July 22, 2021 – 11:30 PM
“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, 2020 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.
In the Interim
As we round the corner into July and my family’s anniversary of moving to Georgia, I am looking forward to enjoying July without the tasks of moving, buying and selling houses, and saying goodbye. We will still travel across the country–something I seem to be doing more of lately–to see family and friends in Kansas and Colorado and to attend a wedding in Montana. From the East to the West, from the South to the North and back again (God willing, creek don’t rise). I look forward to camping in Northern GA before we go and to some time to just relax, read books, and mess around in nature. I know that not everyone has time off in the summer and not everyone can afford to travel–we often have not been able to, ourselves for both reasons. I think I relish it even more, knowing that there were summers where John was working as a limo driver or card dealer and we were barely able to pay most of our bills. Likewise, we didn’t always have cars that could make these trips nor places to stay along the route. No matter your circumstances, I hope you will take my last sermon in a seriously playful way–find some time to be silly, try new things, enjoy favorite pastimes, be with friends, play games, go to games, build things and create things (with whatever is handy!) and renew your soul and body.
When we return in August, we will take up the work of making our building ready–and since we can, we will take time to really clean up and clean out to make a clean slate for the next steps toward in person gatherings. Sometime this fall we will begin to re-populate 1085 High Street. RE and Worship will be inviting you to do some things in new ways. I hope you’ll embrace some of the changes playfully, too. Because we are experimenting–trying to see what new ways we can build relationships and deepen spiritually while engaging in the larger Macon community in ways that are restorative and transformative. Details in August! Until then, may the path before you be clear enough to travel and interesting enough to stay awake–may it include friends and fellow travelers who are supportive and fun, and may you arrive somewhere new–whether it is you or the place that is new!
Sundays in July
In July High Street is working with other churches who do live zoom worship to share Sunday services and give our volunteers and staff some true down time. We hope you’ll enjoy meeting some folks from other congregations and seeing how they do this zoom worship thing!
July 25 at 11 AM (Usual Local Macon Time)
Seeking the Soul of Our UU Faith
Zoom Worship with Eau Claire, WI UU’s
We will join Eau Claire, WI UU’s for a service called “Seeking the Soul of Our UU Faith” at:
Meeting ID: 937 0915 7684 Passcode: 853706
Today we will be looking for the Soul of our faith in the stories we tell about the people and places in our history. Yes, the fate of Michael Servetus and the contributions of King John Sigismund are deep and abiding wells of UU Faith. However, closer to home, we will remember Lorenda Wilkins, Dora Rust, Henry Doty Maxson, Marianne Hachten- Cotter, Laurie Bieze, and a dozen or more others. We will also see photos of the places we have called sacred.
Religious Education for Children
1. Virtual Religious for both groups, Elementary and youth will be on Sabbatical for the months of June and July as Rev. Sarah and Paula plan for the upcoming year
Upcoming Event Announcements
1. Pastoral Care: A group is forming with two teams to do pastoral care for HSUUC. After meeting to discuss the needs and structures that will serve High Street, we created a team for Pastoral Aid (tangible items like meals, rides, cards, and visits). The second team is for Pastoral Counseling, which includes items like end of life planning, spiritual direction, and deeper conversations that may lead to referrals for ongoing needs. If you would like to work with one or both of these teams, please contact Rev. Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org in August. In July, please contact Marie Holliday if you have an emergency pastoral care need and she will help connect you with Rev. Sarah or available resources in Macon as appropriate.
1. This Sunday we will have an online offering using our online giving technology, found here: https://onrealm.org/hsuuc/-/give/now
Please have your credit or debit card handy! (Also feel free to give beforehand, and as many times as you want!)
Thank you for your generosity.
2. Stay Safe on Your Computer! As more people are spending more time online, there has been an increase in email scams. Scammers retrieve email addresses from websites and change them, slightly, and use the changed email address to email others asking for favors and money. Please know that no minister of High Street Church will ever ask you, over email, to buy eBay gift cards or itune gift cards, or for money in general (unless it is for the church or some approved fundraiser). If you are a victim of an email scam, do not respond to it. Please report the email to gmail (or whatever carrier the email address uses). They will try to remove that email so the scammer won’t prey on others.
3. Interested in being a phone buddy or pen pal with someone from High Street? Contact Jane Donahue: email@example.com
4. 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 Favorites and check it regularly.
5. 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).