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February Newsletter

February Newsletter

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UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF MIAMI
NOVEMBER 2011
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
Sunday Services & Children’s Programs
February 5
th
: ¡Sí, se puede!
 
Yes, We Can!
 
– Rev. Wendy Pantoja
 Come!
 
Let us explore ways in which our stewardship willhelp this congregation live into its commitments of being amulticultural congregation, raising our voices for social justice, and helping develop leaders who will take us into thefuture.
CONNECTIONS
February 12
th
: Creating Beloved Community 
– Rev. Wendy Pantoja
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed that creating belovedcommunity requires “a qualitative change in our souls” and“a quantitative change in our lives.”
 
How much are wewilling to give of ourselves in order to realize this dream?A multicultural lunch will follow.
 
Please bring a dish toshare that is representative of your cultural background orof one that calls you to deeper relationship.
February 19
th
: Worship Committee Led Service
 Join us at 11am as we are led by our Worship Committee.
 
 
 
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF MIAMI
FEBRUARY 2012
INSIDE
PG. 1SCHEDULEPG. 2MUSINGS FROMTHE MINISTERPG. 3CHILDREN’SRELIGIOUSEDUCATIONPG. 4UU RELIGIOUSEDUCATIONRETREAT 2012PG. 5NOTES FROMTHE BOARDPG. 6GROUPS ANDPROGRAMSPGS. 7FEBRUARYEVENTSPG. 8 CONGREGATIONNEWSPGS. 9 & 10MEET OURCOMMITTEE ONMINISTRYPG. 11CALENDAR
February 26
th
: On Being Good for Nothing

– Rev. Wendy Pantoja
Although a creedless religious movement, UnitarianUniversalism is grounded in an ethic of relationality.
 
Whatdoes this mean in our daily living?
 
 
 
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MUSINGS FROM THE MINISTER
FEBRUARY 2012
Reverend Wendy Pantoja
February
Now that we have settled well into our first year of shared ministry, we can betterenjoy the commitments we have made to each other, to the life of this congregation,and to our ongoing relationship with our denomination and with the world. Themost fundamental of these is being stewards of our congregation by sharing generously of our time, talent, and treasure. In so doing, we ensure the viability of this liberal religiouscommunity that nurtures our spirit and heals our soul. As we look toward the next congregational year for ways in which we will minister to each other, to thegreater Miami community and to the world, you have come up with some wonderful ideas. Among them are: building a hearty adult faith development program, providing scholarships for current andwould-be leaders to hone their skills and represent us in the shaping of our denomination, andpartnering with other social justice organizations as we endeavor to live our Unitarian Universalistprinciples.The reasons that compel you to be generous stewards are many. Some of you are grateful for theabundance of care and understanding that fills our spirit through our connections. Others want to dotheir part in nurturing the legacy of love, compassion, and justice you have inherited so you can pass iton to future generations. Still others speak to wanting to make a compassionate and joyous differencein the world. You probably have many others. Whatever your reasons may be for being good stewards of this congregation, please be sure to sharethem during our annual budget drive. This campaign will be launched with an all congregation dinneron February 4. On Sunday, we will be hearing some specific ways in which your generosity of time,talent and treasure will make a difference in our liberal religious community. Throughout the drive,stewardship consultants from UUCM will be very happy to help with your discernment. Please do nothesitate to avail yourselves of their expertise and willingness to help. As mosaic makers and weavers of the dream, let us join our efforts for the vibrant continuity of thiscommunity of memory and hope.En paz y fe, Wendypaz
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 AM – 2 PM*Monday – day off Thursday – Sermon writing daySaturday – reserved for special meetings and other events
Please know that this schedule is subject to change in order to meet other ministerial and denominationalresponsibilities. It will also be revised over the course of the year in response to congregational needs.Rev. Wendy is available by telephone 9 AM – 8 PM except on her days off. Emergency calls will be accepted at anytime.*It is always best to call for an appointment. If these hours do not accommodate your schedule, please do not hesitateto call for an appointment at a mutually convenient time.
Minister’sOfficeHours
 
 
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Monica Rizzo- Director of RE
Classes this month
Children will meet for classes on
 
February 5, 19and 26
 
and there will be an Intergenerationalservice on Sunday, February 12.
 
Each Sundayeveryone will gather in the sanctuary and afterthe Story for All Ages, children will meet theirteachers in the breezeway to head to class.
 
Please pick up your child promptly after class.
 
For the Intergen service, there are no classes andchildren will stay with their parents/guardians inthe sanctuary for the service.
 
Nursery
The nursery is open at 10:45 each Sunday forinfants-3 years old.
 
When dropping off yourchild, please sign him/her in on the class rosterand leave your phone number.
 
Each child isrequired to have appropriate supplies includingdiapers, wipes, change of clothes, snack anddrink.
 
Please pick up your child promptly afterservice.
 
Music in RE
Music classes will plan to
 
meet two times thismonth.
 
When the dates are finalized they will beannounced.
 
Kids will meet in the breezewayafter Time for all Ages and attend music class asan all ages group before moving into theirregular Tapestry of Faith classes.
 
Religious Education
 
Retreat--EducationInspiration
Mark your calendar for an inspirational eveningon Saturday, March 3 in the sanctuary at4pm.
 
Facilitators for
 
the event are Rev. RandyBecker from Key West and our very own Rev.Wendy Pantoja.
 
The evening also includes avegetarian dinner and child care.
 
The cost is $5per person or $10 per family.
 
Please see eventdetails
 
on the attached flyer.
 
This is a *must-attend* event for anyone interested in ReligiousEducation!
 
InterGen Friends
IGF (InterGen Friends)
 
is almost over!
 
The lastletter exchange will be on Sunday, February 12and our friends will finally meet each otherduring the service.
 
Thanks for theparticipation
 
and enjoy your new friend!
 
Afterthe service, the friends will have a specialreserved table to gather and chat in person.
 
Religious Education Meeting
The next meeting will be Sunday,
 
February 5
 
at12:45PM in the Religious Education Office.
 
Allare welcome to come and discuss thehappenings, both business and fun, in the REdepartment.
 
New to the Program?
If you are new to the program and would likemore information about Religious Education,please feel free to contact Monica Rizzo, theDirector of Religious Education (DRE), atmrizzodre@gmail.comto chat by email, set up aphone call or schedule a face-to-face meeting.
 
CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
FEBRUARY 2012
Children’s Religious Education

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