High Street Happenings

March 22, 2019


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


Reflection

What We Need Is Here
In his poem entitled “What we need is here” Wendell Berry reminds us of the abundance of not striving away from where we are, but in keeping our eyes open to the beauty and sources of life and meaning that are within our reach. A few years ago one of my colleagues, Mr. Barb Greve, created a UU lenten practice. Instead of emphasizing the traditional self-denial aspect of Lent, UUs are engaging in a practice of appreciation and affirmation of this life that we are in. So what is this practice? Every day in Lent there is a word for people to reflect on and ultimately to capture through taking a picture and posting it on your Facebook page or on the UU Lent facebook page. The organizers also include a simple quote related to the word. Even though we are half way through Lent, I encourage you to try it out, a beautiful practice of gratitude, and remembering the abundance within our grasp.

To access the UU Lent Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UULent-259081167866768/

To access the Westfork UU Lent page (with more quotes and reflections):

https://westforkuu.org/2019/03/19/uu-lent-2019-day-14-hunger/?fbclid=IwAR2fuR2NPqovsCE4bDQADpGLuJBfjJlruwdOh1og9VFvVsZlUN1qiIt60hc

With Abundance,
Rev. Cassandra


The Theme for March is: “What does it mean to be a people of Abundance?”


March 24

Beyond the Rainbow – The Rev. Terry Cummings


Religious Education for Children and Youth

March 24 ,  2019

Preschool (K3-K) 
Teacher: Vanessa Sullivan
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Spring Equinox

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Kim Merritt-Kuo
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Spring Equinox

Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Jim Scott
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Spring Equinox

 

Paula Del Rio – DRE   –  pdelriob@gmail.com


Announcements

1. Women’s Interfaith Alliance of Central Georgia

The Islamic Center of Middle Georgia is holding an
Interfaith Prayer Vigil and a Funeral Prayer
for the victims of New Zealand’s Christ Church Mosque attack
on Friday, March 22 at 2:30 P.M. after the Jumu’ah (Friday Prayer)

Islamic Center of Middle Georgia
2501 Elberta Road
Centerville GA 31028

2. General Assembly is in Spokane, WA this year. Far away, so that means those who want to go should start planning now! GA is a great way to widen your faith horizons (UUism is so much more than any one congregation embodies alone), and deepen your faith (rarely does a person attend and not come away totally fired up with zeal for our life-saving faith!) If you come from a community that has historically been left in the margins by our faith (if you are a person of color, indigenous, young adult (18-35), woman, queer, disabled, poor, look at the scholarship opportunities- deadline in March 31st!) There are also lots of volunteer opportunities that can help off-set some of the costs. Find more info here: https://www.uua.org/ga

3. Please join us for our revamped New2UU class! This will be a two part class offered March 30th and April 6th from 2-4pm at High Street UU Church’s Fellowship hall. In our first session we will explore UU history, theology, worship styles, and how we facilitate faith development. Our second session will be how High Street operates, what our mission and vision is as a congregation, and exploring the benefits and responsibilities of membership. We will provide light refreshments, and childcare is available upon request. We look forward to meeting and growing together.

The facebook link to this event event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/731313207265948/?active_tab=about

4. Daybreak is in need of the following items: Lysol spray and hand wipes, bleach, iced tea & lemonade mixes, powdered drink mix/juice, stirrers for coffee, napkins, and canned fruit for snacks & breakfast.

5. My Heart Is Here! Dinner and Talent Show! March 30th, 6:30pm at Daybreak Mark your calendar and sign up to share a talent for our Canvas Dinner and Talent Show! (Perhaps you have a funny joke, a song, a skit, or a poem to share. Maybe you can play a musical instrument you’d like to share! We hope you consider participating in this fun way of sharing our gifts with each other!)

6. Books for 3rd graders March 31st! It is time again to advance literacy in Macon by buying a book or two for the third graders at Ingram-Pye Elementary School! These are for kids to take home and keep for their very own. New books not used please. Barnes and Noble has some right at the entrance counter if you don’t want to choose your own. There are many more in the children’s book area at the back of the store. Paperback chapter books are just $3 or $4. Buy now. If you can’t come on March 31st you can bring them in the weeks beforehand and give them to Bretta or Paula. Thank you!

7. 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 themselves in a short term financial pinch. Kroger cards are also available for those in need. Call 510-225-8921. Rev. Cassandra

8. 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.

9. 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


Monthly Calendar

The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!