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Upcoming Events and Worship
Friday October 23, 2020

October 25, 2020 SUNDAY SERVICES
Congregational Meeting 11:15 AM

Living With Purpose

During the service this Sunday, we will be reflecting on life, death, and the deep meaning and purpose we find in between. This also presents the perfect opportunity for our congregation to take a deep look at the purpose of our religious community.

After the service, we invite all of you to participate in an hour-long workshop of brainstorming, visioning, and sharing in which we will identify the deep purposes and mission of our congregation.

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.

Wear a Costume & Collect Some Leaves for the Service!

We continue the tradition of our Halloween Parade this year by inviting everyone of all ages to wear a costume to the service this Sunday. You may want to think of a costume that represents someone you are inspired by or something you find scary—but you are welcome to wear any costume that excites you! There will be a special moment to celebrate and share our costumes with each other during the service.

You’re also encouraged to collect some fallen leaves to bring with you to the service, and we will use these to reflect on the cycles of life, death, and purpose.


A vibrant church is one that has a clear sense of purpose, and during this time of new beginnings for UUCL, we will begin the process of defining our purpose—our mission together. We are looking forward to welcoming you all to participate in the important work of exploring our purpose at UUCL. With a new called minister, it is time for us to discover anew our purpose as a church community and to begin to live out that defined purpose.

The workshop will take place following a 10 minute break after the conclusion of the service.

Hope to see you all there.
Blessings, Carole Campbell, President of the Board of Trustees.

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link:
Adult Faith Development
We are still seeking a new facilitator for a Soul Matters group. Are you someone who loves to listen deeply and can help a group of people interact? Please contact Lenore this week to learn more. You will receive training in the Soul Matters method and Zoom, and ongoing support in the form of monthly Soul Matters facilitator meetings. Many people find that facilitating a Soul Matters group is a deeply meaningful way of connecting and serving. Find out if this is right for you.

Following up on the theme of last week’s service on deeply listening to warning signs of violence and repression this election season as well as to what calls us to respond with courage to protect what we love and value, two resources:
• Use this asset mapping tool to support defending the election and to prepare for ways to respond to community needs and potentially dangerous scenarios after the election. Here is a companion video explaining the tool.
Sign up for other faith development resources to support you in “Heeding the Call.” !

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

Children’s Faith Development
This Sunday, please note that children’s worship is before the worship service. Don’t miss this year’s twist on the annual Halloween Parade during online worship, too!
Church Life & Announcements
Celebrate Halloween with UUCL!

On October 31, we’re turning the sidewalk outside UUCL into a physically-distanced Halloween boardwalk! On October 31, any time between 6-7PM, stop by church (masks on, please!) to get a bag of treats, show off your costumes with selfies at a UUCL Halloween photo booth, and enjoy a surprise activity. Tell a friend!

We are coming into the home stretch with many opportunities to influence VOTER PARTICIPATION! Let us recommend the efforts of UUtheVote. Saturday afternoon, Oct 24, UUs across the country are participating in a phone banking project focusing on Pennsylvania. Check out this LINK to see easy instructions on how YOU can help. Rest assured you will run into other UUCLers!

Samhain Celebration

Our Samhain celebration is quickly approaching.
We will gather on Saturday, 31 October 2020 from 7 – 8:30 pm in our Sacred space on Zoom.

There is still lots of time to add a picture of the person, an object of remembrance or the persons name. You may contribute more than one photo.

Our slideshow of beloved dead, ancestors, sheroes and heroic figures is rather thin right now. Please submit your pictures or collages of family and friends and sheroes & heroes by Tuesday, 27 October.The slideshow created from these photos will be used for both Samhain 2020 and 1 November 2020 Worship service, please consider this when you submit pictures.

If you have trouble uploading your photo, please contact Heather Gehron-Rice at gehronrice

We’re looking forward to celebrating with you!

The 2020 Labyrinth season is open to the UUCL community!

Each month we will offer information about labyrinth walking, virtual resources and a recommendation for visiting a local labyrinth. We will continue in this manner through spring 2021 or until W. Chestnut opens!

The purpose for walking a labyrinth is meditative walking. You cannot get lost in a labyrinth. It is a spiraling pathway leading to a center and back out. It is a safe and healing place for quieting a restless mind. All that is required is to walk and focus on your breathing while you follow a clear path. This is concentrated power where you can heal, find balance in your life, restore energy, release stressors and find wholeness.

A Labyrinth Visit: All recommended sites are free, open to the public, easy parking, family friendly and outside. This month we direct you to the eleven circuit labyrinth at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St. Thomas Road, Lancaster. This is just off the Oregon Pike – beyond the city limits. The church property is at the end of the road and the labyrinth is in open area behind the church. It is large and very spacious and wide open to the surrounding fields.
Virtual resources: (1)Ted Talk: Walking the Labyrinth, A Meditation. (2)You Tube Video: Walking the Labyrinth at Edgar Cayces A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, Va. (3)www: Walking a Labyrinth, A Spiritual Exercise at

From your Board of Trustees


Here is a link to see the Final Financial Report for 2019-20. Please enjoy at your leisure! Please direct any questions to our Treasurer, Jonas Kauffman, at jonaskauffman. He can answer questions or forward them to the appropriate body.

See the report here:

Volunteer Opportunty
GOTV phone bank for New American Citizens

Mon Oct 26, 2020 – Mon Nov 2, 2020

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition, PICC is the only organization in Pennsylvania authorized to register New Americans to vote at their citizenship ceremonies. Before every election, these new Americans are called to make sure they have the information they need to vote for the first time. Please help to mobilize New Americans to the polls this year by volunteering at one or more of the virtual GOTV phone banks.

You can sign up for “GOTV phone bank” by Clicking here


Volunteer Opportunities Galore!

We are looking for a task force to examine the church phone system and research alternatives. No face-to-face meetings necessary. UUCL pays several thousand per year to own the current system.

We are also looking for people interested in researching how to move UUCL to Google’s Gsuite. This research should be extra fun, because it’s so Googly! And if you want to learn more about Google Docs and all that stuff for your own self, why not learn it while doing research for the church?
Qualifications required for either task force: The willingness to respond with “yes, I’m willing to attend the first meeting.”

Email itgroup to get sucked in to more than you bargained for.

Walters Garvin Lecture Audio

For those who may have missed Dr. Jeffry Robbins’s October 14 Zoom lecture, the Walters Garvin Lecture Committee has made available an audio recording at this link:

Stay tuned for future programming!

Among our Own

Lou Ann Miller is doing as well as could be expected in her loss of her dear husband of 47 years. She is so pleased with the contributions made by family, friends, and congregants for the fund to provide hymnals to UUCL. For those who wish to contribute to this fund in Robin’s memory, simply send your contribution to Bev Geib, our financial manager at the church address: 538 W. Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pa. 17603. Its a good reminder that we will in the future be returning to our beloved church.

Carole Campbell, President of the Board of Trustees

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 (

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

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:

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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