2020 Nov 1 | Fall #6
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Nov 1, 10:00am ~ “The 1619 Project”
~ Adine Usher and Joe Majsak

In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, we have to start on the plantation. And we also need to know how sugar was the “white gold” that fueled slavery. We welcome guest speakers from The 1619 Project team, and invite you to join them after worship for Session 5: “Capitalism” and “Sugar.”

Sun Nov 8, 10:00am ~ “What Does It Mean?”
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Election results might be clear by this Sunday. Who won? And what does it mean for us now? Or maybe the outcome will still be in doubt -- in which case, what does that mean? Let's reflect together on where we are -- and where we go from here.
To Join our Online Worship: click HERE
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
 
After Worship, Join our Virtual Coffee Hour: click HERE
or phone in (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468

To Join K-12 Religious Education Classes: click HERE
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468
11:30am K-4th Grade • 11:45am 5th-7th Grade • 12:00pm 8th-12th Grade

For additional CUUC program & login information, scroll to bottom
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Messages from Ministry

Election Watch Vigil. At 7pm on Tue Nov 3, I'm going to open up Zoom Room 7899 (HERE). I invite you to join me to celebrate/commiserate/process and reflect upon the developments as they come in. Drop in and out of the CUUC Zoom conversation as the spirit moves you -- perhaps muting yourself and turning off your video, but letting the conversation play in the background, or in an adjacent room, until you're ready to join in for a while. This zoom room will be up and going for as long as there are still folks logged on to it -- all night long, if there's need, for whoever might feel the need for our community's presence to be with them on this night.

Then the same zoom room (7899 - link above) will be open again the next day, Wed Nov 4, at noon for us to further share our feelings and process together what it (whatever IT may be) means.

  • Practice of the Week: Cooking - HERE.
  • Review all past UU Minute segments - HERE.

Great THANKS to all who donated goodies for the children's dessert drive! We had a box full of treats to go with the meals for HOPE Kitchen this week. This was one of their Hunger & Homelessness action projects this fall. Look for another opportunity in November.

This Sunday during worship, watch for two RE videos. First, the annual Halloween parade, which is virtual this year. Second, the 5th-7th grade video to encourage voting, one of their "YoUUth the Vote" action projects this fall.

K-12th grade Religious Education (RE) classes meet this Sunday:
11:30am, K-4th grade / 11:45am, 5th-7th grade / 12:00pm, 8th-12th grade. All log into Rm 8428, then each class has their own breakout room.

Click HERE for the Fall 2020 overview and schedule. Sign up HERE to receive weekly RE newsletters, which include at-home resources for families.

In honor of CUUC's dialogue centered on The 1619 Project, this Sunday's musical selections celebrate the contributions of musicians of African descent. The Gathering Music features recorded performances by iconic Black musicians in Spirituals. Elsewhere, the repertoire focuses on compositions by female composers of African descent... Read more HERE.
Congregation & Community News
Remember Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Set your analog clocks back when you retire Saturday, enjoy your extra hour, then join us for worship!
The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project - Session 5: “Capitalism” & “Sugar,Sun Nov 1, 1:30pm, Rm 7899
When Columbus made his second voyage across the Atlantic in 1493, refined sugar was a luxury product. The labor required in its manufacture was a barrier to bulk production, and may have remained so if it weren’t for the enormous market in enslaved laborers, who had no way to opt out of the dangerous work. Learn more in this Sunday's service, featuring Joe Majsak and Adine Usher from the 1619 Project team. Then join our discussion after worship.
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UU the Vote

EARLY VOTING IN WESTCHESTER RUNS THROUGH SUN NOV 1 (No voting Mon Nov 2)
Registered voters can cast their ballot early at ANY of 17 designated early voting locations. Make a plan and share the information!
 
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Safer ways to return
Election Watch Vigil

  • Election Watch Vigil, Tue Nov 3, 7:00pm, Rm 7899
  • Day After Election Gathering, Wed Nov 4, 12:00pm, Rm 7899
Rev. Garmon hosts a meeting for people to celebrate / commiserate / process / reflect upon the election developments as they come in. The room will remain open for whoever might need our community's presence on this night. The room will open again the next day for us to further share our feelings and process meaning.
"November Tuesday"

At the Sun Oct 18 worship, Rev. Meredith shared again his poem "November Tuesday" about voting as a spiritual practice. If you missed it, or would like to hear it again and be inspired, click HERE. You may also read the poem as part of Rev. Meredith's 2018 sermon HERE. Many thanks to Kim Force for creating the stand-alone video.
From the Reopening Planning Group 

As we move into November, we wanted to provide you with an update on the work of the Reopening Committee. Unfortunately, due to the conditions around the pandemic, the Committee continues to feel that it is not safe to re-open for in-person services at this time.

We thank each of you for the valuable feedback you provided through the recent survey. While congregants overwhelmingly concurred that it would not be prudent to return to in-person services this fall, we want you to know that we continue to put in place protocols for when the time comes that we can safely reopen for worship.

In the meantime, we have cautiously agreed to allow small group renters wishing to use our building again to do so. They must follow the protocols we have established, including temperature checks at the door, mask wearing at all times and remaining 6 feet apart. Each participant is asked to sign a waiver that will provide information for contact tracing if needed. Additionally, our members and friends currently using the building for things like HOPE Kitchen food preparations also are asked to sign a waiver.

Following our most recent wonderful outdoor events like the fabulous Fun Day and the most creative "Fun-Raiser" auction anyone could have imagined, it is clear that the members of CUUC like to be together! We thank you for hanging in there with us as we continue to try to work our way through such unprecedented times.

As always, feel free to share with us any comments or suggestions you may have. Contacts: Aimee Katz (katzaimee@aol.com) or Tim Lynch (timo@tlync.com)

Be well and stay safe, everyone.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, reach out to Catherine Kortlandt (catherinekortlandt@gmail.com, 914-834-7112) or Julie Gans (julieagans@gmail.com, 914-937-7899). You may also contact the CUUC office (admin@cucwp.org).
Share the Plate for Nov: Ecumenical Food Pantry
This month we share half our non-pledge collection with the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry of White Plains. The Pantry was founded in 1979 by CUUC and four other congregations as a temporary response to individuals with food insecurity. The need since then has only increased. Today the Pantry is a massive effort, operating almost year round supplying nutritious food to hundreds of local families each month, with support from several congregations across faith traditions. CUUC has continuously assisted in this effort with both funds and volunteers including members Vicky Van Wert and the late Lucille Ross, who worked tirelessly at the Pantry for years.
Online Offering
Pay your pledge, donate to our Share the Plate, or contribute to our Benevolent Fund or Minister's Discretionary Fund, via PayPal by clicking "Donate" at our website cucwp.org. Or click on the chalice.
The CUUC passcode for all our Zoom gatherings is 468468.
For one-click links to our online meeting rooms, see below.
Links are also in our online Event Calendar (click on event) at cucwp.org.
Weekly Calendar and Logins

Visit cucwp.org/calendar on our website and click on an event for login information. To reserve an online meeting room, contact admin@cucwp.org.
 
Thu Oct 29 - 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635)

Fri Oct 30 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Sat Oct 31 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)

Sun Nov 1 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30am K-4th Gr RE Class (8428); 11:30am Path to Membership (Rm 6161); 11:45am 5th-7th Gr RE Class (Rm 8428); 12:00pm 8th-12th Gr RE Class (Rm 8428); 1:00pm Auction Committee (Rm 2210); 1:30pm Adult/Youth Religious Education: The 1619 Project (Rm 7899)

Mon Nov 2 - 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Tue Nov 3 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal, Soprano/Alto (Rm 3131); 7:00pm Election Night Vigil (Rm 7899)

Wed Nov 4 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); Day After Election Gathering (Rm 7899); 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal, Tenor/Bass (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Program Council (Rm 7899)

Thu Nov 5 - 9:00am Beloved Conversations (Rm 3131); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 6161)

Fri Nov 6 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Sat Nov 7 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 11:00am Pre-K Meet and Play (CUUC Playground); 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 6161)

Sun Nov 8 - 9:00am Environmental Practices Group (Rm 6161); 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 1:30pm Adult Religious Education Class: Conversation on Justice & Equity (Rm 7899); 3:00pm BOT Agenda Setting (Rm 2210); 4:00pm Newcomers Gathering (Rm 7899)

ONLINE MEETING ROOM LOGINS

Worship Space 1991 - one-click login (passcode embedded): us02web.zoom.us/j/761321991?pwd=MWVmdzJaSzMzZDMvOVdaU0dsdlgvQT09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/761321991 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
 
Room 2210 - one-click login (passcode embedded): zoom.us/j/3369562210?pwd=c21oYkVjczF3Vk9UcVRSWkVILzdPZz09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/3369562210 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468 
 
Room 7899 - one-click login (passcode embedded): us02web.zoom.us/j/2898507899?pwd=TW5sV2lUYUltT0xxZ3JXMUxxU24xQT09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/2898507899 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting: 289 850 7899 · Passcode: 468468

Room 3131 - one-click login (embedded passcode): us02web.zoom.us/j/3131953131?pwd=b293emZtenc4SzQya1had3pkaFB4dz09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/3131953131 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468
 
Room 6161 - one-click login (passcode embedded): zoom.us/j/6161636161?pwd=Y0NPUitWcGw3SVRraEtITWZwTUZ2Zz09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/6161636161 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468

RE Room 4635 - One-click login (passcode embedded): us02web.zoom.us/j/602164635?pwd=M044dXhrSnlBL2FwTEF0RXd3Yzg1dz09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/602164635 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 602 164 635 · Passcode: 468468
 
Room 8428 - one-click login (passcode embedded): us02web.zoom.us/j/817388428?pwd=eWZyc3Ywbk42dEdyV0d5eEs0QUpEZz09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/817388428 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 
   
Room 5149 "A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts - one-click (embedded passcode): zoom.us/j/93960775149?pwd=N1luZHJWUjdabG1mOVczUzhQOVh1QT09;
or two-step login: zoom.us/j/93960775149 + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 939 6077 5149 · Passcode: 468468
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Contacts
Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman, cuucwptracy@gmail.com, 914-434-7539
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@gmail.com, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas, georgianna.pappas@gmail.com
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada, musicalyra13@gmail.com
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Joe Majsak, jmajsak@verizon.net
Vice Chair: Debra Manetta, debramanetta@gmail.com
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, treasurercuucwp@gmail.com
Secretary: Terri Kung, madterri@gmail.com
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Emily Economou, emily.economou@gmail.com
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org