March 16, 2018
“As a people of faith, we seek to better ourselves, our community, and our world through integrity, justice, and hope.”
The Grace of Bodies
This weekend on the way back from Dahlonaga (where I was preaching while Rev. Charlotte was preaching here) Ben, Francis, Claire and I stopped at the aquarium in Atlanta. My favorite exhibit was the big ocean tank with the whale sharks, the (one I believe) sea turtle, gigantic groupers, all different kinds of rays and so much more. I especially loved watching the fish swim. The larger ones slowly waging their tails back and forth as they swam through the water, the smaller ones darting this way and that. Every creature seemed completely at ease with their body, aware of no scarcity of time. It made me wonder about the human body, and how we would move if we were as at ease in our bodies. It made me think about the metoo movement and the harm of sexual harassment and abuse. One of the many harms is our own comfort within and love of our bodies.
Sunday Sermon – March 18 at 11 AM
We Train Them Young – Rev. Cassandra Howe
In this Women’s Month let’s talk about masculinity. Let’s talk about sex. Let’s talk about being part of a sexually healthy culture that respects women, men, everyone.
Religious Education for Children and Youth
March 25, 2018
Teacher: Jennifer Zimmerman
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson: Balance of Life and Death
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Kim Merritt-Kuo
Curriculum: We should help eachother
Lesson: Don’t interrupt!
Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Leon Jackson
Curriculum: Soul Matters
Lesson: Balance of Life and Death
1. We will be using the Teal hymnals this Sunday, so bring your’s if you have one.
2. New 2 UU Program. Want a chance to share your spiritual journey and how you came to High Street? Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and High Street’s story? Come and find out ways to get more involved and engaged with the church! Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the fellowship hall with refreshments. Childcare provided if requested ahead of time. Contact Lori Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org, (478) 474-4562, with questions or to request childcare.
3. Are you a long-time participant in Adult RE, interested in learning more, or hoping to find a way to participate? Please plan to attend a Visioning Meeting to help define the direction of Adult RE. There is one remaining opportunity to do this: March 18 at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments and child care will be provided at both.
4. Bring your voice and feet to Atlanta to help stop gun violence! March for Our Lives March is March 24th at 11am. Contact Rev. Cassandra if you are interested in carpooling.
5. If you are planning to submit a proposal to the Board to consider for forwarding to the Endowment Committee, you may want to attend the brief workshop the Board will hold on Saturday, March 24th, at High Street, from 10:00-11:00 am. Kim Lynn will go over EC criteria and give tips on how to articulate and frame justification which should enhance chances of selection.
6. Calling All Committee Chairs and those with budget items/potential budget items!
Your Board of Trustees would like to use this opportunity to encourage your Committee or group to do some integrated planning for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2018-19 Budget Request is only a portion of the planning process, and many things your committee may want to do will not require funding, but most will. Please send your budget inputs to Bob Hargrove before March 31 so the Finance Committee can consider all requests in time to meet our Congregational meeting deadline in May. Bob’s email is email@example.com. Call him (478-250-3388) if you have questions.
Please provide as much detail as possible for each line item/aspect of your proposed budget, and, if possible, indicate when during the church year these funds plan to be expended, especially if the planned expenditure is several months into the year. If you have a fixed or ongoing amount per month, please annotate that.
Thank you to those committee chairs who have already submitted their budget request for the coming year, and I hope the additional information we’re asking for isn’t too burdensome.
7. Flower Communion Coming Up April 1st. Bring a flower to share for our annual flower communion this time for Easter Sunday!
8. Macon’s Annual Pilgrimage for Immigrant Rights will be on May 6th at 5pm. (Formally held on Palm Sunday). More information will be coming soon!
9. Rev. Cassandra is holding new office hours. They are now Thursdays from 2-4pm. Rev. Cassandra is available throughout the week for phone and in-person pastoral consultations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set something up or just drop by her office hours!
10. Absolutely No-Committee-Meeting Ad Hoc Committee: You’ve heard of High Street’s Absolutely No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant, right? Well, with that in mind, I’m looking to form an Absolutely No-Committee-Meeting Ad Hoc Committee to plan next year’s 30th Anniversary Celebration of purchasing our beautiful building. Some of you have already been contacted about serving, and I would like to extend the offer to anyone who would like to volunteer. I’m looking for people who can do video, archival and historical research, storyboards, host a community open house, and plan the worship service/reception scheduled for April 29th, 2018. We have confirmed Rev. Mary Katherine Morn as our guest speaker. Please contact me, Kim Lynn, at (478) 397-5513 or email@example.com if you are interested.
11. Coffee Hour. If you would be willing to host a coffee hour after a Sunday service, please contact Craig Rowland at 478-318-1084 to volunteer for a Sunday.
12. 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
The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!