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Sunday Service Information
June 20, 2021 at 10:30 am

**REMINDER**
Meredith Olson will be hosting an adult education session.
As we continue to adhere to guidelines of avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people, we invite you to join us for virtual Sunday services via Zoom. We appreciate everyone's support, kindness and patience. Thank you for joining us, wherever you are!

The Zoom link is the same one for all Sunday services and programs.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 967 1190 1492

You can also join from your landline or cell phone by calling 301 715 8592  and entering 967 1190 1492 when prompted to enter the meeting ID.
Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation Experiences

The Worship team announced that the summer calendar for Sunday mornings would be offering worship services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, and adult education opportunities on the other Sundays. Meredith Olson, Director of Lifelong Learning, is coordinating this summer experiment. We will meet at our usual Sunday morning time, beginning at 10:30 am. Programs will be informative, interactive, and will challenge us spiritually.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
June 23 - 27

The General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association is June 23-27. GA is an annual gathering of UUs to strengthen our connections, learn from one another, make decisions collectively, and worship together. In preparation for GA, we'll explore how UUs are organized, how we make decisions together, and how it got to be that way.

General Assembly 2021 Online Video for Public Events
 
Video of public events from General Assembly (GA) 2021 will be live-streamed June 23-27—no registration required. Watch General Sessions, the Candidates Forum & Info Session, the Sunday Morning Worship, the Service of Living Tradition, and the Synergy Bridging Worship. An online chat will be available during live events. On-demand video will be available after each event concludes.

For more information, go to:  https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2021

On June 27, the Sunday morning General Assembly worship service will be broadcast by UUC at our normal worship time, 10:30 am. It is not too late to sign up for full access to all workshops, programming, etc. The cost is $200, and you can click on this link for more information: https://www.uua.org/ga .
WE ARE ALL RIP VAN WINKLE!

During June and July Rev. Roberta and the Transition Team will be offering small groups based on the Rip Van Winkle experience. What?? We will consider the question, "If you fell asleep and woke up 5 years later, what would UUC look like, sound like, feel like?"

You can join a group on any of the following dates:  6/21, 6/28, 7/8 and 7/12. All will meet from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. You don't need to pre-register, just Zoom in using this link

Topic: Rip Van Winkle
Time: Jun 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 727 531 7704
Passcode: revrob

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Lifelong Learning
Supporting Our Search for Truth and Meaning

TORCH
Here is the schedule for TORCH, the youth group:
Sunday, June 13 - Meeting via Zoom: Zoom link
All meetings are 1:00-2:00pm.

If you have a question or are interested in Lifelong Learning at UUC,
e-mail Meredith at learning@uuc.org or call (727) 531-7704, ext. 205.

Upcoming Vacation
Meredith will be on vacation June 27-July 4 and August 1-8. Any urgent matters during those weeks should be directed to Rev. Roberta at revroberta@uuc.org.
OPEN ISSUES

We're following the summer worship schedule and not meeting this Sunday.
See you on the 27th! - Lisa Moran
SHARE A JOY….SHARE A SORROW

Each Sunday, as a way of sharing our lives together in covenant, we drop a stone to celebrate those moments when joy has entered our lives. We follow those stones with ones to acknowledge moments of sorrow in our lives to help ease the burden. By clicking on the link below, the joy or sorrow you name will be read during the service and a stone dropped in the vase.

Link for a Joy or Sorrow submission:

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Join us for Digital Coffee Hour on Sundays, right after the service (in the same Zoom meeting as the service).

Covid-19 Community Outreach for June
June Recipient - Neighborly Care Network

The Neighborly Care Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of older persons in need of home and community-based services who reside in Pinellas County. A champion for seniors, they provide Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Programs, Senior Dining and Transportation. Since 1966, Neighborly has served the elderly with ever-expanding programs to “improve health, wellness, and independent living for individuals and families.” Neighborly is a pioneer of innovative quality solutions that enhance their customers’ way of life. They are a leader in providing superior health, home and community-based services, education, consultation and support for wellness and self-directed care. Please give generously.

For more information go to www.neighborly.org

If you would like to help us with this effort, you may donate online:
                                       https://uuc.breezechms.com/give/online
Text Giving is also possible: (727) 500-2410

Choose "Neighborly Care Network" from the "Give to Fund" drop-down menu.
Pastoral Care

UUC has a team of Pastoral Associates who offer confidential, emotional support and spiritual companionship to fellow community members who are facing challenging life issues. The Pastoral Associates are trained and mentored by our minister. To connect with one of our dedicated volunteers, please call the office (727-531-7704, Ext. 5) and leave a voicemail message. The Pastoral Associate who is scheduled for that week will get in touch with you.
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM THE CARE CIRCLE
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Unlike the absolute necessities of life (food, water, air and shelter), a person may be able to go without human contact for a period of time. However, the lack of friendship and community in any form can be detrimental to physical and emotional well-being. I do most heartedly concur that friendship gives value to our survival. It enhances and perhaps extends our lives, buoys our souls, brings our humanity to life.--Eloise Hardman, Co-Chair of the Care Circle
The Care Circle provides UUC community members temporary, short-term assistance during an illness or injury. Volunteers help with day-to-day tasks such as transportation to and from appointments, pick up and deliver medication, and running errands to name a few. They can also make referrals to agencies that can provide more intensive help if needed. To request assistance, please contact co-chairs Susan Hegner or Eloise Hardman, or the UUC Office (727) 531-7704.
Social Justice Council Monthly Meeting via Zoom
Saturday, June 19, 2021 @ 10:00 AM
 
Please join us this Saturday, where we will be discussing the ongoing work of the social justice committees and new projects.
 
If you have a social justice issue that you would like to bring to the council or would like to participate on an ongoing committee please join us. For any questions, please contact Linda Stoller at lstol10403@aol.com. The Zoom link to join the meeting is:
 
Topic: Social Justice Council Meeting
Time: June 19, 2021 10:00 AM
    
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 978 6960 4806

 FAST Update- Summer 2021

Statewide "Call to Justice" - Tues, June 22nd, 6:30pm

Join FAST's Criminal Justice Committee and our sister organizations statewide for an exciting and important meeting on statewide civil citation work. At this meeting, you will hear updates on civil citation usage with children across the State, as well as the urgent need for increased civil citation usage with adults. 
 
Join hundreds of others from across the State for this CALL TO JUSTICE, Tuesday, June 22nd, at 6:30pm! Please RSVP (and share with your fellow network members) by clicking/copying the following registration link:

Care for Creation, Watch Party: Thursday, June 17th @ 6:30pm

At our FAST Board Meeting in Nov, 2020, we voted to be a part of a sponsoring committee with other justice ministry organizations across the country to start exploring issues of climate and environmental justice. Our first nationwide meeting (a watch party) is coming up on Thursday, June 17, 6:30-8:30pm (will be dubbed in Spanish subtitles). We will be watching "Revisioning Recovery: Uncovering the Roots of Disaster" as it illuminates the current injustices, systems at play, and the solutions needed to prepare and respond to climate disasters. The next environmental justice program will explore the connection between climate and forced migration. This program will be offered on July15 and July 20th. You may register for this - and other Care for Creation events - by clicking here:


Be sure to check out our Social Justice page on UUC's website, where you will find recent articles and reports.

AMAZON PRIME DAY
June 21 - June 22

Sign up for AmazonSmile and select Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater as your preferred charity at smile.amazon.com/ch/59-0995436.

Remember that you can choose UUC as your charity of choice any time you shop for your favorite wares on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com ) or with AmazonSmile ON in the Amazon app, and AmazonSmile will donate to us at no cost to you. Every purchase makes a difference, so THANK YOU!
DID YOU MISS A SERVICE? CHECK THE WEBSITE AT:
(The recorded service is typically posted the week after the service)

When does the Property Committee meet? How do I join a covenant group?
Check the website at  https://www.uuc.org for answers to these questions and many more! All organizational documents and reports are posted in the MEMBER section (and meeting times and details are located on the Calendar). If you are a member but don't have the password, please contact the Office Administrator at admin@uuc.org.

UUC MAKES ONLINE GIVING and PLEDGING EASY

In lieu of our traditional collection baskets that you see during the Offertory on Sundays, we are trying out some different ways to make online donating easier. You might want to try:
Text Giving
(727) 500-2410

If you prefer to donate online, feel free to click the button below.
Thank you for your generosity!