FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER
The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, May 31
Bridging”
Viola Abbitt, Minister
10:30am

We honor and celebrate our three graduating seniors, Thea Trosclair, Grace Woodin, and Blanca Vasquez, with a ceremony where they bridge from youth to young adult.

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 fusw.org and our Facebook page to find information and updates on opportunities for remote spiritual connection during this time.
Looking Ahead

Online Worship

  • Sunday, June 7, 10:30am Flower Communion ~ Viola Abbitt, Minister

  • Sunday, June 14, 10:30am ~ Craig Butler (TBA”)

Online Meetings & Events




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

Friday Night Women's Group, Friday, May 29, 7:30-9:30pm
That's right - we're reviving the beloved Friday Night Women's Group, starting this Friday! Join us to touch base, check in, and enjoy one another's company. To get the conversational ball rolling, we've got a theme: "Lost and Found." What have you lost? And what have you found? All are welcome! Contact Diane Guernsey ( dianeguernsey.uu@gmail.com ) or Betsy Kates ( bkates42@verizon.net ). To join online, click us02web.zoom.us/j/4323433566 , or call 929 205 6099 and enter Meeting ID 432 343 3566
Book Discussion

Adult Religious Education: Book Discussion, Sunday, May 31, 12:30pm
Minister Viola Abbitt will lead a book from the context of Unitarian Universalism. Our final selection is " A History of Religion in 5½ Objects: Bringing the Spiritual to Its Senses ," an illuminating book on the spiritual importance of objects in the human pursuit of “religious meaning and fulfillment." To join online, click https://zoom.us/j/600398863?pwd=Qlo0d24vaDJUZU1jT1lzM29kUVdNZz09 , or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID 600 398 863, Password: 230809
A Second Look

Many thanks to our special guest Reggie Harris for a wonderful uplifting musical worship last Sunday, May 24. Reggie sang his new song, " On Solid Ground ," which you can hear again HERE and "In the Shelter," HERE . You will find the readings he shared HERE . Follow Reggie and his music at his website , his YouTube channel , and his Twitter feed .
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. That will mean not initiating or responding to emails, telephone calls, or Facebook friend requests or messages. 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 .
A New Flower Communion

Flower Communion Worship Service, Sunday, June 7, 10:30am
We won't be bringing actual flowers to our service this year, so we ask that you email digital photos of flowers to Rina Schunk ( admin@fusw.org ). Send up to 5 images of blooms wherever you see them, from your backyard, to the park, to along the roadside. We will need pictures by Monday, June 1, to include them in our worship (not all may be used). 
Annual Meeting

 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. Please plan to attend. To join by computer, click zoom.us/j/81015300759?pwd=b3o0Z1dpWTVMb1U5a2dNK3ZDckRUdz09 . By phone, call 646 558 8656 and enter Meeting ID: 810 1530 0759, Password: 663461. See the Order of Business HERE .
Spring Spruce Up

The curtains in our worship space are in need of a good washing. If you are willing to launder them for us, please contact Rina ( admin@fusw.org ) to arrange a pick up. And thank you!
Building Closed

Out of an abundance of love for our congregation and our communities, we are keeping our building closed and having our staff work remotely. The best way to reach the FUSW office is by email, admin@fusw.org . No one may enter the building without authorization from our minister, Viola Abbitt ( minister@fusw.org) or Board of Trustees . Stay home, stay safe .
Reading on Gmail? Be sure to click "View entire message" at the bottom!
Planning for Summer Services

Our summer worship season begins Sunday, June 14. Many thanks to Connie Kehoe and Kevin Weber for stepping up to organize these lay-led services. Reach out to Rina ( admin@fusw.org ) if you’d like to volunteer to lead one Sunday.
Support Midnight Run

Midnight Run has an ongoing need for lunch bags to distribute to our neighbors in NYC who are homeless. Please help if you can - even a few bags makes a difference! Call Midnight Run at 914-693-7817 to learn what is needed. Contact: Art L owenstein ( arthur.lowenstein@gmail.com ), Annie Patton ( annie.k.patton@gmail.com )
Our Faith Family

Fundraiser for Cynthia Reynolds
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Cynthia Reynolds’ family with costs for her medical treatment. Many thanks for the generous contributions many of you have made so far. Please continue our support!
Birthday Wishes
Blanca will be turning 21 this Sunday, May 31, the same day she takes part in our Bridging Ceremony. You may send cards with warm birthday wishes to: Blanca Vasquez, 100 Summit Pl, Pleasantville, NY 10570.
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 you 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. 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
Share the Plate for May: Feeding Westchester

With so many out of work due to the pandemic, more of our neighbors than ever are facing food insecurity. This month we support Feeding Westchester , which has increased its distributions by over 75% at this critical time to help put food on the tables of those in need. We collect for our Share the Plate partner throughout the month. Visit fusw.org, click "Donate, " and select "Share the Plate."
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 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 any information you want included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability , schedule the meeting on our 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 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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