WEEKLY UPDATE | August 2-15, 2020
August Summer Sundays
Virtual Worship Services 2020 | 10am
How Music Speaks to Our Souls
We are all settling into this new way of living by now, but let's not call it "the new normal." There is nothing normal about it, and although many of us may be feeling a bit less panicked and shocked by the radical changes and the reasons for them, we are still collectively experiencing loss, fear, anxiety, and deprivation. It is a testament to the human spirit and to our own inner resources that we are finding joy, happiness, beauty, justice-seeking and vision for a better world within it all.
 
Our August Summer Sundays are invitations to think about how music speaks to our souls and brings us healing, comfort, joy and catharsis. We hope that you will be encouraged to get out your headphones and listen again - and yet again - to some of the songs that are newly touching your heart or old favorites that may have fresh insights for today.
 
For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, "audio divina" (divine listening) practice can be easily translated to "lectio divina," or divine hearing of text/reading. Spend some time with poetry, Scripture or secular writings that speak to your soul.

The service link will be posted on our Facebook page and go "live" at 10am each Sunday. 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. Or you can connect directly to the church YouTube page  here . Our offertory donation link can be found on the church website here . Please join us each Sunday!
UUCGL Reopening Task Force News
UUCGL Reopening Survey

The Church Reopening Task Force wants to hear from you! We are meeting regularly to make a schedule of reopening the facility in the coming months for in-person services and gatherings. Of course, the safety and well-being of our congregation and staff remains our top priority and any plan is contingent upon the current pandemic environment. We would like to know your thoughts as we prepare to reopen the church.
 
We are asking parishioners to complete this survey to assist us in developing protocols to gather in person once again. It should take just a few minutes, but please feel free to be thorough with your comments. We thank you for your participation! Click here for the survey .
 
Please complete the survey by August 10. Thank you!
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Reminder: the church building will remain closed through the summer. Please do not enter the church building!

An event request form is available outlining steps that groups will need to take to meet on church property. You can download the form at https://tinyurl.com/UUCGL-Event-Request .

The task force will meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month to review request forms. Request forms should be submitted no later than the Monday prior to a meeting for consideration.

Please note that for the time being, all events must meet the following criteria: hosted by a UUCGL group (ministry team, board committee, etc.); outdoors without any access to the church building or equipment; no more than 10 pre-registered attendees at any one time; any children in attendance must remain with members of their immediate household, no childcare will be provided.

If you have any questions please contact task force member Mary Gatlin, mary.c.gatlin@gmail.com .

Reopening Task Force members are Eileen Cummings, Doreen Hodgkin, Stephanie Goodman, Mary Gatlin, Elizabeth Muller and Rev. Vicki.
Green Sanctuary Summer Book Club
The Story of More - How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren

Join the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team in a church-wide book read related to the theme of climate change. We'll read The Story of More - How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren (author of Lab Girl ). We'll discuss in person or via Zoom on Friday, August 7 at 7pm.
 
The Story of More is thoughtful, informative, and, above all, essential.” - Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction .
 
In The Story of More , Jahren illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions - from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles - that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming - from superstorms to rising sea levels - and the actions that we all can take to fight back.
 
The Story of More is the essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it.
Weekly Update Summer Schedule
August Weekly Update Schedule
Next issue: Week of August 16

The next Weekly Update will be for the week of August 16; deadline Wednesday, August 12, 9am; summer Zoom Connections gatherings will be included. Please note that administrative staff vacations will be taken during the summer as work schedules allow. Please send your notices to both Angie Kern ( akern@uucgl.org ) and Elizabeth Muller ( emuller@uucgl.org ).
Zoom Connections Summer Schedule
August Zoom Connections Schedule

Currently our summer Zoom Connections will be listed in our Weekly Update. Our Monday Zoom Connections will continue at a later date. Please note that administrative staff vacations will be taken during the summer as work schedules allow. Please send your notices to both Angie Kern ( akern@uucgl.org ) and Elizabeth Muller ( emuller@uucgl.org ).
Congregation-Wide
Anti-Racism Learning and Action Initiative
Dear Congregation,
 
Virtually every American has now witnessed the death of a Black man as he struggled to breathe while a white police officer clamped a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; the man, George Floyd, cried out that he couldn't breath and called for his mother. It is an image we cannot dismiss from our mind's eye--nor should we try. Rather, we need to keep that frightful image foremost in our minds as we decide how we, as individuals, as a church, and as a society, will respond to the systemic racism of this country.
 
Many say this could be a "transformational moment" in America, in which we acknowledge the current and pervasive . . . . (continue reading for important dates, to register, and pledge to engage here ).
 
In faith, toward action,
The Social Justice Ministry Team
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Our Many Ways to Connect
We continue to explore ways to enrich our lives as a spiritual community during this physical-distancing time. Below you will find ways we are connecting via Zoom.

We hope that this will be easy for you to do and offer some simple instructions in light of Zoom’s new sign-in procedures:

  1. If you already have the Zoom software, just click on the link provided for each gathering. In most cases, it will take you directly to the gathering.
  2. If you do not yet have Zoom installed, click on the link and you will be prompted to download and run it—a very fast process—after which you should be taken to the gathering. (To save time, you might want to download and install it before the gathering by going to https://zoom.us/download. How the software is installed is dependent on the device or browser you are using.)
  3. If you have the Zoom software installed and it is asking for the meeting ID number and password, enter those specific numbers underneath the link below and you will be taken to the meeting.

Zoom Helpful Hints . . .

If you are hosting a Zoom gathering , it is helpful to have an assistant who can monitor the waiting room or handle any technical needs, while you, the host, can attend to the gathering.

Hosts and attendees: when the gathering is over, follow the prompts, click leave meeting and be sure to close out of Zoom , if you don't, people can still see or hear you! Not closing out can make for some funny stories, but really, there’s only so much we want to know about you! Seriously though, be careful when you Zoom!

And now, enjoy each other's company in one or all of our Zoom gatherings. We miss you!
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Virtual Fellowship Hour
Sundays | 11am

On Sundays after the virtual service, you are all invited to an online Zoom Fellowship Hour, beginning at 11 a.m. Grab a mug of coffee or tea and your favorite snack, join the meeting, and visit with friends online. We would love to see as many smiling faces as possible to hear how you all are doing in these unusual times. We miss you!
 
Join Virtual Fellowship Hour on Zoom:
 
Or you can join by phone:
1-646-558-8656

If needed, enter the following when prompted:
Meeting ID: 658 052 013
Password: 079017

See you Sunday!
Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice Group via Zoom
Mornings 7:30-7:50am with Anne Principe
While we are apart, we can breath together . . .

All are welcome to be a part of a small group ministry to practice mindfulness meditation. Now more than ever, our connections with each other are vital to our sense of calm and hope.
 
Each morning’s meditation will offer
  • introduction of core concept
  • silent meditation of 5-10 minutes while seated comfortably in your own space
 
Click here for sign up, more information, and to find out what you’ll need in preparation for the practice.
UUCGL Privacy Reminder
Sharing and Privacy
Our church is a caring community, and that is evident especially during these highly unusual isolating times as we keep in virtual touch with one another. This is a reminder that we need to respect each other’s privacy, especially in personal or medical issues, in all our church communications. We may not share any medical information in any church communication vehicle without the permission of the individual. That includes listservs, the Weekly Update, all church social media, etc. Continue to reach out and keep connected to our parish family, but please do not share personal, especially medical, information through church communications unless invited to do so. Thank you.
How to Support Your Church
Pledge Payments

Below are ways to make a pledge payment to the church. If you are finishing up your 2019-20 pledge, please mark in the memo line that it is for FY 2019-20.
 
There are three easy options of paying:

1.     Send your check to the church (101 Forest Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907).
2.     Set up a bill-pay system with your bank and have the check sent to the above address.
3.     Donate online. To donate online, please go to our website ( uucgl.org ) and click “Donate” in the upper right-hand corner. After you fill in the information page, click “Submit.” You will then be offered options to pay through your PayPal account, if you have one, or through your credit card.
 
Thank you for your support!
UUCGL Resources
Stay Connected with UUCGL
We hope you are managing this evolving pandemic in the best way possible. Staff continue to work from home and can be reached at the email addresses listed below.
 
The church has a number of ways to help you. 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!
 
Contact Information:
 
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein

Eileen Cummings, UUCGL President
 
Elizabeth Muller, Business Administrator
 
Angie Kern, Administrative Assistant
 
Kenneth Griffith, Director of Music
 
Chris Hansen, Grants Coordinator
 
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
7 81-595-8836 ext. 16
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
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.
Contact Information Reminder
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
Visit Us
Sunday Zoom Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11am

(781) 595-8836
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