FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER
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Online Worship, Sunday, March 14
Community Means Strength
Rev. Kristina Church
Gathering Music 10:25am - Service 10:30am

As we emerge from winter and from a global pandemic and take a look around us, what is the work that needs to be done – in our congregation, our city, and our world? ​What is our faith calling us to do?​​

Click here to join our March 14 worship service
or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863
Passcode: 230809
Click here to find the March 14 Order of Service

You are invited to log in early to greet one another.
We are holding gatherings and Sunday services online. Check our website fusw.org and Facebook page to find information and updates.
Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, March 13, 7:30pm, Game Night ~ Contact Betsy Kates (bkates42@verizon.net). Details below.



Upcoming Worship

  • Sunday, March 21, 10:30am - TBA ~ Tom Neilson

  • Sunday, March 28, 10:30am - TBA~ Reggie Harris
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Time for Renewal

Spring is a time of renewal, so what better time to renew your pledge? This week, FUSW members and friends will receive a card in the mail from a member of our Board or Finance Committee. Consider the note a friendly check-in and thank you for being part of the FUSW family, as well as a gentle reminder of our annual pledge campaign. You can also expect a follow-up phone call, so please pick up and say hello! By the way, the cards we're sending are limited editions with artwork by our talented FUSW member artists Mary Wilshire, June Sidman, and Kathleen Fay. We share our gifts and journey through these times together. Stay tuned for additional details on the pledge campaign.
Fun People Wanted!

Online Game Night, Saturday, March 13, 7:00pm
Get your game on, folks! We have some spiffy new games to keep you thinking and laughing. Fun people only, please. Just kidding... all are welcome, of course! Join us with a pad of paper, a pencil, your brain and maybe a friend or two. Hope to "see" you there! Contact Betsy Kates (bkates42@verizon.net). Click here to log in to game night, or call 646-558-8656 (audio only), Meeting ID: 983 1162 3325, Passcode: 569479
Message From the Minister

Hurricane

It didn’t behave
like anything you had
ever imagined. The wind
tore at the trees, the rain
fell for days slant and hard.
The back of the hand
to everything. I watched
the trees bow and their leaves fall
and crawl back into the earth.
As though, that was that.
This was one hurricane
I lived through, the other one
was of a different sort, and
lasted longer. Then
I felt my own leaves giving up and
falling. The back of the hand to
everything. But listen now to what happened
to the actual trees;
toward the end of that summer they
pushed new leaves from their stubbed limbs.
It was the wrong season, yes,
but they couldn’t stop. They
looked like telephone poles and didn’t
care. And after the leaves came
blossoms. For some things
there are no wrong seasons.
Which is what I dream of for me.
~ Mary Oliver

Today marks an anniversary for so many of us. We have been living for an entire year with this hurricane of a different sort: a global storm that has flattened out, hollowed out, and wrecked so many of the patterns and rhythms that defined our lives before Covid-19.

You may be feeling this anniversary in some vague way in a part of your body: a pain in the stomach, a fluttery feeling in your chest, or an ache between your shoulder blades. Or you may feel a kind of brain fog that keeps your thoughts from gelling together as they normally would. Or you may be feeling snappish, or tearful, or strangely out of tune with the warm and sunny weather.

All of these responses are normal. What we have all been through is a year-long experience of fear, grief, and loss. And this experience is not finished with us yet. But we can take a moment to mark this time, respectfully and mindfully bearing witness to all that we have shared, and all the we have lost. How will you mark this year in your history? Are there rituals that can help you honor your experiences?

I hope you'll take extra gentle, loving care of yourself and your loved ones. You and they have been through so much. Please know that I am holding all of you in my heart, with thoughts of healing and the renewal of hope that comes in the spring.

Regeneration will come in its own season, and we may go through a spiky time of looking, feeling, and being out of tune with the rhythms of our lives. But know that when the storm winds down, we will put out new leaves and new blossoms. This is what I dream of, for you, for me, and for the whole human family.

May you be well, may you be safe ~ Kristina
A Second Look

During our March 7 Memorial Service for Emma Lou Sailors Louis, we shared a photo montage. You can see the images again here.
Metro Area UU Event

Greater Metro New York Area "UU Spring Into Fun," Friday, March 19, 7:00pm - Sunday, March 21, 12:00pm
Games, conversation, entertainment, music, and worship. Remembering the joy our Metro Area congregations have had connecting in the past, your Central East Regional staff are putting together a free weekend of fun online multi-generational connection. You’re welcome to come to one event or all! Learn more and register here.
FUSW Book Group

Love to read? Interested in exploring books by Black authors and discussing them together? Join the FUSW book group! We're reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. The group meets on Zoom later in March to discuss. To learn more, contact Denise Woodin (dcw2@optonline.net).
Interfaith Celebration

Join the Masajid Collaborative of Westchester (MCW) online to celebrate the advent of the fasting month of Ramadan, with keynote speaker Imam Khalid Latif. Registration required; Zoom link will be sent before the event. In the spirit of Ramadan, you are invited to donate to the Upper Westchester Muslim Society food pantry.
Share the Plate for March: The Loft & PrideWorks

The mission of The Loft LGBTQ+ Community Center is to further the cause of inclusion, diversity, and pride through education, advocacy, and celebration. The annual PrideWorks conference serves LGBTQ+ students from middle school through college, along with their adult allies, in the Hudson Valley and Tri-State area. We collect for our Share-the-Plate partner throughout the month. Visit fusw.org, clickDonate, and select Share the Plate.
FUSW Contacts & Information

Questions, Concerns, or Compliments for FUSW?
Reach out to any member of our Board of Trustees, fusw.org/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 (admin@fusw.org) 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.
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