UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 28 * December 11, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * December 13, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM
The Very Human Side of Miracle-Making

This season is full of stories of miracles. Rev. DL Helfer asks, as we consider Hannukah this Sunday, that we also explore the ever-so-human efforts behind some of these “miracles."
Join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom. 11:00-11:30 am
Religious Education
Stillness in Movement
In this week's video, we think about finding stillness in our hearts and minds, but not necessarily sitting still in our bodies.

Lee leads us through a beautiful moon salutation, starting as a big bright full moon, and moving down to a tiny new moon seed, then back up to full. So come move and find your inner stillness.
Explore more activities in this week's RE Newsletter and
join us Sunday at 9:00 AM for the RE Zoom Gathering.
DRE Lee Cowan
Joys and Concerns
“We’d like to re-create a space for joys and concerns. As they arise, please email Rev DL, letting him know what you’d like shared. It will be shared either in worship or coffee hour each week."
Rev. DL Helfer
Food Drive and Cookie Exchange

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank reports that one in four Rhode Island residents are presently experiencing food insecurity. It is a pressing need to mitigate this situation.

To work toward remedying food insecurity locally, Rev. DL and DRE Lee Cowan will host a COVID-safe food collection to benefit the Johnnycake Center, in Wakefield. Just drive by UUCSC to drop off donations:
                    
Sat., December 19th and Sun., December 20
Noon – 2 PM
 
We ask for Holiday-focused non perishables - pasta, pasta sauce, canned veggies, canned beans, gravy, dry cereal, stuffing mix, quickbreads/crusts/pie filling, cookie and brownie mixes.
And in the spirit of connecting to each other… a Cookie Exchange will happen at the same time! Bring a dozen home-baked cookies, safely packaged. You’ll be able to place that on a table and pick up a dozen made by someone else, in equal exchange. Please label clearly with name of cookie, ingredients, and baker.
About Financial Contributions to UUCSC
In addition to the traditional ways that you generously support UUCSC, you can now give online! After collaborating with a team with knowledge in the area of online giving, the Finance Committee decided to offer an online option and chose the PayPal platform for processing payments. Click the word Donate, wherever you find it on the UUCSC website to go to the online donation page. Please read and consider including the optional add-on fee to your donation. Just follow these steps:

1.      Click the donate button.
2.      Enter your donation amount, with or without adding the PayPal fee cover 
3.      Click open the OPTIONAL “Use this donation for” drop down arrow and choose your donation type - Pledge Fulfillment or a Non-Pledge Offering. If none is selected, your donation will be recorded as a Non-Pledge offering.
4.      Check the box if you want this to be a monthly donation (optional).
5.      Choose your payment method – PayPal or Debit/Credit Card. You do not have to have a PayPal account to use this service.
6.      Complete the payment information requested.
A special note from the Finance Committee: Please continue making your Pledge payments in whatever method you are accustomed - by check mailed to UUCSC or by direct payment from your bank. These methods save PayPal fees.

The addition of PayPal is for those of you who find the method quick and easy.
Christmas Eve Eve
A Joyous Musical Service * All Are Welcome!
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
5:00 PM
Linked from the

A virtual coffee hour will follow immediately by Zoom.
The recorded service will be available online all week.
Save the date! Mark your calendar.
Our Stories
Everyone Has a Story

Longtime UUCSC members Jeff and Cindy Berry have been active volunteers in our community since 1991 when Cindy served as the first president of our Board of Directors. READ HERE.

If you would like to be featured in a mini biography, contact Elizabeth Donovan at elizdn@hotmail.com.
Please share your story! You matter!

Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Life at Home
Old-fashioned Apple Bread Pudding
(Just like Grandma used to make)
My grandma was a fabulous cook. From a very young age I remember watching her in the kitchen as she put together a meal or some baked treat, completely from scratch and without any recipes – she kept everything right in her head. The other day I was trying to decide what to do with a tasty (but quite stale) section of Italian bread, and I remembered the bread pudding Grandma would make, with cinnamon and apples. I found a recipe that seemed like what she had made for our family many times. I tried it, and was so pleased that I wanted to share it with all of you. A home-style treat to sweeten your holidays. Enjoy! Recipe HERE.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
We invite you to share a special Life at Home experience with your UUCSC friends and help us all to grow together. Submit your contributions for this column to Betsy Dalton at elizabethmdalton@gmail.com.
A Poetic Reflection on Life in Lockdown
‘Lean Into Loneliness Like it is Holding You’
Poem by Tanya Davis, Short animated film by Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman.
Submitted by Barbara Holtzman
Black Lives Matter
EVERETT Company Stage School
James Monteiro and Lola Iwanoski, Panelists

Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Facilities Update

UUCSC Becomes More Energy Efficient
By Jean Burke, Facilities Committee

WORK CONTINUES
Our contractor Joe Chaves hopes to complete the conversion from oil to gas of our heating system soon.
Submitted by Jean Burke, Facilities Committee
UUCSC FUNDRAISERS

Remaining
Equal Exchange Products
Delivered Right to Your Door

Tea Blends
Decaf Organic Coffee
Chocolate Bars
Virgin Olive Oil
Thank you to all who have purchased Equal Exchange items from UUCSC over the past few months via the newsletter. 

Submitted by Rosemary Galiani
Important Links
How to Submit Info to This Newsletter
Please submit news items via email to Betsy Dalton at elizabethmdalton@gmail.com
by Tuesday Noon each week to assure publication by Friday of that week.