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UCF Updates:

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The Annual Pledge Drive is in Full Swing

The Finance Committee would like to wrap up the 20/21 Annual Pledge Drive by August 15th, so that we can prepare the FY 20/21 budget. If you have not returned your pledge, please do so as soon as possible. If you made a pledge last March for 20/21 and do not want to change it, please let us know via email (ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com) or snail mail (PO Box 425, MHC, 28557). If you have misplaced your pledge card, just email us with your pledge and we will record it. Any questions can be directed to the treasurer at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued generous support of UCF.

Finance Committee

A Zoom memorial service for longtime UCF member John Russell will be held THIS Saturday, August 8, at 1pm.  John died peacefully in Arizona on February 24, 2020.  Members of John’s and Ann’s family will share some of their memories of and their gratitude for John, and invite you to add your own stories as, together, we celebrate John’s life and honor his legacy.  Zoom log-in information was sent out by email.  Please share this Zoom invitation with others you think might want to join.  However, our Zoom account can host no more than 100 devices, so log in early, and if you are able, share a device with someone who lives with you.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, August 9: Continuity and Change in Congregational Leadership.  On June 14, we held our first virtual congregational annual meeting.  This morning, we will reflect on leadership, growth, and thriving together as we practice our ministry across physical and social – but not spiritual – distance.  As part of our service, we will covenant with our Board, and celebrate congregational leaders.  Zoom log in for the Sunday Service will be sent in the Saturday Update

Children and Fellowship Story Time – Sunday August 9 @ 10 a.m. on Zoom.

Toby and the Fly Fight was written by Ella Hunter.  This is a story about a frog named Toby who loves flies.  He wants all of his friends, the bear, the robin and the wise owl to like flies but they say they don’t eat flies, we all eat different things. In the end, will Toby understand that they are all different?   Zoom log in for the Sunday Service will be sent in the Saturday Update.

August 5th Sunday Collection:  Whenever there are 5 Sundays in a month, it is UCF’s practice to give all non-pledge donations in the collection plate to a charity selected by the Social Action Committee.  Since we are not meeting in person right now, during the month of August, we will be collecting donations to establish a fund in the Carteret County Public School foundation to help grandparents who are raising their grandchildren because the parents are unable to do so.  Many of these grandparents cannot afford to pay for the extras that the children need like tutoring, summer camps and musical instrument rentals.  They do not receive help from the foster care system and the Covid 19 pandemic is making the situation worse.  Please give as you can to establish this important fund.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 29,2020

UCF Online Worship Service This Sunday August 2:

“Beyond the Water’s Edge:” Worship from General Assembly. These are uncertain and volatile times. These are times that call on us to work towards our collective liberation while also tending to our spiritual needs and caring for others. How do we ready ourselves for what is being asked of us? How do we keep moving even when we don’t feel ready? The Sunday morning worship service from the Unitarian Universalist   Association General Assembly in June addressed these questions in song, story, and a sermon from the Rev. Joan Javier-Duval.  This morning, we will share selections from that service.  This morning’s program will begin at 10:30 and will run about 50 minutes longer than usual.  Log in for the Sunday Service will be sent in the Saturday Update.

Children and Fellowship Story Time – Sunday August 2 @ 10 a.m. on Zoom.

Sarah Sutherland will be reading a book this week called Ricky, The Rock That Couldn’t Roll by Mr. Jay

Get ready to meet a new rock group!  From zippy, little pebbles to big strong boulders, the rocks get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, only to find that one of their friends, Ricky, can’t roll with them.  Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can’t roll because he’s flat on one side.  Find out what happens to Ricky on Sunday at 10:00!  Log in for the Sunday Service will be sent in the Saturday Update.

Saturday, July 26, 2020

The Coffee With The Board that was scheduled for Sunday July 26th has been postponed.  A new date will be announced as soon as the new date is set.

UCF Online Worship Service This Sunday, July 26, 2020:

“Health, Healing, and Environment”  Former UCF minister, Reverend (ret.) Bob Murphy will deliver the message.  How do we care for ourselves and our environment?  Congregations are concerned about the pandemic, drug addiction, climate change, and other problems.  In the midst of a difficult situation, we can help people and other creatures.  Rev. Bob Murphy is a down-to-earth minister who will offer some suggestions.  He was one of our fellowship’s ministers during the 1990s.  Bob is now a minister emeritus on Florida’s Gulf Coast and he has a new mission.  He helps with the creation of congregation-based programs for spiritual, physical, and mental health.  What is possible for the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship?  How do we move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and into something that all of us can enjoy? The service starts at 10:30 AM,  You can log in at 10:00 to chat before the service.  If you did not get the email with the Zoom link, contact Barb Thomas at bsthomas2@gmail.com.

Children’s Story Time:  Joan Burton will be reading Miss Rumphius for our Children and Fellowship Story Time this week.  Please join us for a wonderful story at 10:00.  A little bit about this wonderful story.  Barbara Cooney’s story of Miss Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, lives in a house by the sea, and she wanted to do something to make the world more beautiful, this book has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went.

Don’t Forget:  This coming Sunday July 26th is the fourth Sunday.  All submissions for the Newsletter are due no later than Sunday!

The Green Sanctuary Committee invites you to a showing:

Great Afternoon Racial Equity Allies,  As the world and the nation face COVID-19, organized protest of solidarity I hope you remain steadfast and gracious.

Please accept our invitation for our July Virtual Chat and Chill: Online Screening of “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeaaZKJfohw#action=share

After you pre registrar, please don’t hesitate to share within your network.   Social Justice Screenings allow us to dive deep into conversations on racial disparities within Environmental Justice.  These events are casual, virtually interactive.  A space for respectful, purposeful and breakthrough dialogues. As we chill and snack, while watching short films. Then chat about prospering together.

Pre-Registration is required via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/right-to-harm-virtual-screening-discussion-tickets-114192099644

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

UCF Update Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 The Coffee With The Board that was scheduled for Sunday July 26th has been postponed.  A new date will be announced as soon as the new date is set.

UCF Online Worship Service This Sunday, July 26, 2020:

“Health, Healing, and Environment”  Former UCF minister, Reverend (ret.) Bob Murphy will deliver the message.  How do we care for ourselves and our environment?  Congregations are concerned about the pandemic, drug addiction, climate change, and other problems.  In the midst of a difficult situation, we can help people and other creatures.  Rev. Bob Murphy is a down-to-earth minister who will offer some suggestions.  He was one of our fellowship’s ministers during the 1990s.  Bob is now a minister emeritus on Florida’s Gulf Coast and he has a new mission.  He helps with the creation of congregation-based programs for spiritual, physical, and mental health.  What is possible for the Unitarian Coastal Fellowship?  How do we move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and into something that all of us can enjoy?  Log in for the Sunday Service will be sent in the Saturday Update.

Children’s Story Time:  Joan Burton will be reading Miss Rumphius for our Children and Fellowship Story Time this week.  Please join us for a wonderful story at 10:00.  Login information for the Zoom Story will be sent in the Saturday Update.

A little bit about this wonderful story.  Barbara Cooney’s story of Miss Rumphius, who longed to travel the world, lives in a house by the sea, and she wanted to do something to make the world more beautiful, this book has a timeless quality that resonates with each new generation. The countless lupines that bloom along the coast of Maine are the legacy of the real Miss Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who scattered lupine seeds everywhere she went. Login information was in Saturday’s update or you can email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com.

Don’t Forget:  This coming Sunday, July 26th is the fourth Sunday.  All submissions for the Newsletter are due no later than Sunday!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Continued prayers and healing energy are needed for Debra Guthrie’s friend Julie.  She is still in ICU and she and her friends need our positive thoughts.

 UCF Online Worship This Sunday, July 19, Worship Service:  “Is Compassion Our Mission?”  Diverse, divisive, daily challenges provide a current background to her message, “Is Compassion Our Mission?”  Presented by worship leader, Sally Davis.

Children’s Story Time:  10:00 AM  Sunday July 19

Daryl Walker will be reading a very special book called “Ringaloo”.  This is the story of a little fish who lived at the bottom of the sea. Through the compassion of a most unlikely sea creature, he was able to achieve his dream.  You will not find this book on Amazon as it has never been published and is a very special book and you will find out why on Sunday.

New Website Survey

A team of our members and friends is working on creating a new UCF website that will be easier to manage and will hopefully be more user-friendly and attractive. The team consists of Rev. Sally, Hilary Schultz, Sarah Sutherland, Jill Sutherland, Karen Baggott and Barb Thomas. We need your help.

We have created a short survey to find out what you use our website for and what you would like to see in a new website.  Here is a link to that survey:  https://www.mysurveygizmo.com/s3/5694717/New-UCF-Website-Survey

Please click on this link and take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY BY SUNDAY, JULY 19TH

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

UCF Online Worship Service This Sunday, July 19, 2020:

“Is Compassion Our Mission?”  Diverse, divisive, daily challenges provide a current background to her message, “Is Compassion Our Mission?”  Presented by worship leader, Sally Davis. The Zoom Link will be in the Saturday Update.

Children’s Story Time:  Daryl Walker is reading this Sunday.  She will be reading Ringaloo, the Blue Fish by Pat Hunter.  The Zoom Link will be in the Saturday Update.

New Website Survey

A team of our members and friends is working on creating a new UCF website that will be easier to manage and will hopefully be more user-friendly and attractive. The team consists of Rev. Sally, Hilary Schultz, Sarah Sutherland, Jill Sutherland, Karen Baggott and Barb Thomas. We need your help.

We have created a short survey to find out what you use our website for and what you would like to see in a new website.  Here is a link to that survey:  https://www.mysurveygizmo.com/s3/5694717/New-UCF-Website-Survey

Please click on this link and take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY BY SUNDAY, JULY 19TH

Saturday, July 11, 2020

From Debra Guthrie: “Could you please ask the UCF congregation to pray or send healing light and thoughts to my friend Julie Evonna. Some of you might have met her at my ordination. Julie has mafans and had to go to Cleveland for a complicated Heart surgery. Things did not go well. The surgery started on Tuesday what was supposed to take 6 hours took 12- they were unable to take her off ECMO until tonight. She had to go through an additional 4-hour surgery today. She is in ICU still with her chest open because of swelling. She is a very special person to me and our congregation. Thank you.” The last update we got from Debra is that her friend is still not doing well.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday July 12:  “The Importance of Humility in Our Shared Journey to Become Antiracist”.   Presented by Reverend Deborah Morgan.  Reverend Morgan is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a retired (2014) Duke Hospital Chaplain and Chaplain Manager, and ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

Children and Fellowship Story Time:  

This week Pat Harms will be reading, A Chair for My Mother written and illustrated by Vera Williams.  Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, Rosa, and her Grandmother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they will someday buy a big, new, soft, comfortable chair for their apartment.  It is just what her mother needs after being on her feet all day at the Blue Tile Diner.  After their apartment burned and there was only “charcoal and ashes” left they had nowhere soft to sit in their new apartment.  Will they be able to fill their big jar of coins to buy anything big and soft?  Her heartwarming story talks about the values of a family and how they worked together to put coins in their jar.

Anyone can join us on Sunday at 10:00 for Story Time. The Zoom Link will be in the Saturday Update.

New Website Survey

A team of our members and friends is working on creating a new UCF website that will be easier to manage and will hopefully be more user-friendly and attractive. The team consists of Rev. Sally, Hilary Schultz, Sarah Sutherland, Jill Sutherland, Karen Baggott and Barb Thomas. We need your help.

We have created a short survey to find out what you use our website for and what you would like to see in a new website.  Here is a link to that survey:  https://www.mysurveygizmo.com/s3/5694717/New-UCF-Website-Survey

Please click on this link and take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY BY SUNDAY, JULY 19TH

Wednesday July 8, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday July 12:  “The Importance of Humility in Our Shared Journey to Become Antiracist”.   Presented by Reverend Deborah Morgan.  Reverend Morgan is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, a retired (2014) Duke Hospital Chaplain and Chaplain Manager, and ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  The Zoom Link will be in the Saturday Update.

Children and Fellowship Story Time:  This week Pat Harms will be reading, A Chair for My Mother written and illustrated by Vera Williams.  Vera Williams tells of a young girl, who along with her waitress mother, Rosa, and her Grandmother, saves coins in a big jar in hopes that they will someday buy a big, new, soft, comfortable chair for their apartment.  It is just what her mother needs after being on her feet all day at the Blue Tile Diner.  After their apartment burned and there was only “charcoal and ashes” left they had nowhere soft to sit in their new apartment.  Will they be able to fill their big jar of coins to buy anything big and soft?  Her heartwarming story talks about the values of a family and how they worked together to put coins in their jar.

Anyone can join us on Sunday at 10:00 for Story Time. The Zoom Link will be in the Saturday Update.

Green Sanctuary Meeting:

Please join our first virtual Green Sanctuary meeting Thursday, July 9 at 10:00 am.   To get the Zoom link, contact Holly Rogers (hollyer54@yahoo.com).

New Website Survey

A team of our members and friends is working on creating a new UCF website that will be easier to manage and will hopefully be more user-friendly and attractive. The team consists of Rev. Sally, Hilary Schultz, Sarah Sutherland, Jill Sutherland, Karen Baggott and Barb Thomas. We need your help.

We have created a short survey to find out what you use our website for and what you would like to see in a new website.  Here is a link to that survey:  https://www.mysurveygizmo.com/s3/5694717/New-UCF-Website-Survey

Please click on this link and take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey.  PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURVEY BY SUNDAY, JULY 19TH

Saturday, July 4, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, July 5: Worship Service“Joy of Sects”  Coleen Clark, worship committee member and traveler will present this message.  “In every church, down every pew, each person worshipping believes just a   little bit differently than the person beside them. What happens when your belief system is   radically different, when you no longer feel you belong in the same group that your parents and grandparents raised you within? Today we will celebrate the Joy of Sects, of groups of people just like you who bravely stepped away and founded new sects, new denominations, or new religions based on their own truths. Celebrate your own bravery, and the happiness of breaking free from the norm, finding out who you are and what you believe, and what you have had to overcome to be where you are now.”  The service starts at 10:30 AM,  You can log in at 10:00 to chat before the service.  If you did not get the email with the Zoom link, contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net.

Children’s Story Time:  This week, Karen Baggott will be reading Grover and Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, written by Norman Stiles and Daniel Wilcox.  Grover goes to a museum showcasing everything in the whole wide world.  Each room is dedicated to specific categories of things such as Things You Find On a Wall and Things That Are Cute and Furry.  When he thinks he has seen all that is there, he comes to a door that leads to the outside world, and thus, everything else.  Login information was in Saturday’s update or you can email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, July 5, Worship Service“Joy of Sects” 

Coleen Clark, worship committee member and traveler will present this message. “In every church, down every pew, each person worshipping believes just a little bit differently than the person beside them. What happens when your belief system is radically different, when you no longer feel you belong in the same group that your parents and grandparents raised you within? Today we will celebrate the Joy of Sects, of groups of people just like you who bravely stepped away and founded new sects, new denominations, or new religions based on their own truths. Celebrate your own bravery, and the happiness of breaking free from the norm, finding out who you are and what you believe, and what you have had to overcome to be where you are now.”

 Children’s Story Time:  This week, Karen Baggott will be reading Grover and Everything in the Whole Wide World Museum, written by Norman Stiles and Daniel Wilcox.  Grover goes to a museum showcasing everything in the whole wide world.  Each room is dedicated to specific categories of things such as Things You Find On a Wall and Things That Are Cute and Furry.  When he thinks he has seen all that is there, he comes to a door that leads to the outside world, and thus, everything else.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 28: Worship Service  Science and Faith:  Marine scientist and ordained minister Gerald Godette leads us as we explore the convergence of science and faith in our time of fear and uncertainty   The service will start at 10:30 am. If you did not get the email with the Zoom link, contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net.

Children’s Story Time

For Children’s Story Time this week, Sarah Sutherland will be reading, “The Eagle & the Wren,” written by Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall retells a beloved story from her childhood.  As she writes, “None of us can fly very high by ourselves…We’ll need our eagle.”  This is a beautiful and poignant story for all to enjoy.  Login information was in Saturday’s update or you can email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com.

Newsletter:  Don’t forget the deadline for the Coastline is this coming Sunday, June 28, 2020.  Send any submissions to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com  Thank you.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 28: Worship Service  Science and Faith:  Marine scientist and ordained minister Gerald Godette leads us as we explore the convergence of science and faith in our time of fear and uncertainty   Please note, the Zoom Log-in will be posted in the Saturday Update.

Children’s Story Time This Sunday, June 28:

Children’s Story Time:  This week, Sarah Sutherland will be reading, “The Eagle & the Wren,” written by Dr. Jane Goodall. Dr. Goodall retells a beloved story from her childhood.  As she writes, “None of us can fly very high by ourselves…We’ll need our eagle.”  This is a beautiful and poignant story for all to enjoy.  Please note, the Zoom Log-in will be posted in the Saturday Update.

Newsletter:  Don’t forget the deadline for the Coastline is this coming Sunday, June 28, 2020.

A Request from your Office Assistant:  Please send only emails containing information for the newsletter and the weekly updates to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com .

Send all other church related communication for Vicki Barrett (the office assistant) to vlbarrett142@gmail.com .  Thank you!

 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ballot Results

Congratulations to President-elect Melva Kearney, Vice President-Elect Guerry Willis and Leadership Council Trustee Susan Fetzer who were elected in last week’s balloting. All ballot measures passed with wide margins.

Thanks to the 53 UCF members who returned ballots On these important decisions.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 21: Worship.  Service.  Balance.  Worship connects us with our deepest values, and service puts those values into practice in the world.  In our individual lives and in the ministry of this congregation, how do we balance worship and service?  The service will start at 10:30 am.  If you did not get the email with the Zoom link, contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net.

Children’s Story this Sunday

For the Children’s Story Time this week, Penny Hooper will be reading, “Old Turtle and the Broken Truth” by Douglas Wood and watercolors by John Muth. According to the LA Times: “This is an eloquent parable for adults and children, deceptively simple, about reverence for the earth, and all its creatures- including humankind.”  Login information was in Saturday’s update or you can email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com .

Wednesday  June 17, 2020

 Don’t forget to vote!  Please submit your completed Ballot no later than Friday June 19, 2020 to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com with a cc to ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com .  If you cannot find your Ballot contact Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com to receive another one.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 21: Worship.  Service.  Balance.  Worship connects us with our deepest values, and service puts those values into practice in the world.  In our individual lives and in the ministry of this congregation, how do we balance worship and service?  The service will start at 10:30 am.  More than 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information in the UCF Update on Saturday.

Children’s Story this Sunday:   We will be having a Children’s Story Time on Sunday morning at 10:00.   Penny Hooper will be reading to the children this week.

People from our congregation will be reading their favorite children’s story to the children and anyone else that would like to join in.  I have included the Zoom Meeting link below for quick reference.  If any parent or teen would like to read to the children please let me know and I will add you to the list.  We have through July 26 committed already – such good news.  Starting August 2nd would be the next time available to sign up.  Login information will be in Saturday’s update or you can email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com .

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Children’s Story this Sunday: We will be having a Children’s Story Time on Sunday morning at 10:00.  People from our congregation will be reading their favorite children’s story to the children and anyone else that would like to join in.   If any parent or teen would like to read to the children please let me know and I will add you to the list.  We have through July 26 committed already – such good news.  Starting August 2nd would be the next time available to sign up.  For login information, email Sarah Sutherland at ucf.re.sarah@gmail.com

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 14: Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power.  This morning’s worship will be a brief time of gathering and centering our spirits to lead us into our congregation’s Annual Meeting – a time when, together, we tap into the power we hold to shape the future of our ministry and our world!.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  If you didn’t receive the Zoom link to this service in an email, contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net.

Annual Meeting This Sunday: Our UCF annual business meeting will take place THIS SUNDAY (June 14).  Your Board of Trustees will convene a virtual meeting immediately following our (abbreviated, centering) Zoom service (using the same Zoom link).  Information about the meeting, including agenda and ballot were emailed to members and friends on May 29 and again on June 11.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Important Note:  If you use our PayPal account to make a donation, please specify what it is for in the comment section.  Thank you!

Zoom Vigil for Black Lives: 7:00 to 8:30pm tomorrow (Thursday June 11) UCF will host a Zoom vigil to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of violence against people of color in America.  If you would like the Zoom link, contact Rev. Sally: sb.white@earthlink.net

Children’s Story this Sunday 10:00 am:  People from our congregation will be reading their favorite children’s story to the children and fellowship.  If any parent or teen would like to read, please let me know and I will add you to the list.  We have reading commitments through the end of July – such good news.  Starting August 2nd would be the next time available to sign up.  Look for the sign-in link in Saturday’s update to for the Children’s Story Time.

 UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 14: Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power.  This morning’s worship will be a brief time of gathering and centering our spirits to lead us into our congregation’s Annual Meeting – a time when, together, we tap into the power we hold to shape the future of our ministry and our world!

Annual Meeting This Sunday: Our UCF annual business meeting will take place THIS SUNDAY (June 14).  Your Board of Trustees will convene a virtual meeting immediately following our (abbreviated, centering) Zoom service (using the same Zoom link).  Information about the meeting, including agenda and ballot were emailed to members and friends on May 29.  For easy access, this same information will be sent out again tomorrow (Thursday June 11) to members and friends.  Questions?  Contact Board secretary Vicki Barrett at 252-474-7673.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 7: We Need One Another.  We Need You!  Our congregation is faced with important choices about how and where we meet the challenges (and opportunities) of ministry in a rapidly-changing world.  To make wise choices, we need everybody to be part of the process.  We need one another – and we need YOU.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  If you did not get the link by email, contact Rev. Sally and she will send it to you.

Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data.

Please update all your clients to Zoom 5.0 now.

After May 30, 2020, in order to join a Zoom meeting you are required to be on Zoom 5.0 or higher. If you have not updated your desktop or mobile client, you will have the choice to update or join via a browser.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team THIS SUNDAY (June 7) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important conversation.

Zoom Vigil for Black Lives: Thursday (June 11) vigil to honor George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of violence against people of color in America.  Look for the Zoom link in the UCF Update on Wednesday.

The Social Action Committee is thrilled to announce that our congregation has donated $2,000 ($1,000 each) to the Lighthouse Community Church Pantry and the Storehouse Food Pantry in May’s 5th Sunday collection!  We believe this is the largest 5th Sunday collection ever, and are amazed and grateful for your generosity.”

A Reminder:  Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for more information.

Wednesday, June 4, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, June 7: We Need One Another.  We Need You!  Our congregation is faced with important choices about how and where we meet the challenges (and opportunities) of ministry in a rapidly-changing world.  To make wise choices, we need everybody to be part of the process.  We need one another – and we need YOU.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  More than 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information in the UCF Update on Saturday.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team THIS SUNDAY (June 7) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important conversation.

Help Needed:  A volunteer or volunteers are needed to cut the grass at the Bridges Street property.  Please contact Sandra Shelp at 303-4826334 or shelpsk@yahoo.com if you can help.

Second, does anyone have information about the lawn mower that suddenly appeared in the Evans Street shed?  If you do, please let Sandra Shelp know at 303-482-6334 or shelpsk@yahoo.com .

A Reminder:  Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for more details.

Saturday, May 31, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, May 31: Living the Questions Now.  As we work out ways to reopen our economy and our society, how do we build on what we are learning from these weeks and months of living differently?  Can we reimagine our daily lives and our church community, for the near term and for the long term?  Poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  We begin, then, with the questions.   The service will start at 10:30 am.

5th Sunday Collection for May:  

The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for more details.

Wednesday May 27, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday, May 31: Living the Questions Now.  As we work out ways to reopen our economy and our society, how do we build on what we are learning from these weeks and months of living differently?  Can we reimagine our daily lives and our church community, for the near term and for the long term?  Poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote, “Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  We begin, then, with the questions.   The service will start at 10:30 am.  More than 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information in the UCF Update on Saturday.

5th Sunday Collection for May:  

The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Click HERE for details.

 

Saturday, 5/23/20

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: May 24: Memorial Day.  On this Memorial Day weekend, who are the service members and who are the heroes that we remember and we celebrate?  Let us invite their memories and their legacies into our circle. The service will start at 10:30 am.  You should have gotten a Zoom link in your email update today, but if you didn’t, contact Rev. Sally and she will send you the link.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team TOMORROW (May 24) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important conversation.

Newsletter Deadline:  This Sunday, May 24th, is the deadline for information for the Coastline.  Please send any information that you want to be included in the June Coastline to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com no later than Sunday evening.  Thank you!

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause. Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide your non-pledge offerings in May between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/, and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.

“Suppressed” Showing

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for details.

Wednesday, 5/20/20

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: May 24: Memorial Day.  On this Memorial Day weekend, who are the service members and who are the heroes that we remember and we celebrate?  Let us invite their memories and their legacies into our circle. The service will start at 10:30 am.  More than 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday.

Coffee with Board: There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team this Sunday (May 24) after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, to review progress on our new home on Bridges Street.  We as a congregation will face some important decisions about this in the near future, so please plan on participating in this important update next week.

Annual Meeting: Our UCF annual business meeting will take place Sunday June 14.  Your Board of Trustees will convene a virtual meeting immediately following our Zoom service.  Members who desire to have an issue included in the agenda should contact Tom Cullison (trcullison@gmail.com) prior to 25 May (next Monday).  Details are in the May newsletter.

Pet Parade Zoom: Pat Harms came up with the idea of a Pet Parade – UCF members and friends introducing their pets and telling their stories.  Next Saturday (May 23) we’re taking the pet parade live on Zoom!  Log on with your animals and show them off (we’ll see who’s camera-shy!)  The fun begins at 2pm!  Look for the Zoom link in Saturday’s UCF Update.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Unitarian Coastal Fellowship is hosting a virtual viewing and discussion of the film “Suppressed:  The Fight to Vote”  Monday June 8 at 6:30 PM.  Please click HERE for details.

Saturday, 5/16/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 17th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Be Gentle With Yourself.  When you first started “sheltering at home,” did you think you might finally get to all those projects / chores / hobbies you’d been putting off?  Some of us are finding we’re not as productive as we thought we might be.  Can we honor the difficult spiritual work we are doing, whether we realize it or not?  And, knowing this, can we be  gentle with ourselves?  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 16th.

There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team on May 24th after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, and hear about progress and plans for our new church home.

UCF now has a PayPal account. You can access our PayPal account via the “Donate” button on our webpage (ucfnc.org) or at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com from your PayPal account. While PayPal is not our preferred means for accepting donations due to its 3% fee, it may be more convenient in certain circumstances. Feel free to contact the treasurer, David Hughes, at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com with any questions.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Enjoy this beautiful Saturday!  Stay well.

Wednesday, 5/13/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 17th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Be Gentle With Yourself.  When you first started “sheltering at home,” did you think you might finally get to all those projects / chores / hobbies you’d been putting off?  Some of us are finding we’re not as productive as we thought we might be.  Can we honor the difficult spiritual work we are doing, whether we realize it or not?  And, knowing this, can we be  gentle with ourselves?  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 16th.

There will be a Zoom Coffee with the Board of Trustees and the New Building Team on May 24th after the Sunday Worship service.  Plan to stay on the Zoom call after the service ends, and hear about progress and plans for our new church home.

On Monday, June 8th at 6:30 PM, the Social Action Committee and the Adult Religious Education Committee will be holding a Zoom showing of the movie “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”.  This 38 minute film was produced by Brave New Films and depicts the voter suppression that occurred in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race.  After the film, a representative from Democracy NC will talk to us about efforts to suppress the vote in NC and what we can do about them, followed by a discussion.  All are welcome to attend. Please email Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) or Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) if you plan to attend so we will have a rough idea of how many to expect.  We will send out the Zoom link closer to the event.  Please feel free to share this information with members of the community and ask them to email us if they would like to attend.

5th Sunday Collection for May:

The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.  If you have a Paypal account, you also can go to the UCF website, https://www.ucfnc.org/ and click on the DONATE button on the bottom of the page.  There will be a place to put a note and you can type “5th Sunday” in that space.  Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have  ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

 

I hope you are having a good day.  Take care and stay well.


UCF Online Worship This Sunday:
 This Sunday, May 10th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Mothering.  Perhaps you have had or been a surrogate mother or teacher?  Or there was someone who had listened to or guided you along your life’s journey?  We have all been mothered sometime by someone, and we may have mothered others.  Our message will be in several voices as  members of the Worship Committee bring us together to reflect on stories of mothering we have done and/or having been mothered by others, and of how our views of mothering have changed over our life spans.  Together we will explore these ideas and hope to inspire in you reflections of mothers and mothering.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.Saturday, 5/9/2030

Postcard Project for Social Action

The Social Action Committee is participating in a project of the Center for Common Ground called the “Reclaim our Vote Project.” It is an effort to contact people who have been taken off the voter rolls for various reasons and let them know that they need to re-register before the next election.  Please watch this 7 minute video about the project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Z9AYeKQPg .

 If you are would be willing to fill out 20 postcards for this project, please let Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) or Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) know by Sunday, 5/10.  If you decide to participate, you will receive a “kit” with all the materials you will need, including the stamps and the markers.

 

Wednesday, 5/6/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday, May 10th, our online (Zoom) worship will be Mothering.  Perhaps you have had or been a surrogate mother or teacher?  Or there was someone who had listened to or guided you along your life’s journey?  We have all been mothered sometime by someone, and we may have mothered others.  Our message will be in several voices as  members of the Worship Committee bring us together to reflect on stories of mothering we have done and/or having been mothered by others, and of how our views of mothering have changed over our life spans.  Together we will explore these ideas and hope to inspire in you reflections of mothers and mothering.  The service will start at 10:30 am, these services, are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 9th.

 Postcard Project for Social Action

The Social Action Committee is participating in a project of the Center for Common Ground called the “Reclaim our Vote Project.” It is an effort to contact people who have been taken off the voter rolls for various reasons and let them know that they need to re-register before the next election.  Please watch this 7 minute video about the project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Z9AYeKQPg .

 If you are would be willing to fill out 20 postcards for this project, please let Barb Thomas (bsthomas2@gmail.com) or Amy Jones (amjones0912@gmail.com) know by Sunday, 5/10.  If you decide to participate, you will receive a “kit” with all the materials you will need, including the stamps and the markers.

Update on 2900 Bridges St. from the New Building Team

We will have an update from the NBT later in this month.  The New Building Team has been working very hard on this project.

Take care and stay well!

 

Saturday, 5/2/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Paddling As Fast As I Can: The Parable of the Duck.”  Even in this time of corona virus, many of us present a calm appearance to the world.  But like the duck, gliding smoothly over the water, it may feel like under the surface we are paddling as fast as we can just to stay afloat.  For a time this morning, let’s honor both the outer and the inner truths, and let us share spiritual practices that might help us foster serenity.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  The link to the online service was sent out in a congregational email.  If you didn’t get it, call or email Rev. Sally at 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net.

5th Sunday Collection for May:   The Storehouse and The Lighthouse Food Pantries

As is our UCF tradition, whenever there is a 5th Sunday in the month all non-pledge offerings are donated to a charity or cause.  During these uncertain and challenging times with COVID-19, food insecurity and hunger are affecting the most vulnerable people across our country and our community.

Resources in our county’s food banks are stretched due to the historic job disruptions and school closures.  Daryl Walker serves on the Food and Waste Program of Carteret Food and Health Council and identified two food pantries in great need of financial assistance.  These are the Storehouse Food Pantry at 3114 Bridges St. in Morehead City and the Lighthouse Community Church at 2015 Hwy 70 E in Stacy.

If your personal situation allows, please give generously and we will divide the May 31 non-pledge offerings between these two organizations that are literally feeding hundreds of people in our county.  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.

Thank you for your generosity and please contact Barb Thomas and Amy Jones if you have ideas and suggestions for social action outreach during this time of social distancing.

Wednesday, 4/29/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Paddling As Fast As I Can: The Parable of the Duck.”  Even in this time of corona virus, many of us present a calm appearance to the world.  But like the duck, gliding smoothly over the water, it may feel like under the surface we are paddling as fast as we can just to stay afloat.  For a time this morning, let’s honor both the outer and the inner truths, and let us share spiritual practices that might help us foster serenity.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, May 1.

Annual Meeting:  Our UCF annual business meeting will take place the second week in June.

The meeting is normally held in the sanctuary following the Sunday service, however.it is highly unlikely we will be able to meet in person.  Your Board of Trustees plans to convene a virtual meeting to include election of officers, budget presentation, committee and officer reports, and consideration of a Bylaws change.  Voting will be by secret ballot, as required in our Bylaws.  An agenda call was published in late March.  Members who desire to have an issue included in the agenda should contact Tom Cullison (trcullison@gmail.com) prior to 25 May.

 If you have a pledge     payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557.  If you are sending contributions for both the Capital and annual pledge, please use separate checks. It is difficult to split a single check between two accounts.

Saturday, 4/25/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  This Sunday our online (Zoom) worship will be “Poetry of Our People.”  Members and friends of UCF will share poetry they have written.  The service will start at 10:30 am.  You can log in any time after 10:00.

Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.

The link to the online service was sent out in a congregational email.  If you didn’t get it, call or email Rev. Sally at 252-622-1978 or sb.white@earthlink.net.

   Newsletter deadline is THIS SUNDAY APRIL 26.  Send your information to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com by 6pm on Sunday.

Your pledge payments and offerings:  If you have a pledge payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557

 

Wednesday, 4/22/2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  On this Sunday before Earth Day, our online (Zoom) worship will be “Poetry of Our People.”  The service will start at 10:30 am.  Nearly 50 members and friends have been gathering at these services, which are an important way to see and hear and stay connected with the UCF community.  Watch for Zoom login information the UCF Update on Saturday, April 25.

A reminder about new UCF emails:  Rev. Sally’s new email at church is ucfministernew@gmail.com.  If you want to reach Rev. Sally quickly, please use her home email (sb.white@earthlink.net), or call or text her on her cell phone (252-622-1978).  To reach David Hughes, Treasurer, email ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com. For Vicki Barrett, Secretary, use vlbarrett142@gmail.com.  Please continue to use ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for all Newsletter related items!

Newsletter deadline is THIS SUNDAY APRIL 26.  Send your information to ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com by 6pm on Sunday.

 Your pledge payments and offerings:  If you have a pledge payment or an offering to make, please contact treasurer David Hughes at ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com to arrange for electronic payment, or write a check to UCF, and mail it to our secure post office box: P.O. Box 425, Morehead City, NC, 28557

 Carteret County Food Resources:  If you and/or someone you know is in need of food during the COVID-19 pandemic, local Carteret County food resources are listed in the attached flyer.  Please share this information widely through your contacts.

Children and Youth Zoom MeetingSaturday the 25th at 10:00 a.m..  I will be offering a Zoom Meeting for all children and youth to catch up with each other, share what they have been doing and just visit.

It will ask for a password which is in yellow below in order to access the meeting.

You must download zoom meeting in order to get in.  If you need help logging in please let me know.

Sarah

Topic: UCF youth zoom

Time: Apr 25, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 898 7788 5279

Password: 791039

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

UCF Online Worship This Sunday:  On this Sunday before Earth Day, our online worship is called “For the Earth Forever Turning.”  The service will start at 10:30 am.  The service will be short, and accessible through Zoom, an online videoconferencing program.  To join the service, you will need to download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smart phone.  If your device has a camera in it, you will be able to hear, see, and join the conversation that will be part of the service.

We know that there have been security problems with Zoom.  These are rare, and they affect the meeting, but not your device.  To maximize our security, we have downloaded the most recent security patches, we are inviting only UCF members and friends, and we will not record the service.

If you are already a Zoom user, please join the meeting around 10:20 for a sound check and a chance to say hello before the service begins.

If you’ve never used Zoom before, we recommend that you download Zoom onto your device before Sunday morning (downloads are free, and are available at https://zoom.us/download ).  There’s a quick, clear YouTube tutorial on how to join a meeting at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ.  If you have questions about how this works on your device, Marilynn Cullison will be happy to help!  Just call her at 808-222-4986.

On Sunday morning, join the meeting just after 10:00.  Together, we can make sure your audio and video are working.  If you are joining by phone – land line or cell phone – dial in using one of the listed numbers (below).  In this case, your experience will be like being on a conference call.  You will be able to hear, and be heard, but you will not be able to see the service.

 You may get clearer sound if you use earbuds or headphones.

If you would like information about how to attend, email Rev. Sally White at sb.white@earthlink.net

New UCF emails:  UCF’s email provider, GoDaddy, has dropped our free email accounts.  You may have noticed that messages to the familiar ucfminister email address have been bouncing.

Rev. Sally’s new email at church is ucfministernew@gmail.com  She only checks that email at church, and for the time being, she is only doing that a couple of times a week. If you want to reach Rev. Sally quickly, please use her home email (sb.white@earthlink.net ), or call or text her on her cell phone (252-622-1978).  David Hughes, Treasurer – ucfwelcomenc@gmail.com is the new email address.   Vicki Barrett, Secretary –  vlbarrett142@gmail.com .  Please continue to use ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com for all Newsletter related items!

 

Will you share your poetry?  Our online worship service on April 26 will feature poets in our congregation.  If you have a poem that you have written and that you are willing to read as part of the April 26 worship service, please email Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net, and include a copy of the poem.

 URGENT HELP NEEDED

The Food and Waste Recovery Program of Carteret Food and Health Council alerted us to the urgent needs of Carteret County Food Pantries.  If your personal situation allows you to assist these food pantries, please consider donating any packaged/canned foods or making cash donations which are preferred.

Martha’s Mission

901 Bay Street, Morehead City

10:30-3:00 Mon., Wed., Fri.

252.726.1717

 Online donations at https://marthasmission.com

Checks can be mailed to:

Martha’s Mission

c/o Ginger Wade

901 Bay St.

Morehead City, NC  28557

ACTS Food Pantry

450 Hwy 70, Bettie

11:00-1:00 Thursday

252.241.7642

Checks can be mailed to:

Woodville Baptist Church

c/o ACTS Food Pantry

450 US 70

Beaufort, NC 28516

The Storehouse Pantry

3114 Bridges St., Morehead City

11:00-3:00 Monday-Friday and weekends by appointment

443.956.4633

Checks can be mailed to:

Storehouse Pantry

c/o Ms. Delicia

P.O. Box 1793

Morehead City, NC 28557

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

UCF Updates are emailed and posted each Wednesday morning and occasional Saturdays to keep us all current on our Fellowship’s activities and schedule.  Posts should be limited to information regarding congregational issues.  This is not intended as a forum for personal statements or commentary on social, economic or political events.  Submit posts to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com before 9am on Tuesdays.

UCF Online Worship This Sunday: Just in time for Easter, Rev. Sally and Music Director Tom Cullison are planning an online worship service for this Sunday morning (April 12).  The service will be short, interactive, and accessible through Zoom, an online videoconferencing program.  To join the service, you will need to download Zoom onto your computer, tablet, or smartphone (downloads are free, and are available at https://zoom.us/download ).  If your device has a camera in it, you will be able to hear, see, and join the conversation that will be part of the service.  More details about Sunday’s service, (including log-in information and a pre-service practice session on using Zoom) will be included in the UCF Update on Saturday, April 11.

Meditation:  The Meditation Group is not getting together physically to meditate, however, we continue to meditate “together”.  Anyone who is available and wishes to meditate “together” do so at 6:30 PM Monday evenings and 9:00 AM Wednesday mornings.  We join each other on the astral plane (The astral plane is often described as an intermediate world of light between “heaven and earth”.)    All who would like to join are welcome.

            Meditation is a practice of aligning your mind, body and spirit by going deep within.  It helps to improve brain function and also helps to bring you back to being heart centered.  There is a very nice web site/APP called Insight Timer that some of us use.  It has lots of options for meditation.

            If you have any questions contact Vicki Barrett at vlbarrett142@gmail.com.

 Your pledge: Please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church (1300 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557).  Although we are not having services or meetings in the building, we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.

 

Wednesday, March 31, 2020

Sunday Services:  Sunday services will not be held until national, state and local leaders announce that groups of 50 are more allowed to meet.   Your Board of Trustees, Minister and Worship Committee will then make a decision regarding our Fellowship’s meetings and services, keeping in mind the increased risk that age and medical condition confers upon many of our members and friends.

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020:

Sunday Services:  This week’s service and children’s worship, March 29th, are cancelled.  Subsequent Sunday services will not be held until national, state and local leaders announce that groups of 50 are more allowed to meet.   Your Board of Trustees and Minister will then make a decision regarding our Fellowship’s meetings and services, keeping in mind the increased risk that age and medical condition confers upon many of our members and friends.

In the meantime, we will actively meet on Zoom, by email and through phone calls with each other.  We will continue to support each other through this difficult period.

Annual Meeting Agenda Call:

This year’s annual congregational meeting is scheduled for June 14.  Further information will be forthcoming on how this year’s meeting will be conducted as the time draws closer.

The agenda call is to be issued by the end of March.  Due to interruptions from     COVID-19 the Board of Trustees is issuing this year’s agenda call through as many methods of communication as possible to include on the final agenda any business individual members may wish to have addressed at the Annual Business Meeting.  To be included items must be received by the UCF Secretary Vicki Barrett (ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com) by June 1.

            The annual meeting is an important milestone in our Fellowship’s annual calendar.  We receive reports from Trustees and committees, adopt a budget for the following church year, elect officers, update bylaws, and transact other business important to the life of our congregation.  Active participation of all members is always important, particularly this year with the new building, interruption in our services from social isolation and the impact on our nation’s economy.  A quorum is required for voting.

            It is important everyone’s thoughts be shared regarding our future.

Tom Cullison

President, Board of Trustees 

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020:

This is the first in a series of weekly emails to be posted each Wednesday morning and occasional Saturdays to keep us all current on our Fellowship’s activities and schedule.  Posts should be limited to information regarding congregational issues.  This is not intended as a forum for personal statements or commentary on social, economic or political events.  Submit posts to Vicki Barrett at ucfofficeassistant@gmail.com before 9am on Tuesdays.

Website updates: Website gurus Barb Thomas and Hilary Schultz have created a new page on the UCF website to keep all the information you need to know about UCF in this time of the Corona Virus in one place.  The “portal page” is at https://www.ucfnc.org/ucf-ministry-in-the-time-of-the-corona-virus/.  There, you will find a link to information on services, cancellations, and how we are communicating.  The information there includes Updates (the all-congregation emails we have sent out), as well as UCF Community and Connections, and links to useful information.  On the portal page, you will also find a link to “Rev. Sally’s Reflections”. From time to time, I will post a poem or a short message that I hope might bring you hope, comfort, inspiration or courage in these difficult days.  Tuesday’s reflection is a poem we used as the benediction in the (small) service at UCF on March 15.  You can read it at https://www.ucfnc.org/reflections-from-rev-sally/.

Zoom: UCF now has a Zoom account, which allows two or more (up to 100) people to meet in a video conference, using computers, tablets, or phones.  Zoom makes it possible to hold a committee meeting, a consultation, or to connect with a friend or a group of friends without leaving home.  If you would like to schedule a Zoom meeting or a chat with a UCF friend, just contact Rev. Sally at sb.white@earthlink.net or 252-622-1978.  If you’re interested but you’ve never used Zoom, Rev. Sally will be glad to help you get started.

Your pledge: Please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church (1300 Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557).  Although we are not having services or meetings in the building, we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.

Friday, March 20, 2020:

Dear UCF Members and Friends,

We have enough stress in our lives right now, and so the Finance Committee has decided to hold off on continuing the current Annual Pledge Drive until we get past this health emergency.  If you have not committed your pledge yet, or find, due to current financial conditions, that you will not be able to meet the pledge that you have made, do not hesitate to put your and your family’s needs first.  Let us know, when you can, what you intend to do, so that we can adjust the budget accordingly.  We would usually try to create a proposed balanced budget in April for the coming year, however this year may be the exception to the schedule, and we will be flexible and understanding of the situation we are all finding ourselves in.

If you are able to continue your support, please send your monthly pledge or weekly contribution in by mail to the church, since we may not be having services, and unfortunately we still do have bills to pay and a payroll to make.  Many people have their bank make payments for them and have the money automatically deducted monthly.  The banks mail the check directly to UCF and it is usually a free service.

However you support us, we certainly appreciate it.  We are in this together, we will get through this, and soon we will all be together again in our beloved space.

Stay healthy,

Finance Committee: Dave Hughes, Jo Ellen Essex, Lauren Donnachie, Mary Anna Newman, Sally Davis, Scott Travers, and Rev. Sally White

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020:

The UCF Board of Trustees yesterday voted to pause construction plans for our new sanctuary at 2900 Bridges Street in this time of uncertainty from the COVID-19 epidemic.  The Sunday School Building (annex) is nearly complete and should be available for our use in the near future.

The New Building Team will continue discussions with building contractors in anticipation of resuming the process of sanctuary demolition and construction after the crisis resolves. No commitments will be made until after things stabilize.  This incredible group has brought us part of the way to our new home.  We expect to continue the journey when it is prudent to do so.

Tom Cullison, President, Board of Trustees

Sunday, March 15, 2020:

Dear UCF members and friends,

Because of the health risks posed by COVID-19, the UCF Board has decided to cancel worship services and Children’s Religious Education classes for the next two weeks (March 22 and 29).  In making this difficult decision the Board considered the advice of the UUA, NC Governor Roy Cooper, and US public health officials; and sought input from Worship Committee chair Martha Naset, RE Administrator Sarah Sutherland, and members and friends of the congregation.  The Board will monitor the situation and reassess the situation in two weeks.

Committees will make decisions about holding meetings, classes, programs and other activities on a case-by-case basis.  Please check with Committee chairs or event organizers in advance to see whether your event is happening.  The Meditation Group and Meditation class scheduled for Monday March 16 are cancelled.  The Open House at 2900 Bridges Street, scheduled for March 29, is cancelled. If your group decides to meet in the church building, please use disinfectant wipes to clean tables, door handles, light switches, etc. before and after your meeting.

If you would like to participate in online UU worship, the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), a UU congregation that operates largely online, offers an interactive, real-time video worship service every Sunday evening at 8pm Eastern Time.  To participate on your computer, you will need to download the Zoom app.  Visit the CLF website at https://www.questformeaning.org/worship/ for information and links to download Zoom.

So that we may stay in touch without touching, we will rely heavily on virtual interactions: email, telephone calls, and possibly small meetings.  We may be able to use Zoom for meetings and other virtual gatherings.  We will mobilize Care Circles, the Pastoral Care Team, the UCF website and Facebook page, the UCF Exchange, an email round robin, and other resources as we learn and as we reinvent UCF’s ministry in this time of the corona virus.

Stay tuned for more information. Stay safe.  Stay well.

Blessings,

Rev. Sally and the UCF Board of Trustees: Tom Cullison, Melva Kearney, Vicki Barrett, David Hughes, and Susan Fetzer