WEEKLY UPDATE |March 15, 2023

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March 19, 2023 | 10:00am

"What Holds Us"

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Worship Leader

Considering self-help, self-reliance, and the “everlasting arms.” 

Join us after the service for a deeper dive into God concepts: what are yours? What did you learn growing up? What did you reject, and what did you retain, reimagine and experience? Come to Connecting Conversation: A Deep Dive on God-Concepts at 11:30 in the Fellowship Room.

Worship with us in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live!

Join our livestream of the service by clicking the "Facebook Live" button (below).

Facebook Live
Order of Service
Offertory Online

We encourage the wearing of masks when we are together. Masks are an easy and simple way to minimize worry over sharing germs as we enjoy each other’s company. For those of you who would like to maintain social distance in the sanctuary (which has several air filters running), the front side of the sanctuary by the wooden Lydia Breed sculpture is reserved for you. (See diagram here)

A Message from Rev. Vicki

In the Spirit

What a joy and delight to be back with all of you this past Sunday at our Celebration of Community! Thank you so much to the board, the choir, Kenneth and David, and everyone who fed us soup and cake and hosted a wonderful gathering. Please remember as you consider your pledge to support the 2023-24 program year that members of the board and staff are very happy to answer any questions you might have or to help you think through what you want to pledge and why. UUCGL is complicated financially and we know it can be confusing; especially for newer-comers. Read on...

Children's Faith Development

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! This Sunday, the Spirit Play class will begin in their classroom at 10am to hear the wonderful story The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan. We’ll talk about St. Patrick’s Day, rainbows, and the connection between rainbows and the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism, followed by some fun activity choices to help us celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

Our Neighboring Faith class will gather in the foyer at 10am and then travel together to the Islamic Society of the North Shore, for a tour, 5-10 minute talk by Fawaz Abusharkh, and some time for discussion, before returning to UUCGL by 12pm, if not earlier. Program registration and RSVP’s to Rev. Chris Scheller required to participate.  

Pledge Season

We started our pledge campaign off last Sunday with a celebratory 40th anniversary Fellowship Hour! Thanks to all who made it so festive and to all who have turned in their pledges. Your financial support is essential for keeping our physical space in prime shape and putting our Vision of Ministry into action. Please return your pledge card or pledge by the ways listed below as soon as you can so we can prepare next year’s budget. Thank you! You may make your 2023-24 pledge by:

Ferry Beach

Do you want to spend a weekend in April on Ferry Beach's beautiful stretch of coastline, playing together, worshiping together, eating delicious food, and deepening our bonds of community? Please register so we know you are coming! For more information, see below or visit our website.

(Pictured at right: one of the epic campfires at our gathering in 2016! Click on the photo to enlarge.)

UUCGL Programming & Events

Read more about upcoming events on our website Calendar Page.

Dialogue Group

Wednesday, March 15 | 7:50pm

We'll be meeting at the same (virtual) place as usual but at 7:50pm when we start the brief discursive meditation. The dialogue starts right at 8:00. There are no limitations on the number of dialoguers, whether they be newcomers, periodic drop-ins, or regulars!

Saturday Craft Group

Saturday, March 18 | 10am-2pm

Drop in anytime with your favorite crafts! More information here.

Connecting Conversation: A Deep Dive on God-Concepts

Sunday, March 19 | 11:30

Grab a cup of coffee or tea after service then join us in the Fellowship Room for a deeper dive into God concepts: what are yours? What did you learn growing up? What did you reject, and what did you retain, reimagine and experience?

Community Drumming Circle

Sunday, March 19 | 1:30-3:30pm in the Sanctuary

Open to individuals 10 years old and up. No experience necessary! You will leave feeling inspired and relaxed. Come out and plan to have an afternoon of spiritual awakening, fun, and meeting wonderful people. Drums are available for borrowing, and you are free to dance if the spirit moves you. Read more about it HERE. These events are open to the larger community so please feel free to bring a friend and spread the word! Suggested donation is $5-$10.

Restorative Winter Meditations

Sunday, March 26 | 4-5pm in the Sanctuary

Don't miss the last one! All welcome, even if it's your first time. Register using the button below.


FYI: if you enjoy meditation, there is also a Mindfulness-Based Meditation Practice Group with Anne Principe offered every morning from 7:30-7:50am.

All are welcome! For more information, click HERE.

Poetry Writing Workshop

Sunday, April 2 | 11:30am

Our Art & Spirituality series continues! Award-winning resident poet, Clem Schoenebeck, will lead this workshop in our Fellowship Room. Read more about Clem HERE

Kindly register if this is your first workshop or if you're not sure if we have your email information from previous workshops.


Vernal Pond Presentation

Monday, April 3 | 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

Vernal ponds are temporary, fishless wetlands that fill with rainfall and snow melt. They become the seasonal breeding and feeding grounds for many intriguing amphibians and insects, as well as the reptiles, birds, and mammals. And they can be found right here in Swampscott! Join us for a free, family-friendly event to learn about vernal ponds and the wildlife that depends on them. Registration information to come!

Ferry Beach Weekend Retreat for All Ages

April 28-April 30 (Friday night is optional)

If you plan to join us at Ferry Beach in April please register using the button below! Reach out to Rev. Chris Scheller with any questions or click here. *We do not want finances to prevent anyone from coming. Please reach out to Rev. Chris to request a campership to help with the costs.


Cooks in the UUCGL Kitchen! 

Ongoing | Currently Thursdays 5-7pm

Explore how cooking plant-based meals together lowers the cost, promotes health, serves the planet, and...grows community. As of now the meetings are Thursday evenings, pending enough interest. Another time could be established in the future as well. Click HERE to be contacted about joining!

Recurring UUCGL Programming

Visit uucgl.org/adultprograms to read more about these groups and use the contact links below or contact the church with questions or for more information. All are welcome!

Meditation Group


7:30-7:50am, on Zoom

Dialogue Group

Click here for meeting link!

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month

8pm, on Zoom

Wisdom Circle

2nd Wednesday of each month

12-1:30pm, at UUCGL

Community Drum Circle

3rd Sunday of each month

1:30-3:30pm, at UUCGL (Sanctuary)

Saturday Craft Group

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month

10am-2pm, at UUCGL

Tai Chi Classes (currently full; email to be on the waiting list)

Tuesday & Fridays

11am, January 6-March 31 (Parish Hall)

The Church Grounds

We had to take down three of our large, beloved pine trees on Monday — two in the staff parking lot and one in the back parking lot. All were in bad shape and potentially dangerous to cars and walkers (click photo to enlarge).

Financial Matters

Pledge Payments and Donations

There are three easy ways to make a donation to the church. Please indicate whether your payment is toward your pledge or for another purpose.

  1. Send or deliver your check to the church (101 Forest Avenue, Swampscott, MA 01907).
  2. Set up a bill-pay system with your bank and have the check sent to the above address.
  3. Donate online by clicking this link. After you fill in the information page, click “Go to Checkout.” You will then be offered options to pay through your PayPal account, if you have one, or through your credit card.

Thank you for your support!

UUCGL Resources

Stay Connected with UUCGL

Visit our Staff Directory HERE to contact any of us. We're here for you!

UUCGL Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Follow this link to meet the board.

Community Health Advisory Team Update

Please visit this link for the latest update. Stay healthy and stay safe!

Weekly Update Schedule

Items for the next weekly issue should be received by:

Wednesday, March 22, 10am

Send your notices to Mary Kiene-Gualtieri (mkgualtieri@uucgl.org).

Contact Information Reminder

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 or to find out what information we have on file for you.

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