UUCL LOVEletter – your new ACE newsletter!

Upcoming Events and Worship
(your new ACE newsletter)
Standing on the side of LOVE

Friday November 27, 2020

! CHANGES for Newsletter SUBMISSIONS !

Please submit all UUCL LOVEletter announcements to Mandee Metzger at by 9 AM Tuesday.
Please limit your text to 2 sentences.
Submissions longer than 2 sentences will not be included.

We will be working on a Blog to host longer submissions in the future.

Upcoming Worship:
Sunday 10:00 AM

Why Can’t I Like Carrots?

We warmly welcome internationally recognized Kierkegaard scholar, Dr. Lee Barrett, as our guest preacher this Sunday. Dr. Barrett will stress the ways in which we are shaped by unconscious forces beyond our control, and the ways in which these forces can have a healing influence upon us, if we respond to them aptly. The reading will be from Kierkegaard.

Preparing for Worship
This week we will be introducing different break out room options for topical discussion and spending time with each other. In order to make this process easy for everyone, please make sure you have updated your Zoom software to the latest version. Go to this link to download the most up to date version of Zoom.

Join Us Online:

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

SHARE THE PLATE for this month is Reach out and Read, giving Lancaster County children the gift of books so they can reach out and read. Early literacy is a prescription for success. Click on the link above for more information.
Open Zen Buddhist Meditation Group

6 P.M. See this weekly sitting link:

~ Making Meaning Together ~

Adult Faith Development

Rooted and Resilient: A UUCL series to process emerging events

Events in Lancaster and in the world are moving quickly. The news can be overwhelming. And there has been precious to pause, feel, and make sense of it all.

Drop into the ongoing six-week series for an hour every Tuesday at 7PM as we explore a timely theme, chosen the day of gathering to respond to current events. We will gather online to check in (connect), consider a perspective on current events (learn), share discussion (make meaning), and experience a spiritual practice (nourish) to help equip us to go back into the rest of our week.

Drop in Tuesdays between now and December 15 (which marks the end, or perhaps the midpoint, of this particular political season, as it is the Electoral College gathering).

Led every other week by either Rev. Israel Buffardi, Minister, and Lenore Bajare-Dukes, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. Contact Lenore (Lenore) if you have questions or requests for a topic.

Join online:
Or call: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 829 2702 0294
Passcode: 247051

We’re here to help you connect with loved ones creatively and safely this holiday. The Family Dinner Project has some incredibly creative, meaningful, and fun resources this year: download placemats, conversation starters, and a virtual care package. Then, for sharing stories across distance, try StoryCorps Connect, an app for recording interviews with people in different locations! Lastly, if you’re having a tough time with family conversations about the state of the world, here are some tips to help, along with a toolkit for reframing Thanksgiving by the Indigenous Solidarity Network.
Children’s Faith Development
• Mark your December calendars for worship! Our online worship services on December 6th and December 20th will be multigenerational, as well as Christmas Eve and Solstice. Stay tuned for information about children’s worship and other chances to connect.

• Calling all Minecraft players! We are delighted to announce “UUtopia,” a Minecraft collaboration between a few neighboring UU churches this winter for grades 1-5 and middle and high school youth. Gather online to explore and build sacred spaces in the game world of Minecraft with other Unitarian Universalist kids (led by a few religious educators who know their way around Minecraft, too). For more information and to register, please go here. Every other week, Sundays at 3PM.

• November gratitude materials are out! Following this summer’s Wonder Boxes and October’s materials for at-home worship kits, we’ve sent out or delivered November holiday materials and prompts to all registered families (ages pre-K through middle school) continue to make sacred space right where you are. November’s packet contains materials for a harvest gratitude tree and prompts for connecting with loved ones from afar. Please contact Lenore (Lenore) if you were not registered in the program last year, so that we may make sure you get your packet!


A Message From The UUA President: Honoring Indigenous Ancestors, Experiences and Traditions

By Susan Frederick-Gray

“In truth, thanksgiving celebrations have a long and rich history that predates the landing of the Pilgrims and the founding of the United States. There are many, many ways that we can connect in gratitude and celebrate the abundance of the Fall harvest as a community without celebrating an ahistorical colonial origin story.
This year, let us be grateful in a genuine manner. Let our gratitude flow from our deep, ongoing commitment to justice and equity. Let our gratitude grow from the opportunities we have to be together authentically—whether virtually or in person. Please join me as we reimagine this day and gather in community to honor Indigenous ancestors, experiences and traditions. May it be a time to reflect and find meaning in how our shared values connect us. ”

Watch the online worship service “Thanksgiving Reframed” from the UUA:

Open Table is open again!

We are meeting each Sunday at 3 PM. 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


November’s Theme: RETHINK, Reduce, Reuse.

This month the Green Sanctuary Committee challenges all UUs to rethink the emphasis placed on recycling and instead to examine consumption habits.

Approximately 25 million EXTRA tons of waste is generated in the United States between Thanksgiving and the New Year. A significant portion of that waste is plastic: ribbon, sticky tape, shopping bags, strands of lights, artificial trees, stocking stuffers, and convenience food packaging.

And as we have all been made aware over the past two years – recycling is not the solution we had hoped. So, this year why not give a gift to the planet and to future generations and purge the plastic!

One of our members signed the petition “Stop Fracked Gas Export on the Delaware River” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.
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:

Facilities Team Outreach
Want to Join This Year’s Snow Shoveling Team?

It currently consists of Phil Holtzinger, Gina Hart and Robert Close. If you want details and would like to help this season, please text Robert @ 717-330-1631 or send him an email: Robert.Just.IZ

Fall’s Congregational Meeting Minutes

Drafts of this Fall’s Congregational Meeting Minutes can be found at —
If you have questions or concerns, including additions and corrections, please contact Fred Foster-Clark, Board Secretary, at (or call 717-872-1939 before 9:30 pm). If no changes or objections come forth in the next few weeks, the minutes will be considered as approved.

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:

! CHANGES for Newsletter SUBMISSIONS !

Please submit all UUCL LOVEletter announcements to Mandee Metzger at by 9 AM Tuesday.
Please limit your text to 2 sentences.
Submissions longer than 2 sentences will not be included.

We will be working on a Blog to host longer submissions in the future.

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