The UUCW Message
February 5, 2019
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Some of the Fellowship Hall Update Team relaxing after setting up the Religious Exploration Library.
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Fellowship Hall has been updated!  Starting with the funds generously contributed by YOU during the Raising the Spirits Fundraiser in November, Fellowship Hall has been painted and much of the furniture has been changed out, removed, or been given a face lift!  There are a few punch list items to be completed, but we are happy to report it's done!  ....

The next meeting of the Women's Social Circle is Saturday February 9 at 9 AM at Nu Kitchen ( 335 Chandler Street Worcester, MA.  If you are woman or identify as such, please join us.  No RSVP required.  Just drop-in as you can.  Contact Nancy Baffa  or Maya Desai with questions or suggestions for future meetups...

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester is offering a FREE eight week series of workshops on RACISM and WHITE PRIVILEGE. DESCRIPTION: These workshops are primarily focused on helping white people understand the racial component of their identity, and how to live with authenticity and integrity as a white person in a society grounded in white supremacy. Racism is the source of much confusion among white folks because there are so ...
The acts are all lined up and we're excited!  It'll be a fun evening of performances including:   The Hip Swayers, poetry, instrumentalists and soulful singing.  Tickets go on sale starting Sunday, February 10th during Coffee Hour.  You can get tickets for the low price....

The Women's Runaway Weekend, an annual event of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, is upon us again! This weekend has become a well-loved tradition. We stay at The Linden Tree Inn in Rockport and have the entire inn to ourselves. It's an opportunity to run away and enjoy a weekend of no cooking, no cleaning and no one to take care of-except ...      

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Sunday News
Worship - February 10, 2019

RE News - February 10, 2019

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Education

Coffee Hour News
Date Group on deck for hosting Hospitality Team contact
February 10 Readers Unite &
Evening Book Clubs
Nancy Hancock
February 17
Hospitality Team
Nancy Hancock
February 24 Parish Services, Technology, and Buildings & Grounds Committees Nancy Hancock

  Nancy Hancock 
Help Needed! Sunday Morning Worship Team Sign-up! 

We need your help.  Not a long-term commitment, just a Sunday along the way this year.  This is a congregation that relishes the many voices and passions of its people.  We are looking for people to participate on Sunday morning's by signing up to:

  • Greet Newcomers
  • Usher
  • Light the Chalice - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Read the Welcome - script available
  • Read Opening Words - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Introduce the Offering - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Help set up the Sanctuary prior to Service - Orientation and training provided.
This is not a lengthy commitment.  If each active member and friend of the congregation signed up for just 2 spots a year, we'd have the entire calendar covered! 
LEADERS!  Have a special event or effort that you want to highlight, this is a perfect opportunity to be heard.  While providing any of the services above (sans Sanctuary set up) you can plug your special project.
ALSO, Aaron is looking for a handful of folks who would be interested and willing to be a Worship Leader on Sundays when we have a Guest Speaker.  You will receive a full script of the WA parts of the service ahead of time and will be connected personally with the Guest Speaker to work out any other details.  Training is also provided as desired.  Contact Aaron directly if you are willing to be a Worship Leader.

HERE is the link to sign up to be part of a Sunday morning Worship Team this year. Scroll to the desired date, and sign up on the element you'd like to do.  You will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email prior to your scheduled day(s).
Thanks you for all you do!!

 Touchstones For February 5 - 11
2018-2019 Touchstone Ministry Theme "Let Your Life Speak"
Parker Palmer wrote, "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent." These themes encourage listening to your life as a way of shaping your days and guiding your journey.
This year's monthly themes, starting in September, are: vocation, formation, gratitude, peace, grace, surrender/letting go, truth, salvation/wholeness, mystery, transcendence, freedom and responsibility, and prayer.
Watch for upcoming articles in this newsletter and other weekly communications that will explore these themes in depth.    

February Theme - Surrender/Letting Go

February 5: "If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
February 6: "The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart." ~ Alan Redpath
February 7: "Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life-and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you." ~ Eckhart Tolle
February 8: "Completion comes not from adding another piece to ourselves, but from surrendering our ideas of perfection." ~ Mark Epstein
February 9: "The essential surrender happens within you, it has nothing to do with anybody outside you. The basic surrender is a relaxation, a trust-so don't be misguided by the word. Linguistically, surrender means to surrender to somebody, but religiously, surrender simply means trust, relaxing. It is an attitude rather than an act: you live through trust." ~ Osho
February 10: "Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising outcome of letting go." ~ James Arthur Ray
February 11: "I've discovered there are only two modes of the heart. We can struggle, or we can surrender. Surrender is a frightening word for some people, because it might be interpreted as passivity, or timidity. Surrender means wisely accommodating ourselves to what is beyond our control." ~ Sylvia Boorstein
Rev. Aaron Payson
Ongoing Meetings
Open to anyone interested in meditation, the group meets weekly and you can attend as available. We meditate for 30 minutes and then read from a meditation book and discuss the practice and how to integrate it into our lives. Occasionally we will listen to a talk from a meditation teacher and discuss as well. If you have questions contact Wendy O'Leary. 
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