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October 4, 2018     

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Weekly Update
Sunday, October 7-13, 2018 
 
   
Sunday, October 7 - 10:00 a.m.
Blessing of the Animals
The Peace of Wild Things
 
Animals as teachers of peace. 
 
Bring your furry, scaly, feathered friends on leashes or in carriers for a Blessing of the Animals service. Stuffies and photos also welcome.

 
October 50/50 Sunday Offertory:
UUA Disaster Relief Fund 
 
The Denominational Connections Ministry Team has chosen the UUA Disaster Relief Fund as recipient of this month's 50/50 Sunday Worship Service offerings.
 
Currently, the most recent hurricane, Florence, hit the Southern region hard. We are told that contributions now will be very much appreciated.
 
We know that long after the initial clean-up, real recovery can take months or years. The UUA stands with its congregations and is ready to provide assistance to help congregations in repairing any damage, and to support them in responding to the needs of their members' and their community's efforts to get back on its feet.
 
The Disaster Relief Fund disburses grants to UU congregations and affiliated UU entities. Disaster relief grantees have reported feeling held in care and more connected to other UU congregations and to the UUA as a whole.

Please make checks payable to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your generosity. 
   
 
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.

   
Religious Education Registration

Religious Education classes for Children and Youth Registration forms must be completed at the start of each church school year and should be submitted to Mark LaPointe by October 14th. If you need a blank form, click here. Contact Mark at mlapointe@uucgl.org  if you have any questions.
 
 
Swampscott Interfaith Food Pantry
  
The UUW (Unitarian Universalist Women) dis tri bu ted Fo od Pa ntry Bags Sunday, September 30th to all who signed up to do nate a bag of groceries to our Swampscott neighbors in need. We ask that you return the bags on October 7th or October 14th. We will deliver the bags to the recipients on October 18th. Thanks in advance for your support!
 

Our Church Family 
   
Get Well Wishes
 
Sarah Drewry , continues her recuperation at home after being recently released from the rehabilitation center following a stroke. Our healing prayers are with her.
 
Our continued get well wishes go out to Emmanuela Minnefield.
Her new address is: 
Bertram House of Swampscott
565 Humphrey Street - Room 102
Swampscott MA 01907


Upcoming Events 
   
Wisdom Circle
Second Thursday of each month
12:00-1:30 in the Fellowship Room
Please bring a brown bag lunch.
 
THIS MONTH'S session will focus on theology: specifically, liberal religion claims that humans are a morally improvable and evolving species.
Over your lifetime, what has your general belief about human nature been, and how might it be changing with your experience of many years?
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein.
 
Wisdom Circle is a monthly gathering geared toward seniors to share the perspectives and life experiences of older 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.
 
   
Volunteer at the Lynn Food Project!
Saturday, October 20 - 9:00-12:00
 
Sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team

Members of the congregation are invited to volunteer at The
Food Project's Lynn, MA farm at the Ingalls' School site:
 
The Food Project's mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. It produces healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provides youth leadership opportunities.
 
If you're going, remember to register at The Food Project website:
 
Please only sign up if you can commit to come on this date.
 
If you have questions, contact Christina Hansen or any GSMT member.
 
 
Soul Strength: A Monthly Gathering
for Activists and Caregivers Continues
Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 19
 
For all those whose care for others can lead to despair, isolation and burn-out. Meditation, check-in, a healing and encouraging message. Solidarity and support. Drop in. People of all faiths and no faith warmly welcome. Caring for the souls of those who care about the world.
 
    
Paddle the Ipswich River!
Saturday, October 27, 3:00-5:15 p.m.
 
143 County Rd, Ipswich
 
Join the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team for a relaxed, fun, and family-friendly paddle from Ipswich River Watershed Association headquarters at Riverbend, right on the river in Ipswich. It is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. You will enjoy a leisurely late afternoon paddle down the river in pond-like conditions and experience the beauty of the river's wildness and maybe even see some of our resident wildlife, from beavers to turtles to egrets. They have canoes and kayaks that you may use for free (18 total) or you may BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat). You must register in advance at RSVP@ipswichriver.org or 978-412-8200 and indicate if you need a boat and which type you prefer. Many people say this is the most beautiful and least frequented part of the Ipswich River. Check it out. Connect with nature. Connect with the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team 2018 theme of "Fresh Water - Rivers, Ponds & Wetlands". Thanks to Ipswich River Watershed Association for making this outing possible and FREE. ipswichriver.org   .
 
News Worth Noting
   
LUUP to Lead the Congregation in our Sanctuary Discernment Process
 
After much deliberation, the Lynn Unitarian Universalist Partnership (LUUP) has chosen to explore expanding our partnership with the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) and other partner organizations and lead the process to discern whether UUCGL can become a sanctuary congregation. Many of you have questions about what providing sanctuary involves and what it means for our church. We would appreciate hearing these questions as we prepare a robust calendar of informational events and listening sessions for the year ahead. For a brief introduction to the notion of sanctuary and UU involvement in this work, see this excerpt from the UUA Sanctuary Toolkit . In the meantime, we encourage you to send any questions, comments, and suggestions to the LUUP and the board of trustees at luup@uucgl.org - p lease include the word "sanctuary" in the subject line.

 
Reminders

 

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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