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Volume I * Issue 30 * December 25, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
Holiday Greetings on Christmas Day!
The UUCSC Newsletter crew wishes you a glorious day!

We too are pausing for a break with limited editions of this newsletter for the next couple of weeks. As we reflect on this new effort to communicate during our building shutdown, we acknowledge that it has been a reluctant leap for some, but together we have done it. A big thank you to staff for collaborating closely with us and to all contributors for sending timely news, ideas, and resources that have enriched our beloved community and helped us to stay in touch. Enjoy today!

Remember that staff will be on a much-needed break from December 24-January 1. In a pastoral emergency, contact Natalie or a member of the Pastoral Care team, who will contact Rev. DL.

Peace and joy,
Etta, Betsy, and Elizabeth
This Sunday * December 27, 2020

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
11:00 AM
Coming from the
UU Meeting House of Provincetown, MA
Rev. Kate Wilkinson

All are welcome to join their zoom coffee hour after the service. Click HERE for the link.

You will also find the coffee hour link on the website
Sunday Morning for your convenience.

Offerings collected in December will benefit the Jonnycake Center.
You may also mail a check to the office or donate at the UUCSC website.
Please give generously. Hunger in South County is real.
Religious Education/Exploration
We will be taking a two week break from our Sunday RE Zoom calls. See you on January 10th!
Candles, A Christmas Spider, and Freedom's Eve
One more RE video and newsletter for 2020. Our DRE, Lee Cowan shares some of her special candles for this time of year as well as the story of the Christmas Spider. Enjoy!
The newsletter provides info and resources about Watch Night/ Freedom's Eve.

Joys and Concerns
“We’d like to re-create a space for joys and concerns. As they arise, please email Rev DL, uucscminister@gmail.com, letting him know what you’d like shared. It will be shared either in worship or coffee hour each week."
Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer
Watch on WSBE Rhode Island PBS
Mini review . . . by Etta Zasloff
If you are free Christmas night, don’t miss this retelling of The Nutcracker Ballet. While Tchaikovsky's score and the dances are iconic, the scenes set in six different Newport mansions with award- deserving production quality make it a unique experience that blends tradition with today. Kudos to all collaborators and performers, who were involved this project. It works to remind us of all the possibilities that are ours!
A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined
Christmas Day at 7 p.m.

Through Her Eyes - A Newport Nutcracker Reimagined follows a young girl’s magical international journey of discovery and self-empowerment, set to Tchaikovsky's iconic score. With in-person performances limited due to the pandemic, the Island Moving Company has created a unique spin on their Newport Nutcracker ballet classic, set in the Newport mansions.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
Food Drive and Cookie Exchange
Thank you to all who donated! We collected 267 pounds for the Jonnycake Food Pantry!
A drive-by food drop off by the Ruedakurtos!
Betsy Dalton brings her donation and cookies
After the first day of our food drive
The final 267 pounds of food, delivered to the Jonnycake Food Pantry!
With the average meal being 1.2 pounds of food, we donated 225 meals!
Black Lives Matter
Lots of good causes to support Indigenous Peoples!
Submtted by Essjay Foulkrod
The RI Center for the Book has announced the selection for the 2021 Reading Across Rhode Island project: Stamped: Racism, Anitracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. This compelling book explores racism through history, and reflects on the turbulence and struggles of today's society through an insightful and critical lens.
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
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.