Weekly Update - February 25th, 2021
Sunday Service: "Discerning the Emergent in the Emergency"
led by Katie Byron
February 28th at 10:30 am
We live in times of crisis. There is so much to be outraged about and so many things that feel like, and very well might be, emergencies. In these moments, we risk freezing and doing nothing. We also risk trying to fashion ourselves into heroes or saviors, swooping into situations we could not fully understand. When the stakes are so high, how can we make thoughtful decisions about what to do in the midst of crisis? How do we look for what is emerging below the emergency?

To join online, go to zoom.us/j/89214621289
To join by phone, call 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89214621289
February Share the Plate: Team Brownsville
Team Brownsville was founded to address the humanitarian crisis in Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico by helping asylum seekers who find themselves living outdoors at the international bridge. Team Brownsville provides food, water, shelter, and necessities as well as education and a variety of legal and medical services for this vulnerable population. To learn more, please go to: teambrownsville.org.
Annual Pledge Campaign Update
We are pleased to report that, as of this week, we have received $87,556 in pledges to the Annual Campaign, $12,625 toward the Steeple Fund, and $2,575 in donations to offset decreased pledging due to the pandemic. Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far!

If you haven't pledged yet, here's how:
  1. Return a completed Pledge Card by mail to: UUCSW, PO Box 544, Westborough MA 01581 OR
  2. Pledge online at onrealm.org (detailed instructions are available here) OR
  3. Contact Lisa Shumway, Treasurer at treasurer@uucsw.org
SMOC Food & Winter Clothing Drives TODAY
Please consider participating in our monthly food drive to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC). They are in need of: juice boxes; fresh fruit; 16 oz. packages of bologna; and boxes of granola bars. SMOC is also in need of men's and women’s warm winter clothing, especially socks, coats, sweatshirts, sweatpants, long sleeve shirts, hats and gloves. There will be a collection for these items TODAY, Thursday, February 25th from 4:30 to 5:45 pm at the Ruggles Street door of UUCSW.
Worcester County UU Mass Action Regional Team Kick Off March 8th at 7:00 pm
Are you interested in social justice, connecting with other UU congregations, and building power so we can make an impact on the issues we care about? Join us for the kick off meeting of the North Metrowest Regional UU Action Team!

We will come together to build relationships, share resources and information about action opportunities, and build power together so we can deepen our shared vision for a more just world. This will kick off what will become a monthly gathering, open to anyone! RSVP here or email Tali at tsmookler@uumassaction.org with any questions.
Book Group March 12th
For March, we are reading The Space Between Us by Thrity Umriga. Please join us. The group is open to all. You are welcome to attend.

Book Group will be online. If you are planning to attend for the first time, please email Judith at Judithteacake@gmail.com.
Spiritual Resources for the Month of February
An important reminder this month is that Beloved Community is not just about finding home, it's about extending home to others.

Hopefulness and generosity toward others is not easy. This month we explore what it means to be a people of Beloved Community.
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