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January 3, 2019      

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Weekly Update
Sunday, January 6-12, 2019
 
Sunday, January 6 
 
"Threshold"
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
Sunday, January 6
10:00 a.m.
 
As we step over the threshold into a new year, we c ommemorate the 1976 fire that destroyed the historic Universalist c hu r ch in Lynn and rose from the ashes as UUCGL in Swampscott. We c onsider together what we are building  -- spiritually, practically, tangibly and emotionally - - in our building in 2019.
   
 
This Week at UUCGL 
   
Wisdom Circle
Second Thursday of each month
12:00-1:30 in the Fellowship Room
Please bring a bag lunch to
our January 10 gathering.
 
Wisdom Circle is a monthly gathering gea red to w ard seniors to share the perspectives and life ex periences of old er age. It is intended to be supportive and informative, a program both of faith development and pastoral ministry. 
 
The facilitators are Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Gloria Kozlosky and Ruth Griffin .
 
 
Programming at UUCGL 
 
Sanctuary Information Meeting
Sunday, January 13
 
Our church is currently discerning whether we can become a sanctuary congregation, and we will hold a congregational vote in the spring. Please join the members of the Lynn Unitarian Universalist Partnership (LUUP) after the church service on Sunday, January 13 to learn what providing sanctuary means, how other churches do this work, and what it might mean for our church. There will be a brief presentation of information shared at our two previous sanctuary events by LUUP members and plenty of time for questions. Light refreshments will be provided.
 
Please also read our Sanctuary Frequently Asked Questions handout to learn more about what it means for our church to choose to provide sanctuary.


Am I a Member of UUCGL? 
 
As we continue our discernment process about b e c omi n g a Sanctuary Congregation it seems a goo d t i me to remind everyone that our congregation is governed by the democratic proc ess and that only certified church members will be eligible to vote on th is issue.
 
If you are wondering, "Am I a member of UUCGL?" pleas e contact the office to check your status.
 
For those who are considering becoming members and formalizing their relationship with the church, we will be holding Path To Membership orientation sessions in late January/early February. Please contact Gloria Kozlosky or Ruth Griffin if you would like to attend.
 

Soul Strength: A Monthly Gathering
for Activists and Caregivers
Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Join us January 23

For all those whose care for others can lead to des p a ir , isolation and burn-out. Meditation, check-in, a healing and encour aging message. Solidarity and support. Drop in; we meet in the Sanctuary. People of all faiths and no faith warmly welcome. Caring for the souls of those wh o care about the world. 
 

Reminders
 
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.
 
 
January 50/50 Sunday Offertory:
UUSC Guest at Your Table
 
 
The Denominational Connections Ministry Team has selected the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's Guest at Your Table fund raising initiative as the beneficiary of the January 50/50 collections.
 
 
The Unitarian Universalist Committee is a separate and independent affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Its social justice, human rights, and disaster relief activities are funded through voluntary contributions, grants, and bequests. The Service Committee accepts no government funds. Contributions to the UUSC are tax deductible and count toward membership in the organization.

The Social Justice Ministry Team will match total donations received up to $500. Please make checks payable to UUSC with GAYT noted on the memo line.
 

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 cwhitecamp@gmail.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.
 

Green Sanctuary Ministry Team

The Green Sanctuary Ministry Team evening meetings ar at a parishioner's house every other month. All are welcome! The next meeting date is Friday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m. Hope you can join us! For more information, please contact Toni Bandrowicz at tbandrowicz@gmail.com or 781-599-3541. 
 

Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry
10a.m.
Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m.
11:15am
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