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UCF Ministry in the Time of the Corona Virus

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UCF Updates:

Wednesday Update, January 13, 2021

January 17th -Worship Committee members Sally Davis and Tom Willis:          “Re-nourishing our spirits” —Think back; what has renourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope. UCF members and friends share experiences and memories of how they’ve we re-nourished spirit.  Zoom link will be in the Saturday update.

Music from this Sunday’s service “House as a Mirror of Self”.  All can be found on YouTube

“Be Thou My Vision”

David Abramsky on Piano and Cello”

“May Nothing Evil Cross This Door”

Community Church of Chapel Hill virtual choir – Glen Mehrbach

“How Can I Keep From Singing?”

NYC Virtual Choir and Orchestra

The Podd Brothers

“Woyaya”

#1020 in the teal hymnal  Singing the Journey

Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin

Link to Covid Vaccine Application at Carteret County Health Department:

Carteret County, NC – Official Website

Update Information:  “Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update.  Thanks!”

Building Bridges Team News:  The Building Bridges team thanks you for your pledges, we are at  30% of goal. Please think of our campaign as you receive stimulus checks.  See the attached bar chart for more information.

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

January’s 5th Sunday Collection: Family Promise

Our 5th Sunday collection for January will be to help Family Promise.  The mission of Family Promise of Carteret County is to help low-income and homeless families in our community achieve sustainable independence with local programs, support, and resources. Please see the January Coastline newsletter for more information on the current needs at Family Promise and the changes taking place.

If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of January as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support Family Promise.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  You also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  You will see a dropdown list and can select 5th Sunday.

 

Saturday Update, January 9, 2021

 January 10th-Rev. Maj-Britt Johnson.  “House as a mirror of self”  The psychologist C.G. Jung saw a house as a powerful symbol of the self, not just in dreams but in its actual physical form. Maybe shared spaces, like churches/fellowship halls, are also symbols of a collection of selves. What is the difference between a house and a home? Or a building and a sanctuary?

Maj-Britt Johnson was ordained to UU Ministry in 1992. She served the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Norfolk (now housed in Virginia Beach) for seven years, after which she moved to the New York metro area where she served in two congregations, and in a NJ       hospice as a spiritual care coordinator. Rev. Johnson and her husband Michael moved to NC where she served five years as minister of the Community Church of Chapel Hill. After retirement and writing for a couple years, she joined her husband in the real estate and property management field and now lives in Atlantic Beach. Throughout her life she has worked to find a balance (and conversation between) contemplative practice and engaged social action.  If you need the Zoom link for this service, email Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.

Update Information:  “Please submit any items for the bi-weekly update to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com and state in the Subject line that the information is for the Update.  Thanks!”

Building Bridges Team News:  The Building Bridges team thanks you for your pledges, we are at  30% of goal. Please think of our campaign as you receive stimulus checks.  See the bar chart for more information.

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

January’s 5th Sunday Collection: Family Promise

Our 5th Sunday collection for January will be to help Family Promise.  The mission of Family Promise of Carteret County is to help low-income and homeless families in our community achieve sustainable independence with local programs, support, and resources. Please see the January Coastline newsletter for more information on the current needs at Family Promise and the changes taking place.

If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of January as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support Family Promise.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  You also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  You will see a dropdown list and can select 5th Sunday.

 

Wednesday Update, January 6, 2021

 January 10th-Rev. Maj-Britt Johnson.  “House as a mirror of self”  The psychologist C.G. Jung saw a house as a powerful symbol of the self, not just in dreams but in its actual physical form. Maybe shared spaces, like churches/fellowship halls, are also symbols of a collection of selves. What is the difference between a house and a home? Or a building and a sanctuary?

Maj-Britt Johnson was ordained to UU Ministry in 1992. She served the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Norfolk (now housed in Virginia Beach) for seven years, after which she moved to the New York metro area where she served in two congregations, and in a NJ       hospice as a spiritual care coordinator. Rev. Johnson and her husband Michael moved to NC where she served five years as minister of the Community Church of Chapel Hill. After retirement and writing for a couple years, she joined her husband in the real estate and property management field and now lives in Atlantic Beach. Throughout her life she has worked to find a balance (and conversation between) contemplative practice and engaged social action.

Building Bridges Team News:  The Building Bridges team thanks you for your pledges, we are at  30% of goal. Please think of our campaign as you receive stimulus checks.  See the attached bar chart for more information.

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

 Calendars for 2021: Everyone needs a beautiful calendar!  There are still a few of the beautiful “Bee Lover’s Garden” calendars left.  You can call Louise Hughes at 252-728-7346 and for only $10 get your calendar before they are all gone.  All proceeds go to the “Building Bridges Capital Campaign”!  Thanks everyone for supporting this fundraiser!  

Green Sanctuary News:  There will be a Green Sanctuary Meeting on Friday, January 8th at 10:00. All are welcome!   If you would like to attend, the link is in the email update or you can email Holly Rogers (hollyer54@yahoo.com) or Lauren Donnachie (ldonnachie1@gmail.com) and they will send you the link.

January’s 5th Sunday Collection: Family Promise

Our 5th Sunday collection for January will be to help Family Promise.  The mission of Family Promise of Carteret County is to help low-income and homeless families in our community achieve sustainable independence with local programs, support, and resources. Please see the January Coastline newsletter for more information on the current needs at Family Promise and the changes taking place.

If your personal situation allows, please give as generously as you can during the month of January as all non-pledge and non-capital fund offerings received during this month will be used to support Family Promise.  You can contact David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange an electronic donation or checks can be mailed to Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC 28557.  Please note 5th Sunday in the memo line.  You also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  You will see a dropdown list and can select 5th Sunday.

 

Saturday Update, January 2, 2021

January 3rd  Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Worship Committee members Marilynn Cullison and Meganne Smith.  “Hozro-Staying with the Trouble”: Finding a Balance between Chaos and Order  The Navajo word “hozho” or hozro” means beauty, balance, harmony… It is a complex wellness philosophy that is not easily defined, but can be intuitively understood. What is this underlying worldview? If you didn’t get the Zoom link, email Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.

The Building Bridges Task Force reminds you that we hope pledge cards can be returned by January 31.  We are having a brief “Coffee with the Board” on this Sunday, January 3rd after the service to update all on our campaign.  Thank you so much for participating in our Zoom sessions, for your generosity, and your creative ideas.  Happy New Year .

 Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Tom Willis shares his re-nourishing moment with us:

“Guerry has a health condition that requires treatments involving
immune suppression.  Even without Covid this would limit our ability
to travel and socialize as we would wish.  So we have months of
experience of staying home, limited social interactions, intensified
by the pandemic.  I have an inner spiritual need to be near water and
have found that places I liked to commune with nature are now packed
with tourists with absolutely no regard for social distancing.
Generally, we stay at home.  One day, late fall, gorgeous weather,
Guerry and I just had to get out. We went to Shevan park in MHC.
There were many children within the fenced playground and a sparse
array of parents all socially distanced.  Great!  The sounds, the
sounds of children playing, running, jumping, giggling, unrestrained
squealing and laughter was like music, music of pure joy!  The memory
stays with me and re-nourishes my spirits.”

Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits and share it with us if you will?

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

 Calendars for 2021: Everyone needs a beautiful calendar!  There are still a few of the beautiful “Bee Lover’s Garden” calendars left.  You can call Louise Hughes at 252-728-7346 and for only $10 get your calendar before they are all gone.  All proceeds go to the “Building Bridges Capital Campaign”!  Thanks everyone for supporting this fundraiser!  

Green Sanctuary News:  The Green Sanctuary will be meeting on Friday, January 8th at 10:00 via zoom. Please join us as we plan events for the new year and discuss visions for our future in our new location. We hope you will be able to join us. A zoom link will be in the Wednesday update.  Lauren and Holly

 

Wednesday Update, December 30, 2020

January 3rd  Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Worship Committee members Marilynn Cullison and Meganne Smith.  “Hozro-Staying with the Trouble”: Finding a Balance between Chaos and Order  The Navajo word “hozho” or hozro” means beauty, balance, harmony… It is a complex wellness philosophy that is not easily defined, but can be intuitively understood. What is this underlying worldview?

 Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Tom Willis shares his re-nourishing moment with us:

“Guerry has a health condition that requires treatments involving
immune suppression.  Even without Covid this would limit our ability
to travel and socialize as we would wish.  So we have months of
experience of staying home, limited social interactions, intensified
by the pandemic.  I have an inner spiritual need to be near water and
have found that places I liked to commune with nature are now packed
with tourists with absolutely no regard for social distancing.
Generally, we stay at home.  One day, late fall, gorgeous weather,
Guerry and I just had to get out. We went to Shevan park in MHC.
There were many children within the fenced playground and a sparse
array of parents all socially distanced.  Great!  The sounds, the
sounds of children playing, running, jumping, giggling, unrestrained
squealing and laughter was like music, music of pure joy!  The memory
stays with me and re-nourishes my spirits.”

Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits and share it with us if you will?

Calendars for 2021: Everyone needs a beautiful calendar!  There are still a few of the beautiful “Bee Lover’s Garden” calendars left.  You can call Louise Hughes at 252-728-7346 and for only $10 get your calendar before they are all gone.  All proceeds go to the “Building Bridges Capital Campaign”!  Thanks everyone for supporting this fundraiser!  

The Building Bridges Task Force reminds you that we hope pledge cards can be returned by January 31.  We are having a brief “Coffee with the Board” on this Sunday, January 3rd after the service to update all on our campaign.  Thank you so much for participating in our Zoom sessions, for your generosity, and your creative ideas.  Happy New Year .

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

 

Saturday Update, December 26, 2020

December 27 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Kwanzaa: To Bring and Sustain Good in the World.  Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage, cultures, and the enduring values that ground and guide African-American families and communities.  Kwanzaa begins each year on December 26, and culminates on January 1 with feasting and gift-giving.  At the heart of Kwanzaa is an imperative to bring and sustain good in the world.  What can we learn from Kwanzaa about being informed and accountable allies in working for racial justice?  If you didn’t get the Zoom link, email Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.

The Benavides family – Martín, Casey, Diego and Felix – are moving to Peru, where Martín will begin an exciting new job.  This Sunday, December 27 we will say goodbye and wish them well.  Please plan to stay (or join us) for a Farewell AfterWords right after our 10:30 am Zoom worship service – festivities will start with a slideshow around 11:15 am.  Plan ahead to share aloud a memory and/or a wish in not more than 3 sentences.

A Reminder:  Don’t forget this Sunday, December 27, is the deadline for the newsletter.  Committee Chairs please send the date and time of all upcoming meetings and classes to be included in the newsletter calendar.  Please send all information for the newsletter to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com .  Thank you!  Happy New Year!

Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Calendars for 2021: Everyone needs a beautiful calendar!  Louise only has 10 of the beautiful “Bee Lover’s Garden” calendars left.  You can call Louise Hughes at 252-728-7346 and for only $10 get your calendar before they are all gone.  All proceeds go to the “Building Bridges Capital Campaign”!  Thanks everyone!  

Musical selections from Sunday’s Solstice service.

Gathering Music:  Wyrd Sisters – Solstice Carol

Hymn:  Dark of Winter – STLT 55

Meditation:  Yule Winter solstice Gwyl Canol Gaeaf

Closing Music:   Here Comes the Sun The Beatles Tribute

All can be found on YouTube.

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor.  Please note these are both paid positions. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

Recent reflections from Rev. Sally:  In case you missed them, or want to read them again, several of Rev. Sally’s sermons have been posted on the UCF website as Word files.  Recent titles include Revisioning Thanksgiving, The Work of Democracy, Spirit of Life, Hope is Not a Plan, and Joy Is an Act of Resistance.  To read them, go to https://www.ucfnc.org/archived-sermons-2/.

Recent newsletter columns and video recordings of Rev. Sally sharing some earlier messages are also on the website at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

Wednesday Update, December 23, 2020

December 24: (Thursday): 4pm Christmas Eve service.  In the late afternoon of Christmas Eve, we will gather on Zoom for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols.  You may want to have a candle ready to light and to hold (and a match or lighter ready to light it!!) as we end the service with Silent Night.  Please note that this service is at 4pm, rather than our traditional time of 7pm.  If you didn’t get the Zoom link, email Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.

December 27 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am: Kwanzaa: To Bring and Sustain Good in the World.  Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage, cultures, and the enduring values that ground and guide African-American families and communities.  Kwanzaa begins each year on December 26, and culminates on January 1 with feasting and gift-giving.  At the heart of Kwanzaa is an imperative to bring and sustain good in the world.  What can we learn from Kwanzaa about being informed and accountable allies in working for racial justice?  Look for the Zoom link in the Saturday Update.

The Benavides family – Martín, Casey, Diego and Felix – are moving to Peru, where Martín will begin an exciting new job.  This Sunday, December 27 we will say goodbye and wish them well.  Please plan to stay (or join us) for a Farewell AfterWords right after our 10:30 am Zoom worship service – festivities will start with a slideshow around 11:15 am.  Plan ahead to share aloud a memory and/or a wish in not more than 3 sentences.

Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Calendars for 2021: Everyone needs a beautiful calendar!  Louise only has 10 of the beautiful “Bee Lover’s Garden” calendars left.  You can call Louise Hughes at 252-728-7346 and for only $10 get your calendar before they are all gone.  All proceeds go to the “Building Bridges Capital Campaign”!  Thanks everyone!  

Musical selections from Sunday’s Solstice service.

Gathering Music:  Wyrd Sisters – Solstice Carol

Hymn:  Dark of Winter – STLT 55

Meditation:  Yule Winter solstice Gwyl Canol Gaeaf

Closing Music:   Here Comes the Sun The Beatles Tribute

All can be found on YouTube.

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor, please note these are both paid positions.  Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

 

Saturday Update, December 19, 2020

You are invited to come to 2900 Bridges Street by car between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, December 19.  The Pastoral Care team is preparing 100 bags with candy, cookies, and a candle you can use during our Christmas Eve service and a hand-written card or note in each one.  Weather permitting, we will have Christmas Carols playing.  Wearing gloves and (COVID) masks, Pastoral Care Team members will hand out bags to adults and children as you drive through.  (COVID) masks are required; Santa hats or reindeer antlers are optional.  We ho-ho-hope you will come by!

December 20 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Winter Solstice.  Winter Solstice or the darkest night, gives us the best chance to see the spray of stars and other celestial bodies in the sky. We can hunker down for a few more months of darkness,  knowing that the long winter of Covid-19 may be almost done.  We can contemplate what we have learned about ourselves and others, and wait for the sun.  Mary Anna Newman and Sarah Sutherland are leading this service.  If you didn’t get the Zoom link, email Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com.

December 24: (Thursday): 4pm Christmas Eve service.  In the late afternoon of Christmas Eve, we will gather on Zoom for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols.  You may want to have a candle ready to light and to hold as we end the service with Silent Night.  Please note that this service is at 4pm, rather than our traditional time of 7pm.  Zoom link will be sent out in a separate email Monday.

Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Calendars for 2021:   Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges Capital Campaign.  The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing.   They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 by contacting Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement.

By the way, I bought one, it is beautiful.  The pictures of the plants are printed on high quality Green Seal Certified Paper. The artist, Jay Pfeil’s appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things in the natural world shines through in her work.  Vicki

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated. Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for any questions.

Recent reflections from Rev. Sally:  In case you missed them, or want to read them again, several of Rev. Sally’s sermons have been posted on the UCF website as Word files.  Recent titles include Revisioning Thanksgiving, The Work of Democracy, Spirit of Life, Hope is Not a Plan, and Joy Is an Act of Resistance.  To read them, go to https://www.ucfnc.org/archived-sermons-2/.

Recent newsletter columns and video recordings of Rev. Sally sharing some earlier messages are also on the website at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

Wednesday Update, December 16, 2020

December 20 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Winter Solstice.  Winter Solstice or the darkest night, gives us the best chance to see the spray of stars and other celestial bodies in the sky. We can hunker down for a few more months of darkness, knowing that the long winter of Covid-19 may be almost done.  We can contemplate what we have learned about ourselves and others, and wait for the sun.  Mary Anna Newman and Sarah Sutherland are leading this service.  The Zoom for Sunday’s Service will be in the Saturday Update.

December 24: (Thursday): 4pm Christmas Eve service.  In the late afternoon of Christmas Eve, we will gather on Zoom for a traditional service of Lessons and Carols.  You may want to have a candle ready to light and to hold as we end the service with Silent Night.  Please note that this service is at 4pm, rather than our traditional time of 7pm.

Request from the Worship Committee:  For our January 17th  Zoom Worship Service, “How Do We Re-Nourish Our Spirits?”, the Worship Committee is seeking those who would share a short, two minute special moment that renewed them and gave them hope!  Please contact the Worship Service Committee member Sally Davis at sdavis8772@gmail.com with your written memory and help us all cope!  We can read your memory or you may speak it yourself in this Zoom service. Think back; what has re-nourished your spirits?  Even small things can sparkle and help us cope.   How do we re-nourish?

Calendars for 2021:   Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges Capital Campaign.  The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing.   They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 by contacting Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement.

By the way, I bought one, it is beautiful.  The pictures of the plants are printed on high quality Green Seal Certified Paper. The artist, Jay Pfeil’s appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things in the natural world shines through in her work.  Vicki

You are invited to come to 2900 Bridges Street by car between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, December 19.  The Pastoral Care team is preparing 100 bags with candy, cookies, and a candle you can use during our Christmas Eve service and a hand-written card or note in each one.  Weather permitting, we will have Christmas Carols playing.  Wearing gloves and (COVID) masks, Pastoral Care Team members will hand out bags to adults and children as you drive through.  (COVID) masks are required; Santa hats or reindeer antlers are optional.  We ho-ho-hope you will come by!

UCF is looking for an office assistant and a newsletter editor. Vicki Barrett has been filling all these functions capably but has resigned as she is leaving the area. If you are interested in JUST being the office assistant or ONLY doing the UCF newsletter, please contact Susan Fetzer at sgfetzer@gmail.com as these jobs can be separated.  Vicki Barrett may also be contacted at  ucfofficeassistant@gmail.comfor any questions.

Recent reflections from Rev. Sally:  In case you missed them, or want to read them again, several of Rev. Sally’s sermons have been posted on the UCF website as Word files.  Recent titles include Revisioning Thanksgiving, The Work of Democracy, Spirit of Life, Hope is Not a Plan, and Joy Is an Act of Resistance.  To read them, go to https://www.ucfnc.org/archived-sermons-2/.

Recent newsletter columns and video recordings of Rev. Sally sharing some earlier messages are also on the website at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

 

Saturday Update, December 12, 2020

To:  All UCF Members and Friends, 

The New Building Team is happy to announce that Thursday night, December 10th, the Morehead City Board of Adjustments approved our application for a Special Use Permit to operate a church at 2900 Bridges Street, and also approved the  setback and parking variances needed to construct our new sanctuary.  Tom Cullison made the presentation on behalf of UCF with Guerry Stirling-Willis and Joe Naset attending as UCF expert witnesses.  Other expert witnesses included Chase Cullipher, VP of the Cullipher Group and Robert Jameson, Project Manager for Smithson, Inc. our design build firm.  We were represented by Russell Alexander, Attorney at Law.

What this means is that we are now approved by the City to move ahead with our plans!!!  Click HERE to see the designer’s beautiful concept drawing of the exterior of the building which we presented to the Board of Adjustments.  It really wowed them, and we hope it wows you too!  This is where we’re heading, thanks to input, financial support and hard work from all of you.  More to come!

Sincerely,       Guerry and Joe, your New Building Team CoChairs

December 13 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Stories of the Season.  Zoom in to hear three holiday stories starring members and friends of our congregation.  We will visit an Indiana woodland, a re-creation of the Swedish celebration of St. Lucia’s Day, and our own congregation’s Holiday Gift bag tradition.  Zoom technology will allow storytellers to give you a glimpse of what their celebrations look like, as they share why these observances are a meaningful part of their winter holidays.  Email Vicki Barrett (ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com) if you need the link.

Calendars for 2021:   Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges Capital Campaign.  The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing.   They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 by contacting Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement.

By the way, I bought one and it is beautiful.  The wonderful pictures of the plants are printed on high quality Green Seal Certified Paper.  Jay Pfeil is the artist. “Jay’s appreciation of the interconnectedness of all things in the natural world shines through her work…”  Vicki

You are invited to come to 2900 Bridges Street by car between 2 and 4pm on Saturday, December 19.  The Pastoral Care team is preparing 100 bags with candy, cookies, and a candle you can use during our Christmas Eve service and a hand-written card or note in each one.  Weather permitting, we will have Christmas Carols playing.  Wearing gloves and (COVID) masks, Pastoral Care Team members will hand out bags to adults and children as you drive through.  (COVID) masks are required; Santa hats or reindeer antlers are optional.  We ho-ho-hope you will come by!

 

Wednesday Update, December 9, 2020

December 13 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Stories of the Season.  Zoom in to hear  three holiday stories starring members and friends of our congregation.  We will visit an Indiana woodland, a re-creation of the Swedish celebration of St. Lucia’s Day, and our own congregation’s Holiday Gift bag tradition.  Zoom technology will allow storytellers to give you a glimpse of what their celebrations look like, as they share why these observances are a meaningful part of their winter holidays.  Watch for the zoom link in the Saturday Update. 

Social Action Committee is Requesting Some Holiday Help:

The members of the Twisted Sisters, have been busy this past year making hats, scarves, lap afghans and cute critters for us to include in our Holiday Gift Bags. We would like to collect yarn (any weight, any color) – leftover or new, and stuffed animals (around 12 inches tall) to give to them as a thank you.

Since we won’t be able to hold our caroling party at the Station Club this year, the Social Action Committee is also collecting packaged cookies and snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) so they can hold their own party.  (The committee will supply the drinks.)  The Station Club Director said they can only accept packaged cookies and snacks from the store — no homemade goodies. We will be delivering the goodies and gift bags to the Station Club on the morning of December 11th.

You can drop yarn, stuffed animals, packaged cookies or snacks off at the Annex/Sunday School Building at your leisure (there will be labeled tubs for them) or you can bring them to us when we will be at the new church:

        Friday, December 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Many thanks for your help.  Any questions, contact Miriam Green (mwgreen15@gmail.com) or Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com).

 Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges campaign. The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing. They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 during the holiday gift bag drop-offs at 2900 Bridges on Fri 12/11  8:30-11:30

You may also contact Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement

 

Saturday Update, December 5, 2020

 John and Janine Brobst are celebrating their 50th anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 5 !

Happy Anniversary John and Janine!

  December 6 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Balance. Sally Davis will lead us as we explore balance.  Balance in our daily lives is not simple and is often an elusive and shifting reality. How can we find balance in our personal and congregational lives?

YOU ARE INVITED to a Zoom Strategy Session! Come with your vision for our future!  Come with your ideas for fundraising! Come with your commitment to making the BUILDING BRIDGES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN an overwhelming success!  Whether you are new to our community or a seasoned friend or member, your perspective is valuable.  All of us are in partnership to find ways everyone can be involved in reaching our goals. We look forward to seeing you all. PLEASE RSVP by replying to Mary Anna Newman (manewman47@gmail.com or Lauren Donnachie (lsdonnachie1@gmail.com).

Social Action Committee is Requesting Some Holiday Help:

The members of the Twisted Sisters, have been busy this past year making hats, scarves, lap afghans and cute critters for us to include in our Holiday Gift Bagsfortunate. We would like to collect yarn (any weight, any color) – leftover or new, and stuffed animals (around 12 inches tall) to give to them as a thank you.

Since we won’t be able to hold our caroling party at the Station Club this year, the Social Action Committee is also collecting packaged cookies and snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) so they can hold their own party.  (The committee will supply the drinks.)  The Station Club Director said they can only accept packaged cookies and snacks from the store — no homemade goodies. We will be delivering the goodies and gift bags to the Station Club on the morning of December 11th.

You can drop yarn, stuffed animals, packaged cookies or snacks off at the Annex/Sunday School Building at your leisure (there will be labeled tubs for them) or you can bring them to us when we will be at the new church:

        Tuesday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

        Friday, December 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Many thanks for your help.  Any questions, contact Miriam Green (mwgreen15@gmail.com) or Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com).

 Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges campaign. The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing.   They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 during the holiday gift bag drop-offs at 2900 Bridges on Tue 12/8  2-4 and Fri 12/11  8:30-11:30

You may also contact Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement

December 9 -2:00pm – this is only the discussion of the film; everyone will need to watch the film on their own on Netflix.  I Am Not Your Negro – Netflix – documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, exploring the history of racism in the US through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.

 

Wednesday Update, December 2, 2020

  December 6 Sunday Worship Service @ 10:30 am:  Balance. Sally Davis will lead us as we explore  balance.  Balance in our daily lives is not simple and is often an elusive and shifting reality. How can we find balance in our    personal and congregational lives?  The Zoom link will be included in the Saturday Update.

 YOU ARE INVITED to a Zoom Strategy Session! Come with your vision for our future!  Come with your ideas for fundraising! Come with your commitment to making the BUILDING BRIDGES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN an overwhelming success!  Whether you are new to our community or a seasoned friend or member, your perspective is valuable.  All of us are in partnership to find ways everyone can be involved in reaching our goals. We look forward to seeing you all.         Two meetings are being held.

Please, choose one:

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4th at 1:00 pm or SUNDAY DECEMBER 6th at 3:00 pm.  The Zoom links to these meetings are in the email update.  If you need the link, email either Rev. Sally (ucfministernew@gmail.com) or Vicki Barrett (ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com).

Music from November 29th Sunday’s Service: 

“Come, Come Whoever You Are

Rumi’s Circle, recited by Medina Tenour Whiteman

“Come, Come Whoever You Are

sound by the Oakland Chancel Choir.

Setting by Lynn Ungar

“Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves”

Performed by the First Chancel Choir of Oakland

“Ubi Caritas”

Composed by Jaques Berthier

Performed by musicians from St. Bartholomews Episcopal Church, Manhattan

“Standing on the Side of Love”

Composed by Jason Shelton

“Spirit of Life”

Composed by Carolyn McDade, Harmonized by Grace Lewis-McLaren

Performed by All Soul’s Choir

 Social Action Committee is Requesting Some Holiday Help:

The members of the Twisted Sisters, a group of knitters and crocheters that usually meets at the Leon Mann Senior Center, have been busy this past year making hats, scarves, lap afghans and cute critters for us to include in our Holiday Gift Bags that go to those less fortunate. We would like to collect yarn (any weight, any color) – leftover or new, and stuffed animals (around 12 inches tall to give you an idea) to give to them as a thank you and to enable them to continue their good work.

Since we won’t be able to hold our caroling party at the Station Club this year, the Social Action Committee is also collecting packaged cookies and snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) so they can hold their own party.  (The committee will supply the drinks.)  The Station Club Director said they can only accept packaged cookies and snacks from the store — no homemade goodies. We will be delivering the goodies and gift bags to the Station Club on the morning of December 11th.

You can drop yarn, stuffed animals, packaged cookies or snacks off at the Annex/Sunday School Building at your leisure (there will be labeled tubs for them) or you can bring them to us when we will be at the new church:

Tuesday, December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Fridays, December 4 and December 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Many thanks for your help.  Any questions, contact Miriam Green (mwgreen15@gmail.com) or Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com).

 Mel Hughes (Dave’s sister) has generously donated 50 beautiful 2021 Bee Calendars to benefit the Building Bridges campaign. The calendars feature bee friendly flowers on pages suitable for framing. Sample photos are attached to this email.  They make great Christmas presents. They can be purchased for $10 during the holiday gift bag drop-offs at 2900 Bridges on the following dates:                                                                            Fri 12/4  9:30-11:30,  Tue 12/8  2-4, Fri 12/11  8:30-11:30

You may also contact Louise Hughes at lhughes2@ec.rr.com for purchase arrangement

Recent reflections from Rev. Sally:  In case you missed them, or want to read them again, several of Rev. Sally’s sermons have been posted on the UCF website as Word files.  Recent titles include Revisioning Thanksgiving, The Work of Democracy, Spirit of Life, Hope is Not a Plan, and Joy Is an Act of Resistance.  To read them, go to https://www.ucfnc.org/archived-sermons-2/.

Recent newsletter columns and video recordings of Rev. Sally sharing some earlier messages are also on the website at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

 

“To help us make timely decisions on how to divide this money and to begin carrying out our plans, please be sure your 5th Sunday donation is delivered to our Treasurer by Sunday, Nov. 29th.  Thank you!”

Social Action Committee is Requesting Some Holiday Help:

The members of the Twisted Sisters, a group of knitters and crocheters that usually meets at the Leon Mann Senior Center, have been busy this past year making hats, scarves, lap afghans and cute critters for us to include in our Holiday Gift Bags that go to those less fortunate. We would like to collect yarn (any weight, any color) – leftover or new, and stuffed animals (around 12 inches tall to give you an idea) to give to them as a thank you and to enable them to continue their good work.

Since we won’t be able to hold our caroling party at the Station Club this year, the Social Action Committee is also collecting packaged cookies and snacks (chips, pretzels, etc.) so they can hold their own party.  (The committee will supply the drinks.)  The Station Club Director said they can only accept packaged cookies and snacks from the store — no homemade goodies. We will be delivering the goodies and gift bags to the Station Club on the morning of December 11th.

You can drop yarn, stuffed animals, packaged cookies or snacks off at the Annex/Sunday School Building at your leisure (there will be labeled tubs for them) or you can bring them to us when we will be at the new church:

        Tuesdays, November 24, December 1 and December 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.

        Fridays, November 27, December 4 and December 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Many thanks for your help.  Any questions, contact Miriam Green (mwgreen15@gmail.com) or Susan Roberts (landfall2@mindspring.com).