Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration
Posted Wednesday, October 18 —

Sunday, November 12: Special Congregational Meeting
and Vote following Coffee Hour

While only members can actually vote, friends of the church are encouraged
to attend and enter into the discussion.

At a special congregational meeting scheduled for 12:45 pm on Sunday, November 12, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration will be asked to vote on a motion to temporarily suspend Article III, Section 1 of the congregation’s by-laws:

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP Section 1: [Admission] Any person who by signing the Membership Book declares the intention to support the goals of the Church and Unitarian Universalist Purposes and Principles shall be welcomed for membership by vote of the Trustees.
This temporary suspension would allow Mr. Terry Williams, who is unable to travel, to be welcomed into membership. All eligible voting members are asked to attend.

This meeting is also an opportunity for the Board of trustees to provide updates on current church affairs.


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

October 22: "White Supremacy Teach-in Part 2?"
Naomi Washington-Leapheart
— Worship Associate: Brenda R.

October 29: "Ritual of Remembrance"
Our October 29 service will include our annual remembrance of those members and friends who have died during the past calendar year. If you have any departed loved ones to add to our list, please contact

In addition, we will be bringing to mind people who have contributed to the richness of our congregation over the years. Thinking of these folks, try to pinpoint the period of time in which they were active with us. This will enrich our efforts to document our history.
— Worship Associates: Annabel G., Bernadette L. and Fern C.

Change for Change

In October, the Change for Change will go to BLUU, Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith. http://www.blacklivesuu.com/

From your Moderator —

While writing my piece for our annual report for our last church year I wrote as an opening in reference to this time last year: “Going into the new Church year we had to adjust to life as a congregation without our called Minister, Kathy Ellis who retired at the end of our last Church year due to illness, the news that our long term Music Director Jane Hulting would be out for the foreseeable future due to illness, the resignation of our Treasurer, and the absence or a RE Coordinator”. It seems distant but also not that long ago. I recall being somewhat anxious about things back then as were others. I recall saying that we were going to be okay. We’ve been through tough time before and we go through. I know from experience that tough times often bring out the best in folks.

As we move into a new church year I am heartened to learn today that the search committee has a candidate for Minister. I’ve looked over the candidate and am impressed. I’ll wait however for the Committee to do their due diligence before making any endorsements. Nonetheless I’d like to commend the search committee as well as the Committee on Ministry

for the time and effort they’ve put into helping us to not only determine a good Ministerial fit for us but for also beginning to provide clear perspective as to who we are, what are our strengths and weaknesses and what might be holding us back. I realize that many of you have heard this before and I’ll say that is good. This is now, that was then. Things have changed a lot of the years. It is a sign of a healthy congregation that take the time to look hard at itself.

I also would like to acknowledge and thank Linda Hansel and Cynthia Bradley, the Worship Associates, Len and Anam for organizing our worship services while we are without a minister. It may not be by our ingathering Sunday in September but soon after we can look forward to a new Minister as well as a new RE Coordinator.

Meanwhile I’d like to ask everyone if they know of someone who we haven’t seen for a while or who is sick to let me know.

I’m looking forward to a wonderful ingathering and Church year!

Yours in Service
— Tim Styer   posted: August 28, 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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Wednesday, October 25 —

Next CommUUnity Potluck Supper Meeting

The potluck part is very low-key but sharing food together is part of building and sustaining our community. You can bring whatever you wish to add to the communal meal. This month depending upon the turn-out we may choose to watch some or all of a documentary called Strong Island, or we may decide that a specific topic demands our attention, such as the issues of supporting the recovery in the US territories in the Caribbean, or the joyful release of Javier Flores, who had been staying inside the Arch Street United Methodist Church since shortly after the November 2016 elections. There is a short story at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/javier-flores-garcia-sanctuary-arch-street-methodist-church-ice-20171011.html

Remember that we meet on the last Wednesday of each month, at 6:30 pm:
Oct. 25, Nov. 29 and Dec. 27, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, and Mar. 28.

Thursday, October 26, and Saturday, November 18 —

Folk Factory News

Open Stage/Open Circles Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30-10:30 pm

A low-pressure, supportive chance to perform in public or just enjoy good live music. The first hour and a half or so is the Open Stage, where performers sign up for slots and perform on stage with lights and a sound system. It’s good to aim to arrive by 7:15 to sign up for a good spot in the lineup. After a break, there is then about an hour of Open Circle, which is much more informal and participatory, where we go around the circle, and everyone gets to request a song (which someone else can lead), sing a song, read a poem, tell a story, take a rain check, or pass. Admission: $2-5, sliding scale (half for low or no wage); $1 off for UUCR members and friends (tell the door volunteer).

Concert by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway (of Brother Sun)
Saturday, November 18, at 8 pm

On Saturday, November 18, at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30), Folk Factory will present a concert by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway (of Brother Sun), at $12-40 per person (sliding scale, kids under 12 free!); $2 off for UUCR members and friends (tell the door volunteer). Advance tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=folk. To arrange childcare, call 215-848-6246 by November 13. For more information, check out our Facebook page by searching for Folk Factory or ask Bruce P. at church or at 215-848-6246.

If you are interested in volunteering,
talk to Bruce at church or at 215-848-6246!

Saturday, November 11 —

Service Auction Ahead in November!

Restoration's next service auction is on the horizon. This year's theme is Superheroes. For those not familiar with this annual event, the auction is Restoration's second largest fundraiser of the year. It's a service auction, which means we're not putting items (clothing, jewelry, home goods, etc.) up for bid. Instead, we're asking our members and friends to take stock of their skills and consider what services they can offer. Its success rests on the willingness of you, members and friends of the congregation, to participate.

There are two big ways you can help:

  • First, consider what services you can offer that others would be willing to purchase. Think of your professional skills, hobbies or things you enjoy doing, and be creative in how you might contribute them to the auction. Are you an IT specialist? Perhaps you could offer to help someone set up their new laptop. Do you enjoy cooking? You can offer to bake a cake, cook a special meal, or host a theme party. If you're a gardener, you can offer to weed, mow, plant, or even design a garden for someone else. Past services have included window-washing, yard work, chauffeuring, car-repair, parties and musical events. Think creatively!
  • Second, take a look at the services and events others will be offering, and bid on them as generously as you can.
We'll begin with two silent auctions (where you can peruse the services offered and begin filling out the bid sheets) at the social hour following the Sunday services on October 29, and November 5.

Then join us (in costume!) as we wrap up with a Superheroes Superparty in the fellowship hall on Saturday, November 11, beginning at 6 pm. The party will feature hors d'oeuvres, a three-course dinner, entertainment and a live auction, during which you can bid on any services that were not closed out on the two preceding Sundays.

Sunday, November 19 —

Restoration Welcomes New RE Coordinator
and RE Workshop News

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has offered Mrs. Joanna Smith the position of Religious Exploration Coordinator and that she has accepted.

Joanna has a background in Theatre arts, Preschool Education and as a RE Director for First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. Joanna has recently returned to Philadelphia with her husband after a brief residency in Indiana. Joanna holds of Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.

Joanna will officially start with Restoration, Sunday, October 22. She will be working at least 10 hrs. per week to start. Board President, Tim S. is assembling a small team of parents and other interested congregation members who will assist Joanna in getting started and serve as her congregational support team. Please let Tim know if you are interested in spending some time with this effort. Additionally, Joanna will be consulting with Sarah Ahrens our RE Consultant the Board engaged with last Winter. Sarah and Joanna will be facilitating a RE workshop for Parents and friends of Parents who have children. The workshop will be held on Sunday, November 19, at 3:30 - 5:30 pm. We will have childcare. There will be more details to come about this event.

Please join us in welcoming Joanna and help spread the word about our exciting plans to revitalizing our RE program.

Throughout November —

Donate in November: Clothing and Shoes
for the Whosoever Gospel Mission

Throughout NOVEMBER donations of clothing and shoes will be accepted for the Whosoever Gospel Mission in Germantown. Donations must be clean and in good condition (no stains, rips, or holes). Our donations will be sold at the Mission’s Thrift stores to provide operating funds for the Mission’s work with rehabilitation and job readiness for homeless men.

Please put your donations of clothing and shoes in sturdy plastic trash bags because these bags will be handled several times, sometimes roughly. Boxes of GLAD FORCE FLEX bags will be available for your use. You can find these bags in Hale hallway and on the window sill in the Fellowship Hall. Please leave your donations in Hale hallway.
— Dot F., WGM Donations Coordinator

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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!

Thursdays, 7:15 pm —

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

In the coming months we will be having a discussion group based on the book Soul Work, edited by Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley and Nancy Palmer Jones (published by the UUA). It includes highlights from a conference focusing on Anti-Racism, UUism, and theology, with excerpts of presentations, responses to them, and dialogue among the participants. We plan to meet roughly once a month on Thursday nights after the Vigil, when there is no choir rehearsal or Folk Factory Open Stage. Our first session will be Thursday, October 19, from 7:15-8:45 pm, in the Board Room (upstairs in Hale Hall, at the end of the corridor), and we will be discussing the first chapter. We will have snacks available for participants - let us know if you need substantial food because of the timing!

There are several copies of the book available to borrow - look in Bruce P.'s mailbox in the Duo Room, and put your name on the Borrow list. It can be purchased online from Amazon (new or used, or in Kindle format for $9.99). Please join us for these discussions, whenever you can make it, even if you have to miss some of them.

Please join us for these discussions, whenever you can make it, even if you have to miss some of them. For more information, contact at 215-848-6246.

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Autumn 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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In Reading, Speaker Urges Unitarians to Widen their Scope

Dr. Takiyah Nur Amin delivered the keynote on Saturday, October 7, at the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention (PUC) at the first Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County in Reading.

Attached, is an article from the Reading Eagle about this speaker.

The Greater Philly UU Cluster

The Greater Philly UU Cluster (GPC) http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/ is comprised of 14 nearby UU congregations and is actively connecting these congregations to share our message, grow our faith and strengthen congregations. Here are some opportunities to get involved:
  • Justice and Gerrymandering: Why Redistricting Reform Matters Sat, October 7, 2017|
    9:30 am - 12:00 noon (Check-in starts at 9:00 am)
    Unitarian Society of Germantown, 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19119

    Carol Kuniholm (chair and co-founder of Fair Districts PA) will explain the redistricting process and its impact on social policy in Pennsylvania with additional insights into New Jersey and national redistricting efforts. She will demonstrate how the current process undermines democracy, suggest a solution, and offer ideas on how all citizens can support and encourage change. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to break into small groups to learn more about what's happening in their area and ways they can get involved.

    • FREE event. All are welcome.
    • See attached flyer
    • Please register by Sept 15 (so we can prepare small group leaders and materials) at: http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/events/justice-and-gerrymandering/

Check out the Cluster website (http://www.greaterphillyuu.org/) for more information and get connected with your fellow UU's!

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UU House Outreach: Caring for Caregivers

Caregivers may not be the people you think they are. According to AARP and the National Care Alliance, nearly 1 in 10 US caregivers is 75 years old or older. They average 24 hours a week feeding, bathing and dressing their parents, partners or offsprings many of whom live with them. Additionally, caregivers manage household tasks and finances. Many caregivers don't realize that THEY also need help.

For those who live in northwest Philadelphia, UUH Outreach staff can connect them and their care recipients to agencies that may provide them with:

Caregiving tips and classes
In-home assistance and supplemental services
Individual counseling
Support groups
Respite care
Home modifications

If you know an older person who could use a little help, please contact Outreach at 215-843-5881 or email Mary Fallon at mfallon@uuhouse.org

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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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