Theme questions for May:
  • When were you first healed by simplicity?
  • When were you first protected by beauty?
  • When did simplicity first teach you something?
SUNDAYS UPCOMING & WORSHIP INFORMATION
Our services are held at 9 and 11am, for both in-person and on Zoom worship. All in-person worship leaders have provided confirmation of vaccination.
Sunday, May 22 Transcendence and Immanence with Rev. Roger Bertschausen
With special music from Harmonia. Following our 11am service, we'll hold a congregation-wide potluck. Details below!
Sunday, May 29 A Difficult Meditation on Pacificism with Rev. Roger Bertschausen

Sunday, June 5 Flower Communion Join us for this treasured spring tradition. Bring a flower from your garden, or the roadside, or a store for a lovely common bouquet; you’ll receive one in return! (And if you can’t bring a flower - no worries; we’ll have plenty!)
To attend worship in-person:
In-person worship pre-registration isn't required
but it will speed up the required check-in process at church:

To attend worship virtually:
Sunday Service | 9 & 11am
Computer, tablet, or smartphone:
Password: WBUUC328
By phone: +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 743 728 311
Cyber Social Hour | 10:00am & 12:00pm
Computer, tablet, or smartphone:
Password: WBUUC328
By phone: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 925 9029 4884
THIS SUNDAY: Community-Wide Potluck!
Sunday, May 22 | 12:30pm

We are holding a community-wide potluck immediately following the 11am service this Sunday. Bring a dish to share. Enjoy food and fellowship with members and friends. All ages welcome!

If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up: https://bit.ly/WBUUCpotluck

Questions: revjack@wbuuc.org
ROAD CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Eastbound Hwy 36 Closure
Eastbound Hwy 36 will be closed between Hwy 61 and I-694 from 9pm on Friday, May 20 through 5am on Monday, May 23.

ROGER'S RECOMBOBULATION AREA: COVID Protocol Changes
With the invaluable help of our dedicated medical advisory team, we continue to monitor the pandemic's trends as well as ever-evolving medical information and resources. One of the key metrics we continue to use is the extent to which our medical system and especially hospitals and ICUs are stressed. Fortunately, that metric is looking better.

We will institute the following important changes to our COVID protocol on May 29: 
  • Masking will be recommended but not required of fully vaccinated adults for all activities at WBUUC other than worship. Because worship services are a time when all ages--including children under 5 who are not eligible for the vaccine--are present for an extended period and there is vocal and wind instrument music, masks will continue to be required for all people in worship services. Children 3 and up and youth will also continue to be required to mask at all times when participating in Religious Education activities.
  • Food as well as beverages are allowed.

All other aspects of our current protocol will continue--including vocal ensembles of up to 15 singing with masks during worship services. One to three singers and/or wind instrumentalists may perform unmasked behind the plastic shield.

We anticipate reopening the nursery sometime in the next few months. We are working on hiring staff and getting the nursery set up. Stay tuned for more information.

As always, please get in touch with me if you have questions or concerns. And, also as always, our protocol is not only subject to change but will undoubtedly be changed as circumstances change.

Warmly,
Rev. Roger Bertchausen
Interim Lead Minister
In Memoriam: Joanna Vail

Joanna Vail died in hospice on 5/12/22. A memorial will be held on August 27th at White Bear Unitarian Church. More details will be shared at a later date.

In the rising of the sun and in it’s going down, we will remember her.
JUSTICE & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Conversations: At the Heart of It
Thursday, May 19 | 11am | Zoom
This group, formerly known as Third Thursday for 60+ will meet at 11 am on Thursday May 19th on Zoom for an hour. The topic this time is “Embracing the Core of Our Changing Realities” Rev. Sara Goodman will lead with introductions and a thought-provoking reading, after which conversations will be in groups of three discussing questions arising from the month’s topic.

You are invited to join the group on Zoom at:

I look forward to having you join us!
Rev. Sara
Hey, White People: A Journey
Saturday, May 21 | 8am
Pilgrimage ​from the MN State Capitol to George Floyd Square

Join a contemplative walk on Saturday, May 21st with the Hey White People, We Have Work to Do effort to support those who are committed to living an anti-racist life. This pilgrimage is nine miles in length, one mile for each minute George Floyd was held to the ground, with no mercy or aid, until he died on May 25, 2020. It begins at 8:00 am at the Minnesota State Capitol, proceeding to Marshall Avenue west through the Rondo. Lex-Ham and Mac-Groveland neighborhoods to the Mississippi River, then onward on Lake Street to Chicago Avenue and south to 38th. The route leads to George Floyd Square where protectors of the square will greet the pilgrims and offer a tour. There will be times of group reflection along the way and individuals are welcome to join the walk at any place along the route. Please see www.heywhitepeople.org for additional information, the route map, and the background regarding this activity.
This Sunday's Special Collection: Project Home
Project Home is the recipient of our special collection on Sunday, May 22, 2022. For more than a decade, WBUUC hosted families who experience homelessness during the month of September. Hundreds of our congregation members volunteered to assist our guests during their overnight stays in our church. We are deeply committed to this project, coordinated by Project Home, with oversight from Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul. The pandemic continues to suspend the church-based overnights while shelter for an increased number of families is still at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s Provincial House. 

Financial support for the Provincial House shelter currently is from COVID-related funding, which soon will end. Project Home is seeking legislative funding for continued use of the Provincial House space which helps more people more efficiently. Your advocacy with Minnesota Legislators is critical today. Please add your voice to support for Project Home with legislators

And please continue with your amazing history of generous financial support for Project Home with a donation this week. Your contributions are needed for the services Project Home provides including assisting in finding permanent housing, employment, education, child care, transportation and more to support family stability and success. 

You can donate in 3 ways: 
  • Online: http://bit.ly/give-to-wbuuc – indicate HOME
  • Send a check to WBUUC with HOME on the memo line.
  • Text to Give with text to 651-615-5551 and the “amount HOME" (For example, if you want to give $25, put this in the text: 25 HOME)
Membership 1 Class
Sunday, May 22 | 1-2:30pm* (after the congregation-wide potluck)
In-Person and on Zoom
*Zoom details will be emailed to you upon registration.
In the first part of our two-session membership class, we'll explore the history and theology of Unitarian Universalism. Participants will get a chance to meet each other and articulate what has been meaningful to them about finding this community.
Choir Update and Singing Opportunity!
The choir is preparing for the first large ensemble to sing at the June 5 services. This will kick off a series of ensemble offerings throughout the summer. We have room for 2 or 3 additional singers to join the group for June 5, and we welcome all choir members (or wannabe members) to volunteer for ensembles later this summer. Please contact Margo Berg if you want to join in or have questions — email: mberg@mjb.com; phone: 612-720-2857.
SUNDAY SERVICE IS ON YOUTUBE
MEDITATION REQUESTS & MINISTERIAL OFFICE HOURS
If you would like to have a joy, a sorrow, or a life event shared in our time of meditation and prayer in the Sunday service, please complete this form. You may also use this form to request prayers, ask for support from the congregation, and just to let us know what is going on with you. https://wbuuc.breezechms.com/form/MeditationRequest

Ministerial Office Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 12-1 pm, in-person at church
Friday, 12-1 on Zoom: https://bit.ly/wbuuc-ministry
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