Weekly Update - November 25th, 2020
Sunday Service: "All Souls"
led by Rev. Laurel Gray
November 29th at 10:30 am
We typically have our All Souls service at the beginning of November, but this year we’re celebrating it in the space between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays are a time when so many of us feel the absence of loved ones gone from this world. This year, as we enter the holiday season amidst a pandemic, we will also make space for recalling all the people with whom we wish we could celebrate in person.

To join online, go to zoom.us/j/89214621289
To join by phone, call 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89214621289
Please warmly welcome the congregation of the UU Church of Marblehead, MA who will be joining us this week for Sunday service!
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 December 9, from 4:00-5:30 pm, as we consider hallmark characteristics of white supremacy culture. You may be surprised by what you learn! What are they? Where do we see them in our personal lives? work lives? church lives? 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.
#smallactsbigprinciples
One of the blessings of being digital this year is that it gives us new opportunities to think about how we make UUCSW accessible. Our first principle calls us to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people. To me, that means we want to make sure that anyone who wants to participate in church life can.

With Sunday services, we know that one very important piece is making sure everyone can hear. I had a great meeting with some of our Sunday tech hosts to work on adding closed captioning to our zoom services. I've also started wearing bright or dark lipstick when I'm preaching, because it helps everyone lip read more easily, which makes it easier to hear me. (Minister tips!)

What is your small act this week? How are you practicing radical hospitality and accessibility? - Rev. Laurel

(Henry approves of subtitles)
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