August 7 – 5 PM Update
“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, 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.
From Our New Interim Minister,
Reverend Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan
Hello High Street UU! I am eager to begin interim ministry with y’all, and in the process of getting our household set up in the meantime. I have come to Macon with my husband John Dunegan, who is a teacher and a restorative justice practitioner, and our 11 year old daughter. In early August I will be helping our older daughter settle into her first year of college at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. In late August I will be attending a training for interim ministers for a week. My first Sunday with you will be August 16. I will be working with the worship team to plan our Sundays together, and look forward to sharing more with you about that after we have met in August. Your patience as we transition and get to know each other is much appreciated. I will be sharing ways to set up one-on-one meetings with me via zoom over the first three months of our time together. I will also be exploring the other ways in which we might come together in small groups to connect and plan a productive interim for your congregation.
As part of this work, leaders at High Street are asked to join me in reading a book called “In the Interim” which helps us understand the unique opportunities and work of interim ministry. Although COVID19 has changed so much about how we do church, we have managed to pivot and make changes as a denomination, supporting each other over these few months in ways I have never before seen our congregations work together. I look forward to continuing this collaborative effort with High Street.
(Additional bio can be found at https://ministryandspirit.wordpress.com/about/)
August 9 using ZOOM
Being Patient with Patience (in times like these) – Rev. Marti Keller
This week’s guest Minister comes from a family of impatient people – inclined to honk at and even cuss at other drivers, and clock watching. Not an admirable quality – especially in times like this – but is there a justice seeking upside after all?
Rev. Marti Keller has been both a parish and social justice Minister for 22 years—serving congregations in the South, speaking extensively in pulpits in this country and abroad. For six years, Rev. Keller was the gender justice and equity Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, for whom she tracked and did public witness on reproductive justice and other intersectional issues impacting women and girls.
She most recently was a co -interim Minister in Jacksonville Florida. She has also been active in the small group ministry movement and in Unitarian Universalists for Jewish Awareness. She was the co-editor of Jewish Voices in Unitarian Universalism ( Skinner House Press). She is the surprised and proud recipient of this year’s Ministry to Women Award from the UUWF. She is a published poet: her latest chapbook is “Red Wool Socks and Dark Chocolate: Life in Three Lines.” (Matrika Press)
Religious Education for Children
NEW: Virtual Religious Education Time for Children On Saturday at Noon using ZOOM
Please contact Paula Del Rio for login information.
1. Email from Daybreak
Good day! My name is Tyia Sprinkle, I am the new Volunteer Coordinator here at Daybreak in Macon. If you are receiving this email, it’s because your congregation information was listed as a contact who wants to work with Daybreak; a congregation that has a heart to help serve our brothers and sisters that are needy and homeless in our community here in Macon.
As I’m sure your aware, reactions to COVID has restructured every facet of peoples lives, and it is no different for those in need. In fact it has affected them even more severely than the average citizen. Many of the entities that give them support locally, including us, have had to stop offering many of the services they once had. This includes everything from not being able to get relief from the extreme heat, to substance recovery meetings closed, to medical events canceled…this list is too long to list. And above all, they are so distanced from the human touch. It’s been a long year for them, and all of us are trying to plan how will we go forward.
So because of COVID, all volunteer based entities nationwide are at a loss. Seniors have been the foundation of all volunteer forces across the country, and they are also the most at risk. We are in need of volunteers to help run our services. Please use the attachment any way you would like to announce to your congregants the need. I would be more than happy to come personally speak if you have a group setting, we can always give a tour of the facilities and what we are currently doing. Of course I’m available over the phone as well. Any help you can give to communicate the need would be so very appreciated.
I can be contacted in any of the following ways. And may all of your individual ministry’s be blessed!
Tyia Sprinkle (pronounced tie-ya)
work cell 478.972.0005
daybreak main 478.216.9119
2. The Bipolar/Depression Meetup Group will resume meetings VIA Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:30 PM. Please note that there is no trained social worker at these meetings; this is strictly a peer support group. Please contact Jim Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom login information.
3. Tech Team Volunteers Needed: Now that we’ve thanked Kevin Wilson for creating the PowerPoint presentations complete with recorded music and sharing them appropriately during the service who wants to help give him a much needed break? Here are a few different ways that you can help. Would you like to create the PowerPoint presentation using the template that has been created? Would you like to share your screen with the presentation at the appropriate times during the service? (If you are interested in this you must have a decent and reliable internet connection and you should have a good computer.) Are you willing to help mute people when they have become accidentally unmuted or have forgotten to mute themselves after speaking? If interesting in doing one or a combination of these things please email Vanessa Scott at email@example.com. If you just want to help, though nothing mentioned seems like something you can do, please still email. We will find a way you can help.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).