WEEKLY UPDATE |May 15-21, 2022
May 15, 2022 | 10:00am

"Lydia Breed: Artist and Church Member"
Church History Ministry Team
Lynn Museum Director, Doneeca Thurston
Boston Printmakers Association President,
Renee Covelucci
Worship with us at 10:00am
in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live!

We know Lydia Breed as the creator of the sculpture in our sanctuary and the religious symbols in our foyer. But Lydia did much more than that, as a book illustrator and a printmaker. Some of her most powerful prints are on display this year at the Lynn Museum. Our guest speakers will have a PowerPoint display of her prints. And the Church History Ministry Team will have a table where church members may show their pieces of Lydia’s artwork!

We will be together at church and on Facebook Live [https://www.facebook.com/UUCGL]. For the morning offertory you may donate online: uucgl.org/donate.

More information about Lydia Breed, the "Lydia N. Breed: Art of a Community Legacy" Lynn Museum exhibit, and the Church History Ministry team can be found in this issue of the Weekly Update.
Special Collection for Ukraine
 
UUCGL’s special collection during our Sunday services, to support the Ukranian relief efforts, will continue this week. All donations will be matched up to $2000 through the Grants Committee Social Justice funds. Money will be sent to the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders. There are several ways to give: our plate cash, and checks designated for Ukraine, will continue to go to DWB. You can mail a check to the church made out to UUCGL with "Ukraine" in the memo. And you can also donate online at uucgl.org/donate and specify "Ukraine" on the form. Thank you so much for your generous gifts so far.
How to Contact the Minister
When and How to Contact the Minister

This is just a periodic reminder that your minister is available to you and loves hearing from you. Some people are comfortable getting in touch, some people are in regular touch because of their involvement in church, and others are unsure of when they should call the minister. Here are some suggestions:
 
A good time to call your minister is when… READ MORE
Faith Development
May Faith Development

Last Sunday children and youth put together what we hope were much appreciated Mother’s Day gifts. We hope all our mothers felt much loved and appreciated.
 
This Sunday children and youth will begin outside in our Gathering Place. We will learn about and then put together three bat houses and one owl house, including painting them, and so please dress for painting outdoors!

Abundant Blessings,
 
Rev. Chris Scheller
Director of Community Life and Learning

Children/Youth Registration or to Volunteer : If you haven’t done so yet, please register your children and youth online through this link and sign up to volunteer to help out once or twice here. I hope you can join us.
David Tumulty Scholarship
Applications Due May 23
 
Applications are now being accepted. This scholarship, established in memory of David Tumulty by his parents John and Carol Tumulty, is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who best demonstrates a humanitarian spirit. First preference is given to youth of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, but selection is not limited to young persons connected to the church. Any student wishing to be considered for this scholarship should submit a brief letter to the church office, Attn: Christina Hansen, Grants Committee. Please submit applications as soon as possible, May 23 is this year's deadline.
UUCGL History
UUCGL Church History Ministry Team

The Church History Team's mission is to preserve, organize, and make available pertinent materials relating to our church. Materials include church relics and documents, such as minister's sermons, annual reports, minutes of the church board, ministry teams and church committees and other church records. The Team meets on the first Sunday of each month. Anyone interested in preserving and organizing important church records is welcome to the meetings.
Lydia Breed Retrospective Exhibit
Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts
Continues through September 17

"Lydia N. Breed: Art of a Community Legacy," a retrospective exhibit of longtime church member Lydia's fine art prints, opened at the Lynn Museum in April. According to the Lynn Museum, the exhibit features "the entire archive of Breed's prints recently acquired by Lynn Museum/Lynn Arts." Also featured will be "testimonials from congregation members." The exhibit continues through September.

Learn more about Lydia Breed and the exhibit here.
UUCGL Reopening Update
Reopening Task Force Recent Update

The Reopening Task Force met recently and discussed the recent rise in Covid cases, including cases within our congregation. We urge everyone to continue to exercise caution, even as we begin resuming some of our "normal" activities. A few reminders as we move forward here at UUCGL:

  • Masks are not required but are appreciated.
  • If you have been exposed to someone who tests positive, please wear a well-fitting mask at church for ten full days after exposure.
  • If you test positive and have no symptoms, please stay home for five days and wear a well-fitting mask for ten days.
  • If you test positive and have symptoms, please stay home for at least five full days after your symptoms improve and continue to wear a well-fitting mask for ten full days after the positive test.

UUCGL Programming
Spring Bird Walk This Saturday

May 14 | 9:00am
Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Our annual Spring Bird Walk will be on Saturday, May 14 at the Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary on Risley Road in Marblehead. Meet at the Sanctuary entrance at 9:00am. Registration required here.
 
John Benson will wait at our UUCGL church parking lot from 8:30-8:45am to provide information for those who are not familiar with the Marblehead Neck location. Otherwise, we will all meet at the Marblehead Sanctuary at 9:00am. The Sanctuary's designated parking area is rather tight (room for maybe eight cars), some participants may have to park along the side of the road.
 
Children accompanied by parents/guardians are most welcome. No pets, and no bikes or cycles.
 
Due to Covid, the event will be limited to 25 people. Social distancing and masks will be mandatory. Please do not carpool unless you live in the same household.
Ways to Help Our Community
Meal Bags for My Brother's Table

May 24 - 6:30pm-8:30pm
UUCGL Parish Hall

Join us on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Parish Hall as we make lunch and dinner bags for My Brother's Table. The bags are given out to the guests to supplement their main meal. We are making 75 lunch bags and 175 dinner bags. Earlier this month, it took about 10 of us a little over an hour to make 225 total bags. If you are interested in helping out, please email Michael at michaelcelona@yahoo.com.
Food Insecurity in Our Local Communities

How can you help?

Please visit the Social Justice Ministry Team's page here to read about how to contribute food to our partners St. Stephen's Food Pantry and My Brother's Table. Sending a check (or donating online) is very helpful, as is volunteering to unload the truck from the Greater Boston Food Bank at St. Stephen's and helping guests get their bags filled. There are also community refrigerators in Lynn that you can fill with fresh produce and Anchor Food Pantry in Swampscott that also makes it very easy to volunteer.
Green Sanctuary Ministry Team -
Our Environment and Opportunities
to Take Action

Would you like to do more for our environment? Would you like to find ways that you can help? The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team offers a list of organizations that support the environment and offer opportunities to take action, click here for their resource list. For more information about current and past activities of the UUCGL Green Sanctuary Ministry Team, click here.
UUCGL Pledge Campaign
UUCGL Pledge Campaign Continues

We are excited that UUCGL has begun the process of reopening so that we can once again connect and engage with our vibrant religious community. On March 20th we had a very successful and meaningful Pledge Ingathering Service, and a fun Fellowship Hour.
 
If you were unable to make it to Pledge Sunday, there is still time for you to make a pledge to support UUCGL’s wide range of programs and services. There are many ways you can pledge – mail in your pledge card; via email (mypledge@uucgl.org); or on our website (uucgl.org/pledge). 
With gratitude for your commitment and generosity,

The UUCGL Pledge Team,
Bruce Campbell, Sarah Cecil, Cliff Charney, Chris Hansen
UUCGL Financial Matters
UUCGL Pledge Payments

There are three easy options of paying:
  1. Send or deliver 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, click here for our website 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

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or if we can help. Click below to email one of us. Stay well, stay connected!

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
Weekly Update Schedule
The next issue: May 22, 2022
Deadline: Wednesday, May 18, 10am

Please send your notices to Angie Kern (akern@uucgl.org).
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