THE PIONEER Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence December 2013 Volume 44 No. 4 D E C E M B E R S U N DAY S E RV I C E S December 1 - Services at 9:15 and 11 AM The Passenger The Reverend Janet C. Bush A story from the Civil Rights movement that raises questions about truth, memory, government interests, and racism today. In this issue: December 15 - Services at 9:15 and 11 AM “Under Construction:” Adult Credo Service Dan Felten and Elizabeth Slade An annual tradition in which community members reflect on their spiritual journeys. Tuesday, December 17 - Special Service at 7 PM Service of Loss and Remembrance A quiet service, time to be with others who are experiencing loss and sadness during the holidays, and to light a candle in memory of someone you have lost. December 22 - Holiday Service for All Ages at 10 AM Welcome Yule The Reverend Janet C. Bush and the Coming of Age Class A celebration of December holidays through readings, stories and song, and the traditional decorating of our mitten tree. Please bring hats, gloves, and men’s cotton socks to share with community members served by area homeless shelters. December 24 – Christmas Eve Services at 4 and 7 PM Two services of lessons and carols, with a family focus at 4 PM December 29 - Service at 10 AM Hymn Sing The Worship Committee A year end tradition, at which members of the congregation choose favorite hymns for all to sing. Childcare will be provided. The Pioneer Pg 2 Religious Education December 8 - Special Service at 4 PM The Rabbit Owl The Reverend Janet C. Bush Join us for late afternoon worship, singing, and a meditation on gifts and giving. Children will begin in the Great Hall and leave for holiday games and activities downstairs after the offering. Notes from the Minister Pg 3 Reports & Articles Pg 4 Climate Actions of the Month Pg 12 Events & Workshops Pg 14 Bulletin Board Pg 15 Upcoming Events ? ? Book Discussion, Dec. 8 ? Service of Loss & Remembrance, Dec. 17 ? Christmas Eve Services Dec. 24 ? First Night and Midnight Café, Dec. 31 Human Rights Day Celebration, Dec 10 Like us on facebook!