For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole
we will be streaming our service
Sunday Morning Worship March 29
"The Spaces Between Us" Rev. Joan Montagnes
Even in an era of covid-19 and physical distancing, the Holy resides fully and truly in the connections we make to one another. We may be self-quarantined and sheltered in place, but the space between us is warm and close.
As you may be aware, because we care for your health and the health of all your loved ones, the Unitarian Universalist Church has closed its doors to any physical meetings until the threat of covid-19 is under control. But we will not let a pandemic crush our community. We will still gather and “do church” through zoom. For the last two weeks we have gone virtual and it has been both a wonderful learning curve and a fabulous success.
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 fairly simple process but we want to address any difficulties you may have.
First, if possible download the 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. 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
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 154 309 889 and you will hear the service, but you won’t see it.
See you in church!
This Sunday – March 29th For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole we will be streaming our service again see above
This Sunday, Rev. Joan Montagnes leads a virtual worship service through her 10:30am Zoom webinar, The Space Between Us. UUCB Choir Accompanist/Pianist/Harsipchordist/Organist, Jonathan Vogtle, recorded music especially for this special Sunday on his home keyboard. Featuring a musical meditation on Amy Beach's art song setting of Browning's, Ah, Love, but a Day!, Jon also created keyboard arrangements of the uplifting popular classics for our Prelude and Postlude: I Will Always Love You and Ain't No Mountain High Enough.
This week's worship will look very different than last week's, but we hope you'll join us!
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This Month We Ask
"What does it mean to be People of Wisdom?"
Have you made it to any of our RE Chalice Check Ins yet?
We've been having a wonderful time each weeknight evening, connecting with one another, and sharing stories, songs, and projects! To find out how you can be part of these Zoom meetings, join us on our UUCB RE Facebook page or connect via our email list.
Soon, our classes will start scheduling meeting times on Zoom as well!
Tonight's Chalice Check in - Pajama Story Time!
Put on a pair of your favorite PJs and join us tonight (3/27) at 7 pm for stories and community!
Join Zoom Meeting through the following link: https://zoom.us/j/358473900
Meeting ID: 358 473 900
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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
If you have a student in the Dungeons and Dragons classroom, please email Sarah Martin at email@example.com to reserve a t-shirt in your child's size. Orders will be placed March 29!
To keep up on everything that's going on in Religious Education at UUCB, please sign up for our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/bJRvVD
Adult Faith Development
Women's Saturday Salon
Postponed until further notice
UUA Common Read Book Discussion
Sunday, March 29
12:30-2pm THIS DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD ON ZOOM
This year, the UUA's Common Read is An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. We will be hosting a mixed age discussion of the book for both the adult and young people's versions of the book on Zoom.
To join this discussion, click the following link on Sunday at 12:30pm, or follow the instructions below:
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/591418085
Meeting ID: 591 418 085
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+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US
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Every day at 12pm Rev. Joan will host a lunch time get together 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
It will be great to Be with you!
What's on the Calendar This Week? March 28th - April 4th
Zoom Meetings will be posted here soon
Read about these events in detail further down in this eBlast
Interested in renting a room for an event at UUCB?
Email our Admin of Facilities and Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN SOCIETY BOOKSALE FOR 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The Women Society’s annual successful booksale has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Corona Virus. It was to be held on May 2 and 3 and May 9 and 10 with setting up April 30 and May 1. The Women Society will reschedule the booksale most likely for the Spring of 2021. We will begin to collect books, etc. again most likely starting in the fall. Watch for an announcement at that time. If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Bol, booksale chair at email@example.com
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?
If you have received an email from Rev. Joan from a gmail.com account do not open it. Block the sender. A computer hacker has made up a fake account in her name and is sending people emails requesting outlandish purchases of gift cards from Walmart. This is not Rev. Joan. Do not respond. Only accept and use Rev. Joan’s buffalouu.org account. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
SUSPENSION OF WESTLEY AND GRANGER MEMMORIALS AND RECEPTIONS
The families of Marianne Westley and Dr. Carl Granger have postponed their memorial services and receptions to future dates yet to be determined due to concern about the impact of the COVID-19 virus upon gatherings and travel, and the temporary suspension of all church activity. Marianne Westley's service had been set for Saturday, March 21 at 11am, and Dr. Granger's was planned for 11am, Saturday, April 4, with receptions following immediately. If you had volunteered to prepare food, be part of the kitchen team, or pour, THANK YOU1 When the services have been reset, we will notify you, and welcome your help then.
Chair, Women's Society memorial receptions
Pulpit Flower Ministry
Today's flowers are given in loving memory of Christopher Rex (1970-1995).
SPRING HASN’T SPRUNG YET!!
It’s NOT Time for the UUCB Fun & Fellowship AUCTION
As you are probably aware, many business, organizations, schools, and faith-based communities are making plans and putting precautions in place due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The care and keeping safe of our UUCB members and friends is the first priority
Consistent with the guideline that we should not gather in community if it is avoidable, we have decided it is best to put the Auction on hold for now. The success of the auction in year’s past has been enhanced by the number of bidders who are able to be present on the day of the Auction. It is best if we not only support your health and safety, but wait until a time when more of us can be together enjoying the Auction day festivities.
We will reschedule when we can see our way clear. In the meantime, we will be in touch with donors as needed about changing the dates of their events. Please continue to think of creative ways that you can donate to the Auction, and look for updates from the Auction team.
Thank you for your continued generosity and support. There would be no Auction without you!
SHARE THE PLATE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY TO SEND TWO OF OUR OWN TO GENERAL ASSEMBLY The Justice Ministry Team and Share the Plate, with support from our Board of Trustees, has decided to direct March’s Share the Plate contributions to sending two UUCB members to this summer’s General Assembly in Providence, RI (Wednesday, June 24th – Sunday, June 30th). Have you ever been to General Assembly?
Do you even know what it is?
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. In other words:
• We gather with people who share our religious values and do the work of our religion
• We meet to decide how we govern ourselves at a national level
• We deliberate and decide on our important social statements
• We participate in workshops to help us grow in faith and justice
• We hang out with people in settings where we don’t have to describe or defend our religious beliefs, because they already know
– imagine that! Because we think this is such an important opportunity, the Justice Ministry Team and the Board want to ensure that new people have the opportunity to attend and represent our congregation. Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be made to the first two eligible applicants received in the church office. You must meet the following qualifications:
1. Have never attended General Assembly before
2. Could not afford to attend without financial support from the congregation
3. Are willing to serve as a congregational delegate (attend the daily business meetings and cast votes on the issues)
4. Are willing to participate in a worship service at UUCB after General Assembly, to help the rest of the congregation understand what is happening at the national level of our faith
5. Are a member in good standing of UUCB Important dates and amounts:
The scholarship is priced to cover a large portion of registration, travel, accommodation and meals – which you will be responsible for arranging for yourself. Registration costs $400 per adult until March 15th, then increases to $500 until April 30th and finally costs $525 until the event itself More specifics can be found at https://www.uua.org/ga/registration Housing information can be found at https://www.uua.org/ga/travel and fills up quickly. If you have other questions, you can contact Liz Parke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling her at 716-877-4686.
Nominations for Share the Plate
Share the Plate welcomes nominations for recipients for the 2019-2020 church year. Send your ideas to Eve Holberg, email@example.com.
FAMLY PROMISE STILL NEEDS MEALS & DONATIONS!
The Family Promise site is at 75 Hickory St., at Clinton, on the campus of SS Columba-Brigid RC Church, in the former elementary school. See Nancy Wilkins at the FP sign up table on Sundays or call her at 432-6983, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS!
We are still a Family Promise church, BUT we don't have overnight sleeping accommodations any more since we don't have the state-mandated shower required for all shelters. BUT We are collecting needed supplies for Family Promise. See the list below and bring your items to the church office at your convenience.
dish washing soap
gift cards to Target, Tops, or Walmart
2nd Tuesday of each month; 6:00pm Registration and Refreshments, 6:30-8:30 Circle, 2nd Fl., Alliance Rm.
VOICE and UUCB have teamed up to offer Peace Circles with the goal of UUCB becoming a Community Peace Hub site. Our focus is to ensure restorative practice are indeed being implemented and followed in our public schools supporting our congregation’s commitment to social and restorative justice change in Buffalo. For more information email Sharon Walker at email@example.com
The next available flower dates,
April 26th, May 24th and 31st 2020.
Please see us at the flower table after most Sunday services,
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (716) 885-2136x4
if you are interested in sponsoring lovely flowers for one of our upcoming Sunday services.
Eyeglasses In Good Condition And Non-Perishable Food
Make your donations now, Eyeglasses in Good Condition and Non-Perishable Food Panry Items are gratefully accepted year round in the donation boxes located in the Garden Entrance foyer.
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. They are not requesting Tupperware at this time.
BFnB cooks in our kitchen every Monday at 10am- please feel free to join!
Women's Society Annual Book Sale, Spring 2020 TO BE HELD SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 2,3,9 AND 10 WS now collecting your books, i.e. hardbound and softcover books of all topics, children's and young adult books, art books, puzzles and games, audio books. Please NO textbooks, reference books or encyclopedias. Place them in bags or boxes on the stairs at the Elmwood Entrance. If you have questions, contact Joyce Bol at email@example.com. or 698-6801.
Food requested in March: hearty canned soup or any non-perishable food item. Please place in container located in the Garden Entrance foyer. Thank you!
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