Community, Love, Justice – UUCL All Church Email (ACE)

Upcoming Events and Worship
Friday October 9, 2020
October 11, 2020 SUNDAY SERVICES

Rev. Israel Buffardi, Heather Gehron-Rice, & Elizabeth Haralam-Shuba

For Indigenous People’s Day, we honor the memory of the Susquehannock people. We also reflect on the world we are called to build.

As a reminder, you’re invited to bring your home chalice to light during our service!

Join Via Zoom:

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

SHARE THE PLATE for this month is NAACP of Lancaster. NAACP of Lancaster has been serving our county for 97 years with a mission to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all person.

A Town Hall Meeting will be held following a ten minute break after the service this Sunday, Oct. 11. Please be sure to attend to hear some thoughts from our newly called minister, Rev Israel Buffardi. There will be a brief report on the budget from Jonas Kaufman, our newly appointed treasurer. There will be news regarding the hiring of a new Community Outreach and Communications Coordinator to fill the vacancy created by Quinn Martin’s resignation. Thoughts and questions regarding church operations will be welcomed from congregants. We look forward to sharing information, and gathering information.

New Form for Submitting Announcements

Introducing an easy way for you to submit announcements to be read aloud during worship! We welcome announcements from members and friends of UUCL about programs of the church and connected events in the community. Please fill out and submit this form by noon on Saturday:

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link:
Adult Faith Development
Open Table is open again!

We are meeting each Sunday at 3 PM. There is both an in-person group and a concurrent Zoom option. The current book being presented by Tom Barninger is The Authentic Letters of Paul. Please contact Bob Loftin if you have questions. You can join by Zoom with this link:
Meeting ID: 868 4193 9256
Passcode: 312578

By phone:
1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 868 4193 9256
Passcode: 312578

Soul Matters for October

The Soul Matters theme for October, which our whole church is exploring in many ways, is “Deep Listening.” How are you listening: to your loved ones, to yourself, to your life, to the environment around you?

It is not too late to sign up for a Soul Matters group for the year! Small groups of 8-10 people meet online each month, guided by a facilitator, to deeply listen to one another and to share from the heart. Learn more about Soul Matters and sign up on our website.

Children’s Faith Development
There will be no children’s worship this week, as it is the second Sunday of the month. This week, children are invited to work with your sacred space-making materials to find and create sacred space!

Please contact Lenore if you were not able to pick up one of the Wonder Box kits for October:

Church Life & Announcements

Doing Theology in the Age of Trump
Walters/Garvin Lecture
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 7 PM by zoom

The Walters/Garvin Lecture Committee will present a talk Wednesday, 10/14, at 7 p.m., by Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College. The lecture’s timely topic, “What the Split in White Evangelicalism Tells Us About the State of Christianity in America Today” should be most interesting and informative. The lecture is free and open to the public but registration is required. To sign up, visit

UUCL Expressions
Our variety show via Zoom
Saturday Night, 6:30 pm
October 17, 2020

Event details:
Pre-recorded works viewed together in Zoom
There are TWO DAYS LEFT to submit your act!
Submit Acts through google form by October 11th
3-5 mins per Act

Click here for a preview of our featured talent. We had a laugh and hope you do too!

All Ages Welcome to Share:
Music, Visual Art, Comedy, Hobby share,
Tutorial video fun, Movement, Poetry, etc!!!!

Zoom link to see the show:
Meeting ID: 810 6960 2472

Questions: Contact ginahartwellness

Samhain Celebration

The wheel of the year has turned and the season of Samhain is before us.

In years past, we have gathered in person. This year, our gathering will be on Zoom. We celebrate the thinning of the veil between our world and the world of spirit. We celebrate our beloved dead. We celebrate our sheroes and heroic figures.

We will gather on Saturday, 31 October 2020 from 7 – 8:30 pm in our sacred space on Zoom. We will present a slideshow of our beloved dead, a link will be forthcoming for sharing these pictures.

Ms. Heather Gehron-Rice, M.Div.
she/her pronouns

In the last few weeks, members and friends have engaged in all kinds of activities to encourage folks to vote. We have:

  • Partnered with Vote Forward by writing 1000 letters to be mailed 10/17. Forty five folks engaged
  • Partnered with Moms Rising to write/mail 300 postcards. Five folks engaged.
  • Partnered with Lancaster Votes by providing/staffing voter registration tables. Door-to-door with the Michele family.
  • Partnered with CASA thru UU the Vote for “text banking”. Two folks engaged. Fun!

There are more opportunities for each and everyone of us. Go to Steady energy…keep moving forward. Feel the Progress!

Among our Own

Please keep Doug and Kathy Marschka in your hearts as they mourn the tragic lose of Doug’s sister, Deanna Marschka. Deanna, an accomplished pianist, loved music and animals. With an RN degree from Geisinger, she had a long career in nursing and later in nurse management. She will be remembered as a kind, jovial, and compassionate woman, missed by many.

Green Sanctuary Committee Corner
October’s Theme: Wildfires
Learn more about this issue at:

The environmental impact of wildfires and what we can do about it.

From NPR


An article with a focus on Australia and includes a video clip of Greta Thunberg

From the Environmental Defense Fund

From the National Geographic

From CNBC on how to help with the Amazon rain forest fires

Additional books and articles:
“The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan
“Fire in Paradise” and “Inside the Megafire” (PBS) documentaries about the 2018 Camp Fire
“Forest Fires, the good and the bad” by World Wildlife Organization
Global has reports for purchase such as
The effectiveness of forest management in reducing wild fire risk and Climate change impacts in US
“Reduce wildfire risk” by the Washington Forest Protection Assn (

NEXT GREEN SANCTUARY MEETING” Monday October 19, 7:00 via Zoom
Please contact bkyki for link, in interested in attending.

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir


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

Please submit all ACE announcements to by 9 am Tuesday.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster | 538 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, PA 17603

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