For the safety and security of our congregation and the community as a whole
we will be streaming our service
April 11, 2021 10:30am Becoming Rev. Joan Montagnes
A reflective service. Meditations on becoming whole from within. Self-realization and the inner life.
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.
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
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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
The Held reading group would like to invite participation from anyone in the congregation looking to join in the next discussion on 4/29 at 7 pm on Zoom. This discussion will focus on pages 45-79 of the book, and more information can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. We still have several copies of the book available in the church office if you are interested in joining in!
Updated Resources for Action in Our Communities and Beyond 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 the communities we value.
Or you can go to zoom.us in your browser, sign in, join a meeting, and enter this number: 935 7901 4652
Or you can just phone in: 1-646-876-9923 and when the voice asks you for the meeting ID enter 935 7901 4652 on your dial pad
Vespers Services at the Church
Community, candlelight, music, poetry, meditations. All are welcome.
When: 7pm-7:30pm every Friday between April 2 and July 9
Where: Outside the Garden Entrance of the church.
How: We will observe safe distancing. Please wear your mask. Chairs will be available for those who want or need them.
Who: You and everyone! Invite your friends.
A UUA Sponsored Trans/Nonbinary Community
Are you, a loved one, or someone you support in your UU community trans/nonbinary? Together, trans and nonbinary UUs are creating a space just for us to gather and build community--and it's a cozy, caring, affirming time that restores and renews. There's lots of interest and we're still growing, and we want you with us!
WHO: Are you trans/nonbinary/otherwise not cis? Are you also UU--or interested in/connected with UUism? Come to the monthly all-ages trans/nonbinary gatherings happening on the fourth Tuesday of every month!
WHAT: Already, many trans/nonbinary UUs have been gathering, worshipping together, connecting over important topics and fun games, and overall just enjoying a positive, supportive place to get to know each other across generations, location, and more.
WHEN: Our next gathering is this Tuesday, February 23 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific. More info--and registration link--in the comments. Sending love!
For more info (including on accessibility and children/youth registration) click here--and register here to join the community!
Daily Brown Bag Get Together
Monday through Friday 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
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONGREGATION FROM THE CEO OF FAMILY PROMISE HOMELESS PROGRAM
Thank you so much for your faithful support helping us feed our families. I wanted to express my gratitude for the generosity you have shown in bringing groceries to our shelter! Food security is a huge pressure for families living close to poverty. YOU are helping
by stocking our pantry with fresh fruit, eggs, ,milk and hearty staples.
Homelessness can be scary - especially for kids. At Family Promise of WNY, we work hard at providing everything our children and parents need to feel safe and secure.
Your food is not only nourishing bodies, but is restoring hope in our families, showing that they are cared for in this community, that they are seen, and valued.
Thanks for going the extra mile and being part of our incredible hospitality network! We cannot do what we do without you! Your support means a lot to us all.
Executive Director, Family Promise of WNY
NOTE: UP TO 40 FAMILIES PER YEAR ARE HOSTED AND HELPED TO FIND PERMANENT HOMES BY FAMILY PROMISE. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP, WITH CLEANING SUPPLIES, SMALL APPLIANCES, CLEAN GENTLY USED TOWELS, NEW BEDDING, OR VOLUNTEERING TO HELP ON A SATURDAY OR HOST A BIRTHDAY PARTY. ( SOME KIDS HAVE NEVER HAD ONE.) DETAILS ARE ON THE FAMILY PROMISE WEBSITE fpwny.org.
UUCB Family Promise Coordinator
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: Re-Tree WNY
Re-Tree WNY was begun after the “surprise” snowstorm that blanketed the Greater Buffalo on October 12, 2006. The heavy snow burdened the still-leafy trees and pulled down many power lines. The biggest damage was to the heritage trees that lined the byways and graced the parks within the 18 municipalities of our area. The towns and public entities determined that 57,000 trees were permanently damaged. Re-Tree was formed and included a volunteer army of planters to replace what was lost. 30,000 trees (matched by the same number by the municipalities) that were funded and planted manually by volunteers was the goal. The effort actually took thirteen years and was celebrated in 2019. The City of Buffalo still needs many trees planted along the byways and in our iconic parks. We now only concentrate our efforts within the city. We are a program of the 501 (c) 3 Buffalo Green Fund.
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
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