Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Sunday, June 17 —


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 Accessible for those with Disabilities!

Restoration features a ramp to the main sanctuary level and a recently completed wheelchair lift and accessible restroom on the lower level to make our Fellowship Hall more available 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

The Theme for June is "Open Arms; Open Minds"

June 24: You Must Add your Voice to the Song
Guest Speaker Alison Cornish
— Worship Associate Cathy M.

June Change for Change: ArtWell

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From your Moderator —

By the time you read this we should have announced the selection of a new Minister. I got a call a couple of nights ago from Annabel Grote that the Search Committee has made a selection. This certainly is great news and long awaited. I’d like to remind everyone that this is what just about everyone in our congregation wanted and made clear about at last year’s annual meeting. At that meeting I along with the rest of the Board made it clear that we had some work to do in order to get a full time Minister. To that end we ignited the Committee on Ministry to start looking at our various ministries and to take the pulse of the congregation. The charge was for the COM to work hand in hand with the Search Committee and the Board giving feedback and some direction for the search.

Another area that needed shoring up was our RE program. To that end we hired Joanna S. and by all accounts she is doing an excellent job. Joanna had put in place a good program that with a Minister we should start to see some growth. There are other areas where we have improved most notably with our Worship Associates. The Worship Associates led by Cathy M. and Linda H. have given us excellent worship services together with our music and choir led by our amazing Music Director Jane Hulting. Additionally a Security Committee was started to put together a security manual with procedures and to make needed upgrades to our building. Last but not least last year we noted that at that time we realized we could not afford a full time Minister

and that we would have to increase our pledges substantially to be in the position to do so. Amazingly we met that target.

So here we are at the end of another church year and we are certainly blessed with abundance. From my point of view in terms of the big picture things I look at (and sometimes worry over) we are in great shape as we head into our 199th year. Here’s the mental checklist I check off often. 1) we have money in the bank and can pay our bills 2) Our membership count is stable and attendance on Sundays is good. 3) the facilities are in good shape (except for that toilet in the downstairs bathroom that keeps clogging up). 4) Everyone seems to get along. No major problems or conflicts (we really do love each other) 5) Our ministries are active, 6) Our food continues to be great.

In closing I’d like to again thank all that helped us through this year and especially our fantastic Search Committee. We need to memorialize their work in some kind of way.

I also want you to know that we have begun strengthening our Pastoral care activities and encourage you to reach out to those who have been sick and haven’t been coming around as often. That includes; Bill D., Ellen R., Andy L. whose father passed away a couple of months ago and anyone else you might know who has or experiencing some sorrow or hardship. For me above all else how we care for each other is the most important thing we can do.

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: May 31, 2018

Church Office Hours

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

Email the or phone 215-247-2561.

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  To the Members and Friends of Restoration:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that our dear friend Bill D. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 12. Bill was a member of Restoration for nearly 60 years. His contributions, including his time as Moderator and chair of nearly every committee, are immeasurable. His final mission on our behalf was as a key member of the committee to identify our new minister.

For more than 40 years, Bill was the face of Restoration, welcoming members, friends and visitors at the door to our sanctuary every Sunday morning. Countless people who have joined this congregation over the years have noted that "I kept coming back because Bill remembered my name when I was a visitor."

Vivian and the family are planning a memorial service, but details are not yet confirmed. Please join us in keeping them close in your hearts.

Tim Styer, for the Board

Saturday, June 23 —

General Assembly Party

Not going to Kansas City for the GA this year? Wondering about the General Assembly? There are many reasons to attend but it can be a challenge!

The Ware Lecture is always a highlight of the gathering. Last year, Bryan Stevenson was very inspiring. The lecture is live streamed but less available after the fact.

Fern is offering to host a GA Party on the evening of June 23. It will begin at 7 pm our time (ahead of the lecture) and end by 10 pm. Please contact her if you are interested in attending. We will determine the location based upon the numbers of folks who want to "party." Sign up at church or send her an .

Sunday, June 24 —

Let's Finish the Mosaic

Mosaic-Making Work Session
Sunday, June 24
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Please join Joanna S. Sunday, June 24, for the fourth mosaic-making session.

WHAT: Mosaic-making work session
WHEN: Sunday, June 24, from 12:45 - 2:45 pm
WHERE: Back Classroom (with the large table)

Mosaic-making is open to all and will begin after coffee hour, running from approximately 12:45 to 2:45 pm in the back classroom. We'll be focusing on completing unfinished individual tiles. We also have room for up to five new tiles, so if you're looking for an opportunity to exercise your creativity, this Sunday's your chance!

Gloves will be provided, but a change of clothes and/or smocks are recommended - things can get a bit messy! You may also contact to schedule additional hours, or with any questions you may have.

Wednesday, June 27 —

CommUUnity Potluck Getherings

we gather at 6:30 pm for fellowship and an interesting topic centered around our social justice issues and life in our community. May will be completed with a visit from Jondhi Harrell who founded and directs The Center for Returning Citizens here in Philadelphia. We donated to his organization in its founding years. It will be great to hear about his current work and direction on Wed., May 30. You can explore his website at http://tcrcphilly.org

Please join us to get to know Imam Malik (who led a Sunday service recently) and some of his congregants at our June CommUUnity Potluck. We will meet in Hale Lounge. Bring items for a shared meal if possible. We usually end around 8:30 pm.

As we do every month, we meet for conversation and shared food at 6:30. Typically the program portion of the evening begins at 7 pm. You may bring food to share, or just come and be with us! July 25, and August 29, will complete the summer sessions of our CommUUnity Potluck Gatherings. Watch the weekly email newsletters and the Sunday Order of Services for more information.

Saturdays, July 7, and September 1 —

TWO Big Book Sales this Summer!

Saturday, July 7 and September 1

Keep your donations of hard and soft cover books, CDs & DVDs, VHS & audio tapes and jig-saw puzzles coming in so we’ll have lots to sell when we open the fellowship hall to the community for our Saturday, July 7, and Saturday, September 1, BIG BOOK SALES. We’ll need helpers to set up the display tables and to act as hall monitors, cashiers, and clean-up crews for both dates. Look for sign-up sheets on the piano in the fellowships hall in the weeks prior to both events.
— Dot F., BIG BOOK SALE Coordinator

Sunday, July 8 —

Second Sunday Potluck

Sunday, July 8, after the Potluck —

Justice Council Meeting

The next Justice Council meeting will be this Sunday, July 8, after the Church Potluck, probably starting at around 1 pm, in Hale Lounge. All are welcome - please join us!

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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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May 26 Flea Market was a Great Succe$$

Saturday, May 26, could not have been a more perfect day for a Flea Market. Our vendors started setting up at 6 AM and they kept on coming throughout the morning. We sold our own Flea Market merchandise in the Fellowship Hall, It flew off the tables. We had notably less to store away for the Fall Flea Market (on September 29) than in previous years. When all the IOUs are in and the bills paid we will have netted about $700.00 for the sale.

Many thanks go to those volunteers who provided publicity, helped to sort and set-up our merchandise in the Fellowship Hall, marked the spaces on the lawn, acted as Hall Monitors, and Cashiers and cleaned up and put away the tables after 3 pm.

Those volunteers were: Kathy B., Julie & Brad B., Anthony C., Enid D., Mariann E., Rita F., Shirley G., Annabel G., Peter J., Angela K., Anda L., Barbara M., Bridget M., Barbara P. and Rahkee S.

Special thanks also go to our Sexton, George C. who set up all the tables in the Fellowship Hall in perfect order early on Thursday morning. AND - to our Administrative Assistant, Desi, who handled publicity and many other details of the sale, and prepared and served the delicious hot dogs.

We could not have done it without all your effort!
— Cynthia B. & Dot F., Flea Market Coordinators

Summer Hospitality: It's up to YOU!!

Hospitality teams are disbanded during the months of June, July and August, partly because of co-ordinator fatigue and partly because of custom. Members travel and many prefer a more casual lifestyle.

When you are attending during these months, what can you do to help?
Food: bring something to share. Dot F. will continue her “coffee service,” unless she is away. Potluck Sundays continue as usual.
Greeting: If you arrive early, step in to greet. Be mindful of welcoming guests and follow up at coffee hour. Always wanted to ring the bell? Well, here is your chance.
If you are an experienced usher, take a look at the back of the church and see if anyone has stepped up – if not, volunteer on the spur of the moment. Remember that job involves two people counting and signing off on the funds collected.
Clean-up is a great time to chat and catch-up with your friends. Putting tables away could be your contribution.

New team assignments will be available in late August.

Thanks to all for assisting with so many of the tasks which support our Sunday services.

We are grateful for the continued service of coordinators Barbara P., Bridget M., assisted by Quinn, and Annabel G. If you are looking for a way to serve the church, stepping up to coordinate the teams is a good job for those who are good with email.

UU House Outreach Tips - Protect Yourself from Scams

You get letters and postcards. You receive phone calls. If you're online your inbox fills with pleas and sidebars sometimes distract you. Scammers try every possible method to entice you into buying their products.

There are a few ways to avoid scams.

  1. Place yourself on the federal government "Do not Call" or "Do Not Mail" lists:
    • Online: Visit DoNotCall.gov
    • Phone: 1-888-382-1222
  2. Ignore calls from any salesperson you did not ask to call you.
  3. If you listen, never give any information about yourself.
  4. Ask for the company name, the person's name and a callback number. Then, hang up and call the company using their normal phone number and ask about the call.
  5. WAIT. If you really want the product, stop and research the alternatives. Make sure you have your best choice.
You can also take the extra step by calling the Federal Trade Commission about an annoying call by using its hotline at 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357).

UU House Outreach gladly provides these and other helpful tips to its clients. If you know someone in Northwest Philadelphia who could use this information, please feel free to call at 215-843-5881.

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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!

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/

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.

A Super Easy Way for
You to Help Restoration

GoodSearch: You Search...We Give!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.

Be sure to enter the "Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration" as the charity you want to support.

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.
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