UUCL in September 18th ACE


Love & Justice

Upcoming Events and Worship
Friday September 18, 2020
September 20, 2020 SUNDAY SERVICES

led by Rev Israel

A celebration of new beginnings, and exploration of what we are creating together. 

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 worship service is another multi-generational service! Rev. Israel, the worship team, and I have worked to make this service engaging for children, youth, and adults all together. Come one, come all, and renew your spirits. Due to the Congregational Meeting, we will not be holding a separate children’s chapel this week. 
SUNDAY EVENING RED ROSE SANGHA: 6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link: 
From Your Board of Trustees – Notice of Congregational Meeting

This Sunday, September 20, 2020, we have a special congregational meeting after Sunday worship to vote in Rev Israel as our called minister. Below is the agenda for the meeting, and special instructions to assist in the voting process.

We have had such a great candidating week that our polls show a very positive vote. So overwhelming that we are pre-planning a Welcome Parade in front of the church at Noon to welcome Rev Israel and his family either socially distanced on the sidewalk or from your car. Cake, as per UUCL tradition (cupcakes) will be served. 


1.      Chalice Lighting

2.      Check-in to ensure that everyone can hear, and instructions (below) for congregants to clearly identify themselves on Zoom.

3.      Motion to set aside UUCL bylaw Article 5.3 which states “Members are eligible to vote at congregational meetings of UUCL when they have been members for at least 60 days prior to the meeting” for the duration of this congregational meeting due to COVID pandemic delays.

4.      Message from the President of the Board in acknowledgement of our brilliant Ministerial Search Committee.

5.      Motion to call Rev Israel Buffardi as our called minister to UUCL.

6.      Counting and announcement of the results of the vote. Our bylaws require at least a 95% affirmative vote to call a minister.

7.      Adjournment of the meeting, and beginning of the Special Celebration (with cake!). 

It is important that we are able to clearly see your entire name in the Zoom meeting so that your presence and voting record at the congregational meeting is accurate.
Special Instructions to assist in the voting process:
1. From the Zoom Room click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of the window.
2. A Participants window will appear. Click the “Rename” button.
3. Enter your new name in the “New Screen Name” field and be sure to have the “Remember my name for future meetings” checked (if appropriate).
4. After clicking the blue “OK” button, your new name will appear.
Source :

Welcome Parade starts at Noon. Head into church (and bring your own sign if you want) to greet our minister and his family by car or by sidewalk! 

Congregants needing our love, thoughts, and prayers

There are a number on our dear congregants who are courageously undergoing treatment for cancer. Please keep them in your heart and in your prayers. They each seem to be holding their own right now. I’m sure cards and prayers would strengthen their mood and resolve  Here are their addresses:

Efrain Rivera 6 Laurie Lane Lititz, Pa. 17543

Garry Lefevre 231 Coral St. Lancaster, Pa 17603

Barbara Snyder 21 Deerfield Rd. Lancaster, Pa 17603-9609

Carol Thompson suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and is currently in Mennonite home for 14 days to sequester due to Covid 19. She would love to relieve her boredom and loneliness with Phone calls and cards. Her phone number is 717-653-7299 Cards may be sent for Fred and Carol at their new address: 124 Blue Bird Drive, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, Pa. 17601

Linda Jones has an unusual type of glaucoma. She is receiving her second laser surgery today to treat this condition. She tolerated the first treatment quite well. It will take time to ascertain the helpfulness of these laser surgeries. Linda and Steve’s address: 117 Parkview Dr., Landisville, Pa. 17538. Please send card so Steve and Linda know they are in our hearts and prayers.

Of course, we will continue to hold Lou Ann Miller in our hearts as she goes through the loss of her dear husband, Robin. In case you missed the previous notice, Lou Ann’s new address is 63 Primrose Court, Garden Spot Village, New Holland, Pa. 17557.

Thank you all for being such caring UUCL congregants, Carole Campbell

Adult Faith Development
Conversation on Alternatives to Policing
Hosted by All Souls Unitarian, DC
Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 7-9PM 

In June, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted to adopt a call to action “to engage in the larger movement to end anti-Blackness and defund the police.” (see the text of the AIW.) What does this mean for our congregations? On Tuesday, October 6th, the Central East UUA Region invites us to join India Harris and Rev. Jason Lydon to discuss alternatives to calling the police and over-policing communities. 

See the description for more details and pre-webinar reading materials, then click “Register” to secure a spot. When you register, please email Lenore at she will be in touch about UUCL-specific ways to process the webinar. 

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
The month of September is focused on kicking off the church year with multi-generational worship services on the theme of “Renewal” and getting to know our new minister. Registration will begin next week for faith development, which will start up more formally in October. Faith development will feel both familiar and different this online year! We need adult leaders to help us make faith development exciting and meaningful this year. And we need and welcome children, youth, and their grown-ups to help shape church life! Come participate: in worship, in upcoming church discussions, and in letting us know your gifts and needs through registration and more. 


Lenore Bajare-Dukes
Director of Lifespan Faith Development

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 Susan Lithgoe
mrapczyk susan.lithgoe
(516) 398-7742 (717) 725-2750

Public Witness Action for Racial Justice and Healing

A public witness action for racial justice and healing will take place in front of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster (538 W. Chestnut Street) on Friday, Sept 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  (There will be no action today, Friday, Sept 18.  The date has been changed to next Friday, the 25th). These actions serve as a silent moral witness (holding signs) to support equal justice for all. The public is cordially invited to join in and stand with members from UUCL and other Lancaster faith communities. Social distancing will be maintained and mask wearing is required.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sign expressing a call for racial justice, anti-racism, and progressive social change.

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

The Walters/Garvin Committee will present a lecture via Zoom entitled: “What the Split in White Evangelicalism Tells Us About the State of Christianity in America Today” by Dr. Jeffrey Robbins, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College, Wednesday, October 14, at 7 p.m.
Mark your calendars and check the UUCL website for registration information!

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!!!!

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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