February 14, 2020
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
Courage for the Interim
This month our worship and religious education theme is courage. It strikes me that courage, which is intimately connected with fear, which is intimately connected with the unknown, is a very relevant theme for us all as we plunge into our final few months of ministry together, and as you prepare to receive your next minister, and your next ministry: the interim.
As Nana’ said in her December 29th “Liminal Time” sermon, the interim is not merely a holding place, a waiting for a new, settled minister to arrive. It is an active, pregnant time full of possibility. It is very much like the months before marriage- when the couple is full of anticipation, is most awake, when we can begin conversations that are much harder to begin once everyone is in their routines. It is a holy time of dis-orientation, questioning and…courage.
Why courage? Because the interim doesn’t have to be pregnant, or full of possibility. It could be a time when the new is shunned, when questions are resisted and where change is feared. Certainly we want to manage the unknown. It is good to have a rock from which we can be courageous. Maybe that rock will be the moment of silence in worship, or singing familiar hymns together. But the out-of-routine quality of the interim can also be a threat and instead of acknowledging our fear and being vulnerable with each other we can act out of our fear for preservation of the known and familiar, even if that familiar is unhealthy and diseased.
So my prayer for you- for us- in this interim time now begun is to be open to the questions, to consider this time as the active time, a time of holy preparation, where self awareness grows, where deep questions speak, and where our open and vulnerable hearts lead us to courage.
Peace and Courage,
The FaithRocket theme for February is “COURAGE.”
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Embracing Fear, Saving the World – Rev. Cassandra Howe
Many times we think of courage as the victory of bravery over fear. But what if fear is a sign of something we care about? What if courage is not the absence of fear but the friendship with fear? Join us as we explore Buddhist concepts of courage as a tool for how to hold onto hope in our age of global warming and mass extinction of animals.
Religious Education for Children
February 23, 2020
Teacher: Vanessa Zimmerman
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Kim Merritt-Kuo, John Kuo
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Leon Jackson
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Paula Del Rio – DRE – email@example.com
1. Keepers of the Flame: Every time Unitarian Universalists gather in the spirit of worship and love we begin by lighting the chalice. Through Keepers of the Flame we invite families and households to develop a deeper relationship with the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, the flaming chalice.
Your worship committee invites you to participate in two ways:
- Become a chalice lighter! (For youth from kindergarten through 12th grade only.) Attend our chalice lighting training on March 8th, from 12:30-1:30. Children younger than 3rd grade are invited to become a chalice extinguisher; children 3rd grade and up are invited to become a chalice lighter.Keep (on loan) our traveling chalice! (For families and households of all ages.)
- Participants will take home a traveling chalice kit with chalice lightings, prayers, reflection questions and journaling exercises that help to inspire courage.
2. Daybreak (Macon’s day center for those who are homeless)
- The 2020 Daybreak Sleepout is Feb. 27. High Street needs to raise at least $1000 for our Sleepout team. So, ask your friends and colleagues to donate to this major fundraiser — sponsoring the High Street members who will be sleeping outside that night is solidarity with those who must sleep outside every night. Donations for the High Street team can be made online here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E348858&id=4&cfifid=52&fbclid=IwAR1_opo9zvmKzdG1_C_8qEyMLOB_SAesTUVAmfFxO8AItkXD3Xkgmk22w7w (share this link on social media or via email !) or via a check made out to DePaul USA. Contact Margaret Symington (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
- Daybreak has a significant need for specialized volunteers: nurses, adult learning tutors (reading, writing, math, finance, personal goals, etc.). Daybreak also always needs volunteers for general operations (laundry, showers, computers, gardening, the café, building and grounds maintenance). For more information or to get involved, please contact Gaye Martel (email@example.com).
3. This note is for our wonderful committee chairs, and everyone who serves on the awesome committees here within High Street UU Church: Budget time is fastly approaching again so here is your first reminder that the Finance Committee will need to get your committee’s budget needs (how much & for what purpose) for the upcoming year- June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. Let’s do our best to get these budget requests in by the week of March 8-13th so we on the Finance Committee can get them ironed out at our meeting that Sunday, March 15, 2020. Thank you all for your diligence and attention to this matter. All submissions earlier than this deadline are greatly appreciated!
-Jim Scott, Treasurer, 2020-2021
4. Social Activities thinks an extra day should mean more play! Join us at church on February 29th for Game Day and/or Night. All are welcome from 3 to 6 pm when Game Day will be more family oriented. Then only those age 18 and up should return for Game Night from 8 to 11 pm. For both there will be a variety of dice, card and board games available. Soft drinks, juice and chips will be provided. Please bring a snack to share and different drink if desired.
5. COMING MARCH 15 to High Street Church sanctuary: Hymns, Beer, Wine, and Cocoa – auction item. 3:00-4:30pm. Bring your own beer or wine; cocoa provided, along with light snacks. You can still come if you didn’t buy this at the auction. Just drop $5.00 in the offering plate for each person (or $10.00 for a family) and mark it “auction.” Come and sing, or yell, (for folks who insist they can’t sing) your heart out!
6. Congregational Canvass Dinner. Save the Date!! Saturday, April 11TH at 6PM.
7. Building Your Own Theology Class taught by Verne Hoyt and Laura Moody. Began Jan. 5th at 9:30AM. Beginning Sunday morning, January 5, the Adult Religious Education Committee began offering a ten week series on Building Your Own Theologyco-lead by Laura Moody and Verne Hoyt. Based on the assumption that everyone is their own theologian, this classic UU adult education program invites participants to develop their own personal credos, the fundamental religious beliefs, values, and convictions that inform and direct their lives. The material poses five developmental tasks in which participants come to terms with human nature, ultimate reality, history, ethics, and religious meaning beginning with an introduction to our seven UU principles. You do not have to purchase a book or attend all ten sessions to benefit from the classes. Please let Laura or Verne know you are interested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
8. Are you in a financial pinch? Medical bills make rent hard to pay? Could use marital therapy but you just can’t afford it? Consider talking with Rev. Cassandra about the Minister’s Discretionary Fund! This fund is set aside for members and friends of the High Street Community who find them.
9. Consider giving the the UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund! With rising global temperatures weather is becoming more violent and it is the people with the fewest resources who are left to recover from disasters on their own. Many don’t recover. The Unitarian Universalist Association has a disaster relief fund that congregations can apply to. The congregation in Puerto Rico used funds to quickly repair the library (where they meet) so it could become a community resource to those in need. Donate here: https://giving.uua.org/disaster-relief?utm_medium=uua.org&utm_source=textask&utm_campaign=disasterrelief
10. Help Others! Please check out the Social Justice webpage for what you can do for others. Specific needs that change often will be placed in this Announcements section