South Church COVID-19 Updates

In this space, you will find all updated communication regarding South Church operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Communication will be posted with the most recent at the top. 

Quick Links: 

SC YouTube Page: South Church YouTube

Link to Office Hours (Tu-Fri 10am-12p)Office Hours Meeting ID: 687 008 6730 

Religious Education News: RE News

Social Hour AFTER Worship: Social Hour Meeting ID: 987 6899 4449 


NUUSLETTER UPDATES:

August 1, 2020 Nuus

July 1, 2020 Nuus

Statement on Racial Injustice and Solidarity Flags

May 29, 2020 Nuus


 

FRIDAY UPDATE (05/22/20)

Ministerial Musings: 

This past week has brought abrupt shifts in the weather and with it an inclination to get outdoors. I hope this lifts your spirit as much as it does mine. It continues to be busy at South Church, the office hours bring many of you to say hello or to ask questions and we are delighted to see you and help you. Thursday evening brought together the Program Council to share news, to share success stories, to tell each other what is needed and what we have learned. I was thrilled to meet up with another new group of South Church folk and not just the singers who do such a great job contributing to worship services. 

We are beginning to think about who is going to virtually attend the General Assembly which is from June 24th - June 28th. You can read more about GA on the UUA website (www.uua.org/ga ). Most of the staff will be at Professional Days on Monday the 22 and 23rd. We will keep you posted on that. If you are interested in being a GA delegate be in touch with Janis Wolak or myself.  

It has been a week of continuing to adapt and shift ways of being so we can continue to let you know that though the building remains closed, Church is not. What new ways of staying connected to others are you utilizing. I want to hear. 

Rev Susan

Database Update

We are encouraging everyone who is a member to create a log-in to our online directory. If you do not have access, please email Jen at jen@southchurch-uu.org, and she will have the system resend the invite. 

The directory is cloud based, and will give you up to date information about your pledge status,, others members contact info, and allow you to make changes to your personal account. It only takes a few moments to get you connected, and keep you connected!

Endowment Information

Your Endowment Committee is excited to debut our new Planned Giving page on the South Church Website: http://www.southchurch-uu.org/giving/planned-giving/

To have an accurate invite list for future Penhallow Society Recognition events, we ask that anyone who has named South Church as part of their estate planning (will, beneficiary, etc.), please complete a Penhallow Society Membership Confirmation Form - http://www.southchurch-uu.org/assets/PDFs/New-Penhallow-Society-Enrollment-Form.pdf

If you’ve been a longtime member of the Penhallow Society, we encourage you to complete this new form as we have added a communication requests section.

If you have further questions after reviewing the new Planned Giving webpage, please contact the Endowment Committee at endowment@southchurch-uu.org 


FRIDAY UPDATE (05/15/20)

Ministerial/Leadership Musings

I was reminded recently about the life cycle of an event such as the pandemic we are in the midst of. There are three distinct cycles. These cycles loop back over and around almost like a never-ending coil. 

After the first wave of the event is a honeymoon or heroic phase. We are still feeling some of that, we are grateful to all our essential workers and the list of who is essential grows each day. We know no bounds of compassion for one another and are aware of how much we really do still have.

The second is a disillusionment cycle. This is the why didn’t, who didn’t, how come they didn’t thinking. This comes over us in waves. We feel cranky and critical and testy and troubled. We blame and are bitter, nothing feels right.

The third is a time of rebuilding or reconstruction. We are not there yet. We want to be. We want this over. We want it fixed. Come on already, we say, it has been long enough. And, as Dr. Fauci reminds us over and over, this virus has a life of its own that does not align with ours and we need to not engage in false hope.

We can gradually begin to think about reconstruction; it is good to have a plan. We, your staff and board, are beginning to think about this and at the same time we know that we are still in the midst of a major event - a pandemic. Eventually we will discover new ways of being together that will assure the safety, body, emotionally and spiritually of all. 

In the meantime, we have an opportunity to ask what our basic and most essential values are. If you were to ask me, you demonstrate that day to day, in the ways you reach out and care for one another and still give to make this world better. 

Have I told you how honored and delighted I am to be with you as your Interim Minister? Well let me SHOUT IT OUT… THANK YOU! YOU ARE WONDERFUL. 

Rev. Susan

Database Update

If you are a member of South Church, you probably received an email this afternoon about a Privacy Change Notification. There is nothing that you need to do; this simply means that all of our members are now listed in the password protected directory, visible to other members! If you were already opted into the directory and had a log in, nothing has changed. 

The directory is cloud based, which means that members can go into their own accounts and change their contact info in real time. You can also check the status of your 2020 Pledge, post messages to other members, and stay connected with everyone’s phone number and email address. 

We are encouraging everyone who is a member to create a log-in to our online directory. If you do not have access, please email Jen at jen@southchurch-uu.org, and she will have the system resend the invite. It only takes a few moments to get you connected, and keep you connected!!

Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (SISC) Host Home Presentation - Sunday, May 17th, 5 p.m.

As many of you know, people state-wide are working to support people being held in detention for issues related to their immigration status. One effort SISC (Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition) is doing is providing temporary host homes for people once they have been released from the Strafford County jail.  Host homes are needed and people have asked for more information on becoming one.  If you would like to learn more about what it means to provide a Temporary Host Home, please join us on Sunday, May 17 beginning at 5:00 pm via Zoom.

This half-hour presentation gives an overview of what it means to be a Temporary Host Home Provider.  Still need more information?  You are welcome to stay on to ask questions and hear from some hosts.

Zoom Link: Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85824108425?pwd=L1J0bThrZVNWL28rUFdjSlQxbkpGUT09

We hope to see you there! - South Church Social Justice Associates

Knitting Request

Attention knitters with some spare time during quarantine. Prayer Shawls are being requested by the South Church Knitting Ministry. The shawls will be included in South Church's Compassionate Care Packages.

A simple pattern is enclosed, as well as suggestions for yarn. An advanced beginner can handle the pattern.

https://sheilareinke.com/2008/07/29/free-pattern-prayer-shawl-knitting/

Once you have completed the shawl, please contact Jan Marston at jlmarston@comcast.net.  Jan will arrange pick-up of your project.

We are most appreciative of your attention to this need. Thank you. 

Endowment Information

Your Endowment Committee is excited to debut our new Planned Giving page on the South Church Website: http://www.southchurch-uu.org/giving/planned-giving/

To have an accurate invite list for future Penhallow Society Recognition events, we ask that anyone who has named South Church as part of their estate planning (will, beneficiary, etc.), please complete a Penhallow Society Membership Confirmation Form - http://www.southchurch-uu.org/assets/PDFs/New-Penhallow-Society-Enrollment-Form.pdf

If you’ve been a longtime member of the Penhallow Society, we encourage you to complete this new form as we have added a communication requests section.

If you have further questions after reviewing the new Planned Giving webpage, please contact the Endowment Committee at endowment@southchurch-uu.org


FRIDAY UPDATE (05/08/20)

Leadership Musings from Reverend Susan and Kirsten Hunter: 

Hello beloveds,  

Recently, we announced that we were going to roll out a new model of collaborative leadership articulating how leadership responsibilities will be shared between Rev. Susan and Kirsten Hunter as a part of our larger congregational leadership system. In April, the board formalized a new title and an expanded job description for Kirsten as Director of Lifespan Ministries. We have a vision for how this would begin to unfold and as we are in the beginning stages of trying new ways of being, we will be listening to feedback, observing, and adjusting for the next many months. 

Ultimately our goal in serving the needs of the congregation is reflected in our mission statement; to nurture the spiritual growth of all persons, to celebrate the worth and dignity of all people, and inspire one another to act on our faith in the larger community. We both believe that a well defined congregational system- with clear paths of accountability and a collective understanding of each of our individual roles within that system- will help us live into the mission of our church. 

There are many positive and active ways that the whole of South Church leadership lives into our shared mission. One significant piece of this shared leadership is our Associate program and its relationship with the staff team. In an ongoing effort to build and maintain this dynamic, healthy and vital congregation we have been exploring how to support the work of the associate teams, and work with them to clarify each of our respective roles and responsibilities.

Regarding the associate teams, We thought it would be helpful for each of the teams to have a  primary point person with whom they will be working.  

Shared Ministry, the committee that recruits and trains all of our associate program members will be supported by both Reverend Susan and Kirsten, and we are certain they will help to offer feedback and suggestions about what is working and what needs adjustment in our organizational structure as we settle into this new chapter at South Church.

Rev. Susan will be the point person for the Worship associates, Social Justice associates, and the Pastoral associate teams. (Kirsten will also be engaged with Worship Team meetings, especially in this virtual age, but Susan will be the primary contact for the team.)

Kirsten will be the main point person for the Learning and Fellowship associate teams. 

Kirsten will also be the primary point person for the program council, being led by board member, Bill Blum. This council is a collection of representatives from each of our South Church groups, including associate teams, small groups, and committees.  

The program council is hosting a gathering on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 pm, to provide a place where all of our church groups can communicate about plans for the coming year, ask questions, and express any concerns. The meeting will be recorded to allow anyone who cannot attend to review it at a later date.

As we continue to explore the best ways of supporting, nurturing and assisting the many aspects of ministry at South Church we will also continue to review and be in discussion with everyone about serving and structure. Please do be in touch.

Thank you, 

Rev. Susan Suchocki Brown, and 

Kirsten Hunter, Director of Lifespan Ministries. 

Weekly Challenge!

For this coming week's photo challenge, we want to see photos and/or short videos of you discovering (or rediscovering!) a favorite place in nature. Whether is a favorite hiking trail, a newly discovered stream, or the hammock in your backyard, we want to see you in it! 

Please send your photos and/or videos to Jen Del Deo by Thursday morning at jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org 

Knitting Request

Attention knitters with some spare time during quarantine. Prayer Shawls are being requested by the South Church Knitting Ministry. The shawls will be included in South Church's Compassionate Care Packages.

A simple pattern is enclosed, as well as suggestions for yarn. An advanced beginner can handle the pattern.

https://sheilareinke.com/2008/07/29/free-pattern-prayer-shawl-knitting/

Once you have completed the shawl, please contact Jan Marston at jlmarston@comcast.net. Jan will arrange pick-up of your project.

We are most appreciative of your attention to this need. Thank you.

Endowment Information

Your Endowment Committee is excited to debut our new Planned Giving page on the South Church Website: http://www.southchurch-uu.org/giving/planned-giving/

To have an accurate invite list for future Penhallow Society Recognition events, we ask that anyone who has named South Church as part of their estate planning (will, beneficiary, etc.), please complete a Penhallow Society Membership Confirmation Form - http://www.southchurch-uu.org/assets/PDFs/New-Penhallow-Society-Enrollment-Form.pdf

If you’ve been a longtime member of the Penhallow Society, we encourage you to complete this new form as we have added a communication requests section.

If you have further questions after reviewing the new Planned Giving webpage, please contact the Endowment Committee at endowment@southchurch-uu.org 


 

FRIDAY UPDATE (05/01/20)

Ministerial Musings

How are you doing? 
 
That has always been one of the hardest questions to answer even in normal times.
I don’t know about you, but I find it even harder to answer now in this time of a Pandemic. I am managing to have deep and meaningful conversations with friends and with many of you as I continue to get to know you all. And this feels good. But the “how are you doing question?”  is challenging. Some parts of the day I feel like I am just going along like normal. Doing normal things and having normal thoughts and responses. Then I think about wanting to run out to the store and I go through the checklist- where is my mask, where are my gloves, what store should I go to first and which stop last in order to get home and wash up anything I am carrying in. If you asked me on that day, I would answer, “Not so good”.  Some days I am glad I can talk to my son in California mid-day without interrupting him at work. If you asked me, I would answer, “Doing pretty good.” Then other days I want to go and have lunch with my cousin or friends, and I realize we can’t do that.
 
How are you doing?
 
Well, today I took time to watch the birds a bit longer than usual with an extra cup of coffee. Yesterday, I checked in with a funeral home director colleague as we prepare to help a family bury their loved one, who died this winter, but will now be buried in the cemetery. This week I talked to a friend who is serving in New York in the Guard and working with the Medical Examiners there. Normally we talk about her children, her spouse, her work with students. Tough talk and a reality check of what we are wrestling with as a society, so how am I doing? I guess the answer depends on lots of circumstances and the day and the ways that I find to take care of myself, body, mind and spirit. So how are you doing? Yes, it sure is hard to answer that question, isn’t it? 
 
One thing we do want you to know is that you are not alone, no matter how you are doing, we are all asking tough questions, we are working diligently to continue to serve you and to offer support and worship and to let you know we are here for you. Do be in touch with us if we can help and let us know if you have specific prayer requests to be included in the Sunday service. 
 
With care, affection and concern, and appreciation for you all. I am so glad to be here. 
Rev Susan Suchocki Brown 
 
Weekly Challenge
Next Sunday is Mother’s Day. For next week’s photo challenge, we would like to see pictures of each of you and your mothers or  motherlike figures. Your picture can be from any year, just let us know the approximate year and whether it’s okay for us to show your first name with your photo.
Please send your photos to jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org  by next Thursday morning!
 
FA Social Hour
The Fellowship Associates have modified their social hour offerings! Please email fellowship@southchurch-uu.org  and let them know which one you would like to join:
Wednesdays 12pm Host: Alan Ammann
Fridays 5pm Hosts: Angela Matthews + rotating guest host
 
Senior Youth Food Drive 
South Church community!!  The Sr. Youth group is looking for ways to give back to our community and the community at large during this time of crisis.  There are always families in need but the current COVID situation is putting more financial stress on more people.  The Sr. Youth would like to host a food drive to help our local food bank support people and families that are struggling.  On May 7th and 8th Sr. Youth members and their parents will drive around their local communities and pick up food donations from generous South Church members.  If you would like to contribute, please email paulamboivin@yahoo.com and let us know you would like to contribute.   Please include your physical address in the email.  On the delivery days leave a bag of food by at your front door (or other specified location when you email) by 12:00 Pm.  Sr. Youth members will pick up sometime after 12 and deliver the donations to Gather, a food pantry in Portsmouth.
Current specific needs include:
Soup
Rice
Peanut Butter
Dish Soap
Shampoo
 
Pocket Garden Tour
The Pocket Garden Tour is re-organizing to the weekend of September 11 -12th.
You can sow some seeds of support right now by purchasing a Bloom and having your name and message in the brochure as a supporter. Blooms may be purchased at the South Church website. 
 
Did You Know - Immigrant Support
Something you can do to help now:
While we are very happily receiving our stimulus money, many immigrants are not eligible for the Federal Stimulus funds, even though they are in need. Many are also not eligible for unemployment benefits and are not going to be able to pay their rent.
To address this pressing need, the Immigrant Solidarity Network has created a Rental Assistance Fund.
Perhaps you could share a bit of your stimulus check with these people in need!
There are two easy ways to contribute:
1)The "People's Solidarity Fund" has a “gofundme” page that is raising money for COVID-19 emergency assistance: https://www.gofundme.com/f/solidarity-fundsharemycheck.
Make sure to put in the comments that you want the money to go to the "ISN Rent Fund.”
2) If you prefer to write a check, you can make the check to
    GSOP, 383 Beech Street Manchester, NH 03103
    Put "ISN Rent Fund" in the memo.
 


 

FRIDAY UPDATE - (04/24/20)

From the Board of Trustees

As Rev. Susan settles into her new role as Interim Minister, the Board of Trustees is announcing a few staffing changes that continue the evolution of South Church’s leadership.

During our time of transition, Kirsten Hunter has been holding many responsibilities that fall outside of her originally established role. The Board of Trustees has recognized Kirsten’s vision, leadership, strong organization skills, love of South Church and a desire for the health and well- being of all congregants.

Given this, she has been asked to step into a broader leadership role as Director of Life Span Ministries. This shared leadership position is key to building a more resilient and accountable faith community at South Church.

In her new role, she will continue to support the faith formation of children, youth, and families by working closely with Jen Del Deo, who will move into the position of Coordinator of Religious Education.

In addition, Kirsten will oversee and support adult faith formation and become part of the visioning leadership of our congregation, among other responsibilities. Much of this is work that she has been doing throughout our transitions of the past two years and which we are now acknowledging.

Comfort Corner – Quick Update

Rev. Susan and The Pastoral Associates have decided to offer their Wednesday evening Comfort Corner every week. Join Rev. Susan and the PA's to discuss your challenges, struggles, concerns and needs. The regularly occuring link appears as the top of this email as a Quick Link. 

Special Thank You!

We would like to share a warm thank you from Womenaid! Our congregation stepped up when the world shut down.

From Patricia Cohen of Womenaid: "All of us want to thank the entire South Church community for choosing our organization for donations during your collection earlier this month. It was an unexpected gift that came at a critical time for us. Because of your support, we have been able to continue providing short-term financial assistance to many people. For example: we helped someone pay an outstanding utility bill that allowed her to keep the lights on - We paid for a car repair so that a Portsmouth man could continue to get to his job We covered the cost of a mattress for a veteran who was moving into a new apartment.

There is no staff and no office so virtually ALL the money we raise goes directly toward helping individuals in our community at a moment in their lives when they need it most. THANK YOU to all who are part of the South Church congregation for supporting our work and being there for us so that we may be there for others."


 

WEDNESDAY UPDATE - (04/22/20)

Happy Earth Day! W/at are YOU doing to make a difference?! 

Social Justice Associates

The Social Justice Associates encourage everyone to celebrate Earth Day by becoming a Faith Climate Voter. This campaign is a project of New Hampshire Interfaith Power and Light, an organization with a mission to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. The UU representative on NHIPL’s steering committee, Michael Fleming (mfzenith@gmail.com), asks you to join this effort at https://nhipl.org/be-a-faith-climate-voter/

Immigration Facts - Did You Know?

There are opportunities for many of us to do what we are doing as a church community in housing a released immigrant, Karen, in our Parish Hall. Thanks to the many who have helped make this a success. Now we are hopeful that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor will order the release of some of our immigrant friends who are being held at the Strafford County House of Correction.  But they will only be released if they have places to stay.  We need to find two types of temporary host homes: places where people can quarantine for two weeks after release (perhaps you have an empty apartment or vacation home?) and places where people can live once they have completed their quarantine period (do you have an extra bedroom in your home?). If you think you might be able to help, please contact your Seacoast Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition (SISC) Volunteer Coordinator: Jim Verschueren at jd.verschueren@gmail.com 


 

LEADERSHIP UPDATE - (04/19/20)

As Rev. Susan settles into her new role as Interim Minister, the Board of Trustees is announcing a few staffing changes that continue the evolution of South Church’s leadership.

During our time of transition, Kirsten Hunter has been holding many responsibilities that fall outside of her originally established role. The Board of Trustees has recognized Kirsten’s vision, leadership, strong organization skills, love of South Church and a desire for the health and well- being of all congregants.

Given this, she has been asked to step into a broader leadership role as Director of Life Span Ministries. This shared leadership position is key to building a more resilient and accountable faith community at South Church.

In her new role, she will continue to support the faith formation of children, youth, and families by working closely with Jen Del Deo, who will move into the position of Coordinator of Religious Education.

In addition, Kirsten will oversee and support adult faith formation and become part of the visioning leadership of our congregation, among other responsibilities. Much of this is work that she has been doing throughout our transitions of the past two years and which we are now acknowledging.


 

CHANGES TO OUR SUNDAY FORMAT - (04/17/20)

Social Hour will be held after worship this week, and the Zoom link will be posted in the service chat.

Religious Education:
Time Change!! Kids in Pre-K through 7th grade are invited to meet this Sunday at 9am (before church) for a half hour children’s chapel. See the RE website for details! Coming of Age will meet as usual from 11:30-12:30.
 
Story Time Every Saturday at 7p!
Anyone who would enjoy an online bedtime story can join us at 7pm tomorrow (Sat 4/18). Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92130594211 Meeting ID: 921 3059 4211
 
Worship:
Continues to be offered on Sundays at 10am on the ‘South Church UU’ YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDPESs8MTVvhTHzSown21g


 

WEDNESDAY UPDATE - (04/15/20)

Email Scam Warning!
There is someone trying to take advantage of people’s kindness by sending out an email that looks like it is coming from Reverend Susan, in which they ask for help purchasing gift cards. If you receive an email like this, don’t be fooled. Reverend Susan would not solicit anyone in such a way (nor would any of the staff) so direct emails like this should always raise alarm. If you are ever unsure, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the office and confirm.
 
Ministerial Musings For All Ages
On Friday March 13th I was sitting near an open window enjoying some sun and fresh air. As I was sitting there I heard a tiny little noise, almost sounded like “Urk” . I thought it was the squeaking of my chair or some branch. I listened again and about every 15 mins I heard the same little noise, “Urk”. I didn't pay too much attention until the next day when it warmed up a little and I was outside and heard the noise more distinctly and clearer and more frequently.  It began to sound more like “Croak”. When the noise became more frequent as the days grew warmer and the sun came around back, I realized it was a lonely little frog who had woken up from the muck and mud from our backyard pond. Every day that it is warm and sunny I hear that persistent croaking as the frog was calling out to its neighbors and fellow frogs. Soon it was not just a lonely plaintive croak but a loud and clear call out. Within no time I was not just hearing the one voice but I could hear a call and a response. A croak, croak followed by a crock crock, in a slightly different voice. It was cold on Monday but on Tuesday I could hear a steady chorus of many voices calling to one another. And in the background yesterday evening I heard the Peepers, one of my most best loved noises in the entire natural world, periodically being interrupted with the steady croak, croak of the frogs joining in. 
 
It made me chuckle as I realized the world of amphibians were practicing the same process. We are: putting our voices out there, sometimes tentatively, but still letting people know we are here. Then the response from a safe distance but connecting and being there. Then the peepers in the background carrying on the ritual of joining their voices til the whole world hears that joyous chorus. 
 
We are connected, we are listening, we are hearing your call and we are responding. 
We are here. I am glad to be with you doing this interim time and I look forward to getting to know you. 
 
Rev. Susan
 
Pocket Garden Tour
Gardeners know you must have patience and trust the process.
That you need to prioritize.
They know it is important to assess your garden’s conditions and you must learn to deal with things outside of your control.
Using these gardening lessons, the South Church Pocket Garden Tour is being moved to September 11-12, 2020
So you have more time to support this event! Purchase Blooms our website and volunteer throughout the summer as we organize a wonderful late summer event. Contact us at PGT@southchurch-uu.org 

Social Justice Associates
The Social Justice Associates encourage everyone to celebrate Earth Day by becoming a Faith Climate Voter. This campaign is a project of New Hampshire Interfaith Power and Light, an organization with a mission to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. The UU representative on NHIPL’s steering committee, Michael Fleming (mfzenith@gmail.com), asks you to join this effort at https://nhipl.org/be-a-faith-climate-voter/


 

FRIDAY UPDATE - (04/10/20)

From The Board Of Trustees

Rev. Susan will be our South Church Interim Minister!

Dear Members and Friends,

The Board of Trustees is happy to announce that Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown has agreed to remain with South Church and become our Interim Minister. Rev. Susan was originally hired from a group of several candidates to serve part-time until August, when we expected to welcome a new Interim minister. But in the short time she has been with us, Rev. Susan’s open-hearted acceptance and care for our congregation, as well as her confident leadership, experience and energy have already imparted a much needed sense of support and stability to our church community. We are so glad she is willing to serve us throughout the remainder of our interim period.

Rev. Susan will continue on a part-time basis – which she does with remarkable focus and efficiency! She will take part in most worship services and preach on one Sunday each month.  Starting in August, she plans to increase her hours so that she can preach two Sundays per month.   

Rev. Susan can be reached at revsusanuu1@verizon.net.  You can meet her on Zoom at Comfort Corner on Wednesdays between 5:30 and 6:30pm. (See church updates at http://www.southchurch-uu.org/updates/ for the Zoom link.) 

Rev. Susan looks forward to meeting our congregation in person as soon at that is possible.

As always, the Board of Trustees welcomes your questions and comments at board@southchurch-uu.org

With love and good wishes for the health and happiness of your families, 

South Church Board of Trustees

Janis Wolak, Chair; Andrew Scease, Vice-chair; Donna Bethke-Borg, Secretary; Kim Schnell, Treasurer; Bill Blum; Tanna Clews; Dave Drucker; Eric Lipsett; Tom Roberts and Greg Wurtz 

Pocket Garden Tour

Gardeners know you must have patience and trust the process.

That you need to prioritize.

They know it is important to assess your garden’s conditions and you must learn to deal with things outside of your control.

Using these gardening lessons, the South Church Pocket Garden Tour is being moved to September 11-12, 2020

So you have more time to support this event! Purchase Blooms our website and volunteer throughout the summer as we organize a wonderful late summer event. Contact us at PGT@southchurch-uu.org 

Did You Know? Bite Sized Information on Immigation Detention

Did you know… there are three primary reasons that someone may be placed in immigrant detention: 1) They have applied for asylum* and are being held while they await a decision on their case, 2) they did not secure the documentation (such as a visa) they needed to enter the country, or 3) they violated a condition of their immigration status (such as overstaying a student visa). Want to learn more and find out how you can help?

Contact your SISC Volunteer Coordinator or read

https://immigrantjustice.org/sites/default/files/uploaded-files/no-content-type/2019-05/Detention-accountability-toolkit_May2019_FINAL.pdf 

*Asylum is an internationally recognized right for people seeking to immigrate who have a “well-founded fear of persecution due to their race, membership in a particular social group, political opinion, religion, or national origin.”


 

TUESDAY UPDATE - (04/07/20)

Ministerial Musings

On Sunday, Arthur Eves shared a thoughtful sermon with us during our virtual worship service. He presented important background information on Palm Sunday and the transformation that resulted to the band of those who were following Jesus. I am still contemplating many of the ideas that Arthur presented, but today I wanted to address the statement he said about what to do when everything has gone wobbly.

This is sure what this time feels like, all wobbly. I used to do Yoga, and maybe it is time to get back to it, however today I have been thinking about the practice of Yoga and the concept of wobbly. I remember a classic Yoga stance; The Tree Pose. It looks simple: stand on one leg, put your heel against the inner thigh of the opposite leg and fold your hands in the namaste position in front you, then raise your hands in a triangle overhead. It is graceful, it is beautiful, and it is incredibly hard to do. I get all wobbly when I attempt it. My leg gets wobbly, my knees get wobbly, my body gets wobbly.

Then a wise woman teacher told me that before doing anything, I needed to stand still, to center and focus my attention on a spot, or something I could see in front of me. That seems a good image as we go into another week of suspended animation. Focus on the delightful people, objects, beautiful sights in front of you. Pay attention to your body and its center and find harmony and balance from within. Share that peacefulness with everyone you can and it will be returned.  My mantra for today is “I will try not to be all wobbly, I will focus and find peace”.

Take care, we are here

Rev Susan


 

THURSDAY UPDATE - (04/02/20)

From your Board of Trustees

Your Board of Trustees is filled with gratitude right now, as we adjust to the changing circumstances of the past month. We are grateful for the warm, experienced presence of our new part-time minister, Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown, and for the work of our dedicated staff: Kirsten Hunter, Jennifer Leyden, Joanne Connolly, Kristine Sawyer, Jen Del Deo, Cat Lyons, Susan Adams, Sean Kramer and Ken Koski.

We are grateful for the team of staff members who engineered, with two days of notice, a swift move to online worship services and to the members and friends who helped with technical issues so that our online services now run smoothly. We feel thankful for our lay preachers, Worship Associates and Rev. Susan, who move us with their wisdom and help us to stay strong in the face of what is a suddenly uncertain future. And funny pictures and videos during services – we are grateful for those!

We appreciate how our staff has created online platforms to sustain connections among members and friends and to allow our associate and governance groups to continue their work.   

We are thankful that Rev. Susan’s presence allows the board to step back from involvement in the day-to-day operations of our church and to focus on broader goals and planning for the future.

We are glad that we can invite members to our online board meetings. We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 7pm via Zoom, and we will post links to future meetings so that members can be present.

We are grateful for all the ways we can serve our South Church congregation, and we welcome your questions, concerns and ideas. You can reach us at board@southchurch-uu.org.

Janis Wolak, Chair; Andrew Scease, Co-chair; Donna Bethke-Borg, Secretary; Kim Schnell, Treasurer; Bill Blum; Tanna Clews; Dave Drucker; Eric Lipsett; Tom Roberts and Greg Wurtz  

Pocket Garden Tour

Gardeners know you must have patience and trust the process. That you need to prioritize.  They know it is important to assess your garden’s conditions and you must learn to deal with things outside of your control. 

Using these gardening lessons, the South Church Pocket Garden Tour is being moved to September 11 -12 of 2020.  

This means you have more time to support this wonderful event by purchasing Blooms on the South Church website and by volunteering throughout the summer as we organize a wonderful late summer event.  Contact us at PGT@southchurch-uu.org 

Did You Know…Immigrant Detainees Need Our Support Too

During the current health crisis, it is a gift to know that we have each other. Part of what it means to be a people of faith is to reach out and support one another in difficult times. As you show our love for those in our community, please also remember the people being held at the Strafford County jail and for the staff who work there. This includes more than one hundred people who are being detained for issues related to their immigration status.  They are far from home, isolated from their families and friends, living in close quarters and no doubt wondering if anyone at all remembers they are there.  Please, hold them in your hearts and use the link below to call on Governor Sununu and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to do all in their power to protect them.  Thank you! 

Tell your governor and ICE - Protect people in prisons, jails and detention centers from COVID-19. 


FRIDAY UPDATES - (03/27/20)

Quick Links

SC YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDPESs8MTVvhTHzSown21g

Link to Office House: Office Hours(Meeting ID: 687 008 6730 Call In: (646)876-9923)

SC Update Page: http://www.southchurch-uu.org/updates/ 

RE Updates: https://resouthchurchuu.wordpress.com/virtual-offerings-spring-20/

MINISTERIAL MUSINGS

Yesterday was one of my more challenging “stay in place” days. I am sure that you all have had those. The reality of my limitations and understanding the immensity of the impact on all of society was very present when I woke up.  However, then as so often happens a good story and the presence, even if it is on line of colleagues and friends, brightened my day. On the front page of the local paper was a story of Growing Places, an organization on which I serve, this organization supports sustainable eating and growing from soil, to seed, to plant, to harvest, to eating, to returning to the cycle of growth again. Yesterday, as I was trying to get “my head in the game” the front picture of the local papers showed our Mobile Fresh Food wagon setting up at the Senior Center, where a plan was in effect to allow seniors or their caretakers to come buy and purchase fresh vegetables. The importance of connection to the cycle of life and for the need to eat healthy boosted my spirits. When you have a bad day, think of the blessings we do have and that we can always connect.   Best to you and yours. 

Rev. Susan

COMMUNICATIONS

The Spiritual Book Group is meeting by video conference! If you would like more information or would like to join the book discussions, please reach out to Nancy Lambert at southchurchbookgroup@gmail.com 

SUPPORT SOUTH CHURCH 

For online giving options, you can donate through the South Church website. Click the Donate button on the upper right hand side. 

For any questions or concerns regarding pledges, please contact Kristine at kristine@southchurch-uu.org 

The South Church Staff


TUESDAY UPDATE - (03/24/20)

Hello South Church!

Below is some new information that we wanted to share with you. Make sure you scroll all the way through to see some new and exciting ways to connect with each other and through worship!

Office hours: Again this week, virtual office hours will be Tuesday-Friday from 10a-12p and 5p-6pm. We will be re-assessing this week to make sure that the hours meet your needs. Zoom link for office hours: Office Hours (Meeting ID: 687 008 6730 Call In: (646)876-9923) 
 
Sunday Services: You can watch last week’s worship on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDPESs8MTVvhTHzSown21g 
And please join us again this week- at the same link- Sunday morning at 10am. Don’t forget to subscribe to our page so you can comment during the 10am hour. Services will be pre-recorded and streamed live on Sunday mornings and will stay on the page for you to view at a later date. 
 
Community Invitation for Photo Submissions! - Thank you to all who sent in dance videos for our post-story dance break project last week during worship! You all looked joyful and amazing. For this week, we are looking for still photos (not videos) of people in costumes. Any costumes. Please send a photo to Jen Del Deo: jendeldeo@southchurch-uu.org by 10am Friday morning.
 
Message from the Worship Associates: While we can’t all be together to witness the lighting of the chalice in the sanctuary; wouldn’t it be lovely if we individually lit candles in our own homes during the chalice lighting portion of the service? In preparation for the Sunday service we encourage you to set up a chalice, or just a plain old candle or tea light, near where you’ll be watching the service, so that when the time comes we can all light our chalices together. 
 
Message from the Fellowship Associates: The Fellowship Associates are hosting a weekly Social Hour for 10 guests on the next two Fridays (3/27 and 4/3) from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email your RSVP to fellowship@southchurch-uu.org on Monday of each week and we will reserve a space for you. The first 10 people to sign up will receive confirmation by email with the link to a Zoom meeting room. Bring your own snack and beverage of choice and join in conversation and catch up with other members and friends. 
 
RE Families, Click Here for links to upcoming offerings! https://resouthchurchuu.wordpress.com/virtual-offerings-spring-20/ 

  • Coming of Age meets Wednesday from 4-5p
  • Parents of Teens- join Kirsten at 7pm Wednesday
  • All Parents- drop-in group Thurs. At 4:30, and coffee chat at 7:30a Friday
  • Story time Saturday eve, 7pm
  • SUNDAY RE groups: 11:30-12:30- Kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Senior Youth Movie night this Sunday 4-6:30pm

 
Don’t forget: you can always find any current news on our website at http://www.southchurch-uu.org/updates  Bookmark this page and check back often! Congregation-wide emails are currently being sent on Tuesdays and Fridays, with a quick worship reminder on Sunday morning. The only exception to that would be if there is urgent news, and in that case, we will write URGENT in the subject line to catch your attention.
 
The South Church Staff


FRIDAY UPDATE - (03/20/20)

If you are ANY age right now and are looking for a place to connect, South church welcomes you. Find us here…

  • Virtual Office Hours will continue next week at 10a-12noon
  • All church updates are posted on the website, HERE
  • Worship will be streaming live on our Youtube channel Sunday at 10am
  • South Church Members and Friend page on Facebook is a great place for informal connection to lots of our people!
  • South Church Families and Children- RE news is available on the RE website: Upcoming Virtual Offerings

Ministerial Musings: I awoke this morning in North Central Mass. to a covering of snow. My first thought was one of frustration; it is supposed to be warm, springtime, sunny, clear outside. Upon breathing in the fresh air, my second thought was of gratefulness for the clean and soft covering blanketing my yard, my street, my city. I don’t know about you but the snow seemed to cover over a multitude of imperfections and for a while I just settled into watching the snow fall and was aware that not only was my vision full of freshness but I could not hear the chaos and clatter that has been a constant companion for the last few days. I could hear the cardinals and blue jays fighting over the seed which had fallen under the picnic table, I could hear the robin and the chirping sparrows finding the source of water in my back yard and I just sat and listened and looked. It was good, very good.

If you are like me, I am sure these last days have been filled with disturbing images and lots and lots of chatter and noise.  Too much as a matter of fact. So I am back to the advice I gave myself and you the other day, which is to limit my exposure to the constant input. It is time for us to develop a new awareness, to not live in a bubble of denial and minimization, for sure, but it is time to focus on finding beauty where we can, to listen to the sounds of nature which still surround us, to be attentive to people and to the natural order and breathe in and out filling the world with care and compassion.

~Rev Susan  

Other News and Information: 

How to make a shared-plate donation on Sunday morning (or anytime!): 

The South Church website has been updated, and you can now make a donation or pledge payment online! Visit www.southchurch-uu.org and click on DONATE on the very top of our home page. You can choose to make a payment on your 2020 Pledge or Capital Campaign pledge, make a donation directly to South Church, split a donation with our monthly shared plate recipient, or donate to our roof campaign. (Our shared plate recipient for March is Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth. For April, our shared plate is 350NH and ME, an organization committed to ending the age of fossil fuels and building a world of community-led renewable energy.) For questions regarding pledges, donations, online/mobile app giving or any other financial questions, please contact Kristine Sawyer, Finance Administrator, at Kristine@southchurch-uu.org 

As always, we are thinking of you and holding you all close. Remember to take care of yourself, find some time to breath and shut out all the noise, and stay as connected as you can. 

Thinking of you always,

The South Church Staff


FELLOWSHIP ASSOCIATES (3/20/20)

The Fellowship Associates met via Zoom on Tuesday evening, and we wanted to update everyone on the activities overseen by FA, scheduled for this spring. A quick list first, then explanation below.

Circle Suppers: will be postponed until the fall

Journey to Membership classes: postponed until the fall

New Member dinner: postponed until the fall

Greeters: Stay tuned for updates/will reconvene duties once services are open again to the community.

This is truly an unprecedented time, and we are all working out how best to stay socially distanced and remain healthy, while at the same time staying connected for the sake of our hearts and minds. While we considered trying to keep some of our activities scheduled in May to see if things change, we agreed it was easier to have a clear delineation of the schedule, put everything on hold for now, and start up again in the fall. If the situation really does clear up by summer, let’s think about a South Church community potluck then!

In the meantime, we hope you will take advantage of online opportunities to connect. Let’s all stay in touch as we can, and hopefully this will all be over before too long.


SPIRITUAL BOOK GROUP (3/20/20)

April Book Discussion: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the US

On Wednesday, April 8 at 7 pm, the South Church Spiritual Book Group will team up with the Senior Youth Group to discuss "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. To avoid Covid-19 transmission, this will be our first virtual book discussion. Contact southchurchbookgroup@gmail.com for details about how to join the discussion 


SOCIAL JUSTICE ASSOCIATES (3/20/20) 

As a reminder, we are able to collect donations to our Shared Plate Recipients through the DONATE button on the top of our webpage. We encourage you to continue support out chosen organizations as much as you are able during this time. 


SOUTH CHURCH COVID-19 STATEMENT #4 - (03/17/20)

Hello South Church!
 
Greetings to my newest friends. I am feeling very blessed to be with you. Since I retired from First Church UU in Leominster, I have not been part of a church community and now here we are together at this incredibly challenging time. It sure feels good to have made some new connections which have spiritually fed me already.  I am sure you all know that without the great staff and good leadership this time would find us losing direction and scattering.  But instead we are learning new ways of communication and being together and we are exploring how to deepen our connections.. 

This past Sunday I was invited to share a short reflection. During that time I wanted to make sure you knew a few things about me and about us. First, stop and take time to breathe in and breathe out. Notice your breathing; Slow it down; bring in love and breathe out compassion; bring in strength and breathe our clarity. Second, speak up when you need something, now is no time to wait. One of the gifts we can get from this experience is living in the now. Living in the now means letting us, or others around you, know what you need, and cultivating an awareness of how you are right here and now. 

We are here for you, we will find what you need and/or help you get what you need. Remember there is a lot happening and it is a constantly changing landscape. 
 
Be patient, be kind, be attentive and be well. 
 
Rev Susan

Looking to set up a virtual meeting space? (Small group conveners, committees and others): The staff are working out a calendar for the church zoom space. We hope to have a reservation process set up this week. In the meantime, if you need a meeting room, please contact Kirsten or Jen L. and if you have scheduled a gathering that is open to others, please let us know so we can publicize it!
 
South Church Families: We know many of you are juggling an overwhelming amount of new challenges. Please know that church is here to help support you, not add to your plate. If you’re feeling like a church event is too much, please know it’s ok to skip it. Events through this weekend will be focused on connecting and just being together, not about doing work. Check in with each other, and use this community as a source of relief.
 
Jen D. and Kirsten are working on ‘the plan’ for each of our RE programs over this next stretch of time. We are also planning a variety of fun gathering spaces for children and youth this coming weekend.  There will be a Religious Education update coming out tomorrow with details. If you any have ideas, please share them- we want this to be a group effort, and we want to make sure everyone has access to the creative collaborations that are sure to evolve in the coming weeks- so think of us as the basecamp for your brilliance! 
 
Worship service 10am on Sundays- on the South Church UU Youtube channel. 
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who stuck with us during our first attempt last week! We are planning another go this Sunday at 10am, with a few adjustments. We welcome ANYONE with technical expertise to reach out to be part of the conversation. Plan on joining us on this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsDPESs8MTVvhTHzSown21g
(Make sure you create a YouTube account and subscribe to our channel!) 
 
A note about Confidentiality: We are very mindful of your confidentiality, and so we think it might be helpful to share a reminder to all of you to think about this aspect of online tech. A few things to keep in mind:  

  • In virtual chat rooms and FB groups, be careful to only post what you are comfortable sharing with the larger community. 
  • During our live stream of worship on Sunday, be aware that our comment feed has public access-- anyone can see what we are sharing. 
  • We are actively exploring ways to honor prayer requests while remaining within the comfort limits of each individual member- suggestions welcome
  • If we all keep this thought in mind we can help discover other specific challenges- we welcome those insights!

 
Other places you can find updated information: 

Beatitudes by Rev. Lee Paczulla
 
blessed are the elderly, and the immunosuppressed
blessed are the fearful, the anxious and irritable
blessed are the ones who use humor to get by
the ones who could use a vacation anyway
the ones who fear for their life
blessed are the ones who are sick of it: 
all the flawed logic, the security theater
blessed are the ones who cry out “this is why we need a safety net! a kinder society! a new world!”
blessed are the health care workers, the administrators catching heat for every decision, the messengers with no power over the message
blessed are the sad, and the lonely
blessed are the healthy and the sick, 
the well and the unwell
blessed are all of us just trying to do our best
blessed are those who stay kind and clear, who keep our eyes open to each other
blessed is our neighbor 
blessed are we all
blessed are we all
blessed are we all
 


 

SOUTH CHURCH COVID-19 STATEMENT #3 - South Church Goes Virutal! (03/13/20)

Hello again, everyone!

With deep gratitude, we would like to thank you for your response to yesterday’s email, video test and updates. It is wonderful to see this community grow and adapt! It’s going to be fun exploring all the ways that we can continue to create meaningful connections.

We have some important updates about tomorrow’s first live-stream service. Don’t worry if you can’t join us live; the service will be posted for you to view at your leisure.

By 9am, you will find a link to South Church’s YouTube channel on both the South Church website (www.southchurch-uu.org) and the South Church Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SouthChurchUU

You will want to be sure that you have a YouTube account if you want to participate in the chat. Find youtube.com online and fill in the short form to sign up. When you visit our YouTube page for the first time, if you press the Subscribe button you’ll be notified of the videos and can easily find us whenever you log in!

  • Doors open to our “online sanctuary” at 9:45am. Beginning on our YouTube page at that time, you will be welcomed by a view of the Order of Service and some gathering music. Below that, there is an area where you can post a comment. Please say hello to one another! 
  • At 10am, (if all goes well!) the worship will start. 
  • Worship will be offered by: Alice O’Traynor, joined by Laurie Bilby, Joanne Connolly, Rev. Susan Suchocki Brown,Kirsten Hunter, Jen Del Deo, and some fantastic musicians who are going to bring you some beautiful Celtic music! 

If something goes wrong and we are not able to live stream the worship, we will still record it, and post it to our website as well as to our facebook pages. 

If you need assistance accessing the YouTube page, figuring out how to chat, or have any other issues related to seeing the live service, our staff will be dedicating time this week to help anyone who needs assistance in the coming week. 

If it does work, even after the service, the recording will stay on our YouTube page for you to view. We will also be sure to post links on our Facebook page and website, so if you are not able to be with us tomorrow morning, you can watch it at another time.

We are looking forward to being together tomorrow morning at 9:30am, and to exploring new and exciting ways to stay connected!


A Message from Reverend Susan:

Hello, I am grateful to be with you for this short-term part-time ministry.

This was not how I wanted to meet you for the very first time but we are in a time of shifting and unfolding needs right now. Truly, I never imagined I would step into service with a congregation in this way. I do look forward to when we are able to be together in-person for services and church events, but until then, know that I am here and present through all the on-line resources that are available. The decision to pause in-person church gatherings came after a lot of discernment, research of what others are doing, and listening to and hearing about the most appropriate response to the Covid-19 outbreak. I believe taking pause from in-person programming is the most responsible and proper ethical position to take during this time of unfolding and unpredictable times. I look forward to working with the board of trustees and the staff to explore ways to keep our connections with you and to continue to foster the sense of community, nurture, and care that drew me to you. In the meantime, let us be gentle with ourselves and with one another. I strongly believe that we do have the ability to be creatively connected even if at a physical distance. 

A bit about me: (My official resume will be available and posted)        

I prefer to be called Reverend Susan or Susan. The last name is pronounced SA-husky but not to worry,  it can and has been pronounced many ways. I keep that long cumbersome former married name because it is the name of my two grown children and my grandson. I am currently married to Ron Brown. You will get to meet him soon.

I am a third generation Unitarian then Unitarian Universalist.  I also am a born and bred New Englander with ties to Central Massachusetts. My parents were incredibly active in the Gardner, Mass UU church. My father was Treasurer, Board Chair and Building and Grounds point person. My mother was a Board member, RE teacher, and on many Ministerial Search Committees as well as member of the Women’s Group who organized and hosted the largest fundraiser for the congregation. It was expected that the four of us children would attend services on Sunday but even more that we would pitch in whenever asked and where needed. This early exposure to a caring and capable church group influenced my decision to enter ministry. I was an active lay person, Board Chair, Building and Grounds, Ministerial Search Committee Chair, RE child care worker and teacher before responding to the call to professional ordained ministry.  This came after working in the Addictions field for over 18 years and when I could afford both the time and the finances to go to Andover Newton Theological School.

I served the Leominster Unitarian Universalist church for almost 25 years and I loved it and together with the members we built a strong community of support and spiritual exploration and nurture for one another and I was able to forge strong ties with the larger community.  I became and continue to serve as the Chaplain for the Leominster Fire Department. This volunteer position is flexible and through the years I have established an understanding of when and how to respond. I did a lot of interfaith work with Chaplains from across the state of MA and together in October of 1999 we formed the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains. I was the only woman and the first Unitarian Universalist minister. Being a Chaplain with Leominster and the Mass Corps brought me to be present at the Worcester Warehouse Fire, Ground Zero, tornadoes in Central Mass and more.  As a result of the Chaplaincy work I do, I was able to be a founder of the Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response ministry. As you can gather I find myself comfortable in situations where I can support people during tough and challenging times. I believe in the resiliency, flexibility and goodness of humankind.

“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Those words sum up the ways that I have become parts of the groups and boards I have or continue to be a part of. These boards work with addicts and their families, work with sustainable eating and food from planting to harvesting and long term sustainability of the earth, the Montachusetts Martin Luther King Jr Coalition, which aims not just to remember Rev. Dr. King but to host and lead quarterly sessions that wrestle with race and the effects of racism and oppression.  Each experience I have helps me to experience life to its fullest and exposes me to new learning and most of all to new people to meet and be with.

There is so much more that I could share but I would much prefer to do that in person. I look forward to being with you during this time. .     

Regards, Rev. Susan  


SOUTH CHURCH COVID-19 STATEMENT #1 (03/12/20)

Dear South Church Community, 

I hope this note finds you all well. The Board of Trustees and Staff have been monitoring the developing public health situation as it relates to coronavirus/COVID-19. We have been paying close attention to other UU churches within our region and across the country and are using that collective resource to drive our decisions. We are preparing to roll out a plan of action for Sunday services, religious education, associate programs, social groups, and our various rental clients. It is especially important to communicate decisions about our timeline for closure to those individuals who are directly involved with offering programming, and we are in communications with those individuals now. When we have completed those conversations we will follow up with all of you about specific details of what you can expect in the coming days and weeks. 

Please keep an eye out for a more detailed communication tomorrow. 

In the meantime, please know that we are watching events closely as they unfold.  Our conversations have been predicated on ensuring public safety and the safety of every member of our church community. There are many ideas bouncing around as to how to continue to meet our need for connection and to provide comfort for one another, during this rapidly evolving public health crisis.  

The Board of Trustees is forming a small task force charged with monitoring health news, identifying actions South Church can take, and coordinating the activities of our associate programs as they relate to public health. Our staff is exploring options for hosting small group ministries through video conferencing services, and we are getting up to speed on how we might offer worship remotely. 

Our goal is to provide frequent communication in order to minimize anxiety and to be responsive to the challenges we will be navigating as they become clear. This time of stress and crisis is a good opportunity to fall back on South Church's greatest strength; our caring and active community. Please reach out to those who may be at physical risk and those who might just be a little scared and need a friendly voice. If you are a person who finds yourself in physical, emotional, or financial crisis because of these events, please reach out to your South Church Community. Together we can work to get through the next days and weeks.  

Please observe CDC recommended protocols for hand washing (thoroughly and often) and public interaction (no handshaking or other close contact). If you are in a higher-risk group (over 60 years, suppressed immune system, lung disease, or already suffering from flu or flu-like illness) or feel you will be anxious in a public space, please stay at home. We encourage anyone who is choosing to self quarantine to keep an eye on our website and our facebook pages for information updates, and opportunities to connect from the safety of your own home. There will be some really creative and innovative ideas blossoming from this unexpected event, and we are ready to share that experience and see what kind of magic our community might make of it all.

If you have experience in public health, especially as it relates to epidemiology and/or communications, or any skills you think might be helpful to our task force, please contact the office or the Board of Trustees. And of course, do not hesitate to contact us with any other concerns or suggestions. 

603-436-4762

board@southchurch-uu.org

Chair, Janis Wolak: janis.wolak@gmail.com

Vice Chair., Andrew Scease: andrewbot@comcast.net

 

Here are a few helpful links where you can find updated information related to the Corona outbreak: 

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

UUA recommendations for how to adapt church:  https://www.uua.org/safe/pandemics

Sending love to each of you,

from the South Church Board of Trustees and Staff.