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December 1, 2017    

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Sunday, Dec. 3-Dec. 9

Sunday, Dec. 3
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
"The Inconvenient Inbreaking of the Holy" 
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein 
 
Have you ever had the experience of a commanding reality grabbing your attention and speaking to your soul, either individually or in community? It's almost never convenient or easy. It can be scary. This Sunday, December 3, we look at various artists' rendering of Mary's reaction to the angel busting in on her with a commanding reality. Hopefully this will illuminate our own experience of the soul of the world inbreaking into our lives.
 
December 50/50 Sunday Offertory to Benefit My Brother's Table
 
The beneficiary for the 50/50 collections chosen by the Social Justice Ministry Team for December is My Brother's Table, a program that deals with hunger in the local area. Many people in the UUCGL community are familiar with My Brother's Table in Lynn. This program provides over 110,000 meals a year to anyone who comes through its doors. It receives no federal, state, or local funding and relies entirely on private funding. Guests are treated with respect and kindness by the many volunteers and small staff, and often referrals are made for services. There is a widening gap between high- and low-wage earners and families struggle to put food on the table in a state that has one of the highest costs of living in the nation.
 
Please make checks payable to My Brother's Table. The Social Justice Ministry Team will match donations to $1,000.
 
Hundred Dollar Holiday Potluck
Friday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

Already feeling overwhelmed by the crass materialism of the holidays? Let's get together for a potluck and discussion of Bill McKibben's book, Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For A More Joyous Christmas.  http://www.billmckibben.com/hundred-dollar-holiday.html. Bring the kids.
  
Mitten Tree Dec. 3

Mitten Tree Sunday is this Sunday. Please bring in mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves to adorn our Christmas Tree during the worship service. These items will go to the Lynn Community Health Center to warm the hands, heads, and necks of adults and children who are in need of some warmth this winter. Thank you.   

Giving Tree

Our Giving Tree for Lynn Community Health Center is in the Parish Hall. All gifts should be wrapped and returned by December 17. Please affix the gift tag securely to your gift; the number on it will be the only identifier to ensure it gets to the correct child. There will be a tree out in the church foyer where you can drop off your gifts. Thank you in advance for taking part in this giving opportunity.
 
HAWC Gift Bags Dec. 3

Donations of hotel/travel-sized toiletries for HAWC are due December 3.  For many years, the UUW has been preparing gift bags every Christmas to donate to "Healing Abuse Working for Change," which was founded 35 years ago. HAWC serves individuals affected by domestic abuse. They are always most grateful for our church's generosity.
 
Your toiletry contributions can be placed in the red basket on the stage in the Parish Hall no later than December 3rd.  Thank You!
 
--Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn
 
Social Justice Ministry Team

UUCGL Hosts ECCO Annual Potluck Dinner
Sunday, Dec. 3 
The Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) will hold its Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 3,  from 5:00-8:00 p.m. here in our Parish Hall. 
 
Join UUCGL and ECCO friends for the annual dinner!  It is critical that we take time to connect with each other, celebrate our success, and create the diverse community that makes us strong.  This event is a great way for folks to meet people and learn what ECCO is all about!  Please bring a potluck dish to share.
 
From protecting immigrants to reforming our criminal justice system to collecting over 7000 signatures for Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave, we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for this year!   
 
 
Swampscott Unites, Respects, Embraces Diversity (SURE) Event Monday, Dec. 4, 6:45-8:30 p.m.
Swampscott Library, 3rd floor, 61 Burrill Street 
Join SURE for the second community conversation and viewing of Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. A portion of this groundbreaking film will be used as the catalyst for discussion to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change.  
 
Poinsettias to Honor Family and Friends - Deadline Dec. 6

Order your poinsettias now in memory/honor of friends or loved ones. Pick up your plant(s) after the Dec. 17 service to enjoy in your own home or to give as gifts. The cost of each plant is $12.50. A complete list of donors and those honored will be listed in the Sunday Order of Service. Forms and envelopes can be found on the ushers' table and the welcome table; please complete the form and return it to the church office, with payment, by Wednesday, December 6. (You may also place your envelope in the Sunday offertory basket.)  
 
    
Centerpiece Making on Dec. 9 for MBT Holiday Party
MBT centerpiece
Join the UU Women on Saturday, December 9, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall to create festive tabletop decorations for the Holiday Dinner Party at My Brother's Table. We will be cutting greens, so bring pruning shears if you have them. Please bring decorative greens from your yard, if you are able!

Upcoming Events       
Calling All Scandinavians! And Everyone Else!
Fellowship Hour Dec. 10

Do you have Nordic blood? Did you marry a Scandinavian? Do you have a favorite food from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, or Sweden? Or did you just see an interesting recipe? Anyone is welcome to contribute to the annual Scandinavian Fellowship Hour on Sunday, December 10 (three days before St. Lucia Day). Bring food and any appropriate decorations for the festivities, and be ready to celebrate in the manner of the Nordic people--who manage to be some of the happiest people on earth despite high taxes and cold weather.
 
If you have any questions, or if you want to let us know what you plan to bring, please contact Jim Peterson at petersonjim@verizon.net. But feel free to contribute even if you haven't been in touch in advance.

Christmas Tea and Musical Program - Dec. 13

The Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn present their Annual Christmas Tea and Musical Program . . . with holiday favorites . . . on Wednesday, December 13, at 1:00 p.m. Please join us for music and refreshments.  
 
My Brother's Table Holiday Party - Saturday, Dec. 16

Save the date! The My Brother's Table Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 16. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare food, serve dinner and appetizers, clean up, and decorate. Sign-up sheets are on the Social Justice Ministry Team bulletin board in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Gunther.
 
Fair Trade Products for Holiday Giving

During the holiday season, please consider purchasing Fair Trade items as gifts to friends or family from the UUCGL sales area open Sundays during the after-church hospitality hour.  Our merchandise is obtained from Equal Exchange, one of the largest worker cooperatives in the United States.
 
Items in stock include: green and black tea; five types of coffee, both ground and whole bean; drinking cocoa and baking cocoa; virgin olive oil; and plain milk, dark, and very dark as well as caramel, almond, and orange-flavored chocolate bars. A project of the Denominational Connections Ministry Team, Fair Trade sales have several benefits, including support for small family farms and contributing to reform of the food chain by linking ecologically responsible farms with one another and with consumers.
 
For every coffee purchase by a UU church, Equal Exchange makes a contribution to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. At UUCGL, sales income, after deductions for merchandise costs and other expenses, supports partner church activities and other Denominational Connections Ministry Team projects.

Explore Your Dreams
Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Dreams Workshop, which meets the third Sunday of every month from 3:30-5:30 p.m., is Sunday, December 17, in the Fellowship Room. Please join us. Dreams come to us in the forms of symbols and metaphors with important messages for our lives. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Pearl Brown at epbrown23@verizon.net or 781-631-4905.  
 
Christmas Eve Reception Coordinator Needed
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It is traditional for the church to have a small punch-and-cookies reception following the 5:30 p.m. service. If you would like to do this or be part of a team that does, please contact the office. 

Our Church Family 

Our healing thoughts and prayers go out to Linda Lundstrom, long-time church member, who is in treatment for cancer. Her husband, Lenny, daughter Kristina, and the rest of the family are taking good care of her; she doesn't need meals or other help, and is not feeling good enough for visitors, but well wishes can be sent to Linda, whose address can be found in the church directory.

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.
 
Welome Newcomers!

It's so important to have a friendly, warm, and welcoming presence in the front 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. 

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.
 
AA Meets on Saturdays, 5 p.m. 
An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets every Saturday at 5:00 p.m. The group is open to alcoholics and those who believe they may have a problem with alcohol. We look forward to welcoming all interested.
Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry
10a.m.
Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m.
11:15am
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