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Weekly Update
Sunday, December 2-8, 2018 
 
News Worth Noting 
   
Sanctuary Meeting  
December 11  
  
What does being a sanctuary church look like from the perspective of the congregation? When we welcome the stranger, who sto c ks th e kitch en and who does the laundry? Join us at 7pm on Tuesday, Dece mb er 11 f or a behind-the-scenes talk about sanctuary. Members of the Fir st Parish Unitarian Universalist church of Bedford will share how their congregation came to be a physical sanctuary, the logistics of hosting a guest, and what it means for regular people to put faith into action. Childcare will be provided.
 
Need a ride to the event? Contact LUUP member Mary Gatlin at mary.c.gatlin@gmail.com or call the church at 781-595-8836.
 

Worship at UUCGL 
   
"Sacred Time"
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Sunday, December 2
10:00 a.m.    
  
Our December Worship services explore
the sacred in our lives. Please join us this Sunday as we begin this special sacred season together.
 
We will gather your gifts of mittens, scarves, and hats for those in need during this service. Thank you for your generosity. 
  
 
Annual Children's Pageant
December 16
 
The children of UUCGL will lead us in worship with a dramatic exploration of "Light in the Darkness." Children of all ages are encouraged to participate and are asked to come to Sunday School on the 2nd and 9th for rehearsal and planning and are asked to arrive on the 16th at 9:15am. We also need adults to help with costume, set design and staging. If you can help, or if you'd like more information, email the DCLL at mlapointe@uucgl.org .
 
 
December 50/50 Sunday Offertory:
My Brother's Table  
 
This month's 50/50 offering will support the work of My Brother's Table. Founded in 1982 My Brother's Table is the largest soup kitchen on the North Shore, and has provided over 3 million hot, free meals and outreach to men, women and children in need. MBT has been open for over 10,000 consecutive days, and served 186,000 last year alone. Today the problems of hunger and poverty continue to exist in Lynn and across the country. The Social Justice Ministry Team will match donations up to $500 for this cause. For more information about My Brother's Table:  http://www.mybrotherstable.org
 
 
Sharing Our Sunday Offerings
September-June
 
One charitable organization or cause will be chosen each month; each Sunday our offertory will benefit both the church and the charity.  
How this works:
 
Cash: All cash in the Sunday collection is split 50/50 between the church and the current charity.
 
Cash Offering Envelopes: Envelopes on the usher's table, with a check-off list on the front, can be use to designate a cash donation to the church, the charity, or 50/50.
 
Checks:
 
To donate only to the charity - make checks payable to the charity, as listed in the charity's description in the Weekly Update and the Sunday Order of Service Announcements.
 
To split your donation between the church and the charity - make checks payable to UUCGL with 50/50 on the memo line.
 
To pay your pledge only - make checks payable to UUCGL with pledge on the memo line.
 
This information can be found in the Announcements section printed in each Sunday's Order of Service.
 
 
Christmas Poinsettias
 
Order your poinsettias now in memory or honor of friends or loved ones. Please bring your plant(s) home after the December 16 Children's Pageant to enjoy in your own home or to give as gifts. The cost of each plant is $12.50. A complete list of donors and those honored will be listed in the Sunday Order of Service. Forms and envelopes can be found on the ushers' table and the welcome table in the church foyer; complete the form (please print), and return it to the church office, with payment, by Monday, December 10. (You may also place your order envelope in the Sunday offertory plate.)


Worship Service
Tech Team Support
  
We are looking for a person or two to learn how to videotape worship services and upload them to our YouTube Channel for the Sundays Steve Deveau can't be there. If you would like to join the UUCGL Tech Team, please let Rev. Vicki know. You may also be asked very occasionally to help set up the projector for programs.

 
December at UUCGL 
 
Mitten Tree December 2
 
Please bring in mittens, gloves, hats, or scarves to adorn our Christmas Tree during the Worship Service. These items will go to the Lynn Community Health Center to warm the hands, heads, and necks of adults and children who are in need of some warmth this winter.Thank you for your generosity. 
 

The Giving Tree

Our Giving Tree for Lynn Community Health Center will be set up in the Parish Hall once again this December. There will be a tree in the church foyer where you can drop off your gifts. All gifts should be wrapped and returned by December 16. Please affix the gift tag securely to your gift; the number on it will be the only identifier to ensure it gets to the correct child.

Thank you in advance for taking part in this giving opportunity. 
 
 
HAWC Gift Bags:
Travel Toiletries Needed
by December 2nd
 
Please bring in your donations of hotel/travel-sized toiletries for HAWC by December 2nd!
 
For many years, the UUW has been preparing gift bags every Christmas to donate to "Healing Abuse Working for Change", which was founded 35 years ago. HAWC serves individuals affected by domestic abuse. They are most grateful for our church's generosity.
 
Your toiletry contributions can be placed in the red basket on the stage in the Parish Hall.  
 
-Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn


Centerpiece Making
December 8th  
for MBT Holiday Party
 
MBT centerpiece
Join the UU Women on Saturday, December 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall to create festive tabletop decorations for the holiday dinner party at My Brother's Table. We will be cutting greens, so bring pruning shears if you have them. Please bring decorative greens from your yard if you are able!
 
 
Christmas Tea and Musical Program - December 12th
 
The Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn present their Annual Christmas Tea and Musical Program ..... with holiday favorites ..... on Wednesday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m..   
 
Please join us for music and refreshments.
 
 
My Brother's Table
Holiday Party
 
Save the date! My Brother's Table Holiday Party will be on Saturday, December 15th. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare food, serve dinner and appetizers, clean up, and decorate. Sign up sheets are on the Social Justice Ministry Team bulletin board in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Gunther at jkgunther@gmail.com or 781-718-2085.

 
Reminders

Enter our Sixth Annual
Snow Person Building Contest!

Enter the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team's 6th annual Snow Person Building Contest by sending an email photo of your snowperson to clareuucgl@ymail.com OR by putting it in the GSMT's Mailbox in the church lobby by March 1st.
 
Prizes will be awarded and photos of the winners will be posted on the GSMT Bulletin Board in the Parish Hall.

 

Does the Office Know Your Current Contact Information?
 
Please keep your name, address, phone number, and e-mail current in the church office. E-mail Elizabeth Muller with your correct information. Not sure what information we have on file for you? Call Elizabeth at 781-595-8836, ext. 10. 
 
 

Recurring Events

 

Covenant Group   

Covenant Group is open to anyone from the church interested in learning about and experiencing small group ministry. Gatherings are 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the "Faces" classroom,  the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. If you are interested in joining this group, or even just sitting in to see if you like it, please speak to Lyssa Andersson or Suzanne Forgione. We encourage visitors to try it out for at least three consecutive sessions to get a real feeling for the group. One need not be a UUCGL member, or even a Unitarian Universalist to join a covenant group here.
 
 
Dialogue Group
 
"Dialogue" is a way of practicing deep listening that enables us to share personal experiences and thoughts in a way that collectively builds a more expansive understanding of ourselves and the world around us. We move from reaction to connection. The dialogue is preceded by a short "discursive meditation." Dialogue and the discursive meditation are part of the method of Cafh, a path of spiritual unfolding. For information about Cafh: www.cafh.org; the discursive meditation: http://www.seedsofunfolding.org/issues/08_11/inspiration.htm  and dialogue, http://seedsofunfolding.org/issues/04_06/features_1.htm   and
The Dialogue Group meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 11:45 a.m. All are welcome when able to attend. Contact Ron Fishman at ronroyfish@aol.com for more information.
 
Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry
10a.m.
Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m.
11:15am
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