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JUNE 2016


BEACON U n i t a r i a n C h u r c h o f L i n c o l n

Sunday Services

Worship Arts News New Members

Unitarian Gallery

Including “Father’s Day Service” on June 19

Julie Enersen reflects on her twelve years of service

Please help us welcome Morissa and Megan!

Our June 2016 artist is Janna Harsch

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Thriving in the UCL: Introducing Reed Maly as the new President written by Rich Little, BOT member

Reed is a 56-year Lincoln native with brothers in Lincoln and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and a sister in Oklahoma City, wife Sheila, and two gems (12 and 15year old daughters Grace Ella and Georgia Elizabeth), “with whom I could not be more proud.” Outside of UCL and his family, Reed is proud of being a 12-gallon donor at the Community Blood Bank. Reed has been working for Assurity Life Insurance Company for 31 years in Information Technology, specifically with security protocols and various compliance processes. Reed enjoys music, is self-teaching on guitar and bass, and performs with the A Street Band. He enjoys collecting opinions as a way to broaden his scope. Asked about his beliefs about the nature of the world, Reed quipped, “I’ve three bibles: To Kill A Mockingbird for all things societal, Zen and the Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance for all things reasonable, and spiritually Stranger In a Strange Land, with a whole bunch of tangential ideas born from Vonnegut, Steinbeck, Wolfe, Neihardt and Sandoz et al.” Reed said he would love to read more but has trouble scheduling the time. Reed has had links to the Unitarian Church of Lincoln through his mother Shirley, and his beloved Aunt and Uncle Sheila and Orvis Wall. Reed and Sheila Maly were married outdoors at the

Unitarian Church of Lincoln. Since joining the UCL several years ago, Reed thinks of many church members as having a great influence on him. “You know what, it’s a set of concentric circles at the center with Sheila, surrounded by Georgia and Grace, surrounded by Tonya, Rich, Trish, Kipp, Trish-O, Sheila-T, and branching out. Almost ten years of membership and I’ve really met some wonderful friends via our church.” Reed recalled a favorite UCL event in which he “really liked the fellowship event held at the Rococo Theatre. I got to play guitar and wear a fedora onstage.” In regards to accomplishments within the UCL Reed said, “I’ve heard that I’m fairly successful working with our Teen group in RGL.” Asked about what he would like to see as his legacy in the church, Reed responded, “I’d enjoy touching base with a previous Teen group member and having them remember me and something we discussed.” Regarding his new role as board president, Reed stated: “I’ve taken a number of opportunities to muse upon our congregation and am humbled by the talents, depth and knowledge that comes together at 6300 A Street. I’m excited to be a part of guiding us through the next year to position us for calling a minister. I’m blessed with the opportunity to work closely with Gretchen Woods and our Board.” The biggest challenge he sees is: “It’s always the budget isn’t it? The frank reality is that it takes money to do what we want to do.” 

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A Month of Sundays 10:00AM at 6300 A Street Sunday, June 5 - “Flower Communion” Bring a flower (or several) to represent you as part of the congregation. You will receive a flower from another congregant to take home. There will be the usual volunteer appreciation, including naming the Unsung UU. Do come and share! Worship Leaders: Karen Dienstbier, Julie Enersen, Jean Helms, Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Music: One-Hour Choir, Chalice Flame Choir Post-Service: All Church Potluck Lunch

Sunday, June 12 - “High School Senior Celebration” Katie Barnes-Josiah, Jordan Bonney-Heermann, Gus Burchell, Josiah Bevard and Monica Starr. Worship Leaders: Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Music: Julia Haack, cello; Declan Lanning, trombone; Meredith Enersen and Jazmine Thomas, vocalists Share the Plate: ACLU of Nebraska

Sunday, June 19 - “Father’s Day Service” Presenting a panel of fathers of all ages, sharing their heart-felt experiences of being a father. Worship Leaders: Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Music: Bill Carpenter, piano Share the Care: LGBTA Welcoming Committee

Sunday, June 26 “Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect” We will gather at a Special Time: 9:30AM – 11:00AM in order to see the whole service. The 2016 UUA General Assembly in Columbus, OH provides live streaming of the Sunday Worship. This is the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Worship Leader: Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd Music from General Assembly

All Church Potluck Sunday, June 5 • 11:30AM • Gallery/Patio

Bring a dish to share and join us for this end-of-the-year potluck! In order to minimize the cleanup time, we ask that you bring your own table setting. Sponsored by the Newcomer Committee.

Share the Plate 2016/2017 Announcing the organizations (as voted by our members at the Annual Spring Meeting) who will be recipients of our Share the Plate 2016/2017 program beginning this month. •Fresh Start •Planned Parenthood •PCM Free Clinic •ACLU Nebraska •Voices of Hope •Friendship Home •Food Bank of Lincoln •Center for People in Need •The Indian Center •Malone Center

Krista Tippett Live (virtually) Saturday, June 25 • 6:00PM • Auditorium

The 2016 Ware Lecture, General Assembly highlight event, will be delivered by Peabody Award winning broadcaster Krista Tippett, host of “On Being". This event will be live-streamed in our auditorium for us all to enjoy and share together. We will gather at 6:00PM and settle in. The lecture begins at 6:30PM CDT. This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and other "On Being" fans that you know.  For more information about Krista Tippett, please visit www.onbeing.org. To view or read past Ware Lecturers, CLICK HERE ...including Mary Oliver, May Sarton, Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Sister Simone, Kurt Vonnegut and more!

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WO RS H IP Woods Working: “Selecting a New Worship Arts Director” First, I need to acknowledge that the Unitarian Church of Lincoln (UCL) has had an extraordinary Worship Arts Director in Julie Enersen. She created a program unique to this church and one treasured by its members. You, the members and friends of UCL, through the Cottage Meetings in January, February, and March, identified the Music Program at UCL, as one of the leading activities that “makes your hearts sing.” Of course, no one can replace Julie. No person can replace any other person in the larger scheme of things. Julie received your enthusiastic endorsement as a member of the Ministerial Search Committee, so she will continue to serve this congregation in meaningful ways. But now it is time to find someone to serve as Worship Arts Director so UCL may continue its rich heritage of worthy worship. According to the UCL By-Laws, I could simply hire someone. My understanding of congregational polity: that the authority for hiring staff resides in the Board, as representatives of the congregation, causes me to suggest an experiment for this process. I asked the Board to select a Task Force to work with me. They chose the Personnel Committee (Jamie Radcliffe and Dan Wheeler [Karen Heafer is excused because she is on the Ministerial Search Committee.]), plus Rich Little and Reed Maly from the Board of Trustees (BOT) for this experiment.

The task force, with significant technological help from Megan McGuffey, created a survey about what you most want in music for the services. The survey will be available through Google and hard copy in the office for those who are not tech savvy or don’t like to fill out surveys on the computer. Stay tuned for announcements about the survey in early June. The results will help the Task Force finalize the job description that will be advertised, both in local papers and job boards and through the UU Musicians Network. The Task Force hopes to select three or four candidates for interview in late July or early August, with the intention of having a new Worship Arts Director for September 1, 2016. It is my belief that this process will provide a clear path to a positive outcome for all involved. I am not adverse to making arbitrary decisions when necessary, but I believe something as important to you as the next Worship Arts Director should be selected with clear process and due diligence. I sincerely hope you will participate by answering the survey and keeping us apprised of your questions and concerns. Your thoughts matter here. Wishing you all a wonderful, restful, and relaxing summer, Gretchen Woods, Accredited Interim Minister

Notes from the Board: At the Annual Spring Meeting Linda Brown, Rich Little and Mark Shiffler were elected Trustees and began three-year terms on June 1. New board executives: Reed Maly, President; Kristi Wamstad-Evans, Vice President; Molly Klocksin, Secretary. Lindsay Bartlett will serve as Immediate Past President for one year. Members also adopted the Vision/Mission/Covenant/Big Thing and voted on Share the Plate recipients. On the Management Team front - Christine Starr Davis is outgoing Property and Finance Coordinator and will serve as interim treasurer through June 30. Michael Straatman began his service June 1 as the Property Coordinator. On May 17 the Board approved a new Model of Financial Leadership. The nominations committee is making an open and active call for a new Treasurer. The deadline for Treasurer nominations is June 9. Please direct any questions to Steve Enersen steveenersen@gmail.com 402.475.9988. Use this link www.unitarianlincoln.org/member-info to the Member-Info password protected page of the website where you will find job descriptions, the VMCBT, Financial Model and more! Contact the church office for the password. 6300 A St • Lincoln, NE 68510 • 402.483.2213 • unitarianlincoln.org


WO RS H IP Worship Arts News: Reflections on the Past Twelve Years by Julie Enersen, outgoing Worship Arts Director

“I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in My Heart” I can clearly remember the Sunday morning in 2004 when then-minister Fritz Hudson announced that the current music director would be leaving her position at church. I could feel the sideways glances from other members and knew they were thinking, “Hey...Julie stopped teaching music a couple of years ago and, now that both kids are in school, she probably has the time to do the job.” So, I met with Fritz a couple of times and eventually said “yes.” It was only six hours a week (directing the choir was purely a volunteer activity at that time) so how much impact could it have on my life? As it turns out, the job has had a major impact on life and has solidified Unitarian Universalism as a centerpiece of it. I’ve been lucky to work with a congregation that is open to all kinds of experiences. My UU music colleagues often make statements such as “My members would NEVER go for that.” That was just not the case in our church. Our congregation jumped in and embraced whatever activity I asked them to do, whether it was singing pop songs with The ‘A’ Street Band, listening to a musical piece played by three radios, participating in an allchurch art project or adding dance to a hymn. Also, I have never before worked with a group of singers who were as good-natured, supportive, trusting and gung-ho as the choir. I feel incredibly blessed to have spent so many hours with those wonderful people. We sometimes found notes we didn’t expect and called it “unexpected jazz.” Other

times found notes we didn’t expect and called it “sublime.” The choir held me up as I grieved personal losses and we held each other up when the congregation faced community losses. We have amassed a bevy of surprising, disappointing, and life-changing moments together which are too many to list. Through it all, the choir never failed to make me proud. And then there were the Drama Club services! We had so many little details to consider each time we undertook one of those allyouth services featuring art/music/drama, but the kids and other adult leaders stuck with it. We were able to create worship that was beautiful, funny and astonishing...I am still in awe of what we were able to accomplish. As a result of being the Worship Arts Director, I’ve attend regional and national conferences, I’ve become very engaged with the Musicians Network, my family has sought out UU family camps in the summer, and I’ve made lifelong UU friends here at home and across North America. I had no idea this would be the result when I told Fritz I’d be willing to hire guest musicians for Sunday services. After June 12, I plan to be mostly absent from worship services because I want to create space into which other musical leaders can rise. I think that’s only fair to the congregation and to my eventual successor. But I won’t be disappearing from church, I’ll simply be reappearing in other ways. I am VERY excited to be able to participate in the Ministerial Search Committee. So…here’s to whatever’s next for all of us and to twelve years that were full of joy, joy, joy, joy because of all of you. As the song says, that joy is “down in my heart to stay!”

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RELIG IO US G RO WTH & LEA RNING Have a Seuss-tacular Sunday! This Summer, our Sunday program for K-5th grade students will be led by the fabulous Christina Strong. We will still have preschool and nursery care available which will be led by our other paid childcare staff members. Students who are 6th grade and older are invited to enjoy the services or may assist in the Ingatherings as helpers.

Did you know that many of Dr. Seuss's books can correlate with our UU principles? Here is a list of a few examples...

Respect Everyone (Inherent Worth and Dignity) is The Sneetches Offer Fair and Kind Treatment is Horton Hatches an Egg Yearn to Learn/Accept Each Other is How the Grinch Stole Christmas Grow by seeking truth and meaning is Horton Hears a Who Believe in your ideas and listen to others (right of conscience and democracy) is Yertle the Turtle

Insist on Peace and Justice in the World is The Butter Battle Value the Web of Life is The Lorax Geisel once said in an interview, “I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” Please join us for our Summer Classes beginning June 12 where we will certainly stir up some fantasy and wake up the brain cells. Let Christina or I know if you are interested in volunteering as an assistant. Peace, Faith and Love,

Chelsea JUNE RGL CALENDAR Preschool Class and Nursery Care are available every Sunday for younger Pre-K children in the Preschool Room. JUNE 5








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NEWS NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Delighted, Determined, Debarking

We are determined to reach all the way to our operating pledge goal of $348,820.

A report of the Mgmt Team by Christine Starr Davis

We are delighted to celebrate the addition of Michael Straatman to the Management Team as the well-qualified and ready-to-roll Property Coordinator. Learn more about his background in his nomination form on the Member-Only page of the website. I will have the privilege of ensuring that Michael is thoroughly debriefed on all things property related before my departure as the very last Property and Finance Coordinator. We are indebted to the following debarking committee chairs. Their leadership has been defining: Evelyn Weymouth - Worship Associates, Lee Manns - Public Relations, Sharad Seth - Social Justice; Becky Seth - Green Sanctuary and Martha Horvay - Grounds. All of you will decide whose leadership skills will carry the ball forward.

If you have been submitting pledge payments, but haven't submitted a pledge card, please contact the church office to officially provide an estimate of your gifts. We have pledges totaling over $328,000 right now, so we are well within reach. Located in different "hot spots" around the church you will see purple flyers and nearby, gold/manila envelopes with slips that look similar to the one shown below. Notice the wide distribution of gifts needed? Please, if you are able, choose a level that is comfortable for you. It won't take a dozen people. It won't take four dozen people. The model shows needed gifts from 123 households to fully fund the church. With more modest gifts, more households than that will be needed. If every pledging household could pledge $100 more today ($10/month), we'd be there.

Thank You So Much for Your Pledge Adjustment! Please check the additional gift you can offer to close the 2016 Pledge Gap to keep our mission fully-funded, sign, print your name and return this to the church office. ADD’L GIFT YOU CAN OFFER



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Notes From the Transition Team

Submitted by Karen Heafer and Barbara Pearson

Respectfully submitted by Evelyn Weymouth

All Church Garage Sale: Thurs - Sat, June 9 - 11

Reduce the clutter in your house and give someone else the opportunity to reuse your unwanted items. Donate items to the All Church Garage Sale! Items will be accepted beginning at noon on Monday, June 6 through 5:00 pm Wednesday, June 8. We do not have a place to store things before this time. Call the church office at 402-483-2213 if you need help moving bulky items and we will do our best to accommodate you. Things to remember: • Focus on household items, collectibles, home décor, tools, sporting goods, toys and games. • Items must be clean, in good repair and usable • Items must be priced by you • We can accommodate smaller furniture such as end tables and chairs. • We will not accept large items such as refrigerators, couches and freezers. • No analog televisions, no guns or other weapons, no old computer equipment. • Donor must agree that we can give any unsold items to another public charity So tell your friends and neighbors to save the date and come to the sale. If you are willing to help with the sale, contact the church office. This garage sale, open to the public, is a planned fundraiser to support our operating budget with a goal of raising $3,000, so we need you to bring all the salable items you can in order to have a successful sale. And, who knows, you may find something you have been looking for at the sale!

With the vote on May 15 to accept the Vision/ Mission/Covenant/Big Thing, the Transition Team is closing the books on the first year of Gretchen’s leadership and opening the novel of the next year. And we thought this last year was busy!! The biggest task in the upcoming year falls on the shoulders of the Ministerial Search Committee whom the Transition Team will help in any way they can. The Congregation’s biggest hope is that we end up with a wonderful new Minister with whom we can launch into the next 20 or so years! Gretchen has many exciting workshops and classes planned and the Transition Team will help host those as needed. One of the most exciting workshops will be done by Keith Kron who is head of the UUA Transitions Department. In August, he will do a workshop titled “Beyond Categorical Thinking” designed to get all the participants to open their minds to types of ministerial candidates they might not have thought about looking at. Another one of those “think hard and discover new things about ourselves” kind of event. Gretchen will guide us through the task of a Covenant of Right Relations – how each of us interacts with various positions in the church from the Board President through staff and the Minister. Yet another thought-provoking activity!! One of the things I personally love about this interim period is all the discoveries this congregation is making. As we discover our strengths and weaknesses I feel we are becoming a richer tapestry of humanhood and possibilities.

A CHOSEN FAITH CLASSES JULY 10, 17, 24, 31 • 11:30AM • Gathering Place

Newcomers are invited to join in this four week series of discussions to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. The goals of the class are to gain knowledge of Unitarian Universalism, to make new friends with other newcomers, to learn about this church and where it fits in the larger picture, and to become familiar with our Unitarian Universalist historical background. Classes will begin on July 10 after service at 11:30AM. A light lunch will be served and childcare is available. The A Chosen Faith book is available from the Church office. Please sign-up for the class at the Welcome table in the Gallery Room. 6300 A St • Lincoln, NE 68510 • 402.483.2213 • unitarianlincoln.org


WELC O M E N EW M EM B ERS New Member: Morissa Raymond

New Member: Megan Salley

In her youth Morissa attended our church with her mother, Becky Raymond, and was an active participant in the religious growth and learning program and fondly remembers attending youth conferences as a teenager.

Megan Salley moved to Lincoln to be with her partner Dana Stubbs this past winter. She found a job in Lincoln which then turned into a better job in Omaha so she commutes daily for her job as Director of Communications for Iridian Group, a marketing agency.

During high school Morissa became interested in Buddhism through the Soka Gakkai International. She then attended college for a few years in Saint Paul, MN at Macalester College as an art history major. She later returned home to Nebraska, earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, and worked in the legal administrative field. She moved to Huntsville, AL for a year and began attending their Unitarian church. Morissa now works at an insurance agency as an administrative assistant and is in the process of studying to become licensed in life/health insurance. Outside of work Morissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, her boyfriend and his 10-year old son, and is a member and frequent visitor of both the Ross Film Theatre and Sheldon Art Museum. Morissa participates in a feminist book club. She also enjoys doing yoga and going for walks. Since returning to church Morissa has attended the A Chosen Faith book discussion group and 7 Principles in Word and Worship book discussion group, which she enjoyed, as she is an avid learner and enjoys learning about UU history in particular. Morissa says that coming back to the UU church is “like coming home again” and “enjoys the sense of community it provides me within a group of likeminded yet diverse and dynamic individuals” and “really enjoys how the church services both affirm and challenge my ethical sensibilities.” Morissa is interested in politics and social justice and hopes to find ways to nurture that passion and help others through our church. When you see Morissa at church please welcome her as one of our new members!

She comes to us from Des Moines where she was the Youth Activities Coordinator at First Unitarian Church. She says that at First Unitarian she was the “basement lady” because the religious education wing of their church building is on the lower level. Megan shares, “I was previously a member of the Des Moines and Rockford, IL UU churches. I knew when I moved to Lincoln I wanted to continue on my UU path. My work with the High School youth groups has taken me to congregational gatherings and conferences all over the Midwest. I love UU!” She hopes to help with the Youth in Action program. She has also been an OWL instructor in Des Moines and hopes to offer her services here. She may try the Zen meditation and she looks forward to finding an Open Circle group. In her leisure time she likes to cook and walk her dogs Stella and Gus. She likes to volunteer, listen to podcasts, watch mysteries, and attend live music concerts and comedy shows. Currently her life is consumed with being a first time home owner with water in her basement. We can say congratulations to Megan on her recent engagement to her partner Dana who is a chiropractor here in Lincoln. They hope to get married in our church sometime within the next year. Megan will become one of our Sunday morning hospitality team members too. Please welcome her to our congregation when you see her.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS JUNE ART GALLERY: Janna Harsch Janna Harsch’s artwork will be featured during June and July in the Unitarian Church Gallery. She considers herself a figurative artist, and horses are her primary subject matter. She tries to capture their motion, grace, and power in her compositions. At a young age, she remembers drawing a saddle and bridle on anything with four legs, from moose to hippo, that were pictured in a set of animal encyclopedias. Janna received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Concordia University in Seward. Being able to keep learning, growing, changing, and moving ahead is an important part of her life, and she has continued her education in workshops with many nationally recognized artists. Janna has exhibited throughout Nebraska, regionally, and nationally. Janna uses a variety of techniques and styles. She works in acrylics/mixed media as well as painting on brushed metal surfaces. She loves how the reflective patterns ground into the metal change what the viewer sees depending on the lighting and the angle of view.


Visibility Team launch

Please take time to enjoy our new plantings. You can find the Prairie Garden, which is the work of Noreen Carpenter, just north of the columbarium. The perennials along the main entrance sidewalk are native grasses and flowers, selected by Becky Seth to give us beauty year around. Sheila Maly is planting low maintenance flowers and grasses along the wall that faces the patio. Sadly, we will lose the oak in the preschool playground area from stress due to construction. Its replacement will most likely be a northern pecan.

Sunday, June 5 • 11:30AM • Gathering Place

Card Shower for Barbara Kimberly

Brendan Wamstad-Evans was enthusiastically approved as the leader of the VTeam. Other people stepped into leadership roles for specific tasks of the VTeam. And there is room for more!

Long-time member and social activist Barbara Kimberly turns 90-years-old this July! Her children tell us that she is doing well and that she would be delighted to hear from you. Please send cards to: Barbara Kimberly c/o Elizabeth Kimberly 540 SW Willow Creek Dr Beaverton, OR 97003

Over a dozen people SHOWED UP at our first gathering of creative energy and the Visibility Team (VTeam) launched May 22. The following mission statement was approved:

Through intentional and cohesive action, the Visibility Team of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln will ensure that we are increasing the visibility of our actions, events, and values within the church and within the community.

We will begin with some strategic visioning. We are exploring social media “street teams”, training workshops, an updated logo to use on T-Shirts and college campus outreach. Our next meeting is June 5 at 11:30AM. Anyone interested in becoming a part of this exciting new team is invited to SHOW UP!

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The fellowship activities and discussion groups listed below happen on a regular basis and are open to new participants at any time. Please contact the group’s organizer if you have any questions! Adult Game Night

Men’s Potluck

UU Meditation Sangha

2nd Sat. • June 11 • 6:30/8:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery/Kitchen

2nd Monday • June 13 • 6:30PM 6300 A Street • Gallery/Kitchen

2nd & 4th Wednesday • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Music Room

Come join us for potluck dinner at 6:30PM and board/card games at 8:00PM. Come for one or both. All welcome. Contact: Leona Braziel 402-489-0916   windflower@aol.com

All men are invited to attend to enjoy good food and conversation. Table service will be provided.

We gather at 7:00PM and begin a short meditation promptly at 7:15PM. Then we have discussion time followed by a longer meditation period. Contact LauraLee Woodruff holybear47@gmail.com

Bridge Groups Intermediate Group Every Tuesday • 2:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Coordinator: Corine Simon simondp@neb.rr.com 402-435-0225

Advanced group Every Wednesday • 1:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Bruce Raymer 402-475-7875 bruce.raymer@gmail.com

Men’s Reading Group 1st & 3rd Tuesday • June 7 & 21 6:30PM • 6300 A Street • K/1 Rm

Duncan Case 402-202-9152 frankcase4346@gmail.com

Newcomers First Sunday Chat Sunday, June 5 • 11:15AM 6300 A Street • Library


Meet with visitors and friends in the Library to watch and discuss a 10-minute film. Contact Shelly Fowler seeshells@mac.com

Want to join us? Contact us prior to the day of the game.

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)


4th Tuesday • June 28 • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Coordinator: Earl Kramer krameyer@neb.rr.com

4th Friday (usually)• June 17 7:00PM • Gallery

Board games for adults and kids. Open to all individuals. Hosted by the LGBTA Welcoming Cmte. Contact Deb Hope debra.a.hope@gmail.com

Men's Discussion Group 2nd & 4th Tuesday • June 14 & 28 7:00PM • Library

New participants are welcome any time. Discussion topics vary. Visit us for more details or contact Duane Polzien 402-540-5025 duaneep2000@yahoo.com

The LGBTA Welcoming Committee sponsors PFLAG which meets at our church. Confidentiality at each meeting is very important. Please join us or visit us at: www.pflagcornhusker.org

Tai Chi Every Wednesday • 6300 A Street Gallery • 5:30PM Beginners, 6:30PM Intermediate

All UU Members and Friends are invited. No experience necessary. Contact Karen Dienstbier 402-489-7545

UU Women Gathering 1st Saturday • June 4 • 2:00PM • RSVP for location

June topic: “Having it All: Model or Myth?” Facilitator: Morissa Raymond For info, Facebook link, or to RSVP for location contact: Georgia Feiste gfeiste@gmail.com 402-304-2908

Women’s Book Group Every three weeks •10:00AM 6300 A Street • Gallery

For more information, contact Diane Richards dianemn2@gmail.com June 4 The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

One Book, One Lincoln finalists are announced May 30. On June 4 we will decide on the order of reading the finalists.

Zen Meditation Every Thursday • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Music Room

We are a small group of UU's who meditate at church each week. Contact Norm Simon 402-435-0225

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H O S P ITA LITY Thank Yous


Thank you to our Sunday Hospitality Team who greeted our newcomers, members and friends during the month of May. We all appreciate your efforts on behalf of the congregation!

Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) www.uuabookstore.org • Price: $17.95 Simple mindfulness practices to help your child deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. This is a very appealing introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents. In a simple and accessible way, it describes how mindfulness-based practices can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware.

Curt Donaldson has finished his year as immediate past president. Thanks !!


June 5

June 12

June 19

June 26

Pulpit Decoration

Vicki Treat-Huber

Barb Brant

Geri Cotter

Barbara Pearson

Molly Klocksin


Jack & Carol Carlson

Bob Haack & Alysa Lanning

Debbie Portnoy, Noreen Carpenter

Denise Craig & Falla Halsey

Amy Birky, Barb Frank

Coffee Hosts

Friends of Barb Kuhn

Unsung UU’s past

Church Youth

LGBTA Welcoming Committee



Amy Birky

Jamie Radcliffe

Reed Maly


Amy Birky


Brooke Downing, Bruce Raymer

Janine Copple, Gary Colvin

Al & Barbara Pearson

David & Shirley Williams

Jerry & MaryAnn Petr


Larry Gregg, Keith McGuffey

Roger Geery, Keith McGuffey

Michele Dobscewicz

Michele Dobscewicz, Don Pinkley

Michael Reinmiller, Keith McGuffey

Welcome Table

Denise DeBose, Naetion DeBose

Sandy Scott, Jan Buffum

LauraLee Woodruff, Marj Willeke

Deb Bevard, Molly Klocksin

Joe & Tanna Kinnaman


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JUNE 2016

O U R C O M M U N I TY Thank You’s

Milestones, Millstones, Stepping Stones Congratulations to five High School Grads: Jordan Bonney-Heermann, Katie Barnes-Josiah, Josiah Bevard, Gus Burchell, and Monica Starr. Congratulations to newlyweds Melanie Falk & Michael Reinmiller. They tied the knot on Saturday, May 28.

Congratulations to Kylie Kirkland and Mark Hatten on their marriage April 30. LauraLee Woodruff officiated at their wedding. Avery, Kylie’s daughter, was junior bridesmaid for her mom and Kylie’s sister, and former church member before she moved to Omaha, Tara Kirkland, was Kylie’s maid of honor.

Speedy recovery to Aura Lee Furgason after her hip surgery and to BJ Wheeler who had ankle surgery.

S TA F F & LA Y LEA D ERS Staff Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods, Interim Minister • revdocgwoods@gmail.com Fritz Hudson, Minister Emeritus • fhudson@uuma.org Charles S Stephen, Jr. Minister Emeritus • patandcharles@windstream.net Chelsea Krafka, Religious Growth Dir. • religiousgrowth@unitarianlincoln.org Jean Helms, Administrative Director • admin@unitarianlincoln.org Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Director • worshiparts@unitarianlincoln.org Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate • membership@unitarianlincoln.org Christina Strong, Administrative Associate • associate@unitarianlincoln.org

Board of Trustees

Management Team

Kathy Disney Reed Maly, President Kristi Wamstad-Evans, Megan McGuffey Vice-President Michael Straatman Molly Klocksin, Secretary Officers: Leslie Ryan Christine Starr Davis, Jamie Radcliffe Interim Treasurer Amy Birky Linda Ager, Assistant Rich Little Mark Shiffler Jo Donohoe, Assistant Linda Brown Mary Sommermeyer, Lindsay Bartlett, Immediate Capital Campaign Treasurer Past President

The Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church. Any member or friend of the church is welcome to attend these meetings.

Church Office 6300 A Street Lincoln, NE 68510

Summer Office Hours June 15 - August 14: Sunday: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Tues-Fri: 9:00 AM —1:00 PM Closed Monday & Saturday Phone: 402.483.2213 Email: admin@unitarianlincoln.org Website: www.unitarianlincoln.org The Beacon is published monthly. Newsletter deadline for submissions is the 18th of the previous month. It is available online at www.unitarianlincoln.org/newsletter

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Beacon june2016  

Monthly publication of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln Newsletter

Beacon june2016  

Monthly publication of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln Newsletter