We welcome Gina Bruno, Guest Speaker,
and Cathy Moser, Guest Artist
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'Start the Conversation'
Dear Members, Friends, and Visitors ~ Join us for a special music and worship program this Sunday morning, October 22, at 10:30 presented by the Women's Alliance. Guest Speaker Gina Bruno shares her recent experiences working with local high school students and explain why she felt compelled to “start the conversation” with these young adults about female and male positions in our society and in the larger global community.
     Before becoming a high school teacher, Ms. Bruno worked in Ethiopia with rural women’s empowerment groups as part of her Master’s program in International Affairs. That experience made her aware of the need for students to expand their horizons and learn about global affairs, contemporary issues and the ways in which the roles of men and women have been viewed throughout history. To this end she created and taught the high school curricula in Women’s Studies and Contemporary Issues and Global Affairs that met state and national standards.
     Ms. Bruno talks about why she thought it was necessary to create these new courses and expose her high school students to different times and realities to help them explore and articulate their thoughts and
feelings on topics that might have been out of their comfort range for a variety of reasons.
   Guest Artist Kathy Moser provides the musical part of the program. Ms. Moser is an award-winning songwriter, engaging performer, and passionate environmentalist who is dedicated to bringing positive change to the world through music both on and off stage.
     Women’s Alliance Member Susan Springstead is the Worship Leader.
     Come learn that we can all – young and old alike – “start the conversation” that will enable us to grow and become our best selves.This service is sponsored and presented by the Women’s Alliance with funding from the Mary Block Grant Fund.

        The Women's Alliance also provides the flowers, lights the chalice, and hosts Coffee Hour.
     Children and teachers join us for the beginning of the service then depart for Sunday School. Childcare for infants and toddler provided from 10:30 to 12:30. 
Sunday School classes meet from 10:45 to 11:45. Members of the Paramus and Ridgewood Youth Group gather at 12:30.
     See you in church!

David M. Horst
Minister
'Fill the Gap' campaign tops $16,000!

Thank you to everyone that attended and participated in our Meeting of the Congregation on October 1. As a congregation, we passed a resolution in support of the "Fill the Gap" campaign. Thank you to everyone who returned their "Fill the Gap" pledge cards already. So far, we have commitments topping $16,000! We are well on our way to our $35,000 goal. Click here to see the approved resolution.
     We strongly urge each and every member to participate and contribute to the best of their ability in support of Central Unitarian Church's financial health. If every household pledges an additional $250, we will fill the gap. Some may be able to give more and some less  but every dollar counts!
     Let's do this together!

Dina Cutrone
President, Board of Trustees
Click here to sign up to be a Chalice Lighter, Coffee Hour Host, or Flower Donor!
Enjoy learning, service, and fellowship at Central Unitarian!

You're invited to the monthly Meditation Group
Thursday, October 19, 3:30 p.m., Lounge
Meeting on the third Thursday afternoon of each month (September through June) from 3:30 to 5, the Meditation Group focuses on and provides practice in many forms of meditation including guided, silent, walking, and others. Time is provided for voluntary sharing of experiences. Susan Bruce leads the group.

Storm Parents’ small group ministry supports parents 
Thursday, October 19, 7 p.m., Lounge
“Storm Parents” is a small group ministry for parents facing more than the usual challenges with their young, adolescent, and adult children. Facilitated by Patricia Joseph, Church Member.
 
‘What is a Friend and How to Be One’
Sunday, October 22, noon, Assembly Room
Jane deVries leads an Adult Religious Education program drawing from an array of sources including Aristotle, The New York Times, children's literature, Dale Carnegie, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jewish and Christian scriptures, and writers Ellen Goodman and Patricia O'Brien. Come learn and share!

Family Promise shelter needs volunteers and cooks
Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4, New Harvest Church, Closter
The Social Action Team is seeking volunteers for the next Family Promise overnight shelter. Volunteers are asked to prepare a meal for 20 people (including guests and volunteers) and deliver the meal at 6:30 p.m. Two adult volunteers are also needed to stay with the families overnight until 7:30 on Saturday morning. 
If you can help out, please e-mail Helen Brender, Member of the Social Action Team, or see her on Sunday morning.

All Seasons Chamber Players presents free concert
Sunday, November 5, 3:30 p.m., Sanctuary
The Central Unitarian community is welcome to a free concert with the All Seasons Chamber Players featuring works by Saint-Saens, Loeillet, Fauré, and Franck. A reception follows.


Your food donations help local families in need. The Social Action Committee reminds everyone to bring non-perishable food donations on first Sunday of the month for the Center for Food Action, our community partner that provides food, housing, utility, heating assistance, counseling, and advocacy services to low-income individuals and families in Bergen County and North Jersey. The next food drive is Sunday, November 5, or drop off food any Sunday morning.
Tickets on sale for Outreach Auction!
Saturday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
The 17th annual Unitarian Universalist Outreach Auction of Bergen County takes place on Saturday evening, November 4, at 6:30. This year's fundraiser, now a joint effort of three Unitarian Universalist congregations, benefits Center for Hope and Safety, Community of Friends in Action, Family Promise of Bergen County, Holley Childcare and Development Center, and Bergen Volunteer Medical
Initiative. Help make this year's auction the most successful ever by attending the event, donating an item to be auctioned, placing an ad in the printed program, or providing a themed basket for a Tricky Tray! Admission is $35. If you'd like to make a donation or reserve tickets, e-mail the Outreach Auction Committee meeting or visit uuoutreachauction.org to learn more.
Sign up now for our annual Blood Drive!
Sunday, November 5, noon to 4 p.m., Bloodmobile
Be a part of Central Unitarian Church’s annual blood drive, presented in partnership with Community Blood Services. The Pastoral Care Team provides a light lunch to all donors. 
Donors also receive a blood pressure and temperature check as well as a blood iron test with every donation
. E-mail Herb Ouida, Church Member, or see any member of the Pastoral Care Team for more information and to sign up.
Syria Supper Club supports families
of Syrian refugees in New Jersey

Sunday, November 12, 6 p.m., Sanctuary
Eat well and do good at the same time! We invite you to join a Syria Supper Club on Sunday evening, November 12, at 6 o’clock in the Sanctuary. Your $50 donation supports families of Syrian refugees recently settled in New
Jersey. This special evening of food and fellowship is sponsored and organized by the Social Action Team. Click here to RSVP before October 28.
     Our meal will be prepared by one or more of our new Syrian neighbors who share their traditional cooking skills in a table full of traditional Syria food. Enjoy the food, conversation and making friends with neighbors old and new. From cultural exchange to just plain fun, look forward to a great evening.
     These meals present an opportunity for people, who have been defined for too long as victims, to share knowledge and skills unique to them, for recipients to become partners in fund-raising efforts, and to set them on a path to greater independence and confidence in their new lives here in the U.S.

Join us for these special programs and events!

Saturday, October 28, 6 p.m.
All-Ages Halloween Party

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee

Sunday, October 29, 10:30 a.m.
‘The Reformation at 500’

Sunday morning worship service. Rev. David M. Horst, Preacher

Sunday, October 29, noon
Women’s Alliance ‘International Cuisine Casserole’

Spring Fling fundraiser. $10 per person. $20 per family

Wednesday, November 1, noon
Lunch with the Minister

Saturday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Outreach Auction

Sunday, November 5, noon to 4 p.m.
Central Unitarian Church Blood Drive

Thursday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Soulful Circle

Once-a-month service of singing, prayer, and meditation

Sunday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parking Lot Sale

All members and friends welcome to participate! 
Advanced sign up required


Sunday, November 12, noon
Congregational Conversation

Sunday, November 12, 6 p.m.
Syria Supper Club

$50 per person. Supports families of Syrian
refugees recently settled in New Jersey.
Reservations required

Saturday, November 18, 10 a.m.
Civil Disobedience Training Workshop

Sponsored by UU FaithAction NJ, Hudson Civic Action,
and Central Unitarian Church Social Action Team


Sunday, November 19, 10:30 a.m.
All-Ages Thanksgiving Service

Bring a sweet or savory pie to share!

Sunday, November 19, 4 p.m.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Reformed Church of Oradell. Presented
by the River Dell Clergy Group


Sunday, December 3, noon to 3 p.m.
Holiday Crafts Fair

Wednesday, December 6, noon
Women’s Alliance Holiday Luncheon

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 a.m.
All-Ages Holiday Celebration

Thursday, December 21, 7:30 p.m.
Soulful Circle

Sunday, December 24, 7 p.m.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 31, 10:30 a.m.
Service of Forgiveness and Healing

Our curricula for children and youth
offer a range of religious and moral instruction

Sunday School classes meet this Sunday morning, September 22. Children and teachers join us for the beginning of morning worship at 10:30 and then depart for Sunday School classes. The Youth Group meets at 12:30 in the Lounge. Please enroll your children and youth today if you’ve not already done so. Click here for the enrollment form.

Childcare for infants and toddlers
Classroom 7. Childcare Providers: Kathleen Driscoll, Ashley Figueroa, and KC Kehoe 

Pre-K/Kindergarten Creating Home
Classroom 8. Teachers: Rachel Boylan, Blake Dixon-Patrick, Nick O’Neill, and Anthony Torres

First/Second Grade Moral Tales
Classroom 14. Teachers: Delphine Aibel, Stu Kautsch, and Maureen Nassan

Third/Fourth Grade Bibleodeon
Classroom 9. Teachers: Adam Hartman, Lynda Fritsch, Karl Hartman, Denise Corsi Hernandez, and Heather Troyer

We ask parents and guardians of children in childcare and pre-K to grade 4 classes to pick up their children in their classrooms at 11:45 sharp. Parents are responsible for their children after this time.
Fifth/Sixth/Seventh Grade Building Bridges
Classroom 12. Teachers: Judy Gioia, Randy Dixon, Michael Patrick, Angelo Petruzzella, and Bill Volonte

Eighth/Ninth Grade Coming of Age
Lounge. Teachers: Susan Haase, Alyson Gaylord-Loy, Dave Smilon, and Jill Wecht

Youth Group 
Meets in the Annex and Lounge at Central Unitarian Church in October and November. Youth Coordinator: James Forrest. Youth Advisor: John Freund. Youth Group is a joint program of Central Unitarian Church and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood.
        Your support and engagement make a difference!

Parking Lot Sale to raise much-needed funds for our programs
Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Parking Lot
Sign up now for our first Parking Lot Sale! Bring your unwanted and gently used goods, sell what you can, take home the rest, and donate all the proceeds to Central Unitarian Church to support our programs and ministries. E-mail
Monica Marchaterre, Event Coordinator, or see her on Sunday morning to sign up or volunteer.

Join the new volunteer Grounds Crew! The Building and Grounds Committee welcomes the church community to be a part of the new Grounds Crew. The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee has committed to organizing the children to create a new Children’s Peace Garden around the Peace Pole and the Youth Group has signed up to do a grounds clean up on October 7 – and this is only the beginning! E-mail Brooke Cannata, Co-Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, to learn how you can be involved or see her on Sunday morning.

Creating another Bountiful Harvest!
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and weekdays, Bountiful Harvest garden
The Social Action Team seeks volunteers to help in the Bountiful Harvest garden. Now concluding its third season, Bountiful Harvest provides garden-fresh vegetables to our Bergen County neighbors in need served by the Center for Food Action. Volunteers are needed every Saturday morning and weekdays throughout the summer for weeding, watering, and harvesting. Call or text Brooke Cannata, Co-Chair, Social Action Committee, at 551-427-2358 for the upcoming schedule.


It takes a community to create Sunday worship, music, and education! Calling everyone! Sign up online to host Coffee Hour, light the chalice, or provide flowers or add your name to the sign-up sheet on Sunday morning.  See this month’s Welcome Host Captain or e-mail Dawn Focaraccio of the Membership Committee to join a Sunday morning Welcome Host Team. E-mail Jacquie Flynn or Allison Sosinsky, Co-Chairs of the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee, if you’d like to be a part of the Religious Education program as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Advisor, or Committee Member. E-mail Matt Anderson, Director of Music, or Robert René Galván, Choir Conductor, to perform instrumental music or join the choir. E-mail Phil Sosinsky, Chair, to join the Music and Worship Team or to become a Worship Associate. Together we make Sunday morning happen!

Committees make our religious community possible! Church committees meet regularly and most are open to members and friends. Consider contributing your gifts and talents to the leadership of the congregation! Program committees are Music and Worship, Pastoral Care, Social Action, and Religious Education. Support committees are Stewardship, Building and Grounds, and Membership. Spring Fling is our all-church fundraiser. Outreach Auction supports Bergen County charitable organizations. 
Contact a Committee Chair and learn how you can become involved! Click here for the list of committees.

Our covenant

As a congregation, we honor our mission and promise to act with grace
as we celebrate our shared humanity. 

We view our differences as strengths and work to meld them into harmony
by listening with open minds.

We agree to act with honesty, compassion, love, and respect. 


With this covenant, we will deepen our connections and add joy
to our collective lives.

 

Our mission

Central Unitarian Church welcomes all
into a home of spiritual diversity
that challenges us to become our best selves,
to minister to one another in love,
and to serve the greater community.


We are ...

… a Community of Covenant, where members promise to act with honesty, compassion, love, and respect toward one another.

… a 
Welcoming Congregation, affirming and welcoming lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families.

… a Stigma-Free Zone, committed to ending the stigma associated
with mental illness as part of the county-wide 
Stigma-Free Campaign.

... a supporter of the 
Black Lives Matter movement for equality and justice.


... a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

... a member of Unitarian Universalist FaithAction New Jersey, our voice for justice, equality, and compassion in the Garden State.

... a member of the Interfaith Brotherhood/Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County.

Officers and Board of Trustees
President:
Dina Cutrone
Vice President: Charlie George
Past President: Maria Nieves
Controller: David Topolewski
Secretary: Sharyn Fischer
Treasurers: Michael Baker and Ken Albrecht
Trustees: Martha Bell, Robin Cannata, Randy Dixon,
Lynda Fritsch, Tom Lupfer, and Nina Swankie

Congregational Staff
Minister: David M. Horst
Director of Religious Education: Lynn Sodora
Rental Coordinator: Marie Bustamante

Youth Coordinator: James Forrest
Director of Music: Matt Anderson
Choir Conductor: Robert René Galván
Sunday Coordinator: Jim Karabin
Bookkeeper: Dan Kurek
Custodians: Jim Daly and Charlie Kazimierz

Church Office hours
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

For pastoral needs

E-mail David Horst, Minister, or call at 201-262-6300, ext. 2
Minister's office hours: Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
with a break for lunch
For emergencies,
call or text Rev. Horst at 551-999-2640.

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