WEDNESDAY, November 11, 2020
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Sunday, November 15, at 10 am,
Zoom Service,
Led by Rev. Sue Browning,
"When We Want to Heal: A Service About the Rocky Times"
This past weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden vowed to usher in “a time to heal” in America. What might that entail? What needs to be healed? Join Rev. Sue Browning for a Zoom service with the UUCR congregation to explore what we may need to understand before healing may begin.

Join us by clicking the Zoom link here (passcode 764395) on Sunday, November 8 at 10 am, followed by coffee hour on a separate Zoom link (see below).

If you have a joy or sorrow for the November 15 service, please share it during the discussion or if you're not planning to attend, email the UUCR office at UUCR email by Friday, November 13 at noon.
Join Us for Coffee Hour on Sunday!
Coffee Hour will follow immediately after the Zoom Service. Come join us for a time to see and talk to one another. It's the next best thing to being there!

Click on the Coffee Hour Zoom Link at
11:00 am this Sunday.
There will be a memorial service celebrating the life of UUCR member Dick Hawkins on Sunday, November 15 at 3 pm on Zoom. All are invited to attend. Click here for the Zoom link (passcode 261826). You are encouraged to use the link to connect by 2:45 pm so the service can begin promptly at 3 pm.

If you need support using Zoom, please let us know by email at or by phone at 410-778-3440.
Minister's Column
Leading Toward This Thanksgiving
Like just about everything in 2020, the Thanksgiving Day holiday will be different this year.
Families, friends, and neighbors are weighing the risks of the traditional Thanksgiving gatherings. Should we gather at all? If so, how many might be together? Should we try eating outside? Should we get tested before? After?
In our questions, we are lifting up our care for the well-being of one another. As we weigh choices, we’re considering our own health, the health of those we’d love to be with over the holidays, and the potential ripple effects that will follow any gathering.
These conversations are happening, and they are difficult. Many are opting to be alone, or with a small group only. Some are agreeing easily, with resignation on the needs for limits this year, and others are struggling with the choices. 
In the midst of these realities, how might we best care for one another? What is at the essence of this season of gratitude we can lift up? Are there substitutions in our traditions that might feel meaningful? 
I ask all of the above, not knowing of neat answers, and hopeful that in asking together we will discover creative ways to feel connected during this season. 

And I ask as a reminder to keep an eye out for one another especially over the next weeks. Please reach out to me or others in the congregation if you are feeling the weight of these times. 
In care, 
Rev. Sue


Carl Gallegos, Nov 6
Sue Browning, Nov 13
Jan Brandon, Nov 18
Tim Ford, Nov 20
Sara Warner, Nov 21
Diane Shields, Nov 24

We want to help celebrate your birthday! If we didn't include your November birthday, please contact Jan Whitney at UUCR email


Sunday, November 22,
Rev. Sue Browning, Virtual Service, "Intergenerational Bread Communion"

Sunday, November 29,
Bob Clegg, Virtual Service
From UUCR's Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee
New Home Needs More
About a dozen UUCR members and friends have already offered furnishings, but needs remain for the first new home built by Kent Attainable Housing.

The Social Concerns/Social Justice Committee has adopted the outfitting of the modular home on College Avenue for a family of first-time homebuyers. Parents and three children expect to move in in December.
Major items still needed include:

  • King size bed frame
  • Five sturdy, wooden dining chairs without arms
  • Compact computer desk and chair
  • Sideboard with storage, max size 48 wide by 18 deep

If you have one of these items available, please notify just one of the two coordinators: Nancy Holland at or Linda Weimer at

Since it’s likely some items will need to be purchased (either second-hand or new), the SJ/SC Committee is also accepting cash donations. Those checks should be made out to the UUCR with “KAH First Home” in the memo line and mailed to
the church.

Thanking you in advance,
Nancy Holland and Linda Weimer, coordinators 
Holiday Sharing is Back
Holiday Sharing is back, with a twist.  We're not collecting individual gifts for a Department of Social Services (DSS) family this year, but we are collecting funds to provide gift cards for a deserving family selected by DSS. 

If you'd like to donate, please send a check to UUCR at 914 Gateway Dr, Chestertown, MD 21620 clearly marked for Holiday Sharing.

This is our first Outreach Collection for the year.  The needs are even greater this year for all of us, so I hope that you can share to bring and find some joy in this unusual holiday season.

Please donate by December 1 as you are able. Contact Lynn Dolinger for questions: or call
Photo Directory News
Please share your photos!
All members and friends should have received an email with instructions on giving us the latest picture to be included in the UUCR photo directory. You can send them either through the web site, or by email at We are looking forward to seeing everyone and their family.

David Biehler
UUCR on Facebook

Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River now has two Facebook pages. Our original UUCR Facebook Page now has a new look. This is thanks to Kate Livie, of Alosa Communications. (Click the image below to go to our original UUCR Facebook Page.)

  • Frequent posts are desirable not only because they keep our page updated with fresh content, this new content is carried forward into our followers’ newsfeeds. That’s an example of the interconnectedness of all things. We want our page to reflect a balance of news and information, not skewed too much in one direction. So far the bulk of our content is about upcoming services, ideas for family activities, and our work on racial justice. It would be helpful if we could expand our postings into other areas.

  • Pat Bjorke has been posting from UU World about Unitarian Universalism so that folks not familiar with us will get some idea what we're about. 

  • Pat has also been posting her “BITES” on this Facebook page, as well as putting them in Reflections newsletter.

  • PLEASE visit ... maybe once a week to see what's new even if you're not going to post.

  • As well as our Website, our Facebook page is our public face in the now mostly virtual world. Do not post personal information about yourself or anybody else.

  • If a Facebook page isn’t seen in the virtual universe, does it exist?

Our UUCR Facebook Forum is the new more personal space. Again, created by Kate Livie. (Click the image below to go to our UUCR Facebook Forum.)
  • This is a private Facebook page/group for UUCR congregants and friends only.

  • One has to be admitted by someone already in the group.

  • Only members can post.

  • The intention is to give us a means of sharing experiences and possibly connecting in this time of distancing.

  • Content posted to the private UUCR Facebook Forum group offers greater latitude than on the public Facebook page, and can include thought-provoking discussion topics, fun asides, and current local topics of interest. It is highly advisable to keep a definite boundary between the two Facebook pages.

  • DICK HAWKINS MEMORIAL SERVICE -- A picture of the service has been posted on the Facebook Forum. This is your chance to join the group, if you have not already done so. Add your own pictures and remembrances. Feel free to start your own post.
Pastoral Care & Connection
We are here for you!  We will focus on staying directly connected with our members and friends, especially those who may need assistance or support. The caring teams from our congregation is staying in touch, but if you need to reach out, please be in touch with any of the contacts below to stay connected (and see additional contacts below for RE families).
Please know your congregation is here. We can help you find connections. Please don't hesitate to reach out and let us know what is helpful for you in this time. 

Rev. Sue Browning, and the Pastoral Care Associates: Kevin Brien, Gayle Folger, Nancy Holland, and Vida Morley
or for more information, contact:
Jan Whitney (Office) p: 410-778-3440 | e:
Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 778-3440