Announcements

Sunday, Feb 1Service: Us Versus Them: Football and Life
Rev. Megan Foley

It’s so easy for human beings to fall into us-versus-them thinking.  We’re a tribal species, after all – just look at football!  Come hear how football is like life, and learn how to reorder your approach into something more helpful – right after the Superbowl.

Sunday, Feb 1Newcomer's Brown Bag Q&A
Rev. Megan Foley

Have you been coming to Sugarloaf awhile? Interested in getting more involved? Have questions about our history, religion or practices? Considering membership and want to know what that entails? Come to one of the informal brown bag Q&A sessions with Rev. Megan after church on Jan.25 and Feb. 1. See you there!

Sunday, Feb 8Service: The Lost Meanings of Love
Rev. David Pyle, District Executive

We tend to think of romantic love around Valentine’s Day, but there are actually many more kinds of love.  What are these other kinds, and how are we diminished when we lose the full meaning of what love can be? Stay afterwards to meet David and ask questions.  This is a community worship service for all ages.

Sunday, Feb 8Meet and Greet with Your UUA District Executive 12-2
Rev. David Pyle, District Executive

Our Unitarian Universalist Association District Executive, David Pyle, will be leading worship on Feb.8th, and will stay after the service to meet with us from 12-2. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about Unitarian Universalism in our region, find out how Sugarloaf can avail ourselves of opportunities around the district, and see what advice David can offer us as we move ahead with our plans and dreams. Mostly, you can get to know him, and help him get to know us! All are welcome.

Sunday, Feb 15Service: Something Awesome by Adam Styles
Adam Styles

Board Chair and all around awesome person Adam Styles will be presenting a meaningful and playful service this morning.  Be sure not to miss it!

Saturday, Feb 21FELLOWSHIP DINNER
Annual Budget Drive Team

Join us for a fun night of eating and connecting! Our Fellowship Dinner, hosted by your 2015 Budget Drive Team, is a way to celebrate each other and Sugarloaf just as the Budget Drive begins.  There will be a chance to meet your Visiting Steward, hear more about what Sugarloaf means to those around you, and begin to think about what it means to you. A good time will be had by all; don't miss it!

Sunday, Feb 22Service: Trusting the Other Side of All This
Rev. Megan Foley

Sometimes we know we’re changing away from what we were – we don’t have a choice about that at – but we have no idea what’s on the other side, and we’re afraid.  How can we develop the faith that will help us more courageously break away from our stuck patterns and into new life?

Sunday, Feb 22Pathway to Membership Meeting 12-3
Rev. Megan Foley and the Membership Team

Have you decided to become a member of Sugarloaf, so that you can more fully integrate into our community and vote at our congregational meeting in May? Join us for our required Pathways to Membership class! Share your story, hear about Unitarian Universalism and our church's history, and learn about what it means to be a member. You will have the chance, but no obligation, to sign the membership book after the class. 

Tuesday, Feb 24Soul Circle Conversation: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Faith? 7-9 pm
Rev. Megan Foley

Soul Circle is an open spiritual development group that uses the monthly Soul Circle packet to grow personally and as Unitarian Universalist people of faith. The Soul Circle Conversation for February's theme is "What Does It Mean to Be a People of Faith?" will be held on Tuesday, February 24th from 7-9pm, in the Yurt. To read the packet - with exercises and food for thought to help the theme make a difference in YOUR life - click the link above. Take a look, and do the exercises or ask yourselves the questions that speak to you the most. Then come to our meeting to talk about your new understandings or struggles with people on similar paths in a safe, supportive environment, facilitated by Rev. Megan.  See you there!

Sunday, Mar 22Sunday Meditation Service

The Sunday meditation group meets for silent meditation, reading and sharing of insight on Sunday mornings at 9:00am, prior to the main service.

Tuesday, Apr 7Soul Circle Conversation: What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resilience? 7-9 pm
Rev. Megan Foley

Soul Circle is an open spiritual development group that uses the monthly Soul Circle packet to grow personally and as Unitarian Universalist people of faith. The Soul Circle Conversation for March's theme is "What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resilience?" will be held on Tuesday, April 7th from 7-9pm, in the Yurt. To read the packet - with exercises and food for thought to help the theme make a difference in YOUR life - click the link above. Take a look, and do the exercises or ask yourselves the questions that speak to you the most. Then come to our meeting to talk about your new understandings or struggles with people on similar paths in a safe, supportive environment, facilitated by Rev. Megan.  See you there!

Welcome!

You’ve found your way to a remarkable congregation practicing a remarkable religion. Unitarian Universalism is a liberal, creedless faith, born out of the Judeo-Christian tradition, that takes two tasks to heart: freely exploring spiritual truth, using a broad range of religious sources and our own inspiration and reason as guides; and loving our neighbors without qualification, as best as we are able. At Sugarloaf in particular, you’ll find a range of people from a variety of backgrounds who come together regularly to celebrate what’s most important to them, support each other in life’s hard moments, and to be a part of a community that matters and cares.

Sugarloaf is located in an idyllic setting and is filled with friendly people. We invite you to come and experience our religious community at Sunday worship. You are welcome here whoever you are: however old or young, wherever you are from, whoever your ancestors were, and in whatever religion you were raised. You are welcome here whatever your gender and whomever you love. You are welcome with whatever abilities and limitations you have. We invite you to bring your whole self.* We know that your presence will enrich the Sugarloaf community – and that Sugarloaf will become a special place for you, too.

If you have any questions about the Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists, Unitarian Universalism in general, or just want further information, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Better yet, just come down on Sunday morning and see what we have to offer. You’ll be glad you did.

See you at Sugarloaf,
Megan

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  • Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Graph created by Julie
  • Sunday, December 21, 2014


    Julie writes -- Look at our new roof!  Many a time I've photoshopped those big ugly stains that used to be there out of a digest picture. 




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  • Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Next Steps with Rev. Megan This Sunday! Christmas Eve Service and Cookie Reception Wednesday!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/18/2014. 

    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



    Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Sunday, December 14, 2014


    Dear SCUU Members and Friends, please spend a few minutes taking this survey:

    SCUU 2015 Priorities Survey  adapted from last Sunday's "next steps" discussion!

    21 members of SCUU came together to continue the congregation-wide conversation about where our community is heading. We compiled a list of things we want to see at Sugarloaf going forward. Whether you were there or not, this is your chance to weigh in!
  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Next Steps Survey, Circle Dinners, Racial Justice, and Cookies?? Read on!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/11/2014. 

    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



    Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Friday, December 5, 2014
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    Karen writes: I am liking this sign. The blank hanging sign can be whatever we want, as needed. Obviously we wouldn’t have one up there without a message.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Rev. Megan service this Sunday, followed by Next Steps Discussion Series! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 12/04/2014. 

    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



    Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Happy Thanksgiving!! Come decorate the Yurt on Saturday! Potluck lunch after service this Sunday!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 11/26/2014. 

    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



    Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Thursday, November 20, 2014
    Advocate Peace!! Mindfulness Meditation Leader, Jerry Hartman - Service this Sunday! Class Tonight! And workshop for the holidays! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


    WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

    Link to Weekly News from SCUU 11/20/2014. 

    If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



    Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

    Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
  • Sunday, November 16, 2014
    For you To do :  Talk to your regular church friends and contacts and tell them we want to hear from them about what they want to invest in as a church.  Discussion meeting DEC. 7 12-2, come if you can or send your ideas to the Board of Trustees.  Megan


    What 3-4 things do we want to focus on this year at SCUU?
    1. Successful pledge drive 2015-2016 (11) *
      1. Congregational budget discussion (Making Church Awesome)
    2. Increase Rentals and external investments (9) *
      1. 5 year plan
    3. Property maintenance (6)
    4. Outreach and publicity – more visitors (7) *
      1. Visitor Web Site
      2. Social Outreach
    5. Member connection with active member contact (12) *
      1. Following up with member care
      2. Mentoring one on one/circle dinners
      3. Volunteerism
      4. Minister of Fun
    6. Mission and Vision (6) (CREW)
    Attendees:  Julie, Kathy, Jim, George H., Adam, Helen, Michael y., Jeff, Faith, Barbara, Tom and Kathleen, Donny, Anneke, Rev Megan

    Votes appear in parentheses.