Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

MLKServiceMonday, January 20, 8:00 a.m.
UU Society of Germantown

Opportunities abound for church members and friends to put their values into action during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Dr. King championed the ideals of justice and compassion, and in honor of his legacy, Unitarian Universalists throughout the Philadelphia region will be engaging in a variety of community service projects on Monday, January 20. Make your day off a "day on" by joining in.

The day's events are sponsored and organized by the Unitarian Society of Germantown, located at 6511 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19119. Plan to meet there at 8:00 a.m. or carpool from MLUC. Visit www.mlkphillyuus.org to sign up for one of more than a dozen service projects, ranging from making soup for local soup kitchens to cleaning local schools to painting murals for local shelters. There is something for everyone, regardless of age.

The MLUC Social Action Leadership Team is sponsoring a specific project for the day, which is assembling and delivering winter emergency kits to clients of the Outreach Program of the Unitarian Universalist House of Philadelphia. The Outreach Program is a free, non-denominational service that helps adults 60 years and older remain safely in their homes. Even if you can't make it that day, you can donate items or cash for the emergency kits ahead of the event.

Donate 1–30 of the following items for the kits: alcohol wipes/hand sanitizer, tote bags, Band-Aids, breakfast/protein bars, votive candles, cookies, lap blankets, matches, small note pads/pens, raisins, tissues, bottled water. Items can be dropped in the lower leverl coat closet.

Look for more information in the Notes of the Week, E-Notes, and at the sign-up table outside the Main Meeting Room in January. For further information, contact Pam Fried.

Outreach for Community Volunteers in Medicine

CVIMoutreach2013Associate Minister Rev. Morgan McLean recently visited Community Volunteers in Medicine in West Chester, PA to present a donation in the amount of $1,814 as part of the church’s Offering Outreach campaign, which directs half of the congregation’s Sunday collection to a different charitable organization each month.

Rev. McLean met with Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM is a volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County. Tomoschuk explained that even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many people will remain uninsured and will continue to rely on the services provided by CVIM.

“We have long been an advocate for our patients ‘graduating’ from using our clinic to having their own healthcare insurance,” Tomoschuk said, “and it is our hope that some will be able to take advantage of the plans offered by the Affordable Care Act. However, these new plans may not be realistic for our patients, and regardless, the new act does not address the health crisis caused by lack of access to dental care, so we do not anticipate any change in the number of patients we serve.”

That number of patients and services was at a record high in 2013, as CVIM accepted 1,232 new patients and processed more than 28,000 visits for a variety of medical, dental, and preventative services. This treatment is made possible by tens of thousands of hours volunteered by hundreds of licensed clinicians and professionals.

Rev. McLean recognized that the success of organizations like CVIM hinges on continued support from the community at large.

“Access to healthcare is one of the fundamental issues throughout our country and right here in our own community,” she said. “The services provided by Community Volunteers in Medicine are needed more than ever, and the congregation of Main Line Unitarian Church is proud to contribute to their mission.”

Main Line Unitarian Church Offering Outreach recipients are nominated by members of the congregation and selected by a committee. Selections are often coordinated with themes of sermons, educational programming, or service opportunities at the church. A list of past recipients is available on the church website at www.mluc.org/social-action/offering-outreach.

Photo: Member Dana Navaline and Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church present a donation of $1,814 to Maureen Tomoschuk, President of Community Volunteers in Medicine (CVIM), and Denise Mahal, Vice President of Development. CVIM provides primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County.

Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat

MeditationRetreatIn Your Body, In the Moment
A Half-Day Meditation and Mindfulness Retreat

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Do you make regular visits to yourself?”  ~ Rumi

The Main Line Unitarian Church Meditation Groups are pleased to present “In Your Body, In the Moment”, a half-day meditation and mindfulness retreat. The event is designed for interested individuals from first-timers to experienced meditators. It is complimentary and open to the public.

Register with Sue Compton or Marc Balcer (610-389-0912) so we can prepare the room appropriately. The day will include guided sitting practices, movement and breathing exercises, music, and walking meditations.

Our daily life is fast-paced, full of stimuli and decisions to make. It is difficult to make the time to listen to what our body is telling us, and when we do, it may be difficult to interpret what it is trying to say. We will explore several approaches that may allow us to connect more deeply with ourselves. Through our practice, we will seek to become aware of our body and mind in the present moment.

A meditation retreat is a powerful tool for spiritual growth through which we hope you will gain a solid foundation of the mindfulness meditation practice. Please join us in MLUC’s McGinness Room on December 14. If desired, bring a mat or cushion.