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Walter Goodrich, Debra Frazier, John Pasquarelli

Newsletter - March 2005

First Church of Houlton,

61 Military St.
Houlton, ME 04730


You can live as a particle crashing about and colliding in a welter of materials with god, or you can live as a particle crashing about and colliding in a welter of materials without god. But you cannot live outside the welter of colliding materials.
      - Annie Dillard - "For The Time Being"

When it comes to Spring, I think all of us become amateur philosophers to some degree. It can't be helped. After you've endured a long New England winter, a brilliant sunny day in April has a lot going for it! The surge of spring life force cannot be denied and we all feel it. It doesn't really matter if you bring God into it or not, the same "welter of colliding materials" are moving about and you can't miss it.

At the Unitarian Society we hang our spring banner in the parlor at Easter. Sometimes I have a hard time holding back until then. This year Easter came early so it was a little easier, but usually I am so starved for color that the wait is a real challenge. I love the large flower. It is larger than life, but then again, I think that's a big part of spring's message. The irrepressible surge of life cannot be squelched. It keeps returning, stronger than ever; looking a little different perhaps, but ultimately the same cycling energy. Any amateur philosopher can experience that for themselves. You can't miss it. Just walk out your front door on an April day and I bet you won't get far before you see what I mean.

        In Ministry,     Dave
The start of each new church year always brings at least a slightly new composition of the board. At our meeting in February we noted the beginning of LT Rheinlander's 2nd term, Ann Rheinlander's return to the board, this time as trustee, and welcomed Richard Silliboy as new trustee. Aside from our on-going building concerns (handicap access, chimney repair, furnace maintenance), we have discussed the possibility of having some fundraising concerts similar to the Roll and Go concert we had a few years ago. One may possibly occur in the fall and one nest spring. There are several possible artists on the list of prospectives.
We have not yet decided if we will hold a rummage sale this year but we have begun to think about summertime and what activities we will schedule to keep us having fun and connected. If you have any opinions or suggestions please let us know.
We have added a few new books to the library in recent days, including "The Four Agreements," a discussion of Toltec wisdom and our spiritual choices. Dave gave a service based upon the four agreements a while back, and we can thank him for the book, as well. Additionally, we have added the Mahabarata and the Ramayana, which are related to Linda's recent services. They are abridged prose translations of very long Hindu mythic poems, so they give you the mythology but lose some of the beauty of language as a trade off. We have the library's small database finished and ready for use. It is really a Word table. I'll be glad to email a copy to you. A printed copy will be on the library shelves shortly. Be aware that changes will be occurring regularly as we update the library, but you will be able to research our titles a bit more easily with this new tool. Just as a reminder, if you return a book - please find the card in the box and return it to the book pocket; and if you check one out without a card, please look in the card box and don't just make a new card. We also have a number of books which have been checked out for a very long time. If you are finished with them, I would really like to redo the cards and numbers on those books for the new library number system!
Debra Frazier  
Deepak Chopra's latest book, "Peace is the Way" is our most recent addition to the Society Library. The title is inspired from the Mahatma Ghandi quote: "There is no way to peace. Peace is the way." In a world where every path to peace has proved futile, the one strategy that hasn't been tried is the way of peace itself. "We must not bring one war to an end, or thirty," Chopra tells us, "but the idea of war itself." In days like these, a book like this seems timely indeed.
"Deepak Chopra elegantly cuts through all the sophisticated nonsense that keeps us locked into thinking that we have no alternative to endless war, that to be 'realistic' is to prepare for the next armed conflict, or that homeland security will be achieved by killing more and more people around the world. Chopra melds the wisdom of his own Hindu tradition with the vision of the Jewish prophets and produces a book that is at once wise and visionary and could, if widely read, contribute to the evolution of consciousness which it predicts."
    - Rabbi Michael Lerner Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue, San Francisco Editor of Tikkun Magazine
  • to Phil Crowley for 2 pancake griddles.
  • to Linda Rowe for a stainless steel whistling tea kettle.
  • to LT Rheinlander for a Bunn coffee warmer to supplement our big machine.
  • to Jon Lipsky for repairing our leaky toilet tank.
  • to Debra Frazier for providing all the ice cream ...
  • and to all those who brought hot dogs, toppings and condiments for our midwinter cook-out and ice cream social.
  • to Karen for the "Sing and Rejoice" CD which can now provide accompaniment for congregational singing.
  • to Deborah Lipsky for numerous cleaning chores around the church.
  • to our wood handling crew who warmed us (and warmed themselves - twice.)

  • 120 minute cassette tapes to record Sunday services
  • 6"x 9" envelopes for archiving Sunday service tapes and bulletins
  • Hewlett Packard printer cartridges #15 B&W, #78 Color
  • copier paper
  • funds for purchasing Equal Exchange coffee through the UUSC Coffee Project
  • cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels
  • some new dish towels

        "Mudseason" by Debra Frazier
    Before the crocus rise
    the days grow longer, grayer, browner, dirtier.
    Gone the sparkle and clean gleam of snow.
    Now there is depression
    and cold trails of water:
    Puddles are everywhere.

    Gravel snowcones twist and fade;
    the land comes brown, dull red,
    gray and tan and faded, faded green.
    Scent of dust drags the gritty wind behind along,
    its taste like the memory
    of mudpies in from my youth,
    taunting with the promise,
    with the memory of Spring.

    Nature is a flirt, and a tease: For there,
    by the foundation, hiding beneath that hem of leaves,
    green arrowheads aim and flirt
    with the southerly sun.

    "Early Christianity and the Historical Jesus: Part Two"     Mel Gibson's box-office success, "The Passion of the Christ," is just one version of what early Christianity looked like. In this session we are going to take a look at alternative traditions that were competing with each other in the early years of the Christian movement. We will be viewing the second part of the PBS Frontline special "From Jesus To Christ." 12 biblical scholars give their assorted views on this thought provoking topic. Join us on April 25th from 6 to 8pm.
    Our traditional flower communion service is Sunday, June 5th. Please bring a fresh cut flower to contribute to the communion basket. This Unitarian tradition originated in 1923 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Dr. Norbert Capek asked his parishioners to bring and receive flowers as a symbol of their shared life as a spiritual community. Please come and join us for this special service. Once again we will be blowing bubbles on the front lawn afterward. The Rheinlanders are hosting our end of the year BBQ/pot luck. Please bring lots of fun food and help us pull off the event. There are rumors of an extreme croquet course being designed on LT's back lawn. (Play at your own risk!!)
    March 27
    Sunday service - (Easter) Rev. David Hutchinson
    April 3
    Sunday service - Bruce Glick
    April 9
    Film Night in the parlor - 6pm
    April 10
    Sunday service - Rev. David Hutchinson
    April 16
    Coffeehouse in the Basement - 7pm
    April 17
    Sunday service - Ann Rheinlander
    April 24
    Sunday service - Rev. David Hutchinson
    April 25
    Monday Evening Conversation - "Early Christianity and the Historical Jesus: Part Two"
    May 1
    Open Pulpit Sunday service
    May 7
    Film Night in the parlor - 6pm
    May 8
    Sunday service - Rev. David Hutchinson
    May 14
    Coffeehouse in the Basement - 7pm
    May 15
    Sunday service - Richard Silliboy
    May 22
    Sunday service - Gwydion Griffith
    May 29
    Open Pulpit Sunday service
    June 5
    Sunday service - Rev. David Hutchinson - Flower Communion Service
    June 5
    Cook-out at the Rheinlander's following the service.

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