The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, January 31
Cool Loneliness: Finding Meaning in Solitude
Rev. Kristina Church
Gathering Music 10:25am - Service 10:30am

Some people choose solitude; some of us have it thrust upon us through life changes that inevitably come with being human. Is there a difference between loneliness and solitude? How can we as a community support each other through all the seasons of our lives?

Click here to join our January 31 worship service
or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863
Passcode: 230809
Click here to find the January 31 Order of Service

Gathering music starts at 10:25am. You are invited to log in early to greet one another.
We are holding gatherings and Sunday services online. Check our website and Facebook page to find information and updates.
Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 30, 4:00pm, Fireside Chat ~ An online gathering to check in, hear your thoughts, and share our ideas for this year and beyond. Contact Rina ( Details below.

  • Saturday, February 6 (NEW DATE), 7:00pm, Game Night ~ Contact Betsy Kates ( Details below.

Upcoming Worship

  • Sunday, February 7, 10:30am - Weaving Our Future ~ Gross/Guernsey Program Group

  • Sunday, February 14, 10:30am - 365 Days of Love~ Rev. Kristina Church
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Fireside Chat - THIS SATURDAY

FUSW Fireside Chat, Saturday, January 30, 4:00pm
The FUSW Board invites you to a virtual Fireside Chat where we can share thoughts on our pandemic-era services and activities, plus ideas for the remainder of the year and beyond. The Board will also offer a few brief updates. We will share an agenda shortly. Click here to log in to the Fireside Chat, or call 646 558 8656 (audio only), Meeting ID: 961 1638 3341, Passcode: 422908.
2020 Review

The Board of Trustees has compiled a review of our congregation's activities and, in the midst of this challenging time, FUSW has remained vibrant. We invite you to read the 2020 Highlights report here before our Fireside Chat this Saturday.
From the Minister

Greetings FUSW folx!

How are the first few weeks of the new year treating you? I hope that you, like me, feel a sense of relief: the new year and a new administration bring a chance to breathe, to relax our jaws and shoulders, to take a respite from the stress and strain of 2020.

And yet, as the inaugural bliss subsides and the realities of our situation sink in, we might also be experiencing some feelings of letdown. As we wait for the sled dogs to arrive with the serum that will save us,* how can we continue to function, to breathe, to care for ourselves, to live and love, in this scary and challenging time?

We can reach inward and reach outward, to care for ourselves and each other, just as humans always have and I hope, always will. This weekend, I’ll be sharing some ideas about loneliness and solitude that great thinkers and religious leaders have shared. I hope you’ll join us for a service that may lift you up and comfort you, no matter what your situation.

We’ll continue to explore ways to create an even more caring and connected community during our Fireside Chat on Saturday, featuring your awesome Board of Trustees. I hope you’ll come and share what is on your mind, as we plan for the future of FUSW. We need everyone’s ideas to make this a truly loving and beloved community. I’ll see you there!

Many blessings, and I’ll see you soon!

~ Kristina

* I couldn’t resist a reference to the Iditarod, a race to bring diphtheria vaccine serum to people living in the Alaskan Bush, which is now an annual sporting event in my home state of Alaska!
NEW DATE! Online Game Night, Saturday, February 6, 7:00pm
Join the fun! Hop online for our monthly gathering of laughter and restorative play with FUSW folks and friends. Contact Betsy Kates ( Click here to log in to game night, or call 646-558-8656 (audio only), Meeting ID: 979 3808 1663, Passcode: 732803
From the Treasurer

UPDATE - Year End Tax Statements
Due to a reporting change, you may have received statements for contributions from January through June 2020 that did not include pledge payments made during that time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. This week we will send out new statements for that time period. Questions? Contact treasurer Susan Greenberg ( or Rina Schunk (
A Second Look

On Sunday, January 24, the Roy Program Group led a thoughtful service, “Stories We Carry and Those We Leave Behind.” If you missed it, or would like to experience it again, you can view the worship here.
Share Your Recommendations

Is there something you have enjoyed - an article, podcast, book, movie, or special trail to walk - that you would like to share with the congregation? We invite you to forward your recommendations to Rina ( so we can include them in future issues of the Scoop.
Share the Plate for January: Federated Conservationists

The mission of Federated Conservationists of Westchester County is to provide leadership that educates about environmental issues, advocates for sound decision making, unifies groups and individuals to address climate change, and protects and preserves Westchester's environment. We collect for our Share the Plate partner throughout the month. Visit, click "Donate," and select "Share the Plate."
FUSW Contacts & Information

Questions, Concerns, or Compliments for FUSW?
Reach out to any member of our Board of Trustees, (place cursor over picture, then right-mouse click to copy email).

Scheduling Online Meetings
To schedule a Zoom online meeting for your committee or program group, contact Rina Schunk ( with the purpose, date, and time you need, as well as information you want included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability, schedule the calendar, and send you the invitation link.
The Scoop e-newsletter is sent out each week. Have news to share? Submit articles to our administrator, Rina Schunk, at by Tuesday at noon. To schedule events on the FUSW Calendar, contact Rina Schunk at
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