"Get Rooted, Get Ready"
led by Sharon Barrett
This Sunday, we will share elements of the UU Ministry for Earth’s “Get Rooted, Get Ready Earth Day Worship Service.” The service is described as “a galvanizing Earth-centered worship service to engage your spirit and inspire your community.” Please join us!
This service will be held in our sanctuary and on Zoom.
Join us by phone at 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89873989254
Spring on the church calendar means preparing for the next church year. This includes figuring who will fill the various volunteer roles in the congregation. The most visible part of that is the nominating committee determining the slate of officers for us to vote on at our Annual meeting. Other committees recruit new members and determine who will be chair for next year.
We have some very important positions to fill including board trustee (3 year term) and clerk (1 year term). It is vitally important that we fill the board trustee and clerk positions. They are time limited but written into our constitution. In addition, they help provide a diversity of opinion and ideas in the board which helps our whole community.
It is important that we fill these roles to have a successful and healthy next year. We need to share the load of volunteering wide enough that no one gets burned out and our church can have a fun and effective year.
A few months ago I asked people to consider the following question:
“How can I be involved in activities and leadership in ways that feel life-giving and not based on obligation?”
Now we are moving from considering to acting. Talk with someone on a committee that interests you or you want to learn more about. Listen if someone contacts you about a role. And consider ways in which this can help you learn more about yourself and your answer to the above question.
And most of all be willing to embrace the uncertainty of saying “yes” - some of my most rewarding experiences at UUCSW came from trying something new that I was not certain I would like or be good at. And I learned a lot more about myself in trying new things and interacting with people in different ways.
For we do this together.
KEEP THOSE VIRTUAL PADDLES UP!
The UUCSW online auction is now “”LIVE””
The first item is the concert with Kala this Sunday, April 24th, so don’t wait, since you must bid on this item to attend. (**Please see Rev. Laurel if you have financial hardship but would like to attend.)
(starting at 7 am on Friday April 15th to be exact, closing April 30th)
(Many items have limited numbers; some will keep going until the highest bidder wins when the auction closes on April 30th- that can be YOU.)
CLICK on the button below to see the catalog of fabulous items, some fan favorites and some new offerings so get going. Plenty of fun and food, and a new FAN-tastic offering of Boston Red Sox tickets!
NOTE: If you didn’t participate in the auction last year, you will need to register as a bidder using the “register” button on the upper tool bar. Otherwise, just sign in using the “sign in” button. Don’t worry, you can request a password reset if you’ve forgotten.
Many items have fixed prices at limited numbers, and some will keep going until the highest bidder wins when the auction closes on April 30th. - that can be YOU.
DON’T MISS OUT
ITEMS ARE GOING FAST !!!!
Any questions? Check with Kim Hall or Lisa Shumway.
Racial Justice Committee
Get Out the Vote
It's not too early to write letters to encourage typically underrepresented people to vote in the Fall 2022 mid-term elections. The Racial Justice Committee invites you to learn more about this multi-month civics project by clicking the button below:
Announcement from the
UU Service Committee
With millions of Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is assisting refugees by partnering with two grassroots organizations in Eastern Europe, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and FemFund.
Both organizations are well-positioned to respond immediately to the people fleeing Ukraine for Hungary and Poland, respectively, having engaged in this work for years with people fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa.
Hungarian Helsinki Committee focuses on providing plain-language legal advice to asylum-seekers and civil society organizations, as well as combatting racist and xenophobic narratives about people on the move in Hungary. FemFund partners with community groups assisting women, LGBTQI+, and Black and People of Color seeking safety in Poland.
Annual Pledge Update
We are incredibly close! With 65% of our pledge units responding, we are at $109,000 towards our goal of $138,000. Please help the pledge committee by getting your pledge in as soon as possible. Don't forget this year's special matching feature - an anonymous donor will match any increase over last year's pledge which means your increased generosity counts for twice as much.
The easiest way to pledge is to simply email our treasurer, Lisa Shumway, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your pledge amount.
Or, you can pledge online in Realm here: AddPledge
Or, you can fill out and mail the pledge card found in the letter we sent you (and available at church)
Get in touch with Lisa if you have any questions.
Thanks so much! Let’s get there – TOGETHER!
The Annual Pledge Committee
Pete Allen, Bruce Hall, David King, Rev. Laurel, Kathie Metzger, Lisa Shumway, and Juliana Spofford.
This week, RE will be at UUSCW (64 Main St., Westboro) from 10:30 - 11:45 AM down in the classrooms. We will be working on a project for the Westboro Energy Fair with Jean Cahill - come join us and get your green energy ideas flowing!!
Youth Group will meet from 1 - 2:30 PM at UUCSW, continuing our group challenges, and getting ready for our trip to Boundless Adventures!
4/24 - RE and YG at UUCSW (Westboro)
5/8 - RE and YG at UCMH (Hudson)
5/15 - Youth Sunday, joint worship at UCMH to celebrate our Youth!
TBD (late May) - Afternoon Spring Fling at First Parish (Northboro)! A fun afternoon of games for all ages to wrap up our RE season - adults are welcome too! More info coming soon
will meet on 5/13 to discuss Sarah's Key
by Tatiana de Rosnay.
Thursday, April 21
Racial Justice Committee
Saturday, April 23
Sunday, April 24
64 W. Main St., Westboro
Circle RE 10:15 - 11:45 AM
Circle Youth Group 1 - 2:30 PM
Monday, April 25
Thursday, April 28
SMOC Food & Clothing Collection
Ruggles St. Door
Friday, May 13