UUCSC News and Updates
Weekly on Fridays
Volume I * Issue 27 * December 4, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * December 6, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM

Video worship service at the UUCSC Website.
10:00 AM

Finding Stillness During the Holiday Season
Our guest minister will guide us in considering and creating ease in these uneasy times.  
Rev. Lissa Gundlach
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Long Beach
Join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom. 11:00-11:30 am
Religious Education
December's Theme is STILLNESS.

Explore the new format of this week's RE Newsletter HERE and join us Sunday at 9:00 AM for the RE Zoom Gathering.
DRE Lee Cowan
Our Gratitude Line at UUCSC!!
Photos by DRE Lee Cowan
Soul Matters for December
 "Stillness doesn’t simply slow our breath and energy;
it fills us with it." 
This quote from our Soul Matters Sharing Circle this month is such a good reminder. We don't need to seek stillness in order to block out the world and all its needs and hurts or simply for the act of slowing down. We can seek stillness to find clarity, purpose and renewed strength. And of course, some of us kick it into high gear in the holiday season and we may be thinking, "stillness? December is anything but stillness for me." But if we take a minute to breathe and ask ourselves what is the most important thing to be conveying to our loved ones, I think we will all answer with something like "love, appreciation, peace."
 
So let's make time this month to slow down and breathe. Not to escape the world, but to be more fully in it.
-- Lee Cowan, DRE

A Short Talk by
Ryan Holiday on Stillness

Find additional resources HERE.
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
Pandemic Response from the UUCSC Board
In case you missed it... find it HERE.
Our Stories
Everyone Has a Story

Emily Jacobs is enjoying her time at home. Life is good! Read her story 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

Elizabeth Donovan does a FaceTime art class with her grandson Caleb in NJ and his pod member and remote learning classmate Kenzie. Not as good as being there in person but pretty darn satisfying!

Submitted by Elizabeth Donovan

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.
Social Justice News
A Social Justice Ask . . .

The South County Mutual Aid effort at The Collective is dedicated to centralizing aid and assistance in South Kingstown, Narragansett and other parts of South County, RI at this time of public health crisis. Our goal is to bring together information, organizations, and resources for people in need over the course of the pandemic, as needed. Together we have collectively helped hundreds of individuals and families with financial assistance, housing, grocery assistance, and etc.

Many of our neighbors are still struggling, and so there are opportunities for people who are willing to lend assistance. Donate to the mutual aid fund HERE

If you need assistance or can provide other support, please fill out this form HERE. Donations of women's and children's warm clothing is especially needed.
Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer
On behalf of Diana Garlington and RI Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense I am writing to invite you to attend our second “Safer Communities for Justice” event TODAY, Friday, December 4, at 5:00 PM, via Zoom. We hope you can join us as we learn how unsolved murders impact our community, and the actions we can take to urge public officials & law enforcement to solve these cases and bring peace and justice to the victims’ families.  The victims are not just numbers. They are sons & daughters, brothers & sisters, husbands, wives- human beings that make up the fabric of our community.  For More information contact me at Jeannbowen@gmail.com

RSVP here to receive a Zoom link to join the event.
Submitted by Jean Bowen, Social Justice Chair
New Tech Tip
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Black Lives Matter
Preservation Magazine Features the oldest existing
African Heritage Cemetery in America
Join the free live event featuring God's Little Acre. located in Newport, RI.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Introduction to the African heritage people who lived, worked, worshipped and eventually died in Colonial Newport.
Register for this online event HERE.

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, has been hard at work on the gas conversion. As with many projects like this, we have run into a few unanticipated issues requiring more work. For example, we have to replace the condensate pump for the steam heat system. Joe hopes to install the new pump this week and install the new burners next week. 
Submitted by Jean Burke, Facilities Committee Chair
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
Community Connections
Kudos for good works to
UUCSC Member
Nessa Richman, Network Director of the Food Policy Council.
Good works: Program is helping RI farmers, fishermen and the hungry
by Gail Ciampa
The Providence Journal
November 25, 2020

Bad times bring out good ideas. The Rhode Island Food Policy Council in its work with Hope's Harvest RI, Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank is bringing food to those who need it and supporting Rhode Island farmers and fishermen at the same time. --READ MORE
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
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.