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Community News - November 19-26, 2017


Morning Worship                                                        November 19, 2017

11 a. m.           Thanksgiving Service

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The Shelter Committee (Helene’s & BJ’s Homeless Shelter)

 Join us for our annual multi-generational Thanksgiving service.


Morning Worship        November 26, 2017

11 a. m.          


Finding God in the Ditch 

Rev. James Galasinski

Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton NY

Some UUs are a bit allergic to the word "God". But what if God was more of an adverb than a noun, a modification of action? What if divinity was the connection we have with each other as we move towards justice?  Rev. Galasinski was a recipient of our John Haynes Holmes Fellowship in 2012/13.


Sunday School 

Our children and teachers begin 

in the Chapel at 11 a.m. 


Fellowship Hour – Assembly Hall – 12:15 p.m.

Please join us after worship.


Small Group Ministry

Sun., Nov. 19, 12:45 pm


Breathing Exercises with Nifisa

Mon., Nov. 20, 4:00 pm


Worship Meeting

Tues., Nov. 21, 10:00 am


Hearing Loss Society of NYC

Tues., Nov. 21, 5:30 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Nov. 21, 6:00 pm


Yoga with Nafisa

Sat., Nov. 25, 12:30 pm


Vocal Arts for Children  

Sun., Nov. 26, 1:00 pm


Breathing Exercises with Nifisa

Mon., Nov. 27, 4:00 pm


Constructive White


Mon., Nov. 27, 6:00 pm


Studying Humanism

Mon., Nov. 27, 6:30 pm


Worship Meeting

Tues., Nov. 28, 10:00 am


Yoga with Nafisa

Tues., Nov. 28, 6:00 pm



As I began preparations for Thanksgiving, I recalled discussion on the theology of accompaniment. The presenter said it meant to conjure up “being joined at the hip”. The word companion, stems from “com” indicates a conjoining of two things, and pane, meaning bread. The word companion then points beyond it to indicate the kinds of relationships eating together produces. 


I am reminded that each month I volunteer at the shelter,  Helene’s and BJ’s Place, I enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with the guests that arrive that day. We sit face-to-face, sharing what has been prepared and provided. It is a time that helps to break down relational walls and we share of our lives. It is a time when we can recognize the equal value and dignity of each other. I realized I celebrate Thanksgiving at least once a month. 


Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving filled with gracious welcome and that reminds us we all have equal value and dignity. 

                        Paz, Esther



SUNDAY–November 19

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour

WEDNESDAY–November 22

Building Closes 1 pm

THURSDAY–November 23       

Thanksgiving Day

Building Closed          

FRIDAY–November 24 

Building Closed          

SUNDAY–November 26

9:30 am           Choir Rehearsal

11:00 am         Worship Service

11:00 am Sunday School

12:15 pm Fellowship Hour


SUNDAY–December 3

Rev. Carlos R. Martinez

will preach.


SUNDAY–December 10

Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman,

Minister Emeritus UU 

Montclair, NJ, will preach.

Minister’s Corner      


“Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless”       ~ Pras Michel

As Thanksgiving approaches there are innumerable blessings we can count. Most of us never imagine the possibility of being without a roof over our head or a clean safe place to sleep. Yet according to The Bowery Mission:  “In a city of 8.5 million people, more than 58,000 homeless men, women and children sleep in homeless shelters and at least 3,100 more sleep on the streets and subways in the dead of winter. This means that one in every 147 New Yorkers is currently homeless.”


There is one blessing right in our midst. Back in 1983, when then Mayor Edward Koch announced the need for temporary emergency overnight shelters, Community Church of New York (CCNY) heard and answered that call by pioneering a church wide endeavor, “rooted in our Unitarian Universalist ideals of justice and compassion”, to address the needs of the homeless. This effort, led most notably by Helene Lightbourne and Benjamin J. Knowlton (and supported then by the Partnership for the Homeless), formed a shelter known today as Helene’s & BJ’s Homeless Shelter. This Community Church outreach program has operated for over thirty-four years through the efforts of volunteers from both inside and outside of the CCNY community.

The core effort is taken up by volunteers, especially the CCNY Shelter Committee, which forms the “Heart and Soul” of Helene’s & BJ’s Homeless Shelter. Its ongoing operation includes not only “being there” night after night, but attending to all the "little things" that make it a homey experience for the 10 guest each night. This includes keeping clean linens, beds, cots, fans, cleaning supplies, and first aid kits, not to mention the critically important task of scheduling.  Keeping the doors open and the lights on is a complex logistical endeavor worthy of glowing admiration.

Meals are another key element for the guests. While many of the guests hold down full time jobs, these jobs do not pay a living wage.  Getting to Helene’s & BJ’s in time means racing to catch the bus and skipping meals.  Through the generosity of CCNY, a small budget allows the Shelter to provide its guest with basic food provisions.

Helene’s & BJ’s Shelter is unique among the approximately forty faith based shelters in New York City because it is one of the few that operates 365-days a year.  It has done so for the past ten years!  Since its inception in 1983 it is estimated to have served more than 55,000 guests who would otherwise be wanting of a safe and comfortable night’s rest.

Are you wondering what you can give back during this holiday season and well into the New Year?  Wonder no more! Please become a shelter volunteer to augment the existing skeleton shelter crew. As volunteer you can serve as an overnight host, help keep the premises clean and importantly coordinate the monthly schedule.  Ready to take it one step further?  Consider making a cash donation to the shelter.

I urge you to put your faith in action and give the shelter a hand. Please contact one of the Shelter Committee leaders and let them know what you can do. Send an email to George Garland, Chairman, at gagarland@gmail.com or Christie Jeffers, Co-Chair, at jeffers.christie@gmail.com today.

In faith and service, Rev. Carlos


Editor's Note – Thanks to Fred Corden for the preparation of this minister's corner.

"If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch 

you must first invent the universe."    ~  Carl Sagan