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June 4, 2021
Sunday Program
June 6, 2021 at 10:30 am
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!

This Sunday, there will not be a traditional Sunday Service. Therefore, there will not be an Order of Service. We hope you will join us for the following discussion via Zoom:

Individualism Vs. Community: An Adult Faith Development Program
Join Rev. Roberta for this interactive hour as we explore the tension between honoring every individual and creating an
intentional faith community.

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.
More About Sunday Morning Adult Faith Formation Experience

The Worship team recently 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 is coordinating this summer experiment, and she has invited Rev. Roberta to offer a program on Sunday June 6th. We will meet at our usual Sunday morning time, beginning at 10:30 am. The program on June 6th will be an exploration of the tension between individualism and community. The program will be informative, interactive, and will challenge us spiritually. Warning: if you participate you may end up being quoted in Rev. Roberta's sermon on the same topic the next week! (With permission, of course.)
Board of Trustees Meeting June 7

The newly elected UUC Board of Trustees will have a special meeting at 4:30 pm Monday, June 7 for the purpose of voting on a resolution to approve the newly elected President and Vice President of the board as authorized signers on UUC financial accounts and approving an agreement with a new bookkeeper. 
Congregants are welcome to observe the meeting.

The Zoom link is:
Meeting ID: 956 5774 0024
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Virtual Flower Communion
Sunday, June 13, 2021
On Sunday June 13th we will celebrate Flower Communion in our Sunday worship service. Please take a picture of yourself/your family either holding a flower or standing next to some flowers. Email to revroberta@uuc.org. We are going to put together a slide show of flower sharing! We will also ask you to have a cut flower near your screen on June 13th. 
Lifelong Learning
Supporting Our Search for Truth and Meaning

TORCH
Here is the schedule for TORCH, the youth group:
Sunday, June 6 - Meeting outdoors at UUC (bring chair and mask)
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.
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).
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 LIFELINES
Help is available when the sea of life becomes difficult to navigate.

Emergency Financial Help is Always Available to UUC Members and Friends

Do you find yourself facing an urgent financial situation? Is somebody you know in need of immediate financial assistance? Did you know that that the Minister’s Benevolent Fund can help?

The Minister’s Benevolent Fund exists to provide emergency financial assistance to members and friends of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater and Unitarian Universalist members of the Tampa Bay area. The Minister has complete discretion in the use of the Fund within parameters established by Board policy. Please refer to the UUC Policy Handbook, which can be found in the Bylaws, Policies and Procedures located on our Members' page: www.uuc.org/members.

Contributions to the Fund can be made at any time. All contributions to the fund will conform to IRS guidelines and are tax-deductible. No contribution to the fund may be designated for the benefit of a particular recipient, nor earmarked for a specific purpose.
Although the Minister has sole authority for disbursements from the fund, the Minister welcomes suggestions from the congregation for possible recipients. A member may contact the Minister (revroberta@uuc.org) either to make a suggestion for disbursement or to request assistance for themselves. If the recipient is not a UUC member, the recipient must be referred by a member to the Minister. Based on the Minister’s discretion, the funds may be given as a gift or as a loan.

Please don’t hesitate to make a request either for yourself or for somebody else in need of funds.
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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..
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Care Circle

The Care Circle will provide 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.
PROPERTY COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
via Zoom

UUC's Property Committee meets monthly via Zoom. If you are curious about what this dedicated team of volunteers does, please join us!

Topic: Property Committee Meeting
Time: Jun 9, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 989 8908 2048
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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.

SPIRITUAL POTPOURRI

Zoom meeting every Friday at 1:00 PM

We will explore the wider notion of ‘difference’, in all its’ perplexing glory. How to manage different opinions, beliefs, actions, lifestyles, and more. All those human experiences can lead to confusion, anger, misunderstanding and hurt. Looking at the 7 UU principles, as well as some other practical tools, we will work together to find where the possibilities are. Join us in this Spiritual Potpourri Brave Space this Friday! 

 
Meeting ID: 984 4209 0304

Contact Kathy Krohn if you have trouble logging in.

All are welcome all the time...please join us!

OPEN ISSUES
Beginning this Sunday (June 6), Open Issues will follow the same summer schedule as our worship services and meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month only. As usual, the topic and Zoom link will be published in the E-Octagram prior to those Sundays. See you then!
COMPASSION & CHOICES MEETING
Our June meeting will be Thursday, June 10th from 1:30 – 3 pm on Zoom. We will be discussing the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying and watching their Video Enactment of Aid-in-Dying at the Bedside.
 
 
Meeting ID: 996 0046 0913
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Racial Justice Group Monthly Meeting
Saturday, June 5, 2021 @ 3:30 PM via Zoom
 
The Racial Justice Group will meet on Saturday, June 5th at 3:30 pm. We will discuss implementing the 8th Principle at UUC

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91206069880
 
Meeting ID: 912 0606 9880
June is Pride Month

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. In years past UUC marked Pride month by participating the St. Petersburg’s Pride parade. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic there will not be a Pride Parade so the Social Justice Council decided to mark this Pride Month by sending a donation to Epic/Empath, a nonprofit serving the LGBTQ community.

Many of us had the pleasure of hearing about this worthwhile organization at our April 25th Open Issues Program from its LGBTQ Community Support Counselor, Susan Talbot. This program offers a wide range of services to the LGBTQ community including free HIV testing, medical case management, counseling, prevention and education and housing assistance. In addition, at Open Issues we learned about an outreach program for LGBTQ seniors called Friendly Callers. EPIC’s Friendly Caller Program fosters multigenerational connections in the LGBTQ community by providing social connection and community service referrals through regular phone calls with trained volunteers. These volunteers offer mutual social support by sharing meaningful conversation and promote lasting friendships. 

Thank you to Epic/ Empath for all do to make our community a more caring place for all of us.
Be sure to check out our Social Justice page on UUC's website, where you will find recent articles and reports.

The “Free to Be Me” AA meetings are open, gay, and meet Saturdays and Tuesdays from 7 to 8 PM outside the sanctuary entrance. Bring a chair, coffee/beverage.
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!