WEEKLY UPDATE |September 20-26, 2020
Sunday Worship
September 20, 2020 via Zoom | 10am
"Sabbath Freedom"
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
The congregation has spoken and really loved being together on Sunday morning, so we will join again to see each other's faces, hear each other's voices, share our Joys and Sorrows, sing hymns, and celebrate community. We will go right from the service into Coffee Hour (and it's fine to join the Zoom call late - our service will last about 45 minutes).
 
Sabbath isn't just a day when we refrain from work, it is "a palace in time" that invites us to attend to the deep yearning of our souls for rest, peace and a connection to creation. We will consider creative ways to spend a sabbath.
 
Victoria Weinstein is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Sunday Worship Service at 10am on Sunday, September 20.
 
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Our offertory donation link can be found on the church website here
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:
 
1.   If you already have the Zoom software, just click on the link provided for each gathering. In most cases, it will take you directly to the gathering.
2.   If you do not have Zoom installed, click on the link and you will be prompted to download and run it, a very fast process, you should then be taken to the gathering. (To save time, you can download and install it before the gathering by going to https://zoom.us/download. How the software is installed is dependent on the device or browser you are using.)
3.   If it is asking for the meeting ID number and password, enter those specific numbers and you will be taken to the meeting.
 
If you are hosting a Zoom gathering, it is helpful to have an assistant who can monitor the waiting room or handle any technical needs, while you, the host, can attend to the gathering.
 
Hosts and attendees: when the gathering is over, follow the prompts, click leave meeting and be sure to close out of Zoom, if you don't, people can still see or hear you! Be careful when you Zoom!
Social Justice Ministry Team
Social Justice Ministry Team
Zoom Meeting - All invited
Monday, September 21 - 7pm

There are just 46 days to go until Election Day. Does the nightly news leave you feeling helpless and wishing you could do something? The Social Justice Ministry Team is meeting on Zoom Monday at 7, and we'll be talking about things that local individuals and the UUA are doing. Our team is working with an area minority business to create a church Black Lives Matter banner to replace the sign we had up briefly. We are at work on anti-racist programs too, and of course there is also our on-going support for My Brother's Table. We're not in this alone. Our team is here to prove that.
 
Please join us. Jack Butterworth (jackbutterworth@yahoo.com) and Martha Curry (macfinian@comcast.net) can supply you with a link to the meeting and our agenda, and back-up information.
UUCGL Reopening Task Force
Think ahead!
Event Request Forms Required

Reminder: the church building remains closed. Please do not enter the church building!

An event request form is available outlining steps that groups will need to take to meet on church property. You can download the form at https://tinyurl.com/UUCGL-Event-Request.

The task force is now meeting weekly on Thursdays to review request forms. Request forms should be submitted no later than the Monday prior to a meeting for consideration.

Please note that for the time being, all events must meet the following criteria: hosted by a UUCGL group (ministry team, board committee, etc.); outdoors without any access to the church building or equipment; no more than 25 pre-registered attendees at any one time; any children in attendance must remain with members of their immediate household, no childcare will be provided.

If you have any questions please contact task force member Mary Gatlin, mary.c.gatlin@gmail.com.

Reopening Task Force members are Eileen Cummings, Doreen Hodgkin, Stephanie Goodman, Mary Gatlin, Elizabeth Muller and Rev. Vicki.
Stay Connected with Your UUCGL Family
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 5-10 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.
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

We hope you are managing this evolving pandemic in the best way possible. 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
 
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 ext 16.
 
Claire Wilson, Pastoral Care Coordinator
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. Click here for the link on our website that takes you to recent sermons.
Weekly Update Schedule
Next issue:
Week of September 27

The next Weekly Update deadline is Wednesday, September 23, 9am; Zoom Connections gatherings will be included. Please send your notices to Angie Kern (akern@uucgl.org).
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
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Sunday Zoom Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry: 10am
Fellowship Hour: 11am

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