Saturday Update, October 16, 2021

October 17: What We Talk About When We Talk About Worship
We gather for worship every Sunday morning, but what exactly is the purpose of worship? (Some UUs don’t even like to call it worship, and instead use the words ‘religious service’ or ‘assembly.’) Why are we gathering? What happens when we come together?

Newer Updates:

LET’S SELL SOME CALENDARS! The beautiful bee calendars are ready for sale. We have 600 bee calendars donated by Mel Hughes to sell. This is a crucial fundraiser for UCF since we have not been able to hold our auction or yard sale this year. Please don’t just buy a few for gifts, but sell them to your friends, neighbors, coworkers and family. They make great Christmas gifts and are an easy sell. The cost is $10 each. We have approximately 60 giving units at UCF and if each sold ten we would have it done. I can’t overemphasize the importance of this fundraiser to our finances this year. Contact Louise or Dave Hughes (252-728-7346) for pickup arrangements. If an 8-year-old Girl Scout can sell 32,000 boxes of cookies, we can surely do this.

Thanks for your help.

–        Dave Hughes, Treasurer 

Regarding Scheduling Meetings in the Sunday School Building: Due to lack of safe parking and the surge in the Delta variant of the Coronavirus and its high rate of transmission, meetings unrelated to construction are not to be scheduled in the Sunday School Building, even with the wearing of masks or completed vaccination status. We recommend Zoom for all committee meetings until further notice. The Board will review our decision at our next meeting on November 9th and update this notice at that time.

A Conversation on Policing and Racial Equity in our Criminal Justice System November 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Racially Charged:  America’s Misdemeanor Problem

The Social Justice and Adult Religious Education Committees will hold a Zoom viewing of the documentary, Racially Charged:  America’s Misdemeanor Problem, on November 9 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. followed by discussion and Q&A with Lisa A. “L.A.” Jones, a retired Warden of the Federal Prison System. 

Brave New Films produced the documentary, Racially Charged: America’s Misdemeanor Problem, and notes that it covers the racial inequality inherent in our criminal justice system, stretching back to post-reconstruction, which charges 13 million Americans a year, mostly poor, Black and Brown people, with misdemeanors. You can view the trailer and see more about the film here

We are honored to have Lisa with us to lead the discussion and Q & A session following the documentary.  Lisa is a retired Warden of the Federal Prison System and an activist with a focus on uniting criminal and social justice. She is a member of Eno River UU Fellowship and is currently in seminary to become a UU minister. 

Click this link to register for this event and please feel free to share this information with members of the community. If you have questions or issues registering, please email Barb Thomas at bsthomas2@gmail.com  and/or Amy Jones at amjones0912@gmail.com.   We will send registrants the Zoom link closer to the November 9th event.

Adult RE: The UCF Adult Religious Education Committee is pleased to announce a book group to discuss the UUA Common Read 2021 book: Breathe: A Letter to my Sons by Imani Perry. Good Reads describes the story as follows: “Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love–finding beauty and possibility in life–and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.” The discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm, probably on Zoom. For information and discussion questions about the book, visit uua.org/read/breathe; to learn more about our event, contact Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com.

Thoughtful Gatherings (Small Group Ministry): Groups have been formed for the next Thoughtful Gatherings; if you missed the sign up or had a change of heart, there is room to add a few people.  Please email nanreed5@gmail.com with TG in the subject line if you wish to participate.

From the UU Justice Ministry of NC: Opportunities for Action
UU Justice NC’s Annual Gathering onSunday, October 24th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. This year’s keynote speaker will be Susan Leslie from the UUA’s Side with Love Organizing & Strategy Team!She will be reflecting on her 30-year career working for justice at the UUA and the evolution of our denomination’s justice work since the early 90s. You can Register Here! 
Named one of the top 15 Green Religious Leaders in the world, Rev. Fred Small is coming to North Carolina to present a Climate Justice Workshop on Saturday, April 9th at the UU Fellowship of Hendersonville. Save the Date! 

5th Sunday Collection for October
For many years, UCF has generously given during the holidays to those who are economically, mentally or physically challenged.  Due to COVID-19, we will continue to pause our traditions of gathering in person to shop, stuff bags and carol, we can still let people relying on the services of Beach House, Hope Mission Recovery Homes, Station Club and the angels of Project Christmas Cheer know that they matter and that we care about them.

As in past years, we would like to adopt one or more families for Project Christmas Cheer and give holiday gift bags with Wal-Mart gift cards to the clients of Beach House, a Day Center for those with severe and persistent mental illness, and to the residents of Hope Mission Recovery homes.   We will also provide refreshments for a holiday party and gift bags for the people attending Station Club, which offers vocational programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Thanks to the continued support from the Twisted Sisters needlework group, every holiday gift bag will have hand-knitted items for the participants of each of these organizations.

In past years, Project Christmas Cheer and the Holiday Gift Bags were two different collections.  Like last year, we are combining these collections and are accepting donations the entire month of October for both of these causes.  If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of October as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support these UCF traditions of Holiday giving.

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”. There is also a NEW way to donate:  you can text your donation!  Text a dollar amount, then a space, then fifth to (252) 565-1868.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

Change of date for October UCF Book Club: The UCF Book Club will now be meeting on Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Pat Harm’s beautiful backyard, weather permitting. We’ll have zoom as a backup.  We will be discussing We Are Water by Wally Lamb. We Are Water is described by Goodreads as “an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection.”  
Our November selection is The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. Feel free to join us for any or all of our discussions.  We would love to have you. To learn more about our UCF book group, contact Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com or 843-217-1885).

The Game Changers Film Discussion: The Adult RE Committee is hosting a discussion of the film The Game Changers on Wednesday October 27 at 6:00PM. This film discusses the benefits of a plant-based diet, particularly for athletes. The movie is available for viewing on Netflix, and lists James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and Novak Djokovic as Executive Producers. The website gamechangersmovie.com has many resources available including recipes. Check it out! Please view the movie before the discussion. If you do not have access to Netflix, please contact Holly Rogers at 509-607-2055. RSVP early for the discussion to hollyer54@yahoo.com to receive an easy plant-based breakfast recipe (or any other recipe I have!).

Don’t Forget:

Communication Update: In order to ensure all UCF information is shared and requests are addressed (all weekly updates, Newsletter information, Zoom requests, etc.), when communicating anything in email, please contact Jamie, the Office Assistant, at the UCF email address – ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.


Bi-Weekly Update InformationPlease 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, Newsletter updates are due on the fourth Sunday, October 24!

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Wednesday Update, October 13, 2021 

October 17: What We Talk About When We Talk About Worship
We gather for worship every Sunday morning, but what exactly is the purpose of worship? (Some UUs don’t even like to call it worship, and instead use the words ‘religious service’ or ‘assembly.’) Why are we gathering? What happens when we come together? (Zoom link can be found at the bottom of this email)

Here are the musical selections from Sunday’s service, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God”.

Infinity
Composer: Anne Lovett
Performance:  Voces 8
PowerPoint –  Hubble Space Telescope photos.

Bring Many Names  (#23 in the gray hymnal)
Words:  Brian Wren 
Music Carlton R. Young
Performance:  Virtual Choir of the First Congregational Church, Bellevue Washington 

Bi Thusa Mo Shuile (Be Thou My Vision)
One verse in Gaelic – 1:00
Performance: Maire Brennan

I Am That Great and Fiery Force  (# 27 in the gray hymnal)
Words:  Helidegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Music Josquin Deprez (1445-1521) [ jos CAN   de PRAY]
Performance:  Eli Sauls

Enjoy!!
Tom Cullison and Meganne Smith

Newer Updates:

Where I’m From” Poetry Workshop, TODAY, 6 p.m., October 13: Meganne Smith led a worship service in June based on a poetry project, “Where I’m From.” It’s back by popular demand! Meganne will lead us in this project again on Wednesday, October 13 at 6 p.m. Each participant will consider images, expressions, and memories from his/her own past to write a poem modeled after a George Ella Lyon project.  Meganne will guide us as we meditate about our own past, to plan and write our own personal, “Where I’m From” poem.  
Please join this fun evening!  Sign up for this Adult RE event by emailing Sally Davis, sdavis8772@gmail.com  A Zoom link will be sent out on the day of the event.

Adult RE: The UCF Adult Religious Education Committee is pleased to announce a book group to discuss the UUA Common Read 2021 book: Breathe: A Letter to my Sons by Imani Perry. Good Reads describes the story as follows: “Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love–finding beauty and possibility in life–and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition.” The discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 17 at 7:30 pm, probably on Zoom. For information and discussion questions about the book, visit uua.org/read/breathe; to learn more about our event, contact Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com.

Thoughtful Gatherings (Small Group Ministry):
 
Groups have been formed for the next Thoughtful Gatherings; if you missed the sign up or had a change of heart, there is room to add a few people.  Please email nanreed5@gmail.com with TG in the subject line if you wish to participate.

From the UU Justice Ministry of NC: Opportunities for Action
Special UU Justice NC Friday Action Hour – This Friday October 15th at 11:00amas part of Green Faith’s – Faiths for Climate Justice Global Days of Action. We’ll be calling on President Biden to halt permits for fossil fuel infrastructure AND Governor Cooper about HB951 and his recent agreement with Duke Energy. You can join via this zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/91029655107
UU Justice NC’s Annual Gathering on Sunday, October 24th from 4:00 – 6:00pm. This year’s keynote speaker will be Susan Leslie from the UUA’s Side with Love Organizing & Strategy Team! She will be reflecting on her 30-year career working for justice at the UUA and the evolution of our denomination’s justice work since the early 90s. You can Register Here! 
Named one of the top 15 Green Religious Leaders in the world, Rev. Fred Small is coming to North Carolina to present a Climate Justice Workshop on Saturday, April 9th at the UU Fellowship of Hendersonville. Save the Date! 

5th Sunday Collection for October
For many years, UCF has generously given during the holidays to those who are economically, mentally or physically challenged.  Due to COVID-19, we will continue to pause our traditions of gathering in person to shop, stuff bags and carol, we can still let people relying on the services of Beach House, Hope Mission Recovery Homes, Station Club and the angels of Project Christmas Cheer know that they matter and that we care about them.

As in past years, would like to adopt one or more families for Project Christmas Cheer and give holiday gift bags with Wal-Mart gift cards to the clients of Beach House, a Day Center for those with severe and persistent mental illness, and to the residents of Hope Mission Recovery homes.   We will also provide refreshments for a holiday party and gift bags for the people attending Station Club, which offers vocational programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Thanks to the continued support from the Twisted Sisters needlework group, every holiday gift bag will have hand-knitted items for the participants of each of these organizations.

In past years, Project Christmas Cheer and the Holiday Gift Bags were two different collections.  Like last year, we are combining these collections and are accepting donations the entire month of October for both of these causes.  If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of October as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support these UCF traditions of Holiday giving.

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”. There is also a NEW way to donate:  you can text your donation!  Text a dollar amount, then a space, then fifth to (252) 565-1868.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

Change of date for October UCF Book Club: The UCF Book Club will now be meeting on Saturday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Pat Harm’s beautiful backyard, weather permitting. We’ll have zoom as a backup.  We will be discussing We Are Water by Wally Lamb. We Are Water is described by Goodreads as “an intricate and layered portrait of marriage, family, and the inexorable need for understanding and connection.”  
Our November selection is The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris. Feel free to join us for any or all of our discussions.  We would love to have you. To learn more about our UCF book group, contact Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com or 843-217-1885).

The Game Changers Film Discussion: The Adult RE Committee is hosting a discussion of the film The Game Changers on Wednesday October 27 at 6:00PM. This film discusses the benefits of a plant-based diet, particularly for athletes. The movie is available for viewing on Netflix, and lists James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan and Novak Djokovic as Executive Producers. The website gamechangersmovie.com has many resources available including recipes. Check it out! Please view the movie before the discussion. If you do not have access to Netflix, please contact Holly Rogers at 509-607-2055. RSVP early for the discussion to hollyer54@yahoo.com to receive an easy plant-based breakfast recipe (or any other recipe I have!).

Don’t Forget:

Communication Update: In order to ensure all UCF information is shared and requests are addressed (all weekly updates, Newsletter information, Zoom requests, etc.), when communicating anything in email, please contact Jamie, the Office Assistant, at the UCF email address – ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.


Bi-Weekly Update InformationPlease 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, Newsletter updates are due on the fourth Sunday, October 24!

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