WEEKLY UPDATE | March 29-April 4, 2020
A Message from the Board of Trustees
Hi everyone,
 
We hope you are managing this evolving crisis in the best way possible. We wanted to update you on a few church items:
 
· The church building is closed. Staff are working from home and can be
reached at the email addresses listed below. Please do not go to the church
building.
 
· Rev. Vicki is on a leave of absence due to the passing of her mother. We ask that you do not contact her at this time; she will be returning early from her sabbatical due to the current pandemic.
 
· Staff and others are working on developing Sunday morning services and other online programming. Stay tuned for information on how to view them.
 
· The church has a number of ways to help you. Please see the more detailed information in this weekly update.
 
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!
 
Michael Celona, Eileen Cummings, Rebecca Greene,
Jeff Gunther, Suzanne Forgione, Sarah Cecil, Ruth Griffin,
Mark Vander Linden, Scott Nowka
 

Contact Information:
 
Michael Celona, UUCGL President
978 835 7724
 
Elizabeth Muller, Business Administrator
 
Angie Kern, Administrative Assistant
 
Mark LaPointe, Director of Community Life & Learning
 
Kenneth Griffith, Director of Music
 
Chris Hansen, Grants Coordinator
 
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Our Church Family
We sadly report the passing of Rev. Vicki's mother, Shirley, in South Carolina this Wednesday. Because of coronavirus restrictions, Rev. Vicki was not able to be with her family at this time, which makes it all the more difficult. We hold her and her family in our prayers and hearts. Rev. Vicki is on a family leave of absence at this time.
Sunday Worship Online
Worship Service - Sunday, March 29, 2020
"Together Like Never Before" on Facebook/YouTube
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Even as we are physically separated at this moment in time, we remain connected spiritually and emotionally. We are a community no matter the location in which we gather, even in a virtual space. Sunday's online worship will follow this theme in music, story and sermon. Come and feel that connection, let us come together even in isolation. -Mark LaPointe

You can sign into the church Facebook page  here, where the YouTube video will be posted. You can also use this link to create a Facebook account.

March 29, 2020 O nline Worship Team:
Mark LaPointe, Director of Community Life & Learning
Kenneth Griffith II, Director of Music
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
Ruth Griffin, Board of Trustees
David Collins, Keyboard
Steve Deveau, Media Production

You can click here for a copy of the March 29 Online Order of Service.
UUCGL Resources
Reminder from your 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
 
Thank you,
The Grants Committee
Pastoral Care Ministry Team
The good news is that, presently, no one in our congregation, of the calls our Pastoral Team has been making, is symptomatic of the coronavirus. We count our blessings. 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 (since September)? Call 781-595-8836 x 16.
 
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
UUCGL Community
It’s Pledge Season
The building may be temporarily closed, but pledge season is always open. Thank you to those who have already returned their pledge cards.
 
On March 8, Michael Celona gave a moving, inspiring—and humorous—sermon, “I Pledge Gratitude,” and asks, “What makes church great for you?” We encourage anyone who was not able to attend to listen to it by clicking here . And if you were here, it is even better the second time.

It is important that the church has your completed pledge card as soon as possible because we are working on next fiscal year’s budget. You may mail it in or pledge by e-mailing mypledge@uucgl.org

Your pledge counts! Thank you.
Sermons Online
We are exploring many ways to enrich our lives as a spiritual community during this physical-distancing time. One such way is to be able to listen to past sermons and we now have added many recent ones given during Rev. Vicki’s sabbatical period. Click here for the link on our website that takes you to both our YouTube channel for recent sermons, and Rev. Vicki’s sermons.
Urgent News from My Brother's Table
My Brother’s Table has had to postpone a major annual fundraiser, the Founders’ Celebration, that was slated for March, but now will be held on October 14. This puts them in a very difficult situation, as they rely on the money raised by that event to help close out their fiscal year. As eager as they are to balance their books, the more important goal is to keep the community healthy.
 
The loss of income, coupled with the increased expenses of changing operations in response to the pandemic, has put an incredible strain on their finances. They are reaching out to their supporters to ask for help during this challenging time. If you are able, please consider making a donation via their website here , or by mail: 98 Willow Street, Lynn MA 01901.
 
As their guests rely on them for their meals, they rely on us, their supporters, to help continue to feed the community safely and with as much compassion as possible. They are grateful for any help we can give. Thank you.
Reminders
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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Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11:15am

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