Chalice News and Notes 1.20.23

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Jan 20, 2023, 5:01:44 PM1/20/23


We Nurture Spiritually Courageous People

Who Transform the World through 

Justice and Compassion

Explore our website to learn more about everything we are doing.

Jan 20 - Community Forum The Voice of Dr. King with Gerald C. Rivers - 7 pm

Jan 20 - YRUU Hangout (please RSVP by Jan 19) - Social Hall - 6 pm

Jan 22 - Midyear Congregational Meeting - Sanctuary - 11:30 am

Jan 22 - Diaper Drive begins (ends February 5) - Box in Social Hall

Jan 22 - Climate Action Team Meeting Boardroom/ Library - 12:30 pm

Jan 22 - Crossing Paths (Quakerism) - Social Hall - 1 pm

Jan 22 - Our Whole Lives - 1pm

Grades 7-9 in YRUU room, Grades K-1 in Innovations room

Jan 24 - Feeding Hands - Chalice Kitchen - 1 pm

Jan 27 - YA Hangout - 6pm

Jan 29 - Neighborhood Networks Dot Sunday - after service

Feb 4 - Families Care - Social Hall - 4pm

Middle School Hangout - January 20th - 6pm

Chalice Presents a Special Live Theatrical Event 

Gerald C. Rivers – The Voice of Dr. King

Music Performances by Merlin Snider


Friday, January 20th – 7:00 p.m. PT

(Both In-person and Live-stream options available!)


Dramatic portrayal celebrating the enduring spirit of dissent.


Gerald C. Rivers is a classically trained Shakespearean actor who has been presenting the words and works of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for over 30 years.  Gerald has dedicated his life’s work to keeping alive the spirit and inspiration of Dr. King through his passionate renditions.


Singer-songwriter and guitarist Merlin Snider blends all sorts of American roots music from folk and blues to rock, gospel, and jazz.  His soulful melodies and thoughtful lyrics reach across borders of heart and mind.


Ticket donation: $20 each.  Students and those 25 and under: $10.  Online-only: $10.

Let us know if you need a scholarship as we don’t want the cost to prohibit your attendance.

Please see here for more information: 

Masks are strongly recommended.

In Person & Online Service - 10 am

Reverend Anne Hines


Someone called the one-word title for today’s sermon "the greatest affirmation of all;" could that be true?

Join us in person or for the Zoom Meeting at 10 am 

Meeting ID: 209 555 249

Phone: 16699009128

Password: 2020

And stay on this link for our Mid-Year meeting at 11:30

As we continue with our Theme of Finding Our Center this month:

Join Us to Co-Create A Centering Altar

In a spiritual sense, centering is defined as, “the concentration of attention or energy on something” ( or engaging “the mind at the moment, bringing it to a present awareness of the moment.” (

What is it

That calls you here

That calls you onward

That calls you inward

That leads you homeward?...

(“The Heart of Our Faith,” Rev. Monica Jacobson-Tennessen)

In service to our exploration, we will be co-creating an altar in our sanctuary, and invite you to bring objects that are meaningful to you as part of your own spiritual practice of centering, and place them on our community altar for January.  Let’s continue in this new year, to explore the path to our center.

Crossing Paths for Adults 


1-2:30 in Social Hall 

This month - Quakerism

February - Hinduism



Sundays - 1:00 pm

Grades 7-9 in YRUU room

Grades K-1 in Innovations room

Please address any communications or questions to:

Chalice Midyear Meeting 

THIS SUNDAY after service

Welcome to 2023, we hope your holiday season was filled with love, and may we transform the world through justice and compassion in the coming year. 

The Chalice Mid-Year Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 22, after worship service, at 11:30 am.  This will be a multi-platform meeting in person and on Zoom, though we encourage you to come in person if possible.  

Our agenda will include: 

  • President and Treasurer Reports 

  • Update on the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)  Article II By-laws revision by Building Beloved Community Advocates (BBCA)

  • Site Visioning Team Update  

  • Nomination & vote for the Leadership Cultivation Committee (LCC).

The nominees for the LCC are:

Todd Hess 

Clint Fultz

We send gratitude to Deryck True and Sharon Damerell for their time and commitment to the Leadership Cultivation Committee, thank you for serving!

We hope to see you all at our Mid Year Meeting on January 22.

In Service,

Annie Barker President,

Chalice Board of Trustees

Diapers and Wipes Drive 

Sponsored by the Third Monday Chalice Circle

Begins this Sunday and continues through February 5th

We have learned that many parents in our local community are struggling to meet the rising costs of diapers for their babies. Chalice would like to help the Conejo Community Outreach Center with their ‘diaper drive’ and will be collecting diapers and wipes beginning this Sunday and throughout January.

More specifically, they need:

  • All brands are accepted and appreciated but the diaper bank is especially grateful for donations of Huggies or Pampers diapers. 

  • The diaper bank can accept open boxes of diapers, and even open sleeves — just make sure they are labeled with brand and size. 

  • Most requested sizes: 5, 6, and 4t/5t pull ups, but any size donation is wonderful! 

  • If you’d like to donate wipes, the diaper bank asks for unscented, sealed packs. 

The third Monday Afternoon Chalice Circle is also contributing to this collection. Please join them in donating and helping our local parents. 

Please Look for the collection box in Fellowship Hall beginning on Sunday. For more information please contact: 

Andy Pletcher

Jill Lewis

This Sunday 

Meets @ 12:30 (after the Mid year congregational meeting)

Upstairs in Fellowship Hall

in the Boardroom/ Library or on Zoom(2)

Chalice Lighting

To start your day, a meeting, or before a meal

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. 

~Albert Schweitzer

Families Care gathering and potluck

February 4th 4-6pm

Sign up to donate items:

Come to a Bowl Painting Party to benefit Many Mansions!!!

Sunday, February 12th at 12:30 in Social Hall

(right after our Sweetheart Serenade and Potluck)



Participants will be given a bowl to paint which will later be given away to attendees of the Bowls of Hope Fundraiser.  

There’s a $30 per bowl fee to cover the supplies, glazing and firing process.  (Scholarships are available.)

Come, have fun, and help support the children and adult services of Many Mansions at the same time!!

To be sure we have enough bowls, please sign up in advance here:

Dear Members and friends of Chalice, 

While Reverend Nica is away on her sabbatical, we wish to provide you this clear guide to communicating with Chalice. Rev Anne is on many of the email lists below, however as a quarter-time Minister, she will not be expected to deal with the day-to-day activities. Our strong leadership teams will be available to assist and serve you.


Please reach out using the following pathways: 

1. If you are concerned about a sudden problem, health concern, or need in your family, please reach out to the Pastoral Care Team at Team members are Carol Jones, Carol Rosenthal, Andy Pletcher, Judy Blades, and Mary Freed.


2. If there is a question about our physical buildings, perhaps you left something in the sanctuary and need it before the following Sunday, please reach out to our Administrator, Ana Johnson at or our Facilities Director Chuck Fernald at .


3. If you feel there is a covenantal problem between you and another Chalice member, please reach out to the Committee On Shared Ministry (COSM) at The members are Jill Schlaus, Tim Snowber, Shane Niebergall, Randall Edwards and Tom Wolf. You may reach out to any of them individually if you prefer. They will make a referral to our Conflict Resolution team if necessary.


4. If there is a concern about the congregation's spiritual health, or specifically how we are doing in Rev Nica’s absence, please reach out to the Committee On Shared Ministry at


5. If there is a Chalice policy or mission/vision or big-picture leadership issue that you have a question about, or think needs addressing, please reach out to the Board at or The members are Annie Barker, Matt Chapa, Andy Pletcher, Don Cooper, Ayanna Gaines, Brandi Portereiko, and David Buss.


6. If there is a question regarding Worship, please address it to Tim Snowber on behalf of the Worship Team or


7. If there is a question regarding News and Notes, or scheduling something at Chalice, please reach out to our Chalice Administrator Ana Johnson at


8. Site Visioning Team meets weekly. If you want to talk about or to the Site Visioning Team contact: or take the survey.

9. Community Life and Social Justice Teams continue to serve you and the wider community. To share, contribute or suggest Contact and/or 

Please note that if there is a Pastoral Care emergency you can contact Rev Anne privately at .

If you missed the Dec. 4th service all about the Sabbatical with Rev. Nica and Rev. Anne you can watch that Here

All of this can be accessed on our google shared drive: Members/Sabbatical folder using your email address in Breeze or Here, and on our website: News/sabbatical pull down or Here


In community, faith, & service,

Annie Barker, COSM, and The Board of Trustees

Families with elementary age kids, our district mountain camp invites you to:

“Choose Your Own Adventure”

2023 UU Elementary Family Winter Camp

This camp is for youth grades K through 6 and their families.

Saturday, February 18 – Monday, February 20, 2023

Deans: Shannon and Bill Stoker

Registration is OPEN!

This camp is designed for kids in elementary school at the time of camp. Campers in grades 2–6 are encouraged to come to Camp and stay on their own in cabins with well-trained and talented counselors. While we welcome younger children to this camp, there is no programming provided for Junior and Senior High young people. These youth are welcome to attend our summer camps that are focused on their age groups.

If your 2–6 grade camper is not feeling quite ready for the counselor-cabin, they have the option of staying with their family in a family-cabin. Younger siblings (grades K-1) are invited along for the fun but must stay with their parent/guardian in a family-cabin. The littlest of siblings (Pre-K and below) are welcome at appropriate activities but must always be accompanied by a parent throughout the day.

Registration fees:

Camper (Kindergarten to 6th Grade):  $185

Accompanying sibling (3 years to Pre-K):  $125

Accompanying sibling (infant to 2 years):   $0

Adult Parent/Guardian:  $185

Questions about registration, contact our registrar, Laura Chamberlin, at Questions about EFWC details, programming or camper concerns, contact our Camping Ministries Director, Marianne Swift-Gifford, at

Our Contact Information

Camp de Benneville Pines

41750 Jenks Lake Road West

Angelus Oaks, CA 92305

(909) 794-2928

SAVE THE DATES!  Plan ahead for summer 2023 camps 

(registration will open in March):

Elementary camp: July 9-15

Middle School camp: July 16-22

Sr High School camp: July 23-29

Family Camp: July 30-Aug 5th.

Chalice Women’s Retreat 2023

Hope you’ll join us at Camp de Benneville Pines

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26

We are planning a return to the mountains for fellowship. 

Our theme this year is Being Enough! 

The camp is 2.5 – 4.5 hours away, nestled in the Jeffrey Pines of the San Bernadino Mountains, not far from Big Bear or Redlands. We sleep in heated cabins, with full bathrooms, and meals are included.  We take turns sharing in the meal preparation and most women choose to carpool to and from the retreat. Participation in the program portion is expected, and there is always time for crafts, hiking, and quiet reflection.  

The camp is only allowing fully vaccinated campers, and may even require a booster, still to be determined. Social distancing will not really be possible. We will be cooking together and sharing the small common area during our meals and program portion. Please consider whether you will be comfortable in that setting, then click the link  to register and take an important survey. Your responses are important to us. Your input helps us make the best judgment calls as we consider plans for keeping our community safe and engaged. Women's Retreat Survey/Registration

The price is $160, and some scholarships will be available if needed. If you choose to participate, please register at the link above  by Sunday, January  30, the sooner the better.   Contact Jill Schlaus or Andy Pletcher with additional questions. 

Your Retreat Team:

Jill Schlaus, Andy Pletcher & Kelly Castillo

Consider joining the Chalice Social Justice Facebook group. To learn about latest events supporting Black Lives Matter, Climate Justice and other concerns, click  on:  

Checklist: How to take advantage of 

brand-new clean energy tax credits! 

Whether you need windows, a furnace, a car, or a rooftop solar system, new tax breaks are available through the Inflation Reduction Act to help you save money and go green!

Follow this link to learn more:

Chalice has many Social Action groups 

to engage with on a monthly basis! 

Racial Justice Team: 2nd Wednesday of Each Month - 5:30 - 7 pm 

BIPOC UU Tri-County Collaborative: 2nd Thursday of the month - 6 pm 

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby Meeting: 2nd Saturday of the month - 9 am 

Chalice Climate Action Team Meeting: 4th Sunday of the Month -12:30 pm 

Community Forum Team Meeting: 4th Monday of the month

Friday, January 20

6:00pm YRUU Hangout

7:00pm Community Forum - Gerald C. Rivers - The Voice of Dr. King

Saturday, January 21

7:30am AA Meeting

10:00am OA Meeting

4:00pm Soup Salad Bread and Dessert Supper (Auction event)

Sunday, January 22

10:00am Chalice Worship Service (Zoom 2)

11:30am RE: Innovations - Fortunetelling

11:30am RE: Parent Group

11:30am RE: Serenity - Choose Your Journey

11:30am RE: YRUU - The Worst Disease

11:30am Mid Year Congregational Meeting (worship service link on zoom2)

12:30pm Climate Action Team (Zoom2))

1:00pm OWL 7-9

1:00pm Crossing Paths for Adults - Quakerism

1:00pm OWL K-2

5:00pm Newcomer AA Meeting

Monday, January 23

5:00pm Community Forum Planning Meeting (zoom2)

7:00pm Women's Evening Group (zoom)

Tuesday, January 24

10:00am Gardenia Group (zoom)

1:00pm Feeding Hands (food preparation)

3:00pm Auction Planning Committee (zoomK)

4:00pm Feeding Hands (serving)

6:00pm Worship Committee (Zoom2)

Wednesday, January 25

6:00pm Sitevisioning meeting (zoom2)

6:00pm Overeaters Anonymous

7:00pm Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 26

6:30pm Stewardship Meeting (zoom2)

7:00pm Men's Discussion Group (Zoom 2)

7:00pm Moonflower Women's Group (Zoom)

Friday, January 27

6:00pm YA Hangout

7:30pm Movie Group 1 (zoom)

Other ways to get involved or stay connected:

Or reach out to us here:

Chalice Office # (805) 498-9548 - Messages will be checked regularly.

Rev. Nica Eaton-Guinn, Minister, is on Sabbatical until May

Explore our website to learn more about everything we are doing.

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