Regular Services and Children’s Religious Education are held at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday.
April 7: A Matter of Degree —Rev. Craig M. Nowak, Music—Choir April 14:A Collection of Near Death Experiences —Jared Adams, Music— Jefferson Upton and Rick Condee, flutes April 21: Easter Sunday- “I Know Her So Well, I Think. I Thought” – Rev. Craig M. Nowak, Music—Choir April 28:Faith-based Resilience-- Rita Schiano, Music-- Roxann Smith, hammered dulcimer
Community Dinner When: Saturday, April 27 from 5 to 6:30 pm Where: BUUC Lower Level The next community dinner will be on Saturday, April 27 from 5:00 to 6:30pm. Sign up in the parlor if you would like to help or donate a dish. For more information, contact Julie Boon (email@example.com) or Robyn Vincent (firstname.lastname@example.org). This event is free and open to the public.
Women’s Alliance 23rd Annual Goods & Services Silent Auction When: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 6:30 to 9:00pm Where: BUUC Please join us for appetizers, an asparagus cook-off challenge, good conversation, and the excitement of bidding on some wonderful items. This is a very popular event, and items donated for previous auctions have included art works of all kinds, specialty homemade foods, services (such as tax preparation or bread-making lessons) and jewelry. We will also have raffle baskets and a 50/50 raffle. The Women’s Alliance of the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church has met since 1859. The Alliance provides support to the church and service to the community. It also serves the social and spiritual needs of women through fellowship, group expression, and programs of education, services, and community.
Flower Arranging Event! When: Sunday, May 5 at 2:00 pm Where: Bemis Nursery, Spencer, Massachusetts Join us for a first ever BUUC event! This year lucky participants will welcome in spring in by creating a live flower arrangement at Bemis Nursery in Spencer on May 5th at 2:00. Bring a friend! A $25.00 fee, payable in advance, covers all materials. Sign up by April 14th in the Parlor. See Joanne Hamerly (or call 508 826-3377) for information.
Come, Let Us Worship: Cycle of Song Vol. 2 Presenter: Rev. Jason Shelton When: Saturday, May 11, 10:00am - 5:00pm Where: Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill, Haverhill MA This program is sponsored by the UU Church of Haverhill, MA in partnership with the New England Region UUA Celebrate the release of Come, Let Us Worship: Cycle of Song Vol. 2! This collection of eight brand-new anthems inspired by calls to worship by the Rev. Gretchen Haley is written with the needs of the smaller choir in mind. We'll spend the day exploring this new music with Jason, ending the day with a public performance of the pieces. Rev. Jason Shelton is an award-winning composer, arranger, conductor,singer, multi-instrumentalist, workshop and retreat leader. He served the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, for 19 years and he is now a freelance minister of music, working to grow our capacity to sing our UU faith. Please consider attending this workshop. Last year four of us went to the workshop presenting Cycle of Song Vol. 1, and thus got the rights to use all eight songs. You can talk to Wendy Newhall, Roxann Smith, Jo Ann Pierce or Lila Farrar about the experience of attending last year. It was a lot of good singing, a chance to meet other UU's from all over New England, and a delicious lunch. This is not restricted to choir members. Anyone may attend. BUUC will pay the registration fee for all (BUUC members and friends) who want to attend this year, and provide the three ring binders. Please see Lila M Farrar if you are interested, so that we can register as a group to qualify for the perks.
Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio Perform! When: Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m. Where: The Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church The dynamic Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio will perform at the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church on May 12th at 2 PM. This father and son along with the talented Rachel Eddy infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original Old-Time tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” “They not only treat the music as a living entity deserving of respect and nurturing hands, they bring freshness within their interpretation of old time music.” One of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the U.S., Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner joins forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the claw hammer banjo world to perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music. Ken and Brad are joined by one of the most acclaimed old-time musicians around, the fabulous multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy. Rachel was born and raised in rural West Virginia, where her musical family inspired her to play and sing as a little girl. The old-time bug bit her early in life and Rachel now performs and teaches full-time on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. Ken and Brad started performing regularly as a duo in 2009. In 2011, they released their first recording, Otter Creek, which became the most played instrumental recording on the international Folk-DJ Radio charts. Sing Out! wrote, “Ken Kolodner is a world class multi-instrumentalist…Otter Creek is a joyous recording featuring two fine musicians who playing excellently. There must be something special to that father-son thing.” Ken, Brad and Rachel will perform at the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church, 9 Upper River Street, On the Brookfield Common, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available through BrownPaperTickets.com or for cash at the door.
Planning an Event or Meeting at BUUC? If you or your committee is planning an event at BUUC, please be sure to notify BUUC’s Office Assistant Betsy Azarowski at email@example.com. She can check if the date, space and time you want is available and promote your event or meeting through the appropriate outlets used at BUUC (email, print, calendar, Facebook, Twitter). If you are the event/meeting host/chairperson, please arrive at the church before other attendees to ensure the space is ready (including lights and heat as needed).
Can you help? BUUC needs the following donations: copy paper, and stamps.. Please see Amy Frisella. Thank you!
Scrapbook We purchased a scrapbook to document BUUC events. If you attend an event and take a photo please forward it to Debbie via email, Debbie@DebbieEnnis.com. Please write a brief line or two about the event, i.e. date, purpose, place, responsible committee. We also welcome newspaper articles about our church or our members, when the BUUC is mentioned. We would love to have this to look back on in future years. Thank you, Your Membership Committee
STONE SOUP COMMUNITY LUNCHEON Every first Wednesday of the month from October to June, Noon to 1 pm All are invited for Stone Soup where your presence is the secret (and most important) ingredient. We provide the soup and coffee/tea, you bring something to share (bread, juice, appetizer/dessert). So please, join me for an hour with food, friends, and conversation. ~ Rev. Craig
THE BUUC WOMEN'S ALLIANCE During the church year (September through June,) second Wednesday each month at 7 pm at the BUUC or in a member’s home unless otherwise noted. All women are welcome. Contact Laurie Magnuson for more information. The Women’s Alliance is open to all women in the community. This year we have some plans in the making. We are also planning a fun day of health awareness and relaxation methods this spring and are happy to once again be presenting our Goods and Services Silent Auction at at date to be determined. Please feel free to join us. Contact Laurie Magnuson at LMagnuson@randolphproducts.com for more information.
CHOIR REHEARSAL Choir rehearsals resumed August 16, 2018 and continues through June 13, 2019. If you are interested in joining choir, or have other musical skills to share please get in touch with Music Director Lila M Farrar; firstname.lastname@example.org or 508 867 8806.
BUUC BOOK CLUB Our regular meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Here are our upcoming books: May 14: - The Plot Against America by Philip Roth June 11: - Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover Everyone is welcome to join us for the BUUC Book Club. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the church basement or parlor. If you have any questions or suggestions contact Barbara Hale at email@example.com Get reading!
News from the UUA
UUA General Assembly When: June 19-23, 2019 Where: Spokane, Washington Thousands of Unitarian Universalists will gather in beautiful Spokane, WA for General Assembly this June 19-23 to experience what our shared faith can become when we embrace the power of 'We.' Register today for this special annual event and hear from wonderful speakers including:
Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Director of Partnerships and Emerging Programs,Starr King School for the Ministry Rev. Marta I. Valentín, minister at Unitarian Universalist Church in Medford, MA Richard Blanco, poet and performer