WEEKLY UPDATE |November 15, 2023

Note: Church office closed November 21-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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November 19, 2023 | 10:00am

Green Peppers and Grace

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Worship Leader

Thanksgiving invites us to reflect on the simplicity and importance of giving thanks to the natural world, and of feeding each other. We are currently doing a drive for requested goods for St. Stephen's Food Pantry, which is also the recipient of our 50/50 plate offering this month. 

Artwork by Linda Mears

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Volunteers needed for 11/26! Each Sunday we rely on Greeters, Ushers, and Worship Associates to help the service run smoothly, as well as folks to run the Fellowship Hour. Would you like to help out?

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A Message from Rev. Vicki

In The Spirit

The past couple of days have been filled with conversations about cookie-baking logistics, making ornaments, counting tables at the Knights of Columbus, ordering sand for our candles bowl, thinking about Advent decor (pink poinsettias? white?), catering logistics and menus, and other organizational details that as I joked to Rev. Chris, are not what they teach in seminary! But in with all these event planning details, there are also deeper matters of life and death, as is always the case in congregational life. READ MORE

A Message from Rev. Chris

This Sunday morning children and youth will begin in the Skylight room at 10am for our opening ritual, and then we will move downstairs to continue working on our winter pageant video. Interested 7th-12th graders are encouraged to join our PreK-6th graders for this multiage project Sunday. 

There will be no OWL class this Sunday evening as families head off to celebrate Thanksgiving.

With gratitude to this wonderful community,

Rev. Chris Scheller

Click here for an overview of our faith development programs for children & youth this fall!

Grants Update

Did you know that from July to September 30th of this year, your grants committee (with proceeds from a combination of UUCGL Endowment funds, Memorial Funds, and Spinney Trust funds) has provided:

  • Thirteen College Scholarships to graduating high school students in Lynn and Swampscott
  • Two College Scholarships to students already in college
  • Five College Scholarships to graduating and students in college who are UUCGL Church members
  • Four Organizational Grants to non-profit organizations in Greater Lynn
  • And... READ MORE

November Food Drive

The Social Justice Ministry Team is holding a food drive to benefit St. Stephen's Food Pantry in Lynn. You can help by dropping food off in the bins located in the church foyer anytime between now and the end of November. Please donate any of the following items: peanut butter, jelly, canned soup, or canned vegetables

Update on Holiday Party for LSA 🎁

On December 16th we will be joining with the Lynn Shelter Association to provide a holiday dinner and party for families in their shelters. The party will be held at the Knights of Columbus of Lynn at 177 Lynnfield Street from 6-9pm.

For many of their residents, this will probably be their first Christmas here, as many residents are migrants. While we will not need to peel potatoes for the meal since it will be catered, we can do a lot as the hosts to make people feel welcomed and festive. We will be helping decorate the hall, decorate cookies and ornaments with the children, and assist the staff in clean-up... READ MORE

Holly Jolly Sunday

Come one, come all to our Holly Jolly Sunday on December 10th! What better way to kick off the holiday celebrations? Our festivities will begin with the debut of our children’s winter video pageant during worship. Then, as Fellowship Hour starts up, all ages are invited to help prepare some treats and cheer for the Lynn Shelter Association’s holiday party. We will be baking cookies and designing festive centerpieces for them, and celebrating as well, with a catered lunch from Christopher’s Cafe of Lynn, music, and fellowship together. Elf hats and holiday sweaters are encouraged!

Please RSVP HERE so that we can be sure to order enough food.

This event will take the place of our Sunday Evening Community Meal scheduled for that evening to focus our energy on this special event.

Fair Trade Items

Need a gift for your holiday host? Consider giving organic, fair trade teas, coffee, decadent hot cocoa, or cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil (made from organic Nabali olives, one of the highest quality oils in the world)! These are all conveniently available every Sunday at coffee hour in the Parish Hall.

Congregational Connections

At 2pm on Thursday, November 16th, the Poetry Salon at Abbot Public Library in Marblehead will discuss the poems of our own Clemens Schoenebeck. Clem has published two books: “Dancing with Fireflies,” a memoir, and “Where the Time Went,” a book of poems. His poems invite us to see possibilities of joy in the everyday, be it garden flowers or the Brahms Requiem, a brilliant sunset, or the sterling qualities of a friend. 

Join Clem at the event in the Program Room at Abbot Public Library (Interim Space), 3 Brook Road, Marblehead. To attend via Zoom, register using this link (no registration necessary to attend the program in person).

On November 19th, UUCGL member Barbara Helinski will be celebrating her 99th birthday! If you would like to send her a card to mark the occasion, please mail it to:

53 Theresa Avenue

Salem, NH 03079

What’s going on in your world? Do you have a milestone or event coming up in which members of the church community could support you? Let us know and we'll spread the word! Email Mary at mkgualtieri@uucgl.org.

Featured Programming & Events

To see more dates and gatherings, check out our website Calendar Page!

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Adult Programs

Saturday, November 18

*NOTE: Craft Circle cancelled*

Sunday, November 19

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

7pm | First Church, United Church of Christ (40 Monument Ave. Swampscott)

All are invited to attend.

"Drumagic" Community Drum Circle

1:30-3:30pm | Sanctuary

Tuesday, November 21

Tai Chi (Intermediate Class)

11am | Parish Hall

Wednesday, November 22

Dialogue Group

8-9pm | Zoom 

Sunday, November 26

Sunday Evening Meditations

4-4:45pm | Sanctuary

Please sign up for any/all dates you plan to attend!


Pizza Community Meal

5-7pm | Parish Hall


7-8th Grade OWL

6-8pm | Skylight Room

Youth Group

6-8pm | (Outing)

Wednesday, November 29

Tailwinds: Live Animal Presentation

6:30pm | Parish Hall


Saturday, December 2

Saturday Craft Circle

10am-2pm | Skylight Room

Sunday, December 10

Holly Jolly Sunday

10am-1pm | Sanctuary & Parish Hall


Church History Ministry Team Meeting

11:30pm | Skylight Room

Tuesday, December 12

Wisdom Circle

12-1:30pm | Hawthorne Hotel, Salem (RSVP to Ruth or Gloria)

Thursday, December 14

Plant-Based Cooking Group

5pm | Kitchen  FOR ALL AGES  



Saturday, December 16

Holiday Party for Lynn Shelter Association

6-9pm | Knights of Columbus hall, 177 Lynnfield St, Lynn

Thursday, December 21

Winter Solstice Service at UU Church of Marblehead

7-8pm | UUCM Sanctuary, (28 Mugford Street, Marblehead)

All are invited to attend.

Sunday, December 24

UUCGL Christmas Eve Service

5:30pm | Sanctuary

Regular Group Meetings and Programs

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


Thursday Evenings

7:45pm, at UUCGL (Sanctuary)

Church History (Ministry Team)

2nd Sunday of the month

11:30am, at UUCGL

Community Drum Circle

3rd Sunday of each month

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

Dialogue Group

Click here for meeting link!

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

7:50-9pm, on Zoom

Meditation Group

Mornings, every day

7:30-7:50am, on Zoom

Plant-Based Cooking Group

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month

5pm, at UUCGL (Kitchen)

Saturday Craft Circle

1st and 3rd Saturdays (no mtg. 11/18)

10am-2pm, at UUCGL (Skylight Room)

Sunday Evening Meditations

Select Sundays

4-5pm, at UUCGL (Sanctuary)

Tai Chi Classes (Intermediate)

Tuesday Mornings

11am-12pm, at UUCGL

Wisdom Circle

2nd Tuesday of the month

12-1:30pm, at UUCGL

UUCGL Resources

Items for the Wednesday Weekly Update

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

Church Office Schedule

The office will be closed November 21-24 and December 25-29 for the holidays.

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