UUFP Book Club

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The book club will meet the second Saturday of February 10 @ 12:00@ iCreate Cafe in Pottstown. You are welcome to attend even if you haven’t read the book!

“Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing, and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby—young, handsome, and fabulously rich—always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel”. Review From goodreads.com

Garden News, February 2018

               Garden News                  Our New Soils Czar

Even though the weather is cold and the garden is lying dormant, it doesn’t mean that plans have not been made toward another successful season in 2018.

One notable improvement for next year is a dedicated effort to organically improve the soil in our beds. We have been lucky to recruit our new “Soils Czar” Allan Pallay to help us out with this project.

I asked Allan a few questions about his interest in soils and composting; here are his thoughts on the matter.

How did you become interested in soil? There are 3 sources of my interest in soil.

1. About a year ago I become aware of the beauty and wonder of the chemical and biological processes that happen in soil.

2. I also became aware that the degradation and loss of top soil is a significant long-term threat to the wellbeing of humanity; a threat that may be greater than climate change.

3. The ability of our garden to continue to provide produce for people in need is dependent on the maintenance of the health of our soil. These factors have prompted me to spend some time studying soil science and to begin applying what I learned to our garden soil.

Why have you focused on composting? After harvesting most types of garden vegetables, soil nutrients are diminished and need to be replenished. Two ways this can be accomplished are by applying chemical fertilizers or by applying compost. Chemical fertilizers help in the short term but can: potentially degrade soil over the long term; be bad for the environment (in a variety of ways); and are expensive.

What about compost? Creating compost involves making a pile of plant residues (the remains of garden plants, fallen leaves, grass clippings, kitchen waste, etc.), in such a way that enables microorganisms to turn the pile into rich soil. Applying this compost soil to the garden soil improves it over the short and the long term. Furthermore, using compost is good for the environment (and is aesthetically pleasing to me) because it recycles what otherwise would be thrown away.

How long have you been volunteering to help in the UUFP garden? I have helped out with the garden from the beginning but my involvement had been minimal until about a year ago when my involvement increased. Thus, I have less long-term hands-on gardening experience than others in the group. Therefore, decisions on the soil management are made collaboratively, with me and the garden Czarinas (Ginny Knight, Kay Price, Christi Dunning and Bev Jensen).

What draws you to helping out? In addition to the reasons given in the first question, I am drawn to help because I get to interact with the lovely and amusing people I mentioned in the last question.

Sunday Service, February 18, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Naturalistic Pantheism          Speaker: Allan Pallay

 Do you feel a sense of peace and wonder in the midst of nature, in a forest, in a field of wild flowers, or on a mountain top?  Are you filled with awe when you look up at the night sky?  Do you find it difficult to imagine anything more worthy of your reverence than the beauty of nature and the power of the universe?  If so, you may be a Pantheist. Come this Sunday and hear about this spiritual path with ancient roots that is well suited to the modern age.

Sunday Service, February 25, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reasons to Fall      Speaker: Emily Quarles-Mowrer

When the Winter Olympics come around, I am one of those people who watch the figure skating and think of the lyrics to the Howie Day song “Collide”: Even the best fall down sometimes. We all fear failure, yet it is in failing that we can often gain the greatest insight. Join us as we discuss the value of trying, and then trying again.

Sunday Service, February 11, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What To Do When Your Moment Arrives

Speaker: Will Fuller, Community Organizer from POWER, Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower & Rebuild

We’ll be looking at Mordecai and Esther’s conversation as an analogy for the historical moment we’re in, and Esther’s response as one we can appropriate for ourselves. POWER is a Philadelphia based interfaith organization committed to implementing system change for the betterment of Pennsylvania communities. UUFP, through the leadership of UU Action Chair, Desiree Peterman, is a member of POWER. A son of western Kentucky, Will originally joined POWER in the fall of 2016 to complete a Community Organizing Fellowship through Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). He currently organizes full-time for POWER’s suburban counties. A 2010 “Teach for America” alumnus, he is dedicated to the causes of educational equity, faith-based social justice, theological education reform, and racial reconciliation. He holds a Masters of Education from Lipscomb University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

UUFP Logo Submissions

Calling All Artists

The Board of Directors is opening up submissions for the official UUFP logo again. The board will be reviewing potential logos at the February 4th meeting.

To submit a logo for consideration, please send an electronic version (high resolution jpeg) to Office@uupottstown.org and/or a drawing on paper in the IN box in the office before 12:00 noon January 31, 2018.

Ministers Musings

A Fallow Time of Growth

The earth is barren, frozen over with a thin layer of frost as we begin a new year. We are hunkering down as the weather has turned frigid and we bundle up and stay indoors.

Some of our church family are afraid to drive with good cause. If my partner had his way I would not be driving. He never knows how to get anywhere because when I drive he closes his eyes. Come to think of it my former wife did the same thing. Do you think there is a message here?

As we settle in for a long winter I want you to be of good cheer this New Year. Now is the time to center and quiet ourselves after the hustle and bustle, the mind-numbing distraction of noise, traffic and commerce this past holiday season. Now is the time to take stock of our blessing while the spirit of Christmas still lingers. Let us focus on achieving inner peace and the hope that peace will break out across this planet of ours.

The ground may be fallow but beneath its surface seeds of new hope are storing up energy that will lead to new grown in the spring in the same way we are ruminating over the events of this past year. There is much we learned of ourselves and the world if we take the time to focus on the core of our lives; the spiritual center of our being where new hope germinates and new possibilities emerge. We can do things in new ways, see our lives in a different light and can create hope anew.

For the New Year I wish you a breath of fresh air, a hint of spring, the light of hope and the warmth of love. All that is within you. Think about it, lets the seeds of new beginnings germinate within and when the season is right let it shed its winter husk and spring forth with new possibility—a bouquet of life.

Welcome to January’s bluster and the promise of a spring blooming again.

Happy New Year,

-Rev. Paul

        678-939-4854                   Minister@uupottstown.org 

Sunday Service, January 7, 2018

Sunday, January 7

This service was cancelled due to inclement weather. Please see January 14th for our next service.

Love Enters a New Year                     Speaker: Reverend Paul Daniel

I will share some thoughts of what we bring to this new year, what we left behind as we begin again in Love, the eternal message we shared this past Christmas.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sunday, January 14

The Missing “H” in Tecnology Guest Speaker: Jerry Lazzaro

Jerry Lazzaro is the Chair of the Worship and Music Committee @ Thomas Paine UUF.  Technology gives us unprecedented convenience and speed in communication. But should we be concerned that some essential human dimension is lost as face-to-face communication is inexorably supplanted by cyberspace communication? Let’s consider whether anecdotal and research data justify the concern that important aspects of human connectedness are being lost in electronic communication media.