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UUSE Artisan Holiday Market for 2023

Gathering Music

"Adagio Cantabile"

by Ludwig van Beethoven

Welcome, Announcements & Introductions




by Jean Thielemans

Chalice Lighting: Chalice Lighting for Winter Solstice by Sharon Wylie

Opening Hymn

#175 "We Celebrate the Web of Life"

by Melchior Vulpius

words by Alicia S. Carpenter

Reading: Pine Forest Fugue by Elizabeth Tarbox

Introductions, Joys and Concerns

Musical Response

"Waltz for Debby"

by Bill Evans


Continuing our practice of sharing our gifts with the community beyond our walls, fifty percent of our undesignated Sunday plate collections for the month of December will go to three area shelters: McKinney Men's Shelter (Hartford), East Hartford Community Shelter, and Cornerstone Shelter (Rockville).

Offering Music

"Gymnopedie, No. 1"

by Erik Satie

Story: The Legend of Mother Deer

Reflection: Yuletide and Ancient Sami Wisdom

Reflection: Inner Practices at Yule

Closing Hymn

#15 "The Lone, Wild Bird"

by William Walker

words by H. R. MacFayden

Closing Words: Beloved Mystery Hold Us Close by Rebekah A. Savage

Extinguishing the Chalice

Closing Circle

May faith in the spirit of life

And hope for the community of earth

And love of the light in each other

Be ours now, and in all the days to come.

The UUSE Holiday Fair’s Silent Auction is Looking for Donations  

Can you help? We are fortunate to have some very kind UUs who own local businesses or are accomplished artists who help us out yearly with generous contributions. Still, one of the great joys of the silent auction is discovering what surprises you all have to donate. So, what draws bids? Last year, we had a beautiful set of wooden jigsaw puzzles featuring some “whimsy” pieces that attracted numerous bids. A few years back, we had a member buy a new car, and the dealership gave each buyer a new gas grill—which they didn’t need, so they gave it to the auction. A member upgraded her iPad, wiped the old one clean of personal information, and donated it. We’ve had a quilting frame, a fancy Franklin Mint commemorative Monopoly game, sports memorabilia, jewelry a little too high-end for the jewelry sale, gently used designer purses, and decorative home items (did you all see the beautiful inlaid table we had last year?) As it is a holiday fair, themed baskets full of goodies that can be given as a gift are usually a big draw (think spa night basket, pet owner basket, hostess gift basket, etc.) And, of course, we love to feature work from our many talented UUSE artists and crafters! Might you have something for the auction? Share your ideas with Mary Ellen Vigeant Carolyn Gimbrone, or new member, Jan Knotts.

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