers” The essence, the core, of the liberal spirit is its need and its desire for the quest, the process, the becoming.


Editor’s Corner

Greetings! As I write this, there is definitely a hint of Fall in the air. Autumn is my favorite time of year. Besides the cooler temperatures, I love the feeling of things getting back to normal after all of the hubbub of summer, and at church, we’re back to a normal Sunday worship schedule with lots of events taking place. On that note, please make sure to check out the calendar in each month’s newsletter for activities you might be interested in. If there are events you would like to see there, please let me know. They don’t necessarily have to be related specifically to our church. They may be events that you feel would be of interest to our members. Have a wonderful October, and see you at church! Jeff _________________________________________


 Western NY Interweave “Standing on the Side of Love” service: Sunday, October 9th, 2:00 PM at the UU Church of Amherst.

 Sunday Services Committee Meeting: Monday, October 10th at 9:30AM at the church. New members welcome.

Board of Trustees Meeting: October board meeting takes place on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM at the church. All are welcome to attend. _________________________________


A message from board chair Keith Owens regarding RE: “Our Religious Education program is on hiatus for the time being as we reassess the level of interest, number of children attending, and seek volunteers to lead it. If you have an interest in leading an RE class, even on an occasional basis, please talk to a board member.

The books and dates for our book club meetings during 2016-17 are as follows:

And After the Fire by Lauren Belfer Nov. 18

Spain in Our Hearts by Adam Hochschild Jan. 20

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman March 17

The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro May 19

 Tops cards will be available October 1. They come in $50 and $100 denominations, and sales support the church. See Sue Marom to purchase yours!



Please take a look at the important & informative materials on our bulletin board and table, located at the far end of our meeting/social room, during coffee hour.

Aleppo: Children of War The “boy in the ambulance” rescued from the rubble in Aleppo turned the world’s eyes to the besieged city. The image of Omran Daqneesh is a heart-wrenching reminder of the ceaseless civil war in Syria and the horrific toll it has taken on the country’s children. Omran and millions like him remain prisoners of a horror without end. The International Committee for the Red Cross describes the battle for Aleppo as “one of the most devastating conflicts in modern times.” Please do what you can to help alleviate their suffering by funding relief efforts.

“There is no politics in helping the poor.” ~ Pope Francis (aka Fr. Bergoglio, 1974)Food is critical for hundreds of families in our community. Please help by donating healthy, nonperishable food items to the Food Basket in our Sanctuary.

Your vote matters! For those who aren’t registered don’t forget to do so. Or to apply for an absentee ballot call the Erie Co. Board of Elections: 716-858-8891

UUA BOOKSTORE: “The Sharps’ War” – Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film tells the story of the Sharps, a Unitarian couple, whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them to undertake dangerous rescue and relief missions across war-torn Europe, saving the lives of countless refugees, Jews and political dissidents on the eve of World War II. Author: Artemis Joukowsky Call: 800-215-9076

Activism works. The NCAA is moving all its championship events in the next year out of North Carolina because of HB 2, the state’s discriminatory, anti-LGBTQ law that caused outrage and pushback all over the country. This follows the NBA’s decision to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte. Since last year’s Supreme Court victory on marriage equality, right-wing extremists have doubled down in their efforts to block LGBTQ equality. Please add your voice to this important work and celebrate the power of collective activism by sharing this news with friends and family.

October 3rd – St. Francis (of Assisi) Day commemorates his works of peace, justice, the environment and the humane treatment of animals. Great strides have been made over the centuries, yet animals still needlessly suffer on farms, in research labs, “puppy (pet) mills” and right in our communities. Learn and do more to protect them and endangered species. Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry (UUAM) Please check this website or call UUA at 617-742-2100 and see others below.

“We acknowledge and affirm the kinship and interdependence of all beings, and adopt an ethic of interspecies compassion as an integral component of liberal religion.” For as we live a life of awareness based on our interdependence (7th Principle) and the inherent worth and dignity of all beings (1st Principle) we live fully, deeply, authentically. Henry Bergh was a Unitarian and founder of the ASPCA in 1866. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: 1-212-876-7700                                         Natural Resources Defense Council 1-212-727-7200                                                                                          Humane Society of the U.S.             1-866-720-2676                                                                      Humane Farming Association    485 1495

To find and get information on reputable charitable organizations contact: Charity Navigator, 139 Harristown Rd. Suite 101, Glen Rock, NJ 07452 Phone: (201) 818-1288

Let Girls Learn: Mark your calendar to watch We We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, a film about girls overcoming incredible odds to achieve their educations, with contributions from First Lady Michelle Obama, actors and activists Meryl Streep, Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay, filmed in Liberia and Morocco. On CNN, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9:00pm (check your local stations)


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