WEEKLY UPDATE | June 30-July 6, 2019
Summer Services June-August
Our Summer Worship Leader
Jaimie Dingus, M.Div.
Sunday Services | 10am
Jaimie Dingus, M.Div., Ministerial Intern of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, recently received her Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School. Jaimie is a life long Unitarian Universalist, and has been involved at the congregational and national level for years. She is a music leader at the Sanctuary Boston, served as a religious educator at Arlington Street Church, and most recently was the membership coordinator at First Parish in Wayland.

About Our Summer Services

 Our summer services are more casual than they are the rest of the year: our choir takes a break, our minister takes some vacation time, and our formal religious education program for children and youth goes on hiatus until the fall. Children of all ages are always welcome and we will have a comfortable playroom for parents who may need to take them out of the service if they get fidgety. Most of the summer services will take place in the air-conditioned Parish Hall.
 
What doesn’t change, no matter the season, is our need to be together, to connect with old friends and welcome new ones. We gather in the spirit of peace and reverence, taking a deep breath to prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the week to come. If you have questions about our church or about Unitarian Universalism, please don’t hesitate to ask someone on the staff or to e-mail our minister. You can learn a lot
about us on our website but we want to learn about you, too. It is good to be together.
This Sunday, June 30
Sanctuary Meeting at 11:30 am in the Fellowship Room
Our church has voted to approve the use of our space to protect a person in danger of deportation, and the ECCO Sanctuary Steering Committee has begun meeting to develop our relationship with the partner congregations that will provide our volunteers. What UUCGL needs now is a team of people that can meet regularly to discuss the UUCGL-specific questions that need to be addressed if we are to become a sanctuary church. If you would like to be part of this important work, please join us on Sunday, June 30th at 11:30am in the Fellowship Room. If you cannot join us then, future meetings will be announced in the Weekly Update. For questions, please email past president Scott Nowka at snowka@gmail.com .
Fiscal Year Ends This Sunday, June 30, 2019
The church’s fiscal year ends on June 30. If you still owe on this fiscal year’s pledge commitment, and you are not able to fulfill your pledge until July, please designate on the memo line that it is for fiscal year 2018-2019.
 
If you have outstanding check requests for reimbursement, please submit them to the office with appropriate receipts and committee/ministry team chair no later than this Sunday, June 30.
Children and Youth Programming
Children's RE Program Summer Break
The children's RE program is on Summer Break. This means that we have no formal program until after Labor Day, although keep an eye out for a couple of special Sundays when we'll have a children's program about ethical eating. Although there are no volunteer teachers and staff leading classes during the summer, the nursery will be open for use with some toys, books and activities. Parents/guardians are responsible for watching their children. If you have any questions, contact Mark LaPointe , DCLL.
News Worth Noting
Fun Time at North Shore Pride Parade in Salem
UUCGL had fun at the annual North Shore Pride Parade in Salem last Saturday! About 20 adults and kids marched in beautiful weather to Salem Common, where several church members staffed a booth.

We are already thinking ahead to next year. If you are interested in helping to plan for next year, talk to Jack Butterworth or Michael Celona. Happy Pride!
Local Immigration in the News
"She fled from Honduras to Salem, finding peace and safety — but the threat of deportation looms" . . . Tuesday's Boston Globe column by Kevin Cullen mentioned efforts by church member Mike Martel , the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), and others to help a Salem woman stay in the U.S. A big thanks to Mike and ECCO for their efforts!
Our Church Family
Susan Balleza Memorial Service - Saturday, June 29
Following a lengthy illness, church member, Susan G. Balleza, (Hillyer), 59, died March 20th at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem. A celebration of Susan’s life will be held at our church on Saturday, June 29 at 11am. All are welcome to the reception in the Parish Hall following the service. Besides her beloved husband, Christopher, Susan is survived by her children Luke, Alexander, Shelby and Jaclyn, her brother Clay Hillyer and his wife Diane of S. Windsor, CT., her grandchild Levi Balleza and 3 nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Bruce Hillyer. Susan’s obituary may be viewed here .
Our Well Wishes for Fran Marcin
Our friend Fran Marcin has been hospitalized for a long time and is asking for cards of encouragement and care. Fran has been transferred between facilities frequently, which makes direct mail difficult, so please send or bring your cards to the church office and we will deliver them to Fran.
Reminders
June 50/50 Sunday Offertory:
The Clara Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
The Clara Barton Camp was created in 1932 by Dr. Elliot P. Joslin and Universalist Women. It was a dream of Clara Barton to help children with diabetes. Today the camp now known as the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. is internationally recognized for its many programs serving children, families and young adults. It is an independent non-profit facility dedicated exclusively to educating young people and those who care for them. It also provides a place for children and families to turn for fun, support and inspiration.
 
The Barton Center Mission Statement: To improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower.
 
The Social Justice Ministry Team will match total donations received up to $500. The Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn thank you for your generosity. Please make checks payable to the Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: More E-Mail Scams!
Rev. Vicki would like to inform the congregation that she will NEVER, EVER use email to solicit "favors" such as gift cards from the parish. Her email address is victoria.weinstein@gmail.com and you should ignore emails from any other address. When in doubt, check in. So sorry about the inconvenience.
Courtyard/Sanctuary Window Repairs
Summertime, and the livin’ is – breezy. Some of the courtyard windows to the sanctuary were removed today as the beginning of a project to repair rotten wood surrounding the windows. The area is now boarded up for security, and we ask your indulgence during this process. For the next week or so, we request that no one, especially children, enter the courtyard. It is a construction zone and is housing our large windows under a tarp. Thank you, and soon we will be able to change our tune to I Can See Clearly Now.
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
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