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November 8, 2017

Spiritual Focus for November – ABUNDANCE

========== THIS SUNDAY =========

“FINDING SPIRITUALITY THROUGH FOOD” – Carrie McCann
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
When Carrie McCann got sick and the doctors couldn’t figure out what was going on, she decided to make diet and lifestyle changes. When started using food as her medicine she got more than she bargained for. As someone who spent much of her teenage years and early twenties rebelling against anything that remotely mirrored religion, she was surprised when she found spirituality through learning how to cook and eating nourishing foods. Peter Farb and George Armelagos posited that “food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences.” Carrie will talk about her own experiences around food and nourishing her body and finding community and spirituality in the process.
The worship experience begins when the doors are unlocked early Sunday morning and extends even beyond the last cleaned & dried cup is put away and the last light is turned out and the doors locked on Sunday afternoon. Consciously or not, intentionally or not–even whether present or not– we all create the worship experience together.

SHARE THE PLATE
OUR PARTNER for November and December is THE SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM, a multicultural initiative of the Black & White Reunion and is celebrating its 20th year on January 20, 2018! Centered on growing racial justice in the Pittsburgh-region and beyond, The Summit Against Racism was formed in response to the murder of Jonny Gammage, an unarmed black man who died of positional asphyxiation at the hands of several white police officers during a traffic stop on October 12, 1995. This one-day conference is intended for those who want to understand the impact of individual, interpersonal, institutional and structural racism, and the need for systemic change in the Greater Pittsburgh region. This is an opportunity to put your social justice beliefs to work and volunteer now for this monumental event in OUR city. The only qualification required is your desire to disrupt and dismantle racism.The event will be held at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. For more information go to our website at summitagainstracism.org or feel free to call us at (412) 444-8436.

This Sunday evening, November 12, 5:00PM, in the UHouse:
Consciously or not, intentionally or not–even whether present or not– we all create the worship experience together.  This Sunday evening, Rev Dave & the Worship Ministry have invited the entire Worship Crew (Worship Hosts, Worship Leaders, Worship Musicians, Greeters, Church Leadership) to a deep dive into worship at Allegheny. Sunday, November 12, 5:00PM, in the UHouse, we’ll explore recent developments in worship. If you are not part of the designated Worship Crew but would like to deepen your commitment to, or experience of worship; you, too, are welcome! If you can’t, then you’re invited to take a few moments around 5PM to pray or send good vibes or light a candle or think pleasant, supportive thoughts–whatever may be your habit– for the good folks gathering in the name of Allegheny’s deeper, more inclusive, more intentional, more transformational worship.

SAVE THE DATE
Take a Breath: a Holiday Season Worth Celebrating!
Rev. Dave shares tools for bringing more joy (and less stress) to the holidays. Tuesday, November 14, 7:00PM, UHouse, 1110 Resaca Place (15212) behind the sanctuary.

========== Upcoming Sundays =========

“THANKSGIVING SUNDAY”
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Bread Communion
Allegheny’s THANKSGIVING POTLUCK will follow the service. All are welcome. Bring a dish, bring a friend, just come. Sign up sheet is available this Sunday. Dishes should be cooked, warm and ready to serve. Everyone can help with clean-up. Any questions, contact <membership@alleghenyuu.org> or “ask around.”

HOLIDAY CARD TREE
The Holiday Card Tree will appear in the Emerson Room on Sunday, November 19. Share your wishes for comfort and joy with everyone at Allegheny UU by pinning your holiday card to the tree.

“GRATEFUL REFLECTIONS”
Sunday, November 26, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Song, Stillness, Word

112th ANNIVERSARY of the FIRST GATHERING
Sunday, December 3, 2017, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

======= ALLEGHENY ANNOUNCEMENTS ==========

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH SELECTED NCM’s OUTSTANDING CONGREGATION OF THE YEAR!

“KEEPING IT GREEN”
Do you like to “Keep It Green” at home? We do, too. It’s time to help keep it green at your spiritual home. These old windows leak a lot of heat. With the cold months upon us, our window insulators need to be repaired and installed. And YOU can help! (Yes, you!) Contact Charlie at <house@alleghenyuu.org> or just ask around, we’ll hook you up.

THANKSGIVING POTLUCK
Allegheny’s THANKSGIVING POTLUCK will follow the service on Sunday, November 19. All are welcome. Bring a dish, bring a friend, just come. Sign up sheet is available this Sunday. Dishes should be cooked, warm and ready to serve. Everyone can help with clean-up. Any questions, contact <membership@alleghenyuu.org> or “ask around.”

ALLEGHENY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH SELECTED NCM’s OUTSTANDING CONGREGATION OF THE YEAR!
Allegheny UU Church was selected by the planning team for this year’s Celebration of Caring as the outstanding congregation of the year! Based on AUUCs committment to social justice in the Northside including work on shelter meal, food pantry collections, share the plate donations, work with the local recreation center, with local immigrant communities and planning of the “We’re Glad You’re Our Neighbor” picnic, AUUC lives out NCM’s mission to care for our brothers and sisters in need.

========== REGULARLY AT ALLEGHENY ===========

“GET WOKE + STAY WOKE DISCUSSION GROUP: ALLEGHENY REFLECTIONS ON RACISM”
Please join us as we continue to explore White Supremacy and other systems of oppression. We seek to better understand our role in these systems and how we can move through our histories to a place of healing and action. <https://www.facebook.com/auucreflections>

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Tuesdays, 11:00AM – 12:00noon, Unitarian House, 1110 Resaca Place

PLEASANT VALLEY SHELTER MEAL 3rd Thursday, 8:00PM

HOLIDAY SEASON GIANT EAGLE GROCERY CARDS FUND RAISER FOR ALLEGHENY UU CHURCH
Place order by the last Sunday of the month – receive cards on the next Sunday.
You receive full value, Allegheny receives 3%-5% of cost of cards ordered.
Questions? Contact Betty Schwarz (bpowerschwarz@gmail.com) for information or to place an order.

STAY CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY
CONTACT <justice@alleghenyuu.org> to connect with church justice efforts.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE at <http://www.alleghenyuu.org> for all meetings and events, check Calendar & then Stay Informed.
JOIN US ON FACEBOOK at <https://www.facebook.com/AlleghenyUU>.

========== FAITH & JUSTICE PARTNER EVENTS ==========

CONGRATULATIONS to all who planned and participated in the 2017 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS OF GREATER PITTSBURGH!

ALTERNATIVE GIFT COUPON BOOK
Celebrate the season by buying a night of shelter for a homeless man, as a present for a family member, or a hundred dozen eggs to help stock the food pantry, for a friend.
Use this link to the Northside common Ministries Alternative Gift Coupon Book to see other options or to place an order:
<http://www.ncmin.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/alternativegiftcouponbook.pdf>

WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT, Sunday December 16, 2017, 7:00PM- 9:00PM
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church, 416 West North Ave., Pittsburgh, 15212
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice with an evening of programming presented by Northside neighbors Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church and City of Asylum.

20th ANNUAL SUMMIT AGAINST RACISM
The Summit Planning Committee is currently accepting resumes for two positions for the 20th Annual Summit Against Racism, a multicultural initiative of the Black and White Reunion, to be held on January 20, 2018.
Not ready to coordinate SAR20 but still want to help plan?
We are always looking for new faces to join the Planning Committee in a volunteer capacity.
Meetings are held every other Thursday at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave) in Long Hall room 216 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. (Thursday, October 26, November 9, Thursday, November 30 -we are skipping two weeks here due to the holiday)
Please email <summitagainstracism@gmail.com> for more information.

======== About Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church ==========

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