May 26, 2017
Important: The church email address has changed! See the first announcement below for more details.
May you be filled with loving kindness, may you be well.
Buddhist Metta Meditation
Rev. Cassandra is away for two weeks. Please contact the office with any questions or pastoral concerns: (478) 741-1714, email@example.com.
Thanks and hope you are well!
Sunday Sermon – May 28 at 11 AM
Tales From the Road – Dorner Carmichael
Two years ago when I retired I bought a tent and hit the road—camping up to Canada across the Midwest to Mexico and back. I came back to Macon after a year, bought a camper and went out again from the Olympic Peninsula to Southern Arizona. This is a big country with lots of people and all their stories. There is value in hitting the road not, of course, anything you can’t learn in your back yard, but I found some insights I would like to share.
Dorner Carmichael is a long time High Street member, as well as the “Empress of Music Emeritus.”
Sunday, May 28 at 11 AM
Religious Education for Children and Youth
Teacher: Vanessa Sullivan
Curriculum: Creating Home
Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Curriculum: Faithful Journeys
Lesson: Protect the Earth
Upper Elementary (4th – 6th)
Teacher: Marie Holliday
Curriculum: Harry and UU
T(w)eens(7th – 12th)
Teacher: Jim Scott
Curriculum: D’oh, God!
Paula Del Rio – DRE
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
On Sunday, April 30th, we started a discussion of Krista Tippett’s latest book, Becoming Wise (subtitled “An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living”). As many of you know, Krista Tippett is the host of “On Being” (formerly “Speaking of Faith”), a very popular show which can be heard on public radio and via podcast.
The class will continue through May 28. The book is available in hardbound, paperback, and digital formats through both local (I recently spied a few copies at Barnes & Noble here in Macon) and online booksellers. One of the most recent digital editions includes audio and video from many of the interviews she references in the book for just a few dollars extra.
Adult RE classes are held each Sunday at 9:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall classroom. All members and friends of High Street Church are welcome. For more information, go to our Facebook page (“High Street Adult Enrichment”) or contact our Teaching Minister in Residence, the Rev. E Arlen Goff, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 478-361-1376.
1. The Church Email Address has Changed. Due to technical problems with our bellsouth.net email addresses, we have changed the normal email address for the church. Our new email address is: email@example.com Do not send anything to the old bellsouth.net email addresses.
2. Rev. Cassandra is taking a vacation! Rev. Cassandra will be in Seattle to possibly help welcome her new niece into the world, May 22nd-June 5th. Please contact Charles Kight in the office, Donna Davis, head of Caregivers, or the Rev. Arlen Goff, our minister on call, with any questions.
3. The Rev. Arlen Goff is retiring! This means that it is up to us to provide thoughtful, spiritual, faithful adult Religious Education! While we work out a more long term plan, Rev. Cassandra is organizing adult RE classes for the 2017-18 year.
Please let her know by the end of July if you are interested in teaching one, two, or ten Sunday morning classes (before the service). We are NOT trying to re-create Arlen (who would dare?) Outside of the box ideas are welcome! Priority will be given to classes that can be connected to any of the following:
- our seven principles;
- connect with the worship theme of the month (see themes below);
- help us to look ahead into the future and celebrate our past for our thirtieth anniversary;
- focus on immigration or homeless advocacy- the priorities of our social justice committee;
- focus on anti-racism- the priority of the UUA;
- involve heart-felt and intellectual discussion;
- help to ground us through an embodied spiritual practice.
Classes will begin the Sunday after Labor Day. If you would like to serve on the Adult RE Council please let Rev. Cassandra know.
Themes for 2017-18: What does it mean to be a people of…
- September: Welcome
- October: Courage
- November: Abundance
- December: Hope
- January: Intention
- February: Perseverance
- March: Balance
- April: Emergence
- May: Creativity
- June: Blessing
4. Are you a kid wanting to deepen your Unitarian Universalist identity in a beautiful place? Are you an adult wanting the same? Check out The Mountain (UU camp and retreat center: http://themountainrlc.org)- less than four hours away in the mountains of North Carolina. Scholarships are available upon request. Contact Rev. Cassandra for more details.
5. OurSong Coming to High Street! Saturday June 3rd, 1:30pm. Open and free to the public. If you would like to be a greeter, a take-down/set-up crew, or if you live close to High Street and could serve as a sexton that morning while they rehearse and grab lunch, please let Rev. Cassandra know!
6. Looking for a way to respond to these times? Be part of High Street’s First Responder Team! Rev. Cassandra is putting together a small group of people who can commit to helping organize High Streeters around short-term events and issues that concerns us. Help get people out for a rally or compose wording for the Board to vote on a Statement of Conscience regarding immigration, Interfaith issues, or racial diversity! Our response to time-sensitive issues is needed now more than ever and we need a team of people to help us act as one body.
7. Become a Temporary Guardian of children whose parents get deported! Saint Peter Claver is making a list of people who are willing to adopt a child for a limited period of time, in the case that their parents are deported. Please contact Saint Peter Claver’s Hispanic Ministry Office- as for Edgar or Leslie- to get on the list. Relationship building potlucks with vulnerable families will be part of the “training.”
8. Listening Circles is Opening Up! This year we’ve been trying out theme-based Small Group Ministry, or Listening Circles. Each month a small group meets to reflect on the given theme and the related questions and activities included in a packet. It is a great way to build friendships and grow spiritually. Contact Rev. Cassandra before April 1st if you are interested! Cassandra
9. Parenting Support Group If this election has taught us anything it is that we can’t leave it to society to teach our children values we stand by. If we want to raise children who see themselves as citizens instead of comfort-seeking consumers, we must play a role. But we can’t effectively do this alone. Rev. Cassandra is seeking to gather names of those interested in a parenting support group. A possible format could be meeting once a month in one another’s houses, children are welcome, with a simple supper provided. Not a lot of prep. As easy as possible for busy families. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10. Help Peace Makers Be Debt Free! Peace Makers is a local camp born out of High Street that teaches kids skills in non violence and peace-making. It has temporarily closed down while they search for new leadership. In the meantime they need help paying off about $4,000 of debt. If you would like to contribute to Peace Makers, please make a check out to High Street Church with Peace Makers/ Minister’s Disc. Fund in the memo. Thank you!!
11. For April and May at DAYREAK, think: “April Showers bring May flowers.” In the Shower Area at DAYBREAK each person requesting a shower gets a bucket and a towel. In the bucket there is: Shampoo, body wash, spray deodorant, body lotion, and a wash cloth. Please bring ANY of these items to church in the next nine weeks. Be sure to bring spray deodorant and liquid soap because we do not allow these hygiene items to be shared like bar soap and stick deodorant would require. The wash cloths are washed daily and do not last too long. White ones are best because they are bleached for sanitary reasons. The travel size items are accepted, but they are not ideal because it is too much for one person and often not enough for two so there is more waste than with an economy size which can be used many times until empty. Remember, think ‘April Showers’ and bring these items for DAYBREAK. Those who live on the street or in spaces who do not have access to running water, greatly appreciate getting a hot shower. Your generosity allow DAYBREAK to offer this service daily.
12. Coffee Hour. If you would be willing to host a coffee hour after a Sunday service, please contact Craig Rowland at 478-318-1084 to volunteer for a Sunday.
13. 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
The following calendar is from this month’s newsletter. Please check the Announcements section above for any updates!