High Street Happenings

May 15, 2021 – 11:15 AM

“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.

May 16, 2021 at 11 AM

What Does It Mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? (Part 1)
High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan and Others

Come join us as we share stories that illustrate the principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism.

Religious Education for Children

1. Virtual Religious Education Time for Children (11 years old and younger) on Saturday at Noon using ZOOM

We are currently using the virtual curriculum CARTUUNS. CARTUUNS uses animated shorts from Pixar and Disney as the basis for discussion about the values inherent in Unitarian Universalism.  These short animated films run only 3-8 minutes long, making it easy to keep a child’s attention. Each week week host Discussion and fun activities keep children engaged and coming back for more.

Please contact Paula Del Rio pdelriob@gmail.com for login information.

Saturday, January 16th :  we will watch the short film Geri’s Game and  talk about the 4th UU Principle 

2. Virtual Religious Education Time for Middle school and older on Thursday at 7:00 pm

Upcoming Announcements

1. Members of High Street Unitarian Universalist Church: The Annual Meeting, as required by our bylaws, will be held via Zoom after the Sunday service on May 23, 2021. We will be voting on our annual Operating Budget, and Rev Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan will be presenting a State of the Church report. Non-members are invited to attend; however, only members will be allowed to vote.

2. Canvas Update: As of Saturday, May 8, we had 55 pledges and $110,175.00. If you still need to pledge, please see your Happenings email attachment or more information or email the office.

3. Helping Others: These are especially difficult times for people living on the street or with inadequate or uncertain housing. There are several ways to help right now:

  • Donate coats and other outerwear to Wear, the thrift store at 464 1st St.
  • Donate a gift card at Wear, designated for use by those in need
  • Donate gift cards for the Salvation Army for supplies for the Warming Center or for River Edge Behavioral Health to buy bus passes, medication, and photo identification for people in need of services (Deliver these to Bert Bivins Fire Station & Sheriff Precinct at 4036 Napier Avenue).
  • Donate Biofreeze pain relief gel, cough drops, saline eye drops, Orajel, new men‘s and women’s underwear at High Street for Daybreak, Macon’s day center for those who are homeless.
  • Volunteer at Daybreak, which has been VERY Covid-safe (contact tyia.sprinkle@depaulusa.org 478-972-0005).

4. Looking for a place to have a Covid-safe retreat for you & an intimate number of family/friends? Call The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center. They have converted the Director’s residence to a five star location for a retreat. It can sleep up to ten folks & has a complete kitchen, multiple baths, and above all a beautiful view of Blue Valley. They also have several smaller places for parties from 1 to 6. In addition, this is a great way to support our own UU-affiliated center just 5 miles west of beautiful Highlands, NC. Call them at 838-526-5838 to reserve your retreat accommodations.

5. Calling all chalice lighters! The worship team is experimenting with new ways to do chalice lighting on zoom. Send me a short video or picture of you or someone in your household lighting your chalice! We will be using these in our Sunday services. revsarahoglesby@gmail.com

6. From Rev. Sarah – A note about my schedule: I take Mondays off, and when my kid/husband are out of school, I generally take that off, too. I reserve Friday nights and Saturdays except morning time for family as well. On Sundays I begin my sabbath in afternoon/evening. This usually has me working between 40 and 50 hours a week, depending on meeting schedules, etc. Of course there are exceptions! Please call or email me to chat or set up a meeting.

Ongoing Announcements

1. This Sunday we will have an online offering using our new 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: 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).