For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole
we will be streaming our service
January 24, 2021
HELD: Showing Up for Each Other's Mental Health
Rev. Barbara Meyer
HELD tells a lot of stories from Rev. Barbara Meyers’ ministry focused on mental health issues - both how-to stories and how-not-to stories, and gives guidance for congregants in the pews who want to help make a difference. It has a built-in study guide. My fondest hope is that the book will be used by many congregations and help to make the denomination a friendlier place to people with mental health problems and their families.
In preparation for worship this week, we want to send the login information and tips for those who have not used zoom before. It is a simple process, but we want to address any difficulties you may have.
First, if possible, download the zoom app on your computer, phone, or tablet before Sunday morning. This is a free app. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, just download it from your app store and follow the set-up instructions. If you have Gmail or Facebook set up is extremely fast and as easy as a click. If you do not have Gmail or Facebook no worries, it is still a very simple 2-3-minute process.
Things to know:
Unlike a zoom meeting, worship will be a zoom webinar. You will be able to see all those who you normally would see on the chancel, but you won’t be able to see or hear anyone else, and they won’t see or hear you. This has an upside. You can tune into church with your coffee and in your PJs.
During the service and during a short online fellowship hour, you can make a comment, say hello, and connect with the whole congregation in the chat box.
On Sunday morning just paste https://uuma.zoom.us/j/367428065 into your (computer, phone or tablet) browser, follow the prompts and you will be in the service.
If you are just using the audio on your phone dial +1 646 876 9923, and when they ask for the meeting ID, dial this number 367 428 065 and you will hear the service, but you won’t see it.
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Barbara Meyers to our virtual pulpit for the Zoom service, Showing Up for Each Others' Mental Health. Service music features a pair of pieces by a complementary pair of genius pianist/composers whose lifelong experiences with mental health issues left indelible impacts on their careers and creative outputs. Jazz visionary, Thelonious Monk's music will bookend the service - beginning with our in-house Cornette-and-Piano duo's rendition of 'Round Midnight, and concluding with Jonathan Vogtle's interpretation of Ruby, My Dear. Jonathan will also take up a solo keyboard work by Robert Schumann in addition to accompanying Tenor Soloist, Matthew Spaulding, in one of Schumann's settings of Heinrich Heine from the song cycle, Dichterliebe ("A Poet's Love"). The service hymns Every Night and Every Morning, and When I am Frightened, will also be heard as well as a special treat - an aria from Puccini's La bohème, sung by Soprano Soloist, Jessie Downs.
Every month our congregation joins over 200 Unitarian Universalist Congregations in exploring a single spiritual theme.
This Month We Ask
"What does it mean to be People of Imagination?"
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A correction to the dates for the H.O.M.E Sock Drive can be found on the flyer below. The Sock Drive will be held on SUNDAYS, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31 from 1-2pm
Adult UUs Wanted!
Are you a lifelong Unitarian Universalist adult willing to correspond with our Coming of Age class? We would love to connect with you. If you were raised in Unitarian Universalism, or if you've been a UU for more than 20 years, and you'd like to answer some questions posed by our 8th and 9th grade Coming of Age class, please email email@example.com for details!
Whether you and your family plan on joining our RE programs over Zoom, using our other online resources, or just engaging your child with our monthly take home packets, please register for the 2020-2021 RE year so we can accommodate your child's needs!
All classes will take place on Sundays. Zoom links will be included in the RE email. If you don't get the RE email, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
PreK – Sundays at 12 noon, class will meet on Zoom for a live chalice lighting, story, and a video tutorial of an accompanying craft. Take home packets include supplies for the crafts, and a few other fun items.
Spirit Play (K-2) – Sundays at 1 pm, class will meet on Zoom for stories, wondering questions, and sharing time. There will be no Spirit Play take home packets for January.
Workshops (K-5) – Sundays at 2 pm, class will meet on Zoom to engage with monthly themes and rotate through Music, Art, Science, and Social Action sessions. There will be no workshop take home packets for January.
Graphic Novels (4th-8th Grade) – Sundays at 3 pm, class will meet EVERY OTHER WEEK on Zoom will encourage spiritual exploration, deepen knowledge of Unitarian Universalist History, and call us to action based on our UU values, all while creating original graphic novels and stories. On the off weeks, we’ll use the Padlet app to connect students with videos, recorded interviews, links to webcomics and UU history sites, and interactive activities.
Coming of Age (8th-9th Grade) – Sundays, 6 pm. (Already in progress but open to new members) Class meets twice a month online, exploring their journeys as Unitarian Universalists, learn about our Unitarian Universalist history, and developing their personal faith credos. This class involves fundraising for an end of the year heritage trip to Boston (trip postponed to June 2022)
High School Youth Group (9th-12th Grade) - Our high school youth meet weekly to check in with one another, have fun together, engage in social justice actions, and plan or participate in local and regional youth conferences with other UU youth. All high school youth are welcome to join. Email email@example.com to get connected with our high school youth group.
Schedule for Graphic Novels and Coming of Age:
The following weeks, Graphic Novels (3 pm) and Coming of Age (6 pm) WILL meet:
Instructions for connecting via Zoom can be found on our UUCB Religious Education Facebook page, or by emailing Sarah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Adult Faith Development
This Is the Perfect Time to Start Your Memoir Our Tuesday night Memoir Group is going strong and we'd love to add a couple of new members. Do you have a story to tell? Have you been meaning to write down precious memories to share with future generations? Are you just looking for some support for sustained writing practice. Everyone is a writer! Join us and start your memoir today. Email email@example.com if you are interested. This memoir group has begun meeting, but we still have room for more!
Resources for Supporting Black Lives
This is by no means a complete list, but is instead a starting point for ways we can live our faith and our UU values by supporting Black lives.
New York Magazine published a list of 137 places you can donate to support Black lives.
This month we are using our imagination together to create an outdoor poetry gallery in the church garden. Send an original short poem to Rev. Joan firstname.lastname@example.org Write a haiku, limerick, cinquain, nursery rhyme, follow the inspirational instructions in the newsletter, or just wing it. Fun for the whole family!
Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo Order of Service
Rev. Barbara Meyer 1/24/2021
'Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk
Daniel Bassin, Cornette; Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
The Journey by Mary Oliver
Sue Mann Dolce
We gather in loving community,
Inspiring one another,
To transform ourselves
to create a more just and compassionate world
#17 Every Night and Every Morning
Jessie Downs, Song Leader; Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Story for All Ages
Badger’s Bad Mood
"Donde lieta usci" ("From here she happily left") from the opera, La bohème
by Giacomo Puccini
Jessie Downs, Soprano; Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Excerpt from Rev. Meyer’s Book, Held
"The Poet Speaks" from Scenes from Childhood, Op. 15, and "Wenn ich in deine Augen seh" ("When I look into your eyes") from Dichterliebe ("A Poet's Love"), Op. 48, No. 4, poem by Heinrich Heine, music by Robert Schumann
Matthew Spaulding, Tenor; Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
HELD: Showing Up for Each Others' Mental Heal
#1012 When I am Frightened
Jessie Downs, Helen Lowry, Matthew Spaulding and Michael Harris, Song Leaders; Jonathan Vogtle, Keyboard
Extinguishing the Chalice
As we extinguish the flame of this chalice,
may we carry its light with us into the world,
in the power of peace, faith, justice and love.
Ruby, My Dear by Thelonious Monk
Jonathan Vogtle, Piano
Join your friends in a zoom Fellowship Time every Sunday. You will be able to see and speak to each other. See old friends! Make new friends! Here’s how:
Sign out of the worship webinar zoom
Sign into the Fellowship meeting zoom
We will assemble in a large meeting. At that time everyone will be muted.
The zoom host will then divide us into groups of 5-8 people where we can speak freely.
Although you won’t be able ask the host to place anyone in particular in your group, you will have the opportunity to meet new people.
This is going to be fun! Looking forward to seeing you there!
For years EqUUal Access has been involved in education and advocacy with UUs on disability issues, but have you heard that EqUUal Access now offers weekly online connections by and for Unitarian Universalists with disabilities?
· Tuesdays @ 3:00 pm Eastern Time: Theme Chat (with an EqUUal Access facilitator)
· Thursdays @ 8:00 pm Eastern Time: Oasis (worship service/spiritual gathering by/for disabled UUs led by EqUUal Access volunteers, ministers, seminarians)
· Fridays @ 1:00 pm Eastern Time: Craft & Chat (bring your latest craft project/idea and join in relaxed conversation-- with an EqUUal Access facilitator)
· Individual Pastoral Conversation with a UU minister (by appointment)
Pastoral Conversation appointments are available with Rev. Helen McFadyen or Rev. Barbara Meyers. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a private Zoom or telephone call
“West Ferry”- A print by Peter Sloan Capturing UUCB’s Heart and History
During our time apart, an original print entitled “West Ferry” has been seen hanging to the right of Worship Associates Fran and Ken Manly when they participate in our virtual worship services. This stunning image of the West Ferry doors represents not only UUCB’s intention to be a welcoming space for all, but it captures the rich architectural history that secured UUCB’s place in the National Register of Historic Places. The large arched oak doors, embellished with wrought iron decorative ornamentation resembling fleur-de-lis, are recognized not only for their charm and beauty, but for their place in social justice history. In 1968, during the draft resistance movement, police surrounded and stormed the church through these doors, in an effort to arrest anti-war activists who had sought sanctuary in UUCB. This print is timely in both its symbolic preservation of irreplaceable iconic structures and its reminder that UUCB has long been engaged locally and nationally in Social Justice issues.
You now have the opportunity to purchase this print, honoring not only our desire to return to our beloved sanctuary through these beautiful doors, but recognizing the important role they played in UUCB’s history of social activism.
If you would like a print for your own home or to give as a gift, place your order via e-mail to JVW61@aol.com. Include the number of prints, thecomplete name and address to whom they should be mailed, and your phone number. Prints will be mailed after payment is received. Send a check (write PRINT on the memo line) to UUCB, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222. To pay by credit card, CLICK HERE.
Thank you for your support of the auction and the work of UUCB. Your “open heart” is a gift to us all.
Daily Brown Bag Get Together
Monday through Saturday at 12pm, join a lunch time get together with kindred spirits on zoom. Bring a sandwich and a cup of coffee. Visit with old buddies and make new friends. See each other’s smiling faces, share your worries, tell your stories, gain insights, and have some laughs. Everyone is very welcome.
Or if your computer doesn’t have a camera or mic, you can just dial in on your phone, +1 646 876 9923, the meeting ID is 138 000 249
Thanks to your volunteer support and generosity to Family Promise, four families were helped over Christmas with not only lodging and assistance finding a permanent home, but Christmas stockings, stuffed toys, healthy food, and practical gifts like pocket calendars and new underwear.
If you contributed to Share the Plate in December, or made a meal, or have ever helped Family Promise, thank you! We no longer host in our church, but the two full time staff at FP depend upon us and other churches to sustain the program which succeeds in placing families in permanent homes in less than seven weeks. Family Promise works!
The need is growing....Covid-19 has resulted in more unemployment, family violence, evictions, and stress, resulting in more families with young children being "unhoused". You can help by sponsoring a family, donating a gently used small appliance, creating a basket full of startup items like cleaning products and paper towels, grocery gift cards, or by dropping off the (uncooked) components for a meal at 75 Hickory Street, off Clinton. More details are available at the Family Promise website fpwny.org. UU Family Promise volunteers are amazing.
During this time of pandemic, many of us are squeezed to the limit juggling the responsibilities of work and managing children all day. But some of us have had our “down” time expand and are looking for meaningful ways to contribute to the community while maintaining physical distancing recommendations and staying healthy.
The Justice Ministry Team invites you to join our newly formed Advocacy Team. As a member of the team, you will contact legislators, policymakers, friends, family, and neighbors in order to advance a justice cause. This may take the form of phone calls, emails and/or postcards and you will be expected to contribute in only those ways you feel comfortable and have the time to devote.
Please contact Kathy Taylor
(email@example.com or 203 605-1544) to join the Advocacy Team.
Rev. Joan's Identity Used and Abused
Many emails that look like they are from Rev. Joan have gone out to church members asking for emergency assistance in the form of gift cards. They are not from Rev. Joan. Rev. Joan will never:
· Ask you for gift cards via an email
· Send you an email on an account ending with gmail.com – trust only her buffalo.org account
If you receive one of these emails, block the sender so they will be unable to send you any more requests. Sadly, there is nothing the church can do to stop the emails because they do not come from the church.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
We are a community that can do amazing things together, even at a safe distance. We have people ready to help - Lay Pastoral Ministry Team, Pastoral Care Team, a Food Delivery Team - all set up before Covid-19 struck and ready to go!
NEED HELP? Do you need groceries? Would you rather stay out of public laundry areas? Anything else? ABLE TO HELP?
THIS MONTH'S SHARE THE PLATE RECIPIENT:
Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Since 1963, HOME has fought for fair housing in the WNY area. Founded by clergy and laity as a volunteer-run organization, HOME is now a thriving, impactful nonprofit that serves thousands of clients each year. With the support of like-minded community organizations like UUCB, HOME has been able to fight against housing discrimination and ensure that housing insecure members of our community find a safe and affordable place to live.
HOME’s mission is to promote the value of diversity and to assure the people of WNY an equal opportunity to live in housing or communities of their choice. The only agency in WNY providing comprehensive services for victims of housing discrimination, HOME records and investigates reported incidents of discrimination, provides paralegal counseling, advocates to conciliate validated complaints or prepares cases for legal action, and offers emotional support for victims and their families. HOME provides education and outreach through trainings, workshops, presentations and materials to home-seekers and housing providers, advising them of their rights and responsibilities under state, local and federal fair housing laws. Lastly, HOME administers a mobility program that assists individuals seeking to move to areas of higher opportunity through housing search assistance and security deposit grants. UUCB’s continued support has made these services possible.
2020 was certainly an unprecedented year, full of challenges that none of us could have prepared for. Despite this, HOME rose to even greater heights to serve Western New York. With UUCB’s support, we will be able to have an even more successful 2021. Here’s to a new year with new opportunities to serve our fellow Western New Yorkers!
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2020-2021 church year. Send your ideas to Denise Depietro firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations Sought for
Food Not Bombs
Buffalo Food Not Bombs is seeking donations of folding tables, bike carts, and food storage bins- if able to donate any of these, please speak with a participating UUCB member or reach out to them through their Facebook page.
In this time of increasing need, support our neighbors. Make food donations or donations of funds to the Food Bank of Western New York https://www.foodbankwny.org/
The Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels for Western New York have joined forces to become FeedMore WNY! FeedMore WNY offers dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need.
Click on the flyers and links below to read more about other upcoming events in the community
Weekly Announcements eBlast and Order of Service announcements should be sent to email@example.com by NOON on Wednesday.
Full announcements are published in the eBlast; please send a 50 word/2-3 line version for the Order of Service.
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