Saturday Update – May 15, 2021

May 16: Grace and Mercy.  In common speech, we often use the terms Grace and Mercy interchangeably.  But theologians and world religions make distinctions between these two qualities – and how they play out in our lives.  This morning, let us consider Grace and Mercy.  Bob Thomas bought this service at the UCF Auction last year. If you would like the Zoom link to join the service, email Jamie DeRose at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.


Looking to make an impact at Carteret Community College? Ready to plant sea grass and jazz up the campus shoreline? Join Ryan Mroch on May 19-23 (any or all days!) to participate. More information and Sign Up Here!

  • Who:  Ryan Mroch of Troop 446 and Sea Scout Ship 7730, in partnership with The North Carolina Coastal Federation and Carteret Community College.
  • What/Why: Establishing the ‘Living Coastline’ at Carteret Community College to better protect the campus from erosion while creating habitat for local marine life by planting native marsh grasses along our shoreline. 
  • When/Where: The week of May 17th, with planting times centered on low tide.  

Membership Committee: There will be a Membership Committee meeting on Thursday, May 21 at 1:30PM. Please contact Nan Reed at nanreed5@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Interim Minister Search Committee Business
On Monday, May 3rd, the Committee received a list of 5 applicants for the position and contact has been made with each of them. The Committee is reviewing the profiles and has compiled interview questions. Applicants were contacted again on May 7th and interviews will be scheduled. 

Social Action Committee Update: Weekly Action Items from UU Justice Ministry of Opportunities for Action

· Action of the Week – Call on Texas Governor Abbott and the TX Board of Pardons & Parole to stop the execution of Quintin Jones on May 19th. Quintin Jones is not innocent, but he doesn’t deserve to die. Click here to take action. 

· NC Green Our Faith Communities Summit: May 20 – 21. At this two-day virtual gathering, NC people of faith will come together to better understand how we can collectively engage in climate change solutions. Organized by our partners at GreenFaith. Register Here. 

Come to The Beach Without Getting Sand on Your Feet at Hands Across the Sand TODAY, May 15 at 12:00! This will be a LIVE virtual event connecting people around the world to highlight our continued focus on saying NO to fossil fuels and YES to clean energy. There will be speakers, including Oceana Founder, Dave Rauschkolb, and other organizers. The event will include a call to action for 2022 and beyond. Join with the Zoom links below; Zoom will ask you to register, just your name and email so that we know how many people tuned in. Join either: https://oceana-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tUkFJ6UUQM-UnEZ-3OjwdA
or https://fb.me/e/3vMR3gCx7 (Facebook link).

Sunday Collection for May: The month of May has five Sundays and, as is our tradition, the Social Action Committee has selected a local charity to receive a special collection during this month.  The committee has selected Broad Street Clinic as the May recipient.  Broad Street Clinic provides free medical care and prescriptions to over 850 patients in our area who are uninsured and low income.  Please see the May “Our Coastline” newsletter for more information about the Clinic.  During the month of May, please donate as you can to help us support this very worthy and needed organization.  You can donate in the usual ways:  mail a check to UCF Treasurer at PO Box 425, Morehead City, 28557 (put 5th Sunday in the memo line); call Dave Hughes and make arrangements for credit card payment; or use the “Donate” button on the bottom of the pages of our website (https://www.ucfnc.org/) and select “5th Sunday”.

Children’s Story for All Ages: See you Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Nan Reed will continue reading the chapter book My Fathers Dragon.  If you would like the link to join this event, email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com.


Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  If the information is for Updates, please also include a date you would like the information to stop running, if possible. As a reminder, please submit any updates for the Newsletter by the 4th Sunday of the month. Thank you!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department: https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases 

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Wednesday Update – May 12, 2021

May 16: Grace and Mercy.  In common speech, we often use the terms Grace and Mercy interchangeably.  But theologians and world religions make distinctions between these two qualities – and how they play out in our lives.  This morning, let us consider Grace and Mercy.  Bob Thomas bought this service at the UCF Auction last year.

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Here is the music from Sunday’s service – “The Transpirational Theory of Everything”

The Forest – Cinematic Drone Footage
Julian Hulin

Meditation on Breathing
by Sarah Dan Jones
Performed by First Unitarian Society of Denver

From You I Receive #402 in the gray hymnal
Sung by Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt
The Church of the Larger Fellowship

Rising Green
Composed by Carolyn McDade
Performed by Katherine Rhoda

AND A BONUS HEARD BY THOSE WHO REMAINED THROUGH THE AFTERWORDS

How Does Water Get So High?
Transpiration song
Steven Karafit

Enjoy!!
Tom Cullison and Meganne Smith

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Interim Minister Search Committee Business: The Committee is interviewing the applicants this week, checking references, etc. On Monday, May 17th, it will rank the applicants and send that ranking to the Transitions Office.


Come to The Beach Without Getting Sand on Your Feet at Hands Across the Sand
 on Saturday, May 15 at 12:00! This will be a LIVE virtual event connecting people around the world to highlight our continued focus on saying NO to fossil fuels and YES to clean energy. There will be speakers, including Oceana Founder, Dave Rauschkolb, and other organizers. The event will include a call to action for 2022 and beyond. Join with the Zoom links below; Zoom will ask you to register, just your name and email so that we know how many people tuned in. Join either:

https://oceana-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tUkFJ6UUQM-UnEZ-3OjwdA
or https://fb.me/e/3vMR3gCx7 (Facebook link).

UU Update: Opportunities for Action 

· Action of the Week – Call on Texas Governor Abbott and the TX Board of Pardons & Parole to stop the execution of Quintin Jones on May 19th. Quintin Jones is not innocent, but he doesn’t deserve to die. Click here to take action. 

· NC Green Our Faith Communities Summit: May 20 – 21. At this two-day virtual gathering, NC people of faith will come together to better understand how we can collectively engage in climate change solutions. Organized by our partners at GreenFaith. Register Here. 

Sunday Collection for May: The month of May has five Sundays and, as is our tradition, the Social Action Committee has selected a local charity to receive a special collection during this month.  The committee has selected Broad Street Clinic as the May recipient.  Broad Street Clinic provides free medical care and prescriptions to over 850 patients in our area who are uninsured and low income.  Please see the May “Our Coastline” newsletter for more information about the Clinic.  During the month of May, please donate as you can to help us support this very worthy and needed organization.  You can donate in the usual ways:  mail a check to UCF Treasurer at PO Box 425, Morehead City, 28557 (put 5th Sunday in the memo line); call Dave Hughes and make arrangements for credit card payment; or use the “Donate” button on the bottom of the pages of our website (https://www.ucfnc.org/) and select “5th Sunday”.

Children’s Religious Education Topic: Story for All Ages
Time: Sundays at 10AM. To get the Zoom link of the Story for all Ages email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com.


Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  If the information is for Updates, please also include a date you would like the information to stop running, if possible. As a reminder, please submit any updates for the Newsletter by the 4th Sunday of the month. Thank you!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department: https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

CHECK OUT THE NEW UCF WEBSITE:  It’s finally live after almost a year of work!  The New Website team –Karen Baggott, Susan Roberts, Hilary Schultz, Sarah Sutherland, Barb Thomas, and Rev. Sally White — is really proud of the results.  The new website was launched on Monday, 5/3 and can be found at the same web address as the old one:  https://ucfnc.org.  Please take a good look at it and email Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com)  if you have any corrections, suggestions or find any links that don’t work.  This is still a work in progress.  We will be adding more pictures and information as we go.  We welcome your feedback.

We are trying out a “Blog” format for some of the pages – UCF News, Adult RE, Children’s RE, Green Sanctuary, Social Action, and New Members.  These sites have one static post at the top and then, as events happen, new posts are added and older ones drop off.  You can click on any of the posts to see and read the whole article.  Also, if you click on words and headings that are RED they will take you to other pages, outside websites or documents.

Sunday Collection for May: The month of May has five Sundays and, as is our tradition, the Social Action Committee has selected a local charity to receive a special collection during this month.  The committee has selected Broad Street Clinic as the May recipient.  Broad Street Clinic provides free medical care and prescriptions to over 850 patients in our area who are uninsured and low income.  Please see the May “Our Coastline” newsletter for more information about the Clinic.  During the month of May, please donate as you can to help us support this very worthy and needed organization.  You can donate in the usual ways:  mail a check to UCF Treasurer at PO Box 425, Morehead City, 28557 (put 5th Sunday in the memo line); call Dave Hughes and make arrangements for credit card payment; or use the “Donate” button on the bottom of the pages of our website (https://www.ucfnc.org/) and select “5th Sunday”.

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