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August 1, 2018     

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Weekly Update
Sunday, August 5 - 11, 2018

 
Sunday Summer Services
June 24 - August 26 - 10:00 a.m. 
 
Our summer services are more casual than they are the rest of the year: our choir takes a break, our minister takes some vacation time, and our formal religious education program for children and youth goes on hiatus until the fall. Children of all ages are always welcome and we will have a comfortable playroom for parents who may need to take them out of the service if they get fidgety.
 
Most of the summer services will take place in the air-conditioned Parish Hall.
 
What doesn't change, no matter the season, is our need to be together, to connect with old friends and welcome new ones. We gather in the spirit of peace and reverence, taking a deep breath to prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the week to come. If you have questions about our church or about Unitarian Universalism, please don't hesitate to ask someone on the staff or to e-mail our minister. You can learn a lot about us on our website but we want to learn about you, too. It is good to be together.
 
Summer Worship Leaders
   
June 24:  Rev. Tom Schade
July 1:  Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
July 8:  Rev. Tom Schade
July 15:  Claire Wilson
July 22:  Rev. Tom Schade
July 29:  Rev. Tom Schade
August 5:  Liz Weber, Seminarian
August 12:  Liz Weber, Seminarian
August 19:  Claire Wilson
August 26:  TBA

 
Sharing Our Sunday Offerings

We will resume our 50/50 sharing of our Sunday morning offerings in September. One charitable organization or cause will be chosen each month and announced in the Weekly Update and the Sunday Order of Service Announcements.

 
Weekly Update on Vacation

Please note that the Weekly Update will be taking a vacation the week of August 12-18. The Weekly Update for the following week, August 19-25, will be prepared on Thursday, August 16. Please submit any new information to Angie Kern at akern@uucgl.org by Wednesday, August 15.  
 
 
Join Us August 4th
at Breakheart Reservation

This summer take some time to reconnect with the "interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part!" Come join the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team for a walk at the Breakheart Reservation in Saugus on Saturday August 4th !
 
In keeping with the GSMT's tradition of sponsoring outdoor activities in local woodlands and parks and other open spaces, we'll be embarking on an excursion to the ever popular Breakheart Reservation where we'll see some of the more colorful woodland wildflowers at the height of summer! John Benson and other members of the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team will be our guides.
 
Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with jagged, rocky outcroppings, two fresh-water lakes, and a rambling section of the Saugus River. This walk will be an excellent introduction to the GSMT's theme this coming Church year: Fresh Water - Wetlands, Rivers, and Ponds!
 
We'll be on the trail no more than a couple of hours, starting at the headquarters building, walking along a shady paved loop road (the right-hand side of Pine Tops Road), and turn off onto a path that takes us down to the Saugus River Trail, where we will encounter a riverine wetland.
 
Depending on the time and people's interest, we may then either (1) walk up Pine Tops Road to the Pearce Lake Bathing Beach or (2) return to the headquarters and walk up the lower loop road (Hemlock Road) as far as Silver Lake, for a short hike around a large pond with beautiful scenic views.
 
Getting There: For those who wish to car-pool, we will meet at our church parking lot at 9:00 AM. Or, you can drive yourself and meet us at 10 AM at the park headquarters (located at the end of Forest Street, just above the Kasabuski hockey rink). Directions are on Breakheart's website:
 
 
And here's a link to a map of the reservation:
 
 
What to Bring: We suggest you wear light-colored "woods-walk" clothing - hats; long-sleeved shirts or summer jackets; long pants; shoes suitable for walking in the woods (no sandals!); and light-colored socks that you can tuck your pant legs. Bring a bottle of insect repellent with "DEET" in it (e.g., Deep-woods "Off" brand) as well as bottled water and a light snack. You may even wish to bring a "brown bag" lunch.
 
Important Note: Just like our previous group excursions to Lynn Woods, this walk is not appropriate for infants, toddlers, or small children because we will be using trails where there is uneven terrain with proximity to water and extensive woodlands. All persons under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by a parent or an appointed guardian. And please remember not to wear skirts or delicate "party" clothes!
  
RSVP: Please let John Benson know if you are planning to join us by emailing him at jvarb@aol.com .  
 
Fun Fact: The name "breakheart" can be traced back to the Civil War era, when soldiers training at this isolated location found it so lonely, it broke their hearts.
 
Reminders
 
Sand Castle Building Contest!
    
Send photos of your creations to: cwhitecamp@gmail.com . Or dro p t hem off in the Green Sanctuary mail box in the front lobby of the church. Prizes will be awarded in the fall!
 
  
Remember H A W C when you travel this summer and fall
 
Don't forget to save hotel/travel-sized toiletries for HAWC. For many years, the UUW has been preparing gift bags every Christmas to donate to Healing Abuse W orking for Change. They are always most grateful for our church's generosity.
   
    
Toxic Charity
 
By invitation of LUUP (our Lynn UU Partnershi p Task Force), we are invited to learn more about how churches can do harm just when they're trying to do most good by reading Robert Lupton's Toxic Charity together.
 
This sermon by Rev. Vicki, Charity/Solidarity is a good companion piece to the book.
 
    
Stop by our Fair Trade Sales Area    
 
Our Sunday Fair Trade sales area in the Parish Hall, operated by the Denominational Connections Ministry Team, has a variety of coffee, tea, chocolate and olive oil available. The sale of these products help to sustain small family farms that adhere to ecologically responsible practices. Proceeds from sales at UUCGL help support the activities of the Denominational Connections Ministry Team.


News Worth Noting
 
Fresh Water -
Rivers, Ponds and Wetlands
 
Only 3% of all the Earth's water is fresh. That's not a lot. Especially considering that fresh water is essential to all f orms of life! Starting in the fall, the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team's new theme will be: Fresh Water - Rivers, Ponds & Wetlands. Around the globe, fresh water is threatened by over development, polluted runoff and climate change. As the World Wildlife Fund website notes, "Despite their importance to life ...fresh water habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate." We'll learn about the threats as well as what action we can take both as individuals and as a church. And although we'll be thinking globally, we will be looking at our own back yard as well. The Northshore is primarily valued for its proximity to the ocean - that great salty sea - but it also has fresh water treasures including rivers (like the Forest and Ipswich Rivers), and ponds (like Breeds and Walden Ponds in Lynn) - we even have our own pond and wetland right on the church property! So, get ready to join us as we explore and celebrate fresh water bodies and their habitats!
 
 
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 greet people as they enter, get folks name tags, and point the way to our summer worship service in the air conditioned Parish Hall. Let's all help newcomers 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 .
 
 

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. 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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