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November 2020 Newsletter
PLEASE VOTE! Election Day and Day After Announcements
You may have heard about some of the intimidating behavior taking place at polling locations during early voting, but did you know there are also UU clergy around the country serving as poll protectors today? And not just clergy—so in the midst of hearing some of the negativity, may you also be encouraged by those who seek to make sure that voters have a seamless experience today. And remember, some local and state elections have been decided by fewer than a dozen votes; so, please get out there if you haven't yet!

Here's a portion of my November "Dear Folks" letter to you:
Wednesday at 6 p.m., we’ll gather for a post-election check-in and time of grounding just to be TOGETHER. Your courage and resolve are forces to be reckoned with. OUR collective courage and resolve will sustain us through every victory and every loss we encounter throughout our lives...

You are loved. You are not alone. And remember, self-care is as much a part of spiritual practice as caring for others. Therefore, even as you seek to stay informed up to the minute on current events, take moments as well to completely unplug from all the things that busy your mind and go to whatever calms your spirit-- whether it be a book or birdwatching, nature, Netflix or a sacred text.
A Word from the Minister
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Mary Frances Comer
Dear Folks,
Our theme for the month of November is Spirituality. Take a moment to ponder your definition of spirituality. Does your concept of spirituality involve a spiritual practice?

In a sermon called “Moment of Truth,” the Rev. Sara Campbell writes that spirituality “has to do with both absence and presence. Spirituality is the miracle of birth and the mystery of death; it is the solace of solitude and the despair of loneliness. It is stirred in us by the beauty of ocean swells a few miles away and the ugliness of an unjust war in a distant land. That holy presence speaks to us in the blended instruments of a symphony and in the haunting cry of a hungry child. It is giving and receiving and giving. Spirituality is the flower and the compost heap…”

Spirituality is there for us as...

Where's Waldo Auction!
November 5th-14th
Click/tap here to see the catalog; bidding begins tomorrow!

Bidding Details
You can make bids as many times as you wish until 8:00 pm on Nov. 14th. Check back often! Don’t wait until Saturday to bid—you won’t have much time!  Remember, this is our largest fundraiser of the year for our PUUC community.

Drop Off and Pick Up Details
Drop off donated items on Saturday, Nov. 14th at the University Gathering from 10-1.  Masks required and there will be a no contact transfer with Doug and Pat inside the building. On Nov. 15th, there will be a central pick up of the items (at the church) which you have won between 12-2.

Zoom Finale
Join us for the Zoom finale on Nov. 14th from 7:15-8:15 p.m.
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November's Touchstones Journal: Spirituality
Click on the image above to read the full journal.
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From Your Music Director
Kaarin Record Leach
From Your Music Director
Last month I shared with you part one of the process for putting together choral music for our Sunday services. This month is part two in a 3-part series and I'm focusing on the process the singers use to create their beautiful virtual choir recordings. Enjoy!
Musician Spotlight: Alan Davis
Nov. Musician Spotlight
Folk musician extraordinaire Alan Davis is the focus of our Musician Spotlight this month. This kindhearted and gifted musician has been an asset to Piedmont UU since the day he arrived – his music blesses us with live music at both the University and Salisbury locations. In addition, his humbleness is just as endearing as his musical gifts. 

I can't remember a time I wasn't banging on a toy xylophone, blowing into a harmonica, squeezing an accordion, or picking a guitar.
I've had lessons from a number of wonderful musicians, all generous souls. In high school, music was a way of meeting and being accepted by others. There was a folk song circle I attended while a senior in high school where we sat in a circle and sang and played folk songs. Later in college, I played guitar for some folk masses, and this introduced me to playing music in a church. When college was over and I was working, I put aside instruments until...

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First SATURDAY Food Drives in Salisbury

Same place, same time, with a new drop off day. For the Salisbury Gathering, please bring your donations to the temple between 10 a.m. and 12 noon on SATURDAY, November 7th. There will be someone in the parking lot to accept your donations.

For the University Gathering area, please drop off food directly at your favorite pantry.

Thank you for your generosity.
Upcoming Newcomer Orientations

If you're a newcomer to Unitarian Universalism or to Piedmont UU Church and would like to learn more about either, or if you're interested in becoming a member, we welcome your participation in this event led by Rev. Mary Frances and Membership Team members. RSVP to the membership team at membership@puuc.org for the meeting details and Zoom link.

  • November 14th at 10:30 a.m.
  • December 12th at 10:30 a.m.

Other times available by request. membership@puuc.org
Social Justice Issues in which YOU want to be involved in 2021
Unitarian Universalists strive to reduce harm to the world and its inhabitants by intentionally learning and partnering with groups who serve those most impacted by injustice. The Social Action Team at Piedmont UU strives to gain 100% membership involvement. To meet this goal, we request your input around the Social Justice Issues you feel most passionate to learn more, provide service and/or resources, and/or actively become an advocate. Please share your input via our online form.
Fellowship Options
Ethical Explorations
Meeting (online) Sunday mornings, 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). The group is currently discussing Every Time I Learn the Meaning of Life, They Change It by Daniel Klein.

Sunday Morning Interactive Service, 11:00 a.m. (Zoom Room opens at 10:45)
Please note there is no interactive service on October 4th.

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:

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.

Thankful Thursdays
Thankful Thursdays with Rev. Mary Frances at 12:15 p.m.
Bring your lunch to the computer screen as we dine together and chat. We will begin with a check-in and sharing of something we are grateful for as we seek to focus our gaze on what is right in the world and what we're thankful for in our own daily lives.

Financial Updates

Piedmont UU Church Financial Health: September 2020

Monthly Income   $22,484
Monthly Expense   ($21,050)
Monthly Mortgage Principal Payment ($1,706)
Monthly Cash Flow ($272)

Year to Date Income   $157,789
Year to Date Expense  ($177,030)
Year to Date Mortgage Principal Payments ($15,211)
Year to Date Cash Flow  ($34,452)

Part of the income deficit you see is Covid-19 related (for example, significant loss of rental income or families whose income has been affected.) If you are able, please consider helping us bridge the gap during this time of pandemic.To contribute to the financial health of our congregation, click here to make a donation now. Again, thank you for your commitment of Beloved Community.

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This Month's Shared Offering Plate
For the month of November, our Shared Plate partner will be CVAN (Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network) provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children in Cabarrus County, NC. Since 1982 - building a world where every home is a safe home.
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 October Services
Sunday Schedule:

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

“Legacy Sunday — An Annual Service of Remembrance”
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Join us today for a Service of Remembrance as we recognize All Souls, remembering those we love and have lost this year--including the over one million individuals lost to the pandemic. On this day when we contemplate our collective pasts and futures, we will also hear from Harry Lancaster (Endowment Committee) and Legacy Circle Members Karl Hesse and Sam Treadaway.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Side With Love: Centering, Singing, and Story ~ A Unitarian Universalist Post-Election Service

Following this week's election, our service will include portions led by Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray and Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout. We will be blessed by beautiful music like "Circle Round for Freedom," "Guide My Feet," "What Wondrous Love," and "Stand by Me." Dr. Rideout of First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor will lead his Chalice Singers in the "Alleluia Chant," and we will hear from our denomination's UUA president, Susan Frederick-Gray.
Sunday, November 15, 2020

“We Are Spiritual Beings”
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said: “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Today we explore how spirituality shapes us as individual "beings" and as a community.
Sunday, November 22, 2020

“TDOR (Transgender Day of Remembrance)”
Holly Brown, Ministerial Intern
Every year people gather, remember, and mourn for the lives of Trans people who have been killed. The numbers reported are often far below the reality. This year in our viritual service we honor the lives and mourn the Trans people lost in 2020. We envision a more loving and just world where Transgender Day of Rememberance is no longer needed as an annual event.
Sunday, November 29, 2020

“People of a Good Heart”
Rev. Mary Frances Comer
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. 
Family First: Envisioning Your Dreams Collage
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Saturday, November 7 | 12-1PM
For Ages 5+ | Cost: Free | Virtual Program

Have you ever wanted your dreams to become a reality, or create a visual narrative that represents who you really are? In this workshop, participants will source images from magazines to illustrate a variety of personal goals they want to see come true. This workshop will go beyond classic vision board activities by introducing tools to support the act of collaging. It's more than just paper and glue. It's your personal visual narrative come to life!
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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 
Holly Brown, Ministerial Intern — holly@puuc.org
Rev. Mary Frances Comer, Lead Minister — maryfrances@puuc.org
Deb Davelka, Congregational Administrator — deb@puuc.org
Emma Gardiner-Parks, Religious Education teacher — emma@puuc.org
Sean Glover, Religious Education Lead Teacher — sean@puuc.org
Kaarin Record Leach, Director of Music — kaarin@puuc.org