WEEKLY UPDATE | April 5-11, 2020
Worship Service April 5, 2020 | 10am
“Very Touching”
on Facebook/YouTube
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Even as we are physically separated at this moment in time, we remain connected spiritually and emotionally. Let's be together in virtual space for Sunday's online worship, "Very Touching."

You can sign into the church Facebook page  here , where the YouTube video will be posted. You can also use this link to create a Facebook account.

April 5, 2020 Online Worship Team:
 Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Parish Minister
Kenneth Griffith II, Director of Music
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
David Collins, Keyboard
Steve Deveau, Media Production

You can click  here  for a copy of the April 5 Online Order of Service. Our offertory donation link can be found in the Order of Service, but you may also connect to our donation page here .
All-Ages Community Check-in
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 | 1:15pm
Join Rev. Vicki for a mid-week community check-in for all ages on Zoom. All you have to do is click this link . Zoom will quickly and safely download to your computer. If you want to call in, just use one of the phone numbers below and enter the meeting ID number at the prompt. If this is new to you, be patient, take notes where you get confused or
things don't work, and we will help you figure it out for the next gathering!

Call-in information:
Meeting ID: 825 398 649 Password: 093989 One tap mobile +16465588656,
825398649# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New
York) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
Meeting ID: 825 398 649 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ac7lNzSCzN
A Reminder from the Board of Trustees
Our Church Community
Hi everyone,
We hope you are managing this evolving crisis in the best way possible. We wanted to update you on a few church items:
· The church building is closed. Staff are working from home and can be
reached at the email addresses listed below. Please do not go to the church
· Staff and others are working on developing Sunday morning services and other online programming. Stay tuned for information on how to view them.
· The church has a number of ways to help you. Please see the more detailed information in this weekly update.
The Board, its committees, and church staff are still working on behalf of the congregation - that means YOU! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if we can help.
Thank you and be well!
Michael Celona, Eileen Cummings, Rebecca Greene,
Jeff Gunther, Suzanne Forgione, Sarah Cecil, Ruth Griffin,
Mark Vander Linden, Scott Nowka

Contact Information:
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein

Michael Celona, UUCGL President
978 835 7724
Elizabeth Muller, Business Administrator
Angie Kern, Administrative Assistant
Mark LaPointe, Director of Community Life & Learning
Kenneth Griffith, Director of Music
Chris Hansen, Grants Coordinator
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
7 81-595-8836 ext. 16
Our Church Family
Our love and prayers go out to Jim LaRue, Mark LaPointe's husband, who was hospitalized this week. Please keep Jim, Mark and their son Bryce in your thoughts and prayers.

We send our love and prayers to our friend Fran Marcin who is hospitalized. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Faith Development Programming
Meditation Practice Group
All are welcome to be together online and engage in some nourishing, calming mindfulness meditation together.  

Each sitting will offer us a chance to be together in covenant, meditation and prayer.

Faciliator: Anne Principe
Creativity and Spirituality Practitioner and Educator

Dates and time to be determined.
To express interest in this upcoming meditation group, and indicate your morning or evening preference, please contact Mark LaPointe.
The Creative Chalice Challenge!
UUs of Greater Lynn, of all ages, come and connect with the community by joining in the Creative Chalice Challenge. It's simple - as a family, individual or couple, create a chalice out of any materials, take a picture of it, and share it here. We will contribute a $2.00 donation to My Brother's Table for each photo submitted before April 24th.
More detailed directions here , or contact Mark LaPointe for more information.
Ferry Beach Update
Given the current imperative to socially distance ourselves and the health risks that are likely to still remain at the end of this month, we have had to cancel this year's trip to Ferry Beach. Although we will surely feel its absence this spring, our visits to Ferry Beach will resume next year as usual. We've sent a donation to the folks at Ferry Beach to help them out with finances as they are facing several cancellations. If you'd like to help out as well, visit https://www.ferrybeach.org/ .
UUCGL Resources
Reminder from your Grants Committee
and the Grants Coordinator
We would like to remind all our parishioners that we are here for you should you need help with rent or utility bills during this difficult time. We can provide aid through our Spinney Mudge Emergency Funds. We also provide scholarships to college students. Please call Chris Hansen, our Grants Coordinator at 781-595-8836, ext. 23 and leave a message with your name and telephone number and she will get back to you or email her
Thank you,
The Grants Committee
Pastoral Care Ministry Team
The good news is that, presently, no one in our congregation, of the calls our Pastoral Team has been making, is symptomatic of the coronavirus. We count our blessings. Each of us is challenged not only by a barrage of information but also by creatively adapting to new ways of "life, as
usual." Feeling lonely? Need groceries? Got coping ideas to share? Is there a change in your contact info (since September)? Call 781-595-8836 ext 16.
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
UUCGL Community
It’s Pledge Season
The building may be temporarily closed, but pledge season is always open. Thank you to those who have already returned their pledge cards.
On March 8, Michael Celona gave a moving, inspiring—and humorous—sermon, “I Pledge Gratitude,” and asks, “What makes church great for you?” We encourage anyone who was not able to attend to listen to it by clicking here . And if you were here, it is even better the second time.

It is important that the church has your completed pledge card as soon as possible because we are working on next fiscal year’s budget. You may mail it in or pledge by e-mailing mypledge@uucgl.org

Your pledge counts! Thank you.
Sermons Online
We are exploring many ways to enrich our lives as a spiritual community during this physical-distancing time. One such way is to be able to listen to past sermons and we now have added many recent ones given during Rev. Vicki’s sabbatical period. Click here for the link on our website that takes you to both our YouTube channel for recent sermons, and Rev. Vicki’s sermons.
Urgent News from My Brother's Table
My Brother’s Table has had to postpone a major annual fundraiser, the Founders’ Celebration, that was slated for March, but now will be held on October 14. This puts them in a very difficult situation, as they rely on the money raised by that event to help close out their fiscal year. As eager as they are to balance their books, the more important goal is to keep the community healthy.
The loss of income, coupled with the increased expenses of changing operations in response to the pandemic, has put an incredible strain on their finances. They are reaching out to their supporters to ask for help during this challenging time. If you are able, please consider making a donation via their website here , or by mail: 98 Willow Street, Lynn MA 01901.
As their guests rely on them for their meals, they rely on us, their supporters, to help continue to feed the community safely and with as much compassion as possible. They are grateful for any help we can give. Thank you.
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 Gatherings
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Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11:15am

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