UUCSC News and Updates
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Volume I * Issue 37 * February 12, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, RI
Rev. DL Helfer, Minister
This Sunday * February 14, 2021
9:00-9:30 AM

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

This Sunday you’ll hear from "Thirty Days of Love,” an annual celebration that runs approximately from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January through Valentine’s Day in February. It is a Side With Love opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice.
Submitted by Rev. DL Helfer
Join us for Coffee Hour on Zoom. 11:00 am.
To ensure that your donation is used as you intend, this is how PayPal monies are treated:
Every First Sunday of the month, NON-PLEDGE donations are counted as Share the Plate.
All other Sundays, every NON-PLEDGE donation is a donation to UUCSC.
Religious Education
Love Beyond Boundaries

This week in RE, we hear a story for all ages called "Tiny the God" from a UU religious educator in Texas. Tiny spreads the message that "you are not alone" and the ripples of kindness spread throughout the world.
Expanding our RE offerings * See NEWSLETTER for details.
EVERY SUNDAY, 9am-9:30: Kid Circle Time.
THIRD SUNDAYS, 9:30-10am: Adult Sharing Time.
LAST SUNDAYS, 9:30-10:30: CartUUns! 
All gatherings continue to be Zoom linked from the UUCSC Website.
Soul Matters - A Web of Support and Connection
Theme for February: Beloved Community

Our theme of Beloved Community this month brings us this gorgeous poem of spontaneous community creation. What is your fig tree story? When have you experienced such profound and beautiful community connections?
Soul Matters is a resource to help UU congregations connect ministry
across adult worship, Religious Education and small groups.
Submitted by DRE Lee Cowan
Mourning the Loss of a UUCSC Beloved

Carolyn Hurdis died at home on Tuesday February 9, surrounded by her loving family. Carolyn and Dave joined UUCSC in 2007, when we were still meeting in the bingo hall. 
Carolyn was committed to our congregation and served for years on the Personnel Committee, as a member and as Chair. She also enjoyed teaching in RE. One of her deepest concerns was racial inequity. She served on Common Ground and the Racial Justice Committee, for the last few years as Co-Chair. Last year she and Jean Bowen wrote a grant proposal to fund expansion and educational outreach at the Tomaquag Museum. The UUA selected it to be the recipient of GA contributions, which came to $90,000.

Carolyn was kind and generous, giving meals, visits, rides, and a listening ear to many members of our community. She was positive, strong, and courageous in facing her illness. Her valiant spirit lives on in the many lives she has touched.
Submitted by Penny Hall
You May Be Wondering...

...if the $24,400 PPP Loan/Grant we received from the Small Business Administration in 2020 has been converted to a Grant? The answer is YES! We were recently notified by BankNewport that this money is now ours to use without worry of having to pay it back to the government.

We want to thank Marcia Boyd, Mary Alice Kimball and Jean Burke for the many hours they spent applying for this PPP money. Without their efforts this would not have been possible!
Submitted by Aline Couture, Finance Committee Chair
Just for Yuks and Bucks
UUSCS Online Auction * April 9 - April 18, 2021
This COVID-safe fundraising event will begin with a Zoom Kick Off Party on Friday April 9. (Time to be announced soon).
Donations of all kinds are needed. Some suggestions:  
Art Objects
Vintage Wear
Baked Goods
Specialty Baskets

(yoga, dance, mindfulness, meditation)
Photography Services   
Professional Services
Home Maintenance Services
(COVID-safe: Gutter cleaning, run errands, spring yard cleaning, window washing)
Treasures for Children
If you have items, services or other things you would like to donate and/or you would like to help solicit items for the auction, please send information to:  uucscri.FUND@gmail.com. Thank-you!
Submitted by Rosemary Galiani. Event Chair
Life at Home
Streaming on Hulu - In and Of Itself
Storyteller and Conceptual Magician Derek DelGaudio attempts to understand the illusory nature of identity and answer the deceptively simple question 'Who am I?'
"All I will say is its is worth watching."
-- Rev. DL Helfer
Black Lives Matter
A Celebration of Black History Makers
(1 1/2 Minutes)
View a video with Kevin Young, Amanda Gorman, Robin Coste Lewis, Kris Bowers, Safiya Sinclair. They each read poems by other African-American poets and then one of their own. There’s a long introduction, but when you get to Kevin Young, (around marker 14 or 16 min and 20 secs in), it starts. You can drag the progress bar at the bottom of the video to this spot to save time.

Kevin Young is the current director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of the New Yorker and has served as the director of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture. 
Submitted by Johnnie Rodriguez
for all the resources that have been listed here in the past few months.
Our Stories
This week we take a look at two of the founders of our congregation, Winnie and Pete Bennis.

If you would like to share your story, please contact me at elizdn@hotmail.com.
Read all of Our Stories HERE.
Community Connections

The Christmas Eve Eve Service collection for the benefit of the Jonnycake Center was $3,184.17. Thank you to our members and friends for your outstanding generosity.
Submitted by Jean Bowen
Love is in the Air

A special Valentine's Day concert by PPAC House Organist Peter Edwin Krasinski showcases a special mix of vintage, movie, theatrical, and modern music celebrating the magic of love.

A heartwarming gift for your enjoyment from PPAC to you!
Submitted by Betsy Dalton
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by Tuesday Noon each week to assure publication by Friday of that week.