WEEKLY UPDATE |May 24, 2023

COMING UP: ECCO Boat Cruise | BBQ Picnic | North Shore Pride

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May 28, 2023 | 10:00am

"The National DNA"

Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein, Worship Leader

Memorial Day prompts reflections on the shared “genes” all Americans have inherited. How do we acknowledge our national DNA as we try to build a healthier society?

Worship with us in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live!

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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)

Beach Service

Our Beach Service is scheduled for June 18, Father’s Day. This is a treasured tradition for UUCGL, and Rev. Vicki would like to know if you can provide music. It would be very fun to have a variety of folks lead us in song or musical meditation.

Children's Faith Development

This Sunday our Neighboring Faith class will have their final visit of the year! The group will gather outside the front entrance of our church at 10am and carpool over to visit the wonderful Sanghikaram Wat Khmer Buddhist Temple, on Chestnut St. in Lynn. They will return back to UUCGL by noon. Please RSVP with Rev. Chris to coordinate rides.

Our PreK-5th graders will begin outside as well, in the wooded area enclosed by fencing off the walkway to our first parking lot: “The Gathering Place.”


Article II Revisions

The UUA has suggested major revisions to Article II of our Bylaws, which includes the 7 Principles. If you are invested in the Seven Principles as a defining statement of UU identity, please let Rev. Vicki know your thoughts on voting to approve the proposed amendments, found on page 19 of this study. As a delegate to GA who will be voting on this matter in June, she would like to know the congregation's opinions.

Pledge Season

Thank you to those of you who have pledged thus far! Everyone’s financial support is essential for keeping our physical space in prime shape and putting our Vision of Ministry into action. Please pledge as soon as you can so we are able to finalize the budget for the next fiscal year. HERE'S HOW to make your 2023-24 pledge!

The Pollinator Garden is Here!

Members of the Green Sanctuary Ministry Team planted the UUCGL pollinator garden last weekend. Organized by Trish Aldrich and Bruce Campbell, the group planted over 70 native plant seedlings in an area that was formerly lawn to the left of the church entrance. These plants, when mature, will support a diversity of pollinators, hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, by providing nectar and insects to feed on. The 12 species planted include Rose Milkweed, Prairie Blazing Star, Showy Goldenrod, and Hairy Beardtongue. Check out the Green Sanctuary Page on our website to see the complete list!

Social Justice News

You are invited to ECCO's annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser, the best social justice dance party of the summer! Join us for an evening of shmoozing, a DJ dance party, and cash bar/light refreshments with ECCO's vibrant and diverse community. 

Our social justice partner ECCO (Essex County Community Organization) is having a fun fundraiser on Sunday, June 4th. ECCO does great work on systemic issues and of late has been focused on housing and affordability throughout Essex County. On immigration issues, they had a big success last fall, after years of work, on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. It is a great organization to be a part of and to support. 

There are a few ways to show support. UUCGL will be a sponsor of the event, and you could be too. Or better yet, you can buy a ticket and attend. In addition, you can buy an equity ticket – a ticket for an ECCO member who cannot afford the $50 ticket price but wants to join the celebration of ECCO’s good works.

The June 4th boat cruise is in Gloucester Harbor in time to see the sunset. Put on your dancing shoes (or not), but definitely buy your tickets HERE.

Upcoming Programming & Events

Find more on our website Calendar Page!

Cooks in the Kitchen

Thursday, May 25 | 5pm

End-of-Year Church BBQ Picnic

Sunday, June 4 | 11am

Our annual end-of-year church BBQ picnic is back, hurray! All are invited to join us after worship on June 4th. The Faith Development Ministry Team will be hosting this event and providing hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs (with all the fixings and condiments), drinks, green salad, chips, and honey mustard coleslaw. Come as you are, and you are welcome to bring a side or special salad if you are so inclined to share, as well. This event will take place rain or shine, with indoor and outdoor seating available, weather permitting. Hope to see you there!

Sunday Evening Meditations (last one!)

Sunday, June 4 | 4-5pm

These one-hour sessions, led by Chris Scheller, begin with a short lesson on a theme from the world’s religions and the science of mindfulness. This is followed by guided and silent meditation and a loving-kindness practice. No prior experience is required.


Dialogue Group

Wednesday, June 7 | 8-9pm

Poetry Writing Workshop

Sunday, June 11 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Award-winning resident poet, Clem Schoenebeck, will lead this Poetry Writing workshop in our Fellowship Room. Kindly register HERE if this is your first workshop or if you're not sure if we have your email information from previous workshops. Questions? Visit THIS webpage or email Rev. Chris Scheller

Church History Ministry Team Meeting

Sunday, June 11 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Wisdom Circle

Wednesday, June 14 | 12-1:30pm

Community Drum Circle

Sunday, June 18 | 1:30-3:30pm

🏳️‍🌈 North Shore Pride 🏳️‍🌈

Saturday, June 24 | Salem

Join UUCGL on Saturday, June 24th as we celebrate at the North Shore Pride Parade & Festival in Salem!

This year we will continue in our long tradition of marching for Pride in the parade with other communities of faith. We will gather at Shetland Industrial Park by 11:15am to assemble for marching at noon.


Mary Kiene-Gualtieri and Rev. Chris will be hosting a UUCGL table with games and prizes at the festival, at the end of the march. Please drop by, or contact Chris Scheller to let him know if you'd like to coordinate!

We also invite you to join us on Thursday, June 22, at 7pm for the North Shore Pride Interfaith Celebration, at Tabernacle Congregational Church (United Church of Christ), 50 Washington Street, Salem.


Please add your name to this very quick registration list if you’d like to join the march. Don’t forget to add your t-shirt size because we will have new matching “Side with Love” UUCGL t-shirts for all registered marchers this year!

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!

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

NOTE: no class 5/26 or 6/2

Tuesday and/or Fridays

11am, through June 30th (Parish Hall)

Church History (Ministry Team)

2nd Sunday of each month

11:30am, at UUCGL

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

Items for the Weekly Update

Please send to Mary Kiene-Gualtieri (mkgualtieri@uucgl.org)

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!

Your 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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Fellowship Hour: 11am

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