Welcome

Simply Splendid at Smithton
by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus
©2014
‘Tis a gift to be simple . . . True enough. A single rose. A solitary diamond. A striking view. Unaffected by the ornamentalism that adorns most of our world, simple rests on the solid foundation of life at its most basic - clear, clean, classic. 
Simplicity as a gift? Absolutely.

Yet sometimes the simple needs a boost, a dash of the splendid to sweeten its single flavor essentials. Because, like the legendary spoon full of sugar, a healthy dose of splendid can help a lot more than medicine go down in a most delightful way.

Here at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, we take great care to provide the basics in services and ceremonies and celebrations. Firmly rooted in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, charmingly housed in a historic church, and diligently prepared by a dedicated congregation, our offerings are simple
     - meaningful services, moving ceremonies, memorable celebrations.

But we of the UUCS also strive to invest our contributions with more than the fundamentals - to enliven them with a hint of enchantment, a taste of imagination, a touch of the divine. 
    Our services honor the sacred space within and among and beyond ourselves. 
    Our ceremonies reenact time-honored rituals in contemporary style. 
    Our celebrations cut loose and raise the roof.

All prepared in the spirit of love.
All presented in the service of others. 

Not just simple but splendid, too. 
Simply Splendid at Smithton. 

All you need to do is come.

Come, come whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
Ours is no caravan of despair.
Come, yet again, come.
-Rumi


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton
251 Second Street
Smithton, PA 15479
724.870.5056
uucofsmithton@gmail.com
Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus (FCM)
412.716.4375
rmcartus@icloud.com

Sunday Services
Each service begins at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton. Members and friends, guests and visitors come together in the sanctuary, center on the theme for the day, sit in silence and speak in depth, and then go back to their lives, carrying in their minds and hearts the light of truth, the warmth of community, and the fire of commitment. 
February 2015
Sunday, February 22
In the Words of a Poet: Love, Healing, and Heartache by Shelly B. Marafon and Zak Zennii. Everyone is invited to bring along a favorite poem and/or song to share.

 March 2015
Sunday, March 1
All in Flavor: The Taste of Democracy by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus
(Third in the service series, Lift Every Voice)

*UUCS Musicians Rehearsal                 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Simply Splendid @ Smithton Taping Session 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
Lay-led service on Economics by Shelly B. Marafon and Scott Alexander

FaceLift 15                                 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 15
Shelagh Sings by Shelagh Collins, Vocalist
Guest in the Pulpit

Safe Congregations Project                         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22
      Mad Money: The Wild Card of Commerce by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus

*UUCS Musicians Rehearsal 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Safe Congregations Project         1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 29
Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain by Dave Dunn
Guest in the Pulpit

 April 2015
Sunday, April 5
Easter Again? An Easter Service by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus
Sunday, April 12
Founders’ Eleven: Port Royal’s Loss . . . Smithton’s Gain
A Lay-Led Service

Photo Workshop                 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
A lay-led service on labor by Zak Zennii and Mark Cunningham
Sunday, April 26
Take This Job: The Employment Glitch by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus
(Fourth in the service series, Lift Every Voice)

*UUCS Musicians Rehearsal 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
FaceLift 15                 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Safe Congregations Project          1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.



 

The OpenWorks Neighborhood Network presents . . . 

The Eighth Day Feast
What, do you suppose, ever happened on the eighth day of creation?

The history books report that the ancients spent much time and effort in organizing their calendars. The religion stories tell us that even the divine creators worked in clearly defined time slots. By the end of the seventh day, or so the story goes, the universe sparkled complete - separated  out and filled in and ordered on. Everyone had a day to rest up, even.

But, what happened next, do you suppose? Did they start back on Square One, doing the “same old, same old” all over again?

Or did they wake up on that 8th day of creation and do something quite different, like singing, maybe, or dancing, perhaps; playing a little, possibly . . . eating and drinking . . . probably a lot? Having a very merry good time? And where did the festivities occur - at the office? in the living room? on the road? 

It appears very unlikely that we can travel back to the land before time to answer such questions. But we all have the time, in the here and now, to celebrate our own extra day of creation. 
And now we have the place as well . . . 
     

 The Eighth Day Feast
Wednesday - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner will be served!

Second Wednesdays on Second Street in Smithton -

March 11 - April 8 - May 13 

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, 
251 Second Street, 
Smithton, PA 15479
Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus (412.716.4375)          uucofsmithton@gmail.com


Third Wednesdays on Third Street in Elizabeth - 

March 18 - April 15 - May 20

Bethesda United Presbyterian Church, 
314 South Third Avenue, 
Elizabeth, PA 1503
Rev. Walt Pietschmann (revwaltp@gmail.com)          412.384.7360

Free to the public. No reservations required.  

Come and celebrate The Eighth Day Feast with us!

Pennsylvania Universalist Convention
2015
Spring PUC
The PUC Trustees will meet on Saturday,  April 25, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, 251 Second Street, Smithton, PA 15479. 
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Meet and Greet with the PUC Trustees
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Opening service led by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus, Minister of the UUCS
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
PUC Trustees morning meeting
Lunch will be served at the church
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
PUC Trustees afternoon meeting

Looking ahead . . . 

Fall PUC
The fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of smithton, 251 Second Street, Smithton, PA 15479. 
Look for more details in the coming months. 


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton

A place you will want to be . . . 

    The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, an energetic congregation with a broad vision and an open heart, stands as a progressive voice in Southwestern Pennsylvania for the last 150 years. Today UUCS strives to provide a safe place in the neighborhood for individuals to pursue spiritual identity and for the community to promote progressive change that works for the good of all.

    The UUCS holds Sunday services that begin at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and that are followed by coffee (or tea or juice or whatever) and conversation in the kitchen. Sunday services are open to everyone.

    The service theme for the 2014-15 program year at UUCS is Lift Every Voice. Each month, the minister and the congregation explore the issues that face us daily - the environment, the society, labor, economics, politics, the individual and look  for ways to bring themselves and their world back into balance.

Lift Every Voice
A Sermon Series by Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus
Service begins at 11:00 a.m.
October 5, 2014 
Voices in the Wilderness
October 26, 2014 
Pennies from Heaven: The Deep Reserves of Going Green
November 11, 2014
Live and Let Die: A Social Free-For-All
March 1
All in Flavor: The Taste of Democracy
March 22
Mad Money: The Wild Card of Commerce
April 26
        Take This Job: The Employment Glitch
May 10
        Soulspeak: Amplifying the Inner Voice
June 7
        Sing Out, Louise!

    Plan to join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton. 
We can hardly wait to see you!

Rev. Rebecca M. Cartus (FCM)
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton
251 Second Street
Smithton, PA 15479
724.872.5056
uucofsmithton@gmail.com
rmcartus@icloud.com
412.716.4375





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Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion
 
that encourages you to seek your own spiritual path. 
 
Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming
 
people with different beliefs.  We are united by shared
 
values, not by creed or dogma.  Our congregations are
 
places where people gather to nurture their spirits and
 
put their faith into action by helping to make our communities -
 
and the world - a better place.
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