WEEKLY UPDATE |November 22-28, 2020
Sunday, November 22 | 10:15am
Thanksgiving Worship Service
UUCGL and North Shore
UU Congregations on Zoom
UUCGL will join the Salem, Marblehead, Newburyport, Gloucester, Essex, and Beverly congregations this Sunday, November 22 via Zoom!

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Sharing Our Joys and Sorrows

Would you like to share your joys, sorrows, and prayer requests with the congregation?

Use this form to let us know!  ~Rev. Vicki
"Sharing Power"
Sermon Segment with Rev. Vicki

Did you miss last week's Sermon Segment or want to watch it again?

Rev. Vicki's sermon of November 15, "Sharing Power" can be viewed on our YouTube channel here. It addresses the pressure to be "tolerant" of immoral beliefs and behaviors.
Early Weekly Update Schedule
Next issue:
Week of November 29
Deadline Monday, November 23

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the next Weekly Update deadline will be earlier! The deadline is Monday, November 23 so that the issue can be posted Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. Thank you for thinking ahead! Please send your notices to Angie Kern (akern@uucgl.org).
UUCGL Community Connections
Justice is what love looks like in public.
~Cornel West

Social Justice Ministry Team News:
Can you Help My Brother’s Table
Holiday Gift Card Collection?

“I am a single cell in a body of four billion cells. The body is humankind. I glory in the miracle of self, but my individuality does not separate me from the oneness of humanity.” ~Excerpt from Litany for Moderns by Norman Cousins

The oneness of humanity - and many are suffering right now. The pandemic has caused food and financial insecurity for too many individuals and families.
 
My Brother’s Table has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of meals it is handing out (from 16,000 per month to 90,000 per month - WOW). And they need as much support as ever. This year, because of the pandemic, we are unable to provide the party we used to, and they are not able to provide gifts of sweaters or jackets, so they are improvising by handing out $20.00 gift cards to their patrons at Thanksgiving and Christmas. These gift cards can be to any local store in the Lynn area – Market Basket, a dollar store, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, or any store in the area.
 
Many of our Congregation were active in supporting MBT, especially Emmanuela Minnefield, who was so instrumental in organizing volunteers throughout the year. Instead of the Christmas Party this year, if you are able, consider picking up as many gift cards as your budget will allow. These can be delivered directly to MBT at 98 Willow Street or you can contact me and I will be happy to deliver them for you.
 
As Norman Cousins continues to say in his Litany: “I am a single cell. My needs are individual but they are not unique. I am interlocked with other human beings in the consequences of our actions, thoughts and feelings.”
 
We can all help our fellow beings who are struggling. Emmanuela would be happy to know her work continues.
 
Thank you! ~Mary Ann Hayes (781-504-3422)
Thanksgiving Dinners
Offered on the North Shore

Our friends at North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP) have shared a two-page list of places offering free Thanksgiving Day Dinners. The list here is offered in English and Spanish.
Programming at UUCGL
The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team Says: Go Take a Hike!

The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team invites you and your family to go take a hike and share photos of your adventure with the congregation. Send photos to tbandrowicz@gmail.com and they'll be posted in the Weekly Update.

“Forest Bathing” – or Shinrin-yoku in Japanese - is the new trend in reducing stress ... READ MORE
How to Be An Anti-Racist
Book Conversation via Zoom
Wednesday, November 25 - 7-8:15pm

"There is no neutrality in the racism struggle."
~Ibram X. Kendi 

The discussion group of Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How To Be An Anti-Racist," continues on November 25, and it is not too late to join in if you are reading this timely and enlightening book!
 
Click here to register with Anne Principe, co-facilitator of this group. Those registered will be sent a new Zoom link, as well as a recap of the previous meeting and themed reflections points for the upcoming focus chapters.
 
Please let the church know if you need help obtaining a copy of this important book.
Unitarian Universalist Women
of Greater Lynn Membership Renewal
and New Member Invitation

We'd love to have you join us!

Much of what the UUW has done in prior years will have to change this year due to the pandemic, BUT your input is important to us, we'd love to hear from you! Your ideas for programs, fundraisers and fellowship are always welcome! Please join us at our next virtual meeting in early 2021. Details will be sent in advance.
 
Please begin or renew your UUW membership by sending $25 payable to UUWGL- c/o Joanne Brine, 4 Lake View Place, Lynn, MA 01904. Dues (along with investment and fundraising income) are used primarily for philanthropic purposes. This calendar year we donated a total of $5,000 to 18 charitable organizations and a total of $4,500 for several college scholarships.
Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice Group
with Anne Principe via Zoom
Mornings 7:30-7:50am
While we are apart, we can breathe together . . .

All are welcome to be a part of a small group ministry to practice mindfulness meditation. Now more than ever, our connections with each other are vital to our sense of calm and hope.
 
Each morning’s meditation will offer
  • introduction of core concept
  • silent meditation of 10-15 minutes seated comfortably in your own space
 
Click here for sign up, more information, and to find out what you’ll need in preparation for the practice.
Zoom Helpful Hints
Enjoy each other's company in one or all of our Zoom gatherings! We hope that this will be easy for you to do and offer some simple instructions here:

For helpful hints, click here.
How to Support Your Church
Pledge Payments

There are three easy options of paying:

1.   Send 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, please go to our website (uucgl.org) 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

Staff continue to work from home and can be reached at the email addresses listed below. The church has a number of ways to help you. 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!
 
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein

Eileen Cummings, UUCGL President
 
Elizabeth Muller, Business Administrator
 
Angie Kern, Administrative Assistant
 
Kenneth Griffith, Director of Music
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 at chansen@uucgl.org.
Pastoral Care Ministry Team
During this pandemic 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? Call our Pastoral Care Ministry Team, we would love to help you, 781-595-8836 ext 16.
 
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
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
Recurring Gatherings
Visit Us
Sunday Zoom Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11am

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