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September 5, 2018     

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Weekly Update
Sunday, September 9-15, 2018 
Sunday, September 9, at 10:00 a.m.
Ingathering of the Waters
All Ages Together 
Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein 
Please bring a container with a little bit of water in it fr om s omewhere that has meaning for you. We will celebrate coming together "as gentle streams that meet and merge."
September 50/50 Sunday Offertory
to Benefit REAL (Reading and Educational Assistance for Learning) 
The Program's mission is to improve literacy in Lynn, MA. The Guiding Principle of The REAL Program is Service Learning. It is a teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking to enhance learning and civic responsibility. REAL Goals are to create a sustainable program that strengthens and supports children, families and teachers by improving literacy, providing experiential learning and supporting self sufficiency and to distribute free, gently used books to the children in the greater Lynn area.
Their needs are financial (for programs and for sprinkler system in a new location) and books. We are collecting new and gently used books (box in the church foyer). The age range is 0 - 8 years of age. This includes board books, picture books and chapter books up to magic tree house level.
Please make checks payable to The REAL Program, Inc. Thank you for your generosity.   

Our Church Family 
Linda Deveau passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, September 5th, after a long illness. Our condolences are with her family and loves ones. There will be information forthcoming about a future memorial service.
Emmanuela Minnefield is in rehab at the Brudnick Center for Living, room F336, 240 Lynnfield Street, Peabody, following a brief hospitalization. Her phone number there is 978-471-5335. Our healing prayers are with her.

Upcoming Events 
Soul Strength: A Monthly Gathering
for Activists and Caregivers
Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 pm
Sept. 26, 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.

News Worth Noting
Summer Renovations
We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we complete the summer renovations. Right now the building is a work in progress and certain projects have to be completed before others can begin. Thank you!

Lynn Unitarian Universalist
Partnership (LUUP)
The members of the LUUP have been working hard since receiving their charge from the congregation to fulfill our Vision of Ministry's stated aim that UUCGL develop an alliance with a community partner in Lynn.
Their discernment process has been guided by UUA resources, including the following for those that may be interested: the UUA and the Social Justice Empowerment Handbook (particularly chapter two).
The LUUP will be holding informational meetings and programming during the church year, including a reading of Toxic Charity. More information to come!
Toxic Charity
By invitation of LUUP (our Lynn UU Partnershi p Task Force), we are invited to learn more about how churches can do harm just when they're trying to do most good by reading Robert Lupton's Toxic Charity together.
This sermon by Rev. Vicki, Charity/Solidarity is a good companion piece to the book.

Sand Castle Building Contest!
Send photos of your creations to: cwhitecamp@gmail.com . Or dro p t hem off in the Green Sanctuary mail box in the front lobby of the church. Prizes will be awarded in the fall!
Remember H A W C when you travel this fall
Don't forget to save hotel/travel-sized toiletries for HAWC. For many years, the UUW has been preparing gift bags every Christmas to donate to Healing Abuse W orking for Change. They are always most grateful for our church's generosity.
Stop By Our Fair Trade Sales Area    
Our Sunday Fair Trade sales area in the Parish Hall, operated by the Denominational Connections Ministry Team, has a variety of coffee, tea, chocolate and olive oil available. The sale of these products help to sustain small family farms that adhere to ecologically responsible practices. Proceeds from sales at UUCGL help support the activities of the Denominational Connections Ministry Team.

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 greet people as they enter, get folks name tags, and point the way to our summer worship service in the air conditioned Parish Hall. Let's all help newcomers 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. 
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 .

Recurring Events

Choir Rehearsals
Choir rehearsals have started up for the fall season. If you like music, please join us in the sanctuary on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm and Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. It's a great way to have fun, get to know people and be a part of our church community. All skill levels are welcome.


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. 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 will be holding evening meetings at a parishioner's house every other month starting in September. All are welcome! This year's meeting dates are: Sept. 14, Nov. 2, Jan. 4, Mar. 1 and May 3. For more information, contact Toni Bandrowicz at: tbandrowicz@gmail.com

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