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Weekly Update
Sunday, March 11-17, 2018

Daylight Savings Time!
Spring Forward!
March 11, 2018
Don't forget to set your clocks ahead 1 hour before bed Saturday night! See you in church Sunday, March 11!

Hey Kids! 9:30 a.m.
Sunday March 11
Song Practice!
Hey kids, remember to come early this wee k to practice our song "Joy in My Heart" which we'll be singing with t he adult choir during the service. Get to church by 9:30 Sunday morning and we 'll ru n through the song with our amazing music director Kenneth.
Sunday, March 11, at 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein
"Getting Engaged" Series
Spring Forward!
Ingathering Pledge Sunday 
In this worship series, we have looked at our individual spiritual lives, our spiritual lives in community, and our physical building in Swampscott and how it can manifest our mission.     

March 50/50 to Benefit
UU Urban Ministry
The Denominational Connections Ministry Team has designated the UU Urban Ministry to share in our Sunday offerings during the month of March. Based at the First Church Roxbury (Unitarian Univer s ali st), the organization is governed by a board of directors that includes members of the community, and delegates representing Greater Boston UU churches. 

Major programs center on
education and enrichment, housing and support service, and community development. Educational and enrichment initiatives in the Roxbury community include after school and Saturday programs for children and youth, summer camp, teen employment, and English tutoring for non-native English speakers. Renewal House provides emergency shelter and services for those fleeing abusive living situations. Bethany House offers affordable housing for young women and those transitioning from the emergency shelter. The community development project, known as Jericho Road, matches volunteer experts with non-profit service organizations with the objective of assisting the non-profit to strengthen its organization and operations. The initiative is operative in Roxbury and four other cities in Massachusetts, including Lynn.

making a contribution to the UU Urban Ministry, you are helping the organization continue its nearly two hundred year collaborative efforts to create opportunities and instill hope for the underserved.

Please make checks payable to UU Urban Ministry.

Winter Warm-up Series Continues
Join us after church, this Sunday,
March 11, for our final gathering in our Winter Warm-up Series. We hope our all-church sessions have helped you integrate and engage with life at UUCGL.
March 11: Spring Forward Celebration! 
Lynn Partnership
Search Committee
After service this past Sunday, Michael Celona and Scott Nowka spoke in the Parish Hall about Vision of Ministry item #4, which sketches a path forward for partnering with an organization in Lynn to further UUCGL values supported by our hands and a portion of our endowment. As discussed, the next step is to form a Lynn Partnership Search Committee. This committee will work over the next year and a half to identify a possible partner.
It is expected that this will be a time-intensive effort. If you are interested in being considered for the committee, please
contact Michael (michaelcelona@yahoo.com) or Scott (snowka@gmail.com) as soon as possible. If you are interested in this effort but cannot commit the time, be assured that there
will be time for you to provide your input during the process. Thank you.

Canceled: March 10
Winter Bird Walk in Nahant!
We are canceling our Winter Bird Walk because of our second impending storm. Stay tuned for information on our Bird Walk in May.

Resistance and Transformation: UU Social Justice History
Continues March 14, 6:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Room

Learn about the world-changing social justice history of Unitarian Univ ersalists at this six-week learning opportunity which began February 7th. Child care available by request. Each session discusses a different time period or social movement ranging
from women's suffrage to the LGBT rights movement, so attend one or all!  
To sign up, talk with Nicki Buscemi or Julian Baptista at church, or email Julian: JulianBaptistaDRE@gmail.com .
Weekly Update and Announcements Deadline               
In order to submit information to our church's website in a timely manner, all announcements and weekly update information should be sent to Angie Kern at akern@uucgl.org by Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. Please also cc Elizabeth Muller at  emuller@uucgl.org .
Upcoming Events       
Swampscott Interfaith  
Food Pantry
The UUW will distribute Food Pantry Bags on S unday March 25th to all who sign up to donate a bag of groceries to our Swampscott neighbors in need. A shopping list is provided wi th each bag, and we ask that you return the bags on April 1st, April 8th or April 15th. We will deliver the bags to the recipients on April 19th. Thanks in advance for your support.

Exposing International Forest Crime: Transforming a
Multi-Billion Dollar Industry
Sunday, March 25 - 4:00 p.m.
UUCGL Parish Hall
Presented by: Lisa Handy,
Director of Forest Campaign
Environmental Investigation Agency
Explore some of the world's extraordinarily rich and biodiverse forests, as well as the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Then take a closer look at the global commercial forces driving large scale illegal deforestation in many of these precious areas, meet some of the local defenders fighting for their survival, and learn about efforts underway to ensure a sustainable future for these places, essential to our global climate and shared well-being.

Light refreshments will be served. Childcare available.
For further information email Carole McCauley at mccauliflower@gmail.com .

Sponsored by UUCGL's Green Sanctuary Ministry Team which is committed to building awareness of environmental issues and generating interest for personal lifestyle changes leading to a more sustainable world. The theme this church year is "Into the Woods" - a Celebration of the Forests of the World. 
(Photo credit: EIA)
Coming Soon . . .
Save the Date: April 7!
And . . . Save Your Stuff
for the Spring Bazaar
The Unitarian Universalist Women of Greater Lynn (UUWGL) will be sponsoring a Spring Bazaar on April 7th. Your donated items will help make this event a success - so we ask that you start collecting items to donate to the Bazaar. The proceeds from this event are used to support the UUWGL's Philanthropic Fund, which provides financial assistance to local and denominational organizations and also provides some college scholarships. Please note that we cannot accept TV's, computers or stuffed animals. Thank You!
Wingmasters Birds of Prey
Live Bird Show
April 8 - 12:00 Noon

Admission is free but donations
gratefully accepted. Suggested
donations: $5 single, $10 family

WINGMASTERS is a part ne rship of two people dedicated to increasing public understanding and appreciation of North American birds of prey. Julie Anne Collier and J im P ar ks are both licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Massachusetts. Together they care for injured birds of prey. Most of the birds they rehabilitate can ultimately be released back into the wild, but in some cases the birds are left permanently handicapped. Julie and Jim are further licensed to provide a home for these non-releasable raptors, and to use them for educational programs. Since 1994 WINGMASTERS has presented over 5000 programs at schools, libraries and museums throughout New England.
WINGMASTERS programs are noted for a calm atmosphere that promotes learning. There is always an interactive exchange of questions and answers during the program. However, for the safety of the audience and the well-being of the raptors used in their programs, the birds are never free-flown and are never handled by anyone but Julie and Jim.
This event is sponsored by the Church's Green Sanctuary Ministry Team which is committed to building awareness of environmental issues and generating interest for personal lifestyle changes leading to a more sustainable world.

Light refreshments will be served. Childcare available. Sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team which is committed to building awareness of environmental issues and generating interest for personal lifestyle changes leading to a more sustainable world. This year's theme is "Into the Woods" a celebration of the forests of the world. 

Save the Date:  
Ferry Beach
April 27-29

More information to come  . . .  
News Worth Noting


Sermons Online

Did you know that you can watch Rev. Vicki's sermons on our website? Click here. Thanks to Steve Deveau for being our dedicated videographer.


At the Movies!

If you missed one of the movies that the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team has hosted, remember that you can borrow them for home viewing! GSMT has all of its environmentally themed DVDs on the book cart during Sunday Fellowship Hour along with a sign-out sheet. We
request that you keep the DVD out for a 14-day period only.



Help Us Welcome Newcomers!

It's so important to have a friendly, warm, and welcoming presence in the foyer on Sunday mornings before worship. You don't need to be trained or signed up. Just park yourself there and say hello, get folks name tags, and show them where the sanctuary is.
Everyone in the church community is hereby deputized Official Greeter! We have so many newcomers lately; let's help them feel at home.


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. 

If you have a meeting or event at the church and you have unlocked the front door, or put a stopper in it, please remember to lock the door or remove the stopper when you leave. Our outside groups do not have keys to the front door and are not able to lock up if they are the last ones in the building. Thank you.

Recurring Events   


Covenant Group   

Covenant Group is open to anyone from the church interested in learning about and experiencing small group ministry. Gatherings are 11:45-1:00 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. There is no obligation to commit to attendance. All are welcome when able to attend. Contact Ron Fishman at ronroyfish@aol.com for more information.


AA Meets on Saturdays, 5 p.m. 
An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets every Saturday at
5:00 p.m. The group is open to alcoholics and those who believe they may have a problem with alcohol. We look forward to welcoming all interested.

Sunday Schedule
Worship & Children's Ministry
Fellowship Hour 11:15 a.m.
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Swampscott, MA 01907
(781) 595-8836