From: Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist
Subject: Peoples Weekly February 23, 2017
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Peoples eWeekly
February 23, 2017

THIS Sunday
February 26

11:00 am Worship: New Member Sunday
Join us in this day of celebration as we welcome new members to Peoples Church! As we widen our embrace to receive new Peoples people, we will consider all we have learned about love and how it can guide us in relationship as a church. There will be merriment, joy, and maybe even cake! Musicians are Arianne Waseen and Abram Doval.
s are11 am Children in RE Classes
12 pm Coffee & Conversation, Ely Room

NEXT Sunday
March 5

11:00 am Worship: TBA
Maria Kell will be leading service, topic to be announced. 
 11 am Children in RE Classes
12 pm Coffee & Conversation, Ely Room

Adult Forum Sunday
Ely Room, February 26th, 10:00am
Learn what's going on with the Developmental Ministry initiative, ask questions, and share your ideas.  A quick update will be provided followed by a Q&A session.

Andre Room, February 26th, 12:15pm
YOU are an undiscovered treasure if:
✓  You want to get involved and meet Peoples people,
✓  You have a talent or passion to share ,
✓  You have a bit of time to spare

Many of our groups will have a table with information and people to talk about their goals and opportunities for You to get involved!

Light snacks and beverages will be provided and childcare will be available.

Submit questions or information by contacting Marcy Mattison at or 396-6338

Peoples Organic Homemade Jam
Ely Room, Wednesday, March 1st, 6:30pm

Please bring a song to share!
VITA Free Tax Preparation Program 
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) activities are in the Ely Room on Tuesday & Thursday evenings through April 14, 5:30-8:30 pm., and on Saturdays 9 am to 12  noon. The VITA equipment will remain in the Ely Room, so plan your activities accordingly. 
Save the Date
Cuban Soup Supper
Friday, March 10th, 6:00pm
Developmental Ministry Strategy Meeting
Sunday, March 12th, 6:00pm
Board Business Meeting
Wednesday, March 15th, 6:15pm


From the Nominating Committee of Peoples Church
What is the Nominating Committee? Our job is to find and nominate people willing to fill needed positions on the church’s board. The vetted nominees for these positions will then be voted on, by the congregation. To do this, we compare qualifications of those leaving the board due to the end of a two year term and applicants.  Then, we brainstorm about the different skill sets and personality traits which would best round out the board.  Our goal is to provide potential nominees, who will help the board function most efficiently to move Peoples Church forward and continue to serve the mission of our faith.
And so, we are calling on you!  Do your skills apply to Peoples Church’s needs right now during our developmental ministry?  Up to three seats on the board will be open at the May meeting.  We are looking for specific qualities which would be most helpful at this time:  Legal/Law, Human Resources, Financial, Leadership Experience (i.e., boards, committees in community/church/school/job); Community Outreach, Spiritual Outreach, Event Coordinator.
If you or someone you know has one or more of these qualities and the drive to continue to help make positive change in our church – please contact us!  E-Mail, Call, or text any of our four members.  We need your Name (or the name of the person you are nominating if not yourself), your E-mail Address, Home Address, and phone number.  Please include the qualities you possess which we are looking for, as well as your own reason why you consider yourself or person you suggest is a good fit for the board!  We will contact you about the process, from there.  Please submit your information by March 5th.
The PCUU Nominating Committee
Maria Kell

Deborah Maynard

Erin Ogle
Marion Patterson
Community Coffee Hour 
Join Rev. Rebecca at Brewed Awakenings on Thursday, March 16 from 3:30-5:30

Social Justice News
A Show of Unity:  Prayers and Meditations for Immigrants & Refugees
Reverend Hinds and church members represented Peoples at the Standing in Solidarity:  A Call for Fair Policing & Justice Reform event on February 4.  This beautiful and inspiring event culminated in the adoption of a 12 step platform for seeking justice in police and prosecutorial policies and processes in Cedar Rapids. Representatives of the sponsoring organizations for the event will be advocating for such policies as mandating outside independent investigators and special prosecutors for officer-involved shootings.  Contact Marcia Swift if you would like to learn more about the plans to address this social injustice in our community and how you can get involved.

Save the Date: 
A Conversation About Mental Health

Sunday, March 26 at 10 am, Ely Room
Our March 26 Forum at 10 am will be a discussion on building a safe and supportive environment for church members with a mental health issue.  We invite members who would like to share their stories at this Forum to contact
In a joint letter, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUSC President and CEO Hon. Thomas Andrews invite you to sign the Declaration of Conscience, committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. 

Religious Education for All Ages
RE Announcements

Nerf Wars
Peoples Church, Saturday, March 4th, 6:00pm

The Battle is on for Boston!  Join us for this fun, active, family and friendly event for youths and adults. 


  • $10 per entry
  • Please bring your own Nerf weapons, if possible, as only some will be available.
The Mardi Gras fundraiser dinner did raise some money for Boston, but attendance was less than what we hoped for. A huge thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed our Cajun feast. Our Coming of Age youth put several hours into our preparing for this fundraiser, and a good return came into being. We have decided due to the low attendance, that we will not be having any more dinners this year, but we will be having a pancake breakfast in March and April.
RE Classes
Students should gather in our classrooms by 10:55 am on Sunday mornings unless notified of a change.

Caring Community
February:      Kathy Juba         378-3116
March:           Kris Davis          294-5010
February 20 - March 5   Scott Mansfield  (319) 362-0436
March 6 - March 19   Rose Gabe  (319) 396-5202
Church Staff
Rev. Rebecca Hinds
Developmental Minister  319 362-9827
Cathy Fischer, Operations Coordinator   319 362-9827
Jamie Zaruba, Director of Religious Education  (319) 210-4239
Deborah Maynard, Childcare Manager
Tristan Maynard,  Deneka Harris and Rachael Nading, Childcare Providers
Jerry Morris & Bob Osborne, Custodians
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