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May 10, 2018     

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Weekly Update
Sunday, May 13 - 19, 2018


Sunday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
  
"Life-Giving"   
 
It's funny when a horror film inspires a Mother's Day sermon, but that's what happened when I saw "A Quiet Place," a film about a family trying to survive an alien monster invasion. Bring a friend - even alien monsters welcome!

 
May 50/50 Sunday Offertory
to Benefit The Lynn Food Project

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, they work with over a hundred teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 37 acres in eastern Massachusetts in the towns and cities of Beverly, Boston, Lincoln and Lynn. They focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work. Food from their farms is distributed through their Community Supported Agriculture programs, Farmers' Markets, and to hunger relief organizations. The young people working in the programs participate in all of these distribution streams, giving them valuable job experiences and a personal connection to our food system and issues of food justice. In addition to producing and distributing food, they help others grow their own through their Community Programs, and provide training resources.
 
Please make checks payable to the North Shore Food Project with Lynn Food Project on the memo line.
For more information about the Food Project: http://thefoodproject.org/

 
Meravelha Concert
Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m.

Bobbie Hill and Dan Meyers, our former choral scholars, will be back at UUCGL this Saturday night with their group, Meravelha, presenting a program of medieval music centered around the theological concept of the Holy Spirit. The program, "Veni Creator Spiritus," explores musical depictions of the Holy Spirit as a source of divine creativity, inspiration, and illumination, and features voice, vielle, hurdy-gurdy, harp, and recorder. It is an evening of peace, calm, and beauty in a beautiful setting. For more information, go to Meravelha.com. Welcome back, Bobbie and Dan!  
 
  
Unitarian Universalist Church
of Greater Lynn
Social Justice Ministry Team
Application Procedure
for Social Justice Funding
    
The Social Justice Ministry Team (SJMT) works to express our Unitarian Universalist social justice commitment within our congregation and the larger community. The activities of the SJMT are guided by the seven UU principles, the UUCGL Mission Statement, the UUCGL Vision of Ministry, and the active participation of its members. The SJMT manages the annual distribution of a portion of the Church endowment income which is dedicated to social concerns. These funds are available to organizations that share our commitment to social justice. In order to fairly distribute social concerns funds, congregants who have submitted their application for funding by May 7th are required to discuss their application at the SJMT meeting on Monday, May 14. 
 
If you have any questions about the application or the process, please speak with SJMT co-chairs Jeff Gunther or Martha Curry

    
David Tumulty Scholarship  

Applications 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 applications 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.

 
Pearl Brown Memorial Service
Saturday, May 19 - 4:00 p.m.
  
A Memorial Service, followed by a reception, will be held in May for church member Pearl Brown who died February 7, 2018. Please join us to honor Pearl's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn.

    
New Coffee and Tea Varieties
Now Available at the
Fair Trade Sales Area
  
A new coffee variety and a caffeine-free tea have been added to the items in stock at the Fair Trade sales area operated by the Denominational Connections Ministry Team. Breakfast Blend contains Arabic coffees. Priced at $7.00, it is mild but fully flavored and similar to the Latin American Café Salvador. Rooibos Tea bags, priced at $3.50 are caffeine free.
 
Coffee, tea, chocolate, and olive oil sales 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.


Little Children. Big Move.
    
A new home and critical renovations  
for Ocean Breeze School.
 
Find out how you can help Ocean Breeze Schoo l c ont inue to offer its exceptional early childhood education to children in ou r c ommunity. You can learn more about the schoo l and its future at this link:

  
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       
  
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.
   

UUW Annual Luncheon
May 23rd - 12:30 pm
 
The UUW will hold its Annual Luncheon in the Fellowship Room at church on May 23rd at 12:30 pm. The luncheon will inc l ude sandwiches and salads from Periwinkles Food Shoppe and dessert. Join us for a delicious lunch and conversation. To reserve a seat, please email Joanne Brine at brinej@gmail.com . The cost of the luncheon is $10 payable on May 23rd. Please respond by May 18th.


UUW College Scholarships
 
Applications for college scholarships given by the UUW can be obtained at the church office. The deadline for returning the applications is May 31st.
 

Remember H A W C when you travel this summer and fall . . .
 
Don't forget to save hotel/travel-sized toiletries for HA WC . F o r many years, the UU W h a s be en prep aring gift bags eve r y C h rist ma s to donate t o "He aling Abu se
W orking for Change" w hich w as founded over 35 years ago. This organization serves 23 cities and towns from Saugus to Cape Ann with local offices in Lynn and Salem. HAWC serves individuals affected by domestic abuse. Its mission is to "support the healing process of abu se and to change social norms and behaviors that perpetrate violence and oppression". They are always most grateful for our church's generosity.

 
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 greet people as they enter, get folks name tags, and show them where the sanctuary is.
  
Everyone in the church community is hereby deputized Official Greeter! Let's 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 .
 
 
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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