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June 2021 Newsletter
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A Word from the Minister
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. 
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
—Albert Schweitzer

Dear Church Family, Near and Far,
Welcome to the month of June and to our monthly theme of Deepening the Care of the Soul. This is the perfect theme for a month filled with transition. Some of our youth have graduated college or high school. Some are headed to college for the first time, others are returning for a final semester, and some are moving out on their own. Here at Piedmont, we bid farewell to our beloved intern who came to us as "Holly Brown" and who leaves us as "The Reverend Holly Brown." On the heels of Rev. Holly's departure, I will be saying goodbye as well.

When the letter went out on Sunday noting that my ministry at PUUC would end in late June due to medical reasons, several people responded to that email...

A Word from the Ministerial Intern
Rev. Holly Brown
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Beloveds,

The time has come; we say goodbye in less than a month. This is a time of joy and sadness for me. Sadness as I leave Piedmont UU Church after nearly two years. Joy for all that I have learned and all of the ways that you have helped me grow. I will always carry the congregation with me in my heart because of the special bonds of internship and ordination. As we say goodbye, please know that I will not be in contact with members during the next year. It will be difficult, but it is necessary policy that helps both the church and the minister adjust to different roles. Rest assured that I will think of you all often and fondly for years to come.

As of August 1st, I will embark on my next adventure in Florida as the Interim Minister at the UU Church of Tallahassee. I am so very excited about my first placement as a full-time, ordained minister. My time at Piedmont has been unusual in so many ways that none of us could have foreseen. I believe that all of this has more fully prepared me for my future ministry.

Thank you all for your support and care throughout my internship. I will miss you.

May you be well,
Rev. Holly
Rev. Holly Brown
Saying Goodbye

The Committee on Ministry for Rev. Holly Brown is hosting an opportunity for all Piedmont UU Church members to stop by and say goodbye in person to Rev. Holly!

Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - noon
Shelter No. 2 at Dorton Park
on Poplar Tent Road, Concord

If you cannot make it to the park there will be a virtual opportunity during an extended fellowship following service on Sunday, June 20th, 2021. This will also be Rev. Holly’s final service at Piedmont UU Church.
Board Letter to the Congregation
Piedmont UU Church Board of Trustees
Fellow Congregants,

This letter is a new strategy. In an effort to heighten transparency and information sharing from the Board, we are implementing a monthly “Letter from the Board”.

The Board is excited to announce we will very soon be reopening the Sanctuary and outdoor space in Charlotte to small church group meetings (Not Sunday Services). There are specific requirements for use of the space, based on recommendations from the ad hoc COVID-19 Safety Committee. Application for use can be made through...

Music Sunday

To my wonderful musicians,
Thank you from the bottom of my very grateful heart for your beautiful music, poetry, and readings during our Music Sunday service on May 23rd. Despite the distance between us, you made it a soul-stirring hour of grace, power, and love. You are rays of light and I couldn't be more proud. If you missed the service, you can view it on the church's Vimeo page.

Kaarin Record Leach
Music Director
Choir News
Our wonderful choir was recently chosen to be part of a Virtual Choir Festival put on by the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries. Our church, along with three others, represented the Southern Region of our U.S. UU churches on Friday, May 14th with our rendition of 'Lead With Love' by Melanie DeMore, featuring soloist Lisa Lawrence. You can check it out online.
Volunteer Hands
Sunday Volunteer Opportunities
Want to get more involved with our Sunday services? There are multiple opportunities (with a variety of talents needed), some of which aren't even on a Sunday. Please contact Deb, deb@puuc.org.
Weed in the Garden
June 19th Help get the church ready to open
It has been quite a while since we have all gathered at the church as one body. Our campus needs some attention like only you can provide. We want to have a day to clean-up and spruce-up the campus on June 19th. Bring some yard tools or just come and help us make the church shine again. Lets plan to meet from 8am until about 2pm on that Saturday if you can. This will not only be a day to clean up the church, but a day to see some of your church family and share a smile and laugh. Contact Michael Demby with questions.
June's Touchstones Journal: Care of the Soul
Click/tap here or on the image above to read the full journal.
Fellowship Options
Sundays
Ethical Explorations
Meeting (online) Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m., this is an open group that collectively choose books, magazine articles, etc. to focus attention on various ethical questions. If you have questions or would like to be added to the group email list, please contact George Bame (gbame@pobox.com).

Sunday Morning Interactive Service, 11:00 a.m. (Zoom Room opens at 10:45)

Mondays
Piedmont Meditation Sangha
Monday Night Meditation
Meditation and discussion Mondays at 7 pm.
All are welcome. Contact Pema Tara for more information at 413-358-2626.

Attend by using any of the following options:

Wednesdays
Music at Piedmont UU
Virtual Choir Rehearsal
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
All are welcome! Visit puuc.org/music/musicschedule/ for the complete schedule and Zoom links, or contact kaarin@puuc.org.

Financial Updates

Piedmont UU Church Financial Health: April 2021

Monthly Income $13,147
Monthly Expense ($19,428)
Monthly Mortgage Principal Payment (1,759)
Monthly Cash Flow ($8,040)

Year to Date Income including SBA PPP Loan credit $110,561
Year to Date Expense ($77,407)
Year to Date Mortgage Principal Payments ($7,073)
Year to Date Cash Flow with Mortgage Principal as Expense $26,081
SBA PPP Loan Forgiveness Credit Amount $24,466

Total Year to Date Cash Flow Less SBA PPP Loan Credit $1,615

To contribute to the financial health of our congregation, click here to make a donation now. Thank you for your commitment of Beloved Community.

Collection Plate
This Month's Shared Offering Plate
June's 50/50 Plate Recipient — BLUU (Black Lives UU)

Formed in the wake of several conversations among Black UUs at the July 2015 Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland, OH - the BLUU Organizing Collective is committed to to:
  •    Expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith
  •    Providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists
  •    Justice-making and liberation through our faith
The Shared Plate partner for the month receives 50% of undesignated/non-pledge offerings. You can support our Shared Plate partners even when we aren't meeting in person via the website. Select Give Now under the generosity menu and select "plate collection" for the fund.Thank you for your generosity!
Interactive June Services
Sunday Schedule:

Attend by using any of the following options:

View services from previous Sundays via our video channel.
Sunday, June 6, 2021

Bridging Ceremony
Rev. Holly Brown

Today we honor Julia Hake as we celebrate the UU tradition of "Bridging" into adulthood. Such rites of passage are even more important while we remain virtual as it allows us to collectively celebrate a joyful transition. Join us during the interactive service and share a blessing in the chat for Julia as she enters the next chapter of her life.
Sunday, June 13, 2021

“Embodied Spirituality”
Erik Dutton, guest speaker

Everything we know, or can know, comes to us through our physical senses. Join Erik as he explores a few of the implications of this built-in limitation, and some practices he finds helpful to work with this fundamental fact of life rather than struggling against it.
Sunday, June 20, 2021

“Endings and Beginnings”
Rev. Holly Brown

Transition is often difficult because it means saying goodbye to one phase of our lives — good, bad, or indifferent — transition requires acceptance of new ways of being. Appreciation of the past and hope for the future can both exist in the present moment as can joy and sadness.
Sunday, June 27, 2021

UUA GA Service

Today we join with UUs around the world for a shared service coming to us from the annual Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly.

Piedmont UU Church Covenant of Right Relations
Love is the spirit of this church
and service its prayer. 
We covenant to honor all spiritual paths
with hospitality, 
To assume the best of one another
from our highest selves, 
To dwell together in peace through kindness, 
And to serve others with compassion,
Honoring one another as members of Beloved Community. 
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Quick Links
Piedmont UU Church website: www.puuc.org 
Piedmont UU Church blog: https://puuc.org/blog
 
Contact Us: 
Ali Allen, Administrative Assistant — ali@puuc.org 
Rev. Holly Brown, Ministerial Intern — holly@puuc.org
Rev. Mary Frances Comer, Lead Minister — maryfrances@puuc.org
Deb Davelka, Congregational Administrator — deb@puuc.org
Sean Glover, Religious Education Lead Teacher — sean@puuc.org
Kaarin Record Leach, Director of Music — kaarin@puuc.org