Weekly Update - June 25th, 2020
GA 2020 Sunday Morning Worship:
"Beyond the Water's Edge"
June 28th at 9:30 am
This Sunday, June 28th, we will be joining the UUA General Assembly's Sunday Morning Worship "Beyond the Water's Edge." This virtual service is open to the public and is expected to be the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship!! You do not want to miss it!

You have two options for attending:

Join us in the UUCSW Summer Service Zoom meeting room at 9:30 am. We will chat for a half hour or so and then begin livestreaming the GA 2020 Sunday Morning Worship.
To join us online, click zoom.us/j/84253517018
To call in, dial 301-715-8592, meeting ID 84253517018

OR

You can go directly to the GA 2020 Sunday Morning Worship at 10:00 am if you prefer - here's the link:
GA "Service of the Living Tradition" tonight
Tonight (June 25th) during General Assembly is the "Service of the Living Tradition" which recognizes ministers who have entered the fold as well as those retiring. Our own Rev. Laurel will be one of the people recognized during the service! You do not have to be registered for GA to attend. You can find the service streaming at: youtube.com/c/UnitarianUniversalistAssociationBoston
Safari Sundays are happening this summer! 
We are joining with neighboring UU churches on an adventure where each church will host a virtual service. We will connect with UU friends from Marlborough/Hudson, Northborough, Grafton, and Berlin. These services will begin at 10:00 am - more details to come...

Sunday, July 5th is the first Safari Sunday of the summer and UUCSW will be hosting! The service will begin at 10:00 but we will open the Zoom room at 9:30 to give folks a chance to visit before we get started. The theme for the service is "America the Beautiful." If you have a photo or two or a poem about a favorite place in this beautiful country of ours, please send it to Lisa Shumway. Thank you!
Racial Justice Committee Forming
A new UUCSW racial justice committee is forming. Please welcome and support Jane Walsh, who has stepped up as the chair of this committee. Several members have expressed an interest in being part of these efforts. Jane has adopted four pillars around which the committee activities on anti-racism will revolve: Learning, Voting, Volunteering, and Donating. Stay tuned for more information. Please contact Jane at janenboro@aol.com if you would like to join!
Socially Distanced Picnic July 12th!
The Membership Committee is hosting an event this summer. Please join us on Sunday July 12th at the Bay State Commons at 5:00 pm for a socially distanced picnic. Bring your own everything! 
Blood Donors Needed
Throughout the summer months blood donations typically are low. Please consider donating blood through any of the following organizations to give the gift that is desperately needed and greatly appreciated. You can let others know of this opportunity to help others by email, phone call or any social media that you choose; spread the word! Most locations prefer appointments but some may have limited walk-in opportunities. Make a difference even on your vacation/staycation by finding a donor center near your happy place.

Boston Children's Hospital Blood Donor Center
333 Longwood Ave Boston 617-355-6677

Donor Center at DFCI
450 Brookline Ave Boston 617-632-3206

Rhode Island Blood Donor Centers multiple locations
Call 1-800-283-8385 or visit  ribc.org

American Red Cross Donation Centers multiple locations
Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit  redcrossblood.org
Congregational Food Drive
Please consider participating in a food drive to benefit the same program that we support through our meal packaging efforts from September to June. SMOC (South Middlesex Opportunity Council) provides lunches for homeless people in Worcester. At this time they are especially in need of:

  • 6-8 ounce juice boxes/pouches
  • fresh fruit especially apples, oranges/clementines, pears
  • 16 oz packages of bologna, thick slice pre-packaged

There will be a collection for these items on June 30th between 9:00 and 11:00 am and July 1st between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at UUCSW. Please reach out to Pauline at psciarappa@gmail.com if there's a better time for you. Food will be delivered to SMOC on July 2nd.

Hopefully we can do this again at the end of July/beginning of August to help SMOC provide for their homeless families.
Zoom Meeting Links
UU Knits (every Mon at 6:30 pm): zoom.us/j/588727151
Book Group (2nd Fri at 7 pm): zoom.us/j/605989233
Tuesday Community Hour (7 pm): zoom.us/j/345487625
Thursday Community Hour (10:30 am): zoom.us/j/102826335