WEEKLY UPDATE |February 21-27, 2021
FEBRUARY 21, 2021 | 10:00am
Worship with First Church in Salem
"Through the Succeeding Day"
Worship with us on Zoom!
The Zoom link opens at 10:00am
 
As a people of Beloved Community, may the stories of enduring courage guide us toward paths of bold new connections. First Church in Salem is delighted to welcome the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn to join us for a service in celebration of Black History Month.
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Lenten Meditation Series
Wednesday evenings, 7-8pm

North Shore Unitarian Universalists
Facilitators: Rev. Eva Cameron
Rev. Elizabeth Ide
Rev. Art McDonald
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein

Our time together will be focused on a Scripture reading, a contemporary reading, sharing and silent reflection.
 
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Meeting ID: 904 203 4298
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Lent is the forty day period leading to Easter that is traditionally dedicated to prayer, self-reflection, penitence and self-denial. In this time of pandemic, when we are already denied so much, I think it is important for those who observe Lenten spiritual practice to find a practice that is life-giving and deep, not self-flagellating!
 
I will be participating in an online 7-week Sunday night Lenten Journey through Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover (our central text will be Henri Nouwen's Lenten manual, "Show Me The Way") and also co-leading weekly Lenten meditations on Wednesdays with a group of UU ministers who are also friends.
 
I hope that you will consider joining our UU Lenten Meditations, and if not, consider this difficult season an invitation to reflect on your belovedness. We tend to be very good at critical self-reflection. What if, for forty days, we considered our actions, thought and struggles in the context of the Universalist assurance that we are always, always loved as we are? As we approach the year anniversary of the pandemic, please recognize how tired and in need of daily doses of quiet openness to God's love you may be. However you do this, I hope that you will do it.
 
In faith, hope and love,
Rev. Vicki
Did you miss last Sunday's Service segment, or want to watch it again?

To view "The Greater Love" Sunday, February 14 service segment, visit our website archive page here or our YouTube channel here.
Sharing Our Joys and Sorrows

Would you like to share your joys, sorrows, and prayer requests with the congregation?

Use this form to let us know!  ~Rev. Vicki
Reopening Guidelines Update
Church Use Request Procedure

While we are not holding regular services or meetings at the church, we have had some requests for one-time events. The governance committee will review any requests and grant approval for use of the church building and grounds.
 
If you wish to use the church property for an event, please email the details (date, presenters' contact information and a full description of the event) to president@uucgl.org.
 
At a minimum, events need to comply with current state and local guidelines (masks, number of participants, socially distanced) and all organizers need to submit to Elizabeth Muller a list of contact information for all attendees the day after the event.
 
If you have further questions feel free to contact me, Eileen Cummings: president@uucgl.org
UUCGL Community Connections
Pop the Trunk Food Drive
A Great Success!

The Social Justice Ministry Team's Pop the Trunk event held Saturday, February 13th was a great success! We had over 25 cars stop by to donate food and toiletries to My Brother's Table, Anchor Food Pantry of Swampscott, and St. Stephen's Food Pantry in Lynn. We are planning to make this a regular event throughout the year so look for upcoming food drive events in the Weekly Update and our website.
Our Church Community Supports
My Brother's Table!

Food insecurity is on the rise due to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. My Brother’s Table is serving more meals than ever with fewer on-site volunteers. All meals are to go, and hours have been extended to accommodate precautions. MBT’s response to these challenges is to create a network of volunteers who work from their homes. These off-site volunteers assemble lunch and dinner bags to supplement the hot foods that MBT prepares and serves every day.
 
A network of UUCGL members is doing this work from home! More than 15 of our members work either individually or in teams to put together lunch and dinner bags in 25 bag units and deliver them to MBT.

If you are interested in learning more about our efforts, click here. Please contact Social Justice Ministry Team Members Clare Campbell, Michael Celona or Deb Boggs for details. 
Call for Volunteers!

Lynn Community Health Center
Community Food Pantry

The Lynn Community Health Center operates a community food pantry on the first Saturday of the month from 8-10:30AM. It takes place outside in a parking lot near the Health Center in downtown Lynn and abides by Covid restrictions around masks, gloves, distancing, etc. Volunteers help fill 400 bags with fresh fruits and vegetables, which are handed out by Center staff. Pre-teens and older kids are welcome!
 
 
Questions? Email Michael Celona at michaelcelona@yahoo.com.
Seaglass Village
Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Seaglass Village is a local non-profit organization seeking to help older adults maintain their dignity, independence and safety while remaining in their own homes. The Village uses a combination of volunteer and vetted professional services. These services include transportation, home maintenance, shopping, technical support, dog walking, even changing a light bulb! Events of all kinds will also be available including recreational, social, cultural and educational. Seaglass Village is currently under development in the Marblehead, Swampscott, and Nahant area. To learn more, you can visit the website at www.seaglassvillage.org where you can join our mailing list or you can email us directly at seaglassvill@gmail.com or call us at 781-718-9584. Please note, Doreen Hodgkin is one of the Founding Board Members of Seaglass Village (Neighbors Helping Neighbors) and would be glad to answer any questions.
Programming at UUCGL
Social Justice Ministry Team News

“Justice is what love look like in public.”
~Cornel West
 
Drive by the church and see our new sign – Black Lives Matter – we sourced from a Black owned business in Roxbury, it took awhile to get here, but it was worth the wait. We will have a dedication later in the spring.

This photo was taken during the food drive – it was a pop the trunk affair, but many of us pulled over to say a socially distanced –
How are you? Good to SEE you!


Join us for an ECCO Community Meeting!

· When: Tonight - Thursday, February 18th, 6pm
· Where: Via Zoom - Register here now to get the zoom link!
· What: Join us to build relationships across ECCO’s diverse community and learn how we can take the next steps in ECCO’s Beloved Economy Campaign. Together, we will hear stories about the focus-areas ECCO's people-of-color Core Team has identified as priorities for our work toward a Beloved Economy. Then, we will learn both about the key questions the Core Team has created to support our research, and how we will work in regional teams to get the information we need to forge a powerful campaign. We hope to see you there!
Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice Group
with Anne Principe via Zoom
Mornings | 7:30-7:50am

While we are apart, we can breathe 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 10-15 minutes 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.
Zoom Helpful Hints
Enjoy each other's company in one or all of our Zoom gatherings! We hope that this will be easy for you to do and offer some simple instructions here:

For helpful hints, click here.
Weekly Update Schedule
Next issue:
Week of February 28, 2021

The deadline for the week of February 28, is Wednesday, February 24, 9am. Please send your notices to Angie Kern (akern@uucgl.org).
How to Support Your Church
Pledge Payments

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

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!
 
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein

Eileen Cummings, UUCGL President
 
Elizabeth Muller, Business Administrator
 
Angie Kern, Administrative Assistant
 
Kenneth Griffith, Director of Music
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 at chansen@uucgl.org.
Pastoral Care Ministry Team
During this pandemic 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? Call our Pastoral Care Ministry Team, we would love to help you, 781-595-8836 ext 16.
 
– Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
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
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Fellowship Hour: 11am

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