WEEKLY UPDATE | October 6-12, 2019
THIS SUNDAY, October 6
Grounded and Guided
What practices and ideas ground us in our values, help us to hold to what is good, and guide us to spend our time and energy in ways that dignify and celebrate the gift of life?
Worship Service October 6
Blessing of the Animals | 10am
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Parish Minister
Kittens and bunnies and pugs, oh my!
 
Come all creatures small and large and in between. This Sunday is Blessing of the Animals when we recognize the animals that make our lives richer in so many ways.
 
You're invited to bring in your furry, feathered, scaly, animal companions for a special blessing by Reverend Vicki and the congregation.
Sundays at UUCGL
Ushers and Hospitality Orientation This Sunday
11:30am - 12:15pm in the sanctuary
All Invited
Thank you so much to all of you who have come to the Sabbatical Chats over the past several weeks. A Sabbatical Guide will be ready for everyone next weekend and will contain lots of helpful information and contact information.

All are welcome to an Ushers and Hospitality Orientation with Rev. Vicki this Sunday. Even if you have been on the usher team for a long time, it will be good to review ushers duties and details. No one should ever usher alone: there is too much to keep an eye on and do during the service for one person. So please sign on to be on the rotation and "take the (offering) plate" once a month or so.
Children and Youth 2019-2020 Faith Development
Reminder: All Children/Youth must register for the program each fall. You can download and complete a registration form here . If you have questions, please contact Mark LaPointe, Director of Community Life and Learning.

The childcare room is open and offers a safe, play oriented environment for children 4 and under. The church will do its best to schedule childcare workers each Sunday. If no one is able to staff the room on a given Sunday, parents are welcome to supervise their children in the room during worship. If you know someone who might enjoy a paid position watching young children during church, please have them contact the Director of Community Life and Learning at mlapointe@uucgl.org .
 
Mark E. LaPointe
Director of Community Life and Learning
Youth Group (Grades 9-12) - This Sunday 5:30-7:30pm
 All high school aged youth are invited to join our Youth Group at UUCGL. The group will meet on Sunday evenings and will focus on building community, connecting to the broader world through social justice, and embodied spiritual practice.

Youth Group Pizza and Planning Meeting this Sunday 5:30-7:30pm
We will get the pizza, but just ask if each youth could bring $5. We are going to participate, as a team, in My Brother's Table Walk on Sunday October 27. To find out how to donate click here . We will spend this week doing some planning for this event. Join us for more details!

Youth Group October Schedule:
Sunday 10/6 - Pizza and Planning 5:30-7:30
Sunday 10/13 - Off
Sunday 10/20 - Haunted Happenings-Meet at Swampscott train station at 12:30. We will take the 3:24 train back to Swampscott.
Sunday 10/27 - My Brother's Table Walk

If you have questions, contact Youth Group Director, Kate Henneberry, at ksberries1@hotmail.com .
Swampscott Interfaith Food Pantry
We still need 15 bags filled!
Of the 35 bags we deliver, we have about 15 that still need to be filled. Please stop by our table in the Parish Hall and pick up a bag to fill. The UUW and the recipients thank you!
A shopping list is provided with each bag and we ask that you return the bags on October 6th or October 13th . Our stage is full right now, so please place your bags in the room to the left after you enter the church front door.

We will deliver the bags to the recipients on October 17. Thanks in advance for your support!
Food is First Campaign
A new church year brings new challenges and goals. Please join the Social Justice Ministry Team’s “Food is First” Campaign. The goal of “Food is First” is to increase our monthly donations to the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry by having all church attendees bring a food item to church on the first Sunday of the month. Nutritious food is essential to combat food insecurity, or, more simply put, hunger.
 
This Sunday, October 6, is the first Sunday of the month. Remember to bring a non-perishable food item (tuna fish, cans of soup or stew, etc.) to church to place in the bin directly to the right as you enter the church. Please check the expiration date as the pantry cannot accept food past its expiration date due to health regulations.
 
PS: Food will be accepted all Sundays in case you forget or miss the first Sunday! And remember “Food is First”!
Our Church Family
We send our condolences to Harry, Peter and Tim Gonsalves, the family of Elaine Gonsalves , who died last week after suffering a heart attack. The Gonsalves family, long-time active church members, moved to Florida years ago. Condolences can be sent to The Gonsalves Family, 4209 Bismarck Palm Drive Tampa Florida 33610.
 
Tim posted the following on facebook last week.
Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my mother, Elaine Gonsalves. Her passing was sudden and unexpected. It has comforted the family that she did not suffer and her family was able to say goodbye and be by her side as she passed on. My mother was an amazing woman with a genuinely kind heart. Her joy in life was her family and she will be deeply missed. Mom we love you so much and your spirit will live on in all of our hearts.
This Week at UUCGL
Wisdom Circle
Second Thursday of each month
12:00-1:30pm in the Fellowship Room

Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch to our October 10 gathering.

This month: Rev. Vicki will lead us in a conversation about aging and end-of-life issues and provide resources for end-of-life planning. It's never too early to think about these things.

Wisdom Circle is a supportive and informative program both of faith development and pastoral ministry. Please join us.
Reminders
September 50/50 Sunday Offertory to Benefit
UUSC Hurricane Dorian Crisis Response
 The Denominational Connections Ministry Team has requested that we continue our collection for Hurricane Dorian relief. Please make a generous contribution to help UUSC deliver critically needed support to those in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Their unique approach to crisis response includes working with local groups to provide relief long after the media's attention has moved on.

Please make checks payable to UUSC with Hurricane Dorian Crisis Response on the memo line. Thank you for your generosity.
Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate Bars
Prices Reduced on Select Items
Throughout October, selected Fair Trade coffee and chocolate bars, identified by a red label, are on sale at deeply discounted prices. Selected coffee items, regularly priced at $7 and $7.75, are on sale for $5. The sale price for chocolate bars is $2, down from $2.75. Items on sale are past the “best by” date but are fully useable, fresh, and flavorful.
 
The after church sales area is operated by the Denominational Connections Ministry Team. The products are obtained from Equal Exchange, a worker cooperative based in Massachusetts that distributes tea, coffee, chocolate and other items grown on small family farms that follow ecologically responsible practices. Proceeds from sales help fund the activities of the Ministry Team.

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 Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11:15am

(781) 595-8836
Like us on Facebook, or view sermons on YouTube!