Family Promise Training on October 15th

helpJoin us for our next Family Promise Training on October 15th!

Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to meeting the growing need to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to families without homes. Founded in 1986 in New Jersey, Family Promise affiliates now exist in 41 states across the country, with more than 160,000 volunteers contributing their talent and energy. Since its founding, Family Promise has served over 500,000 people (mostly children); nearly 80% of Family Promise clients are successful in securing permanent housing after participating in the program. Family Promise North Shore Boston is the fourth affiliate in Massachusetts, serving families in our area.

The heart of each affiliate is the Interfaith Hospitality Network, religious congregations who furnish sleeping quarters and meals for families participating in the program. On June 1, 2014, at the annual congregational meeting, UUCM voted to join this Interfaith Hospitality Network.

This commitment will require participation from all members of UUCM, as well as supporting congregations. We welcome you to join us!! When hosting the FPNSB families, there are a variety of tasks that will need to be done. Every job, big or small, is important – the success of this effort depends on us all!! Volunteers who have contact with FPNSB families are required to attend a short training class, and submit a CORI form (background check). The next training session is scheduled for October 15th, at 7:00 pm, at UUCM, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead.

Russell Queen, Director of Family Promise North Shore Boston, will present a volunteer training at UUCM on October 15 at 7:00 pm.

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In-gathering & Water Communion Sunday Service – Sunday, September 7th 10:30am

Our ‘In-gathering & Water Communion Sunday Service’ is always the first Sunday after Labor Day. Usually that means the second Sunday of September but this year with Labor Day the earliest it can be, we’re also off to an early start. The service is multi-generational and one that invites everyone to bring some water that has special meaning in their lives. It is a way we get to know one another more deeply as we share a bit of what is important to us and at the same time contribute to the story we create together. The waters are all combined during the service. Some bring a sample from a trip to a place that engaged their spirit, some water from the garden hose and others even offer virtual water representing tears of sadness or joy. A pitcher is always on hand for those who have not brought water but would like to participate by pouring from the pitcher and sharing what it represents. All ages are welcome to participate as we celebrate the start of our new year together. (Service is at 10:30 am, September 7).

Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake/Church Picnic – Saturday, September 6, 4 pm

Each year on the Saturday before our In-Gathering service, we gather together for the Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake/Church Picnic. Named after a treasured UUCMer, the picnic will be held from 4 pm until dusk on the church patio. It’s a great way to catch up with everyone and meet newcomers. Feel free to being along a friend as well!

Food: Clam chowder, corn chowder, salad, drinks & dinnerware are provided. Lobster may be ordered for $15 (for scholarship funds please contact me at or 231-884-6434).  Everyone is welcome to bring anything they’d like to eat or share (sandwiches, etc). Desserts to share are particularly welcome!

Schedule: Gather at 4 pm, dine at 5 pm.

Register: RSVPs are IMPORTANT so we are sure to have enough chowder, salad and drinks. They are ESSENTIAL if you are ordering lobster. So, everybody please RSVP by Thursday, September 4th.

Donate: In the past we’ve charged $5 for those just wishing chowder and salad, but we’d like to make this more welcoming, so we’ve done away with this and are inviting everyone who would like to celebrate UUCM’s radical hospitality to donate generously and those who need that $5 to help ends meet to come and enjoy knowing that everyone is welcome!