July 2015 at the Dublin Unitarian Church

“Do what we can, summer will have its flies.”
–  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

Sunday Services in July 2015

Servies at 11am

July 5th “Early Christianity” Rev. Bridget Spain
July 12th “Our Blue Boat Home” Rev. Bridget Spain
July 19th “Two Parables Of Success And Failure” Dr. Martin Pulbrook
July 26th Favourite Readings Service

Also . . . .
Wednesdays at 1.05pm
Lunchtime Meditation Service – facilitator Pam McCarthy
www.meetup.com/meditationatlunchtime

All welcome.

Sermons, childrens’ stories and meditation prayers from all Sunday services are recorded and can be accessed from our website on the Recordings page . There are also three podcasts on the I-Tunes Music Store with the three sections updated weekly. Search there for “Dublin Unitarian Church”.

Church Clubs & Groups Meeting in July 2015

Film Club
The Film Club normally meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Lantern Centre on Synge Street, Dublin 8 at 7.15pm for 7.30 start. This month they have decided to take a Summer pause. The film club will resume in September 2015

All welcome.

Facilitator – Aubrey Flegg

Walking Club
The Walking Club like to walk places as a group through the year. 

Please make contact with Marcus who is at email hidden; JavaScript is required if you’d like to join them for their walks or would like more information.

Book Club
The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month (29th July this month) in the St. Stephen’s Green Hotel at 7.45pm.

This month they are reading Harvest by Jim Crace. The club greatly enjoys welcoming new members.

Facilitator – Jennifer Flegg

Organ Restoration Fundraising and Project
As of July 1st, and thanks to some really enjoyable fundraising initiatives during June, we have just under €6,350 left to raise for the Organ Restoration Project. We are allowing ourselves to get very excited about a launch of the restored organ on Culture Night, Friday 18th September 2015. The plan to have the funds raised by this date seems very doable now as well. Up until this point, it will continue to be possible to sponsor a pipe using the Pipe Up form available at church and downloadable from the church website.

We will be joined on Friday July 3rd by American composer and activist Jim Scott. Mixing Pete Seeger’s great songs and his own, Unitarian composer and musician Jim leads a musical celebration of Earth, Justice and Peace. JIm will remember Pete Seeger, mixing many of Pete’s well-loved songs with some of his own.  Jim knew Pete well and collaborated with the folk legend numerous times singing for the causes of Earth, Justice and Peace that Pete championed.  Admission free and donations will be taken for the Organ Fund.

Later in the month on 26th July, Rory Delany will lead the first of two summer walks taking his walkers through the summer in the direction of The Liberties. Topics to be discussed (informally of course and with good cheer) along the way include Faction Fighting, Underground Rivers, Alms Houses, Royal Visits and anything else that might crop up along the way. Rory’s walks kick off from the church straight after the end of the service and take between 1 1/2 and 2 hours. All are welcome and congregation members are encouraged to bring their friends and family.

In Project news, Mr. Trevor Crowe, our organbuilder, has been working since April 2015 on restoring pipes removed from the organ and has recently begun installing restored and new pipes. The congregation can expect to hear a gradual strengthening of the sound which will increase until the formal turning on on September 18th. The two minor keyboards (manuals) have been mostly done and this is what the organist is using when the organ is occasionally played. The next opportunity to hear where the organ is at is July 12th when it will be played for the morning service.

Publications

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 greeting card featuring a sketch of the church by longtime congregation member George McCaw. This can be purchased in the church after service or online.

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.

Events in the Dublin Unitarian Church in June 2015

Friday 3rd July
Dublin Unitarian Church present
An Evening with Jim Scott
8pm
Admission Free – Donations to be taken for Organ Restoration Fund

Mixing Pete Seeger’s great songs and his own, Unitarian composer and musician Jim leads a musical celebration of Earth, Justice and Peace.  JIm will remember Pete Seeger, mixing many of Pete’s well-loved songs with some of his own.  Jim knew Pete well and collaborated with the folk legend numerous times singing for the causes of Earth, Justice and Peace that Pete championed.  A Unitarian (based in Vancouver, British Columbia) and a prolific composer in his own right, Jim’s music is warm and authentic with lyrical melodies, well-crafted words and guitar mastery that moved Pete Seeger to call him “some kind of magician.”  With the Paul Winter Consort, Jim was co-composer of the “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and created the “Earth and Spirit Songbook,” songs of earth and peace by many composers, including Pete Seeger.  Jim is also very interested in the interaction between social justice and ministry and is excited to meet as many of the congregation as can make it on the evening. 

As with other organ fund events in the past, we ask audience to make a donation on the night without setting a specific ticket price. After Mr. Scott’s modest travel expenses are met, we will split all further income equally between the performer and the organ fund.

www.jimscottguitar.com
Facebook Event

 

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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 2014, our organist Josh Johnston was delighted to announce that the appeal had reached the impressive figure of €200,000 – we’re almost close enough to touch the finishing post but there’s a little 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.

Best wishes,

Dublin Unitarian Church
112 St. Stephen’s Green West
Dublin 2
IRELAND

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