This Sunday’s service: Life lessons from musical theater

Brynner_1977_programThis Sunday, July 20, our lay-led summer service will be presented by church member Lois Markham on the topic of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Musical Theater.” Here is her preview of what to expect:

When I saw the movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at the age of 11, I was hooked for good on musical theater. I was enchanted by the music and entertained by the story, but most important I was transported into a world way beyond the insular homogenized environment of my North Shore upbringing. For close to 60 years, my love affair with musical theater has taught me some important lessons about the larger world I live in. During this service, I’ll share some of those insights with you as we enjoy some familiar and not-so-familiar songs from musical theater.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

This Sunday’s service: “Gratitude”

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Longtime Northshore Church member Peter VanDeBogert will speak at the first of our lay-led summer services this Sunday, July 13, on the topic of “Gratitude.”

The service will offer a look at gratitude and spiritual beliefs and how these two concepts intersect in our lives as Unitarian Universalists. There will also be an opportunity to share.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

Photo: “Gratitude,” (cc) by Viewminder, is published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

Celebrating Reverend Frieda’s six years as our minister

For an album of more than 100 photos from Reverend Frieda's final service, please click on the image above.

For an album of more than 100 photos from Reverend Frieda’s final service, please click on the image above.

Six years ago, the Reverend Frieda Gillespie became just our third settled minister since the founding of the Northshore UU Church in 1966. On June 15, at our last regular service of 2013-’14, we celebrated Reverend Frieda’s service. Frieda will be moving on later this summer; the church is currently seeking a part-time minister.

The service included gifts, a cake, and a big group photo. Among those attending were Frieda’s wife, Jennifer Long, and our minister emeritus, the Reverend Edwin Lynn. We thank Frieda for her years in our pulpit and wish her the best in whatever comes next.

This Sunday’s service: “Father’s Day and Letting Go”

Reverend Frieda Gillespie

Reverend Frieda Gillespie

Our final service of the regular 2013-’14 church year will be held this Father’s Day, June 15. The theme of the service will be “Father’s Day and Letting Go.” Some of our men will reflect on what being a father means to them. The Reverend Frieda Gillespie will reflect on our six years together. There will be a potluck reception after church to celebrate our time together and end the church year.

The service will be Reverend Frieda’s last at our church. Called to the ministry of Northshore UU in 2008, Reverend Frieda has served us ably. Unfortunately, our Board of Directors decided earlier this year that the budget can no longer support a full-time minister. Please come celebrate Frieda’s service.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes for children and youth are offered most weeks, and visitors are always welcome.

Our lay-led series of summer services will begin in July, and will be posted here.

Photo (cc) by Kimberly and published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

This Sunday’s service: “Talk to Strangers”

We all know people who strike up conversations with strangers easily. Could we do that too? Would that help to grow the church? The Reverend Frieda Gillespie will address those themes at our service this Sunday, June 8, in a sermon titled “Talk to Strangers.”

Ed Wall will be playing cello and Helen Brandt and Terry Hansen will be singing a classical soprano duet.

The offering will be donated to the UU Mass Action Network. (Click on the video above to learn more.) Since 2006, UU Mass Action has had a history of mobilizing the 140 UU congregations around social justice issues in Massachusetts. Each year, the group’s energy is focused around two or three main issues, which are picked through polling congregations, consulting with activists, and consulting with communities that are largely marginalized by the wider community. This year’s campaigns include immigration, hunger and poverty, and mass incarceration.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes for children and youth are offered most weeks, and visitors are always welcome.