April 2017 Newsletter

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April 2A Place of Refuge Reverend David Morris
What does “sanctuary” mean to you?  Many of our congregations are taking part in a movement to offer forms of sanctuary to vulnerable people threatened with state-sanctioned harm.  Do we have a place in the “sanctuary movement?”

April 9 – Holy Thursday – Rosemary Rawlins
As part of The Shared Pulpit series, Rosemary will tell a story that illustrates how helpful it can be to pause, and what happens when we do. How hard is it for you to listen, wait, and receive the gifts you want in life?

April 16Practice Resurrection – Reverend David Morris
Easter Sunday is often celebrated as the specific and literal triumph of Jesus over death.  Poet Wendell Berry’s enigmatic phrase offers a different vision, praising the everyday revivals which keep our life vibrant and meaningful.

April 23 – Rev. Sally White, Guest from Moorehead City
A sermon from the “Shared Pulpit” series.

April 30 – Opening to the Power of Love and Life – Nancy Byrne
Stories about discovery and the wonder of opening to significance. A sermon from the “Shared Pulpit” series.



Rev. David Morris, Minister.
UUCOB Meetinghouse Office Hours
Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Thursdays 1 – 5 p.m.
Other times and locations available by appointment. Fridays are for writing and study, and Mondays are his “sacred day off.”  He can be reached by email at minister@uucob.org, and by phone any time at 252-423-3043.

Family Potluck and Game Night – April 14
Join us at 6 p.m. on Friday the 14th of April for a fun, family-friendly, relaxed event.  David will bring a vegan dish. Please bring a dish to share, and a game if you like.

Women’s Journey Group – April 12, 10:30 a.m.
Facilitator: Sandy Anderson
Topic: Chapter 7 from Listening Hearts, Cultivating Ourselves

Art Show and Opening
Our next art show will feature quilts from the Linus Quilt Project. The opening reception will be on Sunday April 2, and the quilts will be on display for the months of April and May. Local quilter Sally Meagher, leader of Project Linus, will speak to us at the reception about these special quilts. The project is now in its 17th year, and has grown from 8 quilters making 34 quilts to 70 quilters making 365 quilts – all of which are made locally and donated to area children who are ill or experiencing trauma in their lives. Contact Gwen Taylor for more information. 715-0559 or gwen@tayloremail.com

Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day
This year’s joint Yom HaShoah service with the Jewish Congregation of the Outer Banks (JCOB) which meets in our meetinghouse, will be held on April 25 at 6:30 p.m.  This service to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust is very moving and all are encouraged to attend.

The service consists of prayers, readings and music.  JCOB held an essay competition for high school students and the two winners from First Flight High School will be reading their essays during the service.

One profound ritual during the service is the “reading of names.”  Ten people will each read a page of names of people who perished in concentration camps.  If you would like to participate in this, please contact George Lurie at gymnix@aol.com or 255-1866.

We hope to have a good representation of our congregation at this important, heartfelt service.

Heal the World Study Group
Thursdays, April 6 and April 20 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
This drop-in group meets in the meetinghouse the first and third Thursday of each month and is open to all those interested in the work of building a more just world and to join an ongoing exploration of recent books that open powerful new ways of seeing the systems and structures that perpetuate inequality.

Amazon Smile Fundraising
Here’s an easy way to raise money for our congregation when you do your regular shopping on Amazon.com.  Now when you shop at Amazon.com use this link and .5% of your purchase will be donated to UUCOB.   After you put this link in your browser the first time, you can just type smile.amazon in your browser for future shopping and it will take you to Amazon and automatically send us .5% of your purchase.

Pledge Drive Update
I am so very pleased to inform our members and friends of the outstanding progress we are making in our 2017-2018 UUCOB pledge drive.  As of Sunday, April 2 we have received 13 pledging units, for a total pledge amount of $22,265 which is almost half (exactly 49.6% ) of our preliminary budgeted pledge  request .  Thank you all for stepping forward and pledging as generously as you have done.  We still are awaiting more than half of the pledges to come in.  There are extra pledge forms on the back table at UUCOB.  If our pledge drive continues at this great rate hopefully we can increase the amount in our final budget to increase our minister’s salary.  Thank you again for showing your support to UUCOB. Sandra C. Anderson , Treasurer

UUA General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25
Registration and Housing for GA opened March 1. Rooms often sell out. If you’re thinking of attending GA, please know that the number of guests staying at the “official” conference hotels helps to secure meeting space for the Assembly as well as gains support for the environmental and fair employment practices the UUA negotiates with the hotels. It would be wonderful to take a full complement of delegates plus any more folks who would like to take part in this planned “Justice General Assembly.”  GA is always exciting, and this year promises a powerful and memorable experience.

April Share-the-Plate – Feline Hope
Feline Hope is a private, non-profit organization that operates a “no-kill” animal shelter providing food and shelter, offering medical care, and finding loving homes for homeless kittens and cats.