FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER
The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, November 15
Home for the Holidays
10:30am

or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863
Passcode: 230809
Find the order of service HERE

You are invited 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 during this time.
Guest Worship Leader

This Sunday we welcome back Rev. Lane Cobb. Learn more about Rev. Cobb's ministry HERE. She is also co-host of the weekly online series Race Talk with Lane & Eugene, Wednesdays, 12:00pm, a place for respectful, courageous, loving conversations on healing race relations. She invites everyone to join in this important discussion - your voice matters! Register HERE
Upcoming Events



  • Saturday, November 21, 11:00am, Meditation ~ Contact June Sidman (june_sidman@yahoo.com) for more information.


Upcoming Worship

  • Sunday, November 22, 10:30am - “An Honorable Harvest” ~ Rev. Kristina Church

  • Sunday, November 15, 10:30am - TBA ~ James Underberg
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Message from the Minister

Happy Post-Election Week, everybody! I hope you're enjoying what Stephen Colbert called “all of this available brain space... it's not filled with anything else yet. It's just like a clean kitchen counter where something could be made, if we're just not cluttering it up with that guy.” No doubt it will soon get filled up with something. But until then, enjoy the feeling of quietude and relief.

If the sense of contemplative spaciousness feels like a place you want to spend more time, consider joining our UU Wellspring program, which is open to members of both the congregations I serve. Click HERE for a short video with some testimonials from UUs who have participated in UU Wellspring, including our own Rev. Viola Abbitt!

Seven participants are signed up right now, and there's room for two or three more people. Our starting retreat is this Saturday, November 14, from 2:00-6:00pm, and will be facilitated by Wellspring director Linnea Nelson. After that, I'll be facilitating our two-hour Zoom meetings on Wednesday nights. The congregation is paying the costs, so there is no cost to you.

Here are the Wednesdays we'll be meeting together: Nov. 18; Dec 2 & 16; Jan 6 & 20; Feb 3 & 17; Mar 3, 17 & 31; Apr 14 & 28; May 12 & 26; Jun 9 & 23; and Jul 7. If you think you might be interested, please give me a call or send me an email! I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.

One last thing! Early notice for holiday plans at FUSW: since we can't get together and decorate for the holidays as usual at the Society, we're planning on making a video montage of FUSW folks decorating their own spaces, to share in a December worship service. So if you decide to do a little early holiday decorating this year, be sure and take some photos -- or a short video -- of the fun! More information about holiday plans will be coming out in future editions of The Scoop.

Meanwhile, I wish you all a restful and healthy week. Be safe, stay well, and I'll see you soon! ~ Blessings ~ Rev. Kristina
From the Treasurer

Among the many experiences we are missing without in-person services is the opportunity to pass the plate. We urge you to estimate what you would be putting in the plate each Sunday and every once in a while mail a check to FUSW or click on the Donate button at fusw.org and make that contribution. Remember, for November and December, half the amount collected in the plate (called "Weekly Collection Basket" on the Donate dropdown options) will be used for holiday gifts for our staff. Please be generous.
Game Night!

Monthly Online Game Night, Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm, login HERE, or call 646-558-8656 (audio only), Meeting ID: 940 9526 2290, Passcode: 037656
Yes! The election is behind us so it's time to have some fun. Please jump in to our first virtual game night. Laughs! Silliness! Friendly competition and a chance to embarrass yourself just a bit! (Just kidding, and don't worry, you'll be among friends.) No RSVP needed, just join in. The link will be in next week's Scoop. Want to help host or have game ideas? Please share and help lead the eveningContact Betsy Kates (bkates42@verizon.net). Looking forward to a good time!
Honoring our Hall of Famers

We're so proud that Adelaide DiGiorgi and Susan Greenberg are among the 50 deserving seniors selected for this year's Westchester County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame! While the awards luncheon on Friday, December 4, at 11:30am will be virtual this year (login details to come), you may still contribute to a program ad honoring Adelaide and Susan. Make checks out to First Unitarian Society of Westchester and mail to FUSW, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706, or go to fusw.org, click DONATE, choose dropdown option "Other" and type "Journal Ad" in the Notes section. Contact Rina (admin@fusw.org) with any questions
Bail Reform Discussion

Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression Discussion Series:
"Bail Reform in NYS 2020,” Tuesday, November 17, 7:30pm, To join click HERE or phone in (audio only) 646-876-9923, Meeting ID: 202 570 8886, Passcode: 867052 - Hosted by the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley - Croton. Join us to explore the inequality of cash bail in NYS. For a list of related articles to read, visit uuchudsonvalley.org and scroll down to Highlights.
Outdoor Opportunities

Although our building remains closed, FUSW committees and small groups may meet outdoors on our grounds with prior approval from the Board. For a list of the guidelines and for Board approval, contact Denise Woodin (dcw2@optonline.net) at least 3 days before your scheduled meeting.
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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