This Sunday and Beyond…Good morning,
This Sunday, A Letter to Future Me. When you imagine a not-too-distant future, what changes do you hope for? What do you hope you have fully embraced, even though right now it seems hard? Are there systems and patterns you hope will shift? How might we practice welcoming change, whether we are excited about it or apprehensive?. Our service begins at 10:30 AM. If you plan to join us online, click Launch Service.
Saturday, November 5, 7:30 PM – The Linden Tree Coffeehouse presents Grace Morrison and Connor Garvey. Visit LTC’s website to get a background on both singers and details on this and upcoming concerts. https://lindentreecoffeehouse.org/
UU COMMUNITY NEWS:
Article II Study Commission Update. Our UUA’s Article II Study Commission has published its proposed draft of a new Article II of the UUA Bylaws, and they want you to read it and provide feedback! As a reminder, Article II is where we find our current Principles and Sources. The Study Commission is charged with reviewing the current Article II and proposing changes to be voted on by the General Assembly. Read the proposed draft here.
Then you can attend one of the Zoom feedback sessions found here.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Staged Reading. We are planning a holiday event at UUCW! On December 9, 7pm, we will gather for an evening of storytelling, cocoa, and community. Rev. Elizabeth is currently looking for members of our community who are interested in participating as readers or characters. There will be minimal preparation required. Ready to join us? Email Rev. E at email@example.com.
Saturday, November 19 – My Brother’s Table. If you would like to volunteer for this month’s UUCW MBT service date, please get in touch with Kristen Henshaw, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-246-2387. The crew meets in front of the church at 11:00 AM.
Sunday, November 20, 2022 – First Parish Congregational Church will host Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Clothing Closet. Click here for more details.
NOVEMBER 2022 WAKEFIELD COMMUNITY MEALS – November 9, 15, 17. 20, 28. Please open the flyer to see what churches are organizing Grab-n-Go and sit-down meals for anyone who needs one.The Wakefield Food Pantry and the Wakefield Health & Human Services have a Winter Coat, Boot, & Clothing Drive. There are six drop-off locations. All items collected help local children and adults during the upcoming winter season. Donate new or gently used coats, boots, hats, gloves, umbrellas, and backpacks. Open the flyer to get all the details.
UUCW Calendar:This is a new feature where you can see when the church is busy with shared space activities and church events. Click here for November.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.See you Sunday!
FROM REV. ELIZABETH:
Our Soul Matters theme this month is Change. I’m receiving it as an invitation to welcome change in many areas of my life, and particularly to be surprised by changes I don’t anticipate.Change is one of those tricky things. When we talk about it, we often view it positively. It means opportunity to welcome in the new. But when we are in the midst of change, we often struggle. Our minds and bodies freeze up. We worry that we are losing beloved things or that the end result of the change won’t be positive. We struggle to let go. We struggle to lean in.We’ve started singing Centering Hymns in worship; short simple tunes with repeating lyrics that we learn easily. Our Centering Hymns became a regular part of my own life in the midst of major change. They were grounding, a return to something familiar. I could sing them to myself while I walked between buildings at work or waited at a traffic light. I hope they can be that for some of you, too. A brief meditation to care for your heart when change is its most challenging.Email Rev. Elizabeth