COVID-19, Events, News, Upcoming Services

All Church Email 5-29-20

Friday & Tuesday Noon: All-Church Email
Sunday 9:45AM: Gathering Music for Worship
Sunday 10AM: UUCL Online Worship
Sunday 11AM: Children’s Worship
Sunday 6PM: Red Rose Sangha

Dear UUCL Community,

This Friday All-Church Email includes the schedule of staff-led events for the coming week as well as Announcements of congregational and community activities. Be sure to scroll down through the complete email, so to not miss a thing.
Sunday Worship Online: May 31: “On the Brink of Many Thresholds”Even as daily life during pandemic as we’ve known it for weeks continues, we are also at a number of turning points: the warmer weather of summer, the end of academic terms, the transitions in church life including ministry. Let’s consider the potential in these thresholds. After the service, before social time, Rev. Barbara will announce her next interim ministry and discuss the ‘passing of the baton’ of ministry here at UUCL.
• 9:45AM: Gathering Music: Make a cup of coffee, find your chalice, settle in to sacred space.
• 10:00 AM: Worship. Service Leader, Rev. Barbara; Music, Eli Sauls; Time for All Ages, Lenore Bajare-Dukes
Join by Zoom:, join by phone: dial (301) 715-8592, Meeting ID: 857 097 077, Password: 71717
Children’s Worship: Sunday Morning, 11-11:45AM: A space for children (especially ages pre-K through 5th grade) with their caregivers and whole families to do our familiar rituals and share stories, emphasizing fun and sharing! We invite you to make a little space in your home for sacred time: getting a chalice ready (finding a candle, cup, Lego sculpture…), finding a stone for joys and sorrows, and getting a blanket, mat, or cloth to sit on. This week, we will explore things we can do to connect with and help each other. Join:
SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link: See also this backpack project: note that the Wednesday night Mid-Week Check-In is on pause, as staff consider how best to foster congregational connections moving into the summer.

Calling all talents to participate in the UUCL Talent Show and Art Showcase!
Where? On Zoom! (See next week’s All-Church Email)
When? Friday, June 5, from 6:30-8:30PM.Hosted by UUCL’s choir and faith development programs, and featuring Robert Close as Emcee and YOU as participant (or viewer)! We welcome music, jokes, drawings, dance, poems, pet tricks, magic, etc. from people of all ages—children and youth encouraged. 3-minute average acts are encouraged…shorter is fine…maximum 5 min. Sign up by Sunday, May 31st! More information on registering can be found below: You can find instructions as well as basic recording tips here.

Every evening: 7 p.m.: We invite everyone to create a home chalice, and to light the chalice every evening, knowing that others from this congregation are doing the same.

Every Day:Reach out to at least one other person in this congregation.May we continue to look for moments of gratitude. May we remember to take deep breaths, to laugh, and to send regular virtual hugs to all whom we love.
In faith
Rev Barbara, Lenore, Eli

Children’s Faith Development:At-Home Nature Noticings:
Which will you choose? 
This is Week 5 in our series of at-home nature-grounded faith development practices for the whole family. Check out previous All-Church Emails for others. As always, go at your own pace…take what will nourish you…and share a photo if you can!
Join Children’s Worship this week at 11AM! If you haven’t joined yet, we welcome you–all children of Spirit Play age and their families and teachers. 
Calling all children and youth to participate in the UUCL Talent Show! See the notice above. More information and sign up here:

Adult Faith Development:
Now is a particularly important time to lift up the sacred space created by and for Black UU and UU-adjacent folks online. Black Lives of UU (BLUU)’s next online sacred space, “Call & Response: Communication With Spirit in African Religious Traditions,” is Sunday, May 17th @ 4pm. For more, see below:
BLUU’s online worship service is Black sacred space in its entirety – by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora – and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us! UU More information and REGISTER HERE: 
Weekly spiritual noticings readings will resume next week. 
Your weekly invitation to spiritual practice:
Last chance to register for “Listening Deeply to One Another” from the Interfaith POWER Coalition for racial justice in fair education funding. Part of a monthly collective healing space series, first Wednesdays. Wednesday, June 3, 5:00-7:00 PM. Register here!
UUCL & Community Announcements
Your MSC team is working with Rev. Israel to plan our candidating week of Sept. 13-Sept.20. Because of the uncertainty of worshiping in the sanctuary by September we are working on several different possible scenarios. The best case scenario is that we will be able to congregate together and have a regular all in-person candidating week. But we are also preparing for a possible all digital as well as a hybrid in-person-digital candidating week.In the meantime please remember that Rev. Israel is busy in Oregon with his current congregation and that all pastoral or other concerns should be addressed to Rev. Barbara who will continue to be our minister until Rev. Israel officially begins his ministry with us on Monday August 17th.Your MSC team: Laurie, Susan, Claudia, Kristen, Stephanie and Steve

Closer To Home

• The United Way’s “One United Lancaster” offers current information about COVID-19 as well as connections to receive and give resources:• Lancaster Stands Up resource round-up. Click Here• POWER Interfaith Coalition, with which UUCL involved, is offering trainings, spiritual practices, and advocacy. More here and in the Adult Faith Development section.
Click Hereus “Finding Grounding from the Inside Out.” Explore practices that support us in caring for and organizing ourselves and one another in this monthly collective healing space. We will use meditation, movement, deep listening, and storytelling. All are welcome! When: First Wednesday of the month, 5:00-7:00 PM Next training in the series: “Listening Deeply to One Another” Wednesday, June 3, 5:00-7:00 PM Register here!

How to Contribute to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund
This is a difficult time for all of us. So that we can help members who are affected financially, we are inviting those who are able to contribute to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. A donation can be made on line by going to the church web site, and clicking the Contact Us drop down menu, then Donate. Again click the Donate button and you will be taken to our on line donation page. Complete the requested information, making sure you indicate your donation is for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. If you prefer, you can send a check, indicating “MDF” on the memo line. Thank you in advance for your support.

Stay Connected with Realm!
We are in the process of building our on-line directory, and your input is vital! All members for whom we have an email address in the church data base have received an invitation to create a log in. Simply stated, it is a way to stay connected to other members of UUCL, keep your own information up to date, and keep track of your own pledge and contributions. Several volunteers are in the process of calling members to verify the information we currently have, as well as give a short introduction to Realm. It can be accessed on a computer or through the mobile app, RealmConnect. Please don’t hesitate to contact Bev Geib if you have any questions about the program
Justice with MercyThe work of the UUCL’s Justice with Mercy Committee is grounded in the First Principle – the inherent worth and dignity of all people including those who have been incarcerated. We work to promote an understanding of the needs of returning citizens both in our congregation and in the wider community. We support the work of the various Lancaster County restorative justice programs. But there’s so much more to be done. We’ll be meeting virtually at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, June 9. If you’re interested in helping with our efforts, contact us at

Groceries for Reem
Please consider adding to the Go Fund Me site for Reem Desouky see link below. Local Congregations are taking turns food shopping for her. UUCL members will do the food shopping and delivery during the month of July. To volunteer contact: Naomi Levine at (717) 808-2159 or for further instructions including how to be reimbursed for the food. A Link to Lancaster Newspaper article written about her experience follows.

Little Sparrows: The Little Sparrows contacted all but 40 members/households on our membership list. They also reached out to friends of the Church and potential new members. Thanks to Sue Harkleroad, Marianne Smith, Larry Carroll, Sue Zeigler, Gina Hart, Evanna Morris, Candy De Green, Linda Jones, Carole Campbell, Brad Weaver, Naomi Levine and Lou Ann Miller.

Artful Living Design Contest
Congratulations!! to the UUCL Banner Contest Winner, Amy Mozingo! Amy will also be the seamstress for this two sided banner. The banner will be used in the banner parade at the Virtual General Assembly this June and for future General Assemblies and it will be on display in the church sanctuary between GA’s.There will be embellishments around the edge around the circle.

Please submit all ACE announcements to by 10AM Thursday.

Support for Using ZoomWatch this video from our UUA Central East Region for a tutorial on logging in and joining a meeting online (Zoom). If you need a tutorial or some practice, we’re here to help! Please email Lenore Bajare-Dukes ( and Amanda Maher ( to set up a time with a UUCL volunteer or staff member.