WEEKLY UPDATE | April 14-20, 2019
THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 14
"All Things Renew, Germinate and Spring"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Let My People Go "
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
April 14 | 10am
An exploration of the themes of the Jewish holy day of Passover and its resonances for enslavement and liberation today.
Easter Plants - Order Deadline is Sunday, April 14
Would you like to order plants in memory or in honor of a loved one to beautify the sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21?
 
Order this Sunday! Please fill out a form that can be found on both the Membership Table in the foyer, or the Ushers' Table in the sanctuary. Please enclose payment ($12 per plant) and return it to the church office by Sunday, April 14. The plant is yours to take home after the service.
Swampscott Interfaith Food Pantry
Return your bag by this Sunday, April 14!
The UUW distributed Food Pantry Bags recently during Fellowship Hour to all who signed up to donate a bag of groceries to our Swampscott neighbors in need. We ask that you return your bag by this Sunday, April 14 , so that we may sort and then deliver the bags to the recipients on April 18. Please be sure to print your name on your bag! Thanks in advance for your support and generosity!
UUCGL Programming
Annual All Church, All Ages Retreat at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine! - April 26-28, 2019
FORGOT TO REGISTER?
Contact Mark LaPointe!

Dig out those flip flops, pack sunscreen and a favorite book, tune up that guitar, and get ready for UUCGL's annual retreat.

The annual church retreat is a time to connect with fellow congregants, friends and family in a safe and low pressure environment. Some people choose to catch up on lounging and reflecting, others play games, sing, or maybe take on some embodied spiritual activity. Programs are offered for those wanting a little more structure (just a little). So join us, for the first time or come back to this special place.
 
If you missed the registration deadline, have questions, or need financial assistance, contact Mark LaPointe at [ mlapointe@uucgl.org OR 781-595-8836 Ext. 12].
Upcoming Events
Annual Spring Bird Walk - Saturday, May 4 - 9:00am
Join the members of the UUCGL Green Sanctuary Ministry Team for our annual early morning spring bird walk at the Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary on Marblehead Neck ! Meet in our church parking lot at 8:30am to carpool to the Sanctuary on Risley Road on Marblehead Neck (or meet us at the Sanctuary by 9:00am). Spring is the best time to see and hear our feathered friends as they migrate back north!
Save the Date!
Congregational Vote on Sanctuary on May 5.
On May 5, immediately after the service, all members of the UUCGL will have the opportunity to vote on whether our church building can be used as a physical sanctuary for a person or persons at risk of deportation. A Yes vote will allow the UUCGL leadership and members to move ahead with plans to offer our church building as a place of sanctuary with the expectation that we will work in partnership with ECCO and other congregations to support this effort. The Board of Trustees recommends a Yes vote. A No vote will stop the efforts to explore using our building as a physical sanctuary.
 
Please look for the announcement of this vote in your mail. If you have questions about UUCGL becoming a sanctuary congregation, please speak with Rev. Weinstein, the Board of Trustees, or members of the Lynn UU Partnership team. LUUP will also host Fellowship Hour on April 14th and hold a final Q&A session on April 28th.
Fresh Water - Rivers, Ponds & Wetlands
Ipswich River Paddle with Green Sanctuary Members
In line with our Fresh Water theme this year, the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team has some upcoming events planned at the Ipswich River Watershed Association (IRWA), located at 143 County Rd. in Ipswich: On May 11 there will be a paddle on the river from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and in the late summer (date to be announced) we'll be doing a nature walk along the river. There will also be a make your own rain barrel, using a kit provided by IRWA for $40, on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m.-noon.
Reminders
April 50/50 Sunday Offertory: Cradles to Crayons
The Senior Youth have designated Cradles to Crayons to share in our Sunday offerings during the month of April. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have, with communities that need. Their goal is to help make life even a little bit easier for the 268,185 young children living in poverty here in Massachusetts. For more information:  https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/
 
The Social Justice Ministry Team will match total donations received up to $500. Please make checks payable to Cradles to Crayons. The Senior Youth thank you for your generosity.
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
UUCGL News
UUCGL Now a Certified Wildlife Habitat
The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team recently applied for and received designation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This certification confirms that UUCGL grounds sustainably provide food, water, cover, and places to raise young and highlights the importance maintaining the Church’s wooded acreage in combatting the worldwide declining habitat for bees, butterflies, birds, amphibians and other wildlife.

The GSMT plans to hold an all-church work activity to clean up the area by the pond this Spring, and to include more activities that feature our outdoor habitat in the months to come.
Recurring Gatherings
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Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11:15am

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