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April 12, 2018     

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Weekly Update
Sunday, April 15 - 21, 2018


Sunday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service
Guest Worship Leader:
The Rev. Kevin Carson
  
"The Nature of Our Faith"   
 
Our services this month will connect spiritual life to the life of Nature, focusing on trees and forests in conjunction with the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team's theme.

 
April 50/50 Sunday Offertory
to Benefit the Environmental Investigation Agency

In connection with the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team's focus on forests, the April special collection will support the work of the Environmental Investigation Agency, an international non-profit that works tirelessly to investigate environmental crimes and directly instigate policy changes around the world. Their Forests, Climate, and Wildlife campaign teams leverage the information they gather on highly organized, large-scale eco-criminal operations with policymakers, the media, and the public. From remote villages in Latin America and Africa, to the negotiating platforms of global environmental treaties, EIA seeks to connect with and empower civil society, facilitate dialogue among industry and global leaders, and promote frameworks that protect natural resources, wildlife, and the people that depend on them. For more information, see their website at https://eia-global.org/about.

The Social Justice Ministry Team will match all contributions to a maximum total of $1,000.00. Please make checks payable to EIA (Environmental Investigation Agency).


Swampscott Interfaith
Food Pantry
Bags due this Sunday

The UU Women distributed Food Pantry Bags on Sunday, March 25th to donate groceries to our Swampscott neighbors
in need. A shopping list was provided
with each bag. If you haven't done so already, please return your bag by this Sunday, April 15th. We will deliver the bags to the recipients on April 19th. Thanks in advance for your support.
 
  
Social Justice
Ministry Team News
 
Many Meatballs for My Brother's Table!

Join us on Saturday, April 14th to make meatballs. The guests at the Table truly enjoy them and we have fun and good conversation while making them. Join us 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the kitchen. All ages welcome. Come for 30 minutes or stay for 3 hours. Sign-up sheets are on the church foyer table, or contact Martha Curry.
 
  
The Food Project
April 14 - 9:00 - 12:00 noon
   
Join members of the Green Sanctuar y M in i st r y T e a m a t The Food Project's Lynn farm at the Ingalls School site. Th e Food Project's mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. It produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provides youth leadership opportunities.There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the church foyer. Please only sign up if you can commi t to come on this date! Please co ntact Christina Hansen if you have any questions.
 
  
Register now!  
Ferry Beach
Ferry Beach
April 27-29
 
Registrations are due by this Sunday, April 15, for the our annual weekend at Ferry Beach! Don't miss our church gathering, register now! Please complete a form and submit it along with a check. Registration forms can be found on the table in the church foyer, or email Michael Celona with questions or to get an e-copy of the form at michaelcelona@yahoo.com .  
  
 
Protect Immigrant Families by Attending ECCO's Children's March - Thursday, April 19 
 
Join ECCO leaders for the biggest ECCO
event of t h e y ear - a children's march to protect immig rant families . At th e march, child ren will lead the ECCO community a nd ou r allies aro und the State Hous e delivering hundreds of children's letters ca ll i n g on our legislators to pass legislation that protects immigrants. Th is will be a kid- and family-friendly event for school vacation week!
 
Event Details: Thursday, April 19, 12:00 p.m. at the State House, 24 Beacon St., Boston
 
Meeting Details: Gather at 11:00 a.m. on Boston Common at the Shaw Memorial, across from the State House. You are invited to bring kids' letters to Speaker DeLeo and Gov. Baker, signs (must be able to fold into your bag), and colorful handkerchiefs.
 
 
Path of Engagement Series
April 21 and 22

 
For those considering membership or those who just want to learn more about our religious tradition.
 
Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage
Interested in knowing more about Unitarian and Universali st theology and the merged religious tradition known as Unitarian Universalism?
  
Join us for a morning session
led by Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - 9:30-11:00 a.m.
We will provide breakfast and coffee and childcare.
 
Congregational Life at UUCGL
Lay leaders share the details of how our congregation works: church structure, getting involved, finance, and growing into leadership.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
11:30-1:00 PM
We will provide lunch and childcare. 
 
Please RSVP to Gloria Kozlosky at willglokoz6301@gmail.com . Questions? Contact Rev. Vicki at victoria.weinstein@gmail.com .
(Attendance at this series is an expectation for all who are interested in joining the church.)

  
Pledge Reminder

Have you pledged yet? We have made a good start on our 2018/19 pledge drive, but we have not yet reached our 100/100 goal: 100% pledge participation and $100,000 raised through pledging, to fill the gap between our endowment income and our anticipated expenses and to realize our 2017/18 Vision of Ministry to Draw a Wider Circle. You can still participate by placing your pledge card in the box in the church foyer, by returning it to the church by mail, or by e-mailing mypledge@uucgl.org. To assist us with our budgeting process, please submit your pledge as soon as possible. Additional pledge cards are available next to the box in foyer. You may also call the church office if you need assistance. Thank you!
  
Upcoming Events       
   
Springtime Bird Walk
Saturday, May 5
 
Join John Benson and other members of
th e G r e e n Sanctuary Ministry Team for an Early Morning Springti m e Bi r d Walk at the Marblehea d Bird Sanctuary on Saturda y, May 5. (The rain date is May 12.) For info on cancellations, check the church website:
 
Meet in the UUCGL church parking lot at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the Marblehead Bird Sanctuary on Marblehead Neck (or meet us there - Atlantic Ave to Ocean Ave. to Risley Road)
 
Spring is the best time to see and hear our feathered friends as they migrate back North!
 
Free Bird Coloring and Sticker books for children who join us!

 
David Tumulty Scholarship  

Nominations are now being accepted for the David Tumulty Scholarship. This scholarship, established in memory of David Tumulty by his parents John and Carol Tumulty, is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who best demonstrates a humanitarian spirit. First preference is given to youth of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, but selection is not limited to young persons connected to the church.
 
Any student wishing to be considered for this scholarship should submit a brief letter to the church office, Attn: Christina Hansen, Grants Committee. Please submit nominations as soon as possible, as May 15th is this year's deadline.
 
Presentation of the award will be made during the service on Sunday, June 24th.

  
Green Book Club!
The Trees in My Forest,
by Bernd Heinrich

If you are interested in joining the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team's book club discussion, there are two slightly used copies of this year's book, The Trees in My Forest, by Bernd Heinrich, under the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Please feel free to take one - but only if you intend to read the book and come to the discussion group!
 
We'll be meeting on Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship (Library/Fireplace) Room.
 
The Trees in My Forest is destined to become a classic ... biologist and acclaimed nature writer Bernd Heinrich takes readers on an eye-opening journey through the hidden life of a forest.
 
Winner of the New England Book Award Best Nonfiction Award.
 
This event is hosted by the Church's Green Sanctuary Ministry Team with its mission of honoring the interconnected web of life and by promoting environmental education and sustainability both within the church and in the larger community.
  
News Worth Noting
 
Sermons Online

Did you know that you can watch Rev. Vicki's sermons on our website? Click here. Thanks to Steve Deveau for being our dedicated videographer.
  

 

At the Movies!


If you missed one of the movies that the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team has hosted, remember that you can borrow them for home viewing! GSMT has all of its environmentally themed DVDs on the book cart during Sunday Fellowship Hour along with a sign-out sheet. We
request that you keep the DVD out for a 14-day period only.

  

 

Help Us Welcome Newcomers!

It's so important to have a friendly, warm, and welcoming presence in the foyer on Sunday mornings before worship. You don't need to be trained or signed up. Just park yourself there and say hello, get folks name tags, and show them where the sanctuary is.
  
Everyone in the church community is hereby deputized Official Greeter! We have so many newcomers lately; let's help them feel at home.

 

Does the Office Know Your Current Contact Information?
 
Please keep your name, address, phone number, and e-mail current in the church office. E-mail Elizabeth Muller with your correct information. Not sure what information we have on file for you? Call Elizabeth at 781-595-8836, ext. 10. 
 
 
Weekly Update and Announcements Deadline               
 
In order to submit information to our church's website in a timely manner, all announcements and weekly update information should be sent to Angie Kern at akern@uucgl.org by Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. Please also cc Elizabeth Muller at  emuller@uucgl.org .
 
 
Housekeeping                             
 
If you have a meeting or event at the church and you have unlocked the front door, or put a stopper in it, please remember to lock the door or remove the stopper when you leave. Our outside groups do not have keys to the front door and are not able to lock up if they are the last ones in the building. Thank you. 
    

Recurring Events   

 

Covenant Group   

Covenant Group is open to anyone from the church interested in learning about and experiencing small group ministry. Gatherings are 11:45-1:00 p.m. in the "Faces" classroom,  the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. If you are interested in joining this group, or even just sitting in to see if you like it, please speak to Lyssa Andersson or Suzanne Forgione. We encourage visitors to try it out for at least three consecutive sessions to get a real feeling for the group. One need not be a UUCGL member, or even a Unitarian Universalist to join a covenant group here.
 
 
Dialogue Group
 
"Dialogue" is a way of practicing deep listening that enables us to share personal experiences and thoughts in a way that collectively builds a more expansive understanding of ourselves and the world around us. We move from reaction to connection. The dialogue is preceded by a short "discursive meditation."  Dialogue and the discursive meditation are part of the method of Cafh, a path of spiritual unfolding. For information about Cafh: www.cafh.org; the discursive meditation: http://www.seedsofunfolding.org/issues/08_11/inspiration.htm  and dialogue, http://seedsofunfolding.org/issues/04_06/features_1.htm   and
The Dialogue Group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 11:45 a.m. There is no obligation to commit to attendance. All are welcome when able to attend. Contact Ron Fishman at ronroyfish@aol.com for more information.
   
 

 
Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry
10a.m.
Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m.
11:15am
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