Holiday Singalong

Friday, December 20, 6-8 p.m.

Come join us for an evening of caroling!  We will gather around the piano and sing our favorite holiday songs. All voices are welcome.   This is a family friendly event with the emphasis on fun, friends and lots of singing.  Come for a few songs or the whole evening.  Music provided.

Caroling & Visiting Nursing Home residents on Christmas Morning!

Once again we will be visiting two area nursing homes on Christmas morning to bring good cheer to the residents. You are welcome to bring cards and your singing voice – though no singing ability is required!  Song sheets will be provided.  We will hand out some holiday cards and stuffed animals.  We will visit Hanover Terrace on rt 10  in Hanover at 10 AM, and Genesis – Lebanon Center near Wilson Tire off rt. 120 in Lebanon at 11 AM. If there is sufficient interest we may form a carpool from the meeting house.  Come to one or both! For more information contact Rich or the office.

Family Cookie-Making

Friday, Dec 13 at 5 pm

All are welcome! Come cut-out cookies and decorate them with friends young and old.  There will be holiday music, refreshments, and of course, cookies! Please feel free to bring a new friend.  Show them how much fun we have at UUCUV!  Please bring cookie sheets, rolling pins and favorite cookie cutters.  Traditional sugar cookie dough, cookie cutters and colored egg yolk paints for decorating will be available.  If desired, bring alternative dough or decorations.

December Services

The theme for December is Awe.

Experiencing awe is a spacious feeling of the vastness. This awe and mystery bring us a sense of connection to all that is and to each other. Research shows that experiencing awe makes people kinder, more generous and more compassionate. When we take awe a bit deeper, we encounter reverence. Let us explore awe and reverence together this month.

Sunday, December 22– Awestruck at Winter Solstice, 10 a.m.

Tuesday, December 24 – The Call of the Star: A Christmas Eve Service for all ages, 5 p.m. Join in community to celebrate this holiday with reverence, joy, song and laughter. All are welcome.

Sunday, December 29 – A Child’s Christmas in Wales reading, 10 a.m.

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Medical Aid in Dying Video

patientchoices.org/videos.html

Medical Aid in Dying Video: An end-of-life option in Vermont that many want to know more about.  

Al Gillotti, husband of UU member Susan Gillotti, chose to hasten his death in September 2018 when his brain tumor returned and he did not want further surgery or radiation. Vermont’s Act 39, medical aid in dying, allows Vermont residents to choose this option when there is a prognosis of six months or less to live and one is able to self-administer. Al asked Rev. Jan and Phil and Claudia Kern, UU members, to be present with Susan. In June 2019 Patient Choices Vermont, a non-profit educational organization, asked Susan if she would be willing to describe the experience. Jan and Phil joined her for the taping. A seven-minute video of the interview was released on November 5, 2019 and can be seen at patientchoices.org (click on “stories” and then on “videos”) or by googling “Al Gillotti VT”.

November 17 – It Doesn’t Have to be the Blue Iris: A UU Exploration of Prayer

10 AM with Rev. Jan Hutslar

Prayer can be a word that causes many of us discomfort.  Is it possible that UU’s can broaden the definition of prayer to find a useful tool and an antidote for this upside down world?

The theme for November is Attention. How often during your day do you really pay attention: to the light and color and sound of the world you inhabit; to the person beside you; to the task you are doing: to your own body’s sensations; to the still small voice within you?

This month we focus on an exploration of wholehearted, fully present attention and how that makes a difference in your life and in the world.

November 10 – Taking Notice: In honor and memory of Blair Brooks, 1953-2019

10 AM with Patrician Norton, guest speaker

The theme for November is Attention. How often during your day do you really pay attention: to the light and color and sound of the world you inhabit; to the person beside you; to the task you are doing: to your own body’s sensations; to the still small voice within you?

This month we focus on an exploration of wholehearted, fully present attention and how that makes a difference in your life and in the world.