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All Church Email July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020
Dear UUCL Community,
In this Thursday All-Church Email, please find the schedule of staff-led activities, followed by notes and announcements from this community.

SUNDAY August 2: “Good Goodbye to Rev. Barbara”Heather Gehron-Rice, Service Leader We will celebrate the work we have done together as we say farewell to Rev. Barbara and thank her for all the hard work she has done with us. We will hear from her colleagues Rev. Larry Peers and Rev. Keith Kron.Worship Associate Heather Gehron-Rice has been a UU since 1996, with membership at UUCL since 1999. She completed her M.Div. at Lancaster Theoligical Seminary in 2007. She has served on the finance committee, the personnel committees, and is currently a member of the choir
Due to the special day, there will be no Children’s Worship this Sunday. Instead, children are especially invited to join the service and then to come participate in Rev. Barbara’s farewell drop-off! See the Children’s Faith Development section for more on how to join.

Link to join:
Or join by phone:301-715-8592
Meeting ID:966 2373 9683
Password: 71717

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link: See also this backpack project:
Staff “Off” Time: As staff define vacation time in the coming weeks, we will post that information here in this ACE. Please note that next week, the week of August 3, both Rev. Barbara and Bev Geib will be on vacation time

Note from Rev. Barbara: From now through August 15 please note that Rev. Barbara has designated several congregants and staff who are contacts for three areas of ministerial responsibility — worship, pastoral care, and staffing. If you have any questions about coverage or need assistance in any of these areas, please contact:- For Worship: Heather Gehron-Rice,,- For Staffing: Bev Geib,,- For Pastoral Care: Steve Jones,, Garry LeFevre,,(calling preferred); Elizabeth Haralam Shuba, Note: these ministers who are also members of this congregation are available to triage pastoral concerns to appropriate parties: they are not available for hands-on pastoral visits.
From Your Board of Trustees
The Board has determined that the UUCL building will be closed to all programs and services at least through the end of February 2021 (unless an exception, including a safety plan, is approved by the Board). Still, our UUCL community remains open and active: stay involved by reading the All-Church Email weekly and by looking at the church calendar, which has virtual events added every week.
The all church calendar is now live. Please consider following this link [CLICK HERE] to schedule all virtual events. This form is similar to the space reservation form, but has been customized for virtual meetings. If you have any questions please email me at I am available 9-2 Monday- Friday.-Quin Martin

Come One, Come All to the UUCL Summer TalentShow & Art Showcase! [This Friday, July 31, from 6:30-8:30PM, on Zoom.
Come, see the members of your church community in a new light as they share hidden talents of all kinds! We have an exciting lineup planned for you of musical acts, movement, art, spoken word, acrobatics, a chance to join in a dance break, and more, all hosted by open mic aficionado Robert Close as Emcee. Brought to you by the Choir and Children’s Faith Development programs. Cheer on your fellow UUCL folks and enjoy some summer fun!
Join by clicking a link just before 6:30PM [RSVP for link]
Children’s Faith Development:
This Sunday, the service will have a Time for All Ages (10AM). Instead of children’s worship, come by the church for Rev. Barbara’s farewell! Lenore will be in front of the church handing out chalk packets (in a physically distanced way) for you to chalk a message to Rev. Barbara or saying what you love about the church community; bring or mail a card.
You’ve Got Mail! Children pre-K through 5th grade should have received a surprise in the mail last week! Prizes for completing Bingo cards will be available for you at the farewell on Sunday outside the church, or you can receive them in the next mailing! 

August 9-16, we have a special week of at-home and Zoom activities planned for kids! We are busy putting together a special box of materials, conversation prompts, stories, and more, and will have activities to do every day. Registered families with children pre-K through 5th grade will receive an email with information on how to pick up the box next Thursday, Aug. 6. 

If your family is not registered in the program, we may not have your information; if you have not yet received a mailed packet and would like to sign up for our next one, contact Lenore ASAP (Lenore [at]

Sunday, August 9th, Youth (rising 7th graders through high school) are invited to hang out and play games with other youth in our sibling church in Berks County (on zoom)! Watch this space for details next week.

Anti-racism conversations with kids: This coming week, Lenore Bajare-Dukes and Michele Capobianco will hold space on Zoom for parents and other caregivers of children to discuss how your family has (or has not yet) been talking about racism, police violence, and the latest protests with your kids. Look for an email to registered parents with date and joining information; email Lenore if you would like to join and are not registered!
Adult Faith Development:
Book Discussion:You can still sign up for the book discussion of The Little Book of Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth-Telling, Liberation, and Transformation! This is a short, story-filled book that offers readers powerful tools for listening; building authentic, accountable relationships; and taking action. Read and then join in a two-part online discussion facilitated by Lenore, UUCL’s Director of Lifespan Faith Development:
• Thursday, August 6th, 7PM (Part 1: Understanding & Growing–Chapters 1-7)
• Thursday, August 20th, 7PM (Part 2: Dreaming Action–Chapters 8-9).
You canwatch the book launch video by clicking here. The book costs just $5 (all proceeds go to Coming to the Table) and is available as a print or e-book. Order it through this link

Let us know you’re participating by August 4: Email to register and receive the Zoom link. Co-sponsored by UUCL’s Racial Justice & Healing committee.
Faith in Action: Creation Care for Clean Water
We are proud to be featured in the upcoming Lancaster Water Week! Take a self-guided walking tour of 7 inspiring stormwater projects on congregational grounds in historic Lancaster, including UUCL, between August 8th and 12th. Then join in a Zoom discussion on August 12th at 7 PM featuring dynamo Mennonite leader Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck who led the pipeline resistance effort in Lancaster. Learn more about the projects, hear from the faith leaders and see how to get your congregation involved. Family friendly. Mostly handicapped accessible. 
Co-sponsored by UUCL’s Faith Development & Green Sanctuary, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Lancaster Interfaith Coalition, and Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Week. For more information visit:, or callRegister for the Walk to receive access to the Audio TourRegister for the Discussion to receive Zoom link
On Sun. Aug. 2 in celebrating Rev. Barbara’s transition from UUCL there will be a drive-by in front of the church beginning at 11:30 lasting for approximately 1 hr.  It will be an opportunity to take a minute to drop off a card, note, or picture as a remembrance for Rev. Barbara. Please be brief, wear a mask and social distance. For those who are unable to participate in the drive-by, you may send your card to:           Rev. Barbara Coeyman        
        c/o Carole Campbell         
        112 Eagles Nest Court              
   Lancaster, Pa. 17601
MSC NEWS!Rev. Israel is coming! His first day as our contact minister will be Monday, August 17th. The MSC has put together an exciting Candidating Week from Sunday, September 13th to Sunday, September 20th. The Congregational Meeting to call Rev. Israel as our settled minister will follow the morning service on September 20th.
We are planning a hybrid in-person and virtual Candidating Week. Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 20th as the MSC will include a link to “Sign Up Genius” to register for small group gatherings with Rev. Israel. These events will be held in our outdoor tent setup behind the church. The tent will be open air with no more than 15 people who will be socially distanced and wearing masks. No food or drink is permitted and a Porta Potty, as well as a sanitizing station will be onsite. The church facilities will not be available.
Each meeting will also be available via Zoom for those who choose not to come to the in-person event. To keep the meetings to a reasonable size, sign up is also needed for the Zoom option. So, practice your Zoom skills on Sundays. Be sure to have the program downloaded on your computer to be able to “join the meeting.”
The voting details for calling Rev. Israel to be our settled minister are being worked out by our Board of Trustees. Watch for more information on this exciting event in the life of UUCL!Your MSC team: Laurie, Susan, Claudia, Kristen, Stephanie, and Steve
Church Life & Announcements

Calling All UUCL Leaders and Future Leaders
Central East Regional Leadership TrainingLeading Change in Changing TimesSaturday August 22, 2020Time: Noon to 3:00 pmFree WebinarThe Leadership Development Committee encourages you to sign up for this Central East Region training presented by the Rev. Sunshine Wolfe and the Rev. Renee Ruchotzke on a topic that is pertinent for these times of pandemics and racial strife. This is a free webinar for which you can sign up online at the CER website. This training is appropriate for our current leaders from the BOT, Leaders’ Circle and Committee Chairs. This is also a great opportunity for individuals who are considering future leadership positions in the Church. Sign-up on the website by August 16, 2020.

Stay Connected with Realm! Most of the congregation has been contacted regarding this church online community. This is a great way to stay connected to members of UUCL, especially those with whom you serve on committees or in small groups. While most gave permission to be listed in the online directory, only 116 people created log-ins to access the directory and edit their own information. All members of UUCL who have a valid email address received an invitation to create a log-in. Please let Bev Geib know if you need a new email invitation to create yours! She can be reached at Hope to connect with you in Realm! 

Leaders’ Circle Meeting Minutes have now been posted for the meeting held in June 2020. Please read these to stay informed with the activities of your church.Click here to read on website

Side With Love Please send Dr. Rachel Levine and Dr. Anthony Fauci letters of support to counter the hate mail and serious threats they have received. Included are their addresses.
Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of HealthPennsylvania Department of HealthHealth and Welfare Building625 Forster Street Harrisburg, Pa 17120
Dr. Anthony FauciNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesNational Institutes of Health31 Center Drive MSC 2520Building 31, 7A03Bethesda, MD

RIP Medical Debt Elimination UpdateOur reaching out to local churches to join us in our effort to eliminate local medical debt was extremely successful. We can be very proud of Tom Barninger, Norm and Dottie Saunders, the Walters Committee and Parish Resource Center for leading the charge in organizing these churches. Our initial goal was far surpassed by the generous fund raising of twenty local churches. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

Seeking an Apartment“A long-time friend of Joe DiGarbo‘s of Lancaster Friends Meeting is in need of an apartment for him and his 14 year old daughter in Lancaster. He is in his early 40s. They have been living in a most difficult, unstable neighborhood in an efficiency apartment that is unsafe. A safe apartment would be a first step in providing relief for the life of this man and his daughter.  Please contact Joe DiGarbo at: 717-203-4274.”

Share The Plate: The Lancaster County Food HubMission:Rooted in Faith & Compassion, The Lancaster County Food Hub (“the Hub”) provides services that honor the dignity of all by striving to meet basic human needs.