High Street Happenings

March 27, 2020 – 3 PM Update


“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”

High Street and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

  • As of March 15, all in-person activities have been suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 Crisis. All group activities will use Zoom. You can find instructions on how to access Zoom (via computer, smartphone/tablet, or landline/telephone) here.
  • Please regularly check our Happenings page. Happenings will be updated at least weekly or more often as required.
  • Our Community and COVID-19 is a basic information page, giving you information on attending “Virtual Church” and advising you of congregational and community resources available to you.
  • Our We hold these in love … page lists those whom we need to remember during this time of crisis (those who are sick, isolated, out-of-work, feeling inordinate stress, or are overwhelmed during the current crisis).

Reflection

Dear Fellow High Streeters,

There are two ways to think about the coming two years of Interim Ministry at High Street. The first sees these coming years as place-holding. Nothing big changes. The vision for this way of thinking is: just maintain.

The other way sees this Interim as a critical time in the greater arc of High Street’s lifecycle. How will we RISE to this occasion? Our thirtieth anniversary was celebrated just two years ago. What does High Street RISING look like in our next thirty years? An experienced Interim Minister will help us do the work of discernment around questions like Who Are We Now? Where Do We Want To Go Next? How Do We Get There?

In this view, Interim Ministry is a time for imagining and RISING together. There is unsettledness, yes, but that provides the perfect conditions for asking ourselves these deeper questions. Unitarian Universalist Interim Ministers are explicitly trained to lead congregations like ours through a process of asking these questions, recognizing the positive values of our history and planning how to bring those values into our future. Of course we are not the only UU church looking for an Interim Minister – even in Georgia. So to offer a competitive compensation package for this search, the Board is hoping to increase the budget by $8,000, this year to get to the mid-point range of salary recommendations of the UUA, (adjusted for Macon’s lower cost of living). Can we RISE to this occasion?

This is a time for us to celebrate the growth we have been experiencing (in worship attendance, giving, and service to High Street and the larger community) and to position ourselves effectively to grow in the future.

The interim is the time to make the changes that prepare us to RISE into the future. But we cannot do this alone. All of us need all of us to make it.

So let’s put our treasure, time and talents together…and rise!

Lori Johnson & Laura Moody
Co-Presidents


Important: Cassandra has another YouTube Video for you!


Chalice Lighting

Let us Look First to the Response of Love

By Maureen Killoran


In these hard times, let us look first to the response of love.

In the midst of challenge, may our chalice flame bear witness to the inherent worth and dignity of every human being.

In the midst of uncertainty, may our chalice be a beacon of encouragement, that our values may guide our choices.

Let us look first to the response of love.


The FaithRocket theme for March is “FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY.”

To access FaithRocket resources for the current week, go to https://hsuuc.org/faith-rocket/.


Sunday Sermon

March 29

Generosity Rising – Elizabeth Ann Terry, Congregational Giving Specialist (Online Using Zoom)

Come be reminded of the magic of generosity and why High Street Church needs you now more than ever!

Zoom Link for Sunday
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/909828555?pwd=SWo3dWZZUEc1ZWFoaWxNZitzM2tsdz09

Meeting ID: 909 828 555
Password: 251136

See for Community and COVID-19 more instructions.


Religious Education for Children

NEW: Virtual Religious Education Time for Children On Saturday at Noon

Paula Del Rio is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

We are having weekly together time for youth and children in our congregation. Join us this Saturday for our first one. I will be open after this week for suggestions about time options.

Love,
Paula

Instructions to Join Zoom Meeting


https://zoom.us/j/273401630?pwd=YytmOUI5c25DVlRSNkorMEdTT0lSdz09

Meeting ID: 273 401 630
Password: 770605

One tap mobile
+13126266799,,273401630# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,273401630# US (New York)

See for Community and COVID-19 more instructions.


Announcements

1. Important Invitations:

* Join Rev. Cassandra’s virtual office hours every Thursday from 3:30-4:15pm.


Zoom Link for Office Hours
https://zoom.us/j/395095235?pwd=a0FJVFZ3cjBGQkVxV2RYOFZxelJYQT09
Meeting ID: 395 095 235
Password: 761477

On phone, call
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Dial in:
Meeting ID: 395 095 235

See for Community and COVID-19 more instructions.

* Wednesday Night’s Chalice Circle

“Rise Up O Flame: Creating Your Own Chalice” – April 1st (April Fools Day! Wear a funny hat!)

This Chalice Circle requires some preparation!

If COVID 19 is teaching us anything, it is teaching us creativity.

Look around your house for what could become a chalice base and a chalice cup. (Who knew that you had so many “chalices” in your house this whole time?!) Flower pots (and their water catcher plate) make great chalices (the plate is the chalice cup and the pot turned upside down is the chalice base). Bring the parts, with super glue, duck tape and possibly some paint to have ready for this chalice circle. (Do not risk your health shopping for this project; we encourage you to use what you have at home.) Find more ideas here: https://esuc.org/making-chalices-at-home/


Wednesday Night’s Chalice Circle Zoom Link
https://zoom.us/j/788837764?pwd=djdhRXBlRUF6b3dVWSt2Q1hQU2RpZz09
Meeting ID: 788 837 764
Password: 494963
Dial by phone:
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 788 837 764

See for Community and COVID-19 more instructions.


2. Reverend Cassandra has graciously offered to put her plans on hold during this crisis. The Board of Trustees has accepted her generous offer with tremendous gratitude and we look forward to having her with us for a while longer. The process of finding an interim minister will continue as planned but we all can take comfort in knowing that High Street will continue to have the support of a full time minister during this time of turmoil in our lives and our community.

3. Interested in being a phone buddy or pen pal with someone from High Street? Contact Jane Donahue: janedonahue817@gmail.com

4. Meditation and Prayer Team: “Hold in Love” those who get sick during this time. Contact Rev. Cassandra if you would like to be on our meditation and prayer team, or be “held in love” during this time.

5. Do you do a spiritual practice that you’d like to share and practice with others, virtually? Please contact Rev. Cassandra.

6. A Note About the Happenings: The Happenings web page (https://hsuuc.org/happenings/) is usually updated only once per week, but under the current circumstances, it will updated as the need arises. There will be both a Date and Time of Update at the top of the page and reminder emails about the Happenings may not be made when updates are made. So make sure that you bookmark the Happenings page or put it in your Favourites and check it regularly.

7. HIGH STREET CANVASS EVENT!! As you may have already guessed, the canvass dinner has been cancelled and we will have an entirely mail-in canvass for 2020. There is some good news, however, since our canvass speaker, Elizabeth Terry, will join us on ZOOM for our March 29th worship service!! You will receive the 2020 Canvass letter in the next few days and enclosed in that mailing will be your pledge card for this year. All is well, so please don’t be concerned about this changes. Our pledge theme “Together We Rise” couldn’t be more accurate. We WILL RISE to this occasion as we always have to every challenge!!

8. Daybreak (Macon’s day center for those who are homeless) 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 (gaye.martel@depaulusa.org).

9. 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.

10. 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

11. 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


Due to the change in in-person meetings at the church, most, if not all of the information in the calendar previously published is inaccurate. Please check this Happenings page regularly for updates.