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Online Worship, Sunday, June 7
Flower Communion”
Viola Abbitt, Minister

Join us for the last service when our minister, Viola Abbitt, will be in the pulpit. (She will continue to work with us through July).

or call 646-558-8656 , Meet ing ID 600 398 863
Password: 230809
Find the order of service HERE

You are welcome to log in early to greet one another. Gathering Music begins 10:25am.
To protect ourselves and our neighbors, we are holding gatherings and Sunday services online. Check our website at and our Facebook page to find information and updates on opportunities for remote spiritual connection during this time.
Message from Our Minister

It is with great sadness that I realize the last homily I will deliver at FUSW will be at the Flower Communion on June 7. I am sorry that physical distancing has made it impossible to have the "goodbye" I would have loved, one that would have included lots of hugs and laughter, and plenty of those great snacks some of you make! As I prepare to leave you, I am reminded that departures in ministry are difficult for everyone. My contract ends on July 31, 2020, and as is standard practice among UU ministers, there will be a period of time after that in which I will have no contact with any of you. This is usually for two years, but could be more or less depending upon the length of the contract of your next minister. In spite of this, know that you will always be a part of my ministry and that I love you all. ~ Viola Abbitt

See Viola's complete message HERE .
Looking Ahead

Online Worship

  • Sunday, June 14, 10:30am The Signpost Up Ahead: Rod Serling & Unitarian Universalism ~ Craig Butler

Online Meetings & Events

  • Friday, June 5, 12:00pm First Friday Women’s Group Luncheon ~ Learn more below.

  • Tuesday, June 9, 7:00pm Annual Meeting ~ Learn more below.

UUs of Color Virtual Gathering

UUA Central East Region People of Color Virtual Gathering, Thursday, June 4, 6:30pm
The deaths and protests this past week have been hard for all people of conscience and especially our UUs of Color. Please let the folx of color in your community know about the gathering this Thursday. Any POC who would like to join, email Hope Johnson ( ) or Paula Cole Jones ( ). We're hoping people can minister to one another and feel the embrace of UU POC community.
You are Invited!

Celebration of the Ordination of Viola Abbitt and the Journey, Saturday, June 13, 3:00m, Eastern Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (via Zoom). To join online, click By phone, call 1-646-876-9923. Meeting ID: 935 4245 9174, Password: 317458
If you have a picture of yourself with Viola that you'd like to share, email to by Friday, June 5. Please name the file
"jrny.YOURLASTNAMEANDFIRSTINITIAL" (e.g., jrny.SMITHJ). On the day of the event, find links to an order of service at and See the invitation HERE.
Zoom Update

If you didn't log in to the Sunday, May 31 worship or any meetings since then, please update your Zoom app by clicking HERE . You can learn more about Zoom's new version 5.0 HERE.
Planning for Summer Services

Our summer worship season begins Sunday, June 14. Connie Kehoe and Kevin Weber will be organizing these lay-led online services. You will have a technical helper as well as a Board Member of the Week! Reach out to Rina ( ) if you’d like to volunteer to lead one Sunday. See our current lineup HERE.
Annual Meeting - Update

 FUSW Annual Corporate Meeting, Tuesday, June 9, 7:00pm
The Annual Meeting will include the election of officers and trustees and adoption of a budget for 2020-2021. To join online, click . To join by phone, call 1-646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 810 1530 0759, Password: 663461.  See the revised Order of Business HERE. Please review the Annual Report before our meeting; find it on the Members Page of .  If you need the password, contact Rina ( ).
Voting members of FUSW, look for a special email tomorrow, Friday June 5, with all the latest information on the Annual Meeting.
First Friday Women's Group

First Friday Women’s Group Luncheon, Friday, June 5, 12:00pm 
Bring your lunch and join us online - all are welcome! For login information, contact: Adelaide DiGiorgi ( ) or Joan Livingston ( ). 
Save the Date

UUA General Assembly Virtual Worship, Sunday June 28, 10:00am EDT, livestream on
Our summer service on June 28 will be to join this year's virtual UUA General Assembly at the largest annual gathering of UUs in worship. This powerful, communal experience is available to the public - registration is not required. The worship will be repeated again at 10:00am PDT (1:00pm EDT). Learn more HERE. You can register for GA HERE.
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

All people with spinal cord injuries or any kind of paralysis, as well as family, friends, aides, and other caregivers are invited to join the group. Zoom meetings are alternating Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:00pm. Contact Lenore Lupie ( ) for more information.
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Got News?

Have something to include in the Scoop? Remember to send to Rina ( ) by Tuesdays at 12:00 noon to be included in the week’s edition.
From the Treasurer

As we find new virtual ways to maintain spiritual connection, please remember to go to the "Donate" button on our website, , to make a very real show of support. Our expenses are ongoing. If you are one who usually puts cash in the plate, please contribute financially in this way at this unusual time.
District Happenings - June

CER reminds us that the The Living Legacy Project (that Reggie Harris spoke about during his worship service) offers free virtual programs focused on voting rights, past, present, and future, on the last Tuesday of every month until Election Day. Register HERE . To see the monthly Opportunities for Connection newsletter for our region, with articles and the calendar of Central East Region events and webinars, click HERE.
Need a Mask?

Barbara Caplan is making washable fabric masks with elastic ear loops, a pipe cleaner over the nose bridge, and a pocket for adding filter material. Available to members of the congregation. Contact Barbara ( or 914-261-2842).
Zoom Etiquette

We are happy to see so many faces at our Sunday services! Please keep in mind:
  • Mute your microphone whenever you are not talking. (Folks calling in can press *6 on their phones.)
  • Unmute your microphone when doing a reading or expressing a joy or concern. (Phone callers press *6 again to unmute.)
  • Use the “Raise Hand” icon when you want to be called on. (Phone callers press *9.)
Reflection and Meditation - Last Week

Thursday June 4 and Friday June 5, 2:30-3:30pm Our minister, Viola Abbitt, hosts a quiet and reflective space where we can gather to offer a prayer, share a reading, or just be together in silence. Please remain muted until you are moved to speak. If you wish to participate in conversation, visit the “Check-In and Chat” gatherings. To join, click . Or call 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID: 142 121 152.
FUSW Contacts & Information

Personal & Pastoral Support
Viola Abbitt, FUSW Minister ( , 518-290-0820)

Questions or Concerns about FUSW?
Feel free to reach out to any member of our Board for information. Find current Board members at . (Hover your 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 any information you want included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability , schedule the meeting on our calendar, and send you the invitation link.
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