High Street Happenings

May 13 at 2:05 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 April 17, 2022 In-person Sunday Services in the Sanctuary have resumed, however Zoom access will continue to be available for those who choose to join us on-line. As a Caring Community, we especially want to create a safe space for those who are at high-risk or have loved ones at high-risk; we want them to feel safe, welcome, and included when we meet together, so if you join us in-person please help us do this by bringing and wearing a high-quality properly fitted mask and maintaining as much physical distance between households as practical while inside. Masks will be required. Masks will be available for those who do not have one. Please note that the basement will remain closed except for staff. Please regularly check our our Happenings page for any changes.
  • NOTE: The basement is still closed except for staff and those with prior approval. Children’s RE and their leaders have been granted access for Sundays. Any group wanting to use space in the basement needs to have approval from the Board in order for HS to maintain a healthy and safe environment and also in order to maintain a clear schedule.
  • All other inside 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.

May 15 at 11 AM
Blessings and Beauty
In-Person and Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan

Receiving, offering, and noticing life’s blessings amid the complexity of our day-to-day lives.

RE Note: When the children are sung out they will go downstairs to a multi-age class in the fellowship hall. The children will be masked and adults will be limited to the Children’s RE leaders. The children will be brought back up at the end of service.

As a Caring Community, we especially want to create a safe space for those who are at high-risk or have loved ones at high-risk; we want them to feel safe, welcome, and included when we meet together. Please help us do this by bringing and wearing a high-quality properly fitted mask and maintaining as much physical distance between households as practical while inside. Masks will be required. Masks will be available for those who do not have one.

In an effort to make things safer and to improve pew access, the pews have been rearranged. This is only short term experiment. We welcome your feedback.


Religious Education for Children


Current Announcements

1. The basement is still closed except for staff and those with prior approval. Children’s RE and their leaders have been granted access for Sundays. Any group wanting to use space in the basement needs to have approval from the Board in order for HS to maintain a healthy and safe environment and also in order to maintain a clear schedule.

2. High Street needs you! As we begin meeting in person again, we need some help. Here’s some ways you could step in and help out:

  • Youth Religious Exploration: Planning team, Classroom leaders, Classroom set up crew. Contact Paula Del Rio if you are interested in learning more! pdelriob@gmail.com
  • HSUUC Board of Trustees: Treasurer-in-training (shadow and learn from Jim Scott, current Treasurer), Board Chair-in-training (Shadow Vanessa Scott and Kim Lynn). The board has several people who stayed on beyond their previous term to bring continuity and stability during this interim period. But starting next January, they need to have two people ready and willing to step into these two positions in particular, which requires some preparation and learning, If you agree to be “in training” you won’t be voting on issues but coming to meetings and attending some one-on-one or small group sessions to learn more about these two roles. More than one “trainee” is welcome! Contact Vanessa Scott at vsullivan08@gmail.com or Jim Scott at jamesscott364@gmail.com
  • Membership Committee Chair and Social Justice Committee Chair as well as members of these two important teams are needed. Please contact Kim Lynn if you are interested in serving on these as we begin to meet in person again and plan for the next program year. katzenbooks45@gmail.com
  • Worship Committee and Sunday Volunteers: We need new people to learn how to run A/V both in person and online; we need greeters for those in the building on Sunday; and we are always excited to welcome folks into the worship planning team to help with readings, reflections, and music offerings. Contact Cynthia Alby at cynthia.alby@gcsu.edu if you are interested.

3. The Mountain: If you are not aware of it, there are many programs at “The Mountain” (https://www.themountainrlc.org/). Please check out all the programs and activities available to you. The Mountain has been used by UUs since about 1979 and it is both beautiful and energizing!

4. If you missed the Developmental vs Settled Ministry Workshop, you can still learn more by viewing this video: https://youtu.be/yAom_9djXqw

5. Food as Medicine: Our neighbors at Atrium Health received a grant to remodel part of their building on our block to be a special kind of food bank–a Food Pharmacy! They have fresh and shelf stable foods and are helping clients plan meals and choose foods that are good for their overall health (imagine that!) and take into consideration health conditions which might benefit from particular foods and nutrients. They’d love to have some volunteers! They are on Orange street just around the corner from us (close to the basketball courts). The walk-out basement level is their new food bank. Volunteers will be the hosts/hostesses of their clients. They will greet clients, help them complete eligibility forms (if needed), escort them through the Food As Medicine Clinic, possibly push their buggy, record what food they took, possibly help them load their car and do anything else needed (to make clients feel welcomed and valued). You can sign up to volunteer at https://signup.com/go/MDxWXUW

6. Emergency night time volunteering: If you are a night-owl and could be on-call if the night-time temperatures drop below freezing again (another cold snap is coming), consider taking a 7pm-midnight or midnight-7am shift at the Brookdale Warming Center. Families and individuals who lack adequate housing have been filling up the center, and volunteers are needed to help with intake of those seeking shelter, setting up and moving cots, and supervising the gym (in addition to those providing security). To volunteer, follow this link. If you have questions, contact Charlee Coker, ccoker@unitedwaycg.com, 478-621-7802.

7. Over 60’s Group: Would you like to gather with others your age to greet, meet, and discuss issues of aging? The Over 60s group at High Street invites you to learn about our group which meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 2:30-4:00, currently by Zoom. We check in with each other, share our joys and concerns and take turns leading conversation about aging and grief. We use a selected book to stimulate our thinking and sharing. Please contact Nana’, Jane Donahue or the church office for information.

8. Mental Health Support Group: As a reminder this is a peer support group, there is no professional psychotherapist present at these meetings, but we’ve all made the promise to keep whatever is shared at these meetings only between those in the group.

This group is exclusively for members and friends of High Street UU Church and operates under the principles and covenants agreed upon within the church. We are all friends here, we share our experiences and what’s happening with us currently in the hope that these shared experiences may alleviate the burdens of another, and that a past experience may shed light on a situation which another is currently experiencing!

All these things in the hope that our shared experiences may assist others to become more complete, content, and closer to the light of existence of which we are all a part.

For Zoom login information, please contact Jim Scott or email the office.

Ongoing Announcements

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!)

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: janedonahue817@gmail.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).