Weekly Update - December 3rd, 2020
Sunday Service: "The Sound of Snow"
led by Rev. Laurel Gray
December 6th at 10:30 am
Stillness is so often elusive in life – especially during the holidays. But it can also be something we so want to run from, something we try to escape when we’re deep in the valley of life’s struggles. This Sunday, I’ll tell you the story of how I learned the transformative power of stillness and came to know deep in my being that our worth is inherent and unconditional.

To join online, go to zoom.us/j/89214621289
To join by phone, call 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89214621289
Closed Captioning of Sunday Services
UUCSW is now pleased to offer closed captioning of our online Sunday services! To view the captions in Zoom, navigate to the bottom of your screen and click on "Closed Captions" and then "Show Subtitles." We would appreciate hearing your feedback on how well this new feature works for you. You may submit your comments to office@uucsw.org.
Donate to Support the Giving Tree!
Dear Congregation:

We are doing the Giving Tree this year, but it will be different because of COVID. Instead of specific gifts, all children will receive $50 gift cards to either Walmart, Marshalls, Target or the Solomon Pond Mall. The children request one of these four types of gift cards. Please note these specific instructions on how to participate:

  1. We have been assigned 35 gift cards: 15 for Walmart, 5 for Marshalls, 11 for Target, and 4 for SP Mall. Again, all gift cards purchased must be worth $50 dollars.
  2. If you would like to purchase one or more gift cards please email me at oboudreauxfamily@yahoo.com.
  3. In your email please indicate: (a) how many gift cards you would like to purchase; (b) where you are buying the gift cards.
  4. Wait for me to respond to the email before purchasing the cards.
  5. Once I have gotten back to you, purchase the card(s) and place each card into a Christmas card for the child. Please do not seal the cards - I will insert the tag and seal all cards :)
  6. Finally, drop all cards off to 56 West Main Street, Westborough

Thank you!! I hope we can do our share to help children in need this holiday season! If you have questions, please email me at the above address or call/text me at 856-669-9954. - Erin Boudreaux 
Racial Justice Committee
Join us on December 9 from 4:00 – 5:30 pm for our monthly meeting. We will first discuss committee business, then consider characteristics of white supremacy culture. What are they? Where do we see them in our personal life? work life? church life? Curious but unable to join us? You can learn more here.

If the meeting time does not work for you, please let Jane know of your interest; you can reach her at janenboro@aol.com or 508-393-9206.

Otherwise, the meeting Zoom link is: zoom.us/j/84599163211.
Stop & Shop Gift Cards Fundraiser
We are continuing this fundraiser throughout the year. For every card purchased, the church receives 5% of the face value back. If you are interested in purchasing some cards to support the fundraiser, contact Lisa Shumway at treasurer@uucsw.org.
SMOC Food Drive for December
Please consider participating in a congregational food drive to benefit the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) which provides meals for people in Worcester. At this time they are especially in need of: 6-8 ounce juice boxes/pouches; fresh fruit, especially apples and pears; 16 oz. packages of bologna, pre-packaged slices; and boxes of chewy/soft granola bars. There will be a collection for these items on Tuesday, December 22nd between 4:30 and 5:45 pm at the Ruggles Street door of UUCSW. Please reach out to Libba Moore at libbamoore13@gmail.com ahead of time if there's a better time for you. Food will be delivered to SMOC on December 23rd. Thank you for help with this. - Your friends on the Social Justice Committee
It's the second week of giving with our values! Last week we talked about local bookstores. This week let's talk bath products that give back. I personally love giving soap because it's something we all need and use regularly, so it doesn't add to the mountain of unnecessary stuff. Here are some of my favorites. All of them are small, women-run businesses:

Gifted by FreeFrom - this is an organization that teaches financial literacy and business skills to survivors of domestic violence. They make beautiful products and they're paid a living wage.

Thistle Farms - similarly, this is an organization that was started by an Episcopal priest as a way of funding a home for women who had been trafficked or forced into sex work.

Avital's Apiaries - this one is run by local bee keepers in upstate New York. Support bees and use less plastic! I love the rosemary shampoo and conditioner bars.

Spooner Hill Soap Works - these are made by a local UU minister. You can even get them embossed with a chalice!

What are your favorite products to give that do good? - Rev. Laurel
Spiritual Resources for the Month of December
Stillness is a practice that helps us deal with feelings of being overwhelmed and find our center. During the busy holiday season, we all certainly can use those moments of peace that stillness brings.

Stillness allows us to perceive that which is truly precious. When we pause and find that sacred point of balance, the blur that usually dominates our attention fades to gray and we are able to notice that which truly deserves our focus.
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