High Street Happenings

November 8, 2019

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


Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord. – Habakkuk 4:17-18a (NRSV)

This week I was at a leadership retreat in Tennessee and one of the participants shared a United Church of Christ devotional by the Rev. Jennifer Brownell. Her story was about being involved in an accident outside of Seattle on the busy Interstate 5. Someone had had a seizure while driving and had hit several cars before he hit her. Luckily no one was hurt. But soon the relief of escaping injury passed and people turned to the common way of connecting with strangers: complaining:

“For goodness sake, it’s always something, isn’t it?”
“What a way to end the day!”
“We’ll be late for dinner now.”

Brownell writes, “I have some friends who are going through life seasons that are beyond inconvenient and right into tragic. I’m learning from them that complaint doesn’t have to be our default. These friends are teaching me that there is always reason to rejoice in the goodness of God, even when nothing seems to be going their way. Even in the middle of an accident, these friends teach me to notice gratitude for the passerby who passed around a water bottle, the unexpected beauty of the sun when you are stopped on the freeway instead of speeding down it, and the miracle that today, at least, although machinery was crumpled, no human life was lost.”

And she offers a prayer:
“Holy One, help me to rejoice in you even, or especially, when I am tempted to complain. Amen.”

Rev. Cassandra

The FaithRocket theme for November is Giving Praise.

To access FaithRocket resources for the current week, go to https://hsuuc.org/faith-rocket/


November 10

Let’s Kvetch! – Rev. Cassandra Howe

Pastorally we are called to meet people where they are, and many times that is in a space of complaining. “Try to look on the bright side” isn’t exactly the most pastoral of responses to someone who has had their world turned upside down. At the same time, praise is not just for when things are going well. It is most important, and transformative, perhaps, for exactly those times when our world has turned upside down.

Share the Plate with Macon Outreach

Religious Education for Children and Youth

November 10, 2019

AUCTION, AUCTION: We have a generous donor that is willing to donate some change she has been saving at her house to the Auction. All we need are some kids to help sort, count and wrap it during Coffee Hour this Sunday. Every participant will receive recognition for a portion of this donation!

Preschool (K3-K) 
Teacher: Jennifer Zimmerman
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Buddhism Spiritual Practices

Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Teacher: Lori Johnson
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Buddhism Spiritual Practices

Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Jim Scott
Curriculum: Faith Rocket
Lesson: Buddhism Spiritual Practices




Paula Del Rio – DRE   –  pdelriob@gmail.com


1.  Adult RE: The rest of November will be “Everyday Praise: A Gratitude and Mindfulness Practice” at 10 am with Kaylyn Miller-Benson. Participants are invited to keep a gratitude journal for the month.

  • November 10th: “Everyday Thanks and Praise” video by Antonia Bell-Delgado
  • November 17th: “Praise and Gratitude” podcast by Meg Riley
  • November 24th: “Praise the Sun, the Moon, the Stars” essay by Kathy Huff

2.  The Sage Circle: The Sage Circle invites you to come get some fresh air with us! Join us at Browns Mount for a group nature hike and spiritual respite this month. A small prayer will be offered before we set out and when we return. Dress appropriately and bring some insect repellent, sunscreen, head covering, as well as a light snack. We will assemble November 10th, on site, at the parking lot at 3 pm. The address is Browns Mount Rd, Macon, GA 31217.

3High Street’s Annual Goods and Services Auction. November 16, 2019

Doors will open at 5:30 pm for socializing and refreshments. Silent auction will start at 6 pm with live auction to follow.

Come dressed in your hippie best and be prepared to get together and “Love One Another” right now. One free raffle ticket for each person dressed up. Live music will be provided by State Road 42 featuring one of our own.

Children’s activities will be available for those 10 and under.

Bring along a finger food to share and think of a talent, service, handmade item or new or gently-used good you can donate. Donation forms available in both High Street and Orange Street lobbies. Or you can email your donation particulars right away to Kim Merritt-Kuo (merrittkuo@yahoo.com) and copy Vanessa Scott (willolea39@hotmail.com).

Thanks for supporting our important (and fun!) fundraiser.

4Update on Visioning Process. We are sad to announce that due to an un-workable issue that came up in our negotiations, we will not be doing a visioning process with Center for Congregational Health consultant Beth Kennett. We will be in touch about any future process after January 1st.

5Seeking your bread stories! Do you have a traditional bread based item on your thanksgiving table? Perhaps it is the rolls your grandmother always made or the cinnamon bread that you bought at the store, that as been a thanksgiving tradition since before you were born. Was there a year when you had to invent something, because ingredients were scarce, or the traditional bakers weren’t there? If you have a story (and some bread) you’d like to share please let Rev. Cassandra know! (We will share bread and stories during November 24th’s Sunday service).

6.  Daybreak !

  • Daybreak is in need of the following items: creamer, laundry detergent – liquid HE, spray deodorant, baking soda, canned fruit, insect repellent.
  • Daybreak has a significant need for specialized volunteers: nurses, mentors and a receptionist. If you or someone you know might be interested, please have them contact Gaye Martel (gaye.martel@depaulusa.org).
  • TI you know someone who is interested in buying a Subaru: if they do so between Nov. 15 and Jan. 2 here in Macon, they can select Daybreak as the recipient of a $250 donation from Subaru of Macon.

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 them.

8. Craig has been told by his doctors that he should not drive for six months since the accident. Please contact Nana’ Kratochvil (nanakratochvil@gmail.com) if you would like to be on the “call list” for drives for Craig.

9.  Adult Religious Education Needs You! This summer your Adult Religious Education team is looking for class proposals for the fall, winter and spring 2019-20. Proposals that connect with our UU principles, values and beliefs will be given priority. Courses may be Sunday morning before Sunday Service (anytime between 9:30-10:45am), or other times throughout the week. Please submit all proposals to Cassandra Howe at highstreetrev@gmail.com.selves in a short term financial pinch. Kroger cards are also available for those in need. Call 510-225-8921. Rev. Cassandra

10. 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!