August 2014 at the Dublin Unitarian Church
“In summer, the song sings itself.”
William Carlos Williams
Sunday Services in August 2014
Points To Ponder – Rev. Bridget Spain
Favourite Readings Service
Jewish History – Rev. Bridget Spain
Not Very Much – Pamela McCarthy
Let’s Talk About Miracles – Rev. Bridget Spain
Wednesdays at 1.05pm except Christmas Day
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy
Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website. There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.
There is now a weekly Unitarian service at Cork Unitarian Church on Princes’ Street and one monthly service in Limerick city. This is on the last Sunday of the month in the Educate Together school on O’Connell Avenue.
Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in July 2014
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (28th August this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm. This month they are reading Empress Dowager Cixi by Jung Chang. They enjoy welcoming new members
Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg
Every year congregation member Rory Delany organises and leads two summer walks where congregation and friends get to enjoy the summer while learning more about the city they live in. This year, the theme is “Some Dublin Meeting Houses”. The second walk is on Sunday 10th August and will set off at 12.30 after a quick cup of tea after church. This walk will focus on Meeting Houses from 1728 to 1863 (the year our church was built) such as our meeting houses on Strand Street and Eustace Street in Temple Bar (now The Ark(. Other totally unrelated aspects of Dublin history will get a mention as we travel our route.
Friends and relatives encouraged to attend. All welcome.
The walk is free – donations will be taken for the Organ Restoration Fund.
The Film Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month but this month they are taking a Summer break. They will resume in September.
Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg
The Walking Club meet to walk in lovely places on the last Saturday of the month but they are also currently breaking for the Summer – they will resume in September. They are delighted to meet new people interested in joining them regularly or occasionally.
The church have published two volumes of all issues of Oscailt published in 2005 and 2006. These are available from the church directly for €15 each.
The church has also recently unveiled a new range of greeting cards featuring sketches of the church and photos of our stained glass windows. These can be purchased in the church after service. The plan is to make them available online but, for the moment, if you would like to purchase these online, please enquire from this e-mail address.
The cards, other books of sermons and childrens stories published by the church are available from the website – www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/publications – and we take payment through Paypal
Organ Restoration Fund
The Organ Restoration Fund has gone past €178,000. €72,000 left to raise.
The Organ Restoration Fundraising Committee is looking for a few different types of help at the moment. They are planning a Monster Raffle to be drawn just before Christmas so now is the time to let us know if you can provide a big or small prize or know of a contact who can. It doesn’t have to be a thing – services that you can provide for people are just as welcome.
The church is opening once again for Culture Night 2014 and Open House 2014. If you can help by being a smily, welcoming face on the evening of Friday 19th September and / or the afternoon of Sunday 19th October, please let us know. We only ask people to hang around for an hour (unless they want to stay longer) and it’s very nice for visitors to have people to talk to. All training provided. There will also be some talks and musical events on Culture Night so put the date in your diary.
We are putting out our Mini-Bookstall (also selling greeting cards) every week between now and Christmas. Don’t forget to bring in books, CDs and DVDs for us to sell. If you’d be happy to go on the rota to help man the stall, we’d love to hear from you.
The church is currently fundraising to spend €250,000 to restore its beautiful J.W. Walker Pipe Organ (1910) at the back of the church. On Christmas Day 2013, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €156,000 – the halfway mark has been well passed but there’s plenty more to do yet. If you want to help support the project, you can by attending events at the church, buying the various books the church has published or by sponsoring a pipe in the church or via Paypal (all credit cards accepted) through our website. If you’re interested in learning more, you should go to our Restoration page.
Please feel free to spread the word about the Unitarian Church in Dublin by forwarding this e-mail onto others who you think might be interested in it. Also, the church has a presence on Facebook and Twitter – please do come and visit us. All details that we have for all these events are up there as well as on our newly revamped website at www.dublinunitarianchurch.org .
Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West