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Saturday Update – April 10, 2021

April 11: Learning from Adversity. For this worship service, Tom Willis and Daryl Walker examine: Times of Adversity and What We’ve Learned.

UU Justice Ministry of NC Update:
– Action of the Week – “Close the Healthcare Coverage Gap.” For far too long, North Carolinians have gone without life-saving health insurance. NC Republicans have recently signaled their openness to the idea of “closing the coverage gap.” This week, call on your state legislators to use federal funds to extend medical coverage to those who most need it. Click here to take action.
– Spiritual Nourishment Gathering – This Sunday, April 11th at 4:00pm join the UU Justice Ministry of NC to reflect on our justice work through the lens of our faith. This month we’ll be discerning incremental vs. radical change. Join us via this zoom link.

A Faith Call for Justice and Democracy The UUA is holding a panel discussion and workshop for mass action on Wednesday, April 14th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM to address the rise in anti-democratic measures across the country.  For more details and to register, go to this website:  https://uua874.activehosted.com/index.php?action=social&chash=72e6d3238361fe70f22fb0ac624a7072.5276&s=8937b7fd3ba6982f5c321121ba2e639a

Anti-Racist Reading Group Update: The Anti-Racist Reading Group will be reading and discussing The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. There will be two groups: one at 12:30PM beginning Thursday, April 8, and the other at 9AM on Saturdays, beginning today, April 10. Please contact Liz Morningstar at 720-215-5681 or lizmorningstar@gmail.com if you want to join the Saturday group, or Penny Hooper at 252-241-6107 or pjhooper@ec.rr.com if you wish to participate in the Thursday group.

Volunteers still needed for the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee: The Board of Trustees and the New Building Team seeks UCF members and friends who want to know more about becoming a member of the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee for the 2900 Bridges campus. Please send an email to melva.kearney@gmail.com to show your interest in knowing more.

Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  Please send all updates for the Newsletter no later than the 4th Sunday of the month – April 25. Thank you!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department:  https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

The Health Department is currently administering vaccines to adults 18 years and older! Their direct number to schedule an appointment is 252-728-8550.

Wednesday Update – April 7, 2021

April 11: Learning from Adversity. For this worship service, Tom Willis and Daryl Walker examine: Times of Adversity and What We’ve Learned.

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Here is the music from last Sunday’s service, Easter Sunday Virtual Flower Communion.  All can easily be found on YouTube:

Gathering Music:

“O Sacred Head, Surrounded; sung by Ex Cathedra, a choir based in the United Kingdom.

Opening hymn:

Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers, recorded by pianist Brian Kenny and vocalist Alena Hemingway for the Kitsap (Washington) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Meditation:
From You I Receive, written by Joseph and Nathan Segal; recorded by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton, Mass. 

Closing music:

Go Lifted Up, written by Unitarian Universalist musician Mortimer Barron.

This recording is from the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.

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Spring Nature Walk Update: There are still plenty of spaces available in UCF’s spring nature hike, led by Tom Wentworth at 2 PM on Saturday, April 17, on the Elliott Coues Nature Trail in Fort Macon State Park (rain date Sunday, April 18, same time). More details are available in the April issue of Our Coastline. To sign up, please send an email to Tom at tom_wentworth@ncsu.edu (that’s tom[underscore]wentworth@ncsu.edu, no spaces).

Caravan Update: The Food Waste and Recovery Program had 168 unexpected 30-pound boxes of fresh food for Carteret County food pantries. As part of the USDA Farm-To-Families program, this food was collected after COVID to assist producers who could not sell to their regular buyers, such as schools, hospitals, etc.  If anyone would like to participate in a caravan to help distribute food, please let Daryl Walker know (919.219.9840 or dfwalker99@hotmail.com). Upcoming caravans will take place on April 12, 19, and 26.

Thoughtful Gatherings Update:  We will launch three new sessions of our small group gatherings (to be held in April, May and June) using the theme of Renewal.  Feeling the promise the vaccine offers us to resume our lives, keeping what we missed while perhaps putting aside old habits and creating our own new normal, along with engaging in the process of worshipping in a new space, we will explore what is in store not just for us as individuals, but for the larger “us” of the UCF community and beyond. If you did not participate in the first three sessions, please consider joining one of our existing groups by emailing nanreed5@gmail.com

Volunteers needed for the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee: The Board of Trustees and the New Building Team seeks UCF members and friends who want to know more about becoming a member of the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee for the 2900 Bridges campus. Please send an email to melva.kearney@gmail.com to show your interest in knowing more.

Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  As a reminder, please submit any updates for the Newsletter by the last Sunday of the month. Thank you!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department:  https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

The Health Department is currently administering vaccines to adults 18 years and older! Their direct number to schedule an appointment is 252-728-8550.

 

Wednesday Update – March 31, 2021

April 4: Easter Sunday Virtual Flower Communion.  The Unitarian Universalist tradition of the Flower Communion honors the unique gifts of each person and celebrates the richness and beauty of our gathered community.
In preparation for this service, please think about one talent or ability that you offer to UCF, and one thing that you long to receive from your participation in our congregation.  Frame your thoughts in one sentence, and be prepared to share that sentence as part of the message in the service.  And, bring with you a flower, symbolizing your unique beauty, to display in your Zoom screen after you speak.

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Here is the music from last Sunday’s service, Passover.

All can easily be found on YouTube:

Gathering music: “Hashivenu / Return Again” from the Park Avenue Synagogue; Cantor Shira Lessek

Opening hymn: “Dayenu” posted by Janess Sifers

Mid-sermon: “Go Down Moses” from Central Synagogue (Pesach)

Meditation: Song of Miriam by Elaine Hagenberg, sung by Montgomery High School Choir

Closing: “Wade in the Water” by Cynthia Liggins Thomas

Bonus Track: “Dayenu” – Passover by the MaccabeatsEnjoy!
Tom Cullison and Meganne Smith

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The Food Waste and Recovery Program had 168 unexpected 30-pound boxes of fresh food for Carteret County food pantries. As part of the USDA Farm-To-Families program, this food was collected after COVID to assist producers who could not sell to their regular buyers, such as schools, hospitals, etc.  A caravan was established on Monday, March 29 to transport some of the food, but more help is needed! If anyone is willing to assist transporting the remaining food, please let Daryl Walker know (919.219.984. or dfwalker99@hotmail.com). Upcoming caravans will take place on April 12, 19, and 26. More information will be included in the April Newsletter!

Committee on Ministry: Today is the deadline for replying to the Committee on Ministry’s questions! If you haven’t done so already, please email your responses to: hollyer54@yahoo.com.
Thank you! – Holly Rogers, Chair CoM.

Thoughtful Gatherings Update:  We will launch three new sessions of our small group gatherings (to be held in April, May and June) using the theme of Renewal.  Feeling the promise the vaccine offers us to resume our lives, keeping what we missed while perhaps putting aside old habits and creating our own new normal, along with engaging in the process of worshipping in a new space, we will explore what is in store not just for us as individuals, but for the larger “us” of the UCF community and beyond. If you did not participate in the first three sessions, please consider joining one of our existing groups by emailing nanreed5@gmail.com

Volunteers needed for the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee: The Board of Trustees and the New Building Team seeks UCF members and friends who want to know more about becoming a member of the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee for the 2900 Bridges campus. Please send an email to melva.kearney@gmail.com to show your interest in knowing more.

Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  The April Newsletter will be emailed tomorrow!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department:  https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

The Health Department is currently administering vaccines to adults 18 years and older! Their direct number to schedule an appointment is 252-728-8550.

Saturday Update – March 27, 2021

March 28: Passover.  The great Jewish springtime celebration of liberation from slavery in Egypt and freedom from oppression begins at sundown on Saturday, March 27.  This morning we, too, will consider the price and the blessings of freedom and the ways in which ritual and storytelling keep ancient lessons alive in our hearts, our minds, and our communities.

WE NEED YOUR PLEDGE!

Our annual pledge campaign will be ending soon, and we need your support. 2021/22 will be a very challenging year from a financial standpoint. The additional expenses of our new campus and interim minister, as well as our desire to restore programs and services and offer new ones will stretch our resources thin. If you haven’t returned your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. And consider increasing your pledge, if you are able, to help us budget for the coming year. This would be a great way to put a portion of your stimulus check to work.

-Your Finance Committee

Anti-Racist Reading Group Update: The Anti-Racist Reading Group will be reading and discussing The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. There will be two groups: one at 12:30PM beginning Thursday, April 8, and the other at 9AM on Saturdays, beginning April 10. Please contact Liz Morningstar at 720-215-5681 or lizmorningstar@gmail.com if you want to join the Saturday group, or Penny Hooper at 252-241-6107 or pjhooper@ec.rr.com if you wish to participate in the Thursday group.

Annual Meeting Update: Please submit any agenda items for the Annual Meeting by Monday, May 3, 2021, to Susan Fetzer, Board Vice President at sgfetzer@gmail.com or 252-259-5187. The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Please refer to the April newsletter and to the bylaws and policy manual at www.ucfnc.org for more information.

Committee on Ministry: If you received an email request from the Committee on Ministry for thoughtful answers for assessing each committee’s and each Staff’s ministry during the last year, please remember the deadline for your responses is March 31. It has been a very unusual year for our congregation and we thank you for taking time to respond. We will be emailing the questions to everyone again so you don’t have to dig through your emails!
Thank you! – Holly Rogers, Chair CoM.

Volunteers needed for the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee: The Board of Trustees and the New Building Team seeks UCF members and friends who want to know more about the becoming a member of the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee for the 2900 Bridges campus. Please send an email to melva.kearney@gmail.com to show your interest in knowing more.

Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  As a reminder, TOMORROW is the last day to send all Newsletter Updates! Thank you!

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department:  https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

The Health Department is currently administering vaccines to adults 18 years and older! Their direct number to schedule an appointment is 252-728-8550.

Our annual pledge campaign will be ending soon, and we need your support. 2021/22 will be a very challenging year from a financial standpoint. The additional expenses of our new campus and interim minister, as well as our desire to restore programs and services and offer new ones will stretch our resources thin. If you haven’t returned your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. And consider increasing your pledge, if you are able, to help us budget for the coming year. This would be a great way to put a portion of your stimulus check to work.

-Your Finance Committee

Thoughtful Gatherings Update:  We will launch three new sessions of our small group gatherings (to be held in April, May and June) using the theme of Renewal.  Feeling the promise the vaccine offers us to resume our lives, keeping what we missed while perhaps putting aside old habits and creating our own new normal, along with engaging in the process of worshipping in a new space, we will explore what is in store not just for us as individuals, but for the larger “us” of the UCF community and beyond. If you did not participate in the first three sessions, please consider joining one of our existing groups by emailing nanreed5@gmail.com

Committee on Ministry: If you received an email request from the Committee on Ministry for thoughtful answers for assessing each committee’s and each Staff’s ministry during the last year, please remember the deadline for your responses is March 31. It has been a very unusual year for our congregation and we thank you for taking time to respond. We will be emailing the questions to everyone again so you don’t have to dig through your emails!
Thank you! – Holly Rogers, Chair CoM.

Volunteers needed for the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee: The Board of Trustees and the New Building Team seeks UCF members and friends who want to know more about becoming a member of the Interior Decorating/Design Subcommittee for the 2900 Bridges campus. Please send an email to melva.kearney@gmail.com to show your interest in knowing more.

Bi-Weekly Update Information:  Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update or the Coastline Newsletter to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update or the Newsletter.  As a reminder, this Sunday is the last day to send all Newsletter Updates

COVID-19 Updates: Here is a link to COVID-19 Vaccine information for Carteret County from the Health Department:  https://carteretcountync.gov/811/COVID-19-Information-Releases

The Health Department is currently administering vaccines to adults 18 years and older! Their direct number to schedule an appointment is 252-728-8550.