Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
June 12, 2022

This Sunday:
 


Join in a celebration of Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees’s ministry with us over the past 18 years. Rev. Fees will offer us a “farewell message.” We’ll join in a special ceremony and visual presentation to honor our shared ministry.

                                                     

Tonight – FRIDAY

7:00 PM:

  • From Our SoulMatters Team: “Here’s a video story about taking a moment to recognize that we are each uniquely blessed. As we view the video, think about your own blessings.

  • The Lizard’s Song told by Lea Morris 

SUNDAY

9:45 AM :Adult RE 

  • In Person: in 1st floor chalice house

  • Summer RE Starts our Principle and Sources series – this week we’ll explore our first principle we will do this with a time of reflection and community centered around helping our community. [soulful home packet]

  • Onsite Only 

9:45 AM: Children’s RE  

Elementary Ages:  Onsite and Online, email director.religious.education@uuberks.org by Saturday noon if you’ll be attending online

  • On site: in Kidspace (* teens may help, let us know you’ll be coming), Online available.  With Ms Erin & Ms Ebee 
  • RE Hangout – Music Morning, we’ll dance and learn a song for the worship service to follow – making it our own, #311 Let It Be A Dance. 

  •  link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Erin (epcjjc@gmail.com)

10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

Monday – Thursday 
Daily posts on our new covenanted RE Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUBerks.RE.page/?ref=share
check out our Remind classroom. 
If you need to signup link here: remind.com/join/refuucbc

A Message from the Church Office:

Melissa will be on vacation starting the week of June 20-24th. All univoice submissions must be received by Weds June 15th to be included in the June 17th or June 25th Univoice. Anything submitted after June 15th will appear in the July 1st univoice.

We are currently looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering to be a Greeter and when the time comes- to be an Usher.  This is a great way to get to know your fellow members or get to know them better    And of course- being of service can provide comfort to you and others!!

Currently we have a group of  approx 10 of us that rotate and fill in when we can but if we can get another 10 volunteers- then this will mean you would be a greeter every 6 -8 weeks and provides back up for our busy summer months. 

We like to have two greeters at each service & when RE sessions are occurring on Sunday’s- one greeter arrives at 9:40 to greet those arriving for RE at 9:45 & the 2nd greeter arrives at 10 am to be available for those attending the Sunday service.

Please take time to consider this and please contact me, Joanne Koehler at jkbluesky@icloud.com or my cell 610-914-8827 if you are interested or have any questions.

UPDATED COVID POLICY 

UU BERKS CHURCH GATHERING COVID POLICY

Effective June 1, 2022 until further notice 

Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, the FUUBC Board will be making ongoing evaluations on a regular basis. We are using available metrics from:

FULL VACCINATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, including boosters as appropriate. The church will be requiring proof of vaccination for the Minister, staff, guest speakers, and all RE volunteers. 

MASKING RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages attendees at worship services and other large gatherings to wear masks.

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THE FOLLOWING GROUND RULES* WILL GUIDE CHURCH GATHERINGS

In gathering together, we promise to: 

  1. Wear masks when recommended by CDC guidelines. 
  2. Do not attend in person gatherings if you are not feeling well or if you have been directly exposed to Covid-19.
  3. Gain consent before touching or hugging others. Be mindful of varying levels of comfort and safety with social distancing when approaching others.
  4. Find ways to be inclusive of individuals who cannot be vaccinated, who may be immunocompromised, or who have hearing impairments. 
  5. Prioritize the safety of the whole community over our own individual sense of what is safe for ourselves.
  6. Give and accept reminders of these ground rules gracefully. 
  7. Assume good intentions, but also accept that policies and these ground rules will guide our actions. 
  8. Respect the authority of the people making policies. 

* adapted from Ground Rules by Carol Gay, UU Congregation of Cleveland

Food Bank Update and Call For Volunteers

We have a new coordinator for the FUUBC monthly food pantry! As previously announced, Brian Kammerer needed to step down from this position, and Mark Burton has stepped up to fill the role! Mark has been volunteering for a few months and has already been preparing to lead May’s distribution day.  Thank you Brian for your years of service in this capacity – you will be very missed! 

With this change in leadership, we also need more volunteers to help on distribution day, which takes place on the first Thursday morning of every month at the parking lot located on 5th and Cherry streets from approximately 9am-1pm. The next one will take place on Thursday, May 5th (next week).
This is a great opportunity to help in our community and engage with people from diverse backgrounds!

Tasks include:

  • food setup
  • registration and communication with recipients (Spanish fluency would be helpful)
  • distribution of food
  • clean up

Training will be provided. Contact Mark Burton at selliott42@comcast.net with questions or to volunteer

CELEBRATING REV. DR. SANDRA FEES RETIREMENT

WORSHIP SERVICE

SUNDAE SUNDAY

Sunday, June 19, 10:30 am

This Sunday will be Rev. Sandra’s last service with us. Join in this fun, interactive service followed by an ice cream social.

FAREWELL MEETINGS WITH REV. SANDRA

by appointment, contact Rev Fees at minister@uuberks.org

Members and friends who would like to meet with Rev. Sandra in person, by phone or on zoom may sign up for one of these times (or contact Rev. Fees to find another time):

Save the Date for Pride Fest

Mark your calendars for the LGBT Center of Greater Reading’s PRIDE FEST on July 17th, 2022. Come out and show your support for our LGBTQ Community with a day full of music, vendors, food and FUN! We will be asking for volunteers to staff the FUUBC table as the date gets closer. Please consider helping out.

Update on Parking Options

  • Free parking is available on Sundays on the street and in the library parking lot.
  • The parking garage across the street (4th and Cherry streets) has changed to a pay by app system. The app is called ParkMobile. It can be downloaded in the apple store or on the google play app. At this time we are unable  to offer discounted parking vouchers.

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.

What is a blessing anyway? 

I have no idea how many times I’ve responded to someone’s sneeze or someone has told me after I’ve sneezed with either “bless you” or “gesundheit.” 

However, the number probably ranges in at least the thousands if not millions.  I’ve said a variation on that blessing more than I can count even after learning the history of why many of our ancestors started saying it.  Our soul matters children’s packet reminded me that back “around 590 c.e. Pope Gregory the Great believed that a sneeze was an early warning sign of plague, so he commanded Christians to respond to a sneeze with a blessing.” 

To wish someone the blessing of good health while they might be on the verge of not having it is one way we think of blessing. 

Blessing has other ways and meanings that we can explore this month.

We bless our flowers during our flower ceremony.  

We bless the water we bring for water communion.  

Last month the kids attending re hangout made breath blessings for Rev Sandra to take with her when she retires and leaves for a while.  We thought of all the good things we wished for her.  We let our breath in and out as we drew the shape of breath on special paper.  

What are other ways you’ve heard blessings?  Have you gone to a child dedication?  Have you heard or given words of thanks before you eat?  Have you ever told someone or have you ever heard someone say to you that “You are a blessing.”  

All of these ways of blessing are ways to take a moment to pause, to give time or give something to be grateful for special moments of all sizes and shapes. 

“Many see life’s gifts as blessings from God.  Our faith uses the idea of blessing to refer to something good, something that feels like a gift. Celebrating blessings means remembering with gratitude all the good things in our lives.” – Soul Matters 

In all times but especially in hard times, it’s important to count our blessings.  You. Yes I mean you.  Each and every one of you is a blessing to this community of faith.  

Have you celebrated the blessing of this day today? 

With goodness,

With gratitude,

With blessings,

Your director of religious education,

Ebee Bromley


blessing this time

nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director


there are griefs

in letting go

of what has been

along with 

gratitudes 

for the ways

in which it 

formed our being

may we allow space

for these waves

to flow through us

as a blessing

of aliveness and 

in time 

of our becoming

in time

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