Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
August 30, 2020

This Sunday:

Harvesting the Power of “We”

Aug 30, 2020 – 10:30 am

Spiritual community is a place to show up, belong, lament, renew commitments, keep hope alive, celebrate, and make meaning of our lives amid uncertainty and tumult. This morning we’ll strive to “harvest the power” of our UU community at this moment in our nation and the world following the shooting of Jacob Blake and the protests in Kenosha and amid the ongoing pandemic and upcoming national election.

For Sunday’s worship, we are using the Zoom conferencing platform. It is easy to Zoom from a computer, tablet, or phone!

Here is how you do it:With a computer, smartphone or tablet, click on this link to participate: https://zoom.us/j/562036166. (If it’s the first time you’re using zoom you may be prompted to download a launcher app.)

With a land-line, cell phone, or smartphone (audio only)dial this number to participate: 1-646-558-8656.

When prompted, enter the Meeting ID: 562 036 166.

Please plan to log on by 10:20 or 10:25 am so that you can establish a connection before worship is scheduled to begin. Please note that your mic will be muted and will remain muted for the service. Our service concludes with “virtual coffee hour” when members and friends are unmuted.

Missed Last Week’s Service?
If you missed last week’s service you can view the recordings on our Past Services page on our web site at http;//uuberks.org.  Click on the “Worship” link on the main menu and select the “Past Service” option.

Are you having trouble connecting to Zoom services?

We have established a Zoom service tech line if you are having trouble logging into our Sunday service. If you do not get an immediate answer, leave a message and your call will be returned momentarily.Dial 484-925-1684.

Tonight – FRIDAY
7:00 PM:

  • Story time link catch up on stories you’ve missed in the month of August.  Delivered to you from Erin, Ebee and Maria. 


  • 9:45-10:15 AM 
    • Seeds, Sprouts and Saplings (elementary ages): zoom time with Ms Jayné and Erin. RE Hangout time – we’re continuing on our journey exploring our first source – wonder.  Contact Sunday Assistant, Erin, epcjjc@gmail.com if you need the log-in info resent

10:30 AM

  • For All: This week we come together to bless our devices and explore tools for finding our way through our lives. 
  • Coloring Sheet:  Flower Chalices” by fellow Rev Cynthia Landrum
  • Activity: Use a printed or hand labyrinth to find renewal as you attend worship this morning. Here’s a labyrinth you can print out and trace.  Labyrinth Printable
  • 11:45 AM

If you are in need of a church directory, would like to update your pledge, sign up for Egiving or just have general questions? Please contact our office administrator at office@uuberks.org

A Collective Pause

The Ministry & Operations Team has come to the decision that the church will collectively take a week off from Monday, August 31 through Monday, September 7 (Labor Day). This will include a break from service on Sept 6th. The hope is that this will provide additional time for the staff to refresh before the Fall season without any Sunday responsibilities or planning for Sunday.

This time is also intended to give all of our dedicated church volunteers a collective break as well. We will be providing alternatives to service for September 6th in the upcoming weeks. The last few months have been a time of stress for all of us and our hope is that this week may allow for some much-needed rest and rejuvenation.

Worship Options for Sunday September 6th

This week we will not be holding worship at UU Berks on September 6th. Members and friends are encouraged to worship at a neighboring congregation (virtually). We recommend the options below.

UU Fellowship of Centre County, State College, PA  https://uufcc.com/
The Changing Face of Labor, 10 am – Rev. Carol Thomas Cissel

Church of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, PA
Give Us Bread But Give Us Roses. A Labor Day service, 10:30 am – Rev. Madelyn Campbell

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis Annapolis, Maryland
https://www.uuannapolis.org/upcoming-services/  Labor Pains, 10:30 am – Rev. John T. Crestwell, Jr

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Your stuffies (really any toy or small symbol of you) ARE INVITED! For a one of a kind UU sleepover! Miss Ebee and Miss Erin will be acting as the UU bus to gather any willing sleepover friends, or you can drop them off at the church on Thursday Sept 10th from 4-6 pm. Camp Counselors Shamu, Piggie, and Dino will be our acting sleepover leaders. YG Stuffies will act as Jr. Counselors!
Stuffies will participate in a fun filled UU sleep over journey.

You will be able to follow with photos we post on our facebook
group page.

Stuffies will be ready for pick up on Tuesday 15th from 4-6 pm with a
special goodie back after our sleepover.

Please RVSP and  let us know if your stuffy will need a ride home by emailing Erin at Epcjjc@gmail.com

Contemplative Companions September 2020

Join us on Monday September 14th, @ 7:00pm when explore, reflect and share about sacred spaces – what makes them sacred? Contact Jane Rohrbach (windowsjmr@comcast.net) or Nadine Smet-Weiss (njw1258@hotmail.com or 484-333-4015) for further information; contact Nadine to receive the zoom link for this gathering.

Worship Tech-Slideshow Coordinators Needed

The worship team is looking for a few more volunteers who can run the Sunday morning slides during worship. Volunteers are on duty once every 4 to 6 weeks. You will get training and rehearse with the worship team the week prior to the service you are supporting. Rehearsals are held Fridays from 5-6 pmYou will need familiarity and ease using Zoom and slides (we use Google Slides which are similar to PowerPoint) as well as a strong internet connection. If you are interested or have questions, please send a email to g.worship.tech@uuberks.org.

Giving Options in a time of coronavirus
We know that these are uncertain times and that some of our members and friends are being impacted financially as well as in so many other ways. For those who are able to make a gift or continue to contribute to their pledge, we have added some options. In addition to accepting checks and signing up for electronic giving, you can also now make your gifts from the website and via text. Here are the details:

  • You can now give online on our website UUberks.org by clicking on the online giving tab or clicking
  • You can also give by downloading the GivePlus app on google play and the App store below. You can easily locate our church by zip code 19602

Striking a Chord

From Your Director of Music- 

We were perfectly happy with the chord on the left.  It’s easy to play on the piano at least.  That chord is probably one of the first things piano folx learn how to play.

The middle one makes the same chord, same notes but it’s harder.  The middle chord we have to stretch our eyes.  We have to look at the whole page, and for many it’s not as easy, there’s more time involved in reading that larger space of paper.

Ok. Ok… this is a pretty niche joke right here.  I think though that even the non music readers in the room can get a taste of this joke.  For the music readers it can really strike the right chord with how we’ve been experiencing music making and life in general through this lock-down.

And the last chord on the righthand side are the same letter notes but now in a different order.  It’s an inversion – like I took myself and stood upside down – it’s a completely changed chord with the same parts it started with.

What chord do you most identify with right now?

Last month our nursery coordinator, Ms Barb Kolar, shared her home altar on our RE facebook group. On her altar sits a jar of bubbles. Would you join me this month in a bubble meditation?

This one is adapted from Mellisa Dormoy of ShambalaKids.

Lower your gaze or close your eyes and take a very deep breath. Pretend your tummy is a balloon and as you inhale, make that balloon as big as you can.

Now, exhale and release it all. Let’s do that again now…inhale fully and make the balloon any color you want. As you do this, allow your arms and legs to get as floppy as a rag doll. Just let them get heavy and loose…all limp and relaxed. They feel so heavy it’s as if you don’t even want to move them because they are just so very relaxed! Just allow your body to continue relaxing while we use our imaginations to picture something wonderful!

In your mind, pretend you are pulling, a big magical bubble blower out of your pocket. It looks like any bubble blower but this one is special. It has been small in your pocket, but as you pull it out, you realize it becomes enormous!

It’s a lot bigger than any bubble blower you’ve ever seen. In your other hand, imagine you have a big bottle of magic bubble soap. Put the blower into the thick magic bubble liquid…and get it nice and wet.

Now you can start to blow through the bubble blower to make your gigantic bubble. As you do this, I want you to put ANY WORRY or fear you have about anything …into that bubble.

Just blow it in there! Then continue blowing the bubble until you think it’s big enough. Nod your head when you’ve done that.

As you finish, watch how a very strong friendly wind comes along and carries your worry bubble far, far away…it carries it so far away that you will never have to worry about that again.

It’s leaving now. Watch as it goes.

You can blow up as many bubbles as you need to with your special bubble blower. Put anything in there that is bothering you and watch as the wind carries the bubbles far, far away.

You can use this magic bubble blower whenever you need to…just by imagining it in your mind.

inhabit this moment fully

From Your Spiritual Director –nadine j. smet-weiss


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