Now that we have reached June, lets remember that so much good has happened here at South Church since those January days when we were so concerned about how the congregation would handle the news of Chris and Laurens departure. Hats off to each of you, for the part you have played in keeping our bright light of liberal religion shining here on the seacoast.
Our new Interim Minister, Rev. Len, spent a few days with us this past week to meet the leadership and staff. We are so excited to have him on board starting August 1
. He has also agreed to be our minister during the church retreat on Star Island in late July. So much good happening right now here at South Church!
The next thing the board can finally begin work on is the settled ministry search committee. So many of you have been waiting patiently for us to work thru the interim process and are excited to know the details for this next stage of ministry. Once the board does its work we will schedule a congregational meeting to vote on the committee and send them on their way to finding us a settled minister. The committee will have two years to complete the process, which will include cottage meetings that are being organized by Kimberly Cloutier Green and Tracey Clarkson.
We are in need of some volunteers to come on board for a couple church committees that have vacancies. For example, our Endowment Committee is basically a committee of one! Ira Hoffman has been doing a terrific job in the roll. Both our Property and PIC committees need an influx of new blood also…please think about these opportunities if you are looking for a way to help out the community.
We, your Board of Trustees wish for you a terrific summer of family, friends and community!
BHTNH Tour and Fundraiser; Save the Date!
The Social Justice Associates would like to invite our church community for a special BHTNH tour and fundraiser, "Thriving in the Face of Adversity". The BHTNH promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life through education and community partnerships. Our tour will be led by Angela Matthews - BHTNH guide and Board Member, and South Church member - at a special discounted price of $15 per person. Limited to 30 registrants. The tour will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 8 from 10-11:30am and will begin at 222 Court Street in Portsmouth. To register, click this link: https://blackheritagetrainh.wufoo.com/forms/x1h4nlrp1ub5nzk/
Questions? Contact Valerie Fagin at email@example.com
2019 Star Island Retreat
Make time for connecting on beautiful Star Island during the 2019 Star Island Retreat - 4 days of rest, fun and reflection starting Saturday, July 27th. Stay for 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights. There will be children's programming each morning, daily chapels, and activities for for all ages. More information at coffee hour on most Sundays, or contact Janis Wolak at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We hope to see you on the island!
South Church Singles Welcome You!
For 2019, The South Church Singles are offering two potlucks (one in early spring and one in the fall). For these potlucks, we are inviting other UU churches in the area. Additionally, some of our folks are interested in informal gatherings (not to be organized by the group's coordinator). If you want to invite others to an activity, simply email the group's members at google groups' address. To join, email email@example.com
Pocket Garden Tour Tickets are Here!
2019 Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth Tour presented by South Church will be held June 21st
2019. Tickets are now on sale between services at coffee hour. $20 in advance $ 25 day of the tour.
Purchase tickets online at : http://www.southchurch-uu.org/get-involved/pocket-garden-tour/
as well as these local businesses:
Wentworth Greenhouses - Rollinsford, NH
Rolling Green Nursery - Greenland, NH
Portsmouth Vacuum - Portsmouth, NH
Nicole's Hallmark - Dover, NH
Want to garden sit? Stop by the table downstairs between services to sign up or visit: tinyurl.com/PGTsitters
Like to bake? We need COOKIES, Lots of them! Sign up downstairs between services or visit: tinyurl.com/gardencookies
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or catch up with Elizabeth Fischer 2019 Pocket Garden Convener 603-817-1843
June Book Discussion: Letters From Skye
On June 12, the South Church Spiritual Book Group will discuss "Letters from Skye" by Jessica Brockmole. Book discussions are on the second Wednesday of the month at 7pm in the Emerson Sitting Room. All are welcome. For more information, contact Nancy Lambert at email@example.com
Portsmouth Pride Tabling - It’s Portsmouth Pride time again! This year, Pride will be on Saturday, June 22. The PRIDE Marketplace returns – and will feature booths from local non-profit organizations and family-friendly vendors including South Church. The PRIDE Marketplace will be open at Strawberry Banke from 1pm until 5pm. If you are interested in tabling this year, we would appreciate your support. The goal of tabling is to answer questions about South Church and UU’ism in general. This is an opportunity to show the Portsmouth community that South Church is a welcoming congregation and a beacon for social justice and community, We will also be selling the ever popular inspirational black and white lawn signs. If you are interested, please stop by the Social Justice table during coffee hour.
Seacoast Family Promise Summer Hosting - June is almost here and Seacoast Family Promise at South Church is gearing up for our June 30-July 7 hosting week. We are looking for volunteers to make dinners, serve dinners and stay overnight with our guests. It's a joyous way to help our community. We will have a table on the Portico after services to answer questions and take sign ups!
NUUS from Religious Education
Upcoming R.E. Schedule & Events: For more information on these and other RE happenings, click HERE for Kirsten Hunter's Religious Education Current Events.
RE Program for the 2018-2019 year!
The Religious Education program at South Church is a community supported program grounded in the seven Unitarian Universalist principles, which promote a sense of social justice and responsibility as well as tolerance, identity and spiritual growth. Our purpose is to involve children in a religious community in which they develop a spiritual sense of themselves, their connection to others and to the world as a whole. We provide values-based religious education classes on Sundays for ages 3-18 years.
RE Program for Summer of 2019!
Nursery - For children up to age 4, open from 9:45am-11:15am
Religious Education continues through the summer for children of all ages! Our nursery is open, as usual, from 9:45-11:15 each morning. For children aged 4 and up we will have an all-ages program that is based on our school-year workshop model. This summer we will revisit the themes from this past year with hands-on exploration, incorporating outdoor time as much as possible