Unitarians Examine Their Seven Principles

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On Jan 21, at 10 a.m., Rev. Sue Browning will lead a service entitled “The UU Principles and Beloved Community” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged the world to “live into” a vision of Beloved Community. How do our 7 principles help us live into this vision? At this service Rev. Sue Browning will consider the deep challenges of living into Beloved Community and why Unitarian Universalists are evaluating an 8th UU principle to help. Special music for the service will be provided by Nevin Dawson.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Upper Shore Anglers to Meet January 16

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The Upper Shore Eastern Anglers fishing club will hold its monthly membership meeting on Tuesday, January 16 at American Legion Post 36 (9155 American Legion Rd, Chestertown, MD 21620).  We meet at 6:00 PM for dinner (optional at $15 per person), and the meeting begins at 6:30.

“Upper Eastern Shore Anglers is a diverse group of fishermen from Delaware and the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.  We’ve been fishing together for over twenty years now.  Our goal is to share our love and knowledge of fishing with other fishermen.  We meet on the third Tuesday of each month to socialize, share a meal, plan events, listen to expert speakers, and swap fish stories. Members enjoy discounted charters, tournaments, and fishing trips, as well as annual fish fries and crab feasts.

“he public is welcome to attend.  For more information, check us out at https://tritoncollect.wixsite.com/uesa.

Unitarians Celebrate Life on Sunday!

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On Jan 14, at 10 a.m., various members of the congregation will lead a service entitled “Cycles of Life” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” At the beginning of the new year, what better time to reflect on the cycles of our life and it purpose? Join us for this traditional service of song and reflection as we honor the cycles of our lives with their sweetness and pain, beginnings and endings, with memory and gratitude.

Philip Dutton will accompany us as we sing our favorite songs of passage and renewal. We will hold the traditional UU Fire Communion as we release the past and welcome the blessings of 2018!

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. For more information cal 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Mid Shore Mediation Sponsors Volunteer Mediator Informational Seminar

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Imagine a young couple, with a young child, who have decided to part ways. There are some issues which need to be addressed, and, for the benefit of their child, they have decided they would like to try to resolve things as peacefully and amicably as possible. If not for the availability of mediation, stress could set in, and the conflict could escalate, impacting their child, and the entire family. Costs could mount, as the conflict became more adversarial.   Did you know that community members can help by becoming trained mediators with Mid Shore Mediation Center, bringing peace and resolution promptly to those who need it most? Mid Shore Mediation Center offers free mediation and conflict resolution services, provided by highly trained volunteer mediators.

The Center is in need of volunteer mediators from all backgrounds to help with the growing demand in the community for mediation services. The extensive training needed is provided by the Center through Community Mediation Maryland. Mid Shore Mediation helps resolve disputes of all kinds involving interpersonal conflicts, such as parenting plans for parents who live apart, parent and teen mediations, elder and family mediations, re-entry from incarceration discussions, neighbor conflicts, workplace disputes, as well as larger group community conversations.

On Thursday, January 25, at 5 pm, Mid Shore Community Mediation Center (MSCMC) will host an Informational Seminar for prospective volunteer mediators. At this information session, MSCMC Executive Director Cynthia Jurrius, as well as other staff members and volunteers, will describe the function of the Center and the nature of its work. The next 50-hour basic training for new MSCMC mediators will take place three weekends in March, 2018. Training is interactive and is free to all participants, with volunteer commitment.  Space is limited.

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center brings the community together by helping support productive conversations that increase understanding and transform relationships, between individuals and among groups. By overcoming the barriers to communication and understanding, families, organizations and communities are strengthened.

For more information about training to become a volunteer mediator, or to rsvp for the Informational Seminar, please contact Mid Shore Community Mediation Center at 410-820-5553, or mscmc@goeaston.net.

Haven Ministries Expands Housing Assistance Program

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Haven Ministries has served 18 guests at its designated space at Kent Island United Methodist Church at 2739 Cox Neck Road in Chester since the Shelter opened in October. The Shelter will remain open until April 2018.  According to Krista Pettit, Executive Director of Haven Ministries, the Shelter has been at full or near capacity for much of the season and has had occasion to turn away individuals due to full capacity conditions.

The organization has identified the need for a more permanent affordable Housing Assistance Program. Pettit adds, “The next step for many of our guests is for more long-term housing, until more permanent housing becomes available for them.”

Pictured is Sandi Wiscott, Haven Ministries Director of Operations, with Shelter guest.

Haven Ministries Housing Assistance Program has two components: the housing component and the case management component.  Pettit explains that Haven Ministries will structure the housing component so that guests pay for use of the home and utilities, while receiving case management assistance for budgeting, employment, and health management.

Pettit states, “Our goal is to help our guests get to the next step of permanency. A Housing Assistance Program will enable them to do that.”

Haven Ministries has a short-term goal to find a home or property for its Housing Assistance Program, with a longer-term goal of building a home to accommodate its guests.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with job training, educational programming, and case management services.  The Haven Ministries Food Pantry is held on the third Friday monthly at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about Haven Ministries, visit haven-ministries.org or call 410-739-4363.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations Planned for Kent County

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The Chester Valley Ministers’ Association is pleased to announce two events in commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Graves Chapel U.A.M.E. Methodist Church at 10280 Big Stone Road in Millington will host LIFT UP OUR VOICES IN SONG at 2 p.m. Dedicated to the memory of Rev. Clarence Hawkins, the event will feature music, poetry, dance and the spoken word. Admission is free, but a freewill offering will be taken to benefit charities in that help families and individuals in Kent and northern Queen Anne’s counties in need of emergency services, including food and housing.

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association (CVMA) will host a celebration honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., A Call to Action—Get Involved—Unite. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. and the program will commence at 8 a.m. at the Rock Hall Fire Hall on Rt. 20 in Rock Hall. The keynote speaker will be Secretary Sam Abed, Esq., Maryland Department of Juvenile Services,

The Master of Ceremonies will be President Kurt Landgraf of Washington College. Music will be provided by The Chester River Chorale, Kent County High School Jazz Ensemble and The Sensational Stars. Special Presentations during the program will include annual Humanitarian Awards given to an individual and two high school students for significant contributions to the quality of life in Kent County. Vincent Hynson Memorial Youth Awards sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council will be given to three outstanding middle school students. Proceeds of the event support grants that will be announced at the Breakfast for community organizations who serve families and individuals in Kent County in need of emergency services and the Vincent Hynson Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $15 at the door or available from CVMA Members.

Contact: Lynn Dolinger, 410-778-0295 or email: lynn.thirdwish@gmail.com

January Programs at Kent County Public Library

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If your new year’s resolutions include increasing your understanding, experiencing new things, or supporting your community, Kent County Public Library has a program for you! Join us to learn what the opioid crisis looks like in Kent County, celebrate the creations of local students, become a part of KCPL’s newest book group, or (for young inquiring minds!) explore dinosaurs.

As always, KCPL programs are free and open to everyone. For more information about these and other programs or to register for “Dinosaurs Rock!”, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Ask an Addictions Expert
Wednesday, January 10 | 6pm
Chestertown Branch

Join Timothy A. Dove, MHS, LCADC for a discussion of the impact of addiction on Kent County, current drug and alcohol trends, and local resources for those seeking treatment and support.

Presented in partnership with Kent County Behavioral Health. Questions welcomed and encouraged!

Inaugural Meeting: The Page Turners Book Group!
Friday, January 12 | 1pm
Rock Hall Branch

Join us for the inaugural meeting of KCPL’s newest book group, The Page Turners!

The first meeting is a chance to meet other readers, talk about favorite books and genres, and be a part of choosing the group’s first book for the February discussion.

The Page Turners is one of 7 book discussion groups sponsored by Kent County Public Library and will meet monthly on 2nd Fridays at the Rock Hall Branch. New members are always welcome at all groups!

Opening Reception: Kent Coastal Clean-Up Projects “Trash Art” Exhibit
Wednesday, January 17 | 5-7pm
Chestertown Branch

We are pleased to be showcasing the creative environmental work of local students. Drop by to enjoy this combination of art and science!

The “Trash Art” sculptures made by 5th grade students who participated in the Sassafras Environmental Education Center’s Coastal Clean-Up project will be on display at KCPL’s Chestertown Branch January 17th-31st.

All ages are welcome.

Dinosaurs Rock!
Wednesday, January 17 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Calling young dinosaur lovers for an evening storytime with dinosaur delights. Don’t miss the fun! We’ll hatch dinosaur eggs, make dino art, and share stories featuring daring dinos.

Ages 3-7. Space is limited and registration is required.

Unitarians Embrace the New Year

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On Sunday, January 7, 10 a.m., Reverend Sue Browning will give a sermon titled “Getting Started” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Is the question “What do I have to get done today?” different from the question “What do I want this day to be about?” Join Rev. Sue Browning for this service where we’ll explore the art of being intentional and the ways this religious community can support your intentional living.

Religious exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

Libraries to Serve as Warming Centers

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The Kent County Depertment of Emergency Services has announced that Kent County Public Libraries will be available as warming centers when temperatures drop below freezing. Those in need of a warm place to stay can use the library during business hours. The branches are open as follows:

Chestertown Public Library:
M T Th 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.
W 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat 9 a.m.to 3 p.m.

Galena Public Library:
T & Th 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rock Hall Public Library:;
M W F 9 a.m. to 3 p.m,
Sat 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

After library business hours, people who need a place to get out of the cold should contact the Kent County Department of Social Services at 410.810.7600 for assistance.