WEEKLY UPDATE | December 8-14 , 2019
Sundays at UUCGL
Worship Service December 8
"Becoming Observant" | 10am
 The Rev. Peter Boullata, Guest Minister
What role does reverence play in our day to day life? How might we be mindful of sacred moments in the everyday?

The Rev. Peter Boullata is a PhD student in psychotherapy and spiritual care at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. After several interim ministries on both sides of the border, Peter served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Weston and Lexington, Massachusetts. He is now the consulting minister with the Unitarian Fellowship of London, Ontario and a psychotherapy intern with Shalom Counselling Services. He is passionate about liberation movements, religious naturalism, process theology, the arts, spiritual practice and the ways these intersect with each other and with religious liberalism.
Annual Children's Pageant - December 15
The children of UUCGL will lead us in worship with an interactive retelling of the nativity story.

Parents: Please remember to have your children at church by 9:30am that Sunday for final preparations of the program. They should dress comfortably. Look for more information about your child's role(s) in an email from Mark.
“Spiritual Practice for Beginners”
Sunday, December 22 - 1:00pm - Skylight Room
Many people are interested in spirituality in our time, defined in many different ways and seen as different from “being religious.” Spirituality is grounded in disciplines and practices that aid us on our journey toward wholeness. This adult religious education offering is for those who are curious about spirituality, and wondering what practice might look like for them. Our unique interests, religious philosophy, and temperament come into play as we seek practices that connect us to the holy, to the transcendent, and to one another. Come and discover what yours might be or become!
Sunday Morning Childcare . . .
The childcare room is open and offers a safe, play oriented environment for children 4 and under. The church will do its best to schedule childcare workers each Sunday. If no one is able to staff the room on a given Sunday, parents are welcome to supervise their children in the room during worship. If you know someone who might enjoy a paid position watching young children during church, please have them contact the Director of Community Life and Learning at mlapointe@uucgl.org .
 
Mark E. LaPointe, Director of Community Life and Learning
This Week at UUCGL
Orders due Monday, December 9 for
December 15 Christmas Pageant Poinsettias
poinsettia
Order your poinsettias now in memory or honor of friends and loved ones. The cost of each 6" plant is $12.50. Forms and envelopes can be found on the usher's table and the Welcome Table in the church foyer; complete the form (please print clearly) and return it to the church office, with payment, by Monday, December 9 . (You may also place your order envelope in the Sunday offertory plate (please do not place your pledge in this envelope).

Please bring your plant(s) home after the December 15 Children's Pageant to enjoy in your own home or to give as gifts.
Wisdom Circle - December 12
Second Thursday of each month
12:00-1:30 in the Fellowship Room
 
Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to our December 12 gathering.
 
Wisdom Circle is a monthly gathering geared toward seniors to share the perspectives and life experiences of older age. It is intended to be supportive and informative, a program both of faith development and pastoral ministry.
 
The facilitators are Gloria Kozlosky and Ruth Griffin.
'Tis the Season of Giving
Although we strive to be generous throughout the year, the winter holidays tend to put a spotlight on some of the more personal needs that exist in our greater community. We respond to this each year by taking on some opportunities to give in ways that are meaningful. We do this important work with community partners like Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC), My Brother's Table, the Lynn Community Health Center, and Leading through Empowering Opportunities (LEO, inc.) and St. Stephen's Food Pantry. You can learn about each opportunity and the recipients of your gifts below.
 
Your gifts do good work and are most gratefully received!
The Giving Tree
This year our Giving Tree gifts will go to Leading through Empowering Opportunities (LEO, inc.) . Please take an ornament from the tree and purchase the suggested gift. For more expensive items, we suggest that you join others to purchase a group gift. All gifts should be returned by December 16 . Please affix the gift tag securely to your unwrapped gift; it will be the only identifier to ensure it gets to the correct person. You can place your gift under the tree in the church foyer. You can find out more about LEO here . Thank you for your generosity.
Centerpiece Making for MBT Holiday Party
MBT centerpiece
Join the UU Women on Saturday, December 14, at 9:30am in the Parish Hall to create festive tabletop decorations for the holiday dinner party at My Brother's Table on Saturday, December 21. We will be cutting greens, so bring pruning shears if you have them. Please bring decorative greens from your yard if you are able!
My Brother's Table Holiday Party
UUCGL will hold the annual Holiday dinner party at My Brother's Table (MBT) in Lynn on Saturday December 21st. We have been doing this event for over ten years and it is a festive and wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. 
 
Everyone is invited to help make this day a success: young, old, long time members and people wandering in the door for the first time. It is a way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and share our gifts with those who may need comfort and cheer at this time of the year. 
 
There are many, many ways to help:
 
Centerpieces will be made at UUCGL on Saturday December 14th at 9 AM. Creativity very welcomed!
 
Appetizers and desserts can be made in advance and left in UUCGL's kitchen until Friday December 20th .( Please advise if anything will be in the refrigerator.)
 
On the 21st:
-Food prep is at MBT beginning 9 AM on the 21st. Dress for washing and cutting and dicing vegetables (Come to the back door to gain entry)
-Children are invited to decorate the dining room beginning at 11
-Servers are needed to set up the line and serve food. Please arrive around 1:30 to insure a spot on the line. (We generally serve about 200 people!)
-Clean up people are needed throughout the day but begin the biggest tasks when serving is completed (4 PM)

Sign up sheets are at the church in the Parish Hall. Please help make this our best dinner party yet! For more information please contact Jeff Gunther here .
 
The Social Justice Ministry Team thanks you for your participation!
Scandinavian Fellowship Hour is Coming!
In the spirit of giving, share your heritage and help host a December Fellowship Hour! Do you have a favorite food from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway or Sweden? Whether or not you're descended from Scandinavians, you're welcome to join in and contribute to the annual Scandinavian Fellowship Hour on Sunday, December 15. It's a UUCGL tradition! 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 to contribute even if you haven't been in touch in advance.
Fair Trade Holiday Gift Items Available
Need an item for a child’s Christmas stocking, a gift for friend or family, or your holiday host? Visit the Fair Trade sales area Sundays during Fellowship Hour! There you will find chocolate bars, dried mangos, a variety of coffees, both ground and whole bean. Other items for sale include three types of tea, hot chocolate, cocoa, and extra virgin olive oil. Gift basket combinations are available. Our products are from Equal Exchange, a Massachusetts based worker cooperative that distributes products grown only on small family farms that follow ecologically responsible practices. Proceeds help support activities of UUCGL’s Denominational Connections Ministry Team.
Reminders
End-of-Year Pledge Reminder
Take advantage of the tax considerations of the close of the calendar year (but not our church fiscal year) and make pledge payments and contributions by the end of December. Please have your payments in the office by 10am Monday morning, December 30, so they can be deposited this year. Thank you!
Sabbatical Guide Available
Rev. Vicki started her six month sabbatical after her November 10 worship service. A Sabbatical Guide is available that contains information about this period of time and who will be covering in her absence. Copies of the Sabbatical Guide are available on the Welcome Table in the church foyer and also in the church office, or you may download a copy here .
December 50/50 Sunday Offertory to Benefit
My Brother's Table
 This month's 50/50 offering will support the work of My Brother's Table. Founded in 1982 My Brother's Table is the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore, and has provided over 3 million hot, free meals and outreach to men, women and children in need. MBT has been open for over 10,000 consecutive days. Today the problems of hunger and poverty continue to exist in Lynn and across the country. Please make checks payable to My Brother’s Table , social concerns funding will match up to $1,000.
 
For more information about My Brother's Table:
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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
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