Saturday, October 31, 2009
Our annual Halloween Party was another smashing success. Thanks to all the ghosts and ghouls who made it all possible! Board President Nancy West was the hero of the day for delivering the pizza; Laura and Zoe arrived early to decorate, Andre, Idalee, Michael, Karla, Lyn, Carrie, Mike and the whole youth group staffed activity tables; Gina was our emcee for the evening and Uri was our official photographer. So many people helped clean up that there isn't room on the internet to list them all.
Thanks so much for making First Unitarian's annual Halloween Party a monster hit!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Next week's topic is Ultimate Reality: Creating An Honest God. We'll be completing a worksheet that follows a survey about personal beliefs among Unitarian Universalists and doing an art activity where we will draw or write about four different concepts of god we have held at different times in our lives. We'll also work to identify and clarify our own thoughts about god. What are ten words you might use to describe your idea of the source of life?
Next weeks readings can be downloaded here.
You'll find a wealth of delicious edibles like a gift basket from the Waverly Farmers' Market, Betty Townsend's fabulous homemade cake, a gourmet dinner from Nicholas DiGregorio and several donated gift certificates to outstanding downtown restaurants.
Revel in the skills of your fellow congregants, including Sign Language or French lessons, babysitting, an introduction to the Folk Harp, carpentry or gardening work.
Don't miss the great opportunities for out-of-town getaways at Murray Grove or Ocean Isle Beach or in-town getaways at the Tremont Suites or Peabody Court.
Not to mention all the fantastic art, antique and other treasures to be had!
Reservations for the big night can also be made online. Dinner, dessert and an evening of madcap auction mayhem can be had for just $20 per person. Choose from Laurel and Helen’s famous Sauerbraten or Vegetarian Goulash.
Any adult from First Unitarian is invited to participate. Whether this has been your church community for a week or many decades, consider this an opportunity to learn more about your fellow First Unitarians!
To sign up, simply register online or contact Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Becky Brooks. Matches will be made on Tuesday, Oct. 27 and participants will be contacted with the code name for their pal and instructions, including the topic for the first Sunday.
Friday, October 16, 2009
We will be examining the first three hundred years of the Christian movement and its struggle for survival. We will study the various practices, beliefs and doctrines and the nature of faith tempered with reason, which was the essence of the faith of the Jesus movement and subsequent pre-Nicene church. Class will be led by Doreion Colter and will meet each Wednesday evening, 7:00 - 8:30 pm from Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 (except for the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25) Childcare is available on request.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The Explorers class will be learning about World Religions all year, using the Holidays and Holy Days curriculum. This week's study of Hinduism will feature a celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights. Though there are many different perspectives on which gods Diwali honors, it is commonly thought of as celebrating renewal.
I am convinced that there are no genes to carry the feeling of worth. It is learned. And the family is where it is learned. ... Feelings of worth can only flourish in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible-the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. ... Since the feeling of worth has been learned, it can be unlearned, and something new can be learned in its place. The possibility for this learning lasts from birth to death, so it is never too late. ... There is always hope that your life can change because you can always learn new things.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
First Unitarian of Baltimore's 2009-2010 Concert Series opens Friday, Oct. 9 with Peabody Faculty member Courtney Orlando, violinist, leading other faculty and students in a performance of Contemporary Strings featuring Arnold Schoenberg's Verklaerte Nacht for string sextet, and Lisa Bielawa's piece for singing violinist, "Kafka Songs." Admission is free. There will be a free will offering to benefit the fund to restore the Niemann Organ. Suggested donation, $10. Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, 514 N. Charles Street. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org