Worship services begin at 10:30 AM. At 11:30 after a break for coffee, tea and snacks, everyone is invited to stay for a discussion of the morning’s topic.
Schedule of Services…
December's Theme Hope
Dec. 3 The Thing with Feathers That’s how poet Emily Dickinson describes hope. Do you feel hopeful in these trying times in which we live? Or are you beyond hope? Is hope helpful, or is it problematic? Does being hopeful give you energy to go on, or does it prevent you from seeing reality? Hopefully, we can come up with some answers! Presented by Rev. Rebecca Booher. Drumming: 10:00 -10:20.
Dec. 10 Candles, Stories, Bells and Smells This time of the year brings with it many rituals and other reminders that speak to us of the season. From the lights of the Menorah, the story of the Shepherds and the Wise Men’s journey, the smells of the Yule Log burning, the Hanging of the Greens, the bells that jingle as families gather and Santa Claus comes to town, it is a season of anticipation. What does it mean in this season to be a people of hope? Presented by Dorothy T. Hufford.
Dec. 17 The Bells of the Solstice Bells have signaled celebration and change since the 3rd millennium BCE. We ring bells for beginnings and endings funerals and weddings, the start of the school day and the close of the market. We are told that every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings. As the Winter Solstice gently carries us from darkness and dormancy to light and life, we ring in our own awakening from slumber and our return to hope for ourselves and our planet. Presented by Maureen Ceidro, Bereavement Counselor at Excela Hospice.
Dec. 24 Lessons and Carols The holiday decorations are up, our plans are made, so come and celebrate the season with music in hope of a more peaceful and just world. We will sing carols and hear readings that reflect the thoughts of people past and present.
Dec. 31 Hello Inner Coach There are times when we have either done something we regret or we feel inadequate about things. But there is hope. There are ways we can “talk” to ourselves to bring us back into alignment with positivity. Rev. Renee Waun will be our speaker.
Our building is located 1.5 miles East of Ligonier on Route 30, beside Ligonier Valley Beach
UUFLV Dates to Remember
Dec. 3 Giant Eagle money due. Please see Ed Makuchan.
Dec. 10 Board meeting. 9:15 AM.
Dec. 12 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM.
Dec. 14 Book Discussion. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. 7:30 PM
Dec. 26 Middlestream Mindfulness Meditation Group. 7:00 PM
Dec. 31 Giant Eagle money for January due. Can send to Ed Makuchan early if you wish.
Self Inquiry Group
This is an informal group devoted to exploring the self through open discussion.
Meetings of the Self Inquiry Group are held at 1:00 PM on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the downstairs social hall of the UUFLV, 1724 Route 30 (East) Ligonier, PA 15658. Because of other activities in Ligonier, meetings will be held in October only on the 21st and 28th.
Dec. 2, 1:00 PM
Faith, wherever it develops into hope, causes not rest but unrest, not patience but impatience. It does not calm the unquiet heart, but is itself this unquiet heart in [all of us]. Those who hope...can no longer put up with reality as it is, but begin to suffer under it, to contradict it. [True hope] means conflict with the world, for the goad of the promised future stabs inexorably into the flesh of every unfulfilled present.
—Jürgen Moltmann, Theologian
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all. -Emily Dickinson
Dec. 16, 1:00 PM
True peace is not merely the absence of tensions: it is the presence of justice. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. —Albert Einstein
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. —John F. Kennedy
Book Discussion Group
An informal group where we share our ideas about the book of the month.
Books are selected by consensus. Visitors are welcome.
Meetings are at 7:30 PM
Dec. 14 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Jan. 11 News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Our classes provide religious education free of dogma. Exploring religious truth, meaning and experience is central to UU faith. In our communities and as individuals we seek lives of meaning anchored by values and a commitment to promote principles of justice, safety, tolerance and encouragement.
Religious Education classes will begin again in November. Parents of previous students will be notified of details by phone. If your child has not previously participated please call please call 814-255-2676 or write to the UU Fellowship of Ligonier Valley, 1730 Route 30 East, P. O. Box 692, Ligonier, PA 15658.
Religious Education Classes
Dec. 10 Hope-Session 1
Dec. 24 Hope-Session 2
Both sessions led by Caroline Reed.
Child Care service has been suspended at present. The nursery will continue to be open to parents with young children during Sunday services.
How to Find Us...
From Ligonier, proceed east on Route 30 for approximately 1.5 miles. We are on the right side of the road just beyond Ligonier Valley Beach. Coming from the east we are about 2 miles west of Laughlintown on the left side of Route 30. Look for a large blue sign with white lettering.
Our mailing address is:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
P.O. Box 692
1724 Route 30 (East)
Ligonier, PA 15658
Our telephone is usually unattended, but you are welcome to leave questions via voice mail. Please call 724-238-7797.