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April 15, 2022



We are an intentionally welcoming congregation of diverse faiths and shared values, fostering spiritual growth, community action, racial equity and universal justice. 
Join our service on Sunday at 11 am by following this link:  
 https://zoom.us/j/9407668736?pwd=STN5bVZXd21neEpmaUxTYW5ib0pWdz09
The UUSMV Zoom ID# is 940 766 8736, password is 735531
Or call:  1-646-558-8656, and when prompted give this ID# including the pound sign at the end:  9407668736# and the password 735531
This Week's Service
Sunday April 17 at 11 am
An Easter Service For All of Us, led by Rev. Rob Hardies
In person in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom
Easter is for all of us. Its message of life emerging from the tomb, and new beginnings from dead ends speaks to a vital dynamic in our own lives. How do we practice resurrection in our lives and in our world? Our Easter service will include special music and a children’s story, and will be followed by an intergenerational Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Please join us!
This Week's Happenings
Thursday, April 14 - Sunday, April 24:  Reverend Rob is on-island
Saturday, April 16, 2 pm:  Memorial Service for Nancy Cox in Stevens Chapel and streamed live on Zoom
Tuesday, April 19, 9:30 am:  Meditation Circle (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Tuesday, April 19, 11 am:  Lay Pastoral Ministry will meet at Stevens Chapel
Tuesday, April 19, 2 pm:  Women's Group will meet outside (weather permitting) at Stevens Chapel 
Save The Date
Friday, April 22, 10 am:  Earth Day Meditative Nature Walk led by Rev. Hardies and Liz Loucks.  To register, email Rev. Hardies at revrobuusmv@gmail.com
Saturday, April 23, 10 am to 3 pm:  Spiritual Retreat led by Rev. Hardies in Stevens Chapel (in person only).  To register, email Rev. Hardies at revrobuusmv@gmail.com
Wednesday, April 27, 3 pm:  Book Club (meeting will take place on Zoom)
Upcoming Services  
Sunday April 24 at 11 am
“A Chapel by the Sea,” The Re-Dedication of Stevens Chapel
In person in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom
Please join us for a special Sunday service to re-dedicate our beloved Stevens Chapel after more than two years of closure. We’ll honor the history of our community and celebrate our shared future. Rev. Hardies’ sermon this morning is called, “A Chapel by the Sea.” Stay after service for a simple catered lunch and fun intergenerational activities in the backyard.
From Your Minister
Back to Life!
Please join us for a week of activities celebrating our long-awaited reunion as a faith community and the re-opening of our beloved Stevens Chapel after more than two years of closure!

Sunday April 17 at 11 am
An Easter Service For All of Us, led by Rev. Rob Hardies
In person in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom
Easter is for all of us. Its message of life emerging from the tomb, and new beginnings from dead ends speaks to a vital dynamic in our own lives. How do we practice resurrection in our lives and in our world? Our Easter service will include special music and a children’s story, and will be followed by an intergenerational Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Please join us!

 
Friday April 22 at 10 am
Earth Day Meditative Nature Walk led by Rev. Hardies and Liz Loucks
Polly Hill Arboretum, 809 State Road, West Tisbury (in person only)
Celebrate Earth Day with a meditative nature walk at Polly Hill Arboretum. Connect with the Earth, with your spirit, and with one another. Rev. Rob will introduce simple practices of meditative nature walking, and Liz Loucks will answer our questions about the natural world. To register, email Rev. Hardies at revrobuusmv@gmail.com.
 
Saturday April 23 from 10 am to 3 pm
Spiritual Retreat led by Rev. Hardies
Stevens Chapel (in person only)
As we celebrate a time of renewal for our congregation, let’s take time to renew our spirits. Join Rev. Rob for a day-long spiritual retreat grounded in the spiritual practices of our New England Unitarian and Transcendentalist ancestors. Come discover the riches of our UU spiritual tradition, and learn practices that can nourish your soul. To register, email Rev. Hardies at revrobuusmv@gmail.com
Please bring a journal (or something to write with and on) as well as a brown bag lunch. Coffee and tea will be provided.
 
Sunday April 24 at 11 am
“A Chapel by the Sea,” The Re-Dedication of Stevens Chapel
In person in Stevens Chapel and on Zoom
Please join us for a special Sunday service to re-dedicate our beloved Stevens Chapel after more than two years of closure. We’ll honor the history of our community and celebrate our shared future. Rev. Hardies’ sermon this morning is called, “A Chapel by the Sea.” Stay after service for a simple catered lunch and fun intergenerational activities in the backyard.
Minister’s Fund - Caring Fund 
Caring funds are available for Members & Friends who need a helping hand this winter with food, medicine, utilities, heating, mortgage/rent payments or other essentials.  Your request for assistance will be kept confidential.  Please reach out to Rev Rob, Rev Vicky, Jan Casey, or Kristy Brooks.  UUSMV cares about you!
UUSMV CommUUnity
UUSMV AUCTION 2022
 Here a few of the auction items, services or experiences that have been donated.  We will feature items every Friday.
  • 2 Pies from Pie Chicks (Doreen Kinsman)
  • Tarot Card Reading ( Holly Nadler)
  • MV Ag Fair Blue Ribbon Baked Goods ( Solorazza Family)
  • 1 year Membership at MV Museum ( Sheila Hanley)
  • Basket of raw honey products (Colon Family)
We are making steady progress.  Reach out if you have any questions or need help with your auction item.  Contact Ann Cilfone at uu.society.mv@gmail.com .

The Backyard is Looking Good! 
Many thanks to everyone who chipped in to clean up the backyard.  The new picnic table is a wonderful addition to our outdoor area.



April Birthdays
 Eric Brooks 19th
Michael Savoy 22nd
Mary Jane Aldrich-Moodie 23rd
Rich Peia 25th
Johanna Kobran 29th



April Care Coordinator
Peter Palches
For Care Coordinator contact information and quick reference go to the UUSMV member page: www.uusmv.org


Our Island Community

Easter Dinners
MVCOH will be distributing Easter dinners to islanders facing food insecurity. Please consider making a donation.  The cost of one family dinner is $40.  Send donation to Vineyard Committee on Hunger, PO Box 4685, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 or go to their website www.hungercommittee.org

... fostering community action, racial equity, and universal justice
UUSMV Universal Justice in 2022
 
Climate resolution for 2022
At least 14 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every year.  As a result, plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris found from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and death.  Avoid use of single-use plastics!


Climate Week
Join us for Climate Week coming May 8-14! Participating faith groups are ringing their bells each day at noon, 40 times to signify an island free of fossil fuel energy sources by 2040.  We need bell ringer helpers each day that week. Just come to the chapel at 11:55 am, ready to pull the bell rope !   Let me know if would like to help —b.caseau@gmail.com 


We Invite You to Share
Sometimes it can feel as though we have great ideas and vision but are not as great on taking actions to realize our vision.  In a recent meeting of the Allies for Racial Equity, we shared what we've been doing individually and in groups to dismantle white supremacy, racism and all intersecting oppressions. It was enlightening and helped us realize that we are taking actions.  We want to invite you to join us. We invite you to share actions you have taken or are taking to help the UUSMV achieve our 2025 vision to accountably dismantle white supremacy, racism, and all intersecting oppressions in ourselves, our community, our institutions, and our democracy.
Please share what you or your committees and groups (in UUSMV or the Island) are doing.  In what collaborations have you engaged? How are you educating yourself and others? We will share our cumulative work in the Friday newsletters.  
Dorie Godfrey for the Allies for Racial Equity
Rob's Contact Information
Rev. Rob's Office Hours and Contact Information

In keeping with my half-time contract, I am generally be available for UUSMV appointments, calls and emails two days per week, in addition to preparing for and leading worship two Sundays per month. I publish the schedule of my availability at the beginning of each month. Please feel free to reach out by email or phone to schedule an appointment with me on one of these days. If you contact me on a day I’m not working, you can generally expect to hear back from me on my next UUSMV work day. If you have a pastoral emergency or a time sensitive matter that requires attention before my next work day, please call or text me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

My availability in April is as follows:
ON ISLAND:  Thursday April 14 through Sunday April 24
Week of Apr 24:  Wednesday Apr 27

Rev. Rob Hardies
Consulting Minister
My UUSMV contact information is:
Email: revrobuusmv@gmail.com
Mobile: 202-294-9032
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