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June 2019

CUUC's phone number is:

(386) 308-8080
A Month of Sundays
June 2nd

Rev. Ryan Fulwider
"Process Theology: Part II Getting Unstuck"
Reverend Fulwider introduced Process Theology to our church
in November of 2018. He returns with “Process Theology Part II: Getting Unstuck”.
He will walk us through how the introduction of novelty into any system
that is emotionally or organizationally stuck can move things
forward to create new opportunities and possibilities for the
individual, its members, or other parts of the group.
Service Leader: Shawn Capers

Special Offering:  Building Maintenance Sunday

June 9th

Laura Chilkott

Oh, the Colors: A Celebration of Flower Communion"
Service Leader: Nancy McCormick

June 16th

Joe Wolfarth
"US vs. THEM" (Privilege and Prejudice)
Special Offering: Scholarship Sunday

June 23rd

Michelle Sullivan
"Buddhism, the 411"
Do you have questions about Buddhism? Well bring them
and Michelle will do her best to answer them.
 The service will be shorter than normal so we can circle up for
a Q & A with our coffee & treats. 
Service Leader: Debbi Zill

Special Offering- Handicapped Bathroom Project

June 30th

Chris Kaplan
"Celebrating Stonewall"
Service Leader: Connie Baker

 Pancake lunch fundraiser 
June 30th after the service.  
For only $7.00 you get: 
3 pancakes, 2 sausage links and a cup of coffee.  
Just another way to support our church and
move forward with more improvements to our home.  


Services Sundays @ 10:30
Community Unitarian Universalist Church
403 West Street

New Smyrna Beach, FL  32168


Looking Ahead to July 2019

July 7th

General Assembly- sharing the vision
July 14th
 Tom Cook

July 21st

Donald Musser
July 28th
To Be Announced
Service Leader: Nancy McCormick
Potluck to Follow


Upcoming Events
June 6th
Labyrinth Walk
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

June 6th
Book Club
Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

June 12th

CUUC Board Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB 

June 22nd
Fundraising Concert
with the band
Time: 7:00-8:30

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB
Tickets $15 a person/$25 for two  at the door 
See details in  article below.

June 30th
Fundraising Pancake Lunch
after the Sunday service
Cost $7.00 gets you 3 pancakes, 2 sausage links and a cup of coffee
Support our church; help us move forward with more improvements to our church home.

Location: Church Sanctuary
403 West Street NSB

***For the most up to date information on events, please check the calendar on our webpage- or

Upcoming Birthdays
June 7th Debbi Zill
June 22nd Julia Zakrewsky

July 3rd Steve Baker

                        CO-PRESIDENT's MESSAGE

We can all be very proud of the accomplishments we made in Fiscal Year 2018/2019.  Let’s pat ourselves on the back because we achieved two important goals – we paid off the church mortgage and we raised enough funds for a wheelchair accessible bathroom.  Both were easily recognizable things that had to be done and done ASAP.  So a BIG HURRAH for us!  Working together we did it! 

So what’s to be accomplished next?  And what’s next after that?  What do we plan to accomplish as a church in the next five years?  Certainly we were initially encumbered by our lack of funds to do Long Range Planning, but with increased contributions and successful fundraising, this becomes less and less a crutch we can cling to.  As we flourish there is a greater need to provide our church with direction. 

The Church Board verbally identified the next goal is kitchen plumbing improvements.  After that I’ve heard a vague wish list of things needing to be done including new carpets, replacement windows, a hot water heater, interior paint, new walkways, a nicer kitchen, a children’s rooms, improved library, etc.  I’ve heard mentions, needs, wants, dreams, and realities, but no serious discussion, no prioritization, no identification of resources, no ideas for funding nor budgeting.  I’ve heard nothing serious about having a committee work to identify and target specific goals and come up with a plan

Without a Long Range Plan we lack defined direction which is counterproductive.  Without a Long Range Plan we will waste time with impromptu debates about which aspirations should have priority.  These debates will lead to dissension, division and hard feelings among the congregation.  This divides rather than unites us.  With a Long Range Plan devised through a committee, approved by the membership, committed to by the congregation, we will be united behind goals that will make this church survive, endure, and be successful.  To have a Long Range Plan we first need volunteers on a committee.  Will you help?



This is Not Goodbye
This is the last time I'll write a column as Co President.  It has been an invigorating year, full of successes, but also some frustrations.  As always, we need more volunteers to help take us into the communities of SE Volusia.  However, with a core, but fierce group of people, we have accomplished what I'd consider to be not a few miracles.  Paying off our mortgage was a distant dream, but we did it!  We've also raised enough money to convert one bathroom so it's accessible to all.  We've contributed to several other UU churches through Chalice Lighter and one direct appeal from a former member.  We gave out another scholarship and regularly sent funds to Halifax Urban Ministries.  We've experimented with where to put our energies and money, in terms of events and advertising.  It's been a learning experience, and will continue to be as we grow into our new home and reach out to our communities.
It's been an honor to be part of all this, and I thank you all for your good wishes and the countless hours spent working for our church.  As I said, this is not goodbye; I will remain on the Board as a Trustee.


Fundraising Concert



KittyHawk (formerly known as Rolling On) is different breed of musical cat. Each of the three band members, Charlie Poplees on guitar, banjo and keyboard, Marcia Buckingham on bass, mandolin and keyboard, and Guy Perry on electric and acoustic guitar, each bring something unique to the musical table. You may hear: classic rock; blues; oldies; country; originals and even a bit of bluegrass. No genre of music is safe from them!!! The KittyHawk members have long given up the thought of making a living or becoming “rock stars” in the music industry. They do it for the companionship and the joy of making music together. Come out on June 22 at 7 pm for a concert that will satisfy everyone's taste. Tickets can be purchased at church ahead of time, $12 per person, or at the door, $15 per person or $25 for two.


We received 2 Applications for the Community Unitarian Universalist Church Dru Synal Memorial Scholarship this year. Our committee selected the Candidate we felt most reflected the reasons Dru had conceived of this Scholarship: Mackenzie Leigh Coleman. She'll be attending Daytona State College.
Debbi and Joe attended the Honors Night ceremony at New Smyrna Beach High School May 16th and were privileged to meet and speak with Mackenzie and her family (she lives with her proud grandparents, who've encouraged her plans for a bright future!) - a joyful evening! Both scholarship applicants received numerous scholarships,  which impressed us - they've each received caring support from the high school as well as the 'Cudas UnHooked program, and we expect they'll thrive in college!


Everyday Miracles

     I will make a confession: I LOVE $1 Stores. Recently I purchased a book for $1 entitled, "HOPE: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland" by Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus - two of the three young women held captive in Ohio by a school bus driver named Ariel Castro. They and another woman, Michelle Knight,  were kept in chains in a house with boarded up Windows for many years (about 9 for Gina, 10 for Amanda, & 11 for Michelle). During this time Amanda and Gina were each focus points in an exhaustive search by law enforcement officials; each girl was a teenager at the time of her kidnapping and neither fit the profile of a "runaway" - and their families made every effort possible to keep their names and faces in the media as days became weeks, months and years (Michelle Knight was not a minor at the time of her abduction and received little attention.) Amanda's mother Louwana would become ill and die never knowing what had happened to her. Though imprisoned, ill-treated, starved and kept as sex slaves, the girls were provided with TVs by their captor, so they saw their families onscreen pleading for their return. Amanda learned of her mother's death from the TV News. When she became pregnant, she thought, 'Maybe my mom sent me an angel to keep me company in this prison.' The baby, named Jocelyn, was born on Christmas morning 2006; Gina and Michelle delivered her. As years went by, the child's father would take her out in public - to parks and carnivals, even to church (she knew how to pray because Amanda taught her the ritual of Bedtime Prayers) - knowing he could pass her off as his "girlfriend's daughter" if anyone spoke to them. Amanda created a 'school' in the room she shared with her daughter, so Jocelyn could experience a small amount of 'normalcy' as she aged. Amanda switched from 'Mommy' to 'Teacher' every weekday to play this role, teaching Jocelyn with materials Castro brought home from the public schools. Though still a prisoner, Amanda now had a purpose: raising her daughter. It comforted her and Gina to know that their families had never given up hope that they were alive somewhere (Gina's mother, Nancy, said to her husband, Felix, "I had that Dream Again, about Gina.  I SAW her.  I  KNOW that she's Alive!")

     In May of 2013, realizing that her captor had left her room unlocked before leaving the house, Amanda broke through a locked storm door and shocked a world which had largely forgotten about her existence. The three captives (plus Jocelyn) were rescued and Ariel Castro was brought into custody. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight are now heroic figures to me. They beat the odds and taught us all that hope shines a light into the darkest prisons. Death did not find them. Instead they encountered New Life!
I wish the Same for us All!


Joe Wolfarth

Worship Committee Co-Chair

Worship Committee News
  Next meeting on July 15th 6:15 pm  
The committee is looking for someone to learn Power Point for when Debbi is on vacation, needs a break or not feeling well. If you know how to use power point or would like to learn, contact Debbi.  If you like information about purchasing your own program to use or learn contact Debbi. 
Also, the committee is still looking for anyone to be researchers, staging/setup, speaker, service leader; please contact any worship member for more information - how you can be a part of the team. 
             Our Worship Committee is the Heart of the church

 Pancake lunch fundraiser 
June 30th after the service.  
For only $7.00 you get: 
3 pancakes, 2 sausage links and a cup of coffee.  

Just another way to support our church and move forward with more improvements to our home.  
Fun at the Interfaith Tortugas Ball Game

Mortgage Burning Party
It's official!  We own our church building and to celebrate, we held a mortgage burning party. There was champagne and cake and some drumming. Here are some photos from that day.


Winner of the Raffle for the Rocking Chair

On Sunday, May 19th, the raffle ticket for the Rocking Chair was pulled and Joe Wolfarth is the happy winner.  The raffle raised $186 for our church library project. Thank you to Michelle M. for her donation of the chair. 

Famous Individuals with Unitarian Universalist Sympathies

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Margaret Sanger
Author, Birth Control Advocate

Margaret Higgins Sanger (born Margaret Louise Higgins, September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966, also known as Margaret Sanger Slee) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Sanger used her writings and speeches primarily to promote her way of thinking. She was prosecuted for her book Family Limitation under the Comstock Act in 1914. She was afraid of what would happen, so she fled to Britain until she knew it was safe to return to the US. Sanger's efforts contributed to several judicial cases that helped legalize contraception in the United States. Due to her connection with Planned Parenthood, Sanger is a frequent target of criticism by opponents of abortion. However, Sanger drew a sharp distinction between birth control and abortion and was opposed to abortion through the bulk of her career. Sanger remains an admired figure in the American reproductive rights movement.

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Different Observances for the Month of June

June Full Month LGBT+ PRIDE MONTH Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States. Pride Day is the last Sunday in June

 June 1 LAILA AL-QADR (Laylat al Kadr) • Islamic -Commemorates the night that the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. It is known as the “Night of Power.” Often set on the 27th day of Ramadan, Sunnis may observe it on the 21st, 23rd, 25th or 29th and Shīʿite (Shiite) observe it on the 19th, 21st or 23rd day of Ramadan.

June 4–6 EID AL-FITR • Islamic -The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

June 5 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED) The United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

June 9 PENTECOST • Christian- Also known as Whitsunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter/Pascha commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and women followers of Jesus. Marks the birth of the Christian Church

June 9 RACE UNITY DAY • Bahá’í -Observance promoting racial harmony and understanding and the essential unity of humanity.

June 9–10 SHAVUOT • Jewish -The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

June 12 ANNE FRANK DAY Birthday of young Jewish girl whose diary describes her family’s experiences hiding from the Nazis through assistance of Gentile friends.

June 12 LOVING DAY Observes the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down the miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states barring interracial marriage.

June 14 FLAG DAY Anniversary of the adoption of the Unites States flag by Congress in 1777.

June 16 FATHER’S DAY Children of all ages show appreciation for their fathers and father figures.'s_Day

June 16  Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh-  on the 16 of June of every year since 1606, the Sikhs commemorate the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru and the first Sikh Martyr. Before the arrest, torture, and martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev, the Sikhs had nothing to do with weapons or violence, as all the Sikh Gurus had taught the message of compassion, love, dedication, hard work, worship of one God, and the commitment to peace and harmony for all the peoples of the world.

 June 19 JUNETEENTH Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, it is now celebrated throughout the U.S. to honor African-American freedom and achievement

June 20 WORLD REFUGEE DAY Raises awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

June 21 SUMMER SOLSTICE  Litha - Wicca/Pagan-In the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year. It marks the first day of the season of summer.

June 26 ANNIVERSARY OF LEGALIZATION OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN THE U.S. On June 26, 2015, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

This list of observances was taken from "The Calendar of Observances" from the Anti Defamation League.
as well as Religious Holidays from Religious Life Princeton University

Our next Book Club Meeting is June 6th at 6 p.m.
  I have already read the book and love, love, love it.  Dana

Publisher's Intro:
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. 

General Assembly 2019 – The Power of We

June 19-23, Spokane, WA

In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s General Assemblywe will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees will leave inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities. Join us as we work for collective liberation inside and outside our faith.
Dana Jacobsen is our Newsletter Editor.  Please send articles to her at with the subject lin "for Cuuc newsletter".

We are now on Ebay

We have sold over $1,400.00 in donated items.  Share our items for sale with friends.  New items added daily.

We are still accepting donations.  
Bring them to church or drop off at Sharon's home.

Items should not be too large.  See Sharon for details.
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New Smyrna Beach, 32168

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