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The Water That Connects Us – UUCL ACE ( All Church Email )

Upcoming Events and Worship
Friday September 11, 2020

September 13, 2020 SUNDAY SERVICES

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE: Gathering at the Well of Community
led by Rev Israel

We begin our church year together by reflecting on interdependence, connection, and the creative process of being in community with one another. We will also reflect on the meaning and the history behind the ingathering ritual of the water ceremony.

Worship Associate Heather Gehron-Rice

Link to join:

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

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For more information contact offthestreetsnowlancaster

Children’s Worship
This Sunday’s Ingathering worship service is an intergenerational service, meaning that it is specifically for children, youth, and adults all together. Come one, come all!

And, we will still gather to share a special sacred time for children. Children K-5 and their whole families are invited to gather at 9AM for 20 minutes for a getting-to-know-you game, rituals of chalice lighting, and stones of joys and sorrows. We will also be getting ready for our Water Ceremony at 10AM. Find a comfortable spot in which to join, a symbolic or real chalice to light, and a few stones.

Click to join Children’s Gathering by Zoom:

SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link:
To the members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster,

Reminder to Participate in the Water Ceremony for Ingathering

I wanted to send out a reminder to you all to participate in our physically distanced water ceremony.

Also, please don’t forget to upload your selfies for the slideshow! You can upload them to the google doc folder by clicking on this link. Simply drag and drop your picture file into the folder. If you really can’t get that to work, you can email your picture to Eli Sauls, but let’s try to not inundate Eli with 100 emails if we don’t have to.

If you missed the invitation to participate in the ceremony, here’s the instructions:

I have created a ritual Well of Community in the native plant garden in front of the church. This well represents our community, where we have come from, and where we are going.

I invite you to come to the UUCL garden and bring some water with you. The water represents your story and the loved ones in your life. It represents the gifts and presence you bring to our community. It could be water from any place that is meaningful to you.

I invite you to take this water to the UUCL garden and to add it to our communal well. As you do so, I invite you to take a moment to reflect on two things:

1. What gifts and presence will you bring to our community this church year?
2. What love and care do you need from our community to

You may also add one of the stones or shells provided to symbolize your commitments.

If you are unable to get the church to join your water into the bowl, you can still participate in the water ritual! Water connects to us all through the moisture in the air and the network of groundwater constantly flowing on our planet. If you’d like to participate from home, you can simply create a well at home with a nice bowl, and simply add your water into that bowl and then go outside and pour it into the ground. All waters flow and cycle and intermingle eventually, so you remain connected to this community and each other even if you cannot come out.

We still want your selfies even if you practice the ritual at home!

May you find community, comfort, and celebration at our well!

For anyone who’s curious, here’s a video of the rain joining in our water ceremony.

Rev. Israel Buffardi He/Him/His

We invite you to Meet Rev. Israel

The Ministerial Search Committee is brimming with excitement to introduce Rev. Israel to our UUCL congregation. We hope you will join us for Candidating Week from September 13 through September 20. Sign-ups have been closed as of yesterday, and we look forward to seeing all of you at your reserved time to meet with Rev Israel either in-person or via Zoom.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Santiago at 717-405-5553 or email her at sjsantiago91

Laurie Thompson, Stephanie Santiago, Susan Lithgoe, Steve Jones, Claudia Hostetter and Kristen Buchanan

Adult Faith Development
Soul Matters groups are forming for the fall!

Register now to participate in a Soul Matters group! (link:

In our church community, physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. Small groups of people committed to exploring spirituality together are forming right now to meet online for this church year! Learn more on our website, or sign up today.
In joining a Soul Matters group, you can expect to gather online each month with 8-10 fellow Unitarian Universalists to explore your spiritual life in a deeper way. Soul Matters groups meet online once a month to explore our church’s monthly theme through an at-home packet of spiritual readings, videos, music, and soul-searching questions. Existing groups will continue or resume in September; new groups will begin meeting as they form, in late September or early October.

Click here to browse September’s Soul Matters packet exploring the theme of “Renewal.”

Children’s Faith Development
This summer, we have explored a number of new ways of gathering and growing – including children’s chapel on Zoom, at-home Wonder Boxes, social events, and more! And, we look forward to reconnecting in new ways to many of you we haven’t seen for a while, and to welcoming new friends.

This month, as we all explore September’s Soul Matters theme of Renewal, children, youth, and adult family members will be invited to multiple ways of (re-)connecting with your church community. We will be asking for your input in shaping the program, and also letting you know some of the exciting plans we have been making: look for a message from me in the coming week.


Lenore Bajare-Dukes
Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Reactivation of the Walters Program Committee

As of September 1, 2020, the Walters Program committee will once again be active. The committee voted to go inactive during the COVID 19 pandemic. Grants will be accepted starting September 15 through September 30. Please submit grants online under the Walters Grant Committee, gkerekgyarto. Once received you will get a confirmation. Grants will be reviewed October 8, 2020. All those applying are invited to present their grants at a zoom session starting at 6pm on September 8th. If you have questions please email George at above email address.

The Walters Trust was money donated to UUCL in a Trust to be used to demonstrate and nurture UU values in our community, strengthen our congregation and expand outreach and to support innovative projects that challenge, grow and expand understanding of UU principles.

From Your Board of Trustees – Notice of Congregational Meeting

Next week’s congregational meeting, which will be held after the worship service by Zoom, is the culmination of Rev Israel’s candidating week which was supposed to occur in April. We brought Rev Israel on as a contracted minister in early August, and will be voting as a congregation for him to become our called, or permanent, minister. Our bylaws require 25 members for a quorum and a 95% affirmative vote for a minister to be called to UUCL. Please make every effort to attend Zoom church this and next weekend to hear Rev Israel’s two candidating sermons, and to attend the events scheduled by the Ministerial Search Committee so that you are making an informed vote in this important decision for our church’s future.

This Sunday we welcome new members to our church. The Membership Committee had to suspend new member activities this Spring because of the pandemic but courageously figured out how to hold the New UU session in late Summer. Next Sunday, September 20, 2020 is our congregational meeting to vote on Rev Israel Buffardi as our called minister. Our bylaws state that voting members must be a member of record for at least 60 days. After consulting with the UUA, we would like to put forth a special motion at next week’s meeting to suspend the 60 day requirement for only the ministerial call vote so that our very patient new members would be allowed to participate in this important congregational vote.

Church Life & Announcements

The Racial Justice and Healing Committee at UUCL has teamed up with Vote Forward to increase civic participation by writing non-partisan letters to voters! Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. It’s a concrete action you can take to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls.

Interested in participating? Contact Michele or Susan for more information and to get set up with instructions and supplies!

Michele Capobianco
(516) 398-7742

Susan Lithgoe
(717) 725-2750

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

Event details:
Pre-recorded works viewed together in Zoom
Submit Acts through google form by October 11th
3-5 mins per Act
Zoom link available closer to event date!
Contact ginahartwellness

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

Artful Living
On Wednesday, September 9th, Three members of the Artful Living Committee of the UUCL, presented Katie Keane, a representative from the Manheim Township Public Library with seven books related to people of color and indigenous people. One of the books that was donated was An Indigenous People’s History of the U.S.(young adult version) by Roxanne Dubar-Ortiz, this past year’s Unitarian Universalist Common Read selection. Two of the selections were children’s books.

The bookplates read: A gift from the Artful Living Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 2020.

We are hoping that the books will help to educate readers about the rich culture and challenges of these groups and lead to more understanding and peace. If you would like to see a full list of the book titles along with a link describing the books, contact artfulliving.

SAVE THE DATE! March 26, 2021
Due to COVID-19, the Auction Committee has postponed the annual Fall Auction. The auction, UUCL’s second-highest revenue source, will be held virtually, with a wider range of items and prices than our traditional live auction. Details will follow in our ACE.
Save the date!

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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