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.

SPRING 2017 Youth CONference

SPRING 2017 Youth CONferences Registration is Open...but
In order for a child to register for the Con under the "Piedmont", your child must be registered for and participating in Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE) or Spiritual Exploration (SE) at the University, Salisbury, and/or Lake Norman Gathering. (If there is not a CYRE or SE group for your child at your gathering, please still register your child for CYRE or SE. Jolena James-Szanton will contact you.)

Register for Piedmont UU Church CYRE or Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman SE here:

Our children and youth who attended the Fall 2016 Youth CONferences not only had a ball, but became closer as friends. Please encourage your child or youth to attend.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jolena James-Szanton

This I Believe

This I Believe

The program "This I Believe" has been a popular way for people to write and share core values that guide their daily lives or illuminate some important aspect of living. Over the years, it has been used successfully within many UU congregations. We at the Lake Norman Gathering offered a few of these last fall from members and we would like to offer this opportunity to others. "This I Believe" is a great way to share what you think about a topic small or great. If you are interested, please contact Marilin Campbell, Worship Coordinator on the LKN Steering Team at Help putting things together for the service is provided--no worries!

Circle Dinners

Circle Dinners are back! Please sign up at the back table if you would like to host or be a guest at a dinner. The idea behind this is to get to know each other. The host makes the main dish and guests bring the sides. You may attend as many dinners as you would like and do not have to host to be a guest. Please try to attend where you do not know other people. If you have questions, contact Grace Bouchoucha for more information.

Restorative Circles Workshop

The Health Congregation Team is VERY excited to bring the Georgia Conflict Center to Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church to facilitate our first ever Restorative Circles workshop. Open to older youth and adult church members.

Restorative Circles introduces a community process for supporting those in conflict. It is a practical, doable way to identify factors in the conflict, reach agreement and evaluate results. For additional information go to: Circles,,

Workshop dates are Friday, October 28, 6-9pm (dinner from 6-6:30), Saturday, October 29, 8:30am-5pm (breakfast 8:30-9 and a break for lunch).  There is a  $20 registration fee, and attendance is limited so register early at

Payments can be made on line at or by check made payable to Piedmont UU Church. Identify payment is for Restorative Circles Workshop. Please make payment by October 24th.

Child care available upon requests made by October 20th.

News from the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center

UU Womenspirit: October 19 - 23  
UU Womenspirit is an all-woman retreat where we explore our spirituality and renew our energy in a supportive and safe environment, while exploring the Feminine Divine. Join us this fall as we celebrate Moon Energy: Rhythm, Mystery, Illumination. We will explore the six moon phases through meditation, dance, tarot and goddess rituals from several cultures. Find out more at  or contact Alice Carnes 704-453-4175 or

Community Connections: A youth conference of traditions that bring communities together Workshops will include: Housewarming Traditions: Cooking to welcome neighbors, Quilting Bee, Philanthropy, Our Community and the 7th Principle, and more! 
Save the Date for Fall Youth CONs! 
Elementary (3rd-5th) - November 18-20
Intermediate (6th-8th) - December 2-4
Senior High (9th-12th) - December 9-11 or call 282-526-5838

Thanksgiving November 23 - 27

Join Alice and Lee Carnes for the Annual Thanksgiving at The Mountain! Why not leave the cooking and cleaning to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center while you enjoy friends, family, and fellowship? Lots of activities including: Hiking, High and Low Ropes Courses, Yoga & Meditation, Story Telling, Interactive Musical Showcase, Gingerbread Houses, Crafts for all ages, Thanksgiving feast and concert and Sunday morning worship. Create a new Thanksgiving tradition. See the flyer on the bulletin board opposite Sunday morning refreshments.
Registration deadline: November 9, 2015 www.TheMountainRLC,org  or 828-526-5838.

Choir and Instrumentalists Call

Choir wannabe, join us for an All-Sing Week.  Rehearse easy  

music on Tuesday evening, Sept 6, at 7:30 pm and Sunday morning, Sept. 11 at 10:15 a.m.

and sing during the service.  Maybe you will decide to join the   

choir which practices most Tuesdays beginning in September.  

We need lower voices (bass and tenor), but could use altos and

sopranos, too.  Please see Theresa Woody for more information.


We need instruments too! We love adding instruments to our musical palette on Sunday mornings.  Do you have a skill you could

share?  Please see Theresa Woody.