Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey
5th Annual Feeding Fredonia Challenge
posted: October 17, 2018

Now through Saturday, October 20

Over 80 Fredonia-area businesses are drop-off sites, and both Fredonia Central School and SUNY Fredonia are on board. The Social Action Committee asks you to please consider how you will support this effort.

Food needed includes: Beans, canned fruits, canned meats, canned vegetables, cereals, coffee, dry milk, peanut butter, rice, soups, pastas, canned spaghetti sauce, and jelly. Other donations are accepted, of course!

Low unemployment may lead some to think that we can’t have hunger issues. But unfortunately, employment may not be enough to keep a family secure. We have the elderly on fixed income, the families who do not qualify for aid but can’t quite cover all the expenses of the whole family, and those who are no longer counted on the roles of unemployed because they have given up. Children and elderly in our county are hungry and your help is so important. Please support the Feeding Fredonia Challenge, sponsored by the Fredonia Presbyterian Church in cooperation with Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.


Proposed Great Decisions Group
posted: October 15, 2018

To enrich our own understanding of critical foreign policy issues and to attract new members, UUCNC is considering starting a Great Decisions discussion group in January, open to the public at large. If you are interested, please sign up at the back table on Sunday mornings. Meeting times and location will be coordinated with those who sign up.

There will be a total of 8 discussions. Study booklets can be purchased for $30 and will also be available at local libraries. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, a program of the Foreign Policy Association.

Questions? Speak with Skeeter Tower or use the information on the Contact Us tab above, and your message will be relayed.


Vote on Social Action Proposals
posted: August 24, 2018

Two social action proposals for year-long projects have been submitted for consideration by the congregation. The topics of the two project proposals are transgender inclusion, and the opioid epidemic.

Brief descriptions of project proposals will be published in the November newsletter and the proposed projects will be presented at a full congregational meeting after the service on Sunday, November 11 (lunch provided). At this meeting, using a ranking voting system, the project(s) will be selected as our social responsibility agenda for the church year. After the vote, the task groups will meet to determine leadership and develop time lines for their projects.

The selected projects will be monitored by the SAC, given logistical support, provided funding from the SAC budget, given access to the newsletter, website, Sunday service, and other communication platforms, and become ministerial priorities. The task groups for selected projects will report regularly to the Board and congregation, and can ask for additional support. A task group is approved for only one year. If the group wishes to continue in the next year, it goes through the same petition and voting process.

Project proposals were due by Sunday, October 7, 2018, with at least four signatures on the proposal form indicating willingness to serve on the task group for the issue. Any person may serve on only one task group at a time.


Thanksgiving Food Drive
posted: August 17, 2018

On the first three Sundays in November, the Social Action Committee will collect non-perishable food items for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry. Please bring your food offerings to Sunday services on November 4, 11 and 18. Thank you.

In addition, on Sunday, November 11, we will Share the Plate with the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, now located at 319 Washington Ave, Dunkirk NY.

100% of the non-pledge money received on each Share the Plate Sunday will be given to the chosen agency. Please make your check payable to UUCNC and indicate “Share the Plate” on the memo line. Of course, your cash contribution is also welcome for Share the Plate!


Recycling Ink Cartridges
posted: September 15, 2011

Ink cartridges are collected and recycled by the Social Action Committee to benefit the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue (59 E Main St, Westfield NY).

Deliver spent ink cartridges at worship services on Sunday mornings, September through June.


Please donate your deposit cans and bottles!
posted: September 2, 2011

The Youth Group reminds the congregation that the donation of your deposit cans and bottles is greatly appreciated! Colleen, the owner of Cash for Cans (on Route 60 in just north of Route 83; driving from Rte. 20 it is housed in a large garage with a bright green roof on the left) has generously offered to continue keeping a tab for us for this ongoing fundraiser. Call ahead to check when they’ll be open: 716 672-2274.

All you need to do is drop off your deposit cans and bottles when you are out running errands. If you ever have trouble getting there or need help with a large accumulation, members of the Youth Group will pick up your contribution.

Every little bit helps! In 2011 we raised just over $150 in four months for our trip to Boston, and each year since we have raised a similar amount. Thank you for your support!