//'  Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Sunday, December 10 —


Sunday services begin at 11 am in the sanctuary immediately followed by refreshments and conversation in our Fellowship Hall.
Both spaces are air conditioned in the summer for your comfort.

Restoration is Handicapped Accessible!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and handicapped restroom on the lower level to make our Fellowship Hall more accessible to our congregants, visitors and renters. CHECK HERE for photos.


Recent sermons are available in VIDEO FORMAT and others are available as TEXT.

Upcoming Worship Services

December 17: Ringing in the Light
Join us as we sit in the circle of words and music in the exploration of Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice and the Gnostic Gospels.
— Worship Associates Janet M. and Jim W.

December 24: 11 am Service: Light in the Sky
Come to this service for the music from our handbell choir (Restoration Ringers), Jane Hulting & Len R.'s piano duets, Karen S.'s drums, and carols. There is a short talk on the connections of ancient winter solstice beliefs on not just Christmas but our UU heritage! Plus the annual autobiographical Christmas true story from Sandy's childhood diary of 1945 and a wonderful Story for All Ages read by Cathy. — Worship Associate Sandy F. and Cathy M.

December 24: 5 pm Christmas Eve Service: Finding a Savior Today
The Rev. Bob Throne will preside at Restoration's Christmas Eve Service at 5 pm on Sunday, December 24. His homily is titled, "Finding a Savior Today." The Handbell Choir will perform during the service.

The service will be followed by a Cookies & Juice reception in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring cookies (home-made or store-bought) for this service.
— The Rev. Bob Throne in the pulpit

December 31: Kwanzaa
— Worship Associate Karen S. and Guests

December Change for Change

The New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia: New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia builds community across faith, ethnicity, and class in our work to end injustices against immigrants regardless of immigration status, express radical welcome for all, and ensure that values of dignity, justice, and hospitality are lived out in practice and upheld in policy.

From your Moderator —

In the Christian Church, Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”. Although most UU’s are not waiting and preparing for the celebrations of the Nativity of Jesus we are, however expectantly waiting. As individuals, families, with our partners and as a congregation we are expectantly waiting for blessings. As a Congregation, we are expectantly waiting for the revitalization of our Religious Exploration program and longing to see more children in our Sunday programs. We are looking for a full time Minister, someone who loves us as Kathy Ellis advised us. As we expressed in the words we gave to describe Restoration at the worship service of October 16th, co-led by Linda Hansell and Steve Workman, and put into a word cloud, we are looking for more caring, justice, love, welcoming, peace among many other things.

In contrast to last year this time, I believe that we are more hopeful, less afraid and the thing

that encourages me the most is that we’ve become stronger and closer. We have, on our own, managed to continue good worship services, continued justice work, engaged with our neighbors, looked after each other, made coffee, set up for coffee hour, ushered, greeted, cleaned up, held a flea market and a couple of book sales, paid our staff, paid our bills, put in new camera system, put together a safety manual with procedures, welcomed new members, attended memorials for old members, had a new baby, had a student minister we sponsored come back and preach to us, kept the building cleaned, took care of our children and are welcoming Terry Williams who just came off of death row into our congreagation, and much much more.

As the we enter into advent and await the winter solstice let us continue our worki of building our beloved community and be expectantly waiting for our blessings to come.

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: December 1, 2017

From our RE Coordinator —

At the time of writing this, I’ve just completed my fifth week here at Restoration. It’s enough time to feel grounded and still feel new. So much has happened!

In the first month, I’ve done my best to take stock of the program’s resources. Some of the work necessary in the early stages of a job like this - such as ironing out administrative details and processes, or inventorying craft supplies - might not sound exciting, but is nonetheless important. Other aspects, like getting to know the staff, students, parents and guardians, and other members of the congregation, are as much a joy as they are a responsibility. I also had the pleasure of collaborating with RE consultant Sarah Ahrens, whose expertise was invaluable in the creation and presentation of our workshop held on November 19th.

The attendance at that workshop, by the way, was encouraging – an immediate signal that Restoration cares about what its RE program is now, and what it can be. Discussion was lively while Sarah dived into concepts related to multigenerational ministry, and participants brainstormed benefits and challenges connected to a variety of ages and stages in life, as well as the contributions families make to a congregation. Although time constraints limited the depth of this section, it provided a powerful lens into the makeup of Restoration and got our collective gears turning as we

thought about the importance of different generations interacting. I introduced a proposed framework for Sunday morning RE activities called Spirit Jam. This model involves flexible activities that can meet the needs of a variety of ages and abilities, accommodate first-time visitors while also offering a cumulative experience for regular attendees, and allow for fun, low-commitment volunteer opportunities for adults. Workshop participants responded with thoughtful questions and helpful suggestions to ensure this model could be successfully adapted to meet the needs of our program.

And that’s where we are! I am excited to move forward with these plans; to work on delivering a Sunday morning experience that fosters strong UU identities and welcomes new voices. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this space to thank the members of the RE Committee. Tim Styer, Linda Hansell, Fern Culhane, Linda Pollack-Johnson, Janice Rowland, Isabel Rieser, and Jyl Southerland have offered their time, talent, ideas and support – without which I would be lost.

For anyone who would like to reach out, you can contact me by emailing religioused@uurestoration.us, or feel free to grab me during coffee hour – I always have an ear to listen!
— Joanna Smith   posted: December 1, 2017

Church Office Hours

Wednesday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

or phone 215-247-2561.

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Sunday: December 17 —

Season's Final Holiday Bargain Shoppe on December 17

The Holiday Bargain Shoppe will be open for the last time in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour on Sunday, December 17. New merchandise has been added to the tables. Come and see what unique items await your perusal (and purchases). Prices will be negotiable on all items.

We desperately need a CASHIER for the final Holiday Bargain Shoppe on Sunday, December 17. We cannot make any money unless there is someone at the PAY HERE table to take buyers' money.

Please let me know if you can serve as cashier from 12:30 to 1:30 on Sunday, December 17. You will contribute greatly to the success of the Holiday Bargain Shoppe.

— Dot F., Chief Elf for the HBS

Thursday, December 21 —

Soul Work Book Discussion Group on Anti-Racism and UUism
7:15 - 8:45 pm in the Board Room

Our third meeting to discuss Soul Work, about anti-racism and UU theology will be on Thursday, Dec. 21, from 7:15-8:45 (after the Vigil). We will be discussing Chapter 3. See Bruce P. if you would like to borrow a copy of the book. In the Board Room (upstairs, at the end of the hall); snacks provided! All are welcome, whether or not you have come before or have read the book!

For more information, contact or phone: 215-848-6246.

Throughout December —

Mitten Tree for the Stenton Family Shelter

The Mitten Tree in the Fellowship Hall is filling up nicely but there's still room for more mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and socks for the children and adults living at the Stenton Family Shelter on Tulpehocken Street.

Please hang your donations on the tree. They will be packed up and taken to the Shelter at the end of December. Last year when I delivered all the items I was met with real joy and appreciation at the Shelter.
— Dot F., Mitten Tree Elf

Wednesday, December 27 —

CommUUnity Potluck Supper

Meet State Senator Art Haywood!

In Hale Lounge or Fellowship Hall (depending on numbers), after the Vigil, come to the CommUUnity Potluck - meet Art Haywood, our State Senator! He will be talking with us about redistricting and getting more progressive voices in the PA legislature. Bring something to share if possible, but feel free to come even if you can't bring anything! And spread the word!

Upcoming dates are Dec. 27, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 28 at 6:30 pm.
Plan to join us!

Sunday, January 14 —

Second Sunday Potluck

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Wednesdays, 12 to 1:30 pm —

Bring Your Own...

BYOL - BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH takes place in Hale Lounge. Everyone is welcome; just bring a sandwich. There's no agenda and no homework! Just come and enjoy conversation and catch up on the latest church news.

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm —

Soul Line Dance Classes
in Fellowship Hall

Thursdays, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

Please join us to show our concerns about racism and white supremacy every Thursday. We line Stenton Avenue with our signs (and get tons of supportive honks) from 6-6:30 pm, then join to meditate, light candles, and share in the transept chapel to the left of the sanctuary from 6:30-7 pm. Please join us, and encourage your friends, too!

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Search Committee Update
Congregational Survey comes First!!

The search for a full time consulting minister is in full swing. Building on the fine ground work of last year's team, the re-configured team now includes Carolyn P. and Annabel G., co-chairs; Allen R., Secretary; Cathy M., Liason to Committee on Ministry; Anne A., Liason to the Board; Bill D., Linda H. and Vivian D., member ex-officio.

We are working on many action items, the first being a congregational survey. It has been many years since we have done a congregational survey to get an updated demographic profile. Stay Tuned, this will be ready to go soon and we will need your prompt responses.

We have many action items going, and are preparing all documents needed according for the UUA guidelines. We have Central East Regional Group support and are really fired up to find the best minister we can for our congregation. (If you are confused about the reorganization of UUA districts, take a look at this link: Districts of the Unitarian Universalist Association)
— Annabel G. for the Search Committee

Bill Dikeman Honored with Plaque

Hospitality: So Much More than Coffee!!

Hospitality team members, which means ALL of us, friends and members alike, provide basic support for service activities on Sunday mornings. We greet before service, welcome visitors and give them a name tag, ring the bell, usher, provide food, do set-up and clean-up in Fellowship Hall. We now have a firm tradition of participation with the monthly teams. New members and friends are assigned to teams so they can integrate into the life of the community. Click Here for more information and team listings.

Looking Ahead...

Good stewardship practice suggests that the pledge canvass for the next fiscal year (2018-2019) begins on the day that the pledge canvass for the current fiscal year (2017-2018) ends.

The 2017-2018 fiscal year is going to be challenging in many ways. We are searching for a part-time minister and a religious education coordinator. Hopefully, these positions will be filled in the near future.

Meanwhile, we must be LOOKING AHEAD. I would like to solicit ideas from members and friends as to just what YOU are looking forward to for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019. What do YOU want to see happen at Restoration?

Please Email me, , or call me at 215-572-5247 or you can even write to me c/o the church at 6900 Stenton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150 with YOUR ideas for LOOKING AHEAD.
— Dot F., Pledge Canvass Coordinator

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UU House Outreach Holiday Food Drive

UU House Outreach Food Drive - Put Smiles on Neighbors' Faces

UU House Outreach starts its annual Food Drive this week. You have several ways to participate. There is a decorated box in the sanctuary's foyer where you can drop off your shelf stable food.
We will accept your donations between now and December 15.

You also have the chance to help sort and distribute the collected food.

Sorting and packing will be Monday, December 11, through Friday, December 15.
Packing is the following week, Monday, December 18, and Tuesday December 19.
Delivering in NW Philadelphia are Tuesday December 19, to Friday December 22.

You can select mornings from 10 to 11:30 or afternoons from 1:30 to 3. Please, contact or phone her at 215-843-5881 and let her know what day(s) and time(s) you're available and for what tasks.

There will be more opportunities to participate. The Food Drive continues through December with more sorting and deliveries before Christmas.

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Another Way to Stay In Touch

If you use Facebook, please join the congregation's group page; Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration. You can learn more about what's going on in our community and you can post your own thoughts, poems, prayers... https://www.facebook.com/groups/39131276017/

Please Hang Up Your Coats

Do not leave your coats on the chairs in the Fellowship Hall or the pews in the Library. They take up valuable space that we need for seating during Coffee Hour. Please hang your coats on the rack in the hallway just outside the Fellowship Hall so that everyone can sit comfortably.

Restoration's Work Request Forms

If you are requesting work to be done, please complete the appropriate colored work request form located on the office door. Once your form is completed, place it in the bin labeled Administrative Assistant also hanging on the office door.

For those who do not frequently visit the church, you can send your request via email to office@uurestoration.us.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

Hale Hall Doors

It is imperative that we remember that both front and back doors to Hale Hall remain locked at all times. This means even during meetings and Sunday services. Please do not let anyone into Hale Hall that you do not personally know is safe at any time. During services, all members, friends and congregants should come in the sanctuary door. Thank you for your cooperation.
— Tim S., Moderator

Staples Rewards Restoration with $$$

Don’t forget to give the church’s telephone number (215-247-2561) when you make any personal purchase at a Staples store, by telephone or online. By doing so a credit will be posted to Restoration’s Staples account for a percentage of the sale. These credits, known as Staples Business Rewards, really add up. We use them to offset the cost of our office supplies.

In addition, Restoration’s Staples account will receive a Reward of $2.00 if you give the church’s telephone number (215-247-2561) when you turn in your used printer cartridges (any kind or type) at Staples. You can also leave your old cartridges in the Duo Room where they will be picked up and turned in to Staples.
— Dot F.

Purchasing Online? Shop Using iGive.com

Calling all online shoppers! Give to PIHN through iGive.com! You can make financial donations to PIHN without spending an extra penny. Do your holiday online shopping through iGive.com. It's as easy as 1-2-3...

  1. Visit this link: http://www.igive.com/Qx51lcq. It will take you to the iGive homepage with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network selected as your cause. Here, you can register to be a PIHN supporter (it's easy and free).
  2. After you sign up, you'll get an email telling you to install the iGive button with instructions on how to do so. You can download this onto any computer or phone you use to shop online. The button will show up on the top of your internet browser window.
  3. Press the iGive button, and browse 1,300+ stores that participate and select one. You'll see what percentage of your purchase will go to PIHN. Your purchase/donation will automatically be registered with iGive. You'll receive an email confirmation after you visit your first store, just to make sure the donation tracking system is working.
Go for it. And thanks!

A Super Easy Way for You to Help Restoration

What if Restoration earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause - Restoration! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy's and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you'll be supporting Restoration.

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give! Use the button link here on our church website. Or just go to http://www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

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