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B&B Program Seeks Home Hosts

bungalowWould you like to increase your participation in the church while helping to contribute financial support? An easy way is to host fellow Unitarians for overnight stays in your home. We welcome all sorts of accommodations, whether you are downtown or in a neighborhood. Guests pay between $65 and $75 per night; the total amount goes to the church. Since it began operation in 2005, the program has brought in about $50,000, thanks to those who have served as hosts.

What is involved? You agree to provide a bedroom and breakfast, which can be as simple or as elaborate as you wish. While many of our hosts become more involved with their guests, sometimes showing them around town, it’s entirely up to you.

Please e-mail either of the coordinators below to begin the process of signing up for hosting: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will come to your home, take pictures to help us remember the accommodations, and contact you when there’s a good match. Of course, you are never obligated to accept a request if it’s not convenient.

We urge you to join the ranks of hosts who open their doors to other religious liberals. As is so often the case, you’ll get back even more than you give.

 

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Welcome the Mason Bees!

As part of our work to become a certified “Backyard Habitat” with the Audubon Society, we have added four  mason bee houses on the SE corner of the church property. Mason bees are non-aggressive, non-stinging native pollinators. They are small, solitary bees that live in empty holes, whether natural or human-made, like our bee houses. They emerge in early spring to mate, pollinate and prepare their holes for the next generation. Watch for the first mason bees to be moving into our houses by March!

Read more about mason bees and their amazing pollination. There are also lots of resources online to tell you how to make your own mason bee house. You may also direct questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. n.

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Passover (“Pesach” in Hebrew): Jewish Festival of Freedom

Reservations End Sunday, Mar. 24

Go to http://event.pingg.com/Seder to RSVP

The Seder dinner is Tuesday, Mar. 26

In the most ancient times Pesach was a spring celebration after the first harvest of barley. It was one of three pilgrimages when Israelites journeyed to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple. But through most of Jewish history, Passover has commemorated deliverance from Egyptian bondage, as told in the book of Exodus in Hebrew scriptures.

Passover has been observed for more than 3,000 years. It was celebrated by slaves in Herod’s court, prisoners in Babylon, and soldiers who fought the Maccabees. Its rites were followed by the Sages who compiled the Talmud. Hasidim in Poland, poor Jewish immigrants crowded into New York’s East Side tenements, Warsaw Ghetto fighters, and Jews in hiding from the Nazis, all, observed Passover.

Since they first settled in Canaan, Jews have celebrated Passover with a ceremonial meal, the Seder. “Seder” is Hebrew for “order.” Indeed, the meal is beautifully structured. It is a pageant re-enacting the drama of liberation; a class on reason and ritual; a worship service, songfest and religious house party; a banquet for body and spirit, blending goodness and goodies, gravity and gaiety. The Seder is characteristically Jewish in its contrasts. It balances the emotional budget by demanding that we never forget past sufferings, yet always savor present delights, and never cease looking to the future with faith in the human capacity for equal justice, freedom and peace.

The oldest known Hagaddah, or written Seder service, dates to the eighth century.  “Hagaddah” is Hebrew for “telling.” One historian guessed that more than 2700 versions of the Hagaddah have been published in various languages. All respond to the biblical instruction that Jews teach the Exodus story to their children, and explain to them the rites and symbols of Passover.

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p6_eggp25_figtreeYou are invited to attend a Seder in celebration of Passover.
This ceremonial dinner is a remembrance of the Jewish flight from slavery in Egypt and a celebration of freedom and renewal. Through the centuries Passover has symbolized for Jews the universal human quest for liberty. Seder is the Hebrew word for order, and the ritual followed by a meal is a beautifully structured event for all ages. It is a pageant, a worship service, a songfest, a banquet, and a blend of goodness, goodies, gravity and gaiety. Our Seder is written from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. This year, with our world wracked by violence, this Passover dinner will be even more meaningful. It offers a living view of our religious heritage.

This is a ticketed event with choices. You can choose to either bring a dish and pay less for your ticket or purchase full price for catered dishes. There is a child's ticket as well. Under "Links" on the website there is more information about Seders as well as a link to traditional recipes.

 

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