June 2, 2017
Important: The church email address has changed! See the second 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks and hope you are well!
Sunday Sermon – June 4 at 11 AM
Mindful Beauty – The Rev. Tina Cansler Clark
As I’ve tried to live mindfully, existing as fully present in whatever moment I find myself, I’ve observed some truly beautiful things. I’ll share some of these moments of Mindful Beauty, along with the struggles I’ve experienced as I try to be fully present in the moments of my life.
Religious Education for Children and Youth
SUMMER PROGRAM – 2017 –
|DR SEUSS AND THE UU PRINCIPLES|
|DATE||TEACHER 1||TEACHER 2||THEME|
|June 4, 2017||Vanessa Sullivan||Kim Merritt-Kuo||1st Principle: Everyone is important / “Horton hears a who”|
|June 11, 2017||Jennifer Zimmerman||David Hensley||2nd Principle: We are fair and kind to each other / “The Sneetches”|
|June 18, 2017||INTERGENERATIONAL SERVICE SUMMER SOLSTICE|
|June 25, 2017||Christina Charette||Jennifer Zimmerman||3rd Principle: Church is place where we learn together / “Dr Seuss’s ABC”|
|July 2, 2017||Leon Jackson||David Hensley||4th Principle: We are always learning / “Oh, the places you’ll go!”|
|July 9, 2017||Jennifer Zimmerman||5th Principle: We have a say about things that are important to us / “I am no going to get up today”|
|July 16, 2017||Christina Charette||Gaye Martel||6th Principle: We help make the world a better place of everyone / “How to Grinch stole Christmas”|
|July 23, 2017||Jim Scott||Gaye Martel||7th Principle: We help take care of our world / “The Lorax”|
|July 30, 2017||Carolyn Hargrove||Be satisfied with who you are / “Gertrude Mcfuzz”|
|August 6, 2017||Carolyn Hargrove||Ice Cream Social|
|August 13, 2017||INTERGENERATIONAL WATER COMMUNION – RE KICK OFF|
|August 20, 2017||FIRST DAY RE 2017-18|
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 email@example.com or by telephone at 478-361-1376.
1. News Flash: High Street is hosting Our Song, the former Atlanta Gay Men’s and Women’s Choruses, at the church Saturday at 1:30. They will perform a marvelous concert for us, for FREE! Bring your friends!
HOWEVER, At the very same time (1pm) Macon is hosting the funeral of music legend Greg Allman. While the service is private, fans are encouraged to line the route:
“Motorcade carrying the remains of Greg Allman will proceed north from Snow’s on Cherry Street toward the Ocmulgee River on First street after passing the city Auditorium. It will cross Mulberry Street, passing the Grand Opera House to the east, and then cross Walnut Street at the old Hilton hotel. At Riverside Drive, the procession will turn west, crossing Spring Street, continuing on up the way into Rose Hill Cemetery.”
According to the Macon.com on May 31, 2017 at 9:24 PM:
“The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday which parts of downtown Macon will be closed Saturday for Gregg Allman’s funeral procession. Parts of roads will be closed off beginning at 8 a.m. and remain closed until after the procession, which follows the 1 p.m. private funeral at Snow’s Memorial Chapel on Cherry Street. The roads will reopen once the procession passes each intersection on its way to Rose Hill Cemetery.
The affected areas of roads are:
- Cherry Street from First Street west to New Street
- First Street from Cherry Street north to Riverside Drive
- Riverside Drive from First Street west to Orange Street”
Please double check local media for street closures and plan alternate routes to the church so you don’t miss the concert!
Hetty Jardine and the host planning tam
2. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Do not send anything to the old bellsouth.net email addresses.
3. 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.
4. 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
5. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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. 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.
12. 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!