FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER
The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, May 17
Growing: Turn, Turn, Turn”
Guernsey/Gross Program Group
10:30am

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 at 10:25. We invite you to have a candle nearby to light during joys and sorrows .
To protect ourselves and our neighbors, we are not holding in-person gatherings or Sunday services. Check our website at fusw.org and our Facebook page for information, updates, and opportunities for remote spiritual connection during this time.
Looking Ahead

Online Worship

  • Sunday May 24, 10:30am "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize... Hold On!" ~ Reggie Harris, guest speaker (see "Upcoming Worship" below)

  • Sunday May 31, 10:30am "Bridging" ~ Viola Abbitt, Minister

Online Meetings & Events


Upcoming Worship

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize... Hold On! , with special guest speaker Reggie Harris, Sunday, May 24, 10:30am
We are honored to welcome legendary songwriter, storyteller, and lecturer Reggie Harris as our guest worship speaker on May 24. Reggie performed at FUSW in September as part of our Common Ground Concert, and he returns to lead a service that asks "where do you find your hope?" Join us for a special journey into deeper thinking and self-awareness.
Share the Plate for May: Feeding Westchester

Feeding Westchester supplies 95 percent of all food distributed annually across the region’s food pantries. With so many out of work because of the pandemic, supporting Feeding Westchester is a great way for us to put love into action by putting food on the table of our neighbors in need. We collect for our Share the Plate partner throughout the month. Visit fusw.org, click "Donate, " and select "Share the Plate."
A Second Look

Last Sunday, May 10, Jane Lawrence read a wonderful poem during Sunday service in honor of Mother’s Day. You can read it again HERE .
Special Surprise Bridging Gift

Outdoor Signing of Gift Hymnals, Saturday, May 23, 12:00-2:00pm, FUSW
Our tradition is to give each of our graduating high school seniors a hymnal signed by our members. To do that this year, we will set out a table in front of the building with the three hymnals, pens, and hand sanitizer, and invite everyone to come sign one at a time as we all stay a safe distance. The hymnals will be presented to our seniors during the bridging worship on Sunday, May 31. If you can’t make it Saturday, contact Nancy (914-325-3466) or Denise (914-231-7214) to arrange another time. Remember, it’s a surprise! Learn more HERE .
Save the Date - Annual Meeting

 FUSW Annual Congregation Meeting, Tuesday, June 9, 7:00pm
Please plan to atte nd! Details to come. To our committee chairs, please send your year-end report to Rina ( admin@fusw.org ) by this Friday, May 15 .
Building Closed

Since the Governor declared the statewide lockdown, our building has been closed and all staff have been working remotely. The best way to reach our office is by email, admin@fusw.org . No one may enter the building without authorization from the minister, Viola Abbitt ( minister@fusw.org ). Stay home, stay safe .
Planning for Summer Services

Our Summer Services season begins Sunday, June 14. As we have done in the past, we are planning to have lay-led services by members each week. To sign up to lead a Sunday service, contact Rina ( admin@fusw.org )
Give a Community Talk

Do you have an interest or expertise you would like to share with your FUSW community? Volunteer to host a Zoom talk to share your knowledge! Possible topics include - but are not limited to - gardening, composting, stress-busting activities, sleep strategies, etc. Contact Rina ( admin@fusw.org ) with your idea, and she will work with you to prepare your talk.
Faith Family Update

Fundraiser for Cynthia Reynolds
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cynthia Reynolds’ family with the costs of her treatment. This is an opportunity for her congregation and friends to offer support. 
Reading on Gmail? Be sure to click "View entire message" at the bottom!
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 ( caplansail@verizon.net or 914-261-2842).
Sew it Forward

Looking to help by creating some masks at home? This 1958 Singer Slantomatic sewing machine, rarely used, is available free to anyone who will come pick it up and agree to make a few face masks. Contact Becky Williams ( wherearewe@optonline.net ).
Reflection and Meditation

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 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 they are moved to speak. If you wish to participate in conversation, visit the “Check-In and Chat” gatherings. To join, click uuma.zoom.us/j/142121152 . Or call 646 876 9923 and enter Meeting ID: 142 121 152.
Check-In and Chat

Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00pm & Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am
Viola invites you to her "Check-In and Chat" gatherings. Bring a cup of tea. Come by yourself or with a friend. Whoever shows up can visit together and share. To join, click uuma.zoom.us/j/630956092 or call 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID: 630 956 092. You may also schedule a private appointment with Viola at calendly.com/viola-abbitt/fusw
Online Worship Needs You

We invite FUSW members to help us put together our Sunday worship. We need folks for all aspects of the service, but in particular we'd love Zoom co-hosts. Those of us who know how to host are ready to show you how! Contact: Rina ( admin@fusw.org ).
Attention Gardeners

Whether you want a box to grow your own vegetables ($50) or just want to help with the community boxes (we donate our produce to the food pantry at South Presbyterian in Dobbs Ferry), we'd love to have you garden with us. (We will practice social distancing!) Contact Liz Loglisci ( lizvlog@aol.com ).
Support Midnight Run

Midnight Run has an ongoing need for lunch bags, which they distribute to our neighbors who are homeless in NYC. Call Midnight Run at 914-693-7817 first to find out what foods to include and how many lunches to make. Please help if you can - even a few bags makes a difference! Contact: Art L owenstein ( arthur.lowenstein@gmail.com ), Annie Patton ( annie.k.patton@gmail.com )
Food Delivery Volunteers Needed

Hearts and Homes for Refugees, our Share the Plate partner from March, supports Catholic Charities Community Services' call for volunteers to bag and deliver food to our neighbors in need, including local resettled refugees. Contact Lori Kapner Hosp of ( LoriKapnerHosp@gmail.com ).
Refugee Fundraiser
 
Virtual Concert for Refugees, to benefit Hearts & Homes Covid-19 Relief Fund, Sunday, May 17, 6:00pm
Hearts & Homes for Refugees presents a virtual concert featuring songwriter Diana Jones , whose newest album Song To A Refugee is scheduled to release in September. Learn more and purchase tickets HERE .
Contact Tracing Employment Opportunities

New York State plans to hire a team of 6,400 to 17,000 staff statewide to support the NYS Department of Health and local health departments perform contact tracing in communities across the state. Jobs include Contact Tracers, Community Support Specialists and Team Supervisors. Find links to applications HERE .
FUSW Contacts & Information

Personal & Pastoral Support
Viola Abbitt, FUSW Minister ( minister@fusw.org , 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 fusw.org/board-of-trustees.html . (Hover your cursor over picture, then right-mouse click to copy email.)

Scheduling Online Meetings
To set up a Zoom online meeting for your FUSW committee or program group, contact our administrator, Rina Schunk ( admin@fusw.org ), with the purpose, date, and time you need, as well as any information you would like to be included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability , schedule the meeting, 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 admin@fusw.org by Tuesday at noon. To schedule events on the FUSW Calendar, contact Rina Schunk at admin@fusw.org
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