High Street Happenings

November 25 at 8:25 PM

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

November 27 at 11:00 AM
Simple Pleasure: Finding Joy in the Everyday
In-Person and Zoom Worship with Rev. Amanda Schuber

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” —Helen Keller

Join us on line and in person this week as we explore the joy in the mundane, and the beauty of the most basic elements.

Religious Education for Children and Youth

Contact Paula Del Rio at pdelriob@gmail.com if you are interested in becoming a volunteer teacher

November 27th Making props for the Christmas Pageant (Haley Hall)

December 4th Children Christmas Tree (Haley Hall, Paula Del Rio) – All invited to decorate the downstairs tree

December 11th Intergenerational Service

December 18th Absolutely no Rehearsal Christmas Pageant (Dorner Carmichael, Amy Sumpter, Caitlin May, Bryan Johnson, Trinity Martell)

December 25th No service

January 1st Intergenerational Fire Communion

January 8th Signs of our Faith – Lesson 1, Signs, symbols and rituals (Paula Del Rio)

January 15th  Special Art project  (Sam Vega)      

January 22nd  Signs of our Faith – Lesson 2, We lead (Caitlin May, Bryan Johnson)

January 29th   Signs of our Faith – Lesson 3, Our faith is a journey (Paula Del Rio)


Current Announcements

1. NOTE: All Sunday Services are both in person (masking optional) and on Zoom..

2. We will be decorating the church for the December holidays on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:00 am. Volunteers are welcome! And if you have access to small holly or evergreen branches, we would appreciate your bringing them by at that time.

3. Let’s Decorate the Don Lucas Memorial Christmas Tree: Everyone is invited to bring warm mittens, gloves, scarves, hats & other items to decorate our Christmas tree. For over twenty years, we’ve created this tree denoting our generosity for the less fortunate among us. After Christmas, these gifts will be given to Loaves & Fishes hopefully by our youth. Please be generous.

4. The High Street Sangha/ Meditation Circle meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in-person at Tina Clark’s house in Macon, or via Zoom using this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6243185902. For Tina’s address, please text or email at 478.394.2777 or tclark1960@gmail.com Everyone is invited, regardless of whether you are experienced or new to the practice of meditation.

5. Over 50 LGBTQIA+ Dinner and Discussion Group began Wed., Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm: An Over 50 LGBTQIA+ Dinner and Discussion Group will begin meeting at High Street on Wednesday, October 12 from 7:30—8:45 pm. Masks will be optional at group consensus, as will the frequency and structure of the meetings. This is an independent group and is non-church affiliated. For more information, contact Barry H. at 478-396-0546 or email fiftyDandD@gmail.com. Who you see there and what you hear there, Stays There.

6. High Street needs you! As we are figuring out meeting in person again and how to expand multi-platform offerings while allowing people to remain healthy and feel safe, we still need help. Here are some ways you could step in and help out:

  • Youth Religious Exploration: Volunteers are needed for Planning team, Classroom teachers, Classroom set up crew. Most pressing though starting in August teachers are needed for three age based classrooms. Two teams of six volunteers are needed (two per classroom, rotating every other Sunday), plus two more needed for the Nursery working with one paid assistant. Contact Paula Del Rio (pdelriob@gmail.com) if you are interested in learning more!
  • 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/transition period. But starting in 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: board@hsuuc.org or treasurer@hsuuc.org
  • Membership Team and Social Justice Team: Membership Team Chair and Social Justice Team Chair as well as members of these two important teams are needed. Please contact Kim Lynn (katzenbooks45@gmail.com) if you are interested in serving on these as we continue to meet in person, expand multi-platform offerings and plan for the next program year.
  • Worship Team: High Street’s Worship Team is in need of volunteers who can offer technical assistance for our Sunday services. This would involve either assisting with audiovisual services for In-Person Worship or serving on the ZOOM Online Worship staff. If you’re interested in offering your services in these ways, please contact Arlen Goff (profgoff@gmail.com).

7. 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!

8. 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 1st and 3rd 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.

9. 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 email events@hsuuc.org.

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).