Pride Parade Thanks

Thanks everyone for making our 2017 Pride Parade entry one of the best ever! To all our walkers and float riders - you're the greatest and I hope everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to the Pride Parade committee for tirelessly working to plan and organize our entry and to get all our signs, decorations, and give-aways together - they are: Al Allen, Deb Davelka, Veronique Singerman, and Pat Wall. Thanks also to Jim Price for his truck and to Karl Hesse for his trailer. Thanks to Erik Dutton, Sarah Dutton, and Judy Poler for creatively decorating the float. We have Pam Whistler and Jeff Jennings to thank for the water. Thanks to all the monitors for keeping the float and parade attendees safe: Grace Bouchoucha and her daughter, Jennifer Bower, Deb Davelka, Erik Dutton, Karl Hesse, Ron King, Doug Moore, Meredith Norman, and all the people from Appalachian State. Big thanks to Sarah Dutton and friends for proudly carrying our church banner. And thank you to those I missed.

Lynne Godfrey, Pride Parade Committee Lead

2017 Charlotte Pride Parade

2017 Charlotte Pride Parade
The Charlotte 2017 Pride Parade is just around the corner -August 27th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm! We are still looking for monitors for the float so please click here and sign up if you can serve in that role - it just means that you march closest to the sides of the road to prevent anyone from getting in the way of the parade. There are still a few seats left on the float too, so let us know if you would like to ride. Maps of the float staging area and the parade route will be made available as soon as the Charlotte Pride Parade organization publishes them, so stay tuned. It's going to be a wonderful day

Seeking Children and Youth Session Volunteers 2017-2018

Seeking Children and Youth Session Volunteers 2017-2018
Calling all members! Please sign up to volunteer in our children and youth spaces during a worship service. Your time will be a HUGE support for our Children and Youth Program. 

Lake Norman Gathering: Informational sheets are available on the Welcome table. Please contact Kristen Kirk (, Agnes Fiore,  or Jolena James-Szanton ( if you are interested.

UU Womenspirit Spring Event

Registration is now open for UU Womenspirit’s Spring 2017 event Ancient Whispers: A Pilgrimage to Women’s Mysteries May 17-21, 2017. Once upon a time, long ago, women were cherished and revered as symbols of the Mother Goddess, the source of all life. For thousands of years people lived in peace, creating civilizations that honored harmony and community. This theme goes back to the very roots of our organization and why women came together 30 years ago to learn, worship and commune. We will be revisiting those beginnings, having a reunion with old and new friends, refreshing our traditions and spirits and CELEBRATING!
To register: Registration deadline: May 12. For more info contact Alice Carnes at or 704-453-4175.

Regional UU Picnic

Join all UU's for our third annual picnic as we all gather together to meet with the Lake Norman, Piedmont, and Charlotte congregations. The picnic will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 4-7 pm at Reedy Creek Park, SHELTER #4, (follow the signs to the shelter) rain or shine. Please bring enough folding chairs for your family and a dish to share that will feed your family. If you have special food needs, please bring accommodations. Activities for children will be available and we are asking musicians to bring instruments for an open jam session after we eat. Come celebrate being a UU and meet other UU's in the area!

Get Connected

The First Breakfast Club

Meets at Various Locations the First Saturday of the Month

Open to Those Age 55 and Over
The First Breakfast Club is a group of people, 55 and over, who meet for breakfast the first Saturday of each month.  We meet at Maria's Grille in Derita during January, March, April, June, July, September, October and December. We meet at the Acropolis in Cornelius in February, May, August, and November. Please join us. All we ask is that you let Lucy Neel, know that you will be coming so we have a head count!

Second Friday Ladies Lunch

Second Friday at 1 PM at various restaurants in the greater Charlotte area

All women at the University, Salisbury and Lake Norman Gatherings are welcome. Please let Lucy Neel,, know by the Wednesday prior if you will be attending.

Lake Norman's Spiritual Exploration Teacher Lives Her Dream

Delia Zarate-Martinez has accepted an exciting invitation to teach yoga and practice Reiki at a six-week retreat in Spain beginning in April.  That will launch several months of travel to realize a long held dream.  Delia hopes to deepen her yoga and healing practice and to do spiritual work through pilgrimage.   All while soaking up other cultures around the globe.

Deliahas given our children her energy and inspiration in the nearly year and a half she has led our SE class.  And we wish Delia all the best as she enlarges her own spiritual exploration. 

Gathering Visits

Gathering Visits
Do you like to meet new people? Curious about one of our other sites? If you would like to visit another gathering this is the chance you've been waiting for!! The transition team is hoping a few people from each gathering would offer on a particular Sunday to visit elsewhere. Each gathering would send and receive visitors on the same day. Dates in April currently under consideration. If you are interested, please contact a member of the transition team:
Teresa Rowell, Salisbury
Lee Carnes or Sandra Woolsey, University
Sandy McFeeley or Jeff Pender, Lake Norman

Pet Food Drive

Pet Food Drive
Animal Ministry will be collecting pet food the entire month of April.
The food will supply food for the pets of mobile meal and food pantry clients, rescue organizations, and individuals in dire financial situations. For many people their pets are their only companions. Without help they cannot afford to feed them. The hungry cats and dogs thank you for your generosity. For more information call Claudia Perkinson704 489-6309 or 704 280-2354.

Call to Artists

Our next Piedmont UU Church art exhibition is different than the usual theme driven show. Or maybe we should call it “From the collection of...” Exhibition.

This time we are asking that you share the art that you have collected: Prints, paintings, drawings, etc., what can be hung on the wall in a traditional fashion.

As usual, the take in of artwork and hanging of the new show will be a Saturday, April 15from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  All members of the congregation are invited to participate but leave your Picassos, Degas, Jackson Pollock at home since this is an uninsured show.

For Details about participating, please contact: Pierre Fraser (, Michelle Murphy (, or Stanley Burford (

Lake Norman Yard Sale

Greetings Friends,
In an effort to contribute to our operating budget, the Board of Lake Norman Gathering invites you to participate in an upcoming yard sale on Saturday, April 22, in Huntersville.

This is Rev. Amy's neighborhood yard sale, and she has agreed to include items from Lake Norman that morning. The money will be used towards the budget deficit. For more information or to volunteer, please contact our Yard Sale Co-ordinator, Linda Heydenburg at 980-231-5541 or

If you have a large volume of items, please consider giving some to the Yard Sale being hosted at the University Gathering in June.

Adult RE-Course: Being Fully Human

Adult RE Course--Being Fully Human Workshop
April 23rd at the University Gathering, after the service
Becoming Fully Human, or living adequately with your imminent death. I will review main ideas from five writers in philosophy, psychology and religion to provide the framework for a discussion about death. Un-surprisingly, developing good character and wisdom is a great defense against fear - so how do we get character and wisdom? There will not be time for a "full discussion" of such a topic, but each participant can leave the room having shared personal thoughts and gathered ideas for further reading, meditation and discussion. I will provide a handout with a talk outline and a list of sources for the information.

Course leader Rich is retired in Charlotte after 40 years in education and training for government employees and supervisors. He has written curriculum, been a performance coach and classroom instructor, and administered large training programs. He's also given public service courses in parenting, values and personal growth, as well as ledSunday School studies in theology and religious beliefs. Rich holds a BS in Mathematics, an MS in Counseling and Human Development, and a Practitioner's Certificate from a national Social Psychology association. Website Home

SOUPer Bowl Lunch at LN Gathering

Join us at the Lake Norman Gathering for a SOUPer Bowl Cook-Off lunch after the services on Sunday, February 5. For an adult donation of $4 and child $2 (with money going to UU Guest at Your Table) you get 4/2 bowls to sample soups, chili or stews and then vote for your favorite. While you eat your dessert, we will count votes and crown the 2017 SOUPer Chef. 

I need cooks to contact me ( or 704 836 6043) by Sunday 29 to bring one: crock pot of soup/chili/stew; plate of bread or crackers; desserts; or liter drinks. We'll have our usual coffee and lemonade and I'll bring the bowls, spoons, extension cords, etc. Bring your crock pot by 10:50 and we'll heat it during the service.