WEEKLY UPDATE |Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2020
Sunday Worship
September 27 via Zoom | 10am
"Too Close, Too Far"
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Gather with the children for worship this Sunday at 10am. This service will include a Time For All Ages featuring Max the Beagle in a video story called "Getting Along." And for the first time since we closed, we will sing the children out with our traditional song.

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Our offertory donation link can be found on the church website here
Important Church Property Notice
Dear UUCGL community,
 
The town of Swampscott continues its process for choosing a location for a new elementary school. One of the selections that appears to be favored would be located on the Stanley Elementary School, which currently sits adjacent to our church property. The plan would be to build a two- or three-story building that would house up to 900 students. As part of that effort, they have created a Town survey of the proposed new elementary school options that are being discussed. If you are a Swampscott resident, we recommend that you complete the survey at https://www.bit.ly/choose4swamp as soon as possible. The placement of a new and much larger Stanley School at its current location will impact our church. The Swampscott Building Committee was given an extension from the MSBA (Massachusetts School Building Authority), so the deadline for people to take the survey is now October 13.
 
You can find more information about the school options at https://www.sites.google.com/swampscott.k12.ma.us/sbc/home. Please note that there have been at least three or more recorded School Building Committee meetings since June, but they have not been uploaded to the website as of 9/16.
 
Church lay leaders have been in conversation with the town and their consultants for the past several months. After reviewing and discussing an initial town proposal to utilize our property for significant vehicular traffic and parking, the Board voted unanimously to reject the proposal and indicate support for a solution that has no impact on church property.
 
As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates. If you have any questions, please contact Doreen Hodgkin, the chair of the Properties Committee at doreenhodgkin@gmail.com.
 
Thanks,
Eileen Cummings, Doreen Hodgkin, and Michael Celona
Blessing of the Animals Photo Request
Blessing of the Animals
is coming Sunday, October 4!

Please send Rev. Vicki photos of the beloved critters who have passed away in the past two years for our In Memoriam segment.
 
We will be offering a live blessing for animal companions in front of the church at 9am, following the same rubric that we did for the Drive-Up Water Communion. Our Zoom service will begin as usual at 10am. Details coming in the next Weekly Update!
 
Animals have been so important during this time of limited social interaction. It is important to celebrate the love and joy we share with them.
Programming at UUCGL
Learning and Transformation:
Book Group via Zoom
Wednesday Evenings
Beginning October 14

Mark your calendars! We will be gathering virtually on Wednesday evenings starting in mid-October to discuss Ibram X. Kendi's book, "How To Be An Anti-Racist." The first conversations will be on October 14 and 28th and continue through December 9. Time TBA. Rotating facilitators are Suzanne Forgione, Mary Ann Hayes, Anne Principe and Victoria Weinstein.
 
Please let the church know if you need help obtaining a copy of this important book. We also recommend Ijeoma Oluo's book, "So You Want To Talk About Race" as a companion read.
 
All are welcome to register for this program. Registration and Zoom details will follow in a future Weekly Update.
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.
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!
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
Did You Miss Church Last Week??
Did you miss church last week? You can still go! Here are the pre-recorded segments from last week, including hymns, Kaleb's solo, Rev. Vicki's sermon "Sabbath Freedom" and the reading:
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 October 4

The next Weekly Update deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 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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